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Monthly Archive for October, 2014

Virtual Private Servers

Powerful VPS systems

Enjoy advanced VPS hosting at an affordable price with our powerful virtual private servers. Combining the latest generation of Dell PowerEdge servers, Intel Xeon processors, and RAID-10 arrays of high-performance SAS disks with our bespoke systems, we’ve created one of the UK’s most advanced virtual server platforms.

  • 99.9% uptime SLA
  • 100 Mbps Data Pipe
  • Remote Management (VNC SSH Access & Recovery Image)
  • Optional Snapshot Backups
  • Out Of Band SSH Access
  • Full root access. Install any scripts or software you need. We don’t limit what you use your Hybrid Server for (as long as it is legal, of course).
  • 1-click install App Library available on CentOS.
  • DELL & Intel Hardware
  • Free set up.
  • Full control.

Available 11 November 2014 with Confusion Illusion

Hybrid by Squidwolf

A giant leap in Server Evolution

Take advantage of dedicated resources and the latest virtualisation technology with our revolutionary Hybrid Servers. Get guaranteed resources and high-quality hardware at an exceptional price.

  • 99.9% uptime SLA
  • 100 Mbps Data Pipe
  • Remote Management (VNC SSH Access & Recovery Image)
  • Optional Snapshot Backups
  • Out Of Band SSH Access
  • 1-click install App Library available on CentOS.
  • DELL & Intel Hardware
  • Free set up.
  • Full control.
  • Operating System of your choice.
  • Dedicated resources. With a dedicated HHD, a Hybrid Server’s I/O cannot be affected by annoy else’s actions on the server. This guarantees performance 24/7.
  • Low contention rate. With a low contention rate, each Hybrid Server’s RAM, bandwidth, connection, and CPU infrastructure perform at far greater levels.
  • Full root access. Install any scripts or software you need. We don’t limit what you use your Hybrid Server for (as long as it is legal, of course).
  • KVM Virtualisation. KVM is a hypervisor that integrates deeply with the host OS, enduring that each Hybrid Server can use the hardware to its full potential.

Hybrid by Squidwolf Servers harness guaranteed hardware resources to ensure optimal performance and reliability, even during peak times or when running power-hungry web applications. Dedicated hard disks using industry-leading SAS technology and super low CPU server contention rates result in a high performance yet affordable environment for your websites, applications and projects.

Using the latest Dell and Intel Xeon hardware and innovative qemu-KVM virtualization technology, our Hybrid Servers are equipped with up to four hard disk drives in hardware RAID. This guarantees super-fast I/O transfer rates, resilience and data security.

Available 11 November 2014 with Confusion Illusion

SiteDesigner

Create a beautiful website with SiteDesigner

SiteDesigner is a complete website builder solution that’s fully hosted allowing you to create, manage and run your website all from the same place. Your design will look great on a computer, phone, or tablet.

It’s a three step process

Oh and did we mention SiteDesigner has eCommerce built right in?

Choose a template

Select one of our ready-made professional templates, or start from a blank canvas to build your own.

Add your content

Add your own images and content, including dynamic features such as social media, maps video, ecommerce and more.

Publish!

Publish your website in just a matter of clicks. Your website is fully hosted on our award winning hosting platform.

SiteDesigner is so awesome that we have never had a customer contact us for support!

SiteDesigner makes it easy to create a website without knowing anything about coding or web design skills. Change every element of your design (including colours and fonts) all at the touch of a button and add text, pictures, music and video quickly & easily. You can also increase engagement with your visitors through the built-in social media features, maps, contact forms and ecommerce functionality.

Available 11 November 2014 with Confusion Illusion

 

 

Making a change to our Network Policies

Today, we’re making an important change to our Network Policies. This change will clarify and strengthen our rights & responsibilities as an internet service provider as well as your rights & responsibilities as a consumer or business customer.

We are growing very quickly as a business and there is now a need to protect the network. Squidwolf Syndicate is and will always be a project which listens to its members (we don’t use the term customer, unless formally) and acts on their concerns. We have had several of you contact us because we still haven’t published a privacy policy, today we have.

What’s changing?

This change adds new language to our End User Licence Agreement to make room for our new Network Policies. We have issued an email to our members explaining the change. We encourage you to read the full update, letter, and FAQ, but the most important points are:

  • We have now adopted the full Terms which apply to domain name registration, renewal, ownership, and transferal.
  • We now have a full policy regarding what happens to expired domains.
  • All consumers and business customers will be required to adhere to the domain contracts which apply to their purchases.
  • We have adopted a dispute policy regarding ownership of UK domains.
  • All consumers and business customers will be required to adhere to the Nominet UK Terms & Conditions which apply to their purchases.
  • We now have a full Terms of Use Agreement for Squidwolf Hosting products & services.
  • We now have an Official Complaints Procedure for issues which cannot be resolved using the Support Ticket System.
  • We now have a Privacy Statement which governs all activity on the Squidwolf Syndicate network.
  • We now have an Acceptable Use Policy which governs all activity on the Squidwolf Syndicate network.
  • We now have a document which clearly outlines definitions used in our Network Policies.
  • Suspended services will now be cancelled (terminated) if they remain in a state of suspension longer than fifty (50) calendar days. After which any and all data associated with the service will be purged (deleted) from our system. This is not reversible.
  • You must login to Squidwolf Minecraft at least once every three hundred and sixty-five (365) calendar days to ensure your profile remains on our system. Profiles which have been inactive longer than this period will be deleted from the game environment and any & all assets associated with the character will be purged (deleted). This is not reversible.

