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  • steve918 7:05 pm on July 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Chore Wars – I totally pwned the laundry 

    I’m totally obsessed with Chore Wars I found out about it from Penny Arcade basically you do quest IRL and get Exp and Gold! I have to admit I’ve been more interested in ways to cheat than actually doing the laundry. We started a CW group at work and we’ve dedicated several adventures just for cheating. I’ve created a Selenium script to log me in, max out and do the cheaters quests until I’ve the system says I’ve maxed out my XP for the day. If you receive 500 or more XP at a time it cuts you off. It says that your only allowed 500xp per day, but in reality the counter resets every hour or so. So I’ve set up a cron job to run my Selenium script hourly to leave my co-workers in the dust. It’s totally against the spirit of the game, but it doesn’t make it any less fun.

  • steve918 9:25 pm on July 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Pick a Pokemon 

    Recently we adopted a naming system for future revisions of our core product at Vidoop. We it came down to voting for our favorite naming scheme, I lost the majority vote and Pokemon was selected as the theme for our internal release naming convention.
    psyduckken.png I was somewhat disappointed at first because I’m not familiar with Pokemon, but it has proven to be a pretty entertaining convention with plenty of perks.
    One thing that makes Pokemon a great naming convention is the abundance namespace. There are currently 493 Pokemon listed on Wikipedia so you don’t waste any development type coming up with creative names. ( The naming convention is internal only, so the developers get to choose it instead of marketing ) Also there are multiple Pokemon for every letter of the alphabet so if you choose to make release names easy to remember it definately helps. Most of all there are actually plenty of cool Pokemon like Psyduck!

  • steve918 1:32 pm on July 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Zend Certified Engineer 

    I’ve recently started studying for the Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE) program. I received the book a couple of weeks ago, but hadn’t really looked at it until yesterday. I’m somewhat disappointed in the study guide I purchased. I paid $45 (after shipping) for it and it’s just over 250 pages. I understand they want to keep the content concise and focused on what is most relevant to the exam, but I can’t help but feeling a little cheated as the content is a bit underwhelming. Anyone could read the study guide from cover to cover in a weekend.

    I took one of the practice tests they provide online. They typically cost $10 each, but I purchased a 5 pack for $17. I plan to read through the study guide over the next few weeks and take a practice test at the end of each week to monitor my progress and prepare for the actual test. I was somewhat disappointed with my performance in some areas of the test. Although I passed the overall test, I failed the arrays portion of the test, which I found a bit surprising. There is apparently about 70 functions in PHP to manipulate arrays and I’m only using 10% of them on a regular basis.

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