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.

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.

July 14, 2008

Gargoyles are not yet among us

Filed under: hardware,rant,society,technology,wishlist — Victor Tramp @ 7:17 pm
Gargoyles are not yet among us

Even if you tell people outright, that wearable computing is real, and literally weeks away, they actively don’t believe it. I guess i don’t blame them. I guess to some folks it seems pretty far fetched.

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.


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!


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… ^_^

May 22, 2007

New Kid on the Block..

Filed under: hardware,linux — Victor Tramp @ 11:30 pm
New Kid on the Block..

I have no idea how this is gonna turn out.. But I bought a new notebook from TigerDirect. I wonder if I will be disappointed..

By new, I mean slightly used.. This will be my first Acer notebook. It has 3 mouse buttons, so I’m feeling an irrational anticipation of happiness..


April 23, 2007

Pass the Mousey to the Left-Hand Side

Filed under: advocacy,hardware — Victor Tramp @ 1:39 pm
Pass the Mousey to the Left-Hand Side

NO… WAY…..

Finally!!!! Militant lefties rejoice!


April 19, 2007

yes, please

Filed under: advocacy,hardware — Victor Tramp @ 7:17 pm
yes, please

I already have the v920..

Which makes the vr920 kind of hard to justify. However, this monitor (and yes, it’s a monitor, you wear it on your face)(insert geordi la forge jokes here) is the newer version of the one i already have.

HMD in Use

In many ways they’re the same device, which doesn’t help its case.

It’s cheaper! but still expensive considering.. and there’s the DV920 which looks exactly like the v920, but up in price. (wtf?)

They’re all 640×480 still.. a fact that i have never been in love with. but the V920 has performed a lot better than i’d expected, especially handling the screen at a virtual 1024×768.

the VR920 has a better field of vision. Imagine an even larger monitor that only you could see.. that’s a plus really.

And the final nail in the coffin of my hopes ambitions and dreams? I don’t use the one I have that often.. This is mostly due to inconvenient ergonomics, and as nice as it performs, 640×480 is only limitedly useful.

So alas, I will endure the crossed arms, tapping foot, and scowl of the imaginary fiancee; and avoid it from the real life one by cheerfully not mentioning it. 😀