I made it to Ishgard. Sort of.

I made the run to Ishgard in Final Fantasy XIV!

...And, there's nothing there!

Ah well.

Final Fantasy XIV Clock

Yep. It's time to do this again - figure out how time works in a Final Fantasy online game!

From a FRAPS recording, a single Eorzea minute takes about 3 seconds. Or, in other words:

3 Earth seconds × x Eorzea seconds/Earth seconds = 60 Eorzea seconds

The units cancel out, leaving us with:

3 × x = 60

So x = 20.

Meaning that for every second that passes on Earth, 20 pass in Eorzea.

Cool! Now all we need to do is establish a starting known time on Earth with a corresponding known time on Eorzea.

Screw Theora

Seriously, screw Theora. None of the tools work. Really, there's no reason to go beyond that at all. ffmpeg can't create working Ogg Theora files for no discernible reason. The makers of Theora don't provide an encoder, so it's not like you can just use theirs! The only working Theora tool appears to be ffmpeg2theora - which is completely useless because it can't be used to remux streams.

The one thing Xiph does provide, a tool for creating Ogg streams, doesn't create working streams. Making it completely useless as well.


I Finished Final Fantasy XIII...’s story

I’ve finished the story in Final Fantasy XIII. Still a ton left to do, like collect all the trophies, get the super-ultimate weapons, and what-not. (Although I’m not entirely sure how much I’m actually going to do.)

Which, I think, gives me some credit to make some comments about Yahtzee’s Final Fantasy XIII review.


Ubuntu 10.04 is out

Ubuntu 10.04 is out.

gconftool -s /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string menu:minimize,maximize,close

That's the command to reset the window buttons to be like they were in every previous release.


The Nook gains a web browser

The Barnes & Noble nook has had a web browser added to it in the 1.3 update (along with sudoku and chess and a bunch of other things).

And the web browser actually works pretty freaking well. The nook’s design of a small touch screen along with an e-ink display means that you get a full-color small view into the website on the bottom and a very nice black-and-white view on the top. You can scroll through the website using both the touch screen and the page back/forward keys, meaning that all-in-all, it works very well for simple surfing.


Let’s Play Commander Keen 5: It Has Begun

My brother and I have started playing through Commander Keen 5, a relatively well known old DOS side-scroller.

And one that really hasn’t aged well, nor does it play as well as some of the more well-known console-based side-scrollers like Mario.

I’m not going to upload the video quite yet, although it looks like we’ve got a working system. Before I get to that, I want to finish my Commander Keen 4 Pyramid of the Forbidden video, which I’ve finally got a “finished” version of that I still need to upload.


Upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04 Behind a Proxy

If you do a update-manager -d under Ubuntu 9.10 and happen to be behind a firewall, you might notice that it appears to freeze as soon as you click on the Upgrade button. This is caused by a known bug in Ubuntu where the start of the upgrade process doesn't take your proxy settings into account.

It's been fixed in 10.04, but that doesn't help you if you're using 9.10 or 9.04.

So how do you fix it?


Real Life Comics comes off the webcomics page

OK, so after yet another week of cut-and-paste long-block-of-text "comics," I'm finally getting around to removing Real Life Comics from the webcomics page. It hasn't been funny in ages, and the only reason it was left up was due to momentum.

Plus, Greg Dean has committed the cardinal sin of webcomics: he made a half-assed webcomic, and then decided he wanted it to be his career.

Let's Play Commander Keen 4

PAX East is coming up this weekend, and what better way to prepare than to play really old DOS sidescrollers?

So, Let's Play Commander Keen 4!

This is my first Let's Play, so it's going to be a bit rough around the edges. Video is available after the jump.



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