Sunday, December 19, 2010

CityVille Tips


A cool new game from Zynga, in general if you know SimCity you will get the idea quickly. What I liked with this game is the game dynamics. First the economics is based on getting supplies (From farming & etc) and selling goods that will earn you money. In the
process you will use some energy. So lets start our tips:



Tip 1: To make the game move faster (get more profit) maximize your population by doing whatever is necessary.

Tip 2: Make sure to build farm plots to cover your needs (best is Corn in my case, im in level 20).

Tip 3: When you build your business don’t forget the energy consummation. So do the following:

  • Increase your Tea, Toys & Berger shops in the beginning
  • don’t build Bakery, Flowers & Video Game shops these will drain your energy

Then when you have enough money and other shops are open to you do the following:

  • Go with the Shoe shop, it’s the best in my current level

Tip 4:
Surround your shops with Barricades as much as possible(they cost 200, increase surroundings 4% & don’t use a lot of space)






Tip 5: Get 200% more from each business

If you need a lot of money quickly as for the cinema task, a good idea is to make a hot bonus zone, a location to move your business to before you collect the profit.
My best design is as follow and its build from items that you already was forest to have, and some others that you can buy, it will cost but it will cover it cost very quickly.

This is the implementation for it. this will give you 203% bonus





The math behind the tips
For Farming:


supply
15
70
110
30
45
80
90
cost
20
46
62
28
36
49
52
So select the 110/62 and that’s the Corn , its the best and about its long time to be ready, farm several times depending on your timing so you get continues supplies and you don’t get your storage full or get out of supply  

For the shops:
Shops
bakery
flowers
tea
toys
Berger
video game
dinner
cosmetic
pool
bicycle
se clothing
coca
sea food
shoe
earning
40
95
320
180
240
50
230
120
420
330
368
441
609
572
supply
10
25
100
50
75
10
50
25
100
75
80
100
140
130
price
200
400
600
800
1000
1300
1600
1900
2200
2500
$20
$15
7500
3500
I started with the above table that made me make the worst decision, and that’s to go with video games. And after a day , my energy was out and everything stops because the shops are waiting for you to recharge with supplies. So I updated the table to see energy usage and got the following:
Shops
bakery
flowers
tea
toys
Berger
video game
dinner
cosmetic
pool
bicycle
se clothing
coca
sea food
shoe
earning
400
380
320
360
319
500
460
480
420
439
460
440
435
440.44
supply
100
100
100
100
99.8
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100.1
Energy
10
4
1
2
1.4
10
2
4
1
1.4
1.25
1
0.72
0.77

So you can see from the above. To use 100 supply you will need 10 energy and yes you will get 500 money, but if you don’t have the needed energy everything will stop and you will be stock to recharge energy and before you know it you are stuck again.
So go with the tea, or Berger in the beginning and then jump to the shoes, with less than one energy you will get about 440 energy and that is great for now.




Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ask The Godfather - Mafia Wars-

If you were a fan of the Mafia Wars Facebook online game (or My Space), this will be intresting.

To sort your mafia and promote the best members to get:
  1. Make jobs require less enery and get more experience & Money
  2. Get more money from fighting & robbing
  3. Get bonus to attacks & defense.
Check the video below for detail steps, and visit the site to Select your Top Mafia
By the way if you have any comments on the site or suggestion i wil be happy to add them too :)



After completing the steps above you will get your top mafia members and the game will be easyer, this is not a cheat, its only a tool to help you out.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Facebook Resources

Facebook resource as books and articles are everywhere these days so I will try to list the most common and add some comments on them, my focus is for Facebook development books and resources.

The basic list is as follow:

  • Facebook API Developers Guide
  • Facebook Cookbook
  • Building.Facebook.Applications.For.Dummies
  • Learning Facebook Application Development
  • Developing Facebook Platform Applications
  • FBML Essentials
  • Facebook API Developers Guide
  • Facebook Applications 100 Success Secrets


For link reference the Facebook official site is the best for starting up your app  (Facebook development)

Other books but not related to development are as follow:
  • Social Networking Spaces
  • Essential Facebook Development
  • Facebook Era
  • Facebook Marketing For Dummies
  • Sams Teach Yourself Facebook in 10 Minutes
  • Facebook the missing manual 2nd Edition
  • Building Facebook Applications For Dummies
  • Facebook For Dummies. 2Ed 
  • Facebook Marketing
  • 150 Facebook Powertools

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My child may start programing Android sooner than I expected.

A lot of my friends are IT people because I work in an IT environment, but only us (developer) my  build application on the mobile, but these days with the new updates and mobile rush and competition between all companies, I believe this story will start changing.

