Monthly Archives: March 2010

Installing/Updating Software on Windows is a Nightmare

Microsoft has borrowed quite a bit from both Mac and Open Source world in the recent years. One of the many things that they still suck at is software installation and updates – a problem the open source community has … Continue reading

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Information and Post Sarcity Economies

I keep explaining this to people, but no one seems to get it. Information wants to be free. Despite what many of you may think, it is not just some hippie talk. It is not some idealistic hacker battle cry. … Continue reading

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My Game Queue

Last time I posted my game queue here I got some good suggestions. Seeing how I just finished Mass Effect 2, I figured I might as well do it again. As you can see, I the current list is considerably … Continue reading

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Happy Tolkien Reading Day!

On most of the Tolikien related holidays (there are several, btw) I usually make a point of complaining how the movies cheapened the whole Tolkien experience. Back when I was your age, we didn’t have the movies. We had to … Continue reading

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Mass Effect 2: The Good Parts

Word of Warning: this post may contain some minor spoilers for Mass Effect 2 side quests. I won’t mention anything regarding the main quest or the end game here because… Well, I don’t consider it to be the “a good … Continue reading

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Mass Effect 2: The Bad Parts

A word of warning: this post will contain massive end game spoilers. Please don’t read it if you don’t want to know the ending of the game. You have been warned. This is the post in which I complain and … Continue reading

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Mass Effect 2: The Romance

It’s funny but whenever two people are discussing a recent BioWare game canonical question that always gets asked first is: “which character did you sleep with?” Mass Effect 2 is no different. In fact, it provides you more romantic options … Continue reading

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Creating BartPE from Windows XP Dell OEM CD

Live CD’s are great. When I first downloaded and booted up Knoppix, it blew my mind. A whole operating system that runs off a CD. But why not. The concept behind these distributions is simple enough. After all, the kernel … Continue reading

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What Makes an RPG?

RPG is a very broad category that covers many different games with very different systems and mechanics. Most game genres have clear cut definitions. FPS games are all about running around and shooting things in the face from first person … Continue reading

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Happy Belated Pi Day

I know, I know – the π day was yesterday. But as you know, I am way to lazy to post here on the weekends. Look at it this way: thanks to me you can celebrate the π holiday one … Continue reading

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Mass Effect 2: Ansiblenet

In Mass Effect 2 your character takes command of a brand spanking new spaceship, which has many new interesting upgrades. Those upgrades include double the amount of elevator rides you have to make between missions. The old Normandy only had … Continue reading

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Favorite Video Game Companies

I know that Teminalists tend to be connoisseur gamers. We may not all like the same games, but most of use spend considerable amount of time playing them. So let’s talk about game development houses. Who do you love unconditionally? … Continue reading

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AC2 DRM Fiasco

I wrote about the AC2 DRM last week. In the meantime the game got released, and the DRM servers went down shortly afterward. This is a much better outcome that I expected. In my previous post I counted out all … Continue reading

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It’s Not Theft

It’s funny, but whenever copyright or piracy is discussed on the internet someone from the “pro copyright” side of argument will inevitably start using strong words such as “theft” and “stealing” when referring to copyright infringement. Someone will correct them, … Continue reading

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Mass Effect 2: First Impression

I recently finished Dragon Age I’m already jumping onto another BioWare game. Yes, I am a fanboi and I will play just about anything that comes out of that development house. I can’t help it. Their games are just that … Continue reading

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Rapid Fire Book Reviews: Reality Dysfunction Part 2, Divine Invasion, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer, Titan

I have a few book reviews on the back burner, but I realized that I don’t really feel like posting a full article on each of them. So I’m going to roll them into a single post like I did … Continue reading

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Where do you get your tech news?

Hey teminalists, where do you get your tech news (or news in general) these days. Just curious where do you guys spend your time online other than here. There are many communities and geek news aggregators out there but the … Continue reading

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How Is the AC2 DRM Better than Online Activation?

If you have been following the gaming news (or any tech news for that matter) you doubtlessly already know about the crazy new DRM scheme Ubisoft adopted for Assasin’s Creed 2 (also known as the game I will not be … Continue reading

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