|6.||Marina & the Diamonds|
|10.||"Weird Al" Yankovic|
|12.||For a Minor Reflection|
|14.||I LIKE TRAINS|
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For those of you who have upgraded to Firefox 5.0 and are awaiting a Foxamp upgrade, there will be one coming soon, just as soon as I get back to the UK – expect it in the next couple of weeks.
(Alas, I fear delays while I update the add-on may become a regular occurrence, with Mozilla’s stupid new release/versioning schedule, but I shall try to keep on top of it!)
So, it turns out that Firefox 4.0 hasn’t actually broken Foxamp as much as I thought, and I’ve now released a new version with support for Firefox 4.0. Click here to download it, or if you’re already a Foxamp user, you should receive an update notification through the Mozilla add-ons service soon.
As usual, I’ve been rather busy lately, and neglecting this site. Sorry! I even missed owenrudge.net’s 11th birthday, which happened on the 28th of November. (I was somewhat busy flying across the Atlantic that day, not helped by all the snow in Scotland at the time!)
I in theory should have a new version of Foxamp, compatible with Firefox 4.0, at some point in the near future. Other than that, I will try to post a blog with a bit more of an update sometime in the near future, but I have another traversal of the Atlantic next weekend, before settling down for Christmas in the UK. 🙂
Catch you in another few months…
EDIT: Ugh, after having just installed the latest Firefox beta to play around with, I’m really, really, not liking the UI changes they’ve made. Looks like there may be quite a bit of work to update Foxamp, too, and I’m in no rush to do that with this horrible new UI. Inevitably I’ll have to migrate eventually, I suppose. I do wish people would stop messing up perfectly good UIs, or at least removing the options that allow old UI features to continue to be used (e.g., completely removing the status bar in Firefox 4.0; removing the classic Start menu in Windows 7; the entire UI in Office 2007/2010 – which, admittedly, I do find to be quite handy for most things now that I’ve got used to it, but it can still be a puzzle to find some random old command I use once in a blue moon, but I digress.) But anyway…
Well, ten and a bit years ago, my Transport Tycoon Station was launched! (The anniversary was actually in July, but I’ve been a bit busy lately and didn’t notice, I’m afraid.) Since then, the site has grown enormously, with the development of several useful Transport Tycoon utilities, a comprehensive strategy guide and reference, saved games and scenarios, and, of course, The Transport Tycoon Forums, which originated as an offshoot of the site. The Transport Tycoon “scene” has also changed significantly, with the rise of TTDPatch in the early 2000s, and then the creation, release and further development of OpenTTD in the second half of the decade. Will we still be playing Transport Tycoon in 2020? I’ve no doubt the game will live on, and I’m sure the Transport Tycoon Station will still be here then too. And who knows, maybe I’ll have even finished the new Repository by then! 😉
EDIT: And, as a little tenth birthday present, I’ve updated some of the pages on the site, and even finished a couple of those pages that weren’t yet finished. Enjoy!
I have released a new version of Foxamp. Foxamp 0.3.11 adds support for Firefox 3.6. Apologies for the delay with getting this released – it’s been a busy couple of months!
Just a quick message to wish all visitors to my site a very happy new year. 🙂
Well, to be more precise, 10 years of Owen’s Visual Basic Workshop, which then evolved into the site you see before you. It was the 28th of November 1999 when I launched my first web site, and it’s grown significantly since then! I’ll hopefully post a new blog later today (I’ve been meaning to post on for over a month now, but been quite busy), and shall likely comment on the anniversary later on.
In the mean time, here’s to another ten years!
A minor update to Foxamp has been released. Version 0.3.10 fixes an annoying bug whereby Foxamp would display a “Winamp is not running” message every 5 seconds if Winamp was indeed not running and Foxamp was unable to start it. If your Firefox is set to automatically check for updates, it should receive the update shortly – if not, you can manually download it here.
Yes, just five years after Chris Sawyer’s Locomotion was released, my new Locomotion site has launched! To be more specific, I have taken over the site from Stephen Brandwood, who hadn’t the time to maintain it, and relaunched it. The site’s content has been updated, the design improved, and I intend to provide more updates when I can in the future. If you have any comments or queries on the new site, please get in touch!
