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5201  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: W's RegCode/Serial Code Manager ver. 0.01 Released! on: April 16, 2008, 03:18:42 AM
Nice work!

EDIT: Now it appears the download link is broken on your site.
5202  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: British money is about to get really cool on: April 15, 2008, 10:10:49 PM
Ah! Good point, cranioscopical. Amidst all the translating/converting taking place (petrol, pounds, litres, euros, etc.) I forgot to think of the difference between liters and gallons.

Silly Brits! Measuring things in a way that makes sense!  tongue
5203  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: W's RegCode/Serial Code Manager ver. 0.01 Released! on: April 15, 2008, 09:11:05 PM
Looks useful.

If I may make a suggestion: Use mouser's ScreenShot Captor to take the screens of the program. It has some neat tools built in to let you blur out areas you don't want others to see and add annotations, etc., and it would make it seem a lot more professional than the current screens, which look like you used Paint to cross out the serials. I also suggest taking a couple minutes to type out more information about it here in the original post. Give people an incentive to click your link.  Thmbsup

Because it's version 0.01 I'm curious about it's stability and also what sort of format it stores the information in. For something as important as registration codes, you would need to be able to guarantee me that I could get my data if for some reason the program stopped working or was no longer developed or something similar.
5204  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: British money is about to get really cool on: April 15, 2008, 09:00:45 PM
Personally I don't want to see pennies go as it will just hike prices again for no good reason and us Brits are already ripped off. Yesterday I drove past a petrol station (gas station to N. Americans) and diesel is now £1.20 per litre (~ $2.36US, $2.40 CAD or 1.49 EUR).

I know Brits usually suffer much more expensive prices, but that's actually a really good price for fuel compared to my area. Gasoline here is about $3.20 and diesel is above $4.
5205  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: British money is about to get really cool on: April 15, 2008, 07:15:54 PM
It's cool what they're doing, but I actually don't like the design that much.
5206  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder - How Crammed Closets, Clutt on: April 15, 2008, 05:23:25 PM
I think app103 phrased it more appropriately (in IRC) by calling it organized chaos. It's not to say that having everything be a total mess is beneficial. But if you have some clutter around the house it's probably not as bad as many so-called "neat freaks" might lead you to believe.
5207  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Sauerbraten Map by Deozaan on: April 15, 2008, 03:29:09 AM
New Version:
v1.02
4/14/2008

  • Fall-through lava death traps have been made smaller because people seemed unable to remember to avoid them.
    • Remember folks, yellow stripes mean caution.
  • Another common cause of death was that snipers would jump off the sniper balconies into the lava death traps. Yellow stripe textures have now been added to sniper ledges where jumping off may result in a fiery death.
  • Reduced Chain gun ammo availability in starting bases.
  • Added a quick escape from the Permanent Health Boost lava obstacle course. If you made it that far you deserve an easy way out.
  • Added teleports back into the arena in the chance someone manages to legitimately get stuck outside.
  • Various retexturing done to help add clarity and visibility to what is where.
  • Just for mouser: Added an extra sniping position in each base using the cheapest of cheaps: One-way walls. Interestingly enough, the only weapons that actually travel through the one-way walls (if you're in the right position) are the Rocket Launcher and the Sniper Crossbow.
  • Added a couple more spawn points.
  • Removed the Super Mario Bros. techno remix from the custom song list. I like the song but it was getting annoying on the map. This means that the FULL Download has been updated to this version, since the song is no longer a necessary part of the download.

Be sure to carefully read the download instructions in the original post.
5208  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: DonationCoder map - Sauerbraten FPS fun on: April 15, 2008, 12:40:01 AM
I have received multiple reports that people (not from DC) are taking over the server and blocking DC members from accessing it. Because this happens when I am not on the server (I am an administrator when I am online) Deozaan suggested that I hand out the server password to some (trustworthy) people that join the server more often (or when I am away, etc).

I'd also like to add in that I popped in today as admin and talked to a few of the people there who had locked us out. They had it locked because they were working on a map and people were coming in and messing with it. (And it was actually a pretty cool looking map!)

I let them know that the server is intended for use by DonationCoder members, gave them the names of a few of the "regular" DC Sauerbraten members, and told them to please let DC Members join and play. I suggested that if they have problems with people coming in and destroying their map that they restrict joiners as spectators, and if the new joiners are DC Members, that they respectfully save their map and let us play. They agreed and were very polite about it.

So what I'm getting at here is that I don't think any harm was intended. There are probably some meanies out there playing Sauerbraten but most of the time politely asking will do the trick.
5209  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Idea: "DC Member Book X - Volume 1" - Request For Volunteers on: April 14, 2008, 10:19:14 PM
Is this book meant to be like a school yearbook, where we just show who was a member or is it meant to be something like where people who want to can put whatever they want on the page (as long as it's safe for all ages) and have fun with it?

