Here’s an image.
Now onto actually designing the level and making the game.
The theme of this game jam is Growth.
We’re still trying to figure out how that will be implemented in our idea for a Rogue-like, but our first few ideas are pretty promising.
If we’re going to do this, we’ve got to be ruthless and pull the plug after those two hours and switch to the game. If we let it slip and say “we’ll do one extra hour on the engine” we’ve lost.
Wish us luck!
This post is about sharing my ‘Programming Notes and Code Snippets’ document, which I’ve been building on-and-off for a while in the hopes that it might help some of you solve a programming question you have or save you time while you’re building your code project.
I’ve also found this document to be very handy for coming up with new app ideas to get me started using new languages or tool chains. It’s how I got started on Quoats.
Google Wave used to offer this really awesome document embedding feature that doesn’t appear to be available with Google Docs (am I wrong? Correct me, please!), so I’ll just include a link to my code snippets document and an iframe version below.
Note that on all of the code snippets I include a link back to the source that I’m referencing. If these are in error or you’re the owner of the content and want it removed, be sure to drop me a line and I’ll correct the problem. As it is, these code snippets were found scattered across the Internet and this work-in-progress document merely hopes to compile them into something useful.
Enjoy and happy coding.
Sean Yo from last night’s Guelph Web Maker Meetup shared a few awesome web tools I’d never heard of and I thought they were so neat I resolved to share them (and a few extras) today with everyone here.
Every web designer and developer under the sun has used (or at least heard of) the default ‘lorem ispum‘ text that is used as a filler for unfinished text copy on websites that are a work in progress. Well, now us web developers and designers have an option to use something similar for our images as well.
The image on the right should give you some sort of indication where is going… check it:
- Placekitten (fun!)
- Lorempixum (I are profeshunul?)
- Dummy Image (funcshunul)
- Flickrholdr (oooh shiny!)
Let me be straight with you: Every WordPress blog on the web should have this plugin installed.
And, no, I’m also not being paid to say that. :)
Some of the neat features that W3 Total Cache includes:
- Final output is cached and then re-served to the next viewer without having to rebuild. This means that in many circumstances, your blog might only be recreating your site dynamically once an hour. Otherwise, the cached version will be served, greatly increasing the performance and stability of your site.
- Uses advanced disk caching techniques to cache output or can also take advantage of Memcache technology (if supported by your server) to increase speed even more.
Before W3 Total Cache I was a fan of WP Super Cache. And before that, I used WP Cache. Neither of the latter two can hold a candle to the capabilities and caching power of W3 Total Cache.
For more information on how this plugin can increase your website’s performance, take a look at W3 Total Cache on the WordPress Extend website.
My laptop is an Averatec 3260. 512MB of RAM, 80GB hard disk, and 1.6GHz processor. It’s had the front panel LCD and battery replaced, by me. It’s still missing the front bezel (I thought it looked cooler with it off.) Up until yesterday, the performance of the machine was just above what I’d consider to be “survivable” regardless of OS.
Then, everything changed.
While I was working with Cory Fowler at Red Brick Cafe and then later at my apartment, I was updating my copy of Mandriva Linux from 2009.1 to 2010.0. During installation something must have gone wrong because KDE4 no longer started properly. It kept bringing me back to the login screen. So, instead of using KDE4 I used IceWM.
I haven’t gone back to KDE4 since yesterday. And I’m the hugest KDE4 fan there is.
If you’ve got an old laptop or an old desktop that’s struggling under the weight of Windows XP or KDE4, grab a copy of Mandriva Linux for free and install the IceWM packages. Give it a go. I’m sure you’ll be impressed with the performance of your machine. I know I was! I remember running IceWM a few times when I first started using Linux quite a number of years ago but it has really come a long way since then.
IceWM runs all of the KDE4 programs I care about and even the Gnome programs, too. Watching a video on YouTube is made much easier with the lighter-weight desktop, as is just general browsing.
IceWM offers a lot of customization but some of it is complicated to configure. The easiest thing to do is to replace the God-awful default theme with something way cooler and easier on the eyes. The theme I’m using now is psicopoire.
The Box-Look.org website includes hundreds of awesome themes you can try out. And installing them is actually pretty simple. To install a new theme in IceWM, try this:
- Download the tarball
- Untar the tarball into the ~/.icewm/themes directory (if it does not exist, create it)
- Right-click on the desktop and go to Settings->Themes->Your New Theme’s Name
Does anyone else know any other neat, lightweight software to replace large-scale, heavy applications? I’d love to give them a try.
The world’s fastest web browser, Google Chrome, has recently been released on the Linux platform. This is big news since it will greatly improve the web browsing performance of many of the world’s netbooks.
I’ve been a huge fan of Google Chrome since it appeared in the summer of last year, but haven’t used it heavily simply because of the lack of Linux support. It is installed on my Windows 7 virtualization, however.
Word on the street is that Google Chrome is also available for Macs, so if that’s your platform, take a look!
One thing that I think is important to note that I haven’t seen anyone pick up on is this line on the Official Google Blog post about Chrome being available for Linux and Mac:
“At Google, most engineers use Linux machines …”
Hmm.. No wonder they’re winning! ;)
Go for it -> Download Google Chrome for Linux