IO Report # 100 (2003-07-17)

This report was submitted by HA Ari

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Internet Office Report #100 - SPECIAL EDITION!

July 18, 2003

:: [ Internet Office News ] ::

Hello everyone, welcome to this week's Internet Office Report NUMBER 100!!!!!!! This report marks the 100th week that I have been the Internet Officer of the Emperor's Hammer - which calls for some celebration! If you're reading the HTML version of this, you can see I have a brand new report design for IO Reports - courtesy of Major Xander Drax!

Let's get some of the weekly news out of the way first. I spent some time this weekend reviewing all MinosNIC hosting accounts and listed about 120 of the 245 accounts as requiring removal either because they are: Empty, Outdated, or rDB. Once they are removed, I will post a spreadsheet in case anyone wants to make use of an account name that has been taken till now. We will be reviewing the redirects similarly soon.

EHNet and related services (MinosNIC not included) had a bit of troubles on the technical side (PHP Superglobal arrays weren't functioning correctly) but it seems as though our faithful & reliable web host, Koral of the BHG, has fixed it up. Thank you so much, K!

The EH Wargames preliminary database design has been reviewed by the development team. We now hope to begin the coding of some of the actual PHP classes. Stay tuned for more info!

Alex Foley has been hard at work on SquadFirst+, and has nearly completed the new roster functions for the TC side of the application. Of course, it won't be just TC this time - SF+ will support TC, DB, IW and HF roster structures. We anticipate it's release in 1-2 weeks - and it will certainly complete the revolution in EH site standards!

Speaking of site standards, it's come to my attention that some TIE Corps sites are not adhering to the rules laid out in the Internet Guidelines. I'd just like to remind you all that ALL squadrons, wings, ships and battlegroups MUST have a current, up-to-date website. Single-wing ships may use their wing site. All sites must contain the mandatory pages and links set out in the TC Internet Guidelines which are available at The IO will begin to conduct research on compliance. If your site is found to be incompliant, you will be warned and you will have one (1) week to update the site (if you are on leave, we may be able to extend that). If by then you do not comply, you face removal from your position (as per an agreement between myself and the FO). The reason for such strict attention to compliance is part of an effort to raise the bar in website standards within the EH and TC. Please note the addition of a new Internet Guideline that applies to the entire EH! Specifically, you should avoid hosting your site on Geocities, Tripod, or any other free host that has pop-up banners. The IO staff will notify people individually of this new guideline with a leniency period of 2 weeks.

And now, time for a special feature unique to Report #100...a trip down memory lane in the Internet Office!

First off, I'd like to start with saying that I've had some of the most fun I've ever had as Internet Officer of the EH and hope to be able to continue to serve you, the members of the EH, as well as I have striven to till now. I've learned a lot from the people in the EH, but such things I shall save for another long special edition report, far, far off in the distant future (i.e. my eventual resignation :P). I'd like to speak about something else though: I'd like to speak about my vision of the Internet Office when I first took the position, what I've accomplished with the help of my team, and where the Internet Office is headed in the future. Obviously, this is a historical sort of thing (if you just read reports to know the news in the fleet, you can stop reading now :P) but I think you might find some of it interesting. Well, that's my own personal opinion.

I had started out in the IO as most staffies do - a lowly IOA, along with FSEA, shortly after I had resigned my command as Commodore of the ISD Colossus. AbsoluteK was kind enough to take me into his (now rather familiar :P) staff. I later became his Command Attache, serving a total of 9 months under his command. When AbK resigned in August 2001, I applied and received the position of Internet Officer. In my application (which can be seen in the news archives at under August 22), I started to describe a vision I had of the IO becoming a central hub for EH operations, a vision that AbK had already begun to materialize during his tenure. I consider this "vision" to mark the beginning of a new era for the EH, one of heightened awareness for all EHers of all aspects of our club - not just being confined to one subgroup. Plus, since the EH is an Internet-based club, I wanted to enhance all the features and fun available to members.

We'll now look at some of the different things the IO has done to reach this endeavor. I'd like to that IOA Alex Foley for taking the time to look through all my previous reports and compiling a list of IO Projects. This document includes the announce, release and completion dates for 27 IO projects and can be viewed at

Let's start off with entertainment, which produced some of the more widely-known IO Projects. The shining star to date though, had to be Project Hawkeye (Reports 8-32) - a mission-based project that accepted 22 "agents" to participate in 10 web-based missions over the course of 3 weeks. While Project Hawkeye 2 was started and a trailer produced, interest was not strong enough among the developers to pursue completion. This remains something that the IO hopes yet to complete. You can see details about Project Hawkeye at and

Then there was The Holonet Journals (reports 2-22), a collection of humorous articles, images and other random spewings of the IO staff. My former Command Attache, Darkfire, was largely responsible for organizing THJ and did a great job keeping it humorous. There are links to the two issues that were released in the "IO Links" section of this report. What happens now, you say? I'm happy to announce that my IOA, MAJ Xander Drax has volunteered to organize THJ, Issue #3! We hope Drax will have it published soon!

Sabacc Online, my own personal project, has not only gained tremendous support from the BHG, but numerous sources outside the EH. A large portion of the Star Wars community have all taken interest in my PHP rendition of the popular Star Wars card game. What happens now though? Leeson and I are working on completing a multiplayer client/server setup for all interested parties!

