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  1. Michalson

    Open! Gee, Elle!

    Run into a similar thing with standard images in .NET too. Fortunately I had the ability to dispose of the images manually in the right context. The program itself had to process through a few thousand images, loading each one in sequence and then loading up the next into the same object (so in theory it should dispose each time). However the garbage collector only saw the few bytes for the image description, not the unmanaged image bitmap, so it went around saying "hmm, 2KB, not worth my time". Meanwhile the entire 32bit Windows address range is exhausted by 3mp+ images sitting in unmanaged memory.
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    GDC 2006 The missing pen

    They where giving away the x-pod sets. I got the robot.
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    GDC 2006 The missing pen

    If anyone hasn't seen it, GameDev managed to claim number 7 on the IGN top 10 pens of the 2006 GDC (even though we where giving away the last of our 2005 pens - shh, don't tell anyone). However one pen worthy of mention was unfortunately skipped over due to the difficulty of obtaining one - the S3 Graphics pen. The omission is understandable, as S3 wasn't exactly giving them away like candy. You needed to talk it up with one of their engineers or marketing VP just to get a chance (though being press or representing an interested buyer helped), making the S3 Pen harder to legitimately get then the Freescale Lego sets (though the Lego was at least in plain view, so you knew there had to be a way to get one). However the effort to get one was well worth it. To begin with, you've got an all metal pen (even the cap seems to be made out of metal, with what appears to be some form of nice enamel paint to make it black), which means it immediately has a nice weight to it - nothing flimsy or plastic here. The writing tip is also excellent, easily the best traditional ink tip of all the pens at the GDC. It writes with ease, requiring almost no pressure at all to roll the ball. The only pen that was smoother was the mid sized Microsoft grip pen, and it cheated by using a gel ink tip. The life of the tip is extended by both a hidden cover inside the cap, and by the fact that it is easy to replace - the lower body unscrews and the writing tip pops out. So overall the pen is equivalent to one of those ridiculously marked up gift pens you can buy. So what makes it so special that it should be able to compete with IGN's number 1, the VMC pen that lit up with a green glow? Yes, the clicker of the S3 Graphics Pen activates a built-in laser pointer. Makes you wonder why they didn't give one to everyone... (then again, we where giving people sticky darts, resulting in at least 3 confirmed fatalities). Well, I managed to score a lot of other unique and rare swag at the GDC, hopefully we've be able to raffle some of it off or give it away as prizes.
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    GDNet Post-GDC Dinner & Decompression

    I think it was the other Jen he was talking about. The one he was getting drunk with at the Microsoft party.
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    GDNet Post-GDC Dinner & Decompression

    I believe that was glass number 3 or 4, depending on how you count those shots. I was leaving when he got to the green "Girl Scout Cookie" martini, and didn't see him until he was transported back to our hotel room completely piss drunk. And moaning something about "Jen".
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    Press Lounge

    Well I'm here in the press lounge, waiting for1:30, when I'll be rushing back over to the Fairmont to continue coverage of GDC Mobile. If you are here (why are you reading this!) and are involved in mobile development, head over to the second floor of the Fairmont, find the gold room, and go left to find Motorola and a development contest to win a set of unlocked new phones.
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    Day 4 of Development (and a fair chunk of day 5)

    One question: Is speed (movement) dependent on resolution somehow? I edited the config so that it played at 1600x1200 (after seeing that your graphics where done at a much higher resolution then actually used in the game. BTW, playing in high resolution makes it look really nice and sharp), and the sub and the fish seemed to move faster (but other game timing was unaffected).
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    For the last time...

    That and I'm sure someone still has my TA web proxy server (creates a regular web server on an outside NT/2000/XP box, which you use to logon and run TA via a web browser interface)
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    Public warning

    Quote:Original post by superpig I fucking suck. test
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    Public warning

    Quote:Original post by Gaiiden It's better than blowing I suppose... And now I'm quoting someone else
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    Public warning

    Quote:Original post by superpig I fucking suck. And now I'm quoting you with your quote code
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    The First Day of GDC!!! woo hoo!

    Talk to Dave about pics, I sent him an email with the fastest method possible (there is a button on the coverage submission page that lets you upload photos, and it will automatically generate thumbnails and all the code, you just need to copy and paste it)
  13. Michalson

    Leveling up?

    Hey, I'm 28 now, and I'll be 29 or really close to it before I log off tonight. About 460,000 XP since last Saturday afternoon ain't that bad. Considering Maple was down for a day, technically I'll still more or less make the goal of going from new account to 2nd job in just 7 days.
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