For all those people with those magical things called iPhones and iPod touches, you HAVE to check out Raging Thunder:
It's available to download from the installer app. It's bloody hard to get used to because you have to steer by tilting the iPod, and you can't slow down so if you get a boost you're almost certain to crash. I'm very impressed with the graphics though.
I stumbled upon it because I was researching openGL and the graphics in the game are generated with it.
PC: And I'm a PC...
Mac: I look all white and sexy...*click*....
PC: I'm boring aparantly...
Mac: *click*...I have cool software like GarageBand and...*click*...iLife...*click*...
I recently bought a MacBook and was very pleased with it. It took a while getting used to...twas awkward not having a task bar but I've got the hang of it. I'm mainly going to keep the MacBook for "fun", e.g. music, vidoes, photos etc. and then keep my Windows laptop for "work", e.g. programming, essay writing etc.
BUT...the reason for this blog is that I am having to take the MacBook back today! Every so often (ranging from every 10 secs to every minute" the MacBook was making an annoying clicking sound. I did some research and found out that it was due to the hard drive parking it's needle too often, something which should only happen in older hard drives. So seeing as the laptop was less than a week old, I was not happy.
I rang technical support first and they took me through a few things to try n fix it, but to no avail. The most annoying thing is that there isn't an Apple shop in the whole of Wales! So I'm taking the train home to Birmingham to return it there. Ah well, at least I get to see my girlfriend :D
So yeah...Gwant am cwy :'(
Oh...and, is it just me...or does anyone else feel reeeeaally guilty when they get a new computer? Every time I was using the Mac I could hear my laptop shouting at me going: "What about me Grant? Don't you love me any more?"
I've just been browsing through my SUCS membership options and noticed the "Hackergotichi". The first thing that sprang to mind was that it was something to do with a Tamagotchi, hehe.
So after researching I found out what it was and decided to make one :D Cutting around spiky hair is so hard :(
My parents bought me an iPod Touch for Christmas and I've had so much fun installing a load of 3rd party apps on to it. Tap Tap Revolution is an iPod version of Dance Dance Revolution and it is very addictive. There are a few demo programs that use the accelerometer for rolling balls and stuff which is very cool.
I also installed maps and mail (from off the iPhone) thanks to Frosty and all his help.
When I've got some time I might have a play around and see if i can make something simple myself.
At the time of writing it is just...29 days till Christmas! :D
On my wish list this year:
- Jimmy Carr's newest DVD. You gota love that man. Hilarious.
- 2 Pints of lager and a packet of crisps box set. The 7th series is starting in January so I'm gona get back into the swing of things!
- A new hard drive. My old computer randomly decided to just stop working, so provided its the hard drive that has gone, I'm going to put a new one in and use it as my Linux machine and keep my laptop for Windows.
- Dinosaurs DVDs. Does anyone remember watching this in the early 90s? Comedy genius.
- Mario Galaxy, Umbrella Chronicles and Link's crossbow training with Wii zapper
- A teleportation device.
I think all but the last one are possible don't you think?! :D
Shortly after I'll have to be thinking of a new years resolution! :O But I don't eat chocolate, I don't drink too much, if I lost weight I'd disappear! Hmmm...be a tidier person :D
Well actually...Hitachi/Toshiba/Anyone but Ubuntu kill.
Many people have no doubt heard about Ubuntu supposedly killing people's laptop hard drives. Turns out Ubuntu doesn't actually touch your hard drive power management settings, and its the BIOS or firmware on the hard disk which enables such aggressive power management.
Luckily there's a fix! I hate copy and pasting a load of commands into the terminal to fix a problem when I don't actually know what those commands are doing, but this one seemed pretty straightforward(ish).
My load cycle count is now on 45,205 and only rising at the rate it should! I'm hoping that's normal for a hard drive that is roughly a year and a half old. Woopie! Still...ignorance is bliss, I thought hard drives magically lasted forever :(
The problem now is...I'm constantly listening to my hard drive and I'm paranoid every time it makes any kind of noise. Me thinks I'll save my monies and get myself a separate cheap laptop for Linux so that I don't have to dual boot with Vista.
Last problem to solve now...is to get Ubuntu to stop thinking my modem is my sound card and to get the bloody sound working!
It is now September and I'll be traveling from Birmingham to Swansea on the 15th to move into our new rented house! :D Our meaning 2 mates and me.
All I can say is I am so glad to be out of halls. I'll be able to get a decent nights sleep without fire alarms going off or people pratting about outside my room! (Oooh, don't I sound grumpy).
Aims for this year:
- Take up a sport (maybe cycling)
- Recap CompSci work throughout the year rather than cramming it all before exams
- Get a job
- Be more of an active SUCS member