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Custom cars gone mad from Japan

posted by Duncan at 8:13 pm on March 30th, 2006

I started looking at these custom cars from a Tokyo car show and they all looked fairly standard. But as you scroll down the page they start to get out of control. They appear to be making them look like cartoon characters.

Rails 1.1 released

posted by Duncan at 4:49 pm on March 28th, 2006

The Rails team have now made Rails 1.1 an official release. As DDH put in his post:

The biggest upgrade in Rails history has finally arrived. Rails 1.1 boasts more than 500 fixes, tweaks, and features from more than 100 contributors. Most of the updates just make everyday life a little smoother, a little rounder, and a little more joyful.

I’ve had it on my machine for a while, but have not really delved into the new features. I look forward to trying out the new ActiveRecord stuff though as that’s an area where I’ve had to build lots of workarounds due to restrictions before. Plus the respond_to feature of ActionController also looks cool.

MS employees vent their anger

posted by Duncan at 3:34 pm on March 28th, 2006

This is a thread that is going on at Mini-Microsoft after a post named Vista 2007 Fire the leadership now! It started as a small rant, but has ended up with many Microsoft employee’s venting their anger at the Vista delay, Bosses and the lack of leadership from within. Certainly worth a look, if just to get an insight to what it’s like to work within the company and how pissed off everyone is.

Do you remember Elite?

posted by Duncan at 11:28 pm on March 22nd, 2006

We had an Acorn Electron when I was growing up because my parents thought we should have the same computer we had in our local school; but couldn’t quite see the need for a BBC model B. It was fun and all writing all those simple mode 2 programs (plot 85 etc…) and using those 8 colours; but the machine didn’t come alive for me until I’d got a copy of Elite.

Elite was the first computer game I think I was seriously hooked on. And I mean hooked. I used to come home from school and spend all my allotted computer time playing this thing. I probably only managed to get back and forth to a few planets in a session but that didn’t stop me. Although I don’t think I ever managed Elite status, I know I travelled to some for flung places. I do wish my long term memory was better.

Anyway, there is now a ported version of Elite named Oolite for PC, Mac and Linux. It’s still as addictive as it was back then and I’ve been playing it to death. Mr Patterson is far more eloquent then I and has a great write up and how Oolite has brought back some of the magic from that time. If you have never seen it before, I advise you to download and play. You’ll get to see how a game without high end graphics, surround sound and trigger twitch play can still keep you coming back for more.

Switchtower gets new name

posted by Duncan at 9:02 am on March 6th, 2006

Due to a “cease and desist” from Raindance Communications, Inc. over the use of their registered trademark SWITCHTOWER on Friday, the guys have had to come up with a new name. The name Capistrano was chosen after much deliberation.

They will be making new Gems available in the next couple of days. You will now use:

cap foo

instead of the old

switchtower foo

Sucker Djs

posted by Duncan at 6:20 pm on March 2nd, 2006

This is so cool, I had to post the link. For all you sucker djs out there. It’s a movie featuring 2 round-abouts and cars and come giants hands. That should wet you appetite :)

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