Hardfought’s new home

By K2 on December 4th, 2016 at 4:37 am EST

Back in August I mentioned that I was contemplating getting away from shared web hosting and serving the Hardfought website from my home. There’s no real reason to spend the money every year for a site that gets minimal traffic, and I have plenty of bandwidth here. So I bought the hardware a couple months ago, and found the time to finish the process. If you’re reading this, then your ISP’s DNS servers have received the update – Hardfought now lives in my basement ;) Had a few hiccups during the migration, but nothing I couldn’t handle. Long story short, phpBB3 and PHP 7.x don’t play nice. Found some tweaks and code fixes that resolved the issues I was seeing, so we’re all good. Learned quite a bit in the process as well, since it’s been over ten years since I’ve hosted a website locally… in a very real sense, we’ve come full circle after 16+ years of existence. Running Ubuntu server 16.04 w/ LAMP configuration. Hosting my business website on the same dedicated box. I think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised with the much faster load times and smoother functionality.

Technically, I could throw a CS port on it as well, the amount of resources available are crazy compared to what we had available in the past. Hmm :)

Anyways. Next time you visit, post something. Dig into your profile, play with settings, etc. If you notice any bugs, lemme know. Thanks gang.

Sweet Sixteen

By K2 on October 22nd, 2016 at 6:00 am EST

Hardfought turns sixteen years old today. Imagine that ;)

So I’m actually writing this post a couple days early, and it’s scheduled to post on the 22nd. I’ve got drill this weekend, so I won’t be around to actually post or ‘celebrate’ if that’s what we do anymore when Hardfought gets a year older. Anyways, happy 16th Hardfought – on with the news.

I made a post a few weeks ago in the web server section of the forum outlining plans to move the website away from paid hosting, and to run it from a dedicated box from the house. We’re coming full circle after over a decade of hosting. The hardware is in, I just need time to put it together, get the OS and other components installed (Ubuntu + LAMP), get the domain pointed here and initiate the transfer. The site will understandably be down for a bit when I kick things off… hoping to get this done before Christmas. I’ll make the announcement before I initiate.

That’s all for now folks. Until next time…

Nethack 3.6.0 released

By K2 on December 9th, 2015 at 2:16 pm EST

Yesterday, a new version of Nethack was released, bringing the version up to 3.6.0 – this is the first new release of this game in over 10 years. Lots of bug fixes, incorporation of many of the most popular patches, and new content. The download and release notes can be found here – http://nethack.org/common/index.html

Love this game, it’s one of my all-time favorite computer games I’ve ever played. And arguably the most difficult computer game ever made just got harder with this release. Enjoy.

Happy 15th Birthday Hardfought

By K2 on October 22nd, 2015 at 4:29 pm EST

In true fashion, I’ve waited an entire year to do a news post. Hardfought turns 15 years old today… fifteen – friggin’ – years. Not bad for a site that doesn’t do much of anything anymore other than the occasional forum traffic. I’ve re-upped the domain for another five years, so you’ll be seeing a 20th year announcement five years from today, hah. Not too many websites that I can think of that are still up and running after this long. Maybe Beer for Breakfast but I think I have a year or so on them. Hey, kudo’s to BfB.

Anyways. If you’re reading this, you must be a long-time member. So thanks for stopping by. Drink one for Hardfought tonight in celebration.

Oh yeah… what do ya think about Back to the Future Day being yesterday? Crazy, yeah? Too bad the Mets put the smack down on the Cubs, one less prediction that came true. Have a good one everybody, cheers.

Fourteen years old!

By K2 on October 22nd, 2014 at 5:24 am EST

Hardfought just turned fourteen years old today! Happy birthday Hardfought!! Weeee… hrm. Ok. Enough of that silliness ;) So, what all has happened around here since this time last year? We delved into the world of Bitcoin for a few months and played around with that for awhile. Had a real-time ajax-based chatroom put on the site, which is being used as I type this. Finally got around to getting a solid SSL certificate installed (yay). We’re now back to folding, and with a vengeance at that. And last but not least, the latest game craze appears to be some console title known as ‘Destiny’. It’s some Halo knock-off made by the folks over at Bungie that has most everyone here all hot n’ bothered. Whatever, Nethack still rules them all :)

Cheers, HF. Can’t wait to do the 20 year post…

5000 days

By K2 on July 1st, 2014 at 7:16 pm EST

Nice little milestone was reached today. Hardfought has been in exsistence for 5000 days straight, or 13 years, 8 months and 10 days. Noticed that this morning when I loaded up the site. Pretty neat. Commence celebration, go :-)

Bitcoin and all the rest…

By K2 on May 17th, 2014 at 5:06 pm EST

Since December 2013 I’ve been playing around with cryptocurrency, the most popular one being Bitcoin. You may have heard about it on the news or on the internet here and there over the last few months. Bitcoin has been around since early 2009, but didn’t really go mainstream until last fall when the price shot up to over $1100 a coin. I decided to jump into the game with a few rigs that do nothing but ‘mine’ Bitcoin and other alternate coins based off of it.

Because of this, we now have a new sub-forum entitled ‘cryptocurrency’ and have seen an influx of new users to the site. There are a few posts in that forum already, showing off everyone’s mining rigs, how-to’s for certain programs, etc. If you have any questions about mining for digital currency, or want to post about your own experiences, feel free.

So now, we have an alternate coin that just went live less than a week ago that has more of a purpose than just solving an evermore complex mathematical problem that doesn’t do any good for anybody other than the coin it produces. Those of you reading this may remember when Hardfought created its own Folding@Home team (it’s still alive thanks to Grant :) ). What is ‘folding’? In this particular instance, it’s a process in which you use your computers CPU and GPU to help solve all of the different ways a protein can ‘fold’ into different shapes, and how they fold determines how they interact with other proteins. There isn’t a supercomputer on the planet that has enough computational power to solve all the ways even a single protein can fold in a quick amount of time. That’s where Folding@Home comes in – they devised a method of distributed computing in which each persons home computer takes a small piece of the problem, works on it, solves it, uploads it to the F@H servers, then grabs another piece. So on and so forth. So what once would have taken years if not decades to solve now only takes months. Folding@Home has been active for almost fifteen years now, with millions of computers working on cures for diseases such as many forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s just to name a few. And the only compensation all of these ‘folders’ have received for their time and money spent, is knowing that they are helping to find a cure. Nothing more.

Enter Curecoin – a cryptocurrency developed by a small team of people who are passionate about the Folding@Home project who have worked out a way for folders to earn Curecoin while folding. You can mine for this coin just like you can for Bitcoin, also. I wont go into all the technical details here, but I will say that this is unlike any other digital currency to date. The work you’re doing to earn coins actually has a purpose; the work is not wasted, and actually benefits everyone. There are a couple other coins out whose proof of work has purpose (Primecoin, Namecoin), but this is the first one that actually HELPS people.

To learn more about Curecoin, see the announcement thread here – https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=603757.0, their official forums can be found at http://www.curecoin.us, a great how-to and knowledge base site – http://www.curecoin.net, and the pool most of us mine at can be found at http://cure.cryptopools.com https://cure.united-miners.com. I’ll post in this news post thread where you need to go to start earning Curecoin via folding.

Happy folding :)