I watched Transformers tonight. Hmmm not sure. From a pure action and toy franchise perspective, it was cool.  Lots of transforming, guns, bullets and missiles.

The story plot was weak, to the extent of it would happen like that every other minute.

It has a PG13 rating, and in parts understandably. Without the parents at the door scene, I’d let the kids watch it. Well only Jacob would want to, but he’d love it. So it confuses me why an obviously boys movie, went down the American Pie humor path?

So from a fun action flick, yip it was fun, but I’m glad I didn’t pay full price and see it at the theatre.

Missed the Summer Road Trip

I was planning to attend the 2008 Summer Road Trip today, but the work meeting I was just in overran.

The presentation has started, I’d have to find parking in town, and it’s raining.

So I’ll miss becoming edu-mi-cated about SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 or .Net 3.5

I’ll also not win one of two Windows Home Servers.


Guess I’ll just get back to work…..

Casio CTK-800 and MacBook

Yesterday I found the required USB cable to connect my MacBook to the keyboard we purchased for the “kids”. But nothing happened….

After a few minutes Googling I found that Casio only provide Windows drivers… But then I found a GoggleCode project to provide Mac OS X USB MIDI drivers for Casio keyboards. Oh happy times.

To make it work you should

  1. Download the driver
  2. unzip it
  3. copy driver CasioUSBMIDIDriver.plugin to the root driver folder /Library/Audio/MIDI Drivers (so all users accounts can use the driver)
    Install Location of driver
  4. reboot.

Tada, the Audio Midi Setup (Applications/Utilities) could see the keyboard, and GarageBand could record the input.

Now I’m interested to see what the kids will create.

[Update July 2011]

For Snow Leopard there is an installer package now on the above linked driver, so use that for Snow Leopard installs.

To test it installed correctly, run ‘Audio MIDI Setup’, and click in the ‘Windows | Show MIDI Window’ top level menu

Then click the ‘Test Setup’ icon to make it blue (shown white here)

Then click on the down arrow at bottom of the Casio USB MIDI Interface. You keyboard should make lots of noise. Its working.

Now load GarageBand, and start the record mode and press some keys on the keyboard. All working…

Small fluffy things and tiredness

It has been a while since I have had anything post worthy, and I am still empty handed. The longer the pause, the grander I feel what I say, must be.

I have been enjoying the MacBook. I like it’s styling, it’s sense of cohesion. I have Boot Camp now running, and Windows XP runs very nicely. But it’s different. The laptop keyboard layout differences make working in Visual Studio “different”. I’ve lost my mojo for the Curse of the Azure Bonds port, as I want to work from the Mac, so have a lot of ground work to solve. I am torn between a full rewrite in C++ and using OpenGL as the UI layer, or maybe SDL, or investigating getting mono running, and seeing what UI support is present. I have spent a few nights getting my head back into OpenGL, it was painful. I was grabbing snippets of code from the WWW, and my program keep being blank. Ended up having to stop merging code, and just use the small examples as is, to get them working. But I’ve now got the basics going again. But how to merge it into the game (without a rewrite) I’m not sure… so time passes.

I’ve been using Azureus as my bit torrent client. It works nicely, I had gotten very used to µTorrent’s UI, so found it hard to find the same information, it’s there and more, but it’s just across 4-5 tabs. But it works so I no complain.


The house is at the slow, paint and sand stage, aka almost completed. So there is a large pressure to be doing that also….