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Off Topic / Bye bye Windows!
« on: October 08, 2006, 08:55:23 am »
Well i've done it... I've ditched windows in favour of Linux...

I actually didn't think this would happen before Vista was released, but seeing how my current hardware configuration just doesn't seem to want to work under Windows I didn't really have a choice.

In any case, I'm using Kubuntu now, and as things are, I'm quite satisfied with what I have! It may not be 'crash-free' as some like to say it is, but it's a mayor step forward in any case...

it's just a shame I had to take out my ATI card because the drivers wouldn't work (this seems to be a common issue with ATI cards, or so I hear) but I'll likely go back to the store and trade it for an about equal Nvidia or somesuch...

But all in all... I'm quite happy! :)

Off Topic / Where are you heading?
« on: August 09, 2006, 02:01:21 pm »
Inspired by Lukipela's comment in the Role Call thread...

Where would you like your future to go to? What aspirations do you have, what would you like for your future? Are there any particular things you like to do know, and would want to do something with in the near/far future? Is there anything you would've liked to achieve, but have missed, or have not yet achieved?

Share your stories, here's mine.

As some of you may know, about 2 years ago I dropped out  of school. Having a simple diploma (VMBO, Level 3 in the field of Administration and Commerce, In Holland) I wanted to get into programming, and started an education that was supposed to lead up to that. It was a Level 3 Education focussing on Assistant System Managment. After I would've finished this one, I would have stepped into the Level 4 Education, called Program Design.

All this fueled by the desire to one day make games, and provide a new impulse of (self acclaimed) innovative games.

Unfortunatly, the Education wasn't what it was cracked up to be. There was a lot of theory that would have no merit in actually repairing/servicing Computers and where just there to show you how things work. Also, the Traject I followed was rather loose in that it wasn't particularly clear as to what you where supposed to do, and how you where supposed to do it.

I got fed up with it, and as a result dropped out from school for the next 2 years.

I did a lot of self-reflecting in the 2 years that followed. I wanted to go into game Development, but I was (still am) also actively practicing to play the guitar, hoping to one day be one of the best guitar players that ever lived. For some of you that might seem like a bit far-fetched, and maybe a too amitious goal, but if you're gonna set a goal, you'd better pick one that you won't achieve TOO fast, so you'll have something to do. At least, that's my view on the matter :)

Anyway, I spent a lot of time having meaningful conversations with a ** Not a psychiatrist, but someone who can help people tackle problems of their own, helps people understand their own minds etc. ** and learned a lot about how I worked, and how I reacted to the people around me, and also about how non-verbal communication worked. Wich is something I wasn't aware of up and until that point.

After all of that, I realised that Game Development was still an ultimate goal, but unfortunatly there isn't somekind of an education that aims at just that. There where options, like learning to program (something I've been good at back in the Qbasic days) but things like that cost money, something wich I didn't abundantly have. So I deciced to go to another school, and take the Education for System Management (- A school wich takes a more personal approach at supporting it's students with finishing the Traject). I'd be working with computers, troubleshooting, tech supporting and all that jazz, to make money, to fund my efforts into the Game Dev area of things.

I think this would be a good moment to tell you that I'm not the kind of guy that can 'self-teach' things like programming. It works with my Guitarplay, but that's because how you play has little effect on what sound you get, wich is the actual point of playing guitar. Since Programming requires a bit more theory, it's not as easy to just start with and learn until you're good.

Currently I'm waiting for mid-september, where the Education is supposed to start off, and in the meen time, I play guitar, I game, I do some freelance game development (writing a simple game with someone I know from another forum) and I socialise to get a hang of that part of life.


But enough about me, how about yourselves? :)

General Discussion / Forum styles busted?
« on: July 29, 2006, 02:23:11 am »
I've experienced that the board's alternate styles do not display for me anymore. The only thing that doesn't turn this forum into a Geocities website's layout is the forum default.

Is anyone else experiencing this?

Off Topic / Prey Demo. It kicks. Get it now!
« on: June 22, 2006, 11:26:59 am »
As the thread title suggests, this is my cry to all of you, to go get the Prey Demo. You can find appropriate mirrors HERE

I've played a bit through the singleplayer portion and I gotta say, I'm impressed. The story is pretty strong (especially compared to most FPS'es these days) and the action is... well it works, and it's a lot of fun too. And I'm not even talking about all the mindf*cks you get from walking up-side down, through reality-bending portals etc. etc.

