Linkblog (2021 February)
where I share things I find interesting
- Don't buy Breathedge, it's trash. Looks like it's tonedeath pretty much. Your AI is a joking fart shit, while you have to survive in space! Also the music is such a fucking shitty mix, that just turn it off. Looks like we can't trust Steam reviews either.
- Watch Collecting with Dr. Albert Coombs, the Story Behind his Rolex Hulk, & Launch of CP Time, yay more watch videos, this time some high end stuff.
- Brodie Robertson collected his software he uses (video). Here is my list.
- Harry Potter Outrage Conondrum by Upper Echelon Gamer. Harry Potter hysteria dialed up to 111. No joke, they come after J.K. Rowling, and now the game's lead designer too. People really should relax.
- Mageia 8 is out! It's the spiritual successor of Mandriva, which was forked from Mandrake Linux. I used Mageia back in the days, solid distro, with the best settings panel. I can highly recommend it to beginner users!
- Razorfist played the new System Shock demo. Looks really good!
- ISO 8601: the better date format: lol, I write in this since forever, this is nothing new, but of course the only logical way to write dates.
- The GNU/Linux copy-pasta.
- Do you want easier use and easier of your favorite programs? Try AppImage
- Looks like there is a final demo for the System Shock remake from Nightdive. I hope I can try this out from GOG. Also if you pre-order the game right now (which means they are very close to release), you will get System Shock 2 enhanched edition too! (looks like I can't play anything UE4 related game so, I will just enjoy Razorfist's video when he is going to play it).
- Gnome 40 beta is out, and you can try it out now! It's not from the future, despite it's version number, which might look like is from the 2080s. But no, we have to copy Google with changing version number shit, because they have GTK 4 now, even though GTK 3 never got fixed. And while it's a linkblog, I will never link the Gnome stuff on this site. So go search for it.
- Since System Shock new demo is out, I will watch Razorfist's video about Prey demo. Arkane Studios the devs that tried to copy every good game Looking Glass ever made, hahahah.
- Somebody wrote an introduction to elfeed, it's a popular RSS reader within Emacs.
- I think this is not a question now, but even a decade ago you could play some very nice games on Linux: Can Linux run video games?
- The Happy Pear has a podcast, and in this episode they have a pretty big guest: Russell Brand!
- RSS Guard is another feed reader, to check out.
- Brodie Robertson, talks about password managers in his latest video.
- Chyrosran22 made a Razer Huntsman V2 analog unboxing video. Giant box with full sized keyboard, and wrist rest.
- It's actually about ethics in journalism by Upper Echelon Gamers (video).
- A nicely colored CasiOak.
- A Casio AE-1300 mod, very clean looking and nice colors!
- Casio CA-53W, probably one of the most popular calculator watch.
- Russians playing chess in a park in Moscow 1950s (picture)
- Biden's first Town Hall performance was absolutely fabulous, don't you angree dear American reader? Watch this video from AwakenwithJP, to see what happened! (note: I won't be hold responsible if you choke on your food!)
- Luke Smith analyze recipe sites, how bloated they are. This is the sad state of the web in general. These pages should be just static websites, instead they are full of ads, scripts, trackers and junk. He actually made an example to just strip everything from a 7 MB big website and make it 1 MB only (it still has the original pictures too). If you are a webdev, watch it and send it to your colleagues.
- Empty Box did a video about Assetto Corsa: Shutoko Revival Project, a mod which makes the game pretty much like Tokyo Extreme Racer. AC is probably the best modable simulator right now, with tons of tracks, cars, hud mods, etc. As always his videos are perfectly good as ASMR.
- If you are still using your browser's password manager, please stop it. If you want to geek out, use one of the terminal based password manager in this article.
- Some at home workout with light weight. (video)
- The latest GOG weekly sale has many Linux games.
- Another bunch of nice Casios: NF-10 | 88CS-62 | giant World Time | inverted G-Shock
- Do you play games on Linux and want to try out Epic Game Store? Here is a guide to do that! I like getting free games via EGS, I will never pay for a game on it.
- Septor is a Linux distro, which helps you browse the internet anonymously.
- With Xfce panel profiles you can save different panel configuration in Xfce. Really handy both for new and advanced users.
- Do you use mpd for listening to music? Do you like using vim keys for navigation? Then vimpc might be for you.
- Tim Pool and his guests talked about getting out of the big cities and living in the countryside. I think they are onto something. It's not normal for millions of people to live on each others toes. I lived in a city with only just 2 million people (biggest city in my country) and I hated it. One of the first steps we can do is to learn skills. Learn to cook (no more junk food, orders), learn to garden. learn to work with wood and other materials, etc.
