Fasteroids (log): July 28, 2017

  • 28 July 2017
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High Scores screen with trimmed content

It's hard to believe that it's been over a month since I've been working on Fasteroids in one way or another. This morning I woke up early (5am) and worked on Fasteroids for a bit. Much of what I was working on was something new I wanted to implement, but it didn't work as expected and unfortunately the only tutorials on the subject don't cover why the effect didn't work as desired. I re-stepped through the tutorials and no luck, but it might be something I come back to in the future as I learn more GML. I'm sure I can achieve the effect better with GML than how the tutorial showed.

Fasteroids (log): July 26, 2017

  • 26 July 2017
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Fasteroids how to play menu

Wow, after a long day at work I managed to get quite a bit of work done on Fasteroids. I made some changes and eliminated some bugs. I changed the game controller support to use the pad rather than the joystick. I made this decision for a couple of reasons: the pad just feels better to me in this game and some of the game controllers we have at Computer Recycling don't have a joystick, but do have a game pad (Logitech Wingman Rumblepad for example). I also fixed the issue I was having with the controller at the menus, it now smoothly goes from one menu option to the next.


Fasteroids (log): July 24, 2017

  • 24 July 2017
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Not much to report since the last Fasteroids log as I've been swamped with work at home. This might seem like a bad thing, but it's really about having a good environment to work in. It also made me appreciate how much work my wife does beyond the stuff I do to help her at home - she is awesome and I'll be spending more time helping her. Tonight I plan on working on Fasteroids, but I need to head out to pick up some organizational supplies, then do a bit of heavy work and cleaning at home.

KODI Tip - Television shows with periods in the name

  • 23 July 2017
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When I'm hunting for new movies and television shows to add to my DVD/Bluray collection I often look for shows that are a bit more difficult to find at big box stores. Sometimes these shows turn out to be difficult for KODI to scrape information for. This was the case with one television show I picked up called "The Irish R.M." Rather than title their show "The Irish Resident Magistrate," producers decided to simplify it as The Irish R.M. This is a problem for KODI since KODI scrapes television shows by folder name and folders cannot have a period in their name.

Built a server (rebuild)

  • 21 July 2017
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Front of Opteron 250 server

Servers come in various shapes and forms. Some servers contain consumer grade hardware while others contain specialized server hardware. This is the story of how I built one using a combination of both consumer and specialized hardware. I like to name my hardware, so let's call this server boxy. Boxy originally came into The Working Centre's Computer Recycling Project a little over a year ago. Normally we (the IT staff at The Working Centre) put servers in a separate area from the usual Computer Recycling systems.