Monday, 31 March 2008
To vote for Popfly all you have to do is follow the below link, this will take you straight to thevoting page where Popfly is already checked.
Voting runs from now until April 21, so tell your friends and get them to vote also. The competition is pretty stiff, so it’s going to take a lot for Popfly to win.
Saturday, 29 March 2008
In this section of code the big dots are being created exclusivly in the C# code, first a Rect is created so that we can check to see if Pacman intercepts the dots, the width and fill of the big dot is then configured and finally the positoning is specified using the Ellipse.setValue() method.
These rects and dots have then been added to an array so that the rect in the rect array corresponds to the ellipse in the bigdots array so that when an intersect happens we can get rid of the dots.
The bigdots array is then added to the canvas, so that they can be seen on screen.
Straight away you can see that this method reduces the ammount of code needed, and creates 158 dots compared to the 4 big dots.
The code loops through each of the ellipses on the canvas using canvasname.children.oftype
A small section of code is then also generated so that Pacman can eat up the dots, this uses a very similar approach to checking the boundarys by creating a rect in the direction pacman is moving and then see if it intersects the dot.One the dots have been intersepted the visibility of the ellipse is set to collapsed so that it cant be seen anymore. And the player score is then incremented and displayed.
A problem that did occour is that originally when the ellipse disapeared the rect was still there in the background and would rack up the score each time pacman intersected with the rect, and high scores of a couple of thousand were attainable in a second.
This was solved by creating a new Rect in place of the one which had just been intersected. Im sure there must be a nicer way of doing this, however there dosnt seem to be a destructor for Rect, ~Rect() doestnt want to work for me.
The current version of the game can be found at the bottom of the main page of this blog. Go test it out and give some feed back.
Friday, 28 March 2008
This has been done to support Earth Hour a global campaign for people all around the world to save energy by turning off their lights from 8pm till 9pm.
However, during some research ino my teams imagine cup entry Matt Duffin brought to the teams attention a site called Blackle which uses a black background on a custom google search to reduce the ammount of energy used by CRT monitors as white backgrounds uses up more energy. To find out more about Blackle go here.
Currently Blackle has currently saved 534,302 Watt hours.
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Finally found a way to get this baby online. WARNING Application is no where near complete
Because of the width of the app it looks real bad on such a narrow blog, so either scroll down to the bottom of the page or use this link.
This createoutofbounds method just creates 46 different rectangles that will act as the walls in the game enviroment and each time the player moves we will then check to see if they have been hit. I mentioned previously about the KeyDown event, this is virtually the same as how Bens was implemented, except passing in the event args and comparing this to a key value, which would then check the player position and update it if possiable.
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
My presentation was on "Search & Advertising on a Rich Mobile Device" showing how the power of Silverlight on mobile devices could bring benifits to both Microsoft and its Customers.
Below is a link to my presentation, feel free to have a look through it and tell me your opinions.
Hopefully I performed well enough in the interviews, and will post when I get told the results of the application process.
Sunday, 9 March 2008
Will give some great ideas as to how to play to your strengths as well as giving an insight into what you should be doing if you want to work in the industy.
The videos can be found here:
Friday, 7 March 2008
Great news, I just received an email from Stepstone that I have been accepted through to the final stage of the application process for the MACH graduate scheme. I’m so happy! I’ve been waiting for this email all week.
So now that I’m through to the last stage the pressure doesn’t stop, in the email I received Stepstone have told me that I will have to give a 15 minute presentation on one of the following topics:
- 'One new idea, which could make a difference to Microsoft and its customers'
- 'How I would win even more new customers for Microsoft'
- 'How I would ensure that my customers were the best advocates for Microsoft
And then there will be a 20 minute q and a session after the presentation.
Any ideas or help will be much appreciated by anyone willing to help out. :D
Thursday, 6 March 2008
Im sure everyone knows by now that yesterday saw the first day of MIX08 ad the incrediable footnote that gives us an insigiht into whats to come.
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Xobni is a small addon to Outlook which allows users to view statistics and other useful information about emails recived, such as a graph of what time someone sends email so you know when they are most accessable, extracting contact numbers form emails and creating a list of common contacts.
Look at Ben Nunneys blog to see more about Xobni.
After the initial launch of Xobni it looks to have gotten Microsoft a little excited and now they seem to be opening talks with Xobni to look at buying it. The initial bid of $20 Million has been rejected by the company, but it looks like Microsoft will be bringing a bigger deal to the table soon.
More information on Xobni, visit their blog.
I got the chance to use Skydrive whilst it was in beta and felt that it was a really good idea, a storage area that you can connect to no matter where you go, as I usually forget to take my pendrive with me most of time.
Beta has now finished and Skydrive is out in the wild, bigger, badder and new improvements.
Microsoft has upped its online storage capacity for its users from 1Gb to a massive 5Gb which means you can fit near enough anything you want on the internet (so much for my 2Gb USB).
However I seem to remember that you are some what restricted by the file sizes that you can upload, so no putting movies on there (unless you split).
Along with the size increase MS have also added an ActiveX drag and drop function to SkyDrive, gone are the days where you need to use "Browse..." all you do is drag straight from you desktop to the browser window.
Hopefully the SkyDriveteam will replace the ActiveX control with a Silverlight app in the near future.
The only bad point that I can currently see at the moment is that there is no option to map your skydrive account to your desktop. It would have been so nice to be able to see your Skydrive as a logical drive that is displayed in My Computer and then be able to drag and drop files onto the net from here. This is another feature that I think would really get people using the product and will hopefully come in the future.
I think Microsofts Live package is really starting to hot up now and can see Live being a real internet contender, especially if Yahoo! come on board.
Check out the SkyDrive Team's blog here.