- "US news networks have enjoyed record ratings and profits thanks to Donald Trump. But now he’s no longer in power, how will they deal with their corresponding drop in ratings and profits?" - interesting video by Russell Brand.
- Some Casio vintage watches from reddit: ABX-610 | F-94 | Duro 200 - Also if you think that one Casio is enough, think again, and that's not even a lot of watches, I already have three from the past 2 months, hehe.
- Gab is this evil place in the fediverse, that everybody hates. Well almost everybody. But are we just projecting (again), or is that place is just literally Hitlers? Let's find out from this post! (really worth reading)
- I have found an interesting post about creating and using usernames: Please don’t make me choose a username.
- Empty Box did a fresh review about Automobilista 2.
- Razorfist streamed on of the best stealth game of all time: Thief: Deadly Shadows - you might not agree with his politics, but his love for the Thief series is clear.
- This looks so good: Vegan "Beef" & Broccoli that's BETTER Than Takeout. Let me see if I can find those soya things in the nearest supermarket… :)
- Did you know, that you can use youtube-dl with GUI? Now is the chance to try something out. The base software is incredible useful, as it basically can help to archive stuff from not just youtube, but from many video sites.
- I love the Irish twins, the Happy Pear. In this video they show us how to cook easy Korean noodles. I wonder if this works with spaghetti, as we don't have noodles around here. Talking about pasta, this recipe from also them, a baked pasta.
- New DXVK is out (1.8), and it has some improvements for games, like HITMAN 3, F1 2020 and Nioh 2. Check it out, if you have hardware for these games.
- Want to browse reddit, without opening a new browser tab, and you don't like the terminal based solutions? Giara might be your software. It uses GTK3, it looks OK, but probably not my cup of coffee.
- LGR did a retrospective of Need for Speed II. For me, sadly it wasn't a good game (undrivable cars), compared to the first NFS, but I would gladly take a game like NFS II, and not the newest shit of the series. This game series has such a nostalgia for me!
- Are you using the Cinnamon desktop environment? Here is a guide for you for customizing your desktop.
- The Fifth Element movie is something else, as you can see in Critical Drinker's latest video essay. Personally I love the quirkiness of it all, and of course that opera segment!
- A dating show on Twitch? Fake profiles, fake owners. What can go wrong? (video)
- Is PogChamps is an Embarrassment for Chess? (video) It's a video from last year, where Hikuru shares his opinion about the PogChamps tournament, where twitch streamers are playing chess. Is it good for the game, or harmful?
- Here is a review of Ubuntu Unity on Raspberry Pi 4. I personally liked Unity on the desktop, at least it was different. I don't like Ubuntu overall, and it was dumb from Canonical to give up on it, and just lay down to the Gnome Foundation.
- If you liked the KDE kickoff menu, here is a solution how to get it on KDE Plasma 5.21.
- Just found this interesting package for Emacs, called nano Emacs, looks like nano, plays like Emacs!
- Luke Smith' latest video about Social media as social control, just 14 minutes that will question why do you use social media at all. Must watch in my opinion.
- I saw many of my favorite streamers playing the game Valheim, which is survival game, built around Norse mythology, and it supports Linux, but now I read that the game in fact was developed mostly on Linux too! Wow, that's pretty cool, especially since the game is the most popular on Steam right now (playing numbers), and it sells really well. If you are interested in the genre, please check it out, and if you like the game, please thank you the devs for the Linux support in your Steam review!
- This game will be sure, won't be controversial: Closed Hands is an upcoming interactive fiction examining extremism and radicalisation - if this will be free, I will definitely try this out, since the most people think about radicalization today is watching Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro videos, lol. And yes, I know about that ISIS radicalized people in the west, but honestly gaining influence over somebody usually boils down to bad education of the individual. The best thing we can do, is not just to have a better education system overall, but to be better parents for our kids!
- I don't really use messaging software, but if you are still using WhatsApp for some reason, here are some alternatives to use. I have still yet to find one that doesn't require giving out my phone number.
- Alan Popey wrote a month ago about digital gaming and hoarding, which I can definitely relate. Most of my stuff are games that I used to play as a child. Even last month I bought the Hexen series, played like 2 levels, and didn't continue, despite that my curiosity, since back then I didn't really play it, I was more into Dark Forces and Duke Nukem 3D at the time.
- You want to read RSS, but don't know what reader to use? Check out QuiteRSS!
- What is Steam Proton, and how it can help Linux gaming (more like Windows gaming on Linux). This little guide can help Linux beginners to see, that we have much more games available now that ever before.
- Watch the Urban Gentry, as he speaks about watch history: How Seiko, Aliens & Giugiaro Made History: The Making Of A Watch Icon.
