Jamie Balfour BSc

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Technology enthusiast

I am very interested in technology, particularly relating to computer science. I am most interested in web design and development.

My main hobby is programming. One of my most well known products from this is ZPE. I also am the sole creator of BalfBlog, BalfBar and BalfSlider.

A little bit about me

In 1997, when I was six years of age, I got my very first computer. I was always very interested in the ins and outs of it and dismantled it to see how it worked.

Years later, in 2016 I received my BSc (with honours) in Computer Science, obtaining a First class degree.

I'd like to welcome you to my website and hope you enjoy using it as much as I have enjoyed building it!

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Back in the day, when Netscape and Microsoft started the First Browser War, Internet Explorer and Netscape Communicator fought to become the most popular browser. 

Ultimately, to many people's dislike Internet Explorer won and Netscape disappeared. Netscape Communicator evolved into Firefox. At this time Internet Explorer's share of the browser market kept growing, largely due to the fact that it was bundled with Windows until the EU decided to make it compulsory for Microsoft to include a way for users to change to other browsers easily.

Since then, I have become a web developer, and I stopped using Internet Explorer again in favour of Firefox and eventually Safari. I'm not the only one who stopped using Internet Explorer however. Year on year the share for Internet Explorer has dropped. Here is are the statistics that shows this for November 2015 from W3 Schools:

2015ChromeIEFirefoxSafariOpera
November 67.4 % 6.8 % 19.2 % 3.9 % 1.5 %

And here is a set of statistics from 2002, 13 years ago (when I used Netscape I'll have you know!)

2002AOLIENetscape
November 5.2 % 83.4 % 8.0 %

But why is this the case?

Microsoft just didn't care

Microsoft were very bad at developing Internet Explorer between iterations, they thought because they had a huge market share that they wouldn't loose it. I only realised this after becoming a web developer myself, since developing for Internet Explorer all the way up to IE9 is very difficult.

Even if other browsers had features for a year or two, Internet Explorer would most likely not get these features for a long time after. Prefixed support wasn't even there. Microsoft, as always, just thought it was ok to just leave it. 

Microsoft only cared when Internet Explorer started to disappear.

The future

Microsoft will have a lot of catching up to do with Microsoft Edge since Internet Explorer got them the bad name of the browsers. I personally do not see this happening in a way that will transform the share so that Microsoft has the upper edge again, but I can see them regaining some of the lost ground with it.

Edge is a fantastic browser, especially from Microsoft. Edge really does support cutting edge technologies and implements most of the web standards well.

Recently, the 50 things you should see that are coming to Super Smash Bros Wii U was released. 

I think the best couple of things to come to the game include:

  • 6 and 8 player Smash! Play with up to 8 players in the one match.
  • Parallel stages or dual-plane stages. These are stages with multiple planes in them meaning that two kinds of battle can take place in the stage.
  • The stage builder. This looks awesome. Draw using the Wii U tablet to create the stage, giving more flexibilty.
  • Bigger stages - Palutena's Temple looks awesome! 
  • Danger Zones - these damage you or KO you if your damage is higher than 100%.
  • The Great Cave Offensive - from Kirby, it looks really good.

The stage builder

Jungle Hijinx is a two plane stage.

Notes about controllers when playing 8-Player Smash:

  • Wii U GamePad (Max 1)
  • Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus* (Max 7)
  • Wii U Pro Controller (Max 7)
  • Nintendo GameCube controller** (Max 8)
  • Nintendo 3DS series system*** (Max 8)

* Includes expansion controllers (such as the Nunchuk or Classic Controller Pro).
** Two GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U accessories are required to connect eight GameCube controllers (each sold separately)
*** In order to use a Nintendo 3DS as a controller, each Nintendo 3DS system must have Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

There is so much more, but I wanted to highlight the best things here. You can watch the whole video here.

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