Posted by Sarah M. on July 26, 1999 at 05:04:15:
Somewhere down on the board (July 1) Parker pointed out to us a Mohican PC desktop theme and added a link. I finally downloaded it to give it a try and it is GREAT! First, it turns the colors into foresty greens and browns. Then, it changes some of the PC desktop icons. The "My Computer" icon is now THE LOTM poster. The icon of the Recycle Bin is Uncas peering through the shrubs when it's empty, or Magua in warpaint inside the cave when there's something in the recycle bin to empty.
It changed the folder icons to look more like old parchment. The desktop itself has a rotating selection of pictures (bitmaps). One of them is out of order, so I modified them and put them in the right order. And the hourglass is a tiny rotation through all the bitmaps.
This bitmaps, by the way, are incredibly clear. One of them of Magua aiming at Cora is far more intense than I ever suspected from the movie! And the picture of them in the canoes shows a DDL face that is so driven it's almost ugly. The bitmaps also caused me to find another editing blooper!
But best of all, it installed a load of sounds. When you launch windows, you get the LOTM Main Theme. When you close Windows, Chingachgook speaks to the Great Spirit, "A warrior comes to you ... I, Chingachgook, last of the Mohicans." When you open a window, Hawkeye tells us to do what we want with our own scalp, and when you close a window he tells you not to tell him what to do with his.
The sound files are .wav (wave) files, and I modified some of the settings using .wav files from Rich's site and another site. For example, the instant I empty my Recycle Bin, a voice immediately says "headin' west to Can-tuck-ee" which I thought was appropriate with for
my PC trash (no offence to Can-tuck-ee). I've also changed it to say, upon shrinking an open window down to a little icon, "Tight weave".
This is GREAT FUN, but very dangerous, and I MUST remember to turn it off before meeting with the senior partners of the Firm! Emily and Kevin McGowan had given me the idea to do this just last week, and here is a software that sets it up for me and SO MUCH MORE!
The cursor is a bit idiosyncratic, and doesn't always point exactly where I think it's pointing, but I'm learning its ways and adapting.
This is way fun!!
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