Spam Accounts

Because of an increasing number of spam accounts from the mail.ru domain, I will be deleting all accounts registered with that domain on 5/22/2016 and blocking new users from using that domain effective immediately.

If anybody has registered an account with a mail.ru domain, I strongly urge you to change your associated email address or risk your account being deleted.

SSL Bug Begone!

Im sure you have already noticed, but I finally got that annoying SSL bug fixed.

It had to do with OCSP Stapling. For some reason the web server was having trouble resolving the address of the OCSP server and that made Firefox/Waterfox users unhappy.

TLDR:
The broken stuff and its not broken anymore.

API Deprecation and Rebuild

The current API for this website is going to be deprecated in the coming week or two. Luckily, there are not many people who use this. With luck, the transition will be painless.

The reason behind this is WordPress is building its own API (more info here), which uses its own integrated framework and system of doing things.
I discovered this today when I made an attempt to submit my API’s plugin to the WordPress public repository, and it was denied. Not due to any fault of mine, but the WordPress folks are doing their best to discourage competition and (more importantly) market fragmentation.

There is currently no problem with the existing system. Just a heads up that the endpoints and protocols may change sooner rather than later to a more long-term solution.

I would also like to announce that there may be a new member joining the UOLTT team! She will be helping me rebuild the API and keep the process running smooth. More info to come.

If any questions or concerns come up, please leave them in the comments!

 

–UPDATE–

The new API development is in progress. See its page for more information.

Site Migration Complete

The site was moved to its new host late last night, and I let DNS do its thing overnight.

This morning it would appear that the transition was smooth and painless.

The new server doubles the core count of the previous one, and has 30GB of RAM. This should be more than enough for the time being.

I have also installed an SSL Certificate on the site. Not that it matters much, but good security is always a plus!

Server Host Migration

Later tonight, I will be moving this website to a new host (again). We are upgrading to a much larger server to help combat the higher traffic to this site.

With this upgrade we will be able to do more cool stuff, such as hosting email*, SSL, and stuff like that. The API will also be much faster and be able to handle many more requests/second.

I dont exactly when the migration will happen, but it will do so sometime tonight. If you experience service interruptions, ping me on Discord and ill give you an ETA on when it will be back up.

 

* Dont get too excited about the email part. It will only be for administration and possibly squadron leaders.

A Call for Volunteers

Developers: Do you have too much time and need a project?
Writers: How does an always changing and fast-paced environment sound?
Squad leaders: Have you had difficulty organizing events?

Whoever you are, and whatever you identify as, UOLTT needs you!

This is not a request for highly skilled and specialized individuals (although those are welcome as well), this is a call to everyone who is willing to put in countless hours of work for no pay and little credit.

Absolutely anyone may apply for anything, however If you fall into any of the following categories we strongly urge you to apply:

  • Web Development
    • WordPress
      • Themes
      • Plugins
    • SQL
  • Writing
    • Blogging
    • Instructional writing
    • Announcements
    • General-Editing (proofreading)
  • Media
    • Podcasting
    • Live Streaming
      • twitch.tv
      • hitbox.tv
      • youtube.com
  • Leadership (must already have the required rank)
    • Squad Leaders
    • Platoon Leaders

You may apply by sending “judahnator” a PM on either the LTT forum or Discord, or by commenting on this post.

New Database Structure

The database has (again) been moved to its final resting place (again).

This new database structure, methods, and interface are much faster and more stable than the previous system, and will fully integrate with the new “Insane Maths Department’s” database in the near future.

You will also be able to see changes made to your account in real-time in the user database, instead of needing to wait up to 15 minutes for the next CRON job.

Some users might have lost the changes made to their account in the past few days, so if your data is off you may have to update it.

User Database Open to Members

There has not been much in the development category recently, but that is not because nothing has been happening! Quite the opposite, I have been more busy than ever.

I have something exciting to announce: The user-database is now visible to other UOLTT members.
It is far from perfect, and development on it is ongoing. However, for the time being it is running and fully functional.
You can access the database by simply logging into your account, going to the dashboard, and selecting the “Star Citizen” item on the leftmost menu.

The system will be taken offline again for a short time while the Insane-Maths-Department finalizes the database structure and layout, but it should be here to stay.

The public-facing side should be done within a few days. This side will have some limitations though. For example, it will be limited to 20 results and will only show data from users who didn’t opt-out of the public table.

As always, if there are any problems PM me. My LinusTechTips name is judahnator”

Link Your Profile to the Star Citizen Database

Great news everyone!

The long awaited functionality to link to your UOLTT profile to the Star Citizen database is now complete (sorta).

What we have so far:
We have a database of all the users and their UOLTT membership information. When you create an account, you are able to link your UOLTT Conglomerate account to your LTT Forum account. This is an important step as we need to verify that you are who you say you are.
Once we have verified you are who you say you are, we will unlock your Star Citizen data and it will automatically link to your account based on your forum name.

What still needs done:
We have come a very long-ways to get where we are now. However, there is still a lot of work to do!
One of the major points is even though your local data can be kept up-to-date, the official database hosted by the “Insane Maths Department” (HERE is the database) is not being updated just yet. We are actively working on this, it should be done sometime the first week of November.
Another major milestone is having the data indexed and visible. I have started progress on this. The problem is (again) that the data is not updating the official database yet.

To link your account:
Visit the How-To Page

TL;DR:
Exciting stuff is going on. You should definitely get in on this.

Data Entry UI

The user-interface for user data-entry is coming along nicely.

There are minor issues, such as being able to claim ownership of multiple ships, but for the most part everything is working just fine.

Here is a quick overview of how you will link your account to your Star Citizen data:

  • You create an account on this website
  • In your user profile, enter in your LTT forum name
  • You will be prompted for the passkey to link yourself to the data
  • One of the website Administrators (me) will PM you on the LTT forum and give you the passkey
  • Enter the passkey. Once that is done your account will be linked to the SC database

That is just a quick overview. Don’t try to do all this just yet, it is only in my development environment at the moment. Soon enough though!

On a side note, if anyone happens to know a bit about JavaScript let me know! I am in need of a JavaScript guy. PM me on the LTT forum, my name is judahnator