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8 comments | 7th November 2015, 02:12 AM

After tackling with the installation of Arch linux for about 3 hours, I can finally browse TWHL in a retro-as-heck way:

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Although this stuff is not practical, I have to emphasize that it is lightweight as fuck:

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Unfortunately 3 more hours later since opening this journal I still haven't succeeded in installing a window manager. I'll probably report tomorrow or another day on this.


Managed to install the window system. This is very barebones and it's actually a basis for other window managers. Slapped there the lightweight "Netsurf" browser, and voila:

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About ~70Mb. Keep in mind that Arch linux, afaik, is not developed to be as lightweight as possible. That is a concept followed by other distros, like DSL or Puppy Linux. It's... impressive.
What's even more impressive is that these are programs that are actively developed.
Underground tech is a wonder.

9 comments | 28th October 2015, 15:16 PM

I visited a friend who has a 3D printer. He offered to demonstrate me how it works, and told me to think of something to print.
As 3D printing takes a lot of time(sometimes hours) when you have complex shapes, I figured out fast what to print:

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It's 4cm in diamater and took 20 minutes.

6 comments | 9th April 2015, 14:21 PM

Warning: Spoilers
I just played Elements: Transmission 120 and it left a bad taste in my mouth. I feel totally discouraged. It's not about competition, but whatever I've done in Hammer seems total rubbish compared to this mod. The guy behind this clearly displays a lot of dedication: the mapping detail and attention to gameplay and some nifty puzzles and new gadgets. No wonder he was offered a job by gearbox, Valve would be envious on his skills.

It's a pillar of inspiration for me and I think for the rest of us, I'm going to investigate how certain effects were achieved. It's nothing out of the ordinary, just extreme fine-tuning of already available source engine technology. Archie, I'm looking to you now. You will jizz in your pants when you see the lighting.

I'm going to leave you with some scenes from the last battle, so if you don't want to the see them, just get out of here! :))

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2 comments | 20th February 2015, 13:46 PM

Heroes of the Storm is... addictive.
Also a resource eating monster.

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