thought I'd give a tiny update as a sign of life.
Avalaunch alpha series is dead, it will never see any updates as far as I know it. Too many people copied our innovations and ideas, changing our dashboard from "innovative" to "just a dashboard". For that, I blame the other dashboard authors that lacked respect for others work. It completely killed our spirits as others got recognition for our work.
However, avalaunch 2.0 have been in production for a while and is being programmed more on now than ever. In that dash we have taken what we know was great in the old dash, and remade those into separate projects so we can easily access them for the new dashboard.
In my opinion, the core problem with ava alpha series was the stuff I wrote. I wrote a ton of different stuff, but never took good time to make anything into perfection. I also tried to do stuff I clearly had no idea how to do. The result of that was some things was new and refreshing - while other things not only failed to work, but was impossible to fix. The FTP server is one of those things. It works amazingly well in some parts, but it's close to useless in some situations.
Blazed and lys mostly worked on the stuff they did best, and that shows on the stuff they made, their code is beautiful and works exactly like it was intended.
So, I've had some time to reflect on what to do, and I've remade the ftpserver. It's flawless now and it gives speeds even greater than the old system. It's also made portable so it would take me 10 minutes to make it work on a 360....for example.
Furthermore, Jbone and his yet unnamed mate have worked their asses off in order to make an ui that already blows my mind. They have managed to perfect a mix of 2d and 3d in ways I had no idea anyone would put in a simple dashboard
They also have a strict order to make everything work on xbox and windows as well to keep things portable and therefore easy to flip over to 360 in case it'll be possible.
In addition to having Jbone and his unnamed mate enabled fulltime on the ui +++ Carcharius and t-maul have joined the fun. No idea who want to do what, that's kinda the fun of this. One do what one feel like doing.
Other than that, the last 2 years of our 4 years have been very slow for us. And there's many reasons for that ( not mentionning any names as this is personal info ). Some of the core members have had deaths in the closest family, others have gotten kids ( a total of 3 avagirls and 3 avaboys in the last 2 years actually ! ), and some of us have worked a lot on mapping the 360 systems. There's been deals with software companies, there's been a member moving across the globe...twice.. there's been members that have gotten SERIOUS promotions in their works, and some of us have hospitalized with followig serious surgeries.... and so on. We're old people, bodyparts do malfunction
Whats important I think, is that we've gotten laid at least 6 times (combined). I mean, how did that happen ??
Avalaunch alpha series = gone. You wont see it again
Avlaaunch 2.0 = well into prouction, you'll see it pretty soon....and if we are lucky - maybe we'll be among the first things that run on the opened 360 when that happens ? one can hope.