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No Excuse (Re: DirectX 8)

Dec 22, 2000, 12:56am
Well, just read a nice magazine article about DirectX 8. You can bet your ass I will be downloading
THAT tonight!!! Quite some upgraded stuff... (will almost certainly need it for AW 3.2)... nice
D3D stuff, oh and a neat feature called umm oh yeah thats right DirectVOICE. Anyone want to take a
gander at what DriectVoice is? Yep you guessed it. Its a nice set of protocols and stuff added to
DirectX in version 8 which allows for Voice communication in a multiplayer environment.

Anyone see what I am getting at here? Roland, there is no longer any excuse. Now that you have a
DirectVoice thing (which I gotta play with!) then voila, you can implement voice stuff in AW.

Have a happy holiday season everyone :-)
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John Viper
http://www.jtsoft.net

"God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve..."

Another wish..

Jan 7, 2001, 11:04pm
If AW supported umm PLUGINS I am sure we would get everything we want. However, I think that a
telegram answering daemon (been reading Snow Crash) would be a cool idea -- basically you can set a
message and if someone telegrams you and you are away (it could detect inactivity for, oh, say, 5
minutes) it would respond "I am not at my desk at the moment but I will get back to you as soon as
possible."
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John Viper
http://www.jtsoft.net

"God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve..."

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Another wish..

Jan 8, 2001, 10:41pm
If TPTB would ever grow a brain and give plugin support, that would make my life a lot easier.
Thats my wish for now
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John Viper
http://www.jtsoft.net

"God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve..."

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improvements page

Jan 21, 2001, 8:19pm
Good lord, most of those things could be done without ever even looking at the code except for maybe
a few minutes...

I tell you what I want to see... er well I will put it this way. If Roland is going to add Rotate
and Move, then he needs to completely re-write the collision detection to make it worth it. Also,
if he is going to add point-based lighting, then there is a massive need for SHADOW support.
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John Viper
http://www.jtsoft.net

Friends don't let friends do C#
http://java.sun.com
If you can't get help from Java, well, you're pretty darn hopeless.

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Speed Limit!!!

Feb 6, 2001, 10:47pm
Here I will do it for you.

When the corrdinates display in your title bar increases/decreases one, then you have travelled 10
meters in that direction. So, the distance between 0n 0w and 1n 0w is 10 meters. Now, if 1 coord
is 10 meters, then 100 coords is 1000 meters, or, *gasp*, 1 kilometer (km). So you measure the time
it takes to get from 0n 0w to 99n 0w, and you have how long it takes to travel one kilometer. For
some countries this is enough, but for those who still use the Imperial system, we gotta think back
to good ol' Algebra 1. We know that 1km = 0.621 miles. Lets see here, that means that 100 coords,
or 1000 meters, is 0.621 miles. (Please correct me if my math is wrong. I am in an Algebra 1 class
right now and have learned this, but I remembered it for the test and no further.)

Now, knowing all this, we can convert anything if it involves coords, meters, and/or miles. Lets
use a hypothetical situation. (I have not tried this, it is just random numbers. Someone else can
get a stopwatch and have that fun.) It takes Cedric 1 hour to run from 0n 0w to 199n 0w. Therefore
it takes him 1 hour to run 200 coords, or 2000m, or 2km. Lets look at this model:

2 km total x miles
------------ ------------
1 km = .621 miles

To find x, we cross-multiply then divide.

..621 x 2 = 1.242

1.242 / 1 = 1.242

THEREFORE, Cedric ran about 1.3 miles in 1 hour, travelling at a rate of approx. 1.3 MPH.

Using this rate, you can find out how fast you either walk or run in AW, or in the real world.
_________________________
John Viper
http://www.jtsoft.net

Friends don't let friends do C#
http://java.sun.com
If you can't get help from Java, please, never develop software.

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FTP download ability

Feb 17, 2001, 6:32pm
Better yet, NOT an anonymous logon. Username and password in the World
Options. Another way to try to protect your objects!

