Shin
2013-01-05

Download in progress… Civilization IV: Colonization

Colonization downloading on Steam

I’m only familiar with this version from back in ye olde Amiga days, I know it’s a remake in the Civ IV game but I still hope (against better judgement perhaps) that it’ll play like the classic. Which reminds me, still haven’t tried Freecol.

2013 in mobile

Windows Fail

Well waddayaknow, it’s 2013 already. No idea what the year is going to bring, but just the news from the first few days promises that it’s going to be an interesting year for mobile phones and tablets.
Microsoft still doesn’t understand consumers. It’s amazing how they can keep getting things wrong for years on end even with so many examples of how it can be improved. Hell even Samsung is better at copying Apple.

Ubuntu is heading to phones, and while it looks lovely I think Mark’s doing a little too much wishful thinking, not to mention he’s been watching Steve’s keynotes a bit too much, from the choice of outfit, hand gestures and using words like ‘magical’:

‘Ubuntu is the first platform to offer full convergence across mobile, the cloud and desktop computers…’ really Mark? Really? Somehow makes it look less serious and more ‘awww, cute, look at him try’. Which explains the top comment at the moment.

Samsung and others are beginning to realize that Windows Phone won’t be going anywhere and Android isn’t quite what Google promised, and promised, and promised. And so Samsung is looking at Tizen, an Open Source mobile platform. No idea what this is going to bring but at least it’s open and made for the sake of being a great platform, instead of just made for the sake of offering a Google search bar. Hell even Google itself is making better Google apps for iOS than for Android. Sweet irony.

Meanwhile said Google seems to have developed a grudge against Microsoft and is currently blocking Maps from being accessed on a WP device. Which comes after them blocking YouTube access, which comes after cutting ActiveSync support. Ah well, this should get entertaining.

In other news no one really knows what Apple is up to, other than some rumours about the new iOS, a watch/computer and perhaps even an iPhone mini, which doesn’t make much sense to me but who knows.
Let the games commence.

2012-12-29

Warcraft Europe is down

Warcraft Europe down

Looks like most of Europe can’t get online in Warcraft, this started last night with random disconnects and world server going down.
Saw this posted on the forums where it’s drowned in all the nerdrage comments, thought it was worth a share:
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Use Android apps on your Mac

Android Quality

I have to admit, I fail to see a use for this other than satisfying a mild curiosity, but it’s now possible to run Android apps on your Mac through BlueStacks’ App Player (they also have a version for Windows). I just gave the beta a spin and eh, it works. Kinda. It’s slow, sluggish, the controls are iffy to the point of making games not playable and the graphics are glitchy, but other than that it works. Seeing as I’m not the biggest fan of Android to begin with and haven’t touched it in years I don’t know if it’s the app’s fault or just normal Android behavior…

It’s still a beta so I hope the graphic glitches and accuracy will improve over time, but for me to try it more it needs the controls fixed a.s.a.p. as single clicks are often registered as multiple clicks, making me lose in the 2 games I tried. I don’t like losing.

BlueStacks App Selection Android Drag Racing Android Bunny Shooter

2012-12-27

Mac Desktop Customization

Mac Desktop Customization

GeekTool is THE coolest app to tweak and customize your Mac desktop. It’s sort of the Mac equivalent of Samurize for Windows.
And just like Samurize it can be a bit overwhelming at first. Here however is a nice roundup of so called Geeklets, which can be easily added to GeekTool to make it look great.

2012-12-19

Aquarium jungle

Aquarium Jungle

Here’s a photo of my aquarium before a much needed trimming of the plants. Ever since I started using liquid CO2 (I use EasyCarbo) this has become a recurring thing. The change from before to after is so extreme I’d never go back to not using it. Fast growing plants start growing insanely fast (20-30 centimeters a week) and slow growing plants that seemed stale and pitiful suddenly spring to life and grow strong and rich colored leaves.
I’m still struggling with taking proper photos of the tank, somehow even with my dslr I’m having a hard time capturing the depth and richness of the colors.

2012-12-18

Make animated gifs loop on the Mac

gimp animated gif
If you want to make some animated gifs on the Mac and want to make them loop there are a few program you can come across while searching the web. However GIFfun and GIFsicle didn’t work for me and several other suggestions are outdated and no longer work under Mountain Lion.
Gimp for Mac did the trick for me, it lets you set the loop and compile your own animated gifs from individual frames if you so like.

Gimp for Mac

Star Trek: Into Darkness trailer

Star Trek Into Darkness

Trailer.
I’m looking forward to it even though I can’t remember a damn thing about the first, which usually isn’t a good sign.
On the bright side; Sherlock Holmes.

2012-12-17

Jobs are hard to find

Snow Trooper snow plowing
Even Snow Troopers are having a hard time in this economy.

Work in progress... home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.