Archive for May, 2006

Interactive Fiction – I7 on Linux

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

Well, there is now a front end to Inform 7 on Linux, using Haskell and GTK. The compilers are still Windows exes so must be run with Wine. For now. One would think it pretty straightforward to recompile a command line app though.

Linux vs Windows, number i in a series of 2^n

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

I am now, at home, a mostly exclusive Linux user. There are now only 2 or 3 things that I boot Windows for. And I’m finding now that for many things, Windows is now a burden and in fact less powerful and (which is more significant) less easy than Linux.

Now I know what you’re thinking: you’re thinking I’m talking about compiling a GTK library, or sorting my email, or bittorrenting, or any one of a hundred other geeky tasks that I do. You’re thinking: he can’t mean something that normal people do, like playing videos, listening to music, browsing the web, etc.

Or like printing pictures from a digital camera…?


gimp_windows_print_dialog


gimp_linux_print_dialog

How do Windows users cope with this? These dialogs are from the same piece of software! Yet Windows is very lacking in control over the printing.

interactive fiction – a new direction!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Inform 7 is out, and it looks like a whole new way to write IF. Very exciting! Although I must say I’m surprised by the lack of Linux version: why didn’t they slap a GTK front end on it rather than writing Windows and Mac specific code?

E3 roundup

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Another year, another E3, another photoset on flickr.

Reports of booth babe bans were exaggerated (yay). But overall, a fairly lacklustre E3. I didn’t queue for the PS3 or the Wii. But I did come home with plenty of free stuff thanks to chatting up the booth babes and being in the right places at the right time. No new graphics card (I’m not good enough at FPS to win one) but I got:

  • one polo shirt
  • four t-shirts
  • two Nintendo DS cases
  • a deck of cards
  • a yo-yo
  • four stress balls
  • a notepad
  • some notelets
  • a tin of breath mints
  • three keyrings
  • a battery-powered fan
  • a pair of “BamBams” thunder sticks

Unfortunately, I couldn’t take mini-Elbeno with me; under-18s (including infants) are not allowed, on pain of being turned away without refund. Pity. Imagine the booth-babe attracting power of a fully armed and operational 1-month-old!

Update

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

– I am now a legal permanent resident of the USA.

– I got a new digital camera last weekend: the Canon powershot A700. Seems to be performing well so far. Expect E3 pictures soon.