Chronicles of Merlin Players Encounter Another Bug

Chronicles of Merlin logoPlayers of the popular iOS game, Chronicles of Merlin have recently become increasingly annoyed about the major ‘Alliance’ bug present in the game, which DPS Computing reported about on Friday.

Now it appears yet another bug has been added to the ‘major bugs’ list that has started to really get on the nerves of players.

This bug, which is gaining notoriety by the day, involves some buildings in the game appearing to be ‘downgraded’ after a previous upgrade.

DPS Computing has investigated this bug and has discovered that it exists for at least some buildings on the game.  The ‘Tower of Trials’ used to train up the games heroes to higher levels, appears to ‘automatically downgrade’ randomly from level 60 to level 59 with no apparent cause.  DPS Computing managed to recreate this error by being in a ‘Level 60 Region’ and upgrading the tower to Level 60.  Then at some point after log out, when a player logs back in they usually discover over the course of the day that the building has been downgraded to level 59.

The frustration for players regarding this bug is likely to grow as sliver, the currency used to buy things in the game, is used to upgrade the building (as well as time having to be waited for the ‘cool down’ period after the upgrade) which simply disappears after the building is downgraded.

Now doubt this will be another bug that the developers will have to seriously look at before the ever growing list of bugs damages the reputation and popularity of the iOS game, which initially found fame as a Facebook game.

DPS Computing would like to note that although the iOS game and Facebook game are released and developed by the same developer they are in fact two different games.

CoM Players Anger Grows Over Major Bugs

Chronicles of Merlin logoPlayers of popular iOS game Chronicles of Merlin are becoming increasingly frustrated with the developers of the game after another release is made but major bugs have still not been rectified in the game.

One of the most complained about bugs is the ‘Alliance’ bug where the game will regularly crash after trying to perform any functions in the Alliance section of the game.  This evidently has caused frustration for many users with some also reporting that it is happening to them in other areas of the game.

Upon closer inspection by DPS Computing we have established that indeed the ‘Alliance’ bug remains in the latest version of the game.  Players have been assured that the developers are looking into this and hope to release a bug fix for it in the near future.

The impact of the ‘Alliance’ bug makes using any of the alliance features in the game very frustrating and with growing user tension it seems like the developers should be pulling out all the stops to fix this bug before it leads to a decline in the number of players.

If you are a Chronicles of Merlin player and have noticed any issues with the game, including the ever more infamous ‘Alliance’ bug, the please let us know in the comments below.

An Introduction To Cloud Computing

With cloud computing, and especially cloud web hosting becoming increasingly popular these days we thought we’d provide you with a little introduction to cloud computing and how it can benefit you as an individual or as a business.

Wikipedia define cloud computing as “Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand, like the electricity grid.”

In basic terms this means that there is an extreme amount of resources available to you and your websites, but, and quite importantly, only if you need them.  So in quiet periods for your sites, as your usage drops, your allocation of the resources will shrink while another website which is entering its peak period can pick up these resources to keep everything running smoothly.

So what are the benefits of this?  Well, lets take an example of this.  You have a website.  It’s a fairly new website for the new small business that you have started.  A few months go by and everything is looking fine.  You’re hosted on a shared server, so you have a defined amount of resources – they don’t change no matter how quiet or how busy your website may be.

Then, your business enters a successful period – your long hours of marketing and providing a quality product have paid off.  Great!  Or is it?  Well it’s great for your business but bad for your website.  And these days, something that is bad for your website can easily and swiftly make your business boom turn into a business bust.  Your growing popularity sees you website traffic increase substantially.  Oh no, the load on your server is now at much greater levels and your website is slowing down quite a bit.  Not a complete disaster, so you think.

But then, a few days later, and a few more days of high traffic and wham bam….. your site is suddenly down.  Obviously, this is not good.  You’ve unfortunately by this stage crashed your server, it’s slowed to a crawl so it’s no longer available or you’ve ran out of resources.  And for any company this is not good and can lead to a massive decrease in sales.

