Not sure how it happened, but it has been almost 2 years since I last posted here. Time flies. Been busy as usual. Recent personal stuff can be found on Facebook and since I tend to focus on technology stuff here, so I’ll go over what’s new in that area.
KevinBecker.net: This website is still just this blog. I found a new, clean theme for the blog that I’m now using. It works well enough for now. I also cleaned up the sidebar widgets so it’s only things I actually use on there now.
The Zork Library: I don’t think I’ve mentioned it much here, but about 2.5 years ago I took over ownership of the Zork Library website from its previous owner, DAT. It’s a pretty quiet website, but there’s some discussions going on periodically and it’s the only actively maintained website about Zork left, so I feel it’s important to keep it alive. I post anything new related to Zork that I find.
Zork Install Guides: I continue to maintain guides for installing and running Zork games on modern operating systems, including smartphones. Nothing new to mention, but I continue adding support as new operating systems come along. I’m currently looking to hear how things run in Windows 8 since I don’t have access to it and I don’t see myself getting access anytime soon.
St. Benedict’s: I’m part of a team that maintains the website for St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church. I mainly do the technical stuff and others handle content. We’re using Joomla 2.5.x currently and it’s been a learning experience. Content Management Systems have come a long way since I last tried using them about 5 years ago.
Calspan: I’m not going to go into all the stuff that I’m doing at work, but I continue to learn a lot and have a good time working with cool tech. I’ve been using more Arch Linux at work and started working with Qt and OpenGL over the last year. We’ve also been investigating smaller form factor devices like the Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone and Gumstix.
Douay-Rheims Bible: St. Benedict’s was looking for a way to reference scriptures without depending on a third-party that can (and often will) change their URLs causing link breakage. So I came up with a PHP-based bible viewer using some public domain HTML data of the Douay-Rheims translation that I found. It’s basic, but it handles URLs of the format http://saintbenedicts.com/bible/book/chapter:verse , http://saintbenedicts.com/bible/book/chapter or http://saintbenedicts.com/bible/book so that’s pretty neat. The fixed URL structure was the most important part to get correct right away. It’s not the prettiest interface, but that’ll be something I can clean up at a later time. We’ll probably do something similar for the Catechism of the Catholic Church sooner or later.
The Journey Down & Super Hexagon: I’ve been getting into beta testing indie games recently, starting with the Steam release for Windows and Linux of The Journey Down and now the Android release of Super Hexagon. Both are great games that I highly recommend. It’s not really software development, but software testing is close enough to that.
#onegameamonth: This is a game development initiative I’m interested in trying that encourages you to make one complete game each month in 2013. I’ll talk more about this in another post soon once I get my feet wet with my first project.