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Linux - 1 week later
29 June 2017
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I consider myself to be quite the computer veteran. Having started with PCs in 1989 (after 5 years of using home computers) and used a couple of different operating systems (started with DOS with later added QEMM/Desqview for 'multi-tasking' (or rather time-slicing on a 386DX machine), then OS/2 (versions 2.11, Warp 3 and Warp 4) to hop to Windows XP in 2002 and Windows 7 in 2007). But Linux is something completely different though. While the GUI is much like OS/2 and Windows had, the system that runs thingsin the background is completely different.

Like my programming activities where I learn the system begind the language, Iḿ taking a similar approach for Linux as well. And while it sounds like 'pun intended' with Linux being a system already, DOS, OS/2 and Windows all have in common that they more or less had the same 'grand mother', being DOS itself. It was not too hard to work on the command line of those opeating systems at all. From the earliest DOS version I used (which was 2.x iirc) up to the latest (version 6 of which I still have the 3.5"discs) as well as OS/2-DOS (which actually was caller that way) and the Windows DOS prompts, they all used the same commands, both native to the COMMAND.EXE (or CMD.EXE for Windows) as well as the external 'tools' that came with the DOS versions.
Linux is completely different. While the native commands are quite similar (dis, ls, rd and such), the administrative commands are totally different. The SUDO command allowing me to get into the administrative tools (which are equal to the external tools for DOS) are quite differently though. For that I'm reading some ebooks I've bought as well as using Google a lot to see how things work. Good thing though that there are also quite a lot of GUI tools (Synaptics being the most important one) to make things easier, but as said, I much rather learn how to use the system itself than let (3rd party) tools do things for me.

Then there's the thing about my programming tools. I wanted to be 'free' of Windows, and while knowing that not every tool I need is available for Linux (yet), I also didn't want to install WINE (Windows Is Not Emulated). Sadly though, that didn't seem to be an option for me. Certain Windows tools that I've been using while programming are too important not to use again, OR the data I've already created take too much time to convert them to a Linux equivalent (like my flowchard for the Modern System Reference Document - this image is already an old version). For these old tools, as well as some of my Steam applications that I'm missing I've decided to get WINE anyway...

Gaming under Linux is something important to mention as well. While I'm gaming more and more on my PS4 for the last haf year, there are still some games that I want to play. It's a good thing thatthose games are available for Linux and I have installed those. It's also fun to point out that a game like Borderlands 2 runs a lot smoother under Linux with all settings maxed out than it does under Windows
The only thing I need to figure out is how to get nVidia PhysiX to work under Linux. While not being overly important, I think it'll be one of those fun things to get to work. I've already seen that the nVidia drivers did install Vulkan (now figure out how to use it when programming ), but using both PhysX for my games (Borderlands 2 uses it) would be AWESOME. And for programming using them both at the same time would be great as well, though I think Vulkan might be stong enough already to ditch PhysX completely...

Last but not least, the Ubuntu community. I've subscribed to the /r/Ubuntu subreddit and I gotta say that the community is great. Asking questions doesn't result in downvotes and negative comments, it's quite the opposite (and something to get used to). When I ask a question, I get a lot of upvotes, even if people don't comment on it. And those people who comment come with real good answers. If you want to switch to Linux, I'd say get over there as well for some real good help and general information!


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Migrating to Linux
21 June 2017
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With the HDD problems I've had last week, I finally managed to get Windows running again as it somewhat used to. Okay, I've lost some data -mainly gaming saves-, but nothing too important to mourn about. PC-gaming was already a non-issue for me since I got my PS4 Pro late January and the other data I lost are things I can download again. The most important data I already backed up last month or is stored on the development drive, which wasn't struck by the data loss at all...

As said, PC gaming becoming a non-issue for me kinda makes Windows more and more a non-issue for me. Sadly though, I still need to reply on Windows for only a couple of development tools which are not (yet) available for Linux. The two most important one is GeoVOX, which I use from time to time to create very nice terrains in Unity. Other tools like Grand Designer and Music Maker will be missed as well, but I'm not using those too much.
Then of course there's a search to replace other (smaller) tools, like WinAmp and find a good GUI shell for RAR compression (Linux has a text based version only).

