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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. December 2004 Entries
VB.NET CF game development on Windows Mobile 2003
I've done a lot of googling lately, looking for articles on .net compact framework game development for the pocket pc (Windows Mobile 2003). I've found quite a few, unfortunately everything I have found so far has been for C#. Now I can read C# a lot better than I can write it, so I'm dying to know... are there ANY articles or samples with a focus on VB.NET? C'mon Microsoft.... throw me a frickin bone! C. (I realize this might just be the excuse I needed to spend a weekend in bed with a C# book, ......

Posted On Thursday, December 30, 2004 12:30 PM

GCNUG logos
We've had a few logos submitted over the last couple months: I really like this one a lot, and think it would look awesome on a shirt: This one makes a good website banner: So does this one: There have been other submissions as well, and all of them are good. I can't make up my mind which is best, so I'll put up a poll on the GCNUG site.Let the masses vote on it. :) ......

Posted On Thursday, December 30, 2004 9:19 AM

Artiste needed

ok, not an “Artiste” per se, but someone better at Photoshop/Illustrator than I am.

I need a logo for a website. Can't pay much money, but I can work something out.


Posted On Thursday, December 30, 2004 8:08 AM

just for fun
For those of you interested in game development, this short article talks a little about the random dungeon generation I did with VB.NET when writing a roguelike game. If anyone has any specific questions about the source code I refer to (not included in the article, for brevity sake) let me know and when I revamp the article I'll include code snippets along with answers to your questions ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 29, 2004 12:41 PM

All I got for christmas was...
Doom giftcardBest Buy giftcardPizza Hut giftcardBelk giftcardBarnes & Noble giftcardlow carb candy (hey it's not that bad, and I've lost 18 pounds so far) and of course... socks (in all fairness, I also got my favorite gift... $CASH$ for the new PC I'm building.) if you're interested, the specs so far are... Thermaltake Xaser III Aluminum caseASUS K8N-E Deluxe motherboardAMD Athlon 64 3400+Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series (512mb DDR PC3200) x2Seagate 160GB Barracuda 7200.7 ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 29, 2004 8:40 AM

christmas chaos
My children are killing each other. My mother keeps trying to get everyone to eat more. My wife is slowly going insane. I'm hiding. It's good to be home.

Posted On Friday, December 24, 2004 4:06 PM

the squeaky wheel and all that...
So apparently the InstallShield Product Manager at Macrovision reads blogs. After a few emails back and forth, I'm not necessarily closer to an immediate solution (and have, in fact, since found a tolerable workaround), BUT... I feel like someone listened. Someone with the authority to (hopefully) turn my suggestions and complaints into results. My opinion of them went up a few points today. :) It's worth mentioning that one of my earlier criticisms of IS X is fixed in IS 10.5 (the SQL dialogs), ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 22, 2004 2:18 PM

don't be a tater-hater!

Betsy Aoki of Microsoft's MSDN team inspired me to write this little ode to tater tots... you'll have to read her blog to understand.

ode to the tater tot
some people like them cold
while others like them hot
some save their taters for later
while other folks do not
if you like a later tater
that's ok with me
just dont be a tater hater
or we'll surely disagree!

Posted On Tuesday, December 21, 2004 12:23 PM

QA testing
You know... for a fairly smart guy, I can be a real bonehead at times. In my naive youth, which admittedly wasn't all THAT long ago, I honestly believed the only reason people took QA/tester jobs was to get their foot in the door with a software company so they could eventually become “real” developers. It never occurred to me that some folks actually wanted that job. So now I'm curious, how many of you reader geeks actually took QA jobs at some point in your career, with the sole intent ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 21, 2004 10:45 AM

no freakin way...
Wal-Mart Selling a $498 Linux Laptop?? excerpt follows... Linspire has been working for months on a project that will have a profound impact on consumers and on the Linux market - a sub-$500 laptop from a major retailer. This week, we're proud to announce a new complete laptop available immediately for $498, exclusively from There are no mail-order rebates, no refurbished equipment, no "only three available at this price," no gimmicks or asterisks whatsoever and you are not required ......

Posted On Monday, December 20, 2004 3:14 PM

nonprofit status

I've been considering making the .NET user group a 401c3 nonprofit. Too many potential sponsors won't even consider talking to you if you aren't one.  So... can anyone point me to some official guidelines for setting up a nonprofit organization? I'm in South Carolina.

First person that tells me “Google” gets a slap upside the head with a large trout.  :)

Posted On Monday, December 20, 2004 2:49 PM

2005 Open Source Mobile Game Programming Expo
My local user group is having a Game Programming contest. Starts in January, ends in July. We've already got some cool prizes lined up, with hopefully more before long. So far we have an XBox, 1 year of PocketPC Magazine & VB.NET Standard as prizes. I've been thinking about what I want to do, and whether or not I can finish it in 6 months and have it look fairly good. I'm thinking I'll do a card game. Something other than solitaire though. Something with a ......

Posted On Monday, December 20, 2004 9:29 AM

Subterranean Experiences in RGRD
Rec.Games.Roguelike.Develop... (my favorite newsgroup) has this interesting thread going on:http://groups-beta.googl... If you are a game developer, or just interested in random dungeon (or other terrain) generation, this is a good one to read. My own experiences with it were fun but extremely frustrating at times. The VB.NET code I wrote is available for free download to anyone who wants it at ......

Posted On Friday, December 17, 2004 12:45 PM

Singing the Installshield Blues
I've been spending a lot of time working with Installshield X (yes I know there's a newer version) lately and I'm pretty frustrated. I wrote some pretty cool install helper functions in VB.NET and bundled them all up into a .dll. According to InstallShield, I should be able to call functions exposed in this dll in my InstallScript. Well yeah, sorta. The problem is, InstallShield only really supports this in two ways. The first way is great if you're using a C/C++ dll. Just prototype the functions ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 15, 2004 1:14 PM

Greater Charleston .NET User Group
I meant to add this last week, but I'm a slacker... GC.NUG First Meeting Notes (12/09/2004) As many of you know, we had our first meeting tonight. I'd like to thank all of you who could make it. I had a great time and met some great people. I hope all of you did too. A big thank you to Blackbaud for giving us a place to meet each month.Attendance was good! We had 34 names on the signin sheet, and I know a few more folks slipped in after we got started. I think it was around 37 total.We started things ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 15, 2004 12:43 PM

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