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Playing ancient games in Linux [Nov. 22nd, 2014|11:33 pm]
Wow, it's been a while since I posted here. There is no permanence in the world any more!

Anyway, I love playing ancient games. The very best never seem to get old for me - I even loaded up Druid2 yesterday in a Commodore 64 emulator and tried to get some kind networked "joysticks" going - but it was not to be. Seems I might have to write that myself if I want it and the code doesn't look as simple as I expected it to be.

So today I had a look at installing a more modern Druid2 - Icewind Dale 2. I have the whole Forgotten Realms "deluxe edition" which is Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale and Neverwinter nights and all their expansions and sequels. And I've never played most of them.

So this presented a challenge: run a copy protected 12 year old Windows game on a modern *Linux* machine - without a CD/DVD drive. In case you are one of the 5 people in the world wanting to do the same thing, this is how I did it:
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I mustache you one question [Apr. 1st, 2014|07:21 am]
On Sunday night I was half asleep when my hand brushed across my face and I thought "WHAT IS THAT THING ON MY FACE??" Then I remembered it was my mustache.
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Ubuntu's Brother drivers [Oct. 3rd, 2012|10:13 pm]
The hardest part of installing my printer driver was realising that the one shipped with Ubuntu just doesn't work.

To get the Brother HL-3040CN printer working on Ubuntu 12.04, you have to follow these odd instructions:

...then it seems to work fine.
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Selling the sun [Jul. 15th, 2012|01:36 pm]
Even invercargill gets more average sun than Germany - and Germany has the most residential solar installations in the world. In NZ you can sell your power back to the grid:, although there's no feed-in tariff yet so you can't sell it back for more than you buy it at.
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My tweets [Jul. 15th, 2012|12:31 am]

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My tweets [Jul. 14th, 2012|12:31 am]

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My tweets [Jul. 13th, 2012|12:16 am]

  • Wed, 20:28: In keeping with Boson madness, the simplest explanation I have seen: (Video, Jonathan Amos on BBC)
  • Wed, 23:36: Nature uses random fire alarm tests to weed out those with weak hearts.
  • Thu, 08:42: The monopoly houses the ANC play with in South Africa: - a nice gift to Mugabe there, paid for by every South African
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Monopoly [Jul. 12th, 2012|09:10 pm]
The monopoly houses the ANC play with in South Africa: - a nice gift to Mugabe there, paid for by every South African.

The link is to a frame on the DA's website - I removed the frame because its annoying.
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(re) moving on [Jun. 8th, 2012|10:14 pm]
I've started at a medium sized (by NZ standards) advertising company - we are around 80 I'd say. Deja vu? I was adapting ok to big corp when something much more up my alley came along, so I grabbed the opportunity.

I'm doing Rails coding at and really enjoying it so far.
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Moving on [Apr. 19th, 2012|10:14 pm]
[Current Music |Radiohead: Street Spirit (Fade Out)]

I've started at a rather large (by NZ standards) software company - we are 180 strong. First time I've worked with so many people and first time in the financial industry - though not my first brush with big corp. There's a lot to get used to!
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