Multiplication Puzzle Gets an Icon

Eugenia of OSNews and GnomeFiles fame has done wonders to advance the cause of math puzzles everywhere. Not only did she select Multiplication Puzzle as GnomeFile’s Application of the Week, but because all their Apps of the Week need an icon, she whipped one up. So a big thank you to Eugenia!

It looks a little something like M × + P, and I think it looks great. I plan to add it to gmult‘s next release.

E-mail Disaster

I just discovered that my e-mail client has been misconfigured for about a month and no messages I’ve sent have gotten to their recipients. If you are one of those people, I apologize. I will try and figure out to whom I’ve sent mail and resend it.

And the less connections drawn between my online social life and the time it took me to discover this the better.

Xpad 2.0

Xpad 2.0 is finally out. After dragging my heels, I fixed the last couple known bugs and packaged it up. This release doesn’t feature much more than a couple minor bug fixes, but the changes from 1.13 to 2.0 are significant.

In particular, this is the first stable release to offer a binary package, in the form of an autopackage. I’ve tried it out, obviously, and it is pretty slick. You get a nice dialog while it installs, and it makes user installs very easy without root access.

I will probably take a break from my pet programming projects for a while to focus on GNOME a bit more. I miss being a part of that. (Well, maybe a little gmult work…)

Splash Damage is Insane

I have recently discovered the joy that is Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. It is a completely free game created by Splash Damage and planned to be published by Activision. However, Activision canned it at the last moment, and not wanting to waste a good thing, Splash Damage released the game for free in 2003.

The game is multiplayer-only, featuring more of the same of Return to Castle Wolfenstein’s multiplayer component. There are not many changes: some streamlined classes, the addition of experience, and more complicated objective-based maps. Experience, while sounding cool, doesn’t work so well in practice, as it discourages class-changing and creates a disadvantage to the new player. Nonetheless, it is an eminently enjoyable game which, again, is free.

Did I mention that it is available for both Linux and Windows? For free?

Speaking of games that are available for Linux, I was enticed into playing Savage, a novel FPS/RTS game whose demo impressed me enough to pay $20 for the real deal. I was also impressed that they let me pay them directly and download the game — a more convenient method for me and a more profitable method for them.

However, I was not impressed when a few months after I bought it, they release a new, incompatible patch only for Windows. There is a workaround for Linux, but it involves third party software and is a little complicated. The rumor is that their Linux developer left the company, and they are incapable or uninterested in picking up his work. Needless to say, I’m disappointed and will take my Linux gaming to ET.

11 Sep 2004

xpad

Just released xpad-2.0-b2, which is a much better release than beta1. Fixed some crashers that appeared in beta1 and redesigned the preference windows to be more HIG-friendly and sexier. Also, if your notification area restarts, xpad’s tray icon is also restarted. Yay!

On the horizon: Some of that new transparency everyone’s talking about.