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Friday, December 16, 2005

Stupid Linux Tricks

Well, I found out why UT2K4 and the Quake IV demo were so flaky on my system. Somehow or another when I upgraded to Slackware 10.2 either the installer didn't put a line for the swap partition in my fstab (unlikely) or I accidentally erased it (quite likely). So these programs were trying to run with no swap space on the hard drive at all. My 512M of memory got me through most tasks without a problem, but as soon as things got tight, the disk started thrashing and the out of memory killer in the kernel did its job and killed the process dead. Actually, I'm very surprised that things have worked as well as they have. Nothing like a classic case of PEBKAC.

More Darwinia

I spent another 3 hours or so on Darwinia last night. This game is a LOT of fun. I played the "Mine" level and I thought I was doing so well until suddenly all my various units got wiped out inside of about 10 seconds. The puzzle was in where my attackers were coming from. Once I figured out that the little robot flowers were spewing more infection all over my map, I was able to mop up in no time.

This is the best $18 I have ever spent on a game. If you like games in the vein of Populus, definitely pick this one up. And prepare to lose a lot of time to it.

Thursday, December 15, 2005


Introvision has rereleased Darwinia via Steam today. I bought the pre-release, since I thought it looked like it had potential. After playing 3 hours worth of it tonight, I'd say it was a well-spent $18. The graphics are reminisent of a modernized Tron movie, and the gameplay feels like Populus on Super Nintendo. Good stuff here.

Past Two Days' News

Recent Headlines

January 5, 2015: It Returns!
August 10, 2007: SCO SUCKS IT DOWN!
July 5, 2007: Slackware 12.0 Released
May 20, 2007: PhpBB 3.0 RC 1 Released
February 2, 2007: DOOM3 1.31 Patch

January 27, 2007: Join the World Community Grid
January 17, 2007: Flash Player 9 for Linux
December 30, 2006: Darkness over Daggerford 1.2
December 19, 2006: Pocket Tunes 4.0 Released
December 9, 2006: WRT54G 1.01.1 Firmware OK with Linux/Mac

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