Pizza box chassis

Pizza box chassis

Pizza box chassis

The top is a screenshot of a document from work outlining different chassis sizes and their byte value to set for programming. I thought it was a joke because engineers have the weirdest joke. The bottom is a picture of an actual pizza box computer. And it’s running Linux. *shudders* I’m not surprised though. Needs moar bell peppers.


Formatting and Styling Strings (C#)

We’ve discussed different ways to format a string using printf for C++ and string.format for Java/Android and since I’ve been working with C# recently I would add that to the blog as well.

In C#, it’s just like Java/Android: use string.Format(). Instead of dollar signs, you would use curly brackets with the parameter number. What’s nice is that you don’t really need to worry about the type. For example:

int foo = 9000;
string bar = "sparta";

string fubar = string.Format("This is {0}! It is over {1}!", bar, foo);

Would result with:

This is sparta! It is over 9000!"

See how I didn’t need to tell it {0} was a string and {1} was an integer? You can also add the format inside the curly bracket if you wish such as:


Where index is the index of the value to use; length is the amount of spaces you want this variable to take up; and formatString is a standard or custom string that can be used to do more formatting (such as setting up a date in US or EU format).

As usual, if you’d like to know more about the details, visit MSDN for more reading.

Android: Dialog Box with an EditText

A simple code snippet I found over at, shows how to create a dialog box with an EditText in it. I needed it to save a user’s login name into the preferences when first starting a program, but it pretty much has a limitless amount of uses

AlertDialog.Builder alert = new AlertDialog.Builder(this);


// Set an EditText view to get user input 
final EditText input = new EditText(this);

alert.setPositiveButton("Ok", new DialogInterface.OnClickListener() {
public void onClick(DialogInterface dialog, int whichButton) {
  String value = input.getText();
  // Do something with value!

alert.setNegativeButton("Cancel", new DialogInterface.OnClickListener() {
  public void onClick(DialogInterface dialog, int whichButton) {
    // Canceled.

-Kevin Grant

Crypto++ and Linux

This week I’ve re-acquainted myself with Linux at work in order to port an app from Windows to Linux. Besides the aggravation of setting up the OS, IDE, and workflow, I had to use a 3rd party library called Crypto++. Well, it wasn’t obvious to set up or figure out so I’d put this out there in case someone has the same problem.

Basically I was able to include the files, but I got a linker error despite including the files in the project file in Qt. This is the error:

g++ -o encrypter -L/usr/lib -Lcryptopp -lcrypto++ -lQtGui -lQtCore -lpthread
encrypter.o: In function `CryptoPP::AllocatorWithCleanup::allocate(unsigned int, void const*)':
encrypter.cpp:(.text._ZN8CryptoPP20AllocatorWithCleanupIhLb1EE8allocateEjPKv[CryptoPP::AllocatorWithCleanup::allocate(unsigned int, void const*)]+0x2b): undefined reference to `CryptoPP::AlignedAllocate(unsigned int)'
encrypter.cpp:(.text._ZN8CryptoPP20AllocatorWithCleanupIhLb1EE8allocateEjPKv[CryptoPP::AllocatorWithCleanup::allocate(unsigned int, void const*)]+0x38): undefined reference to `CryptoPP::UnalignedAllocate(unsigned int)'
encrypter.o: In function `CryptoPP::AllocatorWithCleanup::deallocate(void*, unsigned int)':
encrypter.cpp:(.text._ZN8CryptoPP20AllocatorWithCleanupIhLb1EE10deallocateEPvj[CryptoPP::AllocatorWithCleanup::deallocate(void*, unsigned int)]+0x25): undefined reference to `CryptoPP::AlignedDeallocate(void*)'
encrypter.cpp:(.text._ZN8CryptoPP20AllocatorWithCleanupIhLb1EE10deallocateEPvj[CryptoPP::AllocatorWithCleanup::deallocate(void*, unsigned int)]+0x32): undefined reference to `CryptoPP::UnalignedDeallocate(void*)'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make: Leaving directory `/home/alex/projects/encrypter'
make: *** [encrypter] Error 1
Exited with code 2.
Error while building project encrypter
When executing build step 'Make'

The proper way to include crypto++ is NOT to download it from the website. Use terminal to get the library:

sudo apt-get install libcrypto++8 libcrypto++8-dbg libcrypto++-dev

Then check if installed on system:

apt-cache pkgnames | grep -i crypto++

Which should result with:


If the information above is different (which is possible if it becomes out of date), check the Crypto++ Linux wiki for instructions.

