Massive Link Up

Sorry there haven’t been any posts recently, i’ve been very busy with my project open day looming.

I’ve been designing a Poster in A1 on Photoshop CS2, i’m taking it to get printed tomorrow, i have also bought 20 Business card CDs, and will be printing and burning them over the weekend.

I finally got a couple serial ports for my pc as well, thank you eBay!

Program-wise i’ve put it to one side while i work on the poster. I have lots of ideas for it tho and over the weekend i will be completely recoding it in a much better style with some additions and features that should improve it considerably in time for my openday. I may even release a demo on Atariboy.co.uk, which btw is getting redesigned next week to advertise me as a programmer, i will be putting a link to it on my business card CD so i want it to look professional.

Thanks to Crazy’s guide i have successfully 2 typo blogs, one for Rappy, and one for Lauren who is now calling herself Atarigirl :)

I’ve been using soley Gtalk for 3 days now, it works beautifully, but i have missed the group convos. I’ve also discovered that instant messengers do not help you do anything! I’ve been closing Gtalk when ever i want to do some work because you can guarentee that someone will talk to you just when you are concentrating.

I’ve also been comunnicating a lot more by email, with people who havnt switched and people that dont use IMs, and i’m finding it very refreshing compared to the drawnout IM convos i’ve been having recently.

I’ve been using Bon Echo all day (current feature incomplete alpha release) there are not many noticable changes, but the few that have been implemented are very good. Seperate close buttons on every tab and better history and bookmarks. I had a read thru the Road map earlier today and its looking very promising, i cant wait till june for a feature complete beta.

Blogs

Freaky Pudding – Some very cool doodles

BlogSlavery – A good review of blogmad there which got him banned from Blog Explosion, looks like BE are trying to censor the interweb!

Wijou – Kareems blog, with a homemade wordpress theme

Kakii – Very arty blog, with some very nice photoshop brush sets, plus peanut butter jelly!!

All about Linux – another useful linux blog

Linux and Open Soure – another rich full linux blog, wordpress this time

Cars & Photos – My new fav blog, loads of beautiful car pics

Erniesthings.com – Ernies blog, some really cool designs and pics there

Navdeep – Someone has the same tagline as mee!

Mikes Computer game Clothing – A great post that i helped with, (Shadow rules!!)

Videos

When games come to life – Really cool video, i’d love to see more like this

Real Life Mario – Classic mario in the real world, although i dont understand the water bit

Anti Game Piracy Video – Comaboys find of the day!

Technology

Programming language chart – i learnt a few things from reading this

Top10 gaming lists – Loads of great top 10 lists for games

Ubuntu Guide – A very detailed guide to dual booting Ubuntu and Windows, wonder if it will work for Vista?

Dont Do This – On your site, it just pisses people off, dont be anal with your website! Although there are some useful photoshop brushes there

Others

My perfect picture

I hope the ipod phone will look like this

Well that was a long one, I’ve got another interesting post coming in the next 30 mins, so watch out!

Sunday Afternoon Links

I’d had a pretty productive day today.

Got up early for the first time in ages, cleaned my room out properly for the first time in ages too. Then spent a few hours making my program much more efficent and smooth. By using a couple of cheeky methods i managed to save 300 lines of code and make it much easier to extend too.

I tried out Firefox 2.0 earlier this morning, this was a pre-alpha release so i didnt expect too much from it, and didnt get too much either, the history and bookmark sections have been improved and it seemed suprisingly stable for an alpha build, should see more features and a new theme/UI coming in the next couple weeks.
You can download the nightly builds here, although you do so at your own risk of breaking things.

Comaboy gave me 4 bottles of my favourite drink, Slate, for helping him out with some programming on his project, which is coming along nicely, i cant wait to play with it.

I’m enjoying Gtalk more and more, tonight i will be uninstalling MSN, then we will see how people communicate with me, if anyone else is trying it out this week, and i think you should (its great), here are a number of tips and tricks.

Tomorrow marks the 1 week left until my open day week starts, so i will be coding in all of my free time, although i should have more time for blogging than last week.


Laurens been taking photos again, i love her photography, especially the lone tree, she wants some critisism and feedback on here photos tho, so she can improve and learn from it, give it to her here on her Deviantart page.

Links

A huge, very indepth Apple Vs Microsoft Debate. A really good read with loads of links and videos you might not have seen before.

InkScape – Basically a free open source version of Adobe Illustrator, great for vector graphics.

MediaCoder – An open source Media Encoder, very useful for changing video formats and completly free too.

PortableApps.com – Links and guides to putting pretty much every type of software you need on a USB stick so you can take your programs with you as well as your files.

