How to Copy a PICO-8 Game From a PocketCHIP

  • November 19, 2016
  • James Skemp
Having recently received my PocketCHIP I decided to start going through PICO-8 Zine #1 and its first tutorial. However, being the person I am, I hadn’t written too many lines before I started wondering how I could source control the games I work on on my new PocketCHIP. Since I’m using a MacBook Pro, here’s how I was able to copy my games off of my PocketCHIP and get them into git.

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Setting up a Raspberry Pi 2 Samba server (in early January 2016)

  • January 9, 2016
  • James Skemp
The following is how I configured a Raspberry Pi 2 as a samba server, using a Seagate Backup Plus Slim, 1TB, drive. For ease I purchased the CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Complete Starter Kit. It runs about $70 and includes enough to get up and running with the Raspberry Pi 2, with the Pi itself, a nice case, power supply, HDMI cable, WiFi adapter, and SD card with NOOBS/Raspbian installer.

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Google Services on the Amazon Fire HD 8

  • December 13, 2015
  • James Skemp
xda-developers has a post, Installing Google Framework/Playstore without Root (5th Gen Amazon Fire 2015), that includes a couple different sets of instructions. What worked for me was grabbing the mega.nz zip download and then: Make sure you're a developer and you allow apps from unknown sources. Install ES File Explorer via the Amazon Appstore. It's something I install on all my Android devices. Extract the contents of the zip you downloaded from Mega somewhere.

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Windows 10 touchpad fix for the ASUS X200M

  • August 7, 2015
  • James Skemp
I recently decided to upgrade my ASUS X200M, after successfully upgrading my mom's. Unfortunately, after upgrading my machine I ran into an issue where the touchpad was completely unresponsive, and I was forced to either use the touchscreen or a USB mouse. After a bit of looking around I found a post on CNET's forums that detailed a way to fix unresponsive touchpads in Windows 10. While the original question was about an Asus Transformer T100, this also worked for the X200M.

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Example libGDX orthographic camera controller

  • June 20, 2015
  • James Skemp
The following class can be used in a libGDX project as a framework for your own orthographic camera controller. This has been tested with libGDX 1.6.2, but should work in versions back to at least 1.4.x. View the code snippet on GitHub. OrthographicCameraController.java

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My Video Game Tracker (for Windows Phone 7) on GitHub

  • January 15, 2013
  • James Skemp
Yesterday morning I committed version 1.2 of My Video Game Tracker to a public repository on GitHub. At this time I intend on letting my publishing license lapse on Windows Phone development (which is still a number of months away), and have decided that I probably won't do anything further targeting Windows Phone 7. In the coming weeks I'll probably also post the Madison Metro application that I was working on, warts and all.

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Windows Phone 7: Taking and restoring a SQL database

  • April 22, 2012
  • James Skemp
As I develop my first Windows Phone 7 application, My Video Game Tracker, I want to make sure that the many games I've added won't accidentally be lost (as I'm deploying test versions to my physical phone). The below assumes you're using Windows PowerShell, but they should run on the standard command line. Taking screenshots of the application's data When you install the Windows Phone SDK the Isolated Storage Explorer Tool is also installed.

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Migration from CollabNet Subversion to VisualSVN Server

  • November 18, 2011
  • James Skemp
Since it doesn't seem CollabNet is really going to keep their non-Edge Subversion application, I've decided to migrate to VisualSVN Server. Roughly, here are the steps I went through to migrate, which also includes a 1.6.x upgrade. VisualSVN migration Installed VisualSVN. Repositories saved to C:\Repositories Setup existing users. Import existing repositories. Should already be upgraded, but upgrade to 1.5, just in case. Upgrade TortoiseSVN. Upgrade working copies to 1.

