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Dusty Toots Ludum Dare 32 LDJAM
Posted on: Apr 20, 2015  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

I was able to spend about six hours on a new HTML5 game project called Dusty Toots, for Ludum Dare 32 - An Unconventional Weapon. First time trying Construct 2. Not a bad system. Easy to get started.

SEO Tips and Notes
Posted on: Mar 11, 2014  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

My list of SEO (search engine optimization) reference materials, tips, notes, and education resources. Just in case I need to look something up later.

At one point I had written a few of my own SEO articles, but honestly there are so many fantastic dedicated SEO resources available, I'm redirecting all my SEO blog posts to this single post.

Stroz ASCII Side Scroller Platform Shooter
Posted on: Apr 9, 2013  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Stroz' ASCII Side Scroller Platform Shooter is a free game written in C++ that runs in a Windows console. I've compiled out the game for all the non-geeks to try. I'm also including the source code.

The War Z Customer Data Hacked
Posted on: Apr 2, 2013  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

The War Z just doesn't want to die and go away. The developer's behind this game have announced that their servers were hacked and all their customers data was taken. I've contacted Steam to see how this affects those of us that never created an account at The War Z, but apparently the War Z people did have my email address. Read more for the full message from OP Productions LLC.

Windows 7 Color Calibration Reverting And The Solution
Posted on: Feb 8, 2013  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

I recently purchased a Colormunki Display screen color calibration tool. It worked great. The problem was, that after the computer went to sleep, or restarted, or sometimes after a minute or two of being idle, the factory default cool colors (sort of a blue / pink tint to everything) would return.

After a few hours of web surfing, and trying different courses of action, I was able to find two very simple things to permanently fix the color corrected profile in place.

The Berserker's Daughter
Posted on: Feb 4, 2013  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

The Berserker's Daughter web comic is brilliant.

Un-Official Netflix App For Ubuntu Linux
Posted on: Feb 3, 2013  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

An unofficial Netflix app for Ubuntu.

The War Z Not Worth The Money Or Time Yet
Posted on: Dec 19, 2012  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

They could change the name to, "The Hiking to Die Game - where you work really hard, and walk for hours of real world time, to acquire a few items, only to be shot by other players that have been on longer than you." 

Then everyone would know exactly what they are paying for.

Intel Anti-Theft Service Issues with Windows 7, Chrome, and Avast
Posted on: Dec 5, 2012  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

On a new Intel core i7 laptop (ultrabook actually) running Windows 7 64 pro, I installed Avast! Free. A few days later I installed Intel Anti-Theft Service (provided by McAfee). A free one year subscription was included with the new laptop. It was like opening the proverbial can of worms. The final solution was to uninstall Intel Anti-Theft Service. To be helpful to the Internet at large, I'll layout some of the problems that occurred after activation of the Intel AT Technology.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2012  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

In response to @DISQUS via twitter; since it's tough to give case examples in less than 145 characters.

Croc from Peter Pan Wire Art by Jay of JRIOT Design
Posted on: Oct 10, 2011  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens
XAMPP On Windows Not Working Try WAMP
Posted on: May 16, 2011  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Darrick contacted me because he was having problems running XAMPP on Windows as a development server. I suggested he try a WAMP stack instead. WampServer, Server2Go, and EasyPHP are all much easier to use when starting out.

Make Zen-Cart Open By Default For Your Domain
Posted on: May 16, 2011  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Rai contacted me with a problem. The newly installed Zen-Cart opened in a sub directory but Rai wanted it to open as the main public_html directory. So here are some possible solutions.

Realm Of Atland Has A New Blog
Posted on: Mar 20, 2011  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Realm of Atland, my favorite webcomic, has a new blog. The best part? Nate is going to photograph the entire process from pencils to finished, of the next Atland episode. How sweet is that?

Mobile Optimized Site Increases Visitors
Posted on: Jan 20, 2011  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

I created a rough mobile template, and even though I threw it together in about 30 minutes as an experiment, I've seen the unique mobile visitors climb about 261%. I did it by adding: one style sheet, a mobile browser check script, and setting some mobile exclusion if statements. Read more for details.

LinkedIn Top 10 Buzzwords That Hurt Your Profile
Posted on: Dec 14, 2010  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Buzzwords, while there are millions of people who insist on using them, maybe because they think it gives them an "out of the box" aura, can actually hurt their chances when a potential employer comes a knocking. LinkedIn has some advice to fix this problem and gives us the 10 most over used buzzwords.