Why are we making these changes?

Up until now we have treated our association with our consumers and business customers with an informal nature. While our activity will not be changing, we feel it is important to have a strong legal framework to protect our members and to protect ourselves and the Squidwolf Syndicate network. Numerous occasions have occurred during our first 12 months as an incorporated network which could have been resolved much quicker if these policies were in place, making these changes will help us resolve such concerns.

The change to the Terms of Use will address these concerns in a variety of ways. First, it will help educate and explain to good-faith members how they may continue to use our network in the spirit of the movement and mission, through simple understanding of their affiliation. Second, it will empower the community to address the issue of problems caused by a few in an informed way by helping identify those that should receive additional scrutiny. Finally, it will provide an additional tool to the community and organisation to enforce existing rules about conflicts.

How did we make the change?

We made the changes by consulting with our friends at Project: Hazel. They have several members which have expertise in internet law and offered their assistance to ensure that our new policies are fair and balanced while not jeopardising existing policies. The new policies are a result of several weeks collaboration.

We periodically review the Terms to ensure they are responsive to changes in the law and on the Squidwolf projects. To address community and organisational concerns about consumer conduct, we proposed an amendment to the existing Terms of Use in June of this year. The Terms of Use already prohibited “deceptive activities,” such as misrepresentation, impersonation, and fraud.

These will be the final changes made with Project: Hazel. All future Network Policy changes will be subject to a ‘member inquiry’ period where all of our consumers and business customers can offer their opinions before we make changes.

What happens next?

The new Network Policies are now live and available for viewing here. Their official publication date is 11 November 2014 at 1300 GMT but we have published them early to give all of our members time to read through them.

11 November 2014 is the official ‘notification date’. If you are unhappy with any of the changes made you can contact us using the Support Ticket system. As always you are under no obligation to accept these changes and can cease using our services at any time due to amendments as outlined in our EULA.

The new changes are affective as of 15 December 2014. Continued use of our services after this date means that you have accepted the changes.

Member email on changes to our Network Policies

Hi guys!

I have just sent you all an email regarding the changes we are making to our Network Policies. If you haven’t checked it out yet then please do as it is very important!

You can read through the content here:

Thank you for being a member of Squidwolf Syndicate. During the first 12 months of our existence we have gone through many changes and grown very quickly. The time has come for our Network Policies to reflect these positive changes. From 11 November 2014 which is the date of our next expansion, we will making changes to our Network Policies which govern our rights & responsibilities as an internet service provider and our rights & responsibilities as a consumer or business customer.

We have published a news article which explain the changes here.

The new Network Policies are available for reading in full here.

11 November 2014 is our official ‘notification’ date but we have published them early to ensure that you have enough time to read through the extensive changes.

All changes will be effective 15 December 2014 at 1300 GMT. If you continue to be a valued customer after this date, you agree to accept the changes.

If you have any questions then feel free to drop into the forums. Alternatively, you can contact us directly using the Support Ticket System or by email.

Thank you for being a member of Squidwolf Syndicate!

Regards,

Potion Forest

Confusion Illusion

The biggest expansion ever is almost here!

Confusion Illusion deployment on Tuesday 11 November at 11am

The time for Squidwolf to evolve from mysterious to legendary is approaching! Confusion Illusion, Squidwolf Syndicate’s newest content expansion, will be deployed on Tuesday 11 November, commencing at 1100 GMT. Account Management, Squidwolf Minecraft, and the forums will be unavailable for the length of the deployment, both are expected to return to service by 2300 GMT the same day.

Confusion Illusion is Squidwolf Syndicate’s largest expansion to date and centers around a web system. Existing members can choose to upgrade to the new system while all new members will be active on the system by default. To see a preview of Confusion Illusion, you can watch our Ad on YouTube. Other features may be found on the Confusion Illusion feature page.

Detailed Features, Improvements and Balance Changes are now available. Due to the scope of the expansion, the list had to be split into two sections. Updates to the Patch Notes will be made throughout the weekend, new additions, edits and changes will be highlighted with green text.

Discussion may be found in this forum thread.

Confusion Illusion 1.0

PATCH NOTES

Confusion Illusion Changes and Fixes

Confusion Illusion Changes and Fixes, released 11 November 2014

The complete list of Confusion Illusion Features, Improvements and Balance Changes can be viewed here.

