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Websockets, Elastic Beanstalk, and Application Load Balancers - 2020 edition

7/28/2020

We've been working on some multiplayer capabilities for our card game platform, and have been exploring how to do this using Websockets. Our stack is: AWS Elastic Beanstalk Application Load Balancers (ALB, not the classic ELBs) Node.js & nginx ...

5 steps that decreased our bounce rate by a huge 41%

7/17/2020

When my mother in law told me the solitaire game she loved was no longer online, my friend and I thought that it might be a fun project to launch our own site. We had previously built a consumer business that reached 30M students yearly, and thought...

Heros of Space and Flight Cards and Solitaire Game

5/26/2020

Those individuals who led advances in both air and space travel are true heroes. They pushed the boundaries of innovation, inspiring us to believe anything is possible. We’re partnered with the great biographers at Who2 to highlight 52 of these notab...

ASU GSV Solitaire Game

5/23/2020

Prior to building Solitaired, we had spent our past lives building an education business called Imagine Easy Solutions. We were able to help millions of students with their citations, grammar, and plagiarism. Every year, we would attend the ASU GSV ...

Smithsonian antique playing cards

5/09/2020

w It’s no secret we created our online solitaire game because we love both card games and card designs. Not long ago, we had come across some Anheuser Busch card designs from 1900 kept at Columbia University. The cards were rich in history, and refle...

7 Strategies to Win Solitaire

4/26/2020

Solitaire (also known as Klondike Solitaire) is both one of the oldest and simplest card games in the world. But despite its simplicity on its face, there’s a surprising amount of depth in strategy required to consistently win games. Even with the be...

120 year old Anheuser Busch themed playing cards and solitaire game

3/29/2020

Needless to say, we created our online solitaire site because we love cards games, but we also created it because we love card designs. In an earlier blog post about the evolution of playing card design, we talked about how playing cards can be trace...

Women’s History Month Solitaire Games

3/16/2020

Solitaire Games That Highlight Notable Women for Women’s History Month As part of Women’s History Month, we wanted to do something unique and relevant to solitaire to celebrate pioneering women. We put together two games, with each card showing an i...

Evolution of Playing Card Designs

2/27/2020

Most of the card prints below have never been put online before. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. French deck of Heraldry (18th century). (Guest, Vol. 2) Origin of playing cards Ming DynastyWikipedia Evidence suggests early playing ca...

The Top 6 Psychological Benefits of Playing Solitaire

1/28/2020

Solitaire is one of the most well-known card games in the world, but what does it do other than pass the time? Truth be told, Solitaire imparts a number of healthy psychological benefits each time you play a game. It Keeps You Busy Solitaire’s primar...

Why we switched from Wordpress to Node.js

1/22/2020

This was not the post I planned to write. In fact, I had a draft I was about to publish - How to run Wordpress+SSL on AWS Lightsail SSL for Cheap. But what happened instead was, after a couple weeks of configuring Wordpress, investing in some plugins...

How to Play Solitaire At Work Without Your Boss Finding Out

1/18/2020

Probably to no one’s surprise, we’re big Solitaire fans. One of the best parts about Solitaire is how it can tuck into the downtime parts of your day – like when you’re waiting for a commercial to finish, or a pot to boil, or laundry to get done. At...