In a last minute decision Jens announced that rather than releasing a snapshot that Mojang instead would release 1.2.5. The patch is designed to fix some serious bugs that were causing clients and servers to crash. Though the update itself will not officially be released until next week to give server admins and modders to prepare a pre-release version has been posted at their Official Website.
This update will include the following changes and fixes:
Added shift clicking support in furnaces
Added method to easily acquire blocks you have selected in the world in Creative mode using the ‘pick block’ key
Made the Direct Connect dialog remember the last IP for the current session
Fixed issues detected certain links in chat
Fixed wild ocelots behaving like tamed cats
Fixed various chat crashes
Made cats less eager to sit on things
Made cats less patient
Fixed world generation failing under certain circumstances
Fixed issues turning off sound under certain circumstances
Removed all ghost entities under the command of Lord Herobrine
Fixed crash when pasting certain characters in chat
Fixed slash ‘/’ key not behaving correctly in certain environments
Fixed command matching being too greedy (for example: typing ‘/stophammertime’ no longer stops your server)
Fixed not being able to click coloured links
Fixed potential issue with village door detection (which could cause too many villagers)
Made using a stack of bowls on Mooshrooms not consume the whole stack of bowls
Made punching a TNT block with flint and steel in hand destroy and drop a TNT block (right-clicking will activate the TNT)
Many people playing survival mode will argue that one of the most fundamental things to create early on is a cobblestone generator. The generator is built off the simple premise that when flowing lava touches water it turns to cobblestone.
The first step in making a generator is to create two V-shaped trough. One trough will be one brick longer than another. There should be four spaces between the two troughs
In the longer trough dig two spaces straight down as seen in the picture.
Put a bucket of water in the back of the longer trough. If you have done it correctly the water should only extend one space out.
In the back of the other trough place a bucket of lava. Once placed the lava will continue to try to move forward but once it makes contact with the water it will turn to cobblestone. At this point you simple need to use your pick to harvest it.
This basic concept can be made to be more elaborate through the use of buttons, pistons, levers and red stone. It is possible to create an automatic cobblestone generator with enough patience, or if complex red stone isn’t your thing you can easily use a button and piston combination to make a semiautomatic generator.
Despite Jens vacation the rest of the Minecraft team has been hard at work fixing bugs and preparing Minecraft 1.2.4. Today via his twitter as well as on the official webpage the release of 1.2.4 was announced.
The patch is primarily a big fix patch but, Jens added a few new goodies as promised. In addition th bug fixes this patch includes:
Much better chat editing and controls (you can even mark text!)
Some new decoration blocks
Earlier today Daniel Kaplan released a screen shot for the new Minecraft Advance Touch Technology Interface System (MATTIS). No details have been given on how it will work but, it appears to be a dynamic list that can expand and collapse. More information about MATTIS is expected to surface in the coming weeks.