Tutorial, NME and Character Introduction

  • Due to the situation involving Craftbukkit and the development community we have stopped all development on Missions and removed all NPCs from the game world.
  • New players will now spawn with “tutorial equipment” and issued 1 Bottle ‘o Enchanting.
  • New customers will automatically have an account created for them on Squidwolf.com.
  • All new players will receive 100 Hc.
  • New players will receive a book with a list of commands available to them.
  • Customers receiving Project Proposals will instead receive two separate documents: one with a design and one with information about Potion Forest.
  • The /back command has been restored but is only available from Commander II and above.
  • A series of welcome emails have been created to introduce new customers to Squidwolf Hosting and Potion Forest. These will be sent out during the first 90 days of a client account.
    • Welcome Email.
    • Product Activation.
    • Other Squidwolf Products.
    • How did we do?
    • Optimise your website for mobile phones with goMobi.
    • Business class email with hosted exchange.
    • Increate sales with an SSL certificate.
    • Amazing value domain names.
    • Create a website quickly and easily.
    • Cloud hosting.
    • High performance VPS.
    • Upgrade to a dedicated server.
  • All new players will have a special token which allows them to request help from SafeZone Enforcement Division.
  • All new customers will receive 90 days of complementary dedicated customer support.
  • New players will not be entered into the player database until they reach Recruit.
  • Product documentation is now available without the need to login or create an account.

Hosting

Hybrid by Squidwolf

  • New! Emulsion for £50.00 a month.
    • 20 GB RAM.
    • 2 x 1 TB HDD.
    • 6 Cores vCPU.
    • Ubuntu OS.
    • Full Root Access.
    • Unlimited Bandwidth.
    • 100 Mbit/s network.
    • RAID 10 SAS Disks.
    • Out of band VNS/SSH Console.
  • New! Infusion for £75.00 a month.
    • 28 GB RAM.
    • 2 x 1TB HDD.
    • 12 Cores vCPU.
    • Ubuntu OS.
    • Full Root Access.
    • Unlimited Bandwidth.
    • 100 Mbit/s network.
    • RAID 10 SAS Disks.
    • Out of band VNS/SSH Console.
  • New! Conglomerate for £100.00 a month.
    • 32 GB RAM.
    • 3 x 1TB HDD.
    • 18 Cores vCPU.
    • Ubuntu OS.
    • Full Root Access.
    • Unlimited Bandwidth.
    • 100 Mbit/s network.
    • RAID 10 SAS Disks.
    • Out of band VNS/SSH Console.
  • New! Create a Hybrid server to your exact specifications including the Operating System (Windows and BSD now available).

Virtual Private Servers

  • New! BossSquid for £30.00 a month.
    • 2 GB RAM.
    • 50 GB HDD.
    • 1 Core vCPU.
    • CentOS 6.
    • Full Root Access.
    • Unlimited Bandwidth.
    • 100 Mbit/s network.
    • RAID 10 SAS Disks.
    • Out of band VNS/SSH Console.
  • New! LordSquid for £60.00 a month.
    • 4 GB RAM.
    • 100 GB HDD.
    • 2 Cores vCPU.
    • CentOS 6.
    • Full Root Access.
    • Unlimited Bandwidth.
    • 100 Mbit/s network.
    • RAID 10 SAS Disks.
    • Out of band VNS/SSH Console.
  • New! KingSquid for £120.00 a month.
    • 8 GB RAM.
    • 250 GB HDD.
    • 4 Cores.
    • CentOS 6.
    • Full Root Access.
    • Unlimited Bandwidth.
    • 100 Mbit/s network.
    • RAID 10 SAS Disks.
    • Out of band VNS/SSH Console.
  • New! Create a VPS to your exact specifications including the Operating System (Windows and BSD now available).

Snapshot Backups

  • Back up an unlimited amount of data for just £30.00 a month per slot.
  • Each slot backs up your Shared Hosting, VPS, Hybrid, Cloud, or Dedicated Server account once every 30 days.
  • Restore a back up any time to refer your service to a previous point.
  • All backups are fully automated and require no configuration after the initial setup.

Dedicated Servers

  • New! FlyingSquidwolf for £100.00 a month.
    • Linux, Windows, or FreeBSD.
    • 4 GB RAM.
    • 4 x 160 GB SATA HDD.
    • 2 x 2.33GHz Quad-Core Xeon.
    • Hardware RAID.
    • Remote Server Reboot.
    • Unlimited Bandwidth.
    • Root system access.
    • 2 x Dedicated IP Address.
    • cPanel & WHM (optional).
  • New! VampireSquid for £250.00 a month. [Available from 15 November 2014]
    • Linux, Windows, or FreeBSD.
    • 16 GB RAM.
    • 2 x 1 TB SATA HDD.
    • 2 x 2.93GHz Quad-Core Xeon.
    • Hardware RAID.
    • Remote Server Reboot.
    • Unlimited Bandwidth.
    • Root system access.
    • 2 x Dedicated IP Address.
    • cPanel & WHM (optional).
  • New! GiantSquid for £300.00 a month. [Available from 11 December 2014]
    • Linux, Windows, or FreeBSD.
    • 16 GB RAM
    • 4 x 1 TB SATA HDD.
    • 2 x 2.4GHz Quad-Core Xeon.
    • Hardware RAID.
    • Remote Server Reboot.
    • Unlimited Bandwidth.
    • Root system access.
    • 2 x Dedicated IP Address.
    • cPanel & WHM (optional).
  • New! ColossalSquid for £400.00 a month. [Available from 20 December 2014]
    • Linux, Windows, or FreeBSD.
    • 32 GB RAM.
    • 4 x 600 GB SAS HDD.
    • 2 x 2.8GHz Quad-Core Xeon.
    • Hardware RAID.
    • Remote Server Reboot.
    • Unlimited Bandwidth.
    • Root system access.
    • 2 x Dedicated IP Address.
    • cPanel & WHM (optional).

