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601  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 30: August 22-25, 2014 on: November 09, 2014, 11:13:08 PM
Planet Hop
http://ludumdare.com/comp...ion=preview&uid=27844
http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/planet-hop/33061/

Planets circle each other, and you control a little red ball.

Press any key to hop back and forth. The key is you have to get the hang of the speed it takes before the planet gets to where it needs to be for you to hop. Like Nasa missions for five year olds!

Difficulty:
Phoenix Medium.
If your hand-eye is good and you have a knack for the spatial timing, you'll do well. But if you don't, one missed connection hop and you lose. It's not my forte so I ended my tests after a best score of 8 in some 50 games.

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602  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 30: August 22-25, 2014 on: November 09, 2014, 11:00:16 PM
Okay, a couple of these are for you guys who like minimal info!

Other Side - Raphy - Jam Entry
http://ludumdare.com/comp...ion=preview&uid=24241
http://gamejolt.com/games...venture/other-side/33241/

Single tip:
Travel to the right for about 30 seconds to find the stones, then wait for night. Then figure it out ... in 30 seconds once you get the concept!
tongue

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603  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 30: August 22-25, 2014 on: November 09, 2014, 08:59:51 PM
Okay, while hanging out in the chat room, it became another LD day!

First up:
Anima et Corpus
http://ludumdare.com/comp...ion=preview&uid=30283
http://www.amateurlabs.com/games/ld30/play/

You are disembodied, having entered a tragic zombie-esque state, and you need to re-unite your physical and spirit states in the "scroll room". It's pretty simple per se - you need to move your body half and your ghost half into the room with the scroll, sometimes they need to touch or merge.

It's neat that the body half walks (spacebar jumps), and the spirit half floats with a delay like the ship in asteroids.

Using the "e" key, you toggle between your body state and your ghost state.

It really is Phoenix Easy, which I always find pleasant! But here's just a couple of tips just to help prevent minor frustrations to really get you going.

- There's no time limit, so for example on levels 3 and 6, take your time. If you trap yourself and get an impossible position, just reload the page. It's really generous letting you pick levels.

- As I write this "live" while I am playing, it goes really slowly introducing you to world elements, so you don't have to madly try to solve five things at once.

- The Body form has sorta "flying samurai" physics, and everything is pretty generous - I don't see much of the "pixel accuracy" that tends to sometimes push games into one of the hard categories. (Though Level 10 seems to have a little.)

Here's the start of Level 10:
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604  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ripple - When the Good comes back on: November 09, 2014, 07:14:04 PM

Darn. RIP Donna Summer!

And yay for our tech age under the cynicism - that's a pretty good video. I never really tracked each line of the lyrics before, but that video does a good job explaining the song. And Donna Summer was just a really solid singer!

605  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 09, 2014, 07:06:20 PM
^^ I'm beginning to get the impression that actually the Mac mini is just a piece of junk - a technological dead-end - and that it was that sort of a piece of junk before it came off the production line. It's possibly even the sort of junk that used to be called "a white elephant":
...
The thing seems to have been cynically turned out with all the old tricks for throw-away product obsolescence - including, for example, well-sealed units (difficult to maintain), lock-in, and little or no forwards or backwards design compatibility. ...
 
I say this after researching across the Internet for "uses for an old ...", where most commenters seemed hard-pressed to think of a use for the thing ...
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iFix Old Macs
You know the ones I mean: those Power Macs, PowerBooks, iMacs, iBooks, Mac minis, etc. based on the PowerPC processor that Apple sold a few years ago. Sadly, support for them is dwindling, but the software is still out there that would enable their continued use.
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- which absurd statement rather begs the question "...all it needs" for what? For making it "look like a new one"? Why? It's already obsolete. A Spinning Jenny was "a fine old machine" too.

The comparison with the White Elephant is interesting. I will try to separate out a couple things.

A. A lot of the "hatred for things Apple" is that the entire *company* likes to make varying shades of elephants (and put them in your room! Take that, triple joke!)

So I'm not sure if specifically the mini was designed to be quite so aggressive to users as that Sultan from the Wiki snip. I think that the mini is the result of some sales meeting where they drew a chart of specs on a board, some decently high but rather expensive, then said "and we need one with a lower price point. So let's hack it down here, here, here, and here". But I believe there are varying sweet-ish spots in tech, so they hacked it down below one of them, and then when time marches on, (see my post in Deozaan's thread on his game), then later you struggle to find uses for it.

The only non-insulting use for much older tech I've ever seen is people who put it separately monitoring some low level project they have, and just park it there, solely to "efficiently" free up their main computer from having to deal with even that minor processing load.

