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February 2008 Entries

If I had to sum this up in a single word, it would be: "ouch!" Even to a company as huge as Microsoft, that's not exactly pocket change. Obviously it's meant to be a punitive amount, but how do you come up with this value? And of course, you know none of it will go to the people Microsoft allegedly gouged on royalties. Full article text here. LONDON - The latest episode in Microsoft's tempestuous relationship with the European Competition Commission ended with a bang Wednesday, as Commissioner Neelie ......

Serious VB Booklist Looking for VB.NET books that don't insult your intelligence? Tired of "Hello World" examples? Ready to get your hands dirty with some hardcore programming? Look no further than this list of serious VB.NET titles: Expert VB 2005 Business Objects - Rocky Lhotka Doing Objects in Visual Basic 2005 - Deborah Kurata LINQ in Action - Fabrice Marquerie, Steve Eichert, Jim Wooley (VB Samples) The Rational Guide to SQL Server CLR Integration - Greg Low Hitchhikers Guide to Visual Studio ......

From the DF wiki: Dwarf Fortress is an ASCII game which includes both a roguelike adventure mode, and the more popular Dwarf Fortress Mode, which focuses on the creation and survival of a small dwarven settlement. It has a very steep learning curve, partly due to its ASCII graphics, but also due to the fact that it is one of the most complex games ever released. Dwarf Fortress is completely free. Before you play, you must generate a world to play in, which persists until you create a new one. World ......

I get a chuckle out of this... http://geekswithblogs.net/h... I have to confess, I don't understand the point of starting a blog here on GeeksWithBlogs, barely using it (14 posts in 2 years) and then announcing you're leaving to go elsewhere... It's even funnier because today's "I'm leaving" post was the first one since October of 2006. I think it's safe to say, as far as we were concerned, you had already left. Good luck on your new blog ......

http://jobs.gamesondeck.com... The XNA Developer Connection (XDC) is looking for software engineers with a strong interest in game technologies who are passionate about helping the world's leading game developers with tough development issues. Engineers in this position will support internal and external game developers directly, debug and analyze game development problems and develop responsive solutions, as well as write sample code and technical ......

http://jobs.gamesondeck.com... Do you want to work with world class game studios responsible for hit titles like Gears of War, Halo, Viva Piñata, Forza, Jade Empire, Fable, Age of Empires, Project Gotham Racing and others? Like the idea of getting your hands dirty on next-generation games like Mass Effect, Alan Wake and the forthcoming Marvel MMO? Microsoft Game Studios is looking for seasoned developers to join the high-powered publishing engineering ......

Take-Two rejects Electronic Arts takeover bid Video game publisher says rival’s $2 billion offer undervalues company http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id... Personally, I say "good for them." I don't really see EA's bid as a positive thing for Take-Two or the game industry as a whole. How much "marketing muscle" does an "eagerly awaited" game actually need, anyway? It's an opportunistic move on the part of EA, and while it's already an undervalued offer, it's made even worse by EA's horrid reputation ......

"Microsoft will start offering the XNA Game Studio 2.0 development tool kit for free, which lets people develop software games. While anybody can do it, Satchell acknowledged that you will need some expertise in writing software code. The games can be written in Microsoft Word and then migrated to Xbox." http://www.foxbusiness.com/... Start offering XNA for free? Start? Microsoft... Word... W.T.F?!? There's so much wrong with ......

After nearly 4 weeks of waiting impatiently, my copy of Battlestations has arrived. The guys at Paradigm Games were in the middle of moving when I ordered, so things were a little crazy, but it finally showed up. If you haven't played this game, you have to check it out. It's a cool mix of Sci-Fi RPG and tactical boardgame. Unfortunately it's nearly impossible to come by right now, but a new edition is coming out in a few months. If you see a copy at your FLGS, I encourage you to pick it up. It's ......

