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Jimmy Mårdell bags Google CodeJam
Posted by Magnus on 15 November 2003, 21:32 GMT

Jimmy Mårdell, author of many great programs and games in our archives (anybody heard of ZTetris? Sqrxz?) has just won the Google CodeJam. See an article about it from The Mercury News.

A great big congratulations to Jimmy!

 


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Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
Joe Pemberton  Account Info
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There is an article at slashdot as well.

     15 November 2003, 21:41 GMT

Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
Ti-89_Coder Account Info

Yeah, I saw it there first, but I didn't connect the Jimmy Mardell who won it with the Jimmy Mardell who makes calculator games. That's pretty cool ... Calculator programming can actually get you somewhere!

     16 November 2003, 14:21 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Wow! So does this mean that he gets the $10,000 prize?

     16 November 2003, 17:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
benryves  Account Info
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Yeah.
When I saw this on /. I thought... "I think I know that guy...", but this confirms it.
Well done!

     17 November 2003, 14:08 GMT


Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
KermMartian Account Info
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Way to go! That's great, and it shows that there *is* somewhere to go after calculator programming! :)

     17 November 2003, 15:18 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
Konrad Meyer  Account Info
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if ur doing something other than basic that is.
and on an unrelated note, there already is a 3d grpaher for 83+ in flash thats much better than urs so urs is useless. its called graph^3.

     21 November 2003, 06:10 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
KermMartian Account Info
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Um...yes, I'm aware of that, but it is Flash (i.e. not for the 83), while mine is. I am aware that Graph^3 is currently far superior in features, but I believe the accuracy of my program is fair.

     21 November 2003, 16:20 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
Brian Gordon Account Info
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lol I believe kerm is right that, while I would much prefer to use Graph^3, it's still really cool that it's in BASIC. I mean, Gemini is awesome, but why did SiCoDe make Urban Wars? It's cool for a BASIC program... it blows everyones' minds that something that good's in BASIC (wasnt that the goal of sicode in the first place?) even though nobody will find it actually thrilling.

     25 November 2003, 15:29 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
benryves  Account Info
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Urban Wars was made a *long* time before Gemini.

     26 November 2003, 13:18 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
Brian Gordon Account Info
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yeah but I'm talking about now. when they were made doesnt matter at all.

     26 November 2003, 18:09 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
Brian Gordon Account Info
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n/m I hadnt looked at my post for a day...
you're right but what I said about g^3 still holds

     26 November 2003, 18:10 GMT

Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
Fisch2  Account Info

Congratulations!

     15 November 2003, 21:52 GMT


Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
jrock7286  Account Info

I just noticed that he is also one of the few on TICalc that are in ALL THREE lists for "top authors" (most downloaded files of all time, busiest authors, and most downloaded this week.) GREAT JOB!!!

     16 November 2003, 01:00 GMT

Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
Nick Disabato  Account Info
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Sqrxz and ZTetris honestly got me through six years of boring math. I am now a math major and doing unboring math.

Jimmy Mardell is a ray of sunshine in my otherwise cloudy day. Thank you.

     15 November 2003, 22:09 GMT

Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
angelboy Account Info
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Wow, that's pretty cool

     15 November 2003, 22:42 GMT

Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
Tim Buckingham  Account Info
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Indeed, I remember playing ZTetris linked against my friends... those were the days.

And speaking of those days... I got the news first, whooot! ;) Thanks to Erik of course...

(For those that don't get it, I used to be very competitive at getting the news before ticalc.org for www.ti-news.com) =p

     16 November 2003, 03:22 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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>> Indeed, I remember playing ZTetris linked against my friends... those were the days.

Hmmm, I was doing that last year. I always loved using my 86 against an 83+, because the 86 is much more maneuverable. Speaking of which, I believe that ZTetris was te only program that sucessfully linked different calculators together. That is just un-believabe. Congrats, does anyone know his plans for the money? :-)

     16 November 2003, 20:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
Tim Buckingham  Account Info
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At the time it was, and for a long time it stayed that way. I believe Squarez can do it as well, along with a few other programs.

