[RC5] Re: rc5-digest V1 #318
fcash at bigfoot.com
Tue Dec 7 11:35:25 EST 1999
> Exactly my point, the idea of the distributed.net client isn't to be
> exciting. If people want excitement, they can watch TV, play a game, or
> get out of the house for once and go socialize. I say, write the client
> for the utility of the client, and only add features that are useful. I
Hear, hear! The client is a key cracker, not a picture viewer. It
should only incorporate features that make it a better key cracker.
If people what pretty pictures and what not, then there should be
add-on or helper programs to do that. But, the main client should
be a key cracker and only a key cracker.
> don't think there was anything wrong with the GUI version of the client.
> It was MUCH easier to setup, use, benchmark, and reconfigure than the CLI
> client. It's not that I'm unfamiliar with DOS and command line options,
> in fact, quite the oppisite, however, I find the CLI client somewhat
> cumbersome to use sometimes when I'm trying to work from the Windows GUI
> and having to deal with a text based program with command line options.
Actually, the only command line you need is <path>\dnetc.exe all
the other options are available from within the running client
window. Try a right-click in the window, or left-click on the control
menu. Everything is there. And, the first time it is run (or the first
time without an .ini file) it automatically enters the configuration
> And could someone please explain to me why a person has all of 15 seconds
> to view the window after the benchmark completes ? It sure is fun to try
> and rush and copy the numbers down. Come on. I don't see how the GUI
Run the benchmark from within the client window (right-click >
benchmark > <pick your option>).
> client is very high maintenence, and if it is, I'd even volunteer to do
> so. It looks to me to be pretty simple. Several menus and common
> controls added on to the top of whatever it has in common with the CLI
> client. Heck, you could at least use an edit box to display the CLI text.
> Looks like you're using DrawText with the nasty System font or something
> right now. I don't see how the common controls are so hard to maintain,
> when they shouldn't really even change much between versions. In fact, if
But why add complexity to the project? One common code-base
is best. Optimise the heck out of the client, and let others design
and implement helper programs for the other features.
> another compiler were used, like Borland Builder, I could see the GUI
> client being *quite* easy to maintain.
I agree. Get rid of the MS crap. :-)
Who loves the new CLI, although he misses the white on blue
colour scheme from the old CLI.
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