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LD 34 Retrospective

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

So, it’s the evening after the morning before… that would be the morning of the Ludum Dare compo submission deadline… and I figured I’d just jot down a few thoughts about my first ever game jam entry. I’m sure these things have been said in every retrospective ever written, but you’re here reading this so I’m going to stick everything I can think of in this post it’s somewhat lengthy, but as it’s my first time I have a lot of thoughts about the experience. (more…)

LD 34 Entry

Monday, December 14th, 2015

My first game jam… and I’ve done it… I’m not saying it’s perfect (ROFL), but for me, it’s not a bad effort.

There are two builds DEBUG and RELEASE. When running debug, press F1 for some options (they should only work when the options are displayed). It’s far from complete, but it’s enough to get the general gist of it.

Why Has It Been So Quiet Here?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

It’s been very quiet here, not completely unusual I know, but this time there is a very good reason. In January an email arrived in my inbox at work. The quick version goes something like “Do you want to walk 40 miles to raise money for charity?” For some reason, which I still haven’t figured out, I replied “Yes”.

Yes, you did read that correctly… I signed up to walk 40 miles for charity. Specifically, I (and eight colleagues) agreed to walk 40 miles for Action Medical Research for Children. As a consequence, I’ve been a bit pre-occupied with getting out into the big wide world training.

I’ll cut to the chase… if anything I’ve done has helped you out and you’d like to give something back or you’re just feeling generous, you can sponsor my colleagues from 3tc Software and I here (don’t forget if you’re a UK tax payer, be sure to check the gift aid check box). The event itself is taking place on 4th July (I know, the website says the 3rd, but that’s when you meet up and get your safety briefing etc.), when we start walking at midnight and go through the day, finishing on the Saturday afternoon. (more…)

Adding resources to a Delphi app at build time

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Just a quickie to let people know you can add resources to a Delphi app by using ‘Project->Resources and Images’ from the menu, but also by including them yourself using a .RES file that you can direct the compiler to generate during the build process. When I went looking for an answer there was some debate as to whether this was possible and if so how. There didn’t appear to be a consensus so I have just tested it with XE7 and it is possible using a resource directive in a unit.

So, with this resource directive in a unit:-

{$R sample.res sample.rc}

sample.rc contains:-

MYPNG RCDATA sample.png

And I can then load that image using:-


I know it works and loads correctly because I went on to paint the image on a canvas on the form.

Delphi is 20 years old

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The year is 1995 and I’m sat at home working on my latest application with Turbo Pascal 7. Windows 3.1 is king and I want to start writing windows applications… I could have opted for Borland Pascal (but that was seriously expensive) and based on my experiences with Turbo Vision, developing Windows apps would be a killer. Then one day I saw a review of a new product from Borland. Labelled as the VB killer, the new products name was Delphi. Due to be launched soon in two flavours, Standard and Professional. I opted for Standard (I had no money back then), pre-ordered it and eagerly awaited release day. (more…)

Scam Tech Support – 08085550164

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Just a heads up… if you’re in the UK and you or a relative (who is not as tech savvy as you might like them to be) get a call from 08085550164, then simply tell them you’re computer runs Linux and that they are trying to scam you.

The call opened with ‘Hello mam… this is ???? from Windows Technical Helpdesk. For the last few days we have been receiving errors from your computer. Is your computer switched on at the moment mam?’

I was asked what I could see on screen… I replied CentOS 6.5 and stated the computer ran Linux and that he was trying to scam me. *click* *beeeeeep*

So these guys are the standard IT support con job. The number doesn’t currently show up on google, so I’m posting this just to get it out there. And if this is your number or you are the provider of this number, I’d love for you to get in touch via the comments and explain to me (and anyone else who reads my site) how you can justify scamming people.

Of course you won’t so I’ll simply close with a statement… people like you are the scum of the earth, preying on people like my now sadly departed Grandma, or my Mum and Dad. People who may not be as tech savvy as they need to be in this day and age. I actually can’t decide who’s worse… the people who setup the scam, the people who supply the facilities they need or the people who sit on the end of the line making the calls. Morally bankrupt… all of you!

My Delphi library opens it’s doors – unitXInput published

Friday, December 19th, 2014

I have finally bitten the bullet and decided I’m going to start publishing more of my library code. I’m not going to publish all of it, but some nuggets that may help people here and there. (more…)

Just in case I take part…

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Just in case I enter this weekends Ludum Dare competition and use this, here’s a wrapper I started working on for SunVox. It’s C#, dirty as hell, mostly uncommented… but it does work with XNA (Visual Studio 2010, XNA 4). (more…)

New Release From Mobillu – Tap Lander

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Mobillu have recently released a new game called Tap Lander. It’s a take on the classic lunar lander style game, read on for a little review.

Tap Lander

Ford Remote Control Conversion for Pioneer Head Unit – Stage 1 Dissection

Friday, November 7th, 2014

A while back, I decided I’d had enough of my factory fitted Ford stereo… no aux input, only a single CD (changing discs at motorway speeds is not a good idea) and an analogue radio. I’d had enough of my earbuds falling out when I was listening to my iPod in lieu of a decent stereo and I was sick and tired of stuffing an ear piece in to get hands free for my phone. So I took the plunge and treated myself to a Pioneer DEH-X8500DAB. Bluetooth, digital and analogue radio, CD (with MP3 capabilities), two USB ports, SD card slot and proper iPod integration. Only one problem… no easy direct remote integration with the steering column stalk. Well… not yet anyway. Turns out Pioneer use a resistive remote system… as do Ford (at least on the model I have in my Mondeo). Now there are boxes that can sit between them and do the conversion, but these are really quite costly. So, this is going to be the start of a little series of articles about converting a standard Ford stalk to control my Pioneer head unit. This is stage 1, removing and opening the Ford remote. (more…)