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Question: hey jf- you know with the jsfx default input & output meter on each side... is there a way to make any design with them particular meters visually? (can they easily be swapped with another type?)
Asked by 2023 (2.29.234.x) on February 2 2023, 6:09pm
Reply on February 3 2023, 1:56am:
    You can theme them globally, but other than that you can hide them and then write your own metering in @gfx if you want
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Question: Where can i learn jsfx?
Asked by Sam J (223.186.239.x) on February 2 2023, 5:53am
Reply on February 3 2023, 1:56am:
    Good question, we have reference online but not really tutorials... tried youtube?
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Question: Which Silicon Valley character are you?
Asked by Erin (75.15.159.x) on January 30 2023, 6:55pm
Reply on January 30 2023, 7:21pm:
    That's why I got kicked out and had to move to NY
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Question: hey jf- did you happen to watch "the matrix resurrections" yet? (thoughts if yes?)
Asked by 2023 (2.29.234.x) on January 30 2023, 6:28pm
Reply on January 30 2023, 7:22pm:
    Yeah, not bad, not as good as the original but better than the second two.

    Watched "The Menu" recently, that was good.
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Question: I made my own programming language in ChatGPT. Like, I have told it all syntax of it (like, for printing a statement, Data.Output(). And for if condition, i used "when". For 'else', I used "otherwise", and told it about integer variables. And made a factorial code in it. And wow, it actually understand everything and told me the correct output. And I also gave it some reasoning puzzles, which it actually solved. Woah!!! what kind of experiment you did with it?
Asked by Abhi (171.50.130.x) on January 30 2023, 4:42pm
Reply on January 30 2023, 7:21pm:
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Question: Hello. With ReaPlay, if there is silence in the file, it skips over the silence? If yes, what level and what length is taken as silence?
Asked by GregL (89.233.113.x) on January 30 2023, 11:57am
Reply on January 30 2023, 12:01pm:
    I don't think so, no
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Question: Do you use anasa or monday.com or anything like that for your team? Thanks!
Asked by EOeoep (195.146.4.x) on January 29 2023, 1:59pm
Reply on January 29 2023, 5:18pm:
    Nope we have our own tools though
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Question: Hey Justin. Just wanted to ask what do you think about new Winamp.com? Probably, it's not what we've used to know.
Asked by Nikolai Fedorov (51.158.235.x) on January 29 2023, 1:31pm
Reply on January 29 2023, 5:18pm:
    meh boo
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Question: Did fixing nasty bugs on your programs make you sleepless?
Asked by Thiekus (36.82.96.x) on January 28 2023, 9:13pm
Reply on January 29 2023, 5:18pm:
    No I don't lose sleep over bugs, sometimes over features that are exciting though (brain gets too amped up or whatever)
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Question: Did you thought about using someday AI tools for coding (optimization) or for end user, like analyzing user actions live and suggest toolbars, menus, overal editing behaviour?
Asked by mpl57 (213.87.156.x) on January 28 2023, 6:20am
Reply on January 28 2023, 2:49pm:
    I am a big fan of clippy…
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Question: What's your favorite WinAmp version? (mine was 2.78) P.S. We'd like to invite you for an interview about Winamp, Reaper and Clippy on your homepage (we're engineers running Metacast: the podcast about podcasting)! Are you open for invitations like this?
Asked by Ilya Bezdelev (69.230.75.x) on January 28 2023, 3:14am
Reply on January 28 2023, 4:37am:
    5.08e probably? Or ReaPlay heh. Sure interviews can be fun, send me an email
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Question: What do you suggest about freelancing? Is it worth to do that? Can we make it as full-time career? Have you ever tried it, or wanted to try it?
Asked by Abhi (27.58.6.x) on January 27 2023, 5:29pm
Reply on January 28 2023, 4:37am:
    I haven't done any of it but I know people who enjoy it
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Question: hey jf- have you ever really taken time to study the old paper piano roll binary systems and craftsmanship used in earliest mechanical organ/pianola players? (Mechanical GAVIOLI FAIRGROUND ORGAN from 1905) as a great example!
Asked by 2023 (2.29.234.x) on January 25 2023, 6:32pm
Reply on January 25 2023, 6:44pm:
    nope
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Question: Do you know of a way to upload a midi file, and then play along to see how well you are doing like Melodics? I am wanting to upload my own midi files from another musician to practice, but Melodics does not support this? Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
Asked by John-Scott Thompson (24.253.255.x) on January 24 2023, 8:48pm
Reply on January 25 2023, 6:44pm:
    nope, like guitar hero but for proper music? could make a jsfx to do that I suppose
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Question: Do you use 'modern' C++ features, like say smart pointers?
Asked by wasereb4 (79.246.85.x) on January 24 2023, 3:51am
Reply on January 24 2023, 5:58am:
    We don't really use smart pointers, no
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Question: My program(installer) is executed as administrator. How to get APPDATA path for the current logged in user? SHGetFolderPath(CSIDL_APPDATA) gives admin path.
Asked by Ruchira (123.231.109.x) on January 24 2023, 2:59am
Reply on January 24 2023, 5:59am:
    Hmm not sure! For UAC stuff usually you end up passing that from the installer which first runs as the regular user to the administrator-running side...
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Question: hey jf- congrats on that long run & making through to this new year!! great achievements!?! "did you actually get any muscle spasms or shakes concerns during,or, afterwards? (++have very BEST years!)
Asked by 2023 (2.29.234.x) on January 24 2023, 1:27am
Reply on January 24 2023, 5:59am:
    Thanks! No real cramps, hints of them at times (especially after nearly tripping), and big chills after the race for a good solid 8 hours.
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Question: Hi! What language or engine do you like to use for this web and your other personal webs like code, music etc? You are like a remote mentor to me. I admire people that do interesting things like you!
Asked by victor (190.122.201.x) on January 23 2023, 1:12pm
Reply on January 24 2023, 5:59am (edited at January 24 2023, 6:00am):
    just a bunch of homegrown php ;) and some html/javascript too
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Question: SWELL: At this point I am not sure if emulation was the right choice for long term sustainability/usability. Microsoft works with PALs which I cannot visualize conceptually but I guess is something close to the approach used in IdTech 4. Considering the parameters and the team size how feasible would have been for Cockos to pull something like this, if that makes sense at all for the time you made the cross-platform considerations?
Asked by Gio (94.70.29.x) on January 21 2023, 8:52pm
Reply on January 21 2023, 10:01pm:
    I suppose time will tell, however aside from the uncertainty you have expressed in your question you don't provide any actual basis for that uncertainty, so it's hard for me to answer your question when all you've done is expressed your feeling?
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Question: How much of a headache is writing for X11 and Wayland times a gazillion window managers and compositors?
Asked by PimplyAdonis (147.161.164.x) on January 21 2023, 6:52pm
Reply on January 21 2023, 7:07pm:
    Using gdk takes care of most of it
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