I don't know anything about the available capability or functionality but it seems like this should be doable by exporting each users profile into a standard template.  Users could opt in, then fill in the blanks or update their info as they see fit

or perhaps an optin link that would take you to a standard template with your profile data pre loaded...

submitting the completed templates would forward it to the appropriate admin for proofing and collation

If I understand Target's idea here, it sounds like a yearbook thing that just lists us and what we have in our profiles. If that's the intent of this book, then it's a great idea. But if the idea of the book is for original contributions, then I'm not sure this idea would be very useful in this instance.
5210  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Idea: "DC Member Book X - Volume 1" - Request For Volunteers on: April 14, 2008, 03:11:20 PM
Projects like these need a person in charge of it; someone who will keep asking members to turn in their work, someone to proof-read, to encourage, and finally to compile everything and release it.

I've been called "The Grammar Police" on multiple occasions so I could probably help with proof-reading.  smiley
5211  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Waterworld Ultra on: April 13, 2008, 11:07:16 PM
I like most of the background images. They're nice.  Thmbsup
5212  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: False Positive on Software (Generic.Dx) by McAfee Today: McAfee Response and Fix on: April 12, 2008, 08:10:13 PM
- so now we are going after Dell!!  Cool Well, if I was president...

smiley

My point I'm trying to make is that I don't think a boycott would be a very effective way for us to communicate our distaste for McAfee's practices. We'll have to think of other means to get their attention.
5213  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Offline Computing: The End on: April 12, 2008, 08:06:07 PM
I think it's pretty far off as well. In a Utopian society where there was no malware and people wouldn't pry into private information or mishandle information, it would be great to have everything connected and available from anywhere.

Since that's not likely to happen, we're going to have to continue using offline computing for a number of reasons. First and foremost is that internet technology, though widely available, is still too expensive and limited or unavailable in too many parts of the world.

Second, we're going to need better encryption being used in nearly all formats of internet use. E-mail, IM, file transfers, web sites, etc.

Third, and this is related to the first, bandwidth is still too limited for web applications to provide as good use and offline software. Although I suppose you could still download the software and install it locally, but it could require an internet connection to use. But that's not cool.

Things are definitely heading in that direction, where physical distribution of media is slowly being phased out in favor of digital distribution. And I can see how this could relate to most things done on a PC. But we've already seen all the problems this causes, with DRM, etc.

There are a lot of changes that need to take place before absolute online computing is feasible.
5214  DonationCoder.com Software / Flash Games and 2XL Simulator / Re: Post your 2-xl rememberences here, or favorite 2-xl moments on: April 12, 2008, 07:52:15 PM
Incidentally for whatever reason The 2XL Simulator isn't working in Firefox or Internet Explorer. Updating to the latest Flash version hasn't solved the problem at all.  Sad

It works for me in Firefox. I didn't try IE.
5215  DonationCoder.com Software / Mirc Script Pack / Installation on: April 12, 2008, 07:23:08 PM
Um, so how exactly do you install these mIRC scripts and use them?
5216  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: False Positive on Software (Generic.Dx) by McAfee Today: McAfee Response and Fix on: April 12, 2008, 02:58:58 PM
But speaking of trustworthiness and some kind of campaign against McAfee, my feeling is that such demonstartion would have to come from users of the relevant programs, wouldn't it. Or do 'you' think we could all participate?

That's what I was thinking. We can't really boycott the product if we're not using it already. And it's not like you can just cancel your subscription half-way through and get your money back if you are using McAfee. It would require some major campaign that spans a couple of years before McAfee would noticed anything from people no longer subscribing. And I'm afraid that, as I said, McAfee being bundled with all Dell hardware I'm aware of, they wouldn't notice a thing anyway.
5217  DonationCoder.com Software / DcUpdater / Re: Screenshot Captor 2.37.01?? on: April 12, 2008, 02:52:51 PM
That's a pretty good idea.
5218  DonationCoder.com Software / DcUpdater / Re: Screenshot Captor 2.37.01?? on: April 12, 2008, 12:49:10 AM
sometimes what happens is i release a super minor update that is so trivial i dont want to bother the people via dcupdate.

Mouser! What's the point of DcUpdater if you don't allow us to use it for even the "minorest" updates? DcUpdater is so easy to use to install updated versions that it would be more of an inconvenience to have to go to the website to download and install it than to DcUpdate it a few more times.
5219  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Confirmed: UAC designed to annoy us! on: April 11, 2008, 07:05:56 PM
Trouble is everyone criticised Windows XP for being a security problem and MS came up with the solution - make it harder for malware by making it impossible for anyone to use it without valium or a stiff drink (preferably both).

Not really. What happens is the same thing that happened with Dialog Popups. They pop up so frequently that nobody even reads them anymore and just look for the OK button.

