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changed username to Dale rich-c: hi Dale Dale: Hi all. rich-c: took youtwo tries to get in, did it? rich-c: Daniel isn't watching right now Dale: I don't know. Dale: I don't think so. But maybe I hit the reload button by accident. rich-c: let's say we had two "undefined"s and both are gone Dale: Well then maybe I should go read stories to Jeffrey or something. Dale: :-) rich-c: well of course teh Slopsemas are off on their cruise, but you never know who else might turn up rich-c: I'm hoping Ron finds his way here one of these nights Dale: What ever happened to Ron? Dale: He made it on when he was travelling over the summer. rich-c: he went out and committed matrimony on the 7th rich-c: he apparently has been preoccupied with other things
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changed username to LucMiron rich-c: salut, Luc LucMiron: Hello guys. :) Dale: Hi there Luc Dale: Any new news on the mould? rich-c: Daniel is listed but he isn't talking Dale: I know you were going to talk to a co-worker. LucMiron: Well, today I finally got the name, phone number and address of a company that offered to help me. Took long enough. LucMiron: The problem now is gettnig the mould to that company's building. rich-c: these dayxs, they are starting to get hungrier Dale: There are a lot of companies listed at mfg.com Dale: So if their price is too high, or they can't help you, try signing up to mfg.com rich-c: where is the building, Luc? LucMiron: I don't have a car, so I have to use contacts. I can't just shop around at large.
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changed username to Daniel Bienvenu Dale: Like I said before, if you email around pictures and measurements, they should be able to tell if it is compatible pretty quickly. Daniel Bienvenu: well, it looks like I was in a parallele dimension. I was online before 21h and I had to refresh to finally get here with you. LucMiron: @rich-c: The company is located in the eastern half of Montreal. The mould has been in my co-worker's car trunk since mid-October. Dale: Hi Daniel. Daniel Bienvenu: still looking for someone to make plastic cartridges with the mold, luc? rich-c: oh there you are, Daniel - salut! Dale: mfg.com has 200 mould making places near me, and a lot in Quebec too. Daniel Bienvenu: bonsoir tout le monde! ca va? LucMiron: @Dale: Actually, the few I've talked to want to see the mold "in person" before saying anything. Pictures just don't cut it. rich-c: is the mould so large or heavy you can't use public transit? LucMiron: Salut Daniel. :) Dale: I think Luc said that the mould was 50 lbs or so. LucMiron: The mould is 55 kg. (120 lbs). Daniel Bienvenu: it's very sad, the minigame compo 4k cathegory has almost no submited games, just a few games... so for someone who want to be in the top 10 of the 4k, it's time or never. Dale: Ouch. That is like an extra passenger. Dale: When is the deadline for 4k? rich-c: find an elder and borrow her walker, maybe? ;-) or is the Metro not handicap-friendly? Daniel Bienvenu: the deadline for submiting a 4k minigame is supposed to be the end of november, but the want to extend just to get even more submissions. Dale: I have been writing very little homebrew code since the end of August. Dale: Somehow it takes a lot of my time to do homework with Jeffrey and get him ready for the day. rich-c: can't put it in as a naked card without the case, Daniel? so,me Adam software was sold that way LucMiron: @rich-c: It's definately not handicap-friendly. :) Dale: He goes to school 5 days a week, and that is hard work for me at least. rich-c: yes, parenthood does tend to be pretty time consuming rich-c: fortunately Frances never had to work after Pamela was born
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changed username to Pamela Pamela: greetings rich-c: in that case, Luc, remind me to push for Adamcon 22 to go to Quebec City rich-c: hi daughter Pamela: I'm here in spirit but not really in body yet Daniel Bienvenu: I have about 120 cartriges to recycle, a bunch of DK and other common games. So if I don't have cartridges for my next release it's not a real problem. rich-c: not that the traverses between Upper and Lower Town are easy to handle with a walker, either Daniel Bienvenu: having a cartridge format rather than just the pcb is necessary because the spring-door on the cartridge slot push on the pcb alone and may force the cartridge slot. rich-c: didn't seem a problem with the Walters chip, or I think one Sid Carter did LucMiron: Anyhow, now that I have a name and phone number to work with, I'll try to make progress with this mould project. rich-c: the theory is right, Daniel, but in p[racticce it may not be a problem Daniel Bienvenu: bonsoir Pam Daniel Bienvenu: c'est moi ou personne ne parle Daniel Bienvenu: ... testing ... LucMiron: Je suis en train d'écrire un e-mail. :) rich-c: hein, tout le monde parle d'occasion, aux autre temps tout est silent rich-c: besides, when I talk about hoping you guys will organize an Adamcon in Quebec City, everyone goes quiet