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On Web sites that feature Facebook Comments

  • June 24, 2011
  • James Skemp
Over the past few months a number of sites have switched over to Facebook-powered comments. For the most part those sites are ones that I've never commented one, nor will comment on. However, I recently discovered that a former co-worker, Rob Lumley, switched his site over to Facebook, and recently wrote an article about it titled Add Facebook Comments to WordPress. Since I don't use Facebook comments, I figured I'd post the response I had written and tried to post anonymously, here instead.

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Excellent news - the BlogML project is not dead.

  • February 11, 2011
  • James Skemp
While it seemed to be near death, if not dead, at least as far as new releases, the BlogML project is not dead, and has been undergoing a number of needed changes since the end of January. My StackOverflow question "Is the BlogML project dead, and what are some alternatives?" was answered yesterday by the project originator (one of the great things about StackOverflow, and the entire network of sites).

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Northwind Community Edition download

  • September 22, 2010
  • James Skemp
This article is primarily for personal reference. The Northwind sample database setup scripts can be download from the CodePlex project Northwind Community Edition. Sadly, that project is dead, but the original script can be found by going to Source Code, browsing the code, and checking in the Original Northwind Scripts directory. It contains both views and procedures, but there is Microsoft SQL Server Community Projects & Samples page. Sadly, the links on the official Express page no longer work for the sample databases.

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RESTful WCF Web services, easily

  • June 15, 2010
  • James Skemp
I know I should know them better so I've been looking into WCF Web services, with a heavy lean towards an implementation based on REST principles. After a good deal of research, where it was highly suggested that while ASP.NET MVC may make sense, WCF is still the way to go for Web services, I stumbled upon WCF WebHttp Services, which uses functionality released in .NET 4. After a painless install via Visual Studio 2010's Extension Manager (more information), and troubleshooting a stupid mistake on my end, I was able to quickly create a Web service that uses an assembly I had created to parse one of my iTunes Playlists to Xml files and return a listing of tracks for a particular artist.

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Dead? The digital download is barely out of its teens

  • May 22, 2010
  • James Skemp
Yesterday Slate posted an article by Farhad Manjoo titled The Digital Download Is Dead: How Google's music-streaming venture will change the gadget and entertainment worlds forever. After first, rightly, attacking Apple's iTunes and iPod (and related) platforms as being slow and unwieldy, especially on the predominate operating system Windows (not even mentioning Linux), and overall behind on the times, Farhad moves us from syncing our music collections out to the cloud.

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Review: Beginning ASP.NET 4 In C# and VB

  • March 28, 2010
  • James Skemp
The following book review is for Imar Spaanjaars’ Beginning ASP.NET 4 in C# and VB. While I’ve already read Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 by Imar Spaanjaars and moved rather far beyond it, when I had the opportunity to recieve his new book on ASP.NET 4 for review, I took it. Would I still feel strongly about recommending his work as the #1 choice for those new (or relatively new) to ASP.

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iPod Touch, netbooks, laptops, and desktops

  • February 21, 2010
  • James Skemp
For the last handful of months I've been thinking about accessing the Internet, and otherwise being productive, while on the go. A number of months back I picked up an HP device with Windows Mobile, unfortunately, after a few months the short battery life and inability to run the applications I wanted/needed to be truly productive forced me to sell it and start looking elsewhere ... iPod Touch The iPhone had been out for a while when I started looking at what an iPod Touch could offer.

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System.Text.StringBuilder.Remove() overhead

  • June 28, 2009
  • James Skemp
While working on a new version of my iTunes Playlists to Xml application, I've been playing around with the existing code, for consolidation and speed. While looking at memory usage, I played around with the StringBuilder I'm using to create the Xml output. As part of this I tried using Remove, once I had output the Xml, but experienced a large increase in used memory, after doing this. StringBuilder someSB = new StringBuilder(); someSB.

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Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition on Sun VirtualBox 2.2.4 - Notes

  • June 27, 2009
  • James Skemp
As part of a test environment, I setup Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition, both the core and full installations, using Sun VirtualBox 2.2.4. Here are a couple of notes on the base installs. With the core install, it's not immediately obvious, but you need to select Other User once the system is installed, and enter Administrator for the username, with no password. As soon as you log in, you'll be prompted to add a password.

