So I'm Google-ing for free web hosting to post the beta of the demo of Caveman 3.0, and low and behold, whats the first result? an old friend of mine from back in the day - rackspace.com!
suddenly it occurs to me: "i can just get a server!"
I actually used to have a server back in the day, come to think of it. site traffic was so high my web hosting company put me on my own dedicated box. i recall they seemed quite proud of it for some reason, don't quite know why.
I've been working on DRM and anti-crack technology for the game. So far I've shyed away from "ET phone home" solutions, due to the requirement for internet connection, and the costs of running a server.
they can provide a server solution i can afford long term. going through my old web host mewebhost.com is another option.
so with the server costs issue gone, i'm now considering ET phone home solutions.
it does mean html and perl code, neither of which i particularly care for, but i've done it before (secure shopping cart software).
the question is what's the best way for ET to phone home?
the only secure code is code you don't give the user.
so just phoning home with an exe specific serial number registered to a user can be cracked on the client side.
you'd somehow have to DL some code/data to the client that's required for the client to run. and then? hide it? erase it? time bomb it? what?
just thoughts off the top of my head there.
So what ought I be google-ing for on this subject?