# Saturday, 30 September 2006

Today I was at APIIT to do a presentation about the XBox 360, so I went through what  I did previously at MIND. Which was after a brief show of gameplay, I'd talk about other features of the 360. Friends list, downloadable content, various features of micro transactions, etc. etc. I noticed that the audience really didn't like it when I was talking about other things, there felt like an audible groan when they heard about stuff that cost money. They realy didn't seem to care much about the mechanics or business of selling micro transactions online.

They did however express a lot of attention and enthusiasm when I was playing trailers, game demos, etc. etc. I reflected on this issue when I got back home and realised... they are mostly full time students still studying and such, of course they wouldn't be that interested in the business side of things since it doesn't affect them yet. So I should have just shown lots and lots of games... and trailers.

Know your audience.. choose the right content!

Saturday, 30 September 2006 22:29:14 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Friday, 29 September 2006

Just discovered something interesting online a few days ago, Windows Vista will NOT support VS2k3 as a developement enviroment. That's just very very sad and bad news for me to hear. Cause developers are usually on the fore front of the technology curve and now there exists a great big STOP sign tellling me NOT to upgrade to Vista on the day of release!

When I read "Will not support VS2k3" I thought ok.. the program would run but there'd be no support if certain issues cropped up. To me this is an acceptable issue even though I know to a lot of people this is not. I know that the newlimited user security accesss would probably fark up a lot of low level programs so if they choose to concentrate to make VS2k5 work on it instead of VS 2k3 then fine, as long as I can still open up my old projects and compile them...

But this doesn't seem to be the case! According to a friend who has a Vista box with the latest build installed, trying to open a project causes an error to occur, rendering 2k3 useless under Vista.

This is unacceptable! Cause I have certain projects which cannot be moved to .Net 2.0 for the close future and if I can't work on them on Vista. Then Vista will have to wait then!

Friday, 29 September 2006 01:10:30 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 25 September 2006

So I got back from work today, and there's this Play Asia box waiting for me at home... aaaa, the thing I ordered a week ago has arrived. So I opened up the box and pull out the little toy waiting inside.

Suddenly my wife who was sitting on the sofa beside me said "The baby's responding to the mushroom." I asked her if she's sure, she told me that everything was nice and calm... until I pulled the mushroom out of the box.

I reseted the mushroom ontop of her stomach and watched as it bounced up and down a little as the fetus kicked inside her.

Aaaaaaa...  Prenatal education...

Monday, 25 September 2006 22:35:30 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [2]  | 

I thought one of the servers died over the weekend, even though you have all manner of backups in place I can't help holding my breath till I confirmed that the server was a ok and just needed a quick restart to get everything up and running again.

God.. I can get a heart attack like this.

Monday, 25 September 2006 11:30:05 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 19 September 2006

My old faithful Toshiba M200 has seen better days, it's battery life is but a distant memory.. at best it manages an hour.. maybe half more, at worse.. it doesn't even want to charge when I plug it in. As it has served me well in the past 2 years I've had it for I decided to reward it by extending it's usefulness and get another battery form Toshiba. I call up the service center and told the nice operator what I wanted. "I'm sorry sir, the part is out of stock" was the reply. Ok.. so how long and how much will it take to order one. I hear some hesitation on the other side of the line.

"12 Weeks, and it costs RM568."

I'm sorry.. did you just say I have to wait 3 months for a battery? "Yes, sir." After the initial shock I gathered myself and ask for a quotation on the only closest replacement model that I could think about.. The Toshiba M400, but after talking to the operator for a while it was evident that.. they didn't stock the version with model with the SXGA screen here, all they had was the crappy XGA screen! Nooooooooooo!!!! Disappointed.. I hung up the phone.

Then a few months ago.. the Sony UX17GP Ultra Portable PC appeared! The system was small... extremely portable,  had a decent display for it's size at 1024x600, Core Solo 1.2Ghz processor, hey.. not too shabby. But there was just one thing missing which stayed my hand from getting it. It only had 512MB of RAM onboard and there's no way to upgrade it. I can handle the smaller screen for portability, I can handle the slight hit in processor speed from my current 1.5Ghz to 1.2Ghz, but I can NOT handle anything less than 1GB of RAM!!

Again.. I was disappointed!

But.... now.. now there are rumours of a new UX unit popping up. And this time with 1GB of RAM!!! Very well then.. I shall wait and see how this one looks..

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 15:07:31 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |