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Scriptingbarnstar.png Hi Decimus, I'm giving you the scripter award because your always making scripts for me :-) - Faz

Helperbarnstar.png I'm also giving you the helper award because you have helped me understand LSL and the second life client better - Faz

Vehiclebarnstar.gif I'm giving you the vroom! award too for the jumpslab and thos fantastic physical shapes - Faz, I think that's your lot ^^

Sptc barnstar.png Here's a SPTC membership barnstar for being in the technology group - Faz

Deci -> :D


How do you upload stuff

Hey Decimus it's Aston Schomer: How do you upload pictures you have taken from SL onto your user page??

You have to ask one of the staff members to give you the ability to upload stuff first, then you click on the 'Upload file' link in the toolbox at the left of the page. --Decimus 12:52, 7 April 2007 (BST)

Uploading programs

When I upload my programs (in source code, obviously) should I use a tag like [[]]? --Decimus 17:23, 17 March 2007 (GMT)

Decimus: regarding uploading source code: I'll run it past the Open University admin who maintains the wiki. The mediawiki website notes that python is blacklisted by default from being uploaded as it may be interpreted by some servers. I am not sure whether the Open University will allow you to upload your code if its compressed (e.g. as a zip file). There are both technical and organisational permissions issues here. -- Mark Cabaret 10:47, 19 March 2007 (GMT)
I know about the blacklist - I could upload it as (for example) "" and just put a note telling you to remove the ".txt" when you've downloaded it. --Decimus 16:45, 19 March 2007 (GMT)
Hi Decimus: latest update on script uploads: uploading as python is definitely not going to happen, discussions about whether you can upload a zipped or otherwise compressed file is underway. If it's any consolation all of us at the Open University have to go through the same rigourous process! --Mark Cabaret 23:14, 19 March 2007 (GMT)
Hi Decimus: latest-latest update. The Open University is inclined to say no on uploading scripts :-( You need to answer the question "how does this relate to Schome?" if you've got a good case they'll consider it again. Please post up your reasoning and thoughts. -- Mark Cabaret 09:14, 20 March 2007 (GMT)
I was just thinking of putting up some of my Free Software; if I can't put it up, it doesn't matter... --Decimus 19:11, 20 March 2007 (GMT)
Hi Decimus - cheers for your understanding. Sorry about the restrictions. Maybe you could put it up on another website and link to it from here? --Mark Cabaret 13:14, 25 March 2007 (BST)
I can't really think of anywhere to put them, but if I do think of something, I'll do that :)

I can't upload stuff

One thing: when I click "Upload file", it says "You must be logged in to upload files" (even though I'm logged in). Whaa??? --Decimus 21:43, 15 March 2007 (GMT)

You need to be given upload permissions in the wiki in order to be able to do that - I have given you upload rights - please make sure that you either own any images that you upload or have written permission to use them on the website from the person who does own them (otherwise both you and I are breaking the law). PeterT 22:07, 15 March 2007 (GMT)
Thanks. And I'll make sure I don't put up any copyrighted stuff - at the moment, just a couple of pictures of my avatar. --Decimus 22:24, 16 March 2007 (GMT)

Free Software

Hi Decimus - Good to see your interest in Free Software. The OU is also involved in making it's learning materials available free of charge. You might want to check out OpenLearn .Euphloozie 10:03, 11 March 2007 (GMT)

Is it me or is the OpenLearn link broken?
Anyway, yes, FS is good. I have an idea to make a FS game siimilar to Age of Empires (the original being my favourite game) --Decimus 11:59, 11 March 2007 (GMT)
You're right. I made a mistake in the syntax (extra character) when I put it into the wiki. I think I've fixed it.Euphloozie 16:09, 11 March 2007 (GMT)
Yep, 'tis fixed now. --Decimus 16:20, 11 March 2007 (GMT)
I've looked up Age of Empires - that I had an Xbox. Is it fairly accurate on the historical context?
I'm not sure how accurate it is - for a start, AoE doesn't include the "Copper Age" civilizations went through before they reached the Bronze Age...
If the FS game you create was also open source, then people could collaborate in its creation and in extending both the gaming challenges and the historical scenarios.
I don't think you get what FS is - See the GNU site and specifically this and this... Basically, what you said about if I made it OS also applies to FS. And FS Doesn't mean 0 cost...
If we're looking for alternative approaches to education, I think this would be a good one to follow up.Euphloozie 16:22, 11 March 2007 (GMT)
As in this?
Having read the links you posted, I'm still not sure I fully grasp the distinction, but thanks for flagging it. At the moment, it looks to me like the two approaches are practically similar, but philosophically divided. I'll keep on reading :) Euphloozie
That is the main difference - they have different ideas of what the goal is - the FS people (including me) see freedom as a goal, while the OS people see it as a means towards the goal of making better software (which us FS people see as just a nice side-effect) --Decimus 17:14, 11 March 2007 (GMT)

Finding the page

Hi Decimus - well done for finding your userpage - I think you are the first of the SParker1s to have done so. Shortly after you get into Schome Park we will be introducing you to the SLog - a tool that will allow you to take notes in Schome Park which will be saved out onto your own SLog webpage - this will be a kind of blog. Some folk are also using their userpage as a bliki (like a blog but in a wiki) - check out the Blikis link in the 'index pages' menu on the left of each page in the wiki to find out more about blikis and links to some of the ones that are in here already. PeterT 21:16, 10 March 2007 (GMT)

On logging into the wiki, I noticed the link here; I decided I may as well put something about me. I have actually visited the wiki before I got on here (as we got told in the letter), so I know about the blikis; I decided I didn't want to do that at the moment... Oh, and how do you put line breaks in the text? --Decimus 21:20, 10 March 2007 (GMT)
I've found it now. Knowing that this uses the Wikipedia software, I just looked there :) --Decimus
The Help option in the 'useful stuff' menu on the left of each page of the wiki provides links to the MediaWiki help pages (as well as having info specifically about the schome community website). PeterT 05:53, 11 March 2007 (GMT)