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reader50 Jan 12, 2004 03:57 AM
(Fold) Race: The Exceptions
The Exceptions
For those who are unique, and do not fit elsewhere.

http://home.earthlink.net/~reader50/...Exceptions.jpg
The square pegs in the round holes.

You should be living on Mars, but they don't sell tickets yet.

Driving the car backwards on the highway to see if you get better mileage.

Turning a simple bedroom into a secret computer room filled with noise and heat. The room mate just doesn't understand.

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There are other places for people to go:

http://home.earthlink.net/~reader50/...ts/College.jpg
College Kids. Don't ask, we know it all already.

http://home.earthlink.net/~reader50/...sts/Rocker.jpg
Just want to sit down.

http://home.earthlink.net/~reader50/...sts/Lurker.jpg
Lurkers, feel like an outsider?

http://home.earthlink.net/~reader50/...ts/Company.jpg
Big Corporate - Yes, Sir.

But if you are unique like everyone else, this team is a good place to be. We'll take your huddled masses, your tired and oppressed, those yearning to be free.

We don't try to arrest lurkers sleeping in the park. We're not interested in what you wear to work, or when you were born. And the school of Hard Knocks is just as good as Harvard here. Wherever you came from is ok, what matters is that we're here now.

We're here now to win.

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As a free signing bonus, the long promised Stats Sigs will be available to Exceptions during the race. Others will get them after the race ends. Just post membership here, and your Sig will be turned on. I started working on the code tonight, it will be ready in time, for those who do not fit. :)
 
billybob128 Jan 12, 2004 07:08 AM
billybob128 team macnn count me in
 
Ravens Jan 14, 2004 08:35 PM
I guess this is where I belong
user name Raven
 
jarling Jan 14, 2004 11:01 PM
Ah, ravens, with only 8 posts, youre more Lurker material.
 
SciFrog Jan 15, 2004 12:00 AM
None of the other team appeal to me, count me in!
 
Welnic Jan 15, 2004 01:18 AM
Raven has been around for quite a while. And he is certainly noticable on the folding team. I would guess that something happened to his old Raven account so that he had to sign up as Ravens.
 
Ravens Jan 15, 2004 11:19 AM
Quote
Originally posted by Welnic:
I would guess that something happened to his old Raven account so that he had to sign up as Ravens.
Exactly :)
 
jarling Jan 15, 2004 06:36 PM
Cant blame a guy for trying.
 
The Placid Casual Jan 16, 2004 03:49 AM
Count me in...

The_Placid_Casual

(----.-------------@------.---)

Edit: removed email so the spam bots won't find it. not needed for stats tracking.
 
reader50 Jan 16, 2004 12:29 PM
Quote
Originally posted by Ravens:
Exactly :)
Raven, I sent you a PM about your lost screen name, you may have PM notifications turned off.

Chances are we can get your original name fixed up.
 
reader50 Jan 16, 2004 09:48 PM
Raven, please check your PM box again.
 
Scotttheking Jan 19, 2004 01:43 AM
Hey raven, I show two raven accounts.
One with a capital R, one with a lower case r.
Are they both you?
 
The Raven Jan 19, 2004 11:15 AM
Quote
Originally posted by Scotttheking:
Hey raven, I show two raven accounts.
One with a capital R, one with a lower case r.
Are they both you?
Only the Capital R is my account.
But now I am back with The Raven account. ( thanks to demonhood and reader50 )
 
Scotttheking Jan 19, 2004 12:36 PM
Quote
Originally posted by The Raven:
Only the Capital R is my account.
But now I am back with The Raven account. ( thanks to demonhood and reader50 )
I mean in the folding stats.
 
The Raven Jan 19, 2004 01:20 PM
Quote
Originally posted by Scotttheking:
I mean in the folding stats.
Just the uppercase one ,oh yeah and cobramac ;)
 
reader50 Jan 24, 2004 01:32 AM
A crash project at work has been eating almost all my spare time for the past few weeks. Bad for team participation and coding, good for the bottom line.

It's been good for my production too, less time lost to games. :)

Anyway, the stats sigs will be delivered to all Exceptions first, for two weeks regardless of the race. If we win, I'll make it 3 weeks exclusive.

