Techno Dabbler

Trying out new technology.




April 2014

Faster Than Light on iPad

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, FTL, IPad, Kickstarters

Released in 2012 on PC, Mac and Linux, Faster Than Light is an spaceship management strategy game. Players pilot a single spaceships through a series of sectors, managing their crew and fighting a collection of hostile aliens. I am a big fan of spaceship strategy games, although I can count on my hand the number of ones I consider worthy of the genre. My favorite among them is the classic…



July 2011

iPad – How to get a job

by Alexandre Denault, on Game Development, Jobs, IPad, BlokPanic

Last summer, returning from Taiwan, I purchased a 3G iPad. My reasoning was simple: as my PhD was near completion, I wanted to find a job as a network programmer. I’ve found that it is always easier to get hired if you can show something. Having done a lot of Objective-C programming, I decided to do 2 things: create an iPod/iPhone game and release it on the App…



October 2010

Once Upon a Blok

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, Game Development, IPad, BlokPanic

I bought an iPod Touch about a year ago, at the same time the iPhone 3G and 3GS were becoming very popular. I couldn’t afford the iPhone, and the iPod Touch seemed like a reasonable compromise. I was impressed by the App Store and all the applications available on it. I immediately knew the platform had immense potential and I wanted to be part of that. When I was…



August 2010

Value of points

by Alexandre Denault, on Game Development, IPad, Market

In our consumer market right now, the trend is to reward consumers for buying. Point cards, reward programs, it amounts to the same: the more you spend, the more rewards you get. But how much reward do you get? I’m thinking of buying an Ipad and I was wondering how my points can help. I am currently subscribed to Areoplan, Airmiles, Hbc rewards, Rbc rewards and Sears points. I’…