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Question: I posted a thread (reaper.fm) that packaging reaper for the Store on W10 is not a technical complication. Can we expect to see Reaper in the Windows (Microsoft) Store? Dont you think students access to Reaper even if they're on 10S is a good idea? [permalink]
Asked by Sijmen Koffeman (83.132.230.x) on May 7 2017, 1:45pm
Reply on May 7 2017, 9:36pm:
    Choosing whether to participate in an entirely different ecosystem is a complex decision, and I don't think you can unequivocally say that there is no technical complication.

Question: Will you post a picture of your workstation setup (screens and overall workspace)? [permalink]
Asked by Will (71.11.219.x) on May 6 2017, 12:05am
Reply on May 6 2017, 2:10am:
    Tomorrow when there's more light I will, now it's too dark to get the screen and physical desktop...

Question: What's your ideal screen size/config for coding? [permalink]
Asked by Paul (188.220.162.x) on May 4 2017, 3:54pm
Reply on May 6 2017, 2:09am:
    27" at 2560x1440 is pretty nice... a second monitor for debug output can be nice, but not a big deal.

Question: If you were to articulate what makes "Ok Computer" such a great album, what would you say? [permalink]
Asked by Will (50.84.190.x) on May 4 2017, 2:36pm
Reply on May 4 2017, 2:40pm:
    Great songs that go well together, with outstanding performances and engineering? Or something. And a soul.

Question: Why ___pad in certain classes became public:? Thanks. [permalink]
Asked by Gio (94.70.23.x) on May 2 2017, 7:21am
Reply on May 3 2017, 4:34pm:
    gcc would complain about unused private members

Question: I'm about to write a small Win32 program which needs MP4 video playback. What library do you recommend? [permalink]
Asked by Rodrigo (177.204.35.x) on April 30 2017, 7:27pm
Reply on May 1 2017, 2:47am:
    Unfortunately there's really no good solution that I can recommend. There is a Win8+ API for MP4 decoding, but I don't think it's very straightforward to use, and you can use FFmpeg, but it's also very not straightforward. I'd probably recommend the latter, though.

Question: What are your thoughts on online anonymity and projects like Tor? Shall one use it? [permalink]
Asked by asafonov (192.42.116.x) on April 25 2017, 7:54pm
Reply on April 27 2017, 1:13pm:
    For the most part it seems you're trading one attack vector for another... Ideally you should find a provider that you trust and use them, or VPN through them.

    SSL browsing of course helps things a lot -- so your ISP can see what site you're browsing but not which pages, etc.

Question: Hi Mr. Frankel, my name is Justine and I am a journalist at Stony Brook University. I am currently working on an article about the possibility of recording studios becoming obsolete. I would greatly appreciate if you took the time to answer a couple of my questions: 1) Did you create REAPER with a specific kind of user in mind, if so what kind? 2) Do you th [permalink]
Asked by Justine Josue (129.49.198.x) on April 24 2017, 1:17pm
Reply on April 24 2017, 2:22pm:
    Hi, since your questions were truncated, you can email me more questions at justin at cockos dot com -- I created with REAPER for my own use, originally...

Question: Happy 20th Birthday, Winamp! Will you share your favorite memory of the first year or two of development? [permalink]
Asked by Will (68.201.25.x) on April 21 2017, 10:57pm
Reply on April 23 2017, 3:25pm:
    Hah as if I remember anything... I remember not using version control, ugh! boo hiss

Question: You posted an aerial photo of your Bay Area neighborhood, some years back, what was the boulevard in the picture ? [permalink]
Asked by Seann (64.175.41.x) on April 17 2017, 3:11pm
Reply on April 17 2017, 4:01pm:
    Probably Dolores or Guerrero, but I'd need to see the picture

Question: What color scheme do you use in you terminal, vim, VS, XCode? [permalink]
Asked by asafonov (109.172.98.x) on April 17 2017, 9:55am
Reply on April 17 2017, 4:02pm:
    Black background, usually, but I've gotten lazier about changing that.

Question: The WaveVR is something you might like. Reminds me of Winamp. https://youtu.be/5OIGhi0QyMo?t=3647 [permalink]
Asked by Erik (73.204.130.x) on April 16 2017, 1:17am
Reply on April 16 2017, 3:16am:
    Some AVSy things in there you mean? Reminds me of unconed...

Question: Who needs instruments? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqJdzYY_Fas [permalink]
Asked by Will (66.190.71.x) on April 15 2017, 6:17pm
Reply on April 16 2017, 3:04am (edited at April 16 2017, 3:09am):
Question: Could you make it the same font size? It would help. [permalink]
Asked by Janne (109.232.227.x) on April 15 2017, 2:33pm
Reply on April 16 2017, 3:04am:
    I could, but I won't

Question: Could you add fade-out and fade-in modifiers to ReaVerb? [permalink]
Asked by Janne (213.152.162.x) on April 14 2017, 6:08pm
Reply on April 15 2017, 2:42am:
    see above

Question: What is your favorite genre of music? [permalink]
Asked by Landon (142.129.171.x) on April 13 2017, 10:42pm
Reply on April 15 2017, 2:43am:
    post-rock or psychedelic rock or something maybe? also all of radiohead.

Question: RE: UWP MIDI wrapper missing get device ID. I'm sure mr. Stammen will include it if an issue is opened on github. Ehehe. :) [permalink]
Asked by EvilDragon (141.138.47.x) on April 12 2017, 8:51am
Reply on April 12 2017, 1:54pm:
    It would be trivial for us to add, too...

Question: Did you watch Better Call Saul last night? Do you also like The Walking Dead? [permalink]
Asked by Mommy (99.173.156.x) on April 12 2017, 1:31am
Reply on April 12 2017, 1:36am:
    Just watched BCS now. I like it. The Walking Dead, I watched the first few seasons I think.

Question: Should people worry when you move to STL? Engineering wise, what's left to be done in your software ecosystem? [permalink]
Asked by Gio (94.70.0.x) on April 11 2017, 3:49pm
Reply on April 12 2017, 1:36am:
    You mean "if" we move to STL?

Question: Are we gonna see build-in animations in LICE/skinning engine someday? Why (technically speaking) you avoid vector graphics in REAPER? CPU usage can be one thing, other... Thanks! Have so much fun with WDL. :) [permalink]
Asked by Gio (79.130.163.x) on April 11 2017, 3:39pm
Reply on April 12 2017, 1:36am:
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