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5201  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why is all audio on websites so freakin loud?! on: May 17, 2008, 07:25:02 PM
Got a link to application that lets you adjust volume on a per-application basis?

I really liked that about Vista.
5202  News and Reviews / Older Newsletters / Re: Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers" on: May 17, 2008, 03:25:18 PM
I'd be willing to contribute segments like I did back in the day.

* Deozaan searches for his audio software.

Good old Cool Edit 2000. smiley
5203  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Streaming audio across a network to multiple PCs? on: May 17, 2008, 02:12:01 PM
Windows XP Media Center Edition?
5204  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dilemma - Free AVG8 - Buggy; Updates for Free AVG 7.5 ending May 08 on: May 17, 2008, 02:03:00 PM
Another option which wasn't mentioned in Gizmo's newsletter is the offer from AOL. They are offering their members a free copy of McAfee VirusScan Plus. All you need is an AOL email address to get it, and you can now get one of those for free.

I thought we were trying to boycott McAfee for their terrible habit of too many false positives, especially with DC software.
5205  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Winamp 5.53 Release on: May 17, 2008, 05:07:24 AM
Deozaan: You should try v5. You can install only the parts you want and it runs just as fast as 2.x

I'm pretty sure I have tried a few of the v5 editions. Too much stuff for my basic needs, even with minimal install.

I used MM3 and think it's probably the most feature-complete player, but then I realized that I was allocating ~250MB of memory to play music... not nice.

Now I use a super-simple winamp 5.53 with nothing but the basics. It uses ~40Mb when minimized on tray.

Like I said, I have WinAmp 2.81 LITE installed and running and it's currently playing music, displayed on my desktop, taking up less than 4MB -- Probably about the same size as the song that's currently playing.
5206  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XPPro SP3 on: May 16, 2008, 10:18:50 PM
I downloaded the non VL version of Windows XP SP3 and I was able to successfully activate windows. So it all works.

Thanks for the help!
5207  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Winamp 5.53 Release on: May 16, 2008, 09:52:20 PM
I think I have a copy of WinAmp 2.81 LITE that I've held on to for all these years for many of the same reasons as mentioned earlier.

It's installed and in use right now.  smiley
5208  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Registry hack needed: Full date in the tray clock on: May 16, 2008, 09:36:27 PM
Until I stumbled upon t-clock which is free and was upgraded to Win64bit compatibility and is now maintained by stoic joker, who hangs out here at the DC forums.  It works perfectly and I love it smiley

That link doesn't work.
5209  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Procedural Game Coding Contest (May 5 to June 2) on: May 16, 2008, 09:21:23 PM
Procedurally generating content in games is nothing new at all, as you cleverly remarked...
So basically every random roguelike are easy entries in this contest...

Indeed! Even popular games like Diablo have quite a large dose of procedurally/algorithmically generated content mixed in them.

I suppose then, the skill comes in coming up with an algorithm to procedurally generate something.
5210  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: SnapSuite program family/Free online computer help on: May 16, 2008, 09:15:06 PM
So I am wondering - does anyone have an interest in a 'Maze Craze 3D'? I would love to make a 3D version, but the full version of 3D Rad is $160 (4 months savings, plus I am 9 weeks in the hole with my mom), so I don't want to start saving up all this money and end up buying it just to find out that no one would care.

Opinions? Thoughts?
-Brandon

Why not use Panda3D, Irrlicht, Blender, or another freeware/Open Source engine listed here?
5211  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: SnapSuite program family/Free online computer help on: May 16, 2008, 09:09:49 PM
One day in 2D Land was far too long.. He was just squirming to become a 3D Model.. And thats what he has done.. I'm proud to present Boom in 3D, High poly and low. 
Any feedback is gladly appreciated.  Thanks! smiley

I think the low poly version looks better. They're nearly identical, but the low poly one looks more rounded like a sphere. Strange that adding 3000 polys could make it look worse... Anyway, since they appear to be nearly identical, there's really no use in having all those extra polys.

I am not able to see any difference between the two picture files.

