Uni is stressing me out so much right now, I feel like next week might be the death of me. In the span of 1 week, I have 2 speeches due (+ outlines), 2 final exams, a presentation, my Network+ certification test, the hands-on part of my Linux final, and I have to turn in the finished version of a project that we’ve worked on all semester. 

On the bright side, I graduate May 8th so this hell is nearly over.

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Her Majesty’s Apathy Bomb is a wonderful homage to The Stanley Parable, in which you play a bomb maker delivering (or not delivering) an apathy bomb to an evil queen – depending on whether you listen to the narrator or not.

Much like The Stanley Parable there’s great fun to be had in ignoring the narrators instructions, straying off his desired story to comedic effect.  It’s well worth experimenting with different routes as the voice acting is excellent and depending on your actions, there are 6 different possible endings.  With playthoughs taking a few minutes, it’s a short, silly and very entertaining adventure that’s well worth your time – Stanley would be proud.

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Super Mario Bros NES Game & Builder allows you to easily build, share and play your very own Mario games, in a pixel perfect simulation of the original Super Mario Bros Game.

There have been a few Mario game building tools released in the past, but nothing that matches the ease of use and authentic feel of Super Mario Bros NES Game & Builder.  Complete novices can pick it up and build a Mario level in minutes (although there is obviously a bit of skill in crafting a good level).  All the authentic tile sets from the Original Super Mario Bros are there, complete with enemies, pipes, warps and power-ups, as well as The Lost Levels tile set if you’re feeling a little more experimental.

Once your levels (or full games) are completed, you can then share them with friends and upload them to the official website, or download new user created games to play through yourself.  The real joy is in building the levels, but it’s also great to have an infinite amount of user created Mario levels to play though.  Nintendo are planning to release their Mario Maker game this year, with a bit of luck it’ll be as comprehensive and easy to use as this magnificent fan made Mario building toolkit!

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First Mad Max gameplay trailer and images released

The first Mad Max gameplay trailer has been officially unveiled by developer Avalanche Studios today. Mad Max the game has fallen a bit to the wayside in terms of mainstream attention with its film equivalent releasing several exciting trailers, but Avalanche Studios made sure to remind us today that the game is certainly still alive and well – and it looks great.

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Now Playing is a wonderfully bizarre audio visual experience that sees you exploring a street full of procedurally generated bands playing procedurally generated music.

The street that you walk along is littered with small music clubs, each of which has a different procedurally generated band playing in it, each with their own style, moves and name.  As you can imagine there are some pretty weird tunes coming from these bands, but occasionally you’ll come across something that resembles real music.

Much like Secret Habitat, Now Playing is a fun experience that finds beauty in randomness.  A wonderful place to visit and listen to some beautiful bizarre beats.

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Stilt Fella is a super tough QWOP-Like  in which you have to traverse 14 increasingly tough levels atop two independently controlled stilts.  Be warned, stilt waling is surprisingly tricky you will fall on your face a LOT!

Forget the daredevil feats of agility in in the GIFs above, when you first start out in Stilt Fella, you’ll be lucky to walk a few steps without falling on your face.  Best played with a 360 controller, each analogue stick controls an independent side, while the trigger buttons are used to lift the stilts off the floor.  This may sound fairly simple, but it really isn’t.

As daunting as they may seem, each level is actually possible, complete them all and you’ll even unlock a secret character.  The key in Stilt Fella is perseverance, with a bit of practice, things start to click and you’ll be a stilt walking pro (well maybe not a pro, but you’ll fall on your face a little less!).

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DAGDROM is a beautiful paint based platformer created for Ludum Dare 32, that trusts you to figure things out for yourself.

Featuring platforming physics similar to Super Meatboy (but with far less violence), you control a small headless being who has the ability to fire paint at certain structures to make them solid.  There are also other uses for your paint, but the game would like you to figure them out for yourself.

As well as featuring fun paint based gameplay, DAGDROM is also a very happy experience, full of motivational messages and congratulations for beating obstacles.  Combined with the charming visual design and fun soundtack, this makes DAGDROM a wonderfully uplifting experience that’s guaranteed to make you smile.  Painty platforming full of charm and warmth.

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The Linux Setup - Bobby Allen, Software Developer

A MATE user! Choice is important in Linux because there are so many desktop work styles. Some might call MATE old-fashioned but it’s popular because that’s how lots of people like to work. Bobby is using a pretty powerful machine, so I’m sure he could run a more resource-intensive desktop, but MATE makes sense for him. I continue to be shocked that Linux is the only desktop operating system that lets users pick their own desktop. It’s such an amazingly liberating piece of functionality.

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  1. Who are you, and what do you do?

    I’m Bobby Allen, an open-source software developer from England, UK. During the day I work for local government managing a web support and development team. We mainly support and develop C# web applications as well as a handful of internal PHP sites too!

    My open-source development stuff really comes alive in the evening and at weekends where I work on and head-up the development of a number of open-source projects including a Linux web hosting control panel named Sentora (previously know as ZPanel). I spend a lot of time in the evenings coding and pushing various bits and pieces to GitHub!

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    Errrrm…because it’s awesome! Seriously though, I find that you can tweak it to your heart’s desire, you can make it suit your personal needs much better that you can with other operating systems and being an open-source developer myself, I like the idea of being able to look at all of the code, improve the code and share back changes with the community.

    I don’t exclusively use Linux—I have no choice but to use Microsoft Windows at work (Visual Studio purposes and the fact we are a Microsoft house, mainly) and have a Windows gaming rig (occasionally I get to play some games). I have a MacBook Pro, too, that I use for various things but not really development.

