The Gift Of Gaming

Ah, for the first time in quite a while, I am in the dilemma of what game to play. For most of the last year I have made a concious decision to not play any computer games. Between the family, outside projects, and just life I really didn’t have the time to play anything. Well, think my wife realized just how much video games are a form of mental release for me.

So, now after Christmas I have to decide which games capitalize my time, from some new titles for my old PS2 (Battlefront II, Rampage), To a new DS Lite (Mario Kart rocks!), Neverwinter Nights II, and Battlefield 2142 for the PC.

Oh it’s great to have new games and choices. Now to find more time.

the notMac challenge

One of the things that most bugs me about Apple’s current application suite is the linkage to the .Mac online tools. Every application has handy features that often will only work if you pay for a .Mac subscription. Great business idea, but for the extreme geek like myself, it’s really annoying. I hate that they are the only option. Not only do I want somebody else, for a better price, I would really like to just host this myself. I’m enough of a geek that I can run this on my own existing server, and would really like to. I’ve looked at various howto’s over the last couple of years that explain how to get elements of this to work, but most are quite difficult, and come at a heavy cost.

Well, I’m not the only one to feel this way, check out the “notMac challenge”:http://www.notmacchallenge.com/ Basically, it’s a cash prize to create a .Mac alternative, that has a simple installer that anybody can use.

It’s Advent time again

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The “Perl Advent Calendar”:http://perladvent.pm.org/ is running again, with daily treats to learn. Also, this is the second year that there is a “Catalyst”:http://catalystframework.org “specific advent calendar”:http://www.catalystframework.org/calendar.