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hexagonstar.com Launched!

March 1st, 2011 9 comments

I’m proud for today being able to finally announce the official launch of hexagonstar.com!

Wait, what?? That site has been up like, for years! That’s true but so far it was pretty much permanently under maintenance and never officially launched. Instead this blog acted as a main site for a very long time. But this is going to change from now as I’m going to slowly move over more and more to the top domain site.

So what will you find over at hexagonstar.com? The site will act as an outlet for indie game development and a release platform for games and software. Right now there is a small but fine selection of affiliate indie games that are being offered plus my free software releases and a few bits and pieces on RPG design writing. In the future I will hopefully concentrate more on writing some more about game design, RPG design, stats and game development geekdom topics as well as talking about the game engine I’m working on called “tetragon”, which is a huge thing btw.

I will leave H1DD3N.R350URC3 open to occasionally write about various topics here or post gaming videos etc. But my main focus on game design and development will move over to hexagonstar.com.

So head over to hexagonstar.com quickly! And remember to stay a while, stay forever!

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PC Repair vs. Mac Repair

February 14th, 2011 9 comments

Here’s how PC repair works:

You build your PC by yourself after checking on the web what components are of good quality and work well together. So after picking the motherboard, RAM, harddrive, PSU etc. etc. you assemble it all and after plugging in the new creation it boots up happily. You’ve owned five PC so far and four of them were built together by yourself. If something breaks you check information on the web about the problem (if you’re not already familiar with it), you soon know what component is broken, then you go buy a new one and replace the broken one and the PC works again. But the thing is: so far none of your four self-built PCs were ever broken!

Here’s how Mac repair works:

You buy a new Power Mac G5 from Apple. It works alright but after roughly 1.5 years it starts to get into trouble booting up. More often than not you push the power button in the morning but the Mac wont boot up. You search the web for infos on the problem and scarcely find something useful. After unplugging the power cord from the Mac, waiting for 30 minutes, holding the power button for six seconds (to reset something of unknown nature inside the Mac) it might boot again … for now. This goes on for about one or two months, sometimes the Mac boots rights away, but more often it doesn’t boot, not even after unplugging and waiting for 30 minutes five times.

Eventually you give in and call Apple’s repair service. Surprisingly the service person who is on the phone happens to be friendly (it’s usually not the case). One day later your Mac get’s picked up by the delivery guy and two days after that he brings it back promptly. Apple’s repair service tells you that they replaced the power supply (makes sense), the graphics card (??) and the DVD drive (???) in your Mac. You don’t bother too much about why they replaced the graphics card and the DVD drive because your Mac boots up again, that is … until some days later when the problem starts to appear again … one morning you switch on your Mac and instead of booting up it only makes a short power-on appearance and then shuts down again. You start wondering WTF Apple’s repair service actually repaired or if they instead roll dice to pick some arbitrary components to replace to make it look like an important repair! (Optionally: You throw away this PoS called Mac and buy a PC).

… This is what just happened to our (more specifically my wife’s) Power Mac. I’m sure you can imagine the frustration of  realizing that the problem is far from being gone, after believing that the machine was finally fixed. Instead the trouble starts all over and you’re at the mercy of Apple’s repair service because there’s no way to fix the hardware by yourself.

This just again proves for me why using a blackbox like a Mac is a bad deal and is just not worth the trouble. My wife would switch to PC in a second if only she could install and run Mac OSX flawlessly on it! But of course Apple only allows to run their OS on their crappy hardware. Do yourself a favor and don’t buy a Mac, they are way too overpriced anyway!

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This site is now clean!

