He was the friendliest and most social hamster I know. He really liked us, and nearly always came out of his house to 'greet' us when he noticed we were there. I think he had a very happy life. Good bye Hamster, we will miss you.
What the... I knew it was a mistake getting this online only game, although I only play single player. I like how Diablo 3 works from a technical stand point, the feature that your friends can join your games on demand is very nice. But not being able to play at all if Blizzard's server decide that they won't work is really annoying. I'll probably try to get my money back and wait for Torchlight 2 instead...
Apart from the fact that I think it would have been more useful for Microsoft spending all that money in development to improve that broken and slow browser instead, there is something other I find interesting about it: knowing it's the Internet Explorer song, listening to the lyrics, am I the only one noticing that the song is about a guy using IE, but then installing a second, better browser and using that one instead? He doesn't sing about whether it's Opera, Firefox or Chrome, but I wonder if the marketing team of Microsoft ever read the lyrics of that thing? :)
WebsitePainter and CopperCube) will have to be sandboxed until June 1st. That's in one and a half week. Nothing new here, they already said this long before, and actually, this is the third time the deadline has been prolonged. I think the fact that they are sending the mail again as reminder shows that they are a bit nervous, and probably means that not a big amount of developers, such as me, haven't sandboxed their apps yet.
Well, I'm probably not going to sandbox my apps for as long as possible. I can only speak for me, but I guess other people have similar reasons:
- The sandbox feature can only be implemented when you are using XCode 4, the latest version of Apples development tool. XCode 4 introduced a major change in it's user interface, and also a lot of annoying bugs. It even crashes frequently when programming.
- The sandboxing feature only works on Mac OS X Lion. No support for Snow Leopard or older versions. This means that in order to make your app sandbox-ready, you have to update your operating system, and, if your Mac is too old, you even need to buy new a Mac. And since Mac hardware isn't that cheap, lots of app developers simply don't do that. Or even can't do that.
- Sandboxing cripples your apps and makes them in some cases even unusable. In my case, it's for software and website development. Doing things as simple as manually typing a file name into a text box and letting the app then read that file won't work anymore in the sandbox. Developers have complained about this to apple numerous times, but Apple didn't listen, as it seems. Apples own software, such as XCode for example won't work with the Sandbox either, for this reason.
We'll see what June 1st will bring. :)
"Do you have Diablo III? I cannot find it.", I asked.
She pointed at the guy who had grinned at me just before.
"That one just catched the last one", she said.
D'oh. He had grinned at me because he knew. Schadenfreude. :)
At least the official holiday yesterday had become slightly more productive than planned, and I was able to work a bit on the next update for CopperCube instead. :)
CopperCube are reporting that they are discovering surprising performance testing results: It appears that for them, the WebGL renderer is faster than the one using Flash and Stage 3D.
It could be that those CopperCube users reporting that WebGL is now faster for them than Flash are maybe running some throttled flash player (maybe the debug version?) or similar, but it's stange that this is happening now at the same time and that there are quite a few of them. Anyway, it would be nice if you could drop me a line or post a comment if you are having a similar experience.
Diablo 3 will be out next week? Oh boy. There goes my free time.... Also, did you see my last blog entry? Not sure what happened there, but those 130 comments are real ones, not spam. Hm... :)
The problem IMO is that companies are not willing to pay enough for developers and programmers. In Austria, an entry level programmer with high level university training will usually get offered 2200 Euro gross. I'm not kidding. Wake up, people: Are you serious? You want highly specialized people with actual skills, and expect them to be OK with that comparable low payment? If the same person sits down and starts creating his own software, he will probably earn much more one year later by himself already. Why on fucking earth should he start as programmer probably even without prospect of a promotion in your company then? Why should he even consider to work as programmer? He would be better off working as team manager, project lead or similar, blabbering in meetings with all the other people, not doing actual work. But at least he would be paid there probably even twice as good.
I've heard the situation is similar in other countries, although I don't think programmers are seen comparable worthless in many other countries :)