Jay Wick

January 28, 2014 1 min read

It Is Time: For A Little Zen While Your Device Charges

​Android 4.2 Jelly Bean introduced a neat feature called Daydreams, which are screensavers for your device while they are docked or charging.

I designed It Is Time, a simple and minimalist daydream which displays the current time in words. So basically instead of 11:52 you'll see "eleven fifty two".

Here's the Google Play link...

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December 31, 2013 2 min read

Forget New Year's Resolutions. Just Answer These 4 Questions

There's nothing worse than starting the year with a list of expectations. Forget making that same old New Year's Resolution, and instead run a retrospective on the year just gone by.

Let's borrow a page from Agile software development: the concept of retrospectives. Retros are a look back at what was done so far (over a small timescale). A common method is in asking The 4 Questions...

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December 12, 2013 1 min read

Blackstorm Alpha - Milestone 2 Teaser [VIDEO]

I have to admit, Blackstorm (the jet game) has been on the backburner this year as I work more on other projects in my portfolio. But here's a little preview I made a while back but never got to post! Enjoy!

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November 26, 2013 1 min read

The Labs Initiative

We learn so much from the experience of others – the tricks, the gotcha's, the workarounds. Back in my first job as a junior software dev, it was my mentor who taught me to give back to the community from which I learnt so much.

Labs is the initiative to bring these projects to light. The slogan "Exploring crazy ideas because we can" epitomises my passion to work on such projects. It's not for any reason greater than 'hey let's see what happens'. And just maybe someone will find use for what I find along the way.

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November 24, 2013 2 min read

Technique #1 in Fixing 'slow' computers [comic]

So I've figured it's easier to make a point with pictures better than a blog rant, and pictures are easier to digest when they look like comics.

Now back to the picture, you might have a thing or too to say to this, so here are my justifications...

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September 1, 2013 1 min read

Bright screens hurt my eyes

Maybe it's because I'm a night person, or because I don't have much natural light in my room. But I just like my screens dim.

I couldn't find a good screen dimmer for my multi-monitor PC setup so I evolved on an existing one I found in the wild. Check out my fork of DimScreen for a multiple-monitor screen dimmer:

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August 16, 2013 1 min read

Kalq 1.0 - It's Time For An Update!

Over four years ago I complained about the skeuomorphic design of ordinary calculator tools on your average computer. A little while later I published the Kalq Project. Somehow it attracted hundreds of downloads and even made its way into Softpedia.

The best thing about it was, it didn't need much tinkering. It wasn't a perfect product, but it was simple, elegant and did it's job. Now you'd think "if it's not broken, don't fix it", but that's not how we think, is it?

I set aside some time to work on something new, keeping the old values of Kalq but improving it somehow. The key to making this more efficient, was in what some new shortcuts could do.

Kalq 1.0 will be released soon, it's been field tested by a small crew on different configurations and all that's left is to document the code then upload it to GitHub. Yes it shall remain free and open source (under GPL). So, watch this space!

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June 14, 2013 1 min read

Particle Simulations of Yesteryear

Whilst scouring my old hard drives looking for lost home videos, I uncovered this little gem back from my childhood.

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