Archive for November, 2009

DeskSpace Controlled By A Nintendo Wii Remote

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

An enterprising software engineer, Kenneth Brandon, has written software that allows DeskSpace to be controlled by a Nintendo Wii Remote control. You can check out a video of it in action below (skip to 1:05 to see DeskSpace):

Tom’s Hardware Graphics Card Roundup

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

While we pride ourselves on ensuring TopDesk and DeskSpace run on older video cards, a new video card can sometimes make a world of difference (especially if you want to take advantage of the new features in Windows 7).

If you’re in the market for a new video card, Tom’s hardware has compiled a list of the current best value-for-money graphics cards that’s well worth checking out.

I’ve Got 99 Problems and Orange Mike Is One

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

After seeing the DeskSpace Wikipedia page languish for most of 2009 with numerous inaccuracies (e.g. it does *not* require DirectX 9, it’ll run just fine on DirectX 8.1 thank you very much, and it is *not* usually distributed as a .ZIP file), I decided to take matters into my own hands and update the page myself.

Penny-Arcade - Wikipedia

Big. Mistake.

One of the Wikipedia Powers-That-Be, Wikipedia administrator Orange Mike, came down on me like a ton of bricks and blocked me from editing the page (and any other page on Wikipedia). Now, I understand that the founder of Otaku Software editing the DeskSpace Wikipedia page is seen by Orange Mike as a conflict of interest (ironic, given his history), and if that’s how he wants to police the DeskSpace Wikipedia page then that’s fine.

I also have no intention of getting involved in a long, drawn-out fight over something as silly as a web page, and I’d much rather spend my time spent helping the Otaku Software team cook up new versions of DeskSpace and TopDesk for our fantastic users, so I’m not going to appeal the block.

However, it worries me is that there’s inaccurate information on the DeskSpace Wikipedia page and I have no way to correct the mistakes. As an example, the DeskSpace Wikipedia page stated that DeskSpace requires DirectX 9. Despite it clearly stating that DeskSpace requires DirectX 8.1 on our system requirements page, and despite my *cited* changes to the DeskSpace Wikipedia page to reflect this, the page has since been changed back to state that DeskSpace requires DirectX 9.

I know I’m nitpicking, but what’s the point of having DeskSpace on Wikipedia if the information isn’t accurate, and what’s the point Wikipedia administrators policing edits if they’re not going to ensure the correctness of an article? Wikipedia is a great tool, but it’s all too easy for a topic to suffer because editors either can’t be bothered or simply don’t care enough to verify its accuracy.

At the moment I’m at a complete loss as to how I can fix this sad state of affairs, so if anyone has any advice on the best way to ensure the DeskSpace Wikipedia page is up-to-date and accurate then I’d really like to hear from you.