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Now Running on Arch
July 21st, 2021 at 4:30 PM by Kugee
I saw Arch Linux as nothing but some joke that some nerds babble about, much the same way they go "install gentoo!!!" But after talking about my desire to move to Linux in general following the announcements of the hideous Windows 11 and GPU manufacturers pulling out of Windows 7, my first idea was to go with Linux Mint - a straightforward desktop distribution that was my go-to option for many years, ever since Ubuntu 11.04 and GNOME 3 threw a curveball that really threw me off.
What all I was really looking for, though, was something that was lightweight and capable of getting me back on track with my usual routines quickly. That's when Mint, developer of the Limine bootloader, stepped in to write up an installation script for Artix Linux that basically got me up and running with much of what I wanted as a starting point. A little under a month after testing the script in a virtual machine, my primary workstation is now powered by Arch.
What is Digital Trip?
July 9th, 2021 at 9:45 AM by Kugee
Look into that album cover above. What's the first thing you think of? Vaporwave? Sit down, sonny... this ain't no random set of tracks that were arbitrarily slowed down. This is a member of the Digital Trip series, which was on the cutting edge of digital music in 1983! If you've watched a couple of my videos, you've probably heard some tracks from this God Mars album. Needless to say, it's an excellent piece of vinyl on its own merits, and I've listened to it quite a lot as I was first creating this website.
What makes God Mars so fascinating, though, is how far ahead of the curve it was from a technical standpoint when it dropped. Let's put things into perspective here: you may or may not know the legend of the Yamaha DX7, a fully digital synthesizer which used John Chowning's frequency modulation technology to generate much brighter sounds that analog synths like the Moog simply couldn't match. Most composers only used the DX7's preset instruments so excessively rather than trying to program their own, but that was all this thing needed to shred the scene.
DO NOT update Audacity
July 6th, 2021 at 3:35 AM by Kugee
Since Audacity first released 21 years ago, it's grown a reputation as one of the most well respected audio editing programs among amateurs and professionals alike. A free, highly functional multi-track audio editor that does its job well is all most people ever ask for, and Audacity has always lived up to that. Audacity is also well known for being cross-platform, so you can run it on any Linux box just as easily as you could have on Windows. It's for everyone!
The first time I used Audacity was back in 2010 or 2011. Even though I had GarageBand on my Macs at that time, I didn't really have a good audio recorder for any of my computers running Windows, and GarageBand's export process felt tedious anyway. Windows XP's sound recorder was already terrible for keeping the same "60 seconds at a time" limitation which carried over from the 16-bit era, while the one from Vista, 7, and onward did away with that but also the slightly advanced editing functions. Audacity went beyond solving both of these problems.
But some very special interests have infected Audacity recently... corporations, douchebag YouTubers, that sort of thing.
Update on QuakeWorld DM Server
June 26th, 2021 at 11:25 PM by Kugee
As a result of a recent alliance with DOSBox Deathmatch Club, my FFA QuakeWorld server has gained a ton more activity than it did before, and I've received some feedback from OpenRift (the group's owner) regarding what could be done to make changes to the server. QuakeWorld server maintenance will begin on June 27th at 6:00 PM EST so adjustments can be made. Hopefully it won't take too long.
I'm surprised how much activity the server got, it seems it peaked at 15 players thanks to the DM club's event for Quake's 25th anniversary. A lot of the maps in the rotation seem to be unable to handle that capacity without spiraling into total chaos and confusion. Now that this is clear, the FFA server will need to have its capacity cut in half to avoid situations like this:
MOBA Nightmare! Reflecting on Dota 2 Miseries
June 16th, 2021 at 4:00 PM by Kugee
I haven't touched Dota 2 for seven years with good reason. Yes, it has that kind of standard quality you'd expect from a high profile developer without anything sorely embarassing to boot (iuyoyo8i8ELECTRONICARTS87o8oim), and it doesn't have a "pay to win" model, yet next to Minecraft, it's the worst game I've ever played. And no, I'm not making a joke when I say that.
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