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  1. I was recently trying to update my signature. But when I clicked save it said "signature spans too many lines." I tried shortening it, but it still didn't work. Are you not allowed to click enter on your signature? I've been able to do it before, but every time I change my signature I seem to be able to click enter less, and less.
  2. Hey, I bought a signed book from the Brandon Sanderson store and when it arrived this was the signature. I looked it up and he apparently used to sign with his name and now uses these weird symbols, anyone know why or what they mean? I assume they are for his name like Tolkien used a runic language but is it from a book Brandon wrote or something?
  3. This is a topic about my signature, and because said signature is not so artsy, but still a creation, I put the topic in this forum A couple of users expressed curiosity about my signature and asked about how it works etc. So, to avoid repeating myself I decided to explain everything in one place and also tell you what else I'm planing to do with it. So, what's do special about this signature? As you may have noticed, my signature changes depending on the topic you're viewing it in. It contains the title of said topic and page number. It also contains a more or less accurate approximation of where the user seeing it physically is. In the future it may contain even more fun stuff. As a result, every user sees a different text in my signature. How is that possible? Images are frequently included in signatures here on 17th Shard. Most of them are just static files, available at some address on the Internet. They are stored on some server and sent to everyone wishing to display them. The Polandball in my description is like that, it's just a small PNG file on a server. The part of my signature that has text in it is different. It too is an image, because that's the only way our forum allows me to include something that I control in the signature. However, this image is not stored anywhere. It is created from scratch every time you wish to see it. Your browser asks my server about a file called "sig.png" and instead of just sending a file from it's disk, my server creates it using information it gathers while your browser waits for response. How does it know what topic you're viewing? When your browser asks my server about the image it tell's it on what webpage this image will be displayed. Having the address of the topic you're viewing, my server takes a peek on that page and looks for the title and page number. Then it quickly writes what it found out on the returned picture. How does it know where you live? It doesn't know where you live When you ask my server about a picture, you establish a connection. For a connection to work, both sides have to know the address of the other side. This means IP address. This part get's a bit complicated, so I'll spare you technical details, but what you need to know is that in most cases you are hidden by your internet service provider. My server receives some IP address, that is frequently shared by a lot of other clients of your ISP. That's why location provided by my signature is often incorrect. How does IP address translate to physical location? That's simple, there are free, open databases that provide such information. I use GeoLite2. Those free databases aren't too accurate and because your ISP can have a huge inner network, the location can be wrong. Often, location is not even available and I have only a country. You can also hide your location using VPN. Remember! Just because I can't pinpoint your location, doesn't mean that FBI can't Can I track your movements on 17S? Currently my software can distinguish two different 17S users asking for my signature, but it doesn't know who is who. I plan to change it however, and code a way for it to learn your usernames. Lets say that I can identify who is asking for the signature. Then it would be possible to log information about part of your movements on the Shard. HOWEVER! This would only include pages of threads that I've posted in. If you view a page where my signature is not present I have no idea about it. I believe that you can disable my signature to prevent any communication with my server. Also, I'm not interested in spying on you. What else do I plan to do? Well, I want to do two things next. First, I'll try to teach my software to recognize users using information from this page. That will allow me to address you by usernames in my signature Second, I'm gonna create something that everyone can use I will make a picture displaying what I've listened recently, based on what's visible on my Last.fm profile. I'll make it so everyone else will be able to display data from their profiles too Sooo, any questions? Comments?
  4. My ipad was signed by Sanderson and I preserved the signature with clear nail polish. The I added to the center a piece of the zseth card he gave me on his tour. I think my iPad cover is awesome now!