Knights moved to new server

Currently I’m paying about £12/month for VPS hosting. For this money, I get access to a Linux machine which is permanently connected to the Internet, and I can run basically whatever programs I want on it. I’ve been using this to run the Knights website and game server.

However, Knights uses relatively few resources so I thought I could save a bit of money by running the server myself, at home. So I bought one of these:

pogoplug

This is a Pogoplug. It’s marketed as a file sharing device, but can easily be modified to run Linux off of a USB stick. It’s cheap (mine was about £50 from Amazon), silent, and uses very little power (about 5W) so can be left on all the time at very little cost.

It does have only have 256 M of RAM, and a relatively slow processor (it’s an ARM chip, running at about 1 GHz I think), but this is plenty enough to run the Knights server.

The only other downside is the colour :), but since it’s shoved behind a desk in the spare room, nobody is going to notice.

Migrating everything over to the new server was a bit of a pain, but everything should be up and running again now. The Trac has moved to a new URL (http://www.knightsgame.org.uk/trac/), and you may notice a different address on the Server List page, but everything else should be the same as before.

As an aside, I have set up a Subversion repository, so you can now browse through the source code on the Trac site.

As for Knights itself: I am working on a new release (018), which should be done in about 2 weeks time (hopefully). This will mostly be a bug fix release, but will include one new feature which is a Random Quest button. I’ll post a bit more about that next week.

2 Responses to “Knights moved to new server”

  1. K9 says:

    >The only other downside is the colour ,
    > but since it’s shoved behind a desk in the spare room,
    > nobody is going to notice.

    I don’t see anything that a little ‘spray paint’ like ‘dungeon black or camo’ wouldn’t fix.

    You deserve something for ‘plugging’ their product, got me curious enough to want one.

  2. Stephen says:

    Actually, I think they released a new black version recently, but it’s a bit late for me to buy one now :)

    > You deserve something for ‘plugging’ their product

    I didn’t think of that! I wonder if they would have sent me a free pogoplug? I guess this little blog has too few readers for it to be worth that much to them though.

    I do like these little computing devices. In these days where everyone wants the fastest processors, people forget that you can actually do quite a lot with only a tiny amount of RAM and a cheap CPU. So there is definitely a niche for this type of low-budget, low-powered server device.

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