I've got two aging laptops, with one truly ancient, facing the same problem, except I don't do the right kind of projects to need them for stuff like that. (My third laptop is still aging too, but it's done "emergency backup" duty when something is wrong with my main comp.)

606  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any fans of the TV Sci-Fi show "A Town Called Eureka"? on: November 09, 2014, 12:20:36 PM
Eureka was an awesome show at the beginning, but it took a turn for the worse when they started ignoring their own world-building. Remember in the first season it was established that Eureka was a top-secret government project and its entrance was hidden from the world so that strangers couldn't pop in unannounced?

Fast forward a few seasons and you start seeing story-lines centered around strangers popping into town unannounced. smiley   Even without the contract dispute I really don't see it having lasted much longer. The writers were running out of ideas and didn't know what to do with the characters.

Warehouse 13 was a very enjoyable show. The quality between episodes wasn't always high, but it was nearly always entertaining. It ended right where it needed to. The characters had run their course, but I see a lot of untapped potential with the premise of the show. Maybe in a couple years there will be a Warehouse 14 with an entirely new cast.

I thought in Warehouse 13 It wasn't so much the characters running their course, as after the brilliant 2nd Season they got stuck trying to follow the double act of Egyptian-Awesome and Helena Wells stealing the show! So season 3 was a little tricky. But then when one writer hands you a broken script the others have to now deal with it. So once the Astrolabe entered the picture, with the power to *reset the entire world*, "only" at the cost that it just makes the user crazy, they created an Elephant in the Room. So the whole Dark Artie season 4 faltered.

C. C. H. Pounder / Mrs. Frederic mastered her "one-act" of stern glares, but I'm betting the actress began to grow tired of the role because she tended to have useful tips, but didn't "do much" to "save the warehouse". And then the last season had too few episodes for what I thought was a really promising premise.

If I recall the show correctly, Paracelsus was among the smartest of all the caretakers. To me, he showed the true danger of the warehouse: each artifact is nasty all by itself. But when you start playing Magic, the Artifacts Gathering and smashing them together, TRULY astounding things are possible!

Some can be really good, if used responsibly. All of Season 4 was about Artie's desperate attempt to undo the total warehouse destruction.

I'm borrowing a bit of chess concepts here.  Let's call Artie a "Master" of the warehouse. He's pretty good. But his solution was the Astrolabe that only worked for 24 hours, and left him insane.

Paracelsus smashed three artifacts together, and created a *full time machine* with *apparently no downsides*.  

So that should have scared the beejees out of Mrs. Frederic, because Paracelsus was a "Grandmaster" who just happened to be a psycho.

Plus, using the mid season break, the Season 5 opener had some of the best set design ever in the show.

607  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: BIG NEWS: Scientists have now managed to link the minds of three pairs of people on: November 09, 2014, 11:57:57 AM
wat!  ohmy

Yeah, I saw it in somewhere about the history of the dev of Star Trek.

608  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Untitled Game on: November 09, 2014, 11:47:21 AM

I'm glad I spent the time doing this. Now that it looks nicer it also seems a lot more fun to play, even though virtually nothing has changed gameplay wise.

So thanks for motivating me to polish it up! Thmbsup

Thanks for the credit! And the art is def improving! I'd suggest one more round of art for some of the reasons below, and fairly soon I think you'll hit "stair landing #1". Maybe not a "sweet spot" ... just not sour apples!

I think I have a bit of insight on this. It's a bit tricky to know what to tackle first, but I bet there's some kind of well known psychology principle here, though I don't know what any official name for it would be. Put colloquially, it goes something like this:

Some of us at certain ages were children of certain ages and abilities just at the ages these consoles were developing. So there was a bit of an innocence with consoles like the Atari 2600 because at a rapid pace in the early 80's, if we allow ourselves the small joke to anthropomorphize, the Atari 2600 was just reaching its last legs valiantly struggling to still entertain one last "half generation" of children by about 1983 with the brutal limits of 1977 hardware design decisions. 4k games, 128 byte racing the beam, and more. But as just an "averagely bright" child of nine, I was content to play the (now known as very bad!) port of Pac-man until I think at one point the machine overheated. And Yar's Revenge, and a few other games.

But as I grew as a child, even I vaguely began to realize that time was marching on, and the by-necessity square-block graphics in most games ... just wasn't really how games should look. And now, "still retro", take your pick of the Commodore 64, 1st gen Nintendo system, or Sega Genesis, and the game playability jumps by leaps and bounds, and def in many ways because of better art.

So when you're designing your game, I'm betting subconsciously you "see the future" with better art evolving, but now you have to "work to see past the current state". But with a fairly small chunk of time starting with something at least a little pretty to look at, then when you go back and add game elements (and fix bugs), even if it's still only in day four of development, let's say you get at least one section working, and then you can just spend an hour of testing watching nice pretty 5-color flaming buildings! Then come the 5 color explosions. And moving the plane around. Etc.