Now you see the problem with non cloud based solutions.  Cloud based web hosting is the way forward for businesses, especially SMEs (small to medium enterprises).  That way, a sudden surge in demand can be coped with fairly well and during your quiet period someone else can take advantage of the extra resources if they need them.

Admittedly, cloud hosting does cost more.  But when a minutes downtime can mean multiple lost sales isn’t it worth the piece of mind to pay as little as £10 extra a month compared to shared hosting?

One of the best (and latest) deals that we have seen around recently is eUKhosts eNlight cloud web hosting.  From as little as £14 a month you can start experiencing the benefits of cloud hosting and the extra piece of mind that comes with it.

But, the best thing about the new eNlight cloud hosting.  It has now brought the ‘pay as you go’ concept, originally associated with mobile phones, to web hosting.  If your site is initially not very busy then you won’t use many resources and therefore, as it is pay as you go, you will get charged less.  If you suddenly boom in business, your site won’t go down.  It will adapt.  As it’s pay as you go you will obviously pay for the extra resources (at a very reasonable rate my I add!) but you can relax safe in the knowledge that whatever happens, your site is not going to crumble under the pressure.

Of course there are other web hosting providers out there providing cloud web hosting solutions but this new service, which was only launched in the past month, has come to our attention due to its amazing feature list and equally amazing price.

Below is a little video which serves as an introduction to cloud computing (and cloud based web hosting) which seeks to complement the information provided in this article.

Are you currently using eNlight?  Are you currently using another cloud web hosting solution?  Let us know your views on any services that you have used or are considering or your views on cloud hosting in general.  We’re looking to compile a list of the best available cloud hosting solutions out there so please do share your thoughts below!

DPS Computing Launches New ‘Archives’ Section

Now, obviously, as many of you will know, DPS Computing has been around in its current form for the past 3 years.  Some of you will also know and remember old incarnations of the DPS Computing website.  DPS Computing was started over 5 years ago way back in 2007.

Unfortunately, a lot of content has been lost over the years which is very sad.  But some good news is that we are currently digging through all the archives available to us and making some of the old DPS content back available online again!

Today, we’ve added a couple of news articles right back from the beginnings of DPS Computing and our (at the time legendary) article on Windows, which gives a brief history of Microsofts groundbreaking and revolutionary operating system.

Unfortunately, we have been unable to locate the detailed articles for each of the operating systems but we haven’t given up the hope of finding them in the many archives of DPS Computing that we have lurking about.

If you know of any archive sites which may have backed up some of the old DPS Computing content then feel free to comment below and we will investigate.  Any old content from DPS Computing that we manage to find we will republish to rekindle fond memories for our long term members and to allow our new members to experience the previous content of DPS Computing.

I hope you enjoy!

DPS David :).

Microsoft Windows – A Brief History

Note: This article was originally published on DPS Computing in 2009.  Part of the new DPS Archives feature.  Will be updated with new pictures in due course.

 

Windows

The Windows operating system by Microsoft is the worlds most used and known operating system.  Originating in the 80s it has grown and evolved to become what it is today in its latest version, Windows Vista.

Below we have information on all the Windows operating systems, general introductions to the systems and also more in depth guides to show you how to complete certain actions.

The list below lists all the versions of Windows, in chronological order.  We find that the most popular selections at the moment are Windows Vista andWindows XP.


Windows 1.0

Windows 1.0 was the first in what was to become a line of popular Windows operating systems.  Windows 1.0 was first made available to the general public on November 20th 1985 and was a 16-bit operating system. Windows 1.0 Logo

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Windows 2.0

Windows 2.0, the successor to Windows 1.0, was first released on December 9th 1987. Windows 2.0 Logo

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Windows 3.0

Windows 3.0 was first released on May 22nd 1990.
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Windows 3.1

Windows 3.1 was first released on April 6th 1992.
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Windows For Workgroups 3.1

Windows For Workgroups 3.1 was a variation of the popular Windows 3.1 operating system.  The difference was that while Windows 3.1 was mainly targeted at personal usage Windows For Workgroups 3.1 was to target the business customers that Microsoft had started attracting.  Due to this fact there is only months between the release of Windows For Workgroups 3.1 and the original Windows 3.1 operating system.  Windows For Workgroups 3.1 was first released to the general public on October 27th 1992. Windows 3.1 Logo

