If you’re an XP user, you may have been as cynical as me when you got the ‘Windows Genuine Advantage’ update notification recently. MS are ‘selling’ it with their own personal brand of laughably infeasible rhetoric, as a way for customers to ‘be satisfied that they are running genuine software’, and ‘be happy they got what they paid for’. Now, I’ll give you a second to compose yourself because I’m sure you’re crying with laughter right now.
So, I’m all organised now and have booked my flights, accommodation and place at Siggraph 2006. That’s fleshed out the credit card by a scary amount 😕 I’ve also requested meeting space for an hour for an OGRE Birds of a Feather session, hopefully that will be allocated. I spent quite a bit of time planning what I was interested in to decide whether I could really justify the full pass and how I might fit things in.
A bit of a busy day, for starters we managed to get the first maintenance release out for Dagon, which is mostly painless since the procedure is well tested by now. Most of the time goes into documentation and last minute verification of tests. I also had a couple of chapters of the upcoming Ogre book through for final review; not too bad though since it’s only technical errors the second time through, no stylistic suggestions allowed 😉
As I mentioned last weekend, summer has most definitely arrived. And this year, rather than make a quiet, reserved and somewhat stuttering entrance as we are mostly used to here in the British Isles, this time summer has arrived with all the subtlety of a 20-stone Glaswegian doing a bombshell from the topmost diving board at the public swimming pool. “I’m SUMMER! Deal with THAT ya great ponce!” The weather people were at one point predicting that this could be the hottest summer since the heatwave of 1976, which I don’t think I remember on account of being a little too young, and besides, aren’t all the summers we recall from our youth sunny?
Well, in a surprising turn of events, it’s now very likely that I’ll be attending Siggraph this year! Oh yes - most of the papers we pore over to figure out how to squeeze more graphical honey out of OGRE have passed through this revered institution at some point, so to see it all first hand would be something of a good thing. That, of course, is typical British understatement for ‘absolutely bloody marvellous’.
Well, I guess summer is finally here. It’s been incredibly warm the last couple of days - we’ve been helping my wife’s parents get ready for their house move next week and doing a bit of necessary gardening - I’m not much of a gardener myself but it was quite pleasant out there in the sun for a while. I’m pretty knackered now though, and now I have to get back to the desk to get some work done (another chapter to review, some issues to look into).
I don’t use Ebay much. I have an account, and have made only a single purchase (a brand-new copy of an old version of Photoshop from what I assume was a warehouse clearout - I don’t use it enough to justify the high price of the latest version but when I do need it, it’s very useful), but that’s it. I’ve never really been much of a second-hand seller or buyer, I just don’t have the time for it - you won’t generally find me down at car boot sales.
I sat down determined to do some Eihort work tonight, but found I have 2 new chapters of the OGRE book to review so that went out the window. I got through one anyway, it was only 9 pages but I had to make a shedload of comments so it took most of the evening anyway. *Sigh*, there’s always tomorrow I suppose. I could really, really do with taking some time off work to get my head down on some new work instead of bouncing from one firefight to another (I still haven’t even done anything with Max for goodness sakes) but that’s not going to happen, too much is happening there too right now and all leave is basically on hold until it’s done.
Well, we found out last night that the damage to our wooden floors is indeed repairable, and it shouldn’t be too much work (relatively); apparantly it’s not that unusual for people to discover that their great old floors have been butchered in such a manner, and that the most cost effective solution is to insert slivers of the matching wood (dark oak in our case) into the wounds, seal it all and sand everything together before re-laquering the floor.
So, Mr Gates has said in an interview that he thinks the motion sensitive controllers, famously paraded by Nintendo and now somewhat, *ahem* ‘flattered by imitation’ by Sony, won’t work in practice. One of his arguments is that “It’s tough because sometimes you move the controller, and you don’t [want] to fly into the ground. You just want to put the controller down”. Correct me if I’m wrong Bill, but haven’t games had a ‘pause’ button for quite some time now?