The NeceMoon | March 2010

World Wide Worries

by necemon 24. March 2010 17:52


Wherever you move on Internet, you are often forced to leave some information about yourself. To access a service, you may be asked to give your real name, phone number, address and so on. They call that required fields. Either you fill the form or you just leave it. But a lot of optional information is also intentionally released by some users.

The current trend is to share private information and photo in an intimate way, with family and friends via social networks. Even some people seem to enjoy displaying this personal data over the public internet.  Nowadays, you can tell your own story to the world, describing your day to day activities as it happens (e.g. via Twitter). Some say that it’s fine. It’s also ok if some people get an access (somehow) to your Facebook wall and check your pictures. It seems that if you didn’t do anything wrong, you don’t have anything to hide so it’s ok if people see it.

I don’t know how much of that is true but I observed that on the other side, some people are very careful about what they display over the internet. They never connect to you if they don’t know you in real life or they simply avoid social networks. If they let you access their profile or resume, don’t even think about seeing their phone number or address. You can never find a picture of them anywhere online and when you get a chance to chat with them, they always use some nickname.

And in the middle of those two philosophies, there is the kind of average guy, who is a bit worrying about his privacy but still publish some photos from times to times; he blogs using his real name, accepts friendships from strangers on Facebook or Hi5, probably hoping to become popular someday, or whatever. I guess you see the kind of person...

So who is right? What is the right attitude toward the public Internet? Should we be worrying that a stranger can see our pictures (if so, why)? What is the actual risk of using a real name when interacting online?

UPDATE : a few months after writing this (and after a bit of research), I am starting to figure this one out. There is certainly a risk, exposure is a sort of sacrifice, as long as you know exactly what you lose and what you get, maybe it's ok.

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Games for Everyone

by necemon 24. March 2010 15:08


We are living a terrific OS wars with the rise of Linux over the last two decades. The big Google is also launching its Google Chrome OS. Microsoft and Apple are far from throwing in the towel with the Windows 7 and Mac OS X respectively. Well, as a wannabe game programmer, I feel it is getting difficult to choose a side. The will to reach the maximum audience could lead to code mainly for windows gamers. But then, there is still a trouble. Let’s talk about a very exciting field of gaming: Multiplayer online gaming. Suppose you build your game client using any Microsoft .net language, say C#. Are you compelled to code your server application in C# as well? I am asking because a C# server app will normally need to be hosted on a C# enabled web server (IIS is all I can’t think of at the moment).

See, the thing is in the game industry, I know they use a lot of Linux servers. But worldwide most of the gamers are running Windows. So I think either they are using the same language on the server and on the client (like C or Java) or there is a sort of conversion. I wonder how that conversion happens (for now, I would bet on web services).

Well, I don’t know how much C# is used in the game industry but how can it be used in collaboration with another language that would make the server app? Anyways which language would be suitable for a game server? Last doubt on this post: is it feasible to build a large scale game server (like a MMORPG) using C#? (I assume this would mean running it on IIS)


UPDATE: It's funny how, about 2 years after writing this post, I naturally got answers to my doubts. Yes, I think I am getting it now. I should probably write about what I found some time. More on that later (maybe).


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I am Necemon Yai. I am a .NET developer and a digital artist. Let's keep in touch via Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

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