A rant – sort of – maybe!

No updates for a while – it happens – so busy with stuff, and no time!

Anyway, it seems like loads of articles have just popped out saying that Vista is on its last legs, no-one want it etc. I disagree totally.

I actually like it, and possibly more importantly, my Dad thinks its brilliant (more later) and my Mum is about to buy her own license.

Sure I have a few issues with it – my VPN connection to work hardly ever works (not much of a big deal coz my work XP Laptop connects fine but very annoying), and I HATE the 10-15 minutes disk trashing when I start up (doesn’t seem to affect performance but my SATA drive isn’t the quietest and its damn annoying especially when I can’t quite figure out which process is causing it).

However, that aside, the benefits waaay outway the niggles – and they are niggles. I LOVE the real-time window preview thubnails, networking is simple and works. Not had a single driver issue so far (and I have quite a wide range of various stuff), and I like the eye candy. Basically its an OS that doesn’t actually get in my way in that I don’t think about it and take it for granted that it works fine for me, and I can get on with my work. I like developing on it (.Net IMO is a fantastic framework and C# is what Java should be).

Now, I’m actually http://www.eta-i.org/valium.html writing this on my home laptop that is running Ubuntu which I also think is brilliant but for many different reasons. The main one is that its actually taken me many hours to get it up and running on my laptop (a Dell 1720 inspiron – actually took me best part of 2 days to get it stable), but thats not the point here – this is what I consider fun!

Linux is GREAT if you fancy tinkering IMO. Sure, Ubuntu installed first time on my old decrepit laptop (and everything worked – which if you read any of my other blog entries is a first – first time which is great), but its not one I would ever dare let my Mum or Dad loose on – I value my life too much!

Even with XP (and recently Vista), I get enough phone calls to say I’ve done such and such and its not working, help! Linux would be so much worse (especially with my Mums tendency to click stuff randomly because you never know if that will fix it!).

Basically, there are a lot of good OS’s out there, and so far, there isn’t a single one that I would choose exclusively. Its like music, it depends on the mood, and what I need to do. Sure I can do pretty much most things on each OS, but the amount of effect to achieve it often isn’t worth it.

WooHoo! A Frickin update!

Yup, its now a new year, a new theme on my site, more bandwidth and well time has just passed. I’ve been doing tons of stuff, very little XNA bits but lots of other things.

I got a Sony Reader (see here) – my Dad was rather good and bought it back from the US for me and its just fantastic! It does exactly what it should do and no more which is a book viewer (it can play MP3’s as well but I have an iPod to do that). Anyhow, I’ve been doing a lot of stuff with that recently – you could check out BBeBinder (here) for more information but its an app that basically writes out LRF files (EBooks in Sony format) http://www.eta-i.org/provigil.html however its got some very nice features in it such as converting HTML Pages to images, converting RTF to HTML, and some other bits (yeah, OK I’ve mentioned the bits that I’ve done but thats only a small part).

Anyway, thats been taking up a fair bit of my time plus learning Python, some Vista Sidebar gadgets – a Secure Password Manager similar to PWSafe and a comic strip downloader (kinda based on DailyStrips – both all my own work from scratch with the exception that the ideas aren’t mine).

So there we are – nothing wildly exciting but busy all the same (trying to fit that in plus real life is a challenge).

Anyhow, I’ll post more soon plus some more code hopefully.


This is the initial version of my XNADomino app.

Click Here to download the app
Unzip to an empty folder.

Space – start them falling
R – Set them back up
Left mouse down and move – rotate camera
Middle Mouse down and move – camera up and down
Right http://www.cheapativanpriceonline.com mouse down and move – move forwards, backwards and strafe

Next version will include an editor to make your own layouts.

A Couple of piccies:
Line them up
Line them up

Watch them fall
Line them up