Ross154   The long, uneventful wait for Elite:Dangerous for Linux

March 8, 2011


Filed under: android,hardware,linux,technology,wearable,wishlist — Victor Tramp @ 2:37 am

Things I’ve been asking Santa to invent are finally being invented. Maybe I’ll get the RV that drives itself after all? Maybe.. Retirement in orbit around the moon still seems unlikely.. But maybe I can cruise western Cascadia without much actual driving.. We’ll see. But hey! Snowboard goggles running Android. That’s a start.

October 5, 2010

Confused with something else…

Filed under: advocacy,gaming,linux,rant,society,technology — Victor Tramp @ 11:13 pm
Confused with something else...

Without free software, there’s no free market. In the Microsoft/Apple ecologies, there is only the PERCEPTION of a free market. It isn’t truly free to anyone if Microsoft/Apple can come around and change or impose the rules whenever they feel like it, regardless of who’s work suffers.

In the free software ecology, there is plenty of freedom for developers. Alas, freedom is not free, and that is why there  are a seemingly daunting amount of graphical user interfaces, APIs, licenses, and so on. The bottom line is; man up, Valve, make your own way. Free platforms even welcome closed source works, you know, like Steam.

April 4, 2010

Science Friction

Filed under: advocacy,hardware,linux,technology,wearable,wishlist — Victor Tramp @ 9:33 pm
Science Friction

…If it only had 640×480 (or better) instead of QVGA.

…If only it had an accelerometer & magnetometer buried in that thick frame.

…If only it were VGA/DVI, and powered by USB by default.

…If only it had a halfway reasonable DDC reply.

…If only the company that once made this knew it’s true place in the market.

…If only ten other companies made things just like it.

…If only the connection between this class of device and Compiz/X11 (and to some degree KWin) weren’t so obvious..

..If only…

March 18, 2010

Shameless Astroturfing

Filed under: advocacy,gaming,hardware,linux,technology — Victor Tramp @ 12:24 pm
Shameless Astroturfing

So, another Ant email arrives. One of about 50 each day. And sure enough, it’s never the quantity of email, it’s the quality.

One of the latest little dittys is about Razer mice! I love’s me a good mouse, especially a left-handed one, and it turns out there’s an astroturfing contest!!

Well, let me be the 29,351st person you’ve heard it from.. Another excellent mouse manufacturer has made what looks like the market’s second fabulous left handed mouse. It might actually be better than the Logitech offering (which I won’t link to, because they aren’t the ones with the free mouse contest), since the Razer DeathAdder Left-Handed edition is actually a wired mouse.. The one real shortfall of Logitech’s wireless Left-Handed mouse; wireless = bad for gaming..

Being that I’m left-handed, I often pick up stuff people don’t normally think about. For instance, I’m exclusively a Linux user. I feel Linux is the most ideal platform for gaming and game development on Earth. It’s too bad the gaming development scene has been held hostage by one private company for so long, the stockholm syndrome is almost too painful to watch. If game development shops gave Linux half a chance as their PC platform for gaming, we’d see a lot more, and better results.

So, seeing that I’m a Left-Handed Linux Gamer, who isn’t on Facebook (because free (as in cost) social networks are just another corporate assault on your civil rights)(really, if you don’t understand that, don’t ask for an explanation, you wouldn’t believe it anyway), to find a company breaking the mold of “there are no left handed people”, and offering a high quality gaming peripheral like this one,  you’ll find me and my ilk first in line for the offering. You know, as we discover its availability, through aggressive, customer driven marketing pieces like this.  Now go buy one! 😉

Thanks Razer!

March 10, 2010

The New Second Class Citizenship

Filed under: advocacy,debian,hardware,linux,politix,rant,society — Victor Tramp @ 12:01 pm
The New Second Class Citizenship

It’s that season again! Being delivered today is my new Sager 9280 notebook! I wonder how it’ll stand being indoctrinated into the Church of Debian Unstable..

Ha, notebook my chocolate starfish… This thing is more of a laptop, in the traditional sense of the word.  This monstrosity makes me think there should be yet another mobile-computing term beyond ninja, monk, and samurai.. I’m considering this one in the Sumo Class.. I’m really quite excited about it. Maybe more later on Sager’s win/lose ratio..

