2013 One Game a Month Entires

Trying hard to successfully complete the One Game a Month challenge for 2013. My most recent release is QuakeCraft, a Quake1 Minecraft mod.

Details can be found at this page

My other #1gam entries thus far have included Steam, the Game! (This is broken right now, I need to fix the Unity project and re-export), Don’t Hit the Walls!, and Friends & Zombies.

37signals Campfire Data Liberation

As an administrator of a 37signals account, I’ve wanted to get my hands on all the data from their services numerous times. Well, now we are moving from 37signals to Google Apps and I NEED to get my data out. Why are we moving? Numerous reasons.

  • We use Fogbugz, Trello, and Google Calendar. These 3 tools essentially render Basecamp useless.
  • Campfire is a distant second to Hipchat for team collaboration.
  • Highrise isn’t something we need for our business.
  • Backpack in the hands of end users has been by far one of the most confusing and frustrating services we’ve ever used. A standard Mediawiki install was the first attempt we made for this kind of service. Next was Confluence (gah). Finally, Backpack. Now we’re using Google sites and Google docs. None of these are perfect, but at least Google works.

Regardless of our reasoning. Let’s start by getting data out of Campfire. For whatever mysterious reasons, 37signals doesn’t have a feature to export any data from Campfire. Contacting their customer support is usually a dead end, they won’t help. It surprising they would prefer that you hammer their servers like my example below instead of simply providing a “zip all my campfire history” link and running the zip offline.

Do not fear, there is a simple solution. It involves three things.

  1. Administrator access to your 37signals Campfire account
  2. wget.exe
  3. cookie.txt export for Chrome

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The Kindle 3

So a friend of mine let me play around with his Kindle 3 a few months ago – and I was sold. This Christmas, I received one as a gift and haven’t been able to put it down.

Now, most folks that know me ask me “Why do you need a Kindle? You already have an iPad!” The answer is pretty simple for me. While the iPad is a great reading device, it’s also a great distraction device. As soon as I swipe that lock slider on my iPad, the applications start calling! More often than not, I end up doing anything but reading on the iPad (thanks to Infinity Blade or Angry Birds.)

On the other hand, the Kindle is extraordinarily simple. It’s sole focus is for reading, and it works quite wonderfully for that task.

The version that I’m using is the Kindle WiFi. Since it’s dropped in price from ~$300 to $139, it’s a hard gadget to pass up in my book. As for the Kindle 3G, I haven’t missed anything yet by not having an internet connection at all times, but I could see that being a pain when on the road. Either way, I’m super happy with it.

Also, I highly recommend the superpimp Lighted Leather Cover. It uses the Kindle’s battery to power the LED light and has the added benefit of making it feel like you are holding a nice hardback book!

Mega win.