Thmbsup
609  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ripple - A touching and awesome movie on: November 08, 2014, 05:12:39 PM
They deleted the credits in that embedded version!

610  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - ScreenshotCaptor - v4.9.1 - Oct 10, 2014 on: November 08, 2014, 12:11:23 AM
The delay is still there ... about 3 sec.

611  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Untitled Game on: November 07, 2014, 09:45:06 PM
Hehe Deo see my Fake Nany post in the basement ... smash your game into one of those "what IS this??!" apps! Then you don't have to pick and choose for Nany ... do a few of them! Sure, release them separately for the official compo, but then make a joke version where they're all smashed together!
Grincheesy
612  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - ScreenshotCaptor - v4.9.1 - Oct 10, 2014 on: November 07, 2014, 09:42:53 PM

Hmm. It's not so clear, but I did (re?) disable delay capture which might have been clicked on, (though it says 400ms, that's not what it felt like), and Stay in memory longer is def on.

So it seems a little better, and I'll try that for a while.

613  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 07, 2014, 10:57:28 AM
I'm starting a Fake Nany board in the Basement. Real Nany is too honorable for such dumb things. But Mouser has found the second most ear-worm-y acronym ever, just behind Slashdot's IaNAL.

It's just for low level silly/dumb jokes about apps in general.

614  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - ScreenshotCaptor - v4.9.1 - Oct 10, 2014 on: November 07, 2014, 10:51:39 AM
Hallo Mouser.

I'm a couple of versions back. (4.85)

Remember that cute little trick you put in for me a big while back, where "1 click" on the tray icon initiated the capture rectangle?

For a long time (but I never really worried about it) I have noticed a lag, maybe as much as 3 seconds, before the rectangle capture would kick in. But quasi recently I've been doing more capturing off videos, where the video (be it TV/movie or Youtube) shows something for under a second but I want to gaze at it idly for a week on a Sticky (Tom Revell / Zhorn).

But in videos, that 3 second delay means when I click the icon, 3 seconds later, that quick flash image is no longer there!

So I have to back up like 3-7 times, remember the trigger points, and guess when to click, and hope that when the rectangle locks in, is the image I want.

Was that lag a function of the ugly hack you needed back in the day for the feature, or do you think it's easy to clean up?

615  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 07, 2014, 10:06:56 AM
^Um... o_O I really can't decide if that is hysterically funny, or frightening. However I am thinking of backing it.

Hysterically funny, of course. Emphasis on hysteria. Because the best satire humor is frightening!
tellme

616  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need a hand with a laptop issue. on: November 06, 2014, 08:20:54 PM
When a laptop is connected to the mains, it will start to run (background) tasks that aren't allowed to run when on battery power. Defragging your partition(s), re-indexing Windows Search and similar stuff.

Perhaps that is the reason for the lag you experience.

At least, verifying which tasks are executed when on main power would be the first thing I would do...then deciding if those tasks are worth it or to let these run overnight to get them out of the way + adjusting intervals.

Wouldn't background tasks show up somewhere, either in generic Task Manager or something more hi-tech?
So what if you took screenshots of both conditions and compare them?

Edit:
I was joking with Stephen in the chat with some pseudo-Scorpion technobabble, but this really does sound like what my minor deity of the week used to blog about.

SysInternal's list of process utilities
http://technet.microsoft....-us/sysinternals/bb795533

Example blog: The case of the slooooow system
http://blogs.technet.com/...e/2008/09/24/3126858.aspx

Epic quote:
" I suspected that something was hogging the CPU and likely could have resolved the problem simply by logging off or rebooting, but knew that if I didn’t determine the root cause and address it, she’d likely be calling on my technical support services again in the near future. In any case, stooping to that kind of troubleshooting hack is beneath my dignity. I therefore set out to investigate. "
(Corollary: When your husband is Mark R, you don't get cheap 4th world type tech answers!!)

More of his blogs about slow stuff:
http://blogs.technet.com/...e/2012/07/02/3506849.aspx
http://blogs.technet.com/...e/2009/05/26/3244913.aspx
http://blogs.technet.com/...e/2010/12/07/3373406.aspx

Stephen, of course, being the genius head of Scorpion with a 197 IQ, will find a clue in one of these tools and blogs, and fix his system. As Administrative Assistant, I'll just send these off to Scorpion, head of writing!
tongue

617  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: OEMer on: November 06, 2014, 03:48:19 PM
I have a question about this whole NANY process. I dont really have anywhere to host my entry, so how would I allow people to download it?

DC has (I think a couple) of ways to host people's NANY programs. Sometimes you can create your own page if you want to go all "brand-ey", or sometimes they can stick them in more general "Here are the NANY entries this year" type of page.

