Hi Guys. Just me, reminiscing....

Those were the days.

Friday, August 17, 2018 by RedneckDude | Discussion: Skinning

Hey guys. Just sitting here, thinking about you all, my time here, and getting old.

I have been in a lot of pain the last few years, working harder than I did before I "retired". A few health problems.

I miss the everyday goings on here at WC. Seems like there are soooooo many new names (a good thing), yet soooo many of the old timers are gone. ( A bad thing ) Shame... I know a lot of them are alive, just lost interest, lurking, maybe.

I have a very long list of who I miss. 

( Boxxi, you are number one in DX, sorry I'm not gonna get to take you down...lol )

I have several skins unreleased due to the original artist fading away. Good skins, it sucks.

Original skins? I have many, and I have 3 unfinished windowblinds just waiting. The urge is gone.

I test a bit for several skinners here. Gives me something to do, I guess....feel a bit useful.

Looking at stats I see I'm still in the top 3 in top skinners for the last 3 months, yet I haven't skinned in a while. (Dunno how that happened)

I wonder if anyone is still interested in anything other than dreams and windowblinds…..

 

I miss DesktopX badly. But if no one can get it anymore, kinda takes the wind outta your sails.

I have Master status. Why? Who knows? Truly, I never considered myself a master. I just liked doing the "art".  But I feel like I lost a bunch of family sometimes.  (My best friend Wiz stands out most, but we have lost many others.)

 

Ahh, getting old sucks.

 

I want to end this by saying that I appreciate all the support over the years. This is a good place to be, here at WC.  I hope many more skinners, enthusiasts, gamers, etc. decide to become members of our clan. I may not be as visible as I used to be, maybe I'm more of a lurker, but I'm still here. I hope some of you still care if I am. Most of you don't even know me.  Sometimes, I miss being PuterDudeJim.  RedneckDude is ok, but his stats show him being a tad "newer" that the actual truth. Oldies know... 

 

Good friends, good fun, good memories.

 

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starkers
Reply #41 Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:05 PM


There's always going to be die-hard devotees of skinning ... those with a critical eye on design and human interface, but by and large the hey-day is now a time in history...

And let us all be thankful to those die-hard skinners who are still plying their trade.  Sadly, the hey-day for skinning is a time since gone, but there are a few reasons for that, and not because we've lost interest.

Some skinners rode off into the sunset to pursue other aspects of their lives, but thankfully their skins are still here in the libraries.

Others sadly passed, but thankfully they left us great legacies and live on in the WC libraries.

Another reason skinning took a big hit is because Microsoft messed with Windows and made it more difficult to customise.  However, that is just one of the modern reasons skinning took the hit.  Damned mobile devices can be attributed for a large chunk of it.

My sister does just about all of her computing on her phone these days, as do many others I know, and regular PCs sit idle.  In fact, my nephew is friends with a bloke who manages the resale section at his local refuse tip, and he reckons that working PCs get dumped there every day but he can't give them away, such is the demand... or should I say lack of it for used PCs.

I'm the complete opposite, however.  My phone and tablets sit idle and my PC is running.  Quite frankly, I can't see how anybody would prefer to do their computing on a piddly little phone screen: make a call take a call, but I have no fascination to sit there twiddling my thumbs on a piddly phone with eff all screen real estate.

Yup, fechen mobile phones oughta be banned.  

Anyhow, I used to make icons, but my reason for stopping making them is arthritis, and to some extent vertigo.  I found that I couldn't sit at the PC for long periods making them, and getting up and coming back to them didn't work for me, so I had to stop.  It's a pity because I enjoyed making them, but I can't force the body what it doesn't want to do, especially now that my mouse hand is buggered up with arthritis.

RedneckDude
Reply #42 Thursday, August 30, 2018 10:34 PM

sydneysiders

And Jimbo... you are the definition of a Master.... I'm kinda fond of that PeterDudeJim dude too....

PeterDudeJim?

 

 

Thanks, Syd. Means a lot to me that you said that.   

RedneckDude
Reply #43 Thursday, August 30, 2018 10:40 PM

starkers

Anyhow, I used to make icons, but my reason for stopping making them is arthritis, and to some extent vertigo. I found that I couldn't sit at the PC for long periods making them, and getting up and coming back to them didn't work for me, so I had to stop. It's a pity because I enjoyed making them, but I can't force the body what it doesn't want to do, especially now that my mouse hand is buggered up with arthritis

Mark, I just found out today that I have bone spurs in my neck and shoulder. Along with Brachial Plexus injuries. Whatever the hell that is. Also there is the arthralgia in the right hand, diabetes, bulging discs, etc.

