Posted on April 16th, 2013 No comments
My server that handles armoredpenguin.com failed early in the morning on the 16th.
I was able to get a replacement motherboard and processor in, but it took a bit of time.
Hopefully everything will be stable now….
Posted on March 28th, 2013 No comments
A teacher recently requested a mode to create wordsearch puzzles where the words went forward, down, and diagonal, but not in any of the reverse directions. I have made the configuration so that this is now possible.
Posted on February 27th, 2013 No comments
I’ve added a new puzzle, one that generates Secret Codes. See:
The idea is that you type in a series of words or phrases, and the letters are substituted for other letters based upon a key. You can have a very simple (almost trivial) code known as a Caesar Cipher, or you can make it harder by randomly shuffling the alphabet. It can be even harder by having a longer key length.
Posted on February 11th, 2013 No comments
I’ve gone through and added code so that you can now load Microsoft Word files with a *.docx file type.
This should make it a little less error prone to load files.
Posted on February 9th, 2013 No comments
The new server has been in place for about a week, and seems to be holding up well.
The new server has several times the CPU power of the old server, plus much more RAM.
I expect this has helped with performance.
If you see any lingering problems, please send in a bug report.
Posted on January 26th, 2013 No comments
It’s clear that I’m not a blogger.
The blog URL was broken, and I didn’t know it.
I am in the process of bringing up a replacement web server. This new machine will have 8 CPU cores with 32GB of RAM. This compares with 4 CPU cores (running slower) and 4GB of RAM. I expect the new machine to be several times faster than the old machine.
Posted on August 13th, 2009 2 comments
I have added a way, for registered users, to create a quiz to crossword puzzles.
In this mode, the puzzle doesn’t have an on-line answer key. When a student solves the puzzle on-line, the answers the student supplied are sent via email to the person who constructed the puzzle.
Posted on July 9th, 2009 1 comment
There are a number of new features that are coming in the next couple of days.
The first, relatively simple, is that new puzzles have a button to allow people to see other publicly listed puzzles by the same author.
The bigger change is an entire added login system.
Posted on June 13th, 2009 No comments
I have been asked, at times, for a somewhat prettier presentation.
I created some logos for the crossword and word scramble puzzles a few weeks ago.
Today I added graphical buttons along the left and for the “Make Puzzle” button at the bottom.
Let me know what you think of the changes.
Posted on June 7th, 2009 No comments
Many of the crossword puzzles had lost their answer keys over time.
I went through and regenerated answer keys. Hopefully this will make doing those puzzles more satisfying.