SquidHaven

  • New! SquidHaven for £50.00 a year. [Available from 29 January 2015]
    • Based on the AlphaSSL product from GlobalSign.
    • Secure browsing via https://
    • Browser padlock.
    • 128-bit to 256-bit SSL encryption.
    • Available for Shared Hosting, VPS, Hybrid, Cloud, and Dedicated Servers.
    • Equivalent to just £4.16 a month.

Domain Registration

  • All domain names are now using our new super fast DNS service.
  • Customers can no longer use a domain name registered elsewhere with any of our products.
  • The Bulk Check service now checks availability of all TLDs that we provide.
  • Potion Forest LLP is now set to the default Billing/Tech/Admin contact.
  • ID Protection is no longer available for UK ccTLDs.
  • Email Forwarding has had a price reduction to £0.69.
  • DNS Management has had a price reduction to £1.59.
  • We are no longer issuing electronic domain ownership documents.
  • New! The following domain names are now available.
    • .sx
    • .it

1-click install apps

  • New! The following applications are now available as Free 1-click installs:
    • Zenphoto.
    • MantisBT.
    • PHPprojekt.
    • Textpattern.
    • CMS Made Simple.
    • Crafty Syntax.
    • dotProject.
    • MediaWiki.
    • Moodle.
    • OpenAds.
    • OpenCart.
    • Open Web Analytics.
    • Roundcube.

Cryptocurrency

  • New! We are now accepting Dogecoin as a method of payment via coinpayments.net gateway.
  • Payments via Litecoin have been restored.
  • Payments via Bitcoin have been restored.

Customer Experience

Switchboard

  • New! You can now contact us via telephone on our National Rate phone number 0800 392 3177.
  • Dedicated Support Members can be reached via the speed extension ‘0’.

Squidwolf.com

  • An issue with Facebook Connect not working proper has been fixed.
  • Akismet spam protection is now enabled on our site which makes everyone’s lives a lot better.
  • Unnecessary text has been removed from the homepage.
  • Store will now show products correctly.
  • Right-click menu options are no longer accessible if you are not a website Moderator.
  • Featured content graphics now display correctly.
  • New! You can now access your Hosting Account Management from Squidwolf.com.
  • The Contact Us page content is now accurate.
  • New! WordPress Single Sign-on allows you to login with your WordPress credentials.
  • New! Our Contact Form is now dynamic and will sent your message to the relevant department based on its content.
  • New! WordPress comments will automatically pull in information from your profile.
  • New! You can now ‘like’ your favourite posts.
  • New! You can now compose status updates and comments using Markdown.
  • New! Our images are now cached on the WordPress CDN resulting in faster page load times.
  • New! Related Posts displays relevant content underneath the article you have just read.
  • New! We now use MailChimp for email delivery.
  • Very long usernames now display correctly in the Edit Profile window.
  • Warning messages will no longer pop up logging out and back in within five minutes.
  • Icons in the Activity Stream and Profile Pictures will no longer display a white border.
  • A rare issue where a username overlapped the Name making it impossible to read has been resolved.
  • Modified the encoding method for site URLs. This should not affect existing systems.
  • An Unicode issue was causing a browser crash in Internet Explorer on Windows running the Czech language pack to display white squares on the page. This has been fixed.
  • Alt tabbing whilst you are in fullscreen no longer causes the site to switch to the Mobile version.
  • The “scary zoom” effect no longer occurs after logging out or being logged out.
  • Drop down menus have been enlarged.
  • New! The Minecraft Live Map has been moved to Squidwolf.com.
  • New! Links to the Player Stats page have been added to Squidwolf.com.
  • The Profile page will no longer attempt to position itself outside of the window.
  • A photograph of an Apple Pie will no longer display when attempting to drag beyond the end of the page.
  • Sending a Friendship Request displays a payment window, this has been fixed.
  • A superficial error has been fixed with regards to logo positioning.
  • The Community page was blank, this has now been fixed.
  • A font kerning issue that occurred when adding special characters to a Status Update has been fixed.
  • The timeout will no longer exceed 60 seconds.

