Hiatus
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 December 2014, 11:03 pm
So the tag line of my blog was always “gamer turned dev”, referring to my becoming a game dev. Well, that’s no-longer true. I’d been considering some really exciting opportunities from MMO- and just-plain-online- game developers but ultimately I had a left-of-field offer that was just too interesting. When most people hear where I’ve chosen […]


Samsung UN65HU9000F “2nd day” review
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 September 2014, 5:17 am
We just bought ourselves Samsung’s 65 inch, Ultra High Def 4k 120hz Smart TV… Ooer. This is a stunning piece of hardware. We picked the variant with the “one connect” external box. You plug everything into that rather than the TV itself. This has all kinds of advantages. The display is HUGE. It really is […]


Massive flop
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 July 2014, 4:44 pm
A “massively online game” is a game with a large enough population that there will be some requirement to distribute processing work and some form of shared, persistent state that is going to make distribution non-trivial. WWIIOL is a big empty PvP sandbox with a shared world-state and a single, shared, resource (supply of equipment). […]


Elite could be dangerous
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2014, 4:55 am
I’m unsure whether to write a long, rambling rant about my observations of ED, trying to explain and expound, or whether just to cut to the brutal chase. Today is my birthday so I’m going to treat myself to a short brutal vent. Frontier have released a decent number of games and they’ve done OK […]


Playing the E:D Premium Beta
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 June 2014, 5:05 am
I’ve been an Elite fan for a long time, so naturally I backed the kick starter. Since I’m in the middle of seeking new employment, I’m not getting a great deal of time to play, but you may see me flying around as ‘kfsone’ if you too are trying to beta.  


And now for something completely similar.
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2014, 5:50 pm
This is a very preliminary brain dump of where I’ve thought-to so far. The basic syntax for C[] is simple. The parenthesized values of a value are attributes, and yes they can be nested. I’m thinking I might be flexible and allow ‘:’, ‘=’, ‘->’ where ‘:’ is used. You declare something by introducing it […]


VMwin
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 December 2013, 3:32 pm
Still trying to rescue one of my virtual machines on my ESXi 5.5 blade that I erroneously upgraded to 5.5 virtual hardware (which prevents you from using the vSphere client to edit settings any more). I finally got an evaluation vCenter running, only to find: you can’t use vCenter to manage a free ESXi host. Even […]


VMware: We’ll take your money, look – a dog!
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 November 2013, 6:26 pm
I continue to be impressed at just how customer-hostile VMWare manage to be. Step 1: Give all products vague and conflicting names (VMware vCenter Server requires VMware vSphere Client to access), Step 2: Make every feature a product rather than having products with licensable features, because that was cool in 1995, damnit, Step 3: Instead […]


Finished ACIV: Black Flag
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 November 2013, 12:08 am
I’m left confused, annoyed, angry and also confused. In a nutshell: They took what they’d developed in previous games, streamlined it to make room for scope (more side games etc) and shipped a game which did nothing really well. The game spends more time tipping it’s hat than a fez-wearing Doctor Who bobble head, as […]


Assassins’ Creed IV
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 November 2013, 12:23 am
*** Contains plot spoilers*** Without playing much, I’ve ranked 38,000th most deadly assassin. Oddly, last weekend, my position had 6 digits. To my mind, it’s one of the best ACs to date. Excepting the aquatic bits. The sailing, swimming, diving: well, they’re a turd on an otherwise magnificent serving of filet mignon served after a […]


VS2013 Preview
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2013, 2:23 am
I’ve been experimenting with Visual Studio 2013 Preview on my Windows 8.1 laptop and I’m liking it – with a caveat. Windows 8.1 is absolute fail on the laptop itself, it’s not touch screen. But I’m using remote-desktop into it to use VS2013 on my desktop 27in LCD, and that is actually really pleasant. VS […]


Yes, Viruses, that was me :)
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 May 2013, 4:14 am
I bumped into old leather-pants himself tonight while playing War Thunder. Yes, I’m going by “kfsone”. There’s a reason I’m not an actor, and that’s one of it. Unfortunately, their chat UI is kinda lacking, and although I cancelled my queue I got sucked into a game, at which point – despite the chat window […]


2:257/130
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 March 2013, 1:42 am
Lets see if anyone recognizes that.  


