Archive for December, 2003
Here we are at the end of a year that was sparkling to say the least.
I hope that what’s happened in the second half of the 2003, from the release of Ecpc to the beginning of the collaboration with the local newspaper La Provincia, from the Mobile Fun Awards to the TV interview at Netcafé, will be a solid launch pad for the 2004.
As always all of this couldn’t have been possible without the help of friends and the people I had the chance to meet in this period and who helped me in a way or the other.
I’d like to sincerely thank them by saying that I can almost hear them whispering a few but intense words, the words that Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) tells to James Ryan (Matt Damon) in the last touching scene of one of my favorite movies about World War 2 that I watched on DVD just a few days ago, Saving Private Ryan by Steven Spielberg: Earn this… earn it.
As Christmas is getting closer, thanks to the staff of the italian magazine Il Mio Palmare, their readers can find a review of Ecpc on the december issue and even a little present: they can buy the software with a 20% discount. How? By reading the review on the magazine of course!
During the last week I also wrote an article for the local daily newspaper La Provincia about my friends at Wise-lab, a new promising web-company based in Como.
A Merry Christmas to them, to all Ecpc users and to anyone reading the weBlog!
Yesterday, together with the first shy snow flakes, a rushy UPS courier delivered a new Pocket PC, the new Dell Axim X3!
It’s a really nice piece of hardware and the good design and that “sheet of paper” effect surprised me, since it’s so light weight. I can’t say how much hard earned it is!
I chosen the standard model with no wireless connectivity, adding to the order a 64Mb SD card, to keep the expenses low, since I’m going to spend some money in software and maybe accessories.
Hardware is nothing without software after all, isn’t it?
I can finally update the My Pocket PC page with the new Axim and I can’t wait to test its graphics performance with my code, an area in which it excels as you can read in the recent review appeared on The Register.
But now I’ve got some hard work to do on the incoming version 1.3 of Ecpc.
It looks so good on the 16bit Axim display…
It took a while, but I’m pretty satisfied with the final result. The forum is now open!
It’s powered by phpBB version 2.0.6 and customized with the Aeolus theme created by Vjacheslav Trushkin, a graphics style I really like, although you can choose to use the default Subsilver style.
There’s also the multilanguage support including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and Finnish languages integrated with the language auto detection mod.
Then, thanks to another mod, you can select the flag of your country from the profile and it will be displayed just below the avatar in your posts.
I hope you’ll like to forum structure since you can post comments about all the news I write on the homepage, both in english and italian, which I renamed to weBlog, as well as discussing about Ecpc in the Products section and swap Euro coins in the Swapping section, which will include more languages once there will be a sufficient number of requests.
The rank titles system is based on the experience levels of my favorite wargame, Combat Mission, with a couple of additions and the rank indicator bar is built with the Ecpc icon.
The forum is a service both for users of the software and for visitors of the website, so I hope you’ll have fun posting there!
I’m happy to announce that the portuguese translation of Ecpc is almost complete, as you can see on the Wishlist page, and I’ve already started working on the next 1.3 release.
I’ve also updated the Links page adding a few new websites who published the last Ecpc press release, such as Nederlandse Pocket PC-club, on which followed some nice comments you can read in dutch obviously.
Then in the Reviews page I’ve added a short news about Ecpc appeared in the november issue of the italian magazine Il Mio Palmare, which is only an anticipation of what you’ll find in the december issue, and finally I’ve added the positive comment wrote by Heiko Heubach on Pocketland.de.
That’s all for now!