Gonzo blogging from the Annie Leibovitz of the software development world.

Month: February 2002 (Page 1 of 7)

Subcribing, dead@home and no Sim news

Egads! Sorry about the delay in getting the news post to you. Somehow I pulled a Rip Van Winkle and ended up sleeping most of the night. Go figure. Normally I only sleep a few hours each night (sleep is an inconvenience and there’s no way to code when I’m in la la land) but for some reason I spent most of the night doing zzzzzzzz’s. Oh well.

@home is officially dead. I can’t retrieve anything now from it (I was going in through a backdoor that my ISP had not posted publically) but now it’s gone too. My personal website is toasted so @home really is gone (instead of the gone it claimed a few months ago). All the servers are shut off and there’s nobody home @home now. I need to update a few more pages here and a few others (like the TSR Family Album site) to reflect this so your mail to me may bounce.

Also a bunch of people emailed me yesterday saying that the news posts coming to their mailboxes was looking fine. I think it’s just my email client (Outlook Express, I know, the evil Microsoft Empire rides again) that’s doing all the nasties. Stupid program but it’s the only email client that lets me read newsgroups without having to launch another program. Laziness reigns supreme. If you’re not subscribed to get my boring news delivered to your email everyday, then fill out the form below and leave a pint of blood for DNA reference. Thanks!

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Real editing and @home

Blergh. I had written this long winded thing earlier but as is the fate of the universe, the Javascooper stuff screwed up and left me staring at a blank screen (thanks Microsloth!) and I was too frustrated to rewrite it. I’m much better now (although pretty bagged for the evening so this isn’t going to be too coherent).

Essentially please write to me at bsimser@shaw.ca and not to the @home address. I can’t retrieve my @home e-mail and haven’t been for some weeks now. I know, it’s mushed all over the site here as @home. I just haven’t got to changing it all.

Currently there is no simple tool for changing the real values of objects (Comfort, Hunger, etc.) Tmog only changes the catalog value, that which is displayed when you’re browsing objects in the game in buy mode. Yes, there are some tools that might be able to do the job including the handy, dandy hex editor but the real one to get this done right is of course Edith, and we’re not there just yet.

Yahoo groups is still apparently truncating the posts delivered via e-mail. The only option is to switch to another mailing list but I’m still looking for one that does “newsletter” type announcements (where users can’t post to the board but the news service can). If you have any ideas please e-mail me with them. Of course, if you’re getting this message via e-mail you won’t be reading this because the news stopped somewhere around “I just haven’t got to changing it all…”. Sigh.

Okay. That’s it. You can go away now. Really.


Hmm. Kind of odd. I was cruising through the newsgroups, reading the various discussions going on and zooming off to various forums (N99, SimFreaks, etc.) and noticed an increase in the number of fights, quarrels and general animosity going on. I also did some searches on my name and site and things would come up that I’ve never seen before. So a couple of things. If you’re going to post a news item to a forum or copy a forum message that I wrote to another forum, please do it responsibily. Don’t take things out of context by just grabbing the juicy parts and do provide a link back to the original source. I think this should be some kind of golden rule for anything. Forums tend to get batty sometimes and people start throwing around words and insults as much as I would like to toss dwarves around as an olympic sport. Fevers run high. Names are tossed around and all the time there’s poor schmucks like myself that just wonder why I get email from people asking me about something I’ve never read or taken part in the conversation on. I really don’t have time to visit all the forums I’d like (and believe me I’d love to be a regular contributor to most of them) so please tread with caution when saying “… but Bil Simser says…”. And above all play nice with t’other children. It’s a great sandbox to be in as long as you don’t go ballistic at the first sign of trouble.

Okay, enough words to the wise. I’m a silly man anyways. Site updates continue (although you won’t see them for awhile) and I’m still getting around to emailing all the testers, updating the pages and getting software out the door. Just hang in there (or don’t, your choice) and all will be revealed. Thanks!

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