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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:15 pm    Post subject: Offtopic - Winter 2014 Reply with quote

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Yup, it's that time. A little late, but it gets done. ;]
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I run Linux now (stock 64bit Ubuntu).

The process of transitioning has been tricky. The OS and my Virtual Machine (Windows 7) I had to install twice to get right. That said, almost everything has required a tweak or two to get right. One of the longest tweaks was getting a couple keys on my keyboard to act like PageUp and PageDown keys. Seems Canonical changed how they handle key mappings; To a better way mind you, but holy heck I know my mom couldn't have figured it out (my mom being a competent computer user, able to search for things and solve minor problems).


I've been recording notes here:

http://www.toonormal.com/2013/12/29/linux-setup-notes/
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am curious: why?
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Many reasons. Mainly, I've practically been a Linux user for years anyway, hiding behind things like Cygwin, MinGW and GCC on Windows for a decade. I use makefiles, shell scripts, and generally do development in a very Linux'y way already, and never doing the Visual Studio dance by choice. It's taken a very long time, but it felt like Linux had now finally matured to the point where I could switch for real. I care a lot about technical details, graphics performance, and such, that it just took a really long time for GPU drivers to catch up. Okay, NVidia and AMD drivers have been fine with their GL support, but only recently has Mesa and the Intel drivers reached OpenGL 3.3 compatibility (DX 10). Was stuck at GL 2.1 (DX 9) for a long time.

What put me over the edge was buying a Windows 8 for one of my test machines (something Intel sent me). I bought it, installed it, installed visual studio, to discover that *OH SHIT* I was supposed to buy Win8 Pro, because standard Win8 lacks virtualization features needed by Visual Studio to emulate things like Windows Phone 8. So I angrily bough a Windows 8 Pro. Also MS released Visual Studio 2013, a paid upgrade for Visual Studio 2012. Annoying. Finally, MS heavily overcharges for Visual Studio in Canada. VS 2013 costs $399 US, or $679 CAD. Thing is, the US and Canadian dollar have been at parity (or near parity) for several years now. I pay the same price for things as everyone in the US. No excuse.

Some of you also know about my prior dealings with Microsoft (I.e. NOTHING ever goes right with them). There's no way to get entirely away from MS, but banishing my Windows usage to a VM does make me feel better. Microsoft, you are now a 2nd class citizen of my PC. Your own fault for being a dick all these years. :D

Of course that's not all, but it's the more amusing reason.

More reasons:
- I've always wanted Symlinks that work correctly
- Oracle Java Update Bullshit
- Adobe Acrobat Update Bullshit (and the alternatives), though the PDF reading built in to web browsers is good.
- spyware, viruses, root kits, toolbars, other spammy bullshit. I haven't been seriously affected by this stuff in a while anyway, but it's such an effort to avoid it, knowing and doing exactly everything to stay safe. Piece of mind, would be nice to never have to deal with it again.
- WinAMP is dead. I need to permanently switch players now anyway.
- Since the SteamBox is a thing, a future worth embracing, it's time to start getting comfortable.
- Valgrind.
- 2014 :)

There's more than that, but those are the reasons that come to mind.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Some of you also know about my prior dealings with Microsoft (I.e. NOTHING ever goes right with them).


Indeed, you have good reason to loathe them.


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- WinAMP is dead. I need to permanently switch players now anyway.


I still contend that XMplay was always better, but it has no Linux port.

I've been seriously considering the switch for a few years now, but Win7 with decent hardware is an oddly good experience, aside from Java. I do have to contend with running a firewall with a whitelist, but that's a good idea regardless. It's only a matter of time before Linux becomes a malware target.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prior to the switch, AIMP was a pretty good MP3 player. I've been using Audacious on Linux the past few days, and it has been good.

But ya, I don't think Linux (as in Ubuntu) will ever take off as a consumer OS. Especially with things like Android and ChromeOS around being much easier to Grok (even though they use Linux behind the scenes as the OS). Desktop Linux, no matter how good it gets, is definitely a thing for the nerd and not the consumer.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And that's why it's better. :))))))))))))))))))))
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



Ooh, now this looks interesting.
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That's certainly an interesting take. So fluid, it must be expensive to Animate. ;)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My vacation has come to an end. Tomorrow I return to work.

