Mama Diaries

Friday, September 12, 2014

Making a Minecraft Server

"Mama," my ten-year-old son said.  "Can you make a Minecraft server for me?"

I looked at that kid funny.  "Dude, I can make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but I think a Minecraft server is a little out of my league."

"But it's easy.  I know you can do it!" He dragged me over to the computer and pulled up a site on how to make a server.  "Read this!"

I did.  And it looked like Greek to me.  There was no way I was going to be able to create a server to hold an entire Minecraft world.  I wrote down the instructions and proceeded to fumble my way through it.  I did okay.  But then I got to the fine print.  The part where they wanted money.  "Bubba," I said.  "This is going to cost a lot of money each month!"

"But I think there's a free one," he said.

I looked at the terms for that one.  "Yeah.  It's free, but as soon as you shut off your computer, the server is going to disappear.  What good is that?  There's no way I'm doing all this work to have it disappear!"

"Please?"

"No!"

End of story!




Now for a little something else:  I did a radio interview (a very short one) about Solving the Hunger Problem.  If you'd like to listen, you can find it here.  It's episode 20.  (I have not been able to listen to it, and have been told the problem is with my computer.  If anyone else has problems listening, please let me know!  Hopefully it turned out okay!)

44 comments:

  1. I'll check it out when I'm on a computer. =)

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  2. Don't do it - not worth it!
    I'll go see if I can hear it.

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    1. When I saw that, it was the end of my Minecraft Server Creation experiment.

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  3. You were good! Actually, better than the host. Wish we could all grow our own gardens. I think so many people live urban and just have no idea how to do it.

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    1. You're right. They just have to learn, and find space and time to do it.

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  4. oh, come on, do it, do it, do it.........

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  5. All about the dough to get you to save it after all that work. I'd give it a big no too

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    1. I've come to the conclusion that Minecraft is a huge money sucker!

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  6. Thank goodness you noticed the part about the money!

    Looking forward to listening to the interview. :)
    ~Jess

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  7. Great job, Sherry! Container gardening is a great way for anyone to grow even a few plants when space is an issue.

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    1. I agree. I did container gardening for quite a while, and had excellent results. I think it's easier to keep the pests under control with containers.

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  8. I could hear the radio show. Well done, you! A building on the main drag in my part of town has a lunch and snack service on the days that kids are out of school. Some elementary schools have lunch programs during the summer. We have a number of community gardens in our neighborhood, too. And it's good to say no to Bubba sometimes, which I know you realize.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. It's good to hear that there are community gardens in your area. Are there programs for teaching people how to preserve their food, too? That's really important for when the growing season is over.

      Bubba doesn't like to be told, "No," but he lived!

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  9. Great radio spot. You made some great points.

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    1. Thank you for listening! I really do hope that what I said gets people to think, and that programs to grow and preserve food can be developed in places where hunger is an issue.

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  10. I love that! Just "NO!" Kids will never understand why their parents don't want to spend hours working hard on something so they can play for a few minutes! Congrats on your radio interview. That's awesome.

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    1. Exactly. My time is valuable, and to spend it on something that will disappear as soon as the computer is shut off, is just ridiculous!

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  11. This is so true. Sometimes, kids just need to hear the word "No". Will listen now to your radio interview :)

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  12. Congrats on the radio interview Sherry. You were awesome. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to listen! Hugs back!

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  13. Way to let Bubba down easy. And nice work on the interview!

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    1. Thanks, Milo. And thank you for promoting it!

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  14. Setting up servers isn't anything I'd wish on someone not well acquainted with computers.

    Also, great interview! Believe it or not, an entire room of my house is dedicated to indoor gardening utilizing high power, low cost LED lights, light timers, and an entire roomful of potted fruits and vegetables that keep the wife and I fed year round, even when it's 0 degrees outside and snowing. People laugh at the hippie-ish dorkiness I put into this room, but it's a self sustaining, low cost garden that at this point requires little more than water and about $10 per month in power to keep running.

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    1. Thank you so much for listening to the interview. That is totally awesome about your indoor garden! What a great idea for others to follow. (Did you include this in the comment form that on the page where the link to the interview was? It's something for others to think about!)

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  15. My son made a Minecraft server for free (although a Minecraft account does have a one time fee) However, you need to have a computer that is on all the time. If it goes down while others are logged in, then they might lose something. But otherwise if they save frequently it would be okay. Some people use a website host so they don't have to have a computer on all the time and that does have a monthly fee.

    However, my son did this when he was 17 and is now in college for network engineering. Your son sounds very smart to want a Minecraft server.

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    1. Yes. Our computer is not on all the time, so things would be lost. Your son sounds smart. Maybe my son will be a network engineer someday. He's definitely interested in computers!

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  16. Better stick to the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches :-)

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  17. Google is a teacher. Google is an answer. You did it Sherry. Thanks.

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