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rift speculatory specification

Okay, so I find myself needing to apologize. It has been an unacceptably long time since I’ve written anything. I also apologize for the unfocused and unusually verbose braindump you are about to witness. I’m just too out of practice. My RL excuses for this are: a period of unemployment and job hunting finally leading to a new job, a new baby, major repairs around the house (I built a fence!), two moves across state lines, burst pipes rendering my house uninhabitable, and a successful game open beta launch. But meh, that’s just excuses.

In that time period, I wrote 5 articles that haven’t made it here. Hopefully the time will present itself to re-evaluate 2 or 3 of them in the next month.

But for now, something more current 😉

RIFT is gearing up for what feels to me like it might be the most successful western-style fantasy mmorpg release in 5 years. I am going to play it. And I am going to write a lot about it.
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virtualbox rules

Nothing much to say here, but with absolutely minimal pain and suffering, I have 64-bit linux virtual machines running on top of my 32-bit windows XP install. This pleases me.

The recipe:

  1. Compatible CPU with VT-x/AMD-V enabled in the BIOS
  2. Innotek/Oracle/Sun VirtualBox (a current version) with hardware virtualization enabled
  3. Profit!

The one downside to this? 64-bit VM’s running on 32-bit host OS can’t see multiple cpu’s. Boo. Hoo. I’ll just run more VM’s!

64-bit centos installer 64-bit ubuntu livecd

almost recovered

I’ve gone through all of my old posts (~260 of them in my 5+ year history) and tagged them.

I’ve got a theme that doesn’t make me want to tear my eyes out, but it’s not what I want yet.

I’ve acknowledged all missing images that I noticed by tagging the post as ‘broken images’, and I’ll be going through them again later to see if I have any remaining local copies of the files in question.

I’ve installed a modern syntax hiliting plugin, so code should be readable again.

Sooo close.

sigh

I can’t type. I Just managed to delete my entire blog content dir and plugins. This means all of my images and any uploaded zips are gone.

Also, my company has recently had to make some dramatic changes that I’m still coping with. I am still employed, but I’m not much in the mood to continue with any of my previous article series at present.

On the bright side, this gives me an excuse upgrade to WP2.9 and dig through my 250+ post archive and clean things up.

Please excuse the mess while I unbork everything. Happy new year.

mud revived, sorta

With the recent acquisition of replacement hardware for our server, the SIMud project has been revived to some extent. I still don’t know how much interest there really is, and I don’t want to make any promises or encourage newbies to try to log in at present – but it at least gives me something to do when I can’t sleep at night 😉

I am currently in the process of slowly exporting copies of relevant posts from this blog over there; and all future Walraven/SIMud blog posts will be made over there first and will probably be linked on here. Ideally, the dev blog will see at least one post a week.

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