- and what is 'poly'?  tellme

"Poly" is short for "polygon" which are usually triangles or squares. All 3D objects (when referring to computer rendering) are made up of polygons. If you've ever seen a 3D object's wireframe, you get to see the outline of every polygon. There's a nice picture of a low poly Dolphin on this wikipedia page
5212  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pirating abandoned content? on: May 16, 2008, 08:56:11 PM
The only abandoned software I've pirated is FARR. tongue

5213  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Forking in Open Source Projects - Debate on: May 16, 2008, 08:05:27 PM
Since I'm not experienced with doing anything with Open Source Software besides downloading it and using it, I can't really help much with licenses and those kinds of things, but what mouser describes sounds very reasonable to me, although it is clearly against a number of the points described in the Open Source Initiative definition.

Point #4 seems to be the point that agrees most with what mouser is saying, as it could require any forks to be installed as unofficial patches on to the pristine base code of the original author(s):

Quote
4. Integrity of The Author's Source Code

The license may restrict source-code from being distributed in modified form only if the license allows the distribution of "patch files" with the source code for the purpose of modifying the program at build time. The license must explicitly permit distribution of software built from modified source code. The license may require derived works to carry a different name or version number from the original software.

Rationale: Encouraging lots of improvement is a good thing, but users have a right to know who is responsible for the software they are using. Authors and maintainers have reciprocal right to know what they're being asked to support and protect their reputations.

Accordingly, an open-source license must guarantee that source be readily available, but may require that it be distributed as pristine base sources plus patches. In this way, "unofficial" changes can be made available but readily distinguished from the base source.
(emphasis added)
5214  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XPPro SP3 on: May 16, 2008, 07:58:38 PM
The problem with these is that a 30 day trial does me no good if my key doesn't work. I downloaded the SP3 VL ISO, since I used to have an MSDN subscription and got XP SP2 with a Volume License. I thought it would work with the SP3 disc but apparently it doesn't. So now I'm back to trying to figure out how to get SP2 to update to SP3 without destroying Windows/Microsoft Update. . .
That sounds weird - unless somebody has grabbed & pirated your SP2 VLK (massively), it ought to work with SP3? Contact Microsoft!

I haven't shared my license with anyone. In fact it still works to install SP2. Unless I'm thinking of something else and I don't really need the VL version.

The deal was that I was allowed to install it on something like 5 or 10 different machines.
5215  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XPPro SP3 on: May 16, 2008, 07:40:13 PM
Nudone kindly sent me this link ...

Download Unmodified ISOs of WinXP SP3

These are full install media for SP3 (various languages and Pro and Home versions).

The main advantage of these is that they are not slipstreamed versions - they are initial install discs went burned. You will need this version if you wish to install Windows XP SP3 without entering a serial code (thus getting a 30 days full trial version which can be activated later).

The problem with these is that a 30 day trial does me no good if my key doesn't work. I downloaded the SP3 VL ISO, since I used to have an MSDN subscription and got XP SP2 with a Volume License. I thought it would work with the SP3 disc but apparently it doesn't. So now I'm back to trying to figure out how to get SP2 to update to SP3 without destroying Windows/Microsoft Update. . .

EDIT: See below for update.
5216  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Lava Gauntlet - A Sauerbraten Map by Deozaan on: May 16, 2008, 06:46:11 PM
New Version:
v1.04
5/16/2008

  • Gave the map a name: Lava Gauntlet
  • Minor texture changes
  • Minor lighting changes

This will probably be the final version.  Download it using DC Updater or from the links in the original post.
5217  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Forking in Open Source Projects - Debate on: May 16, 2008, 05:37:28 PM
So you quoted Coding Horror's opinion but neglected to explain your own. Let's hear what you have to say about it, mouser.
5218  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PIN-code on: May 16, 2008, 03:42:19 PM
It's scientifically proven/accepted that humans remember a sequence of somewhere between 7-10 "things" (numbers, words, etc.) so a 4 digit PIN shouldn't be that hard.
5219  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sourceforge grief on: May 14, 2008, 08:05:18 PM
I used to be a regular visitor to the IGN sites when I was in high school. Then they started having very similar kinds of interstitial ads, where the entire page was an advertisement with a tiny link in the top right corner that says something like "Click here to continue to the article."

