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Plain Sight Dedicated Server Crash Fix

Plain Sight was on sale for the staggeringly low £1.60 / £1.20, so I decided to get a copy. It is a very fun, fast-paced game, with lots of great moments – where you pull off an attack a split second before an opponent does the same, or when you detonate just as three people […]

Fix for “Current Password No Longer Matches Keyring”

A I may have mentioned, I recently reinstalled Ubuntu (had been using Windows 7 for a few months). Since the reinstall I had changed my common login password for the other computers on the network so of course I updated my user password for the new install. The slight problem came when I used any […]

An Old Video (FEAR – Stolen Kills)

I’ve been posting a fair number of videos to another blog for the folk I play games with (including the other MIA author of posts on this blog Kenny). It’s a good way to relive some moments and also a way for me to practice my cutting and splicing skills. Long story short, I encoded […]

Playing The Steam Version of Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

As someone who still has the original floppies for Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (or IJatFoA, it’s easier that way), I thought I’d give the Steam version a whirl. I picked it up (along with The Last Crusade) probably when it was on sale as part of a bundle. My initial thoughts are: […]

[Solved] sshd Does Not Run At System Startup (Ubuntu)

Problem: sshd does not appear to start on system boot, but runs fine when started from a terminal with /etc/init.d/ssh start Update Dec 2010: Thanks to Jeremie here. Change the following in /etc/init.d./ssh to stop sshd starting before the network is ready: Change: # Required-Start: $remote_fs $syslog to: # Required-Start: $remote_fs $syslog $network Merci Jeremie! […]

My Short APB Review

(Note: I also posted this over on Slashdot on the story about the fact that APB is to use in-game advertisements) Having played the beta, my short review of APB is: “drive here, shoot stuff, repeat”. Oops! Seems like I broke the embargo on reviews which was initially set at 10 freakin’ days after release! […]

Extract A Single Image From A Video Using FFMPEG

Dead handy, this: ffmpeg -ss 0.5 -i inputfile.mp4 -t 1 -s 480×300 -f image2 imagefile.jpg The various options: -t 1: limit to 1 frame extracted -ss 0.5: point of movie to extract from (ie seek to 0.5 seconds) -s 480×300: frame size of image to output (image resized to fit dimensions) -f image2: forces format […]

Black Screen (KSOD) Vista Solutions

Before I get started, some resources: Technet discussion LogBlog KSOD fix (RPCSS) Microsoft KB article on KSOD / black screen I’m looking at a friend’s laptop for him. It boots, gets past the progress bar, but before login or a desktop, the screen goes black with a cursor present which can be moved. There are […]

Connect to a WPA/WPA2 Secured Network In Linux

This turned out to be dead easy, although it took a bit of futzing around due to my own slowness. The situation arose during an a failed upgrade of my dad’s machine to Ubuntu 10.04 (aka Lucid Lynx). I’m sensing a pattern here; I don’t think there has been an upgrade that has gone smoothly […]

Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Upgrade Problem Fixed (mountall/init)

(Jump to the bonus section on sorting a removed Gnome panel) I finally got round to doing the Jaunty->Karmic upgrade on a troublesome machine. Well, re-doing. I made an abortive attempt to install it on this particular exhibit of electronic arthritis back before I left for Barcelona, which ended in me reinstalling 9.04. Anyway, for […]