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YouTube — buggy?

Filed under: Web Sites — Tags: , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 04:04

I’m trying to take advantage of some of the features of YouTube, such as favorites, playlists and subscriptions. Is anybody else experiencing problems?

I have two playlists currently. Sometimes one of them doesn’t show up. Sometimes both do show up, but if I click on the second one, I get a “invalid ID” error. The playlist that usually does show up supposedly has six videos. But when I click on details, either two, four or six videos show up.

I am not able to favorite videos. Or rather, I can favorite them, and the little AJAX-powered notification tells me it has been favorited. Yet, my favorites remains empty.

I have one subscription. Sometimes it shows up as a subscription, sometimes it doesn’t. Same thing with my history. Some videos get added to the history, some don’t.

It does seem to make a difference which link I use to get to the various features. Which brings me to another issue: why the hell do I get different user interfaces depending on which link I use? Wouldn’t it be better to standardize on a single UI?

In conclusion, my YouTube experience could be a lot better. I am the only one noticing this?

Edit: my spelling, buggy.


That would be Sir Lorenzo, if you don’t mind

Filed under: Computer Games, Web Sites — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 19:52

Today this blog was mentioned on Free Gamer! If you don’t understand what the fuss is about, all I can say that for somebody that is into open source gaming, that is pretty much the equivalent of being given a knighthood or a sainthood or something like that. So from now on that is Sir Lorenzo 😉

Let me just state once more what a great resource Free Gamer is. Within the free software gaming community it really is second to none. I know Charlie puts in a lot of good work to keep providing us gamers with news. Maintaining a quality blog (as opposed to blogs dedicated to mindless rabbling about Paris Hilton) takes quite a bit of time. If you like the site, head over there and give some support.

If you read the article I linked to above, you will notice that he’s actually asking for some community feedback. Let Charlie know what direction you would like Free Gamer to take.


Joomla CSS Guide

Filed under: Joomla, Web Sites — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 01:11

Joomla CSS Guide is a really useful site if you are a Joomla template developer. I especially like the A-Z Joomla CSS section.

Thanks to Henry for showing me this site!


Pygame: game programming in Python

Filed under: Computer Games, Python Programming, Web Sites — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 09:57

Those of you who want to relax with a game or two in between coding sessions should definitely check out Pygame is a library for developing games and multimedia applications in Python.

The pygame site contains documentation and tutorials on pygame programming, but also lists games and demos that are developed using pygame. Some of the games listed there are really good. I’ll probably write up on some of the better ones when I have a little bit of spare time.

Also, don’t forget that the games listed on the site are an excellent source of knowledge for those who want to learn how to program games as well. There are a few relatively basic games that you might want to start out with.

Games not your cup of tea, you say? Not a problem, the pygame site also links to a few other applications that use pygame. Currently, most (but not all) relate to games in some way, but with time you may find more applications coming out that use pygame.

Pygame is written on top of Simple DirectMedia Layer, a library for developing multimedia applications. Therefore, it’s uses extend beyond the arena of games. You could, for instance, create music players or presentation programs using pygame (and both of these have already been done. If you’re studying physics, you could use pygame to write a program to visualize projectile motion, just to give a single example.

Pygame is obviously not the only library available for writing multimedia applications. And it might not even be the best (I won’t go into that discussion). But if you look at the long list of games, demos and other applications that are using it, you will see that it definitely has a large following. It’s worth checking out. And while you’re at it, you could take a look at SDL as well.

So do yourself a favor and head off to the pygame site. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Update 2007.05.14: fixed a broken link.

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