IRIN Improvements

Keshaun, our Operations Administrator and Lead Programmer has been hard at work making and implementing improvements to the Imperial Republic Information Network (IRIN). To see what is coming soon, go to http://dev.eotir.com/irin/ (version 3). We are still officially using version 2 at this time at http://irin.imperialrepublic.org. We expect v3 to launch sometime in October. If you have feedback, ideas, comments, or need assistance with logging into IRIN please submit a support ticket at http://help.eotir.com or e-mail [email protected]

New IRIN Logon Screen

New IRIN Logon Screen (In Development)

Please report any issues to our bug tracking system at http://dev.eotir.com/mantis or e-mail them to [email protected]

Forum Software Updates

IPS4″ or IPS Community Suite 4.x has been out for a while but its formal production-value release has finally come to the public. As a permanent client I have had access to it for some time and have been evaluating it. It has improved and better admin and user functionality, though our desired theme/skin is not yet available and I really don’t care for their default skin. It would definitely be a step backward appearance-wise. So I have decided not to upgrade to IPS Community Suite 4 at this time.

We may eventually lose professional support when they announce End of Life for this product IPB 3.4.x that we are currently using.

We are entitled to operate a test/development version of IPS4 with our current license that we may not open to the public. You can access this at http://dev.eotir.com/forums

The username to enter the web area is test, the password is staffonly. Feel free to register an account. (players welcome to test as well).

I am not impressed with the only ugly theme available and the admin restrictions are not good at all, whereas our current version of Invision Power Board allows me to restrict in fine detail what admins can and cannot do to prevent abuse of power. I really don’t like it. We have some time to upgrade as End of Life Support for our current version is 1 April 2017.

When they announce better admin restriction capabilities AND when our theme or something similar is available for this new version at ibskin.com I will consider upgrading.

Our current skins for the forums at http://nexus.eotir.com come from ibskin.com. Once the lady redesigns this or another skin we like for IPS4, then I will consider upgrading on a serious level. We may have to change skins as I have not heard from her yet as to whether she is carrying this skin on to the new version like she is with the other skins she has designed, as she focuses on her newer ones. She does great work, somewhat expensive, but the best I’ve seen.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

Today is the day for the ever-so-lucky individuals who are able to attend the first day of this Star Wars Celebration, which this time is being hosted in Anaheim, California. I most sincerely regret not being able to attend, especially with it being so very close to my state of Arizona, but money and circumstances didn’t pan out for me. However, to those who are attending, especially during your travels, I say, May the Force be with you!

According to today’s Star Wars newsletter, today Star Wars Celebration kicks off with J. J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy on the Celebration Stage, sponsored by Toy’s “R” Us (R).

Our very own Kaidlen Shan and Aurielle Stratus are in attendance this year! May they have joy and happiness in their experience, as I once did at the time I was lucky enough to attend Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Florida, with the two of them. The weather being not so great, I had the time of my life, and hope some day to be able to do it again. Tickets for this event are available still for all four days (though today is almost over) as well as for individual days on-site or online at www.starwarscelebration.com.

Web Server Move & Website Encryption

The Era of the Imperial Republic website and Nexus are back online.

https://www.eotir.com – Now will full SSL protection/encryption.
http://nexus.eotir.com – Now with SSL protection at Login.
(Your login information is transmitted over an encrypted SSL connection. The rest of the Nexus is unencrypted so you will not see https://nexus.eotir.com except if your browser shows you the redirect of logging in, which I personally doubt will happen since it happens so fast.)
Sincerely,
EOTIR Staff