Squidwolf Server Network

Fallowfield Asylum

  • New! NetworkBridge provides Bonjour services between the Residential and Business network.
  • New! An AirPort Time Capsule has been added to the network which will backup all residential devices in the building.
  • Edge server hard drives have been upgraded.
  • Edge Media Server no longer has to sacrifice existing content to make room for new content.
  • Edge server is now deploying a Retroshare network for secure internal communication and File Sharing.
  • Edge server memory is upgraded from 14 GB to 16 GB with more RAM allocated to Squidwolf Minecraft.
  • Edge server is now deploying a Profile Manager to assist with future iPhone application development.
  • Edge server MySQL database no longer provides services to third-party websites.
  • Edge server is now deploying an Xcode server to assist with future iPhone application development.
  • New! A VoIP server has been deployed on Edge to profile Switchboard services.
  • Squidwolf IM is shutting down effective 15 December 2014.
  • Squidwolf Wii is shutting down effective 15 December 2014.
  • Squidwolf Wiki is shutting down effective 15 December 2014.
  • The registration website for SquidPassport has shut down, the service is now only available internally.
  • New! Caching service has been deployed on Edge to assist with future iPhone application development.
  • New! Squidwolf Time Machine has been deployed to backup all business devices in the building.
  • Fallowfield Asylum network is now completely inaccessible to those without a SquidPassport.
  • Network Policies have been updated to reflect our new services.
  • New! HazelEye CCTV system is being constructed which will provide the following services:
    • CCTV camera coverage of the Front, Front Garden, Back, Back Garden.
    • 24-hour access and recording at Broadcast Quality.
    • Camera Files saved for 90 days.
    • Mobile access using SquidPassport.
    • Motion Detection.
    • Facial recognition.
    • Intelligent profiles of those captured using Facial Recognition.
    • The Observator Probe system will intelligently detect suspicious behaviour based on the movement of an individual.
    • PetWatch distinguishes between cats and dogs as well as ‘known animals’.
    • Camera tracking locks on to a person’s face and follows then automatically until they have left the area.
    • Powered by the HazelAPI for future development and expansion.

Squidwolf Magazine

Website & content

  • New! Introducing… Squidwolf Magazine! An alternative to the boring traditional media outlets!!
  • New! Community Network allows you to talk to fellow readers and content creators in a fun way.
  • New! Earn MagPoints for everything you do on the site.
  • New! Complete tasks to be awarded with Challenge Badges.
  • New! Share your achievements on other networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.
  • New! Spend your MagPoints on physical and digital copies of Squidwolf Magazine or exchange them for Store and Hosting credit.
  • New! A responsive site means Squidwolf Magazine looks great on Phones and Tablets.
  • New! Login to the network using Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.
  • New! Our unique review system means you fully understand our opinions on anything we review.
  • New! Our Reviews content section provides unique and profession Film, TV Show, Game, and Music reviews in a simple-to-understand manner and without tl;dr.
  • New! Talk to network members in the Magazine Forum.
  • New! Share your own opinions on topics we have reviewed.
  • New! Our internet news section takes the most popular stories and hidden gems from across the internet and distills them down to the facts.
  • New! Our food section provides unusual recipes.
  • New! Live in Greater Manchester? Our dine-out section provides unique insights into undiscovered quality cafes, bars, and restaurants across the county.
  • New! Be delivered relevant links to other websites with Google AdSense. This will be added in a future patch.
  • New! Coffee Quest! We begin our quest to find the best independent coffee shops!!
  • New! 4chan top 100 movies of all time! We provide reviews to what 4chan considers the best movies of all time!!
  • New! Community Spotlight! We interview members of the community!!
  • New! Author Membership. Are you a writer or a citizen journalist? Write for us and earn 70% of all advertising revenue on your articles.
  • New! Author Discounts. Get 30% off anything you purchase across Squidwolf Syndicate.
  • New! Author Privileges. Become a Forum Moderator and create your own forum on Community Network.
  • New! Jetpack Comments. Instantly share your content to WordPress.com.
  • New! Single Sign-on. Login using your WordPress credentials.
  • New! Likes. Show you like our content with Likes.
  • New! You can create rich comments and Status Updates using Markdown.
  • New! Images load faster because we are using the WordPress CDN.
  • New! Author VC. Craft beautiful articles and pages using the VisualComposer on Squidwolf Magazine without needing to know any coding.
  • New! See related posts under the article you have just read.
  • New! Get a weekly digest of all content on the magazine.
  • New! A news ticker on the homepage instantly lets you know when new content is published.
  • New! Beautiful Google Fonts for articles.
  • New! Technology news and articles provide unique knowledge into the world of technology from former Blackhat hackers,
  • New! Our Story section provides light humour and relief from the more serious content of the Magazine.
  • New! Our Minecraft section provides news and updates on the world of Squidwolf Minecraft.
  • New! Studio Diary gives weekly insights into the world of Squidwolf Studios.
  • New! Our Authorship program debuts on 15 December 2014.

Squidwolf Studios

Film

  • New! The acquisition of new industrial-grade equipment means we can begin work on our new projects.
  • Pre-Production: Squidwolf Racing.
  • In Development: Tillie & Heidi.
  • Post-Production: Showreel 2013.
  • In Development: Tweet Fleet Harassment.
  • Pre-Production: Zombiewalk 2013.
  • In Development: Drone Nation.
  • In Development: Spring 2014.
  • In Development: My First Vlog.
  • In Development: The Story So Far.
  • New! Creators Club! Signup and work with us on our future projects!!
  • New! SquidwolfVideo! We are now offering our video services for advertising and marketing campaigns.
  • New! Members of Squidwolf Syndicate can get industrial SD Cards and other equipment at a discount.
  • New! Equipment Lease! You can now lease equipment from us!! [Winter 2014]
  • New! Work has begun on a Squidwolf Studios website for film.

