Apr 112010

Got bored and added a Wordsearch based on all of the text options I use for the Character Name Generator Thingy.

This is a totally, utterly, and completely developed by Robert Klein, his SourceForge page for it here.

Go play around with it.  You can even make your own WordSearch shapes.

Plus, it’s all online and is a horribly delicious time-waster.

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Apr 092010

In trying to punch out a chat client that I could validate the originating client from, I decided I needed to come up with a simple method of some sort of tokenized, time-based encryption.  I also needed to be able to do this in both Javascript and PHP (and I have even adapted the same methods over to ASP/VBScript).

I figured the best thing to do would be to pass down a token that the receiving end knew about, and have it encrypted with a Unix EPOCH timestamp.

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Apr 092010

I had been struggling for a short time trying to figure out how to fix a problem I had encountered with images and style sheets (CSS) disappearing when I added a trailing slash to a URL (especially when the URL was straight to a file).

Apparently, this is the way things are SUPPOSED to work.   This makes relative paths truly relative.

Naked pages are truly a blight.

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Apr 022010

I been a on a bit of a kick with these silly name generator thingies.

I made yet another one that makes a random lunch menu based on real restaurant menus.

Just even more silliness.

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Mar 262010

My original intention was to replicate a random name generator (I was afraid the word generator over at Oh The Huge Manatee dot net might go away), and I ended up with Happenstance.

Well I finally got around to the name generator and, although it is a simpler, much more limited version of the one over at OTHM dot net, it does the job nicely giving me names that are reasonably spiffy and gives me a quick way to check whether the names might be a little off-kilter.

Go on, give it a try:  http://halytech.net/wownames/index.php

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Mar 242010

I been messing around with getting a random word generator working and got it sorta going (the original word generator is over here at Oh The Huge Manatee) and was totally sidetracked by grabbing random URLs from Google.

The random URL generators were out there, but most are non-functional, so I did one up myself.  It’s called Happenstance and it takes a word (or series of words) you enter, and searches Google for those words.

Of the 64 results you can get with the Google API, I randomly grab a URL and give it to you.

Out of that URL web contents, I grab all the words I can, make a unique list of them, and grab some random words off of that (up to 6 or so).  I then let you hit a button and search for those words on Google, and the cycle repeats (bring up a URL, grab words, search).

It’s still a little buggy, but it seems to work.  At least it’s ditching out PDFs for the unwary and I have a Not Safe For Work button and a panic button if you cannot unsee what you have seen.

Go check it out here and let me know what you think!

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Jan 272010

I’ve been getting a lot of spam e-mails from people claiming to represent Blizzard / Activision concerning my World of Warcraft account.  I’ve been saving them up to share them with you.

They all get readily caught by GMail’s spam filter well enough, but I check there because I get valid e-mails going there sometimes.

A few are very well crafted, and some are just plain silly.  I’ll post the non-obvious web sites that the links go to after the pictures.

*WARNING: I WOULD STRONGLY ADVISE AGAINST VISITING ANY OF THESE WEB SITES AS THEY LARGELY CONTAIN MALICIOUS SOFTWARE INTENDED TO COMPROMISE YOUR COMPUTER AND SENSITIVE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN.

After the break, the e-mail.

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Dec 182009

Added an RPG here I think I like… Very customizable and tweakble and simple.

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Legend of the Green Dragon can be had here.  Try it out.  Let me know what you think.

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Dec 112009

Found a nifty site that will generate random words from a list you provide (finding typical combinations)

Here’s some for more popular names according to race and faction in World of Warcraft (from a compiled list of known NPCS):

Sometimes it comes up with some clever ones and it assuredly does a better job of offering names than the Warcraft character creation screen.

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Dec 112009

Ok posted up a few online distractions.  Need players for Diplomacy… Click and join me :)

  • Diplomacy – Based on the Avalon-Hill game of the same name.  Think Risk, and Europe only, and that’s what it essentially is.
  • BlackNova Traders – Space trading and combat.  Turn based and multiplayer.  Build your ship and your empire!
  • BlaB – Chat… very simple… no administration or registration.  Very thin and very web based.  I’ll look into more complicated ones later.
  • Devana – RPG – kinda… It’s ok… I haven’t given it a chance or tweaked the files yet.  Let me know what you think….
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