     18 November 2003, 12:56 GMT


Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
Eric Shotwell  Account Info

Yeah, ZTetris always bring back memories.
Congrats to Jimmy Mardell.

     22 November 2003, 15:17 GMT

Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
angelboy Account Info
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Wow, $10,000. Do you have any to spare?

     15 November 2003, 22:43 GMT


Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
killerB  Account Info
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Yeah, my, uhh..., iguana needs an operation in order to survive. I would need $1,892 to pay for it, but I do not have that. I can't stand to see my iguana suffer! Really!

Umm, if u don't mind, could u please use PayPal?

Thanks,
-byron

     16 November 2003, 00:38 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Jimmy Mardell bags Google CodeJam
angelboy Account Info
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Umm...well...I was taking to...umm...Bill Gates and...well...he said he would devote a team of his programmers for games for the 89. This would cost...umm...$10,000. You can give the money to me to pass it on. Paypal or cash. :)

     16 November 2003, 00:52 GMT


numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
slimey_limey  Account Info
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Gates' Law of Computers:
Every 18 months, the speed of software halves.

As a side note, ticalc.org's cookies don't work if I use 62.65.69.4 instead.

     18 November 2003, 15:30 GMT

Re: numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
Magnus Hagander  Account Info
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That is to be expected. The cookies are tied to the domain ticalc.org (actually to the domain www.ticalc.org) for security reasons.

     18 November 2003, 18:54 GMT

Re: Re: numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Oh, did you ping the site to get it's IP?
ping www.ticalc.org

*hint* I believe you can trick bess like that *hint*

     18 November 2003, 20:42 GMT


numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
slimey_limey  Account Info
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no, bess gives you the ip in the url of the block page.

     19 November 2003, 17:32 GMT

Re: numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Aww... but I heard that you could trick bess like that......... :'( I will try it tomorrow.

     19 November 2003, 20:43 GMT


Re: Re: numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
Michael McElroy Account Info
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Turn off your proxy in Internet Explorer, and Bess goes away. Ta-da.

     20 November 2003, 20:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Doesn't work on our computers.

     20 November 2003, 22:50 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
Konrad Meyer  Account Info
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yes.. on our school's turning off the proxy turns off the internet.. and bess sux and filters everything (sumtimes parts of ticalc even... its way too restrictive)

     22 November 2003, 04:11 GMT


Re: numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
slimey_limey  Account Info
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that's how you get the ip to trick b3ss with. it doesn't work all the time, though. :(

     19 November 2003, 22:30 GMT

Re: Re: numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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I know of another trick: https://www.nameofsite.com

     22 November 2003, 15:28 GMT


Re: Re: Re: numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
Brian Gordon Account Info
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yeah, but if you look at the firebird tweak article about setting up your browser to whitelist certain sites, you can see how darned easy it is to fix it.

     25 November 2003, 15:37 GMT


Re: Re: numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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oh, and like other ones, it doesn't always work, either, but it gets you into some blocked sites, like megaproxy :)

     22 November 2003, 15:29 GMT


Re: Re: numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
slimey_limey  Account Info
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darn. is there some way for reverse-lookup to work on cookies? no, wait--some ip addresses would resolve to more than one domain name. darn.

     19 November 2003, 17:34 GMT


Re: Re: Re: numbers! there are way too many of them!!! and they increase all the time!!!!!!!!!
Magnus Hagander  Account Info
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No. One IP can only reverse to one host name. However, multiple hostnames can resolve to one IP. Thus, the reverse might give you a completely different hostname.

Example: anyhostedsite.ticalc.org resolves to 62.65.69.4. 62.65.69.4 reverses to ticalc.ticalc.org.

     20 November 2003, 21:03 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info

LOL! Very true. (about the Gate's law)

     23 November 2003, 21:43 GMT

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