Gonzo blogging from the Annie Leibovitz of the software development world.

Month: August 2004 (Page 1 of 2)

Patenting the colour blue

Sometimes I wonder where my brain is. Other times I wonder where other peoples brains are. These two are not necessarily in the same place.

Often when we’re surfing the net (and you’ll notice that I’ve stopped capitalizing Net and Internet, but that’s another blog) you come across various droppings, either left by you (usually in a drunken stupor when you got too close to a computer) or by someone else.

I came across this rather innoculous but intriging image recently which had my name on it:

Okay, I’ll admit it. I go Googling (my term and yes, capitalized because at $105 per share it better be) for myself. Usually it’s to see what crazy things people are saying about me in newsgroups or if there’s any silly stuff that I put out there (drunken stupor or otherwise). Today I hit the “Search Image” button on my toolbar instead of “Search Web” and found this thing.

I did get a kick out of it though as it was a mock-news article someone wrote quite sometime ago about me claiming the copyright to the colour blue (I did not create the image though). Here’s an excerpt:

Bil Simser today left the Sims community reeling when he announced that he had secured a global patent on the colour blue.

Despite his long allegiance to the open-source community, Bil apparently felt obliged to guard all aspects of his long-awaited blueprint application with full legal protection.

Under the current legislation, Sims sites are prevented from using colours falling within the visible light spectrum ranging between 425nm and 500nm, which includes blue-violet right through to cyan.

Funny stuff (well to me it is). Feel free to send me money via PayPal if you decide to use images that fall within my spectrum on your website. I don’t ask for much.

You can view the entire article here.

Just when you thought you were getting caught up…

And here I thought I was almost getting caught up on tools and getting something released, Sims 2 comes around the corner and goes gold on me. According to the EA website, they’ll have it in the stores on September 17th. Off to Future Shop to grab a copy now and see what I can mess with.

I have to admit that I’ve been in the dark on Sims 2 and haven’t paid too much attention to it but it certainly looks interesting. I would be interested in seeing what you, the fans, reaction will be when you get it in your grubby little hands. Fab or flop? I’ll be happy when they finish SimAnt 2.

In any case, don’t worry, I have a lot of work left to do on The Sims and new and updated tools. Will be interesting to see what tools they package with The Sims 2 and if there are any gaps though. Let me know if you know something I don’t (which means anything since I know nothing).

And here I was worried that I wouldn’t have anything to play while waiting for Half-Life 2 after finishing Doom 3.

I’m still worried.

The Windows UI, from flat to fat and back again…

I read an interesting blog about the history of the Windows UI. What particularily intrigued me was the evolution of the UI and how it went from flat to 3D with the cycle now returning to the flat look with Office 2003 and eventually Longhorn and the Avalon interface. Here’s some screen caps from that timeline.

Windows 1.0: Very very flat.

Windows 2.0: Some 3D with a hint of flat.

Windows 3.0/95: Lots of 3D and the ever popular CTL3D.DLL which made everything look 3D.

Windows XP: Flat is good.

Office XP: Thinning the herd.

Office 2003: Flat is back!

Quick Update

Hi guys,

Just a quick update on what’s happening. Yes, things are still moving on this side of the fence. I just haven’t spent a lot of time lately with The Sims as lots of Work 1.0 stuff is being released and that’s consuming my brain matter right now.

As for the plan, the release of the new SimExplorer is imminent so that’s needs to happen soon. Also some other tools are coming. Not sure what’s going to happen to blueprint itself and The Sims 2 but don’t think it’s a big concern so I haven’t given it too many neurons.

I’m just spending the better part of the next few days rebuilding my system. When you upgrade your motherboard and processor, Windows XP decides that it won’t boot and makes you reinstall everything. Of course on a 80gb drive, it’s really hard to back everything up to do a clean install so it’s a juggling act. It only happens once or twice a year when I make a drastic upgrade but this time it’s my development system so now I have to go through the bother of reinstalling all my development tools, libraries, etc.

Anyways, things will be back up and compiling at the blue household shortly. Just wanted to let everyone (all 3 of you that visit this site) that I’m still alive and kicking. Same old story and all that crap. You know the drill. Nothing to see. Move along citizen.

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