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Summary Update March 2010

Categories: Blogging, MEGATRO, OSDM, Personal, Tools
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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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Batch MS DOS ASCII to Web Converter Script 2

Categories: ASCII, text art, Tools
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Published on: January 25, 2010
This is an update to my?? little script that converts MS DOS ASCII files, such as NFO’s?? or FILE_ID.DIZ text files (Code Page 437, USA) to ASCII files with HTML encoded Unicode characters and also to Unicode text for the use in MS Windows. The HTML encoded ASCII files 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. You can download the script here: ?? ROY-BATCHCONVERT-ASCII2WEB2.ZIP (700KB) The Release NFO File ?????????????????? ??????????????? ??????????????? ?????? ?????????????????????????????????????????? ??? ?????? ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????? ???????????? ??????????????? ???????????? ?????????????????? ??????????????????????????? ???????????? ???????????? ???????????? ????????????????????? ?????????????????? ???????????? ??????????????? ??????????????? ????????????????????? ????????????????????? ???????????????????????? ???????????? ??????????????? ?????? ??? ??? ???????????? ?????????????????? ????????????????????? ???????????? ????????????????????? ??????????????? ???????????? ????????? ??????????????? ??????????????? ??? ??? ??? ???????????? ????????????????????? ??????????????? ????????????????????? ?????????????????? ??????????????? ??? ???????????????????????? ??????????????? ???????????? ?????????????????? ??? ?????? ??????????????????????????? ???????????? ??????????????????????????? ??????????????? ????????? ???????????????????????? ??????????????? ??????????????????????????? ???????????? ?????? ??? ??? ?????? ????????? ?????? ?????????????????????????????? ??????????????? ?????? ?????? ??????????????? ????????? ??????????????? ???????????? ??? ?????? ?????? ??? ?????? ?????? ????????????????????? ??????????????????????????? ?????? ??? ????????????????????? ??? ?????? ??????????????? ????????? ??? ??? ?????? ?????? ?????????????????????????????? ?????????????????? ???????????????[…]
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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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Windows 7 Upgrade ??? My User Experience

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Published on: January 7, 2010
I was avoiding Windows Vista almost to the bitter end. I only installed the 64-Bit Ultimate edition in September 2009 on my new notebook in anticipation of getting the free upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate later that year. Yes, Vista sucked and I knew why I was doing myself a favor avoiding it at all cost. Many of the severe issues Vista had when it started were fixed. I used a version with SP1 and most patches before SP2 was released, so I don???t even want to know what users of the pre-SP1 versions had to endure. I never installed a beta version of Windows 7, but from what I heard was this OS version looking very promising and make up for all the bad things of its predecessor. I got my copy of Windows 7 in December and installed it during the holidays over my existing Vista Ultimate 64-Bit installation. I still have a machine running Windows XP Professional, but Windows 7 does not support an upgrade from Win XP unfortunately. The Upgrade Process from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 The upgrade process itself ran for the most part automatically. The upgrade wizard complained about a few browser toolbars that seemed to be incompatible and had me uninstall it. Among those was the Google Toolbar, which I did not uninstall (because the provided wizard could not do it and I did not want to remove it via the control panel and lose all my custom stuff). Anyhow, the upgrade[…]
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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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