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

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.


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.

December 8, 2007

The Music (and Movie) Industry’s Guide to Saving Its Own Ass

Filed under: advocacy,politix,rant,society,technology — Victor Tramp @ 11:35 pm
The Music (and Movie) Industry's Guide to Saving Its Own Ass

…or, a glimpse at how silly the concept of “intellectual property” really is.

Walking the streets of San Diego’s Gaslamp District on a Saturday night during toorcon, a thought occurred to me that cascaded into a long monologue into a fellow hacker’s ear (sorry ’bout that, Aftershock.)

Watching the music industry embarrass themselves by suing the pants off their own customers in light of changing market conditions was exceedingly amusing for the first 40,000 headlines, but then it began to get old. Being myself, a tiny part of the technology fabric weaving its way ubiquitously through human society, it was obvious what was going to happen in 1998 when encoding music from CD’s into MP3s became all the rage among technology enthusiasts. By 2007 everybody and their grandmother (literally) was doing it, except apparently, the recording industry.

Copying music from CD to computer, from computer to device, from device to phone, to email, inadvertently to tape backup, across the internet to 60,000 computers at once, getting 60 songs from your friend, or giving 32,000 songs to a complete stranger you met at a party who happened to bring his external USB drive too (usb drives? at a party?)… Well it’s practically every day stuff.. It’s the information economy. Send an email, send a spreadsheet, send a song.. How often do people write to each other “you gotta see this!” followed by a VideoSift or YouTube link, or with an attachment..

It was a mystery to me (and still is for most people,) what possible successful survival schemes exist for record labels. Could record labels hold on to their coveted positions as middlemen, scouts, and distributors for talent while the internet made it abundantly clear that artists could finally speak for and represent themselves to the entire developed world? How does, what amounts to, a broker industry thrive when, over the internet, artists can now even collaborate with each other, on a professional scale, simultaneously or time shifted, while continents apart, and distribute the results to millions of others worldwide?

Turns out, the labels’ answer is pretty easy.. Expensive as hell, but easy.

Now the question is, will businesses catch on in in time? The law is as antiquated as the music world’s industrial age business practices are, and criminalizing customers certainly isn’t turning out to be very good for the ol’ bottom line. Will some other economic force blossom which changes law and business in order to do what is needed to move music and society forward?

Let’s break down the problem in more depth and explore some avenues towards graceful, profitable solutions.


November 17, 2007

Dawn of a new identity…

Filed under: advocacy,privacy — Victor Tramp @ 7:18 pm
Dawn of a new identity...

I have a new GPG key, it’s right here. I’ve also upoaded it to the keyserver network,

Also, This key was signed with my previous key just before I revoked it. I’ll probably be hitting up for your signature on my new key at some point.. ^_^

So if you see my old key/signature somewhere, it’s not me! O_o

link to book

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 23, 2007

A Linux Friendly Zone, are you in one?

Filed under: advocacy,linux — Victor Tramp @ 11:51 pm
A Linux Friendly Zone, are you in one?

There are many ways to approach the subject of Linux advocacy. I’ve selected to start my particular discussion of it at this point.

The point of running Linux is more to sustain ones own freedom than for any other reason. Linux is just as good as Windows, or MacOS X. Linux has its own strengths and weaknesses, as any other good operating system does. What’s important however, is neither Linux’s strengths or its weaknesses, but that you are free to use your computer to its fullest, and that you cannot be told or sold what to do, no matter what. Furthermore, as time passes, and computers invade even more aspects of your lives; Linux only improves.

If freedom isn’t important, then Linux isn’t important. The sheer level of success which Free Software and Linux have achieved thusfar, as a free movement, speaks volumes about whether or not it is an important social development; no matter anyone’s opinion of it.


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. 😀


April 3, 2007

Beyond the Red Penguin

Filed under: advocacy,gaming,linux — Victor Tramp @ 9:51 am
Beyond the Red Penguin

Oh joy! Thanks Ant!

While Ant is wonderful at sending mails and suches about things that don’t necesarily make it to his front page, sometimes I think some things ought to. 😉

Such as, the impending release of a Battlestar Galactica video game for Linux! Being the reigning Linux advocate on this server, I am compelled to make sure games for linux get some spotlight as this is going to be a big year for Linux games.

People, start your hardware upgrades!

March 29, 2007

dude, you’re getting a tux

Filed under: advocacy — Victor Tramp @ 10:28 am
dude, you're getting a tux

Well, the 3rd horseman of the apocalypse has ridden right up to our proverbial doorstep, again.

Dell is making another go at Linux on the desktop. to a larger extent i blame Gareth.

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