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Programmatic MSSQL data source in ASP.NET (C#) without System.Web

  • June 6, 2009
  • James Skemp
In a similar article I detailed how I was doing programmatic access of Microsoft SQL Server. However, on another project I was creating a class in App_Code. Using my method required the use of a couple additional namespaces from System.Web. That seemed a bit excessive. So I did some digging around and came up with what I believe is a better solution, for use in classes/non-Web code. First, the following must be included in.

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Programmatic MSSQL data source in ASP.NET (C#)

  • June 1, 2009
  • James Skemp
I keep having to search through code to find it, so, since writing about it makes it easier for me to find ... here's how I've been programmatically making calls to Microsoft SQL Server. If I'm doing something wrong, please comment below or send me an email. Some times have been changed to dummy values. SqlDataSource dataSource = new SqlDataSource(); dataSource.ConnectionString = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["ConnectionString"].ConnectionString; dataSource.SelectCommand = "stored_proc"; dataSource.SelectCommandType = SqlDataSourceCommandType.StoredProcedure; dataSource.SelectParameters.Add("id", value); dataSource.

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The Wii for gamers

  • February 5, 2009
  • James Skemp
"Seriously considering purchasing a Wii (and only playing virtual console games)" - James Skemp In the February 2009 edition of GameInformer, they have an article titled "Hardcore Gamer's Guide to the Wii." In that same issue, on the ratings page, there is one Wii game with an 8.5. The next highest is 8.25, followed by a number of 7.75s. Since GameInformer is a magazine for gamers, I therefore make the claim that the article should have been titled "Gamer's Guide to the Wii" (note the missing word).

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Installing Windows 7 beta on Virtual PC 2007

  • January 16, 2009
  • James Skemp
I couldn't find the other articles, so just in case I lose another one, here's an overview of installing Windows 7 beta on a virtual machine. Oddly, I didn't have Virtual PC 2007 SP1, which seems to be a common issue. Installing the Windows 7 Beta with Virtual PC 2007 SP1

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I own an Xbox 360

  • December 3, 2008
  • James Skemp
So I did it. Back on November 17 2007 I purchased a Playstation 3. I had debated, back and forth, the purchase of that versus the Xbox 360. At the time the Xbox was having quite a few issues, including overheating, power block malfunctions, and the wonderful RROD. However, as time has gone by, the number of complaints has gone down. Some say that the issues are basically resolved, and you just need to find newer systems.

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Brief Notes on Essential C# 3.0: For .NET Framework 3.5 (2nd Edition)

  • August 16, 2008
  • James Skemp
I'll be updating this as I read, but the date/time of the post will remain the same. This will by no means make up for a reading of the book - Essential C# 3.0: For .NET Framework 3.5 (2nd Edition). (Link to my review will be posted once I finish the book.) I work primarily on the Web, so that will be my main focus from reading this book. Some chapters may not be present here, depending upon what I think is note-worthy at the time.

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Comment re: Go MIT!

  • August 12, 2008
  • James Skemp
I couldn't post this without creating an account, so … This is in regards to this comment. Full post. I agree with montysimmons - the attack on George Washington was uncalled for. However, he makes an interesting point that they've been able to make the technology easy enough for someone from the 18th Century to understand and use. This is in fact better than saying "easy enough for a child to use," which may have been better, since even children use computers these days.

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Review: Professional ASP.NET 3.5 In C# and VB

  • July 11, 2008
  • James Skemp
The following is a book review of Professional ASP.NET 3.5 In C# and VB, written by Bill Evjen, Scott Hanselman, and Devin Rader. Having read Imar Spaanjaar's Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 In C# and VB (review), I was expecting a number of good things from this book. Imar's book is really great in that he shows you how to build a Web application with ASP.NET 3.5. However, with Professional ASP.

