In honor of Colin Baker’s appearance on ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here‘ We at the Titanium Bunker are proud to nail our colors to the Colin Baker mast and release a fan game to help spread the word – ‘The Colin Baker Jungle Tucker Challenge’
Download the Game here and tweet your score!!!!
Download for PC
Macintosh version – coming soon
Tweet your support for Colin here
I just received a phone call from my MP – James Morris. My plans to provide an erudite and compelling argument as to why the current proposals may not have been as good as I would have liked. I was pretty much unprepared. I had prepared, but the phone call – when it came was so unexpected that I don’t think I was able to give as good and reasoned argument regarding the pitfalls of this proposal.
We talked about instant messaging – for example through facebook. I put forward my proposal that IM through face book is implemented through the facebook servers. Your browser sends a packet to the facebook server instructing the server to issue a message to a fellow facebooker. In this context, the communication here is between your machine and the facebook servers. Everything else – the message and it’s recipients is the content of that message to facebook – and would be outside the scope of these measures (as far as I understand them).
I mentioned that facebook has a SSL version of the site – which encrypts traffic between server and client. Now – it seems that the communication data can be protected by just using an SSL version of the site.
Despite my ramblings it he said that he was going to pass my concerns through the secretary of state – so I suppose that’s something.
Yay, won an Easter egg from the office Easter charity tombola. This year the charities are Promise Dreams and Lingen Davies Cancer Support.
When installing an application from software centre, software centre does a fairly good job of presenting a very professional looking user inteface but for applications stored in a PPA, the interface isn’t quite in the same league as the applications provided by the ubuntu repositories.
So what can we do about it? How can we make the packages in our PPA look more like the packages in the main repository?
There are 2 parts of the interface which need more investigation if we want our app to look and feel like an Ubuntu application.
The Packaging Icon, and the Package Screenshot.
The package screenshot is downloaded by software centre from screenshots.ubuntu.com. Debian has a similar screnshots server. Debshots works by allowing users to upload screenshots. The screenshots are only allowed for packages within the repositories configured within debshots. Our choices are to either get our PPA added to the list of acceptable PPA’s or we can host our own server.
In order to make this work we’ll need to modify the software centre to make it look at a new server. To accomplish this I packaged a replacement software centre, which replaces the ubuntu software centre.
When software centre loads a package it checks in /usr/share/app-install/icons for an icon – any file matchng the package name. Typically these icons are added by Ubuntu. The whobuntu.applicationicons package adds a series of whobuntu icons to the folder, and as it’s a package we can pass updates before we publish any new packages to the PPA.
I believe I have located a work flow that allows us to design elements of a captain Freedom comic strip separately from everything else.
This is what I’ve come up with so far.
- The characters are designed on Inkscape, with the character split into separate layers
- The Inkscape files are extracted to XCF files preserving the layers
- These files can be imported as layers into GIMP for layout
Still need to sort out a mechanism for creating speech bubbles using the gimp – but we’re making progress.
So I would therefore suggest that we need :
- Title overlay
- Panel layout
- Some sample speech bubbles
The new fashions at the titanium bunker modelled by mike.
This season's must have...
The QR code
And the alternate design
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Here are some photos showing the refurbishment of the window sill…
The original sill…
got rid of some of the old plywood that was there…
I vacumed the debris from the sill..
and here it is finished… Here are some close up shots…
Dave has just said “Is your carpet faded here”…
No dave – it’s just a shaddow…