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Phew

Just a quick note - Dagon 1.2.0 (final) is out now, so Dagon is now officially the stable, maintenance release of OGRE, nudging out Azathoth after a year on the throne. It’s been a hectic day since as well as the release we’ve had the plasterers in to do our lounge & dining rooms, had an AGM for the company, and spent a little time helping my wife’s parent’s sort out a few bits since they’re moving soon.

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From Norton to BitDefender

I’ve been a user of Norton AntiVirus (note: not the lumbering behemoth that is Internet Security) for a few years now; I was aware that it wasn’t getting as good reviews as it used to get around the time I originally bought it, but I rolled on with the updates & resubscriptions anyway because the differences really weren’t significant enough to outweigh the inertia (and my natural sloth). Besides I thought, the favorite tends to switch around every year or two anyway for fairly subtle reasons.

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Dr Livingstone, I presume

April 29th. Today was an epic journey of adventure and discovery as, armed with a wide array of sharp implements both motorised and traditional, I endeavoured to beat back Mother Nature and find the source of the ‘bottom lawn’, rumoured to exist at the end of our garden. A trip to the local purveyor of adventuring supplies, resulted in my very badly treated, flagging workhorse (a 10-year old mower whose oil hadn’t been changed nearly as often as it should have been) being replaced with a brand new one, which was begging for some action.

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I am the Milkman, my milk is delicious

I’ve been exhausted after this weekend of DIY (because I’m such a pampered desk-jockey most of the time), so when I haven’t been fixing the odd bug in Ogre, I’ve been unwinding with Psychonauts. I’ve cleared a couple more ‘minds’, and although they all have their own unique style, the Milkman Conspiracy is definitely one of the more memorable. I won’t give anything significant away, but you enter the mind of ‘Boyd’, avid conspiracy theorist, oftentimes guard, and general fruit cake.

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Manual labour

This weekend we started renovating our lounge and dining room, which has proved to be rather messy (not surprisingly). I hate DIY and decorating personally, I’ve never quite understood the facination of changing the colour of walls / floors / ceilings, but it’s true that this did need doing, and my wife is keen to get it done - and given the amount of leeway she’s given me over all the time I spend on OGRE I figure I probably owe her (at least) one.

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Starforce ditched by Ubisoft

As one of the many paying customers who gets constantly irritated by DRM software, I was glad to hear the news that the infamous copy protection software ‘Starforce’ has been abandoned by Ubisoft, one of their biggest customers. Starforce is particularly vilified because, like the Sony BMG ‘rootkit’, it installs software on your machine which remains even after you uninstall the games it protects, and which introduces horrendous security vulnerabilities while it’s at it (basically it gives any software running on your machine full privileges, opening the door wide open for torjans and other nastiness).

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Psycho-nuts

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary, and on the whole it was a very nice day. We both had the day off, chilled quite a bit in the morning, and went out for lunch to a place on one of the many quays / piers in St Peter Port (my home town) called SaltWater - it’s a little pricey but the food is always very good and it has a nice atmos, and hey, an anniversary is as good a reason as any to treat ourselves.

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RC2 in a few days

OGRE 1.2.0RC2 will be a few more days, Jeff’s been working hard on the new material script compiler and it really should be a part of what should be the final RC. It uses the same script compiler framework as the compositor scripts use, giving you more flexibility than the existing line-based script parser. Today I fixed a couple of small bugs, but spent most of the time doing some RL (real life) things like pressure cleaning the patio.

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Microsoft Game Studios acquires Lionhead

It’s been rumoured for a couple of weeks, now it’s official - MGS owns Lionhead. Now of course in business terms this is a pretty darn sensible move - next-gen games are damn expensive, Lionhead already had close ties with Microsoft, and who better to have at your back than a company with the brass gonads to burn through no less than a billion dollars every year of shareholder’s money on the dream of being a player in the console business?

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CVS is back, Amazon super-saver

No more shirking, developer CVS is back. 😀I’ve committed my skeleton HDR compositor, still lots of blanks to fill in but the script is there, as are the main components of the shaders. More work on that tomorrow, I was investigating XSI issues today. On another note, I got my C14/BS1363 adapters today, which was a surprise. Being a tight git, I’d picked the free super-saver delivery from Amazon since I wasn’t in any real rush, so it’s supposed to take 2-5 days more than regular delivery.

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