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The Second Coming

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Christ, what an interesting few months that was.  Anyway, back once again as normal(ish) service is resumed with another Hardcore Lives! Records submission.  This has been out for a while now, but being trapped in a cage has prevented its emergence here.

So here you have it: 26 MP3 files spanning a pick of the last few Hardcore Energy compilations (we’re up to 7 now – blimey), with their own special cover and a ringing endorsement from a man who just can’t let go of those mid-90s memories – me.

Hardcore Energy 2 – The Second Coming

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Alternative technologies on the Nokia N900

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Hello, all.  I’ve been on holiday in darkest Cornwall this week, but nevertheless there has been a soupcon of time for adventures in the world of the mobile technology.  Just wanted to quickly share the results here, partly to show what a flexible beast the N900 really is.

First up – with the help of another enthusiatic coder – here’s a couple of (admittedly as yet unexciting) proof-of-concept applications running under the OpenLazarus (that’s Pascal/Delphi for people old/mad enough to remember) framework for Maemo 5.  I didn’t do much but test and run these, so here’s the results:

OpenLazarus app running on Maemo 5 using standard widgets

OpenLazarus app running under Maemo 5 using Custom Widgets

…and then there’s what I’ve been fiddling with.  Thanks to the frankly magnificent Wonko from the forums, we have a working Java/SWT stack for the phone.  That means that my ShinySlots project can run out of the box and look like this:

You can see that the forced window-size has exposed my slightly-cheating repeating background, and sadly it’s not that performant at the moment, but it works as advertised, and improvements are in hand…

DownTheTubes is alive!

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

DownTheTubes has been sitting on the backburner for a while, until out of the blue Nokia released the Qt SDK Beta.  This replaces the pile of libraries, development environments and MADDE (on various levels, but in a good way) virtual machines lying around my hard-drive, squishing them all together into an environment for writing things for that sparkly Nokia N900 that I’m still not at all bored of.  The prospect of being able do so sensibly under Windows without having to use Python or GTK is nice, though my current blood pressure belies how my C++ skills have waned a bit over the years.  (Can I have my managed languages back?  Pretty please?)

Still: dogged persistence, luck and some mild swearing cobbled together the following:

So, this is DownTheTubes rejigged to work in the new SDK, and running in the “Device Simulator”.  The simulator doesn’t simulate the actual OS, hence the incorrect title and the scrollbars which won’t be there in the actual N900 version (that map is finger-scrollable, y’see.)   Still, work can begin again, although I can’t do any performance testing until PR1.2 is released.  The main thing at the moment is that hoofing a massive bitmap around the screen is rather hard on the processor, though I think I’ve worked around that now.

DownTheTubes can be found on Shinypixel Labs too.

I’m on Twitter!

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Simple as that, really.  Thought I’d give it a go – come follow me and see what I’ve found.  One wry smile per day almost guaranteed.

Love Maggie’s Day 2010

Friday, March 26th, 2010

It’s Love Maggie’s Day today, raising awareness of and money for the Maggie’s cancer charity.  At work we’re having a little bit of a competition for the best photo of “London from up high.”  It’s open to everyone, the best photos wins a prize, and best of all Vexed donate £5 to charity for every picture uploaded.

The competition’s on our Facebook page, so rifle through your camera, become a fan and upload a pic to donate £5 to charity with no extra effort required.

Applying a bit of creative licence (and whatever I had to hand), here’s a couple of my entries.  I might see if I can climb some trees* during lunchtime.

Santa’s Wish Kingdom @ Westfield Shopping Centre, Xmas

Disney Store, Oxford Street, a busy Saturday

* Unlikely, of course.