Jul 17, 2009 : What I've been doing at SourceForge

If you want to read a good summary of my recent work (and accept my laziness in not writing one myself) please read my team-member Mark's blog on TurboGears on SourceForge. It's a good overview in both general terms and technical, so you don't have to be a programmer to understand all of it :)

And I'm looking forward a lot to SourceForge at OSCON next week! It'll be a lot of fun, and SourceForge is throwing a big party on Thursday night. If you're not going to OSCON, you can still watch it online.

Apr 05, 2009 : "FattyWars" game released!

A few friends and I have been working on a game for quite a while. We're finally done! FattyWars is a multiplayer space shooter. Designed for playing with unlimited* friends, and you can also play against the computer. Works best with dual analog controllers, but keyboard/mouse works too.

fattywars screenshot

You can download it from the FattyWars page. Works in Windows, Mac, and Linux.

* seriously. As many controllers as your computer can handle

Apr 01, 2009 : Working from home

Working from home is going pretty well. I've been going into the office near Ann Arbor about once a month, which is nice to work face-to-face with my coworkers (plus visit Cherith!). Besides that, phone, email and IM keep us in touch pretty well. And our project, FossForUs continues to be going well. It's quite functional and useful now, so one of our main goals is to start driving more traffic there.

Here's a few pictures of my home office setup:

One of the nice things about the desk is that there's a retractable crank so I can raise/lower it by about 8 inches:

And the whole front ledge can go up/down about the same amount. So I can get the keyboard & mouse high enough that I can stand up for a while to work:

And here's my view out the window, a few days ago. Spring is trying to get here!

Mar 05, 2009 : Finding good open source software

Even for someone like me, who knows about open source software pretty well, it can be hard to find certain software. And I'm sure it would be harder for other people to find out about good open source software.

At my new job we've been working on a site to do just that: Fossfor.us. FOSS stands for Free Open Source Software, and we actually are making the site for people who don't know what FOSS is at all. There are loads of screenshots, video demos, feature lists, etc to help you know if software is what you want or not. And you can browse and search by function or by alternative (e.g. find me an alternative to AIM, or Microsoft Office).

We've got a lot of features (and some bugs) to still work on, but go check it out and download some awesome free software. You deserve it.

Feel free to post suggestions here, or use the "feedback" link on the bottom of Fossfor.us to send a note to our team.

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Feb 07, 2009 : stuff

In the past week I:

  • Walked around Chicago in really cold temps. Cherith & I went to visit friends.
  • Almost burned down Cherith's house. I left a light on that had a cloth on it, and started a small fire. No real damage, fortunately
  • Made red hot cinnamon apples. And a few pears! One recipe suggested it and they were pretty good too.

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