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In Topic: Windows 10 is hideously ugly, any tips on how to fix?

31 July 2015 - 12:34 PM

I just installed it to a separate partition to see what my opinion was before I made a decision to upgrade my Windows 7. Going into it I was of the opinion that I was going to completely  hate it much as I hated 8, but I was plesantly surprised to find it rather enjoyable. This morning I booted into Windows 10 without really thinking much about it, so that's a good sign I guess. I tried doing the exact same things using both a windows account and a regular desktop account without issues. There may be some with regards to the store but I haven't even looked at that yet.. and honestly probably won't.


There are a few things I don't like so far - particularly the fact I can't add a custom color to the themes as I could in my Windows 7. This isn't a game changer but just something small I wish was present. The colors I was interested in were slightly off of what I really wanted, so I'll just stuck with the default color for now. I also wish I had the ability to change the default system font (which was removed starting in Win 8 I read?). Again something small that doesn't matter much I suppose. As well there were a few games that I wasn't able to get working but this probably comes mostly from the fact I was running them off the other drive. I am sure if I reinstalled them or upgraded my Windows 7 this would be fixed.


With the title bar coloration posted earlier I do wish this could be changed. I think this mostly stems from the fact I am used to a discoloration =[ Maybe this will be fixed in the service update they said comes next month? I mean as time goes on it isn't quite as bad but I would just like it a tint darker.


As far as configuring settings like Cortana and what not that was basically straight forward. I disabled her as I don't really care about that feature or a voice search in general on any device. I am glad that you can optionally disable it if you'd like as opposed to something which was always on. I just know I won't use it but I am not upset it was added in. We all have differing opinions about a feature and that's perfectly fine. I also disabled the internet search feature in the bottom left as it made it rather laggy when I was searching for a specific program I wanted. The configuration process could be.. er.. streamlined by placing all the settings in the same location. It was rather annoying having to travel all over the place just to adjust something.


Just out of curiosity does anyone know what happens if your Windows account credentials are stolen? I was just thinking about this this morning and it makes me feel like on the off chance that did occur you would be completely locked out of your computer. 

In Topic: free private SVN with biggest disk space?

21 July 2015 - 01:46 PM


You get a few zeroes wrong there? Looks like you forget some of the magnitude differences in the units.

Yes, he was using the wrong units.  Consumer electricity rates are about 15 cents per kilowatt-hour, not 0.15 cents.  The final answer of almosdt 30 USD per month was correct.


Note that this is entirely based upon location as well, as the average rate in the United States is only 9.84 cents, with a few states hitting 15, and poor Hawaii at 34 sad.png While this data is from 2013, for my state it is still much higher than the rate we are charged. This is due to possibly different regions inside a state having varying costs as well. During winter I start at 5.5 and decrease to 4.6, and summer is 5.5 to 9.5.


Taking the average of all three power rates per month for me it comes out to about $130.. so basically the same price as paying a $10 service. 


Since there is a computer running as a simple network drive for easy file sharing that won't suck up data usage it made sense for me to shove svn onto that computer. Sure I could get a free private repository someplace, or even pay for one, but for me this seemed like the best option with what I had. Plus at the time I wanted to learn how to do it just on the off chance I needed to do something similar later on.


My biggest gripes deal with the web interface for CollabNet. Sometimes it doesn't load properly so I have to manually start it, or do a quick reboot every now and then. Adding user permissions is tedious as well. Not that this process takes more than a few minutes, it just requires me to manually find the entry, write their name ect. Paying a service that does this all automagically would definitely be alot easier.


Other than that the remaining annoyances for me are just small things. Storms are of an equal concern as any other electronic device in the house. Gotta remember to turn it off/back on, just in case. General maintenance to make sure everything seems alright and the drives are running ok, and so on.


When I change locations here in about a year and a half though I am definitely going to just pay someone to host. There are features that I want but don't want to spend hours setting them up. Or some I just weren't able to get working at all. Sending a commit email I see as beneficial when working in a team, but I wasn't able to properly setup SMTP. It's just easier to have someone else handle that for me smile.png

In Topic: Visual Studio Not Recognizing #include for SDL?

09 July 2015 - 11:16 PM

Are you sure you added the additional includes correctly to link it to your visual studio version? This and this should help you if those weren't set correctly. As well you may need to adjust your additional library directories as necessary if you are having SDL linker problems. These can be found by right clicking the project, going to properties, and are listed under C/C++. The linker is basically the same process and can be found online as well :)

In Topic: MMORPG networking Solutions

31 May 2015 - 01:52 PM

While more advanced networking is out my skill level I think it might help just looking at other real world events where networking is a problem. This video is pretty neat and I think it's worth the watch for the short segment on the WoW networking. While their numbers are much larger than yours, they need to be pushing 100 gbps just on WoW alone. Whether that's per data center or overall was not clear. Each realm comes bundled with a few database servers and instance servers as well, but some networking information gathered by a 3rd party showed you never change connection from the world server. The connection is only lost when moving to an instance (another blade).


How many players you have per server is entirely based down to both the server, type of game, and bandwidth. For example Hearthstone had a goal of 1,000 games per core at once, and ended up with 9-11,000 at once (see this at 21:00). It can get away with this because of the type of game, smart coding, and the bandwidth being extremely low. A quick search online shows something like 1MB per hour or so.. but I could only find the phone specs so PC may be different.


WoW would have a very difficult time trying to match that just because of the bandwidth differences. The world server itself for WoW was not as powerful as I originally thought (looking at the auction they had in 2011), though it has never been stated if a world server was split by region or not. Each server was also upgraded as necessary to help stability. 


As for the n^2 problem it comes down to both the upload and download speed. If you have 40 players in the same location the server is receiving and broadcasting updates for every person.. so each player sends his information and receives 39 other players information. The more players within a certain the range the bigger the problem.


Even today with Blizzards infrastructure this is a huge problem I can recall a few times recently where a streamer would gather hundreds of players and crash the server.. with the complimentary ban hammer falling down shortly thereafter smile.png Their CRZ (Cross Realm Zone) technology was meant to help mitigate rising costs and spread players out over the entire data center, but has some fundamental problems still that Blizzard said they can't solve.

In Topic: Trying to write my own GUI with SFML

05 May 2015 - 12:09 PM

Take a look at this article it seems to cover the basics rather decently as well :) There are also a few GUI libraries for SFML that you might be interested in looking at their source to see how they designed things as well.

For my simple UI I go with a design similar to what Trienco described. My base frame has everything a generic frame would need, with sliders, buttons, ect. containing specific functionality. A complex UI is then just broken down into simpler elements making it much easier to create. Mouse interaction is just handled using simple virtual functions (Like OnMouseDown, OnDragStart, ect) since UI interaction was written with C++ in mind. It feels a little hacky but it gets the job done for right now :) Good luck!