Paul Stamatiou’s Blog – A flickr contact of mines blog, i hear its very popular, here is his flickr too.

2 more Andrew Nesbitts!! What are the chances of that!?

I’ve joined a few more geeky groups on flickr including:

  • Daily Screens – “Upload a screenshot from your pc every day”
  • Geek.Shirts – All kinds of geeky t-shirts.
  • Geek Porn – Pictures to make you drool. (Nothing explict here tho)

Someone also got on the Digg front page with 8 dualscreen desktops taken from my flickr, cheeky bastard!

If you have a Dual screen setup, you might want to check this site for all kinds of useful stuff, including Dualscreen screensavers.

Geek and a Halfs view on Vista, some really nice screenshots there.

C#, .Net Framework – A great blog about Everything C# and the DotNet framework, much like the title of the blog, i’m going to read this one a lot :)

And someone is trying to beat me in Cocomments, I want to see lots more cocomments :P (its in german, i got a slight translation from google, but a full one would be great)

Lazy Computing

I am lazy, theres no doubt about that. I’d much prefer to go to kfc down the road then go food shopping and save myself a few pounds, i like to laze around the house rather than go to the beach. I’m just like every other student…. Lazy!!

But i only just realised that i’m a lazy computer user as well.

I was reading through a blog about how someone was reading too many feeds and felt like he was wasting his time, it got me thinking.. “Why arn’t i am having this issues?”

Oh yeah, i dont read feeds! This isnt because i dont want to know what everyone else writes on their blogs, or that i dont follow news, its that im too lazy!

I’ve automated so much on my computer, just so that i dont have to do it. Here are a few things its does automatically:

  • TuneUp Utilities cleans up my system once a day,
  • Diskeeper Defrags my HDD once a week,
  • GTalk opens itself on start up and stays open all day on my second screen,
  • I’ve made a toolbar on my taskbar which links straight to all my TV shows and films,
  • I have a number of shortcuts to my commonly used folders on my desktop,
  • Flickr Uploadr for putting pictures on the web at the click of a right button,
  • Volume and itunes controls on my G15 keyboard as well as the time on the LCD,
  • ATItool overclocks my PC when ever it detects a game, and then slows it down when i exit,
  • and Firefox clears its cache and history once a day.

And in there lies a problem, i like everything to be smooth and quick with the minimal amount of clicks so the only RSS reader i wanted to use was Sage (a RSS reader extension), but everytime firefox cleared its history it also reset sage so that old stories came up as new ones. After about a week of this i got annoyed with going thru trying to find out which were new stories and which were old, so i just removed it and stopped reading feeds.

I did that about 5 months ago and i have never gone back to feeds.

I think this is also why i’ve stopped checking so many sites every day, it just takes too much effort! And i feel guilty for doing it. If something becomes too repetative, i either automate it or remove it. Many programs have gone the way of the uninstall because of that including Gaim, Thunderbird and Picasa/Photoshop Elements.

I’ve also seen it in in blogging, for about a month i put technorati tags at the bottom of every post, which involved copying a bit of HTML code and then changing a few words, but i never noticed any increase in hits, or even technorati taking any notice of these tags so i stopped doing it.

I guess this could be seen as me being picky with the software or sites i use, but i think its more a case of the operations that i’m picky with.

Why perform maintainence on your pc when it can do it while your making a cup of tea?
Why check your emails when Gtalk will tell you if you get one when your doing other things?
Why read RSS feeds if you not to bothered about them anyways?

I tend to use the net as if i have never seen it before, i have very few regular sites and so i just go looking for things that interest me rather than waiting for a handful of sites to post that thing.

Maybe its lazy, maybe its being more efficent, all i know is that i cant be bothered with feeds!

xblogging

I’ve felt bloody terrible today, its been pretty stressful with uni and terrible housemates. Looks like my housemates who are sposed to sort out and pay the gas bill have not, and we may get our gas, and possibly electricity cut off.. fecking idiots, plus we’ll be charged over £330 for the privledge.

The worst thing is that it may affect MY credit rating! This got me pretty stressed, and the only response i have heard from the 2 who were sposed to paythe bill was… “We’ve already paid it”, now forgive me if i have missed something but i dont think British Gas would send out a letter saying we are being cut off if they had paid the bill!!!

Then i got an email saying that i have missed a number of labs and i have to go see my lecturer next week, or i may fail the lab coursework. Which just added to my stress!
So i’ve kind of loafed around and done nothing.

But i wasnt going to let the whole day go by without a blog, oh no.