This would be fairly easy to do (I can write a simple FTP client in like 30
minutes) and would really help with security. Personally I think it is
worth looking into. Too bad no one ever looks at these NGs...

-John Viper

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Make AW in delphi

Feb 17, 2001, 6:35pm
Its not very different. If Roland starts now he could learn Kylix in about
6 months and convert AW in like a second (Delphi is Borland's version of VB
except so much more powerful)

If he doesn't want to learn another language, he could start writing AW in
Borland C++Builder (which is more visual than Visual C++ anyway so it would
be quicker) and wait for C++ Kylix to be out in like 4 months (I think)

-John Viper, loving his Borland C++Builder 5 Pro ;-)

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Make AW in delphi

Feb 17, 2001, 11:47pm
Drop RenderWare and use OpenGL :-)

-John

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more realistic gravity

Feb 22, 2001, 10:24pm
I am pretty sure this one falls under a collision detection rewrite. It
would take some time but for the love of COB, its REALLY needed (especially
with new rotate/move stuff)

Also some shadows would be nice

-John Viper

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ppw upgrades

Feb 22, 2001, 10:26pm
I think the two most important here, definitely huge security problems, are
the ability to boot PPW users, and the ability to monitor people on your
PPW. The rest are very cool ideas but I believe these should be at the top
of importance.

-John Viper

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Fresh Start

Feb 24, 2001, 12:50pm
This is the only downside. I think it would be a worthy sacrifice, however
if AW thinks they can get away with it once, they might do it again.

-John

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can we get ?

Mar 13, 2001, 10:40pm
I think peacfrog means after you have done the work -- but that is kind of a
security risk though. Actually, the changes could be stored in the browser
and then the browser could just work backwards... hmm...

-John

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Technical newsgroup

Mar 13, 2001, 10:27pm
I don't see why not, 7 worked for me and I think I got 8 before I installed
Win2K
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Name changing

Apr 23, 2001, 10:46pm
They could do an E-Bay - like thing except instead of 30 days, make it one
day or a week or something

-John

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Something new?!

Apr 20, 2001, 9:11am
Yes!

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Free Internet without Banners?

Apr 23, 2001, 10:44pm
Actually, instead of ripping off a company that is trying to make an honest
buck, you could pay a dinky bit of money for a real ISP with a decently fast
connection...

-John

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Free Internet without Banners?

Apr 24, 2001, 11:50pm
Down to $10 already?! Wow, maybe DSL prices will follow the same trend?
;-)

-John Viper

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Customisable Ejection Message

May 16, 2001, 9:06pm
> Why not make it so that using the AW SDK you can make the Message Box
> thatp ops up on ejection say somthing of your choice. That way AWCOM
> could program the Customs Aide to give you a particular message for
> different offenses. Also in paintball worlds it could say "You have
> been shot" or somthing rather than you have been ejected, becuase for
> those of you that wandered un-knowing out of GZ in a paintball world
> I'm sure you were a little bewildered when you were ejected for no
> reason...

Or, even more useful, for when some people are ejected and claim to have had
no warning, it could give a message, "You have been ejected for excessive
use of foul language" or something like that.

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John Viper
jviper at jtsoft.net
http://www.jtsoft.net

To Whom It May Concern... [long!]

Jul 18, 2001, 8:22am
Thanks Goob :-)

-Jeff Tickle ("John Viper" #296714)

"goober king" <rar1 at acsu.buffalo.edu> wrote in
news:3B5502C9.D0B5AC9C at acsu.buffalo.edu:

<snip a very long and well thought out message>

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http://www.jtsoft.net

I'm sure that this has been asked.....

Aug 3, 2001, 8:42am
"asteriskman" <no-one at no-where.net> wrote in
news:3b6a3e43 at server1.Activeworlds.com:

> I'm sure that this has been brought up plenty of times before, but what
> is the posiblility of one day playing SEQ files for all objects? It
> could be an action line like 'activate animate move1.seq' ?? this
> would alow for alot more than simple rotate and move commands.
> AsteriskMan
> PS. hello group :-)
>
>

I personally think dropping SEQs (as they are now) and going with the
skeletal thing (which could be used on some objects too) is a great idea...