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changed username to james Daniel Bienvenu: My financial situation is near RED. hopefully some do need to send me some cash about coleco games. rich-c: yes, Grand Rapids has an international airport, but few flights from Toronto rich-c: hey james - good morning! Daniel Bienvenu: I know, it's not 100% clear but I'm trying to say that I may not have enough money to do the trip next year. Daniel Bienvenu: bonsoir james Daniel Bienvenu: bon matin plutot rich-c: predicting now where you'll be next summer is not always easy Daniel Bienvenu: is it me again or it's very very quiet. Pamela: sorry, still buzzing around james: good morning / evening Pamela: hi james rich-c: quiet - maybe james is PMing with one of the others james: was on the phone with my tax accountant james: how is everyone? rich-c: what are you up to, daughter? Daniel Bienvenu: ... yes, I did almost forgot that we can send private messages here. Pamela: eating rich-c: oh boy, that's a real joyous experience, james - NOT! rich-c: another one of those evenings, is it, Pam? Pamela: always Daniel Bienvenu: I'm fine... well, I caugh a cold, my friend caugh flu, and the first snow of the year is there, and seems to go away and stay at the same time. james: well you know, the government wouldn't be happy if we weren't wasting time filling out and filing useless forms rich-c: for us, even a light snowfall in November is a bit disappointing james: comme si je n'avais rien de mieux a faire james: we had snow last week. said snow is all gone and it's now sunny and about 15 Dale: Yes, I always have more paperwork to submit to the government it seems. rich-c: I have the car plugged in because it's into the minus numbers overnight, but plus )barely) during the day rich-c: but the last few have been prototypical miserable Toronto November days Dale: Hi James. james: hi dale, hi dan Daniel Bienvenu: Hello Dale: Daniel, some day I need to find you a satisfying long term job which doesn't take up too much of your time, but pays really well. :-) Dale: Then you could make homebrew games and come to AdamCon easily. lol Daniel Bienvenu: two new coleco games did appear from two msx homebrewers. and having a cartridge of these games is almost impossible, too limited quantity. rich-c: he just needs Electronic Arts or someone to pick him up - they are said to be desperte for programmers Daniel Bienvenu: I wish I can find this kind of job. Dale: If I can find some money, I'll definately want 400 cartridge shells instead of just 200. But I guess it partly depends on what price Luc can offer us. rich-c: there is the questrion too how happy he would be living in B.C. LucMiron: I'll give you prices as soon as I can. Daniel Bienvenu: but Dale, we did order only 200 pcbs, why wanting 400 cartridges now? Dale: Well there is a couple of big publishers with offices in Montreal, but the last time Daniel applied he didn't have the right kind of experience. Dale: PCBs are much easier for me to make in small quantities. Dale: I can always make more PCBs later. Daniel Bienvenu: I see. rich-c: now that he has more experience, would it be worth his trying again? Dale: But only Luc can make shells, unless I gather $8000 or more. Dale: (or I buy that injection moulding machine for work for $70,000) rich-c: wait a few months, Dale, and see what hard times discounts they will offer ;-) Daniel Bienvenu: But I'm not sure to stay in video game industry, because programmers in this industry are not used as humans but robots of making codes, which is something I refuse to be. My formation is coding and thinking. james: EA is desperate for programmers because they burn them out Dale: Well if Ford, Chrysler and GM all cease operation, the supply of injection mould plants near by may disappear. LucMiron: Yep, that's why you'll never see me working for a video game company. Dale: That is what keeps most of them functioning from what I can tell. rich-c: unsurprising, but they don't seem to want Daniel - maybe he doesn't burn easily enough LucMiron: @Daniel: What kind of diplomas do you have so far? Daniel Bienvenu: I'm not a doctor in computer science, I'm a master. LucMiron: General computer science, or more oriented towards video games? Dale: What was your masters thesis on Daniel? You told me before, but I forget. Daniel Bienvenu: DEC : programmeur, BACC : analyste, MAITRISE : analyse-recherche, DOCTORAT : recherche-professeur