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Summary Update March 2010

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Published on: March 31, 2010

Uh, the month of March 2010 is almost over and I did not write a post in the entire month. Mhh.. I have actually a bunch of things to write about, but did not get around actually doing it. Well, I will provide some brief updates. Megatro III Release I released another Megatro Intro pack with my latest OSDM productions. The menu system was coded by myself again and I hope that I was also able to improve on it since Megatro II. For details and download links check out the dedicated page for this release. Since the release of Megatro III I did create already several other productions as well. You might want to check out my OSDM homepage to check it out. OSDM Vector Object Resources Vector Objects for OSDM are hard to create and have more than one person already driven close to insanity. But there are some lights at the end of the tunnel, which could help until a vector object editor will be implemented into OSDM itself. Creation of Vector Objects Tutorial written by Wildcop (in German only, unfortunately) Notes to 3D Vectors (from the OSDM feature notes at the OSDM Wiki) VOBJ Tool V1.5beta written by me, which provides some nice features that make the work with the VOBJ data files much easier. Features like Merge of 2 VOBJ files, cloning of objects, shifting, flipping, centering, rotating etc. Also new is a Vector Object Creator for the creation of some basic vector objects, such[…]

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Roy/SAC Does NOT Automatically Mean SAC

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Published on: February 17, 2010
I had once more some email back and forth with a fellow scener about my OSDM stuff, which seems to create an issue for some folks out there. I never understood what the problem is with my fun releases that I only create for the sake of them while enjoying doing it and showing it to other OSDM fans who are able and willing to appreciate it. I then throw the stuff simply out there that anybody who might be interested in it can look at it too. It’s not a secret “hobby” of mine. I am pretty open about it all the time. I already posted about my thoughts about the issue of using a tool such as OSDM in general, the few at what coding is today and what is today different than it was 10-15 years ago. So I won’t go into that subject again right now, because I think that I understood today what the other issue is what some folks seem to have, which does not seem to be about the use of such tool as I believed it to be, but about who creates it and how it is presented. (What Appears to Be) The (Real) Issue It did not occur to me that people would mix my personal OSDM stuff with official SAC productions and releases, something that I also not knowingly encouraged to do. I avoided to reference to my OSDM stuff within the official SAC content on my Website, which resides[…]
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Roy/SAC Megatro II Intros Pack Release

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Published on: February 6, 2010
I was very productive over the past few months. It was just December last year that I released my “Megatro Vol1” intros pack with 28 Oldskool Demomaker productions of mine. I learned new stuff with the tool and enhanced some of my older intros and also branched out into new territory, the creation of multi-part mini demos with OSDM rather than just simple single part intros/cracktros. You can find a whopping 7 of such multi-part demos in my new Megatro II release. Then there are also a bunch of new intros/crack intros that I created and even a nostalgic release for the Commodore 64 classic “Giana Sisters”. The interface was like the one for the first release programmed by myself in Pure Basic. I made a lot of changes to it and enhancements that you will hopefully notice and appreciate. Another difference to my first Megatro release is also the fact that this pack is running in “windowed mode” instead of “full screen”. The main reason for that is that some of my new productions utilize the “Skin Window” feature of OSDM, which creates a custom frame for the intro or demo to run within. I did not want to switch between full screen and windowed mode all the time in an unpredictable manner and instead decided to run all productions in windowed mode this time. The NFO viewer within the interface was also improved. What I did not do this time, was to create a special intro just for[…]
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SAC Misunderstandings Cleared and Differences Settled

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Published on: January 23, 2010
I drafted this blog post on January 13th already, but wanted Scour to review it first. He did not respond to my emails and I wasn’t able to catch him on IRC either. He got the text though. A chat with Barium on IRC on January 14th indicated that Scour got the draft. Communication is definitively something we need to improve on a lot, but then this post is about the lack of it anyway. Today is January 23, 2010 and I decided to publish the post and assume that Scours silence is to be understood as an approval of my write-up. It’s something positive after all. I was more concerned that I missed something from out long conversation, but I am now getting ahead of things. Let’s start from the beginning: Flashback The year 2009 finished good and bad. It saw the release of the first Superior Art Creations art package in over 2.5 years, show-casing high quality art by talented artists. Unfortunately this great event was overshadowed by things that happened in the background and dragged intro the open by writing things into the release NFO file of the pack that probably should never be written. Written words can all to easy be misinterpreted entirely. I know this very well from personal experience through my blogging. The things stated in the NFO were bad, but most of it was written under false or incomplete assumptions. I wasn’t innocent either, because I also assumed things that did not happen[…]
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McAfee Security Center and Issues with AntiVirus Solutions in General

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Published on: January 14, 2010
I am using McAfee Security Suite and are very unhappy with it. I was contacting support and also expressed my issues at their user support forums. I got responses back from other users and learned that there are currently no real solutions for the fundamental issues that I encountered. See my McAfee Support Forum Posts:  White Listing False Positives  Sending Files to McAfee   I could not believe this and started to get really frustrated. I am looking for a long time for proper Anti virus and anti spyware solutions for my personal and professional use in my home network, but got disappointed with everything I tried so far. That the anti-virus software industry is in such a bad shape, which got only worse over the last years, I refused to believe at first. But then people contacted me privately and we exchanged some tips and experiences and it seemed that there was no other way around than facing reality. Last years final issue of the German computer magazine CT (Magazin Computer Technik Issue 26/2009) by publisher Heise included a review of the 2010 versions of the Anti-Virus software solutions AVG Anti-Virus Professional 9.0, Bitdefender Antivirus 2010, Bullguard Internet Security 8.7, F-Secure Anti-Virus 2010, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010, McAfee AntiVirus plus 2010, Microsoft Security Essentials, Norton AntiVirus 2010 and PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus and ThreadFire. I am still a subscriber to the magazine (the print version), even here in California, because nothing I have seen here in English comes[…]
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