2013 Retrospective: WinMX
A lot has happened this year for the Renegades community, so much in-fact that I feel the need to break up my retrospective in to two parts. This is the one for our WinMX community, there will be another retrospective posted above for Minecraft.
What a year it has been. This time last year we launched our brand new RENBOX website. And it has been well received. It is by far the most popular feature we have ever implemented. Period. I’m especially proud to have had even the slightest bit of involvement with such an innovative and free service for our users.
When it was launched last year I don’t think any of us knew just quite how popular it would become. Not a single day goes by where we aren’t thanked for making RENBOX and its usage statistics are staggering even to us. It is a wonderful tool that people love.
I’d like to recognise all the people that made it possible, first of all Josh who wrote the RENBOX website that everyone uses, it was not only him who did the work but it was he who came up with the idea in the first place to have a central website for RENBOX. He also wrote a substantial amount of the back end logic required to make RENBOX work.
I’d like to thank hollow who coded the file download system and API that runs on our servers. That’s the part that allows you to get the files you’ve requested. I’d also like to thank him for setting up each of our RENBOX servers.
I’d also like to thank all the staff at Renegades who tirelessly help users to use RENBOX, explaining how it works, setting up peoples user accounts and making sure people are aware of its existence. They are the champions of our work without which RENBOX would never be as loved as it is.
RENBOX has definitely dominated our year and it really is a monumental project. It’s the first time we’ve worked on something with so many programmers directly involved.
Looking beyond RENBOX there has been some developments in the WinMX community. WinMXWorld released their ‘OurMX’ WinMX replacement client. It’s early days yet and does have some pretty large bugs but it’s a good start and it shows hope for the future. Sean is also working on a client currently dubbed ‘Mato’ which is currently in closed testing and looks very promising.
Sadly the attacks on WinMX continue with no end in sight but it hasn’t affected our room and this year we’ve had some amazing uptime and the room keeps going from strength to strength. Every day now there are always more than 120 real users in the room and the atmosphere is warm and jovial. We continue to help the larger WinMX community with our software and services including our Proxy Blocker software and Joshes winmxunlimited.net channel list website and many other tools.
Next year I hope the attacks will end and the new replacement clients will be finished or close to being finished. Until then we will soldier on doing what we do and helping others when we are able. From all of us at Renegades we hope you had a great Christmas and have a happy new year.