Website may be up and down over next few months. I'm currently doing a complete overhaul of everything. Going back to simple individual .htm pages, new overall site theme, sanitizing and cleaning up html of all pages and blog posts, attempting to implement a new tooling and publishing system etc etc.

Please save me DSL

Published 11/30/2005 by createdbyx in News

I just canceled my current cable internet service. I am moving to DSL. But my DSL internet does not start until Dec 2, 05. So I might be in the dark for a day or two. I am seroiusly hope my ping drops after the move to DSL. Currently with cable I get around 175 to 300+ ping during the day with Counter strike source, farcry, and UT2004. But that drops down to about 85 to 125+ after 12 o'Clock at night. Needless to say that many people are tinking of heading to bed around that time, leaving me standing all alone with my bfg and none too many to shoot at.

There is nothing more frustrating then trying to blast someone knowing you hit them but finding out you actually missed because of lag! Not only that but 95% of the people playing counter strike source, have an average ping of about 20 to 60, giving them 2 to 5 times more chances to kill me first. BAH!

I suspect it is in part because I have been using cable, and I live farther north of any major city(s). Not only that but since cable is shared I have to content with the fact that my ISP is the only high speed provider this far out of town, which means I have been sharing my bandwidth with, I suspect, quite a few people.

This is the first time I have been able to get DSL where I live, so it is going to be interesting to see is there is a noteworthy drop in my ping when playing online games. I also signed up for the fastest package they my DSL provider offered, so I am hopeing for 40 ping in CS source, but I think I will settle for a high ping of 60 to 70. But I guess I will just have to wait and see...

Just a heads up

Published 11/28/2005 by createdbyx in News

Just to give you a heads up now that I have been using the final release of VS 2005, it seems the rumors are true. MS should have delayed VS 2005's release data and went for a beta3. I have been using VS 2005 since beta 1 and I gotta say the final release crashes more then beta 1 or beta 2! If you are thinking of moving over to VS 2005 don't. Instead wait until the first service pack has been released. Hopefully by then the "Random crash" bug will have been fixed.

On another note, my new web site is up and running with all the original content from the old site. Now all I have to do is add the old, old web sites content to the new site.

Also I am not sure what I am going to do with this blog at I am thinking I may convert it over to RSS 2.0 and move the content over to the new RSS 2.0 feed(s) on the new site. But that will not be for a while.

New content on the way

Published 11/18/2005 by createdbyx in News

I have finished fixing a few bugs in the website code and will ne adding additional content in the comming days.

Here is a list of things I am going to be trying to do...

  1. Try to finish writing my xRSSEd application, or at least get it working enough to start using it. Right now I am publishing all the feeds on this site by hand! xRSSEd will allow you to edit RSS, Atom, or RDF feeds. It is progressing quite well but there seems to be some problems when saving a feed.
  2. Add additional projects to the site. The projects I am going to be adding are ...
    • DXTools Release 7
    • EGEngine (A game engine core)
    • xGameConsole (Already availible but needs example code, documentation, videos etc)
    • CBXSupport (Already availible but needs example code, documentation, videos etc)
    • xCoreEngine (A game engine code similar to EGEngine but more simplified)
    • Sphlix (A general purpose game engine core. All you do is have to write the engine logic tasks and renderer and it does the rest)
    • xFrippery (A DirectX GUI system that I may or may not continue working on)
    • GrafXWrap (A simple demo app showing how you can use the xGameConsole as a simple scripting engine.)
    • xMSGui (I have cut out just the GUI portions of microsofts DirectX sample framework code and have succesfully got it working on its own. But the way MS has coded the GUI system has made it a little difficult to integrate into your apps in a reliable way. I have had thoughts of converting the code from C# to VB.NET)
  3. I would also like to try an code a simple game but can't seem to find a simple enough game idea to work on.
  4. I also need to add a contact page to the site so people can find out how to get in touch with me.
  5. Oh yah, now that I think of it I will also need to update the DirectX examples I have on the site. I don't think some of them are working anymore.

I have just finished uploading the new web site but as I figured was going to happen there are a few bugs. I am currently working to fix these.

2nd post.

Published 11/18/2005 by createdbyx in News

This second post is for testing purposes.

The first news post for the new site.

Woops forgot to mention

Published 11/10/2005 by createdbyx in News

I forgot to mention in my last post there is a web page detailing how to uninstall previous beta versions of the express line of products as well as providing a auto uninstaller to automate the process. I used the auto uninstaller to remove the .NET and express beta without any problems

Microsoft has officially released the Visual Studio Express suite of products. And get this, There all free! But only until Nov 7, 2006. After that MS plans on retailing the software for about $50. And anyone who downloads it now does not have to pay for it afterwards. For more details Click Here...

I think this is a great opportunity for legacy VB6 developers to jump on the .NET bandwagon. I have been using VB Express since beta 1, and I have to say even though it does not support IDE Macros as well as some other Pro level IDE features it is still a very functionable IDE.

Here's the thing you really need to know about the new express editions. The Visual Studio IDE is just an application that helps you write your code. It has nothing to do with compiling your code. The .NET framework is responsible for doing the compilation of your apps. (IE the new MSBuild system) So even though you may not get all the bells and whitles in the express versions of the Visual Studio IDE that is not to say you will not be able to take full advantage of the power of the VB.NET, C# or other .NET languages.

Like I said I have been using VB Express since beta 1, and I think if you are as cheap as me, and don't want to have to dish out $2000+ CAD again to get a MSDN Pro subscription then I recommend you do what I am going to do and start using Visual Studio Express!

DotNetNuke Configuration Errors

Published 11/7/2005 by createdbyx in News

I have been working on my new website but I have had conflict problems with the DotNetNuke portal that the current site uses. And as such I can only test my new site on my desktop and not online.

So in the comming weeks you may see my site loose some of it's dnn content as I slowly convert the content into their respective rss feeds. I will try and find a way to publish links to the new content feeds for the new site as I make progress.

So far it's looking like a promising idea to use a 100 percent rss driven website. But I guess only time will tell.

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Name of author Dean Lunz (aka Created by: X)
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