If you have any interrest in First Person Shooters, this is for you.

Off Topic / Super happy debate thread
« on: May 30, 2006, 11:59:10 am »
This is the super happy debate thread.

For anything happy and debatable, preferrably both! Think your cat might be sleeping with your dog? Have a hunch that the hole in your wall is more then just an unsightly gap? Orz invading your backyard? Discuss!

Personally I have a feeling that the mouse I'm holding right now is alive... I can feel it breathing sometimes, and at night, it talks to me. It's a happy chap though, usually we talk about politics and religion (he's a big fan of the pope, wich can fire some pretty nasty discussions sometimes) and every now and then he tells me jokes.

I love my mouse.

So what's up in your life?

Off Topic / Money
« on: May 14, 2006, 01:47:02 am »
Oh boy, what a weird day.

If having to dream up weird universes in wich I am the GameMaster wasn't weird enough, when I woke up and checked my mail, I was greeted by a rather pleasant suprise.

I had 5 figures on my current cash amount. Counting the ones behind the decimal point.


This is a first for me, and I'm not really used to having lots of money, so needless to say that I've been thinking about all the things I *could* buy, wich in itself is rather suprising, as I never pictured myself as the material kind of guy.

Money does weird things to people

Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for the results that this may cause for those of you that aren't that well endowed in the financial department. If you're low on cash, don't read this post.

Off Topic / The Political system
« on: April 19, 2006, 02:43:46 am »
We in the netherlands have a Democracy combined with what once was a Monarchy. Essentially that means that The Queen has no real power besides a few castles across the country. The country itself is ruled by a number of parties wich are elected by 'the people' The largest party gets to have 'first dibs' on a bunch of things, and the party leader (the person who received the most votes inside the party) gets to be the prime minister.

A familiar concept I'm sure.

The Americans have a similair system, but they have no 'royal family' they have only 2 real parties competing at all times. The party leaders, once the elections are won, become President. (note: I'm not very familiar with US politics since I don't really read up on it much so I might be off some)

And beside these 2 you have things like Dictatorships and variations on these 3 themes.

Now, time has proven that neither of these systems are failproof. In the case of the first system, the parties don't have to listen to the people after they're elected. They can do whatever they want as long as 51% of all party members agree. Similair things happen with the second, except that the President has significantly more power on his own. And it's common knowledge that the President has the "ability" to hide things from the public, creating a false reputation based on the things he wants the country to know.

Power corrupts. Another known concept. And in a worse case scenario, each of the first 2 systems can easily be bended by the ruling parties to fit their needs.

So having effectively proven those systems to be insufficient for a race with the destructive power that we have, I say we're in need of a NEW system. One that works solely on what the population of the country need, rather then what the ruling entity says they need.

So what do you think would be a valid system for ruling a country?

Off Topic / Short moments of absurd luck...
« on: April 09, 2006, 04:50:13 am »
In an attempt to liven up the community a little:

Name your short moment of bigtime luck!

Yesterday I was working on getting this Hard-drive fixed for a friend. It was a 20Gb Hard-disk for his mother's PC and it wasn't in a real hurry to get fixed, so I took my sweet time figuring out what was wrong with it. After having found the Hard-disk to be sorely broken in every possible way I decided to chill out, and since my computer case was still open I started finding stuff to put in there for laughs.

During this I came across another Hard-disk somewhere in a closet. I plug it in the second slot (I have 2 40GB Hd's, 1 for Windows & apps, 1 for games) and reboot to see what's on it. It apears to be empty, and about 80Gig's large  :D

So now I have a 80Gig gaming HD rather then a 40GB one, additionally I can now give him a practically 'new' HD twice as large for his mom's PC  8)

talk about a short moment of absurd luck :)

General Discussion / Forum Issues...
« on: March 26, 2006, 03:36:32 am »
Something odd has been going on with the forums as of late. It seems that sometimes, certain links within the forum system don't work, like topic links and the 'mark as read' button not responding. Refreshing (or picking another copy of the same button) seems to work usually...

Has anyone else noticed anything similair?

Off Topic / I'm an uncle!
« on: January 15, 2006, 08:00:32 am »
On January the 3rd, around 4AM, my dad received an SMS message from my sister, who had been pregnant for a little over 9 months now, saying that she thought it was beginning and they had better get to the hospital.

