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ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
Posted by Michael on 7 October 2007, 04:53 GMT

A few days ago we reached a new milestone for ticalc.org: Our one billionth request served!

Specifically, from April 14, 1997 to October 7, 2007 we have served 1,001,320,458 successful HTTP requests. Curious people can view other ticalc.org statistics on our Web Server Statistics page. As they say, one billion is big. Thank you to all of our visitors throughout the years for allowing us to reach this amazing achievement!

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Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
aladdinslamp Account Info
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Congratulations! Now you're able to claim "Over 1 billion served!"

Reply to this comment    7 October 2007, 14:17 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
Ryhan Hassan  Account Info
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Downloads yes; unfortunately ticalc doesn't have "over a billion" people who downloaded stuff, so "over 1 billion" have NOT been served , yet =D

Reply to this comment    19 October 2007, 02:53 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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wow lot of requests o.o on a off topic note I wonder why only 12 of the hosted sites works now? Last fall most worked (even though not updated anymore) but now only 12/27 works, the others says Cannot find server. Did ticalc.org decided to start deleting all hosted sites?

Reply to this comment    7 October 2007, 19:23 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
Lewk Of Serthic  Account Info

Wow, 1 billion really is big! Thanks for the very informative video! :P

Reply to this comment    7 October 2007, 19:29 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
Cryzz Account Info
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what he said! :P

Reply to this comment    15 October 2007, 19:06 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
Michael Vincent  Account Info
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I guess no one else remembers that video from watching Square One TV.

I think I'm going to go sob now.

Reply to this comment    8 October 2007, 01:44 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
Brandon Wilson  Account Info
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Who doesn't remember Square One?

That show is responsible for making me the man I am today.

Reply to this comment    8 October 2007, 04:19 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
Magnus Hagander  Account Info
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What *is* Square One? ;-)

(yes, I know there's wikipedia, but I'm making a point)

Reply to this comment    8 October 2007, 14:46 GMT

Only a billion for Americans...
Benjamin Moody  Account Info

Given this is a Swedish server we're talking about, it's really only a milli-biljon. :)

Reply to this comment    9 October 2007, 01:36 GMT


Re: Only a billion for Americans...
benryves  Account Info
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Unfortunately I believe that the ├ęchelle courte is standard in all English-speaking countries these days, though I personally hang on to the ├ęchelle longue and refer to 1E9 as a milliard (reserving the title of "billion" for 1E12).

Reply to this comment    9 October 2007, 12:10 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
nonexistent Account Info

Congrats! Anyone else feel personally responsible? But, not bad for a server that has less ram (1.5 gb) than my laptop.

Reply to this comment    10 October 2007, 03:25 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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well I keep refreshing front page every 30 seconds or so to see if there're new files, reviews or news articles

Reply to this comment    10 October 2007, 03:49 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
nonexistent Account Info

If I take that literally, thats over 1 million hits from you in one year ;)

Reply to this comment    12 October 2007, 23:30 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
yoman82 Account Info
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I bet you could hit another billion quite fast if someone made a TI 84+ RAM unlock program.

Reply to this comment    17 October 2007, 22:09 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
John Romero  Account Info

**Heh* One billion. *Snort* jk. One Billion is about the amount of hours I will have to spend on my raycasting engine(Icarus) to get it perfect! I think I've contributed a couple hundred requests myself. And thats in only half a year!

PS. Kudos to those of you who figured out who I am on the TICT boards.

Reply to this comment    20 October 2007, 04:41 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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Can I get a 'Wewt!'

Grats guys and gals. Its great to see the ol lady can still put out.

Reply to this comment    6 November 2007, 08:55 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
nonexistent Account Info

Ahh, the REAL reason the community is going down is because the "Wewters" were driven out by Duncan (just kidding, he's been doing a great job) ... But honestly, I hadn't visited for maybe 2-3 weeks and I was sure I'd missed at least 3 news articles. I wasn't around back then, but apparently, daily news was not abnormal. Don't take this as whining, I'm just pondering this situation. Some reasons for the decline in activity:
1. Since programs take time, activity runs in cycles, like the economy.
2. As new technology develops, programmers in high school are more likely to move on to higher platforms.
3. Programming is being seen as an undesirable nerdy activity more and more.
4. People feel as if there are no new games to be made.
5. TI hasn't kept busy with new models and improvments.
Just my thoughts, don't know if these make sense or not.

Reply to this comment    6 November 2007, 23:57 GMT

Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
nonexistent Account Info

Oh, I reread my post and now I sound like a pessimist. Morgan got it right, we can still put it out, just not quite as fast.

Reply to this comment    7 November 2007, 00:00 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
Charles Wetzel  Account Info
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In response to your post, nonexistant:

1. It's true that they run in cycles (school year starts, programs start pouring in again).

2. I doubt this. The entire time Z80- and 68K-based TIs have been available, there have been PCs (or even PDAs) that were vastly more powerful. The TI-82, for instance, came out the same year as the Pentium. People program TIs because they're ubiquitous, and because programming for such a limited platform is challenging, but from the beginning, TIs have been at least 10 years behind PCs and probably five years behind handheld game systems.

3. I remember my epiphany that my programming hobby wasn't sexy and wasn't going to get me girls. That was when I was in 6th grade. In 1998.

4. Games are an art form! Even a well-made TI game can be art. Just look at Dying Eyes.

5. This may be part of the problem. People want to program something brand new, so they can become legendary. People want to write "launch titles." TI isn't giving us this opportunity!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I agree with some and disagree with others. The reason I'm not programming the TI much anymore is that I'm 21, and I need to concentrate on making a good demo disc so I can get a job at a game company! I love programming the TI -- I think it's several times more fun than programming a PC, because the limitations of the platform are a challenge and equalize the programmers so that YOU can feel just as competent as anyone else rather quickly. With the PC, no matter how hard you work on your program, it always seems to suck because good programs these days can only be made by teams of tens or hundreds of people. Unfortunately, a demo disc full of TI games isn't going to impress a game company! Until I get a job programming, I'll probably have to keep teaching English to get money, so it's in my best interest to move onto programming the PC (or consoles) ASAP!

Reply to this comment    7 November 2007, 04:45 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Serves 1 Billionth Request
nonexistent Account Info

Your comments make sense. I 100% agree with the idea that TI calcs are fun to program because of their limitations. Grayscale is a great example of this. So is assembly itself. I just threw out some reasons, so I'm not suprised some of them weren't completely sound. I program TI calcs for fun and for programming experience, but haven't made anything amazing due to the four letter word of programmers: time. Good luck on that game company job. I don't think you will have a problem, because specific langauges can be learned as a skill, and new tools can be mastered. What is more important is general programming fluency in algorithmic thought and concepts such as arrays, pointers, loops, sprites, and so on, which show up in most applications. (Even 3d games utilize sprites.) This skill and knowledge you should have aquired from your years of calc programming.

Reply to this comment    14 November 2007, 03:23 GMT
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