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  1. Yes, it has been a long time. Well, the time has come to close this down, I think. Lets face it, it was never orientated towards game development much. So I'm taking my exploits off elsewhere, to www.aidanwalsh.net, if anyone is interested. I'll also be taking new projects and ideas with me, so I do hope you'll join me.
  2. I'm quite enjoying my Digital Image Processing course. Not only am I getting an excuse to force myself to learn C, but I also get to work with a Playboy centerfold. And who doesn't enjoy that? Still haven't heard much back about the timetable/subjects not running messup, except for an email telling me that I will have to come back next year to finish, and an offer of an appointment to talk about it. Which has yet to be followed up.
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    I have until the fourteenth of this month to get my project proposal ready to hand in at college. The problem is, I have no real idea yet of what I want to do. Its my final year (HAH!) project, so it has to be something that "reflect[s] the particular interest of the student and the aims and objectives of the course of study. The completed project must demonstrate the student's ability to plan, execute and present the findings of a suitable applied research or software development project." Or, at least thats according to the specification document. Last time we got one of these projects to do, I ended up doing an initial (fugly) version of my current installer project. I have two ideas, but they both sound kind of like things that would probably get rejected: An instant messaging application for mobile phones A podcasting suite - record, edit, encode and announce your cast Anyone got any ideas\opinions on those?
  4. Its amazing how fast the bubble bursts on somethings. Talking to one of my friends who did his final year last year, I have since discovered that there are a lot of courses that I need to complete not being run by the college this year. They run on a two year rotation you see, and so they will be run next year instead. This essentially leaves me with the following options: 1) Continue this year with the subjects that are running, and go back again next year to complete the lot 2) See if I can defer the year in the hopes that all subjects will be running next year (not currently a reasonable assumption) 3) Quiz the college for other alternatives 4) ??? Either way, what was supposed to have been a two year course is now looking like its going to take four years. Hows that for an ego boost? I think I'm going to go and cry now.
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    Back to school sales

    June. Its been since June since I wrote anything to do with the installer. Don't wory though, it hasn't gone away. I've been in an awful slump lately that I have been having trouble pulling myself out of. I've been working on a couple of small side projects, such as webpages and some small toy stuff in C#, playing with new components. (Actually, I might be able to combine some of that as a second smaller scope project, combined with some of the stuff I have already done for the installer. Basically, I'm pretty much just procrastinating writing the vcdiff stuff, in spite of the fact that it needs to be done.) The fact that I am now back at college, with a semester of classes and a full year Final Year project to work on isn't going to help that much I suspect. I finished work last Friday week, and got a very nice send off the following Friday. It was good to see so many of the people I worked with outside of work for a change. I picked up a bit of valuable general computer experience during my 19 months there, though not much in the way of coding. Such is the price of an admin job, I guess. I started back to college yesterday. Given that we only have a 10 week semester of classes (give or take a week or two), most of what we are doing are only very condensed courses, or really just primers. Digital Image Processing looks like it will be interesting, Object Orientated Databases is going to be excruciating. I haven't made my mind up on the business course yet. My timetable also blows big green hairy chunks. Two days a week, I have one class in the morning, followed by four hours of a break before the next one. That wouldn't be so bad except for the fact that this campus, in its six years of existance, hasn't done much in the way of entertainment. Hell, the sports pitches are only being opened tomorrow. None of the societies meet until after college hours, when the rooms become available to them, so there is nothing that can be done in that regard. The only option is really a 20 minute walk into town, but unless there is something you are specifically looking for, there isn't much available there either. I badly need to learn how to drive so I can get home in these times. Spent the week off basically arsing about, caught up on Battlestar Galactica Season 2 now that its on dvd, just in time to be able to watch the new season when it starts here in the New Year. I'm also after working about a third of the way into Code Complete. Damned interesting book, that. The pirate speaks,"And so ends another o' me attempts t' burn four hours. I think I'll crack open Dev-C++ and start takin' a look at some o' t' Borland BGI stuff. Avast!"
  6. In order to get myself out of the rut I have been in since I got home, I have decided to try a new approach that I read about last week called Structured Procrastination. The problem is now that getting around to implementing it is at the top of my list...
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    My New Baby

    Sorry for the poor image quality... Cover Much Autographed First Page EDIT: Changed to hyperlinks for the time being to fix the annoying "broken page". If I think of it I'll change them to thumbnails when I get home.
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    Comic-Con so far

