Minecraft Server – STEM

I use this a lot for teaching STEM education to younger future programmers to be. The creators of mincraft had a goal of teaching and enabling, exploring  programming especially to kids, as well as having fun playing Minecraft.

Source link:  Click here.

Build instructions link here.

you also need git for windows which you can download here, as well as the latest Java JDK which you can download from here.

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Windows Azure

This is a version of windows which runs over the internet using Microsoft’s data center. I’ve just signed up for a development account with which to test this from Microsoft Connect. This is Microsoft’s step one into cloud computing and a Community Technology Preview on this was given at PDC 2008. I’ll update this as my testing goes on.

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Windows 2008 Server On Dell SC430

My Dell server came with 1Gb (512Mbx2) 80Gb. Over time, l’ve upgraded it to 1.6Tb (160Gb+500Gb+500Gb) storage capacity and yesterday l added 2x 1Gb ECC 533Mhxz DDRs bought online from Crucial Memory to bring up the memory to 3Gb. Then l decided to try out installing the new Windows 2008 server – 64bit version. Here are some notes/comments.

  1. I noticed the time it takes before you get to the server login screen was much more shorter compared to Windows 2003 with the same server hardware. I dont know if this is because of the obvious performance enhancement by Microsoft or the 64bit version OS. I suspect its the former.
  2. After installing W2008, you’ll need to set up by default a strong password. In Windows Server 2003 this was suggested but you can skip it. Now its enforced before you can do anything else.
  3. Remote Desktop is turned off by default, and now has a new secure RDC option when you turn it on.
  4. On Server management, creating an AD (Active Directory) Forest preceeds being able to do anything else.
  5. When creating a share folder, the everyone group doesnt appear by default. You have to setup users/groups and add their specific access permissions.