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I love games. I mainly play shooters and racing games — although anything in between is welcomed if it’s charming, funny, or straight-up addictive. Anyway, I’ve played a few racers over the years and here are some of my highlights.
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Solving jigsaw puzzles

Posted: April 22nd, 2012
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In the final year of my degree course we had to design and implement a project entirely of our own choosing – some made iOS apps, some made travel/mapping aids, all manner of things. I was personally quite stuck on what I wanted to do – it’s difficult to decide what you want the biggest project you’ve built thus far to be, especially given the choice of potentially doing something easier and getting it done sooner. I began looking through the personal pages of every lecturer who was available as a project overseer, and came across the suggestion of trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle. At first I skipped over it because when I thought about how I’d implement it, my brain returned a big fat null.

Ultimately, that’s the very reason I chose it. “No point in half measures,” I thought, so I jumped in to the deep end of a project with no clue how I was going to make it happen.

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Liquidplex website

Posted: March 15th, 2012

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I recently completed a short project for an old friend of mine, redesigning the website for his hosting company. While it doesn’t contain any complex elements, I had to implement a basic php page loader as well as the theme and some simple Javascript for the drop down menu. Having produced this self-contained site, I then had to dive in and apply the same theme to his customer-facing management console, WHMCS, and design and implement a similar theme to an installation of Invision Power Board. All told this was a neat little project, and I think the result’s solid. Check it out over at Liquidplex.net, or see one more short of the IP.Board theme after the break.
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IP.Board Portal

Posted: March 10th, 2012

As a teenager I was very active on technology discussion forums, and became the in-house developer for several. Modifying themes for Invision Power Board (now IP.Board), and tweaks to any external web sites or front pages were my general jobs, although I did make a few skins from scratch way back when.

The largest project I ever undertook was for a large community of over 30,000 members – the site had previously had a web site front end linked to their forum, but lost it during some upgrades. I created a new portal for them which linked in to their forums and displayed the top news posts, as well as most recent posts across the whole board, popular downloads, and a custom poll widget. I also created an extensive admin panel allowing admins to control exactly which forums the top/most recent posts were drawn from and set the poll.
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Xbox mods

Posted: February 29th, 2012
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A nerd through and through, I quite like hardware modding too, and I’m fierce with a soldering iron in my hand. Here’s some mods and paint jobs I’ve done in the past.

 

Modded original Xbox with gold paint, clear Xbox jewel and blue chasing lights.Custom blue and black paint on my Xbox 360

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Canned WP7 RTS game

Posted: February 22nd, 2012

Today I want to briefly talk about a cancelled project from around the time I finished University. Myself and a friend began building a game for this new platform called Windows Phone.

 

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Building company site design

Posted: February 7th, 2012

While working for a small local building company in 2008 as a general office run around and telephone answer-er, I was experimenting with basic ideas for a website for the company. At the time their web presence was little more than a small magazine-style ad on a local business page, and that seemed unnecessary.

No fancy php here, just a basic design/layout prototype and a little Javascript for the larger image popups. I present screenshots both from my initial prototyping and a later revision with “real” content and layout.

 

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Incidentally, the company does now have it’s own website, which isn’t that dissimilar in appearance and scope. Four more images after the break.
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