Monthly Archives: April 2008

Mysterious world of Apple

I’ve been considering buying a Mac for a couple of years now. Takes a while for me to decide. But lately I’ve had an image of an iMac on my eyelids whenever I close my eyes (makes it very hard to sleep), which has led me to subscribe to several Apple related feeds and really start to get to know the “other side”. Anyhow, several sites has been expecting an iMac update before the summer hits and this week reports started surfacing about an imminent release next week already.

The reports mostly looks for signs and base their rumors on these signs. One sign is that shops are running out of iMacs. I decided to look for these signs myself and visited a couple of Norwegian webshops that sell iMacs. Mysteriously they were all pretty much out of iMacs and had the delivery date set to the 29th of April 2008, which was the date that the rumors says a new version is coming out.

During my hunt for the perfect Mac for me, I joined a couple of forums and had a little idea in my head; what if I bought the cheapest 24″ iMac and upgraded the CPU. The loyalty is incredible with Mac users, most of the response I got was on the lines of “.. you don’t want to do that, it’ll void your warranty..” , “… Apple has soldered the CPU to the motherboard …” , “… it’s to advanced opening an iMac …”.  As a PC user who’s been opening up everything I’ve ever bought and putting together PCs from scratch, I found these statements strange.

Getting hold of the detailed specs about the computers from Apple has been a real hassle as well. After a lot of research, I managed to figure out what socket and chipset the iMacs was based upon. The same day I figured it all out, the rumors about a new iMac started surfacing. Back to scratch, waiting for the new ones to start thinking about buying one again. 🙂

Screenshots from WebShops and their ETAs:

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Pre NDC interview with Scott Hanselman

On the 17th and 18th of June, Norwegian Developers Conference will be held. Rune Grothaug had an interview with Scott Hanselman with questions from Norwegian Net User Group about LAMP, Silverlight and More.

You’ll find the video here.

“Disable” XAML designer in Visual Studio 2008

One of the things I’ve been finding annoying is the time the designer takes to load for an XAML file when opening it.
Pressing escape stops it from doing all it’s preparation for the designer and then maximizing it to XAML view helps, but that has to be done for every single file.

It is possible to set this behavior as default for the XAML designer. In Tools->Text Editor->XAML->Miscellaneous you’ll find an option called “Always open documents in full XAML view”:

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XNA Workshop at METU in Ankara, Turkey

I was asked earlier by Microsoft if I could hold a workshop in Turkey.

On the 20th of May I’ll be heading down to Ankara and hold a 3-4 day workshop for a competition Microsoft is holding at the Middle East Technical University. I’m working on the agenda as we speak and thus far it’s starting to look very interesting. My goal is to have a more or less complete walkthrough of XNA. Ambitious you might say. That’s my plan at the moment at least. 🙂

XNA Workshop at METU in Ankara, Turkey

I was asked earlier by Microsoft if I could hold a workshop in Turkey.

On the 20th of May I’ll be heading down to Ankara and hold a 3-4 day workshop for a competition Microsoft is holding at the Middle East Technical University. I’m working on the agenda as we speak and thus far it’s starting to look very interesting. My goal is to have a more or less complete walkthrough of XNA. Ambitious you might say. That’s my plan at the moment at least. 🙂

Paternity leave, day 2 : Bring on the surgeon…

With the risk of turning my blog into a paternity leave diary, I’ll just update you with the latest from the front. 🙂

Today I started my day with a sore bottom and partly back, understandably from all the cutting from my doctor yesterday. Anywho, I went along and found a position in front of my Xbox that didn’t hurt too much and played Halo again.. 🙂 Always great fun. After a while I started working with the Ageia PhysX SDK – great fun. Then my doctor called me and told me to drop by her office ASAP, she had managed to arrange for me to go to the hospital to a surgeon. With mildly shaky legs, I did as she told me and went to get a letter she had written for the hospital. Went from there directly to the hospital and waited for a couple of hours and the surgeon started examining me, which needless to say was VERY VERY PAINFUL (thanks doc). Turned out the surgeon didn’t want to perform a surgery, the wound was clean from bacteria and she (I’m lucky, I just get female doctors)  just wanted to observe me over a couple of days..

No more knives/scalpels, at least for a while. Phew..

And now..  Back to PhysX and Xna.

Paternity leave, day1 : Get your knives ready…

Day 1 of my maternity leave didn’t start as I had hoped. The last week I’ve been taking some penicillin for a pilonidal (Abscess, cyst) that keeps on getting inflamed every so often. Normally it’s been about an inch big, but last week it grew to the size of a small lemon. My doctor prescribed some Diclocil that hopefully would cure it. Two days later I was in the emergency room with insane pain. I wasn’t able to sit or stand. The doctor there was kind enough to sedate the area of the infection and cut it open to get the worst of the infection out, but told me that I should go and get surgery.

Today, my first official day of the paternity leave, I went to my doctors office, thinking that I was to get a referral to a specialist. Waited for some 40-45 minutes, went in and showed her the condition it was in now. 30 seconds later she decided it was best to really cut it open – this time without any anesthetic. Damn, that hurts!! I’ve never ever been in such pain. It was a 2-3 inch cut, quite deep. She then started to push around it to get all the infection out of there. The procedure took some 30 minutes and got most of it out, but I need to go to the hospital and do some surgery to get it all out.

The bright side is that the safest activity I can do without having pain is to turn on my Xbox360 and play Halo3 – one of the many games I have laying around I haven’t had the chance to play yet.

 

Now, day 2 awaits.. 🙂

6 weeks paternity leave

Norway has a great paternity leave option for us fathers. The mothers still get most of the total parental leave that is made available, but 6 weeks time off to spend with your kid is great.

I for one am looking forward to this time, not only because it is time off, but I get to spend some quality time with my son that I otherwise don’t have the luxury of doing.

Starting from this monday (14th of April 2008), I’ll be chilling out at home with my son; Herman.

I guess I’ll be doing this blog though.. 🙂 (and probably some code every so often..)

6 weeks paternity leave

Norway has a great paternity leave option for us fathers. The mothers still get most of the total parental leave that is made available, but 6 weeks time off to spend with your kid is great.

I for one am looking forward to this time, not only because it is time off, but I get to spend some quality time with my son that I otherwise don’t have the luxury of doing.

Starting from this monday (14th of April 2008), I’ll be chilling out at home with my son; Herman.

I guess I’ll be doing this blog though.. 🙂 (and probably some code every so often..)

Game Camp Event in less than 3 weeks

The 25th of April we’re continuing the success by holding yet another Game Camp event.
NITH has been kind enough to let us use their facilities, once again.

This time around we’re having two excellent sessions:

Digiment will come and talk about how to start your own business within games development and how to survive in the business.

After this, Petri Wilhelmsen will talk about how to do XNA Shaders Programming – the gold that gives modern games the realistic look.

To attend you need to register here.