Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t want flash on the iPad. Most of the people complaining want flash for video sites like YouTube – the thing is, Its easy for site owners to impliment alternative video formats for the iPad, just like they do on YouTube and BBC iPlayer.
The only other thing flash does that’s of any interest is games but all those existing web games out there are designed for mouse actions – trying to play those games on an iPad would be like trying to steer a car with two peices of rope. Sure you could make it work but it’d be a shitty driving experience! If Apple did add Flash to the iPad they would just get flooded with complaints by people who can’t play FarmVille on Facebook properly.
Add to that the fact that Flash is a resource hog and a drain on battery life and you have one hell of an argument for leaving it out.
The guys at Apple are amongst the best user experience designers in the world -they have left Flash out because it would simply suck on that platform. These guys know what they’re doing, I think it’s about time we trusted them!
Just found a handy little tip for Halo Wars. To see what units and buildings are hiding under the fog of war simply hold down The A button and move it around the fog. You’ll be able do see sillohettes of units etc as you move around.
It’s not unlimited resources, but it’s all I have!
I don’t know if anyone still reads my blog, but I just want to say sorry for the recent spam infection that you may have noticed with dozens of Viagara links in the side bar. Someone had inserted a bunch of code into my WordPress index.php – I have a feeling via an exploit in the out of date version of WordPress that I’m currently using – I promise to upgrade as soon as possible.
Update: WordPress has been upgraded, we should be spam free for a while!
November has certainly been quite the month for the Microsoft’s XBox360 with bags of brilliant games all hitting the market at around the same time. For me, my first purchase was a no-brainer:
Fable 2 has been hugely hyped over the last few months and I couldn’t contain myself when it was released. Unfortunately, despite the hype, Fable2 didn’t really hit the mark – the combat is almost two simple and seems to be lacking in depth, the campaign is stupidly short (especially for someone who doesn’t do much multi player at the moment!) and the ending was, well, abrupt. I think if there was a chance of DLC being released within the weeks following the release, I may have hung on to it, but with not a lot to keep me interested, I found myself trading it in within two weeks of release. It’s sad really, because the game had so much potential.
With my birthday having just passed, I received quite a few (6!) Game vouchers and decided to pop to the shops and see what was out there. The games that I’ve been most interested in are Left4Dead, Mirrors Edge, End War, Gears 2, Fallout 3 and Farcry 2. I had enough for two games, with a bit left over, so I went for Gears of War 2 and Far Cry 2.
I really want to get my hands on Left for Dead after the awesome demo on Live, but decided not to get it, because a) it wasn’t out yet and b) I’m probably going to be offline for a couple of months, so multi-player focused games weren’t going to be much use to me until the new year.
I was concerned that Gears of War 2 wasn’t going to make it on my purchase list due to it being quite heavy on the multi-player but I decided to give it a go, since I’ve heard that the story is good and that horde mode is seriously addictive. I managed to get about an hour into the local co-op story mode with my sisters other half and have really enjoyed it so far. We also gave the horde mode a try and found we completely sucked at it, only making it to level five before getting pwned by the baddies. Hopefully√?¬† I’ll do a little better when I have a crack on my own later on. Before long we resided to some local one on one multi-player action which would frequently result in bloody chainsaw battles or stalemates as we both spent all our time hiding behind cover – games like this definitely require more than two players for maximum enjoyment.
Last night, I gave Far Cry 2 a try and have really enjoyed it so far – blasting around the African Savannah in a 4×4 is quite a giggle, as is setting fire to mud huts with a flame thrower. I initially tried the traditional run n gun approach that you usually associate with first person shooters but quickly found myself being perforated with lead slugs from the militia that roam the game. I soon found that a bit more of a tactical approach would be necessary – my favourite of which is throw a napalm grenade in one side of their camp and then attack from the other direction, popping them all in the backs while they try to tend to the fire. I still have a lot of hours to put into this yet but so far, I’m absolutely loving it.
Next games on my hit list are the GTAIV downloadable content which should be out sometime before the end of winter and Halo Wars – the Halo Universe RTS game (something I’ve been gagging for for months). I may also consider picking up Red Alert 3 to tide me over until Halo Wars comes out…
During todays big annoucement about the new Apple Macbook and Macbook Pro’s, there’s one thing I noticed that I think a lot of people have missed. As every Mac fanboy knows, Steve Jobs is the face of the company and always has been. However, rumors of late indicate that his health is not what it once was and we already know he’s had a brush with pancreatic cancer a few years back.
