Archives July 2011

Yay, I have a home!

So I got the keys to the new place. It's beautiful. I've decided to go with BT for broadband (note: we can only get ADSL, 5~ Mb/s downstream if we're lucky, and it's BT or virgin) and it'll be going into effect on Monday the 8th of August. So there's my move-in date. 8th!

I've taken some pics and put them at my google+ page, if you want to head over yonder.

Exciting times :) Wish me luck!

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Bukkit video tut: Episode 2!

Second episode is up, now with 500% extra sound.

Clicky! (Source here)

In this episode, we'll give a command to toggle the red carpet + a permission for who can use it. Hopefully it should be simple to follow!

In other news, today is the day I receive dozens of spam emails from long forgotten websites wishing me a happy birthday. Suddenly I just realized I am now 20 and can no longer claim to be a teenager and blame things on that. Oh well, here's to another year!

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Look mum, I'm on tv!

I decided to give the plugin video tutorials a try, and now I regret it after seeing the terrible quality it produced. But I've already published the first ep, so I'll make a few more and see if I get any better.

The first episode of my tutorials is up, you can find it over here. For the generator used, you can find that over there and for the end result of the tutorial (the sourcecode+jar) you can head on over yonder.

The quality sucks, I suck and the tutorial sucks. But I'll try better next time, I promise!

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Bukkit Pluginator

Bukkit has recently hit its milestole 1,000th build on the 17th. The commit that brought it up to this lovely number was my new Permission system! This marks a pretty big week for Bukkit.

I've decided to look into making a small video tutorial series on how to make simple Bukkit plugins that actually do stuff, and see if I can clear up some mysteries surrounding some methods whilst I'm at it. I might not actually pull this off and will give up next week, but I'll certainly give it my best shot.

To aid in making plugins, I've created a small tool which I'm dubbing The Pluginator. Simply enter a few details about your soon-to-be plugin, and it'll create the basic structure for your plugin (it compiles and everything!). No more worrying about the messy stuff, and you can now jump straight into the code within seconds.

I'll be expanding on my toolset soon by adding something to edit Permissions and Commands, but I'll come back to them later. Planning first!

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Good news, and bad news.

Good news, two people who read my blog! I got the house :D I'll be signing for the place on the 29th and moving in shortly after, looking forward to it but it's quite scary! My girlfriend will be moving over in the middle of August so I'll have some time alone to get used to. But yay!

In other news, at my current place our internet is absolutely terrible lately. We're with a company called Pipex, who once got bought out by Tiscali, who then got bought out by Carphone Warehouse and got part of Talk-Talk. I think. It's complicated. Anyways, the last 3 weeks our internet connection has decided to randomly disconnect, and can take anywhere from 5 to 40 minutes to reconnect. It's very frustrating.

We did a line test with BT (who own the line), everything checks out. I tested it myself using a phone and it works fine, and I also tried to connect using our other phone line and same issues. So it's absolutely not the phone line.

We called up the ISP a few days ago, and explained the situation. They said "our router isn't supported by them because Belkin (the brand) use their own 'signal channel' to connect to the internet at the exchange which is why it sometimes doesn't work". Yeah, crap technobabble. They didn't acknowledge any faults with the service or such, and just tried to sell us a Talk-Talk branded router instead. We hung up.

Pretending it wasn't the ISP, I decided to buy a new router and see if that works. It's fairly hot here, the router is fairly old and we use it a lot. It could be overheating, right? Well, new router came, set ...

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And now we wait!

I made an offer on the last property I posted about, now it's just waiting. I have a good feeling though, but we will see!

The agents phoned me up yesterday morning and asked if I was going to make an offer, apparently the landlord was interested and wanted to know. They hadn't done this for any other property I've viewed, so I'm not sure what it means. Either way, I went later that day and everything is good and sent!

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In Search for a Promising Home

We didn't get the last place with the stairs and the pig. Sucks, but someone beat us to it :(

So I arranged for 2 more property viewings. One of them was so new on the market I had to have a small argument with the agents that they did actually have it. "It's on your website" "No it isn't. We don't have it". But they did, and I just got back from viewing the place now.

I had the same agent as the viewing as I did back on the 15th. The guy who wasn't really sure of much. He had no idea of anything of this house and had to call the people up to find out how many bedrooms it has and how much it was etc. To be fair, it was very recent on the market, I guess.

It's a lovely place in a lovely street with lovely neighbours and everything was just lovely. It's furnished, and the furniture is lovely.

The living room is lovely. It's not huge but it's not small either, it's just right. No pig, unfortunately :( It has a lovely view to the garden out front, a big sofa, chairs and a spot for a TV. But we won't be using a TV so that's moot for us.

Upstairs we have just one double bedroom, with a nice big bed and huge walk-in wardrobes. You could fit about half a dozen people in these things. The windows overlook the front garden of the house which is a nice view again, and there's a great big chest of drawers for putting stuff in. Overall awesome for the bedroom.

The bathroom has the usual stuff, shower, bath and looks quite nice. Not ...

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