Packaging Links Up

Sun 19 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Shrink Wrapped
A lengthy article about the history of PC game packaging.

The History Of Bullfrog – Alex Trowers and Part 2
The history of Bulfrog games from someone who lived it. It’s easy to forget how many great games they made (and also some of the ones that never ...

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Real Nerd Food – Inamo

Sun 19 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

There is a restaurant in London called Inamo where you get to order your food by interacting with your tablecloth. Overhead projectors display your tablecloth and table information and you use a little touchpad like device to interact with the services in the restaurant. You place your orders and can ...

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B-Movie Links

Thu 16 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Old School B-Movie Posters
I think I am just a grumpy old man now because they really knew how to make fantastic posters back in the day.

mimo 7-inch lcd monitor perfect for extra menus
This looks like a DisplayLink minimon to me. These are cool little additions to your ...

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Good Looking Ibex

Thu 16 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

I have been running a VM of Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex for a few days now. I am not overly enamoured by the default theme, mainly the blandness and the window padding which since using my Mac I know is an unnecessary luxury (also to make Vista more manageable make sure ...

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New Macbooks and Manufacturing

Tue 14 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

The most exciting thing for me about the new MacBooks announced today is seeing the manufacturing process. You can watch the video here.

You see I used to write software that did exactly that kind of machining up until about 10 months ago. CAM programming is not for the faint-hearted ...

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Paintilinks

Tue 14 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Browser Paint Events
Work out what is being painted and when in your browser.

PyPy – Sprint Discussions: C++ Library Bindings
An interesting thought process on hooking C++ libraries into Python. What I had never heard of was the Reflex package which provides introspection and sounds very interesting.

Ubuntu Dust Theme ...

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Economilinks

Mon 13 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Krugman Wins Economics Nobel
Probably the only economist’s books I have ever read. He is an excellent and insightful writer, and can make something that should be boring into something readable.

50 Beautiful Movie Posters
I think the older ones look more interesting as the modern ones need a ...

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Making Releases

Mon 13 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

There is a good blog post by Linus Torvalds about making releases. Making releases is extremely difficult and the last stretch is always the most difficult to make.

The most interesting part is the relative quietness as the release approaches with respect to commits. As you are heading towards something ...

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VirtualBox Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex On The Mac

Mon 13 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

I’ve been playing around Intrepid Ibex on my Macbook Pro. I discovered Parallels frankly is pretty poor in Ubuntu support so I decided to try out VirtualBox.

I downloaded the latest Intrepid Ibex Beta and it installed quickly and cleanly on the virtual machine. Then I installed the the ...

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LEGO Links

Sun 12 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Fantastic Plastic: 20 Essential Works of LEGO Art
LEGO art is simply brilliant! I love the Escher piece.

Browse the Artifacts of Geek History in Jay Walker’s Library
This has some serious nerd cool. And some lucky people get to see it by invitation.

Blue Screen of Death in ...

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Programming Language Trench Warfare

Sun 12 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Once more the Internet is abuzz with another set of articles denigrating C++. The original post by Eric Raymond was linked to from OSNews and had a very considered response here. Each language has its good and bad points, the same as anything on this planet. The ire should be ...

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Biometric Linkage

Thu 09 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Database nation
A frankly frightening account of how stupid Great Britain are with respect to the surveillance society. We are actually making people carry RFID identification at all times.

Real Life Tron on an Apple IIgs
I wish my computing career had a story as cool as this. Tron really ...

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Python Multiprocessing

Wed 08 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

One of the most interesting parts of the new Python 2.6 is the multiprocessing module now available. This will massively simplify the problem of writing an application that has multiple processes.

The problem with multiprocessing before is that you spend ages writing a framework and boilerplate to do things ...

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Some More Illustrations

Wed 08 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

This is the pen and ink illustration that was doctored to make the poster for Transforce 2001. It features Star Saber, Optimus Prime, and Galvatron.
Optimus Prime Galvatron and Star Saber
This is a page for a story called Kingdom Of The Blind written by James Roberts. Unfortunately it never saw print.
Kingdom Of The Blind Page 3
This is a cover ...

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Links Flickring Into Life

Tue 07 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Flickr embraces the iPhone
Flickr now have an iPhone interface. A bit of a no-brainer really.

New Yorker Covers by Bob Staake
A splendid cover put together using Photoshop 3.0.

Braid – Misc. Linux Questions
A developer trying to port his game to Linux and the ensuing discussion.

Extreme JavaScript ...

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More Illustrations

Tue 07 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

This is a poster that was used to promote the Transforce 2001 convention drawn by me and coloured by Graham Thomson.
Transforce 2001 Poster

This is an image from the Transformers Alignment magazine which was drawn by Jeff Anderson and coloured by me. The original black and white image is also there to ...

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A New Theme

Mon 06 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Some of you might have noticed that the look of the blog has changed. I can’t take credit for the design as it is the blogsimplified theme with the WordPress link here. I’ve been looking for a theme that is simple and would allow me to hack the ...

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A TortoiseSVN Visual Studio Integration Update

Mon 06 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

I’ve just done a minor update to the TortoiseSVN Visual Studio integration. It’s nothing too major and if they are already working for you don’t bother with the update.

The only change is to make the c:\Program Files* point at %PROGRAMFILES%* so if you have a ...

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Gear Linkage

Mon 06 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

A Fresh Look At Google Gears
A fairly in-depth look at Gears and what it has to offer beyond simply off-line web applications. It even does desktop shortcuts, multiple file uploads, geolocation, and background processes. Cool stuff.

How is Google’s v8 Javascript as an ingame Scripting Language
A blogger ...

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Git Tool For OSX -GitX

Fri 03 October 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

There is a new Git tool out there for the Mac called GitX. It is a history viewer with a nice looking Aqua interface which makes a welcome change from the look of Gitk. It probably doesn’t quite reach qgit but that website has been very quiet for quite ...

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