in480.com Beta Sign-ups Now Open

We have just opened up sign-ups for the beta of in480.com. in480 is a new online speed dating website where you can meet people to date or just as friends. Our matching system matches you with people who you will be interested in and gives you tips to get the conversation started.

If you sign up on our website, you could be one of the first people to be able to experience this new website that I have been working on for the last few months. Over the next few weeks I will be posting more about our progress and what is happening with the site. We will also be trying to get a developer blog set up where the other people working on the site can post as well and I will provide a link to that from here.

In the meantime, go over to in480.com and sign up to get an invite to the beta.

Aquarius Simulator XNA

If you talked to me a few months ago, you will know that I was working on a game using C# and DirectX. The last few months have been pretty busy so I haven’t worked on it in a while, but I am going to start trying to convert it over to XNA.

XNA is the new version of managed DirectX and will allow me to (once I get one) port the game over to the XBox360 pretty easily. Since Microsoft is moving all of their development over to XNA I figure it will allow me to avoid work trying to move over to it later.

I am going to be learning XNA through some tutorials by the same person who I got a lot of the code for the first version from. You can see the tutorial on his site at http://www.thehazymind.com/XNAEngine.htm. As I go through those, I hope to also start my own series of tutorials or at least walk-throughs of how my development is going.

For those of you who don’t know, the game is going to be a simulator similar to the SimCity line of games. The difference is that I am basing it on the idea of Aquarius from the book The Millennial Project. This means that the game will consist of managing a floating island city.

I will be posting more about this as I continue working on it, so look for more soon.

New Blog

Well, after years of thinking about it, I have actually set up a blog. And for the first time since the old site (or a blank white page) the ra726.net domain is actually being used.

I am going to start using this to keep track of all my various projects and get some feedback on them. Maybe this will actually motivate me to finish some things I have been working on for a while ;).

(And yes, I know that I need to do more work on the style of this site. But at least I didn’t just leave it completely default)