Back to Droid
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 March 2013, 2:54 am
2 years ago, on a whim, I decided to go Windows 7 Phone – for the 14 days until the droid I actually wanted became available. But I was impressed with the slickness of the device; that Windows 7 Phone UI – the UI where they got rid of all the reasons to need UI [...]


Elite: Dangerous (at last!)
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 December 2012, 5:07 pm
It’s on, finally! The fourth chapter in the Elite franchise! If you never played “Elite“, “Frontier” or “First Encounters“, I imagine you would be highly skeptical about the claims of “Elite: Dangerous“. In 1984, Elite provided gamers with 256 galaxies of 256 stars, each of which had assorted planets and space stations. You loaded up with trading [...]


Assassin’s Creed III
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 December 2012, 6:04 pm
As much as I’m enjoying playing this game, the irks are … very, very irksome. This is not a review of ACIII, it’s a rant. I am actually enjoying the game, just not nearly as much as I could be with small amounts of simple polish. It also suffers from several cases of over-solving of [...]


Private private members
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 December 2012, 1:27 am
Visualization of the concept in “Breaking up is hard to do“.


GNU sizeof, how odd
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 December 2012, 12:51 am
Apparently, GCC doesn’t like the following second version of this simple piece of code: GCC complains: expected primary-expression before ‘int’ Sigh.


Breaking up is hard to do (to member functions)
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 November 2012, 3:26 pm
Want to bounce this off some other coders before I make a language-change proposal of it: C#’s “partial” class type lets you spread a class definition across multiple files. But mostly people use it as a way to make private code definitions private – split large functions up into little nuggets that don’t get exposed [...]


Have you ever EOLd an SSD?
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2012, 1:08 am
I’ve heard and read various things about how SSDs die. But how do they actually die? The failure process seems like it should be more methodical than spindle drives, given less factors, so if you have X many of the same SSD drive and none of them suffer manufacturing defects, if you repeat the same [...]


Windows Phone conclusion
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 October 2012, 9:49 pm
Some time ago, I wrote about my transition from Android to Windows Phone. I don’t regret having gotten a Windows 7 Phone, but I do resent having one. Allow me to explain… Windows 7 Phone’s UI utterly severs all visual and stylistic ties with it’s desktop ancestry. It is deliciously intuitive – once you unlearn [...]


Decent coding laptop?
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2012, 1:02 am
My last laptop purchase was a big mistake, my Toshiba Satellite L505. Lets start with the searing heat it puts out, proceed to one of the worst laptop-mousepad designs ever and then explode in a frenzied rage and call it quits. No – let me make it simpler. I hate this laptop with such an [...]


FYI: Edit&Continue was fixed in VS 2010 SP1
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2012, 1:17 am
I was lucky enough to catch the near-footnote mention when I read the Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 patch notes last year, but I’ve noticed quite a few programmers missed it – perhaps still being grief stricken at the loss of one of the greatest feature of Visual Studio ever in un-patched 2010. Remember [...]


“Cougamers”
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 August 2012, 1:35 am
Watching the Nerdist tribute to Nerd Girls with my gf, she asks “Is there a celebration of us less young gamer chicks”? I replied “cougamers” and then realized I was supposed to say “What? I’m sure Felicia Day is older than you”. But, I’ve had a lot on my mind. What with the moving from [...]


TV Studios: Please take my money?
Posted by kfsone's pittance [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2012, 3:50 pm
I’m looking at you: HBO, Bad Robot, Frank Darabont… You’re not getting my money thru TV companies who want me to pay for 150+ foreign language channels I can’t understand, sports and religious channels I actively do not want. Not just because they think repeating channels in different resolutions and then charging me for both somehow [...]


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