Saturday, February 29, 2020

Where to go?

Sitting here with VB.NET 2019 open in front of me - empty project - wondering, "Is it possible to get back into the game after so much time away?"

It feels like floating in space - directionless in a vast void.

I can't really do tutorials, simply because I have no reliable internet to upload large video files.

I really miss game design sometimes. I could install Monogame again, since I have a WinX machine, now.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Where am I?!

Soooo... Things were really cooking along great on the programming front for a few years.

What happened?! Well, life happened. :-P

After a fun and relatively successful (however one might define that) run in VB.NET tutorials focusing originally on game design, and later on, primarily on database connectivity and general VB.NET topics with VBTOOLBOX, I decided that it was high time to follow my dream of moving to the tropics.

Sounds pretty paradisey, right??? Hah! It's is nice, but my lifestyle has been completely upended. Hardly a sob story, but my path has been extremely challenging. I went from being gainfully employed, to literally figuring out how to make my $0.56 bank account stretch for three months.

Currently, I'm living off the grid with two batteries, four solar panels, and extremely poor internet. Couple that with the fact that my coding machines are broken or damaged and my electrical limitations, code work is extremely challenging. Add to that the fact that there is no incentive from YouTube for video production anymore, as I've been informed that my content is too "small potatoes" and will be demonetized.

I have finally found employment to help get me afloat again, but I won't see stability of any kind for at least a year, unless I can figure out a secondary means of income, or some long lost uncle wills me a gazillion dollars. Har har.

Until I get a life, I won't be producing much in the way of VB.NET programming content, as I'm currently running on a Raspberry Pi 3 to save on power. I am picking up a little Python, however.

From time to time, I intend to blog and vlog about my new life, and will attempt to supplement my income with the Amazon Associates program. I've already made $0.90 in four months, so I'm well on my way. ;-)

You can follow us on YouTube on our Big Island Lava Pioneers channel, or on WordPress []

Monday, May 22, 2017

Small Update - Old XNA Project Source Links

I've had many requests of late for my archived XNA projects, so I added the to the Tutorial & Project Source Code page (on the left).

Much of the original XNA tutorial source is unavailable as it resided on my dead laptop and old web server. I added a couple copies from the inventory videos and animation testing.

You're welcome to do as you wish with the projects, but please understand that I'm not in a position to support or assist with these old projects. Sorry! Best I can do is direct you to the old tutorials in hopes that you'll better understand what you're working with.

That said, please consider switching to Monogame. XNA has been discontinued, while Monogame [Built from XNA] has continued development and a thriving community. Because it was developed from XNA you'll still get the amazing frame rates and the syntax, to date, has been virtually identical, making the project conversion surprisingly easy. :-)

Life Updates & Death of My VB Tutorial Laptop :-P



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Temporary" Site Move For & Personal Update

Sooo, last summer I moved to a new location and my personal web server for, formerly located in my basement on an ancient 800mHz Dell running Windows 2000, had to be taken offline.  :-(

Unfortunately, the complexity of the new hardware and pitiful connection coupled with the much increased ISP costs in my new location has dissuaded me from hooking the old beast back up. It held up really well for many, many years!

I had no idea that the site and its small trove of ancient tutorial files hosted on that box was in such high demand until I took it down. I'm constantly hit with questions about why my site is down and requests for those old project files, so I figured that it was high time to, at the very least, reestablish my web presence. Additionally, I'm hoping that this will provide a medium or community for interaction and commentary between myself and my viewers.

Why not set up a fresh web server? Well, I plan to be relocating, yet again, this summer. Where I'm headed, I have no idea what I will be doing or whether I'll even be able to continue doing tutorials. For my most recent tutorials on the VB Toolbox I've been relying heavily upon Dropbox for project source code sharing. I figure that I can continue to use that throughout my transition without fear of interruption in file distribution. Yay!

If I begin seeing traffic here, I will try to get links up to some of the more requested projects. Please, let me know what you think! :-)

- Aardaerimus / VB Toolbox

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Working on a "simple" map editor for the AIX series. Still need to make it pure XNA. Presently it's a GDI/XNA hybrid eww. Still have a long ways to go.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Adventures in XNA - New Visual Basic Game Programming Series

Greetings, humanoids!

I'm back - finally - and trying to get my new tutorial series "Adventures in XNA" off the ground. After playing with XNA a bit, and with a tremendous amount of help from Kalamus1, we've greatly refined the process of setting up an XNA game, movement and animation cycles, managing game screens, and much more.

You can follow the new series on YouTube!