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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Pondering the Imponderable

If you're a fan of good, old fashioned metal, you should check out Dragonforce. I would describe them as melodic speed metal. In an era when guitarists don't actually play guitar and singers sound like Cookie Monster on a five-day heroin binge, Dragonforce is a breath of fresh air. I picked up their "Inhuman Rampage" release this week. Hearing their guitarists alternately makes me want to crank up my guitar to 11 or to use it for kindling. I have no idea how those guys could play that fast for a whole set.

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

A Flash Developer's Personal Hell

You never know what torture a poor Flash programmer may have to endure. In order to get the Linux version of Flash 9 working he has to, gasp, watch YouTube videos. That's not the half of it. Now he has to start on My Space. Please say a prayer for this poor soul.

Borland Brings Back Turbo

Borland has announced that they are bringing back the "Turbo" line of products. Included in the line will be Turbo Delphi for Win32, Turbo Delphi for .Net, Turbo C++ and Turbo C#. The cool part is that there will be a free "Express" version to download and a "Professional" version for those who need the full-featured product. For more information, visit Qbe and I used to hack on Turbo C way back in the day. A free version back then would've been great. Thanks Slashdot.

The Master comments: This is just insanely cool. I just hope they really do price the Turbo pro version reasonably. I've never been able to justify buying Delphi for home since 2.0, since it would cost me over $500 to do it, which I just don't have.

J.t.Qbe comments: Sorry T.M., the Professional versions are slated to be "less than $500", which probably means $499.95. But the free version might be just what you need.

As A.T. mentioned, I spent many many hours with Turbo C back in the Olden Days. It was a great system, a top of the line development environment for the late-80s, and the first C compiler which was really affordable to the average Joe.

It's great to see the Turbo line come back, and at such a great price, but I have to ask the question: will it matter? For those who simply want to learn programming, free Unixes already provide a complete learning environment with access to outstanding compilers and tools. Borland needs to make this a better alternative for Windows programming than Microsoft, specifically entry-level programming if they're aiming at hobbyists/learners/students. Can they do it?

I hope so. I certainly do wish them the best.

LinuxGames Interviews TTimo

The folks at LinuxGames caught up with id's Timothee "TTimo" Besset at QuakeCon to ask him about all things Linux and id games. They touch on current products, possible Linux clients for future products, and whether or not certain games' code may be open-sourced in the future.

Alertbear 1.1 Released

The folks at Square Eight have released the new version 1.1 of Alertbear. A slew of good stuff has been added, including Atom feed support, HTTP feed authentication, staggered feed checks, a better UI, and full-screen app detection. I've been beta-testing this release for a few months and it's been very good stuff.

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