Making Word Clouds with Large Files

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Making Word Clouds with Large FilesCoding

by Jake on Apr 10, 2015 with 0 comments

One of our TF2 server admins grabbed log files from one of our trade servers, pulled the chat lines out and turned it into a pretty neat word cloud using Wordle.  Our users thought it was a fun representation of the server.  But 10,000 lines?  That’s not very reliable data! Since we log all chat across …

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Team Fortress 2 Drop Rates

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Team Fortress 2 Drop RatesTF2

by Jake on May 12, 2013 with 2 comments

Team Fortress 2 can be very economy-oriented, which is one of the reasons I love the game so dearly. There are many places with different data about item drops and item values, so I thought I would throw some of my personal findings out there. Over the course of 7 real-weeks I gathered 229 account-weeks …

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Team Fortress 2 Map Data

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Team Fortress 2 Map DataTF2

by Jake on Mar 3, 2013 with 0 comments

When running a gaming community, figuring out which maps are played the most is an important part of adding new servers. At first our admins thought asking the community itself would be the best way–to see what the users we already have want to play. This lead to people fighting over which maps they liked …

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Unix Time Between

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Unix Time BetweenCoding

by Jake on Mar 1, 2013 with 0 comments

While digging through a bunch of data I collected, I needed a function to pull a week’s worth of hour ranges stored via a Unix timestamp.  For example, I wanted all data between midnight and 4am on every day for the last week.  I didn’t find anything while googling for a copy/paste solution, so I …

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Introduction to Joomla

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Introduction to JoomlaJoomla

by Jake on Aug 22, 2012 with 3 comments

I work almost exclusively with Joomla! these days. After an amusingly confusing conversation with a client, it occurred to me that I should create a list of resources for people who are new to Joomla, or CMSes in general. From my Google searches, I’ve found that somewhere around 80% of Joomla documentation seems out of …

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Creating a Joomla user with API calls

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Creating a Joomla user with API callsJoomla

by Jake on May 3, 2012 with 0 comments

As Joomla developers, sometimes we have clients with special customization needs. I recently found myself in this situation when one client wanted a highly customized form to also register the user with Joomla at the same time as doing the form’s main function. Since usage requirements are never the same, here are the basics. Setting Up …

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HAL Kernel Patch

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HAL Kernel PatchSystems

by Jake on Feb 10, 2012 with 1 comments

In my work (and play) I use a lot of VMs for various reasons. I recently installed a minimal Windows XP Professional VM and forgot to give it access to more than one CPU core. This causes the Windows kernel to be compiled with no Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) for multi-core CPUs. I shut off …

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OnClick Event in Fusionmenu

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OnClick Event in FusionmenuJoomla

by Jake on with 0 comments

Fusionmenu is the absolutely stunning menu system used by RocketTheme.  A couple of weeks back I was requested to add an “onClick” field to links within fusionmenu, which by default, isn’t an option.  I saw some code within the menu that looked like it was supported, or will be supported at some point, but was …

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Fixing pcre.backtrack_limit Errors

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Fixing pcre.backtrack_limit ErrorsJoomla

by Jake on Feb 6, 2012 with 0 comments

The other day I ran into an issue with Joomla’s mod_rewrite functionality and an older version of PHP.  If you run into the error: Error 500 – PHP regular expression limit reached, you are most likely running a PHP version somewhere within 5.2.0 and 5.3.6.  What is happening is that Joomla uses regular expressions to make …

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