03/26/14

Planets³ by Cubical Drift

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Being a little bit of a techy nerd myself, one of my friends sent me a message about an interesting kick starter called Planets3 that he thought I might find interesting.  They pronounce it planets-cube (but being the trouble maker I am, I call it planets-three as I reject any reality that uses the ³ as anything other than a 3).

Recommendation:

Interesting kickstarter to hop on.

What makes it different from another Minecraft clone

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The big difference that stood out to me, beyond all else, is the fact it is no longer cube based.  This game is triangle based on some kind of vector system, which allows for much more complex objects.  Including for angles, rounding effects, and really a truly unique environment.

World systems

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Each planet is a unique, defined planet space.  And if that isn’t interesting enough on its own…

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You can see, reach and potentially even interact with other planets as if it were a digital galaxy.

Other features

There are many other features that I know people will find interesting.  Including an RPG-esque style approach, weapon systems.  Armour systems.  Vehicles and vehicle building.  And an overarching game-plan including missions that could lead to going to other planets.

What do you recommend

These guys can use some help getting to the end.  Its a big lump of cash they need to get the game completed so if you have some spare change, want more details.  Or if you want to jump on board and get an early set of passes for the game you can visit the kickstarter below.

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03/18/14

How To Find A Spammer (GMI-Solutions.com as an example)

Do you ever get too much spam from someone and wish you could take a deeper look?  And have you ever wondered how long it takes to get to the bottom of a spam email?  On average, about 30 minutes.

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Sometimes, you just want to find out where they got your contact details.  Sometimes you just want the spam to stop.  And at the same time it is sometimes fun just having the challenge.  So, today, I wanted to put up a small blog post for people newer to IT, to help them understand basic tracking techniques for finding a spammer..

Today, I happened to receive an email from ASmith@GMI-Solutions.com.  So, lets use this as an example and see what we can find.  Googling around, this is a ‘company’ that makes it money several ways.  Typically their goal is to scam people from money by taking cash for products that don’t exist.  Like many money making schemes, these guys based around scamming people.

For the purpose of this post I will show you how to dig a little bit deeper.  If you are ready for more information beyond this article:

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03/14/14

Must Have Apps for BlackBerry 10 – March 2014

Hi All,

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Recently I’ve been very fortunate to have met many developers from around the globe.  And I’ve been invited to be part of some great applications, games and software under development.  Well, in honour of CrackBerry’s App Roundup, I wanted to do up a small post on great games and applications specifically created by CrackBerry Developers! 

All of these developers are open, responsive and active on CrackBerry.  Which means, they will help make BlackBerry 10 a better platform while listening to customers.

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03/7/14

Dings and Dents from SparkFun

So,

A little while ago I bought 11 boards from SparkFun from Dings and Dents for 25 cents a pop. Why? Well I was curious and printed PCB’s usually run at least a dollar or so. At the same time I got a bunch of Dings and Dents sensors or something therein.

Dings and Dents: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8477#comment-531a7b55757b7f6a268b4567

What did I receive?

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Those super cool large proto boards worth about 4-5 for bucks a pop and something called a wheel encoder I haven’t had time to look up.

So, I wanted to take this up a level. Last week I bought 200 more! What did I get this time?
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03/1/14

Flippy Bird 3D Sales Trends

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With Flippy Bird 3D now available on 4 platforms, I wanted to do a side-by-side comparison with the different platforms.

Important details:

  • The game is available for 99 cents on all 4 platforms.
  • The game was released with little-to-no marketing or advertising.
  • An initial review was generated for BlackBerry, Android and Windows.

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02/13/14

Finally after 2 Years – Got a #1 Seller on BlackBerry

After 48 hours on BlackBerry, Flippy Bird 3d is doing quite well!

Get it here:

http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/47887887

Yep, the downside – being a top seller usually only lasts a few days.

Well to celebrate – I am proud to announce I’ve added support for some Windows devices. And working on iOS.

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And if you are worried I forgot about rewarding my BlackBerry fans – scratch that thought as I have weeks worth of updates coming for you peeps.

The game keeps getting better every day.

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01/12/14

Building an Arduino Temperature Sensor with an LCD Display

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As part of my learning curve for open source hardware, and basic electronics.  This project wont take you very long, maybe an hour at most.

What this does is pretty straight forward, it shows the temperature in real time for both Celsius and Fahrenheit.  I’ve added some code to the Nokia, which uses the analogWrite trick (that is, use one of the digital outputs that has a tilde in front of it ( ~ ).  This will let you send a modulating frequency, which means you can make the LED (backlight in this case) brighter and dimmer.  The brightness of this display is controlled using the trimpot (potentiometer).

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