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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…)

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!

Most Reliable IBM Deathstar Ever?

Friday, February 7th, 2014

If you know what hard drives I’m referring to in the title, this may make you go WOW!!! It did me I can tell you. (more…)

Welcome to 2014

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Just a little post to wish anyone who visits regularly a Happy New Year. I hope it’s a good one for everyone :-)

Site Maintenance

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

I’m currently making some changes to my site and they may result in a temporary loss of access to some pages. Apologies for this, but the updates are necessary to make it easier to maintain. At the moment, I use DokuWiki and WordPress… whilst DokuWiki is good, having to maintain two elements to the site is becoming a bind, so I’m moving the wiki content into WordPress, but some of it is taking longer than I would like (mainly sorting out how I’m going to organise the pages).

Goings On

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Well, as I’ve already mentioned in my post about a DNS attack on one of my servers, I’ve bought an iPad and I love it. I narrowly avoided being arrested for fondling the fondle slab (as one of my team calls it) whilst making my purchase decision. It took me a while to make the decision to buy one as I kept wondering whether I would use it. (more…)

A Mac Virgin No More

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Well, well… I never thought I’d see the day… but it has arrived… I am no longer a Mac virgin :-) (more…)