30 Jun

Keep calm and play Solitaire

Some random thoughts/events that happened to me last year or something. 😀

1. I’ve removed games for Mac and Windows 10, mostly because it was quite annoying to update them and not really profitable. You need Mac to build Mac games and you need Windows 10 to build Windows 10 games. (thanks cap!) Both OSes suck, one is overpriced (I can buy 2-3 regular laptops for the price of 1 macbook), another is soooooo buggy and annoying and always downloading some stupid updates. I haven’t seen BSOD since XP, but Windows 10 reintroduced it again!

2. I have added dark mode to all my game websites, was easy and fun to do it.
For example, All-in-One Mahjong website. Don’t know, if many players will appreciate that, but I’m liking dark mode in everything more and more.
Now need to do something with Pozirk Games website design and this blog…

3. Google Adwords keep telling me that my paused Solitaire ads are gambling ads and violate their policy. First time I’ve contacted them and they have fixed the problem, but second time I had enough and just stopped using Adwords. Bing is cheaper and no stupid emails about violations.
Same problems caused by Artificial Stupidy Intelligent with Admob and Google Play.
Admob was telling me that another developer’s game is violating their policies and I have to fix it. Seriously?
Google Play sent me an email that my games are not 64-bit compatible, but when I login to check I see “This release is compliant with the Google Play 64-bit requirement.”
In general, all the services from Google are getting worse and worse, and support is getting more and more useless.
As a client I’ve abandoned Google some time ago, switched to another email service and DuckDuckGo search.
As a developer… well, it will take more time.

4. Bing is cheaper, but generates fake clicks, they are aware about that, but decided to do nothing.
When I’ve contacted them with the following problem, 2 clicks per 1 view:

They told me it happens and offered me some promo codes.
The problem is, those double clicks happen everyday and while I can catch “2 clicks, 1 view”, what should I do with “3 clicks, 36 views”? How many of these clicks are unique and actually real?
Here is the answer from Bing support:

I believe Bing don’t have these fake clicks in US unlike in Canada, Australia and Europe.

5. Lots of clowns are still trying to “hack” my website. Everyday. I don’t know what their problem is, cause trying “admin/123456” as login/password didn’t work before and will never work, but so far almost 7k blocked IPs. Cool number, but this blocking is not really helping as every day I get another “admin/123456” attempt from new IP.
I mean, it is no always “admin/123456”, sometimes it’s “admin/password”, “admin/pozirk”, “pozirk/password”. Result is always the same.
More fun details here: https://inside.pozirk.com/2018/09/28/cool-hackerz/

6. I’m planning to add 14 more games to All-in-One Solitaire, but waiting for a stable port of Feathers UI to Haxe/OpenFL.
One big flaw in my games is menu scrolling, it’s painful for players (I think so :)), cause I made it myself and it works really bad.
Feathers UI has nice scrolling component and should save me.

7. Suddenly I’ve changed theme for this blog to something simple, my old theme had some Flash elements.

8. Google is sending emails and calling me asking to advertise with them. No, thank you! NASDAQ is a bubble, btw.

To be continued.

21 Dec

Last post in 2018 :)

So, I was able to switch both Solitaire games to HTML5, and they look and function much worse then Flash versions, but have no choice anyway.
Putting updated version to Google Play caused lots of complaints, as usual…
OpenFL still has some nasty bugs, like it crashes a lot on Android 4.4 specifically, and I don’t know why.
Next year I should move all of Mahjong games to OpenFL/HTML5 and finally start developing something new.

Amazon is shrinking.
They have closed Underground program.
Also they stopped distributing PC/Mac games, without any notification. Sounds like a big corp, that doesn’t care.

Google Ads getting worse as well. Their Video Ads often freeze and don’t allow users to play, causing lots of problems to me, as I have to block these ads manually.

Cool-hazckers still trying to brute-force my website, more then 600 IPs blocked and counting! 😎
Someone also trying to break SSH and mail server. Fail2Ban helps a lot here.
On a positive side, finally I have properly setup my mail server and it now cuts 95% of spam!
Also an email from Apple was rejected, cause they can’t properly setup they mail server… or is it me?

Did I mention every Big Tech company here?
Ah yes, Facebook… well I don’t like it. 😀

Anyway, hope everything will change for the best next year! Right??? 🙂
Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

27 May

Indie tools

Here is a small list of tools, I’m using in development and in everyday life.
Some of them are well-known, while others are less popular.
Hope, it will be useful to someone.

PuTTY“SSH and telnet client.”
I use it a lot, when I need remotely connect to my VPS.

WinSCP“free SFTP, SCP and FTP client for Windows.”

FlashDevelop“free and open source code editor for every developer.”
One of the best IDEs for developing Flash and OpenFL projects.
And I have recently became a FlashDevelop “sponsor” by donating $100+. Woo-hoo!

HeidiSQL“useful and reliable tool designed for web developers using the popular MySQL server, and Microsoft SQL databases.”
Still has some bugs, but free and works great.

Notepad++“free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.”

ShoeBox“free Adobe Air based app for Windows and Mac OSX with game and ui related tools.”
My primary use is to create spritesheets for the games.

Window Movie Maker – yeah, well, simple, easy to use, and free. Just right for me to quickly create game videos/trailers.

Format Factorymultifunctional media converter.

FastStone Image Viewer – similar to ACDSee, but free (for home users, though)

Double Commander“cross platform open source file manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas.”
And unlike TC, it’s free!

Audacity“free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.”

Inkscape“professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.”
Free!

GIMP“GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.”
Here is a nice article on how to make GIMP even more usable. (it’s in Russian, though)

Trillian“modern instant messaging for home and work that prioritizes chat interoperability and security.”
In case, you want to join #haxe or #openfl channels on IRC.

KeePass“free open source password manager.”
Keeps securing my passwords since 2006! 🙂

25 Oct

FGL Top

I know, it’s not nice to brag, but I just couldn’t resist.
Recently I hit #5 in FGL Top-Selling Developers!
fgl_top

13 Nov

Бесплатный Playbook от Blackberry и Marmalade

Пока работал над овечкой, выкроил время зарегистрироваться на спешл от Marmalade и Blakcberry: Marmalade for BlackBerry.
Этот офер уже закончился, было много желающих: “Thanks to everyone who has signed up to this fabulous offer so far. Due to unprecedented demand, we are closing the Marmalade for BlackBerry® offer”.
Но я таки успел получить свои бесплатный PlayBook и сделать маленькую игру на Marmalade: Balloon Shooter.
Пожалуй пора начинать разработку игр для мобильных платформ и этих ваших таблеток.