The Yard Sale Netbook

This is one of those stories that starts with “So, I was at this yard sale….” It was a business trip — I was going to talk to a prospective retailer about doing an in-store demo. But we stopped at this yard sale, because, well, there it was. They were just about to close up, which is probably why I could get the little Acer Aspire One netbook for $39 (that number being my offer because it was how much I had on me). I figured I could use an ultralight machine running Win7 for demos, and there it was.

I’m pretty sure one major reason the former owner sold it was that it was running about at the speed of a fossilized snail. A 6-year-old netbook isn’t exactly a screamer to begin with, but add BitTorrent, random malware that crawled in from the torrents, every possible bit of adware, several competing (though apparently not actually functioning) antivirus programs, and a few other odds and ends, and it’s kind of surprising that it’ll run at all. Factory reset time!

The netbook in question works much better now that it’s rid of all that cruft. And, of course, it’s running TableMaster. Being a netbook, it’s only got a 600 pixel high screen. Clearly, that was an issue with a program that expected its screen to be 768 pixels high. So now it doesn’t. I took some time to work on the TableMaster UI again, and now it resizes vertically for pretty much any screen size.

TableMaster on the netbook
TableMaster on the netbook

I added horizontal resizing, too. It doesn’t look as good at really wide sizes because there are some empty gaps at top and bottom (I’ll probably put some pictures of dice in there or something at some point, just to fill the space) but it now can be resized to anything you have, and the extra button panel for use with touch screens is now a separate option from screen size.

Given that my current collection of test systems’ screens are 1024 x 768, 1024 x 600, 1280 x 800, and 1920 x 1080, I have a fair percentage of likely screen sizes covered. Also fair percentage of my desk covered!

In other notes, I’m looking for an artist for a small commission. I have a really badly drawn (MS-Paint!) picture from the original TableMaster manual that I’d like to have redone by someone who, unlike me, can actually draw. If you happen to be (or know) an artist, please get in touch.

p.s. I put a page with screenshots of TableMaster on severalĀ  different computers on the Wintertree website. They’re various combinations of desktops, laptops, and netbooks, running WinXP, Win7 (3 different flavors), and Win10.

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