618  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: OEMer on: November 06, 2014, 03:47:11 PM
Sorry, I am not a Broney......that pink hurts my eyes  Cry

Neither am I, or most of them. And that's why it was the epic April Fools joke ever! (Later ones just made characters backwards, or whatever.)

619  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Rant Thread! on: November 06, 2014, 03:27:15 PM
"Show Teaser"
I'm about to do a rant on my cable connection to Time Warner. But I'm going to try to do a little homework first. Basically, I've been getting network speeds that would make Renny froth at the mouth and be mistaken for having rabies!
cheesy

Update: The old adage of "when in doubt, reboot" apparently applies to modems as well as Windows Computers! So, I just have to randomly remember to unplug it whenever I feel like I have re-entered 1994's dialup land!

Funny exhibits:
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620  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: OEMer on: November 06, 2014, 03:16:53 PM
Yeah, I like that 'open the EXE idea'......get rid of that nasty nasty wallpaper  cheesy Cool

But ... But ... what if it's released on April Fools' Day and the default replacement is My Little Pony?

(Trivia - The day Slashdot jumped the shark - it was their best April Fools joke ever!)
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621  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: OEMer on: November 06, 2014, 03:14:01 PM
Actually, we put our own wallpaper on our builds, and I am creating a program to facilitate that process as well. That one will come later on, and will probably be another program that I would add to DonationCoder.

DC is one of the BEST sites out there in internet-land smiley

(B-Movie Outrage)
This means war! Don't make me commission a coding snack that changes wallpaper to a blank-color screen in three clicks just to get rid of your advertising! (/B-Movie Outrage)
tongue

(Pick OS, Pick color, though I only ever use black or deep blue.)

3 Clicks seems a bit excessive for such a simple task....why not just open the EXE and it would do it all for you? tongue

Snark answer #1:
How do you open an EXE? Then you click a color which has a built in "go" effect. 1-2 and then 3!
tongue

But I was also playing on how we all are proud of our snacks (or other programs!) and like to add awesome and/or obscure features.

622  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: OEMer on: November 06, 2014, 02:51:58 PM
Actually, we put our own wallpaper on our builds, and I am creating a program to facilitate that process as well. That one will come later on, and will probably be another program that I would add to DonationCoder.

DC is one of the BEST sites out there in internet-land smiley

(B-Movie Outrage)
This means war! Don't make me commission a coding snack that changes wallpaper to a blank-color screen in three clicks just to get rid of your advertising! (/B-Movie Outrage)
tongue

(Pick OS, Pick color, though I only ever use black or deep blue.)
623  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 06, 2014, 02:43:20 PM

Wired "caught up" with Mark Russinovich. While I'm sure some of you geniuses are just as good, of the "popularly known" analysts, he kept catching my eye for the ferocious detail of some of his blog entries. (Which read like Scorpion should! "So I ran my tool X, tracked the process ID's, searched for a four character string in hex, and then ran a comparison with the raw data dump of my low level disk indexing system that bypasses Windows..." End fake Gobbledygook).

And of course, he basically punched Sony PR in the nose by finding the rootkit.

Eventually he was too good to be left loose, so Microsoft kept adding zeroes to their offer until he accepted and went to work for them!

http://www.wired.com/2014/05/mark-russinovich/

I've used a few of his tools a couple of times myself. Here's the complete list of the old SysInternal tools (and at the top if you like all that stuff, there's a link for a "bundle" that has all of them rolled up.)

http://technet.microsoft....-us/sysinternals/bb545027


624  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: OEMer on: November 06, 2014, 02:31:37 PM
Tomos, that is the exact page that the OEM info appears on (right-click My Computer, go to Properties).

No, it does not appear on the desktop, where it definitely might be annoying as all hell  Cry Angry

I don't think anybody in the world would care if an OEM installer put their own wallpaper on the computers in question...seeing as that can be changed really easily...

Heh ... okay ... one person in the world?
tongue

It's just that it feels just a bit blatant to me ... you know where your comp came from, do you really need the subliminal messaging of the wallpaper?! (And you'd be surprised how many people "sorta don't like it but don't want to ask for help changing it"! (As evidenced by the years the oem wallpaper stayed on some of my colleagues comps!
Either that or some awesome Dell KoolAid!
tellme
625  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: OEMer on: November 06, 2014, 02:27:33 PM
Tomos, that is the exact page that the OEM info appears on (right-click My Computer, go to Properties).

But just to get your creative juices flowing, take a look at Mark Russinovich's BgInfo.
http://technet.microsoft....-us/sysinternals/bb897557

It's probably too rare of a tool to waste time on, but theoretically your program could auto-populate this.

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