But the most important thing that I was afraid of was the transision of my Thunderbird mailclient. For Windows I use MoxBackup to backup & restore my mail, and it's not available for Linux. Luckily though, I could just copy/paste the whole ./AppData/Roaming/Thunderbird/Profiles folder into my Ubuntu install. I also could have used Thunderbird --ProfileManager to point to that folder, but that'd mean I had to mount the Windows drive every time I boot Ubuntu (and I'm too lazy for that ). Not to mention, if I really want to use Linux, I'd better let go of Windows tools sooner than later...

Then my development progress using the Unity3D engine. Well, things couldn't be easier... Just copy/paste load the same project directory and go. I do get a warning that the version is a different one (Windows uses 5.6.0f3, while Linux uses 5.6.0xf3), but since it's practically the same version, its nothing to worry about.

It's only for my Unity development that I have to keep Windows installed on my PC. If I make a game some day (currently busy on the bare basics for one through multiple small~ish projects), I do need to make sure that it'll work under Windows as well. Other than that I will try to stick to Linux as much as possible. It's also worth to notice that I was already thinking to install Linux last month and had bought the full Linux book bundle from the Humble Bundle site. Now it's time to start reading them and learn while using Linux


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The importance of multiple HDDs, backups and a new beginning
17 June 2017
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  /melodamatic on
I'm writing you from my ASUS EEE-netbook right now because my PC kinda got fucked up...
  /melodramatic off

Okay, seriously now... Yes, my PC got fucked up completely yesterday. but let me start at the beginning. I have 3 HDDs in my PC:
  1. Seagate Baracuda 250Gb (which is about 10 years old) for Windows boot
  2. Western Digital Caviar 1Tb (about 5 years old) for development
  3. Western Digital Caviar 2Tb (about 3 years old) for gaming
None of these drives have ever failed, but my Windows started to boot slower the last half year or so. So I decided to check the health of my HDDs, and that Seagate drive showed it had over 48K running hours (5 1/2 years ) and had an enormous amount of seek data errors (around 3 3/4 a second), while both WD drives had no seek data errors at all. This would imply that while the Seagate drive is still working without error, there's a chance that one day these errors might end up in mechanical errors, crashing the drive completely...

So I decided to remove the Seagate drive. For that I have an anormous amount of tools, but a PartedMagic build I have that includes CloneZilla was my software of choice. CloneZilla is a real powerful tool that allows you to copy disc to disc or partition to partition, including MBR restauration so that you'll be able to continue with your system where you left off.

I wish it all was that simple While I had used CloneZilla before to backup my Windows drive to prepare for Linux, this time things went from bad to worst.
I started by halving the gaming drive and move the partition to the end of the drive so that I had 1Tb free for the Windows partition that I'd clone and still had space to install Linux along side. While the repartitioning and cloning went well, the Windows partition ended up on the other half of the drive and it would not boot at all
I made a new try on the cloning and this time I said to also create a MBR (which I did not do in the previous step). This was something I better had not done! The cloning started as usual, but exited in an error after a few seconds - an error that was extremely cryptyc (what else do you expect from something running under Linux ). When I opened the file manager, the 2Tb drive has only 1 partition and it was EMPTY!

So yeah, I've lost my game drive, but that's not a real big deal. I haven't been gaming on my PC for the last half year or so thanks to the purchase of my PS4 Pro But there was some data on that drive (including the Linux ISOs that I need) that got lost and I need to redownload again.

With the gaming drive, the solution was to disc-clone the Windos drive onto the (now former) gaming drive and that went perfect. I added a new 1Tb partition for games at the end of it and I was good to go!
    WRONG!
While Windows booted normally, the explorer kept on crashing with every instruction I wanted to do with it. I was only able to open it and brose my files, but anything else just crashed big-time For this I could not find a real solution online (hell, I fucked up most likely), and decided to start in save mode to copy stuff I needed in preperation of a clean install, but even there the explorer kept on crashing. OH YES, I WAS MAD!

Back to the drawingboard and reconsider my options (again) and the only thing I could think off was once again start PartedMagic and backup all stuff I REALLY care about (my development drive which also holds the /My Documents and /My Music directories) and install my PC from scratch. But how?
Well, with Windows (still using 7 Ultimate BTW) becoming less and less a thing for me because I'm not gaming anymore on the PC, I figured that the 1Tb drive would be perfect for Windows and the 2Tb drive should be used for Linux. The only problem though with Linux is that some of my development tools are Windows-only. Okay, the developers of these tools are considering to make a Linux version, but that might take some time still (which is exactly why I'm still in need of Windows).

