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Worn out 'R' key

Disney are creating a Massivly Multiplayer Online Game based on Pirates of the Caribbean

Oooh, one for the list

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Melodic Dirtbag

Teenage Dirtbag, as sung by a Brazilian Cabaret singer

I’m not sure I need to say anything else.

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Back everything up to /dev/null. Takes seconds, and you can always get them back from /dev/random. Eventually.

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Handing 404s over to Google

This site once won an award from a perl web hackers site – now defunct – for the 404 system.

The system was really simple. If you hit a 404 on this site it would apologise, then redirect you to a google search of Aquarionics for whatever you were looking for. This has worked for a while now, with the apologies getting ever more extravagant and the redirections being turned into google links (Because I hate being redirected places without a chance to stop it).

The latest iteration of this has just been finished (Yay the lunch break). It uses the Google API to display the first ten results alongside the apology. Finally a real use for the thing 🙂

The next stage is to automatically wander though the mysql table of my access logs and automagically reply with 410 Gone if it used to exist but doesn’t anymore

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Green Gem

This weekend I was going to do laundry. I was going to do Long Term Cookery. I was going to Tidy and I was going to redesign this site (well, sort of). I was even going to finish the article on my first few weeks with Ubuntu that’s been in the pipeline for six months and the other article on why my home PC only runs Windows.

Instead, I have been mostly playing Jade Empire, watching Anime, and reading I am a Japanese school teacher

You should do the same, esspecially the third one.

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So, time to make up for however many weeks MP3OTW I missed in one go.

DJ Zebra’s SixxMixx

A half-hour MP3 of mashups, featuring:

  1. Franz Ferdinand vs. DJ Zebra feat. Neimo “Take Me Out (Saturday Night)”
  2. House of Pain Jump Around
  3. Kasabian vs. De La Soul Processed Ring (DJ Zebra mashup)
  4. Prince vs. Jet Are You Gonna Be My Girl (US Version) (DJ Zebra mashup)
  5. Fatboy Slim vs. Stooges Slash ‘69 (DJ Zebra mashup)
  6. Michael Jackson vs. The Clash Should I Stay or Should I Boogie (Loo and Placido mashup)
  7. Cypress Hill vs. JB’s More Insane (DJ Zebra mashup)
  8. Fatboy Slim vs Sloy Gangsta Pop (DJ Zebra mashup)
  9. Depeche Mode vs. Radio 4 Master of the Underground (DJ Zebra mashup)
  10. Grand National vs. Bee Gees National Dancing (DJ Zebra mashup)
  11. The Kinks You Really Got Me (DJ Zebra remix)
  12. LCD Soundsystem vs. Rick James Superfreak is Playing at My House (DJ Zebra vs. DJ Godzilla mashup)
  1. Shaggy vs. Rage Against the Machine Killing Boombastic (DJ Zebra mashup)

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Cedega: Shaking my confidence daily

As of this day, I am paying three of my hard-earned pounds every month to the folks of the Transgaming project, in return for software.

Transgaming is an oddity in the F/OSS world. It started off as “WineX”, a fork of Wine (Wine is “not” an emulator) with DirectX support, then they became a commercial thing. Because WineX (Now known as Cedega) contains GPL code (A fork from just before the original Wine went LGPL known as “Rewind”) they have to release the source, which they do, but only as a CVS tree. The way they do this is by Added Value, and this is what the Added Value is:

It just works.

That isn’t ‘only just’, that is, it just does it. They have this thing called Point2Play, which is basically a separate emulated instance for every game you install. You set it up, run Setup.exe from the CD or whatever, and the game is installed in its own little world. Another click to run it.

That, in fact, is better than the equivalent install under Windows, which for some games will spread shit all over your system, this way it’s in its own little fenced off area of the world, and won’t affect anything else with mismatched libraries or anything. Like the Apple package system, really.

It’s not perfect. Actually, although the program is better than when I last used it (As WineX, a year or more ago), the supporting structure appears to have actually lost functionality, as the Game Support Database has gone from a place where you can find all the tricks people used to get a game working, how well it works, how many people want it fixed etc, to just a “Popularity” and “Playability” ranking which, being a 1-5 rating, isn’t helpful for things like “The sound doesn’t work, but the video’s fine”. This facility seems to have moved to a bog standard PHPBB bug-ridden pile of insecure shit (Not a fault of their install, merely one of PHPBB in general, of which I am Not A Fan).

The only problem I had getting it working was the unholy alliance of sellotape and glue that holds the ATI drivers into xorg, which was fixed by a reboot (Annoyingly). For a while, once I had FireFox, Thunderbird, XChat, Gaim and City of Heroes all working under Linux, I had no more need of Windows. Hurrah!

Then a further reboot sent my maximum resolution for X down to 640×480 from 1600×1200 due to a “Horizontal Sync Beyond Range” problem, so I’m back in Windows. Less Hurrah.

This was apparently caused by my monitor not being plugged in properly (so it wasn’t detected properly, so it failed). Hurrah again

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Power Failure

Grr. My computer keeps randomly powering down.

Sometimes it lasts ages, sometimes just minutes, but always it powers down like someone just unplugged it at the wall. I’ve made sure all the cables are reseated, I’ve tried unplugging things until it works – which it doesn’t – I even ran Memtest overnight to see if it was that and reinstalled Windows. The only thing I can do to make it reliably crash is play City of Heroes, and then it works for a few minutes.

I’m guessing either Power Supply, overcooked CPU or possibly graphics card/drivers. So I’ve installed Ubuntu to see if it crashes under that, if it does then I’ll roll back the ATI drivers and see if that fixes it, otherwise I’m going to be randomly buying hardware to see if it stops.

I hate computers.

It was, in fact, the power supply. So that’s a relatively cheap fix…

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Voting for the BBC

From the BBC’s statement on Dr Who:

“We leave it to the discretion of parents to ultimately decide what is suitable for their children.”

So, the BBC to run the country then?