Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 30-06-2006

OK... TheLAIR except for the artworks/illuminations (wallpapers) is online. Thanks to Niko (Phoenix) once again.

I will re-link and reconstruct the walls section this weekend.

TheLair: http://pixelcatalyst.plastiqueweb.com.


Filed Under (alien.invasion, science/TECH) by WildFire on 29-06-2006

There goes those aliens once again... tinkering with the site's counter.

It's time to fight back. It's time for these mind-reading computers.

Arse GOT kicked.

Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 29-06-2006

We abused the bandwidth and made it scream. Tortured it. Tormented. Made it suffer. Made it scream some more.

Scream it did.

And in the end... it kicked our arse.

pixelcatalyst's arse to be precise.

So fiercely it kicked... and now we're here in Mars. Devising a plan to return home.

A plan to woe the bandwidth back and to prevent TheBandwidth from getting mad at us once again.

Chocolates and roses.


I wasn't able to anticipate it really but here are some stats for June 1 - 24:

6GB for LOS2002 alone. Not to mention the rest of the site. Initial e-mail sent showed a usage of 74.04GB. Plastiqueweb's CPANEL LOG shows around 27GB though. I still have to clarify that part... but still it is HUGE.

Apologies to my fellow Plastiqueweb dwellers for the inconvenience and thanks once again to Niko for the consideration.

I am restructuring portions of the site to prevent this problem from occurring in the future. Until then you can download the artworks and illuminations at DeviantArt.com and DEPTHcore.com.

The content of this section will be re-uploaded once I'm sure I have placed enough protective measures to prevent that problem from happening once again in the future. The illuminations and artworks when that time comes will be linked in a host outside TheLair.


Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 28-06-2006

Fox-warps and other links:

More later...

The Details… AGAIN.

Filed Under (Random.links, Random.scribbles) by WildFire on 27-06-2006

I was reading an archived copy of Mark Cuban's blog last week. (see wikipedia.org/Mark_Cuban)

This was after I watched Game 6 of the NBA Finals 2006 on a bus enroute to a client visit. The first game I watched since Michael Jordan left. But more on that later, now let's go back to Mark Cuban's blog.

There are very interesting points he mentioned in his blog which I'd like to CP.

Substance comes from detail. Luck comes from detail. Winning comes from being willing to do the work on the details. Learning comes from investing in details.


Aggregate data from a lot of games over a lot of seasons, and all of the sudden you have a database with value.

Once you have information, then you can add brainpower and try to do things better.

Once you have information, then you can start to define excellence and strive for it, measuring your progress along the way.

Source: I know you are... but what am I...

Cool blog. Cool dude.

Back to that game. Miami won and I think everyone knows that part already. But watching an NBA game after years... five... four or even more I'm not really sure. All I recognize is the NBA logo, Shaq who's now a little old and slower but wiser... Payton and two more players whose names I could not remember.

I recognized Pat Riley though.

What amazed me is the camera movement though. It was seemingly hovering, rotating and being in the best angles. It was far far better than when I was following game after game way way back before.

Hmm... can we implement that on database systems. Like a sort of hovering software/sentient being or something that really monitors how data travels, bumps and all.

… and SCREAM it did.

Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 27-06-2006

'Scream, bandwidth. Scream.' was PXLCTLSTv7's motto... and scream it did. Until it choked.

The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.

HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 10:22:53 GMT Server: Apache/1.3.33 (Unix) mod_throttle/3.1.2 mod_auth_passthrough/1.8 mod_log_bytes/1.2 mod_bwlimited/1.4 PHP/4.3.11 FrontPage/ mod_ssl/2.8.22 OpenSSL/0.9.6b

I'm still waiting for the admin's reply if this is really a 'real' bandwidth problem. OR spambot-related or... a hmm... DDOS..? Which I doubt actually.

Which is quite untimely... since after a couple of weeks and a day of client visits, I was hoping I could change gear and shift to GFX-in'.

Ah well.

Dennis Kneale: Will Gates really relinquish power..?

Filed Under (Random.links) by WildFire on 23-06-2006

Dennis Kneale: Will Gates really relinquish power..?


Filed Under (Visual FoxPro, work.BLOG) by WildFire on 20-06-2006

DECLARE INTEGER ShellExecute IN shell32.dll ;
INTEGER hndWin, STRING cAction, STRING cFileName, ;

ShellExecute(0, 'open', 'control.exe', 'timedate.cpl', '', 1)

MY qs... is so cool. She's dissecting WinAPI related stuff these days. Screams and grumbles are reaching a new level though. But that's normal when you handle these kinds of areas.

The last few days have been very busy for us. We have a data entry module due this Saturday afternoon. But before that we have to hurdle three more client visits.

And we already had 7 client visits in the past 8 days.

The second leg of my sleep is even interrupted by client calls. They're my alarm clocks these days. And I don't even dare to whack their heads when they do the ringing. (The first leg stops when I have to randomly poke (and annoy) my kid to go to school. (Hopefully, education will not hinder his learning.))

Ah well... one of those days in the lives of us freelancers... : ]


Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 15-06-2006

SEEWindowsVista.com (Thanks LEIGH for the link (SNAGGED from TheLair's pixelnews.)


Filed Under (GFX, work.BLOG) by WildFire on 07-06-2006

You know... we have this printer in the office, which I shall call Jana, who would randomly barf out errors unless you pull her closer to you... talk to her... say nice things to her. And even worse things if qs is the one handling her. I'll assume she's around 17 years old in spirit. Probably vegetarian.

So every time I have to print something I have to pull her close to me (in an angle facing me), caress the cover and access this affection.woo.database of mine.

Anyway... to compensate for this... here's a tip.

In case you wanted to cancel a print job... and a thousand and five delete key hitting won't do, cancelling all print jobs won't work, purge, curses, spells and a dozen turn off/reboots and all. Try clicking ALT+CTRL+DEL... click Task Manager... select the Processes tab. Look for spoolsv and hit DELETE.

But then again... you might need another 1001 reboots to make that work... : ]

Pixelwarps: 2ADVANCED.com version 5.00ANGELWorld 8.3 (with AJAX) and 2YUPPIE.com.

Back to codin'.

Cesar Chalom: Crop images with GDI+

Filed Under (Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 02-06-2006

Cesar Chalom: Crop images with GDI+.

Stuart Dunkeld

Filed Under (THIS.site.matters, Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 02-06-2006

OOPS. Wrong CGI-bin.

Let me compensate that with this foxpro-warp: Stuart Dunkeld.


Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 02-06-2006

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