The following article is an interesting read if you are a gamer like me. But not only that, it’s an interesting article for all to read so just click right here if you will. It’s about that the game already knows how long you will be playing it. Here’s a quote from the article:
“We have a tendency to consider ourselves unique and unpredictable, but digital games research shows that this is far from the case. In fact, we can be categorised into groups of people who show the same behaviours, and what we do in the future is imminently predictable. For example, how you play a game will reveal what you are likely to do in the game next and how long you are going to stay interested in doing it. This means that games can now change tack while you’re in them to provide you with the best possible experience and to encourage you to keep playing.”
Please forget about your worries for the day and have a look at the following documentary that was aired on national public Dutch television the day before yesterday. You can watch it when you click on “Read more”. The read more button should be visible below here somewhere. If you manage to find it, then CLICK IT! Just do it, it’s your duty. Make sure you watch it till the very end.
Jules Deelder at his “best” at talkshow Jinek. It’s worth watching the complete show because it’s an adventure for all the other guests right from the start till the end.
I’ve been really busy these last few weeks setting up all sorts of IT related things since I moved to a new home with a 500 mbps fiber connection to the mother-milk-tit we call the internet. I was really getting into learning all there is to know about the 100% free Sophos UTM for Home use. But when I messed up the whole configuration and basically broke it, I decided to forget about Sophos for now and rent my server from a third party in stead of hosting everything myself. I wish I’d done that sooner. All they gave me was a fresh Ubuntu installation and root access through SSH, but that’s all you need really. So I had some fun setting up that server as a webhost with a solid free admin panel. I’m not hosting any big websites or major content. Just some personal sites and a testlab environment that I consider like my personal playground, but for grown-ups.
I also built three game servers. One for Counter-Strike 1.6, one for CS:Source and one for CS:GO. Basic administration for these are done by a pretty descent free admin panel called Bright Game Panel. Also I host a website that will retrieve the game server log files and convert them in to readable stats and shows them nicely on a website running a HLstats clone.
Also a internet radio station that I setup is now live on air for 24/7 and it plays house music from between 1996 and 2006. Mostly the harder styles like techno, hardstyle and hardcore.
The thing that took me a the most effort was to set up was a VPN server on this remote linux server that has no desktop environment. This is pretty easy to setup if you decide to use OpenVPN but the thing is that I don’t want to be forced in using separate client sotware on my workstation/laptop. I wanted to be able to use the windows built-in options to create a VPN connenction. Eventually I managed to get it to work after many hours of reading through forums and such, but I can now safely connect to my remote server and administrate it without the need to open all sorts of exotic ports to it.
Last thing I want to build is a server at a different address that will mirror all the sites I host including the databases so that means I will have to read up a bit more on how to use the replicate function that MySQL offers. Work in progress!
I plan to post additional information about the things I’ve been working on on this website that can be considered as step-by-step guides that everybody is free to use for themselves. But this has lower priority for me right now because next to all my little projects I also want to play some more of the new expansion Legion for World of Warcraft. It was released not long ago and everybody is making progress pretty fast and I don’t want to fall behind tóó far. I’m already behind in the sense that I’m not yet able to join groups for raiding so one of my in-game priorities is to gather better gear so my item-level will be acceptable so that I can join groups and experience the new raid content.
So many things to do, so little… oh no wait I have plenty of time. Perhaps I should stop right here and now with writing for this silly blog of mine and start focusing on what I’ve been writing about.
I love WordPress a lot and I decided to host a brand new WordPress blog at the address currently showing in your address bar. Importing all my older WordPress content failed because the gap between the database versions was too big. And I could not be bothered to go through the whole process of converting them because who cares right? New posts will be located at this subdomain address from now on. Soon I’ll be posting various stuff like for example how to setup a linux based webserver and other computer/internet related stuff. The main purpose of it will be so that I can use it as a reference for future moments because I tend to forget what I do/did at certain times so at later times I sometimes feel like I have to re-invent the wheel to make it all work again, just like I did in an earlier setting. Huge waste of time! So I decided to start keeping a record of all the awesome things I do, and at the same time make them public with the thought that they might be of help that one odd person out there.