This kind of thing isn't new. IGN has been doing it for probably close to 10 years now.

Also just for clarity, I don't usually visit IGN websites anymore, but my reasons for not going there are not related to the advertising practices.
5220  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: LibriVox: Free Audiobooks on: May 14, 2008, 03:24:45 PM
Wow this is cool!

All these books are from way before my time. Does anyone have any recommendations of some good science fiction?

EDIT: I just found a couple of the Mars books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. My mom kept telling me I should read those from her library, but I never did, so I guess that's what I'll start with. smiley
5221  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: An idea for the forum regarding disclosure on: May 14, 2008, 03:11:14 PM
Mark0 had a pretty good idea in one of the spam threads. It sounded neat but might be difficult to implement.

The idea was something similar to this: that for new users, perhaps for their first 5-10 posts, you have SMF automatically google a sentence or two from their post and see if there are any matches. If so, flag the message as potential spam and alert the forum mods. The only potential problem I can see for how this might negatively affect legitimate users is if they have some question that they posted on another forum. So maybe if the google search finds 3 or more matches it gets flagged.
5222  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Silly: Best web error message? on: May 14, 2008, 12:48:43 AM
I like the 404 from theprawn.com

It has a silly comment about the page you're trying to access, then give you ten random facts.

4O4
Got cheese? (We don't.)

What we do know:

   1. In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
   2. Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
   3. Non-dairy creamer is flammable. - EEEEWWWW!!!!
   4. If you took a standard slinky and stretched it out it would measure 87 feet?
   5. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
   6. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
   7. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
   8. The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.
   9. It is impossible to lick your elbow or stick your elbow in your ear.
  10. Your foot is nearly the same length as your forearm as measured from the inside of the elbow to the wrist.
5223  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Warning: Fresh Windows XP SP2 install does not get along with SP3 update on: May 11, 2008, 04:48:29 AM
Why not download and burn the ISO file of Windows XP SP3 and install from that ? See:

http://www.donationcoder....12466.msg112022#msg112022

Don't know whether this will solve the problem you describe (probably not) but it is certainly a quicker and cleaner way to do a fresh install of Windows with SP3.

As for the updates you're having problems with what are they? Do they install correctly if you download them and install them manually?

Aha! Thanks.

The installs range from Office 2007 SP1, Security updates for Office 2007, as well as .NET frameworks, Microsoft Silverlight, Windows Mediaplayer 11. Basically anything that wasn't covered in SP3 doesn't install from Windows Update.

I haven't tried installing them manually. But if you read what I linked to in the original post, someone else says that manual installs work. But they still show up as needing to be installed in Windows Update.
5224  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Warning: Fresh Windows XP SP2 install does not get along with SP3 update on: May 11, 2008, 01:37:47 AM
I just formatted my wife's laptop and installed a nice, fresh copy of Windows XP SP2. Everything went great and smooth and it was really nice to clean all that crap off her system.

Naturally one of the first things I did once the install was complete was go to Windows Update to get all the latest updates. The only thing listed there was Service Pack 3, so I downloaded and installed it. Everything went smoothly without a hitch. It installed and told me to reboot, so I did. When the system loaded back up I went back to Windows Update to get any remaining updates. There were 12 of them. I selected them all and told it to download and install. Everything downloaded but when it came time to install, I got the message "Some updates were not installed" which really meant "None of the updates were installed."

Figuring it to be a strange glitch, I rebooted the computer and tried again. Same result. I tried doing them one at a time. Same result. Only high priority updates. Same result. I tried many different combinations but they all have the same result.

And I'm not alone.

So if you're thinking of doing a fresh install of Windows XP SP2, just be aware that you'll have to install every update since then manually, since Windows Update only lists SP3, at least until this is fixed.
5225  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office Ultimate for only $59 on: May 10, 2008, 06:23:31 PM
So, let's all put our heads together a figure out how www.donationcoder.com is actually a university.  tongue

DC Programming School?
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