Not only my colleagues that are IT oriented as network engineers or system administrators can know star developing on mobile application, but even very young children that are in school and have the interest in phones and computers (these days most of them do). Simply it don’t require any programming knowledge.
With the new development environment from Google called App Inventor, normal people without any programming skills can star. The will not do 3D game programming at the beginning (but really who star 3D programming anyway). Thy may start with some basic steps that will feed their ideas and I believe we will see from them more than expected. Now our children will have the ability to program their phones. (if they have Android mobile, that they will request sooner than expected too).
So what is App Inventor, "You can build just about any app you can imagine with App Inventor", as from the Google labs site. But really if you check the Sample Apps, I believe you will be impressed.
So it’s the easiest way to create apps for your phone. If you are interested and have an Android device. You can request an invitation and start doing what you thought about technology and knowledge that was outside your league.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sweet Kids Update

I updated the sharing tools for the Sweet kids site, im using AddThis, its very simple and cool, you can check the link from here (Sweet Kids )
I used some extra icon packs too, go to there site and you will find everything you need, i was intending to check other sharing tools and component but realy this one covered all my site needs.

Sweet Kids web project in beta testing phase

Hi, a long time no posts, I was working on a small web project and now it’s online. (you can access it from here)

It’s called Sweet Kids, it’s about uploading the best and most beautiful picture of your babies and voting for them with your family and friends, you can vote for other cute babies too. After voting there is always a top list of votes for the cutest babies.

  • Top of all Time: the most sweet baby picture
  • Top of the month: from the name, the top most voted picture during this month
  • Top of the week: from the name too, the top most voted picture during this week
  • Top of the day: from the name too, the top most voted picture during this day

After compiling a number of photos I will arrange more top list depending on gender, nationality, age and other characteristics.

Currently the site is in beta testing, so don’t be mad if you see something not working, please your feedback and comments will help a lot to improve the site.

I tried to use the best component and tools to arrange the gallery and the uploading take a look at them they are very cool (most of the are jQuery pluging):

For the voting gallery im using galleriffic

For cropping the uploading images im using Jcrop

For uploading control I’m using uploadify

For displaying images from the gallery I’m using PrettyPhoto

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mobile Surface (3D without glasses)

Microsoft is in the phase of presenting a new technology to the market that will change the balance of power and mobile distribution, I believe that all high tech mobile owners will throw there mobiles and get ones with this new Microsoft technolog.




To see more check the following links
So know if you have this new mobile technology and have any flat surface, you will have your monitor (screen), mouse keyboard & even touch screen.


If you want more fun and if you are not still convince that this will work see the simple version of what Microsoft is working on,


Sunday, June 20, 2010

WD My Book Studio (2TB External Hard Drive)


I have a large movie library and I will not start talking about the series too, currently about 400GB movies, I didn't see all of them but I believe I will have sometime in my vacation or on a Sunday/Friday night, so at that moment I will love to select something from my library and see it with the family. The problem was to store all that.

I selected a 2TB hard disk from my near computer equipment office (Speed for Computers) and the most things that I was focusing on were size and speed, with the WD My Book Studio I got both and more.

The size was 2TB, and against its price it was very cool, the speed was impressive, I have a local drive that’s 1TB and WD 2TB is faster (yes its an old 1TB drive). I have USB 2.0 connection that’s good and two FireWire 800 too (now we are talking).

It also includes in the same package a FireWire converter from 800 to 400 adapter cable for older systems with a FW 400 port.

It comes with backup software that will backup all your computer data with very simple and useful interface. So backup of your important family photos or important development software (I'm a coder) is one click a way.

The ink display on the devise is very helpful, with the free space left and a bar to show it, its very easy to know were are you in terms of space. I have a Windows 7 PC but the drive supports MAC too. It also have a very cool flashing let to tell you the state of the device (by the way it's also GreenPower Technology).


The dives design is cool too, a silver cover that looks very cool on my desktop near my monitors, it needs an external power devise to work too.

The WD SmartWare software can be updated (really the first thing I did) , it promises to increase the performance x5, I really did this first so I don’t know the old performance but two computers and two laptops had a very quick detect for the device and were all communicating smoothing.

The software is located on a separate write-protected partition on the drive that appears like a CD ROM when the drive is connected. (you can leave it and use it or you can remove/hide it).

The only sound you hear is a small quiet hesh hash when it is being used. When the drive automatically shuts down (Is not actually in use), there is no sound at all.

Its simply the most attractive device I used from a long time.