Thursday, March 22, 2012

Runtime Reconstruction... .excruciating .EXEs

Ugh. For those of you that don't know, the home of my runtimes (an external drive) let this world earlier this month. Luckily, with some exceptions, I had backed up most of them a few weeks before. We had a hitch with the replacement drive and had to get another one. I'm finally back on the road to reconstruction.

One of the major exceptions to the fairly recent backup was my V4 and related stuff. I had given up on using V4 due to some problems with using her on our household's old computer. We got a new system during the last quarter of last year. Thanks to Ann from ART-Collab, I decided to give V4 another shot on the new system. She and Fisty patiently and graciously helped me though some of the changed technical stuff. However, I never did reinstall quite a bit of the older stuff that I had for her because it seemed like a lot of work to go to if I wasn't going to end up using V4 for the long-haul. I decided to start on small scale. Since I had to do some reconstruction, I thought I might as well install all that stuff and some of the bundles for V4 & M4 late last year. I figured better to do the least pleasing job first. I spent most of the day running the installers and it brought one thing very sorely home. I H-A-T-E Daz's bloody .EXE installers. Almost always have, but now I definitely do with a passion. Running more than three to four makes me nuts. I wanted to hang myself very quickly. Never again! Fortunately, I think I have the bulk of the stupid things installed now.

I have some more minor installing with blessed, sweet .ZIP files to do. And that's it. I should be back in business. I think I might take a breather for a couple of days and have mental health vacation after all those .EXE. After the .EXE files, a few weeks' worth of .ZIP installs sounds like a breeze. I should be in the home-stretch soon. If all goes well, I'll be back composing and rendering scenes in Poser sooner than Daz s**n.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Freebie: Loading Dock Cameras

Hurray and congratulations to ART-Collab. Their new products, The Loading Dock and The Cargo Hold have made it to the Daz Store as part of March Madness. I made a humble set of starter cameras for The Loading Dock and packed them up as a freebie. Click here to download them from the ART-Collab thread at Daz. I will try to get them put up on a web page as soon as life becomes less hectic again. Enjoy.