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How companies are falling over themselves to give you goodies to support their products...

Posted by Tickled_Pink, 04 October 2013 · 855 views

It's a cut throat business these days, this coding lark. Not only do you have to make money, you have to decide which deal to go for.

The fact is that software and hardware companies have been falling over themselves to offer products and services for free for the past couple of years. It's particularly true of those who's products are struggling. Blackb...


FIFA has always had some annoyances but FIFA14 tops the lot.

Posted by Tickled_Pink, 02 October 2013 · 1,272 views

Years ago, I remember buying a copy of Virus for the ST on the strength of a single rave review in ACE magazine. They had just given it their highest ever rating of 98%. I was on holiday in mid-Wales at the time and had gone a bit further south to do some shopping in Swansea, where I picked up the game. It was therefore a few days later when I finally got...


Knew I'd come across one eventually ... an eBay moron.

Posted by Tickled_Pink, 26 September 2013 · 791 views

When it comes to eBay, the more you sell the greater your chances of coming across a moron who's behaviour is so unreasonable and his expectations so out of touch with reality that a neg is almost inevitable. Well, that's just happened to me today.

I've been doing some eBay selling over the past couple of months and things have been going pretty well. A...


Another YAR

Posted by Tickled_Pink, 12 September 2013 · 741 views

Nothing ever goes smoothly around here. Doesn't help that when I do get a chance to get some work done, things get frustrating because I ... CANNOT ... DRAW!

It's strange. In the days of the ST and A8, when I was playing around with STOS and PL65, drawing things wasn't really an issue. I could come up with some nice Bitmap Brothers-esque tiles on the ST...


Gloops - A retro retrospective

Posted by Tickled_Pink, 21 November 2012 · 812 views

Three days in March is all it took to get the basics of Gloops down in C# and XNA. At the time I thought it might take a month to finish it off but, for one reason or another, it's taken NINE MONTHS!! Even then it's being released without all its features due to lack of time.So what went wrong?Gloops, in case you didn't know, is my fir...


C++ ... Why don't you just DIE ALREADY?

Posted by Tickled_Pink, 22 October 2012 · 1,370 views

For the past few years I've been spoilt rotten by using a managed programming language. No pointers to worry about (they're there but hidden). No memory management issues. No build scripts to frustrate. C# is as close to a plug'n'play language as you can imagine, particularly when used with its native environment, Visual Studio.

Last week I...


Now's the time to patent "Hello World" for Android.

Posted by Tickled_Pink, 24 August 2012 · 926 views

It's been reported that, as part of their ongoing and very public patent feud, Apple and Samsung have both had products slapped with sales bans in Korea. A court there has ruled that Apple breached two of Samsung's patents while Samsung breached one of Apple's. As a result, both companies' products have been slapped with sales bans. In...


Stella-X

Posted by Tickled_Pink, 19 August 2012 · 908 views
atari 2600, stella, emulator, c# and 1 more...
Last night I decided to do something foolhardy ... convert a c++ project to c#. Specifically I decided to try and convert the Stella 2600 Emulator to C# and XNA. It's only a weekend and late night project, so expect progress to be slow.

So why Stella? Well, no reason but perhaps the question is why bother?

The trick is that anything written in C# and...


Time for the Grand National to take a running jump.

Posted by Tickled_Pink, 15 April 2012 · 818 views

Two horses died yesterday at the Aintree Grand National. It's always been pretty dangerous. Some of the fences are ridiculously high ... so high in fact that the horses don't actually jump them but go through them. Then you have fences like the infamous Beecher's Brook, which have a drop at the other side that the horses don't...


So - if the Atari was so great, why was it ignored by the UK development industry?

Posted by Tickled_Pink, 16 February 2012 · 1,091 views

I've been reading through the first issue of Zzap 64 and there was a section on how the 64 was 'the world's greatest gaming machine'. Perhaps. But maybe not, according to those in the industry at the time who were interviewed for the piece. Some of the comments are eye opening.

"In terms of hardware the 64 is clearly superior to the...