Bottom line, I'm more than glad that I have 3 HDDs in my PC and have quite some backups. This also has added some speed to my plans to switch from Windows to Linux as well. I've bought the Linux eBooks earlier this month from Humble Bundle and thought to learn the ropes slowly, but it looks like I now need to learn while working with it (and reading the eBooks).
The only sad thing though is that I most likely have lost most of my (new) Opera browser bookmarks. I have managed to back up the directory where the Opera settings reside, but when I switch to Linux, I might not be able to import those. Same might go for my eMail client. I'm using Thunderbird, and for Windows there's a real good back-up tool for it. But I'm not so certain if and how to import the backup into Thunderbird for Linux (if it even exists).


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Reasons for the change to console gaming
19 April 2017
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If you've been following my blog, you know that I've been a PC gamer for the last 10 year - but that time is not quite accurate. I've been a PC gamer for the last 30 years already, it all started back in 1985 when I bought my first Atari 800XL and in 1989 when I bought my first 8088 CPU based IBM compatilbe PC (not gonna tell you how much I paid for that thing... ). During that time I've had consoles for a short period of time, but I never really could set myself to playing on them - that is aside from Final Fantasy VII on the PS1, which I almost compeltely played through.

But times change as do I. When in the past I loved to play games on my PC, these days I'm no longer really enjoying it. Partly because of my physical condition, partly for the costs and partly because consoles are no longer a 'lesser piece of hardware'.
On the latter part, I advice you to read my previous blog entry where I reviewed my PS4 Pro, and search the internet for the hype around the upcoming XBOX Scorpio. Both are extremely powerful consoles that they are at the lower to middle end of the gaming PC market. The only difference with their PC counterparts is that the consoles have fixed hardware configurations, while the PC does not. This saves the developer a lot of time to make their games compatible with every possible hardware configuration and put that development time (and CPU power) into other parts of their games.

About the physical part for the change I can be very short. With the chronic fatigue I'm experiencing, sitting for hours and play games with mouse and keyboard is just too straining. Instead I'd much rather pick up a controller and sick back on my o-so comfy gaming chair (I bought one last month and it also helped against a lot of backpain I've had the last year) and play games in a more relaxed way. Sadly though, a lot of PC games have no or very limited controller support, so that was kinda a no-go there to keep playing PC games

And then costs. This is more a two fold issue than a single one. I'm talking both hardware and software here.
My current PC is getting old. That Phenom 1090T is still running smoothly, but it's performance is (as stated in my PS4 Pro review) getting to the lower end of the PC performance already, while the GTX970 that my PC has is still okay, but beeing bottlenecked by the CPU at times (Black Desert online shows it so well). I've made a calculation what a new PC would cost me, and it ranges from around 500 up to 900 (both without buying HDDs, GPU and a case), but then I'd have the latest AMD Ryzen CPU series. A series that require me to buy new RAM (DDR4) as well and motherboards that are more expensive than the one I'm currently using, not to mention a future FORCED upgrade to Windows 10 (still running 7 ultimate and not wanting to get 10 at all - I'd much rather switch to Linux). Not to mention that to keep PC's 'up to speed' you should build/upgrade a PC every 3 years, shile consoles have a much longer lifespan (PS2 has been in production for nearly 15 years iirc). Compare that to the 400 I paid for my PS4 Pro and you see the first reason why consoles are cheaper...

The other part is software, or rather games. Where on the PC 99% of the games are digital (even when buying a boxed copy with CD), on consoles you have a choice between ditigal or physical copies (and those buying the digital copies for the same price are just CRAZY for the upcoming reason ). When I look at the Playstation Store (and I guess it also goes for the XBOX store), a digital copy of a game has the same price as the physical copy, and when a game gets older, the digital copy is in most cases even more expensive than the physical one !! But when you buy a physical copy of a game, you can play it, compelte it and when you're done with it, you can sell it again, or even trade with friends for an other game. You can't do that with digital copies of a game (aside from 5 friends on Steam who you'd give access to your library, but they'll be kicked from the game the moment you start to play).
An other very point people forget about are cheaters in games. You have them in almost every PC game, and certainly if there's competition involved of some kind. Aimbots, hacks & exploitsm cheating and more of that stuff happens a lot in PC games, while on consoles it's virtually non-existant (I know that some games have issues, but that comes more from bad coding than 3rd party software).

