Well, summer has been going well, and with school next month maybe the DyNiForm team will get back in rhythm with putting out apps. DT-Info will be RTM'd here in the next week to wait for the Aug 27 release. I need to finish up the others as well. I do, however have some good news. One of the first reviews of Windows 8 RTM. It will be available on MSDN next week so that will be cool to test out and get a review for (a bit early). Whenever I download the 2012 RTM next week I will also install it on the server (MSDN does give legal keys to 2012/8
These next updates I'm a lone star. Rocky's doing other stuff, so I needed to step up my game and get it done. Saying that, I've been working on all four applications in the "Beta" and "Released" category. DT-Info is almost final (still have a few more bugs to kill) and that will be good to go for next month's release. For MobiFiles, there isn't much to change, but I have some planned features to squeeze into it. MobiXML, there is also a few things I plan to add. Those three apps shouldn't take longer than 2 weeks to get done what is needed to be done. For MobiText, I still have plenty to do and that will take some time.
I plan to put the new updater in all of those apps, but DT-Info won't get it for now. I have 3 reasons. One, if you are using the application, we want it to have no .dll files. Second, it would be annoying if you got notified every time your PC runs and get told that there is "A new update available." And third, you would get errors of missing files with the updater. So, that brings a new discussion to MText, MXML, and MFiles. Since those applications are not really portable, using another .dll file with them makes sense.
Dates and timing for release: August 27 seems like a good day for me because I'll have everything finished August 26, the night before school starts for another year. The other bonus is some of these apps will be getting the updates they need (Like Text and DT-Info). If we push out a mid term update, it will just be fixes I didn't get done for the summer releases.
Future releases: The next planned updates are for October. And since DyNiForm supports the holidays, whatever apps get updated at that time will be called the "Halloween Update" with some custom styling to support the holidays. If we get anything done in November it will therefore be called the "Thanksgiving Update" and so on. I got a good release schedule for the upcoming months and years, so hopefully we can make it!
DyNiForm Anniversary Update
Christmas/New Years Update
Memorial Day Update
Independence Day Update
It ended up being, well, a new approach. After making the DT-Info logo, it migrated into MobiFiles, XML, and Text. They look great, and have a meaning behind them that I didn't figure out until I finished the MobiXML logo. And that is, a magnifying glass shows that you get info from the computer (DT-Info gets username, etc, then MobiFiles looks on your computer for duplicates) and a pencil to show that you are editing something on the computer (edit XML files in MobiXML, edit text files in MobiText). So it all made sense.
The newest release we have for DT-Info dates back to December 5, 2011. Our first application with the new website. The original build only showed the user name and computer name. Then the fact that it was locked in a certain place in the screen. The last time DyNiForm worked on these files were back in February. The February files had many advancements, such as better positioning (not user movable yet), a tray icon so you can change what the labels say, among other things. Today I did some work to it, and made a new icon/logo. DT-Info is back, and if our plans are logical they will be awesome.
This is a summer project, so it is TBA of when the new version is released!
Well, it finally works again. Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter is installed, and just for fun I had some pictures when Windows 7 Home Premium was running on it. I do know that I need Professional for 2 logical processors!
