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Date : December 2009

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Oldskool Demomaker (OSDM) Is No Real Code and Lame

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Published on: December 28, 2009
I got such comments several times already. Some folks make a real fuzz about it and take it rather serious. I understand where the haters of OSDM (Oldskool Demomaker) are coming from and thought that I should make some comments about this issue. I have a section on my web site dedicated to OSDM and my own intro productions created with it, if you want to learn more about what I am going to talk about. First, I am not a “CODER” myself and never really was, at least not in the Scene. There I was a graphician and also designer, next to being a group leader and organizer and sysop of a bulletin board system, short BBS. I did program tools, such as PPE’s for the BBS software PCBoard, but never intros, cracktros or demos. Close Look at OSDM I believe that many of the nay Sayers’ never really looked at OSDM up close and personal. OSDM has many limitations and restrictions that could be compared to the limitation that programmers of old DOS PC faced and had to work with and around. You have to cheat a bit here and there to get effects the way you want to, just like back then. OSDM has its own scripting language too by the way, so it is not only point and click. Or let me rephrase it. Yes, you can get results with the tool quickly and with relative easy, but the result looks like quick and dirty as[…]
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Roy OSDM Megatro Intros Pack 2009 Release

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Published on: December 28, 2009
I created a bunch of Intros via the OSDM – Oldskool Demomaker by Peace of Testaware, which is based on the FX Lib for Pure Basic by Epyx. You can enjoy and even download every individual production that I did in my OSDM section of the site, but that can get very tedious.  So I decided to release a pack with most of my intros that I created in the year 2009, where you get them all at once in a single package. I wanted to use the “Megademo” tool that comes with OSDM by default, which works, but had some short-comings that I was not happy with. All intros were executed in the same resolution in Full Screen and in the order that I specified. You cannot jump to a specific one, worse, you have to jump through all of them first in order to be able to exit the collection. With 28 intros in my collection, that was not an option. My First Pure Basic Program So I programmed something myself, using Pure Basic. Details and links to download my Megatro 2009 here. It is nothing fancy, but it shows a logo, plays some tracker music by DAC/SAC in the background and lets you select, which intro you would like to watch via cursor keys in an interactive menu. I also included a NFO viewer for my release NFO file, which I plan to extend on. The Menu stays active when you select an Intro to run, but[…]
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GET LAMP – Text Adventure Documentary DVD by Jason Scott

Categories: history, Oldskool
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Published on: December 25, 2009
Uh, my second post today. Well, I am German and we celebrate Christmas on the 24th (Christmas Eve). On Christmas day we usually only have a family lunch, which is kind of difficult for me to attend today, since I am living several thousand miles away from Germany and my parent now, in the much warmer California hehe. So I don’t have anything better to do than to write some overdue blog posts hehe. A quickie, for all the fans of Jason Scott and his non-mainstream projects that usually involve computer history. He finished his latest project, which is a documentary DVD (2 Discs) about Text Adventure games, you know, Zork and those kind of games, the kind of games Infocom is famous for. The documentary is called “Get Lamp” and I am not sure what it means exactly. I know that it could be a command from a text adventure game, but I don’t know if it is from one in particular. I hope the documentary itself will shed some light on it. The 2-discs DVD will go on sale in March for $40, but for the fans, who pre-order the DVD before the end of the year, it’s only $30, a 25% discount. Details can be found at his blog here. If you missed the opportunity to snatch up the DVD for the discount, I recommend to get over this missed opportunity now and go buy it anyway. You don’t have to buy the latest blockbuster movie DVD[…]
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Batch MS DOS ASCII to Web Converter Script

Categories: ASCII, text art, Tools
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Published on: December 25, 2009

A little script that converts MS DOS ASCII files, such as NFO’s  or FILE_ID.DIZ text files (Code Page 437, USA) to Unicode  and HTML encoded files that can be used to display the ASCII art, specifically the “High ASCII” or block ASCII art on a web site. The script is written in VBScript, but the release package also includes a Windows executable, which is the VBScript converted via VBSEdit by Adersoft. I used the same script to prepare the ASCIIs in my text art galleries on my web site, such as: My ASCII Art Gallery My Early ASCII Art Gallery Various ASCII Art by Others or my FILE_ID.DIZ Collection just to name a few. NOTE: An Updated Version of the Script is also available now! You can download the script here:   ROY-BATCHCONVERT-ASCII2WEB.ZIP (555 KB) For example the top logo of this NFO file, which is in DOS ASCII Format and looks like this: ───────── ▄ ▄▄▄▄ ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄ ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄ ▄ ▄▄▄ ▄ ▄▄▄ ▄▄▄▄▄ ▄ ───────── ·R·E·L·.· ▄ ▄▄▄▄ ▀▀▀▀▀▀███ ▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀███ █ ███ ▀ ███ ▄▄▄▄ ▄ ·2·0·0·9· ─────────── ▄ ▄▄▄ ███ ▄▄██▀ █ ███ █ ███ █▄ ▀▀▀▀▀███ ▄▄▄ ▄ ─────────── ▄▄ ███ ▄ ███ █ ███▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄ ▄▄▄▄▄███ ▄▄ ▀▀▀ ███ ▀ ▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀ ▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀ would be converted to the following;   ───────── ▄ ▄▄▄▄ ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄   ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄  ▄ ▄▄▄ ▄ ▄▄▄ ▄▄▄▄▄ ▄ ───────── & middot;R·E·L·.·  ▄ ▄▄▄▄ ▀▀▀▀▀▀███ ▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀███ █ ███ ▀ ███ ▄▄▄▄ ▄  ·2·0·0·9· & #9472;────────── ▄ ▄▄▄ ███ ▄▄██▀ █ ███ █ ███ █▄ ▀▀▀▀▀███ ▄▄▄[…]

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Malware Threat Warning! Scam via Online Video!

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Published on: December 14, 2009
This is not a prank! I Just stumbled across this when videos by the YouTube user  Kaleigh421112Trang suddenly showed up in my subscriptions (based on Keywords) for my CirqueDuSoleilGuru account. I made the URLs that are not hyperlinked this way on purpose, to prevent any accidental harm to the readers. You can copy and paste the URLs into your browsers address bar, if you know what you are doing at your own risk. Don’t say that I did not warn you! The user account in question was just created on 12/13/2009 By now this user has already 190 virtually identical videos uploaded that don’t show much, except a message that the video cannot be watched on YouTube due to length limitation. See description for link to full video. etc. Here is a screen shot of it. E.g. Circus Circus Part 1/13 Online*:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5kYgqUX0rE *This video was actually already taken down by YouTube, maybe because I flagged it as Spam from an established YouTube account with almost 2000 subscribers. But most of the other videos are still up as I am writing this. For example this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJj-PkdLqac  (which I also reported so it is probably being removed shortly as well) The videos that are still up all include a short description and a obscured link with tracking code embed via the redirection service TinyURL.com. In the example video that I mentioned before and reported to YouTube already the URL was: http://tinyurl.com/ycksuwy&499420166 Here Comes The Scammy Part That URL redirects to:[…]
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