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Maximus 1.0.0 released

On the 25th of February 2010 a new BlitzMax project was started, called Maximus. After almost one year and a half of on and off development the client application finally reached version 1.0.0. The webapplication for the project reached 1.0.0 a little while ago.

Maximus is a module manager for BlitzMax. Its purpose is to ease management and installation of BlitzMax modules, giving the developer more time to spend on developing, and not manually installing and downloading modules and their dependencies.

Those who want their BlitzMax lives to be easier should now download the Maximus client.

Git mirrors of Subversion hosted BlitzMax modules

For a while now I’ve been keeping a Git mirror of bah.mod updated on GitHub. I’ve now moved this repository from my account to the BlitzMaxModules organization. Aside from bah.mod I’m now also mirroring rigz.mod and maxgui.mod.

If there are any other Subversion hosted BlitzMax modules you want to see mirrored on GitHub let me know.

Maximus elsewhere

The Maximus website has recently been (silently) launched as the 1.0.0 milestone has been reached. Note that the Maximus client is now in public beta and is at version 0.9.0. Be sure to try it out if you use BlitzMax.

Aside from the official website here are some links where Maximus can be found elsewhere on the internet:

 

My full time job ended yesterday

Yesterday marked the final day of working full time for 4 years and 3 months. I started at the company with an internship for 5 months. About 1.5 months after that I got hired as a webapplication developer, got my contract renewed after 6 months and within a year after that I got a contract for an undecided period of time. Within the first year my colleague left the company and I was left to run the internet/website department myself.

Though originally hired as a webapplication developer lots of other tasks were added later as well. Server- and project management, web- and email hosting services, general support to clients, starting up projects from A to Z with clients and lots more.

The amount of knowledge and skills I’ve gained in this short time has been immense and is something I couldn’t have gotten from any school. It has been one hell of a fun ride. Yes, it has had a couple of downsides from time to time but the positives by far outweigh the negatives.

As I’ve blogged before I’m going back to school to get my bachelors degree in computer science, which will start early September. So I’ve got about 2 months of free time. I’m still working for the company based on a 0-hour contract. Basically that means I’m a freelancer for the company without all the hassles. But I might change that after some time. Will have to see.

So far everyone in my environment responded very positive about my decision, aside from my grandmother. And although I love her, I don’t care for anyone’s opinion on this for that matter. I’m responsible for my own future and career. But other than that people important to me are proud of my decision and support me in it.

Do I have any regrets for working for over 4 years and not getting my bachelors degree earlier? Hell no! As I said the amount of experience and skills I’ve gained were totally worth it. And aside from that I’ve now got a nice bit of savings on my bank account as well.

Aside from doing a little bit of work the coming 2 months I also plan on doing some more self improvement. Such as finally getting started with some serious Haskell and refreshing my mathematical knowledge. Of course there’s also time for some relaxation ;-).

I’m sure these 2 months will fly by soon enough so I’ll try to enjoy this time. After that a new challenge awaits me which I’m eager to start with.

My new desk setup

For about a year now I’ve been using 2 monitors on my main PC at home. A 19″ and a 17″ display. At the same time at work my setup got changed from a single 19″ (worked with a single 17″ even before that!) to a nice 24″ widescreen with a 19″ monitor next to it, which mostly displays my e-mail client and some terminals displaying status reports.

Since I’ve gotten so used to this setup and getting annoyed with my setup at home I decided to do something about it. Now don’t get me wrong, dual-screen is a luxury but due to limited desk size and the way my 17″ is constructed I had to put it in a 45 degree angle from my main screen. This simply didn’t work out. On top of that having only 1280×1024 pixels available per screen doesn’t allow for much open windows. Full screen editing with Vim having multiple vertical- or horizontal-splits together with a NERDTree open wasn’t much fun either.

I had thought about getting a 27″ screen but already found a 24″ rather large, so I went with that. I chose a iiyama ProLite 2473HDS. It has a DVI, VGA and 2 HDMI inputs, as well as a audio-in/out. The speaker quality is rather nice actually. It’s a Full-HD screen that supports 1080p, which is its native resolution.

With the HDMI and Full-HD support I also have my PlayStation 3 connected to it, as well as my Xbox 360 (over VGA). No more fiddling with changing cables when I want to play Xbox 360. The PlayStation 3 experience is also so much better on a nice HD display. Before this I had it connected to a normal TV screen.

Another pro is that I now actually have more room on my desk! I can finally keep a book next to me with my new setup. Anyway, here’s a picture.