Monday, January 19, 2004

How impressed am I? Microsoft have officially announced that I am a genius (here is the proof, near the bottom.) A little while ago I entered stage 1 of the Imagine Cup UK, a competition for students (about coding mostly... the media spinning idea being that 'you can imagine and create anything you want too' ...with Microsoft products) and have placed in the top 150 in the country! I got a nice big box this morning letting me know, with copies of Office 2003 Pro and Visual Studio.NET Pro (over £1000 worth of software!) and a 'Genius' T-Shirt.
It also means I get to go through to stage 2, with the possibility of more prizes, glory and a trip to Brazil! ;-)
Right now though, the X-ROM (my GBA Flash Cart) is finally in the post, so I should have that this week. I'm working on a calculator ROM as a demo right now.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Not got any further with then new website design. It is currently in Flash and is importing text files and images dynamically, so that I only ever need to update the text files. I was having problems making a custom text scrollbar though and stopped.
I've been doing loads of C++ in the meantime. I was hacking away at the DirectX project to try and add a bit more to it, and I just keep hitting walls. I know what I want to do and even the way I should be doing it, but things just keep going wrong. 3DS Max 6 doesn't have an X file exporter for a start so I can no longer produce X files to fix the rotor blades on the helicopter (which should have worked anyway since it is meant to be a an animated x file.) The game doesn't run at the same pace on different processors due to the way a variable is coded, which should take into account the framerate, but doesn't. This would have been a great thing to have fixed, but I have no chance now. I need to show this to my tutor and hand it in tomorrow.
After that I have been working on other C++ exercises for the Object-Oriented Programing in C++ module I have just started. I has greatly improved what I can do in C++, even if I do have to use Borland C++Builder to do it.
The Graphics module has had me doing some Delphi which is fairly random. This whole year is just essays and coding languages. Not alot in the way of 'fun.'
Speaking of which, my GBA project has had an update. You can download my really small and simple demo from the project website to run on an emulator (or hardware if you have a flash cart.)
Finally, I also applied for a job today to fill the summer before I go to Full Sail. It was with Toxic, in London, which would be cool if I could get it and earn some dosh.

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Back in Plymouth now and starting uni again in the morning. Better get cracking on my final project. Also, here is a preview of what my website may look like:

Web Design Sample

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

While I'm here, I might as well get some other stuff down.The helicopter game for the Programming Entertainment Systems module is coming on fairly well now. I may not have learnt much in the way of DirectX but it has forced me into C++ so I guess it has been useful, but definitely difficult.
I have been having second thoughts about my modules for next semester, but when looking at the list of choices again, there really isn't that much there. I might have a look at a Multimedia Delivery module and a Business one to replace the C++ and Graphics modules that have chosen to do so far. But I'm not that impressed with the choice really and will probably end up sticking with what I have got already. I could use a few cushy modules though, so that I can work on a killer final project for two or three months.
First post of the new year, so I should say "Happy New Year" I guess. Hope everyone had a good Christmas etc. etc.
Anyway, I couldn't sleep last night and was thinking about a redesign for CreateUK, shrinking it down a bit, losing some of the crappier projects, giving it a new look, make it easier and faster to update (so that I may actually add stuff more often!) Not that I haven't got plenty else to be doing, but if the workload is light to start off with when I get back to Uni next week, I might give it a crack.
Infact I've even been thinking about getting a new URL and maybe some webspace since I won't be able to keep CreateUK going the way it is when I move off to Florida later this year. Plus the "" might confuse the poor dears out there. I'll just have to keep the new design flexible I suppose... But Flash, HTML or ASP/PHP?