03 Sep

What to do when Catalyst Control Center won’t load?

Short answer: replace CCC with ATI Tray Tools. The software has the most common stuff like setting anti-alias options and resolution and lots more for tweaking. And it’s very light-weight in comparison.

In my case, I wanted to disable forced anti-aliasing so that the enemy outlines in World of Tanks were visible. A well-known bug in the game with a working solution, but an another well-known “feature” in the video software made working around it impossible as I couldn’t access the video settings.

The most dorky thing with CCC is that while there’s a ton of trouble with it, it seems the install procedure is the real reason for it not working. In my case, it was probably because of missing libraries and so the software refused to start (the only hint was an error message in Event Viewer: Could not find Type [ATI.ACE.CLI.Component.Dashboard.Dashboard] from [CLI.Component.Dashboard]).

Many tutorials on how to fix this is to reinstall CCC and the drivers but I found this won’t work and is very annoying even if it did work. So, I recommend skipping that and use this little tool instead. Thank you Ray Adams, no thanks ATI/AMD.

29 Nov

klystrack 1.5 Is Approaching Fast!

klystrack 1.5 screenshot After months of busy developing (not), I have finally decided to release klystrack 1.5. In short: feature creep. iLKke also joined the dev team and I have to thank him for graphics, testing and general support (motivational kicks in the butt). I also got some very good feedback from quite a few people, even though not every request was possible to implement (thanks nonetheless).

What is new in 1.5:

  • Improved editing
    • Undo/redo for most actions
    • The “compact” pattern display mode can be configured to display exactly the needed pattern columns
    • There’s now an edit mode similar to most classic trackers (you can jam in the pattern editor without changing pattern data)
  • New audio driver features
    • Wavetable for sampled drums etc.
    • Bitcrush effect has now optional sample rate downsampling
    • Extra parameter column for volume (like in FT2)
    • New commands such as setting filter resonance and restarting the instrument program from pattern data
  • Improved GUI
    • A lot of general laziness has been fixed, e.g. own menu items for opening a sample even in the pattern editor, keyboard control in all editors
    • Editors can be switched with buttons located bottom-right
    • The menu is less obscure with a new added menu button top-left
    • New default theme (no more eyesore) AHX meets klystrack?
    • Themes can now use PNG images instead of BMP
    • Program icon
  • Fun stuff
    • VU meters and a fake spectrum analyzer (think Protracker)
    • AHX/Protracker/C64 etc. retro themes
  • Experimental stuff
    • MIDI sync (not tested very well) and MIDI keyboard support (great for instrument editing)

Get it here. Don’t forget the Facebook page, updates get posted there more frequently.

16 Jun


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11 Mar

AHX Import in klystrack 1.4

I’ve just finished an AHX import feature for klystrack. The conversion is not perfect because not all features are present in klystrack and they have to be emulated using what there is available. However, even if the conversion isn’t too accurate, the tunes still sound pretty good. This is what the imported tunes sound like if you’re lucky:

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I’ve also updated the effect system to support separate FX chains, meaning you can have different reverb etc. settings for different instruments. While there will be more effects in future versions, they will still be for fine tuning the old school sound.

1.4.0 should be out soon but you can try the nightly builds that should work pretty well.

21 May

Seen – Monitor bot activity on your WordPress blog

watchlist Seen is a WordPress plugin that shows when and which bots visit your blog. This can be useful to see if a page ever gets visited by bots (so you can adjust robots.txt or so) or simply to amuse yourself if you are obsessed with what is happening with your blog (everyone knows you are).

Additionally, you can get a better understanding of how fast a page gets indexed by search engines and how fast it gets reindexed after you have modified the page. I found it interesting to note what’s the general strategy of different bots, now I know Yahoo really keeps visiting the pages and GoogleBot just very rarely visits older pages (but indexes new pages really quickly).

The plugin uses some simple heuristics to decide if a visiting user agent is a bot and puts it in a list of suspected bots (along with data of which pages it visited and when). You can then remove all the user agents that are not bots. Basically, This means you don’t need to manually add any bots at all, you simply weed out the false alerts. Of course, you can explicitly specify bots by their user agent string or host address.

Installing and using Seen

unindexedAfter installing the plugin (extract the zip file in wp-content/plugins/ and activate the plugin) data will be automatically recorded. You can monitor what is happening directly from on the Dashboard (there will be two new widgets, a list of bots on the watchlist and a list of unindexed pages). Also, if you go to Dashboard > Seen you can see more detailed lists and also the suspected bots list. I think it’s all quite self-explaining. Hint: you can click the star to add bots to the watchlist — clicking the yellow star will remove them.

In the options you can combine bots (i.e. when two or more entries have a differing user agent string but really are the same bot), delete them and edit them. The different categories are there so you can e.g. put Technorati bot in “Search engine (blogs)” which makes Seen not care if the bot has seen the latest comments. You can also categorize bots as “Browser” which means their data will be hidden as it probably won’t interest you.

Seen 0.5.1 (Supports WP 2.7 thru 2.8)

What’s new in 0.5.1

See comment #2 below.

Note: This is not yet 1.0 quality but it should work OK. By downloading and installing the plugin, you acknowledge no responsibility lays on the plugin author.