I definitely have a soft spot for animals. I always have, as far as I can remember, and when I was younger I was dead set on becoming a vet, until I realised I didn’t fancy having to slice open, or worse put down, particularly cute furry creatures. I’ve had quite a lot of pets over the years and tend to get on pretty well with any creature, cats / dogs / rabbits / horses / lizards - you name it 😀Even when we get mice in the house I don’t particularly like having to kill them if I can help it - luckily our traps tend to just stun them, at which point I can grab them and release them into the hedgerows at the bottom of the garden, hoping of course that our cats don’t catch them again and bring them back in (which is invariably how they got loose in the house in the first place).
I’ve been using wxWidgets quite a lot over the last week and a bit, and I’m now just at the stage where I’m comfortable using it. I’ve used quite a few windowing systems before (including raw Win32, MFC, VB, Java, .Net and a few esoteric tool-specific ones) and they’re all much of a muchness once you get down to it - however each still has it’s own implementation nuances and it can take a while to get settled.
I’m been having some really annoying issues with my internet connection for the last 36 hours or so. CVS has been really playing up especially, which has scuppered my ability to do some cross-branch merging that I’ve been wanting to catch up with. It’s been really odd - mostly browsing & downloading has been fine, albeit feeling pretty slow when opening new web pages, navigating around etc, and small CVS operations like diffs and log viewing has been generally ok, but if I try a global update or merge, I’m in hangsville.
I’m back; refreshed, revitalised and a little bit sunburnt. The weather was absolutely fantastic for April - we didn’t see a single cloud for the entire 4 days, and whilst we’re not the laying-on-the-beach types (when you grow up in a place where a beach is always within spitting distance, the novelty isn’t quite there anymore), just being outside walking around for that time was enough to absorb a fair amount of solar radiation, most of it on the bridge of the nose.
I’ve never actually attended a webinar before, until today. That’s for a range of reasons, including that I haven’t seen one that interested me much, and the fact that the word ‘webinar’ somewhat irritates me - another new buzzword that the world didn’t really need. How hard it is to say ‘online seminar’ anyway? I can’t say ‘webinar’ out loud without feeling like a total tit yet; it’s all I can do to type it without shuddering.
I blogged a few days ago that I’d started to get into TrackMania Nations, the online-only, community-track populated version of the regular TrackMania series. I’d often been drawn to the TrackMania games since they very much represent a small independent studio success story on the PC, and the games do look very good - the time just never seemed to come up. TrackMania Nations is a great idea because it lets you experience the quality of the title without laying out any cash.
So, one of the things I’ve been doing over the last couple of days is getting to know wxWidgets a little. I’d always said that if I was going to write a cross-platform GUI tool, that wxWidgets would be my first port of call because it’s native code and is proven to work well on the major platforms I’m interested in - Code::Blocks is the primary poster child there. Sure, I could have used .
This post is inspired by my wife coming back from Mondomundi today with a huge bag of new variety coffee beans. Yum 😀 Coffee. Tea. Chocolate. Mmm, chocolate. They’re great, but most of us also know by now that the people that produce them have been generally getting screwed over the years. I saw a BBC documentary recently in fact about cocoa farmers and what a crushingly poor quality of life they had, getting paid the same base price for cocoa that they were paid up to 30 years ago.
This story is up to about a month old, but I only just heard it so if you’re similarly behind the curve, you can join me in a collective belated ‘oooh’. The Optimus Maximus keyboard, or Optimus 103 as it was previously known, is the kind of keyboard that’s both recklessly indulgent and gloriously over-technical at the same time. This baby will set back the average slightly insane customer a cool seven hundred quid when it’s finally released late this year - although the actual release has been judged an unachievable fantasy many times in it’s aparantly long development history, with accusations of vapourware being common since no physical prototype has ever been seen, and the fact that it missed CeBIT didn’t help.