Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Vault OS : Update On Build

The group maintaining Open Watcom has essentially broken the make utility. My old makefiles from 1997 now no longer worked so I had to resort to calling WCL386 to do my complete builds for DOS 32-bit protected mode.

I got nearly all the libraries compiled in and they look pretty good. I might blow off my FastGUI interface and try to integrate wxMGL GUI if it is not too hard. It's got a lot more working stuff in it, particularly the rudimentary HTML browser for DOS.

I figured out how to use the WATT-32 TCP-IP library and it's pretty good. I was thinking that if every device is a server and every device is a client, with addresses circulated on the Ethernet when devices boot up, everything can operate without a central server and without Ethernet if they still have file share for the databases. I'm going to have to do a bit of investigation to learn how this works in a distributed environment where there is no master-slave relationship and not even a central DNS or address resolver.

I played around with the GUI and had little trouble getting a scrolling status bar at the bottom of the screen or a scrolling console window for printing out the log.

What I really wanted to add was that I have been playing the second PENUMBRA survival horror game the past week (it's awesome) and when I saw the simple, elegant desktop used to represent "The Shelter" computer interface in the game, I knew I had my design for the VaultOS desktop. It's perfect and it would look good in monochrome or color. I am using that as my design guide for VaultOS.

I am not sure if this is going to be releasable as Open Source - I am using my license for the John Miles Sound Library for the sound system and it is proprietary. It works anywhere on anything, however, once it is configured. It will even send WAV files to the PC speaker if it has to.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know Texas Arcane, that your site and pics have recently inspired some of my buddies and I. The things you are doing with your shelter has left us dumb founded. We are all soldiers stationed at Ft. Campbell, Ky and are survivalists. We've been stockpiling everything we consider essential for when TSHTF. In case you were wondering on the whole calling soldiers to active duty and getting ready for something big thing, well, they have been placing units on stand-by for martial law which I find particularly strange as I have been in the army for more then 17 years now and that has never happened that I can recall, and it doesn't make since unless fortune tellers or schemers are at the head of it. We are all Infantry with multiple tours in the middle east, I myself lost my leg on the last tour. We've decided that our time to prepare is nearly up and we are going in on land and a shelter complex consisting of steel buildings slowly encased in concrete and buried in a low hillside. We've stockpiled enough food and other items to support 4-6 personnel for at least a year and have gathered what is needed in the event of nuclear, chemical or biological attack with stockpiled items that civilians are not privy too. Your Vaultos program interests us greatly, but the wifi ability leads us to believe that it wouldn't be entirely secure, we would feel better on a direct line of connection. We were wondering if you would be willing to sell one of the laptops you have set-up with the system we could use with our vault and would like for someone, we selected you, to start a net of communication or registry of sorts so that should we have to seal up we can remain linked, coordinated. We can use the cell principle, the idea of all the eggs in one basket through out history has proven to be foul hardy at best. We would also like to give guidance on how to make your own tasty and inexpensive survival bars that seem to last forever. Simple,1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 tbs fiber power, 1 childs vitamin ground up, mix, heat to 200 degrees for 10 minutes, a microwave will work on 2 minutes but there is the chance to burn, let sit for 5 minutes, cut and seal in vaccum. The properties of honey don't mold and obsorbed into oats keeps them, the fiber power is somewhat sweet and un-noticeable amix the honey but serves to protect from damage to the colon and constipation while on a low caloric intake, the childs vitamin is un-noticeable as well and serves to prevent scurvy while on a limited survival diet, one bar 2 inches wide by 1 inch thick and 3 inches long provides more then 400 calories the minimum daily intake and would allow you to cheaply stockpile large amounts of rations in a small space with the lifespan of a twinkie. Additionally, do you have step-by-step instructions on how we can duplicate what you have done to the monitoring equipment in your shelter like the laptop but in laimen terms, we're grunts not computer wizards, we just shoot and blow things up.


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