Maciej Mróz Personal Blog

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Mar 18, 2012 - 5 minute read - Technology Storage

The demise of spinning disks

It was quite some time ago when my company started using Fusion-IO (enterprise SSDs) on our database servers. We are happily using them till this day. The great part is that we could scale vertically and leave software layer unchanged. Even better: we still have room for growth, despite getting more users and our application stack getting more and more demanding. We were one of the first to switch to SSDs on server side - so right now it’s interesting that this idea propagated so quickly.

Mar 4, 2012 - 3 minute read - Technology Programming Books

If you haven't noticed, OpenGL API is alive and kicking

Recently I somehow found enough time to read “OpenGL SuperBible, 5th edition”. It was something done purely for fun, just to see how things are looking today for modern graphics APIs. Last time I did any serious graphics programming, OpenGL was slowly dying. In fact, my M.Sc. thesis used Direct3D as implementation API. I simply had no choice. There was no standard for anything - every single important feature was exposed through extensions.

Feb 22, 2012 - 3 minute read - Mobile Technology Game Industry

Is the era of dedicated gaming devices coming to an end?

Today was the day when PlayStation Vita launched worldwide. I had the chance to play most of the launch games already during GDC Europe last August and I think that both hardware and launch lineup are impressive. But I didn’t buy PS Vita on launch. It’s probably a very sad day for Sony, bacause “PlayStation” is my religion (on Facebook, at least :) ). What happended? I faced the truth - mainstream mobile gaming is already on Android and iOS, and a lot of titles are released every day.

Jan 23, 2012 - 4 minute read - Media Culture

It’s time for Culture 2.0

In the USA, SOPA is dead. Poland (and other countries) might not be so lucky with the ACTA. But let’s assume for a while it goes down, too. It’s a good thing, right? I am not so sure about that. First, I absolutely agree that intellectual property should be enforced. What I don’t like about the law and the agreement mentioned above is who is responsible for the enforcing, and who is held responsible for the breach of intellectual property.

Jan 12, 2012 - 5 minute read - Game Development Technology

Is HTML5 a viable platform for games?

If you ever tried to get deeper into it than just looking at press releases about “HTML5 companies” who just received some VC funding, it is indeed very interesting question. Let’s put aside the idea of building entire business on HTML5 tools/engines. What I want to touch to today is the topic of the technology in general, and it’s comparison with possible alternatives. Important distinction here - it’s about 2D casual games.

Jan 9, 2012 - 2 minute read - Lifestyle

My 2012 resolution

OMG! Another one who promises to lose weight in 2012, please kill me now! Worry not, it’s quite the opposite :) Also, while it might be a bit suprising, there will be only one resolution. I will not promise anyone to lose weight. What’s more, I will not promise to: exercise, drink less alcohol, sleep 8 hours a day, control my finances, go to specific place, or do whatever else.