It took forever to find a notebook to match my requirements.. 17″, 1920×1200, no Windows pre-installed.. it was as if I could have the physical size, or the resolution, but not both, and when I did find both, I was forced to accept the Microsoft Tax, or GTFO.. Naturally I chose the latter option.


August 26, 2009

On World Domination…

Filed under: hardware,linux,technology,wearable,wishlist — Victor Tramp @ 1:00 pm
On World Domination...

(12:45:08 PM) mprov: it still seems like we’ll have to tackle HAL and XInput after we have a driver, but maybe understanding those layers will help us understand what, at the kernel level, we’re trying to achieve
(12:46:58 PM) mprov: HAL depends on (d-bus, and then) udev to provide the manifestation of the /dev entry for the device, when the kernel registers the device, it shows up in /sys, where udev gets the info it needs to generate the /dev entry. Then dbus provides the notification to HAL which provides the permissions and access to the device to XInput
(12:48:01 PM) mprov: that’s the flow of things, once we have a complete handler for the HID layer once we have a recognized device registration
(12:48:58 PM) mprov: what we need in the kernel seems to be just that, a handler for the HID registration, which will provide the /sys entries for /udev to make the device. then we can interface it higher up the stack
(12:49:30 PM) mprov: for udev to make the /dev entry i mean
(12:49:32 PM) mprov: not /udev
(12:50:34 PM) mprov: (i’m repeating myself here, but) once udev generates the device, d-bus will notify HAL to parse the device and register it with XInput, which will make it available to the user

After that.. Wearable computing on every computer, using any HMD, by any manufacturer. Death to monitors!

June 22, 2009

Byproducts of compelxity

Filed under: advocacy,hardware,linux,rant,Stuff,technology,wishlist — Victor Tramp @ 10:53 pm
Byproducts of compelxity

So, there’s nothing like watching both Microsoft and Apple getting kicked in the balls.. Here ye, here ye, the first Linux platform running Microsoft products.. or wait, EAS? Are you serious? On a Linux based phone??


Oh, but lets not forget everyone’s favorite.. Hi, I’m an iPod.. and I’m a.. uh.. what he said.. iTunes says… ok! ^_^  …Will Apple actually try and stop them? You know that sensation when you see somebody take one in the sack? Damn…

It’s like some perverse capitalistic kung-fu movie with Palm as the down and out hero coming back full force…

All they need now is developer support.. So far, they’re not helping themselves by the SDK being so far off, but you can tell they know, since they’re expanding their early access..

We’ll see.. Its quality is quite an affront to, at least two, industry giants, but in a subtle way. It’ll be interesting to see how the dominoes fall over the next 6 months. Maybe the best of all cases, nothing big will ever come of it, and reason has one more prevailing precedent on its side.

June 6, 2008

Mobile Computing Standard Definitions (and handy buying guidelines)

Filed under: gaming,hardware,linux,technology — Victor Tramp @ 10:07 am
Mobile Computing Standard Definitions (and handy buying guidelines)

This post was commissioned by Tom, direct all complaints to him. ^_^

In my recent quest to decide what my next portable computing device would be, it came down to two main contenders, the Asus Eee PC, or the Nokia N810, I realized there’s a good analogy for classifying mobile devices; classes of Asian warriors!

Often in computing circles, parallels are made between the hacking skills of techies, and the fighting skills of martial artists. So it isn’t a big stretch to see why this analogy is apt. I have no illusions it’ll catch on, but dammit it’s a convenient convention..

So in short, my version of the three currently distinct classes of Mobile Computing Devices goes; the Samurai, the Monk, and the Ninja.


January 29, 2008

My name is Debianeer, and i’m an alcoholic

Filed under: gaming,linux — Victor Tramp @ 12:42 am
My name is Debianeer, and i'm an alcoholic

The orange box runs on Linux. Just like that. I feel kind of dirty playing the games inside, but to feel like part of the gaming mainstream again is sort of worth it.

It is merely my humble opinion, but Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is still more fun than Team Fortress 2. However maybe I’ll change my mind after a few rounds with some people I know, and a memory upgrade.

Thank you WINE developers. Thank you very much.

November 16, 2007

Dear Santa,

Filed under: hardware,linux,technology,wishlist — Victor Tramp @ 1:29 am
Dear Santa,

It’s not really that the Asus Eee notebook is solid state, that’s cool. It’s not that the default OS is Linux, nor that it’s 7″ screen is very nice and tiny. It’s not even that it’s ready for any other Linux distro, and potentially super excellent for adminning.. No, it’s not even that it comes in a variety of amusing colors and is ridiculously cheap..