There was enough time to dig up dirt on the Corporates (re - toxic dumping) with great success, we are handling them quite well. I was thinking of digging up more ammo on the other teams - the College Kids might be vulnurable to tree-hug-type stuff "Save the mice!".

We need something on the Lurkers and the Over The Hill Gang, they are crunching way too much. Starting a rumor about a forum posting tax might work on the Lurkers. ;)
 
reader50 Jan 24, 2004 01:59 AM
Ok, we have our own non-stats sigs:

Forums size: http://www4.macnn.com/team/sigs/TeamSigExcS.gif
Large size: http://www4.macnn.com/team/sigs/TeamSigExcL.gif

We can't use the Large size as a forum sig, but it can be used for team stationary and other official letters such as concession demands delivered to other teams.
 
The Placid Casual Jan 27, 2004 04:28 PM
Well, just an update... I've lost a few days WU's due to me being a muppet.

I had a failed overclock go pear shaped on me, and had all sorts of cpu cooling issues to sort out as a result.

Back, up and running now (for what it is worth!)

Although overclockfest mk2 will begin in earnest when I get some new kit delivered on Thursday...
 
reader50 Feb 2, 2004 03:31 AM
The Over The Hill Gang won. We only came in #3. :( They probably had some old-boy networking going on.

I finally broke a few hours free and hacked away some more at the sigs code:

http://home.earthlink.net/~reader50/...s/sigerror.png

It's rendering an output image, but hitting an error trap. I need to fill in more code and run some real data through, that's a project for another night. Once it's running, Exceptions will have exclusive access for the first two weeks as promised. :)
 
reader50 Feb 5, 2004 02:58 AM
working sample on my local box:

http://home.earthlink.net/~reader50/...sigsample2.png

The code is cleaned up, I'm into the fiddle-with-image-and-text-layout stage. Alternate images/layouts welcome. If all looks good, I'll upload the files and turn the sigs on.
 
reader50 Feb 6, 2004 03:10 AM
They are up. Here are the available sigs:

Team MacNN Folding
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs.php

reader50
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs.php?UID=1
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sig1.php

billybob128
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs.php?UID=353
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sig353.php

The Raven
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs.php?UID=301
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sig301.php

SciFrog
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs.php?UID=459
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sig459.php

The Placid Casual
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs.php?UID=470
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sig470.php

Unfortunately, the forum vB code does not seem to like an image pointer with variables. It works without the variable, and it works if you do it with HTML. But HTML is disabled in signatures.

In the meantime, I've made separate sig entry points for each Exception - use the second version of the sig image URL. This is workable for all five of us, but would be a serious drag to set up for all MacNN members. We'll be needing a more elegant solution.
 
billybob128 Feb 6, 2004 03:10 PM
me bieng a malco but hiw do we insert the pics?

and thanks for taking the time out to set them up reader!!:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 
The Raven Feb 6, 2004 03:37 PM
Quote
Originally posted by reader50:

Unfortunately, the forum vB code does not seem to like an image pointer with variables. It works without the variable, and it works if you do it with HTML. But HTML is disabled in signatures.

In the meantime, I've made separate sig entry points for each Exception - use the second version of the sig image URL. This is workable for all five of us, but would be a serious drag to set up for all MacNN members. We'll be needing a more elegant solution.
Nice work Reader50 :thumbsup:
 
reader50 Feb 6, 2004 03:51 PM
Sorry guys, I should have posted instructions. Enclose the sig URL inside vBB image tags like this:

[ img]http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sig301.php[/ img]

Just remove the space inside each tag and it will work. :)
 
The Placid Casual Feb 6, 2004 04:19 PM
Cool, thanks reader! :)
 
Turias Feb 6, 2004 04:32 PM
Quote
Originally posted by reader50:
Unfortunately, the forum vB code does not seem to like an image pointer with variables. It works without the variable, and it works if you do it with HTML. But HTML is disabled in signatures.

In the meantime, I've made separate sig entry points for each Exception - use the second version of the sig image URL. This is workable for all five of us, but would be a serious drag to set up for all MacNN members. We'll be needing a more elegant solution.
Do you have access to a server running apache? You can use mod_rewrite to do what you want to do. For example, mod_rewrite can take the URL http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs.php/353 and change that to http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs.php?UID=353

That should be an easy way around the variable problem.
 