Will this all mean that my current PC is my last one? Certainly not! That CPU of mine is about 7 years old already and I'd be lucky if the thing will reach it's 10th birthday Not to mention, I'm still using the PC for my programming activities (though not as much as I used to / want to) and the developments on that front are still ongoing as well. I seriously think I should build a AMD Ryzen PC because of it's so well done muti-threading, but that's probably something for next year or so. I do however realize that my next PC might be one of the last one I might build/buy...


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One year later - let's recap a bit...
06 April 2017
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I know I've already declared this blog dead twice, but blood is thicker than water they say... So before I restart the blog alltogether again, let me first recap the last year. A lot has happened on all fronts - some for the good, some for the worse.

Psychological
I think here the most has happened. For those who've followed my twitter feed and have read my programming blog might have picked up some about it. July last year my psych thought I might also have a bipolar disorder. This was confirmed that next month, when I was about to walk away from everything and step out of it. I realize that was a stupid thing to do, and luckily I'm under treatment now for both my Asperger's syndrome and bipolar disorder (no direct for my ADD, because of my intolerance of medication) For the bipolar disorder I'm on medication (Depakine) on a very low dosage (600mg a day while 2500-3000mg a day is 'normal' for my weight), because the psych ordered a DNA research, which showed that I'm 'low metabolic' for most anti-psychotics and thus need a very low dosage (this also explains why I went into a psychosis from the ritalin back in 2012).
I'm happy to report that the medication is doing wonders to my moods and my psych is keeping a close eye on the moods as well. I'm also happy to say that my 'mood swing curve' is pretty stable at around 4-5 months, meaning that whenever I'm sliding towards a depression (just got out of one), I can start on the anti-deprssives that I have.

Physical
Nothing much to report here I think. I still suffer from the Osteoarthritis in my knees and at times it aches so much that I need a cane to walk (which I refuse most of the time and just limb around a bit ).  Same goes for the B12 deficiency I have, for which I still get supplemented every other week.
On the other hand though, there are some side effects from the Depakine that I'm taking (even on this low dosage !!), which include diziness and being lightheaded. My psych thinks I might suffer from low blood pressure as side effect (something I am already familiar with), and coming Monday I have an appointment with my doctor (for the B12 suppletion) to check it. There's no real reason to be alarmed though, because I haven't fainted yet

The lawsuit - I'VE WON!
Yes, that's right. November last year I've had a hearing (again) at the UWV because I appealed for the dismissal of my invalidity social security allowance (WIA) for my work as a mailman. Luckily, the one who was handling my file was sick (again as my lawyer told me) and someone picked it up for him. She re-reviewed my file, saw the error that was made and reinstated my WIA allowance again by declaring me 68.62% unfit for work (which is actually a loss of income I'd have). This was early January, 4 days before the hearing at court. Of course, I went through with the hearing because there were still a couple of things that were not quite right yet. That hearing I lost, but the lawsuit was won
Now there are 2 next steps in the whole process:
  1. I've gone to the High Court because the judge didn't make a final ruling on one of the points we brought up, which it's a very important one. Sadly though, this might take a year or 2 before anything comes from it
  2. I've filed an other lawsuit for rejecting my appeal for the mailman part. Unlike the previous lawsuit, in this one the medication I'm taking has to be taken into account, and my lawyer and I think that they didn't do that as well as they should. And of course, the point above will be filed for as well.
If either one will come through, chances are that I'll be fully unfit for work (which, according to my opinion, I sadly am).

Now about gaming
Sadly, I've given up on PC gaming completely. The way I need to sit to control keyboard and mouse are too fatiguing for me Instead, I've bought a Playstation 4 Pro late January and amd enjoying the thing a lot! And with it's build-in streaming functions I'm streaming my games from time to time. My brother also has bought a PS4Pro only recently and we're playing a lot of games in co-op mode during the evenings for a couple of hours. The fun stuf that we encounter while playing I normally save and upload to my YouTube channel for all to watch and enjoy. I'll also be using my YouTube channel to stream as well (whenever I'm feeling good enough that is).


