In last week’s Freeloader Friday, Brian presented us with a few useful and Open Source AJAX web applications. Now, Brian brings a close to this short two-part series with a few useful and free AJAX web services. From reading your favorite blogs with your own web-based aggregator, to writing your next research paper with a web-based word processor, AJAX is the wave of the future.
WordPress is a freely available blogging platform, but you will need to have your own hosting account to publish a blog with it. Unfortunately, high-quality hosting services (like A Small Orange) are rarely free, and may be considered as “overkill” for anyone looking to publish nothing more than a blog. If you would like to publish a WordPress blog without having to be concerned about the price and/or management of a hosting account, please feel free to sign up for a free WordPress blog from WordPress.com.
Shoot Things is an arcade-style side-scrolling space combat game, which parodies a few well-known retro games.
This is my entry for the iDevGames: 21 Days Later: Vectorized contest. It is a generic space shooter, parodying a few well-known retro games. Everything you see is drawn using only points and lines, via glAArg (the OpenGL AntiAliased Rendering Glue I’ve developed over the last few months.) Except for glAArg and some of the windowing front end, all of the code was written from scratch in 21 days. It should take you about 5 minutes to play the game, assuming you beat it on your first try. Which is unlikely.
Pros: Shoot Things functions well as a quick escape from reality, as long as don’t let yourself get frustrated by the adaptive difficulty. The combination of retro-style graphics with modern color usage makes for a rather pleasant visual presentation.
Cons: The AI is adaptive and increases in difficulty as you collect power-ups. This leads to the game being very difficult to beat.
Kubuntu has been updated to v5.10. After six intense months of development, this is the second release of Kubuntu and features several major improvements and enhancements. The release notes are available here. “Kubuntu is a user friendly operating system based on KDE, the K Desktop Environment. With a predictable 6 month release cycle part of the Ubuntu project, Kubuntu is the GNU/Linux distribution for everyone.”