Dell Studio 15Z Waking Up at Night

My Dell Studio 15z (Windows 7) has been waking up by itself at night for some reason which I haven’t determined yet. It’s not waking for virus scans. The bad part is it doesn’t shut itself back down. The other night I had it hibernated and it was not plugged in. When I got up in the morning, the battery was dead. After some searching, I found that it’s a Windows 7 thing. [Read More]

Food and IP

Here are some movies I think are worth watching about our food supply Strangely, these movies also twist together some of the intellectual property and patent issues I’ve been thinking about recently. Did you know if you grow Monsanto’s patented soybeans, you can’t keep any of the seed you produce? They actually police this. Also, if you’re a non-Monsanto soybean grower next to a Monsanto grower and Monsanto’s plants naturally cross with yours, Monsanto can come and take your crop because of patent infringement? [Read More]

The Light Side of the Moon

I’ve always been greatly inspired by the U.S. mission to the moon. The moon mission drove my passion for electronics, computers, and science; as it did for many others. I’ve read quite a bit on the moon mission and watched quite a few documentaries on it. I recently watched a couple of episodes of “Moon Machines.” This series caused me to connect some thoughts I’ve had lately - none of which have anything to do with actually being on the moon. [Read More]

Getting Nexus One Working with USB on Ubuntu

I received my Nexus One on Thursday. It is flat-out fast. I’m really liking it, even if it doesn’t have a physical keyboard like my G1. I was pretty excited to load my latest development game on it. However I found that the Ubuntu USB settings that I had setup for the G1 didn’t work for the Nexus One, even though they’re both HTC phones. I had setup Linux (Ubuntu 8. [Read More]

AlphaMixr Version 1.2.0 Released

The new features of this Text Twist-like scrambled word game include an improved dictionary and the ability to view Global High Score maps right on your phone! If you have an Android phone - especially the new Verizon Droid - you should check out this game. It’s available on the Android Market in a Trial and Full version. More information is available at Syrious Games.

AlphaMixr on Sale! Picked as #1 Game!

AlphaMixr, my Android game for T-Mobile G1, et. al. is on sale for $.99 this weekend (through 7⁄26). You can beat the price - it’s less that a hamburger on the $1 menu at McDonald’s! Get it while it’s hot! AlphaMixr was picked as the #1 G1 Game or App on this blog. You can read the review for AlphaMixr at Android Tapp where it got 4 out of 5 droids. [Read More]

Wicket Web Beans 1.1 Released

After an overly long delay, Wicket Web Beans 1.1 has been released. I really appreciate Daniel Toffeti’s contributions. Also thanks to Cemal at (http://jWeekend.com) for pushing us to get this release out. jWeekend is gracious hosting the live samples for us (see below). Looking forward, Daniel is going to start on the Wicket 1.4 migration. And, maybe someday, I’ll get back to WWB 2.0. The code for it is on the 2. [Read More]

AlphaMixr Reviewed - Demo Downloads Hit 10,000

AlphaMixr, my game for Google Android (T-Mobile G1, et. al.), was reviewed the other day and got 4 out of 5 “droids.” You can read the review at Android Tapp. You can also read AlphaMixr user reviews on Cyrket (an online Android Market browser). In other news, AlphaMixr Demo hit the 10,000 download mark today at Android Market. I think this will pick up even more as additional Android-based devices are released globally this year. [Read More]

AlphaMixr for T-Mobile G1/Android Released

Google released paid apps today on the Android Market today (2/20/09) and so my game, AlphaMixr (now Syrious Scramble®) was released into the wild. AlphaMixr is a scrambled word game in the spirit of Text Twist and Jumble. It adds another dimension of Global High Scores so you can compete with other players around the world. You can read a glowing review from a friend of mine who’s been a beta tester at This and That Visit SyriousGames. [Read More]