I have seen the future…

December 29th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

… and it is updating WordPress with Subversion.

Also, I gave up on the miniposts because they were playing wonky with some other stuff, and that led to me not updating them often, and that rather defeated the point.

Holidays!

December 27th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

Well, it’s that time of year, which means I spent two whole days without working on anything — aside from a brief mid-afternoon discussion on Christmas afternoon about playtesting something we’re working on at Catalyst Game Labs. I’ve been pretty busy for all of December [and, really, since Catalyst became a go!] and so it was nice to sit down and relax and spend some quality time with family.

I’m back at it now; working on final corrections on several books that are going off to press early in January, and starting on a book that should … should … also go to press in early January. I do like making miracles. And I’ll need to, because I have an actual vacation booked in January. It’s enough of a vacation that I’m contemplating *not* taking the laptop, and I sure as hell aren’t going to spend the hours before leaving copying work files over to it, even if I do take it.

This has been a hell of an interesting year. I hope to find some time over the next week to write a bit of a year-in-review post. Whether you’re a friend of mine, someone who stumbled onto this site via a web search, a Shadowrun or Classic BattleTech fan, or someone else entirely — I hope that 2007 was a fine year for you and that 2008 will be even better. Happy seasons!

Smith & Tinker acquires electronic gaming license for ex-FASA properties

December 11th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

A lot of people are happy about Jordan Weisman’s new venture Smith & Tinker acquiring the electronic licenses for ex-FASA Corporation properties [such as Shadowrun, Classic BattleTech, and Crimson Skies], leading to a lot of speculation about future MMORPGs or alternate reality games. I think the smart money is some sort of alternate reality game/experience; since Microsoft still appears to own the electronic gaming rights and is merely licensing them to Smith & Tinker, I doubt S&T would be investing in a MMORPG, especially given the current [known] size of their team and their MMORPG experience.

Great to see that Shadowrun’s electronic rights have gone to a team that understands that there are 5 major metahuman races in the Sixth World, though!

Goodbye, Leopard

December 1st, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

I tried installing Leopard a few weeks ago on my main production machine. The machine needed a reinstall anyway, to clear up over a year’s worth of cruft, so I figured I may as well upgrade to Leopard at the same time. The first week or more was fine, and then InDesign CS2 spontaneously developed a problem — it would crash whenever the “file open/file save/etc” dialog would open. I switched over to using the “Adobe Dialog” for awhile, but that didn’t consistently fix the problem. I did the usual InDesign fixing steps: deleting preferences, making sure the drives didn’t have errors, etc. Deleting prefs would temporarily fix things, but a few hours later the problem would reoccur.

So last night I backed the drive up, reinstalled Leopard, and reinstalled just CS2 and a few other minor essential apps. It worked fine, again, for a few hours … and then it developed the exact same problem.

Leopard has been [mostly] fine and fun on my laptop, but I don’t have time to dicker around with my main production machine. It’s just not ready for my prime time: whether that’s the fault of Apple or Adobe, I don’t care. I’m reinstalling Tiger now.

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