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Jun
18

Big Brother 20 Cast Photos Added

Author Brant    Category All, Cast Photos, Miscellaneous     Tags

Cast photos for the new houseguests revealed today for Big Brother 20 have been added to all of the simulators.

Additionally, a cast page was added to see them all together. Please report any issues in the comments or the Contact Form. Thank you.

The maintenance is almost completed. There will be an announcement with new save season removal and data privacy policies posted in the near future.

May
26

Weekend Maintenance & Next Simulator

Author Brant    Category All, Miscellaneous     Tags

Two issues with the disk have worsened this past week, so the 3rd maintenance period of the year will begin (and hopefully end) this weekend to fully resolve them.

The first issue began near the end of January and occurred on the same drive where active simulator sessions are saved. It likely impacted simulator performance across both BrantSteele.com and BrantSteele.net and may have led to more frequent resets. I identified the source of the error in the logs.

I’ve been monitoring the second issue for the past several years. A storage drive, different from the main drive, is filling due to the accumulation of saved seasons on the BrantSteele.net simulators. Under certain criteria, saved simulations that have not been recently viewed are regularly backed up to an external drive and removed from the server. Upon user request, I can recover these seasons for them. The more simulations are saved, the longer this has been taking, so I have been doing this less frequently. Part of this maintenance will involve coming up with a better structure to inform users if and when the simulation was deleted to assist with the recovery process.

The other part of the maintenance involves finally releasing an updated internal structure for the Hunger Games Simulator to reduce the size of saved season since that is the most commonly used simulator. My goal is to do this without any downtime or noticeable differences to the Hunger Games Simulator itself – just a brief period of time where saving/loading is unavailable. Without these changes, the storage drive will fill before the end of the year and saving simulations will no longer be possible under the current removal criteria. I hope that after these changes go into effect, I will only have to do save season removals once or twice per year and can further relax the removal criteria.

The fix for these issues will occur in 4 phases, and I will update this post when each phase begins and ends.

Phase 1. Adjustments to the BrantSteele.com simulators (PART 2 IN PROGRESS)
Phase 2: Adjustments to the BrantSteele.net Big Brother simulators (75% complete)
Phase 3: Adjustments to the BrantSteele.net Survivor simulators (75% complete)
Phase 4: Adjustments to the Hunger Games simulator (50% complete)

5/27/2018 6:15 PM EST Update: The parts of these updates where saving/loading is unavailable have been completed.

6/2/2018 11:30 PM EST Update: Additional changes are in progress. This might affect saving and loading temporarily on the .com simulators.

For those of you interested in the next simulator, it will be the Celebrity Big Brother US Simulator. It’s been in development for the past few months and is getting closer to being released. Estimated release dates for this and the other remaining Big Brother and Survivor simulators are not available, but more teasers will be posted as it gets closer to completion.

Apr
16

.com Server Changes

Author Brant    Category All, Miscellaneous     Tags

A significant structural update was completed for the .com server and uploaded on Sunday morning. Adjustments were made to all of the simulators, the images, and other files that should make it easier to maintain and update simulators in the future. Most of the changes were intended to be behind-the-scenes, but some changes to the Edit Cast pages should be noticeable.

Unfortunately, this update caused some bugs, and I may not be aware of all of them. Please report any issues you notice, and I will work on addressing these as soon as possible.

Bugs Fixed:
– Ghost Island logo is incorrect.
– Various color and black & white cast photos stopped working.
– Alliances no longer work in the Big Brother Canada 5, Big Brother Over the Top, Survivor 33, Survivor 34, Total Drama Island, and The Challenge: The Duel simulators.
– Merge tribes and tribes added after the start of a season no longer show on Edit Cast for S33 & S34.
– Big Brother 10-20 Player Templates link no longer working.
– Big Brother Canada 5: The winner page redirects to the start.

Thank you for your feedback. Comments have been turned off. Please feel free to use the Contact Form for additional bug reports.

Jan
31

Server Maintenance Complete

Author Brant    Category All, Miscellaneous     Tags

Server maintenance is complete on BrantSteele.net. This took longer than expected, as a few issues came up with the Survivor simulator. Its code needed adjusted to be compatible with the latest version of PHP. Please report any issues you see, including performance problems, lack of functionality, or error messages. Thank you.

Jan
30

BrantSteele.net: Early Wednesday Maintenance

Author Brant    Category All, Miscellaneous     Tags

Server maintenance will be occurring on the BrantSteele.net server on Wednesday, January 31st between the hours of 12:01 AM EST and 4:00 AM EST.

There will be one restart required, involving approximately 5 to 10 minutes of downtime. Once it is complete, an update will be posted. Please report any issues you see after this time.

This same maintenance was completed on the BrantSteele.com server early Monday and is mainly meant to enhance performance and security. It’s important to get these updates out of the way before the upcoming seasons of Celebrity Big Brother and Survivor: Ghost Island in February.

Dec
20

BrantSteele Renewed for 2018

Author Brant    Category All, Miscellaneous     Tags

I have renewed the BrantSteele.com and BrantSteele.net servers and domains for the upcoming year. Although I haven’t had much time to develop simulators in recent months, I would like the ones already made to still be accessible.

The simulator for Big Brother 19 is delayed, and the next planned simulator is Survivor 35. This season, and all future simulators, will be designed using the new .com structure. The .net structure can’t handle the complexity of twists in the latest seasons. Recently, a bug with Random Cast was fixed where specific choices for cast members were using photos from the incorrect seasons. A change in Edit Cast is coming where Text-Only Edit and Basic Edit will provide lists of logos for that show. Advanced Edit will allow logos from all shows. An estimate is not yet available, but I plan to work on this during my free time over the holidays.

Thank you to everyone for your patience waiting for new updates. I would like to remind you that the best way to contact me is through the Contact Form. I check this daily, and I added automated server jobs that run every minute to check for the most common server issues and perform the steps needed to fix them. The BrantSteele Subreddit and Twitter are not currently being maintained.

Sep
20

Blog Changes

Author Brant    Category All, Miscellaneous     Tags

The blog’s database has been cleared to increase the overall performance of the server. New posts will now fall into one of three simple categories: Simulator Updates, Cast Photos, or Miscellaneous. The contact form and all bug reports forms have been replaced with forms from Google Forms to also improve server performance.

A new account system will be implemented for specific simulator-related functions. A new blog commenting system will be added for the next simulator update. All previously announced updates, including several simulators, are still in development. Thank you for continuing to follow updates.

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