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Kaustic auZzie Notes strip #6 may be delayed [Jul. 1st, 2007|09:25 pm]
Stephan

Hi gang,

Just letting you know in advance, strip #6 of Kaustic auZzie notes may be delayed.

The Moray scene file I was working on somehow became corrupted and refuses to load for some reason.  Thankfully I had the sense to keep occasional backups, but all the same there was a lot of work since the most recent of those backups.  I'm trying to reconstruct everything from memory (not one of my great skills :( ).

Looks like it's going to be yet another rushed job... [groan]

Stephan

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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-07-01 12:15 pm (UTC)
...and it just happened again as I was making adjustments. Something I'm doing is causing the application to go wrong.
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2007-07-01 07:25 pm (UTC)
I finally found your comic (and read thru the archive, of course). You've often made mention of it without providing a name or a link.

The scarcity of dialog suggests that it will bear little resemblance to other comics I know. I'll continue to check it out.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-07-01 08:51 pm (UTC)
You could have PM'ed me! :P I would happily have told you! :lol:

There's two reasons I haven't made a proper announcement:
1) I'm not satisfied with the current strips and want to improve upon them.
2) I'm waiting until I'm able to start up a forum. I just need confirmation from two forumites who I hope will join me as administrators and share information about their own comic(s) in the forum.

>The scarcity of dialog suggests that it will bear little resemblance to other comics I know. I'll continue to check it out.

The comic has involved little dialogue at present because until GG1 is re-booted there's only one speaking character; Michael. He'll successfully attend to GG1, and he'll also be joined by other characters in a month or two.

It's no accident that I went for a different genre in my comic, as I've wanted to compliment the CTC comics and never compete against any of them. Not that I could possibly have competed with Pony's artwork; I'm safe there! The same goes for Bill Redfern, Eric W. Schwartz or Eric Nault. It's not a laugh-a-strip comic as in Carry On, Freefall, Ozy & Millie, Sabrina Online or the CTC. The action level is probably on par with Eric Nault's Hellbound (without the supernatural undertones). The character depth and introspection will probably be similar to 21CF, as will the time period and setting (although my characters live in 2050; 16 years earlier than Jack & Jenny). By my viewpoint the comic most closely resembling Kaustic auZzie Notes is Freighter Tails, which is part of the reason I opted to have the initial years predominantly in black & white. I can't match Bill's dry wit or outstanding group of misfits though, and it helps that my comic is fully anthromorphic!
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2007-07-02 12:18 am (UTC)
Heh. I didn't announce the official start of my comic until I was sure it was going to appear correctly and consistently on the site. I decided against a forum because (1) I didn't want to get depressed by few or negative comments, (2) the programming skills of me and the people to whom I'm close are lame, and (3) my online activity takes up more than enough of my time already.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-07-02 09:51 am (UTC)
Oh don't worry about other people's opinions; back seat drivers. Remember, no matter how emphatic the tone, it's still to be regarded as nothing more than suggestions and evaluations (often biased).

I want to have a forum, because I'd like to sample the audience and know which way THEY'D like the comic to go. If Sue Deer had listened to her audience she might not have killed off Futura.
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2007-07-02 05:52 am (UTC)
The first and most important thing you've already done, keep backups. That's a good thing in itself, and it proves that you know better than most people. Coupled with the fact that you're doing a webcomic with it makes you far better off than most, I believe.

In my opinion, this more than makes up for another update being late.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-07-02 09:55 am (UTC)
Oh I keep backups of EVERYTHING! I've been that way since I lost one third of my hard drive in 2000AD because a half-witted PC technician "repaired" the hard drive. At that point in time I had no backup device, but things are different now.

The current problem is that the file KEEPS on being corrupted, and I haven't figured out the pattern yet. I'm saving to a backup file for each major change I make.
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2007-07-02 03:59 pm (UTC)
Hmm, mmhmm, I prescribe running a full Scandisk on it (i.e., a surface scan) to see if there are any bad sectors.