- Russell Brand with some interesting thoughts about QAnon and human behavior. You should watch it!
- The Perfect Organism Podcast has a recent interview with sci-fi writer legend, Alan Dean Foster. If you are a fan I definitely recommend this podcast.
- A detailed post about how to enable hardware accelerated video encoding in the most popular Chromium based browsers.
- Are you still using Facebook owned WhatsApp? Then it's time to change! Here are 5 good alternatives.
- I have found this nice rice & lentils recipe (video). Looks delicious in my opinion. Not a fan of fried onions, but I think we can leave it out and use some other veggies instead.
- Mozilla has climate commitments. The question is why they don't have: "we will do a kickass browser this year" commitment?
- Sweet and sour cauliflower wings, which I will try out this week!
- A pretty nice cheat sheet for the Linux command line.
- Here is 25 vegan soup recipes…
- If you like chickpea curry, check out this butternut squash + chickpea curry recipe.
- I like mpv, because of it's minimalist UI, however others would might like to use something more traditional, like haruna.
- Linux kernel 5.11 is here! OMGUbuntu has a nice about the new features. >> New Linux kernel 5.11
- VLC 4.0 is coming soon (thank god they didn't go with the Gnome 40 version numbering stupidity)! It's probably the most popular video player on the planet. Personally I haven't used it in years, because for me mpv is just enough, but I have no problem with VLC. There will be many new features, but the new UI is at the forefront of them. >> VLC 4.0 new features and new UI
- Slackware 15.0 is slowly, but surely coming! The latest news is the first version of alpha is here. Of course there is no release date, since the last stable release was in 2016. As always with alpha software, use it at your own risk! >> Slackware 15.0 alpha1
- Another systemd-less distro is here with a new version, Devuan 3.1! If you like Debian, but doesn't like systemd, go check it out! It's the devs first update of the 3.0 series. >> Systemd-Free Devuan GNU/Linux 3.1 Distro Released for Freedom Lovers
- Ben is one of my favorite watch collector/reviewer on youtube. The guy is passionate about watches, and his collection and interest is closer to mine in price range, so when he reviews something, I pay attention. His latest watch on display is the Casio Lineage LCW-M100TSE-1AER. >> "Probably The Greatest Watch Ever Made"…Really? | Casio Lineage LCW-M100TSE-1AER Review (video)
- The Dark Mod has a new version. First this was a mod for Doom 3, but now it's a standalone game for many years, heavily inspired by the original Thief games, making it look modern. The latest update has great performance improvements and other stuff. I definitely recommend this mod, as it has many missions to play (all downloadable from in-game). full changelog
- Winter is always the time of soup as it warms us up inside. Here is some variation for some plant-based soups.
>> Super Cozy Vegan Soup Recipes (video)
- Are you using and Arch, but you want to try out Elementary's Pantheon desktop environment? Here are the steps to do it!
- I found this tool, called Paleta, which can change your terminal color scheme very easily, and it works independently from your terminal emulator! I haven't tried it myself (maybe a post will come?)
- Carrot soup, probably I have never tried something like this. If you have a good blender, test this (I will this week!). Looks super easy to make.
- New Firefox design! Because that's what we need?
- The Dark side of Rolex? The famous watchbrand in some legendary, but dark movies…
- Viper: another browser that focuses on minimalism and privacy? Why do we need another browser? Well, because Mozilla doesn't do shit (other than redesigning their crappy software) with Firefox. This browser is made with Qt5.
- A little bit of classical music never hurt our ear. And I'll remember Valentina Lisitsa's concert in the Royal Albert Hall. Not I was there personally, but I watched the youtube casting (back then when youtube was about videos and not politics). If you want some amazingly light music in your life, for 9 minutes just close your eyes…
- I always loved the first Iron Man's score by Ramin Djawadi, and recently I have found this mix. This is from all 3 movies, and certainly good music when you are doing some productivity stuff. Nice mix! (also it's really easy to just make an offline backup with youtube-dl)
- I am not really a fan of Vim, although I like the directionaly shortcuts, but maybe there are some people who want to use this in LibreOffice. Brodie Robertson did this video recently.
- Richard Burns Rally is a very old game now, but thanks to the mods and an active community behind it, it still one of the best, if not the best rally sim. I might have to get out my DVD and install it (works perfectly with wine and gamepad too).
- This is what happens when you try to register an old winrar, with a key from 2021. Of course nobody registers WinRAR. xD
- Chyrosran22's latest keyboard review is the Chicony KB-5160AT with Cherry MX White switches.
>> Chicony KB-5160AT review (Cherry MX White) (video)
- If you love chickpea as I do, this video will help you with some great recipes.