Friday, September 18, 2020

Comparison/Review of PC cloud gaming services

Over the last few weeks, I've tried some of the different "cloud gaming" services that are available now.
There are many different hosting/service models on the market today. Personally, I'm not interested in a service where I have to buy games specifically for THAT service. I am interested in a platform where I can bring the games I already own (on Steam, mostly, but possibly also Epic, GOG, Uplay, etc.) and play them, using the (hopefully powerful) hardware the provider makes available to me. In case a provider goes out of business, I can simply take my games elsewhere or go back to my own PC, but I won't be dependent on any given provider.
This rules out Stadia right out of the gate, since games have to be purchased on Stadia and can only be played on Stadia.

The candidates that are available to me right now and that I'll be testing are:
- Shadow
- Maximum Settings
- GeForce Now


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

GeForce Now now working through Chrome (on Linux, too!)

GeForce Now is now available on Chromebooks and people quickly found a way to make it work through the Chrome browser, which means it now also works on Linux!
Details here.
And here's a hint that's supposed to help with mouse latency

Update: The Chrome extension is no longer needed, just go to play.geforcenow.com and it just works.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Super Metroid / A Link to the Past Customization/Randomization

Romhacks and Randomizers are what makes the world go round these days, so here we go:

Zelda - A Link to the Past Randomizer

Varia Randomizer (alternative URL)

Super Metroid Randomizer

Super Metroid and A Link to the Past Crossover Randomizer

Super Metroid practice hacks (will ad a self-hosted permalink later)

Practice hacks @ Super Metroid Wiki

Also:
Found a ROM-Patch-Tool that works on Linux: EWing IPS Patcher (source)

Virtuaverse


Friday, August 23, 2019

rsync over ssh // fastest options

rsync -aHxv --numeric-ids --delete --progress -e "ssh -T -c arcfour -o Compression=no -x" source_dir [email protected]:dest_dir

This command is almost exactly what somaddict suggested on commandlinefu.com.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Game Engines



Also: Trello / HacknPlan for management

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

My youtube-dl configuration / useful options

Here's my youtube-dl configuration (details about where to place the config-file below are here).
Of course you can also use any of these options in the command-line, without creating a dedicated config-file.


###############################################################
# This writes the video-IDs of the videos that have been downloaded
# into a file called archive.txt. Subsequent runs of youtube-dl will
# check that file and will skip videos that have already been downloaded.
--download-archive archive.txt

# Download subtitles in English, German, French and Amharic (if available)
# Note that these refer to human-generated subtitles (for example if
# the video-creator wrote them).
--write-sub --sub-lang en,de,fr,am

# Download subtitles in English, German, French and Amharic (if available)
# Note that these refer to Youtube's auto-generated subtitles (which can
# be hit or miss, but it's better than nothing, especially for English).
--write-auto-sub --sub-lang en,de,fr,am

# Get the best video quality available, but only up to 1080p.
# (with 4K videos, you'll end up with HUGE files, which one may
# want to avoid
-f 'bestvideo[height<=1080]+bestaudio/best[height<=1080]'

###############################################################
When downloading a playlist, I find it convenient to have the files with the playlist-order in the filename, since that's the way I like to sort them. To change the filename-template, use the "-o" option. For example, if this is what I want the 3rd song's filename in my playlist to look like:
3_NiceVideo_VideoID.mp4
This command will accomplish that:
youtube-dl -o "%(playlist_index)s_%(title)s_%(id)s.%(ext)s" 
For more info on output-templates (the stuff behind the "-o", read more here). Just in case someone finds this useful: Here's a web-based subtitle-scraper for YouTube: https://www.diycaptions.com/ And in the unlikely case one would want to download comments from a video, I haven't found a way to do this through the command-line. But I found this web-based-commend-scraper which seems to work fine: http://ytcomments.klostermann.ca/

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Men's popular hairstyles

Found some illustrations for popular men's hairstyles here and here.

Conversion chart pints/cups/quarts/etc.



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