Archives November 2007

Making TicTacToe actually TicTacToe (Not a test suite...)


Sat down intending to do a spike test for a networked model that fed into (and was fed by) a GUI across multiple clients. Instead I spent the first half of the evening making a (single-person) TicTacToe game. The current TicTacToe activity in olpcgames doesn't actually do TicTacToe, so needed to get it to ...

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Fun and Game Wrappers (Maintenance coding...)


Spent the whole day so far on the OLPCGames wrapper. Lots of code clean up and documentation. Created a stupid-simple script that punts out the boilerplate "sugar" code for a simple Pygame project with icon, setup file, activity definition and the like. Mostly because I was getting annoyed having to do all that junk every ...

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GStreamer seems unhappy with me... (No streaming...)


Working on minor changes to the OLPCGames wrapper. Wanted to try something small to start off with so I'm not rewriting huge tracts of code. So started with making an asynchronous interface for the camera.snap function.

It's a pretty trivial function, really, start up a gstreamer pipe, iterate until it's finished ...

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Dev Environment Building (Fun day in compiling...)


Managed to get both the (i386 Ubuntu) laptop and the (amd64 Gentoo) workstation to build sugar-jhbuild today. There was a bug in an install script that I had to fix for the laptop, and a dependency issue on the workstation (new threaded boost required), but nothing too terrible.

Point of all this was to get ...

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Home and Happy (I Missed Soni)


I'm back in Toronto. Had a much easier trip home than the one out, though I didn't wind up sleeping at all this time. Pleasant older lady sat with me on the last leg (Vancouver to Toronto) and made the time pass quickly.

Total travel time was ~27 hours door-to-door, which made for ...

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Packing to Go (Other miscellany...)


Just about ready to go. I've only got the one bag to pack. I spent yesterday on two temples, the Guandu and Dalongdong Boan temples. The first is a very modern structure, in most areas the "temple" architecture is just an appliqué across a concrete frame. Still, it was peaceful sitting in the gardens ...

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Game Jam Toronto Plans (Need to make some...)


We've got a venue (Linux Caffe). The venue is reasonably small, so we can't have more than about 8 people (otherwise we start annoying other customers and/or preventing them from getting a table). At the moment we have ~5 people, 4 coders and an artist (I'm counting myself as a coder ...

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Wasted Time (Evening disappears trying to get networking working...)


Wanted to sit down and work on the olpcgames wrapper tonight. So, fired up my trusty VMWare and was promptly informed that it wasn't set up for this machine (I normally use it on the workstation, not the laptop). No big deal, set up networking and get working.

Hours later still no working network ...

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Nova isn't the right model for usb to vga (Many competing little shops...)


Checked every store at Nova. They are a collection of about 80 stalls on four levels. The prices were okay for USB keys (though if my conversions were right, no better than College Street in Toronto). There was one shop that had two flexible USB keyboards, but they didn't have a model I could ...

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Learning in the Rain (Using my B4 in Taipei...)


Wound up with an awkward couple of hours yesterday, not enough time to really document the Confucious and Daoist temples, but an hour and a bit with some travel time at both ends before the OS Taipei meeting. Grabbed a coffee and went through the olpcgames wrapper code.

Started off in the caffe, then spent ...

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