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Thousander Club Update: August 7th

For this week’s Thousander Club update:

Game Hours: 161 / 1000
Game Ideas: 432 / 1000

Target: 588

There are 33 days left until the deadline for entering a game in IGF 2007: Countdown to IGF 2007

There is a deadline for a project at my day job, and so I haven’t had as much time to work on my own projects.

On top of it all, I had upgraded to a new version of SDL, which broke compatibility with the Kyra Sprite Engine. I couldn’t compile Kyra because there was a compile error in a certain file that has not changed for a number of versions. I have no idea why it wouldn’t work, but I had to change a line in it to get it to compile.

Unfortunately, after I did the new build and built my project against it, I couldn’t run it. Something else was updated on my system which prevented me from running applications that aren’t installed, such as Oracle’s Eye Prime and the Professor Fizzwizzle demo. I decided to upgrade everything on my system, since I was spending as much time as I was just trying to get these things working.

The result: I am typing this post from my girlfriend’s computer while waiting for the kernel to recompile so that I can create new Nvidia kernel modules in order to use Xorg (as I was using XFree86 before). I was able to get some work done this weekend, but I lost a lot of productivity.

I need to look into setting up virtualization so that I can get a clean image of a Gnu/Linux build without needing to worry about breaking anything when upgrading.

4 replies on “Thousander Club Update: August 7th”

I’m still on the fence on whether or not i’m going to build a linux box. I still need to get a new power supply, and some memory, and a few odds and ends. I’m just trying to decide whether it’s worth my time, as I have so much other stuff to do, maybe it wouldn’t be a high priority. I mean maybe instead I should start throwing stuff out instead of trying to keep it.


Nah! If anyone should be throwing away old hardware, it’s me. I keep collecting old laptops and I don’t throw away bad hardware.

Then again, I plan on donating the good-yet-old hardware to the DePaul Linux Community so that they can make better use of it than a landfill would.

Oh, and I should specify that any headaches I go through with Gnu/Linux are much less painful than any headaches I would have running Games OS as my main operating system. I don’t need to reinstall and reboot if something looks at the registry in a funny way.

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