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I’ve always been a huge fan of early raycasting games like Wolfenstein 3D, so I thought I’d write up a simple little raycaster for the Roku and see how it performs. It’s not bad, there’s perhaps some changes for speed sake that could be made. There’s no textures or sounds, just multicolored walls at this point. It’s running at 1280×720 and rendering in 64 strips. There’s also a map overlay on the left-hand side of the screen. Get the code below and let me know what you think or if you make any improvements. I can’t imagine this running on a Roku 1 or the LT for that matter, those would probably be far too slow (but I don’t have one for testing so I can’t be sure). If anyone tries it let me know how it works.

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Since WordPress 2.7 the commenting system is very easily styled. This is due to the introduction of the new function wp_list_comments which now does all the heavy lifting theme creators were subject to. It also adds classes to each comment based on some simple rules. I’ll show you how to highlight post author comments and explore the other classes as well. Continue reading →

I got lucky and spent very little time looking for a good free code editor. My requirements were simple – syntax highlighting for HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript and it had to support FTP remote editing of files. I stumbled across ActiveState’s Komodo Edit early on in my search and after installing and testing for several minutes, I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for and a whole lot more. Continue reading →