Now add the library to project with the following linkage (written as a makefile macro, but just put the -L and -I parts in the command line if you’re compiling manually):

LIBS += -L/usr/lib/crypto++ -lcrypto++
INCS += -I/usr/include/crypto++

While is is rather specific, someone out there is probably searching for this so here ya go!

If Linux was a car

Really? But your car still runs with Windows

Linux enthusiasts are scary

Shameless cross-post from my car blog:


If Linux was a car, you’d have to build it from scratch just to go to the store to buy some milk. You’d start by compiling an engine and put it on a chassis. That’s fine and dandy and it’ll get you where you need to guy, but it sure is a pain in the ass to turn with a socket wrench on the rack and pinion. So let’s put in a steering column and steering wheel.

It’s not very comfortable so let’s add some seats. Now you realize there are different flavors of seats. Bench, bucket, velour, cloth, leather, etc. Bench sounds nice which is great for cuddling with a significant other! Oh wait, you use Linux. Scratch that, let’s go with buckets for the sportier feel.

Great, but it’s not that great looking. It needs a body. Those damn Apple cars look so sleek and sexy with their glossy exterior, but we all know you can’t modify them. Fk the sheeple and their pretty cars. Those Windows cars actually look pretty good now unlike a few years ago when the Fisher Price Cozy Coup called them out on plagiarism. What can I do with the Linux car? Well, there’s not much to choose from out of the box. Fkr looks cartoony. Meh, fk it, let’s roll.

It drives just as well as the Apple car because they’re almost identical under the hood. You’re feeling pretty smug because you built your own car for free. Well, let’s keep adding mods. You want lib-vtec-honda, but it won’t work in your car. You hack it to work instead. You’re somewhat successful, but you needed another obscure library to get it to work: lib-jdm-bolts. Ok, it works fine, but not perfect.

Oh no, the radio stopped working! Ok, don’t panic, just use another antenna. Crap, it’s not compatible with Linux and you just paid out the butt for it. To the Googles! So many people have the same issue, but with different hardware. WTF?! Grrrr! Ok, this guy says to download ndis-radio-wifi-2.6.1 and compile it for my specific car. Ok. Fk! I need another obscure library: lib-am-fm-cassette. Don’t I already have that?! Jebus H. Chrysler this is retarded.

Wheee, got the radio working. Let’s roll. Going to Taco Bell for some chalupas and Baja Blast. Oh muffin fudger, it doesn’t have a fkn cupholder. Google it. Cupholders aren’t available to Linux due to it being proprietary technology developed by Adobe?! GD it to hell! You end up burning the car and buying a Windows car.

Want to learn C#?

I’ve been wanting to learn C# for a while so I finally started learning it a few weeks ago. I lightly touched C# back in the fall of 2009. We had a quick crash course trying to get a XNA game working thinking that was the best way to make a game in two weeks. That was a very terrible learning situation and I haven’t thought much about C# since then. Once I decided to take a shot at it again, I was definitely a lot wiser than I was 1.5 years ago. Now that I’ve got some good C++ programming, MFC UI development, and Visual Studio usage skills down, jumping into C# was not as hard as it was when I first came across it. Actually, working with C# in Visual Studio is so much easier than C++ and MFC that I feel like I’ve been converted to a new religion. Seriously, how did I live without this all my programming life?! String conversions, getting file paths/names/extensions, and capturing events are just one call away instead of some hackjob conversion and string parsing! C++ and MFC is like driving a Volvo 240: solid, reliable, and old, but hard to work on and possibly relies on hackjob repairs to make things work. C# with .NET is like a brand new Volvo S60: new, easy to use (from the driver’s seat), and safe with all the electro-nannies, but it’s a lot more complicated under the hood, but you’re not likely to go that deep anyways. I followed the tutorial at Home and Learn and got a nice primer on C#. The tutorials are very easy to read and understand so I recommend checking it out if you’re a beginner. It’s nice that Microsoft offers Visual Studio Express for free to play around with also. Get Visual Studio Express and start making some programs!

Prince William: Put a ring on it!

At phamous-apps, we’re shameless fans of the royal wedding, and in lieu of this, we’re giving you another precious gem for your application arsenal. We present to you…

Prince William: Put a ring on it!

A simple mini-game where you can put a ring on Prince Williams finger. Description from the marketplace

The Royal Wedding is soon, and Prince William is refusing to wear his ring. Kate Middleton seems ok with it, but we all know that shes not!
In this minigame, “Put a Ring On it!” you need to put as many rings on the Prince’s hand as possible! Rack up a high score, let him know that you want that ring on there!

There seem to be some problems if you have a ridiculously large screen where the hand moves too fast, but just think of it as “expert mode” and you’ll be fine, until we can fix it anyways 😉