Archive for October, 2005

Google Map Hunt Game

I simple treasure hunt using the Goole Map API, but a nice idea to turn it into a ‘save the world’ type game. Geography lessons would have been some much more fun with this kind of stuff!! Would be even cooler ported to Google Earth :)

Brewster Jennings Protects America: The Google Map Hunt Game

Garbage Collection

Useful article on garbage collection in Flash Player 8. Switching to ‘mark and sweep’ means it’ll run faster.
But it also runs different and there are certain things to bear in mind.

One example: Particle systems. If you have objects representing particles, reuse the objects when they die instead of allocating new ones. Allocating large amounts of objects in a short time can kill the GC since unlike with the referencing counter model object are not freed right away anymore. So when objects die, put them into a recycle container from which you create more particles.


Haven’t done this since I was in junior school, very nice…

Make-a-Flake – A snowflake maker by Lookandfeel new media

Tracking Code Discovered in Color Printers

Sounds like a ‘men in black’ type rumour, but apparently every printer leaves an almost invisible tracking code that can be used by the government (or more specifically, the American government) to track where and when the item was printed. Is it just me who finds this a touch scary? How many other everyday items are being silently tracked by ‘the government’ for ‘our own protection’? (…and dont get me started on Oyster cards!)

Sleuths Crack Tracking Code Discovered in Color Printers – 360 Degrees of Food and Restaurant News

A nice aggregator of food and restaurant related blogs, for those of you who don’t see the point of all these techie blogs but do like food… [BETA] – 360 Degrees of Food and Restaurant News