I have updated my web server with https encryption: that’s why submitting Clickomania results requires a little update. But never mind – it does not take more than a minunte.
The switch to a new web server and https encryption resulted in a problem: It is was not possible anymore to submit results to clickomania.ch/ngscores. A detailed description of the problem is provided here – and here, you’ll find the Clickomania source code as well, because I made it publicly available. Since I am not able to add support for https and provide the long overdue general overhaul, I want to give the community the chance to do so.
But you don’t have to wait for this to happen. There is an immediate solution. You need to update the game or the game files. The new game files use a new, unencrypted subdomain for the results, ngscores.clickomania.ch.
There are faithful Clickomania players out there, who hold on to my game more than ten years after the last update. They not only still play the game, but they’re as well submitting Online results to this page here. Not as numerous as years before, but still in considerable amouts.
Unfortunately, the submission of new results does not work anymore at this time. As you may have seen, I have switched this domain to SSL, which was high time. But Clickomania was created in a time where https was not widely available, and I am not even sure if it was possible to use encryption at all. For the reasons explained here, I am not able to provide an update.
This is a simple Sudoku version that does not reinvent the wheel and does not shine with a special variety of functions. But what I like about it is the color marking of the number fields. Each number has one color: one is red, two is orange, three is yellow, and so on. This makes it easier to find your way around, as the distribution of the numbers is recorded more quickly and intuitively on the basis of the colours.
There is also the possibility to play with colors only, which is a little unfamiliar – but gives the game an extra kick. In addition, you can also play with letters or brand logos (Twitter, Instragram, Pinterest, WordPress, Google, Windows, Torrent and – for whatever reason – Playboy). Which is a little less compelling.
My game Clickomania was “postcard-ware” for years. Many of the players followed my request and sent me postcards. The other day I had the opportunity to look at this considerable collection from all over the world again.
Last week, we moved house. After more than ten years, which resulted in a lot of heavy lifting. One box was particularly big and heavy-weighted: The one, that contains all my Clickomania postcards. When I released the game in 1997 to the internet, I wanted to track the places people were playing the game, so I asked for a poscard.
Hundreds of messages from all over the world
And postcards did come! I’ve never really counted them, but there must be hundreds, if not thousands.
Security is a delicate topic. A security company has to carry out assessments very carefully. The checks have to be accurate. False negatives, of course, render the service useless. False positives are a danger for the one who is falsely incriminated. So, there goes a big responsibility along with those security warnings.
In the online world, there are several companies, which judge the security of websites. Trend Micro for instance. And as far as I can tell, they do a miserable job. On November 18th, I was told by a friend on Twitter, that they have issued a warning about my website. There had been a already solved problem with one download file on my page. In September, Swiss domain registration agency Switch had triggered an alarm because of the Chinese version of the game. In Switzerland, a new law makes it possible to remove infected sites for 5 days from the domain name servers, if the problem is not removed within a week. „Trend Micro sucks“ weiterlesen
There are some interesting ways to find out about bots from Google and other web crawlers it you run our own website.
If you run your website, you are used to find many bots in the log of your server. On some websites, the traffic from the bots and crawler amounts to more than 60 or 75 percent of all the traffic. This raises the questions: What are those bots doing on my page?
Some of them are nice and pleasing. The bots of the search engine keep the search results on Google and Bing up to date. A lot of crawlers are on a spam mission and keep looking for mail addresses or forms to fill with their crap.
Insights in bot activities
I recently came across Googles Webmaster Tools. They reveal some activities the bots conduct. Even on this very site of no particular importance, Google comes by every day and takes a look at 500 pages in average, about 13 megabytes each day. „Crawler peep show“ weiterlesen