Serving Minecraft

Jackson’s 7th birthday was last week and with it came a plethora of presents. One of the presents he was getting was the computer version of Minecraft from my sister. Since he started playing Minecraft years ago, all he has talked about was making our own server so we could play together. I could never do this since he’s never had the full version of Minecraft for the computer. Knowing now that he was getting a copy, I decided to investigate what it would take to make a server for us to play on.

First I decided to make us a nice local, private server. One night after he went to bed I sat up and read what you needed to do to host your own server. Finding out it wasn’t that much at all, I remoted into the Mac Mini upstairs and installed a Minecraft server. After about 30 minutes of playing around, I had us a nice private Minecraft server to play on. I decided to test it for a few days by playing on it at night. It was working well until one day the server crashed on me while I was playing. I had to remote back into the Mac Mini and restart the server. When I logged back into the game, everything was gone. Not a good thing. Feeling frustrated I went to YouTube and looked up some tips and tricks to running a Minecraft server. I found a really good video on the subject, but at the end when it got the tech side of things I found out he was not hosting his server from his home but bought a server. This piqued my curiosity. I rewound the video and found out the service he bought his server from — MCPro Hosting. After looking around at their packages and their offerings, I pulled the trigger and bought a server for 6 months to try out.

The night before his birthday party I wrote up a letting letting him know I bought us our very own Minecraft server. After he opened up all of his other presents I gave him the letter and told him to read it out loud. He was shocked when he got to the part about owning our own server! Later on that night we installed Minecraft onto his computer and setup his server listings.

Even though we own a server, I’ve decided to keep our local server up and running to play around with in case I want to try running mods or something like that. But it’s nice to load up our multiplayer server lists and see that we have 2 private servers we can play on!

Written by Trevor on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 @ 2:07:35 pm in: g33k stuff,Gamage,General Nonsense |

What’s Old Is New Again

I mentioned a while ago that I was not really happy with this site design after I got done with it. I was going for a very minimalist layout and I think I took that concept a wee bit too far. I’ve been looking for a theme that would fit the mood I am in right now but alas I have come up empty. So I decided to go back to a layout that I used to enjoy very much. While it is not unheard of me going back to a previous layout, it’s not something I have done very often. But if I liked one of my previous layouts, what’s keeping me from going back to it one day?

In addition to reviving an old site layout, you may have noticed that there are a few ads peppered here and there. It’s been ages since I had advertisements on my site and I thought I would give it a shot again. Since I lost the ability to integrate Ad-Sense ads on my site (Google didn’t like all my half naked ladies o_O) I just decided to go without them. But I have now re-opened my Amazon Associate account and am starting to serve ads. However, these aren’t going to be just random ads. I’m only going to have ads of products and services that I either use or really believe in. Well, at least that’s the plan anyway. We’ll just have to see if Amazon keeps it that way.

Oh yeah, today is my 39th birthday. This will be my final year in my 30s. Joy.

Written by Trevor on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 @ 12:24:53 am in: g33k stuff,General Nonsense |


I’m going through what can only be called a personal ‘tech renaissance’. I am finding joy in older technologies, and discovering things that used to make me happy about the tech in my house. Right now I am all about my computers. I needed an old file the other day that was stored in an old repository of files from 2 old hard drives from about 15 years ago. In looking for that file, I ran across hemmafter gem of long forgotten files, pictures, and text documents. All of this reminded me of what I used to love about computers. Since then, I have started to set up a dedicated file server for the house, a networked web development machine, and have gone through hundreds of old photos of my computers and setups for the past 16 years. All of this has made me think of the good times, and the not so good times. What it has made me realize is that I have lost the ‘fun’ factor in my life when it comes to my computers and tech.

I am changing that.

Starting today, things are changing. Change as they say is slow, but you’re definitely going to see some changes develop. In fact, this site is going to be changing soon. It’s time this site gets back to its roots!

More to come…..

Written by Trevor on Friday, September 30th, 2016 @ 1:23:32 am in: g33k stuff,General Nonsense,I Found A Happy Place! |

Answers From The Past

I’ve been playing around with Oracle’s VirtualBox for a few weeks now. I have a Windows XP 64-bit Professional virtual machine and a Windows Vista (don’t ask) virtual machine. I had some trouble when I set them up with audio — none in Windows XP and choppy audio in Windows Vista. I gave it a night and then walked away. Last night I decided to work on it for a bit and after some crawling on the VirtualBox forums, I found a solution. I now had perfect audio on each install.

