Monthly Archives: November 2011

Dead Space 1 and 2

Twinkle twinkle little star … That’s a great E8 trailer for sure!

I was a bit late with the Dead Space games but got them at a very reasonable price; two for the price for one almost new game.

As a fan of Fallout and Arcanum games I usually get mad if there is less than 150 hours of gameplay but with Dead Space games I’m only glad I spent a fraction of 150 hours in total. While these are not the longest games around there is a whole another level of intensity.

Dead Space francise has a well written plot which starts off by sending this unlucky fellow Isaac and the team he is with to find out what is going on with a mining vessel in deep space. As guessed by everyone who has seen a space horror movie, things do not go quite as planned.

Well there’s little I can say about the plot without spoiling it for anyone, but if you are into any kind of horror games (even casually, I for example haven’t played any Silent Hills) I’d strongly recommend getting these two.

Oh yes, twinkle twinkle is for Dead Space 1 and for Dead Space 2 there is this trailer (or unflagged launch trailer). See the wikipedia entry for more almost spoilerless information, or go to the Dead Space wiki for all possible information.

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Windows 7 installation vs. Kubuntu 11.10

I just received my new Asus 1215B notebook. On the first start there’s an Windows 7 installation that will begin without any questions asked.

Few funny notes on the installer; there’s this point where you are asked about the country, timezone and some third question about your locale question. If you select your timezone BEFORE selecting country it will nicely reset the your timezone selection.

Installing the Windows 7 from disk took as long as Kubuntu 11.10 from USB3 stick with network updates (through a highspeed network connection).

Looking how my Asus does not have a DVD drive I couldn’t find any way to do full Windows backup, for example a bootable USB stick in under 5 minutes. I guess if or when I need to reinstall windows I’m going to have to call Asus and ask for a … well it cannot be a recovery disc for sure.

Number of clickthrough license agreements:

Windows 7: 2 (Windows and Bing Bar — WTF?)
Kubuntu 11.10: 0, zero

Why the hell I had to agree to Bing Bar terms? I tried to go without agreeing to those, but it was required for me to use my computer (but it empahized how great it is that Bing is pre-installed and ready to go). What does one even use Bing Bar for?

Downloading Kubuntu 11.10 64-bit image was my first ever experience of using Windows 7 and the latest Internet Explorer. It wasn’t comforting to see that Internet Explorer is still a bitch to use. It’s very sluggish even compared against Firefox, which in turn is hell to use compared to Chromium. Why on earth can’t they fix the damn browser, or just realize they need to shut it down?

Pain that is D-Link DAP-1522

Not too long ago I bought a WLAN-WLAN bridge as I got I tired of walking over my well installed CAT5 cable connecting my workstation to my ADSL modem.

My ADSL modem is cheap A-Link RR24AP (or something along those lines). It has proven itself to work in the last three or four years. It needs an occasional reboot (1-4 times a year) and after each you need to remember to shut down all firewall capabilities — otherwise the device will crumble under 100KBps throughput. It has a/b/g WLAN access point capabilities which are compatible with both my laptops Intel 3945 chip and chips of numerious cellphones me and my friends have used.

The DAP-1522 is both a/b/g/n WLAN access point and a WLAN-WLAN bridge. The downside is that it just does not work. It could be broken in some mysterious way, but I think that this all is just a feature: Under load (my Internet plan maximum 12/3 Mbps throughput) the device will randomly blink all it’s lights and do a slower-than-cold-boot reset, erasing everything other than the configuration. So in the event of a failure, the device wipes it’s logs and time configuration. Nice!
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