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User Account Policy

This policy has been in effect for a while but never officially typed up. Basically, user accounts used for spamming will be deleted, and any account that has never been accessed after six months will be deleted.

Welcome to the new Xenoveritas.org!

Welcome to the new Xenoveritas.org!

Update: I've moved the theme to the new Drupal 5 location, which changes the URL for the stylesheet, so everyone should get the new theme now.

Anyway, I have other hopes for the new site, but that'll come later...

Review: Portal

System: Windows
Score: 4/5 4 (Good)

Portal is simply a lot of fun. Really, what more needs to be said?

Well, that it's amazingly short. The main game takes about two hours to complete. Afterwards there are additional achievements that can be completed, but they are basically sections of the main game redone to be harder.

Final Fantasy PSP Remakes

So while picking up my copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass from GameStop (a place I'm beginning to really despise) I noticed the Final Fantasy I and II remakes for PSP. I checked the back of the case and noticed that one of the features was "same great gameplay!"

For those that played the originals, one of the greatest features of the GameBoy Advance remake was that it changed the gameplay into something that can be considered fun today as opposed to when they were released.

Yeah, I loved Final Fantasy when I played it on the original NES, but let's be honest - the gameplay isn't up to today's standards. No, it's not that it's "too hard" as much as it's "too random" and involves too much grinding for levels. Especially Final Fantasy II, if they kept the original growth rates.

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) Beta is Out

The beta of Ubuntu's next release, 7.10 (codename Gutsy Gibbon) is available for download!

People who already have Ubuntu 7.04 installed (dunno about earlier versions) can upgrade from the console using the following command:

update-manager -d

For a list of what's planned for this release, check out the Launchpad.

Probably the biggest change is the new version of GNOME.

Update: The logout icon is now a Cactuar?

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We Live In A Crazy World

I'm sure plenty of people out there have experienced looking for information on a website, only to be forced to go to Google and search for it via the "site:" option.

Well, I have a book on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform. I consulted the index to find information about Retargetable Actions. Unfortunately I didn't find anything.

So I jumped over to Google to search for information. The second result (or third if you count related results) was a link to O'Reilly's Safari. (Can you see where this is going?)

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iTunes 7.4 doesn't work under 64-bit Windows

And will remind you that, every single time you try and run it. Keep in mind that all that doesn't work is the CD-burning parts. Otherwise it runs fine. (Although it secretly demands Administrator privileges and has fun and annoying problems being run if you leave UAC enabled. Like silently leaving the iPod in such a state that you can't undock it, and can't eject it using "Safely Remove Hardware" since it's "still in use.")

Oh, and deleting all my Podcasts on update? Also a class act. It's not like I expected to keep those subscriptions. Not at all. (Note that it didn't delete the files, they're still there, hidden on my hard drive. Just deleted them from the Podcasts list, and unsubscribed me from all Podcasts.)

Restore Session?

Firefox has crashed. Would you like to restore session or lose EVERYTHING you were just doing?

You have selected to Restore Session. Firefox is now going to ignore you, and start a new session anyway.

Firefox: working at the speed of Firefox has stopped responding. Would you like to: Close this application? Wait for it to respond?

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The Perfect Name for a Pidgin Killer

I've come up for a perfect name for a Pidgin-killer: Peregrine.

Peregrine falcons are natural predators of pigeons. Plus, it doesn't appear that anyone has used this name for anything software-related.

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