[EDIT] Betrayal at Krondor Remake?

Neal Hallford, co-author of Betrayal at Krondor is discussing the possibility of remaking BaK if enough buzz is generated. Visit this facebook thread and share!

https://www.facebook.com/nealiios/posts/10150675092943840

[EDIT]

Well, the situation turns out to be more complicated than that. This is an excerpt from *a* mailing list where Mr. Feist replied to a fan asking for the possibility af a BaK remake for its 20th anniversary and the rights involved:

I like Neal and John, but Neal was totally inappropriate with his post; he did that before John contacted me to ask about those rights. Neal has always been a little impulsive.
In any event beyond that there is nothing I can speak about publicly.
Best, R.E.F.

Another Feist’s comment on the rights “sitting in a box someplace in the company formally known as Sierra OnLine”:

Yup. I speak from experience that NO ONE at Activision/Blizzard gives a crap, or even knows about it.

Trust me, just getting my story rights back took years, not because they didn’t want to give them back, but because no one knew what we were talking about.

This leaves me and the many fans out there wondering who’s holding the rights for the game. Is it the now defunct Sierra Online (at the moment owned by Activision) or perhaps R.E.F. himself?

Anyway, time will tell if we are ever going to see a BaK remake or even “Thief of Dreams”, the real sequel to Betrayal at Krondor.

Stuff to take with you on your metal detecting trip

Every metal detectorist knows that an extra set of batteries is the single most important thing to take with you when going out detecting.

Ok, that is the MOST important thing, but what about the rest?
I’ve spent some time asking people and reading about what they usually take on their detecting trip, and have compiled a list of stuff to take with you, so here it goes.
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Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Essential Web Development Apps on Mac OS X

Like every trade needs its set of tools, so do we web developers. In this article I’ll present you – what in my experience are – the best web development applications available on Mac OS X.

Graphics Manipulation

The king of all graphic manipulation apps is Adobe Photoshop ($699 or $49/month). Its performance and features are simply way above anything else, but so is its price. If you can afford to buy it, definitely go for it, else there are some alternatives – much less powerful – but way easier on your wallet:

Also if you have Photoshop and you don’t do a lot of line art, you might probably do without Adobe Illustrator. I rarely use it by itself, but sometimes I use it for more complex vector art and conversion in conjunction with Photoshop.

File Transfer

Transmit ($34) – Probably the best commercial FTP application on the Mac.
Cyberduck (free) – A great alternative to Transmit, featuring a single-pane interface.

Text Editing

If Photoshop is the king of graphics manipulation, then Macromates’ TextMate is the king of text editing. Once you start using it, all other text editors look like toys. The features of this editor are simply to many to list here, so feel free to browse the product’s web site for more info.

Database Access And Manipulation

If you need to access (mysql) databases, you need a good tool to manage it. Navicat is just that. It is however, a bit expensive, and there are other free tools that do the job quite as well:

  • Sequel Pro (free) – a fast and easy-to-use Mac database management application for working with MySQL databases.
  • Querious ($29) – a native OS X application supporting viewing, searching, editing, importing, exporting, and structuring your MySQL databases.

Browsers & Plugins

My main development browser is Mozilla Firefox with the following plugins:

For your IE debugging needs, you should probably go for a virtual machine that runs a version of windows with IE. I recommend spending your money on VMware Fusion ($79.99 – $99.99) or Parallels Desktop and install Windows XP, which comes preloaded with internet explorer version 6. You can then have separate installations with various other browser versions and run them as needed.