Imagine Cup

Site Status and Imagine Cup

Yesterday, the entire server was offline for a few hours for expected maintenance. Sorry for any inconvienance. It appears that the server upgrade will go on at the same time as this server is running so this site shouldn’t go down again until I go to transfer it. The Microsoft people got back to me. They are going to work on the registration problem and get back to me some time during the week with when I can register. I felt pretty special receiving the email. Short version: Dear Jim, Thank you for contacting us with your question. [Insert information about problem and project status] Best Regards and Good Luck! The Imagine Cup team I took out the main part since I was wrong about that format but past that, I was pretty close. I spent yesterday setting up my laptop as Server 2003 Sp 1 (for the next 179 days, until the beta runs out) with MSSQL 2005 and C# and ASP Express editions of Visual Studio (all free! Yes, MSSQL is a trial, not the free express edition). I also want my lappy to still play music and do more normal things. Incase anyone else needs the reference, here’s a short list of things to enable and how: 3D Acceleration Open the display properties (right click on background or through control panel) Go to the troubleshooting tab Slide the hardware acceleration slider all the way to the right Sound Open Sound Properties (from the control panel) Flip the checkbox to start the sound service Hit OK and reboot I’m going to hopefully figure out my team within the next couple days and then we can decide on the project. Then comes mapping it out and setting up a loose schedule. Then coding and then testing. Let the games...

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Spammers, Please read. Rest, Just skip first paragraph

Again to spammers: I will allow you to have your own personal link as your website. Hell, you can even say something along the lines of “Nice site. Check out mine.” with or without ONE link to your site but not with an ad for it. If I continue to get a lot of these completely spam comments, I will implement capcha’s and cookies and enough to stop your god damn python scripts. Hell, I’ll just block all python scripts if you’re too dumb to even spoof a User-Agent header. You still need a real looking e-mail address (free accounts are fine) also. I’m not even verifying the e-mail accounts at this point in time. Don’t make me change that. If you want to be able to do more, contact me. E-mail quad341 (a-n-t-i-s-p-a-m) gmail (anti-spamm) com and we’ll set something up. Now that i’ve gotten that out of the way, on to what is actually going on. I’ll know about the server in 4 days. I expect it to happen so i’ll probably have some downtime. It always happens. The Imagine Cup has started. We shall see how that turns out, but I will probably be making posts about that starting on Monday. The registration wasn’t working right so I’m waiting for a response from Microsoft about that. Yes, a personal email from Microsoft. It should read something like Dear Sir or Madam, Thank you for your interest in the Imagine Cup. Please know that your concern is of the utmost importance to us. In response to your question, “[INSERT MY EMAIL, WORD FOR WORD],” the administration has responded, “GENERIC RESPONSE.” Thank you, The Imagine Cup Administration. We’ll...

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