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The Home Computer Christmas Wars

One for all you fellow nerds of a certain age, from the pages of Paleotronic Magazine. 🙂

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Getting Off The Upgrade Treadmill

It occurred to me this morning that I don’t have any pressing need to upgrade to macOS Catalina, with the upheaval that would entail. My current setup with Mojave is working just fine, and just about all of my most-used apps are ready for Catalina.

A few things won’t work when I do upgrade. My old printer definitely won’t work, but that is approaching the end of its useful life after over a decade of service, so I’ll look to replace that with an AirPrint-compatible model in the New Year.

The other sticking point has been games, primarily those in my Steam library. Most of those will stop working on Catalina, but then again, many more of the Steam games I own won’t run on Mac at all, period. I’ve looked into running them through the copy of Windows 10 that I’ve got installed using Parallels Desktop, but so far it has been hit-or-miss whether they work. I’m seriously considering trying to get them running on Linux, as it appears that compatibility is greatly improved nowadays.

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Half-Life: Alyx is rumoured to be the name of Valve’s new VR game, apparently being unveiled soon

While I’m glad that Valve are finally doing something with the Half-Life franchise again, I’m not going to get my hopes up. #games #vr

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New Tricks for an Old Z-Machine, Part 2: Hacking Deeper (or, Follies of Graham Nelson’s Youth)

A fascinating read about how the Inform text adventure programming system came about.

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The Anita Sarkeesian story

I was one of the backers of the Kickstarter campaign for Tropes vs Women in Video Games, and remember reading about what Anita and others were dealing with trying to get that done, and having to part ways with a misogynist friend over it.

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Slipping back into some bad habits involving iPad games and procrastination. So I’m going cold-turkey for a while, uninstalled all of them except I Love Hue which I can play in fits and starts without worry.

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D’oh! I’d forgotten that my Steam account still had my old mobile phone number. At least I was able to sort that out without SIM-swapping.