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Phileosophos

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  1. Phileosophos

    .mus to .mid?

    FYI, I still have the source code, donated by Joakim Erdfelt who wrote MUS2MIDI back in 1994 if anyone's interested. I've been digging around in old code of late...
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    WadAuthor is Freeware

    I know, I know, I'm practically a ghost, an irrelevant voice from the past, as probably is my editor, WadAuthor, these days. But for anybody who cares, I'm offering a freeware license to WadAuthor until such time comes as I can actually get it building with all the latest tools, at which point I still intend to release the source to the community. Anyone interested should visit my almost entirely useless web site.
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    Is it still possible to get the WadAuthor Value Pack?

    Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! Though I suppose it's not all that impressive in the Google era. Sure. Could you help me out and explain what you mean by "the archive"? I've been out of this scene for so long I don't even remember where to get stuff. I'm happy to repack a non-password version and put it out there if y'all can point me at where it should go. Cheers!
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    Is it still possible to get the WadAuthor Value Pack?

    To all those who are interested in the WadAuthor Value Pack, I'm the original author. You have my blessing to use it whether you own WadAuthor or not. The password is and always has been: 11A2B000DESTRUCT0 Extra credit to those who recognize what that is. I'm sorry I haven't been particularly reliable for the last couple of decades, but I just today got back to updating WadAuthor to compile with Visual Studio 2010. I still intend to release it all as open source one of these days. Hopefully my life won't get crazy again and prevent me from doing so. Cheers!
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    WadAuthor Progress Update #5

    Howdy all. I'll bet y'all forgot I was even alive, didn't you? Alternately, you've probably been cursing my name and performing various voodoo incantations to get me back to work on WadAuthor. Well, I've got a new progress update that explains the rather long-ish interim since my last update, and I hope it will be good news to at least some. Check it out on the WadAuthor web page: http://www.speakeasy.org/~wc/wauthor/index.html Honest, the project isn't dead. It's just been on hiatus. That hiatus is now coming to a close, thank God, for I don't know how much longer my sanity will hold together.
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    WadAuthor Progress Update #5

    I've tried changing the heights in lots of different sectors in that wtc wad, and it always runs just fine for me. Is there some other wadfile with which the problem occurs more reliably?
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    WadAuthor Progress Update #5

    Why, what every doctor of philosophy ends up doing, of course, asking the deepest of all questions: "Ya want fries with that?"
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    WadAuthor Progress Update #5

    I've never found a repeatable case of this, though a handful of people have complained about it. If you have a particular wadfile with which WadAuthor does this, please let me know.
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    For those who use WadAuthor

    You know what? I wonder that too. I've been so ridiculously busy with... well... everything else that my work on WadAuthor remains stalled almost precisely where it was before. My intentions remain the same, however: finish the lump management stuff and ship it. I guess I have to stick with the Id Software timetable (i.e., when it's done), though, since my credibility for anything else is shot (grin). Anyway, getting back to the whole mods thing, first let me thank Jack for bringing this to my attention. WadAuthor is my intellectual property. As such nobody else has a right to release modifications without my consent. The modifications provided in this particular case are limited to resizing dialog box resources, and I'm not opposed to it being released. Thus, let me state publicly that loser, Csabo or whatever his name is can pass this executable along to his friends, etc. on the condition that it be made clear that it's his own modification to WadAuthor and not an official release on my part. Sorry for the delay in getting to this. The same garbage that keeps me from writing code these days keeps me from being timely in addressing such matters, I'm afraid.
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    Maximum script of Wad Author

    Hey, Jack, can you tell me from where I can get these levels? I'd like to see if they load now after all the changes I've made. Thanks!
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    Maximum script of Wad Author

    Heh. Sorry about that limit. I figured somebody might hit it someday, but it wasn't worth the effort at the time to work around it. Don't you just love how Windows 9x is a "32-bit operating system" but has 16-bit limits everywhere? I'll look into replacing that edit control with something a bit more powerful.
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    My status of late

    Hi there. I'm writing in response to a recent posting asking "wuzzup" with me. Well, "whuzzup" here is that my ISP is putting the screws to me. Covad seems to think that the best way to inculcate customer loyalty is to raise rates by 380%. Neat, eh? As a result, I will likely lose my DSL service tomorrow when I refuse to migrate and pay these robber-barons their ridiculous rate. I have a new account on the way, and I hope it's available soon. In the meantime, thanks for all the thoughts, folks. I will return here when I can. In the meantime, I've changed my old web site at http://home.zyan.com/~wc with links to the new email and web site if ever the new account comes through. I'll hope to see y'all soon.
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    No, WadAuthor is not dead!

