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ShadowLink64

Member Since 20 Mar 2004
Offline Last Active Oct 05 2017 07:33 PM

#2007138 Program Manager and Site Issues

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 11 May 2017 - 12:14 AM

Item prices still aren't updating to the Neocodex database.

They are updating now. Sorry for the delay.




#2006509 Program Manager and Site Issues

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 30 April 2017 - 10:49 PM

Programmers are back to working on it <3

Did they stop working on it? o.o

 

It should be fixed now. I switched the active version in the API to 3.1.0. which seems to me like the newest one. Can someone check to see that it is not saying that message anymore?

 

** Also I am too lazy to switch back to Retired Member, so deal with me being Admin for a while. :p




#2006202 Program Manager and Site Issues

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 28 April 2017 - 01:36 AM

I might have fixed the issue. Can someone try using the Program Manager?




#1996422 What have you been up to?

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 06 November 2016 - 07:20 PM

The software consulting business I started up is likely turning into a partnership making custom software for industrial & enterprise applications. This is at the same time as working at the current startup, the one doing the nano-chips. Things are stabilizing a bit more there, which should hopefully free up some of my time to focus on the new company.

yolo




#1978261 Hydrogen's Wedding Reception Photos

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 09 June 2016 - 02:49 PM

I guess my invitation got lost in the post.

It couldn't have, we addressed it to Peter. That's your name, right? Peter? :p




#1969816 Zombians is gone.

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 29 May 2016 - 08:43 AM

The thing with our trade bans here is we do them proactively due to the fact the seller is known to trade in stolen/illegitimately obtained/hacked goods. No matter if someone claims that they won't sell stolen stuff here, we cannot determine what is and what isn't stolen after the fact. Once we have proof that someone has been known to deal in stolen goods, kiss your trading privileges goodbye. We have done this for years now and have one of the safest trading sections around. There has been a steady decline in scamming incidents as well as an increase in more security for people who are doing the right thing and only selling/buying items/pets/accounts that belong to them or the person they're buying from.

Yes, and it's our right to do this. Much like how countries can prevent people from coming into their borders who have some kind of shady history, lol.

 

If people don't like it, they are free to go ahead and complain about it. They'll probably be complaining about it in the company of people we don't care to know or have on the site, because everyone else will be here. :p




#1952132 Missing an award? Post here!

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 07 April 2016 - 08:34 PM

*cough* I deserve the ultimate cake:  80-AwardImgMaster-1408258187.gif http://www.neocodex....ar-anniversary/




#1938621 U.S. ELECTION 2016 thread

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 17 January 2016 - 02:22 PM

I thought Donald Trump was going to be a joke candidate, but I am now seeing that he is leading the GOP polls. Unbelievable.

 

I don't really have a dog in this fight, but I would prefer Bernie Sanders as the Democratic nominee, and ultimately, the President. :p




#1908897 Happy Buttday Emily!!!

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 05 September 2015 - 09:34 AM

Happy birthday, and wish you the best with the upcoming London adventures!




#1896276 Tell me some accomplishments/deeds you are proud of

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 25 July 2015 - 12:16 PM

I started a bit of software contracting in the evenings. I did not focus much on software in school, mostly electrical engineering and physics. I work at an engineering startup company, and our R&D/manufacturing processes make use of a lot of custom software that I wrote. A former co-worker knew that I had experience in software development, and met with me one day to get my opinion on a project their company was interested in having outsourced. After feeling confident that I could deliver on the project, I insisted that I work on that project as a contractor.

 

I was able to secure a second client a couple months later through a referral. That project was delivered on schedule (and quite a pressured schedule; they were heading to an expo in a month without a crucial part of their product's interface completed). The first project is still progressing quite nicely. I am quite busy these days (work 65+ hours/week), but I like it that way. Coffee and good time management helps. :p




#1888519 Tell me something good that happened to you today.

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 26 June 2015 - 07:53 AM

I have never been more proud to be American than I am today <3 <3 

Canada says: About time. :p




#1872673 Neocodex Minecraft Server Screeshots!

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 31 May 2015 - 10:11 AM

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#1855689 Neocodex Minecraft Server Suggestions

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 28 March 2015 - 09:40 PM

Some awesome suggestions guys and thanks for the input! I have been checking out the FTB modpacks and they seem rather intense, but I think you guys are right. It may take a bit to learn, but thats where the fun is, especially if we can do it with other members of the forum and beyond :D

FTB modpacks are great. I've used Direwolf20, Monster, and Horizons. Recently moved to Ressurrection because it is compatible with Minecraft 1.7. I would probably go with Direwolf20 since it looks like they just made it compatible with 1.7.




#1832757 Your Neopets / Neocodex Life Story

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 06 December 2014 - 03:24 PM

 

I think my greatest memory/experience with Codex is probably the year (2005 I think?) SimonTheMime had us all hooked on Lineage 2. Man, that game was so addictively awesome. I will never forget running around the marshlands killing bugs with Sakura and ZDL, then going into the Cruma Tower and running into @ShadowLink64 grinding on his Sorcerer. So good.

 

Oh gosh, Lineage 2. That was one of the most enjoyable things I can remember. :p




#1830755 Your Neopets / Neocodex Life Story

Posted by ShadowLink64 on 30 November 2014 - 02:29 PM

Here's my story:

 

The Beginning:

In February 2004, I found myself playing Neopets and wanted to get ahead in the game. I was searching around for cheats, and stumbled upon an MSN group about Neopets cheating. That is where I noticed a post by a programmer named "reggieleewolf21" who was posting links to Neocodex (at the time, neocodex.tk) on the forum. The post said something about them being a new Neopets cheating forum with programs and such. I joined in mid-February and noticed that there were some neat programs around. 

