Thomas Sampson

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Success @ Games Republic 2012

Today’s Games Republic 2012 event, held at the University of Bradford, was incredibly rewarding for our team. The day was spent exhibiting our PSP Minis title BounceBack (along with our SteelEngine PSP game engine) to both students and industry professionals, and of course, the judges! We received some excellent feedback and were very humbled to be awarded the following three prizes…

 1st Prize – Best Team – Awarded by Rockstar Leeds
1st Prize – Best Game Technology – Awarded by Four Door Lemon
1st Prize – Best Game Design – Awarded by Sumo Digital

Many Photos were also taken at the event. BounceBack will be available for download on the Playstation Store for both PSP and Playstation 3, Summer 2012.


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Find files fast

  • Small installation file
  • Clean and simple user interface
  • Quick file indexing
  • Quick searching
  • Minimal resource usage
  • Real-time updating

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Process Hacker

Process Hacker is a pretty useful open source process management utility for Windows. Think procmon + handle + resource monitor all bundled into one.



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Windows Colour Picker

Colorcop is a neat colour picking tool for Windows, which can be used to sample any colour on screen, presenting it in multiple formats including Hex, RBG float and RGB int. The utility also has support for averaging samples from a 1,3,5×5 kernel, can be minimised to system tray, and also has a bunch of other cool features.



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Debugging NodeJS

Installation (globally via NPM)

npm install -g node-inspector

Launch script under debugger

node-debug app.js

Launch script under debugger (+ break on first line)

node --debug-brk app.js

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Creating a new Windows Service

Sometimes it’s enough to add a program or script to the startup folder or scheduled a boot-time task, however if you need to setup a fully fledged Windows Service, the freeware NSSM (Non-Sucking Service Manager) tool can be used to quickly and easily install or remove Windows Services from the command line.

Creating a new Windows Service
The following command will pop-up a nice UI for you to select which program/script you want to run and allow you to tweak additional settings such as Automatic/Manual startup etc:

nssm install "YourNewServiceName"

Removing a Windows Service
The following command permanently un-registers and removes a Windows Service by name:

nssm remove "YourServiceName"

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Finding variable assignments

When searching through an entire codebase for a variable it is often useful to limit the search results to those instances where the variables is assigned a new value (or perhaps when the variable is used IN an assignment). This can be achieved with the following regular expressions…

Find assignments

MyVariableName[ \t\r\n\v\f]*=[^=]

Find usage in an assignment

=[^=][ \t\r\n\v\f]*MyVariableName