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Distractions 2010-07-21 01:13:44

I get distracted too easily. I've spend the last few days trying to fix up the software 3D floor code in ZDoom.

Relevant thread on zdoom.org

The floors render fairly well at this point, however I noticed that on the Mac there are some problems. I wonder if they apply to Windows as well?

Per Request 2010-07-10 13:38:13

Recently I've started work on the assembler portion of ACC++. Right now I'm thinking that ACC++ will compile scripts in 3 stages: preprocessing, compiling, assembling. As such a full assembly like language for ACS scripts will be available, although I don't expect many people will be using it. The manual has a pcode reference table that will be able to serve as a mnemonic reference as well. Once I have the assembler finished I'll be able to move onto defining the actual ACS++ language as well as start work on LIBACSPP. Now if I could just figure out how I want to set up information about ACC++ on bitowl.com.

Although I haven't made much progress I haven't forgotten about ECWolf. Work on ACC++ has really gotten me to thinking I might be able to implement an ACS VM into Wolfenstein 3D. Of course most of the functions are not applicable.

Mac OS sucks 2010-06-11 06:48:56

After spending hours trying to figure out how to record a video of a game in Mac OS X I found out yet another reason why the OS sucks. When using VLC to record a 640x480 video at 30fps I found out that the cursor displayed over Quake 2. I've search for a long time on how to either hide the cursor or change the cursor to something that can not be noticed (for example a white dot) and apparently Apple decided that everyone should use the default cursor, and VLC has no option to hide it.

Seriously Apple, why do you force so much on your users? Even when cursor changing software exists apparently you intentionally broke it with the release of 10.6. In addition why must I suffer with mouse acceleration. Does the idea of giving users options completely escape you?

To put it plainly the only thing I've experience with Mac OS X is pain. I can not for the life of me figure out why people are so willing to spend money on Apple's crappy software. Apparently people who use Macs don't use their computer for anything more than web browsing, since that's about the only thing that works in Mac OS X.

Enough ranting, I've finally got BitOwl Application Suit 2.0 installing and it is now powering this website!

Edit (next day): Well it appears I was able to solve the issue with a custom version of VLC. Still the lack of options in Mac OS X really annoys me.

Small Utilities 2010-06-06 23:17:01

Today I added a section to this website to contain information about the small programs which I write on occasion. My main motivation for this was because I started to be frequently asked about my Master Levels for Doom 2 patch. It's a bit plain as of this writing, but once I find the time I'll put more stuff on that page.

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