This is great news!! Roseville, Minnesota (February 22, 2008) – Fantasy Flight Games (“FFG”) and Games Workshop (“GW”) jointly announced today that they have reached an agreement for Fantasy Flight Games to become the exclusive publisher of board games, card games (including collectible card games), and roleplaying games based on Games Workshop’s family of renowned intellectual properties including Warhammer Fantasy Battles and Warhammer 40,000. Additionally, the deal will grant FFG the exclusive ......

I'm looking to do some customizations to CS.  What are some of your hints, tips, tricks and traps?  Let me know.

If you're a VB.NET geek like me, and you're working on something fun or interesting in VB.NET, I'd like to hear about it. If you're doing samples in VB.NET for a technology that only shipped with support for C# (for example), I want to know about that too. If you need project, blog or forum space for your VB.NET work, I have you covered. Come by www.ILoveVB.net and I'll get you all set up. No charge, No monthly nonsense. If you're looking for XNA VB Code Samples, we've got that. If you're looking ......

I just hit 900 posts on GeeksWithBlogs.net

Wow.  I wonder who will hit 1000 first? Me or the Kung Fu Panda...

This is the email newsletter I send out each month for our local XNA User Group. If you want to get on the list, just drop me a line at XNAEvents@gmail.com and I'll be happy to add you to it. Hey everyone, I've got some potentially HUGE XNA news today, from the GDC. Keep reading. Also, if you haven't RSVP'd for tomorrow nights (2/21/08) meeting, please do so ASAP so we can order enough pizza, etc. 2008 UG Calendar February 21st - Game AI Techniques (THIS IS TODAY!!) March 20th - INETA Guest Speaker ......

If you're in the Twin Cities area, be sure to stop by for tonights XNA UG meeting.  This month we are focusing on Game AI and have some interesting talks lined up.  We'll also be showing some of the DBP warmup winners.

www.twincitiesxnausergroup.com

This just might be the best week ever, or at least the best one in a long time... Sunday I watched the new Knight Rider which was a lot of fun. I hope they make it a series. My tablet finally showed up yesterday and its working GREAT. My XBOX 360 has been repaired and is on it's way. (edit: FedEx says it will be here tomorrow.) I just finished tech editing a (IMO) terrific VB 2008 book for O'Reilly. Yesterday I got a nice letter from Microsoft, not just informing me about my MVP status & benefits ......

OH HELL YEAH! If you aren't watching the GDC video... you're missing huge news. 10:56 am PT -- It's changing today. For the first time, community games will be distributed through Xbox Live. 10:57 am PT -- "'Xbox Live Community Games' will give creators a huge audience to share their creativity with. Game distribution will be democritized, allowing the community to control the content. Create, Submit, Peer Review, Play are the four key steps." "We want creativity to flow through this pipeline," says ......

The saga continues, with a happy ending!! I got home today and found out that the FedEx guy managed to get my Tablet over to the local FedEx Kinkos today after all. I zipped over there, anxious to get my package. At first I was a bit worried because the guy couldn't find it, but eventually he handed me a rather beatup looking box and had me sign for it. Not feeling very confident, I took the box and went home. After cutting off all the tape, I get the box open and find my tablet (and it was the same ......

I recently posted the VB.NET Mersenne Twister code (rewritten from C# courtesy of Paul Vick) over at ILoveVB.NET. If you haven't looked at it before, it's pretty neat stuff. It wasn't even possible in VB.NET 1.1 because of a lack of support for unsigned integers, with VB.NET 2.0 that problem went away. If you don't know what a Mersenne Twister is, or why I would want one over, say, System.Random or System.Security.Cryptograph... then you may want to read this fine piece of ......

As I mentioned before, I've been anxiously waiting for the return of my beloved Gateway Tablet. I got an email this morning indicating it had been delivered at 9:15am. Shortly after I got a phone call from MPC letting me know that my laptop had been delivered. Pretty good service and follow-up honestly. Except for the fact that I'm at work, and the FedEx driver left my tablet sitting on the front porch in -15 degree weather. Now obviously, I don't blame MPC for this, but HELLO?!? FedEx you really ......

