Steam What?

In order to test a game that I’m developing at the moment I built myself a budget Steam Box (because what’s the point of building a high-end box when I want my game to be accessible for everyone?) The all-in cost came to less than £200, using a 1.6GHz quad core Athlon processor, and I’m far more impressed with it than I thought I would be.
Having built my box, I took it for a test-drive. Some things work amazingly well (power frugal games like Braid, for example, but big hitters like Brütal Legend are very playable too), but let’s back up a moment… Continue reading

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But what about the cake?

I code. I love coding (mostly). Honestly, sometimes coding annoys the living daylights out of me. I want to tear my hair out. I need a break. And what could be a better break than a cup of tea? Of course, you need something to eat with a cup of tea – and what could be a better tea snack than cake?

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MailRaider iOS Withdrawn from Sale

Effective immediately, MailRaider for iOS has temporarily been withdrawn from sale.  This is in order to fix problems with it that are causing widespread crashes in the wild.  Oddly, these problems have not been experienced at all in testing.  I will get to the bottom of this…

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Ill Communication

“Be more dog”, O2 say.  What they mean, I suspect, is roll over and let us kick you for a while. As you might have guessed, I’m not entirely happy with O2 customer service – and so I’m moving back to a supplier that I’ve learned to trust.

It’s not one problem, it’s many – and I’m fed up. I’m kicking back. So, in no particular order… Continue reading

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Not the end of the Swiss economy

Here we go again.  It’s time for another woefully inaccurate assessment of a new Apple product.  Bear in mind that I’m not very good at this – some of my past gems included:

  • PowerPC (Not as good as 68000)
  • iPod (Not as good as my MiniDisc player)
  • Mac Mini (Just a poor clone of the Cappuccino PC)
  • Mac Intel (It’ll be a disaster – the end of the Mac is nigh)
  • iPad (Just a scaled up iPod Touch)

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Thursday 3rd July is Charity Day

If you purchase any 45RPMSoftware application on 3rd July 2014 100% of the profits for that day will go to charity. Continue reading

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The Managers Guide to Employee Feedback

The Managers Guide to Employee Feedback by Glenn Devey is essential reading for all managers, no matter how experienced you believe you are. Even as a manager of seven years I found the tips in this book to be useful, backed up as they are by real-life examples. In fact, I’ve been on management training courses that weren’t as well considered or developed as this little book. Continue reading

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Attracting IT Graduates to Your Business

I wish An Coppens all the best, of course, but I’m at a loss as to the purpose of her book ‘Attracting IT Graduates to Your Business‘. Much of the focus, at least in terms of examples given, is on mega-business. Microsoft. Google. Facebook. That’s all very well but, if you’re hiring for a mega-business then these tips are already likely to be ingrained into your company culture – and, if you’re not, then you probably can’t afford to hire in quite the same way that they do. That’s not to say that a small business can’t attract excellent graduates, of course, just that they techniques that they’ll need to use are rather different. Continue reading

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Helping Hands for Tacloban

I don’t normally repost (actually, up to now, I’ve never reposted) other people’s blog posts here – but, in this case, I’m going to make an exception.  You can read the original article here:

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Heartbleed – Stay safe

A quick note on Heartbleed. You may have read about Heartbleed. Rest assured that the 45RPMSoftware website has been patched to remove the Heartbleed vulnerability.

Please take a moment though to change your passwords on this, and every other website that you visit, in order to ensure that your personal information remains secure.

It is worth remembering a few simple rules about passwords:

  1. Make them long and complicated. Perhaps use a sentence that you can remember easily, but which cannot be easily guessed.
  2. Don’t use the same password for multiple websites. Best practice should be a different password for all websites but, at the very least, ensure that your passwords for any websites that might store banking information (shopping, banking etc) are different.
  3. Rotate as often as you feel is practicable.
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