universitaire rich-c: I'd think that even a baccalaureate would be enough for game construction Daniel Bienvenu: When you do a master, it's about a specific subject, never general. LucMiron: Ouch... Not the kind of guy video game companies are looking for, I'd say... :/ Daniel Bienvenu: bacc is over necessary for coding Dale: There are lots of 2 year or 18 month game design college diplomas around for sure. rich-c: at the coding level, is a game that different from an office application? allowing for graphics, that is Dale: I did the first 4 courses of one at Centennial College, but then they moved to from part time to full time and I had to stop. Dale: That was caused by a strike I believe. LucMiron: @rich-c: Video game development is a completely different beast when compared to other computer-driven businesses. rich-c: and of course they would never go back to the earlier offering... Dale: Video games use a lot of specific skills that are not often used for most database driven applications like a word processor or order entry application. Daniel Bienvenu: My real task, based on my academic formation is to decide find solutions and decide which technology to use to reach the solutions. But my bacc allow me to analyse more about the code to be done and how long it will take. Of course, the bacc was also filled with programming languages. rich-c: I'll take your word for it, Luc; I can see where it might well be Dale: There is transferable knowledge, but my field of autonomous robotics is much more closely related to game programming than other things. LucMiron: @rish-c: In a nutshell, it's a constant high-pressure job with zero job security. you need to fit in the team perfectly, or you don't last long. rich-c: come to think of it, I can see that being the case, Dale Daniel Bienvenu: I know about 20 different languages to do almost anything from console to graphic interfaces, from standalone to online games and applications. the only things I still have to learn is the new dialect of these languages to stay up-to-date. LucMiron: @Daniel: Yeah, but is that the real problem here? rich-c: I had had the impression that the proliferation of languages had stopped by now - obviously not! Daniel Bienvenu: robotic is a domain in expension. japan is leading somehow . Dale: I read an intersting article in Gamesutra which suggested that games would be developed quicker if the teams that worked on the game was experienced and crunch time was limited to the last 2 or three weeks of a 6 month project. LucMiron: @Daniel: you have a masters and a doctorate, right? Those can give the wrong impression to execs at video game companies. rich-c: again, I had thought that the rest of the world had caught up with Japan in robotics Dale: That would reduce burn out, allow for less training, and higher quality first attempts at a game. Daniel Bienvenu: for example, the last language I did learn is WML : a kind of HTML for wireless devices like a blackberry. james: we are currently building a super-secret robot army to be unleashed on the rest of the unwitting world in very short order rich-c: Gaa! Attack of the Clonmes! Daniel Bienvenu: based on animes, japan already win the robotic war. Dale: Well, so far I haven't gone to any of the conferences on robotics in Japan, but they do have a specific flavour in Japan that isn't as emphasized in other places. LucMiron: Well, gotta go. Big day tomorrow. Hopefully, next Wednesday, I'll have some good news to share about the mould. Dale: They are especially obsessed with bi-pedal humanoid robots more than in other places. Daniel Bienvenu: we all hope to get news from you, luc. Daniel Bienvenu: talk to you next week then. rich-c: wish you luck, Luc. Pour maintenant, bonsoir. A la prochaine. LucMiron: Wish me luck... Bye! Dale: As always Luc, a pleasure to talk to you.
LucMiron left chat session rich-c: yes, Luc is a pretty solid guy, isn't he? rich-c: speaking of Guys, we're still short two tonioght Dale: I'm hoping I'll be available for the next CCQJV meeting so that I can talk to him in person again. Daniel Bienvenu: the 2 new coleco games by msx programmers are conversions of konami (not sure) games : one is a battle ship game, the other is... I don't know exactly. Daniel Bienvenu: next CCJVQ meeting is next year, in march probably Daniel Bienvenu: http://www.kongregate.com/games/gameinabottle/gemcraft Dale: I'm thinking of going to http://www.pennyarcadeexpo.com/ this spring in Boston, but I see now that they are delaying it until 2010. Daniel Bienvenu: I'm playing that game and I'm stuck at Wizard level 25. rich-c: has anyone tried a clone of Video Hustler? that one is rather fun Daniel Bienvenu: video hustler exist for the colecovision... was a prototype and never release but do exist.