September 1st, 2010 No comments

Just in case you were wondering about all those dreadful malware warnings that were thrown at you if you tried to visit HDRS over the last couple of days … The site had been infected with malware a month or two ago like so many other websites on Media Temple but I have cleaned up now every single trace of malware and removed all suspicious links from the database. Actually I already removed all those nastily injected malware links about a month ago so there was no danger over the last month from visiting this site. However it seems that Google and co is a bit slow to react on this topic and so my site was just only recently labeled as containing malware. I hope this trouble has an end now once and for all. Media Temple isn’t exactly doing much help to the malware clean-up either, I had to suck the necessary information out of my fingers about how to clean up this crap! Here’s some good guides …

How to Remove Trojan.JS.Redirector.cq from Your WordPress Site
JohnnyA WordPress malware on MediaTemple
Detect and clean Malware on MediaTemple

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Hidden Resource Mobile Version

September 17th, 2009 3 comments

HDRS inb WPTouchHere’s just a small tidbit about a new WordPress plugIn named WPTouch I’ve added to Hidden Resource that automatically displays the blog in a mobile-friendly theme on IPhones and Andoid phones. The mobile version is themed in a design similar to Apple’s appstore and it turns out to be a very smooth and slick experience  indeed to read posts and comments and also leaving comments. The theme even features selectors to filter posts by tag or category and in fact the whole site feels as if it’s an iPhone app all by itself.
So enjoy reading HDRS on your phone! Oh and if you’re running a WP blog you might want to consider installing the plugin because I might want to rejoice over your site on the phone. Besides installation is as easy as with all WP plugins so there’s virtually no excuse! ;)

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10 Days …

October 26th, 2008 No comments

… until the president election! Do the world a favor and vote for the right guys. And by that I mean not for THEM! People with at least a tad of intelligence now that Barack dances better anyway.  ;)

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Aw Snap! This site is not meant for you!

September 6th, 2008 9 comments

Chrome, the new snazzy browser from Google is currently in everyone’s mouth and most people who had a look at it seem to be impressed so I decided to give it a go, after all it can’t be so bad, right?

Chrome installs right onto your system from the website and then takes over (or if you are cynical: steals) all the bookmarks, history, passwords etc. from Firefox (to make your life easier). It then opens with a slick and slender window that lacks all the tackiness of a plugin-convoluted Firefox. When opening a new tab it shows a neat history list with thumbnails of your most recent visited websites. Chrome starts up as fast as a finger snap! Maybe even faster! Can it get any better?

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Dude, where is my blog?

July 22nd, 2008 No comments

In case you’re wondering what happened on this site besides that it has been visually overhauled … two of my older blogs have now been merged with Hidden Resource. One, Dataleak, was my very first blog that I used for mainly writing about computer games, especially old ones. However Dataleak turned more and more into a abandoned net corpse and because there were quite some articles on it which I found have nostalgic value I decided to take them over to HDRS. Then there was Vista Tweaking, a blog I’ve started to post tweaks for Windows Vista. The few postings from that site have been consolidated into HDRS as well. I also had the idea on the back burner about starting an audio blog since audio production is one of my many interests. But a man has only so much time and maintaining three or four blogs is clearly a chore. Just think about all the updates, handling Spam etc.

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A Love Letter to Flash

January 31st, 2008 No comments

Not from myself but I’d like to second his words … A Love Letter to Flash

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AIR application: FEAT (Freelancer’s Estimation Assistance Tool)

August 29th, 2007 Comments off

I finally came to play a bit more with AIR and it’s specific features and wrote a small tool that is helpful for freelancers like you and me to make pricing estimation calculations. With FEAT you can calculate your hourly rate based on your expenses and some other factors and it provides a wizard to calculate project pricing estimates (another thing that is hard to get used to for many freelancing starters). It also stores all your values and changes its color if you want and can cook coffee and wash vegetables and …. ok wait, the last part is not true but still, this is a nifty little tool! Find more info and download at this LINK!

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Vista Tweak 7: Disabling the secured (dimmed) desktop during UAC consent prompt

July 2nd, 2007 3 comments

Normally when Vista’s User Account Control (UAC) asks the user for a consent when launching an application that is deemed insecure, the desktop will fade dark while the consent window is shown. While I recommend to always leave UAC turned on, this desktop dimming can get annoying very quickly.
Fortunately this behavior can be disabled so that the consent window is still shown without dimming the whole desktop. To turn this off follow these steps …

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