Category Archives: Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

Microsoft: Fuck Off With Your Security Updates

I must be old. I come from a time where a computer would NEVER restart without my permission. I just had a computer restart on me without saving my work. I lost about four hours of time spent scanning and editing images because some “genius” thought their security update was so important that it was […]

Zeta Centauri Windows App Revenue Postmortem

Now that I’m no longer selling the Zeta Centauri apps, I decided to add up sales of Windows desktop apps over the years and see how much it was. 2010: $261.25 2011: $160.44 2012: $69.24 2013: $0* 2014: $109.26 2015: $50.08 2016: $95.58 2017: $36.42 Total: $781.27 Overall I’d estimate that I’ve spent about 3500 […]

DrumPads Now Open Source

Of all the audio apps I wrote for Zeta Centauri, DrumPads was by far the most popular, with more than 300,000 lifetime downloads. It’s a pretty simple app. It’s a set of 12 virtual drum pads, each of which plays a sample when you tap or click it, or hit the corresponding keyboard key. It […]

SampliTron Now Open Source

SampliTron is one of the most popular Windows apps I’ve written. Although it’s fairly simple, it’s pretty powerful. It’s a virtual sampler that lets you load a .wav file and scale it across the entire keyboard, with that keyboard playable via either the computer keyboard or an external MIDI controller. Before today it was a […]

Open Source: Sigmatizm, A Virtual Additive Synthesizer

Back in 2012 I wrote the most complex audio application I had ever written. It’s called Sigmatizm, and is a standalone additive synthesizer. Additive synthesis works by adding together sine waves of different frequencies (harmonics) to create a more complex sound. This particular application adds up to 128 sine waves together in real-time, while transitioning from […]

Open Source: Proxima Controller, a Virtual MIDI Controller

Back in 2008 I created an app called Proxima Controller. It’s a virtual MIDI controller that runs on Windows, OSX, and Linux. I wanted an easy way to control external MIDI hardware (synthesizers, etc.) from my PC and there wasn’t an app that I liked available. It started out as a Windows-only app. A few […]

Trigram Generator for Windows and Linux

A long time ago I wrote a free Windows app called the “ZC Trigram Generator”. It was a simple app to generate plausible-sounding words based on a set of input words. It had a steady trickle of downloads for around 8 years or so, about 1500 downloads per year. Two years ago I open-sourced it […]

Guitar Tuner and Bass Tuner for Windows

Guitar Tuner and Bass Tuner are the first desktop Windows apps that I wrote. I don’t recall how long ago, but it was certainly more than a decade. They’re super-simple apps that let you sound notes to tune your guitar or bass to. They only support standard tuning and use the default MIDI device for […]

Open Sourced: RoboBlather, a Text to Speech Application for Windows

Back in 2008 I released the first version of a simple text-to-speech program for Windows called RoboBlather. Over the years it has enjoyed some popularity among a small niche of users due primarily to its uncomplicated interface. Today I finished open-sourcing it under the MIT license. If you’re interested, it’s available here on GitHub. You […]

MonoDevelop Not So Great

It turns out that using MonoDevelop had some dangerous side effects, especially related to terminal output. Mobs in your current room were rendered invisible on the Mono build even though they were visible on scan and you could attack them if you knew they were there.  It’s back to using Visual Studio in a Windows […]

Win32 Visual Styles

Nothing to do with Basternae, this is just a reminder to myself how to enable the visual styles for controls available in Windows XP and newer in a WIN32 project in Visual Studio 2010.  Had to do this at work and it’s a little tough to look up. 1. Edit Project settings. 2. Under Linker->Manifest […]

Running At Full Power Again

I like Linux and know it pretty well.  I also like Windows and I know it extremely well.  I can use either as my desktop pretty effectively, but I’m better with Windows and best when I have both available. That’s why I’m very happy that I can finally run Windows again on my main desktop.  […]

I Must Be Cursed

It’s bad enough that I can’t run Windows natively on either of my computers. Well, now the Vista virtual machine on my laptop is hosed up and bluescreens on boot up. This wouldn’t be such a big deal, but that VM has the most recent version of the Basternae codebase. If I can’t get it […]

I Can’t Run Windows

I have two computers at home — a cheapie $400 Gateway T-8635u laptop I bought on sale at Newegg a couple months ago and a homebuilt desktop based on a Gigabyte P43-ES3G motherboard, E8200 CPU, 4GB of RAM, Nvidia 7600GT and FX5500 GTS video cards, 2 Envy24-based sound cards, two Samsung DVD-RW drives, and 320, […]