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Dual Windowing Steam Games or Software

Many of you may be wanting to play or use software purchased through Steam in more than one window. Some games and software are best played on one big screen, others may require two windows. One of those games that was traditionally played with two windows of the same game was Lineage II because you often needed the aid of a second character for various reasons. In some software having two windows open like some audio processing software may help people syncing one audio track with another at the same time using two windows of the same software.

So to keep it short I will describe how: All you need to do is make a shortcut in your steam using the Add Non Steam Game option. Then you add a bat file that will load, start your desired application and then exit. I recommend you put the bat file in a place that you normally would back up so you don't have to keep writing batch files.

Making the batch file:
1. Create a plain text file.
2. Edit it with the lines:
@echo off
Start "" "X:\Program Files (x86)\NCWest\NCLauncher\NCLauncher.exe" /LauncherID:"NCWest" /CompanyID:"12" /GameID:"LINEAGE2" /LUpdateAddr:""
echo "Launching Lineage II Official"

or in some cases when you don't need startup options you can just type:

@echo off
"X:\Program Files (x86)\path_to_your_game.exe"
echo "Launching Software"

3. Rename the file extension from New Document.txt to New Document.bat. But make sure you have unchecked the File/Windows Explorer option to hide extension of known file types. Otherwise you will only and an extension visually but have a hidden extension for example if you leave that option your file will be called New Document.bat.txt. But you will only see New Document.bat and it won't work.
4. I normally put the batch files in the directory of the software just to make it easier to organise and then make a backup copy elsewhere.
5. Once you made the batch file make a shortcut somewhere on your desktop to launch it. Making a shortcut to the batch file simply lets you add some additional options through shortcut properties, like run as administrator or compatibility features, plus it lets you add an icon.
6. Now go to Steam and add the shortcut or batch file using the add non steam game. Give it a name that is alphabetically similar to the original steam game like Lineage II and Lineage II Multi Window.

Tweak per application as needed. Usually most application start this way but some exe's that are using viral heuristics like exe protection or monitoring algorithms may trigger your anti-virus into blocking the execution of your batch files. Most should work though.

Posted by admin on 2017-01-28 12:10:28 UTC

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Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas to everyone. For those of us that were content with the least, beware of the forces that move you in an opposite direction. For those yet to find contentment, remember it is the only pathway to happiness. Many wise people have proved it to us.

May God show mercy upon his sinning servants. May we, one day, breathe the air he intended us to breathe, the same air that gives flight to doves.

Posted by admin on 2016-12-25 03:11:01 UTC

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Web browser round up

Google Chrome
Speed: Normal
Security: Medium
Vulnerability: High

Speed: Normal
Security: High
Vulnerability: Medium

Speed: Normal
Security: Medium
Vulnerability: Medium

Speed: Normal
Security: Medium
Vulnerability: Medium

Internet Explorer
Speed: Normal
Security: Medium
Vulnerability: High

The above are generalised comparisons and within any update after Nov 2016 they could change. However, it is fair to say that most browsers offer very similar features and none are really much faster than another in terms of functionality. Where the speed often is affected is by the speed a browser redirects and updates a number of associated advertising URL's. For example when you type a url you expect to go to that site directly. However, if that site or the sever it's hosted on has some kind of agreement with advertisers then it will send information to those advertising about your visit. It maybe anonymous information that is shared but I can't say for sure. So as you travel the web, if you pay close attention to your status bar(if you have one visible) you may notice that before your browser went to the url you chose it visited five or six others quietly and quickly without updating the page. Usually this type of activity was how Google Chrome and Google partnered. Their browser was designed to speed up all the redirections to their advertising system. In the end they got a browser that could out perform most others for a while. Afteral most sites use Google advertising now so it makes sense that the Google Chrome browser would be the most streamlined for that.

However, from a computer technicians point of view and from recent issues regarding browser security and performance, It should be noted that most of the technical people are using Firefox. Not for any other reason than it is the most secure or can be secured in a way that minimises vulnerability. Hackers and people using anonymous web surfing technologies usually partner with Firefox. So if your technician is using Firefox, then I guess that means they know things you don't. Firefox technologies seem to be similar to the Google Chrome browser but the difference between them is purely the issue of security and vulnerability. Almost all browsers are reasonably the same in terms of speed but Google Chrome seems to interact faster with Google advertising and usuage statistic sites. Overall Google Chrome is very easy to use and people generally like it's interface. However, the only reason i am writing this is because I am worried that the current browser usage statistic indicate an excessively monopolized market.

