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  1. No, in the optional section does any of the code get executed? ie. $("#exterior, #interior, #fullmonty").css("display","none"); or does it enter the if statements? etc... is it going into: $(".valetpackage").click(function(){ randomly put in alert statements to see what line of code it is stopping at, or better yet, have you run a debugger to see if any errors are thrown in your browser?
  2. On the optional code, what line of code does it stop at?
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    Just Registered my First Domain Name

    I have had some experience with VentraIP and encountered several hiccups (though not uncommon for any web host to have a few). For a few basic website I think you'll probably be fine, but I started to run into issues with speed (even with little traffic), random SSL errors, and email problems. This was for a client, and currently in the process of moving to a different host. So, it depends on what your plans are for the website. If you want to run a secure store or custom Wordpress site I would put in a contingency plan (to move to another host). "enough room... to move", ummm, no. Wordpress and other CRM systems are very easy to setup on 'self' / shared hosting. Watch a few Youtube videos on the installation of Wordpress - just some simple database setup and uploading of files, not much more to it. Plenty of plugins available. Learn some CSS and HTML to customise your theme and you'll be off and cooking for some time.
  4. Hi lads and ladies! Recently I have been working on a new game, a fun little shuriken-shooting side-scrolling action game (Roaming Ninja). Still in early development the scope of the game has grown quite substantially. Working on it part-time with personal funds and even with additional assistance I still see the launch of the game some time off, hence considering Kickstarter to work on it full-time. So... I want to do the Kickstarter right, and what better place to ask for feedback then my fellow passionate Atomicians. What would you guys look for in a Kickstarter? what would make you guys 'back' a small developer (like myself)? What cool rewards would you like to see? What is too much or just right to pay for certain rewards (ie. copy of the game, or copy of the game plus physical rewards) And also, what rewards that you often see that don't float your boat? Any other feedback also appreciated!!! Here are some of the rewards I'm looking at: - Digital copy of the game (for Android, PC and Mac - too difficult to give iOS copies because of Apple) - LARGE wall posters - Tshirts or Jumpers (we are in winter after all) - Physical characters from the game, colour 3D prints of characters about 3" or 7" - Beta access - Soundtrack - Comic??? - Kickstarter Post Party (probably in Melbourne) Cheers, and thanks in advance!!!
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    Kickstarter - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Hmmmm... how about exclusive backer character and bonus levels? I hope to have more gameplay up soon(ish) - the engine has been completely updated. Having a good game seems to be only half the battle, but still an important part (the base requirement if you will). The other is having a good 'hook', like a wacky gameplay mechanic, well know industry personality, or something else to grab people's attention. So the more I can grab peoples attention with amazing rewards the better. It seems that most Kickstarter backers come from an established fan base or related industry. So for every backer I do get I want to knock their socks off and make them want to tell there friends! The controls, animations, and fluidity of the game is a make or break - I really get this, trust me! It will be really different to most (if not all) mobile platform games out there. I haven't thought about have a physical soundtrack - ummm, really? no, really???? :-/
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    Kickstarter - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    How much would they cost to make? I mean - they are selling packs of Skylanders (3 pack) for $21 - but they probably did a bulk order for tens or even hundreds of thousands of each one for manufacturing. Molds and painting alone could be expensive for a small order? But then again - some times you get surprised. I know one company I contracted to had a US supplier for specialist stationery made in the US (which was apparently difficult to make)... we went to an Australian printer and they said "no worries mate". They do it cheaper and with less fuss. Cost for a single 3 inch model will be a little less than $20, so 3 for $21 isn't going to happen. You have to remember this is not mass production and more of collector pieces. I could invest $10k+ for some (each) injection molds, then do each for under $1 but that's no very realistic. Another option would be making my own molds and making each piece one at a time but they would then need to be hand painted, so the costs come back up but time goes through the roof. It's not as cheap as people think.
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    Kickstarter - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Thanks again for the feedback. Diorama for the characters could be an interesting idea. Card game, hmmm... I don't want to detract too much from the making of a 'video' game. Maybe there is a compromise here - I'll have a think about it. 'Indie' board games seem to be going off like a rocket at the moment, could be an interesting in road here... What are you thoughts on pricing for game characters? For the smaller ones (3 inch) I was thinking less than $100 for maybe 2-3 models ($75 price point??? perhaps with some extra gear). For the larger 7 inch models the production cost alone would be $100-$200, so the reward would more likely be $300 or $300+. I realise some people are only going to pledge $10-$25 just for the game anyway, but I've seen them go anywhere from $500-$2500 (some a little larger). Surprised the posters aren't more popular. Fair point of the 'beta' / early access, I will keep this in mind. As I mentioned the planned game price will be about $10, with other $25-$35 tiers jammed pack full of digital goodies (digital wallpapers + posters, soundtracks, comic, etc). PS: Fixed the image / new-window, and release date things. Cheers!
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    Kickstarter - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    So, what physical rewards wet your appetite? Physical game box? Game characters? True. But the advantage of digital rewards (from the developer's point of view) is easy distribution. My advice would be (if you want to do physical rewards) is to go and have a serious chat to Australia Post first. Find out how much it will really cost, including the cost of returns and 'lost in transit' post. Particularly if you are going to be posting overseas to Godknowswhere in Curruptandstealyourstuffiopia Don't worry, I will plan every cent. The margins on the 3D prints won't be huge but it will be a balance between generating funds for the game and offering a low enough price point to get people to back the reward.
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    Kickstarter - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Yes, I agree the game needs to be fairly priced - I was thinking maybe $10 (which is a copy for all platforms except iOS). So, for those who just want the game they don't need to spend an arm and a leg. Though I'm not always a big fan of 'gimmicks' I think sometimes this can be a good thing when trying to get some exposure, offering something different or extra for attention and keep the dollars coming in. I try look at it from something that I would like and willing to part ways from my hard earned money. Yes, everybody does t-shirts, so I think if including a t-shirt it needs to be damn awesome!! (and hopefully the design will be). I tried to be a different and personally I think it would be cool to have physical characters from the game - which will be colour 3D printed (designs currently on my website). I'm sure about the desktop wallpaper stuff - do people really care? (though it wouldn't be hard to make) but an actually large wallpaper to hang on the bedroom wall would be cool (again as long as the designs a good - check them out on my website ;-) ). Comics I'm not sure on. It would be digital so delivery costs would be low, and it could possibly be a great way to extend the story outside of the game. Any thoughts??? I think with beta testers it's more paying for early access rather than a solid channel for feedback. There are great channels where I can already meet up with other developers and people for testing the game. Thanks for the feedback, please keep 'em coming ;-)
  10. Ok, I missed the boat on Saturday or a 3-day pass (maybe a little overkill anyway). So, there are only two days left - Friday and Sunday, and currently without a program what day would you recommend? Sunday availability is running low, so popularity would run from Saturday, Sunday, then Friday (from busiest to least busy). Though, Friday might be interesting with opening keynotes? Thoughts?
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    PAX Australia - Friday or Sunday

