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Information for supporters and interested parties

To All Supporters

- Posted in Secret Lair by

The link to the complete new Secret Lair is now at https://gagala.org/Lair/ with all pages. The folder "Public" contains the normal Secret Lair for public access. Each level has it's own site in "Silver", "Gold" or "Platinum".

The passwords haven't changed.

This jAlbum application can create ZIP files containing all currently visible files, but not the subfolders. There will be no more all-in-one ZIP files.

The new public Secret Lair is complete and running, but still in test mode.

Of the three special folders, only the Silver site is already active, but in test mode, and a lot of files still need to be added. All JPG and PNG files created with a vector graphics program will be re-created as WebP files. What will happen to the older files will be decided individually. This will take a lot of time and I will alternate it with the current comic project.

If you remember the first version of my Secret Lair that ran with jAlbum and wonder why I don't just use that layout, it's because it's no longer available. The new layout was the best I could find, not perfect, but it works.

If something bothers you, let me know. I will try to find a solution.

Thanks for your support and patience.

The first part was pretty easy, a lot of copying, but I didn't put much effort into the look. If you like, you can have a look at the new Secret Lair v2.5 as a public version.

The Special Folders will look the same, but first I have to check ALL files to see if they are available in a larger or WebP version, and the missing files have to be produced. Not all files will be available in 4k or even 8k format, because they might have been created with a pixel oriented program and to increase such a file has limits in quality, 4k might be possible (depending on the file) but 8k is not. That's why files from the past will probably be missing.

Please note that the "NEW" tag is now on ALL files. This application sees uploaded files as new and doesn't care about the creation date.

This jAlbum application can now create a ZIP file of all files on a page, but not the subfolders. Nevertheless, I will create monthly all-in-one ZIP files from each main folder. jAlbum can display ZIP files just like PDF and video files.

I can't tell if I can make the folder thumbnails look better, or change the image thumbnails to a full view instead of a snippet. I'm still testing.

If you have any suggestions or criticism about this new lair, contact me and let me know.

Please and thank you.

Yep, it's time to roll your eyes again. Especially the long time supporters among you will be shaking their heads and wondering if this time it will finally work. Over the years I have tried a lot of software for my Secret Lair and they all disappointed me more or less. Sometimes it was just a little thing that didn't work the way I wanted it to, so I threw it away. Like the current version 2.4 with software from Zenphoto, which apparently has problems with large files and animated WebP images.

There are a lot of applications on the web, but I don't have the time to test them all. Maybe you remember my first version of the Secret Lair, made with the freeware jAlbum, but almost no software runs standalone these days, and when some necessary programs changed, the freeware didn't work anymore, so I had to switch and switch and switch, a mess. The current status is that I will go back to my roots, I bought a lifetime license, which isn't really one. After one year the updates will run out (August 6th) and I would have to buy again, but I will only do that if the old phenomenon of the software not working because of other software comes back. GAGALAND already works with jAlbum.

Why I didn't switch to jAlbum already is easy to answer: It doesn't work as one folder with access control for the special folders. The solution will be to create four folders, one for public access and three for each supporting tier. This will certainly be a lot of work, but a solution was overdue.

Currently I can't say when I will work on it and how long it will take, but I will try to do it as soon as possible. As usual.

Thanks for your understanding, patience and support! Bear hug!

P.S. In case you have any proposals for changes of the Secrete Lair, please contact me.

A little something for Valentine's Day.... Lust is in the air. You'll kindly note that he did not say anything about 'love'.

Thank you, Phil, for sharing with us!

Available in the new special 2K, 4K and 8K folders, passwords here.

Thanks to all my supporters for their support and patience.

Take always good care of yourself and stay healthy!

Lovely Joni, standing next to Melissa watching Chad.

Available in the new special 2K, 4K and 8K folders, passwords here.

Melissa Comparison D/G

- Posted in Work In Progress by

Not much difference, eh? The number of fingers should be pointed out, I simply don't like it when you supposedly save time on animation by only giving the toons four fingers.