  3. What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?

    Like most people I’ve tried CentOS, Fedora, SuSE, Debian, etc but I find that for my needs, Ubuntu satisfies me on both the desktop and server. It has commercial backing and I find that for most bits of software I require I can simply grab the .deb and never really have any issues with it. There are certainly distros out there that require tweaking right from the start and appear much harder to get running on some hardware. Ideally I like to get it installed and start using it ASAP.

    So at present I’m running UbuntuMATE 14.04 on my main development machine at home—I prefer to use the LTS releases!

  4. What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?

    I’m currently using the MATE desktop environment (it comes with UbuntuMATE out of the box). I’ve not been a great lover of Unity and also found GNOME 3 to be rather slow and I don’t care so much for the fancy animations. I want my development box to be super fast and without distractions so I like running the bare minimum whilst remaining functional for most uses. I know I could use Xfce and others but I’m used to a GNOME 2.0-style desktop environment and actually really like it!

    As I said above, I also own a MacBook Pro which is running OS X. At the end of the day if I want to look at eye candy, I could just turn that on ;)

    I’ve not really looked at the Cinnamon desktop but I think I may give that a try soon as I’ve heard good things about it.

  5. What one piece of software do you depend upon with this distribution? Why is it so important?

    Much like some of the other people you have interviewed, this is actually a really hard question to answer as I use a handful of tools of which I find equally important, so they are as follows:

    • NetBeans - My goto IDE for most languages (PHP, Java etc.)!
    • VirtualBox - To host virtual environments for testing my code/sandboxing things. I mainly use this in conjunction with Vagrant!
    • The terminal (and the GNU toolset) - For obvious reasons really…
    • Google Chrome - It’s faster than Firefox, I sync all my bookmarks using it and I use a lot of Chrome tools like Postman for API testing etc. Where would a web developer be without at least one browser?!
  6. What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?

    My Linux development rig at home is running on an Intel i7 2600k with 16GB RAM and a Corsair 256GB SSD. This makes starting, stopping and cloning VMs literally take 2 seconds! I’m really happy with how fast she runs. I know I could upgrade the processor to the latest generation but I really see no need. This machine isn’t something I pump money into these days.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    Sure! I’m sure it doesn’t scream ‘awesome’ but it works great for what I need and I really like it.

Interview conducted January 27, 2015


The Linux Setup is a feature where I interview people about their Linux setups. The concept is borrowed, if not outright stolen, from this site. If you’d like to participate, drop me a line.

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Game Over

So, today I: - Fixed my Linux install’s broken EFI bootloader - Got it hooked up to the Internet - Did a full apt-get update and upgrade. And then I did a restart, which froze up and turned into a hard power cycle.

It never came back up.

Any attempt to boot into my Ubuntu install now results in a plain black screen, with lit keyboard. If I muck with grub I get a startup text crawl, which ends with an announcement that “/sbin/init” is missing. That’s bad. Apparently somewhere during that package upgrade systemd disappeared.

This one is not Linux’s fault. This one is my fault. It is my fault because I installed the beta version of Kubuntu 15.04, and this is the kind of thing that can happen when you install a beta OS. That is okay, and it is something I knew was a possibility. It does not make sense to try to fix it. The only thing to do is reinstall, and even that doesn’t make sense because 15.04 final is coming out literally next week.

I’m going to declare my Linux experiment an educational failure, and start over next week when 15.04 is released.

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Vapor is a virtual interpretation of Samsara, in which players will find themselves wandering through the cycle of reincarnation, through means of exploration and visual inference.

Similar to LSD: Dream Emulator, the player is dropped in worlds laced with intricacy, one after another, progressing further into a void saturated with uncertainty. The subconscious knowledge that the developer is holding the reigns of our experience completely dissolve, and we’re left with nothing but an alien environment, unfamiliarity, and our own thoughts to get through it all.

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Borderlands Shift Codes!!!!!!

Posted about 4 hours ago on Twitter by @DuvalMagic

Borderlands 2: 5GK:

PS3/PS4/PSV: 5JWTB-SJHHJ-RS3K3-HJW33-F5RT9

WinPC/Mac: 5BWBT-RX5ZH-FJBJB-JBTJT-CRBWX

X360/XB1: 5JWTB-SJHCR-JR6J6-CRT33-F5RKW

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel: 5GK:

PS3/PS4/PSV: KW53T-999RR-9JFKT-9JKTB-BSS6X

WinPC/Mac: CKKT3-K3SHK-3RK3B-3JB33-ZHRZJ

X360/XB1: KW53T-999JJ-6SHJX-5RJTB-BSSTK

Each code gives you 5 golden keys, one set for each game

Posted here at 21:04 GMT on Saturday 11th April 2015

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Download and play free portable Linux games

These are stand-alone executable packages. They have two personalities: Sometimes they think they’re an ELF executable, so you can just run them and play these awesome games, if you have execution credentials (chmod +x [package file]). Sometimes, they think they’re an ISO file, so you can also mount them with fuseiso, acetoneiso, or your ISO management application of choice, and peek what’s inside.

Inside the packages you’ll find two things:

  1. A minimal installation for each game, sometimes next to i.e. a minimal Wine or Perl installation.

  2. A little script (AppRun) to glue it all together when you run the package.

Using the awesome superpowers of PortableLinuxApps.org, and some script magic.


Btw, if you have a pure 64bit system, please note that 32bit AppImages won’t work by default. Please check this tutorial to see how to configure a 64bit operative system to run 32bit AppImages.