Just Ordered Hard Boiled Vampire Killers by Jim Gavin
Posted on: Dec 6, 2010  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Today Hard Boiled Vampire Killers (HBVK), was released to the public in two variations, the Signed leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/ slipcase, and the Signed Limited Hardcover. I purchased the Signed Limited Hardcover, as the official release of the trade paperback for Hard Boiled Vampire Killers will not happen until the end of the year, possibly to late for Christmas gifts this year. In this post I'm going to lay on you why I am so very stoked to receive my copy of HBVK.

StarCraft II Special In Game Items for Virtual BlizzCon 2010
Posted on: Sep 18, 2010  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Wasn't very interested in the "virtual ticket" coverage of BlizzCon 2010, but then I read you could get special StarCraft II in-game items. In game exclusive items for Starcraft 2 freaking sweet.

Binary to Text and Text to Binary Translation
Posted on: Sep 15, 2010  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

This is a simple tool written in PHP for the translation of binary to text and text to binary. Just a little programming exercise to keep me on my toes.

The BP Spill
Posted on: Jun 10, 2010  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen
The funniest Deepwater Horizon BP spill video I've seen, as of the date of this post.
Paranormal Activity, A Movie Moment
Posted on: Jan 17, 2010  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen

Just finished watching Paranormal Activity, which has been proclaimed to be, "one of the scariest movies of all time."

FTC Guidelines for Bloggers and I pledge to Blog with Integrity
Posted on: Oct 27, 2009  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens
The news as of late has made a big deal about the amendments to the FTC's Endorsement Guides, as can be read in this cNet News article, with the news media focusing the one aspect of the changes and how it affects freebies for Bloggers who write reviews. Most of these reporters have missed a bigger point. The Endorsement Guides affects more than just Blogs. The actual scope of the new amendments could also carry over to boards and forums, social networking sites, Twitter, consumer product reviews left on eCommcerce sites, and for that matter any emerging communication technology.
ATLAND Web Comic by Nate Piekos
Posted on: Aug 23, 2009  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen

I have been reading ATLAND (http://www.realmofatland.com) for years now, and I highly recommend it. New strips are released every Thursday. Each episode is filled with lowbrow PG-13 humor.

MC SpandX Road vs. Fixie Hipsters Rap Video
Posted on: Aug 16, 2009  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen

MC SpandX delivers a funny video portraying the conflict between road bikers and hipster fixie crowd. Now that I know some road bikers and some fixie hipsters, I find this video extremely funny.

Mightier by Ratloop Very Cool Indie Game
Posted on: Apr 10, 2009  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Independently developed games can have some of the most innovative game playing techniques. I always enjoy a high quality shooter, or in depth RPG, but nothing beats playing something with a little freshness to it. Mightier delivers with some good playability. Part platform puzzle game, part pen and paper, and totally free.

Tips on Advanced Placement of Google AdSense Ads
Posted on: Mar 1, 2009  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Once Upon a Time I used Google AdSense, and I have just added Google advertisements back into my site. I am doing it in a much more elegant way this time than just throwing them up on every page.

Coraline a Fantastic Animation
Posted on: Feb 22, 2009  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

I watched Coraline, in RealD (3D), and man was it great. A creepy nightmarish story of alternate worlds. I highly recommend it. Take note of the PG rating as it may be inappropriate for children.

Site Update: Newest Images Added to the Homepage
Posted on: Feb 15, 2009  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen

I added a Lightbox powered newest images box to the homepage, and polished up the portfolio artwork galleries. Plus my old ComicBook MOD for Subdreamer.

The Ultimate Slip-N-Slide Ramp and Jump
Posted on: Jan 24, 2009  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

A 60 foot slip-n-slide ramp and jump combo. The video says it took seven days to build.

MUTE Robot Memo
Posted on: Jan 19, 2009  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

The little robot tries so hard, but without words he has to find another way to communicate. Watch online now.

Old People News
Posted on: Jan 9, 2009  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

The Old People News video is comedy worth watching. Provided me with a good laugh.

Do Follow
Posted on: Dec 31, 2008  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

I DoFollow. For those of you who leave comments and supply your URL then your site will receive Google Juice.

Better than Microsoft Office, it's OpenOffice.org
Posted on: Dec 27, 2008  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen Owens

Don't be a software pirate this holiday season. Get yourself OpenOffice.org and save yourself $400. In addition to not breaking the law, it is way better than the Microsoft Office suite.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2008  | Category: General
Posted by: Stephen

The Studio-Owens.com blog, written by Stephen Owens, is back online.

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