Archive | April, 2006

Swap IconBuffet Icons?

27 Apr06

As a coder, I’m not too artistic but I have a small trick to make my apps look good. It’s called IconBuffet and I have two of their commercial Icon sets. Stylish and Professional are probably the words describing them the best. Considering what you get, they’re really cheap but they also have a free service that will get you a bunch of icons that you’ll probably never use, but they’re “nice to have” and you just “might” need them one day. Following up on this entry, here’s my list of what icons I have and what I can offer in return.

I’ve collected the free icons for some time but I’m still missing these:
Durango Research
Manhattan Night Life
Modena Alfanumerico Cold
Shanghai Tech Vector
Taipei Buddies 1
Taipei Buddies 2
Tower Grove Wedding

If you have one of these, send it to “nospam (at)” along with an email of wich you want me to send you back.

These are the 15 icon sets I can swap back:
Blinksale (5)
Dresden Tournament (1)
Farewell Snow (5)
Helsinki Hi-Fi (5)
Mallow Buzz 1 (4)
Mallow Buzz 2 (5)
Manhattan Metroplex (5)
Manhattan Finance (5)
Manhattan Veggie (4)
Marseilles Cafe (3)
Modena Simbolo(4)
Oslo Atmosphere (5)
Oslo Easter (5)
Oslo Finance (5)
Shanghai Tech (0)
Shanghai Tech Smilies (5)
Taipei Monkey (5)
Taipei Night Market (5)
Taipei Plastic Primates (4)
Tower Grove Melee (2)
Tower Grove Promenade (5)

(x) = deliveries remaining


25 Apr06

Great use of transparent Flash 8 video in this simple but hard to master game. This is maybe the definition of “Hit’n'run”?
(Via M4)

Symantec getting too big? - No more Norton for me

03 Apr06

Since my first Wintel PC, I’ve used Norton’s various Utilities for maintenance and antivirus. Not any more. Last week I read a post by Stephanie at CMXtraneous saying “Is Apple getting too big”. Appears that Symantec has the same problem. They’ve become so big and have automated so many tasks that they’re not able to support their users.

Two weeks ago, my Norton Antivirus subscription came to an end so I clicked the renew-link and bought a new subscription. When the process was finished, I tried to paste the subscription code into the software and I got a message saying it was invalid. So I read all the FAQ’s and info I could find but couldn’t really figure out what the problem was. Every request to Symantec support takes 2-3 days and they never really look into your case or read the former messages you’ve sent. They just send you the same old links that will not fix the problem. After two weeks mailing back and forth with either humans or dumb auto-responders at I figured that the link from within the program had sent me to a wrong page. I had accidentally bought a renewal for Norton Antivius only, not Norton Internet Security as I had installed. It sort of explains why it didn’t work, but this was after all the product that Symantec themself linked to and recommended I’d buy. I trust them with the security of my computer, so why should I not trust them to be able to sell me the right subscription?

Anyway - tonight I’ve uninstalled all Norton software and tried installing the version I supposedly have a lisence for, but to no vain. After 7 (!) restarts to get all the updates with LiveUpdate, it still won’t accept the CD Key I purchased. Guess I’ll try AVG now. They offer a free version for home users and a way better 2 year subscription deal than Symantec. A friend of mine has recommended AVG on several occasions and says they do a better job of protecting the machine while not slowing it down as much as Norton does.

Updated: My machine is now blazingly fast with AVG installed. Norton sure slows a PC down…

Sketchy plattformer

02 Apr06

Here’s a cool Flash platform game with oldschool looks, but with excellent physics and gameplay. Found it on Paulo’s blog.