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10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« on: July 03, 2011, 07:12:28 pm »
I know I am 24 hours too early, but I felt like posting this now, in case I didn't feel like doing so tomorrow. Some of you might know, while others might not, but on July 4th 2011, I will have been into calculator-related things for a decade. In a few months, Omnimaga will also turn 10, although it only first appeared online 7 years ago.

During this decade, I have released several calculator RPGs, such as the Illusiat, The Reign of Legends, Reuben Quest and Mana Force series, and a few other games such as Metroid II: Evolution, Zelda: Dark Link Quest and xLIB xLIB Revolution. The bulk of my releases happened from 2001 to 2005, although a few more games came out here and there during the few years afterward. I also devoted a lot of time into creating a TI discussion forums where we put emphasis on friendliness and calculator games development. For most of the time, I was usually the most active poster around here as well, despite having slowly lost interest into programming after 2005.

Despite having run into some TI community problems over the years and almost saw the community die in 2007-08, I still enjoyed my time contributing here and other websites, and I still like calculators and a lot of people in the TI community. Even after a decade of varied kind of activity and contributions for the TI community, I remained around for an higher-than-average amount of time (most people usually leave the TI community after three years, if not less).

However, since the end of December 2010 and especially April 2011, you probably noticed that my posting activity on the forums, along with my activity on IRC, has decreased considerably. Sometimes I can be several days in a row without posting anywhere, and a lot of the new forum and site additions were severly delayed, a lot of the site tasks now being relayed to other staff. Due to certain life circumstances that most staff knew since late 2009 and early 2010, but that eventually the rest of the forum members will have a summary of, I am afraid that now I'm running my last few miles as contributor here. When I feel like writing the other post that is supposed to come with this news article (the other post will be located in the spam section), you will know what lead to this, although certain staff members or regulars knew since over a year ago now. Nothing of this was caused by the TI community, nor anything over the Internet.

For now I will most likely be around for a while, continuing maintaining the three Omnimaga 2011 contests, and during the second half of July, I will have one final activity upsurge on the forums, but afterward I do not know what will happen. Lately, I noticed I have started to slowly lose interest towards calculator stuff, so it is clear that my activity will only continue to diminish in the near future, to the point where eventually I will hardly post anymore. The latter could happen very soon, like it could maybe take a year. Also, this means that my plan to return to Manager for two months during Summer may be compromised now, so Juju may have to perform the site updates.

I would have loved to continue contributing as much as I used to in 2010, but my body and mind don't follow. This is why we have planned things with the staff so in the future, the team keeps being renewed when people leaves, to ensure the continuation of the website for the next years.

This might come as a surprise to the forum members who are not aware of my issues, since between November 2009 and today I rarely talked anymore about my personal life stuff or how I am, but some other people might have started to see this coming, if they regularly checked my posting statistics. For the other people, this should explain why I suddently stopped keeping up with project updates on a regular basis anymore a few months ago.

On July 4th 2001, around 6 PM, I still remember buying that TI-83 Plus at Radio-Shack, then immediately devoting days into TI-BASIC learning, using the big manual that came with the device. Regardless of how long I remain active around here, I am happy that I could remain around for so long, and I want to thank everyone who helped me go through hard times to allow me to stick around for so long. Initially, this almost all ended last Christmas and prior that, during my last year birthday, but finally, friends allowed me to continue at least one more year.
« Last Edit: July 03, 2011, 07:50:02 pm by DJ_O »
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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2011, 07:33:57 pm »
Ten years ... wow.

On July 4th 2001, around 6 PM, I still remember buying that TI-83 Plus at Radio-Shack, then immediately devoting days into TI-BASIC learning, using the big manual that came with the device.

Did you ever think back then that that calculator would leave such a big impact on your life and the calculator community? :D

I understand when random things start interfering with something that must have been a hugely enjoyable part of your life. Hope you can still stick around with us for a while yet :)

No pressure. Take it easy. You've done a lot for the community already.
« Last Edit: July 03, 2011, 07:35:14 pm by Deep Thought »




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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2011, 07:36:49 pm »
Well, that calc didn't that much, since the SE I got afterward was used for the most part (until I got tired of OS 1.13 crashes during ROL1 dev), then its link port died, but it still lead me to lots of programming and TI community experiences.

I'M kinda sad most night, since Nov 09, though, knowing that this time is coming...
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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2011, 07:39:03 pm »
Happy anniversary, that was awesome you managed to be around for 10 years, which is higher than most people in the community. No wonder you currently have over +1000 respect. So good luck with the future, I hope you'll still be around for years...

Thank you for all this DJ Omnimaga. You deserved it.

Regardless of how long I remain active around here, I am happy that I could remain around for so long, and I want to thank everyone who helped me go through hard times to allow me to stick around for so long. Initially, this almost all ended last Christmas and prior that, during my last year birthday, but finally, friends allowed me to continue at least one more year.
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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2011, 07:43:04 pm »
We love you DJ. I hope you stay around for a lot longer then you expect :)
Your life has truly been epic an noble in starting Omnimaga, you deserve the respect ratings and many more!
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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2011, 07:51:45 pm »
Ten years. O.O

You've truly been an inspiration to everyone here. I hope you manage to stick around as long as possible. Happy anniversary man.

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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2011, 08:21:41 pm »
Wow, ten years. *.*
Happy anniversary, and congrats on everything you've done.

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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2011, 08:31:09 pm »
DJ, you are a truly valuable asset to the TI community.  Not only do you have many impressive project releases, but also you have helped create one of the greatest TI communities to allow other's projects to flourish as well as your own.  When you started in the calculator community, I doubt I knew graphing calculators even existed.  I, along with the entire community, truly thank you for your endless contributions! :)

I wish you the best of luck with all that may happen in your future! :)


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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2011, 09:13:14 pm »
You've done so much for this community, I thank you for everything you've done.

In fact, it was your Illusiat games, specifically Illusiat 11, that inspired me to seriously program in TI-BASIC, which led to my discovery of my love of programming.

I wish you luck in whatever you decide to do in the future, and hope you can stick around for a while longer.


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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2011, 09:51:44 pm »
I know I am a newer member, but as soon as joined I saw that you were an amazing person. Looking in downloads section at your games, I am amazed at what you achieved. It is really this site that inspired me in the world of programing. For that, I thank you and wish you farewell.

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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2011, 09:54:04 pm »
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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2011, 10:57:07 pm »
We all hope you stick around as much as possible, DJ.

But 10 years is much more than most people spend with calculators.  You've been an inspiration, an example and a hero to all of us, and we are glad to know you :D
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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2011, 11:46:11 pm »
please dont go DJ_Omnimaga :'( :'( :'( :'(, you created my favorite website  :D

stay as long as you can and way longer  O.O

I will be sad to see you go away but please come back time to time to see how omnimaga is going
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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2011, 01:30:17 am »
Man, I'm tearing up a little...*sniff*

DJ, I know I haven't been around here for all that long, but already I feel like Omnimaga is my home. I've met so many awesome people, shared so many stories, and learned so much: not just about calculators or about coding, but about responsibility, friendship, loyalty: even myself.

I know I sound sappy right now, but I'll wrap it up so you can go back to being amazing:

I love Omnimaga.

Thanks for making it.

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Re: 10 Years Later: The End of an Era
« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2011, 02:48:23 am »
Ten years--wow. Ten years ago, I was a six-year-old in a hospital with a teal gameboy color from my dad.
I feel like I just got to know the awesome, awesome DJ, and now he's being torn away. I <3 U DJ
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