Mana Bar Melbourne opening

I got to have some fun at the Mana Bar Melbourne Opening. Had a good chance to talk to owner Yug about how he finds it.

Also, I was able to do an Interview with Lark, who were nice enough to play some Zelda tunes for me. After the fact, I realised I should have asked for some Battlefield themeage. To hear that theme with the Violin would have been amazing!

Pimping out their facebook though, they are available at

http://facebook.com/larkband

 

And the actual video interview I done with them:

http://www.gamestah.com/file/view/5137

XLan 2011 Event Wrap up

I was lucky enough to involved with New Zealand’s largest Gaming Lan Event for the role of commentating on the games as well as setting up an group of computers to enable us to record and stream what we do throughout the event and on to the web.

Logistically to do such a thing can be stressful, however when it all comes together it is well worth it. Here is a video from ON3 regarding the size of the event as well as what it is.

For more of a description about what I was doing there, we were interviewed as well. (I’m the one on the right!)

Overall the event was great, and I think I can provide some insight in a few points about what I learned and I felt done right and could be improved on. Above all, at a live event nothing ever goes perfect and it is how you cope with these hiccups that lets you get on with having a good event.

Read on to find out more about what I feel are important parts to doing a event like XLan

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Universal Stupid Bus 3.0

The following write-up is my experiences for some little known nuances which in the future can be a surprise which can make your computer date much quicker than you intended, with it not being able to handle some of the future devices which will be coming out to the Universal Serial Bus 3.0 Specification.

Many devices you buy now use the Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 Standard and plug – keyboards, mice and even Hard Drive docks. It’s built to give a variety of gadgetry to be able to talk to your computer in a standard way. USB 3 Is a newer standard offered to give much more room for the neat future devices that need it.

The common item to think of when wanting to use USB 3 is for Hard drives – you will be able to copy files much faster to and from it with a USB 3 Device. Let’s backtrack briefly to find out the different kinds of USB 3 that exists in order to try and find out what went wrong.

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Shortcuts/Hotkeys in jQuery

I had to search for a while to find a nice way to be able to do Hotkeys in jQuery, and thought I would post what I found that finally worked.

Jeresig adapted what comes up as the top result for searching for jQuery hotkeys, however it’s out of date and partially functional now.

This one worked:
http://www.stepanreznikov.com/js-shortcuts/

Sample syntax is better summed up in the link, but uses the following syntax:

$.Shortcuts.add({
    type: 'down',
    mask: 'Ctrl+A',
    handler: function() {
        debug('Ctrl+A');
    }
});

// Dont forget to start it!
$.Shortcuts.start();

And that’s it. Worked happily once I added in the reference to it, and trying it out now.

The project I’m using it for is a live titling scoreboard, with the difference being is that it’s made in html and jQuery. Shortcuts are a quicker way to update the score, and any score updates will make the board animate to show, then slide the text away.

Ideally, I would have loved to be able to send hotkeys to a webpage while focus is on a separate program, but have not found any proprietary ways to be able to do it. Even sending a hashtag to the webpage so I can act from it would be sufficient.

Augmented reality–a pre primer

I’m toying around with the idea of learning more about augmented reality at the moment. I found it was a bit tricky to find about the actual making part of it – while there is a bunch on the web for trying it out.

Demo reels tend to have the best bits!

The premise is holding up a shape that has a black rectangle around it, which will be picked up by a web camera, then ran pattern detection to find the presence of that shape. When the shape is found, that can then be used as a registration or “Zero point”. The detection of the pattern can allow interaction in a 3D space – You can move the shape you are  holding around, and the rotation and position will be reflected.

Another option is that with a pattern placed on a table, a 3D object can then be controlled by a traditional input surface like a keyboard and mouse, the best example I’ve seen of that so far would be an ad for BMW, for their Z4 car:

Augmented reality on a flat plane surface

 

More information about this after the jump!

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Making a USB bootable flash drive

Occasionally I need to install a operating system or a recovery partition to help fix a system that is overrun with viruses, or to start the computer from fresh.

Each time I look for a nice, quick way to make my USB drive bootable, and it’s always been a mess! Many command line based solutions which should not be needed for a majority of the time.

There is a nice, graphical solution out there which also has a list of distributions for you to have it get the iso, and prepare the entire drive for you in a couple of clicks – yay for low maintenance!

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Samsung Galaxy S–Speed performance improvements in 2.2.1

While many Samsung Galaxy S users are just beginning to enjoy the Froyo update which has been released to their phones, here is a taste of what will be coming shortly–2.2.1

Although the version bump is only 0.0.1 , the improvements in user interface interaction makes this just as important as the froyo update itself.

I noted inside this video that Pulse is now on par with it’s iPhone/iPad version, which is right up there with my favourite mobile news applications.

The following is the links I used for updating the firmware that my phone uses:

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Call of Duty frag highlights review: Mazarini and paradox Play With Soul

The following clip refers to the video available in the following location:
http://www.clanheat.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7389&p=63021#p63021
It is assumed that you have seen this clip before, as it contains an indepth analysis of the video itself.

Sometimes there are videos that ooze so much effort and dedication, they are just begging to be written about. It’s common to write about actual movies with a script, budget and actors, but there is many other facets of videos which can appeal to people. There are short viral videos which lends itself well to youtube, artistic independent films, and music videos. All of them have their own fans.

Mazarini and paradox: Play with soul is a frag highlights clip that is by far the largest scale production I have seen for Call of Duty 4, and is a serious contender for any other game’s clip highlights as well. It contains frags from players Mazarini and Paradox, both playing for the clan eSuba. Both professional players, taking on skilled players. The clips themselves are highlights from both players while they have been playing Call of Duty 4 in the previous few years, with production of Play with soul being in progress for over a year.

In contrast to many other clips taking typically a few months to complete, this shows a lot of source material as well as Mazarini’s dedication, and perseverance to be able to turn out a finished clip that is of an excellent standard.

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WordPress 3.0 – woohoo!

So the new version of wordpress has come out, and I like it!

I was impressed hearing about people doing its flawless update to 3.0 from their older version. This is a good thing for me, as they really do seem to put in a lot of care for their update system to make sure everything gets updated nicely. I don’t remember any botched updates in a long while related to wordpress, so good on them.
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iPad and word press – a review

I’m writing this post from the iPad, and to be honest it feels a bit weird. The device itself has some fantastic apps out there, like tweet deck, brushes etc…. But the official word press one doesn’t seem to motivate me to write anymore than from say my mobile phone.

For one, the keyboard feels awkward. Maybe i still need to get used to it but that’s the thing – I shouldn’t have to be doing – just let me get to the content! Infact in writing this paragraph, I ended up switching to the aptly named iGo Stowaway keyboard. This is a portable keyboard that worted right from the start, no drivers or anything needed. Compared to about a days worth of tracking down drivers for an older symbian based phone, this was a royal treat, and offsets the problem with typing longer posts while using the onscreen keyboard. Continue reading iPad and word press – a review

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