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Technic Tuesday: Incognito

We've Been Incognito

It's been awhile since you've heard from us, but we haven't been idle!  We've been working hard on a lot of fronts to make 2015 the Summer of Technic!  You're going to be hearing from us a lot more often over the next 3 months, but let's round up all the great things we've been up to!

Welcome To Florida

Over the past 6 months, CanVox and Technic's artist, TheHave, have been undertaking the cross-country move necessary to put them in Florida, home of KakerMix and sct.  This has taken up a lot of our time, but we're now closer than ever, and getting more done than we thought possible.  This move has been really stressful, but you're going to start to see some real benefits!

Welcome, Zehn!

No, he's not yet another Pack Welder.  Zehn is a new Technic guy who's going to help us out with your support questions and also work Modpack reports so we can respond more consistently to problem modpacks, and restore modpacks when they've been fixed.  We know that this has been a problem area for us, so it's Zehn to the rescue!

Are You Ready for New Packs?

This is going to be the summer of brand new 1.7.10 packs for Technic!  We've been working hard on packing, testing, and providing exclusive Technic content for all of our packs!  The first one will be released by the end of June and we think you're going to be pretty impressed.  This summer, you can look forward to a new and improved Official Technic version of Blightfall, Tekkit, and Hexxit.  And by the end of the year, a new, super-secret pack that we can't even talk about!

In the meantime, enjoy these teasers for some of the great new stuff coming in Hexxit II!

Boots of Ultimate Parkour:

A brand new mod allowing magical abilities to be added to the game!

Bars Bars Bars!

Platform, Platform, Platform!

Some important improvements have been made to the Platform lately to really improve the speed and scalability of the website.  You may have noticed that in-launcher stats display and the website's personal Feed have been shut off.  This is a temporary measure- soon, both features will be back up and faster than ever, allowing for great performance on the weekends once again. Let's go over what we've done so far:

First, stats tracking.   Stats have been a major scaling problem with the platform for some months.  We wanted to store the stats in a way that would allow pack authors to produce reporting and see trends.  While the initial data structure supported that, it was too granular, and the database bloomed out of control.  

We've fixed this problem for new data and old data is being processed to be less granular.  Unfortunately, the processing is taking much longer than we anticipated.  We're currently working on a solution to allow the website's Redis-based stats display to be used on the API, so that stats display can return to the launcher before the database table is ready to be used.

Secondly, new Solder linkages with the Platform.  It used to be really easy for a badly-configured Solder server, when linked to the Platform, to break your pack's platform page with very little information.  We've fixed this issue, but it's kind of squirrely so please let us know if you're bitten by this in IRC.

Next, database load.  Most site slowness is caused by load on the database from lots of people using the site.  We've re-examined the way we're retrieving certain types of data (mainly, ratings and whether you've +1'd an item you're looking at).  We'll be reorganizing the queries for these over the coming weeks to reduce load and allow us to bring back the dashboard feed and even expand functionality without hurting performance.  If we need to, we're not unable to or opposed to upsizing the database, but we'd like to try optimization first.  Please bear with us while we explore solutions.

Lastly, we had to add a throttle to the launcher API.  We didn't want to, but unfortunately someone chose to execute a DOS attack against us in April that targetted us by fishing for cache misses to place load on the database.  We were only able to defeat the attack by placing an API command limit with a cooldown.  We're very sensitive to legitimate users being bitten by this limit, so please make us aware if it's a problem for you.

We're also tracking an issue with the platform currently where sometimes when a pack owner or contributor saves the pack, it fails to hand off the new data to the API.  If you've saved your pack, restarted the launcher, and the new data isn't visible in the launcher.  Try resaving the pack on the platform and restarting the launcher again.  This generally fixes the issue, and we will be implementing a possible fix this week.

Launcher Updates: v4.301

4.301 was released some time ago, but here are the release notes for that version.

v4.301:

  • Updated Czech translation
  • Updated French translation
  • The library seek & download method has changed. It now uses the Maven library "Aether" to build a real dependency list for select libraries in version.json instead of merely building a URL from the artifact data and downloading it. This allows version.json to support things such as SNAPSHOT builds, which is vital for experimental libraries such as Mixin.
  • When the modpack's version.json overrides a dependency library version in minecraft's version.json, we will no longer preference minecraft's version during the launcher problem. This fixes an issue which was occurring with newer version of forge in which packs were crashing on launch because forge wanted a newer version of a library and we were not correctly providing it.

And Much, Much More!

When we say this is going to be the Summer of Technic, we mean it!  More great stuff for players, more great stuff for pack authors, server owners, this is going to be nuts!  Keep checking back here and keep playing!

Visit us on IRCreddit, and our official forums and tell us what the Summer of Technic means to you!

