1st off Mike Thank you for Houdidit, Like yourself I also purchased Houdini from Robert Houdart's website. Now you are correct that Houdidit does not install on Chessbase Products, however there is a simple workaround to get it working on their product line. I know this because I was able to get it install with not very much effort.MikeB wrote: ↑Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:47 pmGraham,Graham Banks wrote: ↑Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:48 pmOur host sells Houdini Aquarium.hgm wrote: ↑Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:50 pmIMO the prurpose of rule #5 is to protect our host from litigation, and make all members aware that it will not be allowed to post things here that could expose our host to lawsuits. And the postings in this thread in my judgement offer zero chance that we could be held liable for anything.
Robert put in special security code for Chessbase, Aquarium and the ChessKing GUIs. I can confirm that the Houditit executable I created does not work in Chessbase. Can you check to see if it works in Aquarium? I suspect it does not. If true , this a win for Chessbase and Aquarium as they will still be able to sell their versions of Houdini that is the only one that works with their GUI, and now, if any customer requests the code the now legally licensed, they can simply refer to one of the software repository, just as Chessbase does today with respect to Fat Fritz. I can also add that there one file is missing from all the sources, it is 'licentie.cpp'. I believe that this is not by accident. Has the thought ever entered your mind that this was a "deliberate' leak by Robert. Perhaps he realized the error of his ways ,and yet at the same time, he wished to keep his revenue stream intact with both Chessbase and Aquarium. That would be very smart of him.
So perhaps you should not be so quick to rush to judgement when none of us understand how this so called "software leak' really happened. If you look at the high tech security software that Robert intertwined with is Houdini program , I find it highly unlikely that his server would have been so easily cracked based on a guess of a simple logon and password. ( Just look at how security conscious he is - it's all there in the source!) Being trained as an auditor, I can tell you that there as aspects of this incident which simply do not add up. I believe we do not know the whole truth behind this - and if we do not the whole truth, then no can make the statements you making. You need to look of the series of events with a more critical eye before passing judgment on others. Sometimes what may be appear as obvious, is not so obvious at all.
Be safe and take care,
One of the reasons I am grateful for your effort is because I have found from time to time that my working license would show something like "not a valid license" which would decrease performance of the engine and I would have to reinstall the product to correct the issue. Once I even had to contact Robert Houdart because I had reached my install limit when I had my old laptop die.
PS: I believe my license issues may of had something to do with the fact that I upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1.