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Notices for 17th April 2007 to 28th March 2007

Tuesday, 17th April 2007

I don’t know how many of you are using my crappy RSS feed for Bug of the Moment but I have posted another entry today. I don’t know if I need to keep posting entries to the notices or whether the feed is enough. I do need to look into embedding complete entries directly into the feed, since that is apparently how it’s meant to work.

I don’t use RSS: the only site that I read that changes regularly is The Daily WTF and, well, that site is daily and I don’t need a feed for that.

Saturday, 7th April 2007

A message from an Ingo in Germany made me realise something: I never updated the Labratory Level sample tune on my tracked music article after I discovered that my copy was defective. The copy I’d been playing (ripped by Lori Central) was 1:27 in length, but I’ve since realised, after playing the Jazz Jackrabbit 2 demo again, that the file is horribly incomplete. The tune is in fact 2:26 in length. A whole minute of audio is missing.

I don’t know what happened. The patterns weren’t lost, but their entries in the partition table were all missing. I don’t know what file format Jazz Jackrabbit 2 used for music in Windows. The Mac version used plain Scream Tracker and Impulse Tracker files (driven by Antoine Rosset’s player plugins) but the Windows version appears to use another format, possibly a compressed wrapper (Labrat.j2b is around half the size of Labrat.s3m). I can only presume that the file was damaged during conversion. I had a go at rebuilding the partition table, but discovered that I had an intact copy of the tune elsewhere after all! (Much, much easier!) I have now posted this replacement copy on the site.

Wednesday, 28th March 2007

One day, when I am dead and gone, people are going to remember me as that complete moron who was still developing for Mac OS 9 long after its “death”. (I don’t believe in a system being “dead” until no-one uses it any more. As such, Latin is not a dead language, especially with all the nutters working on Vicipædia…)

For example, in my archive of old(er) Mac applications I have added a patch that adds two missing file type icons to Photoshop 5: Windows bitmap, and Photoshop image stationery item.

I have also created a kind’ template for ResEdit that allows you to create and edit ‘kind’ resources, which provide customised file type names. I also explain why, although awareness of this system is widespread in North America, people in other English-speaking countries may be unaware that such a feature even exists on the Mac prior to X.

While I was at it, I improved the code on the Misc front page to use unordered lists instead of paragraphs. The page is still a sprawling mess, but at least the code is cleaner.