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Playstation 3 Firmware 2.41 and running fine

  • July 10, 2008
  • James Skemp
While not yet announced on the official blog, Firmware 2.41 is out this morning for the Playstation 3. No word yet on what happened with 2.40, but, that's to be expected I suppose (and unfortunately). (I didn't get 2.40 when it was out - they seem to release these in the morning, and most days I'm at work in the morning.) Now if only you got something that really mattered when you got a trophy/achievement/what-have-you .

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Review: Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 In C# and VB

  • June 8, 2008
  • James Skemp
The following book review is for Imar Spaanjaars’ Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 In C# and VB. Update July 11 2008: Review of Professional ASP.NET 3.5 In C# and VB. Update March 28 2010: Review of Beginning ASP.NET 4 in C# and VB.  I’ve picked up copies of Beginning ASP.NET 2.0; Build Your Own ASP.NET 2.0 Web Site Using C# & VB; Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 E-Commerce in C# 2005 From Novice to Professional; and Microsoft ASP.

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Review: Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 Step by Step

  • June 8, 2008
  • James Skemp
The following book review is for George Shepherd's Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 Step by Step. Based upon the title, 'Step by Step,' you might think that Shepherd's book will actually cover ASP.NET 3.5 in detail, piece by piece. While it's true that he does this, he does it to very little detail. He also makes numerous assumptions throughout the text, which may have you scratching your head more than you usually would, picking up a new language.

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Dynamic user-controlled layout in a CMS

  • May 25, 2008
  • James Skemp
This article is meant to hold some of the thoughts that I've been having about allowing a user to control the layout of a page, in particular for use within a content management system (CMS). The system would need to be able to support a user creating templates easily, but hopefully without the use of tables. In the CSS Advanced Layout Module, there is a draft specification for Template-based positioning.

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Jeff Atwood's post on MVC brings up a great philosophical question ...

  • May 14, 2008
  • James Skemp
I forgot to comment on this the other day, when I first read the post. Jeff Atwood, of Coding Horror, wrote a piece titled "Understanding Model-View-Controller" which brought forth this response from Shmork (I wish he would have posted a site): I have to admit, as someone with more philosophical inclinations, I wonder whether the stated goal of totally separating content from representation is even a good idea. Certainly no graphic designer would sign on to that theory of the world, much less a philosophically inclined graphic designer.

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M.C. Escher comes to the Playstation (demo)

  • April 25, 2008
  • James Skemp
After all the hype, I finally had the chance to actually play a demo of echochrome, the M.C. Escher-ish game that's coming out for the Playstation 3 and PSP. The first Google result, for a YouTube video, gives an excellent presentation of what the game is like. However, at least in the demo, the camera controls seem sluggish. Perhaps the Sixaxis motion control would make this easier - I haven't tried it yet.

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An answer to a question about Jing Project

  • April 13, 2008
  • James Skemp
I hadn't heard of Jing Project until I was asked. Here's my response: I've not seen this before, but TechSmith is pretty well known, as far as the Morae/Camtasia (?) products, which basically allow you to record videos on your computer for demo or testing purposes. It sounds like they don't even know what they want to do with Jing, but it sorta sounds like they'd want it to compete against other photo-sharing sites, like Flickr.

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Playstation 3 and the HP Pocket Media Drive

  • March 30, 2008
  • James Skemp
When I purchased my new HP a6360t, I also added in a HP Pocket Media Drive Bay, which allows me to directly connect in a HP Pocket Media Drive. In turn I'm easily able to add 160GB or 250GB of additional drive space, whenever I need it, to store various media (documents, music, photos, videos, etcetera). One thing I was curious about was whether the drive I had, a HP 160GB Pocket Media Drive, could be directly connected to my Playstation 3.

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HP w2207h audio

  • March 8, 2008
  • James Skemp
Tip: If using the HDMI cable to connect your HP w2207h to a computer (such as the HP Pavilion a6360t), you do not need to connect the monitor to the computer's audio card. Duh. If you switch this, you may also need to close out of programs, such as Internet Explorer 7, in order for them to use the correct audio device.

