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using bits for storage Aug 17, 2011 | Rei
Writing the Capabilities system based on a simple glance of the Linux capabilities source code, I've finally realized why in 5 years, I have never used an INT as a storage bus.


Anyone who can write that at a glance without a moments thought - has my full respect.

29,000 ?

Added counters to the top of index.php and search.php

We're getting so close to 29,000 ! Could happen by the end of the month.
no more Port 81 Aug 15, 2011 | Rei
Kouta Ikari Ayanami pointed out some public networks use web filtering that blocks non-web associated ports. This was causing a lot of problems with using ACDB.

CSS would not load.
Images would not load.

When we moved to this new server, I only had one IP address. In such a situation, the only way to run multiple servers is by running them on different ports.

Port 80 is used for rendering PHP pages. Everything else, like static content, I like to move to another server. And since we have a dual hex-core server, it made even more sense to set up a firewall-level round-robin to spread the load evenly across many servers.

Anyways, I set that up using Port 81.

Then we finally got a /29 IP allotment, I couldn't quite figure out how to do the RDR NAT to make it work on another IP running Port 80.

Turns out, all I needed was this one line:

rdr on rl0 inet proto tcp from any to port = http -> {,,,, } port 81 round-robin

Now all that's left is spotting and repairing any manually entered :81 links in the source code.

The main change is

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Last Week Aug 13, 2011 | Rei
Been a while with no news!

A few note worthy things happen last week.


The first round of automatic promotions have begun. Every 10 days of using the site, a member earns a new rank.

Also, we've added in 3 ranks we missed, bringing the total number of ranks to 37! Many thanks to CaptainBrain for compiling the rank info. ^_^

Books / Guides

A new feature that allows easily creating, updating and maintain guide books has been made available to admins. Once we have some guides worth reading, I'll make an announcement. I hope to explain much of how the site works, what features the site has, and provide examples and guidelines using this new books feature.

Non-Human Characters

Perhaps the biggest change! We've taken yet another step towards our goal of having all animated characters in our database.

Currently, the Non-Human DB is broken into a few categories.

1. Animals
2. Non-Human
3. In Armor
4. Manga

To use, in the Main Search panel near the bottom of it, select a Type .

I kinda like browsing the animals. Amazing how many of them are iconic characters in certain series. I'm glad we can finally add them!

The manga characters will be used for Black and White images. This could give us a head start on indexing the latest characters.

Bash Scripting


until [ -z "$1" ]

iceweasel "http://athlon/$1"
sleep 1


Always wanted something like that. Now I can open all the code I'm working on with the same command I use to edit in bulk.

kate *tags*
k *tags*


Who Board

Also updated the Who's This Character Board yesterday.

Mainly CSS improvements. But also expanded the mod panel to have a Broken Link section. And removed the 0's from the ID's in the mod panel.

Still need to run another pass on it. Make use of the inputted mod info.

And some layout tweaks were made. Splitting the parent and child posts into different frames.

Uh, hopefully I didn't miss any frame containers.


Admins can now give out admin levels using the profile browsing.

I'm amazed how many members have added profiles. Never expected it to be a popular feature. Guess I'll work some more improvements into it.


did some work on drafting preference settings. no real progress yet. but eventually, PM Notification emails will be opt-in rather than automatic.


added a small JList button to the site. i love the stuff they sell. but with the high yen, and expensive shipping ... maybe i'll just buy a calendar in time for christmas. haha

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