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Friday, March 28, 2008 - 01:53

After months of work, the RPGManager is coming together ion both Linux and WinBlows.

This is, however, not getting me any closer to getting a new job.

It appears that the world requires a piece of paper that says you can make programs before anyone actually believes you. In respect of this I have just applied for a Software Engineering degree. That's right, at 31 years old I will once again become a beer (surely cider) swilling student.

Hopefully in 3 year's time when I've officially learned everything I know now then they'll be banging down my door instead of vice-versa. :D

Friday, March 14, 2008 - 00:41

I've applied for a load of new jobs, I've worked my arse off and so far to no avail.

Hopefully something will pan out soon.

I ran into some weird problems recently in Linux. My webcam works when I use luvcview but does not work using gqcam or skype for linux. I spent a long time trying to solve this, and haven't quite managed it yet. It appears to be some problem with v4l and v4l2 which I can't quite work out. There also seems to be some problem getting the cam to work using mplayer. I've tried a few workarounds, but no results yet.

Admittedly, having only used linux for a few months, I may not see the problem straight away, but my computer sense is tingling and tells me I should be able to solve it.

I've also had to make a tough decision of late as to whether I'll keep playing city of heroes or keep roleplaying. A tough choice, but COH eventually won. It's not good being in a situation where you actually have to make that coice as I enjoy both equally...

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Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 01:24

... to let me drink a lot of alcohol and then post a blog. Or indeed let me anywhere near a computer.

Although there is much ranting to be done.

Not only have I been working my ass off for this interview on Friday by getting the database and GUI sorted for my RPGManager, but I've also has the most amazing idea for two screenplays. The first is a drama about a guy suffering from Depression, Sleep Deprivation and Multiple Personality Disorder and the second is a super-hero movie.

I won't go into details just yet, but when I've got something sorted I will post it.

I need a cigarette...

... That's better.

I turn thirty-one on Saturday and it is my ardent wish that I will actually get a job for which I am better suited than my current one. I am a geek, that is what I do best... For God's sake, I just bought a binary watch...

I'm actually going to see my parents on my birthday too, for the first time in 10 years. My mother and I share a...

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 10:16

That's right... Finally... A job interview. Next Thursday I'm off to try and convince someone that I'm worth employing as a software engineer and that the last 6 years were just a clerical error.

So I'm busily swotting up on my C++ and databases as that's what they're after.

Oddly, there was an earthquake last night. Weird because earthquakes in the UK are really rare, not being anywhere near a faultline or anything. I wonder how this is possible. It certainly merits further study.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 13:26

Well... Back from Paris and I'm absolutely exhausted.

Not only did we manage to do most of the tourist stuff: Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame, Pont Neuf etc; but we also managed to get around a few alternative bars as well. If you like rock, metal etc then I can highly recommend either the Katabar near the Moulin Rouge or Les Furieux near Bastillle.

Another cunning little trick I picked up is that if you want free internet access from a hotel then make sure your laptop is running Linux. It seems to bypass the credit card sign-up procedure.

Anways... time for a big cup of tea and a bit of a sit.

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 15:37

Well... This time tomorrow I'll be in Paris.

I'm really looking forward to, it's our five year anniversary and we've got the weekend away together without the sprog. :)

No really huge developments to report, I've started work on a code demo for applying for games programming jobs. My two options are either an R-Type clone or a 3-D environment walk-around. Still not quite sure which yet. It does get very frustrating when learning a new thing, you just want to be able to do it straight away instead of having to go through all the 'Hello Worlds' and other applications. Ah well...

Fun little site for you to check out if you like musical comedy:

RobP's Page

I can highly recommend the Pachelbel Rant.

Bon Soir!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 10:55

Had a call from a recruiter yesterday, based on the updated cv I sent out on Saturday. Now all I need to do is convince them that I'm still good enough at development despite many years away from it professionally.

Successes over the last few days include: Re-Configuring Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition to use the Windows Platform SDK and DirectX; Finally getting 3d support working on my laptop (cursed savage s3 drivers).

So hopefully good news will follow in terms of jobs.

If anyone out there wants to know how any of these linux/windows workarounds have been achieved then by all means drop me a line.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 18:19

After several months of fighting with various installations of SuSe Linux Enterprise Desktop I finally made the switch to OpenSuSe 10.3. It is quite simply amazing. All the problems I've had trying to get WPA working in Linux were solved in one fell swoop. All I had to do was install the firmware for the bcm43xx chip and restart the interface and lo and behold it worked. No need for poxy ndiswrapper solutions any more, it works with KNetworkManager and the WPA encryption is on! :)


So if there is anyone out there having difficulties with wireless and Linux I would highly recommend that you switch to OpenSuSe...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 14:26

Not only did I watch all six of Kevin Smith's Jersey movies in one night, but over the last couple of days I've also done both Evenings With Kevin Smith. I think I might be close to overdosing. You'll know it's happened if I get arrested for peddling weed outside a video store, or calling a small child a fucking cunt rag.

Still having problems with getting WPA working on my damn wireless card. There must be somebody, somewhere that's had the same problem so I can google it. Needless to say, my search continues.

Harsh news about Heath Ledger. He was a damn good actor, and will be missed.

Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 21:10

My list of things I absolutely have to do has one less entry.

I sat down on Friday night with a few friends and watched the entire Jersey trilogy (I know there's 6 of them now so it's technically two trilogies). The last time I did it there was only Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy and we did the drinking game. We only managed to get to halfway through Mallrats before we pretty much passed out. It's vicious. Needless to say we did not even attempt a drinking game this time.

Out of probably 15 people who attended it came down to just me and Hannah who managed to stay up until Clerks 2, admittedly I passed out about half way into it, but as I've seen that many times recently I think it still counts as job done.

For extra geek-ness I made the Clerks: Lost Scene and Chasing Dogma comics available for the sake of completion. :)

At the end of it all I have to say is: Mr Smith - I salute you.