Steam on Mac!

May 16, 2010 •

I'm sensing a slight parody here. XD (Image by Valve Corporation)I think it goes without saying that I really love Steam. I wrote a little piece a while back on the pros and cons of digital distribution in regards to Steam, and I’m still finding it cheaper, faster and easier than anything else. On that note, Valve blessed us with another couple of huge additions to Steam this week…

Steam now has a Mac client, all Source engine games (and some third party ones) are being ported to it, and it’s free for PC users who already own the games. 😀 (And just to be super-awesome, they made Portal free for a limited time to celebrate. XD)

Just to put it out there, I don’t think mere words can cover how truly epic this is. This is a pretty epic thing. XD

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Buying an iPad

May 4, 2010 •

You can't really deny it, this pic sums up the iPad pretty perfectly. XDA little while ago, I wrote a rather scathing (also slightly incorrect) article on the iPad just after it had been announced. A few months later (and still no sign of it coming to Australia as of yet), I’ve had a bit of time to think about it.

And I’m thinking… I definitely want to buy one.

When the iPad was announced, there were two things I was upset about. The first was its silly name. Tampon cracks aside, it’s still too close to iPod. And the second was the fact that instead of us getting a minified MacBook, we’re instead getting a magnified iPhone (Well… iPod Touch). This stang the most since when I originally envisioned a tablet by Apple, I was expecting something I could easily whip out anywhere, and do complex things like web development or programming easily (Although, that may not be impossible 😉 ). One last thing was the lack of USB ports… making any kind of peripheral integration (excluding Bluetooth) totally impossible.

Either way, the more I think about it, an expanded iPhone seems to make sense. At a current technology level, I don’t think it’s actually possible for Apple to make a tablet PC of these dimensions, that can successfully run Mac OSX (Or at least, not without being extremely pricey), as well as integrate touch technology at the same time. For a device like this, the multi-touch features of iPhone OS just make total sense. It also makes sense in the fact that for a mobile device of this kind, a full OS like MacOS would take way too long to load, ultimately degrading the experience. So on reflection, hoping for MacOS on a tablet like this is a bit far-fetched to say the least. XD

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So, who wants an iPhone 4G?

April 20, 2010 •

Oooh shiny! (Sourced from Gizmodo)A pretty interesting thing has been happening in the geeks’ gadget world this week. Since I have a blog, I thought I’d offer my $0.02. 🙂

For those of you not in the know, here’s a quick re-hash. An Apple employee named Gray Powell took a prototype model of an as-of-yet unannounced iPhone to a bar, unto which he lost it. It was later found by another patron of the bar, from where it made its way into the hands of Gizmodo, who promptly ran a story on it. In what pretty much solidified the device’s authenticity, Apple sent a formal request to Gizmodo, asking for their ‘device’ to be returned.

Now, first and foremost…. this phone looks friggin’ awesome. Just on Gizmodo’s testimony alone, I really really want one now; way moreso than I ever wanted an iPad. XD Pretty much all of the issues I have with my 3G (Uh, which I guess is really just the camera lol) have been fixed with this model. In addition, you can never go wrong with a higher resolution screen. XD

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Futzing with WordPress’ base directory

March 31, 2010 •

The list of files in my hosted spaces root directory. I'm discussing how I set up requests to go to these directories. XDA few blog posts ago, when I wrote about the online version of my regex tester, I mentioned that I was experiencing a few technical troubles on my blog. The reason for this was that the regex tester is kept in the same web space as my blog, and the way I had set it up was causing erroneous functions in WordPress.

After a bit of googling and some .htaccess hackery, I got it all working again. Since it was a bit of an interesting concept and solution, I thought I’d write it up here. 😀

So, I have one main block of web space that I use for all of my websites, which is hosted by the fine people at Ennoverse.com (*plug plug* XD). The primary domain for the space is Tim-Oliver.com which directs to the root directory of the space and originally, the directory contained all of my blog WordPress files.

When I went to set up Regex-Tester.com, I decided I didn’t want the files and directories from my blog to mix with those of the regex site. To do this, I placed all of the blog files into a directory called ‘/blog’ and all of the regex files in a directory called ‘/regex’. I then simply set the Regex-Tester.com domain as a subdomain which directed straight to the ‘/regex’ directory after that.

Now, herein lay the dilemma:

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My first iPhone app!

March 23, 2010 •

MicroPoints, my first iPhone app! On Sunday, I submitted my first iPhone app to the Apple App Store. 🙂 Named MicroPoints, it’s a pretty small, quick app that lets you convert various world currencies to Microsoft Points and back.
I posted about this on my Twitter a little bit, and am now thinking my actual process for building this thing would make a nice blog post. ^_^

So last year, I decided I was going to learn how to write iPhone apps. I already had a few neato ideas for some apps, but figured I’d better start really small since both Objective-C and Xcode were totally new to me. XD

At about the same time, I remember checking out Major Nelson’s blog for some new release on the Xbox Live Marketplace. When I saw the price of the release in Microsoft Points, and promptly shuddered at trying to convert the price to Aussie bucks, I started thinking, maybe it’d be cool to have an iPhone app that could do that for me. 😀

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Pokémans HeartGold! Gotta buy ’em all!

March 19, 2010 •

I’ve been sitting on this post like a crazed gunman with an itchy trigger finger. XD

The newest addition to the Pokémon  line of games is finally upon us, HeartGold and SoulSilver. It was released in America a few days ago and will be released here in Australia in a few days time. When it came out in Japan last year, one of my Japanese teachers was able to pick me up a copy and bring it back over, of which I’ve been playing ever since. ^_^
At the time, my blog was offline, so I figured I’d hold onto this lovely post until the time of the English version release, where people might find some of this information useful (As opposed to posting it during Japan’s release, where it would be all but forgotten by now). 🙂

My Japanese import copy of HeartGold

When my Japanese teacher was on exchange with some students in Japan, I emailed her and asked if she could pick up a copy of the new HeartGold over there. I chose Gold over Silver since Silver is what I got for the GBC originally, and wanted it to be different than before. She said she checked out a Sofmap on her last day there, and found this copy of HeartGold, which was the last one they had. Suffice it to say when HeartGold/SoulSilver came out, they were selling like hotcakes!

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