    Sorry for the lack of posting for the last couple of weeks. I wish I could say the more charitable interpretations of my silence--thanks guys!--were correct. That is, I wish I could say the silence was due to a flurry of work taking place. Unfortunately, the truth is a bit more dull: my wife and I finally got a second dog as a companion for our first. And the new puppy is... how shall I put this gently? Eating up my time and energy as I have to watch him basically all day! (grrrr) It's kind of hard to get non-trivial work done while the top line on your daily agenda is preventing the now nine-week old puppy from pooping in the house (sigh). In response to the question posted elsewhere, though, WadAuthor is not dead. There *will* be another release. And it will feature some pretty significant changes. But it's taking longer than anybody expected. Isn't that the way these things always go?
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    to all....a very strange QUESTION

    I'm a pretty technical boy. I could easily have majored in physics during my undergrad years, and I've kept up pretty well while in graduate school for completely unrelated studies. Complete invisibility of the kind you describe is possible through one of two approaches: (1) perfect translucency, or (2) perfect bending. That is, one can either build something such that light passes through it without being disturbed at all (i.e., perfect translucency), or build something such that light waves pass "around" it (i.e., perfect bending) without ever be refracted/reflected. The former, as I understand the present state of material science, is impossible; i.e., there is no substantive, completely optically neutral material that exists. The latter, as I understand the present state of optics/physics, is theoretically possible yet technically infeasible for the foreseeable future. The only known way to bend light in the requisite fashion requires highly selective and powerful manipulation of various fields in order to produce the desired bending effect. In short summary, your picture is almost certainly a hoax.
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    Never mind...

    Gosh, I can't let Jack have all the fun :) WadAuthor has this ability. To use it, select the linedefs in the order you which the textures aligned, or simply select them as a group and let the software pick the direction of alignment. Then right click and choose the align textures option.
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    wad author registration??

    Surprisingly, people are buying the things off me! Yes, though, I do have another couple of copies lying around. I was originally given something like 10 promotional copies, and I think I'm down to 2 or 3. Contact me privately at wc@zyan.com to work out the details.
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    wad author registration??

    And we have a winner! I am hereby pleased to present you with an award for making a presumptous ass of yourself. Enjoy!
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    Pwad merging

    Thanks so much for that registration. It's users like you who and so many others who make the effort worthwhile.
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    Pwad merging

    >John, ANY registered program can be defeated if somebody >gives them a copy - no news there (see warez). For that >matter, even dongles can be defeated. No doubt. >The DeePsea shareware version is limited in the size >it can "save", but not in the size one can edit. So a >user can see all the functionality. Isn't that the idea, >to let a user use all the tools and yet not take >the whole farm? As distributed it won't morph into >an undesireable form. So what do you trap? The number of things? The number of linedefs? The number of sectors? All of the above? Perhaps I'll implement similar functionality in the next version of WadAuthor. Or perhaps I'll just force the program to close after 15 minutes or something like that. Alternately, I could pop up nag screens every few minutes. I don't want to piss off the evaluator, but I want to make piracy less pleasant if I can.
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    Pwad merging

    To be perfectly honest, I'm pretty cheap as computer consultants go. And note well: this is not because I'm a newbie or not very experienced at it. Rather, it's because I generally do a fair amount of work for friends, religious institutions, charities, etc. and give them a break when not rendering outright pro bono work. I get that kind of money from professional clients because it's less than the "going rate" and because I'm good at what I do.
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    wad author registration??

