BANG 3.49 Description

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History of Developement:

This program was invented on a typical morning working on a typical computer with a typical Windoze 3.0 application. A typical mouse click on a typical button and a typical reaction: "Unrecoverable application error" !!! No need to mention that the last save-file operation took place half an hour ago !! AARRGGHH!!! At this moment, the BANG was conceived. After installation, BANG places a small death's head icon somewhere on the desktop. Even if the program manager has vanished, (a very common situation at that time) the user can double-click on the BANG icon to change the mouse cursor into a crosshair. Now he (or she) can fire at every location on the screen. Not that any lost file was ever recovered by this program, but hardware worth millions of dollars was saved by allowing frustrated users to let off steam instead of throwing it out of the window. BANG 1.0 was first released in 1991.

With the appearence of Windows 3.1 things changed. Now the error message of choice was "General Protection Fault", Windows had new titles and funny new crashes happened. But more important the use of sound files was greatly simplified. Equipped with sound files stolen from Arnold Schwarzeneggers "Terminator 2", BANG 2.0 was first released in mid-1992. In 1995, several inquiries about BANG for Windows 95 reached the authors via the last still valid email adress. Although Windows 95 is much more stable than the previous versions, crashes are still possible and not too rare if you are writing programs (funny: sometimes the compiler quits working because some intermediate file is locked allegedly by a different process. In that situation you can only shut down Windows 95 and reboot. Fortunatly software developers have all the time of the world...). During the first conversion steps of the old BANG 2.2 version, it turned out that it is MUCH more difficult to suck all the CPU time to one process without giving other tasks any chance of getting the focus. But this problem could be solved.

BANG 3.49: Screenshot

Requirements: Windows 95 / 98 / NT 4.0 / 2000. Sound card and DirectX strongly recommended!

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Last modification: 2001-06-26