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TERFs on birdsite: โ€œThe powerful and well-funded trans lobby are imposing their agenda on everyone & threatening me!โ€

Actual trans people on any social network I see them on: โ€œI like drawing hentai and playing Fallout! Please send donations so that I donโ€™t have to choose between rent and chilled food this monthโ€

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I sense I may need a bigger shelving unit for my boxed retro games collection ๐Ÿค”

Believe it or not, I still have more of them packed away in boxes. These are just the games that I subjectively rank as โ€œthe bestโ€ ๐Ÿ˜…

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I remember a fun time on the web when there were email chains, phpbb forums, and Flash games.

Then social networks tore them down, replaced them with algorithmically curated feeds and free-to-play games that manipulate people for profit, and broke democracy.


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Apparently Microsoft have taken down their PC update checker with ambiguous failure messages (lol!) and have sought to clarify Windows 11 minimum requirements in more detail here:

As many media outlets anticipated, their objective for some of the extra restrictions (like TPM 2.0) was to improve device security. The reliability motive behind deprecating older CPU generations is new though.

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Pro tip: If you decide to join the IRC server, you can add a cloak that hides your domain name by following these instructions:

(It's still worthwhile to have an IRC bouncer like ZNC though, as it'll continue to cache messages while your client is disconnected)

One day I'll strike the right balance between being excited to post something, and actually reading it a couple of times first so that I don't have to keep redrafting it.

One day... ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

This message was brought to you by the "I have a busy life and I'm just here for the story" foundation.

Also people that grew up in the '80s and '90s who remember that the reason *why* console & PC games used to be hard as balls is because we used to rent them, and there was no online multiplayer. More hours playing meant better value for money and repeat custom.

I don't begrudge anyone the modern convenience of save slots and the ability to rewind the games I grew up with. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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This is a friendly reminder that "I play all my games on hard mode" is not a brag.

You are actually announcing to the world that you have a lot of spare time, and need to keep your hands busy. ๐Ÿ˜œ

I have no idea what a โ€œPlayDateโ€ is, but I can feel the tentacles of viral marketing approaching my direction and I donโ€™t like it!

If you need a pick-me-up today, just say โ€œmustafarโ€ repeatedly in a deep and commanding voice.


โ€œNo homoโ€ is cancelled. You can all have a little bit of homo, as a treat.

I lost a lot of my childhood to that game. Not because I grew up when it was popular, but because it was one of the few games that ran on skip rescue computer I was using in the early '00s ๐Ÿ˜‚

I don't mind in hindsight though. I wouldn't have discovered so many great '90s games any other way.

Also, in case you weren't aware, the original Age of Empires had a cheat where you could spawn a baby on a tricycle with a machine gun:

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Why yes, this *is* a Kim Justice video about Sid Meier's Civilization II.

The biggest "FFS" bug I had to troubleshoot on Manjaro this evening was wondering why Yubico Authenticator kept giving me bad values for MFA.

I eventually figured out it was because the system time was set to UTC instead of local time ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

The bit I don't understand about mutt yet is how to PGP sign messages. Fortunately, that comes up so extremely rarely, that I doubt it will ever be a problem ๐Ÿ˜‚

Besides, nowadays our cups all runneth over with encrypted messaging platforms. So I think I'm good. ๐Ÿ‘

For the most part, the only inconvenience I tend to encounter is when a company sends a HTML email consisting purely of images full of tracking pixels. Given past experience though, such messages tend not to be worth reading anyway.

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I have considered making this setup less cursed by opening email in Thunderbird or Evolution, but I think I have to set up dovecot to function as an imap server on localhost. ๐Ÿค”

As for SMTP, I just use the webmail providers' servers. Technically I could spin up Postfix, but I've learned from experience that even if you do the DKIM and SPF stuff right, messages from unknown domains still land in other peoples' spam folders.

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It took me a while this evening, but I finally have my weird email setup back up and running.

I use offlineimap to sync messages from multiple accounts, and then use mutt to read and/or respond to those messages.

I have changed things up a bit by using a symlink to determine which account gets to be the "default" at any given time.

You may be wondering why I bother. Backup, migrating between accounts & searching old messages are easier. My email also doesn't disappear when global DNS breaks.

I enjoyed the XFCE and Epiphany browser combo a lot though, so knowing me it could just be a case of swapping a FreeBSD base for a Manjaro one.

Given that for most of the ~15 years I've used Linux I have generally stuck with Debian/Ubuntu/CentOS bases, I suppose it's better late than never for me to try and live with an Arch base. ๐Ÿค“

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I guess the big question now is, "what next?"

Currently the answer is "not sure". I'm going to be avoiding any enterprise Linux distros, because I'm paid to use one of those for 40 hours a week as my day job.

My current plan is to charge up my Pinebook Pro, spend some time with the pre-installed copy of Manjaro KDE again, and if I like it I may try installing it on my beefier gaming PC hardware. ๐Ÿค”

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It's a shame really, because not being able to do use my MFA token is a dealbreaker for me. ๐Ÿ˜…

I was pleasantly surprised though that FreeBSD does about 90% of what I need my "daily driver" to do, and its performance on my gaming PC is ridiculously good.

While I will be switching back to Linux for compatibility, it was still a worthwhile exercise. I spent some time tinkering with open source game engines & emulators, and rediscovered the joy in fully-free computing.

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The other bug with FreeBSD I've found is that it really isn't a big fan of my YubiKey.

* It is detected at boot, but not if I disconnect & reconnect the device
* KeepassXC can see it when I'm authenticating with my password file if it was plugged in at boot
* Yubico Authenticator & YubiKey Manager cannot see it at all

Judging from forum posts I've read, it seems like this is a known issue. I am running the extra pcsc service, so goodness knows which dependency I'm missing.

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Dyslexic zombies eat Brians.

Can also confirm that OpenMW works. Again, you'll need to have a legit copy bought from Steam/GOG for the necessary asset and data files.

Other good games I stumbled across:

* Endgame: Singularity
* Endless Sky
* Red Eclipse

And of course, there are also the ported versions of well-known native Linux games:
* 0 A.D.
* Battle for Wesnoth
* Chromium B.S.U
* Frozen Bubble
* Minetest
* SuperTuxKart
* xBill

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...and here are some great FLOSS clones that have fully-free assets, so you can play them right now:

* FreeCiv
* FreeCol
* LinCity-NG (run it in windowed mode)
* OpenClonk
* OpenRA
* OpenTTD

I also recommend getting acquainted with ScummVM and DOSBox.

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That problem with OpenRCT2 aside, I faired better with similar FLOSS engine reimplementations for other games running on FreeBSD.

CorsixTH = Theme Hospital
dhewm3 = Doom 3 (not BFG)
ezQuake & vkQuake = Quake
GZDoom = Doom I & II
quake2 + assorted extras = Quake II

You will need to have original install CDs, or digital copies downloaded from Steam/GOG, for those to work properly.

I didn't have much luck with ioquake3 or opentomb, but they don't have maintainers atm apparently.

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