Google Spreadsheets – Very First Impression

I gave Google Spreadsheets a whirl today. My impression is an overwhelming “Eh…”. First the good. I’m amazed by what people are able to do in a web browser nowadays. Google Calendar is really slick. The gmail interface isn’t as ‘fresh’ as it originally was, but it’s still powerful and easy to use. Google Spreadsheet looks really nice — as you might expect, it looks and feels like a spreadsheet. You can enter formulas (well,…






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Nokia 6682 Review

I’m really not a negative person, but I find myself complaining a lot. I think there are a couple reasons for this. First, because I’m an optimist, I think there are generally good ways to do things, so it bothers me when I see things done poorly. Second, it’s really not interesting to write about things that don’t bother me. For example, I really enjoyed my egg and toast sandwich this morning, but I just…






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ATI and AMD — What Am I Not Understanding?

            So ATI (ATYT) and AMD (AMD) are merging; or perhaps AMD is buying ATI. Either way, there’s something I’m not getting here. ATI derives a lot of its value from sales into Intel (INTC) platforms. I don’t know what percentage of its sales go into Intel platforms, but it’s got to be the vast majority. Since, you know, the vast majority of platforms out there are Intel platforms… So…






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Embedding Python in C++ Example (Ogre)

I decided that I want to find a good way to put Python in my C++ Ogre applications. Now, one method of doing this would be to write an interface for import game_namemy application at a high level. Lets say that Python is going to handle scripting in an RPG-type game. I would need it to do things like “move character to this position, do some spell particle effects, say this dialog”. To accomplish this, I’d…






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Psyco and PyPy

After working with an issue in PyOgre I decided to take a closer look at Psyco (the Python JITer). Taking a look at how Psyco works is like learning how sausages are made. You just don’t want to go down that road. This isn’t to say that Psyco is poorly written, badly executed, or anything like that. I just mean that the actual internals of Psyco are incredibly complex, and not something that can be…






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