One (opcode) cache to rule them all?


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:


It’s a Kong Off, baby!



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.


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

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!

Brokentoken Redux…part 1


recyclereduxlogoIt’s been a long while since I’ve updated anything here on the site and although I’ve been busy behind the scenes staying active in the collecting part of the arcadehobby and non-hobby life and all the crazy stuff that goes on with home ownership, etc., I’m getting back into the swing of things blog-wise and am looking forward to getting a huge back-log of information written up and put on the site.

Part of that involved me taking a second look at the site’s design and seeing where I could freshen it up just a bit and simplify it somewhat as well.  One of the things that I (admittedly) lack is advanced skills at Illustrator/Photoshop.  However, I’m constantly trying to learn more about such and one of the things that has always bothered me about the brokentoken logo is that it just wasn’t “clean”.  I originally got the ‘broken’ parts of the token from a live-traced (using a very old version of Illustrator) raster scan.  For me getting started a year ago, it worked.  However, I’ve always been bothered by how the token looked when blown up (I’ve got some future plans that require a clean vector). (more…)

Nintendo buttons (repro) available again at Mike’s Arcade


If you are needing the ever-elusive blue and orange Nintendo leaf buttons for your restoration project, then head on over to Mike’s Arcade to pick up the buttons as they are available for order at this time. 

Also note that the control panel bolt kits are also available for order… no telling how long these highly sought-after components will be available, so if you need some, then I suggest you make provisions. 

I’ve been on the hunt for both the buttons and the bolts for several months now, and they are near impossible to turn up in good, clean (and non-faded) condition nowadays.  I found Mike’s site a while back and when I saw these listed at that time, I got all kinds of excited about getting these parts.  I tried to order both the buttons and the control panel bolts only to be told by Kim that they only get stock on them occasionally, and additioanl stock ETA was unknown at the time, so I turned to hunting them up on KLOV but had little luck.   Fast-forward 6 months and more stock is now available.

Mike’s buttons are reproductions, but the measurements/dimensions are exact, and the buttons include the PAL nut and will drop right into the Nintendo button holder for your control panel. 

I’m not affiliated with Mike’s in any way/shape/form – I’m just happy that these are now available and I hope some people are able to take advantage of these replacements if they cannot find NOS or used stock.

I’ve ordered a few sets for my Donkey Kong, DKJr and Mario Brothers restorations, so I’ll post pictures once my order comes in and compare them to what Nintendo buttons I do have available.

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