That is, the people who take the time to read error messages are probably the same people who know how to shut off UAC.
5220  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: False Positive on Software (Generic.Dx) by McAfee Today: McAfee Response and on: April 11, 2008, 05:50:44 PM
just before I married my wife, she renewed her subscription to McAfee

What, and you went ahead with the wedding?  ohmy

Yeah, another one of these was involved: deal

 tongue
5221  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Scientific Proof The Python Rulz on: April 11, 2008, 05:39:34 PM
Awesome!
5222  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: mysterious Codex Transportica book found - i have the website to prove it. on: April 11, 2008, 05:38:04 PM
I'm following via RSS. None of the cool styles are included though, so I always click through to view it as it was intended to be viewed smiley
5223  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: False Positive on Software (Generic.Dx) by McAfee Today: McAfee Response and on: April 11, 2008, 05:28:16 PM
But doesn't anyone with any sense/knowledge avoid McAfee anyway?

I'd say a big no on that. Everyone I know who buys a Dell has McAfee bundled on their system. They don't care because they need an anti-virus, and they got it "free" for a year. deal

In fact, just before I married my wife, she renewed her subscription to McAfee. wallbash I've been trying to get her to let me format all that crap off her laptop and put some good applications on there, but thus far she's been resistant.
5224  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Lava Gauntlet - A Sauerbraten Map by Deozaan on: April 11, 2008, 02:47:04 PM
First of all, if you don't know what Sauerbraten is, read more about it (and how to join the DonationCoder server) on this thread. Now then, onto the details of my map:

Lava Gauntlet
A Sauerbraten map by Deozaan
v1.04 5/16/2008

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Description:
This is a relatively small map that is good for hectic deathmatch. A wide availability of powerful weapons (and Quad Damage powerups!) as well as a few death traps ensure that you will die a lot. But don't worry too much about dying, because everyone else will be dying too! If you can survive the lava obstacle course, you will be rewarded with an increase of 50 health points, which last permanently through the entire match! If you see someone else trying to navigate the obstacle course, be sure to pull out your rocket launchers and grab a quad damage to blast them to smithereens!

Download:
FULL download: 26MB (Custom Music)
LITE download: 150KB (No Music)

Screenshots:

Screenshots from versions before 1.03 are now at the bottom of the post.

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Glowing Blue Base Entrance

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Green Armor Glowing in Red Base

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Glowing Red Base

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One Way Wall Sniper Area Lit Up

Changelog:
v1.04
5/16/2008

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

v1.03
4/19/2008

  • Ammunition has been reorganized to make it less easy to get the most powerful weapon right away.
  • Some retexturing has been done.
  • Unused portions of the map which were outside of the "arena" boundaries have been removed.
  • Subtle lens flares have been added to help you know where to aim to kill the snipers behind one-way-walls.
  • Lighting!
    • The chosen skybox is a nighttime scene, so the entire map is a little darker. Blue and Red Bases, however, glow with color to highlight their entrances and pathways.
    • The lighting probably needs more work, but it should be very playable at this point.

v1.02
4/14/2008

  • Fall-through lava death traps have been made smaller because people seemed unable to remember to avoid them.
    • Remember folks, yellow stripes mean caution.
  • Another common cause of death was that snipers would jump off the sniper balconies into the lava death traps. Yellow stripe textures have now been added to sniper ledges where jumping off may result in a fiery death.
  • Reduced Chain gun ammo availability in starting bases.
  • Added a quick escape from the Permanent Health Boost lava obstacle course. If you made it that far you deserve an easy way out.
  • Added teleports back into the arena in the chance someone manages to legitimately get stuck outside.
  • Various retexturing done to help add clarity and visibility to what is where.
  • Just for mouser: Added an extra sniping position in each base using the cheapest of cheaps: One-way walls. Interestingly enough, the only weapons that actually travel through the one-way walls (if you're in the right position) are the Rocket Launcher and the Sniper Crossbow.
  • Added a couple more spawn points.
  • Removed the Super Mario Bros. techno remix from the custom song list. I like the song but it was getting annoying on the map. This means that the FULL Download has been updated to this version, since the song is no longer a necessary part of the download.

v1.01
4/11/2008

  • Added a few more weapons, armors, and health packs around the level.
  • Added bases for Capture the Flag mode.
  • Added cfg file for map which currently adds the following features:
    • Makes sure correct textures show up when the map is loaded.
    • Uses a custom skybox. (socksky/nightball)
    • Custom music track list.
  • Added support for DCUpdater. (packages/deozaan/deozaan.dcupdate)
  • Screenshot now shows when loading map.

v1.00
(Sometime in February or March, 2008)

  • Initial Release. Level layout and item placement nearly finalized.
5225  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cody shotglasses? What does the community think on: April 11, 2008, 12:03:51 PM
I'm not against this being an option, but I do believe there should still be alternatives for people who don't drink. I'm not a fan of collecting alcohol paraphernalia.
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