Thursday, June 06, 2013

User Interface

Somewhere along the way that first word has started to be ignored.  I can think of two immediate examples, and with a little stretch I'm sure you can, too.

Villain 1. Microsoft - I've recently had occasion to transition from office Xp to 2010 and back again (too complex for this format - just accept that it happened).

Why isn't the place I go to get printer settings I'm the same place ?  Was there some fundamental law of society that said it had to move?  Some critical design flaw that was addressed by moving it?

So why did it move? Because an engineer in a basement at Redmond decided it should.

Villain 2.  Google - I recently helped my wife find an inexpensive android based smart phone. We went with the Xperia, not my first choice. I was a bit put off by the presentation of gmail on it, as I've become used to the look and feel on my Nexus.

Guess what?  The version on her phone was newer. Mine got updated and now sucks. This really looks like change for its own sake.

Actually it looks like Windows 8. Don't even get me started.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mag-Pi build notes

The story so far...

We have acquired all of the basic parts to build the experimental machine. The core is a Raspberry-Pi model B. We're building a controller using arcade grade parts and the IPac/2 controller unit.

I'm very impressed with the quality of the Pi and the IPac. Need to spend some quality time with the o/s image tomorrow and see if I can improve its performance. The emulators seem a bit clunky.

Sound is going to be a bit of an issue. I'm not impressed with the sound quality, but our sound rig on this test was very rudimentary.

I am very tempted to use a CRT...

Friday, January 11, 2013

A bit of Headology

Sometimes I need to write stuff down just to remind myself what I'm thinking about. I really need to leverage the FB page.  I think making up the back story for the races of PGE is a great idea to start getting a fan base more engaged with the property. And I want to do more art for the sake of art and less as part of something else.

I want to build a world level strategy game. A big board game. I want it to be about alien invasion. I don't want it to be xcom or war of the worlds.

I really need a post apocalyptic project. With zombies. And cars with guns.