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Volunteer Screenshot Staff Pulls Through
Posted by Morgan on 11 September 2004, 09:04 GMT

That's right, this summer's volunteer screenshot staff did an unbelievable job. The response I got was truly overwhelming. I actually wish never to send that many emails again in my life. However it was well worth it for ticalc.org. As a group we accomplished many things this summer whilst screenshotting the archives, including:

  • Creating and adding over 21,000 screenshots to the archives
  • Outfitting all ASM / Flash / OS files with screenshots (excluding libs and routines)
  • Surpassing a total of 50,000 screenshots on ticalc.org overall

The goal when we started this summer was to make another dent in the archives, much like we did last year. Never did I even think we would have produced as we have! And just as last year, we had an Aussie leading the pack. A big thanks goes to Tim McMahon for doing many of the BASIC files none of us would have done!

Initially the motivational idea I came up with was to offer community service hours, but not too many people were interested in this. So I asked them what they would like as prizes and they came up with some interesting ideas. In addition to CS hours there were two main prizes, to be given to the top two providers. The winner would have the choice of free hosting space on ticalc.org (as long as the site follows our guidelines) or a gift certificate at a certain value anywhere they wanted online. Second place would get what was left over. In addition, as a motivation to keep myself screenshotting, anyone who submitted more screenshots than I would get the same gift certificate. Finally, anyone who submitted more than 40 programs worth of screenshots would get a free @ss.ticalc.org e-mail forwarding address. These have not been set up yet, but will be soon. Thank you Magnus for implementing this and to NickD and Andy Selle for the idea!

So who exactly helped out with this project...well I am glad you asked:

Summer 2004 Volunteer Screenshot Staff
Name Programs Completed Screenshots Made
  Trevor Ashley 137 265
  Mike Bear 834 2,711
  Cal BienVenu 26 82
  Rodney Blythe 169 204
  Carey Bockting 2 5
  Sam Brotherton 17 28
  Jonathan Chandler 47 100
  Andree Chea 51 77
  Daniel Collotte 359 365
  Morgan Davies 2,503 5,648
  Alex Hall 43 68
  Tristan Halvorson 22 40
  Nick Harper 12 28
  Paul Houser 8 13
  Vladislav Kontsevoi 3 5
  Jewgeni Kovalev 29 69
  Jordan Krage 14 30
  Dan Link 15 38
  Tim McMahon 2,123 7,221
     Kim Mears 2 4
  Kiran Nair 71 128
  Danny Newport 152 356
  Eric Peterson 7 25
  Keith Pierce 25 72
  Belgarion Riva 10 34
  Stephen Roberts 119 254
  Steven Schaefer 9 22
  Samuel Shores 121 140
  Patrick Sidney 80 299
  José Sousa 4 6
  Kevin Stock 15 23
  Tiko 3 9
  Matthew Tornetta 42 105
  Dennis Tseng 164 464
  Michael Vincent 1 1
  Lord Werrock 115 189
  Mike White 72 138
  Brandon Whitehead 545 1,442
  Rob Van Wijk 129 267
  Paul Van Zon 24 51
 Totals 8,124 21,026

Tim McMahon has informed me that he will be accepting the free hosting space and thus Mike Bear will get the gift certificate for his second place finish. We will keep you posted on Tim's site plans. All in all 12 people will be receiving @ss.ticalc.org e-mail forwarding addresses and two individuals expressed interest in CS hours. Tim will also get the award for beating me :-)

As you can see, we had lots of help! I just want to thank everyone who helped one last time, mostly just for putting up with all my annoying e-mails! On behalf of the ticalc.org staff, Thank You.

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Re: Volunteer Staff Pulls Through
Sam3.14 Account Info
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Wow. I'm amazed at the amount of time you guys put in. I'm sorry I quit after making only 28 screenshots; I went on a vacation with my family.

Reply to this comment    11 September 2004, 11:55 GMT

Re: Re: Volunteer Staff Pulls Through
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Wow!!!!!! Over 7K screenshots done by one guy? That's amazing! I wonder how much time he had to put into doing the screenshots to get that many?

Well, great job, everybody! :) I'm really impressed

Reply to this comment    11 September 2004, 13:30 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Volunteer Staff Pulls Through
Patrick Sidney  Account Info
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yeah, same here. School started, I had to get a job, etc., etc..... 4 funerals... DIALUP. I did the best with the time I had... I also have ~400 Screenshots I never gave to morgan... lol...

Reply to this comment    11 September 2004, 18:19 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Volunteer Staff Pulls Through
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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Yes I know...despite e-mailing you several times about them!

Reply to this comment    11 September 2004, 20:37 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Volunteer Staff Pulls Through
Patrick Sidney  Account Info
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yeah.... I don't check my email that often :)

Reply to this comment    12 September 2004, 20:42 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Volunteer Staff Pulls Through
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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uh...you can still send them to me....if you did actually make them?

Reply to this comment    13 September 2004, 01:57 GMT


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Patrick Sidney  Account Info
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dont worry, i will!

Reply to this comment    14 September 2004, 13:39 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Volunteer Staff Pulls Through
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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ok...I'll let this one by! However like I told you guys before, I can't promise that you will recieve credit for it...

Reply to this comment    14 September 2004, 15:55 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Volunteer Staff Pulls Through
Patrick Sidney  Account Info
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no need for credit :-P

Reply to this comment    15 September 2004, 00:56 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info

Yeah, it makes me feel guilty for not helping (even though I have a dial-up connection). That's great that even the *routines* got screenshots!!!!

