Noah's Blog

Noah W.'s blog is full of technological exploration, findings, programming, and the life of a young developer.

Minecraft 1.8

After a long hiatus from Minecraft, I decided to attempt to "reboot" my server so to speak. One of my good friends, Ian, sent me a tweet:

Which sparked my interest to get our old server back up and running. I was sad to see that CraftBukkit (Which is the backbone of Minecraft I used to add some additional features to our server) had been sent a DMCA takedown request

It seems lucky that another project called Spigot not only took the place of Bukkit, but is supposedly a little bit faster. My hope is that in using Spigot and the latest version of Java 7 (rather than 8), our server can continue to run and stay stable, which was something I was having a hard time accomplishing using vanilla Minecraft server and Java 8.

Published: 2/8/2015 8:19 PM

Article by: Noah Wood

Blog Software

In today's world, starting a blog should be easier than it ever has before.  One has countless platforms in which to choose, all with more features than any web developer of the early aughts could have ever dreamed of.  So why did I find it so incredibly difficult?  Ignoring the fact that one must have creativity and motivation to continue a blog, I had a hard time just trying to get a blog setup that even looked nice.  Why is it so hard: the software is too much.

One can argue that Microsoft word is a well-developed and mature word processing solution capable of so many different things.  So why, then, would somebody ever choose to use Notepad (a product also developed by Microsoft) when Word is arguably so much better?  It's the same reason why people prefer physical buttons to advanced touchscreens in cars: sometimes simpler is better.

I had an incredibly hard time trying to find blogging software that was simply enough for my to easily integrate into my current site design and was simple enough to customize or add features if I wanted to.  I am one person. I don't need multiple content editors, a review process, add-ons, modules, galleries, etc.  I wanted something to share content, that is all!  So what you see here is a custom blogging solution I've written in VB.NET.  It is a simple application that allows me to post my content and organize it on my website in a simple, date-ordered list.

I plan to document this software and share it on my site as open-source code as soon as I have the time to do so.  I will be posting a short series on the software as I add new features and get things documented.  Stay tuned!

Published: 6/10/2014 9:37 PM

Article by: Noah Wood

Times of Change

Life so far has been pretty crazy.  I started the semester with more to do than I anticipated.  Though, I'm not sure how I didn't expect to be busy working two jobs as a full time student.Regardless, I do have some updates I wish to share.  I plan on posting some new projects soon.  I have a guide in the works about Nintendo's gameboy games and how to replace the batteries in games.  I also have another life tips guide on what services are most compatible with devices.  I have used so many different phones/tablets/computer operating systems/online services that I have become almost an expert in which ones work best for which people.  Expect that to come soon.

Published: 9/21/2013 11:55 AM

Article by: Noah Wood

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