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Jeff Tickle (John Viper, #296714)
jviper at jtsoft.net
http://www.jtsoft.net

Help..

Aug 5, 2001, 10:40pm
"ryan." <RyanBirkin at hotmail.com> wrote in
news:3b6ddb4e at server1.Activeworlds.com:

> i have a desktop theme on and i dont know if its making my computer
> slow.... Can somone tell me if they are known to slow down your
> computer..
>
> thanks
>
> RyanBirkin at hotmail.com
> Ryan.
>
>
>

Desktop themes in particular do no harm (even if you are not running a
different theme, you still have the default Windows running.) However,
Active Desktop is a horrible resource hog, and generally unstable. More
than likely, your theme uses active desktop to display the desktop
background. You can disable it by going to your desktop properties and then
the Web tab, then uncheck "Show Web Content on my Active Desktop". When the
dialog box comes up saying "The wallpaper you selected can be shown on the
desktop only if Active Desktop is enabled." Click No. You will lose the
pretty background but save your precious resources. If you would like to
still view the background, you can just convert the file to a BMP and it
will work without Active Desktop.

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Jeff Tickle (John Viper, #296714)
jviper at jtsoft.net
http://www.jtsoft.net

Eep, Bots should not be intigrated into the browser as plugins.

Aug 6, 2001, 8:02am
"eep" <eep at tnlc.com> wrote in news:3B6E572F.74A331DF at tnlc.com:

> I mean the world server, not the browser (which could just have the GUI
> to CONTROL/CONFIGURE--or as a separate program--the plugins).
> Regardless, that separate GUI program would NOT have to be run all the
> time, unlike bots do now, since the "bots" (plugins) would be a part of
> the world server and run alongside it seamlessly like Web browser
> plugins do.

What if you have not a world server?

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Jeff Tickle (John Viper, #296714)
jviper at jtsoft.net
http://www.jtsoft.net

Moving The Tabs

Aug 7, 2001, 9:23pm
"exc4libur" <bjarte at development-net.com> wrote in news:3b705562$1
at server1.Activeworlds.com:

> no, VB = M$ = Shit!!
>
> Its Delphi, or shall i say both Delphi and Kylix? :)
>
> - Excal

Three Cheers for Kylix!! WOOHOO!!!

I'm more of a Java man myself, but Kylix is a very good step in the right
direction for Borland. All the powerful simplicity of Delphi with the
ability to recompile for Linux... wow! (now all we need is a C++Builder for
Linux so that I can convert some of my pre-java apps...)

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Jeff Tickle (John Viper, #296714)
jviper at jtsoft.net
http://www.jtsoft.net

Moving The Tabs

Aug 11, 2001, 11:07am
You must be kidding me!!! If they are going to write it in a superior
language, why demote (cant think of a better word) it so much? Jeez...

-J

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Why?

Aug 15, 2001, 11:59pm
There are a few factors that I could see as making it a tad difficult:

- "Vertical" depends on what direction you are looking at it from
- More keys that have to be mapped
- The fact that it is just one more thing to add to the cell database

-JV

[View Quote] > Why isn't there a vertical rotate? It seems simple enough. AW has a light
> feature, but there isn't a vertical rotate? I realize that this has
> probably already been asked for but is there any reason for this stupid
> little problem?
>


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John Viper (#296714)
jviper at jtsoft.net
http://www.jtsoft.net

"Life on Earth may be expensive, but it does include a free trip around
the sun..." -anonymous

question: java script catalog for viewing rwx?

Aug 26, 2001, 4:21pm
A JavaScript would be almost deadly. You would have to give it the
direct path to your object path, which anyone knows is dangerous. There
are ways of hiding JavaScript, but anyone worth their salt.jpg could get
right around it.

