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Unfinished Projects

See all of the V0LT projects that were never finished for whatever reason

V0LT Optic

What it is

V0LT Optic is a new kind of advertising network. Instead of using distracting ads, targeted tracking, and other tactics that annoy users, Optic uses plain text ads that are shown to all users regardless of their browsing habits. In other words, Optic serves ethical ads to users of websites, and allows ethical websites to earn revenue off their content.

Why it was cancelled

V0LT Optic was cancelled for a few reasons. The first, and primary reason is the issue of payments. There isn't a conveinent way for advertisers to pay websites without using non-free software like Paypal or Google Pay. While cryptocurrency is a great alternative option, the infrustucture to accept and process payments in the form of cryptocurrency is complicated and hard to implement.

The second reason Optic was cancelled was due to the problem of ad fraud. Since Optic ads contain no trackers, there isn't anything stopping a website from simply reloading their own page serveral times in order to boost their earnings. The final reason was simply the lack of interest. An advertising network has no reason to exist of no one uses it, so it wasn't worth finishing it's development.

Spark

What it is

Spark is a simple way for ethical content creators to distribute what they make. Designed to be an alternative to Itch.io built with only free software, Spark allows content creators to upload their music, podcasts, drawings, photos, articles, models, software, websites, and books. This allows them to distribute them to anyone using V0LT's server infrastructure. They could also accept donations to continue developing their projects.

Why it was cancelled

Spark was cancelled because of the security issues and lack of interest. Allowing anyone to upload anything to the V0LT server obviously has quite a few security implications. Its difficult to prevent someone from uploading a malicious file, and it wasn't worth the risk. Spark would also only be successful if it had a community surrounding it. Since there was very little interest in the project, it wouldn't have offered much support to the creators who used it.

Dimension 0

What it is

Dimension 0 is a tie-in game to the song Dimension 0. In the game, your goal was to explore text-based, prodcedurally generated worlds/dimensions. In each dimension, there would be a random amount of seeds that could be entered to generate more dimensions. By exploring these dimensions, you could eventually come across Dimension 0, the basis of all the other dimensions. At this point, you would be able to access hundreds of other dimensions more easily, and be free to explore even more.

Why it was cancelled

Dimension 0 was cancelled because of the logistics of carrying it out. Developing an algorithm that could consistently generate truly random dimensions that were also interesting was extremely difficult. If interest in the project increases, development will likely continue, but as of now, the time required to develop an algorithm like this is better spent elsewhere.

Copilot

What it is

Copilot was a free and open source clipboard manager from MacOS. Intended to be an alternative to expensive proprietary clipboard managers like Paste 2 and Uncluttered. It kept a log of the last 5 copied pieces of text, and even offered a setting to read off whatever was saved to the clipboard using text to speech.

Why it was cancelled

When copying long strings of text or non-text media, Copilot became extremely unstable, even with checks in place to avoid trying to save this information. This introduced potential security issues, and could even cause the operating system to crash entirely. As a result, it was pulled from V0LT.