It’s that, if I ever get one, I’m putting this in it….


honest Santa, I been good…

October 18, 2007

Nokia needs Viagra

Filed under: hardware,linux,rant,wishlist — Victor Tramp @ 1:08 pm
Nokia needs Viagra

Nokia is releasing the N810 soon.

It’s the win in every category, except that it’s smaller.

Why can’t they (or anyone) make an internet tablet which is steno pad sized??? What the hell is wrong with people that every devices has to be right out of Zoolander ??

Full size tablet notebooks fail because they are too large.

PDA “tablets” fail because they’re too small..

This N810 device has REALLY NICE specs considering.. It’s a handy tool for folks like me who already have 3 notebooks, like to have (access to) one wherever I go, but it’s not practical to take a notebook everywhere (without looking like a tool.) The N800 has always been attractive, because of it’s swissarmyknife like features, but it was impractical to me without a keyboard (ssh anyone?) and some size .. now the N810 is coming, and it’s got a KEYBOARD, and even BETTER features, but it’s !@$#%@#$% SMALLER!??!?!?!

I hate you Nokia; you’ve invented a wonderful, very attractvive information tool that does nearly everything I could think to ask for in a tablet (except maybe some nice USB master ports) and you’ve wrapped it in complete fail!


June 9, 2007

3rd time’s the charm…

Filed under: advocacy,debian,linux — Victor Tramp @ 11:51 pm
3rd time's the charm...

I’m tired of writing about this notebook. Almost as tired as people are about hearing me go on about it.. So here’s the last installment..

It turns out the Celeron-M 520 processor, which I mentioned in the last post, is a 64-bit CPU. That means a 64-bit operating system.. That means yet another rebuild!

Well as fun and exciting as wrestling with (k)ubuntu has been, I’m about over tinkering with my machine and would like to settle down and use it.

Hello Debian…


June 6, 2007

Epilogue: Ubuntu redeems itself, sort of…

Filed under: advocacy,kubuntu,linux,ubuntu — Victor Tramp @ 2:10 pm
Epilogue: Ubuntu redeems itself, sort of...

This promises not to be very long at all.. After a crushing defeat at the hands of Ubuntu, I switched to Kubuntu out of sheer desperation.. But even now, I’m preparing to wave the white flag, abandon ship, and swim for the bright shores of Debian…


June 1, 2007

The Completely Unfair™ Ubuntu Linux Review…

Filed under: advocacy,linux,ubuntu — Victor Tramp @ 2:15 am
The Completely Unfair™ Ubuntu Linux Review...

So I’ve received my new Acer notebook in one piece, and despite some peoples’ reservations about using tigerdirect, everything seems in good working order. I am relieved about that.

I was reminded that there is a Sesame Street theme in my household, so señor notebook has been thusly named cookiemonster (my personal favorite.)(and hence, the yummy topic image.)

It came with Windows Vista Basic, so I spent a few minutes with Vista for the first time, and… in a word; slow.. And that concludes the total time i’ll ever spend in Vista.. Now on to a far better performing OS…

…or so I thought. While Ubuntu Linux is certainly shockingly faster on the same hardware, boy howdy did I not expect the saga that awaited me..


May 25, 2007

Aren’t you a little short for a mail server?

Filed under: hardware,linux — Victor Tramp @ 12:32 pm
Aren't you a little short for a mail server?

Today on this, the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, I have officially added the second smallest Linux server I’ve ever had, to my network.. Introducing the Debian powered NSLU2! I don’t know what job it’ll do yet. I thought maybe I’d use it for Apache, and it occured to me that trading my 640MB RAM Debian/PPC for a 32MB RAM Debian/ARMle probably wouldn’t cut it after all the PHP and PERL got on there.. So maybe i’ll migrate the mail service over.. We’ll see if anyone’s even bothered to port Cyrus, and even then, Cyrus isn’t exactly a slim running memory conservative app either…

Anyway, I’m super excited (I’m easy to excite,) my second entirely solid state server [at least until i add more drives,] and my first entirely solid state general purpose server, and yet another non-x86 machine! that’s PPC, SPARC, MIPS, and now ARM, then x86! take that Intel!!

I really showed them… ^_^

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