"Fat Tuesday" [By PhillipThe2]

- Posted in New Stuff by

Just in and made by PhillipThe2, two versions are now available in the new special 2K, 4K and 8K folders, passwords here. The 2k file will be available in the Secret Lair next month. When you see the file names you know that there must be more versions of it, support PhillipThe2 to get them.

Background information [by PhillipThe2]:

It's Moon Pie throwing season!

Although New Orleans had the first organized Mardi Gras in 1699, four years before Mobile, Alabama (pronounced Moe-Beel), Mobile had the first formally organized parade in 1830. Flinging Moon Pies from the parade floats in Mobile didn't become a thing until after 1950... it never really caught on in New Orleans. Along with the usual assortment of beads, doubloons, candy, and other trinkets... you are, however, more likely to be struck by flying women's undergarments along St Charles Avenue in New Orleans than you are on Government Street in Mobile. Ask me how I now. :P

Oh, speaking of a lack of undergarments, someone needs to tell Ann that the krewe is supposed to throw beads -from- the float... not have them thrown -at- it.

Thanks to Phil for the information and sharing! Thanks to all my supporters for their support and patience.

Take always good care of yourself and stay healthy!

Melissa in a full body pose, still undressed. She will be dressed and cropped in the comic. Available in the new special 2K, 4K and 8K folders, passwords here. The progress on Melissa #1 "Panty Shot", page 2, is now on frame 5. Platinum supporters can see the progress here.

Once again I have to apologize for being so terribly late, but my health didn't let me do what I wanted to do. In addition, my last piece of furniture arrived, a wardrobe, which I have to assemble myself, and that's quite a task with a bad back. It will probably take me more than a week to put it together. I was able to purchase a complete set of used and some new parts thanks to you.

I don't know if it's my fault that my income is still decreasing, or if all these mass productions with AI image generators have something to do with it. Time will tell how long I can continue. To all who are still supporting me, a big "thank you" for your continued support and patience, I really appreciate it.

Take care of yourself and stay healthy!

The second smallest number of my supporters is on DeviantArt, it's the platform that costs me the most money in fees. I can't access the money I've received whenever I want; it's only available after a 7 day waiting period. DeviantArt also doesn't have their own billing and transfer system, why would they do that when they can get other companies to do it for them and take a commission, but I pay all the more fees for it.

Since begin of this year something has changed, I can no longer just ask for the money my supporters have generously given me. Now there is two-factor authentication without my consent. In other words, since I can't give my cell phone number, there's no money. A serious logical error. The problem is that I don't have a smartphone, just an old cell phone, I can't download an application and read a given QR code.

I brought this to DeviantArt's attention, which was quite a hassle because you can't find a simple email address on their support page. It seems they just don't know about cell phones anymore. I only use it for two-factor authentication for my bank, which works, but it doesn't work for DeviantArt.

I am currently waiting to hear back from DeviantArt with a solution.

Update 2024-01-31: Found the relevant eMail address and wrote to it again. Still no reply.

Update 2024-02-01: Reply from support team of DeviantArt:

You will need access to a device that can be used for the two-factor authentication process in order to withdraw earnings. Some third party apps can be used on desktop devices for two-factor authentication. Otherwise, an older phone or tablet could suffice to set up a 2FA app as well.

Judge for yourself if such an answer is at all helpful.

Update 2024-02-03: No help from DeviantArt. What bothers me the most is that I wasn't asked if I wanted two-factor authentication at all and that they want me to use any software from Microsoft or even Google:

Thanks for the clarification. We unfortunately cannot recommend a specific authenticator to use, there are 2-Factor Authentication solutions for desktop including Linux. We recommend searching online for a 2-factor authentication app for Linux that works best for your needs. You can search on the microsoft or google app store for desktop solutions.

But I have found a solution for my Linux desktop, a tiny tool called "Authenticator" and it works well, so I don't need a smartphone. Many thanks to Bilal Elmoussaoui.

Case closed.

"Help Wanted" [By PhillipThe2]

- Posted in New Stuff by

Just in: New masterpiece by PhillipThe2! Thank you, Phil, for sharing with us!

Available in the new special 2K, 4K and 8K folders, passwords here.

Thanks to all my supporters for their support and patience.

Take always good care of yourself and stay healthy!