tres ‘ni (Brian Hartvigsen) is something of an almost mythical figure in the history of Blackbox. He was there to help Blackbox for Windows right after the shell’s first steps, being an advisor in the team, along with some mean core coding. He is also listed as a CVS/SourceForge Maintainer, he developed some excellent plugins like bbicons and he helped to lift off Bluebox, the first ever BB flavor to use window skinning, but the community knows him and owes him as the creator of two sites that were fundamental in the amazing popularity of the shell: boxshots.org and lostinthebox.com
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boxshots, the famous BB site
[color=#ff0000;][font="arial, sans-serif;"]1) When did you start your acquaintance with Blackbox?[/color][/font]
I started using it soon after the first public release (good old rtfm switch). I'd been involved in shells for a while (core, Litestep, geoshell and a few others).
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Tres 'ni's first screenie on boxshots, many years ago. He had this to say:
[color=#ff0000;][font="arial, sans-serif;"]2) What was/is your contribution (developing builds/plugings, sites, styles)?[/color][/font]
My first contributions back were in 2003. I released BBIcons which let you make shortcuts that would apply stylized backgrounds. Also setup what eventually became boxshots.org after bb.joeblade org shutdown. Kept going from there, BBSlit (which loaded plugins into a container and idea heavily influenced from bluebox and fluxbox), Tcl4bb, broambox and even working on the dev team for a while (0.0.90 betas.) I then went over to the Bluebox side of things (0.50 betas) and did most of my time there. I developed slitapps that allowed loading BB4Win plugins in bluebox as well as a number of other things. I co-administrated a number of community websites with people like NC-17, qwilk, snkmchnb, and Jesterace until 2009 when I switched to OSX for work. I haven't used a PC on the day-to-day in almost 5 years and today have no involvement really in most of the sites.
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[color=#ff0000;][font="arial, sans-serif;"]3) What are the main advantages/disadvantages of the shell?[/color][/font]
Never really looked at it that way. I liked the ease of use and simplicity of approach I guess. Unlike Litestep that required you skin and set everything, you could get up and running with BB4Win (or bluebox) in no time flat.
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[color=#ff0000;][font="arial, sans-serif;"]4) What do you think is lacking?[/color][/font]
Having been out of the loop for so long, I don't think I can give a fair answer to this.
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Teaser of BBSlit
[color=#ff0000;][font="arial, sans-serif;"]5) What do you think of the shell and the community today?[/color][/font]
The heyday is definitely over. There are still some hardcore people still around, but I don't feel like any of the shells have really evolved with the newer operating systems. With EoL approaching for XP and a fairly stagnant development cycle, I'm not sure what the future holds.
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