A new home

As you may be aware, this blog has not been updated in quite a while. If you want to see my more regular postings, try http://dismaldenizen.tumblr.com/


My 18th Birthday

Yesterday, on August 27 2010, I celebrated my milestone 18th birthday. Provided here is a rough breakdown of the day for those of you interested in such things. Continue reading

The Ogg container format explained

Xiph.Org's logo

Xiph.Org's logo

Ogg bitstreams have become increasingly prominent in recent years, yet Ogg is still a commonly misunderstood format. As the creator of ruby-ogg I have spent some time deciphering Xiph.Org’s technical documentation, and now I have decided to pass some of that knowledge on to you, dear reader (of course, you could read the specification yourself!). Continue reading

Announcing Sprung

During the past couple of months I’ve been working on a little game called Sprung as an entry for the SwinGame 2010 competition. I believe that it’s come along quite nicely, and is probably the most bug-free piece of software that I’ve ever created (I reserve the right to withdraw claim if Sprung implodes). The game was created primarily with excellent free software tools, a full list of which can be found here. Sprung is free and works on Windows and Linux, so please download it and give it a try. I take no responsibility for addiction to playing! Continue reading

A quick note on rdoc.info and GitHub hooks

Firstly, lets get something straight: rdoc.info is an awesome place to host Ruby documentation. However, when I went to add a new project, the suggestion to add a post-commit hook containing “http://rdoc.info/projects/update” had me baffled. After wasting time following a red herring, I finally discovered that what I wanted was GitHub’s post-recieve hooks. Great! However, I could have saved myself a lot of time if rdoc.info was just a little clearer with its suggestion, perhaps providing a relevant link. If you have a project floating around the Internet, please consider taking a little more effort when explaining things and reduce the amount of assumed knowledge – users will really appreciate it!

UPDATE: rdoc.info has ears everywhere, and the new project page has been modified to address my little gripe. Yay!

My top 6 Firefox extensions

There is a metric buttload of Firefox add-ons out there, some good and some bad. In order to make the process of finding the best extensions a little easier, I have shortlisted a few of my favourites. Continue reading

A fresh start

Don’t you just love the smell of a new blog? No embarrassing typos or grammatical errors, no broken links and no misguided rants. If only it could stay this way forever…