Friday, July 17, 2009

The story of Bad Browser, Botched patch, and software Conflict also DRM!!!!

I have a confession to make.......
I am a gamer. I like games, and actually spent cash to get legal copy, to "support" the industry. And for certain game, it is worth it. Like most commercial games, it runs windows, and require proprietary software like IE and Windows, to work.

Of course, what happens in the last few days is this. I bought Spore Galactic Adventure, and it requires me in apply certain patch. Which breaks the game.

Actually that is just the beginning, turns out that the updater need to run with IE, which is a bad thing, IE 8 on my desktop, can run flash, but everytime I restarted, it requires me, to reinstall flash again. And the updater from EA, need IE to run!!!
Just embrace the defacto standard already!!!!

Along the way, I try to update the driver from ATI. First it turns out that, it conflicted with visual studio express I install long time back, from microsoft. I have to remove the visual studio express, old version to install driver. The solution is not even obvious!!! I think it is really crazy, that this happens.

Then finally, my brother want to borrow Red Alert 3 from me, to borrow his friend. Then I can't give it, because it is copy protected(OK, I want to play it). So now I still trying to explain copy protection......The fact you cannot share stuff is really counter intuitive..

Maybe it just me not getting used to windows, or this guys really sucks in term of quality. I mean, it is strange enough that driver don't update itself. Old installation of visual studio affect software installation? IE that don't play nice with anything........

Friday, July 10, 2009

GPL Code Statement on my router

My house modem got fried, so get a new one I have. While I don't expect it, it comes with a GPL Code Statement. Sure make me wonder whether it runs linux or what....

Btw the model is Dlink DSL-520B(Mounted on my WRT-54GL(another router running linux)..

What i am really curious is, how many hardware in malaysian market is running Open Source Software, as in using Open Source Software within their hardware(aka the firmware?) And how many comply with GPL....

Friday, July 03, 2009

Fun with Linux: Taque

So i got a remember the milk account. What's cool is, it is a nice web based, todo list. What really sucks is, there is no desktop client on linux. Until now.

Tasque is a todo list manager, it have a local file backend, and most importantly, it can use remember the milk, as backend.

It is pretty easy to use, just enter task, and it is done. One interesting thing is, you can enter "do something today" it will automatically, fill in the date for today.

What really sucks is, it don't have notification. But it is useful enough, to use.

To install on ubuntu,
sudo apt-get install tasque

But i can't seems to get it work, with fedora. Enlighten me please