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D3Server3 version released E-mail
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Written by Thomas   
Saturday, 11 October 2014 13:47


Almost exactly 5 months after the last release of D3Server3 a new version is available again. Lots of bugfixes have made it into that release, and of course quite a bunch of new features.



The most obvious change is probably that PXO and the chat stuff has disappeared from the main window. It's been replaced by some more useful information regarding the tool's CPU usage as well as the same for dedicated servers.


Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 11:48
D3Server3 is looking for a new icon and maybe some images too E-mail
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Written by Thomas   
Saturday, 08 February 2014 07:55


D3Server3's current icon is probably a bit outdated. Its design might be the cause for debate, but its resolution certainly doesn't value current Windows desktops.

However, I would like to release the new version of D3Server3 with some minor changes to its looks. Cool


If you're good at icon/image creation, if you got some spare time, and if you feel you're in the mood of doing something for the eyes of the Descent 3 server hosting community, please step forward now. Smile




Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:10
The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142). Click OK to close the application. E-mail
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Written by Thomas   
Monday, 16 December 2013 09:20


For almost 3 weeks I kept getting this error message when starting some applications on my Windows 8 computer:

The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142). Click OK to close the application.

This wasn't a big deal as the majority of programs worked fine. However, one application that didn't work had bothered me quite a lot. I was not able to run my D3Server3 anymore.


Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 16:21
Fixing traffic lights E-mail
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Written by Thomas   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 06:54

Fixing traffic lights

In case you didn't know until now how traffic lights can be repaired here's a video that briefly introduces a new method.

I almost couldn't believe my eyes when I passed by in a taxi.

This man stood on top of the roof of a lorry to repair a traffic light. It is unknown if he succeeded in his attempt but watching the scene alone without knowledge about its end is entertaining enough.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 07:33
How not to set off fireworks E-mail
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Written by Thomas   
Monday, 11 February 2013 03:17


In this educational video Thomas and Heinz show you how not to light fireworks.


Watch the actors perform in their best condition and dive into a world of amazing teaching skills. Outragous mental powers and proper preparations led to a film for friends and family, for neighbour's dog and future want-to-be pyromaniacs.

Snow is falling... All around me... Children playing... Having fun... It's the season... Love and understanding... You know. That's what Shakin' Stevens would have had to say about this spectacle.

Get ready for a stunning display!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 07:40
WARNING: Driving while texting is dangerous. E-mail
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Written by Charley the Floridian Monster   
Sunday, 05 February 2012 21:04


A few more people got killed for texting and driving at the same time. So I finaly decided to write an article for people's safety on the road with any internet communication device. And to warn people that it is also extremely dangerous. So please watch the road and if you have to text, pull over along the side of the road and do it. But please, be careful.

And if you see somebody driving while texting, avoid them at all cost. These people are road hazards. Anyway, stay safe on the roads. It is very important.


    Have a nice day. Smile



Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 02:24
Special feature: A tribute to Eddie Badescu E-mail
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Written by Wazz the Snow Fox   
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 05:00

A heartfelt tribute to the most amazing person I've ever known.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 05:24
Writing Journal #1 - Some notes and facts about Kaiaatsel E-mail
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Written by Wazz the Snow Fox   
Friday, 18 March 2011 17:41

If that title made you curious then by all means read on.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:17
Mixing with FLAC Files E-mail
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Written by Aenn   
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 18:46


FLAC files are lossless compressed copies of wave files. That about tells it - you can save gigabytes of hard drive space by using FLAC files in a mix. But there's another important advantage to FLAC files - as they're smaller, there's a lot less that has to be read in from the hard drive. There's little CPU overhead for FLAC decoding, so if your mixing app can handle FLAC, the FLAC files are to be used. The smaller size of FLAC files means during live mix playback, at least twice as many tracks can be played as with wave files.

The only downside to FLAC is that it's usually 24-bit integer, not 32-bit float. This does cut  out a bit of "air", and definition, but as 24-bit is vastly superior to 16-bit, and most mixing is done in 32-bit float, there's more point to using 24-bit FLAC files than trying to save HD space with 16-bit waves.

A shareware DAW (digital audio workstation) with uncrippled functionality is REAPER. It supports FLAC (and .ogg) for import/export and mixing.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 November 2010 21:21
Music Tech Note: Converting to 22 KHz E-mail
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Written by Aenn   
Saturday, 23 October 2010 12:43


This little article deals with how to convert a music piece to 22 KHz with as little damage as possible.

First of all, a simple formula. Detail limit of a sampled format is sampling frequency/8. In scientific sampling, a sampled signal is considered accurate as long as the sampling frequency is 8 times the frequency of the signal to be sampled. This is because 8 coordinates are required to describe a sine wave: 4 positive, 4 negative.

Hence, by the way, you need 160 KHz sampling to accurately represent 20 KHz (so much for CD audio's claims of "22 KHz bandwidth" - 22 KHz, yeah, but for noise, not music, detail limit is much lower).

Thus: 44100 Hz (CD audio) divided by 8=5512.5 Hz. Enough for midrange, but there's already distortion in the treble and high frequencies. 22050 Hz (Descent 3 sampling format for music) divided by 8=2756.25 Hz. Not very detailed, is it?

So what happens when you go over the magical f/8 limit? Aliasing happens. Rectification distortion, foldover, etc. Everything becomes "squarish" (or more precisely, triangular). The minimum time frame also becomes 0.36 msec., which is slow (to human perception that sounds "stiffy", "woody").

And that tends to sound weird. Get an acoustic instrument record and downsample to 22050 Hz, then listen to what happens to treble and space harmonics. But never fear, for there are ways to smoothing out the damage.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 October 2010 22:08
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