Archive for the ‘Stuff’ Category

Minecraft Summon Command Generator for Stacking Mobs and lots more

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

I’ve just uploaded my summon command generator tool for Minecraft . It’s a pretty powerful tool designed for map makers who want to create mobs with many customizable options

It features:

  • Mob Stacking
  • Mob equipment with drop chances
  • Enchant enchatable items held/worn by mobs
  • Status Effects
  • Colored Leather armor
  • Options specific to certain mob entities

I’ve tested this only of Firefox and Chrome. Hopefully other browsers will be ok. I havn’t worked out Villager trades yet but may get round to it one day.

Check it out at:

Emoticon Z – The Zombie Shooter

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

I’ve been coding in with Processsing for some time now. But when I learned that there was a JavaScript library for it (, I just had to make this game.  I started it three weeks ago and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I’d like to keep enhancing it, but what I’d like to do next is to redo it in Java and make it  multiplayer. Check it out at

Quantum PC Support Scam

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

I received a call from the folks at “Quantum PC Support”. You might know them better as the Indian PC support scammers. Apparently they “detected” some kind of malware on my PC. I’ve had this call at least ten times and I usually hang up on them or say something smart like I’m using a Mac. But this time I decided to go through the process and see how they go about “rectifying” my PC.

First they get you to go to the Windows Event Viewer. You go to Start, Run, type in eventvwr and then click OK. They get you to click on System on the left hand side. Now click on the ‘Type’ Column header to sort them. Now they get you to scroll down to the bottom so that you can see all the warnings and errors. They ask you if you are aware of what the errors are all about. I said I did not know. In reality these errors and warnings are completely normal and nothing to be worried about. But to a novice PC user they could look suspicious. They told me that these errors were caused by malware and that these were responsible for slowing my computer down. Not to worry because they have a “solution”.

The Event Viewer

The Event Viewer

At this point I was put through to another person. They must have needed someone who could seal the deal so to speak. She introduced herself as Catherine Anderson from Quantum PC Support who is based in Auckland. If I needed to contact her again, the contact number was 09 973 5669. I briefly Googled this but the company is not based in Auckland and the number is fake.

Catherine asks me which browser I use. I say I use Firefox. They want me to go to their website . But they must want me to access this with Internet Explorer. So she tells me to go to Start, Run, type in iexplore, then click OK. This is another way to start up Internet Explorer. However, I go to their website using Firefox (the safer browser) and am presented with a box to type in an Invitation Code that she gave me over the phone. This is presumably so Catherine can get her commission.  Immediately after I enter the number and hit the Join button this box pops up.

Elisnore.ScreenConnect Client


Here you have the option to save it or open it. They want me to open/run it. At this point I cancel out before I get in too deep.

And the conversation went a bit like this:

I have good knowledge with issues to do with computer security and there is no way that I am going to run this software you have got me to download.

Excuse me sir, what is the problem?

You want me to run this software but it has a Trojan in it and it will make computer accessible to hackers.

No sir you are wrong. You need to run this program.

No, I know what I doing. My computer is fine. It has no malware on it. I am not going to do this because it will infect my computer.

Why did you say that you did not know what all of the errors in the Event Viewer was about?

I went through the process so that I could learn more about this unethical business model so that I could blog about it and warn others.

Well if you are so smart why don’t you just Run it. You should know that nothing bad will happen”.

No thanks. So how did you know my PC had malware on it? How did you associate my IP address with my phone number?

They hung up. I had more questions to ask. But what I really want to know is why NZ landline providers are not blocking these calls. After some more Googling it turns out that Elsinore Screen Connect software probably wasn’t Trojan. However it would have allowed somebody to remotely control my PC. And once this was done anything thing could have ended up on it

Experiment in HDR with Fake Tilt Shifting.

Monday, June 16th, 2008

I’ve been seeing a few stunning High Dynamic Range (HDR) images lately on the blogs so I thought I’d have a crack at it myself. But with an added twist, I have combined it with a fake tilt shift technique. Disclaimer: I am not a photographer and my Photoshop skills are pretty average.

This image is made up of three exposures. One underexposed at shutter speed 1/1600. One overexposed at shutter speed 1/400 and the other in the middle at 1/800. I used the auto exposure bracketing feature on my wife’s Canon EOS 5D. The three exposures were then combined into a HDR image and tone mapped using Photomatix. By exaggerating the dynamic range, the detail in the image looks as though it was hand painted. Lastly the image was opened in Photoshop CS3 where a fake tilt shift technique was applied. The aim of the tilt shift was to create the illusion of a miniature model by blurring the immediate foreground, background and horizon but leaving the center of the image not blurred. As you look at the image you can imagine that you are looking at a photograph of a miniature model of Auckland City.

Auckland Fake Tilt Shifted in HDR

This is another HDR of my backyard which is the first HDR I had attempted. It turned out pretty good. You can almost imagine you are looking at a ray-traced scene. There is no fake tilt shift on this one.

Matt's backyard in HDR


Innovate next-generation synergies

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Since the birth of the internet we have seen it empower compelling metrics that has lead to innovation of leading-edge partnerships. Besides this we have seen it recontextualize leading-edge infrastructures through the extension 24/7 architectures. That’s right, the web is sweet as bro.

Now you are probably wondering WTF I’m talking about. Well, I don’t know either. This post was written with the help of the Web Economy Bullshit Generator. Next time you’re applying for a job in the IT workforce, give this thing a try and you’ll be sure to impress any potential employer. Good luck!

Captions Please – Part 2

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

You know what to do. Leave a comment as a caption for this photograph.

Janice had to book an emergency appointment with her stylist.

Janice had to book an emergency appointment with her stylist. The 90s were just around the corner

Captions Please – Part 1

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

I have not posted in a long time. There is no excuse really. But anyway recently I was having a clean out of the lab and I found some old computer science books from the 70s and 80s. Some of the pictures in these books are so funny. So I though I’d scan and share them. I thought of some funny captions for these but I think that you the reader could come up with some better ones. Unfortunately the book is in a skip now so I can credit it.

Please leave a comment if you have better captions.

Frank's iBrick was nice accessory to his hardhat

Frank’s iBrick was nice accessory to his hardhat

The TIX Clock

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

While browsing the the Thinkgeek store recently, I came across the TIX Clock. This unusual clock uses flashing LEDs to tell the time. To somebody unfamiliar with the clock, it is pretty hard to read the time. It just looks like a bunch lights flashing at random. Below is a little JavaScript version I made. Can you tell the time?

The clock is made up of four numbers. You just count number of each colour. So if you have 1 green light, 2 yellow lights, 3 red lights and 4 blue lights. The time is 12:34. I made this clock for fun. I hadn’t coded anything in JavaScript for a while so I though this would be a good little project to kill some time. If would like to see the source, click here, then view the source from your browser