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Windows For Workgroups 3.11

Windows For Workgroups 3.11 was the successor to the previous Windows For Workgroups 3.1 operating system that Microsoft was aiming at businesses.  The difference between this successor and all the other previous successors to the operating system was the fact that rather than there being major changes between the two versions or entire rewrites, there we’re smaller, yet in many ways just as important, changes made instead.  Windows For Workgroups 3.11, if you like, is an “extension” of the original rather than a completely new operating system and somewhere in between the service packs we see nowadays and a complete rewrite.  Windows for Workgroups 3.11 was first released on November 8th 1993.This was to be the last in the line of 16-bit operating systems that Microsoft would release.
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Windows NT

Windows NT was first released on July 27th 1993 and was to be the first in the line of the Windows business spin off operating systems.  Later on, in the Windows XP era we would see the best parts of NT and the 9x operating systems combined with “Personal” and “Professional” versions.  Windows NT was also Microsofts first attempt at a 32-bit operating system, compared to the previous 16-bit operating systems they had released and allowed for the PC to be used much more usefully, do more tasks and perform better.
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Windows 95

Windows 95 was first released on August 24th 1995 and was the first real great success story that Microsoft had on the market of Personal Computers for individuals, families and homes.  Although still quite expensive, the price of computers had dropped dramatically since the days of the early Windows versions and computers we’re now being found in homes up and down the country.  Due to this, and Windows already being the de-facto standard operating system, Microsoft enjoyed much increased success with this operating system. Windows 95 Logo

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Windows NT 4.0

Windows NT 4.0 was the 2nd in line of the business spin off of the Windows operating system released exactly a year on from the highly successful Windows 95 operating system, which was aimed at personal users, on August 24th 1996.Windows NT 4.0 was shipped with another product which was to be just as dominant for years to come as Windows had become from way back in 1985.  The name of this product was “Microsoft Internet Explorer” and was Microsofts first attempt at a web browser.  Although still in its infancy, having only been created in 1991, the Internet was becoming more and more dominant and its potential was known to be great.  The Internet, although originally designed for military use, was starting to get used by civilians, at this time mainly businesses for effective communications.  The Internet allowed companies to easily keep in contact as well as display company information and a “shop front” to anyone who knew there web address directly to there own computer.

Microsoft Internet Explorer was a success and was included in the later ranges of the popular personal line of 9x operating systems.

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Windows 98

Windows 98 was first released on June 25 1998, a few years after the release of Windows 95.
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Windows 98 SE

Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) was first released on May 9th 1999.  Windows 98 SE was basically an upgraded version of Windows 98 with all the bug fixes included and some added extras also put in.  Many compare the “Second Edition” versions of the operating system to what is currently known as service packs (i.e. Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1).  Although the core system was the same improvements were made on both usability, reliability and stability. Windows 98 Logo

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Windows 2000

Windows 2000 was one of two Windows operating systems to be released around the millennium.  Windows 2000 was first made available on February 17th 2000.  Windows 2000 is considered the successor to the NT line of operating systems.
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Windows ME


Windows ME (Millennium Edition) was one of two operating systems released around the millennium.  This one however was released slightly later than Windows 2000 being first made available on September 14th 2000.
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Windows XP

Windows XP was first released on October 25th 2001.  With Windows XP we saw the end of the 2 distinct NT based and 9x based product lines in favour of releasing an operating system that was “the best of both combined” and opting to have “personal” and “business” versions of the same operating system, to cater for everyones individual needs.  Although the NT core was taken forward, as it was seen as more suitable, reliable and giving a better performance, many parts of the 9x line also went into Windows XP.
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Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 was first released to the public on April 25th 2003.
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Windows Vista

Windows Vista is the latest incarnation of the Windows operating system.   Windows Vista was first released to the public on January 30th 2007 although it had been available since November 30th 2006 for business use.
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Windows Home Server

Windows Home Server was first released on July 16th 2007.
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Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 was first released to the general public on February 27th 2008 and is the successor to the Windows Server 2003 operating system.
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