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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

darkgumby Re:Do you even endofunctor bro? (254 comments)

I've got 7-9 year old kids writing games after a few hours of introduction to Scratch. Programming itself *is* easy (and which doesn't require extensive training and education).

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

darkgumby Re:Udemy (254 comments)

I took a free intro course on iphone development on Udemy. I wrote C years ago and do PHP and Javascript now. Until I took the course I had never used X-Code or written any Objective-C. So not a total newbie, but still starting from almost zero. I was shocked at how good the course is and how easy it was to get an ipad app working. There are plenty of free courses of all types available on Udemy so you can test the water to see if you think paying for a course is worth it.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

darkgumby Re:started very young (153 comments)

Should have said, 'Hacking is not exclusive to computers.'

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

darkgumby started very young (153 comments)

I started hacking well before I had access to a computer. I took apart almost all of my toys and anything else that I was allowed to. Hacking has nothing to do with computers. It's all about the desire to understand and possibly improve on systems. Fortunately computers became accessible and affordable at the right time in history for me. Today I program and play with microcontrollers for fun and profit.

about 3 months ago
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One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

darkgumby PCMCIA (255 comments)

People Cannot Memorize Computer Industry Acronymns

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via 'Pipelight'

darkgumby Re:Next step (303 comments)

RPN for the Win!

1 year,9 days
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Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

darkgumby Javascript Baby! (360 comments)

I am a bit shy of 50 and still love to code. I have done a lot of different things over the years. Mostly back end stuff, a lot of PHP.

A couple of years ago I jumped on the Javascript/AJAX wave. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT. Not because Javascript is the perfect language, but because the environment around it is evolving at a rapid pace and there is always something new and exciting to play with. It's hot and marketable now will be for years to come.

I dropped out of the job market about 4 years ago to try some solo gigs. That's when I had the time to really get into Javascript. I did a couple of gigs with Javascript and PHP. The last gig was pure Javascript. I was able to ignore the backend completely and just got to deal with webservices and JSON. The paradigm shifts has been very stimulating/energiziing.

I've been job searching for the past 2 months. Not crazy about the prospects of competing with the young new hotshots. Turned out not to be of problem. I just got hired to do PHP and Javascript and will be paid well to do it. The work will be challenging and exciting, and the company is a great place to work.

You could probably do the same thing. Learn something new and hot and combine it with your deep experience base and use the combination as a force multiplier.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

darkgumby Re:Robert L. Forward (1130 comments)

In my opinion Forward's writing is terrible, but his concepts/stories are fantastic.

about 2 years ago
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Hybrid Car Owners Not Likely To Buy Another Hybrid

darkgumby Re:Oh enough with the range whining (998 comments)

MythBusters 'proved' that motorcycles are not more 'green' than cars. They tested bikes from the 80's, 90's and 00's. In all cases the motorcycles produced more pollution than the cars. They only tested gas milage and pollution levels. They did not mention the manufacturing and recycling impact. Not sure if they used real 'science', but their methods made sense to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make My Own Hardware Multimedia Player?

darkgumby What about a Roku and Plex? (140 comments)

I have a Roku 2XS. It has a Plex client. I've run the Plex server on my Mac and on an Ubuntu box and in both cases this setup works just fine. I've streamed a handful of movies and TV shows and so far am very satisfied with the results. I have an older Linksys E1000 using stock firmware. I haven't even bothered to optimize my wifi network. With some QOS I might get higher quality streaming but I have an old SD TV so my standards are low. Will get an HDTV sometime this year and will want 720p or better so will probably upgrade the WLAN. When I had the Plex server running under Ubuntu it was running inside of a Proxmox VM. That worked really well. I'm rebuilding the Proxmox host now and will probably go back to that setup.

more than 2 years ago
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The Unspoken Rules of Open Source Hardware

darkgumby Re:Legal basis (64 comments)

Festivus for the rest of us!

more than 2 years ago
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Want To Get Kids Interested In Programming? Teach Them Computer History

darkgumby Re:emulate history (200 comments)

Or use Chipmonk BASIC. http://www.nicholson.com/rhn/basic/ Yes, we all know that BASIC is evil. But that's how many of us started and it's hard to argue with the instant gratification. Pygame may be a better staring point.

more than 2 years ago
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Want To Get Kids Interested In Programming? Teach Them Computer History

darkgumby emulate history (200 comments)

Load up a C64, Apple ][, Atari, or other 8bit emulator. Demonstrate BASIC. Then point them here: http://www.atariarchives.org/

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Like To Read?

darkgumby Re:the usual (647 comments)

James Blish did some novelization of some of the TOS stuff. I really liked it way back when. Maybe hard to find these days.

Absolutely love Vinge's 'The Peace War'. Bought that on a whim in an airport once. Made me not want to deplane so I could finish it.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Everyone Hates the IT Department

darkgumby Re:Reflections (960 comments)

Back when I worked as an intranet developer at a corporate gig I imaged the Windows hard drive and copied it up to a file share. The I installed Gentoo and did my own thing. Nobody from IT ever asked about my system. I never, ever asked for anybody to fix it. It worked better than the Windows machines (no thanks, I'll skip the McAfee and Norton crap) and I worked just as effectively (or more so) as the other devs. At that corp if you didn't bother IT they didn't bother you.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Market Upgraded, Buy eBooks and Rent Movies

darkgumby Re:Android pod touch (157 comments)

I used 'Bluetooth File Transfer' to copy some apps from my EVO4 to my rooted Nook Color. It packaged the app into a *.apk file and copied it across for me. I then navigated to the *.apk file with the file manager app and installed it from there.

more than 3 years ago

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