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changed username to UGB Dale: http://www.tojam.ca I mean. UGB: Greetings Daniel Bienvenu: hello Dale: It'll be in May 2009 most likely. rich-c: greetings, UGB Pamela: hi guy rich-c: how are things in the Windy City? Daniel Bienvenu: I know a GB, but UGB UGB: HI Pam rich-c: Ubuntu, his latest toy Daniel Bienvenu: I forgot UGB: I'm on Xubuntu on the Athlon installing some updates rich-c: I have to get that working on my machine - it's installed but needs some changes I can't handle Daniel Bienvenu: trying a new OS, on an old PC computer, I may try REACTOS which is a compatible Windows NT system written from scratch and can this year install applications like firefox for Windows and play dos-windows games like quake. james: anyone know someone who would like to work part-time in rural japan, live rent-free? UGB: I might try that too Daniel rich-c: not offhand, james, but as times get tougher that may change Dale: Doing what James? james: teaching engrish to kids Dale: You want days off? rich-c: where can I find out about REACTOS Guy? Dale: Or are you too popular? Daniel Bienvenu: warning : reactos still has to be consider in alpha version, which means not really for use right now. james: i have a part-timer who helps me at my other school Daniel Bienvenu: just type reactos in google, you will find it quick james: but he's leaving next year rich-c: right - just crawling with bugs, then james: i'm in a bit of a pinch - i want to grow, but i need to know i have labour lined up before i promote UGB: Here's the website www.reactos.org james: and i haven't lost enough students at my main school such that i can cover both locations on my own yet Daniel Bienvenu: they did experiment reactos into virtualpc environment and they show some screenshot of that rich-c: OK, I'll take a look later UGB: It's still in alpha stage and not for everyday use yet. They are writing this from scratch rich-c: might be an answer for us who do not like Vista and aren't optimistic about Windows7 either james: i'm looking at different options. at current rates, i won't recoup my startup costs for the second place for another four years james: if i could somehow work both on my own then that gets cut back to a year and a half Dale: Tough to be everywhere though James. rich-c: if you survive it, that is, james? Dale: And your family might start to notice too. james: 6 days a week is not a huge problem, it's only been the last 6 months that i've had a 2 day weekend james: so the short term goal is to recoup my startup costs on that place then decide what i want to do. lots of things "wrap up" in a way over the next few years james: and i may make a move at that point rich-c: right - I reckon in the current world economic situation, it's better to sit tight james: yup, i'm just staying the course for now james: but in 4 years, i may be well positioned to leave Dale: I'm going to say goodbye a bit early tonight. james: have a good night dale rich-c: in the old Roman phrase, festina lente rich-c: OK Dale, take care, see you next week Dale: I'm really tired tonight after my adventures in California last week and camping all weekend. rich-c: camping in this weatehr gets to you rich-c: I trust you werent dodging forest fires too Dale: I was in a cabin but we spent 3 hours tobogganing, and that takes a lot out of you. Dale: bye all. Daniel Bienvenu: bye Dale Dale: poof
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Daniel Bienvenu left chat session rich-c: group's getting a bit thin without the Slopsemas james: yeah, not too many here right now rich-c: haven't heard from Ron for months james: yeah, he's been very quiet rich-c: and teh Drushels are among the aqbsent too rich-c: well, he hasn't even put his new email address on the Adamnet yet rich-c: Pam, do you know if the Superstore is carrying teh big jars of instant coffee? Pamela: dunno but I can check rich-c: if you're up soon I'd appreciate it - No Frills hasn't had it for months, and Fortinos didn't have it either today - I use No Name james: i'm going to get lunch rich-c: Fortinos did have big jars of Maxwell House but teh last lot of that that I got was so foul it got tossed in the composter james: have a good evening everyone Pamela: nite james rich-c: OK james, bon appetit, come back soon Pamela: how large is large? rich-c: about $10 just under a half kilo (475g) UGB: Bye James rich-c: Nescafe have a tin but it won't fit in out kitchen space james: bye!
