Clickomania: Problems submitting results

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 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,

The workaround

This is the workaround:

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Clickomania goes open source

Actually, this was long overdue: I publish the code of my game Clickomania here, so that the game may awake from its slumber and experience a second life, perhaps as a mobile game.

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.

Update: Good news. There is a solution available. It is explained here.

And these are the two other possible solutions I discussed in the original blog post:

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Old Sudoku wine in new app bottles

Seven very different Sudoku variants for the iPhone and iPad, which prove that even a well-known game idea can be implemented in an original way.

My favorite Sudoku version doesn’t work with iOS 11 anymore. So here are seven alternatives:

Sudoku Pro Edition (left): The colors are helpful. Sudoku by Easybrain (right): Useful marks for the selected number.

Sudoku Pro Edition

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.

Conclusion: An original approach, which might just be right for the hardcore Sudokuians.
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The postcards you have sent

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.

The Amish play computer games?

It was one of the heaviest boxes and it got raised eyebrows from the movers. „The postcards you have sent“ weiterlesen

Trend Micro sucks

Trend Micro’s feature that should warn about dangerous websites is a disaster: it produces mindless false positives that take months to fix. This borders on reputation damage.

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.

An app is suspicious because it features Chinese texts?

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 five days from the domain name servers, if the problem is not removed within a week.
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Holidaypics are here!

We were in Lisbon and the Azores and brought along some pretty pictures.

There is action, romantic and some touristic sightseeing…

An eventful week in the south of Europe lies behind us. And even though my camera almost gave up the ghost, the yield was so rich that it was enough for an online photo album

Holidaypics are coming!

We were on vacation in Lisbon and the Azores, and I brought back some photographic souvenirs.

A little sneak preview for the holiday pictures, which are supposed to appear here in the next days (or weeks). You’re free to participate in a happy guessing game about the location of the photos.

At the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon.
Whale watching was a bust – I only saw dolphins.
Ready for the bike ride around the volcanic crater on São Miguel.

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New Clickomania version for Linux

There is a new Clickomania version for Linux available, that is true to the original and a lot of fun.

Corpsman has sent me a brand-new port from Clickomania to Linux. You’ll find this version here.

This new version is very true to the original Classic Clickomania version that can be found here. „New Clickomania version for Linux“ weiterlesen

Crawler peep show

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

Clickomania on new Windows versions

I often get inquiries about Clickomania’s compatibility with new operating system versions. The short answer is that the game runs. The long answer contains various relativizations and limitations – and tips for solving problems.

Time does not stand still, when it comes to operating systems. I sometimes get mails with questions about how to run Clickomania on Windows 7 or Windows Vista.

So let me convey some information about the compatibility of the classic version of Clickomania and Clickomania next Generation:

Clickomania next Generation

This version normally runs fine on Windows 7 and Vista. If it does not, you have the following options to fix the problems: „Clickomania on new Windows versions“ weiterlesen