However, a perl script or something like that would work just dandily.
All you would need is a cgi-bin, a server side Perl script, and a
configuration file for that perl script (that no one else would be able
to see, unless they have direct access to your server), and you would
have a very secure object path viewer.

So all it really needs to do is read in every file from your
objectpath/models directory and then drop the .zip extension, and list
them out? I might be able to whip something up, if you are interested,
E-Mail me at jviper at jtsoft.net

Oh and say Hi to Lightwave for me ;-)

-JV

[View Quote] > Is there a application out there yet (ie: Java Script, etc), for organizing
> (Cataloging) .rwx objects to view from a catalog page on the owners world
> website? I don't know if I worded it right, but what I am looking for is a
> working java script viewer for use on my website that will view a catalog
> of my custom objects for the people who build in the world to be able to go
> through to see the particular item. The viewer can be simple, but it would
> need the ability to load an .rwx file by name to show. Any info would be
> greatly appreciated.
>
> Sexy Eyes (AV's World Owner)
>
>
>
>


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John Viper (#296714)
jviper at jtsoft.net
http://www.jtsoft.net

"Life on Earth may be expensive, but it does include a free trip around
the sun..." -anonymous

Copyright question

Jul 26, 2001, 4:59pm
lol :-)

Anyways in America the best way to prove that you cam up with it first is to
register the copyright... I have no clue how to do it but it proves without
a shadow of a doubt that you did it first.

-John

"faber" <Walter at Knupe.de> wrote in
news:3b605fff at server1.Activeworlds.com:

> You might want to notice that its actually
> a Copyright, not a CopyWrite.
>
><snip>
>
> "goober king" <rar1 at acsu.buffalo.edu> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
> news:3B605878.180B7AAA at acsu.buffalo.edu...

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Jeff Tickle (John Viper, #296714)
jviper at jtsoft.net
http://www.jtsoft.net

Copyright question

Jul 26, 2001, 8:30pm
No no no, you misunderstood me. If you make it, it is your intellectual
property, and copyrighted as such. However, just saying in court "I made it
before you" does not usually hold up well, and registering your copyright
with the government is the best way to prove this. You do not have to be a
big official business to do this, and you are not actually registering a
business. I think it is cheap, maybe $10 or $15 to register a copyright,
but you do not have to have a business.

-John

"brandon" <brandon at my.activeworlds.com> wrote in
news:3b606fa4 at server1.Activeworlds.com:

> thats exactly what i ASKED, but no people just sya you automaticly have
> it copyrighted. I know you have to register it somewhere. and i asked
> about the business becuase i though you have to register to be an
> ofcial business

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Jeff Tickle (John Viper, #296714)
jviper at jtsoft.net
http://www.jtsoft.net

Copyright question

Jul 27, 2001, 8:17am
> you can register a copyright at the patent office. I think it costs
> money, so unless you have something worth a billion dollars that would
> be easily reproduced be other I don't think it's worth it... to create
> a company, just start doing something, and go to your local city hall
> for information of this kind, they're there to tell you...

You wouldn't copyright something that you have invented, that one WOULD go
to the patent office. And if you have built something... anything... if you
know not how to reproduce it quickly and inexpensicely, someone else in the
world can and will, unless you get the thing parented. Then perhaps you
could work with the other person or something like that and end up making
kajillions...

I just figure if you made it, it should be yours unless you specifically
give it to someone else.

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Jeff Tickle (John Viper, #296714)
jviper at jtsoft.net
http://www.jtsoft.net

Copyright question

Jul 27, 2001, 8:19am
"internal affairs" <ji0414 at starlinx.com> wrote in
news:3b60d365 at server1.Activeworlds.com:

> No you can't just make up a company "out of thin air", you have to
> register it with the state. The process usually requires a lawyer
> present and it costs about $100. The process includes a search of all
> other company names in the state and also the legal documents nesscary.

I think there is a way to make an LLC or something like that... costs a lot
less, and no lawyer.

_____________________________________________
Jeff Tickle (John Viper, #296714)
jviper at jtsoft.net
http://www.jtsoft.net

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