Can’t Hack It

An attempt at public introspection

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Old Ideas: My DroidWars VM

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Years and years ago, I started work on a game I called “DroidWars”. It was based on some misunderstood third-hand information I got about Core Wars, and rather than having program battle each other directly, each of the programs controlled a robot in a 2D virtual world.

It was written …

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Reactor is a game I’ve been meaning to write for a while. It’s a conversion of a board game I originally wrote on the C-64 called Reaction (not to be confused with Reaxion, a rather good tile flipping game).

Here’s some graphics I knocked out showing the …

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Restarting Mocha

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While Sage is the closest I’ve ever got to an RSS aggregator I actually liked, it’s still not right. There are just too many things about it that irk me somewhat.

I’ve tried so many of the blasted things and a few things have been confirmed for …

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KWiki becomes FusionWiki

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I’m changing the name of my ColdFusion-based wiki engine to FusionWiki. Why? I want to put it up on SourceForge, and KWiki was already taken. And it’s a cool name.

I applied to have the project created just today, so it might take a while before they get …

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On Starting a New Project

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I was talking to Peter last night about Laszlo. There are these times you need confirmation of why you have difficulty going off and either learning or writing something. I’ve a few projects like this, and something he said, quite off the cuff mind you, was a trigger.

He …

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On Writing an Aggregator Server

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Seeing as I’m flitting about the idea of finishing my two and a half year old RSS aggregator, Mocha, I’ve also had an idea that might help reduce the load that aggregators inevitably take on the web: an aggregator server.

Bloglines is a great idea, but it has …

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A while back, I downloaded a copy of RSS Bandit as I need/wanted an RSS aggregator. I’d heard good things about it, so I thought it would be a good idea to give it a try.

However, I hit the same problems I have with every other aggregator …