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  1. [APP] CPWizard v2.35 ?
  2. RIP: Harry Dean Stanton

    @Draco1962 Was saying exactly the same to my mate in the pub today, Draco. All my childhood heroes are dying. We're next. We're a long time dead, fellas, so let's stop being petty and snarky and enjoy it whilst it's here... Time disappears faster as we get older.
  3. RIP: Harry Dean Stanton

    Sad news. Great, unobvious man
  4. Toddzilla

    Wowsers. Beats a garden shed in skegness.,.
  5. Toddzilla

    Damn. Is that a home shop?
  6. The GameEx Awards 2017

    OK, OK. It doesn't exist yet, but what do you think? Here in the UK, the winter draws fast upon us and thought it would be a bit of light relief to have some awards? Only a bit of fun. If people like the idea, post some ideas for categories. We could then invite nominations (self or otherwise!) for each, have a bit of voting then announce the winner on New Years day? Here's some ideas (with examples): Perseverance in the face of utter disaster (@TerryRed for his heartbreaking playfield smashing of Summer, 2017) Member gone bonkers over one aspect of the scene ( @hansolo77 for his obsession with sbc builds, @RIP-Felix for his insanely detailed and fascinating write up on fixing his Atari 2600) and if we must, some more simplerer categories like: Most Enthusiastic Newcomer Media Moghul Best Theme Most Helpful Whatcha think? Apart from "not yet another bloody 'bright idea' from that plonker"
  7. The GameEx Awards 2017

    First world problems, huh Terry? Mind you... bed bugs...
  8. Categories Nominations Post your ideas below for categories for the GameEx awards. Good ones will be put onto the poll and voting counted at the end of October.
  9. error

    Was it this one?
  10. The GameEx Awards 2017 - Categories Nominations

    Hi-Score King? or is that your "The Panultimate GameEX Gargle Blaster DemiGod" @RIP-Felix??
  11. The GameEx Awards 2017

    Ah great. I should have asked a moderator about the poll thingy - they're meant to be good at stuff like that. Oh...wait... Right - New Poll it is to get what we are going to poll on (I think or should we take a poll on whether we should do that or not?)
  12. The GameEx Awards 2017

    Cool. So any ideas for categories? @RIP-Felix - can we still do polls on here?
  13. Another day, another carrot

    Nope. Saw the headline and refusing to pay Spintendo any more mind....
  14. The GameEx Awards 2017

    This is a hobby full of middle aged men. We're all winners on that one.
  15. The GameEx Awards 2017

    Silly me trying to suggest celebrating the achievements of others!
  16. New Retro IM/Chat Service

    Whoops. Posted wrong setup in OP. Edited and corrected now. Dead easy to setup. Signup and let's talk retro....
  17. New Retro IM/Chat Service

    Hello chaps, If yer anything like me, yer often sat at the computerizor fiddling around with crap or tryin to get shiznit to work. Additionally, recently, I wanted to be able to talk candidly to my fellow retro gaming enthusiasts without fear of my messages being intercepted by aliens or the Queen. This led me to set up a chat server on my home server (on 24/7). It's done via a server called OpenFire, which uses XMPP/Jabber. This mean that all messages are encoded end to end and as it sits on my server, there's no data left 'knocking around' on any third party server in Buckingham Palace. I don't keep any logs of the chat. It works just like the old Windows Messenger, thus there's the added bonus of even keeping our chat client strictly retro! (Read XP + 'the naughties') Some features: Offline messages File transfers Guest logins + members only rooms Some pics of its retro goodness: Setup: Download Spark from: Then Click on "Advanced" and setup as below: To Create an account: To log into an account: And that's it! I actually prefer it to web-based chat as it just sits neatly on your desktop or in your tray, notifying you of messages etc... Oh, or you can use a phone based app such as IM+: Why not sign up? Even if just to loiter about! Send me a message just to check in!
  18. error

    This wins the "Most Succinct Topic Title 2017" award.
  19. [Dev Diary] TypeXtra - A Taito TypeX launcher

    The app. Just final testing left before release. I'll let you know when hear back from resilio...
  20. (Dev diary) - bringing back Comic Sans! So I've had to come on here for my own sanity. I know - must be bad, right!? So I just couldn't help it, I had to make another app. It happens like this - do something - go back to my cab to carry on setting up up given the new something, then another new 'something' crops up. This time it was TypeX and Nesica setups. I remember I had difficulty with TypeX before - setup was hit and miss at best. Those who have braved it know it isn't as simple as "point the Emulator at the ROM and twiddle a few settings). Each game is a PC game in itself - made for different specs and setups. So, foolishly I thought - "meh - how hard can it be to write an app to automate all of the setup process?" I'll never learn. Well 10 days straight I've been hammering away at it and every problem solved has led to 2 more! However, I have learned an awful lot about the clandestine world of TypeX and Nesica. The aim is this - to run the app, to point it to where your game files sit, click once to scan and then another button to set all of the games up. Getting close, but the work behind the scenes to achieve this is bonkers. Few coding challenges I've had to overcome: implementing a "verified install" system to allow user to install zipped packages that have been verified as kosha (running checksums on files and keeping a database secretly tucked away in the app!) - this was because TypeXtra will not carry and illegal files. You can import modified game exes (such as HD updates and improved performance on PCs) Make an autoscan system - scans game folders and pulls out game.inf files, matching these to known games in the database. Manipulating displays - turning them off and on as the loaders don't like multi-monitor setups (and you know that's gonna be a biiig problem for me, right! - luvin those screens - wanting Wargames WOPR standards on my cab!) Other stuff that weirdly, I have no idea of at the moment (what have I been doing for the past 10 days?!) Oh, that's right - lots of internet trawling and reading french forums. >,< A couple of bits of dev that I'll keep in my bag: A new help system - dead easy to knock together using html, treevews and hidden tabs: A new Settings system - better then my usual 'crammed in' style (and realistic this time that I inevitably will be adding more settings later on - expands easily): Anwhoos, here's the features malarky from the help: And a sneaky peak screen shot: So at the moment, I'm working on: The per-game displays controls (turn off/on, rotate etc) Integrating Game Loader All Rh to allow accessing specific game config from the TypeXtra GUI. The real challenge has been sticking to the initial principle of a two click setup. This means lots of work-arounds behind the scenes to get an unruly bunch of game files looking like a perfectly co-ordinated set. It's been like herding cats..
  21. Harmony Remote Recycle Program

    Score. When you go back to Best Buy, will you tell them Steve from the UK politely requests they stop pestering him for his location. He's got enough clicks to make without adding one bloody more. Skaggy b******s
  22. [PLUGIN] Marquee Masher

    You've looked here I take it: And watched all the videos (11) here: If so, not sure how else can help..
  23. [PLUGIN] Marquee Masher

    For: Displaying Marquees or other single image stuff on displays additional to your main display. Install: Download. Unzip. Put MarqueeMasher.dll in your GameEx/Plugins folder. Configure it and boom. Use: Searches for image in folders 1-4 (1 being prioritised) for both primary and secondary displays. Searches for image matching Gamename or Romname in jpg or png format. Options: Area: constrain image to a specified specified area on the display. Area Offset: Use image at specified co-ordinates relative to 0,0 of the display. Download:
  24. Wtg Terry - I'm sure the community will appreciate all the hours you've put into coding those apps.