Because I know I neglected the gaming section, let me get back here for a bit. I have a few articles on gaming that I read recently and I really liked:
Ian Bogost, co-founder of Persuasive Games, an independent game shop, writes about the rationale behind Cow Clicker, an ironic Facebook game. I truly hate Facebook games, and they seem to make more and more of them. I was thinking recently that people expect games to be free, like the Facebook games are, and therefore, there’s no investment in quality and optimization.
I recommend this talk of Herb Sutter, held at the opening of the C++ and beyond conferences. It about why a resuscitation of native code is happening right now, and why the C++ comes at the perfect time. Thinking about Microsoft’s Channel9 that rebooted the ‘native code’ broadcasts, if we think about Google releasing the Native Interface for Android and for the Google Chrome browser (See NaCl), I’d say it’s at least an interesting talk, and I can start seeing a context of C++ growing instead of shrinking.
From what I read, lately the news is not about about technological advancements; not about the new way of doing things, about faster, bigger, better – but in the last month, only two types of news hit the streets: „hackers do this and that” and „apple/microsoft/samsung/google/whoever owns god-knows-what patents”. But there is another unheard war that we should all be aware of, because sooner or later it will affect our lives and it will modify the way we see the Internet, for good.
I know from some time now the guys behind Yate: and finally, they hit the news. After some time now, none other but Google finally made public their partnership on the Jingle, open VOIP protocol.
Some cool things about Yate:
They are Romanian, from Bucharest. They work on the best Voice over IP engine in the world. Their code can be used to learn C++ – really, it’s very well written 🙂 Congratulations, and good luck onwards!
Now that LulzSec announced that its days of mayhem are over (hint, they probably are not, but they have to lay low for a while), let’s see what we’ve learned from these last 50 days.
We’re not safe. We never were, but we’re definitely less safe now, that we rely more and more on the Internet, we need to choose our providers very carefully. The only safe computer nowadays is one that is shut down and has no connection to internet (yes, there is such a thing as ‘wake on LAN’).
In an unexpected move, Microsoft started improving Skype and their infrastructure:
Or, maybe, they really needed a coffee break after some sexy conversations some people had over skype. I guess we will never know…
In a summary announcement, it seems that Linus Torvalds wants to get over the 2.6 numbering, and jump to a different value. 3.0 sounds round, now that Linux is entering it’s third decade of development (21 years already?)
2.6 was indeed a quite sturdy branch – I remember the times with 2.4 and 2.5, with 2.5 catching all the cool features, and I thank god that those times are over. Backporting drivers was never fun, and it’s cool to see that there are now a lot more stable installments of Linux.
Microsoft buys Skype at an outrageous price. Skype is an European company at origins
Microsoft might buy RIM, the Blackberry dudes. They are canadian.
Microsoft wants to buy the mobile division of Nokia? They are Finns.
Obama comes out and states that ‘it’ll be some hard times for the economy’.
Now, besides the fact that Microsoft wants to get to the mobile phones business… Does it sound too me like someone wants to get rid of them dollars and fast?
Adventure Game Studio is a cool game engine that allows you to build fast adventure games (like Monkey Island). The tools are quite advanced, and they are easy to use; there’s a bunch of games created with AGS by enthusiasts.
The good news? Now it’s open sourced – a great moment for it to improve. People have starting ports on Linux (Bero from ArkLinux, more exactly), and hopefully pretty soon we’ll have also new features and new ideas.
Still nothing changed. Nu pricep. Ok, s-au mai scos cîteva chestii. S-au modificat cîteva programe default. Se instalează mai repede – mai simplu (ca downside, sunt mai multe configurări de făcut). Dar nu pricep de ce nu s-au rezolvat problemele majore:
Sunetul. Dacă pentru cineva e acceptabil ca microfonul să îmi fie mut cînd cel cu care vorbesc vorbește, pentru mine nu e. Fie pentru că îmi place să întrerup oamenii, fie pentru că nu e normal ca sunetul să pice discreționar.