    I was hoping somebody might have heard something on the grape vine about the best days, oh well, lucky dip I guess. I would have thoughts it would be on most Atomicians agendas. From what I can gather (and as I haven't been to the US counterparts) there is a butt ton of stuff going on, aside from the normal 'exhibit'. I might take a punt on Friday :-)
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    PAX Australia - Friday or Sunday

    Really? no takers... :-(
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    'Chibi' style characters,

    How did you go mate?
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    27" Display for Mac and Windows

    Awesome, makes sense. I'll gear my monitor hunting towards a display with a display port to try to avoid all these headaches. Thanks.
  15. I'm looking for a new 27inch display to run on both my Macbook Pro (retina) and my Windows PC. To save desk space I want to run both computers to the one display, which I currently do on an older LCD monitor (@1680x1050) - MBP via MiniDisplay-DVI cable, and the PC via DVI-VGA (yes, I know, not the best) to 2nd port on the display. I would like a higher resolution for more space - mainly for programming, (Adobe) graphics work, etc. Bigger than 1920x1080 (not that much difference from what I have currently) would be nice, so 2550x1440 on a 27inch display seems ideal. Graphics/colours would probably take the preference over gaming, but I don't want a terrible gaming experience when I do play once in a blue moon. Though an Apple Thunderbolt display would be nice, or with spending this dough even holding out for a refreshed/updated display seeing the newer iMacs are now out, it would not be practical as the PC wouldn't be able to connect to the Thunderbolt connector (not too mention there is only 1 display connector). I've dipped my toe in the dark side, but I'm not willing to give up my Windows PC yet. An IPS panel for nice rich colours would be great, but don't like what I'm hearing about 'input lag'. A PLS panel might be a nice compromise from Samsung or Asus. Ok, my main concern, running a high resolution like 2550x1440 would mean I need a(n Apple) dual-link DVI connector or other mini-display port to (standard?) display-port adaptor, and I'm not hearing good things from these things - at least reading the only Apple reviews. Has anybody had any experience with the Apple Dual-Link DVI adaptors? Any issues with flickering or display quality? Any sleep/power-saving mode? Thanks in advance!
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    27" Display for Mac and Windows

    What kind of adaptor do you use? Any issues? I have a mini-display/thunderbolt to dvi adaptor, but reading the reviews on Apple's website reviewers are insisting it only supports single-link DVI and need to purchase Apple's more expensive ($120) dual-link DVI adaptor, though reading reviews on this adaptor doesn't paint a flattering picture. As for the monitors, I'm not sure on the Dells, at least not the U2711 because of apparently thick anti glare coating, maybe the U2713.
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    'Chibi' style characters,

    timeframe is about 3-4 weeks. vector format is fine, if drawn in illustrator, don't need to be coloured in. i can do that. i've been trying to practice drawing but since i've never even drawn cartoons before it ain't easy!! i only need the drawings of the actual people as I can manage the scene backgrounds, etc. there will be about 10-12 pictures. i have a script at home i can show you if you can help! Sorry, I would've normally given it a crack, but unfortunately time is limited at the moment. I might be able to give you a hand later... Hope you can find somebody else in the mean time.
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    'Chibi' style characters,

