Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Jan 22, 2016

Update: Qt 4.8.7 Real 3D Demo without DirectX or OpenGL

UPDATE!! Now it’s ready, amigos.

Z-order rendering is “fixed”, but not optimized, it’s at a satisfactory design point for me. Culling works. Performance is satisfactory, running at 60 frames per second on my quad-core PC, and a very impressive 30 frames per second on my duo-core PC. Hopefully, most people have duo-core and faster PCs these days, but it’s worth noting when I do compile list of system requirements.

So what does this all mean? It means I will more than likely be able to “emulate” at least Super Nintendo quality video games with my game engine and that’s what I originally intended.

It all takes time.

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Jan 21, 2016

How To Display Update Favicon in Google Chrome

You may notice that Google Chrome does not update your website’s favicon when you do because it stores a copy locally on your computer. So deleting your browser cache doesn’t do anything. Instead, you have to go to:

C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

on your Windows machine, in this case Windows Vista, and delete the

Favicons

file. Of course, make sure Google Chrome isn’t currently running when you do. If you’re not confident about the change, then you can move the file or rename it. But Google Chrome will automatically generate a new file anyway.

So when you revisit your site, Google Chrome will re-cache your updated favicon. Noice.

Dec 31, 2015

OMG! Real 3D in Qt, No OpenGL, No DirectX, Pure Native Renderer

UPDATE!!!

Real 3D in pure Qt 4.8.7

Real 3D in pure Qt 4.8.7

Next up then is to implement a camera and world transformation. Then it’ll be ready for development.

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Dec 3, 2015

Will External Mic Work on Samsung Galaxy SIII???

I do a very simple test. You might be surprised at results.

Nov 21, 2015

Tips on Implementing Blazing Fast Qt Applications

Qt Logo

Qt Logo

By Chongchen Saelee

I want to share with you my personal tips on how to implement blazing fast Qt applications. I’m just a hobbyist programmer, but I still understand the importance of programming principles such as KISS (keep it simple-stupid), OOP (object-oriented programming), optimization, utility, and user-friendliness. In the end, you’re writing a program that people want to use. Therefore, if even you can’t use the program, then you’ve done it wrong. (more…)

Oct 29, 2015

How To Minify HTML With Notepad++

By Chongchen Saelee

When you want to optimize HTML processing speed, you might want to minify the HTML code. This is done by removing all whitespaces, assuming your code is strongly-typed and syntax and structure is all correct. You can do this manually, which will be a pain, or use the help of an advanced text editor.

Download the latest version of Notepad++ (as of today, the latest version is 6.8.6). It’s free and way more robust than your standard Windows Notepad (obviously, if you can’t tell by the name). (more…)

Oct 19, 2015

Lulu.com Comic Book Advanced Technical Review

Oct 18, 2015

Blender 2.76 Low Polygon Head + Hair Test

Agent S Blender Test

Agent S Blender Test

UPDATE! Now he has actual Blender material lenses, not composited in Photoshop like last time. Also, the hair is still a bitch. Was looking up low-poly hair alternatives. Maybe will go that route next time have more control over styling.

Blender 2.76 low polygon head + hair test

Blender 2.76 low polygon head + hair test

UPDATE! Figured the hair out. Lighting changed, but that’s minor and easier to fix.

Blender 2.76 Low Polygon + Hair Test

Blender 2.76 Low Polygon + Hair Test

With enough practice, I actually modeled exactly what I wanted. Ramping up to my Agent S comic, I read that some artists have to sculpt their own character designs for reference, which I think will help. It’s like making a dummy or action figure, you just pose it and trace or whatever. Anyway, this was a low polygon head that I applied subdivision modifier to. I also experimented with the hair particle simulator, which obviously didn’t turn out that great. It’s hard to manipulate. But there may be another technique using cloth simulator and high resolution hair texture. That might be next time.

Oct 15, 2015

Blender 2.76 Glass and Metal Render Test!!!

Blender 2.76 Glass and Metal render test

Blender 2.76 Glass and Metal render test

Man. Wow. Blender 2.76 was just released a few days ago. And wow, look at what I churned out. I modeled the glass cup really quick. But using Cycles Renderer, took about 3 hours to render out. The 3D text was easy, but I’m still challenged by how to make the bevel for the border/outline along with bevel for the inset area. Anyway, the performance seem to be way better, no more crashing. There’s also a new cloth, wind physics simulator. And a “portal” light tool that sucks up the ray tracing, which improves rendering times. All have yet to be tested by me, but Blender just impresses me with every release. They’re latest open source movie is called Cosmos Laundromat. It also looks incredible.

Oct 13, 2015

Manga Studio 5 Test: New 52 Action Comics Superman

Manga Studio 5 Superman

Manga Studio 5 Superman

Another practice using Manga Studio 5. This time it’s New 52 Superman.