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The Never-ending "To-Learn" List 2007-09-10

I'm officially a student! August marked the beginning of a new semester for me, and this time I'm a full-time student. After being on the faculty side of things for a while, I'm actually having a great time being a student again. One of the major benefits of being a student is that I'm actually getting to dive into that never-ending list of technology tools that I've been wanting to learn how to use!Just to name a few:Python - I'm ...

Building Apps for the iPhone 2007-07-13

So there was this little get-together called iPhoneDevCamp last weekend (July 6-8, 2007), and since I'm just over 2000 miles from San Francisco, I missed out. However, in just under a week, there seems to have been a flood of great iPhone applications. To find out what I mean, just check out a google search, OR, head right on over to the iPhone Application List.So, in such a short time since the iPhone's release, how have so many applications been ...

iPhone Disappointments 2007-07-08

Updated on 2007-07-10(I forgot a couple of things, so I'm adding them below as numbers 1 & 2) Part 3 of my iPhone saga (Part 1 and Part 2)After using the iPhone for a little less than a week, I do have a few disappointments. Don't get me wrong, I still think it's an incredibly cool device. Like my wife said, "It's the greatest thing since sliced bread." I share some of my disappointments with Terry White, who gives a ...

My wife bought 2 iPhones!!! 2007-07-04

I think I'm still in shock. Yesterday, I got a call from my wife. She simply said, "We both have iPhones! I got you the 8Gb model, and I got the 4Gb model..." Yeah... I'm still in shock.So, over the next few days, I've decided to blog about my iPhone fun. First, I'll start with some pictures!So, here we have the iPhone with it's box, and all of the stuff that was include with it. There's the dock, a USB ...

Using (and Abusing) the iPhone 2007-07-04

OK... so for part 2 of my iPhone saga:We went to visit some family today, and of course I took my iPhone. For the most part, I've really tested out the camera today. I'm no guru, but I'm very happy with how quickly the iPhone takes pictures. Since my girls are now 4 and 2, this is a very important feature!! I've also got an HP Photosmart M527, and my non-scientific opinion is that the iPhone takes photos about as ...

Compiling Warzone 2100 on Mac OS X 2007-06-16

I recently ran across The Warzone 2100 Resurrection Project, and I thought to myself,"cool, I wonder if there's an OS X version..." So, I hit their downloads page only to find the message: "(The MacOSX diskimage will follow soon)"So I thought, "oh well, I'll just grab the source code and compile it!" After about two hours of digging, I finally got it compiled, and here's how! (NOTE: I've got quite a bit of Unix stuff installed via fink, so your ...

Thunder Demons live here! 2007-05-26

While walking across campus, I noticed this particular image attached to a large green box that I knew to contain electrical "stuff". Now, I know the dangers of mixing humans with direct electrical current, but I'm not so sure this image evokes the correct message. I'm not sure that a monstrous blob of electricity has ever actually jumped out of a box in order to heinously inflict harm to humans as they unknowingly walk by... I could be wrong, though. ...

Easy Video Conferencing? 2007-05-22

I just skimmed through the list of PC World's 100 Best Products of 2007, and one of the things that caught my eye was SightSpeed. Apparently it's supposed to be the world's best video conferencing system. What interests me, though is the price (FREE!) and that it works on Mac OS X (and Windows). I'm going to give it a shot and see how it works.

Hello Torque, again. 2007-05-16

Well, I've just begun to dig into the Torque Game Engine again, but this time, I'm building it on a Linux box. Once I downloaded the Linux source, it took me a while to figure out how to get it compiled. TGE's configuration is a little different than the typical "./configure and make" process.First of all, I tried to make sure I had all of the development tools necessary to build TGE, including nasm, libogg, libvorbis, and libtheora along with ...

MacMathematics 2007-04-23

One of my Favorite Mac Apps is Grapher. It lets you graph everything from simple 2D equations to complex 3D equations. For example, want to see all of the Axes of symmetry for a cube? Just enter the equations x=0, y=0, z=0, x=y, x=-y, x=z, x=-z, y=z, and y=-z, and voila!Pictures make math fun! You can also save these in .gcx files. Download my cube: CubeAxesOfSymmetry.gcx