    How many pics you need? Resolution? Vector/rastor? Time frame?
  19. Pricing is a bit steep at 2.9% + $0.30, that's more than PayPal. Why are they the "only" payment gateway to go with?
  20. I would agree with Cyb3rGlitch, a professional is going to give you a quality product with less headaches, not to mention the time saved on getting it up and running. But... if you are going to do it anyway here are some tips/direction. You can easily get started with pre-installed or quickly install shopping carts usually right from your hosting back-end (ie. Cpanel, etc) or you can download and install many shopping carts quite easily. Most are usually PHP driven - such as OSCommerce, CubeCart, etc. Some are free, some you pay for a licence to use (sometimes earlier versions are free). Go with a popular shopping cart as you will find a lot more tutorials on modifying it on the web, plus if you get stuck you can hire somebody to assist you. Sometimes your hosting company may push a particular shopping cart, which may not be as popular as some, but at least you know where to get help quickly (for extra $$$ of course). The other thing that might determine which shopping cart you go for is if supports your payment gateway, though you can always hire somebody to integrate it. If you don't have a payment gateway yet I would suggest talking to the banks to get some direction. Most shopping carts will support PayPal out of the box. So keep all this in mind for future planning. Buy an SSL certificate and make sure your payment pages are only accessed from a secure connection (ie. HTTPS not HTTP). There is no point buying an SSL and not using it properly. Don't use any 'site builders', web-based editors/builders etc, just don't waste your time. Of course there are an endless amount of variables in this, and you have been very vague. You might not even need a shopping cart, you could possibly use a basic 'static' website with PayPal buy-it-now buttons. You could also go along the lines of using a CMS like Drupal or Joomla and integrating a shopping cart module (particularly if your site will need a lot of other functionality other than just a shopping cart). There are endless possibilities. FIRST, determine what the requirements are, then build the website/infrastructure to suit NOT the other way round - otherwise you could end up being very limited in what you can do and are only asking for trouble. FYI, a great resource for learning website design, programming and tutorials covering the major languages, CMSes, etc try Lynda.com. Heaps of video tutorial with optional exercise files (all paid for), or just try YouTube and Google. Do you want this to be a learning exercise or want a product done quickly, professional? If you don't care about the learning side then hire somebody. If the budget is tight, then maybe consider paying somebody for the initial design work, then make additional changes yourself. Let us know some more details then maybe we can help guide you a lot better.... ;-)
  21. I need some advice from my fellow Atomicans, I have a weird internet situation where my internet is provided by a giant LAN in my apartment building (I cannot access other broadband such as ADSL or cable, 3G is too slow, and LTE is too expensive). Now, I would like to improve my network security and possibly add in some NAS type backup/storage. Internet comes directly into my apartment via ethernet and I currently have a cheap WiFi access point (I don't not control DHCP or have access to the building's routers, switches, etc). Ideally I would like to isolate my apartment from the rest of the LAN and make sure no body else in other apartments can see or access my computers/devices. I'm thinking I need my own DHCP/router/gateway that controls my apartment, but my experience from the past is that having more than one DHCP server on a LAN is a bad idea. I'm not sure if anybody has had any experience with Apple's Airport Express/Extremes - or if these could be handy, or barking up the wrong tree here????? I'm only thinking of these as ideally I would like to setup time machine/capsule for my mac machines (and my current macbook is not 100% happy with my WiFi access point). Ok, other wishful thinking would be to have any network storage using a RAID mirror arrangement for redundancy. It would be nice if I could use this with Mac's time machine and storage for my windows machines. I don't want to go to crazy with costs and hardware (ie. power consumption). I don't really want to setup a server box, but something that is 'relatively' low powered. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance. Cheers!!!
  22. Yeah, might be the way to go. I think the Raspberry PI might be too much of a hassle at this stage (maybe later when I have more time). If it had RAID I think it would almost be a no brainer. I might just to a manual backup now and again to add another level of redundancy, or might have to add a RAID NAS down the track. EDIT: Perfect solution (and true Atomic style), mod an existing Apple Time Capsule for RAID (found this: Time Capsule with RAID). =)
  23. No, not in Japan. Speeds are comparable to ADSL2+ (which is probably on the end, or a few and load balanced). An off-the-shelf Apple product might be the easiest solution though a tad expensive. Raspberry PI could be fun, but I can see where the hours of setup time might get away.
  24. The Raspberry PI devices are very cool idea (was thinking of making a dash cam out of one, but that's a story for another day...), if I can get it to work with RAID and Apple then it would be great. Ok, seems like this might be the way to go.... now wheres that credit card... Thanks guys!
  25. Ah... (forgive my un-Atomican-ness) So, you can piggy-back routers via the WAN port? Suppose that makes sense. Cheers!
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