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2012 SWaRM Aims

Hi Everyone

I thought I’d update you all on some of the plans I have for this year. Will make it nice to look back in 2013 and see how many actually got done!

  • Rewrite the galaxy parser. At the moment it’s hammering my servers CPU doing all the processing and is frequently at 70-100%. I can change this by optimising the parsing so it’s faster per galaxy and this should reduce the load as well as hopefully finally eliminate any duplicates for good.
  • Rewrite the toolbar – I’ve been thinking about this one for a while and as much as I like the XUL side of firefox, more and more people are using chrome to do the parsing. So I will change the toolbar so that it uses good ‘old’ HTML5 to allow chrome users to install and parse. The other aim of this rewrite is to give me the ability to have separate release channels for the toolbar so that the people that want the most bleeding edge version can keep up with recent builds.
  • Do more integration of IRC and the portal and maybe even some admin updates to allow memberlists to be synchronised across the portal and all the forums. This is known in most circles as Single Sign-On.
    • On a personal note, I am getting married this year to my beautiful fiance in Malta. So I’ll pretty much be unavailable for most of June.

      I’d love for more of you to get involved this year in making the alliance more active in IRC and feel free to put yourselves forward as portal editors and/or submit posts to me on IRC and I will get them up on the portal!

      Well, that’s as much as I can think of right now, edits may follow as and when I think of new ideas!

      Have a good year this year and remember “Be excellent to each other”.


Merry Christmas SWaRM!

May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow.
Wish you lots of love, joy and happiness this Christmas.


SWaRM Toolbar 1.7.7 Released

Hi Everyone

Today I release yet another version of the toolbar.

This release enables me to enable or disable the iframe code without releasing a new version and so annoying everyone! It also gives me the control to enable or disable this setting per game instead of being global.

As a side note, it also makes it a lot easier to add new games to the toolbar, this change will be completed in the next release which shouldn’t be for a few weeks now.


SWaRM Toolbar 1.7.6 Released

Hi all

This is a few days old but I wasn’t feeling too good on that day.

The latest toolbar release now supports Stardrift Empires. So all those that play that game now have access to an external forum for the alliance and a galaxy parser.


New IRC Interface

Hi All

I have gotten rid of mibbit. It was too slow, too full of ads and frequently unavailable.

Instead I have set up qwebirc on the server which should always be available and has no ads!

Check it out using the same links as usual.


SWaRM Toolbar 1.7.5 Released

Hi everyone

Sorry to those that updated last night, I have had to release another update because of my own shortsightedness. I had disabled the buttons for every SFC game except original uni 1. This update fixes that and also increases the version of firefox that the toolbar works with up to 10.*.

Happy parsing/hunting!


SWaRM Toolbar 1.7.4 Released

Hi everyone!

I have released an updated version of the toolbar which should work around BFG’s recent changes.

Please let me know if you have any issues!


Toolbar and BFG Updates

Hi All

I do know that the toolbar is no longer working properly. This is due to the changes that BFG have made to the game.

It IS fixable. I will release an update to the toolbar over the next few days which will make all our tools work again.


SWaRM Facebook Group

So Tyr went and created a Facebook SWaRM Group. I’ve added it to the links on the right hand side!

Check it out and add yourself if you are a dedicated swarmie!


SWaRM Toolbar 1.7.3 Released

Hey all

The toolbar has now been updated to allow us to use the auto parse and the << and >> buttons on the galaxy screen.

That’s pretty much all this update does.