So why make these virtual machines? Simple — games. I have tons of Windows games and no system to play them on. I’ve been playing some old Windows games using a Wine Skin, but some games just don’t work with it. But, I ran into an issue with my Windows XP install.

I really want to run the games under Windows XP since that is how I used to play them. I installed Vista after I couldn’t get the audio to work in Windows XP. Audio is kind of important when you’re playing games. So once I got the audio up and running I decided to get XP ready for some games. That’s when I hit a major snag. The default installation of Windows Xp came with Internet Explorer 6. Those of you in the computer scene know the abomination that is IE 6. I downloaded Firefox but to install it I needed Service Pack 2. I went into IE and every site I went to to download SP2 came back an error that IE couldn’t connect. This was total bullshit since I tried to go to Google and it gave me the same error, even thought I could go to msn.com and bing.com without issue. I was at a standstill. I tried different things for about an hour and then had to walk away. I booted up the virtual machine tonight to see if I could make any headway. Nothing. I got frustrated and decided to walkaway for a little bit. I opened up Firefox on my iMac and decided to read my blog. There I found a post from 2013. In this post I talk about getting rid of AOL back in 1996 and getting a real ISP. There was a passage that lit the virtual light bulb over my head.

The new service came with a few disks of software, one of them being Netscape 1.0. It was the first browser I had ever used and it was pretty much the only browser I would use for the next 6 years.

Netscape!!! I used to use Netscape back in the day on Windows XP as my primary browser! I loaded up IE 6 and attempted to get to a site that had an archived copy of Netscape Navigator. As luck would have it, I found a site that I was able to connect to and downloaded it. A few minutes later I installed Netscape and was able to download the service pack that I needed. Unfortunately, the only way it seems to get the service pack for 64-bit Windows XP is via an ISO. I downloaded a free ISO burner but VirtualBox seems to only let you use a CD/DVD drive as a read-only drive, not a burner. So, I went back to OSX and downloaded the same ISO and will burn it from there and then install the service pack. Victory will be mine!!

Written by Trevor on Monday, September 19th, 2016 @ 10:56:15 pm in: g33k stuff,General Nonsense |

Taking A Walk With Math

I’ve been working on a special Minecraft project for the past few months. In this project, I am recreating something. What am I recreating? My neighborhood. I started out with the house I grew up in and have expanded it from there. The house was the focal point for me. Since I lived there for 14 years, I knew it quite well. Scale was very important to get the feeling just right. It took several attempts, but I finally got the scale right where it needed to be. Using the house’s scale as a reference, I started creating some of the other features and buildings around it. However, I had reached a point where the scale of the house was becoming irrelevant since I was getting farther and farther away from the house. So how do I solve this issue? I took a walk.

How can a walk help me determine scale? Let me explain that to you. First, I went into Minecraft and found out that the front of the house was 21 blocks across. This was my starting point. I grabbed a small pocket notebook and headed down to the house. I paced out the front of the house and discovered it was 15 paces across. A little math told me that every step was worth 1.4 blocks. Now that I had a very simple formula, I took the next hour and walked the entire cemetery (did I forget to mention I grew up in a cemetery?) mapping everything in my notebook with locations and paces. I even decided to map the entire walk home since I have decided to recreate as much of the neighborhood as possible. I must have looked like a madman walking around with a notebook in hand, counting to myself, and then making little notes as I randomly stopped.

Once home, I printed out some satellite pictures of the cemetery and the road from there to my house from Google Maps. I then sat down, drew my distances from all of my notes onto the maps in steps. Then I printed out another copy of the same map, make the same exact distance markings, and then calculated the steps in to blocks. Yes, this might be a little extreme but it does feed my OCD. Now I had a map of the cemetery telling me how many blocks I needed to go to major features of cemetery. There will be a need for a few more walks once I get closer to completion to nail down some specifics, but I have the majority of the numbers I need to do what I need to do for now. The only thing that is a real bitch is that I don’t have a proper way to do elevations. Even if I could accurately measure the elevations in the hills, I cannot accurately reproduce them since I am dealing with a set block size inside of Minecraft. Oh well.

I know this project will literally take me years to complete but it’s a passion project that I get to do every once and a while to relieve some stress and just chill with some music playing.

So how is it coming so far? Well, if you’ve never seen the cemetery then you have no clue what it’s really supposed to look like. But, for those of you have spend a lot of time there with me growing up, or living there with me (family), here are a free screenshots to show my progress so far. Most of the interiors are about 78% done, but I didn’t take screen shots of those. That’s another show.

Written by Trevor on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 @ 2:08:11 am in: g33k stuff,General Nonsense |

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