james left chat session rich-c: anyway any word would be appreciated, Pam rich-c: found the next computer toy I'd like to have, but it's too expensive Pamela: oh? rich-c: yes - a solid state USB external hard disc, about 120 GB - glorified flash drive rich-c: but they currently have it on special $360 US Pamela: where? rich-c: shop down in Texas rich-c: carry a total; backup of the laptop plus two extra copies Pamela: holy cow rich-c: the way solid state memory prices are dropping these days, it could be $100 by June rich-c: notice how flash drives have dropped? 32 GB around $40? Pamela: yes Pamela: I've seen the ads rich-c: seems teher's a couple of super tiny PCs - pocket-tops? - using a version of them rich-c: one is the Gateway EeePc, apparently rich-c: there's also a new computer built around a static ram version of the thing, doesn't need protection Pamela: sorry Dad, still listening to Cynthia Pamela: hang in there rich-c: the core OS can't be written to, and everything else is flushed every time you turn it off - viruses goodbye rich-c: well I see Cynthis has set herself up a gmail acclunt, which was smart rich-c: now all she needs is a freebie or very cheap ISP connection rich-c: if she's on gmail, maybe she could join someone's wireless network or something Pamela: and its accessible from anywhere rich-c: well, as log as it is accessible from where she is, that's what counts.
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changed username to <undefined> rich-c: just not in the Four Seasons in Florence (Firenza) where it costs 22 euros a day Pamela: who's this? rich-c: aha, we have a late arrival rich-c: no doubt we shall see all in the fulln ess of time
<undefined> changed username to Harvie Pamela: hi harvie! rich-c: hello Harvie - it's been a LONG time! UGB: HI Harvie Harvie: Howdy howdy rich-c: how have you been keeping? and what's up swith you? Harvie: same old stuff, gradually sliding into the dark abyss rich-c: sounds like your back is continuing to act up Harvie: knees and hands mostly, back seems ok rich-c: arhtritis? Harvie: yes indeed,how have you been? rich-c: well, how long has it been since we've chatted?
UGB changed username to Guy B Guy B: What have you been up to Harvie? Harvie: probably a year or so,memory is slipping too Harvie: Hi Guy Pamela: sorry everyone, I'm still on the phone Pamela: I know i'm not contributing much tonite Harvie: i was just setting up a new laptop for work and had to test the Java so I thought I would try here Pamela: clearly it works : ) Harvie: always nice when something works rich-c: sorry, Frances was having a problem with an obstrperous program we couldn't kill rich-c: anyway since last year I had that hernia fixed so can now move around much more easily rich-c: still can't make it all the way to the plaza walking, but maybe by spring Pamela: gotta keep practicing, Papa : ) rich-c: I think Adamcon rated as a success, next will be in Grand Rapids with the Slopsemas rich-c: they are off on a cruise this week and next Harvie: Well, now that I know the laptop is set up I have to get up early in the AM and go to Midland Pamela: I hope that Thanksgiving goes well for Meeka rich-c: Ron has got married, and Erin got her green card so will move down to Cleveland in January Pamela: has anyone heard from Ron? Harvie: I hope I can make it to Adamcon next year rich-c: Bob has - hold on a bit, gotta go help your ma again Pamela: it would be nice to ahve you there Harvie Harvie: Imade it to 007 and 17 so I'm really not due 'till 27:) Pamela: really Harvie, how about trying for once every five or so? Harvie: I just noticed the hour. I need my beauty sleep so I will have to say goodnight. Try to catch you all next week. Guy B: Well folks. I'll be going, I'm off tomorrow and Friday. But, I have to check on Jeanene's cat while she is in the hospital. She just called me a few minutes ago Pamela: goodnight Harvie, stay in touch Guy B: Bye Harvie Pamela: Happy Thanksgiving, Guy
Harvie left chat session Guy B: Thanks Pam Pamela: goodnight Guy Guy B: I didn't tell you that I'm n ow wearing my new Freedom 22 processor Pamela: oh good! how's it going? Guy B: Picking up some sounds I never heard with the old one, but I'm getting use to it now and it will tell me when the batteries will die Guy B: I will tell you more next week. Poof Pamela: okay, looking forward to it
Guy B left chat session rich-c: here Pamela: still here, still on the phone! rich-c: OK, want to bail and we'll catch up next time we talk? Pamela: there, I just got off rich-c: anyway, we have a rogue program on the laptopo rich-c: so I had better go see what we can do Pamela: however given the time and the fact that I still have to talk to my hubby, I'd better go Pamela: what kind of program? Pamela: virus? rich-c: unless your mother has rebooted already rich-c: no, site advisor Pamela: oh lord. okay, go deal - I'll call rich-c: none of my tricks to bust out of it worked Pamela: hugs, Daddy rich-c: OK - if you get to the Superstore let me know, OK? Pamela: I will Pamela: gnite rich-c: sleep tight. then - nitey nite Pamela: kerpoof
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