Category: Software

Software 1

Ninite Easy PC Setup

I tend to build a lot of computers for friends and relatives. Anyone that does so often can tell you that the most time consuming part of building someone a new pc is not the hardware installation. If you know what you are doing it usually takes less then an hour to go from unboxing to booting. The real time waster is installing all of the apps that the user will need on a new computer. That is where Ninite comes in.

Ninite is a free web service that builds you hands-free installers for many of the applications you would typically install on a new computer. The website lists various programs under categories such as messaging and web browsers. You simply check off the ones that you would like, and Ninite will provide you with an installer that will automatically download and install all of the applications you selected with a single click. It is incredibly simple. Assuming you know what programs you want installed, anyone should be able to use the service.

You can take advantage of the service at http://ninite.com.

Games Software 3

Halo Reach Stat Sigs

I have decided to put the Reach Stats App on hold for a bit while I work on developing stat signatures for Halo Reach. This is something I was personally looking for, and no one seemed to offer it. After a few hours this afternoon, I have a basic framework for generating stat signatures up and running.

My signature:

This is still very much a work in progress. There are a number of things I would like to add, and I am waiting on Bungie to release a graphics library they have promised. However so far things are going well. There is no web interface yet, and I have not determined if this is something I would even want to open to the public or not. That being said, if this is something that interests you, post your Gamertag and I will add it to the list of sigs to generate. I could use a few more to test with at this point. I make no promises on how often I will have the update though. Eventually I would like to get these updating at least once a day.

All suggestions on how to improve the signatures are welcome. Just keep in mind that at this point I am more concerned with pulling the stats and rendering the images them I am with how pretty they look. Things like random background images are totally possible, but not a priority at the moment.

Some other signatures I have generated:

Watch http://reach.neutralx2.com/ for more.

Edit: The website was taken down when Bungie took down the stats API. I uploaded a few static examples of what the stat signatures looked like. Here is what the site looked like:

Games Software

Halo Reach API Opened

Bungie has finally opened up the Reach API to programmers. I was actually hoping they would do this last week when I had a lot of free time. Anyway, I was browsing the website and noticed it was open, so I decided to throw something together real quick to see how accessible it was. I have never worked with a web API like this before, and only have a little bit of experience working with .XML files as a save file format for some of the applications I have written. Obviously, if I am going to be building a large stats application, I will have to get more familiar with the best practices for working with XML files.

Still, I was able to throw something simple together in about an hour and a half. Currently, the program pulls some basic stats about a player, their armor image, and the list of recent games. The API allows me to pull all kinds of data, so cool graphs showing obscure things would not be out of the question. What sort of features would you like to see in a stats application? Anything that the current bungie.net site doesnt do that you wish it would? I am open to all ideas.

Early Work In Progress