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The end of PagesFromSages.com #2
10 March 2016
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I've announced last year that I'd end the Pages from Sages blog, but was talked into keeping it. Sadly tough, I'm no longer extremely active in the gaming scene and the games I am playing I will not be blogging about. As for my personal situation, things go from bad to worst and as I said back then, I will not make this blog a derge.

That means I won't renew the registration for the domain coming June and it'll be for the grabs to all. If you want to re-read the old posts, I'll keep a backup copy of the site available at pfs.erne.nl, for which I will be redirecting the site to starting coming weekend (have to make some script adjustments first).

I would like to thank you all for the support you've given me the last 9 years <3


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Phenom II X4 955 and Linux performance
25 February 2016
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That was a real quick delivery. The AMD Phenom II X4 955 CPU I bought 2nd hand two days ago came in this morning. And while this CPU is getting close to a decade old design, it's still a very good one IF taken care of. Just look at the Phenom II X6 1090T in my main PC, that thing is already 6 years old and still working perfeclty (and beating the newer ADM FX-6300 series as well ). Oddly enough, the X4 955 is listed as a 125W CPU on the AMD site, while listed as 95W in the MSI CPU support page of the motherboard I'm using But I guess if MSI tells me that the CPU should work fine, all will be okay

Then the performance of the CPU under Linux... Aside from still trying to learn the ropes of Linux and figure out how all works, a testrun with XCOM: Enemy Unknown went so-so.

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I know 'so-so' doesn't sound too well, but the problem was not related to the CPU but rather the GPU. Instead of the on-board GPU, I decided to buy a cheap-ass nVidia GT 240 (1Gb) card to have some better performance and be able to play some games. And while the GT 240 isn't a bad card, it's an old one to current standards, and with XCOM requiring something more powerfull (nVidia 600+ series minimum), on 720p and rather low settings the performance was pretty good. I did try to play the game on 1080p, but that was clearly a no-go with 15FPS max

And while at it, I also kept a close eye on the CPU and RAM usage, as well as temperature of the GPU. And honestly, I gotta say that I was somewhat impressed by how well it all ran. The CPU didn't go over 90% while playing XCOM, RAM used didn't exceed 3Gb and the GPU didn't get over 52C, making the test a success. The only thing I might do is add an extra 4Gb of RAM, because a 64-bit operating system running on the 4Gb RAM it has now is generally considered odd...

And while it's tempting to play games on the Linux machine, that's not the reason I have it. I have it for 2 purposes:
  1. As mentioned earlier I want to change from Windows 7 (Ultimate x62) to Linux in time. If possible later on this year, but there's no real hurry for the change. I still have to figure out how to move stuff like my mail and bookmarks (in 3 different browsers ) from Windows to Linux. I need to figure out how to get certain Windows-only programs to run under Linux (I know: Wine, but how to configure it to the max I mean). And more such things.
  2. I want a machine to test the games I'll be making. I also want a machine that I can use as (test)server for an online game I want to make, be it either MMO or co-op but at least with a dedicated database behind it.

I know, lots of thought on the use of that Linux machine, but for now it's just a 'learning experience' only. I don't care if I screw up the configuration and have to reinstall Linux again (already installed it twice now)...


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Linux getting one step closer
24 February 2016
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The last couple of days I've been experimenting with Linux a bit more. Or rather, I've been trying to get the Unity3D engine to work under Linux. Like I've said earlier, the Unity3D editor is one of the main features that must be working under Linux before I seriously will consider to run it in dualboot with my current Windows 7 Ultimate x64 configuration...

First I tried to get Unity3D to work under Wine, but to no avail The current version of the engine (5.3.2f1) requires full (native?) Windows 7 (and up) support and is just not installing itself under Wine. This was quite a bummer, but there are more ways to get something working, for instance an older version of Unity. For that experiment I tried version 5.2.4f1 and that one did install under Wine. Sadly though, starting Unity resuled in an error and I could not get it to work with Wine.
But browsing the Unity3D forums I found a topic with a pretty neat instruction manual on how to get Unity to work with Wine through PlayOnLinux. It looked very promising and I followed it with version 5.2.4f1 and it did install (again). Sadly though, starting Unity crashed it again with (seemingly) the same error
Now I could install Unity 4.7, which I think will work under Wine, but all my projects are already running under 5.3.2f1 and the projects are not downward compatible. That, and the jump Unity made from versions 4 to 5 in graphical performance are two reasons not to go back to Unity 4...