    Quote:Apparently Capcom are using Comic Con this year as a launching ground for their winter line-up. It's meant to be something special, lots of freebies and a few competitions for collectible game memorabilia. If you get chance it might be worth taking a look :-) Pictures would be cool too ;-) I haven't seen anything special there so far, but then I haven't had too much of a look at it. I'll try to spend some time there either tomorrow or Sunday and get some stuff. It might have to be Sunday, because the crowds are expected to be massive tomorrow. Activision have had a large stall for their upcoming Ultimate Alliance, which (if the video is anything to go by) is going to be a pretty cool game. 140 playable super-heros means that nobody will see the final ending for quite some time I think. I had a quick go at Final Fantasy XII (beautiful, if annoying to me that they have pretty much totally changed the battle system to make it quite a bit more traditional third person actioneer. I ws also able to sit in to see a sneak peak of Richard Donner's recut of Superman II. They showed about 15 minutes of new footage - one hilarious scene where Lois thinks she has discovered Clark's secret, and the new opening sequence which dipicts the verdict and banishment of General Zod. We've been promised that the new edition will be 80% of the original Donner footage, along with some new footage that was created digitially to act in place of footage that was never shot, but crucial to the storyline. We were told its going to be released November 28th, though it wasn't mentioned if thats a world-wide release of just in the States. Unfortunately the line for the Snakes on a Plane panel and trailer premiere went from the convention centre to Tijuana and back again, so I hope to have more luck getting into the Spider-man III panel tomorrow, where there is an announcement expected to be made. To finish, might I just mention that both Bryan Singer and Richard Donner are both wonderfully professional, courteous and polite people in the face of a thousand fans bearing down upon them. It was a pleasure to meet them both today.
  9. Thanks to ApochPiQ, I have pretty much sorted out my TreeView drawing problems. All I have to do now is go back and add some sorting to push the folder to the top of the tree, and line everything up alphabetically. The main reason I haven't gotten this done yet is because of the shiney new black NintendoDS I got two weeks ago. MarioKart DS and New Super Mario Brothers have been pretty much keeping me away from my PC for the last while. And I won't be at it for the next few either. Tomorrow morning at 11.10 a.m. I will be taking off for Comic-Con 2006, followed by a week of general tourist stuff around the San Diego area. After that I hope to be back fighting fit at it again.
  10. I feel like an utter noob at this rate. My main mission for a period of time I won't embarass myself by revealing has been to get the files in each Component to list themselves out in a directory tree. As you can see, its only been going from bad to worse. The problem is that there is some absolutely maddening self referencing going on, and while I can see the problem and where it exists, I cannot for the life of me figure out whats been going wrong. I want this over, so I'm going to turn to the people of GDNet to see if they can offer assistance on a way around it. private void RefreshImageModel() { treeFiles.BeginUpdate(); treeFiles.Nodes.Clear(); TreeNode component, file, folder, current, next = null; Queue folders = new Queue(); foreach (Component c in image.Components) { component = new TreeNode(); component.Tag = "Component"; component.Text = c.Name; component.ImageIndex = 1; component.SelectedImageIndex = 1; treeFiles.Nodes.Add(component); foreach (InstallFile ifile in c.Files) { current = component; foreach(string s in ifile.RelativePath.Split('\\')) folders.Enqueue(s); foreach (string s in folders) { if (current.Nodes.Count > 0) { foreach (TreeNode tn in current.Nodes) { if (tn.Text.Equals(s)) current = tn; } if (next == null || next == current) { folder = CreateDirectory(s); current.Nodes.Add(folder); current = folder; } } else { folder = CreateDirectory(s); current.Nodes.Add(folder); current = folder; } } file = new TreeNode(); file.Tag = "File"; file.Text = ifile.Name; file.ImageIndex = 2; file.SelectedImageIndex = 2; current.Nodes.Add(file); } } treeFiles.EndUpdate(); treeFiles.ExpandAll(); } BotH: If anyone wants to give me the thrashing I so justly deserve for that pun, drop me a PM and we can arrange a time and place.
  11. I promised myself I'd never do it. I've been around them all my life. I live in a town renowned for them. All the same, all of them. All the same. They disrupt life for the ordinary, decent folk. Yet at the same time a thriving business revolves around them, a business run by the ruthless, no mercy for those caught in the middle. I feel dirty. It was never supposed to happen to me, but somehow it has. Or at any rate, it will. I will be like them. I will become one of them. I will be a tourist. See you in three weeks, San Diego.
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    Moose - 1990-2006
  13. Huzzah! My college results came out on Saturday. I got a B, which is somewhat higher than I was expecting (especially with my craptacular project). So back to school full time come September. Time to start dreaming up a new project... Boo! 3.1Gigs and 4 hours later, my initial download of Vista beta 2 bombs out on me, claiming the file is 0kb long. Well, thankfully the torrents seem to be fairly healthy, even if it is taking longer to grab this way than straight off the MS server.
  14. So, its been a bit. And not a lot has gotten done in the last few weeks, for one reason or another. However, in the last few days I have managed to pull mu finger out a small bit. Figuring that its more important to have a working version that isn't quite everything I want just yet is better than having something that just doesn't work (which I suppose is "The Right Thing"), I decided to scrap the idea of using the LZMA algorithm and 7z format for the time being. Instead, I used SharpZipLib to use zip, and so far everything is working wonderfully. I abstracted the functionality out to an IArchiveHandler interface, so when it comes to actually getting the original idea in there, the changes will be trivial. Famous last words. Apart from that, the only changes made have been getting some more of the GUI up and running. Nothing overly exciting just yet. And now I have Half-Life: Episode 1 to provide further distraction. See you all again in another two weeks [rolleyes] BotH: Since work has been pretty slack lately, I have been spending a few of my paid hours indulging in one pleasure that I really don't give myself a lot of time in - reading. Finally getting through Lawrence Lessig's wonderful Free Culture, I have just finished the slightly less wonderful, somewhat out-dated UNIX Haters Handbook, and have just discovered Prentice Hall's Bruce Perens' Open Source Series. Between these, two Asimov's and a few programming books competing for my attention at home, I think I'm going to be kept going for some time yet.
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