Welcome to MekTrix 4.0

Aka Shish’s Place of Stuff

How do these people get hired? :-|

Somebody needs to take Next’s web developers out back and shoot them v_v The reason

Posted July 20th, 2010 by Shish, in Uncategorized

Dwarf Fortress

One of my dwarves suffered a crippling spinal injury while out hunting for food; he was carried home alive, but unconscious, and has since slipped into a coma with no signs of recovery, lasting a year so far.

If he wakes, he’ll find that he has no living friends or family, and no legs to walk to the social room to make new ones; his entire life will consist of being spoon fed mushroom pulp by the nurses, slowly going insane, and dying of old age.

The alternative is to flood his room so that he drowns in his sleep.

What do I do? :S

(Incidentally, Dwarf Fortress is an incredible game — possibly the only one I know of with enough detail and interacting elements in it for plot to emerge out of nowhere… (Nethack is perhaps a more detailed world, but the AI is pretty limited, with no scope for creating narration-worthy communities))

Posted December 25th, 2009 by Shish, in pimp, software

Expo 2009-10

Expo was pretty awesome; the commercial side was even more commercial and less interesting than before — but then I was mostly going to check out cosplayers and the DDR tournament. Epic success on both fronts \o/ Mr Cuddlemews had his photo taken with many pretty people; and due to somebody dropping out of the tournament and nobody with any skill wanting to take their place, I volunteered to be slot-filling cannon fodder XD Of course I got utterly butchered, but I got to meet some wonderful people, and many funs were had \o/

Posted October 24th, 2009 by Shish, in reallife

And now, time for another episode of “Good idea, Bad idea”

Good idea: Go for a walk.

Bad idea: Go for a walk at 11pm, up the steepest hill in the area, directly away from civilisation, into the middle of a forest, where the main form of life is stinging nettles, and there is no light, and your torch is just about out of batteries, and even in daylight it’s impossible to tell where the path is, and what path there is alternates between slippery mud and rubble hills, while carrying a 30kg backpack just to see what it’s like.

(“Bad” can also be read as “fun”)

Posted August 13th, 2009 by Shish, in Uncategorized

Miku wins

Specifically, this wins a place on my “things that are so awesome I cried” list :3

Posted July 3rd, 2009 by Shish, in Uncategorized

On linux and hardware

Because the world doesn’t have enough anecdotal evidence already:

On my gaming / media PC (custom built):

Graphics card, NVidia 8600 GT: ubuntu detects my monitor’s native resolution, runs ok using the standard drivers, and pops up a message asking if it should download the accelerated drivers automatically; windows runs at 640×480 until you install accelerated drivers from CD or google.

GPU accelerated h264 decoding: Linux yes, windows no.

Webcam, labtec thing: linux works out of the box; windows requires drivers from CD, and then the drivers crash whenever they’re used (and sometimes when they aren’t)

Extra USB ports: Linux PCMCIA worked in a fraction of a second (it was running faster than I could look at the “connected hardware” screen), windows PCI worked fine after 5 minutes of “you have new hardware!” “It is a PCI card!” “The PCI card has USB ports!” “There are 4 ports!” “Each port is USB!” “The USB version is 2.0!”…

TV capture card, Hauppage PCI thing: Ubuntu works out of the box, windows requires googling for drivers, and those drivers install crappy utility software.

Phone (Sony Ericsson k750i) as a modem: Ubuntu detects that the phone can be used as a modem, and pops up a message asking for phone service login details; windows detects the phone can be used as a modem, haven’t yet figured out how to use it.

Phone as USB storage: Linux works out of the box, windows requires googling for drivers.

Phone as bluetooth remote control for media player: Ubuntu works out of the box, windows works out of the box (No problems, no glitches, no googling for drivers; well done microsoft!)

And for the other PC (IBM thinkcentre):

Graphics (onboard intel 865): Ubuntu 9.04 broke 3D acceleration, all other distros and other versions of ubuntu work out of the box; windows works after googling for drivers

Sound (onboard intel something): Linux works out of the box, including features like disabling onboard speakers when external speakers are plugged in, and disabling external speakers when headphones are plugged in; windows works without advanced features after googling for drivers (and these particular drivers are a bitch to find. I suspect that I might not even have exactly the right ones, hence the feature lack :-/)

Network (onboard intel thing): Linux works out of the box, windows works after googling for drivers… yes. For those who haven’t spotted it, the /network card/ requires downloading drivers using /the network/ :-P

Network (atheros based wifi): Linux works out of the box, windows requires separate drivers

Posted June 26th, 2009 by Shish, in pimp, software, tech

Another couple of dreams

I was on a train at Amsterdam Sloterdijk, not intending to actually go anywhere; but then it started moving before I could get off. I figured I’d go to the first stop, get off, and take the first train back. It then turned out that this was a no-stop train to Russia, with none coming back for a month.

