Just wanted to give an update on the status of system upgrades.
They are still ongoing and likely to continue throughout this whole week. Sorry, there’s just a lot to do. Needless to say, there will be down-times here and there, although I’ll try to minimize them as much as I can.
For this reason I have disabled the app from the App Store temporarily until things are stable again. For any serious problems, use the Contact page as usual or just comment below. I will also post occasional updates here.
Thanks for your patience.
I am working on upgrading servers that ChessNote uses today and tomorrow, so you might experience some slowness today and tomorrow. These changes are necessary to support further development and new features I’m planning to build soon. So stay tuned, and please bear with me for the time being. I’ll post another update once this work is completed.
Push notifications for ChessNote are working again.
A problem encountered recently had interrupted the notifications service for several days, but luckily this is now resolved. Games and moves have not been compromised.
Thanks for your patience.
The ChessNote servers are now running some updates and optimizations that were long overdue. As a result, your games should load much faster now.
Here’s a more detailed explanation of the changes.
- Among the ended games, only the last 50 are returned: this was necessary since some users have a really large number of games and retrieving them all was causing our servers to choke. In the future, a “Load More” option will be added to the app.
- Dropped challenges are no longer returned. So, even if you get less ended games, at least you get the interesting ones.
- The ended games are now ordered most-recent-first.
- A limit on the number of open games has been set. If you are playing 15 games simultaneously, you won’t be able to create a new one. This measure was necessary because some users abuse the “New Game” feature and “spam” other users. Fifteen seems like a reasonable limit (currently, very few users are playing more that 15 games at the same time), but I’m open to increase it a bit if there’s enough demand.
We are planning a system upgrade for ChessNote today around 8:00 PM PST. ChessNote will be unavailable or have intermittent service for about 1 hour. We will notify you when the upgrade is fully completed. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Today (Sunday, September 18th, 2011) ChessNote will be down for a couple hours for system upgrade. This is needed for keeping the system reliable and up-to-date. If you experience problems connecting to the servers today, this is the reason.
Service should be coming back online later this evening, approximately around 7pm PST, but hopefully sooner. Sorry for the inconvenience.