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we've waited for a year and yet Hexxit II hasn't arrived... any reason for this?
Armok_ 7 years ago
It looks like a lot of people are talking about Tekkit being updated to work on 1.7.10... I've created a modpack with most of the mods of Tekkit main, but it also introduces many other large mods such as Mekanism, EnderIO, Thaumcraft, Blood Magic and AE2, as well as uprgading Galacticraft and Extra Utilities to their new editions! Please check out TechnoFlops @ TechnoFlops.weebly.com or search for it on the platfrom if you're interested!
BTSDMU 8 years ago
yeah so in tekkit we will a new version of galaticraft
kittek00701 8 years ago
...Still don't see the update for Hexxit on the launcher, and its been over a week since June ended.
supercooper888 8 years ago
Uhh... its the end of June, wheres the new pack?
supercooper888 8 years ago
Uhh... its the end of June, wheres the new pack?
supercooper888 8 years ago
It has been nearly 3 days since June ended. Not only have no new packs come... But nothing has been said. I understand a lot of work goes into making a pack. But you could at least update us. You stay silent for so long then you get our hopes so high than go silent again. That is why I prefer FTB. They give us so many modpacks and so much news. Your modpacks are Superior but they don't last. You stop updating them and the time it takes to release a new one is at least 5x longer than FTB. I can understand you guys are going through some trouble with moving and stuff. But keeping us in the dark? It can't be that hard to post an update. I have checked your facebook and twitter and they are as dry as it is here for info. You have promised new packs but so far we have gotten silence and have lost a pack (for good reasons). At least keep us up-to-date.
killerdean13 8 years ago
The people want Hexxit 2 I ask you to speed up
MrHsony21 8 years ago
June has ended and did not see New Mods Packs any, but I hope to be Mods Packs Hexxit . . . please, faster
MrHsony21 8 years ago
ikr
Posted by supercooper888 8 years ago
My body is ready for new packs!
MarioAndWeegee3 8 years ago
I would LOVE an update on tekkit because ee3 is bin out of work in progress and applied energistics could be removed and changed to applied energistics 2 and much much more
dogdude311 8 years ago
could you please make it where you can copy a link from the website into the launcher and if you already can plz tell me how i am trying to download thediamonddimensions modpack made by dantdm and i cant find it on the launcher thanks ;)
caroline_04 8 years ago
Press Ctrl+V, then you can paste the url.
Posted by MarioAndWeegee3 8 years ago
I'm really looking forward to a nice big updated version of Tekkit. It's always going to be special to me, because it was my first exposure to modded Minecraft.
JayReallyPlays 8 years ago
I'm really, really looking forward to a new version of Tekkit. That was my first real experience with modded Minecraft, and as such it's always been a bit special for me.
JayReallyPlays 8 years ago
I'm really, really looking forward to a new version of Tekkit. That was my first real experience with modded Minecraft, and as such it's always been a bit special for me.
JayReallyPlays 8 years ago
I'm really, really looking forward to a new version of Tekkit. That was my first real experience with modded Minecraft, and as such it's always been a bit special for me.
JayReallyPlays 8 years ago
I am very much looking forward to
man_touaimc 8 years ago
Rather than Hexxit or Tekkit I would love to see new 1.7.10 version of HackSlashMine :)
hanakocz 8 years ago
tekkify is a little buggy it wont launch and when it does everything is like weird same as modern technic city
Sgt. zomboss 9 years ago
sweet gonna be so awesome!
Walke571 9 years ago
also i cant download some mods like crazy craft
Light_n_shadow 9 years ago
you guys should make it so u can have one mode pack or customize it so u can put other mods together. You can post it or not post it/ share like the mallisis doors mod is a signal mod.
Light_n_shadow 9 years ago
Is there any ideas for updating b-team? I'd really love to see the new galacticraft implemented into it.
ItsSurelyWaffle 9 years ago
Is there any ideas for updating b-team? I'd really love to see the new galacticraft implemented into it.
ItsSurelyWaffle 9 years ago
ALL ABOARD THE VOLTZ HYPE TRAIN!!!!!! its been about a year since it last updated!
gunhammer5000 9 years ago
this is gonna be fun
deary101 9 years ago
Wow i'm SO excited for the new update cant wait :D
NeonPandaXD 9 years ago
why did hexxit wont let you teleport?
I hope you have time to make a pack with A LOT of furniture and decocraft stuff i like having decor
keyboardkitten 9 years ago
is there a update for tekkit classic?
CaptanNugget 9 years ago
why the hell do you think its called tekkit classic? move on to tekkitmain dude.
Posted by gunhammer5000 9 years ago
Y u gotta be so rude gurl?
Posted by supercooper888 8 years ago
Wait... are you a girl?
Posted by supercooper888 8 years ago