Thursday Jan 21, 2010

OK, it's time to look forward...

Enough of being maudlin, it's time to look forward to being a unified company:
Sun + Oracle = Snorcle ?
Where else would Duke need a snorcle, but in an aquarium visiting a glassfish?
You'll find all the images here.
Thanks to Rich Green for open sourcing Duke.

Wednesday Jan 20, 2010

So long, old friend...


(get a mug)

Friday Oct 16, 2009

My slides from Oracle Openworld

Several folks have asked for copies of my slides from Oracle Openworld. Unfortunately, there's no printable form of them, since I did them as a JavaFX app. You'll find them at http://fxslideshowtest.kenai.com which will launch the app (with all it's rather large images) via JNLP. If you're curious about the sources, they're on kenai. The code is pretty ugly: I just slapped it together. I'm not proud :-) The code for the map browsing component is in there too. It uses the tile server from openstreetmap.org (Click and drag with the mouse to move, scroll wheel to zoom). I kinda like the map browsing component, so I'm cleaning up the source and I'll push it out to kenai as a separate project sometime soon.

I would have published it earlier in the week, except that there's a bug on Snow Leopard where webstarted apps that use fullscreen get a bus error :-( Works fine in fullscreen as a regular desktop app, but something weird happens when webstarting. Works fine on all other platforms. I gave up trying to figure out what was going on and just dropped the fullscreen startup.

Friday Dec 19, 2008

Titan Attacks

Between family and job I end up always being pretty busy. I like playing video games, but getting a block of time long enough to put into any of the Big Games is pretty much impossible. So I'm always looking for games that you can play quickly and get a thrill-buzz in just a few minutes. After about a billion rounds, the attraction of Solitaire has worn pretty thin. Lately I've been playing Titan Attacks from the folks at PuppyGames. It's got a great kickback-in-a-bar-with-a-beer arcade feel to it. Thanks Cas!

PS. If you try it out, and you like it, consider paying for it: that'll help more great new games happen.

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