W3 School is the place most web developers visit to learn whats new on the web coding scene. They also keep statistics that indicate how many people use each browser. In 2016, Google Chrome was used by 73% of users. In 2012 it was only 46.9%. according to W3 School:

It becomes worrisome when there is little diversity. A little Antagonism keeps things healthy and well, but if things keep going as they are we may have a problem in the years to come. The problems being mainly that our Internet usage and the browsers we use have become tied to a large network of advertising, data collection, usage monitoring and other functionalities all simplified by the fact we are all starting to use one browser to plug into that vast system that operates in the background. In effect we simplify the lives of those monitoring what we read, listen too, what we type and what we do on the web by using a browser that plugs into their monitoring system. Some argue it's purely for commercial and anonymous purposes. But some of us think there should be a more relaxed system in place, one that allows advertisers and authorities to collect their information without the rigor of the current model. As an example I visited some websites using Google Ads and whose servers used Google services and after selecting to go to the requested site, I noticed there was a redirection of information to 7 other places before landing there. Surely they could reduce this to two?

Posted by admin on 2016-11-26 01:44:11 UTC

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Age Of Empires Online

I found some old art on the web from Age Of Empires Online:

"A Greek Donkey fooled by a carrot to pull a load"

Some of that art had a real value to us all. It gave us what we needed sometimes to realise that there are people out there that think the same. We just need a carrot big enough for them to want to bring back the game sometime in the future.

Anyway I leave you with some long forgotten dock side guarantees:
Khe Sanh

Posted by admin on 2016-11-16 03:51:37 UTC

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Age Of Empires Revisited

In age of empires revisited we added over land trade, some new units like a "look out" and adjusted the technologies for a better game. On top of that the hardest part was re-balancing the game. We felt that the ultimate units were way too powerful and they indeed were. So now things have changed to make all units more or less valuable with effective counters. Before siege dominated everything but now they don't. The exciting part of 1.17 is that it now has some very refreshing multiplayer scenarios. A Mini RPG scenario, Numerous map scenarios and many strategic maps. Oasis, Anatolia, Mediterranean and MICHI just to name a few.

The site to download the mod is at Sourceforge Open Source Project Page Those with voobly can install it from their Mod center Voobly Mods

We are trying to make the mod as accessible as possible on all platforms and hope to see the mod available in other lobby and server systems. AOE does not have the same easy access hacks found in ROR, which is why we have not yet considered moving the mod to ROR.

Enjoy it till the next next mod release.

Posted by admin on 2016-07-14 23:38:02 UTC

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Spartacus is surrounded but trying hard.

This morning I found myself being the only person hosting an AOE game. As the day progressed a few more went down the path of the city states in Age Of Empires instead of the Rise Of Rome expansion.

Posted by admin on 2016-07-07 14:51:56 UTC

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Age Of Empires Online Returning Soon? Maybe!

Back Me Up! No matter where you are and in which small capacity that you can.

Posted by admin on 2016-06-16 09:33:42 UTC

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Age4Greeks Lobby Client

Several years ago an open source project emerged that was designed to replicate the old Microsoft Zone lobby. A program was distributed among the Greeks known as the Age4Greeks Lobby.

Little was said about the program and what it offered but we feel it should be brought to everyone's attention since it is one of the few true lobby systems on the web.

This is what it looks like.

To play on the Age4Greeks lobby system you just have to click on the Age4Greeks icon at the top of the in the right hand column on this page. It will take you to Age4Greeks website where you can download the lobby client.

Warning: There Are Two Client versions, Greek and English Sometimes the English version is not updated so the best way is to download both and copy the english.lng file and the LobyClient.ini to the Greek version or copy the exe and dll files form the Greek version to the English version folder before launching.

Posted by admin on 2016-05-16 05:19:38 UTC

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Age Of Empires Revisited (2016)

Ever wondered what happened to that old classic game Age Of Empires? Well the broader community has been doing amazing things to make it better. The Age Of Empires Revisited project aims to offer some long overdue game fixes to improve the overall game experience. If you haven't already tried the new balance patch that is part of Age Of Empires Revisited then I urge you to download and give it a try:

The patch 1.07 is considered at the Final Alpha balance stage
Age Of Empires Revisited

Once we have balanced the game we will then look at including some additional features to make the game feel fresh and new.

Posted by admin on 2016-05-15 03:18:04 UTC

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Game Recording

Recording game options. There aren't many good game screen recorders out there, especially free ones. Many people will know about FRAPS, a commercial solution to recording games. The only drawback is that it is not entirely compatible with some older games like the original Age of Empires and it's expansion Rise of Rome. However Microsoft has given us a little treat in Windows 10. Press Windows Key and G within your game and you will be presented with a screen recorder that is designed to record video games. I believe it works whenever an application uses specific DirectX features so it may work for some other applications that are not considered Games but use a DirectX screen.

The feature is called Game DVR and launches by pressing the Windows Key and the G key on your keyboard.

Posted by admin on 2016-05-06 06:19:16 UTC

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