Hi, I am Martin.

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Educational gaming

When I grew up as a child we had what was called computer knowledge on schedule. In fact it was not that much about computers though as it was creating a muscle memory for where each key is in a qwerty styled keyboard. We got a paragraph of text and we were to repeat it. This was computer class back then. Today the educational space of gaming has changed a lot.

Computers in education

Going forward the computer itself became more of the tool instead of a tool. Quickly it became what was used for everything instead of specific education. Tools and games that was used in school was highly biased against education and was nothing that an everyday person would buy or use at home. This too has changed.

Not just Minecraft

Not too long ago Minecraft entered the stage as an open end sandbox that had no rules and no real guidelines. Instead of educating or forcing anyone to do anything it was truly a game of the players mind. The fantasy that was created outside of the game became the purpose of it.

A few months ago I was commuting to work by bus and since there is a school in the same direction as my work there was a whole bunch of kids in there. I overheard what the discussion was about and apart from obligatory how-to-get-away-from-school-work-schemes, the discussions was about Minecraft. They played together, created complex goals together and played againt a common goal that was fully defined by them selves.

Minecraft has become Lego of it’s generation.

Personal Lunar mission

Just a few days ago I had the pleasure to try out a new game that is under development called Kerbal Space Program. It is a game that take place in a fictional world, inhabited by fictional beeings called Kerbals. The kerbals have just been able to kick off their space program and it is up to the player to help them execute on this plan.

Kerbal Space Program

It has been called the only game where actual math and physics knowledge can help you prevail and it is really the truth. The game is a fun game where spacecrafts can be built and flewn but without too long you find yourself learning about terminal velocity, optimal ballistic routes and how gravity can be used as a wonderful engine to boost just about anything to anywhere.

Kerbal Space Program

These are the games that will define our coming generation and I love when I find them. I hope that I will keep my curiosity alive so that I can help my own child to take up these games and to learn while playing.

I do not think anyone today would really miss the muscle memory courses learning where keys are on a keyboard. Somehow I think they will get that knowledge without any set time on the school schedule.

Have you seen any other great educational games? Please let me know!

Kerbal Space Program is a game by SQUAD where the players create and manage their own space program. Build spacecraft, fly them, and try to help the Kerbals to fulfill their ultimate mission of conquering space. For more information, check out their website.

Speak up and rule your executive presentations

Many of us perform presentations in front of people in our daily work. It might be short or long presentations for a few or in front of many. We have been taught that to perform well as a presenter we should capture our listeners, keep them engaged and move them in a direction we want. If we are booked for an hour we should plan to finish of in five minutes short to open for questions and we should always keep a smile, trying to connect with the audience.

Datavision from 1979

Found this gem earlier tonight. It is in Swedish but in short it is a demo from 1979 where they show a system where a user can dial to a computer central and retrieve data. There is still a system like this in action in Sweden where information is provided over the same network as TV.

Amazing to see how they look at this service and how they could not see what the future had just a few years later.

What can a single developer do?

I am currently in a situation where I am actively looking for a new challenge professionally. The reason is my current employer is moving business to another country and by doing so downsize the office I’m in. With all this going on the question arose in my mind on what it is that I want to do and were my strengths lie. For a long time I’ve had a bunch of ideas that I would like to wrap a company around and try my own wings but I have not yet been able to get a solid enough business plan to do so. While in these thoughts I asked myself, what can really a single developer or IT person do? Where are the limits for a small size software company?