Friday, September 29, 2006

Making task switching nicer....

Just ran across a nice app (the things you can find on Digg occasionally!) called TaskSwitchXP. Here's the blurb from the site;
TaskSwitchXP is an advanced task management utility that picks up where the standard Windows Alt+Tab switcher leaves off. It provides the same functionality, and adds visual styles to the dialog and also enhances it by displaying thumbnail preview of the application that will be switched to.
The XP style of switching has always driven me nutz... I'm hoping this will help. I'll let ya know!

Busy...busy....

I swear it was August the last time I looked at the calendar. Oddly enough, even that has been changed to Septmeber. I must have changed it, but I can't remember when. Rather like the last few weeks of lunch that I know I ate but can't remember flavor or food. No, wasn't the cooking, was immersed at work.

After six months of development the engine was turned on and, at first, all you could see was smoke. It didn't help that we were bolting on new pieces while the engine was running but that was all part of what needed to be done. Most of this thing had been built in the warehouse with a very solid understanding of what needed to go where. There was a large piece that couldn't be build there and that no one totally understood.

We do now.

I hope to remember today's lunch.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Rambling, rambling, rambling - raw hide!

Hmm, hasn't been a good year for the caffeine addiction. I'm going through my "one week off" and it's the second time doing that this year (check out the post in April). 2006 has been "an interesting year". I think that is the proper euphemism for "big phuqing pain". I can imagine how the Holiday season is going to be. Probably dead boring if the rest of the spaz year is any indication.

At least most of the shopping is done for Christmas and we can get our yearly "HTF DO YOU DO THAT?!" from friends and family. Funny, I used to be irked if I wasn't done by now - guess I've mellowed.

So what's been going on? Normal drama in the MMO world, I'll spare you the details. Lets just say that the "I'm sorry we can't hire you because you don't have experience" "And how do I get experience if you don't hire me?" scenario translates right into the gaming world. On the other hand, my alts are getting play time at least proving the game doesn't suck.

I've also started playing Company of Heroes. Finally an RTS that I can get back into. The single player has been a blast. You command units during WWII starting on Omaha and pushing inward. Defending Carentan was a rush, literally, they almost got me. Silly me forgot to have a fall back defensive perimeter. ooops. I can't wait to try it online with the other CDLers that are hooked.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Halo movie moving forward....

Just read a nice interview with Peter Jackson about the Halo Movie. Here's hoping it all comes off! I'll let you go read this one if your curious.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

You know you are a gamer when....

...the following post actually makes sense to you! *laughs*

One of the groups I play online games with recently pointed out that Sonic the Hedgehog has turned 15! The little blue guy can almost get his LP in the real world (never mind that in the non-real world he drives tricked out hummer wanna-bes with missiles... details!).

And in the "omg am I old" category.... I remember when he first came out. I bought him on my first Sega console from a real Toys'r'Us. This was back when Toys'r'Us had the best selection of games for consoles. EBX? Never heard of it. Online? BBS's didn't sell games (well, lets not go there *laughs*).

And one more reason to buy a PS3 once the price drops below "Left Arm and First Child" Sonic's next installment will be there.

Go blue dude!