Archive for April, 2007

Cobol

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Cobol - Code Only (no comments because even the programmers have no idea what its doing) Business Oriented Language.
COBOL hurts my head. No more please.
I think its funny that in 25 years programmers will probably go ‘oh no not C#’ (if their not already doing it now).

That is all.

Mobile app - Geek tools

Friday, April 13th, 2007

This weekend I have finished programming my first mobile application. It actually wasnt the first one I have finished but it was the first one I started.

Basically the idea behind Geek tools was to create a set of useful and fun tools for mobile that only geeks would have a need for.

Features:

Prime number checker: Can check a 64-bit integer for primality.

This may come in use some day. Maybe if you only place bets on horses which have only primes as their number.

Al bhed translator: Al bhed is a language spoken by a race in the game Final Fantasy 10. This tool allows you to convert from Al bhed to English and vice versa. The code that does this is very generic so it could be done to any other language and I am open to suggestions. Eg, Elvish.

Binary / Hex / Octal / Decimal / ASCII convertor: So far this is the ‘killer app’ of the tool set. I havnt seen any other J2ME apps with this capability so it may be the first! It can convert between any of the formats to any other format or base.

Some advice when using this; know the capability of your phone and dont give it something insane to convert to all other formats or it can take a while.

If you wish you can download it here http://jwhatson.googlepages.com/GeekTools.zip

Im very open to suggestions and ideas so please let me know if you want a feature added to Geek tools. Also like all of my phone apps im interested how it works on your phone.

Heavy metal reviews [Slayer - Christ Illusion]

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Ive been able to listen to allot of metal albums these days. My daily trip from my house to Sydney CBD allows allows me to listen to albums from start to finish with no interuptions.

This is how I have always thought albums should be listned to.

Here are my thoughts on what I have recently been listening to.

Christ Illusion

Review - God HATES us all! Firstly I want to talk about the song Black Serenade. I find this one of their most disturbing songs lyrically. Although I look at the funny sides of necrophilia so on second thought this song is killer rape hardcore! This song features a catchy heavy riff, perfectly timed guitar leads and a ideal contrast of tempo and ‘heavyness’.

One thing I noticed is Slayer albums feature no ‘filler songs’ or annoying interlude’s to waste time. Christ Illusion follows suit.

‘Eyes of the Insane’ is basically about how war makes a solider insane. It makes me understand how much you would see death and think about death. Your job is to take the life of the enemy, you will die also.

Now the most controversial song of the album - ‘Jihad’. This song is about the 9/11 attacks from the point of view of the ‘terrorists’ or ‘holly warriors’ depending which side you are on. Tom Araya’s vocals are peaty awesome to keep up with the tempo and I would like to see him pull this of live. The song ends with a extract from motivational letter used before the attacks and is tremendously effective.

I also love Skeleton Christ. Its about how Christianity is used to control people. Its about how Christianity black mails you into things that aren’t true. This song is awesome, its not like Decides rebellion. Its just saying that religion is stupid, you need to make up your own morals. Figure out for self whats right and wrong. Hail Satan! or F*ck Satan! It dosnt matter its all BS.

Overall this album features melodic solos which arn’t in the older Slayer albums. The album is well produced and refined compared to older stuff. It shows the band is still full of creativity in their older age. Its weird because this album is different though you can still decently tell it is Slayer. There is no band to being anything like Slayer.

4 out of 5 Pentagrams