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  1. Comment on Please Recommend Me A Video Game in ~games

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    Bloodstained: Curse Of The Moon? That looks so much like old-school Castlevania, it's crazy. Sadly, it appears to be Windows only. Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night looks really good, too. But...

    Bloodstained: Curse Of The Moon? That looks so much like old-school Castlevania, it's crazy. Sadly, it appears to be Windows only.

    Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night looks really good, too. But that price is a bit steep, and I can't tell from Steam whether or not it's Linux compatible. But I am digging how it looks!

  2. Comment on Need A Simple Way To Password Protect A Webpage in ~comp

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    Yep, I'll be going with the PHP solution. Tor is way overkill. This isn't for my friends. This is for my customers. Security is hardly a concern, because all this is is a way to deliver them some...

    Yep, I'll be going with the PHP solution. Tor is way overkill. This isn't for my friends. This is for my customers. Security is hardly a concern, because all this is is a way to deliver them some free content for signing up for my mailing list. I'm actually doing this specifically to leave a third-party service I use to deliver freebies, as it harvests my customers emails and sends them newsletters from their own list.

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  3. Comment on Need A Simple Way To Password Protect A Webpage in ~comp

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    Thanks. I'm going with @cptcobalt's PHP solution above, as it fits my needs pretty perfectly. I don't need anything smarter or more secure, and the content will be very rarely updated (as in,...

    Thanks. I'm going with @cptcobalt's PHP solution above, as it fits my needs pretty perfectly. I don't need anything smarter or more secure, and the content will be very rarely updated (as in, maybe once a year or even less). My site is so small and basic, a CMS would just be too much. I'm pretty happy to be off the CMS train.

  4. Comment on Need A Simple Way To Password Protect A Webpage in ~comp

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    Oh, I'm not meaning to harp on you. I understood your friendly addendum. And my comment that you're now responding to was just to hint at additional ways to earn money from quantity and relative...

    Oh, I'm not meaning to harp on you. I understood your friendly addendum. And my comment that you're now responding to was just to hint at additional ways to earn money from quantity and relative mediocrity. After all, that's how I earn money. I appreciate your additional insight and I did read it with thoughtful consideration.

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  5. Comment on Need A Simple Way To Password Protect A Webpage in ~comp

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    I think it should also be noted that I would have gladly paid $20 for this code had I stumbled upon it from some website, even knowing that it wasn't best practices secure. I know you developers...

    I think it should also be noted that I would have gladly paid $20 for this code had I stumbled upon it from some website, even knowing that it wasn't best practices secure. I know you developers can make a lot of money doing what you do, but I'm much more interested in divorcing my hours worked from the money I earn (which is why I left IT and became a writer). So if someone had been selling basic code snippets, like this one, that I could use to accomplish my very basic goals without thinking too hard about it, I would have pulled out my credit card without a second thought. I don't think I'm unique in thinking like this. Just something to chew on.

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  6. Comment on Need A Simple Way To Password Protect A Webpage in ~comp

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    Yep, I see where @cptcobalt's code fails in these regards but as I've outlined here, my personal need is not "serious." It's more for show, and I imagine there are others out there like me who...

    Yep, I see where @cptcobalt's code fails in these regards but as I've outlined here, my personal need is not "serious." It's more for show, and I imagine there are others out there like me who just want something that puts up the facade of making the user feel exclusive. Also, I really don't want my content behind the password to be indexed by search engines so that just anybody can stumble upon it without at least jumping through the hoop of giving me their email address. This is, at the end of the day, a marketing ploy, not any kind of serious secure web application. At the same time, I'm also saving my customers from giving their email address to an outsourced company that will do with it what they will. I'm personally benevolent. I don't spam, and I only send an email once a month at most. People signup for my list, get the password, and get the content. They really only do this once. So for my application, something this simple is actually perfect.

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  7. Comment on Need A Simple Way To Password Protect A Webpage in ~comp

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    Thanks for the clarification. Yep, I see now that I was incorrect about the password being visible. This is honestly exactly what I was looking for. To me, the simplicity is great. I prefer the...

    Thanks for the clarification. Yep, I see now that I was incorrect about the password being visible. This is honestly exactly what I was looking for. To me, the simplicity is great. I prefer the elegance of it. I can read your code and understand it, having just a very basic knowledge of PHP from my WordPress adventures. Really, just what I needed and I appreciate the 10 minutes of your time.

    I see from your bio that you're a writer. I'm actually a pro pulp writer, and this code is going to help me deliver freebie books to my fans. If you ever have any questions about the pulp world, self-publishing, and earning money from writing books, let me know. I owe you my knowledge!

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Need A Simple Way To Password Protect A Webpage in ~comp

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    Wow, thank you for writing that up for me. I really appreciate you taking the time. In this method, someone viewing source would be able to see the password (not a deal breaker for me). Reading...

    Wow, thank you for writing that up for me. I really appreciate you taking the time. In this method, someone viewing source would be able to see the password (not a deal breaker for me). Reading the code, I want to make sure I understand what it does, so please correct me if I'm wrong in my understanding. When a user navigates to secret.php, they'll see a password entry screen. When they enter the correct password, it will simply reload the page with the revealed content. Incorrect password will simply show text informing the password is incorrect.