I have released an update to Foxamp. Foxamp 0.3.9 adds support for Firefox 3.5, so if you’ve upgraded Firefox, you’ll want to install the new version.
Well, I’m an hour late, but yesterday, owenrudge.net turned 9 years old! Yep, on the 28th of November 1999 I launched “Owen’s Visual Basic Workshop”, which gradually evolved into the site you see today. 🙂
I’ve finally updated the About Me page with more information, well, about me! To be more precise, I’ve split it up into a few different pages, depending on what you want to know about me, and I’ve updated details of the likes of the open source projects I’ve worked on.
On another, unrelated, note, I’m thinking I will stick my entire site in a Subversion repository, to make maintenance easier, and also to provide a nice history feature – if I update something and break it entirely, I can go back and figure out what caused the breakage a lot more easily. While this’ll make more or less no difference to you, the end user and visitor, it’ll be beneficial to me. 🙂
I’ve released a new version of Foxamp, version 0.3.8. New in this version is support for Firefox 3.0 (which was released today). The helper application that retrieves the song title and performs some miscellaneous functions is also faster and more efficient, and the playlist number and Winamp title are no longer included in the status bar. If you use Winamp and Firefox, check it out. 🙂
Yes, I missed the actual birthday again, but yesterday, owenrudge.net turned eight! Eight years… time does fly! Eight years and one day ago, back in 1999, I launched “Owen’s Visual Basic Workshop”, and, after many changes indeed, here we are today, with a nice new design, and the odd bit of updated content too! It’s also funny to think that some of the content on the site is now 11 years old (the 1996 archived stuff in the blog) – madness! And apparently, I can’t end a sentence without an exclamation mark!
Anyway, who knows where the site will go over the next year? Probably not too far, admittedly, as I’m rather busy with real life, although I’ll hopefully find some time to finish up the new Repository at some point. We’ll have to see… some exciting things in the pipeline, potentially.
Happy birthday, owenrudge.net!
After being absent from this site for about a year, the guestbook is now back, with a significantly lower level of spam than previously. There’s still a bit kicking around, as I haven’t got rid of it all yet, but compared with before, there’s quite a bit less! Feel free to leave a comment if you have anything to say! I’ll work on the theme for the main owenrudge.net guestbook soon – the TT Station guestbook is fully-integrated into the site design, though. Have fun!
Well, the other day, GoneWacko inspired me to start working again on the new version of the Repository. The old version hasn’t really been updated since it was written back in 2001, and it really shows. Particularly the fact that most of the links to scenarios are broken. The new site works rather nicely, and can analyse saved games to pull up a ridiculous amount of data, all nicely accessible from within the site. Hopefully, the inspiration will last long enough for me to finish it and get the site out sometime in the next few weeks. We will see. Got any suggestions for features for the new site? Let me know!
Some news from the Transport Tycoon Station: as well as a few assorted minor updates, I have uploaded an updated version of Mircea Pavîlcu’s rendition of the Transport Tycoon Deluxe soundtrack to the site. This fixes some issues with the bass in the previous version. You can download the MP3s here. There’s also a new download available that contains all the MP3s in a single zip file. Give the music a try, it’s good. 😉
Well, if you visited the blog yesterday, you’ll have seen the new look, which has now been rolled out to the rest of owenrudge.net! (Except the guestbook, which I intend to bring back from the dead soon, and the photo gallery, which I’m working on). The new look is a lot cleaner and generally more pleasant than the old site, in my opinion, and people I’ve talked to seem to like it. Feel free to leave a comment saying what you think! While going through and updating the code (the site is entirely XHTML 1.0 Transitional valid), I also updated a load of the content – the Age of Empires section is no more, for instance, as it effectively consisted of one page! (You can still find that page here should you want to download the campaign.) I also updated other pages such as the About Me page, some of the GEM pages, and various things hither and thither.
It’s time for my yearly update to the Transport Tycoon Station, and after many years, I’ve finally completed one of those pages that said “This page will be completed soon”. Only one of them though, I’m afraid. 😛 I’ve also uploaded some new, high quality renditions of the TT Music, and performed a few assorted updates here and there. Enjoy!
I’ve finally released an update to Foxamp (which had been sitting on my hard disk for a couple of months, sorry!) which enables support for Firefox 2.0. It will work for all Firefox 2.0.x versions. Download it here.