Hi ho. Sorry I’ve been offline for a few days. ISP issues, playing catch-up with everything that’s going on and various other Life 1.0 issues got in the way. My apologies.

There has been quite a bit going on. So much so that I’m still sifting through it all. As most of you know, The Sims Vacation, the latest expansion pack, is now out and about. I have yet to get my hands on a copy and didn’t even know it was coming out so soon (I thought it was slated for May). So there are tons of things going on with that. I keep hearing rumours about various changes they’ve made and how the objects are different but like I said, I’m not sure what’s real and what’s not. We’ll see what happens and what changes were made. In the meantime, basically consider nothing SV compatible for now. I’ll see about unofficially “certifying” various programs and making sure they work with the latest pack and let you know about it. For the most part, things don’t change that much and I have heard people using the menu editor with SV objects but again, there are things that Maxis might have changed that I don’t know about yet without spending some time in investigation land. I’ll let you know.

Also another issue came up with blueprint that was typical of mob mentality. Basically someone ran some spyware detection software and claims blueprint (or the blueprint installer) says there is a trojan horse in it. Obviously this is completely false. All of my software has been out there for months and if anything like this was true, the world would have known about it long before this. The person also didn’t really have any hard evidence to prove their claim so it basically boiled down to a witchunt, with yours truely ready to be tied to the stake. For the love of all that is binary, please make sure you check all the facts before you go blurting them out to the world to see. The masses generally accept whatever you dish out to them, sight unseen and it can be damaging to someone. In my case, its water off a duck. It doesn’t bother me and even though there were various threads flying around, I know my software to be solid and true so I have nothing to worry about. However we tend to live in a “guilty until proven innocent” mode on the net, so you have to do some firefighting. In any case, if something like this comes up (not necessarily with me or my software) try to resolve the issue privately and make sure you have the full story before you go flying off the handle. It’s common sense, but more often than not people open their mouths without knowing everything. And yes, I’ll admit I can be that way too however we’re all growing and changing. Just be sensible and play nice.