: sadness :
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That was fuckin awesome! I want more! Tell me there's more!


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"Code" in TV shows and movies. Where it's from:

http://moviecode.tumblr.com


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In the film Terminator, the HUD shows a listing of 6502 assembly language which appears to have been taken from an Atari computer.


Very cool.
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Which is another way of saying "hey I can post videos from iPad now... If I remove the 'm.' from the URL".
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This winter thread is very on-topic where I am right now.


Holy shitsnacks I'm so fucking cold right now. I can barely feel my fingers and feet :(

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Going back to work today. Nice that I got informed that I'm supposed to work the graveyard shift before I got there this morning. I think I'll be rather tired this evening.
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I'm now using an Addonics adapter to turn an old hard drive into a NAS. It's a limited, no-nonsense product. Networking stuff with Windows is always a crap-shoot, but this worked on all my 7 and XP machines, so I'm happy.

So now I've got ~256 gigs whenever/wherever I need it inside the house. Kinda neat.

We've had terrible luck with NAS units at work :(
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't been around in years and randomly remembered this forum. Surprised my account is still active. Yay.

Still waiting for Fenix Blade, heh.
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Ha, well we'll see you again in another few years next time you remember us. ;)

We'll still be here. :D
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Still waiting for Fenix Blade, heh.


Tell you what... when the Cubs win the World Series I'll resume working on FB.
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Ha. Classic. :]
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Fenix Blade was a real watershed moment for me when I first saw it (from allegro.cc iirc). I was like holy crap, someone can do that with c and allegro? It was and is very impressive.

Also my first time back in a while, thought I'd stop in and see what's happening and opine a bit!

RE Adobe on windows, I've been using Sumatra Pdf for some time now, it has a freemium model, and the developer is a guy who posts on Joels old forums. Good guy, good pdf reader.

RE Ubuntu, I was Ubuntu from only from 2008 to about 2011, the Unity fiasco (and consistent java rendering problems ie switching windows in Eclipse) finally drove me away, and KDE 4 wtf? Supposedly Unity has gotten pretty good now though. But I'm on Win 7 and cygwin at work/home, as I'll stay for a while.

Question: what do you guys do when you need a remote store for your games? Other than a website (or in addition too), like a remote highscore list, remote logging, player stats, login, etc? Do you just get some $5 a month php/myslq hosting and set up some scripts? Or do you used some of the new fangled 'backend as a service' set ups like kinvey and it's ilk?
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I like what Amazon (AWS) and Google have done. Google especially has free storage options. Google's Gaming initiative is offering a completely free MB or so of cloud storage for every game per user. It costs you nothing, and doesn't waste any Google Docs storage of your players.

After that, I like Google App Engine, because it can scale up and down, and as long as usage is below a threshold, it's actually free.

Amazon, they have a free tier for a year. I'm using AWS as my remote backup of my local SVN repos. I pay $0.29 a month.
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n29 wrote:
Fenix Blade was a real watershed moment for me when I first saw it (from allegro.cc iirc). I was like holy crap, someone can do that with c and allegro? It was and is very impressive.


My feelings were similar to this, though in my case it was "holy crap people can make their own games on their own spare time". Eternal Daughter, Heraldry: Freija, and a lot of other old indie titles prompted this sort of reaction as well.

Also, random vid time:

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PoV wrote:
I like what Amazon (AWS) and Google have done. Google especially has free storage options. Google's Gaming initiative is offering a completely free MB or so of cloud storage for every game per user. It costs you nothing, and doesn't waste any Google Docs storage of your players.

After that, I like Google App Engine, because it can scale up and down, and as long as usage is below a threshold, it's actually free.

Amazon, they have a free tier for a year. I'm using AWS as my remote backup of my local SVN repos. I pay $0.29 a month.


Thanks for the feedback! Where does ease of use fit in? When you work with web stuff, just put on your GAE or AWS EC2 admin hat and go?
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