Today I decided to upgrade my neglected 5-year old installation of Mandrake Linux. So I downloaded the 3 CD .iso images from their site. This took a good chunk of time as I have to wait on public FTP servers, but still it was finished by noon.

Then, and you just gotta love this…once I get the iso images saved to hard disk, Roxio‘s Disc Copier has associated the .iso extension, so I right-click the file, open Disc Copier and click Burn at 48x…

Elapsed time: 2 minutes 43 seconds

Can’t be much simpler than that! Ok, I’m still geeking out about having the power to make optical media, but hey – I held out for a LOOONG time.

§25 · January 25, 2005 · Life, Technology · Comments Off on Feel My Shit ·


Read Part One for a refresher first. We left that article with the hazy outline of how we can implement a state machine from an application’s perspective by deferring state transitions and behavior to State subclass objects (which we still need to write) and have these objects swapped in/out depending on our requirements. We now get into some more detail on this and show a full (yet trivial) example. Read the rest of this entry …

§24 · January 24, 2005 · C++, Software, Technology · Comments Off on Matters of State – Part Two ·


I mentioned earlier that I’m refactoring some game code to use a State Design Pattern, so I thought I’d write about what I’ve done in my blog. Read the rest of this entry …

§22 · January 23, 2005 · C++, Software, Technology · Comments Off on Matters of State – Part One ·


As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve started work again on “Ten Nights” and I was able to squeak out a build last night. Before I was about to publish it on my website though, I ended up IM‘ing with Sinasac and we worked on getting a better background image for the clipboard. It looks quite nice now in my opinion and matches up with the other improved graphics. Download it here. Now to start work on improving the graphics of the game itself.

§23 · January 22, 2005 · Software, Technology · Comments Off on Me:1 Crocodiles:0 ·


For those of you who don’t know what XML is, I’ll start by saying XML is possibly one of the worst acronyms ever. It stands for stands for “eXtensible Markup Language” and not only does this acronym illegally steal the ever-cool letter ‘X’ for its own deviant purposes, it turns out that XML is not even a language, it’s a syntax. Read the rest of this entry …

§21 · January 21, 2005 · Software, Technology, Web, XML · Comments Off on The Road To XML is Paved with Good Intentions ·