Year 12

Windows 10 is no longer free( 7th Jul 2016 )

Oh, darn. And my pesky laptop failed to update itself, after multiple attempts and many days stalled at 99%.
Luckily, I didn't really want it, but thought it might be useful to have a copy of the Edge browser, for completeness (I make a lot of webpages, and it's useful to see which browsers can't understand standard HTML… the problem child is usually Apple, these days).

My problem with Microsoft boils down to this: I hold grudges.

Sometime around the turn of the century I did a Business IT course at night school. It was pretty easy, I've been programming since I was a child, and I basically learned only two things during the course: ASP is easy, and what the heck a database was. Obviously I'd done things with data, but I didn't know the word, and I certainly didn't have anything like SQL.

On the last day, as we were leaving, Mark the tutor asked me if I'd looked at the SDK for DirectX7. I said I hadn't, he explained that it was a. useful, b. easy, and c. free, and I went home to try it out.

It took some trial and error (because the docs for these things are written by and for people who already know how it all works), but eventually I was making games, like I used to do in AMOS on the Amiga. They weren't anything especially awesome, but they were fun, and I was slowly progressing to larger and more complex things.

And then Vista was released. And more significantly, Isegrim installed it.

Now, I don't have a lot of friends. I'm not a social person. When I make a game, I'm usually making it for me and Isegrim, and with Vista firmly infesting his PC, he could no longer run my games.

Vista could run DirectX7 just fine. No problem there. It could run programs written in Visual Basic 6 just fine, too. But the library that linked the two, Dx7vb6.dll (or whatever it was called) wasn't supported, for no good reason, and short of learning everything again from scratch, there was no way forward. DirectX8 had almost nothing in common with the DirectDraw I was using, and the newer versions of Visual Basic had almost nothing in common with the VB6 I was coding in.

The idea of learning it all again was soul-destroying, so basically, that was me done with games. Fuck you, Microsoft. Every new version you bring out is a slow, broken, bloated parody of the original, and you expect praise and money for it. Fuck you.
1 Oct 17, 09:02
E.E. says:
Another chapter up. More coming tomorrow.
29 Sep 17, 09:41
E.E. says:
Okay, here we go, something new: crossover fiction.
28 Sep 17, 07:42
E.E. says:
Ugh. Forced to update Skype to include the latest rubbishy unwanted nonsense.
19 Sep 17, 13:07
E.E. says:
Funny thing: while assembling his StormWolf model, Isegrim somehow managed to put one of the parts in his mouth and chew it up.
4 Sep 17, 07:16
E.E. says:
Thanks, Mike. I'll be posting up something soon.
13 Aug 17, 16:50
MikeL says:
So what i am saying is, you just do what you want, :) --- a supportive reader.
13 Aug 17, 16:50
MikeL says:
At the same time, Whateley websites are always being plagued by people who are rude and crude and uncomplimentary and even abusive of the authors. Famously, it is said that this is why Diane Castle left. And her stuff was awesome!
13 Aug 17, 16:48
MikeL says:
TY 4 your post. Don't feel bad about "Dawn". I bet DaVinci had a bunch of paintings in his attic he didn't try to sell because he thought they weren't up to snuff.
16 Jul 17, 17:26
E.E. says:
I'm still alive! The Dawn story got some bad feedback on the Whateley forum, so Ive backpedalled a bit. Working on something new.
3 Jul 17, 22:34
MikeL says:
Just want you to know i still think about you, about the characters in Verity's Ark, and hope things are going well for you.
21 May 17, 06:27
JimmiXzSq says:
19 May 17, 13:28
MikeL says:
i should have said "hopefully in favor of nice real life stuff you like". <3 :)
19 May 17, 13:26
MikeL says:
I'm checking for updates/new chapters on Dawn. I know that you are winding down your web stuff hopefully in favor of real life. Lots of thanks and compliments and love.
2 May 17, 18:45
MikeL says:
Just wanted to say thank you for everything :)
20 Apr 17, 17:12
MikeL says:
I found more of Dawn on the Whateley site and enjoyed reading it very much :) ty!!
20 Apr 17, 02:02
MikeL says:
Read the first chapter of Dawn and the only criticism is it was too short! I was done reading it too soon. More, please. :) Most enjoyable!
5 Apr 17, 21:45
MikeL says:
You know how much I like the Whateley universe and how much i like your writing so "Dawn" is going to be, i am sure, the greatest mixture of two good things since peanut butter and jelly. Will be following it intently. :)
2 Apr 17, 16:58
Barnypok says:
1 Apr 17, 23:11
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11 Mar 17, 15:58
MikeL says:
And thank you. I feel honored that you give me clues and name me. :)
11 Mar 17, 15:55
MikeL says:
no more Verity's Ark. All good things must come to an end and V.A. was THE BEST!!!! Congrats on your writing. :) Love you.
6 Mar 17, 07:58
E.E. says:
And that's the end of my NaNoWriMo story.
11 Feb 17, 10:14
E.E. says:
Progress is good on the new story, but I don't want to give away too much. A clue for MikeL, though: the working title is 'Dawn'
9 Feb 17, 20:33
1 Feb 17, 22:15
E.E. says:
Starting work today on a new story. More details will follow...
30 Jan 17, 01:19
MikeL says:
It has been a while since i visited this site and i just reread some of my old comments and i just want to apologize for being a bit of a nag. I won't bring up that story again. :(
30 Jan 17, 01:17
MikeL says:
Looking at the latest cartoon (featuring Miki) and marveling at the incredibly prolific writing, it makes me a little sad that we never got to read the ending of "Revenge of the Sunbeam." But it is nice that we get to read more EE stuff.
30 Jan 17, 01:12
MikeL says:
TY, Ise. I know that EE is a great writer. A belated Happy new year to all! :)
7 Jan 17, 01:39
Isegrim says:
Have read the story, can recommend. It gets even better :)
6 Jan 17, 19:56
Barnypok says:
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