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Bob Taco Industries Blogging Division November 2010 Entries
Xbox360 and Guitar Controller Feedback
Anyone developing for XBLIG knows (or should know) that guitar controllers feedback data on certain analog GamePad inputs. This is why the Evil Checklist cautions against using thumbstick movement to determine control. But what data exactly does it feed? I wrote a quick test program to find out. The whammy bar when not pressed in at all feeds a steady -1.0f on the right thumbstick’s X channel. Pressing it in will steadily change it until (when pressed in all the way) it feeds 1.0f. (The thumbstick ......

Posted On Monday, November 29, 2010 9:43 PM

My Thoughts On “ChevronWP7”
Today (well, yesterday now) was Thanksgiving here in the U.S. In addition to doing my traditional family things (making and eating a large, Turkey-centered dinner), I found some time to pop on to the computer. To my dismay I saw that the #WP7 hashtag on Twitter was filled with news of a program/project called “ChevronWP7” (which presumably has no connection to the U.S. petroleum products company, Chevron Corp. – which has a market cap of $166 billion dollars and whose trademark lawyers may well decide ......

Posted On Friday, November 26, 2010 5:48 AM

Miscellany Tips for Working With a WP7 Device for the First Time
I just got my first WP7 (an LG Quantum) about ten hours ago. Since then I’ve explored it, played games on it, registered it as a dev phone, deployed my project that’s nearest to completion and tested that, taken some pictures, transferred some essential albums to it, downloaded some apps and some trials, and setup my twitter account and several email accounts both standard and custom. Between one thing and another, I never had a chance to use an actual phone until now. So I’ve been running on pure ......

Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2010 4:30 AM

The Reports of XBLIG’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
The release of the recent update to the Xbox 360’s dashboard has caused quite a commotion among the Xbox LIVE Indie Games (“XBLIG”) community. The primary reasons for this have been a negative response to various changes that have occurred in regards to XBLIG’s look and presence on the Xbox. Unfortunately, what was an “Indie Developers Unhappy With Dashboard Changes” story has been slowly corrupted into a “Microsoft Wants To Kill XBLIG” story. I undoubtedly played a part in that with my post here ......

Posted On Sunday, November 7, 2010 10:37 AM

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