Web Development

  • New! Web Development Showcase! If you have had a website built by us in the past you can now add it to our Showcase gallery and earn Affiliate credit.
  • Some Project Proposals listed an incorrect support phone number, this has been fixed.
  • The location of a beacon in created WordPress installations has been moved.
  • We no longer offer free support for third-party services.
  • Signatures in the footer are now mandatory for free designs. These can be modified to contain an Affiliate referral link instead to award credit.
  • Free support for development services has been extended to six months after major version upload.
  • StatusNet is now unsupported.
  • WordPress 4 is now the current version.
  • WordPress 3.9 is now the supported version.
  • WordPress 3.8 is now Security Updates only.
  • WordPress 3.7 and lower versions are now unsupported.
  • Joomla! 2.5 is now the current version.
  • Joomla! 2.4 is now the supported version.
  • Joomla! 2.3 is now Security Updates only.
  • Joomla! 2.2 and lower versions are now unsupported.
  • Drupal 7 is now the current version.
  • Drupal 6 is now the supported version.
  • Drupal 5 is now Security Updates only.
  • Drupal 4 and lower versions are now unsupported.
  • The following changes have been made to our Terms and Conditions:
    • We will maintain your project free of charge for the first six months after Major Release (Version 1.0).
    • Any other work (including unrelated work outside of an agreement) will be billed at £11.40 an hour + VAT.
    • Our website maintenance packages are now prices at £6.49 a month + VAT.
    • Any major changes to the design after confirmation by the client will be subject to a premium fee.
  • Support requests sent to a designer’s personal phone number will be subject to a £1.59 support filing fee.
  • No support will be provided out of hours without a maintenance package and a hosting service above SquidBasic.

Network Policies

End User Licence Agreement

  • The EULA now requires you to obey the Rules of Conduct (TOS, Terms of Service) which have been updated. Please refer to the TOS document before continuing to use our services.
  • The EULA has been amended with a new section titled ‘Definitions’ which further defines language used in our legal documents.

Squidwolf Minecraft

Market

  • Issues with Diorite not selling properly at Pumpkin Mall have been fixed.
  • Issues with Granite not selling properly at Pumpkin Mall have been fixed.
  • Issues with Bone Meal not selling properly at Pumpkin Mall have been fixed.
  • Issues with Cocoa Beans not selling properly at Pumpkin Mall have been fixed.
  • Issues with Cyan dye not selling properly at Pumpkin Mall have been fixed.
  • Hazel eXchange has undergone a massive overhaul to correct numerous bugs and errors.
  • Gunpowder (Sulphur) is now sellable via the /sell command.
  • Rotten Flesh is now sellable via the /sell command.
  • Flint is now sellable via the /sell command.
  • New! Kits are now on-sole via the /kit command.
  • New! All varieties of Stained Clay are now on sale at Pumpkin Mall.
  • Keys for Key Crates can now be sold.
  • New! Broker! Safely and quickly trade items with other players remotely.
  • An error in the description of “Polaris Bow” has been fixed.

Miscellaneous

  • Bounty Prizes for killing Mobs have been reduced.
  • Several lag busting changes have been made to the server.
  • Several cheat and exploit detection methods have been employed to the server.
  • The ranking system has been massively improved which means your rank will update automatically between worlds.
  • Several references to “Player Points” in the HazelCredit system have been correctly changed.
  • New! Spleef is back! We are creating “dungeon worlds” for automated server events. [Requires Apprentice I].
  • New! Weekly Events! Our test event in early October was a massive success so we are now running weekly events with rewards!
  • Joining events just got easier! We now have a command just for it! Use /event to find out more. [Requires Apprentice II].
  • It is now possible to receive items automatically even when you aren’t logged in.
  • HazelScript Ticker is back! She will provide tips on in-game features every minute.
  • New! The Spawn Building has undergone massive renovation to make it easier to navigate.
  • The two Porter Tunnel railways in Edge are now linked together.
  • The SignShop signs in Squidwolf Mountain for Minecarts have been removed and replaced with the new signs.
  • New! DragonTravel has been updated and you can now select destinations from Dragon Ports.
  • New! Construction Sites!! If you need a building creating quickly you can now hire Villager Tribe to build you one of four pre-configured houses. Use the /construct command to find out more [Requires Captain I].
  • New! Storyline Races!! New players will be able to select their Character’s race.
    • Polaris Empire
    • Ender Republic
    • Surface Federation
    • Aqua State
  • New! Moderator and Trust Player Races.
  • New! Classes! Choose your character’s profession according to your play style!!
    • Soldier
    • Merchant
    • Builder
    • Hunter
  • New! Skills! Shape and make your character your own. Each class has a set of its own skills which have different abilities and costs.
  • New! Achievements! Get rewarded for more than just the Vanilla achievement set.
  • New! HUD! You can now view your Faction Power, Account Balance, Rank, and your currently Territory inside a HUD window.
  • New! Jails! We are adding more Jails as an alternative to banning problem players.
  • The spelling in the description of a Weapon group has been corrected.
  • Faction territory is now visible on the Live Map.
  • A HazelWarp has been added to the Hazel Tower at Fallside, Flight.
  • New! We have released a directory of all known Gate Addresses.
  • Game Tokens are being seeded into the server for when we move to a subscription-based running model.
  • New! Potions can now be purchased from Pumpkin Mall.
  • We are adding a world size limit of 30,000,000 chunks.

