A New Android Game in Town (by my brother)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Anyone who has ever written a game knows it’s hard to get it done from start to finish. Sure, I can put on a demo of some game I’ve created in several hours. But creating all the graphics, sound, animation, levels, transitions, scoring, etc, from start to finish is quite a challenge, especially for a single developer. That’s why I’m very proud of my young brother, Yaniv, that has worked hard for the past 10 months (while maintaining a proper day job!) on an awesome  fun game called Micro Wars, targeted for the Android platform. This game plays especially...

Chinese Hotel with no Tea?

Friday, January 13, 2012

I was in Shanghai, China this past week, teaching an advanced .NET class at a John Bryce customer’s site. The training went well, and is not the topic of this post. I was in China once before, some 7+ years ago for a non-work related activity – learning Tai Chi Chuan (old Chen style) for a few weeks with a well known master (Master Ma-Hong, 78 years old at the time, if that means anything to anyone. He learned the style from the 5th generation member of the Chen family that invented the style – no small accomplishment; but...

The Cost of Training

Friday, July 29, 2011

A large part of my job is training. I’ve been doing that professionally on and off for the past 13 years. I remember the “good old days” of teaching C and C++, then COM (Component Object Model). These two, C++ and COM (with ATL, no doubt) where the backbone of any productive development on the Microsoft platform, and it all seemed to be possible to do, each with its own training course: 5 days of C++, 5 days of COM (non consecutive, as it’s pretty unrealistic to take some software guy and teach C++ then COM in straight 10...

How to Annoy Your Boss (or get yourself fired)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

If you want to make your boss a bit crazy, here’s what you can do: First, get him away from his computer. You can explain you need to run some connectivity test or configure some important service for the sake of the project. Once he’s out of the way, you can proceed: 1. Install the Debugging Tools For Windows package (if you don’t have it already). You can get the latest version from the Windows SDK installation, but any previous version will do. We’ll need the Global Flags utility from that package. 2. Run gflags.exe (Start->Programs->Debugging...

Dave Arneson Dies at the age of 61

Monday, April 13, 2009

קצת יותר משנה אחרי שנפטר גארי ג'ייגקס (Gary Gygax) מת מסרטן בשנתו בגיל 61 דייב ארנסון, שותפו של ג'ייגקס לכתיבת Dungeons & Dragons. ארנסון היה אחראי לכמה מהרעיונות הבסיסיים עליהם מבוסס עולם ה-D&D: כל שחקן שולט בדמות אחת, גיבורים צוברים כח דרך הרפתקאות והתנסויות ושאופי לא פחות חשוב מכח בקרב. נשארה תהילת עולם.
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I’m an MVP!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Just got a nice e-mail from Microsoft, announcing me as an MVP! I guess it feels somewhat like winning the Golden Globe award. I'll probably won't get the Hollywood award type any time soon, but I can act like it and thank practically everyone I ever known. But, seriously, I would like to thank Guy Burstein who recommended me for the title and anyone else at Microsoft who may have pinched in a good word. Thank you all!