I am now employed on a contract basis by a company called Somanetics. They make medical sensing equipment, and I’ll be refactoring their code and writing new GUI libraries so that their future devices can have better-looking, more responsive interfaces. It seems to be a really nice company.
Which is why it really sucks that I had to leave early on my second day because I felt like poo-poo. And it’s entirely possible I will be out tomorrow for the same poo-poo reason. Not an auspicious start to my career.
And hey, did someone tell me that Oracle VM VirtualBox was a FREE piece of software that would allow me to set up a virtual machine capable of running Linux or XP inside Windows 7 and I just not hear them? We use it at work with Ubuntu and it’s pretty damn amazing. And FREE. Hopefully Linux will like me better soon!
First: congrats on the job. It’s kind of weird that ex-gamedevs seem to gravitate into medical equipment interfaces..
Second: get well. Yes, you’re reading this on your computer. You shouldn’t be at your computer. Get back to bed. Getting sick at the start of a new job is not totally unusual in itself, so if they have any sense you won’t get into trouble because of this.
Third: I told you that Oracle VM VirtualBox is a FREE piece of software that lets you run linux inside windows *WITH OpenGL HARDWARE ACCELERATION*. There are some glitches but it means I don’t need to boot my linux box if I want to develop linux software. Now, if I could do the same with OS X..
Have fun with linux, I use that and OS X as my main operating systems at home and they are both, in my experience, more pleasant to work with than windows. Once you start having fun with unix tools you’ll never want to go back (well, maybe to cygwin 🙂
Congrats on the new job!
I’ve been using Virtualbox for a while now.
Quite fun to be able to use the fancy Opengl-accelerated Ubuntu desktop with all it’s wibbly wobbly windowness.
I think I used it recently because there’s a player for Amiga game modules in funky formats called UADE123 that’s only available in linux source, so I compiled it inside the Ubuntu VBox, converted these modules to WAV (was suprised to find sound-playback was fine with no stuttering or latency) and then pulled them over to Windows to put in my playlist.
Sad man that I am…
(oh, and I can confirm that OpenGL apps compiled in VBox seem to be fine. However, the funky trick I used for putting 2D sprites at certain points on the zBuffer manually in the rendering pipeline seemed to be a bit glitchy via VBox, but I wouldn’t use that method again anyway)
Are you still sick? I get it, now that you got a job again updates are going to be longer appart.
That’s cool man… you’re walking distance from me at my day job. I’m near Maple and Crooks on Maplelawn.
If you ever want to grab lunch and chat about gamedev, hit me up. Game programmers are rare in the area.
How is your game for the compo coming?