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Quick and dirty conversions to FLV (Flash Video)

  • February 23, 2008
  • James Skemp
I purchased a Casio EX-Z1200 a bit ago, which I've been playing around with. Overall, I've been very happy with it, however, it outputs movies to the MOV format. While this seemed great for Apple, it wasn't the best for me. After testing out QuickTime Pro (7. something) and Ulead Movie Wizard 3.2 SE VCD (which came with the camera), I was about to settle for less than I hoped for.

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HP media drives - pocket versus personal

  • February 19, 2008
  • James Skemp
Hewlett-Packard (HP) offers a couple of different media drives for sale. These include the HP Personal Media Drives, and HP Pocket Media Drives. Unfortunately, based solely on their site, there's no clear indication of which drive offers exactly what. In order to determine which is which, I ended up consulting both the HP site, and Amazon.com. I did take a look at BestBuy.com, but it seems they don't sell these drives.

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The future really is Blu ...

  • January 5, 2008
  • James Skemp
Catching up on the news, it seems Warner will be switching over to Blu-ray, exclusively, after May 2008. What surprises me is that they're just now saying that this is ending the format wars. The fact that Warner was supporting both, while Fox, Disney, Lion's Gate, MGM, and Sony were only Blu-ray (compared with Paramount and Universal going HD DVD, after Paramount was effectively paid-off) suggested, to me, that the 'war' was already over.

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Why I decided it was time to purchase an iPod

  • January 5, 2008
  • James Skemp
Years ago I said I would never buy one. Yesterday, after lunch with my mom and sister, I stopped into Best Buy and picked up a black, 80GB, iPod classic. Of course, I was hit for various plans I could join - can't blame the guy, I guess - but left with just the iPod and Stranger than Fiction (Blu-ray), since I figured it was worth the $30 to make it my second Blu-ray disc.

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Playstation 3 and the Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Boardband Router

  • November 24, 2007
  • James Skemp
While I initially hooked up my Playstation 3 a week ago, when I was posting to the official PS forums today, my second post, I was doing so to recommend a version of the router I'm using. Since both items are pretty popular now, it makes sense to write up a quick guide on them, I suppose. My equipment First off, there's my setup. I've had pretty experiences with Linksys, but poor experiences with Netgear, so Linksys I am.

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10 random reasons why I bought a Playstation 3

  • November 21, 2007
  • James Skemp
Reason #1 Mr. ROFL. Reason #2 I already own a Playstation and Playstation 2. When I can get a machine that will play those games, why wouldn't I keep with it? After all, the Playstation has never failed me. Reason #3 Free online play. With wi-fi support built-in. Reason #4 Heavenly Sword. This was the first real Playstation 3 game I played. With the trailers, I was expecting a Devil May Cry kind of game, but wow.

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Game Informer and the Xbox 360 / Playstation 3 debate

  • November 11, 2007
  • James Skemp
In this world, there's a number of people who get paid for playing video games. I am not one of those people. This is a good reason to trust the people, with a grain of salt, when it comes to said video games. Recently, I've been trying to decide between an Xbox 360 and a Playstation 3, for my next-gen console, since we all know that the Wii isn't next-gen.

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Picture resolution requirements for prints

  • April 28, 2007
  • James Skemp

What follows is, for more my own information than for anyone else, is a listing of common print sizes, and the approximate resolution a photo must be in order to print well and acceptably.

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Solar-powered desk fans?

  • March 25, 2007
  • James Skemp
Unfortunately, it looks it's extremely hard to find non-attic fans, in particular smaller models that might fit in a window. Since I've had such good luck with posting other items, I'm hoping that someone will come upon this and have some suggestions for where one can either purchase a pre-built, solar-powered, desk fan, or a site that walks through the creation process. Even if there's no storage, it would still be nice on those warm days to have a fan that isn't pulling an electrical current .

