Saturday, August 9, 2014

PS3 and PS4 controllers on Windows and Linux

I've been looking for a way to use my PS3 gamepad on Windows (I'd like to use it while being plugged in via USB-wire, not interested in bluetooth-mode), since I find this pad to be the best for me. For years now there's been this tool called MotionInJoy, but it's a terrible, advertising-and-who-knows-what-else-ridden piece of shit and so I'd rather not install that, if I can avoid it. I know there's another tool called "Better DS3", which can be installed in addition to MotionInJoy, but still, that's not a perfect solution.

Turns out there is something better: A user on the PCSX2 forums wrote the tool "XInput wrapper for DS3" and it works great. Here's the thread, it contains a step-by-step guide.
(note that you have to install the "latest version" first and then install the "latest update". Just installing the latter won't work.

For the PS4 pad, there are several tools out there, but this one here seems to be good and the developer is good at responding to requests/problems (see forum here).

On to the Linux side (using Ubuntu 14.04, kernel 3.13.0-32-generic):

The PS4 controller worked out of the box (again, only interested in wired operation, not wireless), just plugged it in and I was able to use it in Steam and Snes9x.

The PS3 controller should work out of the box, but it currently doesn't due to this bug in the 3.13 Ubuntu kernel. Once it's fixed, it should work again (without the need for any tools, such as this one). Also, found some good troubleshooting tips here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Deadpool test footage - better quality

Some "test footage" from an upcoming Deadpool movie has leaked. There was a video of good quality online for a while, but it was taken down again. Luckily, I grabbed it before that happened. :) [FLV version] [MP4 version] (Right-click and "Save link as").

Friday, July 4, 2014

Super Metroid emulation and inspiration

I felt a sudden urge to play Super Metroid two nights ago. All the pre-requisites were there: I was in a hotel room (on a business trip), had my personal laptop with me (running Ubuntu 12.04), internet access and I even had a Xbox 360 pad in my bag.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

USB-Ethernet adapter on Linux

Looking for a USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter, I bought this one. It uses the AX88179 chipset and this thing runs well under Windows, Linux and OSX.
The manufacturer, Asix, is nice enough to provide Linux drivers on their website. The drivers are, apparently, built-in if one runs Kernel 3.8 or higher. If you're running Ubuntu 12.04, like me, then you currently have Kernel 3.5.
In case you prefer to add a PPA and load the driver from there, here you go.

To summarize: If you run Kernel 3.8 or higher, it's plug and play. If you run something lower, then use the driver from the Asix website or type this into the terminal:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:qji/ax88179
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ax88179

Saturday, May 24, 2014

How to run / design a website on Blogger

I needed to set up a new website (shameless plug: and wanted to try something new. I wanted to use a CMS this time and so I was looking at WordPress and Joomla. The idea was to take a blogging-platform, but strip it down to look and behave more like a "traditional" website with static pages. Then I thought of Blogger/Blogspot, because I've been using this platform for a while and I like it. My search was successful, I found this tutorial which outlines all the steps to "de-blog-ify" a Blogger-site and make it look like a "regular" site.
I followed the tutorial and it worked great. (I also found this one, which is not as complete, but still contains some nice tips, like how to create a contact-form for example)

As it turns out, there are some great websites out there making use of nothing but Blogger. Here are a few examples.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Monday, December 30, 2013

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition review (Haswell, late 2013 model)

Please note: I've updated this review in several spots and have highlighted these updates like this. Please also check out the comments-section below, there are some very good remarks and suggestions.

The XPS 13 Developer Edition, aka "Project Sputnik", is a laptop with a FullHD 13-inch screen, backlit keyboard, SSD, 4th gen intel CPU and comes pre-installed with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. What makes this machine so interesting is not so much that Ubuntu comes pre-installed on it (it would be easy for anybody to install it him/herself, after all), but rather that Dell put some extra-work in making sure everything works right out of the box and supports running Ubuntu on it. WiFi, keyboard backlight, screen brightness control, sleepmode, etc. are guaranteed to work. Additionally, you save a few bucks on the Windows license.
I had been interested in this machine before and since it was updated with the new Intel Haswell processors in November (official announcement by the project lead), I jumped on it (The alternative I thought about was the System76 Galago Ultrapro).

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Dark Room (flash game)

Came across this game (runs on your browser) called "A Dark Room". It's a text-adventure. You start in a dark room, light a fire, a stranger walks in and the story unfolds from there.
There's an iOS version as well.

Friday, September 6, 2013


My idea of a backup is as follows:

- I have an external hard drive (same size or bigger than the drive in my live-system)
- Once a week or once a month, I plug that drive in to my computer and run a backup-command or click on a button in my backup-program
- The backup is incremental, meaning the very first time it runs it will take a long time and every subsequent time it will only copy the data which changed
- Once the backup is complete, the external drive goes back into its drawer/shelf
- If the drive in my live-system dies, I replace it as soon as possible and will be able to retrieve my data from the external drive.
- I don't really care whether the external drive is bootable or not. If it is, that's nice, but it doesn't have to.

Back when I had a Mac, I used this method to run backups. It worked like a charm and if I still had a Mac, I'd probably still do it that way.