Then I remembered that blog post Unity made about a native Linux client. But this build is an expirimental one, and a previous experimental build (Unity for 2D only) was reserved to (professional) license owners only. But I figured to give it a try anyway and to my big surprise I was able to install and run Unity for Linux! Sadly though, it's only version 5.1...
Browsing the Unity forums once more, I found the Linux experimental subforum where a topic was made that'll contain the latest builds of the Linux version, which is compatible with Windows/Mac 5.3.2f1. I downloaded that one and it workslike a charm!

The only problem though, is getting used to Linux. I've been searching for the pull-down menus like crazy, only to find out that they can be found at the top of the screen (where the system time resides and other system info) instead on top of the current window I also want to know more about the Linux operating system itself. Where Windows (and OS/2) were clearly derived from the DOS operating system and used a similar directory structure, Linux is completely different. And while I've been playing a bit with Linux a bit yesterday and have already learned a lot on what and where, it's so different from the DOS structure...
With that, I also want to know more on how Linux itself works. It's not like Windows where you simply install something, or where a file has a clear .EXE to indicate it's an executable. You need to add flags (I already know a bit abut that thanks to scripting PHP and a lot of internet experience) and a lot of commands are running from the command prompt (so tempting to say DOS promt ) with the sudo commands.

That's all on my alt/test PC, of which I upgraded the GPU yesterday fromthe on-board one to a nVidia GTS240 1Gb (still not much, but a lot better than the on-board one ). I have also already purchased a 2nd hand CPU (Phenom II X4 955) to replace the current one (Athlon X2 250 ). I might even add an extra 4Gb RAM later on to get to 8Gb, because 4Gb and a 64-bit operating system is not the best combination, even though Linux runs very fine on 4Gb.

I'm slowly getting into Linux, but still have a long way to go. I'm so happy that I have a 2nd PC to test it all on...


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Thinking about Linux
15 February 2016
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Windows has never been my operating system of choice, and actually it still isn't...

Even before everyone started using Windows 3.1, I was using Deskview/QEMM instead for my timeslicing (we had no multi-tasking back then because PCs only had 1 CPU with 1 core). At the time people started using Windows 3.xx (I still don't see how that ever got so popular because it was just a shell over DOS), I started using IBM's OS/2, which I used for a decade. People around me started using Windows 95, 98, and the only way I got in contact with them was on my work. At home I was very content with my OS/2 system that ran far more stable AND faster.

But sadly, time goes by and hardware got better. During that time, IBM had lost the battle for the leading operating system by far already (in favor of Windows 95) and abandoned OS/2 all together, but I still managed to keep using OS/2. That was until I made a PC around 2002 and the hardware was so 'revolutionar' that OS/2 couldn't even install itself anymore  It was a good thing that at that time I was already experimenting with Windows 95 for half a year (in dual-boot), and my first PC running Windows as main OS was born

During that half year that I ran both OS/2 and Windows 95, I did a lot of performance test between the two. I made a couple of simple programs that only increased a counter by 1 for a minute and displayed the result afterward (both in DOS box and native compiled for OS/2 and Windows). In all cases OS/2 was by far superior (up to 150% faster in a DOS box ). I also had a couple of games for both OS/2 and Windows (SimCity 2000 and Galactic Civilization are 2 I still remember), and in all cases, the AI responded faster under OS/2 and the display performance was better under OS/2 as well...

From 2002 till now I've ran XP, Vista (which I had pre-installed on my first and only pre-build PC and downgraded immediately to XP ) and 7. And though XP and 7 are very stable, I never really was content with Windows as operating system. I kept looking around for alternatives, and frankly the only alternative is Linux (nope, I don't count Apple OSX as a viable alternative for PCs).

