Behind the Brain

A blog about life, the universe, and everything else

 

Something old and something new

 

I’m still alive :)

Yes i know that one could easily think different but yes I’m not dead.

So what happened in the last few months? (or was it years?) well first of all I got a new smartphone again. A blackberry z10. Yes a blackberry. I know I wasn’t very satisfied with my old storm but blackberry 10 simply rocks. The most fluid work flow I’ve ever seen and outstanding performance. I guess the q10 would have been a great choice as well but I couldn’t wait any longer. I instantly fell in love with the new OS when I saw the first presentation. if you are looking for a new smartphone you should definitely take a look at the new blackberries.

So what have I been working on? Well I started on creating a launchy clone and there’s already a lot of progress. The closed beta has been running for some time and apart from missing documentation and some polishing there is not much to do before I will start a public beta.

I guess I could have reached quite a few useres if I had released this much earlier. Just think about the people that don’t want to get used to Windows 8. However I guess with the announcement of Windows 8.1 these potential users will be harder to reach.

Aside from this I also started on working on a framework for creating 2d games in c# since Microsoft has dropped development of xna but there is still very much to do.

So happy coding to all of you :)

 

Domains

 

If you are using btbsoft.de or btbsoft.eu to access this site you should change your bookmarks. After the 24th of November the only domain that is valid for this site will be btbsoft.org. Why? Well because I realized I don’t need 3 domains that are identical. And now I have 2 domains that I can use for other purposes :)

 

Ludum Dare: My result

 

I promised to inform you about the results of my participation in the Ludum Dare: I didn’t participate.

First I couldn’t get along with the theme. I simply had no idea what to do with it. And second there was something called ‘real life’ that got in my way.
Yes I know that is shockingly but even I have it.

 

Long time no see

 

Yes I’ve been super lazy in the past months. Well ok lazy is not the right word. I’m drowning in things I have to do for university and work that I find no time for blogging. Even if I would (like right now) I wouldn’t know what to blog about.

I could tell you that I started to like to twitter senseless stuff. So if you are interested in reading more of the nonsense I’m usually writing you may want to check out my Twitter Page since this is more active than this blog currently is.

Any other news? Hm let me think. Nope. Nothgin. I still love my new keyboard although I still sometimes miss some special chars like umlauts and things I don’t use that often but this has more to do with my current desk. At least I hope so.

Ah well yes there is something. I guess I’m going to participate in the next Ludum Dare. If I really do this I will of course inform you about my result here. So stay tuned :)

And in the mean time: Happy coding :)

 

Adding an InternalsVisibleAttribute to an AssemblyInfo generated by MSBuild Community Tasks

 

When using MSBuild Community Tasks to generate assembly info for a project you may have noticed that it does not support adding the InternalsVisibleAttribute to the generated assembly info.

Since this attribute is needed for unit testing here is a simple workaround to add it:

[assembly: System.Runtime.CompilerServices.InternalsVisibleTo("UNIT_TEST_ASSEMBLY")]

Simply add this line anywhere in a code file of your project. You may want to add an #if DEBUG or something like that around it but that is all.

 

The perfect keyboard

 

I’ve been searching for the perfect keyboard for like ten years but finally I found it: The DasKeyboard. Yes it’s very expensive at the first glance but you should think about it from another point of view: Since it’s a mechanical keyboard its lifespan is about ten times the span of a normal keyboard.

The feeling when you type is just perfect. You will fell in love with the clicky sound the first time you press one of its keys. At first I was struggling whether to buy the silent edition or the Ultimate edition. I finally decided to go for the Ultimate and I don’t regret it. If you are already a decent typist you won’t miss the missing labels on the keys. If you aren’t you will adapt to it very fast.

The thing is just massive and is built to last. Definitely THE perfect keyboard. My search is finally over :)

 

Visual Studio Achievements

 

Microsoft has just released a plugin for Visual Studio called Visual Studio Achievements. It is exactly what it says. An achievment system for Visual Studio.

It checks for achievements while you code :)

This is definitely a plugin worth taking a look at since it makes everyday coding kinda funny and lets you explore new ways of using Visual Studio.

 

The Art of Advertising

 

Most TV commercials simply suck because they are annoying. I doubt anyone will argue with me about that. But then there are clips which are funny and so one likes to watch them. And then there simply is beauty. Found this Porsche commercial and I think it’s the most beautiful commercial I have ever seen. And it’s neither annoying nor funny. Simply perfect.

 

Operation Blitzkrieg

 

Anonymous – ‘The heroes of the sandbox’ as I like to call them — has stricken again. Operation Blitzkriegis aimed at people and organization supporting Nazism. Well yes this might sound good at first glance but the only way to fight political extremes (either left or right) is political education. Locking down some websites or publishing some names and addresses won’t stop the ideology. And of course there is the freedom of speech. Yes this would be the first thing to be destroyed if these people would take the lead of a country. However fighting fire with fire never worked and never will. Or like Evelyn Beatrice Hall said

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

(yes that was not Voltaire). She nailed it with that. To destroy this ideology one must show these people how wrong they are. One must not simply forbid their opinion.

Oh and btw: Happy new year :)

 

Productivity shortcut

 

Did you know that you can create a new folder in the Windows Explorer by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N ? Well I didn’t. I just found out by accident.

If I just knew about this earlier. Creating folders using the mouse is just so much pain…