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Playing Richard Burns Rally...

A photographic update to my last post. For the sake of remembering the good times.

Relaxed Christmas

Christmas Hearts

Because of the weather that sucked big time this was one of the most relaxed Christmases of the last few years. My activity consisted of sitting in front of the computer and playing games, visiting family and going out one night to have a drink with Cristi. But what really defined this Christmas was playing games on the PC.

Steam had, and actually still have, their Holiday Sale going so I fetched a couple of games at very good prices: Mirror’s Edge, Torchlight, Luminees (had fond memories of it since the PlayStation Portable times - turns out it’s not that great on PC), S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Torchlight (great hack and slash!) and last but not least Grand Theft Auto IV. I played GTA4 like a maniac these days getting to 25% completion in 32 hours of playtime. And I haven’t sandboxed at all - sandboxing in GTA means to go around shooting people or doing other bad deeds and obviously getting into trouble with the police. The game has a great story and amazing graphics, but I’m probably not telling news to anyone since it won a ton of awards last year. Unfortunately I have to keep the graphics settings to a minimum, but I can play it fluidly. Maybe a video card upgrade would be nice but I’m not sure I can allocate funds for that right now.

The non-bought-from-Steam game I played a lot these days was Richard Burns Rally. This is closely related to the Christmas present we “surprised” ourselves with with Ioana’s brother: a second hand Logitech G25 racing wheel. All I can say that the experience is a blast. You’re really “there”. I tried to qualify out of rally school last evening but I was missing the time limit by 1 or 2 seconds. This isn’t that bad considering that Richard Burns Rally is THE most realistic rally simulator for the PC. Hopefully I won’t try anything I learned in real life. Must keep in mind that our 75 horsepower Citroën C3 is not a four wheel drive 300 horsepower Subaru Impreza WRC. :-)

This is it in a nutshell.

Roll the credits! The photo illustrating this post belongs to Ioana.

Google Wave invites

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A landmark day

I’m talking about yesterday. I have two reasons to say it was an important day:

  1. Yahoo mercilessly killed Geocities with my first ever website on it. No way to easily backup my stuff (as in download an archive with everything) but at least I managed to grab a few screenshots (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) - too bad none of my screen grabbing software manages frames well. Unfortunately there’s not much on archive.org either.

  2. I upgraded my ancient Orange service plan that had 180 Orange and 25 national minutes to a brand new one called Delfin 8 - which is cheaper than what I had and has (hold on to something) 700 Orange minutes and 125 national ones. I could have gone for a cheaper plan as I’ll never talk that much, but it’s also nice to have the peace of mind that I can if I want to. All this upgrade happened after I called customer service because I wasn’t able to confirm my payment. Me the phone power user. Not.

Template Monster = Bad

I’ll post this here because this blog is less volatile than Twitter:

I fucking hate working with Template Monster templates. To characterize them as lousy would be a huge understatement. I’m imagining the so called “designers” as they throw element after element on the page pretty much freestyle without caring about pixel size, spacing or other stupid things like this. Why should they, after all? Let the poor web developer slap himself when he’s on the job and the client expects the work to be done.

That’s what I’m doing now…