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Last Resort Launcher Language Change - February 7, 2017

As you may be aware of, I code the Last Resort Launcher with an ancient language called Visual Basic 6 originally released in 1998 (a year before Swat 3).   I will pause while you laugh for a second or two.

There were two very good reasons why I never upgraded:

1) VB6 apps worked fine in all versions of Windows without the need of extra downloads to make it work

2) I was too lazy to learn the newer versions of the language

Okay, I admit it, the second reason was my main motivation for not upgrading.  Can't teach an old dog new tricks and such.

You can stop laughing because I started the process of rewriting the code in Visual Studio 2015.   Microsoft will no doubt be killing off VB6 apps sometime in the future so I want to be prepared for that. This will be a long slow process since a lot has changed and I am learning as I go.   Hopefully at the other end of this process the Last Resort Launcher will be more compatible with Windows 10 (and of course will still work with Windows 7 fine too).

One thing that I have found is that Visual Studio 2015 isn't as well documented as VB6.   One of the things that I loved with VB6 is that there were so many questions and code snippets posted on the internet by users that when you had an issue there was a lot of information available.

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Website frustrations - February 5, 2017

I am going to take a moment and indulge myself by complaining about Joomla and the Kunena forum addon.

This website is Joomla based and it really is a source of constant frustration.  I have been struggling for a long time with templates that don't behave very well.   For instance the free template that I have doesn't play well with the forum extension called Kunena.  It seems that there is some javascript conflict.   I was forced to use a whole different template just for viewing the forum.

You may have also noticed that the "latest forum posts" module is gone again.  There is a bug in the module that only shows forums posts of the person that is logged in.  Kunena has had over 5 weeks to fix this yet they still haven't.

Perhaps I shouldn't be angry with Joomla.   Kunena (specifically the newest version of their forum) seems to be the source of many of my troubles.   Why aren't there good forums for Joomla available?   Why isn't it a core feature?

Sorry, my rant is over.

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Another installer issue - January 26, 2017

A user named JonEReb in the forums has uncovered a problem with the installer for the Last Resort mod (version 0.7.1).

If someone doesn't have a path entry to Swat 3 in their Windows Registry the installer gets confused and doesn't know where to install the files to.   Most people have this entry in their Windows Registry so I don't think the problem would affect many.  I originally designed the installer to handle this situation but somehow in a recent update one variable name was changed.

I also noticed another flaw in the installer that existed for years that is related to checking for proper path and version for Swat 3.

A new version of the Last Resort mod is being tested (version 0.7.2).   When it is released you won't need to download this new version unless the Last Resort mod couldn't automatically find your Swat 3 install and gave errors during the install.

UPDATE:   v0.7.2 is available now on the download page.


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Last Resort v0.7 finally released - January 13, 2017

As the title says the Last Resort mod v0.7 is finally out.   You can download it here.

It is recommended that when installing the mod on a Windows 8/10 machine that you leave the tick box option to put the Last Resort Launcher in Windows 7 compatibility mode.

Admin privileges should not be needed with the Last Resort Launcher but I have given it as a tick box option during the install in case your system for some reason needs it.

There is no need to uninstall old versions of the Last Resort mod.   You can just run the installer over the old version and it will replace all the old files.

I am also thinking about releasing a version that you have to manually install from a .ZIP file for those people that are paranoid about security.   Unless real life work gets in the way I hope to have that done within a week (writing up the documentation to explain the install process is the time consuming part).

UPDATE:  I temporarily took down the link to the mod.  There is a bug that is affecting Windows 7.   Since the file was only available a short time the best thing is for me to take it down.

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Version 0.7 Very Close to Release - January 10, 2017

I am in the very final stages of testing the new 0.7 version of the Last Resort mod.   The installer is made and I am going through the process of doing final checks.   In the background I am also working on updating some website pages to reflect the new features.

The mod has grown to 145 mb in size mainly due to new textures and 2D menus.

I am hoping to release the mod by the end of this week.

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Installer Issues - January 6, 2017

Welcome to 2017.   Good luck to all of us, lol.

As for the Last Resort mod I am frustrated with my installer software right now.    Every time I sit down to work on the installer for the beta I get frustrated with it's limitations. Eventually I just procrastinate by playing Watchdogs 2 or Fallout Shelter.

Every open source installer package I look at seems very work intensive (usually dealing with XML files or such).   I am too lazy to deal with that.   I really need to buckle down.

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