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  • First go at Popfly update

    Following on from some very helpful comments i’ve found the embed code

    Since i’m not hosting my own wordpress blog i can’t embed it directly so just click HERE (you’ll probably need to install Sliverlight first though!)

    David Overton has also done some screen grabs of how to create a mashup so go check that out as well!

  • Desktop Tower Defense Anonymous

    My name is Andy and i’m a Desktop Tower Defense-a holic

    After spotting it the other day i can’t tear myself away from it.I love this game!

    First proper go on the “normal” level and i managed to beat it…just!

    View my map here!

  • First Impressions of PopFly

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    Looks like you can’t view the pages unless your on the alpha too!

    I’ll take a look to see if this is true or not

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    After the annoucement of Popfly a couple of weeks ago i was keen to see it in action

    Today i received an invite to the alpha so i thought i’d spend ten minutes having a quick look to see what it can do.

    I’m very impressed with how easy it is to get something up and running and i could see how end users will be able to use it. Dont’ get me wrong i’m not expecting my mom to be able to do it but reasonably tech-savvy users shouldn’t have any problems picking it up

    The mashup interface is simple and straightforward to use and you send data from one “block” to another simply by clicking them and joining them up!

    There are plently of blocks to get going with but hopefully more web services will get exposed in this way

    There is a nice little tutorial which shows you how to mashup Twitter with Virtual Eash (via a geonames block) which shows off nicely how it all works

    After this i went out alone to see if i could get some results so i mashed up my flickr account with a photo flip style Silverlight “thingy” to show off a couple of pictures from my recent wedding (i’ve only just started using Flickr so it’s all a bit empty!)

    It’s all very basic but to create the page and the mashup took about ten minutes

    Have a look for yourself here

    It’s all very promising in my opinion as long as it gets enough support which at the moment i can’t see why not

  • Desktop Tower Defense – Game coding for profit

    Go check this out – Desktop Tower Defense

    I’ll warn you though..it’ll take up so much of your time!!

    There is a bit of back story about the developer (and how it’s making him rich!) here which is where i first picked it up from. Almost straight after reading that there was a similar post on Coding Horror where Jeff backs me up in how addictive the game is

    I finised the easy level after 3 goes. I managed to finish it straight after that and only lost one life! I’ll be making a start on the harder levels tonight

    There are some stategy videos on youtube as pointed out by this post on neatorama but i prefer to figure it out for myself

     Enjoy!

  • A-Z of Cool Computer Games

    I picked up this book from a book shop in Coventry for £2 at the weekend

    First couple of chapters show promise and it’s had me wondering down an electronic memory lane!

  • Joystick Nostalgia

    There is an article over on CNET about the greatest game controllers of all time

    Obviously it’s all down to opinion so thought i’d add some comments of my own

    Atari 2600

    While this is a classic i actually preffered the Atari CX24 joystick as it was so comfortable to hold

    SNES

    I would go as far as saying this is currently my favourite controller ever. It was so easy to hold and every button press was instinctive. The amount of time i put into Street Fighter 2 and my fingers still work! The Mega Drive controller didn’t stand a chance for me against this and their attempt at adding an extra three buttons just didn’t work

    Nintendo 64

    When i first saw this i in magazines (there wasn’t much of an Internet then!) i didn’t think it would work. I thought that after the SNES controller it would be a total flop. How wrong was I! Mario 64 was amazing to play with it and it felt so natural in the hand whatever position you used it in. My only complaint (and why the SNES is still my favourite) was that the camera buttons (the yellow ones) were a different size to the other two which made it harder in some games as it didn’t feel as natural after using the SNES

    Playstation

    This controllor grew on me the more i used it. It fitted perfectly in my hand and there were plenty of buttons to utilise. This ultimately became my main gripe with it as i’d taken to casual gaming by the release of the PSone/PS2 so didn’t use it enough to become totally used to it. The rumble control was fantastic though and far better than the N64 add on. I was quite surprised when Sony didn’t make too many changes to it for the PS3

    XBOX 360

    I really enjoy using the 360 controller and after going wireless i can’t imagine using a wired controller again. I leave my controller lying around the living room the same way i leave my TV remote! Interested to see how the keyboard plug in works. My biggest gripe with it is the d-thumbpad (thingy) as it isn’t as responsive as other controller before it (SNES/PS) which is really important when you after that final Tetris achievement!

    Other Mentions

    I actually love the original XBox controller. Even it if was massive. I know that it was eventually replaced by the controller S but i couldn’t get used to it

    The NES controller…what a gaming ICON!

  • New Tool To Battle Spam? – DKIM

    The BBC is reporting about industry backing for a tool to battle spam

    It’s called DomainKeys Identified Mail and works by using digital signatures.

    The organisation that is setting this up can be found here

    Nice idea in practise but first thing that sprang to mind was

    “What happened to Sender ID & SPF?”

    There is a page on the site that shows who is backing the standard and you’ll notice there is no Microsoft or Google on the list.

    Will this be an idea that comes to the fore? or will it just fall away and everyone will forget about it in six months?

  • Stop Being A Smart Ass

    As way of apology i thought i’d link to Matt McSpirit’s blog

    Why the appology?

    I left a comment on his post “SCVMM – the worlds longest acronym?” saying that SCVMM isn’t actually an acronym

    RAM, RAID (pun not intentional), ROM and BIOS are all examples of acronyms as they form a new noun

    Random Access Memory = RAM

    BBC, HDD, IDE and SCVMM are initialisms

    It’s one of the obsessive things that gets on my nerves as the computing industry always reffers to them as acronyms

    So just wanted to let him know i’m lightly pulling his leg 😉

    I’m going to add you to the blogroll as well!

    Also i’ll probably get corrected by the might of a hundred english teachers now…..and i probably deserve it!

    Look! Sources and everything!
    http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/initialism?view=uk

    http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/acronym?view=uk

  • Inkless Paper

    I’m quite interested to see how this works out.

    A new company called Zink, embed dye crystals actually within the paper and then use heat to set the colour.

    It means that printers are effectively a little bit bigger than the paper and you can put it anywhere

    What about a mobile phone that prints out pictures straight away? or a digital camera?

    They have that covered as well!

    The website claims that the products will become available towards the end of the year. 

    Not entirely sure what the print quality will be like but they are claiming big things!

    One to watch, remember where you saw it first 😉

  • I Want One Of These!

    I vaguely remember reading about this sometime ago but stumbled across it again today

    The Optimus Maximus Keyboard replaces each button with a tiny led display. This means you can change the image on each button to anything you like. It will even do moving images!

    Very cool

    They are currently taking pre-orders for December 2007!!!

    If they weren’t about £900 i’d order one!