March 15, 2012
The Flippy has us, once more. I'd like to first take a moment to shed a tear and say that just yesterday I retired the original server that started this domain, all it's game servers & websites, and frankly my continued interest in coding which lead to a successful career thus far. He was a dual Pentium 3 (back when it was actually 2 physical processors [gasp!]), 933Mhz machine of which the site and game servers used to run on, otherwise known as the great and all powerful "Flippy". Beleive it or not, it still runs just fine... just every once in a while he would loose power and reboot, and I couldn't figure out why. Perhaps his way of telling me "I'm too old for this mess". Some may have noticed I've resurected another old machine of mine, "Sauron", with fresh guts and new life to take over for Flippy. Alas, you were a great host machine Flippy, one which to work around the clock but desperately needed, and deserved, retirement. Perhaps there will be some use for you again. Maybe you will find a home with a young aspiring web developer, such as Brian K. and myself were when we first aquired Flippy, who will wipe your rusty Windows 2003 server ridden drives clean, put a fresh install of linux on you, fire you up and learn how to "master the web" as we once did. You had an epic run Flip', many good times.
In the wake of dusting off Flippy and remembering all the good times, I started to think back about all he's done. Luckily, even if my memory isn't so great, the internet's memory is. Ah what we find on the web of the 'days of old' is astounding. As you may have noticed, Flippydisk.com hasn't had any content up for quite some time now and I've always wanted to do something with it agian. But what to do and with what design theme? Out of curiosity I used the web archive, aka the "way back machine", to look back at what Flippydisk used to be. After sifting through several years of archives I came across this version of the site, which sparked a lot of good memories of game servers and websites we've hosted in the past.
After looking at it again I decided, hey it's still not so bad! Looks decent on most modern browsers and pretty good on mobile phones, at least in landscape mode. You know what, I'm going to ressurect this theme... a quick view source and... OMG HAHHAHAHHAHAHA wow. Go ahead and do it if you're a web developer, it's good for a laugh. OK, wipe the spittal off your monitor and calm down. Oh what a tangled world wide web we used to weave when things like CSS were just starting to come into play. Except for this particular news post and it's use of some standard tags almost everything else is the original code from back in May of 2002. <font> tags, unclosed double <br> tags for spacing, inline bgcolor and other depricated attributes & tags, 1px transparent gif's & 1px wide table cells with white backgrounds for borders, and yes that's a page hit counter at the bottom hehe. No longer working of course, but that number got up there for a home-hosted online gaming community amongst a few friends. Fun stuff & good memories.
So now that I've decided to bring Flippydisk.com back to life, I'm at least going to overhaul the code structure. As those of you who code can imagine, it might be good for a laugh but it's just not scaleable and I just can't moraly leave it like this. As to what it'll be and what information it'l hold when it's done, that has yet to be determined. It'll certainly mention the multitude of websites Flippydisk network hosts & it's admins have developed, but it'll take some mulling over to think about if it becomes more than that.
For now, it's happy retirement Flippy, welcome back Sauron, and here's to sifting through a ton of jumbled HTML mess to turn it into a useable theme again. Cheers!