Author Archives: Christoph Nahr

The Battle of Polytopia

Tired of the feature bloat in PC strategy games like Sid Meier’s Civilization VI? Midjiwan’s mobile 4x title The Battle of Polytopia is the perfect antidote. Called “Super Tribes” on release in early 2016 and reviewed under that name at Pocket Tactics, Polytopia continues to be supported by its developer and has recently received a […]

Myriarch for Java

Myriarch Combat Simulator is now available in an enhanced Java version, with a JavaFX user interface. I removed the download of the original .NET version as it was fairly rudimentary; I had already planned moving to Java at the time and so didn’t bother properly finishing that version. Overview Myriarch attempts a precise real-time simulation […]

Catching Java Assertion Errors

The Java assert statement can be used for conditionally checking program invariants. Assertions are enabled or disabled with the desired level of granularity by Java Virtual Machine flags, as described in the linked guide. So far, so similar to assertion facilities in other languages. However, whereas .NET Debug/Trace.Assert shows and logs a message by default, […]

Munich Airport Exhibition

Last week Munich Airport celebrated the 25th anniversary of its move from Munich-Riem – too confined and too close to the city proper – out to Erdinger Moos, a sparsely populated area nearly 30 km distant from Munich. Aside from the requisite Bratwurst and Bierzelt the celebration included an exhibition of various civilian and military […]

JavaFX Chart Coloring

Working on a Java(FX) port of my hoplite simulator Myriarch, I ran into an unexpected problem with the history chart. This part of the “Simulation Report” dialog shows how each faction’s unit count changes over the course of the simulation. You can see a screenshot from the current build below. The control is a standard […]

Tektosyne 6.0.1 on GitHub

Tektosyne 6.0.1, a Java library for computational geometry and pathfinding, is now available for download. There are only a few minor changes compared to the initial Java release, most strictly internal and all related to FindBugs complaints. PointDComparator/X/Y: Implemented Serializable interface for compatibility with serializable collections. This also required default constructors that leave epsilon at […]

Windows 10 “Creators Update”

The latest big feature update for Windows 10 has been released, entitled “Creators Update” (version 1703) due to several new applications for creating, viewing, and printing 3D models. That sounds great but Paint 3D seems more like a toy than a tool at this point. I could find no way to show or input measurements, […]

Dell & Alienware Reliability Issues

I just had two Dell systems unexpectedly fail on me that I had previously written good reviews for. This is something one unfortunately cannot anticipate until it happens. I’m updating both original reviews with links to this post, as in view of this lack of reliability I can no longer recommend these products: Dell XPS […]

DPI Settings in Windows 10 “Creators Update”

Windows 10 started its journey to simplified display settings with an awkward combination of dialogs in the modern Settings app and the legacy Control Panel, as described in my previous post on the subject. With the recently released “Creators Update” (version 1703) the journey appears to have reached its destination. All display settings, including all […]

WordPress Sitemaps with Jetpack

Jetpack can automatically produce XML sitemaps for its WordPress installation. These aren’t generated as static files but rather dynamically assembled on request, just like WordPress posts. While this feature generally works well there are some annoying caveats you should be aware of. Submit your Sitemap Regarding sitemaps for search engines (the only kind I’m interested […]