Alex Foley's EH Holonet Awards also attracted a lot of attention - it was a competition in which people nominated their favorite sites and voted on the best ones in different categories, sort of like the Oscars. Winning webmasters received medals.

And now, we're on the verge of a new frontier in terms of entertainment provided by the Internet Office. EH Wargames, an online web-based Wargame simulation stands to be the most revolutionary IO project, moreso than Project Hawkeye, and possibly equal or surpass GalaxyQuest the numbers in terms of participation. With a solid coding team, we hope to deliver this fine product with the highest of quality standards!

Another section is "Internet Awareness" - part of which was manifested by the IWATS courses written by IO Staff members. Namely, the XML course by Keldorn, PHP course by former CA Mutilator, JavaScript & Flash courses by Alex Foley. Related to this have been various things oriented towards webmasters, such as the EH & TC Internet Guidelines, Coding Archive (reports 43-48), EH Code Collaboration (report 98), EH Counters Service (reports 54-64).

And of course, the most notable tool for TC/IW webmasters has been SquadFirst (Reports 71-80) - a Squadron Website Template to facilitate with Internet Guidelines compliance. This has become widely popular, and is currently at version 1.3.2. However, Alex Foley is currently working on SquadFirst+, a new generation of EH site templates, with streamlined code and enhanced functionality for TC, IW, DB and HF subgroups.

In addition to that, IOA/AD Turtle has constantly supported us with the creation of a brand new EHNet, EHNet version 3.0 along with the EHNet Login System (currently at version 1.6). The ELS allows for webmasters to interface with the closest to an EH-wide login system, based on the account handles at MinosNIC, another service Turtle provides the EH with that allocates URL redirection, web hosting & database space and a webring service all for EH members. Turtle is currently investigating the possibility of an enhanced level of service plus real domain names for a small monthly fee, which shouldn't be too taxing on interested EHers.

My EHNet, also a project by Alex Foley, is a service we provide to EHers to customize their own home page they can set, with various news feed sources from around the fleet and around the world. My EHNet is located at

We've also remodeled the Emperor's Hammer Domain Site, and now it looks much cleaner and professional than it previously did. We are currently looking into the possibility of enhancing the TIE Corps main site in PHP.

All the projects listed by no means are everything - the document by Alex Foley would contain everything. So where is the Internet Office headed now?

Well, there are several colossal prospective projects. First of all, the completion of Multiplayer Sabacc Online is now finally a feasibility through integration of PHP and Flash. EH Wargames stands to revolutionize the roleplaying aspect of the EH, allowing for greater interaction with players in teams with a motive to participate. I'd also like to try to finish Project Hawkeye 2. And finally, I'd like to complete an EH-wide central processing station which will contain basic roster information for all subgroups, which will be retrievable by SG sites via XML - very similar to Kawolski's EH Database concept.

And as this milestone report draws to a close, I'd like to thank the wonderful members of my Internet Office Staff, past and present, who've struggled with understanding what my vision of the IO and the EH is, but have come out of various projects all the more knowledgeable. My Command Attaches: Leeson, Mutilator and Darkfire. My Internet Office Assistants: Turtle, Alex Foley, Xander Drax, Drako, Kweeky, AbsoluteK, Keldorn, and many others.

I hope for my tenure as Internet Officer to continue to be as successful as it has to date.


:: [ Emperor's Hammer: Site of the Week ] ::

The Site of the Week this week, is appropriately what has been the home of the Internet Office for many years, and hopefully many more to come: EHNet. Many thanks go to AbsoluteK for providing us with the domain, Koral for providing us with a server, Turtle for coding most of the system, and Xander Drax for the current design. Here's to, unquestionably a 5 star site!

:: [ Internet Office Poll ] :: :: [ Internet Office Staff ] ::
What has been your favorite IO project to date?
  • Project Hawkeye
  • The Holonet Journals
  • My EHNet
  • Sabacc Online
  • MinosNIC
  • SquadFirst
    Vote for your choice at!
  • Internet Officer: HA Ari
    Command Attache: FA Bevel Leeson
    Command Assistant: AD Turtle
    Command Assistant: MAJ Xander Drax
    Command Assistant: MAJ Alex Foley
    Command Assistant: CPT Drako

    :: [ Internet Office Links ] ::

  • - Internet Office
  • - EH Message Boards
  • - MinosNIC
  • - My EHNet
  • - EH & TC Internet Guidelines
  • - SquadFirst Squadron Website Template
  • - Sabacc Online v2.3
  • - IO Code Archive
  • - EH Code Collaboration
  • - EH Banner Exchange
  • - EH Counter Service
  • - Greeting Card Center
  • - The Holonet Journals, Issue #2
  • - The Holonet Journals, Issue #1
  • - WebRing
  • - Images Archive
  • - PHP IWATS Course
  • - JavaScript IWATS Course
  • - VBScript IWATS Course
  • - Flash IWATS Course

  • :: [ In Service of the Emperor's Hammer ] ::

    IO-FSEA-PROF/HA Ari/CS-5/SSSD Sovereign
    [MoH] [GOE] [GSx3] [SSx2] [BS] [PCx3] [ISMx9] [MoT-rh-gh] [IS-3BR-4SR-2GR-1PR]
    [LoC-CSx6] [MoC-SoC-5BoC] [CoE] [CoB] [CoLx2] [LoAx2] [OV-4E]
    Internet Officer of the Emperor's Hammer
    ISD Colossus: FC's Own, 2000
    IWATS VBScript Professor

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