Originally posted by marinakatomb
He isn't a cheat! He's a good player and a nice guy damn it!!
Thank you, James. I appreciate your support. I hope you have been able to play more lately. I recall that when we last played you were feeling some severe time crunch.
As it happens, I have also been unable to play much lately, but I am still playing a couple of games just to keep going at all. I get to log in here only irregularly and don't have much time recently. I'm hoping to get a chance to play more again in the future and one of the things I have liked most about RHP is the fact that the HTML interfaces have been so friendly and standard.
My primary email account (which is what RHP uses) is my work account. This is the one I check regularly and using another would be a bit of a pain. Unfortunately, I am forced to use Microsoft Outlook at work and one of the little joys of MS is that they have some quite stupid limits on what you can easily do. For example, I cannot set up a rule to extract a mail message to a text file. If I could, then it would be pretty straightforward to pull out the PGN content from that. As it is, it takes manual intervention to handle it. Right now, when I am playing only a couple of games, this is not too bad. A few months ago, when I tended to play on the order of 20 games at a time (and I know, that is not a huge number by RHP standards, but it's what I felt comfortable with) I would not have wanted to extract 20 PGNs manually and individually. As it was
, all I had to do was fire off my script to get a file with only and exactly the PGNs of my games in progress. I could do that every day or two and then analyze all my games using Winboard. Frankly, I don't think doing that placed a huge load on the RHP server. In fact, since I did without all the graphics, etc., I didn't need to hit the server nearly as much as I would have done for nearly any manual operation. Certainly, I hit the server a lot harder when I was using the RHP forums a lot.
In any case, it appears that Russ has made a conscious decision to prevent people from using a script to get their game data. I'll have to see whether I can live with that. As I say, I obviously can handle it at my current game load. OTOH, I doubt that I would find it comfortable to do the same in order to look at my games offline if I were playing 20 games. And, frankly, I doubt that I will renew my subscription just to play 2 or 3 games at a time. When my subscription comes up for renewal again in a few months, either I will have figured out a better way to deal with my games, or I will let it drop.