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— Opinion: Underwhelmed

So, the famous game Undertale finally got a Linux version. It was on sale on Steam, so I bought it. Then I started playing. About an hour later, I stopped playing. It was kinda boring, and its attemps at "humor" just made me cringe. I felt completely unmotivated to continue. "Undertale"? More like "Underwhelmed" :)

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— Quick game reviews: Day of the Tentacle Remastered

Day of the Tentacle Remastered
"Originally released by LucasArts in 1993 as a sequel to Ron Gilbert's groundbreaking Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle is a mind-bending time travel cartoon puzzle adventure game, in which three unlikely friends work together to prevent an evil mutated purple tentacle from taking over the world! Now, over 20 years later, Day of the Tentacle is back in a remastered edition that features all-new hand-drawn, high resolution artwork, with remastered audio, music and sound effects (which the original 90s marketing blurb described as 'zany!')."

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— Quick anime reviews: Spring 2016

Now that's more like it! A fantastic anime season with a nice variety of great shows :)

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— Quick game reviews: Mega Q*Bert

Mega Q*Bert
"Mega Q*bert is a fan adaptation of the popular arcade title for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. The title has two modes: Mega mode, with 80 new different levels to beat, and Arcade mode, which is based on NES Q*bert (which in turn is based on the original game). Both modes allow simultaneous cooperative play."

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— Video games made me do it!

For nearly a full year, first with Gentoo and later with Arch, I've been running a "pure" 64-bit Linux setup, and being quite proud of it. I hate multilib stuff. I really do. Yet, as I write these words, my once "pure" 64-bit Linux is now being "defiled" by more than a hundred lib32 packages. Why? Video games made me do it!

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— Quick game reviews: Basment Dwellers

Basment Dwellers
"Basment Dwellers is an epic, procedurally generated, next-generation CRPG about killing monsters and stealing their treasure."

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— Quick game reviews: Switch Hook

Switch Hook
"Deep in the Dungeons of Doom lies an ultimate magical artifact known as the Amulet of Yendor, guarded by hordes of monsters. In spite of the aforementioned hordes, adventurers keep trying to retrieve the artifact, and sometimes one of them succeeds. But the Amulet is still there... because it's magic! Anyway, the time has come for you to try your luck! And you don't need a sword or a spellbook, because you have your trusty Switch Hook!"

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— Quick game reviews: Tourmaline

Tourmaline
"Dive into caves full of crystals and enemies! Be like a rockstar!"

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— Quick game reviews: Guns & Riders

Guns & Riders
"This is the Wild West. Protect your people by eliminating the bandits."

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— Quick game reviews: Mr. Vintik

Mr. Vintik
"This is a fun puzzle game in which to move to another level, you need to collect all the points. Enemies can be temporarily overcome by collecting bonuses."

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— Quick game reviews: Deep Core Raider

Deep Core Raider
"The universe is huge, the planets and moons numerous, and the minerals hidden therein possibly unlimited. It is little wonder then, that evolved species value these commodities highly, and that many people set off in search of riches. Large corporations compete with small teams and individuals to locate and mine these stellar bodies. Many have been visited before, and those discovered by the large corporations are littered with defenses to protect their investment until their mining teams can reach them. For individuals, these are the high earners. All the evaluation and research has been done, and all the minerals are just sitting there, waiting to be taken. That is, if they can get past the defenses. This small breed of individual, interstellar pirates, thieves, are called Deep Core Raiders."

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— Quick game reviews: Gyro Boss

Gyro Boss
"The Gyro Boss has entered the solar system and is minutes from destroying your home world. The last hope of your people, you set out in your spaceship to defeat the all-powerful alien species. Face endless waves of bullets, rockets, lasers, mines and even squids in this non-stop, circular boss battle. How long can you last before the Gyro Boss annihilates your ship?"

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— Opinion: Microsoft and Linux, Part Two

So it wasn't an April Fools joke after all. The Ubuntu subsystem in Windows 10 is real, and it's coming. It's not virtualization. It's not Linux utilities recompiled for Windows, a la Cygwin. It's unmodified Linux binaries from Ubuntu's repositories running directly on Windows. Woah. This is moving way too fast! :)

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— Quick anime reviews: Winter 2016

The weakest anime season in recent memory. So little really good stuff to watch :(

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— Opinion: Microsoft and Linux

For a while now we have been told that Microsoft loves Linux. Long gone are the days of the Halloween Documents and Steve Ballmer calling Linux "a cancer" (in fact, recently he's been forced to eat those very words). It all probably began when Microsoft started contributing code to the Linux kernel, and later briefly became one of the top 20 contributors. Then came Visual Studio Code, the joint celebration of the release of Debian 8 (complete with cake), SONiC and now the announcement of SQL Server for Linux. So, is Microsoft's professed love for Linux genuine? Or was the cake a lie?

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— February's revenge

What a better day to talk about calendar reform than the 29th of February? So let's just do that :)

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— Quick game reviews: Mininim

Mininim
"The Advanced Prince of Persia Engine, written from scratch by computer programmer and free software activist Bruno Félix Rezende Ribeiro. Bruno had a childhood dream of deciphering the secrets of his favorite game that introduced him to computing, a dream dreamt when he was just a kid, a dream realized now that he’s still a mininim deep in his heart."

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— Raising the bar

Today I've finally implemented the one thing that this otherwise fine-looking blog was still missing: a navigation bar!

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— Quick game reviews: Descending Dungeons

Descending Dungeons
"Tales of treasure have enticed many an adventurer. Across sea and land they come, to the chasm under the mountain. Following the path ever downwards, leaving behind them sunlight, they reach the Thousand Steps and now their journey has truly begun. Bronzed Barbarian, Warrior Princess, Wise Mage and Mystical Sorceress. Descending all into dungeons to meet their fate ... For these caverns are home to creatures dark and vile, and hungry for flesh. And in the deepest depths, among his glittering hoard - lurks their Dragon lord. So come, brave adventurers. Will you find fortune beyond your dreams, or meet a fate worse than death?"

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— Don't quote me on this

Yesterday, Arch updated GNU Coreutils to version 8.25, and this morning I noticed something peculiar. When using the ls command, filenames (and directory names) with spaces in them now are shown surrounded by single quotes. This commit is the responsible. As expected, people are freaking out over this change :)

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— Quick game reviews: Prove Thine Worth

Prove Thine Worth
"The night wast darker than any other. The wind wast strong and the rain hath fallen like ne'er ere. 'twas that night that the prince learnt the king's horrible secret. But the king wast acknown, and waited no further. The young prince got thrown in the deepest of dungeons, with bats, spiders and many traps awaiting him. Wilst he be able to escape the dungeon and defeat the king?"

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— Atomic Age

Finally, this blog has a proper Atom feed for readers to subscribe to. Like everything else here, the feed has been hand coded by yours truly. Talk about being a control freak :)

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— Pruning season

It's pruning season here. Inspired by the hard work of the local gardeners, I took a virtual chainsaw to the source code of the blog, and started hacking away. As a result, many useless and redundant stuff has been removed.

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— Once an Archer, always an Archer

After almost six months as a Gentoo user, today I find myself back with Arch Linux. Once an Archer, always an Archer, it seems :)

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— In a hole in the Internet there lived a Gopher

Are you sick and tired of the excesses of the modern Web? Can't live without an ad blocker? Do web pages that pull in megabytes of JavaScript from dozens of different locations get on your nerves? Have you ever wished that websites had less stuff to watch and more stuff to read? Have I got a treat for you :)

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— Quick anime reviews: Fall 2015

What a great anime season this was :)

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— Reboot

In January 2016
Blog was beginning

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