Say you wanted to install the Optifine mod for Minecraft and you’ve read my previous post on setting up Forge, Liteloader and VoxelMap for Minecraft 1.8 (or maybe you already have working mods). Installing the Optifine mod could be as simple as getting the latest 1.8 version of Optfine .jar file (specifically the 1.8 version since as of this writing the other 1.8 versions aren’t supported yet by Forge or Liteloader) and sticking it into the mods directory.
Once you set up Minecraft for your family, you’ll inevitably be asked to install mods to further enhance the game play. Installing mods is both simple and annoying for a few reasons: Mods aren’t officially supported by Minecraft so there is no single way to install mods. This means that a mod built for version A might not work for version B. Different mods might require different mod loaders and they might be in conflict with each other.
Running your own Minecraft server on Linux is pretty simple. You simply download the jar file from Minecraft.net and run it from the command line. However, if you run it straight from the command line you’ll need to stay logged in and not kill the terminal otherwise it will stop the Minecraft server. The way to work around it is to use something like tmux or screen and run Minecraft from there.
Following my experiences of compiling and setting up Synergy, I found myself setting up Murmur/Mumble this past weekend. It was a sharp contrast in experience. Mumble seems to want folks to be able to build and run their software. Mumble is an open source VOIP solution used often by gamers to talk to each other while playing games and Murmur is the server portion. I needed Windows and Linux clients since those are the system that people are on when playing and a Linux version of Murmur since that’s what I’m going to be running the server on.
After the serious readings for programming, algorithms and software craftsmanship here are some fun readings for our profession. Entertaining History of Our Profession Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition Rebel Code: Linux And The Open Source Revolution Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government Saving Privacy in the Digital Age Hacker Fiction Rick Cook’s Wizardy series is a fantasy series for computer buffs that tells the story of a Silcon Valley hacker who finds himself in a different world where he discovers that magic can be “programmed” and is asked save the world from the “Dark League”.
The trend at our house has been to move away from having large desktop machines to smaller specialized devices (e.g. having a NAS instead of a server with big drives). My wife’s primary machine, which she used mostly as a desktop replacement, was an older Thinkpad x300 that started to show its age especially when it came to watching HD videos. I decided to upgrade her machine but it must meet her criteria that it be small enough to fit into her desk drawer (don’t want clutter) and at the same time powerful enough to run her apps (including Photoshop, Picasa, etc.
My new FXF NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT 256MB DDR3 (PV-T73A-UDF3) card came last night to replace the burned-out MSI Ti4800 (Ti4600-TD8X) card. Because my motherboard is still AGP, I had to get an AGP card instead of the newer PCI-E and there are fewer and fewer AGP options out there especially if you’re looking for dual-DVI connections. There seems to be more ATI cards that sports dual-dvi, but they tend to cost a lot more and I’ve always liked Nvidia cards.
Last night I suddenly smelled burning plastic. After looking through the house, it turned out that the fan on one of the video cards (MSI Ti4800) stopped working and the heat of the card melted the fan and surrounding plastic. Not being a heavy PC video gamer these days, I don’t buy the super fast video card that could melt a glacier, but I guess most cards these days will generate a decent amount of heat as to require at least a heat sink or fan.
Having been thinking about getting a game pad for my computer, I decided to pick up the xbox360 controller for windows on impulse. Although somewhat on the expensive side of controller’s, I figure if I ever do get a xbox360, I’d wouldn’t have to spend money on a second controller. The 360 controller works on both the console and Windows. It seems to be just a USB controller. At the store, there are those labeled for the 360 and Windows.
One of the classic video game series was the old Sierra Online adventure game, King’s Quests. I loved those old adventure games where you solved puzzles as part of the story. Apparently there are a lot of fans out there who don’t want to see these types of game die out so they’ve taken it on themselves to keep the series going. However, the tricky thing is that these groups don’t own the rights to the series or characters and that puts them in dangerous legal waters.