A Mars Lander Game

I’ve been meaning to get back into some game programming again, but I didn’t fell like starting doing something new. I wanted to help someone else and join a project and be part of a team again (kind of like when I was working on pioneer space sim). This weekend I came across a post on the LÖVE game development forums. It is a game being written that is loosely based on a the 1979 Atari classic Lunar Lander but with a Mars Lander theme....

October 24, 2021 · 2 min · Phil Howlett

Blog automation

I’ve been running my website since 2012. Originally I was running Wordpress software for the backend. I found it was slow and cumbersome and to be honest I felt it was a bit risky from hackers (too many moving parts, requires php, with a mysql backend database, and with so many security exploits with vulnerable plugins). It wasn’t until last year that I came across static site generation and I promptly switched to using Hugo instead....

October 18, 2021 · 2 min · Phil Howlett

Practical Electronics for Inventors

I had already purchased an earlier edition of this book a few years ago on my kindle (third edition). It was a great read however, I found the electronic format a little too clumsy for a reference book. You just can’t beat a dead tree version of a reference book sometimes. While I was casually browsing Amazon, I saw that Practical Electronics for Inventors was on special so I took the opportunity to purchase the physical copy and later edition....

October 3, 2021 · 2 min · Phil Howlett

Scamp: A self-contained Forth computer

I’ve been messing around with the forth programming language lately. Yes I could run something like gforth or other interpreter on the desktop but its more fun to play with real hardware. My current setup of running a version of flashforth hosted on an ATMega328 chip was just too brittle and clumsy. Then I read about the Scamp computer! So what is a Scamp computer? It is a self-contained forth computer running its own version of flashforth on a stick....

August 21, 2021 · 2 min · Phil Howlett

New job at MOQDigital

I normally don’t post ‘work related’ things on my blog as I like to keep them separate from my ‘fun’ however I’m too excited for this news so I just have to share it here. After nearly 13 years in my current job as a Systems Engineer at Morgans Financial, a stock broking company. While I really enjoyed my time at Morgans working with a great bunch of people, I felt that I had grown as much as I could there and needed to expand my knowledge and experience and I had to go elsewhere to further my IT career....

July 13, 2021 · 1 min · Phil Howlett