Steve is currently 53 years old, some might say he’s getting on a bit, and probably not far from retirement especially if the declining health rumors are true. Steve knows that Apples success relies on having an innovator leading the company – just look what happened when he left last time, the company nearly dropped off the planet, yet when he returned some years later the company was returned to a new high.
I’ve always been one to watch the keynotes religiously and always get excited about Mr Jobs’ latest excitements, but this time there was something different. While Steve did the introductions and whatnot, someone else seemed to take an almost equal share of the lime light and that was this guy:
Jonathan Ive (AKA Jony for the trendy) Is Apple’s Senior Vice President of design – he’s been responsible for pretty much every major peice of industrial design at Apple since 1992 – from the original iMac to the iPhone and much more, this guy is probably the only person that has the vision and creativity to replace Steve and i think his sudden appearance at this keynote suggests that Steve is currently grooming him to take his place.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Steve will leave until he can’t stand any more, but i also think Steve has the foresight to ensure that his replacement recieves the full depth of his knowledge – this grooming process could take ten years maybe longer, but when it happens, my money is on Jony replacing Steve at the head of the table.
Update: Seems Gizmodo has a similar opinion to myself, although they can’t decide whether its Jonathan Ive or Tim Cook that’s going to be heir to the Apple throne.
I’ve just started using the all fantastic lifestreaming app SweetCron – it basically takes RSS feeds of all your activity on popular sites like Digg, Reddit, Flickr etc as well as any other RSS feeds you choose to add (for instance – my delicious and blog feeds) and combines them in one easy to read page – it’s a bit like blogging but without the hassle.
The system couldn’t be easier to use – the admin screen simply allows you to add more feeds and not a lot else which is all it needs.
You can check out my lifesteam at:
I still have some work to do as far as the styling goes but it’ll do for now!
I’ve never really been one to worry about√?¬†plagiarism, I mean it’s not like most of my writing is up to much, so I was kind of surprised when I heard something from my blog apparently being repeated on one of my fave shows – The Big Bang Theory.
In the episode entitled ‘The Luminous Fish Effect‘ (first aired on October 15th 2007) Sheldon makes the following speech:
It occurs to me – if I ever did perfect a time machine I would just go into the past and give it to myself, thus eliminating the need for me to invent it in the first place.
Pretty funny huh? Well… it should be, cos it sounds just like this blog entry that I posted back in October 2006, nearly a year before that episode aired.
…If I invented time travel in the future I would go back to my past and teach myself how to do it, therefore if I were to invent time travel in my future, I would already know how to travel through time.
Admittedly, the Big Bang version is more√?¬†eloquently√?¬†written than my version, and if they did copy it from me then I’m more flattered than annoyed- it was just a bit of a shock to hear it on TV. It’s probably just a co-incidence I mean these scripts are normally in development for years before airing aren’t they?
Finally, I’ve been able to hey blog working with the wodpress app for iPhone which is good. The bad news is I’ve had to change hosts to do it.
I’m now hosting with MediaTemple in the USA as my previous host had an annoying restriction on the use of XMLRPC for security purposes.
I actually bought my (mt) VPS for another project, but that’s a couple of months from launch so rather than pay for nothing, I may as well host my blog on it for a while!
Will probably move wifey too at some point…
You know, I really couldn’t imagine life without my iPhone these days, as well as being a brilliant phone and internet / email device, I think the best thing for me is the fact that I can download a song without having to get up and go to my desktop or open my laptop.
For instance, I hear a song on TV while flicking through the music channels, I can simply whip out the trusty JesusPhone and within minutes, I’ll have downloaded the track onto my phone, ready to synch with my main computer later on.
The bad side is of course, that now I’m buying more music than I used to, simply because buying music is easier when you don’t have to get off your arse to do it.
It seems that all of the clamouring for the latest version of WordPress has caused a few problems over at WordPress.org! I was just on the forum looking for some help with a little post upgrade problem when I saw the above (rather humorous) error message!
I don’t think the site was down for more than a couple of minutes, but there was significant slowdown for a while before the ‘crash’.
Still… at least the guys got it back up and running nice and quick!