    This is quite elegant and minimal, and precisely what I had in mind. I know it's not secure, though as I've stated before my intention is to make the user feel exclusive. This entire exercise is really a way for me to offer free content on my own site, rather than rely on other free content distributors that essentially harvest email addresses from my customers.

    Again, thank you for writing this up for me. I can read it and understand in plainly and it suits my purposes perfectly. I find it funny you warn "don't use this" to any others who might be driving by. However, I don't think I'm the only one who would find something like this very useful.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Need A Simple Way To Password Protect A Webpage in ~comp

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    Are you talking about something similar to what @nic suggested here?

    Are you talking about something similar to what @nic suggested here?

  10. Comment on Need A Simple Way To Password Protect A Webpage in ~comp

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    Hmm. That is pretty dead simple. Is there a way to display "incorrect password" on the page rather than redirect to a 404? As it stands now, I don't have a 404 page -- if a user inputs an...

    Hmm. That is pretty dead simple. Is there a way to display "incorrect password" on the page rather than redirect to a 404? As it stands now, I don't have a 404 page -- if a user inputs an incorrect url, it just redirects to the homepage.

  11. Comment on Need A Simple Way To Password Protect A Webpage in ~comp

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    Honestly, I'm not completely adverse to using this method. I'm going to be using one password for all potential users, and it's really only about making them feel exclusive. If someone looked at...

    Honestly, I'm not completely adverse to using this method. I'm going to be using one password for all potential users, and it's really only about making them feel exclusive. If someone looked at the source code, got in, and got to the content... well, it's free content anyway, and it's really only there to grow my fanbase. The idea is that this content is a carrot I'm using to get people to signup for my mailing list. Sign up, get the password, get the content. But if a few techie freebie seekers sneak past without signing up for my mailing list, well, maybe the free content will turn them into fans. I'm mostly concerned with blocking it from search indexing.

    Anyhow, does your code simply display a password screen and then upon password entry, does it lift the veil on the page or does it forward to another page?

  12. Comment on Need A Simple Way To Password Protect A Webpage in ~comp

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    Thank you. I really have no experiences in creating cookies. My web design skills are pretty rudimentary, as I stepped out of the programming world a long time ago. In your method, where is the...

    Thank you. I really have no experiences in creating cookies. My web design skills are pretty rudimentary, as I stepped out of the programming world a long time ago. In your method, where is the password stored on the server? Is it in htaccess? What language am I using it accomplish all this? If you have any links that might expound upon your method, I'd appreciate it.

  13. Comment on Need A Simple Way To Password Protect A Webpage in ~comp

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    I like your third suggestion, using AJAX... completely forgot about AJAX. Can you expound a little more on this possibility and the steps involved? Using htaccess, would it be the standard...

    I like your third suggestion, using AJAX... completely forgot about AJAX. Can you expound a little more on this possibility and the steps involved? Using htaccess, would it be the standard protected file with a username and password, but I could only ask the user for the password and AJAX would then insert both for me? It should be noted, I'm only planning to have one password that all users would receive, so it's not unique user accounts.

    If you have any links you could point me to about using AJAX for this, I'd appreciate it.

  14. Hey Tildes! I've got a static, basic website, HTML and CSS. It's one page only. But I'd like to create a second page with some more private content that is password protected. I know that I can...

    Hey Tildes!

    I've got a static, basic website, HTML and CSS. It's one page only. But I'd like to create a second page with some more private content that is password protected.

    I know that I can accomplish this via .htaccess but what I don't like about this method is that when the user navigates to the page, they get a pop up asking for a username and password. What I would like is having the user navigate to the page, and then they are met with a simple form asking for just a password (no username). After they enter the password, the "veil" lifts or the page forwards and they get the private content.

    Here's the thing... the content really only needs to seem private. It's not super secret, personal information. I don't want it indexed by search engines (nofollow), and I want it basically hidden, but the password is only there to make the user feel exclusive. If some tech-minded person encountered this page and jumped through a bunch of hoops to get in without the password, it's not a big deal to me. In reality, 99.9% of people accessing this page will not be able to bypass the password.

    I'm guessing this can be accomplished easily in Javascript, but I don't really know much Javascript apart from finding code snippets and plunking them in. I also want to be able to fully design the password entry page so that it looks branded, so a code snippet plunked down into my HTML doc would be great for this.

    If there is an easy way to actually protect the content behind the password, that would be excellent. In this case, I imagine it would be much like a news site with an ad-blocker-blocker. Just some kind of pop-up that blocks all the content. Enter the password, and you're in.

    Anyhow, I hope I've described what I'm looking for accurately enough. Anybody have any easy and quick ways to accomplish this?

    14 votes
  15. Comment on How to start being an adult? I feel like I am falling downhill without any branch to catch me. in ~life

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    Maybe you're not supposed to study computer science or go into that field. Maybe you're not supposed to get a degree, go to work, make kids, and die (well, death is inevitable). Maybe you don't...