Reply to this comment    11 September 2004, 22:49 GMT

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burntfuse  Account Info

Sorry, I missed the "excluding" the first time... :-[

Reply to this comment    11 September 2004, 23:06 GMT


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Brian Gordon  Account Info
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does it really make that big of a difference with dialup on ticalc?

Reply to this comment    11 September 2004, 23:17 GMT

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Tzazak  Account Info

For downloading and emailing large files, dialup really does matter. I know from experience. (Stupid 56 kbs...)

Reply to this comment    12 September 2004, 01:47 GMT


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Timmc Account Info
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A stable dial-up connection is enough to download programs from ticalc and screenshot them. Although my 56k was faulty up until 1800* programs. Open source programs would be great to screenshot, if you know z80 and ASM.

Reply to this comment    12 September 2004, 05:42 GMT


Re: Re: Volunteer Staff Pulls Through
Coolv  Account Info

I quit after 5... :-(

Reply to this comment    11 September 2004, 21:08 GMT


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Bengt Werstén  Account Info

Well 5 is better then nothing...
I also did a little contribution to the screenshooting project by making screenshoots for 83 basic games. Maby not the most interesting directory I thought but I found it rather fun to work with. Because I've dial-up I thought the best place to make them where at my university but I was completely wrong, I found the best soulution to download the whole directory with "bitbeamer" and work with them at home.
The quality overall is very low, I've did basicgames too when I was younger so I knew that in advance. Most games just have a menu with "start" and "exit", some games have "help" witch is very good so you don't have to guess all the buttons. I also think that playing games with VTI isn't the best way to experience them :). The games I spent more that a minute to was the simple games like for example "http://www.ticalc.org/ archives/files/fileinfo/ 38/3874.html".
Some games where not screenshooted because VTI didn't accept the files, I don't kown if that is an VTI-restriction or if they are broken files. And some games really drove me mad like one game, started it and got an error because a List was missing so I had to create it to make it work ( luckily with open source code :) ). Another suprise was this game "http://www.ticalc.org/ archives/files/fileinfo/ 146/14672.html", I choose automode and I waited 10 min for it to create a map and after that I got an dimension error, yay!
*Werrock*

Reply to this comment    12 September 2004, 14:40 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Volunteer ...
Coolv  Account Info

Yeah... I got BASIC too. I would've been happy to do ASM...

Reply to this comment    13 September 2004, 01:25 GMT


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Morgan Davies  Account Info
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I gave out ASM to all those who had calculators with available ASM to do.

Reply to this comment    13 September 2004, 21:19 GMT


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Coolv  Account Info

What do you mean, "those who had calculators with available ASM to do"? I do not understand this statement.

Reply to this comment    13 September 2004, 22:27 GMT


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Morgan Davies  Account Info
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Essentially, if you had an 85, 83, or 92+ I gave you ASM directories first. The rest of the ASM was pretty much done.

Reply to this comment    14 September 2004, 04:12 GMT

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Timmc Account Info
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I managed to have almost all calculators. *so to speak* With the help of VTI and various URLs I could screenshot: 82, 83, 83+, 85, 86, 89, 92, 92+
I could always borrow an 80/81 but as they don't have link ports... ;-P
Waits patiently for the 83+SE, 84+, 84+SE, 89Ti to become available for VTI and for VTI to support them fully...

Reply to this comment    14 September 2004, 06:39 GMT


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W Hibdon  Account Info
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Sorry, champ, but VTI is dead. It is still very useful and it is needed, however, no one is going to pick it up, nor is the original author goign to update it. It is a sad thing indeed, but it is something that you — and everyone for that matter — needs to come to terms with.

-W-

Reply to this comment    14 September 2004, 14:36 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Volunteer ...
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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um last time I heard its stil being developed....
http://vti.acz.org/

Reply to this comment    14 September 2004, 15:57 GMT


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Coolv  Account Info

I have a 85!

Reply to this comment    15 September 2004, 00:12 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info

Uh...so do I...

Reply to this comment    16 September 2004, 01:05 GMT

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Timmc Account Info
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Heh, I find the method of just dowloading them with "Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 SP1" and just holding shift whilst clicking the white icons...then clicking the zips and renaming them to the directory number the easiest. Then just extract the zips to subfolders and use VTI to screenshot them, renaming screenshots to the directory plus -n. Then converting them to gif with irfanview.
Basic programs that didn't transmit to VTI were usually because I was using the wrong ROM. This happens when programs are in the incorrect directory. ;-P
One file that didn't seem to have these errors was "http:// www.ticalc.org /archives /files /fileinfo /352 /35202.html" also available for the 82 and 83. :oP

Mystery Question:
"To find out how many bytes are in a kilobyte we use which of the following formulae:
n2^10
n10^3
*Hint, Hard Drive Manufacturers use the former whilst Windows uses the later.*"

Reply to this comment    13 September 2004, 06:37 GMT


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Chivo  Account Info

Re the Mystery Question:
I think you have the formulae backwards. Hard drive manufacturers use 10^3 bytes per kilobyte (so the size looks LARGER), and Windows and most everything else in computers use 2^10 bytes per kilobyte.

Reply to this comment    23 September 2004, 00:55 GMT


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yahoolian Account Info

>I waited 10 min for it to create a map and after that
>I got an dimension error

10 minutes? I would have right-clicked VTI and unchecked "Restrict to Actual Speed", then watch the BASIC program fly at the speed my computer can run it.

Reply to this comment    14 September 2004, 13:37 GMT

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