Today both Darkplace and The IT Crowd DVDs were confirmed with release dates, and are availalbe for preorder on Amazon. Darkplace 7th July and The IT Crowd 9th October (very close to my birthday Hint! Hint!)

The Mirror for the IT Crowd episodes is having a bit of a bandwidth problem… They used up 1762GB of Bandwidth in the first 7 days!! So i thought i could get you guys to help him out by clicking a few of hits adverts or even giving him a small donation via paypal to help him keep the server up and the IT Crowd available to the whole world.
(Dont forget to disable Adblock!)

I’m going to be swanking it up in a hotel room like this in May for a wedding im going to with Lauren (all free of charge of course :P)

Check out this blog by Pedro Silva, he works for MSDN. It looks like they are developing something rather similar to “Visual Assembly” (my final year project, the website needs updating tho) as an add-on to Visual Studio 2005 called DSL Tools, (No not Damn Small Linux) its short for Domain-Specific Language Tools.

Its pretty cool that im actually doing something that microsoft considers a valid software concept, although im sure theirs will be much better than mine!


You might have noticed that i have a new link in my affiliates section: ThinkGeek, this is an awsome webshop, i would buy soo much from there if i lived in the US, namely Jolt Cola and the really cool mugs and t-shirts!

So if you feel like checking it out, i think i get 7% if you buy anything from them after clicking my link. Already made £3!
Check out this shot of my dinner yesterday:

A nice healthy 5 Bits of extra thick bacon all covered in melted cheese!

I recevied a little gift from Ergotron today as well, which will be getting a fullon review here tomorrow, heres a sneak peak picture, and the fancy camera i used to take some of the photos with:

I’ve also nearly finished Download Vista, and in Uni today downloaded a Ubuntu Live CD in 2 mins (40Mb Connection), so if i get board over the weekend then i might end up doing a bit of OS tinkering.

Oh and a reminder that there is now 2 weeks left in the Atariboy Logo competition, didnt want you to forget now :P
Keep you eyes open tomorrow for a possible Firefox 2 Alpha release as well ;)

And my technorati rank has gone up again: 7,273

Speed Blogging

I’m really busy at the moment, what with project and everything, so i’m going to try speed blogging (its something i’ve jsut invented), i’ll be dragging pics and links straight in the window and not caring abotu spelling or placement.

3…2…1.. GO!

http://www.bookpool.com/ – Really cheap computer books, mainly for the US tho

Flickr Leech – a great flickr project, allows you to download/view huge amounts of flickr photos via various serch methods.. it will prolly bring flickrs servers to the ground

talking hub – a forum a friend of mine is working on, using tags and web2.0 like things, work-in-progress

http://rappy.wordpress.com/ – One of myfav blogs at the moment, loads of great pictures, and the important news stories… p.s BOOOBIES

I just heard that there will be a firefox 2 alpha out by the end of this week, cant wait.. i might be able to squweeze in a quick review :P

http://www.oraios.org/altmann/tiefightermovie.mpg – awsome movie from Adam on the ITcrowd group on flickr

http://mrboz.com/school/assignment_media_literacy_2006.html – A piece of coursework has actually been set on one of my blog posts, I am truely famous!!

Just a note for the logo competition, the higher Resolution logos the better, remember its going on a t-shirt so it needs to be quite big and high quality when its printed.

Cant think of anythign else right now….

Stop!

Weekend Wonders

This weekend came so fast this week! Although i realised that i only have 3 weeks left before the uni open day for my project and i have a huge amount of things to sort out. Better get my finger out next week.

Yesterday i became an offical Blogmad.com tester, which basically means that i provide feedback and report bugs i find on blogmad. I have a few invites going spare if anyone else wants to see what its all about.

Heres a blogpost from another tester (Paradox) about the launch of Blogmad, the bugs features and up coming improvements as well.

Yesterday i found an extension for firefox called Autohide, it basically allows you to make firefox “Fullfullscreen”, press F11 and all you will see on the screen is the webpage and a scroll bar if its a long page. Very useful for presentations or slideshows.
Download it here

I’ve got my girlfriend staying for the weekend so there might not be as many posts as usual, but i’ll try and get in 1 or 2 a day when shes asleep :P


Below are a couple of links to short clips from the extras of the Darkplace DVD for those of you who are fans. I found these on the forum of savedarkplace

http://x1100.putfile.com/videos/b1-5406475579.mov
http://x6.putfile.com/videos/b9-23504254664.mov

I also noticed this morning that Digg.com have upgraded their comment system to allow you to actually digg comments, or even anti-digg if you dont like them, so that only the positve comments come to the front :P