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Updated DST happens - nothing else

  • March 11, 2007
  • James Skemp
In other news, another candidate has entered into the race to 2008. I guess that tells you something when there's so many candidates entering, eh? 300 also promises to bring in big numbers over the rest of the weekend. What's interesting is that (in the reviews) women focus on the beauty of the film, while men focus on the violence.

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Two things re: the Today show

  • March 3, 2007
  • James Skemp
1. Traffic jams in the air because of flying cars? Supposedly, traffic jams in the air is unheard of - a new idea. False. One example: Fifth Element. Science fiction (speculative fiction), just as it wrote on the flying car, has already foreseen traffic jams in the air. 2. Nature or nurture? Wrong. Nature and nurture.

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Review of 'Ajax for Web Application Developers' by Kris Hadlock (2006)

  • December 13, 2006
  • James Skemp
The short stick: New to Ajax? You may want to look elsewhere ... I've been working on the Web for a handful+ of years, but save for a brief stunt back in the late 90s, I haven't had much use for JavaScript (with the exception of a few one/two-liners). As such, I came to this book as a new-comer to Ajax. I also like to learn by way of example, instead of explanation, so code examples are a big plus, if not a requirement.

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Wacom and Digital Innovator

  • June 2, 2006
  • James Skemp
On the one hand, the Digital Innovator series is a big plug for Wacom's digital pen solutions. The users in the videos primarily use the Cintiq family of products which, quite frankly, are amazing. Yet, at the same time, you're given pretty good tips on how to use the technology - both hard and soft - to both create something amazing, and do it quickly and easily. For what the DVDs provide, $30 is a bit steep.

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First Debian install = unsuccessful

  • May 20, 2006
  • James Skemp
My hope is to get this installed fairly quickly, and have instructions for anyone else that may have this model, and may want to do a similar installation. I'm surprised by the lack of a site that documents which base systems people were able to install various flavours of Linux on. After all, not everyone who installs Linux does so on a custom-built machine ... right? Guess I'll spend some time Sunday night doing a new installation, after clearing my hard drive of the initial shot.

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The evolution of the game console's controller

  • May 9, 2006
  • James Skemp
Unlike those Atari games, however, you could jump in Mario (and in Duck Hunt you could put the gun real close to the TV, making the gun pretty useless after a year, but the game extremely easy). Of course, even though Mario didn't use the light gun, you could still move something around with the hope that moving your controller from your stomach to above your head would save Mario from those pits of wonder; but it never did.

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A local, Apache Web server, on a Windows XP computer

  • February 27, 2006
  • James Skemp
My intention is to write a number of guides that will help someone build a functional Web server for testing purposes. Since Windows is fairly popular, I've decided to outline how to install Web server programs on it. Since Apache is both powerful and free, I've opted to use it as the core, instead of IIS, or the like. I also plan on keeping the various technologies up-to-date, yet continuing to provide the instructions for past versions used, just in case.

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Apache, PHP, MySQL, ColdFusion, and all the like

  • February 14, 2006
  • James Skemp
Why? Because while it's easy to find a free Web site provider of the first, it's hard to find a free provider of the second and third. Besides, while there are a number of installations which will help you through the installation - by doing it automatically - like WAMP, it's just more interesting and understandable if you do it yourself. Since it's been a while since I've sat down and written a tutorial, it may be a bit hard around the edges at first, but I think it'll soften up as it comes along.

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Yes, I do like the Internet Explorer 7 ad

  • February 10, 2006
  • James Skemp
However, from what I've read elsewhere, it doesn't look like it's got Firefox beat in any area, but ...

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ColdFusion MX 7 - Developer's Edition

  • January 27, 2006
  • James Skemp
Why? Well, I needed the memory for the programs I'm using. Why ColdFusion? Because I'm using it at work anyways, and the Developer Edition is free. When presented with that, why not? Sure, I've got Apache running on the same machine, and I can already program in so many languages, but I'd really like to be able to write CF code for ... fun. Yikes. Seriously, it's an interesting, and fun, language.