Scotttheking Feb 6, 2004 07:20 PM
Quote
Originally posted by Turias:
Do you have access to a server running apache? You can use mod_rewrite to do what you want to do. For example, mod_rewrite can take the URL http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs.php/353 and change that to http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs.php?UID=353

That should be an easy way around the variable problem.
Yes, my server has mod_rewrite
 
reader50 Feb 8, 2004 11:25 PM
First results, after 3 days of live sigs. Averaging 3 MB per day in outgoing graphics, on track to 100 MB per month with just 5 sigs active. By comparison, teamstats without sigs is projected around 750 MB for the month for a much larger number of users.

Extrapolating to perhaps 50 active sig users after our two weeks are up would give 1 GB per month. Teamstats alone has reached that high once or twice.

I'm guessing the number is so high because MacNN is a high traffic forum. The Placid Casual alone accounts for 70% of the bandwidth while most of the rest is mine followed by billybob128. My haunts are Team and PowerMac, I'd guess he visits the Lounge and/or OSX a lot.

Our current sigs are just under 3 KB each, some experimentation revealed that 3/4 of the filesize comes from the team logo. I'm going to switch the member sig pattern to remove the logo and cut the bandwidth to 1/4 . Removing the logo will increase the text area a bit, that will help with the tight data on the middle line.
 
The Placid Casual Feb 9, 2004 08:19 AM
Quote
Originally posted by reader50:
First results, after 3 days of live sigs. Averaging 3 MB per day in outgoing graphics, on track to 100 MB per month with just 5 sigs active. By comparison, teamstats without sigs is projected around 750 MB for the month for a much larger number of users.

Extrapolating to perhaps 50 active sig users after our two weeks are up would give 1 GB per month. Teamstats alone has reached that high once or twice.

I'm guessing the number is so high because MacNN is a high traffic forum. The Placid Casual alone accounts for 70% of the bandwidth while most of the rest is mine followed by billybob128. My haunts are Team and PowerMac, I'd guess he visits the Lounge and/or OSX a lot.

Our current sigs are just under 3 KB each, some experimentation revealed that 3/4 of the filesize comes from the team logo. I'm going to switch the member sig pattern to remove the logo and cut the bandwidth to 1/4 . Removing the logo will increase the text area a bit, that will help with the tight data on the middle line.
Ooops! Sorry!

If you want me to stop using the sig, or modify usage patterms or something, just say... I don't mind at all. :)

My main haunts these days are the lounge, Powermac forum, and here... I also have been online a bit more than normal in the last week or so...
 
reader50 Feb 9, 2004 11:51 AM
The sigs are here to use. Don't mind me, we're just muddling around in the backend to make sure they will work when they're available to everyone. :)
 
billybob128 Feb 9, 2004 02:10 PM
the hardware group is where i spend most of my time but i check out down here all the time now.

so i take up a lot of ur bandwidth?

my bad
 
reader50 Feb 9, 2004 05:34 PM
You're fine, don't worry about it. In fact, the bandwidth with the first sig versions would be ok for just the five of us. We're watching server load and planning ahead for Feb 20, when sigs become available to everyone.
 
hotani Feb 20, 2004 12:51 PM
so... what's the word on this? any chance I can get a nifty sig hooked up to my stats like you guys? :D
 
reader50 Feb 20, 2004 01:30 PM
Looks like I have to hack some code tonight. :)
 
reader50 Feb 21, 2004 03:36 AM
The Stats Sigs have been broken out to their own separate thread.

This thread is reserved for Exceptional uses only. :)
 
reader50 Mar 16, 2004 02:32 AM
Fellow Exceptional Ones,

Please switch your sig code to the new format. The special format will get turned off in a week or two. Further discussion over in the sigs thread.

reader50
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs/UID=1/sig.php

billybob128
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs/UID=353/sig.php

The Raven
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs/UID=301/sig.php

SciFrog
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs/UID=459/sig.php

The Placid Casual
http://teamstats.macnn.com/fold/sigs/UID=470/sig.php
 
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