20 Sep 2014

Note To Self: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit installing on bootcamp

Run Through, Tips & Tricks, Tools & Utilities No Comments

You can have issues – but the best way is to use an 8GB USB drive.

The next step is to let the wizard build the USB drive and copy the apple software to the device.

But don’t let it do the install, just yet.

Instead, leave that unchecked.

Once it’s done, download this:

Extract that then copy it to USB stick and overwrite.

THEN fire up the bootcamp wizard again and tell it to use the USB drive and do the install.

This is because of the digital signing of some of the files. Windows won’t like them, and if you try and disable signature checking it’ll BSOD.


27 Jan 2014

Turn Based Mobile Multiplayer Game Feedback Sought

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I have an upcoming multiplayer mobile strategy game I’m almost done with – and I was thinking about how I’m doing multiplayer.
Summary: Instead of a player making a move, something happening, then the next player making a move, something happens when everyone completes their move.

Effectively, everyone can connect and make their moves. Once everyone has made their move, the game turn (combat) increments.

A turn time limit can be set by the game creator – if a player doesn’t make their move within the time limit, the turn increments without them.

If a player is skipped more than two turns (or 48 hours, whichever is greater), the other players can boot them from the game.

So here’s what I’m wanting some feedback on:

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15 Jan 2014

Nest and Google

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image The one thing that stuck out to me about Nest was how much the design embodied Apple’s, or should I say Steve Jobs’, philosophy. Simplicity, elegance, purposeful.

tony fadell, larry page, and matt rogers on nest acquisitionI know Nest was started by former Apple employees Matt Rogers and Tony Fadell. These two designers were heavily involved with the iPod.

Frankly, I think these two men "got it" when it came to what Steve Jobs wanted to see.  And what Steve wanted to see resonated with consumers.

This acquisition by Google isn’t just to buy Nest, it’s to bring Matt and Tony into the Google family.  They’ve proven themselves, their ideas, and their approach.

Why were these men at Nest and not still in the halls of Apple?
Why was Apple apparently not interested in bringing them back?
The same reason the left? Were their ideals and approaches swim too much against the stream of Apple’s new management?

The Internet of things is coming.

IMHO, the acquisition of Nest is more than just thermostats, it’s the acquisition of vision of design and execution.

That, IMHO, is worth every penny Google spent.