So many ideas, so little time.

Last post in 2018 :)

December 21st, 2018

So, I was able to switch both Solitaire games to HTML5, and they look and function much worse then Flash versions, but have no choice anyway.
Putting updated version to Google Play caused lots of complaints, as usual…
OpenFL still has some nasty bugs, like it crashes a lot on Android 4.4 specifically, and I don’t know why.
Next year I should move all of Mahjong games to OpenFL/HTML5 and finally start developing something new.

Amazon is shrinking.
They have closed Underground program.
Also they stopped distributing PC/Mac games, without any notification. Sounds like a big corp, that doesn’t care.

Google Ads getting worse as well. Their Video Ads often freeze and don’t allow users to play, causing lots of problems to me, as I have to block these ads manually.

Cool-hazckers still trying to brute-force my website, more then 600 IPs blocked and counting! 😎
Someone also trying to break SSH and mail server. Fail2Ban helps a lot here.
On a positive side, finally I have properly setup my mail server and it now cuts 95% of spam!
Also an email from Apple was rejected, cause they can’t properly setup they mail server… or is it me?

Did I mention every Big Tech company here?
Ah yes, Facebook… well I don’t like it. 😀

Anyway, hope everything will change for the best next year! Right??? 🙂
Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

Adobe will stop updating and distributing Flash in 2020

July 25th, 2017

Today’s news: https://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2017/07/adobe-flash-update.html
Era of Flash games is over. 🙁
I guess, it’s time to start converting all my games to HTML5.
From one side, it’s such a waste of time for me…
But from other side, I can see a good opportunity here, as lots of flash gaming portals will close and all their players can be mine! 😎

Indie tools

May 27th, 2014

Here is a small list of tools, I’m using in development and in everyday life.
Some of them are well-known, while others are less popular.
Hope, it will be useful to someone.

PuTTY“SSH and telnet client.”
I use it a lot, when I need remotely connect to my VPS.

WinSCP“free SFTP, SCP and FTP client for Windows.”

FlashDevelop“free and open source code editor for every developer.”
One of the best IDEs for developing Flash and OpenFL projects.
And I have recently became a FlashDevelop “sponsor” by donating $100+. Woo-hoo!

HeidiSQL“useful and reliable tool designed for web developers using the popular MySQL server, and Microsoft SQL databases.”
Still has some bugs, but free and works great.

Notepad++“free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.”

ShoeBox“free Adobe Air based app for Windows and Mac OSX with game and ui related tools.”
My primary use is to create spritesheets for the games.

Window Movie Maker – yeah, well, simple, easy to use, and free. Just right for me to quickly create game videos/trailers.

Format Factorymultifunctional media converter.

FastStone Image Viewer – similar to ACDSee, but free (for home users, though)

Double Commander“cross platform open source file manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas.”
And unlike TC, it’s free!

Audacity“free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.”

Inkscape“professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.”
Free!

GIMP“GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.”
Here is a nice article on how to make GIMP even more usable. (it’s in Russian, though)

Trillian“modern instant messaging for home and work that prioritizes chat interoperability and security.”
In case, you want to join #haxe or #openfl channels on IRC.

KeePass“free open source password manager.”
Keeps securing my passwords since 2006! 🙂

Support OpenFL

May 15th, 2014
openflFor those who like OpenFL and want to support it, you can do it on Patreon: Support OpenFL.

OpenFL is a free, open-source platform for software development. Create applications and games that run with native performance on virtually every platform.

2013 FGL Ninja Awards

March 16th, 2014

I’m one of the Top Developers, that’s funny! 🙂
https://www.fgl.com/other/ninjaawards2013/

King Candy Saga

January 31st, 2014

Вот уж не ожидал я такого от кинга, когда-то им свои танчики продал.
http://junkyardsam.com/kingcopied

Да и этот маразм с товарным знаком слова “candy” тоже их не красит.

FGL Top

October 25th, 2013

I know, it’s not nice to brag, but I just couldn’t resist.
Recently I hit #5 in FGL Top-Selling Developers!
fgl_top

Бесплатный Playbook от Blackberry и Marmalade

November 13th, 2012

Пока работал над овечкой, выкроил время зарегистрироваться на спешл от Marmalade и Blakcberry: Marmalade for BlackBerry.
Этот офер уже закончился, было много желающих: “Thanks to everyone who has signed up to this fabulous offer so far. Due to unprecedented demand, we are closing the Marmalade for BlackBerry® offer”.
Но я таки успел получить свои бесплатный PlayBook и сделать маленькую игру на Marmalade: Balloon Shooter.
Пожалуй пора начинать разработку игр для мобильных платформ и этих ваших таблеток.

YouYouWin

March 28th, 2012

YouYouwin has recently bought “exclusive” license for almost all my games.
I just don’t understand, why they call it “exclusive”.
They simply took games “as-is” with all the links and logos, just asked to remove ads and leaderboard. They don’t even require to add their own logo.
Of course, the price is low too, the average price was ~$15 per game. 🙂
Also, they have added their own ads to the games, and pay %40 commissions to developers.
Let’s see, how it’s gonna work.

All-in-One Solitaire, Dolly The Sheep, etc.

January 26th, 2012

It’s been awhile…

So, I have added Gaps Solitaire to All-in-One Solitaire game.
And I’m planning to add at least two more solitaire games: Spider and Free Cell.

I have moved website to another hoster, so it took me some days and nights to configure my first self-managed VPS.

We are working “hard” on Dolly The Sheep game.
There are still not all the graphics ready, but we are making levels already.
I think, I will be able to release a couple of smaller games, before we finish with DTS.
Here are some videos with gameplay:
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