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Heather Kelley Papers, Redbeard's Pirate Quest: JAZ Disk [2], ARGH RETURN TO HEATHER KELLEY! UTILS 0315 : [2899]

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This disk is the heart of the archive. It contains what appears to be the complete source code for Redbeard, mostly in subdirectory titled "Studio," where the Microsoft Visual Studio files are kept. The program's dependencies are located in subdirectories "HCLib," "HCMiles," and "HCSmacker," all of which are Human Code extensions to the underlying APIs: the Miles Sound System, the Open Media Toolkit, and the Smacker video codec by Rad Game Tools. A great many of the resources for the game are stored in Open Media Toolkit .omt files. There are utilities for manipulating those files in the "utils" subdirectory. As of the date of ingest, the CAH has not been able to get all of them to work; see the project documentation for details.

Metadata notes: Heather Kelley, listed in the Dublin Core records as "contributor:author" is better articulated as Producer-Designer. The specific file creators were unidentified, however, Chris Spears, as the lead programmer at Human Code, most likely created a majority of the source code files. Additionally, the date used for "date created" field was the "last modified" date taken from the disks.

The collection consists of a tarball* of the entire disk and copies of the source code, audio and graphics files, and game resource files (specifically .omt files). "Last modified" file dates on this disk are as follows: earliest - September 24, 1994 at 08:00:00, latest - April 9, 1999 at 09:19:20, average - November 14, 1998 at 21:28:42. The collection title is as written on the disk: ARGH RETURN TO HEATHER KELLEY! UTILS 0315.

*A tarball is like an archival zip file. It compiles all files selected and creates a single bitstream (a single file) with the file extension .tar. In the case of this collection, the tarballs have also been compressed using gzip, and have the extension .tar.gz. They can be uncompressed using 7-zip software ( http://www.7-zip.org/ ), or using the standard command line tools. In a Linux environment, for example, you can extract the contents of a tarball by issuing the following command:

tar -xzvf filename.tar.gz

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