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[RANT MODE ON] The future of rally sims on the PC looks rather bleak to me… November 25, 2012

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I am a “sim racer”.  For those that don’t know that means that my love for all kinds of cars, racing, and anything else that goes fast has been extended to my computer as well.  I not only play racing “games”, I play racing SIMULATIONS!  Specifically I am quite fond of “rally racing”, both as a spectator sport and as a racing type that I like to play on the computer…



Ye old “GIMP vs. Photoshop” revisited March 29, 2011

Posted by oktyabr in consumer, GIMP, graphics, it's debatable!, open source, opinions, personal, software.

My original post GIMP vs. Photoshop is still one of the posts that I get the most comments on, even though I wrote it over a year ago!  Not all of the comments get published though 😉 

This one did because after the name calling was done the writer actually had a point, sort of, so I thought maybe I’d revisit the topic…  What follows is the comment and my reply:


Ideas for New Games July 2, 2010

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60px-Gnome-joysticksvg.png I posted this on a forum for a major game company in a thread where members were invited to share their ideas about “Ideas for New Games”.  I put a lot of time and thought into  my post and thought it might be worthwhile to save it here as well.  The original thread can be found by clicking >here<.

I’ve been an FPS (First Person Shooter) player since the original DOOM, have played these games extensively and watched them evolve and progress over the last (nearly) two decades.  Before that I was a paper-and-pencil wargamer and RPG’er (Role Playing Games) and perhaps even a “rules junky”… collecting obscure games and rule books just to  study the mechanics and the different ways of making a good game.

GIMP vs. Photoshop! January 5, 2010

Posted by oktyabr in consumer, GIMP, graphics, open source, opinions, personal, software.
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On any other forum those words would be considered trolling to start a flame war and the about.com post titled “GIMP: Like it or Lump it?” had some pretty strong opinions in the comments section and mine, which follows below, was one of them 😉  Some of the following might seem a bit out of context as I was referring to what others had said before me but I think you will get the gist of it:


Happy New Years! January 4, 2010

Posted by oktyabr in GIMP, New Years Resolution, open source, personal, software.
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2010 is finally here!  I remember being a teenager in high school and doing mental calculations of how old I would be at certain points in time; 2010 was one of them!  Man, it seemed so far away at the time too…

personal-1.jpg Anyway, this year my “New Year’s Resolution” is to give something back to the software developers that I have been taking for granted for so long (anyone remember installing debian from a stack of floppy discs?!?!)

My resolution, specifically, is to make a small donation each month to a free/open source software project or service, and of course to blog about it here!  I haven’t thought it out much and I kind of like the idea of picking one each month on the fly, so to speak, but my list will definitely include at least the following:

Windows Seven beta 1 and GIMP! January 21, 2009

Posted by oktyabr in Flock, GIMP, Seven beta, software, Windows.
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After there was so many problems for so many people getting GIMP for Windows to run under Vista (in fact it is still one of my most visited posts!) I wanted to tackle that one with “Seven” right off the bat…


And the best free audio DAW for Windows is… Linux MultiMedia Studio?!?!? January 9, 2009

Posted by oktyabr in cross platform, make music, screenshots, software.

YES!  That is right!  Linux MultiMedia Studio, or “LMMS” as it’s more often called, now has a very nice Windows port! 120px-Lmms_logo.png

Quoting from their website LMMS aims to be “
a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio®, which allow you to produce music with your computer.”  And FL-studio users will feel right at home with LMMS and with no sting in the pocketbook either…


Codemaster’s GRID: Why I am recommending a game I didn’t like June 7, 2008

Posted by oktyabr in games, opinions, personal, software.


I noticed on Steam that a new racing game had been released from Codemaster’s simply called GRID and after watching a few videos and reading a healthy amount of reviews I decided I couldn’t loose by at least trying the free demo. I’m not going to go into a full review here (google for “Codemasters GRID” for plenty of those) but I AM going to tell you why I might recommend this game… even though I didn’t like it! 😯


The social web browser – Flock revisited! February 16, 2008

Posted by oktyabr in browsers, cross platform, open source, software, web.


Over a year ago I posted about my fondness for this mozilla powered offshoot. How has it changed? Does it still rock?


Pidgin – Instant Messaging for the masses! February 16, 2008

Posted by oktyabr in cross platform, open source, other cool stuff, software, web.

Doesn’t everyone instant message nowadays? Seems like you are offered a new protocol every time you turn the corner… sign up with a major ISP, get a new webmail account, whatever… but what about an open source, cross platform chat client that does it all? Pidgin comes pretty darn close to filling that bill!


Songbird – Play the web! February 15, 2008

Posted by oktyabr in audio, cross platform, listen to this, musik links, open source, other cool stuff, software, web.
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Songbird is a cross-platform web browser based on mozilla… that also finds music for you on the web… that also plays music, both from the web and your local drives… and acts as a music organizer letting you categorize, sort, search, and re-discover your tunes and playlists! Did I mention that it’s a web browser?!?!


Dream a little dream… of Debian February 13, 2008

Posted by oktyabr in debian, games, graphics, hacking, hardware, linux, opinions, personal, realtime, screenshots, software.
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Some of you might have noticed I haven’t posted much on the linux front (or any other for that matter!) for awhile… This post is likely to be the first of several in a related series and the first to explain why I haven’t posted and why I am again now!

To make a long story short I moved across the state, built a new computer and ended up using wireless as my only connection to the net for the very first time…


Scanner to Fax on broadband January 12, 2008

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personal.jpgThe other day I did a stupid thing. I accidentally locked the keys to vehicle in the ignition with it running. And no, I didn’t have a spare! A call to a local locksmith fixed it in about 30 seconds for which I was billed a nice US$65! Luckily the locksmith said that I *might* be able to get it reimbursed through my insurance company. Why yes! They were happy to reimburse me! All I had to do was slap a 41 cent stamp on an envelope and drop the invoice in the mail or I could fax the invoice to them! Sweet! FAX! Instant gratification! How hard could it be?


Do you aacPlus ?! December 28, 2006

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You know in these days where over half of the modern world now connects by “broadband” as opposed to dialup I find it particularly interesting when technology not only increases our bandwidth but rather improves how we use it. aacPlus aka AAC+ aka HE-AAC is just one such improvement, especially if you listen to as much streaming music as I do!


Windows music creation: MIDI studio for FREE! October 19, 2006

Posted by oktyabr in audio, make music, software, tutorials, Windows.

Music Composition: MIDI studio for FREE!

If you don’t know what MIDI is it stands for “Musical Instrument Digital Interface” and encompasses not only common protocols that enable different software and hardware to exchange data but also may be thought of as a means of conveying the information itself (i.e., “.mid files”). If you need more than that it’s been around since the early 1980’s and google will turn up quite a few links Wink