HA! 0.1.6f hit CodePlex tonight after a very long period of no activity on my part. The main purpose of this update is to provide a couple minor bugfixes and most importantly a working build again. I'm not sure how it happened, but HA! sat in a broken state for a long time. I would occasionally try to fix it, but there was a good bit of code "missing." I eventually found it all again, and got it working. Once that was taken care of, I actually found myself in the mood to work on HA! again and spent ......

I was going to call this post "What Canadians Know About Good American TV" and then leave it empty as a tribute to D'Arcy, but I thought that might be a bit over the top. Anyway, I'll keep it short. D'Arcy didn't like the new Knight Rider. Sorry man. We watched it last night (god bless you TiVo... I hate commercials) and totally loved it. Boy #1 had never seen any of the original (although, I should check Netflix for them) and so we popped some popcorn and settled in for two hours of talking cars ......

About a month ago, my beloved Gateway Tablet died. It didn't go out violently in a blaze of glory, or even with so much as a whimper. One day it just refused to turn on anymore. I'd had it for nearly 3 years, and other than running pretty hot and being fairly heavy, it always performed really well. So, I was bummed, but such is life. Then I thought to myself... self, didn't you buy a warranty? Hmm... I almost never buy warranties, and certainly not for more than a year... But I flipped the laptop ......

I went to see a sneak preview of the Spiderwick movie the other night (It was good, but that's not what this entry is about) and I saw a movie trailer for what I can only call... The GeeksWithBlogs movie. (Yes... that's D'Arcy in the middle, in case you were wondering.) Apparently this movie was filmed at various Code Camps, Conferences and Chipotles around the country. If you look closely you can no doubt recognize other "famous" GWB personalities in this picture. That's Jeff Julian just right of ......

2 1/2 weeks until Roanoke Code Camp. I can hardly wait. I haven't been home in close to 4 years. I've actually made a list of places to go and things I want to see while I'm in town. North Star Restaurant (Buchanan, VA) - I hope this is still open. I used to eat breakfast here with my dad every weekend, even after we moved to Roanoke, we would make the trip. Mill Mountain Star - This is hard to explain if you haven't seen it. Imagine a huge neon star sitting on top of a mountain. The star is less ......

Thank you to those of you who IM'ed, emailed, left comments and called. I'm uhhh... less sick than I was. *koff koff* Apparently when you blog a lot and then go a few days without doing so, people wonder about your health. I'm ok. Still got a nasty cough, but I'm not in pain, which is nice. Still working on those sugars though. Not much improvement on that front, which frankly sucks. Oh and it's -14F at the moment. I can sneeze snow now. Imagine the look on my face the first time THAT happened ......

Welcome to the jungle baby, you gonna diiiiie! If some old dude had met me at the Minnesota state line and said that, I would have laughed and kept right on my merry way to Minneapolis. Now, on the other hand, if he had said "Welcome to the jungle baby, you're gonna get sick, stay sick AND freeze your ass off" then maybe I would have listened. It wouldn't have stopped me, but at least I'd listen. Some of you tried to warn me. Good people, smarter than me, told me it gets cold here. "No, I mean really ......

Have you seen the .NET Languages site? I just found out about it today, so I'm betting you haven't. It's been around for a couple years though and is definitely worth checking out. It's maintained by my coworker Jason Bock (who also happens to be a scary smart dude and a BADASS drummer!) Anyway, check it out here: http://dotnetlanguages.net If you couldn't make Lang.NET 2008, he's got a nice writeup on that as well ......

Thanks to Jeff Brand, Microsoft DE and self-proclaimed .NET Sex Symbol, for making this happen!! Spaghetti Code Video: http://www.slickthought.net... Spaghetti Code Podcast: http://www.slickthought.net... The sound on the video is a little low in some spots, but hey... I look fabulous. ;) ......