    Maybe you're not supposed to study computer science or go into that field. Maybe you're not supposed to get a degree, go to work, make kids, and die (well, death is inevitable). Maybe you don't have to live your life in a way prescribed by other people.

    Do you feel like you're in this position because you're trying to make other people happy? Or live up to some expectation? Or worse, you had no choice in the matter and this was the course that was forced upon you? Well, if that's the case, I'm just a friendly voice out here in the void telling you that you can live this life in any way you choose. Finding your true path and your calling can be a difficult proposition, but that's part of the joy of living.

    You might be depressed. Maybe. But perhaps you're just demoralized. Our world is kind of a mess. It's hard to see a worthwhile future sometimes. It feels like a lot of social things are getting worse. And our environmental crisis doesn't help. Do you relate with what Sheldon Solomon says in this video? Maybe you've been put through the proverbial psychic wringer, trying to be forced into a mold that you don't fit in.

    Base level, you need to financially support yourself. But there are so many ways to do that and thrive. Beyond that, you can live how you see fit. So if you're struggling to make sense of this life you've found yourself in, know that it doesn't have to be this way if you don't want it to. You make your own choices, and you live with the consequences, for better or for worse. I'd highly recommend staying out of debt and not procreating. Minimize your responsibilities as you figure out what your path is. That'll make it far easier on you.

    Ultimately, if you don't choose your path, someone else will be happy to choose it for you. So... what do you desire?

    16 votes
  16. Comment on Please Recommend Me A Video Game in ~games

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    Yeah, I spent some time yesterday trying to get through that first Hornet battle. And I was so perplexed trying to figure out how to bounce on the mushrooms that I just had to go look it up...

    Yeah, I spent some time yesterday trying to get through that first Hornet battle. And I was so perplexed trying to figure out how to bounce on the mushrooms that I just had to go look it up online. There's very little guidance on how to accomplish things, apart from the occasional abilities you get. But I don't mind this kind of challenge. It can be frustrating at times, but when you finally figure it out it feels rewarding.

    It's interesting... in the narrative, the game tells you that it's all about exploring. And it really is. Yesterday, I had explored pretty much the entirety of the Fungal Wastes before I got my map of it. So it can be challenging in a "where the hell do I go?" kind of way. You find yourself going back and forth so much. But it feels like the game really forces you into this position so that you learn the map, rather than rely on your actual map to get around.

  17. Comment on Please Recommend Me A Video Game in ~games

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    I've definitely thought about Portal, but that's kind of a FPS isn't it? I know it's more about puzzles and such than killing. I used to be good at those style of games a long time ago. I was...

    I've definitely thought about Portal, but that's kind of a FPS isn't it? I know it's more about puzzles and such than killing. I used to be good at those style of games a long time ago. I was pretty good at Goldeneye (dating myself, here). But I kind of fell off with that style of game for a long time, and when I came back to it with Skyrim, it just sort of made me dizzy. I know the style is probably the most popular, but moving and strafing and trying to do an action is perhaps too much for me. I much prefer a side scrolling platformer or an overhead building sim to maneuvering around in a 3D world.

    Moon Hunters looks like a nice RPG, but it seems short. If you play it multiple times, is it because there are tons of different outcomes? One reviewer said they were finished after 15 hours. I like the look of it, but I'm a bit confused about the game play. Some people seem to think it's a grind unless you're doing multiplayer.

  18. Comment on Please Recommend Me A Video Game in ~games

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    I like the look of Bastion. I would have never found that one I bet, if I hadn't asked. It looks like a traditional RPG that I'm used to, but with some nice platformer elements. I'll definitely...

    I like the look of Bastion. I would have never found that one I bet, if I hadn't asked. It looks like a traditional RPG that I'm used to, but with some nice platformer elements. I'll definitely add that to my list.

    For some reason, I just can't get into zombie games. I've never enjoyed them. Maybe it's because the zombie enemies are usually programmed to be relentless. I hate FPS shooter zombie games where zombies just surprisingly jump out at you. I guess it's the same reason I don't like horror movies. I don't like violent surprises that relentlessly try to attack. When it comes to a platformer with enemies, I much prefer to have the ability to backtrack a bit or get out of an enemies way if I need to recharge or figure out my plan of attack. With zombies, at least in the games I've seen or played, they follow you.

  19. Comment on Please Recommend Me A Video Game in ~games

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    SimCity 4, despite its age, doesn't look half bad. I'm sure it would run a lot better on my machine than Skylines. It would be interesting to see what kind of mods people are still working up on...

    SimCity 4, despite its age, doesn't look half bad. I'm sure it would run a lot better on my machine than Skylines. It would be interesting to see what kind of mods people are still working up on that one.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Please Recommend Me A Video Game in ~games

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    The only one I've heard of on that list is Machinarium, which I played years ago and loved. I'll check out your other recommendations. Thank you!

    The only one I've heard of on that list is Machinarium, which I played years ago and loved. I'll check out your other recommendations. Thank you!

    1 vote