hostsController: DevUpdate #9 – “Changing again?”

Let me be honest with you, my workflow is the worst. The bad thing about indie-development is that you have to do everything by yourself. From security to online stuff, file handling, etc. Some things I like, others I don’t. And when I have to do things I don’t like, I lose motivation really quick. Now don’t get me wrong: I absolutely LOVE doing this stuff, it’s my hobby.


But when I work on specific parts that I don’t like I lose focus and months pass by without me touching the project and when I come back to it, I’m like “What the hell does this do?”.

So now I have to go through 3000 lines of code and try to understand and remember what everything does. At the same time, I’m going to revamp hostsController’s interface. First step, as you can see: New icon.

For the interface, I’m keeping the sober look but I’m going to add more darkness. I want to recreate the interface but at the same time I need to, hC 3.1’s interface is not optimized for window resizing and people complained that the main window is too small.

Only to keep you in touch, I’m working on hC 3.2!

Releasing: “Taskhide” (tool)

I introduced the idea of publishing some tools on my blog. Here’s the first one. I changed my desktop a little, downloaded a dock and I needed to hide the taskbar. Putting the taskbar in “Auto-hide” mode using the Taskbar Properties wasn’t enough, it kept popping up and was quite annoying. So I coded this small portable tool to make the taskbar disappear completely. Go and check it out: tools/taskhide.

SiZip : New App? (Proof of concept)

Last week I was looking for an archive extractor and found nothing interesting. I love WinRAR but it’s not free! So the best alternative is 7zip… But looking at these, they’re all the same, boring! Then I thought about the people that don’t know how to use these and I don’t blame them, the interface is confusing if you don’t know what you’re doing.

So after that, I present to you SiZip. SiZip is a small, portable (YES!) archive extractor and creator. It’s interface makes it really easy to use, just drag the files in! If it’s an archive, it will be extracted. If it’s another file (or a group of them) they will be compressed into an archive! It’s as simple as that.

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Busy with school & stuff

Hey everyone. I know that my blog has been very inactive for the last months. The reason behind that is that I’m currently busy with school, preparing for my final exams. It’s been very difficult to find the time to work on things like hostsController, Wallpapers and all the cool projects I have in mind!

I just wanted to post this short article so that you know what’s going on. After my “baccalauréat” as we call it here – and hopefully with a nice degree in 3D design – I will be working on the blog again. I plan on releasing some small apps / tools that I use, some of them help me achieve simple things, I sometimes play with the design too. Being such small apps that get rarely updated, I will not provide any assistance what-so-ever. These will be listed on a separate page without fancy stuff. Maybe a small description that’s it.

See you soon!