It was nice knowing you all..
May 20, 2011
March 8, 2011
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
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
…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..
March 31, 2010
“You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate
You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.
You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.
You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.
You didn’t get mad when we spent over 600 billion(and counting) on said illegal war.
You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.
You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.
You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.
You didn’t get mad when we gave a 900 billion tax break to the rich.
You didn’t get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark.
You finally got mad when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all okay with you, but helping other Americans…oh hell no.”
March 18, 2010
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.
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! 😉
March 10, 2010
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
(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!
August 10, 2009
So, Twitter goes down and Facebook goes down, and suddenly people don’t know what hit them? I’ve never understood how so much of the Internet’s population can mistake a website for a public utility. It’s as if Twitter is supposed to be some deeply embedded component of the internet’s inherent architecture, and when it’s not working; teh OMG, Now what?!
That the majority of twitterers & facebookers don’t realize, much less care, that they’re communicating over a closed, privately owned channel (which may or may not be harvesting their information, relationships, and communications for purposes they never intended) really isn’t my point.
That the attacks were targeting one person, and wound up crippling entire social networking sites (illustrating a lack of integrity in the operating systems involved in the attack,) isn’t my point either..
I just find it so crazy how surprising and paralyzing it can become to people when one random websites or another goes down. Like a handful of corporations think they can be their own social revolution or something. It’s odd that people have such a hard time seeing past the facade. It seems the strengths of open protocols and federated systems would be far more evident in times like these, but instead, people hardly remember email, or XMPP, or their own blogs.
Whatever. I guess I get it. It’s just so disheartening.
July 22, 2009
July 14, 2009
Join Date: Jul 2006
It is easy – you are fans and so rule #1 applies: Thou shall buy all possible editions in all possible languages – including the £10.000.000,00 special edition supplied in a box of purest gold and comes with a meteor fragment (*).
Anyway, Frontier will always do what it can to supply the best interface for each platform we release on. I think a case in point actually is Thrillville: Off the Rails where we made good use of the capabilities of the Wii even though it was kind of unique in its control-scheme compared to the other platforms that we released the game upon.
After that it is just personal opinions. For what it is worth mine is to go with the Xbox 360 version of as many games as possible. Why? Because I stick the disc in the drive and it works, compared to the countless of hours I have spent tracking down driver-issues in PC games.
Crap.. crap crap crap..
Why in the world would a console platform possibly be acceptable for a game which is supposed to be as deep as the Elite series has always been??
Driver issues??? Are you kidding me? That’s gotta be nonsense, if you can’t handle drivers and configuration in your own computer, you probably won’t even appreciate, much less like, Elite 4.. unless.. it’s dumbed down… I guess.
Also, are we to believe E4 will really be comparable to …Thrillville? I’m sure there are plenty of games which translate well onto PC and consoles, but it’s a matter of fact, not opinion, that some games are way better suited for a PC, but it’s not about that ultimately, is it? It’s about money.
E2F and FFE were really very left handed games, which didn’t have a broad appeal like doom or world of warcrack. Hell, even for 1993, the graphics for FFE were behind. Yet the people who got it, really got it, and loved those games for vast oceans of deep space fiction they were.. It was elite fans who went to the extent of taking over a usenet group, of all things. …driver issues, indeed.
Aiming for the big blockbuster smash hit of the century with Elite 4 will, in fact, require the game to be less than what it would be if it wasn’t being made to maximize profit. Will this sorely disappoint about half the elite fans that are still fanatical today? Certainly money doesn’t care about that I’ve been an elite fan since the first one I played as a teenager on the commodore 64, nor that I’ve followed alt.fan.elite since before even AOL had internet access. Money cares about fresh influxes and happy investors/shareholders.
Do I think it shouldn’t be about money? Now that is the matter of opinion, I suppose. My opinion is; labors of love stand a better chance of being great to those that would appreciate them, but businesses don’t run on Love(tm), so there’s no reason to expect E4 of not being a labor of commerce, like everything else, sadly. It would be more revolutionary for me to believe a game development house wanted to make a game not everybody would like, even though those who did like it, would love it.
Yah, I sound like a cynical crank I guess, whatever.. It’s great to have media out in the wild about E4. It’s great to know it’s not actually dead.. It’s great to see that the mother of all space flight sims might still see the light of day someday.. It’s disheartening to know my expectations shouldn’t be so high though.
Hell, some of us still have to switch from hoping to praying it works under WINE, since it’s now clear there’ll be no Linux support, and probably active antagonism to attempts to make it work. (Not to mention the crap I’ll get for even just saying the “L” word.) Fun.
Recycle or die.
June 22, 2009
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.
November 2, 2008
So we came to the conclusion one night; if the true and proper definition of Discordianism is indeed the ability to play the accordion poorly, then the majority of the human population of the planet is indeed Discordian! This is a great moral victory for our species..
September 18, 2008
July 14, 2008
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.