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GameDev

Well the full time game development job went exactly the way I expected. I’m just not a risk taker. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing now and do some development in the background. The Python code base is still there but will require a huge investment in time to complete that a full time job would have allowed. It is definitely the elegant long term solution but will never ship with my available time. The VB.Net work is starting up now and I’m evaluating it. Looks like a faster to market method but cuts out cross-platform entirely. Sad but shipping to 90% of the market is better than not shipping. My Mac G3 will just have to wait until I get more time. I’ll revisit Python someday.

Resume

Something exciting in the job area. Someone asked me for a resume. I’ve updated my resume and posted HTML and MSWord copies at http://www.mcgarware.com/resume/ for public consumption. I’ll get the OpenOffice and PDF versions up sometime soon. I just love creative writing.

MKPTracker

A resurrection from the ashes. Someone is interested in an updated version of the tracking software for the Tablet PC. They need to break out the writing.stylus from the keyboard/mouse movements. I’m going to do some reading in the TabletOS SDK to see what’s available. All that work I did on the centralized data repository webserver may get to actually get used. The initial versions data format was horrific to parse and use. Lesson learned, make data easy to get at whatever the cost in space and performance. The central server will centralize the management of the data which gives me more control but also requires more commitment from me. Going to be an interested project no matter what happens.

Professional Plans

Certification

I’m reviewing my certifications and trying to figure out the bang for the buck. I’ve got an MCP with two completed (workstation/server) and two more gets me an MCSA and three more after that get’s me the MCSE. I could also take a four courses on a grant in Oracle and get both the OCA/OCP for the DBA track but that would consume my entire life for about 16 weeks. The joy of deciding how best to screw my social life.

Microsoft .NET

Microsoft .NET is strange stuff. I understand why they had to build a VM on top of the OS to abstract themselves from the hardware, but good lord is it inefficient. I guess we have to use those multi-gigahertz processors and multi-GB’s of RAM for something. Let’s design something bloated and processor intensive to consume the hardware. Who says the WinTel alliance is history? I’m still wrapping my brain around some of the more esoteric pieces of this new world.

Educational Programming

Been thinking about educational game design and development again. I have the base Python libraries in place for the Windows/Macintosh work. At some point I need to get moving on this again and complete something. Talking and writing about it doesn’t get it done. In my darker moments, I’ve thought about just coding it in VB.NET. …and the world was less than it once was.

Microsoft Developer Studio 6.0 Patches

This is a very old set of notes but might be useful for a developer dealling with Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 for DOS and Windows 16-bit coding. This is from the era of Borland and Zortech Compilers being in play. I migrated this from my darkmagic.org website.

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