[candy for dinner] huge february update with all new background

hey candy fans-

february traditionally is a big candy month for valentine’s day, and we do have a big update with some fascinating new candies, but shocking no new valentine’s entries just yet. we’ll be sure to do another february update if we come across any.

in the meantime, we have over 30 new pictures at www.candyfordinner.com

-the c4d team

[candy for dinner] january update – new reese’s, skittles, starburst and more

happy new year candy fans!

we have over a dozen new candies and over 40 new pictures over at candy for dinner, to celebrate the new year in style. new entries from reese’s, skittles, starburst and of course bazooka joe are included.

check it out now – www.candyfordinner.com

-the c4d team

[Fyrebug] Version 0.747 changes – draw in crop, bg thumbs

draw in crop
there is a new tool in the item cropper that allows users to draw

  • features five pen sizes and dozens of colors.
  • dedicated draw eraser lets the drawings and erasing occur on top of jpg beneath

server switch
massive 6 week project finished, with massive performance upgrade for fraction of price

  • migrated from 1 dedicated $350 server to 2 $20 managed scaling servers with 2 $20 db servers for a total of $80 + overages
  • server scales php processor and database across huge network, incurring overages if used often rather than reducing site performance or crashing the site server
  • detailed processor reports (gpu reports) intimize most cpu intensive files, scripts and errors
  • fyrebugdev environment completely separate and does not impact or get impacted by live site

bg thumb/large
all backgrounds are now created at three sizes – 425×350 as well as new 85×70 (1/5th size thumbnail) and 850×700 (double sized)

  • all previous backgrounds have been retroactively tripled as well, and copied to the uploaded.fyrebug.com site
  • item gallery loading for backgrounds will load much faster, create less server load, and incure fewer cdn charges
  • all item galleries changed to show thumbnail in gallery

future plans:

  • use in wide/tall engines

subdomains
ability to add any subdomain and point to a separate server
add dedicated subdomain and user database as a client offering

copies to uploaded.fyrebug.com
uploaded.fyrebug.com synces to the cdn for scaling, and now can reside on a separate server

  • all logos, uploaded mp3s, generated text files and cropped images now auto-sync to the cdn-based subdomain.
  • this will allow fyrebug to scale out in another direction if needed

on-site cache
the pages on fyrebug are now cached and refresh periodically. content can be refreshed on many pages with ajax loaders.

major bug fixes
90% processor usage reduction with new server gpu reports

  • related games
  • item gallery search, featured bgs
  • stray images and files

[WJDW] December Mix

hey everyone-

after a big double mix in nomember, we’re back again with another for early december, with another probably in late december as well. need to catchup from the early 2008 drought!

this time we have 20 new and ordered tracks, with some 2007 bsides from sum41, click five and powerspace, as well as new songs from fall out boy, papa roach and more. plus a bunch of decent new bands like valencia and search the city.

http://wjdw.com/index.php?year=2008-12-10

[Fyrebug] Version 0.746 – chat, holidays, server text

flat file php conversions
conversion of flash-driven php run functions to flat text files. the text files are now located in /uploaded/text/foldername where folder name is the name of the action in the php run (ex. action=flashxgameinfo for each game info text file)

types of flat files so far:

  • creates (saved as text files by createtypeid):
    • createtypeinfo
    • enginechoices
  • engines (saved as text files by engineid)
    • engineinfo – returns engine swf url
  • games (saved as text files by gameid, in subfolders by 1000)
    • flashxgameinfo
    • also uses engineinfo
  • f425 (saved as text files by page name)
    • f400control
    • also uses flashxgameinfo

the shell, create and f425 are updated to support these text changes.

admin functions
there are new admin functions to generate new text files if anything changes.

these are on www.fyrebug.com/admin and can be done by:

  • creates – all one click
  • engines – all one click
  • games – done 1000 at a time by offset=
  • f425 – not live yet

client stats
new page for stats by client, so far hardcoded like other client pages for sikids userid=15100

www.fyrebug.com/clientstats

note the links on the left nav, you can sort by various stuff. we can use this for real client stats, you can then bump them up if youd like. we can get pageviews for home, play, create, etc in google analytics.

chat

an ajax chat is now live on every display game page as well as a new chat page.

chat page – www.fyrebug.com/chat
shows the chat, driven to in promo units

promotional units:

  • 728×90
  • f425

future additions in the works

  • integrating “who’s online” for an idea of who could be chatting
  • saving chat archives
  • various format/css changes

holiday
the holidays are mostly launched and ready to go on the live site

graphics:

  • promotional header
  • 728×90
  • f425

holiday page – www.fyrebug.com/holiday
added to leftbar, driven to in promo and has holiday tagged games and site-news

added about 20 xmas clipart as featured items to create, and a holiday category to create and play games.

added medals to database, have six different types of medals

[candy for dinner] bonus november update

hey candy fans-

it was only a couple weeks since our last update, but we’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest, and had to put out an interim update before the big holiday releases. we have four interesting new candies as well as 4 updated candies, with over 30 brand-new pics!

www.candyfordinner.com

have a great turkey day everyone.

-the c4d team

[candy for dinner] timely halloween update with over 2 dozen candy updates

just in time for thanksgiving, we have our big autumn and halloween update! we have over a dozen brand new candies, along with new versions of another dozen candies. some highlights include 2 new types of hershey’s kisses, an amazingly marked new hershey’s variant and tons of multi-packs of new gum.

check it out now! – www.candyfordinner.com