 

Creating standalone programs has always been a goal of mine since owning a computer. However, the only way I knew how to create a standalone program was to use this awful game making program (which was designed to let people make side-scroller games and the like). My first program was a very shitty "Buried Treasure Grabber" program, which visited URLs in the browser by clicking a button. Suffice to say, it was rejected from approval for being too shitty because of absolutely no automation. :p I understood, since a game creator program can only do so much. I saw that some of the other programs (made by Hidden.Elf, reggieleewolf21, and others) had some automation to them, and were created using the Visual Basic 6 programming language. For the first time, I had found a place where I felt I could learn how to create "proper" programs.

 

The programming forums and the programmers at the time got me set up with some sample code for a VB6 program, and I was on my way to creating my first properly programmed program. My first program was the re-done Buried Treasure Grabber program, which actually had some automation to it to visit sequences of links automatically. Still not the greatest thing on earth, but approved! My next program, "Rhello", was a dailies engine that made use of timers that could be set/reset for each kind of daily event. That one ended up earning me the Programmer rank in March 2004, and a couple weeks later, Retired Member status (just because?). A couple programs later (and a fair bit of forum chatter during this time), and they decided it was a good idea to make me Administrator # 6 in April. Yes, we had 6 at the time -- Hydrogen, Hidden.Elf, TheWu, RareDareDevil, AUS, and myself. The 7th would be Noitidart, in July 2004.

 

Digibliss Era:

Neocodex wasn't the only site around that was making cheat programs though. There were two more: Digibliss, and Neohacks. We quickly developed a rivalry with Digibliss. They had some pretty talented programming staff (notably, neo_grl, which was later proven to be a programmer father impersonating his 11 year old daughter, lizzaskizza, and others). A lot of our programs were copy-cats of programs that they had (they had "Chello", we had "Rhello"!). There was one program of theirs that was especially impressive: their networked autobuyer, the "Ultimate Autobuyer". It was the Abrosia of 2004 where it used pricing information from various people to make intelligent decisions on what to autobuy. It motivated us to try to make our own. We failed. Digibliss and Neocodex began some negotiations to merge our two sites together. Our administrators were not guaranteed positions on their staff. Needless to say, we ceased the negotiations. :p

 

There were some DDoS attacks, spam attacks (likely from both sides), as well as the infamous "15 million NP contest". This was a contest held by neo_grl to motivate people to spam our site. This caused some uproar at Digibliss, where "she" was removed from the staff there. This was also around the time when we had the brainwave to start doing surveillance on other sites such as Digibliss to protect ourselves from attacks. Our approach didn't end too well for us, and people were quite pissed off. This was also around the time that Digibliss had died off, and 3volutions was created alongside Neotwist and Iced Accounts (the latter two being spin-offs of Digibliss).

 

AUS, and TheWu also stopped administrating around this time, with Hidden.Elf to follow the year after.

 

The Golden Age of Forum Activity:

The forum activity in 2005 to 2006 was the biggest that Neocodex had ever seen. It was common for the forum to reach 2000 to 3000 posts per day in that time period. We've never achieved this level of activity since, although the raw traffic numbers back then were smaller. It's just that there were so many die-hard posters at the time (I am looking at you @Typhoon, @Kimoflea, @Ali, and company). :p 100 post days were a common event.

 

Between 2006 and 2009, things were not as dramatic. Any exciting events involved being overly obsessed with our activity numbers, and expansion of our Graphics Team, Downloads Section (as well as a neat authentication method created by Mumei), among other things. 2008-2009 was a very inactive period for me, since I was busy with school and took a leave of absence. It was also a fairly inactive time period for the site, which was noticeably on the decline.

 

Startup Mode:

In May 2009, we declared that Neocodex would be put back up in "startup" mode. This meant a complete revamp to our approach on building the community, based on the mentality of "if we build it, they will come". Emphasis on building community events was transferred to building superior programs that would entice people to join and discuss their experiences. This meant the return of Noitidart and I to programming, and we sure did a lot of programming. Our core programming language was switched to Python, which I learned quite quickly from Hydrogen. We also learned how to make our programs compatible for Mac OS X, which we felt was an untapped user base. Three weeks of solid work (every waking hour, more or less) was spent getting Abrosia created, and it was finally released in August. The public release of the Items Database followed shortly after. 

 

Noitidart was in charge of making "legit" tools (tools that give users information, but doesn't give them a superior advantage like autobuyers), such as the NeoAlerts and NeoLogs. He was sort-of against cheat programs but condoned their existence on the site and focused his efforts on legit Neopets tools. Eventually, we had some argument about the direction of the site (I forget the details exactly), and Noitidart decided to part ways with us.

 

This was also a move to a centralized programming team, which iargue and Pyro699 were later a part of. More arguments, blah blah, and iargue was removed from the programming team, and Pyro699 eventually became an administrator. This was around the time that the Program Manager was created, though I only helped with testing and some converting of programs to the manager.

 

We started a side business in 2012 reselling Neocash cards because we saw that there wasn't a very convenient way to get card codes delivered to you instantly online. We used to drive around and buy thousands of dollars of card codes at stores, but then we found a supplier that electronically delivers the codes to us and so we stopped buying physical cards.

 

In 2013, I took on a full-time job at a local startup company and did not have too much free time to watch over Neocodex anymore. I resigned as administrator and nominated Strategist to take my place. Here we are today.