Louisville Arcade Expo 2011!

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Mark your calendar – March 4-6, 2011 – www.arcaderx.com.

I’ve never known Louisville to host such an event, so I’m super-stoked that the arcade preservation/collection/playing hobby is gaining some local coverage.  I’m definitely going to be attending with camera in hand to capture everything that is going on at the expo.  I hope to run into some friends and local collectors and get some play time in as well.

Looks like they’re setting up for a pinball tournament, hosting a lot of classic consoles, and are also allowing people to bring games to sell, which is a nice perk.  It is sometimes (very) hard to get a good audience of potential buyers for a specific game, so this could be a good opportunity to price something to move.  If you bring a game and set it on free play, then admission is free for the day as well.  That’s a pretty sweet deal, but I doubt I’ll want to haul a game out of the basement and back… it takes a lot for me to want to yank something out once it finds its place… LOL.

Post up if you’re planning on attending and what day you might be thinking about going.  It’d be cool for some fellow collectors/appreciators to meet up, if possible.

Game on!

Zanzabar is a ‘KY treat’!

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A good arcade (especially in KY) is hard to come by nowadays, so when I was invited down to check out Zanzabar I was excited to see what would be offered up for ‘show and play’.  I originally visited the restaurant/bar/arcade mid-summer 2010 (for the CoinOpSpace.com Louisville KY meetup) and owner Antz rolled out the red for all of us forum members to meet and greet and play some classics.  His selection at the time was good (around 10 games) with plans for continued acquisition and expansion.

I had the opportunity to revisit Zanzabar right before Christmas 2010 and was very happy to see that the game selection has come along quite nicely.  All of the games are in great working condition (with at least one hand-restored by the owner) and there is a really nice selection at this point with several rare games in the mix as well.  What’s especially neat about Antz’s collection is that he has chosen to include several cabaret and cocktail cabinets in the collection along with the usual uprights.

I’ve definitely enjoyed playing on the cabarets (I don’t have any at this time) as they have a very distinct feel to them that is different – but still as gratifying – as the uprights.  I also like the cocktail configuration games, but I just don’t have the floorspace at home for them so I’ve never played much on them as a result.

Here’s what I saw at Zanzabar’s as of my last visit:

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One (opcode) cache to rule them all?

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wincacheFirst off, let me say this - Wincache FTW!

OK – with that off my chest, I can get down to business.  This post is a long time in the making.  I’ve spent a considerable amount of time over the past few months testing numerous site configurations (Windows/IIS versions, PHP, mySQL, WordPress plug-ins, etc.) to find out which will run best for me.  In short, it’s been nothing short of a learning experience – many times very frustrating but finally very rewarding.

When I originally put up the site, I was steadfast in my commitment to having everything running on 64-bit Windows.  That meant that I had three choice to deploy on:

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It’s a Kong Off, baby!

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This is so sweet.  I love Donkey Kong – it’s always been my favorite game, and the recent resurgence it has been receiving due to the King of Kong movie and the highly-publicized high score volleys between Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell and Hank Chien have just made being a DK fan all that much better.

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PHP Manager is a must-have for all WordPress on IIS installations

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tooliconI ran across this – PHP Manager – a bit ago and installed the tool here on the site to see if it would work as well as the screen shots on codeplex seemed to promise.  Historically being a .NET guy, I feel that my PHP optimization skills are still a bit to be desired, so I wasn’t surprised at all to see the tool report back a non-optimal installation here on BrokenToken.

What’s nice is that the add-in made it very easy to pinpoint several settings that needed to be changed, and it let me do so in bulk and implement all changes in one fell swoop.  Be sure to do an ‘iisreset’ after any changes so that they are picked up and put into effect.

One word of caution, though:  if you like to keep your php.ini file neat and organized, this add-in will group all of it’s settings changes into one section of the file (usually somewhere in the middle – don’t ask me why) and kill whatever kind of ‘.ini feng shui’ you might have going on.  I’m admittedly a bit obsessive about such things, so I found it necessary to move the settings around, but nonetheless the add-in is effective and reliable.

There are both x64 and x86 builds available.  Have at it and hopefully get a better-running PHP install as a result!


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