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Everyone seems to be putting their 0.00237 cents into the wishing well over Microsoft's recent decision to reverse the DRM policy on the Xbox One. However, there have been a few issues that nobody has touched. As such, I have decided to dig 0.00237 cents out of my pocket. First, let me be clear about this point. I do not support the decision to reverse the DRM policy on the Xbox One. I wanted that point to be expressed first and unambiguously. I will say it again. I do not support the decision to ......

Greetings. Just a quick note that 99.9% of my CodeMash content is now up. Look in the sidebar under Projects, and got to GitHub Repositories. Or, if you're lazy, click this: https://github.com/freestyl... For the .1%, I took out the XACT project. I do not currently have a license for the song I use, which is fine for educational / fair use. However, I cannot, in good conscious, redistribute it. Enjoy ......

Greetings. I know I have been in work sponsored hiding lately. We are working furiously on a beta project to secure a contract, and I can't really talk about it yet. Hopefully, the contracts will be soon signed. Not only will we then have money, but I can talk about all this really cool tech with which I have been playing. However, since the contract is not signed, I need to bring you people up to date with where I will be during the summer. Let's face it, you can't be a speaker / blogger without ......

I had a few minutes of free time at the Windows Phone Garage. During that time, I created the Statistics object for Card Roulette. Of course, all it does is count the types of cards in a deck. With this I can create the statistics on a draw. It is a little bit of a brute force approach. However, it's also somethign that can be cleaned later if I need some inprovements. Filed under: something is better than nothing ......

I made some tweaks to Card Roulette. I added some quick interface code so I could make sure the Decks and Cards were working as expected. This lead to the addition of the ability of to add a card to a deck. Otherwise, you can't put a card in a discard pile. I also added a ToString for a PlayingCard. I would pound through some more code, but I need to prepare for tomorrow. What's tomorrow, you ask? Well, remember yesterday when I mentioned the Windows Phone Garage in Birmingham, Alabama? That is tomorrow. ......

Before I begin with the Milestone 1 recap, I have a few things I need to announce. To begin with, we need to help some kids! Every year, I participate in Extra Life. It's a charity that raises money for hospitals that are members of the Children's Miracle Network. I'm looking for sponsors. You can visit my donation page at http://www.extra-life.org/i... If you feel funny about not giving to your local CMN hospital, then ......

The time has come to begin the project. I am pleased to announce Card Roulette. All posts on the topic will include the tag "Card Roulette". The concept is fairly simple. One day, I was watching a biography of the man that invented the theory of card counting in Black Jack. While I was impressed with the math, I always felt that it was misleading. You're not really counting card, just keeping a few simple statistics. This nagged on me for a few weeks until I came up with the concept of playing Roulette ......

The time has come to unveil the new project for the blog. I know, I know. I can hear the excitement. I try to go everywhere I can to preach the gospel of XNA. As I do, the #1 question I get is, "Have you ever published a game?" Every time, I have to respond with, "I haven't actually published anything. I have some ideas, but I've stuck mostly with research and teaching." Over time, this wears on you. I mean, as the saying goes, those who do, teach. Thus, it's about time I practice what I preach. ......

About a month ago, I was involved in a discussion1 on the App Hub Forums over threading on the Xbox 360. In order to save you the effort of digging through the forums2, I am providing a summary of the discussion. The Xbox 360 has 3 processors. Each processor has 2 cores. The system reserves the first core on the first two processors. As such, you have access to cores 1, 3, 4 and 53. Your game starts on core 1. You can move it by calling System.Threading.Thread.Cur... ......