The end of the year seems like a good time to review all the stuff I have going on now, so here goes.
Real Life: I’m effectively, but not quite officially, done with school (that being a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah). I’ve been sending out resumes for a while, and I hope to find something back on the west coast (that’s where most of the software companies are, anyway). But I’m not too picky about location. Leaving Salt Lake would have its good points, but so would staying.
Shareware: The primary thing I’m working on is a peer-to-peer modular networking application, and so it is built on the Volley core. I’ll post more details later on. Volley itself has been somewhat put on hold in favor of this other project. Why? Money, basically. It’ll be a long time before I can realize my dream of selling Volley plugins, but there are other ideas I can take advantage of in the mean time. ACCELA has been slowing down somewhat since I started moving to Cocoa, but it does still get worked on. Some things are still easier to do in Carbon, or at least Core Foundation, so there’s still a need for it.
Games: Working with Greg Laabs has been fun. It’s good to see CTF4 finally happen. BR4 will be finalized soon. I’ll probably be working on ONS4, though the details of that still need to be worked out. It’s not going to be simply Onslaught with 4 teams. The 4-team element adds a new dimension to the game, and I intend to fully explore it. Aside from that, Flag Effects and Apprehension are two other mods that I want to bring to UT2004. I know someone else is making a mod called Apprehension, but since theirs isn’t a game type, and since I was using the name first, I plan to stick with it. And then there’s my announcer voice project. I still have to see how well this microphone works.
Icons: Icon stuff has been on the back burner. I haven’t had any really good ideas for a new set. That is, I’ve had some ideas, but I haven’t been able to take any of them all the way. Pixelpalooza has been cancelled this year, anyway. Icon Machine sales have dropped off in spite of new releases, so that’s on the back burner too. But at least I finally got the prefs window done, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I picked it up again in a couple of months, and took another shot at icon states or Windows icons. And who knows, maybe Tiger will have vector icons or something.
The future depends a lot on what kind of job I get, because whatever I do at work, I won’t want to do it so much when I get home. But I remain optimistic. There should be enough companies out there where I can find my dream job. Something where I can exercise my established skills and talents, and at the same time explore new horizons. Maybe databases, or Windows programming, or something I haven’t even considered yet. I want a place where I can be a member of a great team, while still retaining some independence, with a sense of ownership of what I do. The work environment should be positive, so that the office will be a pleasant place to be, and it should be in a good neighborhood with some good places to get lunch. (I’m not mentioning money because I’d be surprised if I found a job with all that other stuff that didn’t pay well, too.) That’s pretty much my wish list, and the reason why I’m optimistic about finding a reasonable approximation is it’s based on past experience.
Am I deluding myself, or is there power in positive thinking? I’ll let you know.
Oh, and happy new year.