New blog URL

January 29, 2014 at 4:30 am (Uncategorized)

If you’re reading this at ernesthuntley.wordpress.com, you are at the old site!

I’ve decided to host on Windows Azure from now on, with a custom URL to come… some day.

Go here for the latest:
http://budmaster.azurewebsites.net/

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Blog transition still in progress

July 17, 2011 at 12:09 am (Uncategorized)

I’m still in the process of migrating my blog from my old webspace to here on WordPress.

I also recently began working for a game development and entertainment company, so I’ve been busy with my dream job (and, as always, side projects).

Stay tuned…

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Blog overhaul

April 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm (Uncategorized)

The blog has moved. Changes are in progress.

More soon. ^_^

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Another helpful tip…

September 4, 2009 at 9:55 am (Uncategorized)

Here’s another quick tip that I found useful and I hope some of you will as well:

Is Firefox failing to save your cookies after you shut it down? In other words, do you have to continually log into certain sites despite saving your password and, normally, selecting an option to remain logged in?

Well, it seems that this is caused by an unclean shutdown of either your system or Firefox which results in a corrupted cookie file.

Here are the steps to correct the problem (on Windows):

1. Go to Application Data Folder. on Windows Vista or on Windows XP, type %AppData% and click enter. On XP, it will open the folder Application Data. From their, open Mozilla\firefox folder. Normally on XP, the path will be C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Application Data and on Vista it is C:\Users\your name\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox.

2. Once you read the Firefox folder, open Profiles folder. Most likely you will be only having one profile named xxxxxxxx.default where xxxxxxxxx is some 8 characters. If you have more then one folder, you can do the next step for both profiles, though start from .default one and see of it fixes the problem

3. After opening the folder, look for cookies.sqlite file and delete it (you can copy it first on some other folder as a backup). You won’t be able to delete it if Firefox is running so first you have to close firefox.

4. Restart Firefox, and now Firefox will be able to save all cookies and remember logins and passwords.

If this doesn’t work, you can also delete cookies.txt file (if it is available). If you have another profile, you can try this on that profile too though most likely you won’t be required to do it.

(reference)

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Google Chrome

October 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm (Programming/Development, Uncategorized)

I’ve been using Google’s new browser, Chrome, for about a month now and I’m really enjoying it. From the way it handles tabs to the streamlined interface, it’s really been a joy to use.

Now, that’s not to say it is without its little quirks. One thing that drives me nuts is that Yahoo! mail always seems to kill Chrome’s web access on my system. Meaning, once I go to my Yahoo! mail account and attempt to browse away, my connection is essentially dead – but only in Chrome. All my other browsers work fine. I don’t know what would cause this, but hey, it is a beta. I know what you’re thinking: “What?! Google has a product in beta?! It can’t be!”… ok, I’m joking, but that is a valid reason for buggy software.

Anyway, I recently read a good article regarding Chrome and, more importantly, the use of a browser as hosts for applications. You can read it here.

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Quirks – Editing Your “hosts” File in Vista

July 12, 2008 at 12:46 am (Programming/Development, Technology, Uncategorized)

I thought I would post this little snippet of information because it helped me.

If you’re looking to modify your ‘hosts’ file in Windows Vista, you won’t be able to by default. If you happen to come by it, Windows will say that the file doesn’t exist (or a similar message) when you try to save it.

In order to edit it follow the instructions below:

1)  Browse to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories
2)  Right click “Notepad” and select “Run as administrator”
3)  Click “Continue” on the UAC prompt
4)  Click File -> Open
5)  Browse to “C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc”
6)  Change the file filter drop down box from “Text Documents (*.txt)” to “All Files (*.*)”
7)  Select “hosts” and click “Open”
8)  Make the needed changes, save, and close Notepad

I’m not against Vista – or Microsoft for that matter – like some (many) developers that I’ve talked to, but this is one of the little quirks in Vista that can just drive me nuts!

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One of the most useful websites ever…

June 10, 2008 at 12:29 pm (Uncategorized)

10 Minute Mail

This is a site that will give you an automatically generated, temporary email address. You can access messages sent to it for 10 minutes, after which it is deleted.

This is PERFECT for those pesky websites and forms that require a valid email address for account setup or product acquisition, when you know they’re probably going to sell your address to spammers or just spam you themselves.
Want those free music downloads with a new account from xyz website? Oh yeah… you just got ’em… Want to sign up for some news/information site to view an article? Read on, citizens!
Freedom!

Of course, all this doesn’t matter if you actually want to receive ongoing communications from a service… but for the other 99.99% of the times, this site should help.

Don’t say I’ve never done anything for you…
=)

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The Future Is Open

May 7, 2008 at 12:10 am (Programming/Development, Uncategorized)

If you haven’t seen this video yet, you’ve been missing out. It’s a video IBM put out in September 2003 (according to the YouTube user who posted the video) about Linux in an effort to pledge it’s support to Linux and Open Software.

I get chills every time I watch it.

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Winds of Change

May 5, 2008 at 8:59 pm (Uncategorized)

Taking into consideration the advice of a couple experienced developer friends of mine, I’ve decided to start this blog.

In the blog I’ll be posting regarding software engineering & game development issues, technologies, personal projects and insights. Now that I’ve finished my degree and started a new career as a software engineer I’m hoping to immerse myself in the knowledge of my coworkers and learn all I can. I’ll be working primarily in C++ and *nix shell scripting on a large information server product. If all goes well, I’ll be exposed to things that pique my interest and I’ll try to blog about those things.

Also, I’ll be continuing my independent game development efforts. These will be primarily XNA (C#) projects for the PC and XBOX 360. Once again, I’ll try to blog about different things I learn or particular projects that I think are interesting or useful in some way.

That’s it for now… I’m off to start my new career!

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