    The following is taken from the WadAuthor help file registration topic: >To register WadAuthor by snail mail, please send a check >or money order, payable to Williston Consulting, in the >amount of $20 (U.S.) to the following address. > >Williston Consulting >7732 24th. St. >Westminster, CA 92683 > >Along with your payment, you must enclose a message >including the product name (WadAuthor), your name, your >company (if any), address, e-mail address (if any), and >any comments you care to add. You can use the handy printable order form in the help file if you wish or just follow the above instructions. Yes, I certainly accept cash, though I obviously cannot accept the potential liability of cash travelling through the mail (grin). For what it's worth, I've never had a single person who sent cash in the past have a problem. Thanks in advance!
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    WadAuthor Progress Update #4

    >"I must tell you, I mentioned a hypothetical question on >IRC chat a few days ago about 'What if WadAuthor released >a new version...' Everyone drooled at the thought, even >the owner of Doomworld mentioned it would be great." Yeah, and it was at least partially due to the email messages from you that I started poking around in the old code base. >Adapting WinTex OR the extra tools into 1 solid program >would be the true idea. As well as adding the new >functions that ZDOOM uses. Many of the youngin' here >could mention many things. The last time I checked, WinTex was mostly coded in Visual Basic. The original author gave me the source code years ago in case I wanted to integrate it into WadAuthor, but making VBS code work in a C++ application wasn't a task I wanted to tackle. Regarding ZDoom, I have it on my list to look into including "official" support for ZDoom, BOOM, PRBOOM, etc. Right now I'm proceeding as best I can with one feature at a time, just hoping to come to a point whereat it feels like release time.
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    WadAuthor Progress Update #4

    The latest installment of the never-ending saga of the program I just can't seem to stop writing is up. Check http://home.zyan.com/~wc/wauthor/index.html for details. Enjoy!
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    Pwad merging

    Ok, so it sounds like your system isn't really any harder to beat than mine. That is, while one can "crack" WadAuthor simply by installing it again and again, one may "crack" DeepSea simply by obtaining the registered version of the executable. Your method does involve a bit more labor on the part of the cracker insofar as he has to track down a new registered version with each new release. Perhaps that additional smidgen of protection is worth the effort. I do recognize, of course, that by uniquely stamping each executable, you can easily discover precisely who it was that leaked their code, but are you really going to sue them? I mean, the cost of the lawsuit alone would be far more than you'd ever recoup. What do you do when you discover someone has uploaded their registered-only copy? Do you stop giving them rights to the upgrade? I guess I'm curious how the enforcement works if, in fact, you've ever had to enforce it. Thanks, by the way, for sharing how DeepSea does its thing. Regardless of how others might be "bored" by your postings, I find them quite interesting.
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    Pwad merging

    >I would just like to comment here, as an unregistered >user (Kind of) that some people, like myself, maybe >don't use WA as their main editor. I didn't assume that you did as there are lots of alternatives available. >Paying $20 just for cutting-and-pasting WADs too big for >my DOS editor seems a little much, especially as I've >never done a level that big, yet. I agree completely. I wouldn't pay the $20 either just for that feature--particularly when it's implemented at present in a completely separate DOS utility. But what is implied in your message is that it's ok, then, not to pony up the $20 as long as you only use some small portion of the program. You know, it's ok because it's not my *main* editor. I'm sorry, but it doesn't work that way. I don't know what line of work you're in, but if we assume for a moment that you make/sell some product, are you going to want to let me come into your shop and use it for one task that I have to accomplish from time to time without any recompense? I mean, ought U-Haul let me use their trucks for free every once in a while because they're not my *main* moving company? Of course not. And it shouldn't be any different with software. The point is simple: if you don't want to pay the $20 for that one feature, I don't blame you, but don't take it as a license to screw shareware authors by re-installing their program again and again just because the program is not your *main* utility for that task. >So I suggest, for the next version of WA, either 1) >enforce a half-hour limit - which when met, WA will >close down or 2) Restrict some of the WAD merging or >other capability. I may take you up on suggestion (1) as it's apparently considered a more onerous restriction than the nag screen and minimal protection I have now. I don't think I'll ever implement something like (2) because I'm opposed to it in principle. The "try before you buy" approach just doesn't work in my estimation if I'm not really trying what it is I'm buying.
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