Some thoughts on Grand Theft Auto 2

Some thoughts on Grand Theft Auto
I’ve always loved the Grand Theft Auto series, but more so as a sandbox/stress-buster than as a story line game. The first GTA game that I played was GTA II, but that was quite some time back. I don’t remember much about it – all that I recall was it it was a top down ...

On Undertale 2

Undertale is a game that’s been getting rave reviews from quite a few people – critics or otherwise. Some choice comments IGN: It’s hard to express just how much I adore Undertale without spoiling anything significant, but that’s what I love about it. It tells its story in such a dynamic way, and with such a great ...

When you get bit by precision & scale in PL/SQL…

I got a bug assigned to me where my application was returning an incorrect value. Some background: The function was an age check function which takes in date of birth & start date and returns the age. In this specific case, the date of birth was 05.01.1951 and start date was 01.01.2016 – the expected ...

Download your Spotify My Music songs as MP3 2

I wanted a way to download my Spotify songs for offline listening. Ideally I’d subscribe to Spotify to make use of Offline feature, but they haven’t officially launched here so that’s out of the question. A while back, I’d used spotify_to_mp3 which made use of Grooveshark to download, but Grooveshark shut down, leaving the script defunct. This gave me an ...

An Indian developer’s way of handling merge conflict 3

So this happened just now with a colleague. He’s been working for few months now. My way of handling merge conflict: Open WinMerge to diff See the conflicting part Correct the conflicting part by copying the changes to the destination file in WinMerge His way Open WinMerge to diff See the conflicting part Opens the source ...

A look at NOMAD ChargeKey

I love smartphones. Over the past few years – I’ve gone from a iPhone 3G to Nexus S to an iPhone 3GS to a Samsung Galaxy SII to my current phone, the Nexus 4. I’ve loved all these phones, however, there’s one recurring problem I’ve had is the abysmal battery life with all of them. ...

Getting php mail() function running on Windows 8.1 with WAMP Server and configuring it to use Gmail’s SMTP servers 16

With the next Barcamp Bangalore looming round the corner, I’d pitched in to help with some of the website tasks. I installed the traditional WAMP stack with WAMP Server for Windows and started working with WordPress. Needed to get the email notifications working, saw that it wasn’t. Bit of research & found that I’d need a ...

Complaint-Driven Development

sathyabhat shared this story from Coding Horror: "Hey, remember all those brilliant ideas you had based on all that painstaking, detailed research you did in step 1? Turns out once you put them in front of actual honest-to-god real world users they were all … completely … wrong" hehe, epic stuff. If I haven’t blogged ...

Game Dev Tycoon review/recommendation

Mini review/recommendation I’d written about Game Dev Tycoon on Steam: You start off as a single game dev operating out of your garage, and then slowly expand as you move to bigger office, hire more people and just grow. The game starts off in the distant past, and contains homages to major consoles & other ...

In The Driving Seat: GRID 2 Cockpit Mods

sathyabhat shared this story from Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Well, it was bound to happen. Can't wait for whiners to bitch and sa Codies are money grabbers because they didn't add this view in the retail game – because you know – the current cockpit view is anything but complete PC people really are clever and ...