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Without a Net

  • January 25, 2006
  • James Skemp

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The best things come out of Japan

  • January 3, 2006
  • James Skemp
In doing so, I have yet another reason to visit Japan at some point in my life. After all, the best things really do come out of Japan ... www.nec-design.co.jp/showcase/

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WordPress 2.0? I guess I lied

  • January 1, 2006
  • James Skemp
Anywho, that's about it. Let me know if you see anything out of place. Since I've upgraded, I may as well actually create a style, like I was planning to months ago ...

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Why not start out 2006 right?

  • January 1, 2006
  • James Skemp
1. Make sure you're running the most up-to-date product, with the most up-to-date definitions for your anti-virus software. Not using a AV program? Grisoft offers AVG for free for home users. I've used this product for years and stand behind it 100%. http://www.grisoft.com/doc/289/lng/us/tpl/tpl01 If you're using Norton Internet Security, on the other hand, don't update to NIS 2006 - either update your past version's definitions, or look for another product.

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Tools of the Trade

  • December 2, 2005
  • James Skemp
That said, here's my pick of essential tools. If the items come in a group, or individually, I've mentioned the group and the 'essentials' underneath. 'Essentials' for what? Well, these just happen to be the programs that I can't go very long without :) === Macromedia Studio 8 Dreamweaver and Flash Adobe Creative Suite 2 Photoshop and Acrobat Firefox 1.5 with the Web Developer and HTML Validator extensions additional browsers as necessary - check your Web site's traffic, or world-wide trends file comparision utility, like WinMerge a FTP client like Core FTP or FileZilla a good office program, like Microsoft Office or OpenOffice an email provider that allows large storage limits, and an easy way to receive notifications of new email I use Gmail and Gmail Talk a good chat utility, if you'll be working with a group of people, like Trillian a good computer 'management' (?

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Ever had a reason to compare two files?

  • November 21, 2005
  • James Skemp

I talked about WinMerge a couple of posts ago (which has been updated, by the way, and which I've used a number of times for work), and now I'm going to talk about the equally free WinDiff.

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FramingBusiness.net comments

  • November 12, 2005
  • James Skemp
The last time I posted, I discussed a great article on PHP and MySQL.  This time, over a week later, I'm discussing how I've used this information on the network.<!–more–><!–adsense–> On November 9, Gavin's <a href="http://framingbusiness.net/">FramingBusiness.net</a> went live with a new feature: functionality to collect, store, and display comments.  Any article posted since June of 2005 will have this functionality, and many old ones, that have been converted over to PHP and the new layout, will also have this functionality.

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Free file comparision in Dreamweaver

  • October 31, 2005
  • James Skemp
Update, April 21, 2006: A number of versions later, and I'm still using this great little program. Not only does it rock with Dreamweaver, it's a great stand-alone program. However, comparing local versus remote files is still what makes this program king.

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Web 2.0 and overload

  • October 22, 2005
  • James Skemp
First, we have http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html, which is an article by Tim O'Reilly on Web 2.0. If you've heard of it, or if you haven't, it's worth a read. Since I've only skimmed the first two pages, I'm not sure about lasting worth, but ... Then we have http://www.collisiondetection.net/mt/archives/2005/09/_for_a_few_year_1.html, on the snobbery of iPods. Make sure you read the comments ... Which leads into http://www.rootburn.com/2004/12/too-much-of-good-thing.html, on too much of a good thing.

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Network popularity

  • October 7, 2005
  • James Skemp
There are two ways to measure popularity. How many people are viewing the content, and how many people are taking advantage of, or using, the content. For business, or even easier, e-commerce sites, this makes things pretty easy. On the one hand, you have to track people as they visit the site - how many people are coming to the site? A good stats program will tell you all about this.

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