Only recently I tried Windows 10 on my ASUS EEE netbook and much like Windows 8(.1), I don't like it's look and feel a bit. It looks like Mikcey$oft has lost track of what a PC actually is and starts to mix it with tablets, consoles and phones (certainly Windows 10 does that). Fuck off guys! I have a PC and I want it treated like that, and not some sort of 'multiple-choice operating system' that has all of those platforms installed and thus takes yet more overhead to keep running! If I want to use a tablet I'll get one (I don't have one BTW), if I want a console I'll power up my PlayStation 3, and if I want a phone I'll use my Android phone!
Not to mention PRIVACY. I've turned off ALL tracking in Windows 10 and still it tells me that it will send BASIC INFORMATION to Mickey$oft (which according to their EULA they are allowed to publicly publich in they feel like it). I don't want that and I also want to know what Mickey$oft calls BASIC INFORMATION, but noooo.... Mickey$oft is not telling that and thus can send ANYTHING it wants to their servers aside from what I've turned off...

It's a good thing that about half a year ago I made a new PC for my parents in-law and they gave me their old one in return. I installed Linux (Ubuntu 14.04.2) on it to use it later on and learn to use Linux. And by learning Linux I mean more than click on the graphical UI (everyone can do that...). I want to leanr how to use it's command prompt, how it's file system and directory structure works, and such things. I JUST WANT TO MASTER LINUX! And an old PC like that is the perfect way to get started on it.
And while not in a hurry to master Linux, I do want to try to have enough knowledge of it so that I can use it in dual-boot on my main PC by the end of the year. By that time I also hope that Unity3D has finally made it's engine native for Linux. Though that's not a hard demand for me to switch to Linux (I heard Unity3D runs perfectly under WINE), having it native in Linux would make things very easy for me...


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Razer Hydra for Elite: Dangerous
25 January 2016
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I'm not sure if I should post this in the Twitch Streaming section,in the General section or MMMORPG section. It's a bit of all, but I'm planning to use it for playing Elite: Dangerous, which I'm considering to start streaming. I know it's been a while that I streamed games, but I didn't really have anything to stream...

Anyhow... I've found myself a nice new controller only last week: the Razer Hydra MotionSense PC Gaming controller. This thing is something totally different from the regular (XBOX) controller and is the first step into VR gaming. I have read reports of players using these along with the developer editions of the Oculus Rift and they say that the experience is mind blowing. Though I won't get myself a VR headset, these controllers are a different thing...

The main reason I bought them was for Portal 2, which gives extra levels when owning these controllers AND for (I hoped) better control when playing Elite: Dangerous. Aside from those 2 games, every other game I can play with these controlllers effectively (Mass Effect is not one of them for sure ) is only a plus...
The only problem though is that for Elite: Dangerous there's no profile, and for Portal 2 the DLC is locked. Luckily, for Portal 2 I managed to contact Sixense and they gave me a DLC key for portal without problems. Elite: Dangerous is an other problem though according to users on the Sixense forums - the game uses analog joystick input and that'll make it hard (impossible actually) to bind to the Razer Hydra.

Stuborn as I am, I decided to download the Sixense MotionCreator 2* to give it a try on making my own Elite: Dangerous profile. Below you'll see my 1st try on the profile and I've already given it a test-run in the tutorial of the game to fly from one station to the next.

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And while I managed to fly from one station to the next I did experience some odd things than needed attention. For one, the friendship drive button was placed at the wrong side of the controller - when I tried to press is I also made a motion with the controller, almost loosing my 'lock' on the destination, and I have moved it to button 3 on the controller.
An other problem is that the movement with the right controller is pretty subtle. When flying and pressing buttons on the controller, I made a lot of unwanted movements, making it look like a drunk pilot is flying But I tried to make the profile from the default keyboard/mouse settings, and I realized that the mouse deadzone had to be made a bit bigger than it's default, and indeed it has to. By now I've set the deadzone to half (was 30%) and I hope that this is good enough not to make my fly as drunk as I did

In the mean time I've made a whole new (and bigger) configuration for Elite: Dangerous, which includes almost EVERY function in it's default mouse/keyboard configuration. This includes an option for the headlook (mouse 3 by default, now a double-click on the rachet button) so you can look on the displays in your cockpit.

Of course, I won't be playing with the Razer Hydra only. In the past I've also bought VoiceAttack so I can talk to the computer and it does most functions for me, but I want to make a profile that I makes it possible to play Elite: Dangerous with only the Razer Hydra controller. Of course, when I've tested the new profile and I think it's okay, I will post it here and on the Sixense forums for everyone to download...

*) The Razer drivers only support 125 games, while the Sixense drivers support over 350 games. And unlike the Razer software, the Sixense software allows you to make custom profiles as well...

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