I used to have a drive that was starting to fail and was causing things to get corrupted all over the place.
Scandisk had found many bad sectors every time I ran it, hence my suggestion.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-07-02 09:05 pm (UTC)
That's something else I do frequently, and YES there IS a problem.

My PC only has two hard drives. Most of my files are on a 160GB drive (actually it's 200GB but the motherboard can't handle that) but the main C: is only a lousy 20GB that came with the PC. We've tried swapping them over but it didn't work, probably because of the inferior motherboard.

I've done my best to keep everything on the 160GB, leaving the 20GB strictly for whatever refuses to go on the 160GB. Alas there is already 11GB in use and the page thrashing has become a problem. The 20GB now refuses to have defrag run. A friend has recommended that I "nuke" the thing and start over, but that would mean hours of reinstalling, and I'd lose all the patches downloaded off the net (Half-Life 2 and World of Warcraft).

All the same, I don't think this is the cause of the Moray problem. Batty warned me that Moray sometimes has compatibility problems with Windows XP. So far this is the worst difficulty I've faced using the application, but it's far from the first.
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2007-07-02 11:04 pm (UTC)
That sounds rather suspicious as far as the drives go.
Have you been getting many bad sectors and on which disks are they?

It almost sounds like you need a newer motherboard or something.

However, most BIOSes usually have an option called "SMART" (it has something to do with early failure detection of hard drives), that is usually turned off, but when enabled can usually tell you, before it happens, when your drive is about to fail.
If you keep getting bad sectors that you turn that feature on, it'll probably tell you the drive's about to fail.

However, if Moray's not cooperating with XP, have you tried any of XPs compatibility options?
It (supposedly) lets you run a program as if it were running under different versions of the OS, though it hasn't helped me running MechWarrior 3 under it yet...

Hmm, I hope at least some of this helps.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-07-03 02:39 am (UTC)
No bad sectors reported at all, just sluggish performance. I expect that eventually the lack of defragmenting will cause excess wear and tear on the hard drive, therefore I'll need to "nuke" the thing at some point. It's the thought of having to rebuild all the applications that makes me cringe (and have you ever seen how tightly a kangaroo can cringe?)

Maybe I should just take my Ponycon 3 savings and buy a new PC... ...although I was thinking of travelling to Canada instead...
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2007-07-03 04:56 pm (UTC)
From what little information I have, the only two downsides I'm aware of about not defragmenting a drive is slow performance and you might wear out the head mechanism a little faster, while it can actually improve lifetime of the data on the platters.

Though the general consensus is for defragging the drive...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-07-03 09:16 pm (UTC)
I've tried defragmenting numerous times, because I've always believed that this improves the performance. I'm most annoyed to report that the defrag quits after only a minute or two, without even giving an error message.

I spoke to my Fox friends (church buddies) about this, but they were far more interested in recommending ways to reduce the processing load on the CPU instead (shutting down unnecessary processes). They more or less shrugged their shoulders in unison when I asked about the problem with the defrag. Two of them are IT professionals, so this struck me as really odd.
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2007-07-03 11:58 pm (UTC)
Often times when a scan stops and restarts or stops and fails is because of a poor decision M$ made for Win95 or 98: they made ScanDisk a graphical program instead of a text-mode one.

Are they any other programs running, including anti-virus, software firewalls or other programs that usually keep logs?

I usually recommend running Windows in Safe Mode to run Scandisk so that no other program is running and writing to the drive (whenever something changes a file on the drive, scandisk starts all over again).
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-07-04 02:26 am (UTC)
Good idea. How do I force safe mode again? If I recall correctly you have to hold down F5 or F8?
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2007-07-04 02:53 am (UTC)
On XP, hold down F8 until it shows you a list of boot options, but right after the BIOS is finished with most of its checks and before the Windoze logo appears.
If you miss, just hit Control-Alt-Delete and try again.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-07-03 10:58 am (UTC)
I arrived home roughly about 30 minutes ago. I'd uploaded a "comic delayed" message just as a precaution, and I wasn't even home at the appointed time when the server updated. Sheesh! I need to seriously look at taking some time off work.
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