Thankfully, something went wrong, and we had to pull into a station in a snowy village in the middle of nowhere. Passengers were evacuated and sent to a mansion with N from Death Note and his arguing parents. N had a kitten, which mewed at most people, but when I came near it hugged my face. This showed that I was trustworthy, so N fixed our train and sent it back to Sloterdijk so I could get off \o/

>>> shas has joined #forum-disney
<shas> :o
>>> Melissa has joined #forum-disney
>>> Hypermicrospace has joined #forum-disney
<Shish> o____________o

(Hopefully there’s only one person in the world who understands quite how weird this would be…)

Sitting next to a cute girl in a lecture hall, our hands touched by accident. Rather than pull away, she presses hers closer; nothing obvious, but just a little closer than normal. I tentatively move my little finger over hers, thus the intention being obvious but she can still back out if she wants. She moves her hand further under mine and I move mine over hers until they’re overlapping; our fingers interlock, and we’re happy, knowing that we want to be together. Then we carry on quietly watching, nobody else in the room knowing what happened in our hearts ^_^

And then I woke up ;_______________;

Posted April 29th, 2009 by Shish, in MoS

A very odd dream~

Running through super mario world, I get to the end, but someone has kidnapped baby Yoshi. Looking around, I see that this entire world is at the front of a lecture hall, and the kidnapper is a student, running out the back. I can’t keep up, so I go to his seat and examine the things he left behind (a phone with some odd attachments). Other students yell at me for looking through the phone for information, claiming that he obviously left it in order to call in the ransom. I make a passing comment about the phone’s power cable being plugged in, which a guy with a broken jaw takes as a personal insult. Ignoring that, I run out, to find my dad’s car stolen.

Sometime later, we (not quite sure who my companions are, someone in a corset and skirt, didn’t see the face, and someone else) see the car and get it to stop. We confront the people in it including a generic chav and chavette, Mr. T., and some guy. The chav says “that guy said he’d get us one cheap” (pointing to the other guy). Said guy starts calmly walking off and whistling innocently, so I pull him back.

Somehow we end up at dinner with him, discussing wtf is up. He claims to be part of Moof’s international smuggling ring, dealing with ancient relics, nazi gold, etc. After explaining he gets a combat knife out; while I do manage to restrain him, the scene suddenly changes to the brazillian rainforest, just before a waterfall. The bodies of my dinner companions and I are in the water, which Renee (the cute agent from 24) is trying to recover. She’s still wearing the same suit o_O

After all being thrown over the edge, we end up at the bottom of the basin, dead bodies floating above; she’s noticed some old telephone poles with posters on, some of them advertising for a religious cult (Who I think saw Yoshi as the reincarnation of Jesus, and thus hired the smuggling ring to kidnap him). Having found this out, she tries to swim to the surface, but doesn’t have the bouyancy. I try to share some air with her and drag her up, but it’s not enough, and we both die.

Interpretations welcome XD

Posted February 13th, 2009 by Shish, in MoS

Opera: still awesome

Needing an impromptu web browsing kiosk, I wonder if opera has any options which could be useful; so I try opera –help, and the first thing I see is -kioskhelp. Trying that option, it seems that it has all the features I need built in \o/

It also has a presentation mode, so with a little CSS you can have a web page which works equally well in a browser or as part of a slideshow~

And it’s still smaller and faster than firefox :P

Posted November 7th, 2008 by Shish, in pimp, software

SELinux on debian

Having spent several hours trying to figure out what was causing the following, it turns out that the selinux policy installer hadn’t noticed I was running SSH, and thus hadn’t loaded the module to allow it. “semodule -i /usr/share/selinux/refpolicy-strict/ssh.pp” loaded the module, then “restorecon -R -v /usr/sbin” reset the security tags to say that sshd belongs to ssh.

sshd[2454]: Accepted password for shish from port 40878 ssh2
sshd[2457]: (pam_unix) session opened for user shish by (uid=0)
sshd[2457]: Unable to get valid context for shish, No valid tty
sshd[2457]: error: PAM: pam_open_session(): Authentication failure
sshd[2457]: error: Failed to get default security context for shish.Continuing in permissive mode
sshd[2454]: error: Failed to get default security context for shish.Continuing in permissive mode
sshd[2454]: error: security_compute_relabel(/dev/pts/1) failed: Invalid argument
sshd[2460]: error: Failed to get default security context for shish.Continuing in permissive mode
sshd[2446]: error: chown /dev/pts/0 0 0 failed: Permission denied
sshd[2446]: error: chmod /dev/pts/0 0666 failed: Permission denied

Posted October 24th, 2008 by Shish, in Uncategorized