Monday, May 15, 2006

Released glChess 0.9.3

Release glChess version 0.9.3 (screenshot looks much the same as the previous one).

Didn't get the multi-threading into it but the history bar works well and I added piece animation. This had been requested many times but now with the new code was quite easy to implement. I refactored the code quite a lot from 0.9.2 so hopefully it is more to the liking of others :).

Sunday, May 14, 2006

New, improved! Now with navigation bar!

Sneak preview...

Things to do next:
  • Tidy up the code a lot
  • Thread the loading and saving
  • Profile the code to optimise a bit

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


SCons - Something to look at when I don't need sleep. (Looks like a make replacement - let's bury that bitch).

Monday, May 08, 2006

Sick of Drupal

The glChess Drupal website seems to be slowly falling apart... I'm not sure if it's or the old version but I keep getting errors about not being able to log into MySQL and not being able to upload files. So I have been unable to add new content which has put a nail in the coffin for it.

So run and hide Mr Hunter as I am trying to find you and force you to whip me up a simple Rails/Zope site that I can extend.

As I side note I found that people were leaving comments on the site but were getting stuck in a moderation queue. After deleting the 75% spam there were some good comments left.

I particularly like this one:
This is some of the WORST written code I've seen. I can understand why you morons ceased working it! Sincerely, Will L G

It's always nice to receive feedback! :)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

glChess 0.9.2 preview

I added the new models to glChess:

Bit hard to see at the moment, I need to:
  • Adjust the sizes
  • Get better textures (hint hint for someone else)
  • Replace the default material (i.e. make them more shiny)

Slimming your desktop

LowFat - very cool.

Friday, May 05, 2006

glChess 0.9.1

A rushed release... Hopefully the more artistically inclined will provide some decent textures to replace what I've got.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

I swear OOo has got worse

I've been using OpenOffice 2.0 at work and found it to be quite frankly a piece of crap. I'm sure it used to be more reliable back at 1.x. As has been pointed out by others you don't get anywhere just trying to match MS Word. I just can't decide which one is worse at the moment - they seem to be about the same.

Why can a word processor have so much difficulty:
  • Getting outline numbering working.
  • Handle styles appropriately so you don't end up with sections as 'Default' and 'Body Text' without being able to tell.
  • Make images anchor properly.
  • Have a simple diagram drawing tool that is usable.

It really doesn't have to be super fancy, RISCOS managed to work it out many many years ago. Just blend that with a modern file format (Open Document) and you're sorted.

Hopefully AbiWord will replace OOo...