TildeHash the Blog - Random Information and Opinions
Here is where I post software development information and updates,
my random opinions, and screenshots of various new program features
and/or bugs. View my software portfolio
get an idea of what kind of software development I do. You should think
of the "blog posts" below simply as articles of more lax nature -- particularly
in grammar and narrative -- as less important or of different interest, and
more personal and opinionative.
Here I also archive my online comments, I often post here when a
website requires registration in order to post a comment. Because
requiring people to register on your website, or a third-party website,
in order to post a comment is restrictive, limits each person's freedom
of speech, and is an ultimatum between voicing your opinion while
handing over untold-control and being subjected to surveillance or
not voicing your opinion at all. Using a comment system that
requires visitors to register should be avoided
However my opinions are taken, good or bad, and wherever I voice my
opinions, I am the one behind them, and you have the right to know.
It's very easy to be anonymous online; that is exactly the opposite
of what I want.
HashOver Gets a Logo!
Saturday, May 02 2015
Over the past few days I've been in talks with a nice fellow named
a concept artist
graphic designer, and web developer who recently contributed a Polish locale for
. He shared with me a logo design for
HashOver, that after some back and forth became, in my opinion, a very cool design.
I'm glad to have an actual artist doing the logo design for HashOver, graphic
design has never been a strong suit of mine, as most people using HashOver 1.0
would probably agree.
The NSA backdoor in "Linux"
Wednesday, July 16 2014
Considering that the Linux kernel (the only component Linus has any kind of control
over), the software from the GNU Project, and all of the most popular third-party
software available for GNU/Linux is all free and open source, it is ridiculous that
people can even believe the notion that Linus Torvalds, solely, could put a backdoor
The popularity of Firefox is definitely waning!
Wednesday, July 09 2014
Has Firefox's popularity really waned? The answer is a definitive "Yes."
Statistically, however, so has every other web browser except for Google
Chrome. The fact Net Applications calculates Internet Explorer's market
share to be 58.38% is laughable. Likewise, 19.34% for Google Chrome is
erroneously wrong and potentially deceptive.
Stop Complaining, Gedit Is Better Than Ever
Tuesday, May 06 2014
People have been complaining about gEdit 3.12, which recently moved into
Debian's "testing" repository. Specifically, they're complaining about the
GUI. Many have lamented the old-style icon menu, which was removed, as is
similarly being done to Totem (Videos), Nautilus (Files), and Disk Utility
(Disks), among others.
XX != Years of Linux
Thursday, February 06 2014
There's a big problem with this "20 Years of Linux" graph, and many
"XX Years of Linux" graphs as most all show an incomplete history
or timeline of events and milestones. The one below for example.
Making a Change
Monday, September 09 2013
I set out to achieve this "professional" look and feel with TildeHash;
I set out to write about things I thought were important, and I now
realize that not only am I terrible at writing professional quality
articles but that I enjoy sharing random ideas, posting commentary and
opinions more than writing "about something."
Firefox vs. Chrome: Canvas
Sunday, July 21 2013
I just reported this bug to Google. It's a (should be) simple HTML5
canvas element drawing of multiple overlaying translucent rgba color
rectangles. In Firefox it's perfect, in Chrome preceding canvas
draws become more and more transparent with each additional rectangle.
Firefox's Inspector Tool as 3D Modeler (Seriously)
Monday, May 06 2013
Firefox 20.0 -- and a couple of earlier versions I think -- has a nifty little
feature of its "Inspector" tool that allows you to view HTML elements as 3D
objects. This lets you graphically see the DOM structure and how elements lay
against one another. As soon as the feature appeared I knew what I wanted
to do with it, I wanted to use it for something it wasn't intended for: 3D
Simple PHP Diff Script - Shows Line Changes in Bold Text
Sunday, May 27 2012
Here's a simple PHP diff
script I wrote for no particular reason. Its output is similar to how Wikipedia
does it, though admittedly, a lot simpler and inferior. It works really well for
predictable comparisons, like two files that are mostly the same or a directory
listing where some files have been renamed, added or removed. However, I have no
use for it, I was simply trying for proof of concept. Even if I have no use for
it, somebody might, right?
Introducing the Humble Deteriorating Bundle!
Friday, December 16 2011
I can proudly say I purchased the first Humble Bundle (the "Humble Indie
Bundle"), and I can say I'm glad to have not purchased the last seven. Why?
I know what you're thinking, "It's a good deal, and it's monetary motivation
for developers to port their games to Linux, and remove any pre-existing
DRM." Yeah, yeah, but that's nothing compared to the first Humble Bundle.
New Identi.ca Share Button
Thursday, June 30 2011
Identi.ca still doesn't have a proper share button. For a long
time I've looked for a good Identi.ca share button. One like Twitter's, one
that: displays a count of posts, and lets people share the page with the post
automatically containing the page title and URL. I looked so long without
finding anything that I wrote one myself. And I've talked a
but I really haven't shown it off or explained how to use it. It's kind
of pointless to write it just for myself.
Potential For Free Animation Software Dead?
Friday, June 24 2011
There was a time when I was obsessed with finding good,
, stable, Adobe
Flash animation software, because at the time I was also obsessed with
and other online cartoons and I wanted to make my own. This was before
I knew about how much hassle Flash actually is across multiple platforms and
long before I knew of the disadvantages of making online animations in
Track Me! Just Track Me, GNOME Project!
Tuesday, March 01 2011
I'm serious. The upcoming GNOME 3 release will be making some controversial
changes, such as removing the Window List from the panel making for a more
"task-based environment" as they say. They're also removing the minimize
and maximize window control buttons and desktop icons.
Web Development, Better Done On GNU/Linux
Friday, February 18 2011
I often tell people that setup, configuration, writing, scripting,
and other general development of any website is better done on
the same web server, or at least the same operating system that
is installed on the web server that the site is going to be hosted
and ran on, rather than developed elsewhere and simply dropped in
place later. It doesn't matter whether you're using Apache or
Windows Server, GNU/Linux or Windows.
Why Indie Games Need GNU/Linux
Friday, December 24 2010
Indie games are not very popular, on any platform. They are independent
of the big game companies like EA, id Software, Infinity Ward, and Crytek.
Thus they also lack the kind of funding these companies have. Windows
users started taking games for granted a long time ago. With Windows being
the dominant operating system, Windows users know that high quality commercial
games have to have Windows versions, so when an indie game comes out, with an
average price of $20, they seem too expensive to most people using Windows. As
evidence, the average price Windows users are paying for the recent
"Humble Indie Bundle #2" is $6.63.
Too Many Shoot 'Em Up Games
Saturday, December 11 2010
We have a few great Free Software gaming engines now, like DarkPlaces used in
Nexuiz, Cube 2 used in Sauerbraten, Qfusion used in Warsow, id Tech 3 used in
"Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare", Quake 4, Doom 3, and soon id Tech 4 which is
used in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars along with many others, and HPL1 used in
Frictional Games' "Penumbra" trilogy series (Overture, Black Plague, and Requiem.)