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Frank Borland: Welcome back sherrif

December 23, 2012 4 comments

I always have a soft spot for developer tools which has Borland® Logo on it. Although I’m now making money using Microsoft products, Borland products was always first to prefer for me. I know that I am not alone with these feelings.


Recently, Borland released a video about the return of Frank Borland, which made me feel like I was still living in the good old times.

Here is the snippet from production agency:

Working together with integrated B2B marketing agency, True, Irresistible Films have produced an introductory film to re-establish Borland Software Corporation as leaders in software development, through awareness generated around the character Frank Borland.

Borland recognises that developers and developmental organisations need to define, manage and measure software delivery processes based on unique needs, tools and preferences, working to identify the requirements, test and change solutions that help companies build better software, faster.

Frank first appeared in advertisements during the 80s, helping to shape Borland as a dynamic company that tackled the biggest of software companies, promoting software such as Sidekick and Turbo Pascal.

Usage of the film will be geared towards targeting Borland’s CRM system of 40,000+ software developers. According to Frank, Borland creates testing software that works together with pre-existing tools in a non-restrictive of forcefully changing manner, offering simple yet powerful functionality.

Frank’s vision is simple: Keep it open, Don’t make it big, make it better. Focus on the user experience. Meet every platform need. Make it affordable. Listen to the community.

Creating, developing aand delivering better software, Frank’s return coincides with some key breakthroughs that will see Borland deliver new releases faster, alongside creating test tools that help deliver smooth engaging consumer experiences.

Borland is focused on extending their web and mobile testing capabilities across a range of platforms, helping to drive testing effort down and minimise time to market. Through application performance testing, Borland aims to bring exciting ideas and new releases to market through a cost effective model, placing affordable, powerful tools in the hands of the user.

Frank, and more directly, Borland’s, intent is to listen to the developers to deliver what’s really needed. On Frank’s return, Borland hope to bring to light some game-changing plans for software in the test environment and enterprise space.

Shot on location in Geneva, Switzerland, the film was captured in real-time, then reversed in Post, meaning Frank pretty much learnt his script in reverse, making for one serious come back!”

Here, watch it and see for yourself:

I love you Borland. I always will.


Rick Astley, you rule!

October 4, 2008 5 comments

According to BBC, Rick Astley is shortlisted for MTV “best act ever” award. I really hope this voting works well.

I realized that, I love this guy more than other “stars”. He is certainly at my top #5 stars of all time, by heart.

Go Rick! I love you!

Note: There are some guys at who makes voting easy. Just for info and educational purposes, I do not recommend cheating 🙂

Fallout 3: A post nuclear F***ing FPS.

July 27, 2008 23 comments

We were always skeptical about Fallout 3, and it turned out that we were right.

Here’s the trailer taken from game:

To all who said Bethesda will do Fallout 3 great: F*ck you.

I’ll go fishing today, to keep myself happy.

I, for one, welcome our Visual C++ overlords.

February 18, 2008 Leave a comment

This is it. I’m leaving all of my coding history and switching to Visual C++ 2008. This IDE is so beautiful that I can’t stand its charm any longer.

I’m sorry, but the other tools on the market just don’t get it right. We warned the ones who we think are valuable and worth warning. They kept ignoring us, deleting suggestions, making comments offline, and telling lies. They don’t know what their customers want, and they ignore the ones who know.

It isn’t an easy decision to leave a language which you spent almost 20 years. Something gives me pain in my heart. But the pain is more when I look the state of my precious language. Most of the time I made myself believe that everything will be good. But things kept going from bad to worse. I don’t want to give a name, but everybody is guilty in this.

Anyway, I’ll keep an eye on other development tools I was speaking about, from now on. Just look at the screenshot at Wikipedia. Does this IDE deserve this bad quality?

I wish you good luck, you know who you are.

Want some Lemmings taste?

May 13, 2007 Leave a comment

I suppose everybody whose age is over 26 will remember the Lemmings game on PC. Today, I stumbled upon a game called Pingus, which gave me the same taste I had after almost 15 years. It’s statically compiled, and should work on every Linux system. It features a really good tutorial, and a cool level editor. If you love Lemmings, just drop by and have fun 🙂

Pingus Screenshot

If you want to play full screen, just  pass the -f parameter to pingus executable. You can also alter game resolution by -g AxB parameter, where AxB is 800×600 by default. Game menu becomes crappy under 1280×1024, but the game itself is looking very cool at this resolution.

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