Omega Quintet: Side Quests

I’m still in the early stages of the game (just cleared chapter 2) but have run into one snag: quests can and do expire very fast! So definitely only accept a quest when you’re ready to undertake it. I lost one Town-based request due to this.

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PS+ Games for October 2015

There’s been a lot of criticism and ill feeling about this month’s selection on Playstation’s Plus subscriber service.

PS Plus October 2015 Titles
I want to look at it from a different angle – i.e. not the hoary old “there’s no game there that I want!” personal affront response – but rather at how Playstation is balancing its offering in an attempt at providing something playable for as many subscribers as possible. Not an easy task!

Sony has to support 3 platforms – PS3, PS4 and the VITA – and presumably allocates games roughly in accordance with the subscriber numbers for each platform.

What’s noticeable about October is the number of games available for the ‘legacy’ platform: PS3.  A total of 4 games is playable on the older console (out of a total of 6 games for the month). That’s really quite remarkable. I think it testifies to the immense popularity and resilience of the PS3. Maybe Sony has had some feedback (or checked their stats) from subscribers who still want to have content for this console. The unkind commentator might of course mumble that ‘maybe Sony had a lot of old games lying around that they didn’t know what to do with’!

Whatever the reason, there is a reasonable range available – mechanical puzzler Unmechanical, couch co-op Chariot, light platformer Kung Fu Rabbit and rhythm game Kickbeat – for a variety of play styles.

Yes, there are no award winners or standout games here – but I don’t see any reason for getting hyper-grumpy about this either.

Overall, Playstation seems to go as far as possible for a wide cross-platform range, and that makes sense of course. 4 games are VITA-compatible. Sony may not be giving much first-party support to the VITA any longer … but its wonderful handheld is generally well-supported in the PS+ line-up.

We’ve seen this trend for a while now: Sony goes for balance and wide-spread range in its PS+ monthly games; the Big PS+Titles of the past are gone, and I think they’ll stick with this strategy for the foreseeable future.

Finally, from a personal viewpoint, my pick of the month has to be Broken Age. While Super Meat Boy will keep many hardcore gamers happy, I’m just not a hardcore platformer.

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If I weren’t so happy with the Uniform Server, I’d start using the Bitnami stacks. Hmmm … but they are hefty, my word! Not surprising, since the complete WAMP/MAMP/LAMP infrastructure is built in.
Alternatively, you can download your infrastructure stack, and then install individual app modules on top.

I know from past experience how much can go wrong with these all-in-one stacks … so I’ll stick to what works. I have the additional convenience of running TortoiseSVN via Windows Explorer; from inside my Uniform Server www folder I can simply via right-click invoke the Tortoise menu and browse Subversion repositories, and grab any software files available. Not surprisingly, I favour apps that keep a SVN repo. :)

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WooThemes 4-for-1 Special

Here’s how I got my 4 themes: My lucky night.

After over 2 years away from WordPress workings, I quickly figured out that with my limited time there’s no way I would be able to catch up with all the new, and more complex, innards of WP, and manage to construct a decent website.

I had a quick look around the ‘premium’ professional WP theme services (and there’s some good stuff out there) as well as the few still-free themes or theme frameworks that look professional (Carrington and Thematic caught my eye).

In the end, I settled on WooThemes who impressed me (as far as one can tell without actual access to the themes!) with their combination of feature-rich as well as eye-catching, balanced design. The fact that I got more bonus themes than I had bargained on is … an extra bonus! :D

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Uniform Server is still awesome

I stepped away from web design well over 2 years ago … and felt relief.
Now chance and circumstance has thrown me back into the fray and I find I still have that old excitement and enthusiasm. IOW: I’m having a ball. :)

UniServer is now up to version 4.2 (Mona) and as good as ever. I love having that option of doing dev work with WordPress or other software on my own box, esp. during times when broadband crawls to a halt here in the Kiwi provinces.

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The Uniform Server is simply Awesome

I’m a masochist at heart.

I used to install everything, bit by bit, configure, test, tweak … until I had a complete WAMP localhost development server. The 4 cornerstones: Apache, mySQL, PHP, phpMyAdmin, and even ActivePerl.

Then there were the upgrades. Hours and hours of tedious fun.
After a while, the fun factor began to wear rather thin. By the time Apache 2.2 and PHP5 were out, I’d had enough.
Also, the whole shebang was pretty slow. Working with WordPress and a collection of themes, the lag in execution was approaching snail pace. It was faster working online, on my webhost server.

I had never been a fan of WAMP kits. They were usually ugly to install, never worked just right; even caused problems. I was a DIY woman, after all, and proud of it!

Well, no longer. I actually have work to do, and would also like to take the dogs out for their walks.

I looked at XAMPP, and it was pretty good, but still didn’t convince me entirely.

Then I discovered the UniServer – and you know when it’s love at first sight. Version 3.2 worked out of the box for me; and the current 3.3 does so too (both on the laptop and the desktop).

The Uniform Server is incredibly lean, runs much much faster than my painstakingly cobbled-together hand-crafted WAMP system, is simply clever in design … and doesn’t require any installation apart from unzipping the file somewhere!
You can take it with you on a USB flash drive. :)

I finally spend time again doing development work locally, and enjoy it. Because I don’t have to even think about localhost. It’s just there and simply works.

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Firefox Sidebar Widget

Ruff has concocted a neat sidebar widget which allows you to post to your blog straight from the Firefox sidebar.
Firefox Sidebar

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