Unfortunately, we entered the cinema hall a few minutes after the film had started already, so maybe I missed some essential explanations like why they are only using melee weapons, but who knows, maybe without explanations the movie appeared better to us as it was. :)
All in all, I'd recommend to watch it, it's at least lightweight entertainment, especially if you like science fiction.
This disaster now comes after this big Windows 8 and Windows RT user interface failure. Windows RT devices still don't have many apps, and the tablets themselves are very, very, expensive. The touch based user interface makes no sense on desktop, and the Apps sold in the Windows Store are fullscreen apps. I cannot even imagine how the decision makers at Microsoft are able to come up with such an amount of weird decisions. What are they smoking?
For me as developer, Windows is my "home" operating system. All apps I create are usually written first on Windows, and then - if I want at all - ported to other platforms. I still love Visual Studio, even although Microsoft started to destroy that thing as well (monochrome icons? Developer registration renewal every 30 days?
I blogged about the Asus VivoTab RT I bought, which is basically a tablet with removable keyboard, running Windows RT on it (Details on the official website). Now I've used it for quite a while, time for a review:
In short, that device is really nice, and I'm really happy with it. It has quite some advantages:
- As known from Windows 8, also Windows RT is very, very fast. As programmer, I'm really impressed, and also wondering how they actually managed to do that. Boot times are so short that you don't think twice about shutting the system down anymore. You can start it up again within 3 or 4 seconds.
- The duration of the battery is incredible. I think there is a second battery in the keyboard, and I'm using the device usually attached to the keyboard, so maybe that's the reason. But since about 2 months, I've used the Vivo tab quite a lot, and had to recharge it only two or three times. I estimate that the battery endures something between 15 and 20 hours for me. Quite impressive.
- As written before, the keyboard is great for typing. The one on Microsofts Surface (Pro) sucks compared to that.
- Although I hate to use the Internet Explorer, Microsoft managed to create a really nice touch screen version of it. It's very fast and responsive, and IMO especially the scrolling feels much better than the browsers on Android or iOS. Not sure why, tough.
- I can actually use it for doing work. And that's what I'm using it for. Since it is so small and very light, I noticed that I'm taking it with me nearly everywhere, without thinking much about it. I didn't do this with my notebook before, maybe because it was about 3 times heavier.
- There is a big lack of apps for this device. The app store is getting bigger every week, but I still cannot find for example great games. And the few I tried to download stopped the transfer, because of a bug: The app store keeps claiming my internet connection is too slow. Yeah, right.
- The mail client has a nice interface, but sucks big time. It doesn't support POP. Really, no joke. That's like creating a web browser without HTTP support. What did microsoft think? There are two official workarounds: 1) tunnel your mails through an outlook.com account. (Really? - sure, and while we are at it, the NSA is reading my mails too, as we've come to know recently) 2) Download a mail client with POP support from the store. - Yes, great. The only client on the store supporting POP is ok, but has lots of tiny bugs (loosing mails in my case), preventing me from using it.
- No way to install apps yourself on the device. Apps have to come from the app store. Even the apps I program myself using Visual Studio and put on the device don't really belong to me, they become invalid after some time. WTF.
- Developing apps for Windows RT is another story. I think I might create a short blog post about this later.
CopperCube 4.0.4, and it also includes the feature complete beta version of the announced extension and scripting System. I named it "CopperCube for Game Developers", for simplicity.
Now that it is implemented, the system works nicely, as I have seen so far. I also wrote a few actions and behaviors with it, and put them up on the website available for download. I'm curious how it will be used, and if people start creating their own behaviors to share with others or not.
You can test the system by getting CopperCube 4.0.4. An overview of the scripting system and its API can be read here.
the Xbox One Reveal 2013 Highlights video on youtube, I'm glad I didn't watch that thing live. TV? Really? Was this thing designed by dinosaurs? They believe the main and future medium still is TV? And, where are the games? Why are only some random old PR people who obviously never would play games themselves talking on there? How is it possible that Microsoft always manages to leave me staring in disbelieve after they announced a new product? :)
archery post a few weeks ago, maybe something which doesn't happen too often:
Last week, a fellow archer splitted my fiberglass arrow with the metal head of his wooden one, by accident. Fortunately, my arrows aren't that expensive :)
CopperCube, is a quite complicated beast. It is targeted at people who want to create 3D apps and games, but do not want or are unable to program. To make this possible, you can easily click your apps together in CopperCube by using a fixed set of 26 Actions and 18 Behaviors. Together, they offer (an estimated) amount of 300 parameters, so you can do quite much with this already. But still, for more complicated apps - and a computer game is probably the most complicated piece of software there is - this is not enough.
I did some prototyping and testing during the last days, and managed to create a nicely working extension system already. The prototype already works partially on Windows .exe, Mac OS X .app and on the Flash .swf target, so I can continue working from there:
This new functionality also makes it possible to script all the target using one, single language, with one single API. Meaning CopperCube will probably be also become a lot more interesting for programmers. So I'm looking forward for it to be finished soon. It will take still a bit of time to be implemented fully, but the next update of CopperCube will already include a usable beta of it.
CopperCube is and what games and apps you can create with it. The problem is that I'm not very good at video editing, and I honestly think the video sucks. But because I do like experimenting with stuff, I dared to put this video onto the front page of the CopperCube website, to see how it turns out. Not sure if this was a good idea, maybe it will even harm sales. But see for yourself:
The worst mistake I did was probably that I recorded the video in 4:3 format. Only after uploading it to youtube, I remembered that videos nowadays are 16:9. The video also includes a few scenes of apps created by CopperCube users. The music was composed by myself. I've now heard it that many times that I cannot tell if it is OK or not. Also, you'll notice that all music I compose sounds quite similar. :/
the Simpsons where Lisa buys a book named "Sane Planning, Sensible Tomorrow"? (Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a youtube video of the whole scene.) The author, Al Gore, immediately gets notifed about this:
and Al Gore starts a short 'celebration'. Well, this whole scene feels a bit like everytime someone buys a copy of my book, as I just got the quartly report that a few people again bought it. :)