Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Added these to my sources:
deb http://www.beerorkid.com/compiz edgy main-edgy
deb http://media.blutkind.org/xgl/ edgy main-edgy
deb http://compiz-mirror.lupine.me.uk/ edgy main-edgy
deb http://ubuntu.compiz.net/ edgy main-edgy
sudo apt-get update
Since I use an Intel card:
Add to Section "Device":
Option "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "true"
And at the end of the file:
Option "Composite" "true"
Then install Beryl:
sudo apt-get install beryl-core beryl-plugins beryl-plugins-data emerald beryl-settings beryl-manager beryl beryl-dev emerald-themes
Then just start with beryl-manager.
Works like a charm, and quite fast too after tinkering with some effects and themes.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
After that it seems to work fine. (It is a great laser printer by the way.)
Here are the update instructions once more:
- gksu "update-manager -c -d" for the masses: quick and easy.
- Or replace dapper with edgy in /etc/apt/sources.list and do a sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade.
- Make sure everything is ok:
sudo apt-get -f install
sudo dpkg --configure -a
Of course, this is all over Digg and others. But I just couldn't help sharing this. It'll be a tense day tomorrow...
Friday, October 13, 2006
- Google acquires YouTube. This didn't exactly came as a surprise.
- "Insults - they just don't make them as they used to" - via Reluctant Nomad, a great post with - indeed - some great "insults". For example:
"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts...for support rather than illumination." -- Andrew Lang
- "How to create professional HDR images" - via Backing Winds.
- No silver bullet, by Brooks. I had to read this last year in an "informatics" class and saw it mentioned on Delicious. It still is a good read.
- 10 Windows Explorer alternatives compared and reviewed. I know that a lot of people I know love Total Commander.
- Hacking Web 2.0 applications with Firefox.
- Lifehacker special: Practice your personal Kaizen.
- The 7 worst fonts. I fully agree. Especially with number one.
- Kevin Tiell photographs pinball games.
- Social bookmarking icons. So that's where you found them! A great list.
- Have some fun with these Unicode block elements. Or even better: use this.
- Lazarus review. (Also: an Ubuntu .deb of Lazarus in multi/uni-verse would be really nice... pretty please?)
- How the immune system avoids attacking itself.
- Software startup myths debunked.
- Samsung is doing very well these days and is about to release a 10 Megapixel phone.
- Free classical music.
- The top 100 NES games - ever.
- A woman drawn from inside out. A well-done animation.
- 10 techniques to get more comments on your blog.
- What happens if you stop smoking now?
- Warhammer RPG article (in German).
- Original Transformers movie, with original adverts too.
- Google Docs & Spreadsheets launches, completing the integration between Writely and Spreadsheets. A few days before, I was wondering when this would happen.
Enjoy, I'm out. Stay tuned for more posts.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
(If you experience a crash after the game actually started, e.g.: after the intro, then it's probably your sound drivers, update OpenAL and others...)
You see, I don't know why Securom 7 doesn't like my computer, but it probably has something to do with Daemon Tools. I don't know for you, but I for one does not like to swap CDs every hour of the day, so I make images and it's damn handy.
Yesterday I downloaded a no-cd crack for the game, it was my last hope to get it running. And what'd ya know: it starts... Sigh, this brings back memories of Starforce (anyone else remember that piece of...?), if this trend continues, I will be better of pirating all my games because then it'll at least work!
Anyway, the game itself isn't that special, the storyline and atmosphere are very GTA: Vice City-like, but that's a good thing. The controls on the other hand are just terrible, the game suffers from the much-too-common consolitas disease, what a pity.
If you have a console: just buy it for your PS2 or Xbox, you'll be much better of. If the controls could be patched (make them customizable and more responsive), then I would be happy to give this game another chance (the dialogue with all the swearing is funny as hell).
And then the cars: why do they drive like bricks? This driving reminds me of that other game... (Damn, I can't remember the name.)
So dear developers: fix controls and driving. Thanks.
Maybe I'll search for a crack for Just Cause too, which is lying here somewhere still uninstalled...
Friday, October 06, 2006
On a side note: be sure to watch the South Park World Of Warcraft episode ;).
I suggest you go download the demo and buy it when you like it: these guys really deserve it.
A Mac and Linux version will be out later, but in fact I could run this game very smoothly in Wine in Linux (only one crash but I'm not sure that was Wine/Defcon-related). Since the game is programmed using OpenGL, what would you expect? (Maybe I'll post a screenshot of Wine running Defcon later.) So porting it to Linux should go without problems.
Conclusion: nice game for when you don't want to spend a whole evening playing a game ("just a quickie") or when you liked the movie "Wargames" or when you love planning strategies, because the multiplayer aspect really makes this game fun!
Another hit in the shops? Probably not. A cult classic: probably yes.