Miscellaneous

Exploits or exploitable changes

  • SafeZone
    • SafeZone have been upgrading again. Their weapons and support abilities now have unimaginable range.
    • SafeZone will now respond to aggression by preventing a player’s ability to launch arrows.
  • Factions
    • The manner in which a member of a Faction can quit has been changed. You can no longer leave a Faction if you have negative Faction power.
  • Monster Spawners
    • We have reduced the amount of exp you can gain from a Monster Spawner.
    • Monster Spawners have been removed from all player inventories.
  • Missions
    • All mission locations are no longer accessible.
    • All mission NPCs have been removed.
    • All mission-related signs have been removed.
    • Horse racing track signs have been removed.
    • Mission equipment no longer seeds to the server.
  • Hazel Tower
    • The functionality of the /back command has now been placed into Hazel Tower instead of being accessible via command.
  • Science & Industry
    • New! Leads are now craftable using 1 x stick and 7 x string.
    • New! Nametags are now craftable using 1 x sign and 2 x string.
    • Abilities of SafeZone Modified equipment have been severely reduced.
    • New! Tech II Equipment! You can now craft Tech II equipment using Ender Pearls!
      • Wood Sword + 8 Ender Pearl = Wood Sword II
      • Iron Sword + 8 Ender Pearl = Iron Sword II
      • Gold Sword + 8 Ender Pearl = Gold Sword II
      • Diamond Sword + 8 Ender Pearl = Diamond Sword II
      • Wood Axe + 8 Ender Pearl = Wood Axe II
      • Iron Axe + 8 Ender Pearl = Wood Axe II
      • Gold Axe + 8 Ender Pearl = Gold Axe II
      • Diamond Axe + 8 Ender Pearl = Diamond Axe II
      • Wood Pickaxe + 8 Ender Pearl = Wood Pickaxe II
      • Iron Pickaxe + 8 Ender Pearl = Iron Pickaxe II
      • Gold Pickaxe + 8 Ender Pearl = Gold Pickaxe II
      • Diamond Pickaxe + 8 Ender Pearl = Diamond Sword II
      • Bow + 8 Ender Pearl = Bow II
      • Wood Shovel + 8 Ender Pearl = Wood Shovel II
      • Iron Shovel + 8 Ender Pearl = Iron Shovel II
      • Gold Shovel + 8 Ender Pearl = Gold Shovel II
      • Diamond Shovel + 8 Ender Pearl = Diamond Shovel II
      • Wood Hoe + 8 Ender Pearl = Wood Hoe II
      • Iron Hoe + 8 Ender Pearl = Iron Hoe II
      • Gold Hoe + 8 Ender Pearl = Gold Hoe II
      • Diamond Hoe + 8 Ender Pearl = Diamond Hoe II
      • Fishing Rod + 8 Ender Pearl = Fishing Rod II
      • Flint & Steel + 8 Ender Pearl = Flint & Steel II
      • All Leather Armour.
      • All Chainmail Armour.
      • All Iron Armour.
      • All Gold Armour.
      • All Diamond Armour.
      • All Horse Armour.
      • TNT + 8 Ender Pearl = TNT II
  • Porter Tunnel
    • The two Porter Tunnel railways have been connected.
    • A new station has been constructed at Spawn Building.

Confusion Illusion Server-Side Changes

The following is a list of changes applied to Squidwolf Syndicate on the server-side to resolve issues resulting from the deployment of Confusion Illusion.

  • Confusion Illusion 1.0.0-1, released 12 November 2014
    • Website Builder documentation is now available.
  • Confusion Illusion 1.0.0-2, released 13 November 2014
    • Mobile Website Builder documentation is now available.
    • Hosted Exchange Email documentation is now available.
  • Confusion Illusion 1.0.0-3, released 14 November 2014
    • Search Engine Submission documentation is now available.

Overlapping Particles 1.2 has been deployed

Squidwolf Syndicate: Overlapping Particles 1.2 has been deployed across the network, patch notes are available here.

Please leave your feedback and suggestions in the forum.

Overlapping Particles 1.2

Patch Notes for Overlapping Particles 1.2

11 October 2014 at 1200 GMT

Overlapping Particles 1.2: Patch Notes, released 25 September 2014

Critical

  • Inner Circle In-Space has been activated and will go live after Downtime on 11 October.In Overlapping Particles 1.1.2 we deployed the Inner Circle Stargate Cleanup Program whereby Stargate addresses would be simplified. Another part of this program is that Inner Circle will debut a new service called InterStellar Control which means that you can use your HazelCredit to activate Stargates.For more information on this feature, please read this Dev Blog.

FEATURES & CHANGES

Technical

  • A new SSL certificate has been deployed on Edge server, this will now be used to encrypt Squidwolf Mail and Squidwolf IM services.

Stargates

  • Areas around all Stargates have been claimed by Inner Circle.
  • A Stargate has been constructed on Flight.

Interstellar Control

  • Inner Circle has constructed Interstellar Control centres on the following worlds:
    • Edge
    • Flight
    • February
    • Polaris
    • The End

HazelStore

  • Crates have been added to the HazelStore.
    • Supply Crate: Emergency Provisions for when you are out in the Wilderness. [£1.59]
    • Mystery Crate: You’ll just have to wait and see! [£2.49]
    • Menu Crate: Store your Creates and Keys. [£4.99]
    • Key Crate: Use your earned and purchased keys to open these Creates. [In-game only]

Player Characters

  • Starting with Confusion Illusion 1.0, any player who has not logged in for 365 days will have their account deleted.
  • Any player who has not logged in for 300 days will automatically be dismissed from his or her Faction, memberless Factions will automatically be disbanded and territorial claims returned to Wilderness.

