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LR Launcher Code Update (part deux) - January 5, 2020

Happy New Year everyone!   A new decade!

Over the holidays I continued to plug away at updating the code to the Last Resort launcher.   I can't recall if I previously mentioned reasons why I am updating the code.  If I have already please forgive me and skip the next paragraph.

The original launcher code was written in ancient Visual Basic 6.   I never upgraded for two main reason: It still worked perfectly fine on modern versions of Windows and I was too lazy to learn the new code changes that were required to upgrade.   However since VB6 is so old we were starting to see problems with some anti-virus programs giving false positives on the Launcher's executable.   A pain in the ass.

As I get older and have some medical issues I find it harder to spend long hours coding on a project.  It is much easier for me to do it in small chunks now but of course that takes much longer.

Don't get me wrong, the usual distractions are still kicking my ass.  I am still addicted to Arma 3.  Lately I have further distracted by The Outer Worlds, Foxhole, Two Point Hospital and TV shows like The Expanse, Mandalorian, and The Witcher to name a few.

I am still working on this project so don't give up hope of a new release, lol.

PS:   I emailed the owner of NeuWon.com to see if he can work on getting the Swat 3 servers back up.   I think he has some technical hurdles he has to get over to get the system back up and running but real life is getting in the way.

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LR Launcher Code Update - December 16, 2019

Small updates:

I still haven't given up hope on updating the Last Resort Launcher to the most modern version of Visual Studio.  I have been struggling with converting the code for the EnumDisplaySettingsA function that determines the available screen resolutions.  It seems strange to me that there doesn't appear to be a more modern method of determining screen resolutions other than an API call to user32.   I can't find any information about a better method for Windows 10 anyways.   Still plugging away at updating the code regardless.

I contacted the owner of Neuwon.com (the replacement servers from the Won network) to inquire how things were going since the website was down for a long period.   He has been very busy lately and hadn't checked the servers in a while.  He restarted the web server but the Swat 3 server still remains down.   Somewhat worrying.   I hate nagging him too much so I will resend an email soon.

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Free time - November 14, 2019

The TV show I have worked on the last few years has wrapped for the season.  I finally have more free time!

Today I renewed the domain name for this website for another year.   It cost about $18 CAD for the renewal fees.  This is nothing compared to the costs that Haystakk has for hosting this website.  Please consider a small donation to his Paypal link at the bottom of the website.  Even a small donation of a buck or two would be appreciated.

I contacted the owner of NeuWon.com about his website being down.   He reports that he hasn't checked on the server in a while but promised to.   You may recall that NeuWon is a method that allows us to play Swat 3 online without any third party software.   The next version of the Last Resort mod will properly support it.

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Dreaming of Swat 5 - October 26, 2019

I recently upgraded my video card to a Nvidia EVGA 2060 6gb and got a free copy of COD: Modern Warfare.   This isn't my normal cup of tea but I figured I would install it just for shits and giggles.

There is one mission that absolutely blew my mind and made me sad at the same time for the death of the Swat franchise.   The mission is a SAS raid on a house in London that reminded me so much of the first mission in Swat 3.  They even have an attic and a tango that hides underneath a bed!

Please, please Activision take this game engine and elaborate it into a Swat game.

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Free time pending - October 6, 2019

Just a quick update.   The TV show that I have been working on full time completes it's shooting November 8th.   In other words I will have free time to work on the mod after that.

As usual I give my apologies for the massive delay in releasing a new version of the mod.

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Anyone still care? May 19, 2019

I finally got off my ass and did a final test of all the beta files for the Last Resort + NeuWon release.  They all work fine.   I just now have to update the installer package before I can release it.

I came across an interesting problem with my new HP i5 laptop.  It wouldn't do 800x600 resolution.   When I tried to run Swat 3 it would give an error about unable to set 800x600 in 2D mode.   The onboard Intel graphic chip didn't have 800x600 as an available resolution in the list.  I had to manually add it as a custom resolution in the driver (thankfully they make that an easy task).

I started back on the Canadian TV show that I work full time on at the beginning of May (it shoots for about 8 months).    We generally work a minimum of 11 hours per day so I am pretty tired when I get home.   I feel bad that I didn't get this mod release out before now so I have made it a goal to work on it this weekend and a little every weekend until it is done.   I am embarrased how long it has been since the last release.  Procrastination is my evil super power.

PS:   There is a Deadwood movie at the end of May on HBO !!

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