This is the first time I've had a problem with the new rack server. It has a new motherboard, so nothing should be wrong. Yesterday (July 16) I added the files for the recent Adobe videos on my YouTube. I needed to restart the server so the updates would stop bugging me. I also restarted my desktop and was gonna have a little boot race. The desktop booted into Win7 fine. But on the server, it got stuck at "Starting Windows" (runs 2008R2 but I installed the 7 boot screen). So I tried restarting and launching startup repair. 2008 R2's startup repair gives you 3 options. System Image Recovery, Memory Scan, and Command Prompt. No automatic thing like Win7. So I used CMD and typed in some new MBR commands. Restarted. That didn't work either. Then I try going into safe mode to find out that freezes at loading the OS as well. So the next morning (July 17) I move the HFS server to my desktop till I fixed the server. This next day I didn't have a 2008 R2 disk anywhere, so I went to download 2008 R2 Datacenter from Dreamspark. The download failed multiple times. While it was downloading, I decided that I wanted to test out Win7 and Win2000. Windows 7 Home Premium installed and ran fine, but it picked up 1 processor and the 8GB ram (I need Pro for 2 processors). My next test was Windows 2000 Datacenter Server. Since I never could get 2000 to install on a full 500GB hard drive, I made a 80GB partition. Installed fine and it was fast! During this time another R2 download fails. So I said screw it and go download the Windows Server 2012 RC (because I can upgrade to the RTM when Dreamspark adds it). Downloads fine, use WinToFlash and the drives ready to go. I go to boot up the installer and got it locked at the "Windows" screen after loading files. I grab the Win7 disk to check on the hard drive. I go and select custom to get prompted with 0x0000100. Hard drive partition problem. Pull the hard drive out and connect it to my desktop so I could safely format it. I can only edit the 80GB thing 2000 made. the other 3XXgb is history. My next idea is D-BAN (this plays a part in a future update to my last blog post about PC history) to format the entire hard drive and maybe it will work. More to the story in updates below!
3:11AM PST July 18, 2012: D-Ban is at 31% on swipe 1 of 3. 4 hours left, 2 hours already into it.
6:06PM PST July 18, 2012: D-Ban is a charm. I was able to install Server 2012 to then find out on the next reboot to freeze up again. I have also tested 2003 R2 with the same results.
Time for some self history. Back in 2009 (I got a computer in my room after 6 years, and I have even more history before this, maybe a later post) there was a kid that lived around the block from me. His name was Ben and when I started talking to him was on the school bus. I was in the 6th grade and he was a Junior in High School. One day we started talking about computers and it just continued on. At this time I had a Dell Dimension 4550. Ben had a old Gateway Essentials 500 and a 2007 Vista Gateway laptop (originally it was a XP MCE laptop but got a new one from Gateway as a replacement). One day I was screwing around with the Dell and corrupted Windows XP. The next day I talked to him about it and he said that I needed to do a Windows reinstall, so he grabbed his XP Home SP1 disk and we got it reinstalled. He also mentioned how my Dimension looked like the Optiplex GX270's at the high school (which are complete POS's for what they make us do on them today) with the fornt rising panel for the USB ports. The new XP install didn't have anything for sound or video until a few weeks later I googled a topic of how to get sound on my dad's XPS m140 laptop. At that point I knew what a "driver" was. I thought it was the coolest thing being able to have sound on the computer again. The same week I got the Dimension (was really Christmas week 2008) I got a Kodak c813 camera. At this point I figured out how to upload photos to the computer and it was great.
Kinda much for today. I'll add more to this story later. I got another topic to write up here as well.
Well, July 13, 2010 was a sad day for Windows enthusiasts. Not so much XP or Vista, but 2000. On this day two years ago Microsoft did the final killing of Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2, and the original Windows Vista RTM. 2000 was the big hit here. XP and Vista didn't matter cause they could still be updated to the latest service pack even up to this day.
Anyways, this is a sad day for 2000 death users. Less support for applications as each year rolls on. XP will be the same as well unfortunately.
This one was also preventing DyNiForm from having a 24/7 server. Inside my closet it would roar and make tons and tons of heat, and it was LOUD. I could hear it from the living room with my door closed. While looking a bit on Google today, I found out about a option called Asus Q-Fan that only uses the fans when it is optimal to do so. I enabled that option, and the sound level has been cut down so much I can have the server out of my closet and not bathed in heat.
Everything looks to be fine. Later Sunday night I had switched the HFS server again from the HP Pavilion to my Dell Inspiron 537s, and it seemed to work out. Today I was able to get the server back in working shape to take back over.
I started DyNiForm with
Adobe Photoshop CS5/6
IC3 Windows XP
IC3 Vista & Office 2007
IC3 7 & Office 2010