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Category: Games
Wednesday, December 31st, 2003 @ 11:03 am
Posted By Brent
Well, it's been a while since I last shot you the straight poop through blocky text transmitted over miles of cables known only as the Intarweb. Excuses? Sure, I got 'em, but are they any good? Dubious.

I won't go on a long schpiel about me working too hard to post, because although I am working hard, it should have in no way inhibited my ability to throw a few paragraphs up every now and again. The problem is much more selfish.

Since I got my new computer, I have been playing a metric fuck-load of games. Well, quantity-wise it's not a lot of games, but the few I have are getting their fair share of exercize. It mainly boils down to Counter Strike (which has been, and will always be good), GTA3: Vice City (which is one of the best games I've ever played, even more so than just GTA3), a smidgen of Natural Selection (damn good), and, I'm sure this will scare quite a number of you, Ultima Online.

First, let me explain.

You see, most of you saw the comment Feasty left on the last post about the player run UO server, and it really didn't move me to anything at first. But Friday night after talking to him for a while about our old days in UO, I got a pang of nostalgia, and seeming as I run Linux (for which there is no UO client for) I figured I'd go at because it appealed to three major nerve centers in my brain:
  • The challenge of "sticking it to the man" as it were by getting a windows app running on a Linux machine.
  • It was a free server.
  • The game reminded me of a very interesting a fun part of my life.
Well, all three desires have now been satiated, and I'd have to tell you, that third one hit me like a really powerful hitting machine. It was almost surreal the amount of nostalgia that got dumped on me. I felt weird little emotional sensations that I haven't even thought of, much less felt, in over five years. And not emotions about the game, I mean situations in the game that I unconsciously cross-reference with things that were going on in my life back when I originally started playing it.

I digress, but the scary thing is I can still see the addictive potential in it even though playing is a completely transparent activity now that doesn't hold they same mystery and excitement as it used to. Well, I figure I'll keep it around as a "game" so me and Feasty can pop on every once and a while to go fuck with people, which is pretty much is the reason I keep any other game around.


Category: Tech
Wednesday, December 17th, 2003 @ 01:15 pm
Posted By Brent

For those of you who do not know, wxWindows is a cross-platform programming interfacethat allows programs to be written for one GUI library, yet allow it to be compiled on a number of platforms. This, of course, takes all the work out of porting programs from one widget library (ie win32) to another incompatible library (ie GTK). Most of you are now thinking about how little you give a shit and are leaving this page.

Well, I took some C++ wx code foo wrote for pgDesigner and created a tiny "skeleton" app for wx so that I don't have to start from scratch building the first window and setting up the automake crap. It's just a simple window class that inherits from wxFrame, a couple of dropdown menus, a few of events, and an automake setup.

This page is just here so I can get to this file from the intarweb, as can anybody else that doesn't feel like doing the setup for a app in wx. The code is probably crap and not conforming to any sort of respected standard, but there's not much of it there so I'm sure nudging anything around to your liking would not be hard.

(ps: I haven't tried compiling this on windows, so I have no idea if it will)

Click here to download wxskel-0.1.tar.gz

Here's a shot of the amazingness that you'll be downloading (of course your title bar and control buttons will probably lookdifferent):

Breathtaking, isn't it?

This document was last updated on 10/17/2003.


Category: Work
Tuesday, December 9th, 2003 @ 03:21 pm
Posted By Brent
Well, work-christmas-party season is upon us and the time has come to eat finger sandwiches, drink copious amounts of alcohol, and make a complete ass out of ourselves in front of people with whom we are supposed to have a generally professional relationship with.

I found a link on some site (probably Fark) that 1 out of 5 people in an office environment will end up "bumping uglies" during holiday festivities. Thinking about what the majority of my co-workers look like, I find the prospect disgusting almost to the point of penile inversion. I'm not saying there aren't those whose looks deserve some merit, but let's just say I'm not playing the odds.

My company's party, like last year, is a conference of sorts which will entail meeting people I kind of work with from all over the country, so that puts a heavier weight on what should be an evening of decadence. I'm just wondering how I can balance the act of looking like a professional and having my spidey sense spamming me with messages that there is an open bar in the nearby vicinity. Diginity and endless booze, a dangerous mixture indeed.


Category: Tech
Friday, December 5th, 2003 @ 11:38 am
Posted By Brent
Well, for those of you not "in the know", I've recently joined the ranks of "people who own computers made after Christ's death." When I got a nice chunk of change from my Virginia Beach trip, I decided to splurge and buy something hardly any programmers have: a recent computer.

Well, I have to tell ya, this "owning a computer that can run things" gig is pretty cool. Currently I have it dual booting between Gentoo and Win2k (need it for a few games). Jebus, it's sweet.

Of course, good tidings like these are not without their lining made of poop. Around the time I got this computer in, my intarweb connection decided to tank. I'm getting a good bit of packet loss and about 500ms ping times to my goddamned provider. This of course makes one the purposes of owning a new machine completely irrelevant: playing online games (which I have been known to do quite a bit of). We had the cable guy come out and he did say there was a problem not originating from our equipment or setup, and that he'd have to put in a request to replace the "mainline", but I wasn't home and the missus didn't bother asking what a "mainline" was, or "how long this might take." The crazy thing is, it will start working fine for hours at a time, just to get craptastic again before your very eyes. Oh well.