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Messages - Desh

Applications / Re: 'Unwanted' by Sheera
August 02, 2008, 04:46:49 AM
I admit, I've been putting off reading all the pages because most were over 500kb.  Pngs are good for quality,  but for most of those sketches even 100% quality jpgs would be smaller.  This doesn't really have much to do with your comic though, I'm just picky ^^;

The art's pretty good.  You've got a nice variety of angles and poses with simple, yet expressive lines.  You also specifically spiced up some repeated images by using different angles.  That's all really important when you're drawing panel after panel, page after page.

I'm not so sure about this being a comic's beginning though.  It really follows the song which sadly causes a lot of single panel pages and some repetition.  Neither are too great for grabbing and holding someone's interest :(

It's not a terrible problem, just hard to fairly judge because this is a stylized opening.  Overall, I think you'll be able to do well.
Art / Re: New Art Challenge Forum :)
July 25, 2008, 01:16:16 AM
Sweet stuff!  Though I think Xepher's ball is trying to take control of my mind...

I spent a while thinking about mine, then settled on a football-ish moon:

Took about 20 minutes.
Art / Re: New Art Challenge Forum :)
July 18, 2008, 04:30:10 PM
I'll join in too.  As for theme, if you want something abstract-y, random words and phrases tend to be entertaining ;)

"Why won't the bush average the incentive?", "The tourist disappoints the conceivable employee.", and "The football smiles over my individual."

I think there's ancient, arcane wisdom in there...
Hosting Q&A / Re: Sexual Content
May 01, 2008, 03:30:56 AM
All half-way up to date browsers will have it installed, but not all will have it enabled.

I, for example, use Firefox with NoScript (Disables javascript on unknown sites) for security reasons.

Various stats I've seen say around 5% of net browsers didn't have javascript/have it enabled
Hosting Q&A / Re: Sexual Content
May 01, 2008, 02:08:22 AM
For a pop up, it's pretty simple depending on how far you want to go.

You could have a javascript onclick with a return confirm in the links.
<a href="#UrlGoesHere" onclick="return confirm('This content is rated mature. You must be at least 18 years old to continue.');">Mature Content</a>

Of course it won't work if the user's browser doesn't have javascript.  If you're really concerned about that, you could write some little php script that reads the URL in a get query.  That page could ask the user the same question without depending on javascript.

<a href="mature.php?url=UrlGoesHere">Mature Content</a>

In mature.php
This content is rated mature. You must be at least 18 years old to continue.
<a href="<?php echo $_GET['url']; ?>">Continue</a>
Just got all of Beacon 13 at around 30-50kb/s with no problems :D
I tried beacon 12 at on Sun 6PM EST and had some problems.

I used both Firefox and IE 6.  First time I averaged around 20k/s to 40k/s using Firefox and got 20:00 minutes with 12,007,977 bytes file size.  I tried downloading again and Firefox recognized it as a paused download or something and started where it the first left off.  Second download stopped at 42:00 min with 25,204,700 bytes.  Third time I was able to get the whole file.

Using IE, I averaged around 35k/s and got 17:53 min and 10,735,942 bytes.  When I tried again IE didn't recognize it as the same file and wanted to start again.  I didn't bother letting it.

I tried with Firefox a second time, averaging around 50k/s and again got only part of the file, this time 24:35 min and 14,751,243 bytes.  I timed this attempt at 5:05 min.

I've had no problems with 30meg downloads on other sites (mostly zips, I don't think I've tried another 30meg MP3), and a week ago or so I found Xepher's AMV and downloaded it with no problems.

The forum should have my IP.  My ISP is wireless, and my home has an encrypted wireless network running 3 machines.  It's a little stormy but that's had no effect on my connection right now.

I really don't know what's up with this.  It doesn't seem to be a time thing, I didn't time the first Firefox run but its average transfer was lower than the second but it got more of the file?  I wasn't downloading anything else besides a little websurfing in the background.
Applications / Re: Floppity
December 10, 2007, 04:40:16 AM
Xepher's very nice, including on setup.  I think I saw some random number saying he'd like some progress within two weeks.

Edit, found "Following this, you will have two weeks to get your site up and running." in the Instructions (Read Before Posting!).

As to individual pages, you could use a comic archive php script like Walrus.  You'll just get a messier url (with index.php?date=... or something).
Web Design / Re: Cleaning up PHP $_GET URLs
December 10, 2007, 04:28:54 AM
The way I know of is pretty easy, and I actually learned it here from Databits in this topic :D

Basically, you take your php script that reads your values and chop off the .php.  Then, using .htaccess, you force the webserver to run it as a php script.  After that, you make your script read its URL, breaking it up by the slashes, and you have your variables.

In actual code, for the .htaccess

<Files ScriptName>
  ForceType application/x-httpd-php

(Where ScriptName is the name of the php script you cut off)

Then, to get your variables, in the ScriptName script


That first line will get rid of the ScriptName, and leave only your variables.  Then, your variables are broken up by slashes into an array.

Keep in mind, the way your script gets is variables is now different.  In your original method, variables are named and part of the $_GET group.  In this method, they're numbered starting at 0 and part of the $variables array. 

If you name your variables right away, such as $id=$_GET['id'];, just replace the $_GET with the right $variables[ #].  If you use $_GET throughout your script, you'll have to go through and change them.

Be sure to avoid naming a folder the same as ScriptName.  If you do, when you access ScriptName/Variable/Variable, the server will look for Variable/Variable in the folder and ignore your script.
General Chat / Re: Today's new word is...
November 06, 2007, 03:45:36 AM
This tome of Xepher is too deep for me.

Is it that hills are demonic and should be avoided at all costs?
Announcements / Re: New Server Coming Soon
November 05, 2007, 02:57:15 PM
I was able to invert the appearance of the overlays (so the logo and arrows were always up and disappeared when you mouse over) in both boxes with some random mouse movement.  Turns out you can swap them back and forth if you mouse into the box during the transition.  I was able to do this in both FF and IE 6.

I like the looks, they're nice and smooth.  Though it looks like IE 6 doesn't like the transparency on the arrows
Art / Re: Scanners and Color Management
November 05, 2007, 01:37:38 AM
I've got another screen of the options in the panel plus an animation of the wizard.  It's seven simple steps with a little text about each option.

I don't know about the phosphors, it might be automatically detected.  I don't know anything about displays, but I'm pretty sure my monitor isn't an LCD.  My monitor has the 6500K option so I'm happy there.



Art / Re: Scanners and Color Management
November 04, 2007, 09:44:05 PM
Quote from: Xepher on November 04, 2007, 07:09:21 AM
Do you have photoshop installed? If so, it often installs a helper program called "Adobe Gamma Loader" that loads monitor adjustments on start up. If you have this, you need to go read the photoshop docs and do this whole process their way, or disable the loader.

I have the Gamma Loader from Photoshop CS I think.  I found Adobe Gamma in the Control Panel on Windows XP.  It offered either a wizard or control panel for the adjustments.  I used the panel to adjust to your images pretty easily.

The panel:

Art / Re: Scanners and Color Management
November 04, 2007, 01:39:26 AM
I'm also interested. I tried to read about color management once but I can't say it made much sense.
General Chat / Re: Reasons I have a job
November 04, 2007, 01:37:13 AM
Those are great XD

QuoteIt was even better as "The Daily WTF?"

Daily eh? Looks like Data will have a job for quite some time  ;)