Reviewing the last 12 months

So its been a interesting year, I have achieved a lot, failed on a couple of fronts but overall done quite a few things.   I set myself quite a few new years resolutions and succeeded on most.


  • Read 10 fictional books
    I read 3,  I do want to spend more time reading!
  • Read 2 programming books
    I read 0, however I did do over 30 online courses so I am not fussed I failed this.
  • Create a Large LEGO robot
    I did very little LEGO in 2014, it felt I was more focused on Burf Development, than LEGO.  I hope 2015 will consist of a lot of LEGO.


  • Get back under 80KG
    Passed up until my chest infection / Christmas!
  • Complete 2 fitness challenges
    I did my first half marathon and full marathon run plus Nuts challenge
  • Release a 3D online game
    Not only did I release Hack24 for iOS but I also released a alpha of Virtual Worlds and lots of other apps!
  • Be more involved with the kids
    Passed this on so many levels, looked after them for 6 weeks when my wife had a back op!
  • Be better with money
    Done 🙂

This year has consisted of so much more, I have done a lot of self improving using online courses (over 30 done), I have released 7 iOS apps and 4 Android apps (some very basic but its a start) .  I have been actively keeping this site going, reporting on things I find interesting.

I created a DevCon and GameJam event at Compsoft to help people learn new stuff (ran regularly), people seem to enjoy them, not needed to cancel one yet.


Well 2015 is going to start in a interesting way because I am leaving Compsoft (been there for 13 years!).  I have been offered a awesome job at O2 labs as their iOS expert.  I start in March.  It’s a rather scary move for me because I have been at Compsoft for so long.  However I believe if you don’t mix things up now and again, you won’t ever reach your full potential.  I am super excited about the change but going to miss so many awesome people!

Things I want to do: (random thoughts)

  • Pass my probation at O2!
  • Create a Google Glass app to recognise my friends
  • Create a Pebble app, something funny.  Have you seen the Nicolas Cage game??
  • Create a Windows 8 game and release it!
  • Kickstart with cool robot stuff, reviews etc (I have been sent some cool things)
  • Do at least one large LEGO show with cool stuff
  • Build the LEGO Wheelchair v2!
  • Keep wife and kids happy!
  • Pay some mortgage off!

Wish me luck and Happy New Year!



Welcome to Burf Development

Well, welcome to Burf Development, my new development site to track my progress developing code and releasing games.

My first steps, find a domain, find hosting, and setup a site!

I decided to go with hosting as its free hosting for the first year and offers cloud storage for free. This I thought would be a good idea to put all file related to this site in.

The reviews for where not great but I believe generally people only write reviews to complain. I had asked a few questions and the support has been very helpful.

As for setting up the site, I went with WordPress and managed to find an awesome template.