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     Better living through automation
    Filed under: — David @ 1:12 am

    The more observant among you may notice that the site’s front page is now driven by the blog. I got a little help from the nice people in the WordPress support forum to get it working, though there remains a problem with meta data; some of the posts have custom fields attached, but it acts like they’re not there. I’ve posted about that in the forum, but the problem has yet to be pinned down despite the efforts of a helpful user/support person.

    Edit: I finally figured it out. I sort of outsmarted myself, but I think I’ve learned my lesson.

     Icon Machine 3.1
    Filed under: — David @ 6:53 pm

    On this day seven years ago, I released Icon Machine 1.0; today, it’s up to 3.1. This version adds a preferences dialog, with several options such as default font, default view mode, and so forth. Enjoy!

     FD-Skylink and FD-Underground
    Filed under: — David @ 12:22 am

    The first two in a new series of map conversions have been posted: Skylink and Underground from Flag Pack 2004. Check them out on the Flag Domination page. Two more await permission from the original authors, and a third will be converted by its authors, which I’m looking forward to.

     OS 9 obstacle
    Filed under: — David @ 4:02 pm

    I’ve been going through what was supposed to be the final testing before releasing Icon Machine 3.1, having gotten all the new Japanese localization files, and I ran into a snag. When testing in the Classic environment (since I don’t have a machine that can run OS 9), I found that all of the Navigation Services dialogs - open, save, save changes - always act as if you hit Cancel. That means you can only open by drag and drop, you can’t Save As, and you can’t quit if a document has unsaved changes. I don’t know why this would suddenly break; I haven’t touched that stuff in a long time. I’m hoping someone will confirm that this is some kind of bug in the Classic environment. Version 3.1 was to be the last OS 9-compatible version, but if this obstacle isn’t easily fixed I may give up on that.

    Edit: Turns out it was my bug, which is good because then I can fix it myself instead of depending on someone else. The problem was in one of the ACCELA files (UI/ANavigation.cp), so if you’re using that, I’ve checked in the fix. Yet another bug where once I figured out the cause, I don’t know why it even used to work.

     Upcoming maps
    Filed under: — David @ 12:29 pm

    Along with the next release of Flag Domination, I’m working on some map conversions. From Flag Pack 2004, I have Underground and Skylink. I’ve asked their permission, but have yet to hear back. But since they included their version of CTF-Terra after the original author failed to respond to a request for permission, I think I’ll just do the same thing :)

    I also hope to include conversions of 1-on-1 Alpha and Dissipate from the recent Classic Domination pack, as well as Nathillien’s Summit from Community Bonus Pack 2 volume 1. I only recently asked permission on these, so I still hope to get a reply.

    Also, I recently figured out something that had me pretty confused at first. I played a couple of games that ended with one team scoring but the other team winning. At first I thought it must be a bug, but then I figured it out. It happens on a 3-flag map with the Flag Points option, when two of the flags have only one point left, and one team is down by two points. In order to catch up, the losing team must score with all three flags (thus scoring two points); if they score with only two flags, then there aren’t enough points left and they lose.

    I also fixed a bug where expired flags weren’t getting reset for sudden death rounds.

    Edit: Underground and Skylink have been released! Dissipate will be converted by the authors, and I’m waiting to hear back on the others.

     Jon Stewart tears up Crossfire
    Filed under: — David @ 12:03 pm

    I have occasionally watched CNN’s Crossfire… mainly because it would usually be showing on the TV in the school cafeteria. And pretty soon it began to grate on me. They take every news item and turn it into a partisan issue, so everything is the fault of either the Democrats or the Republicans. The whole show is about reinforcing the false dichotomy of the two-party system.

    Then they brought Jon Stewart on as a guest, who seems to agree with me. I wonder if they knew what he was going to say when they brought him on, because he really took them to task. He told them they were “hurting America” in the way they were doing the show. The funny thing is, maybe they even did it on purpose because it actually fits the contentious theme that the show always has.

    It’s too bad I had given up watching Crossfire so I missed this episode and could only read the transcript. I’m tempted to order the video.

     Win $1,000! Port Volley to Linux!
    Filed under: — David @ 4:44 pm

    Volley has been accepted into the Linux on POWER Open Source Delevoper Contest as a Tier 3 application. My understanding of the rules is that the first person to successfully port Volley to LinuxPPC by “on or about” December 10th wins the $1,000 prize. I will be the judge of what constitutes a successful port (I would say feature parity with version 1.0a4; server-only ports are negotiable), and for my participation as judge I am promised an iPod Mini. Actually, I’m more interested in seeing the port done.

    There are other projects to choose from as well, and the registration deadline is October 31st.

    Edit: If I get the iPod, I’m giving it to my Mom… so somebody please enter, it’s for a good cause! ;)

     Warez trading article
    Filed under: — David @ 6:42 pm

    I just thought I’d post this for anyone interested - I’m working on a paper for school about legal issues related to client-server file sharing (as opposed to peer-to-peer), and this InformIT article has given me a lot of useful material. It’s called Warez Trading and Criminal Copyright Infringement, and it’s split into two articles, part one and part two.


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