Same day, half past 10, PM

My dad calls our house (where my little sister and myself where stationed) to tell us that finally the child has been born, in a frenzy we grab our coats 'n stuff and head for the hospital, by bike.

nearly 10 minutes later we come into the room, and there is my siser (almost out from all of the pain) and my newborn nephew!! I learn that he's called Seth, something my sister kept a secret throughout her entire pregnancy!

I was literally stunned to silence, to see the beauty of a new life blinking against the harsh hospital lighting.

Now my sister still lives with the rest of us with our parents so the entire household was put upside down and even now we still get plenty of people going 'oooh' and 'aaah' over the little tyke.

And still it's something special to just watch it sleep or trying to grab your hair :D

So I'm an Uncle, Hurray ;D ;D

General Discussion / Windows hates me, and the feeling is mutual!
« on: October 21, 2005, 07:14:46 am »
My System specs:
Windows 2000 (service pack somewhere after 4)
onboard AC'97 soundcard
GeForce FX 5500
Wireless LAN (since last week)

My Problem:
Actually it's a collection of problems. I'll explain...

Every time I start up my computer, and windows boots, it can choose 1 of 2 possible "moods". Depending on it's mood, it will have different behaviour. And neither 'moods' work for me.

Mood A -- Stable but incompetent
This mood defines itself by the fact that logging onto windows takes much longer then it should (read, did a couple of days ago) and once everything is booted and ready for usage, I can't start mediaplayer (Low on memory it tells me), I cannot move Icons, files, folders and text. Not by dragging, not by copy/cut-pasting. Like they're glued to the screen. Several native windows folders (such as the control panel, scheduled tasks etc.) display their content in the 'preview bar' to the left of the main browsing window, while the main section, is empty. And scheduled tasks do not run at all.

Mood B == Unstable and working
With this mood, the logging on to windows is as fast as it should be. Once logged on everything described above, functions the way it should. There's only 1 itch... it crashes after a minute of operations. Blue screen, error message claiming "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL", my physical memory is dumped, and I have to reboot.


As you can see, neither of these 'moods' are acceptable to work with, and I would really like to get it all fixed. It also seems, that Mood B doesn't happen unless I change the size of my swap-file. When I reboot, it gives me mood B, and after that... either the same, or back to mood A.

It's driving me NUTS!!!

Things I've tried already:
- I've tried doing a Virusscan using AntiVir Guard (updated recently), no results.
- I've tried running Ad-aware (most recent release, updated), no results.
- I've tried adding more swap-files, but asides from switching back and forth between mood A and B, no result.
- I've used MemCheck86 to see if my RAM is corrupted, no errors.
- I've tried rebooting... well that was sorta useless...
- I've made sure that all my hardware was securely stuck in my Case.
- I even put a small fan against my case to prevent overheating, but I guess that's not the case.

Anyone have any good ideas? I really hate to reinstall not 2 months after the last time... I was just getting everything installed and back the way I want it to be...

Off Topic / It's sorta...
« on: October 14, 2005, 07:40:33 am »
The second thread I made in 2 weeks...

no wait, that wasn't it...

ah yes, I remember now,  it's...

My Birthday!

any ridiculously sized birthday gifts can be mailed to my house. PM me for my adress if nessecary :)

Off Topic / ATTN:Moronic Maria
« on: October 06, 2005, 12:44:18 pm »
Stop lurking, I know you're there.

surrender to the fate of posting.

General Discussion / A Precursors game??
« on: August 24, 2005, 03:38:00 am »

I wonder if it will have any relation to the SC universe...

nonetheless it does sound kinda cool. I'll be watching this one :)

Off Topic / Creating an actual game
« on: October 10, 2004, 05:01:26 am »
Unlike the previous project (SPACE, for those that remember) I have started other endeavours in the direction of making a game. The latest product in this is plans and actions to make a FPS with some RPG elements. As of yet it doesn't really have a name, but since it started on the 3DRealms forums, it's dubbed "The 3DR Game Project"

As of right now, we have a few mappers, a webmaster, a forum admin (me) and an extra Moderator (Terminator, who apears to be disapearing for the next month or so) a coder and some people thinking up stuff. We have a background story, some character ideas, an engine in development (due in 2-4 months) some gameplay ideas and a whole bunch of loose details.

the forum, wich contains about every scrap of information on the project can be found here:

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