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Question: Have you used all the three things : HTML, CSS & Javascript in making this askjf website?
Asked by The Script (122.172.7.x) on February 29 2024, 4:03pm
Reply on February 29 2024, 5:33pm:
    there is very little javascript in the askjf site, the common header code at the top of this has a tiny bit, that's about it I think?
Question: How much is your aws bill
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on February 28 2024, 9:57pm
Reply on February 29 2024, 3:50am:
    it varies but around $1k/mo
Question: hey jf- if you have a spare 3.5hrs? & like a 'story' with a happier ending.? or rather, a brighter beginning ! ( youtu.be/a1kespVSrfY?feature=shared) from: a friend of a friend. =)
Asked by 2024 (86.185.121.x) on February 27 2024, 3:21pm
Reply on February 28 2024, 5:07am:
    hah don't think I do at the moment
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Question: does the internal version of iPlug support linux ?
Asked by wishes4iplug (199.188.121.x) on February 27 2024, 4:00am
Reply on February 28 2024, 5:08am:
    not sure what "the internal version of iPlug" would be. The Rea* plugins in REAPER don't use iPlug.
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Question: what is the name of the web host you are using for reaper?
Asked by Ruchira (123.231.121.x) on February 26 2024, 2:30pm
Reply on February 26 2024, 3:57pm (edited at February 26 2024, 3:58pm):
    We use AWS for most things, and a few other providers for some things.
Question: Still wearing a mask? if not,why not? ta.
Asked by 2024 (86.185.121.x) on February 23 2024, 12:43pm
Reply on February 23 2024, 7:17pm:
    In a lot of (most) places for sure
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Question: Reunion Tours (this time - Kaizers Orchestra): yay or nay, "I wanna see it again" or "It's never be going to be as good as it was"?
Asked by SpoiledHobo (93.129.131.x) on February 22 2024, 3:44pm
Reply on February 22 2024, 10:31pm:
    Don't know them, but I did see a Temple of the Dog reunion show when they were on tour and it was amazing. Though I was exhausted (unrelated to the show) and didn't stay for the encore, which I later regretted.
Question: What your thoughts on Caustic 3? I used to make cool sounds on it using the synthesizers that it came with. It's a neat application. Now I use Reaper.
Asked by Matthew (76.37.54.x) on February 22 2024, 1:32pm
Reply on February 22 2024, 10:32pm:
    Not familiar with it!
Question: Ok, l e been looking for a while now. Any tips on where to look for your hidden Easter eggs? The start up asks at the end if we found the hidden stuff. Not yet.
Asked by Ron Coleman (165.225.216.x) on February 20 2024, 3:13pm
Reply on February 20 2024, 4:20pm:
    It's probably on the forum somewhere... try holding down a modifier key and then doing things with the mouse, maybe?
Question: Have you watched the new rx-7 preview video? Any thoughts?
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on February 19 2024, 6:53pm
Reply on February 19 2024, 7:12pm:
    I haven't, will look out for it
Question: In Java, why 'system.out.println' is long and why not simply use 'print'?
Asked by James Gosling (223.236.87.x) on February 19 2024, 6:06pm
Reply on February 19 2024, 7:12pm:
    there is an appeal of not polluting a global namespace with a million functions, because if you make your own function called "print" then it will be ambiguous, when reading code, which one is called.
Question: I will be publishing my first mobile application soon. It's nothing special or new, it's just something I *think* I *might* do better than anyone else. I've copied a lot from the "design principles" Winamp, because I grew up with it: Optimizing system usage, the ability to use skins and above all: not ripping people off. Instead, make them happy. Am I being too idealistic or do you think this kind of approach will still work today?
Asked by Nico (37.201.193.x) on February 18 2024, 10:57pm
Reply on February 19 2024, 2:00pm:
    Hard to say! I don't know much about the mobile space, either. iOS version?
Question: What do you think the percentage of stuff in Reaper is things you wanted vs things that are in there because they're things that DAWs are supposed to have or have been requested?
Asked by todd_r (86.137.231.x) on February 18 2024, 2:56pm
Reply on February 19 2024, 2:00pm (edited at February 19 2024, 2:02pm):
    It's probably 75% (complete guess -- by feature-count or LOC also a guess) things that I didn't ask for, but I often use things I didn't think I would.
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Question: I was reading something from the 60s and mentioned ``swell'' as an old-fashioned word. Could you give some info about the word as a native english speaker? e.g. in what contexts could be used then/now, thanks.
Asked by Gio (79.130.186.x) on February 16 2024, 11:46am
Reply on February 16 2024, 1:16pm (edited at February 16 2024, 1:18pm):
    In modern English it might be used to describe what often happens to the body with injury: "my ankle started to swell after I sprained it." In this sense it could also be used metaphorically "his ego began to swell after the win."

    Or another version, the relating to a particular waves, e.g. swells in the ocean, or the guitar feedback swelled, even.

    Also it could be used as an adjective, maybe in the first half of the 20th century, which implies a positive thing. "Would you like to come to dinner on Friday? That would be swell."

    English: lots of choices!
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Question: How would you go about licensing proprietary software? Specifically writing a EULA. I know that you are not a lawyer but I am having a hard time researching this and I'd thought I'd might ask you because you have a lot more experience than I do. And thank you for taking your time answering this question.
Asked by Matthew (76.37.54.x) on February 14 2024, 1:30pm
Reply on February 14 2024, 5:33pm:
    Having a lawyer help is the way to go for sure, but you could probably look at other licenses and find things that are important. At the end of the day, of course, a license is only as good as your ability to enforce it.
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Question: The Reaper DAW gets a lot of updates, but the Reaplugs VST suite was last updated in 2016. Why is it that Reaper gets so many updates but Reaplugs languishes for years?
Asked by Eye of the Kaiser Bun (99.239.111.x) on February 14 2024, 2:12am
Reply on February 14 2024, 5:31pm:
    Because ReaPlugs meh and REAPER yay. ReaPlugs were meant to be the gateway drug or something...
Question: Agree? instagram.com/reel/C27H1muuVb_/
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on February 13 2024, 6:59pm
Reply on February 14 2024, 5:31pm:
    Some truth but not absolute truth
Question: hey jf- nice technique to play with.. setup vocoder..use guitar as carrier- your voice as modulator..ever done that ? (+ bonus reaper technique in any comment 4 you!) ;)
Asked by 2024 (109.149.174.x) on February 13 2024, 4:18pm
Reply on February 14 2024, 5:30pm:
    Yeah, fun!
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Question: preference Intel or AMD?
Asked by stumpbroke1 (66.60.181.x) on February 11 2024, 9:10am
Reply on February 11 2024, 5:01pm:
    Been a long time since I've had an AMD CPU, but can't say I really care anymore, they all run stuff fast as hell these days, and pretty happy with my M1 MBA and its ridiculous battery life...
Question: hey jf- we have a slight problem to solve & wondered if you could help? question= how does water extinguish,or "put out" a fire or flame? (hows the chemistry these days??) ta!
Asked by 2024 (109.149.174.x) on February 11 2024, 2:37am
Reply on February 11 2024, 2:45am (edited at February 11 2024, 2:46am):
    I admit I'm not a chemist! My guess would be that it only works on a material which only burns when dry, e.g. wood. Using water to extinguish something more exotic, e.g. thermite, would probably not have the desired effect.
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