 

No wonder my right arm is almost unuseable. And wouldn't you know I'm right handed.

When I get moved to Alabama, I plan to try to get back into skinning, maybe even windowblinds. I miss it, lost the fire, but I think I can get it back. I plan to get out of the PC sales/repair business and back to skinning.

 

I am happy with the progress of this thread. It has shown me that the "family" concept is still here.

 

I love all you guys. WC is home.

RedneckDude
Reply #44 Thursday, August 30, 2018 10:48 PM


Hiya Jim. Hi all. I get nostalgic about this place and all y'all rom time to time. Sometimes I get an itch to DX again, but i was always trying to one-up myself and I have already done everything I wanted to do with the program. Plus, the program is no longer available so it is what it is.
I agree, and it is so good to see you here, Eve. Miss you much.

I hardly even use DX anymore myself, but that may change soon.

 

Someone wise here once said  "skin for yourself, share if you want, pay no attention to download counts and ratings. Make YOU happy".   Well, I must agree. And I will likely get back to DX, and share. If I get 8 downloads, so be it. As long as I enjoy making and sharing.

 

You can expect Winstep skins and WB skins from me as well. Probably around December. Once I move to Bama and settle in.

sydneysiders
Reply #45 Friday, August 31, 2018 8:21 AM

RedneckDude

PeterDudeJim?

  ....  yeah... your twin Dude Peter as well... 

(typo...sorry..)      

starkers
Reply #46 Friday, August 31, 2018 8:52 PM

RedneckDude

Quoting starkers,
reply 47
Anyhow, I used to make icons, but my reason for stopping making them is arthritis, and to some extent vertigo. I found that I couldn't sit at the PC for long periods making them, and getting up and coming back to them didn't work for me, so I had to stop. It's a pity because I enjoyed making them, but I can't force the body what it doesn't want to do, especially now that my mouse hand is buggered up with arthritis

Mark, I just found out today that I have bone spurs in my neck and shoulder. Along with Brachial Plexus injuries. Whatever the hell that is.

I have no idea what Brachial Plexus injuries are, but I'm familiar with bone spurs.  I have one in my right wrist, which causes my hand to ache after longer periods of use, so with the arthritis and issues with my thumb, my right hand isn't up for much mouse work.

Oh, and I'm left-handed, BTW.  However, I'm right-handed when using scissors, screwdrivers and a mouse.  Go figure, but it just felt comfortable to me.   I thought about retraining myself to use the mouse in my left hand, but it's a bit like how they say about old dogs and new tricks.  While I can control a pen perfectly well in my left hand, I don't have that much control over a mouse. 

Perhaps with practice I may learn to master it, but I now also have arthritis in my left hand, though not as bad... and then it's finding the time when I have so much else to do.  Thing is I can still use a mouse in my right hand, just not for long periods or for anything intensive, such as painting or drawing in the various art programs.

Oh yeah, I also have bone spurs on both heels, which can make it quite painful to walk at times.  I also have a bone spur on my right hip and the inner side of my right knee... and in my neck I have 4 discs completely missing, with C3 and C4 vertebrae now totally fused together, so yeah, with all the cracking and grinding I do sympathise with you regarding neck pain. 

It's a pain in the neck... pun intended.  

Yup, it's a bastard getting old, but then I don't know that I'd want to be starting out as a youngster in this day and age.  For mine, the world is not a better place than when I grew up during the 50's, 60's and 70's.  The technology may have advanced in leaps and bounds, but I recall doing real things in the real world.  Kids these days are too often nose down in their phones or other devices and miss so much of what I enjoyed doing as a lad... like walking in the countryside; fishing; playing cricket and/or rugby; going camping. 

They're becoming fat bastards before their time, and parents seem to be too busy and simply ignore this.

RedneckDude
Reply #47 Friday, August 31, 2018 10:23 PM

DaveBax

Quoting sydneysiders,

And Jimbo... you are the definition of a Master....



Yes Jim what Syd said. No more talk about why you even made Master. 

All the work you did and uploaded for so many to enjoy. All the support and help you have given. You already made Master 10 times over.

I overlooked this reply, Super Dave. It means a lot to me to have your friendship, and to have you say something so nice. I am humbled.

elvee
Reply #48 Sunday, September 2, 2018 7:01 PM

Hello Guys and Gals. It has been a long time since I have been active here. I do miss being an active member and chatting with everyone. I was even a Mod at one point, regrettably that was also when changes in life happened.

