Computers, security, politics, freedom… and whatever else
Been a while since I’ve felt like blogging, life has kept me generally busy. However, I’m very pleased to announce that BorderSpace has been nominated for a Bundle in a Box Indie Dev Grant. Our nomination can be viewed here.
Voting is simple. You must purchase the current bundle from Bundle in a Box (the minimum purchase price is just $0.99). Once purchased you can vote for BorderSpace on your user page! We appreciate any votes we can get! At the time of this writing BorderSpace is tied for fifth place.
Additionally, feel free to check out our latest development update video from October.
Nine days ago Blizzard released Diablo 3. I was planning on writing a full review for this game, however, instead I will just say this: it is awesome. Visually striking, fun, addictive and plenty of replay value. I cannot ask for much more than this when I pick up a game.
I should clarify, however, that I would not have bought this game if it had not been free through the World of Warcraft Annual Pass program. I had never played a Diablo game before, so the hype of this long-awaited sequel did not really make me want it. Additionally, the always-online DRM (Digital Rights Management) really turns me off any game. However, I had intended to remain subscribed to World of Warcraft for the year anyway, so getting Diablo 3 for free this way was appealing.
If you have strong feelings about always-online DRM, I would recommend you do not buy this game. The only way to get it across to a company that consumers do not want draconian DRM schemes in their game is to deny them your money. You may call me a hypocrite for saying this, however, I do not think I am being hypocritical. If you do not have issues with this type of DRM and you are looking for a fantastic ARPG (Action Role-playing Game) to play, you would not be making a poor choice by picking up Diablo 3.
Brian Rubin of Space Game Junkie and fellow JumpGate veteran has interviewed the creator and lead designer of BorderSpace Chris “Teeleton” Regan, the first bit of press coverage our game has received. It answers a lot of questions about the game and our design goals, I strongly recommend you take a look at the interview which is available here.
For further information about BorderSpace, please see the BorderSpace Wiki
Just a quick update for BorderSpace. Not a video this time, however, I felt it was worth noting that our Wiki has been populated with some information about the game, it’s setting and it’s mechanics. While it isn’t complete, it provides a taste of what’s to come. We will be sure to keep the Wiki updated as we continue to make decisions and progress on the game.
I’ve been toying with the idea of building a new PC for some time now, finally last week I decided to go ahead and do it. I picked up a couple of the parts last week from Canada Computers and ordered the rest from Newegg Canada. I’ve been waiting for the shipment from Newegg to arrive, however, Purolator had some issues with my address. Luckily there customer service department was quick to respond and I’ve arranged to pick it up from their depot tonight after work.
So just what did I get for my new PC? Check out the list below:
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750AX 750W RT
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
CPU: Intel Core i5 2400
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA3 7200RPM
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA3
Case: Cooler Master CM Storm Trooper
I forget what the exact total will be once I’ve received all the money I’ll be getting for mail-in-rebates, however it is somewhere in the neighbourhood of $1200-$1300. I also intend to get a second GTX 560 Ti in the near future when I have a little more money available. Additionally, I’ll be looking into getting a new monitor (or perhaps two).
I’m excited to get this machine put together, it’s been a while since I’ve had a good computer. Now I’ll have to get a new project started to convert my current PC into a media server.
It’s been a fairly long time since our last video update. This one was delayed due to a few issues we were having with some of the new code. Take a look here:
It doesn’t contain anything too fancy from our previous updates, which you can see on the Borderspace YouTube channel. The HUD stuff is basic placeholder stuff, but it works. Radar is working for the most part, however, as mentioned in the video there are a couple things not complete there. Aside from the HUD stuff, explosions are the most noticeable part of this update. They do splash damage and apply a force to your ship if you’re close enough to the source of the explosion (so it can shake your ship around and stuff). Most of the other stuff we’re working on is background stuff, so nothing we can really show off. Work on the network layer has begun, though there is still a lot to do in that area.
So it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Life has been fairly busy. Between my work schedule changing back to shifts for a few weeks, studying for my Security+ certification exam, going to Toronto to visit friends and family and trying to relax when possible I just haven’t had time to post. As such, a few updates are in order.
First and most importantly, I passed my Security+ exam on March 17th! I am now Security+ certified and simply waiting for the certification to arrive in the mail. Time to update my goals list! I’ve taken a short break from studying but I think soon it’ll be time to start working toward another certification.
As mentioned above, I went to Toronto recently, primarily to see my doctor, though also to attend the TIFF Game of Thrones Exhibition at the Bell Lightbox. While in town I also got to see some friends and of course hang out with my family.
Unfortunately on my way back I dropped my new Galaxy Nexus and the screen cracked. It was severely disappointing as in about ten years I haven’t once dropped a phone on a hard surface. I’ve already dropped this one twice. Regretting turning down Bell’s service plan now. I have been a little lazy about getting it fixed because it will be pricey and because the crack is primarily in the bottom right corner of the phone, so while it’s frustrating that the phone broke, it’s still very usable.
In other Game of Thrones news, season 2 is well under way and season 3 has been given the green light! I still need to watch the second episode of season 2, will likely get around to that later this week.
Not too much else going on really. Went back to the GTA for Easter weekend, it was my grandmothers 90th birthday on the 2nd so we had a big party for her. Easter Sunday my nephew sadly had a seizure (he has epilepsy). It was a little scary but now my entire family knows what to do if it happens when he’s with us alone (this is the first time he’s had one since he had two in one day a couple years ago and was originally diagnosed, so none of us really knew how to handle it). Finally, I’m also done with shift work at the end of April, my boss offered me permanent days, so I’m looking forward to that!
Whew! That was a lot of nothing to get through, most of which no one probably even cares about! Hopefully I can keep on top of things a little better now 🙂
In my last post, I praised the reaction to bill C-30. It was certainly a wonderful example of democracy working as intended. I of course also called for a similar reaction to bill C-11 and other copyright legislation that will be rather likely to come our way in the near future. However, this is not the reaction we need for every little thing that parliament does.
In this case I’m referring to bill C-309. I’ve seen plenty of talk about it on the web. People are claiming that it makes protesting with a mask on illegal. This is simply not the case. Looking at the bill, it does exactly what Conservative MP Blake Richards says it does. Importantly, it does not make it illegal to wear a mask while protesting. It simply makes it illegal to do so while participating in a riot or unlawful assembly. You can still wear a mask if your protest is peaceful and lawful. Additionally, it makes exemptions for religious and medical concerns.
I do think this bill is largely unnecessary, as participating in riots/unlawful assemblies is already illegal, however, I don’t think this bill warrants the public response it’s been getting, especially considering that the bill does not do what people are claiming.