not so long ago that there was no work at my new job.
Well we are into week three now and I have only done what I would call on morning of work and that was helping out someone else as opposed to something assigned to me.
Now do not get me wrong most of the first week revolved around rebuilding machines, installing software, installing updates and configuring applications. Then there was all the security procedure reading I had to do (there was a test) and I had to watch some very cheesy American safety videos.
But leaving me to my own devices (and the other new guy) I did get some time (OK a lot of time) to play with my own ideas.
Idea one, a Vista gadget that was a Kanji date clock, needs some tweaking but this was done then animated and now wants some clever code to make the animation look better.
Idea two: after being forced to use Windows messenger write a drag and drop app to update the personal message.
Done and worked exactly to spec only no one would find it useful as it only saves one second off the task of updating your message and thats if you have the app open.
Phase two write a console version that use a source file and updates periodically. Done, but seems silly to leave a console window open for it and I did not want to have to write a server.
Phase three write a windows app that sits in the system tray and periodically updates the message.
Done. Works with XML, has settings window, custom icon, about window, can set XML file and delay, if file is updated the program notices, saves settings to registry and allows sequential and random movement through the source file.
Not to mention the app I wrote just to do some regular expressions with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_phrases_%28full%29
to pull and format just the quotes and the translations.
All of these in C#
Idea three: create a nice dual screen backdrop in blender
took about ten mins, just a tube elongated with a smaller transparent version of itself inside and a few lights, very nice ?