I started day one here. This place was jumping! I couldn't wait to get off work to hang out here! Getting on the forums and chatting it up with friends, waiting to see what skinners had up their sleeves to share for all! WC was a big buzz, couldn't get enough.

Things started to changed after I got Married in '07 and a new job too, pretty much a new life. Eventually my son came along and well, I didn't have much time on the computer anymore. I was switching to the mobile world. I am still into customization but primarily on Android devices where I change my homescreen all the time the way I used to on my desktop. 

I come here and look around once in a while and remember all the good times I had. I still have my subscriptions to WC and OD, (might have slipped a year or two ) I still use WB , Start 10, Winamp, ETC..on my laptop.

Well anyway I just wanted to say I do miss being and being with everyone. It is/was truly like a family here. Lots of interesting people have come and gone, still some oldtimers. Miss my talks with WOM in particular. You have helped me more than you will ever know Mike. Thank you.

elvee

Jafo
Reply #49 Sunday, September 2, 2018 7:59 PM

elvee ..... member number 91 ... that'll be day one....

Long time no see/hear ....

RedneckDude
Reply #50 Sunday, September 2, 2018 8:49 PM

Good to see you here Lavant!!!

WOM
Reply #51 Monday, September 3, 2018 10:08 AM

Hey Elvee, damn its been a while.  How old is you son?  I to miss our BS sessions.  And like I said earlier I to miss all the old people.  And I still use W7 and I've been stuck on Valiant by LightStar.

starkers
Reply #52 Monday, September 3, 2018 8:01 PM

Yeah, I miss so many of the old crew who inhabited these 'ere forums.  There are too many to mention, so I won't name names to save leaving somebody out.  But yeah, there were some great threads that kept this place abuzz with fun and laughter.

One thread in particular was Bichur's 'My Throbber's Broken'.  We had so much fun with that one.  And then there was the one with the bloke who believed he couldn't open a Joe User account because of his political persuasion.  I don't recall its proper name right now, but it ended up being known as the 'pirate thread' because a few of us took it way off course and took the 'mickey' out of the OP.  Hehe, and I became known as Cap'n starkers.

Yup, they were the good old days.  Miss 'em heaps.

Uvah
Reply #53 Tuesday, September 4, 2018 9:41 AM

starkers

And then there was the one with the bloke who believed he couldn't open a Joe User account because of his political persuasion.  I don't recall its proper name right now, but it ended up being known as the 'pirate thread' because a few of us took it way off course and took the 'mickey' out of the OP.  Hehe, and I became known as Cap'n starkers.

Damn. I missed that one. Hey cap'n...care to elaborate.

starkers
Reply #54 Tuesday, September 4, 2018 8:08 PM



Quoting starkers,

And then there was the one with the bloke who believed he couldn't open a Joe User account because of his political persuasion.  I don't recall its proper name right now, but it ended up being known as the 'pirate thread' because a few of us took it way off course and took the 'mickey' out of the OP.  Hehe, and I became known as Cap'n starkers.



Damn. I missed that one. Hey cap'n...care to elaborate.

Here's the link to that thar thread.... https://forums.wincustomize.com/122170/page/1/#replies

It starts off with the OP complaining about not being able to create a Joe User account [since edited] and other posters having a bit of 'conspiracy' fun.  It then goes on the become the pirate thread.

Have fun reading.

elvee
Reply #55 Tuesday, September 4, 2018 8:32 PM

Hi Guys! Mike, He is eight and thinks he has the world figured out.

Dcrew57
Reply #56 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 7:22 PM

We are getting to be the elders. Others will look up to us are our work. I made my 1st skin back in 2005. Here we are in 2019 and still doing it. I like skinning for the challenge to myself to create something different. Will be 62 in May. We are a bunch of old farts who enjoy skinning.   

Dcrew57
Reply #57 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 7:42 PM

starkers

Having said that, however, we need to support those who still skin and encourage those beginners who would like to have a try at it.  I mean, what's a community if we don't pull together as a team?

Most of the younger do not have the patience to skin. they dl skins and go not caring what effort it took to make it. Society is part to blame i feel. Nobody has time for anything anymore cause life is so buzy. Skinning is my enjoyment cause i got the bug a long time ago. Cliff from skinnalicious was my 1st inspiration. I will keep skinning as long as we have programs that can be skinned. My old favorite is too broke to skin now. Sysmetrix.

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