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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Randal sent me a Clerks 2 script sheet!

March 10, 2010 •

One of the pages from Jeff Anderson's (Randal) shooting script for Clerks 2.An interesting item arrived in the mail today. It was an A4 envelope addressed to me, sent from a PO box in Los Angeles.
As I opened it, I was wondering what the heck it was… until I noticed the yellow highlighter markings. 🙂

It’s a signed page from one of the copies of the shooting scripts to the movie Clerks 2, specifically, the one that belonged to Jeff Anderson (The character Randal). ^_^

Now while I am overly very thrilled to now own what I’d like to call ‘a piece of film history’, I must remember that the origin of this script page coming to me is quite a sad one indeed. Instead of re-paraphrasing what happened, I’d like to quote the story that Jeff has written:

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Regex Tester, online and now with AJAX!

March 9, 2010 •

Regex-Tester.com - Online version of TiM's Regex TesterWhew. Sorry about that. I was doing some server maintenance in preparation for this new system and I inadvertently broke the backend of my blog. It’s  still a bit hinky here and there, but thankfully we can now return you to your regular program. XD

So, I bought the domain (STILL can’t believe it was still free haha), and then spent a good chunk of the weekend getting it all working. 🙂
As a follow-up to the regex tester script I wrote and released last week, I’ve now created an online version, free for all to use anytime!  ^_^

So, presenting: http://www.regex-tester.com/

If you were wanting to test out the last script but couldn’t set it up locally, you can try it out online now. 🙂

In contrast to the last versions, I modified this one quite a bit:

-Broken up the JavaScript, CSS and PHP into separate files for easier reading/editing.
-Rewrote the JavaScript code using jQuery (Soo much cleaner).
-Added AJAX functionality so the page doesn’t have to refresh each time.
-Added a couple of default regex strings to get you started.

So feel free to use it at your leisure! Depending on my situation, I’ll probably wind up using this one more often than the offline version.
If you do have any suggestions on how to improve it, be sure to check out the UserVoice page as well.

Enjoy!

Well I might let you get back to it then hehe. 🙂
I just saw you online for the first time and thought I