Squidwolf Hosting

  • Shared Hosting services which are more than 60 days overdue on payment will automatically be terminated starting with Confusion Illusion 1.0.1 which will be deploy on 15 December 2014. All customers will receive an email outlining the changes to our TOS.

FIXES

End User Licence Agreement 

  • Changes are being made which will come into effect on 15 December 2014.

Hybrid by Squidwolf

  • All participants in our Private BETA test will have their accounts reactivated.
  • Deleted data on our Hybrid server platform has been restored,

Virtual Private Servers 

  • All participants in our Private BETA test will have their accounts reactivated.

Warps 

  • Access to Warp via command has been ascended to the rank of Field Marshall, players who were of a lower rank will no longer have access to Warp via command.

Character Creation and New Player Experience 

  • Tutorial NPCs have been removed and replaced with Mission Signs.
  • The Standard Tutorial has been fixed and is once again active.

NPCs 

  • Tutorial NPCs have been completely removed.
  • There is now an option to spawn Inner Circle Faction Troops at a Hazel Tower. Useful if you are under attack from Monsters and require assistance. Each Spawn will cost 10 Hc and has a 60 minute cool down.
  • Those with the rank of Minecraft Authority II or higher can now spawn Faction Troops with Operator Privileges which bypass all territorial restrictions and Faction Power restrictions.

Agents & Missions 

  • Standard Tutorial mission has been re-enabled.
  • All missions will now reward HazelCredit for completion.
  • All missions will now be accessible via Mission Sign, this will eventually replace NPCs.

Science and Industry 

  • Saddles are now craftable.
  • Edge Refinery now purchases Iron Ore for 20.00 Sc per unit.
  • Edge Refinery now sells Iron Ingot for 30.00 Sc per unit.
  • DragonTravel now purchases Iron Block for 400.00 Sc per unit.
  • DragonTravel now sells Faction Equipment for HazelCredit.
  • Hazel eXchange at Pumpkin Mall has undergone a massive overhaul and now works correctly.
  • You can now craft Mob Heads into Lapis Lazuli.
  • The new “Squidwolf Mining Licence” has been seeded onto the server, this will eventually become part of the “paid subscription” model scheduled to debut next year.

Market & Contracts 

  • Gunpowder can now be sold to the server.
  • Monster Spawners can no longer be purchased from Pumpkin Mall.
  • Bounty Prizes for Mobs are once again properly formatted.
  • Embarkation Portals are now free to use.
  • Shadow Faction Equipment has been seeded to the server.
  • Balance enquiry fee has been reduced to 1.80 Sc.

Factions 

  • The power boost granted to Shadow has been revoked.
  • All new players will begin with 100 Fp instead of the current 1 Fp.
  • Invulnerability time after teleport has been reduced to 5 seconds.
  • “Warp” command has been disabled.
  • The database has been cleaned up.

Squidwolf Hosting – Documentation 

  • Dedicated Servers now has documentation.
  • SiteDesigner Pro now has documentation.
  • StopTheHacker now has documentation.
  • Website Builder now has documentation.

Squidwolf Syndicate – Website

  • Login with Facebook now works correctly.

Squidwolf Syndicate – Forums

  • Squidwolf Minecraft now has its own forum.
  • Links to The World Map have been added.

Mac

  • Added ability to turn on tracing similar to existing Linux functionality, so that Bug Hunter volunteers and normal users willing to help out track down problems, can provide extra useful information when using the bug report system. 
  • Several stability issues were fixed, resulting in better client stability and experience for everyone. 
  • Fixed an issue where the in-game clock would start accelerating out of control resulting in forced client restart and destruction the client settings. 

Linux

  • Added better voice capture re-sampling support to get voice input working with more microphones under ALSA. 
  • Several stability issues were fixed, resulting in better client stability and experience for everyone. 
  • Fixed several issues where the client would hang instead of restart after changing various settings.
  • Fixed an issue where the client would hang when clicking the Log off button on the ESC menu. 

Localized Clients 

  • The Remove Advert dialog box should now be translated to German.

Miscellaneous 

  • Issues with in-game mail have been fixed.
  • A sever side exception to do with arrows when they impact has been fixed.
  • Rating Support Ticket responses should no longer create a duplicate petition.
  • Alert mails sent out by the server for monitoring purposes have been causing excessive load and have thus been reviewed, mails deemed unnecessary have been stopped.
  • LogServer logging and formatting has been improved to provide even more useful information.

EXPLOIT FIXES

  • Several exploit issues have been fixed, making Squidwolf a better world to live in for us all.

Overlapping Particles 1.2-1 Server-side changes deployed 15 October 2014

  • The Squidwolf Minecraft website has finally been retired. All traffic will redirect to the Minecraft Forum on Squidwolf.com
  • Originally scheduled for deletion, the Stats website for Squidwolf Minecraft will remain active.
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