You May Not Want To Use Linux For Gaming

With the Steam Deck imminent, I need to get something off my chest; namely, linux is not a viable platform for the majority of people who play video games. I will try to explain why I think this but first a preface; this does not mean I think linux is terrible for gaming. A lot of people enjoy what linux has to offer and the gaming experience has improved a lot in the past decade; but it is still not where it needs to be in order to give Windows any meaningful competition in the PC gaming experience.

Chicken and White Bean Stew

Ingredients 4 chicken breast fillets, cut into chunks 1 pack smoked bacon lardons 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 3 carrots, chopped 5 to 10 baby potatoes, cut into chunks 2 tsp vegetable seasoning, mixed with 2 tsp soy sauce and 1ltr water 1 glass of white wine 2 cans white beans (haricot or cannellini would work) Method Heat some oil in a pot Brown the chicken, remove and set aside Cook the bacon Add the onion and cook the onion until softened Add the garlic and cook for a minute Add the carrots and potatoes Add the seasoning/soy sauce/water mix Add the wine Season to taste, bring to the boil and simmer for 40 mins Stir in the beans and cook for 5 more mins

Beef Seasoning

Ingredients 3 tablespoon salt flakes 3 tablespoon ground black pepper 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 1 tablespoon crushed coriander seeds 2 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon red chili flakes #### Method Mix it all up Store in an airtight jar

Linux OSes Do Not Need Friendly Installers

As the title states, I do not believe linux operating systems need user friendly installers and I shall endeavour to explain why. Anyone who has installed Windows knows that the installation process isn’t exactly a friendly one. You have to hunt down an ISO file, find a way to make a bootable USB, find the boot menu key to boot it, then you get a pretty unfriendly installer. This is the exact same as the process for installing a linux operating system.

Vegetable Stock Powder

Ingredients 2 tbsp salt 2 tsp dried parsley 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp dried thyme 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp celery seeds 1 bay leaf Method Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Store in an air-tight jar in a cool place out of direct sunlight. To Use 1/2 tsp vegetable stock powder 1/2 tsp soy sauce 250mls of water.

The Linux Operating Systems I Would Recommend To A New User

I have been mulling this over and I have come to a conclusion, most of the linux operating system recommendations around the internet are awful. All too often I see operating systems being recommended that are just not ideal for a new user who is unfamiliar with linux. So what operating systems would I recommend should someone ask me about linux and what do I look for in recommending an operating system?

Why I Went Back To Playing Games Primarily On Consoles

I have a confession to make, I have recently found myself enjoying video games more than I have in the past 5 years, and the reason is that I made a choice to go back to playing primarily on console. Why, though, did I do that? I have several reasons but first some history. Most of my gaming life, apart from the Commodore 64 days and the last 5 years has been spent on console.

Why I Have Come to Love JRPGs

I recently published my round up of the best games I played in 2021 and in thinking about those games it was obvious that most of them are JRPGs, which prompted me to think about why this was the genre I enjoyed most in 2021. It is only in recent years that I started to get into JRPGs as I have always been into other types of games in the past, so what is it about JRPGs that I am attracted to now?

Some More Games From The Past I Remember Fondly

Last year I shared some games from bygone days that left a lasting impression on me which was a fun little exercise in gaming nostaligia so I thought I would share some more games from the past that I remember very fondly indeed. Turrican Another one from my Commodore 64 days, Turrican was a side scrolling shooter that I never actually completed (games were hard back then, or maybe I just lacked patience?

The Best Games I Played in 2021

2021 is almost over, I have played quite a lot of games this year; some good and some that were quite a disappointment. If there is a pattern to the games that I have played, it would have to be RPGs especially the japanese variety. JRPGs are fast becoming the genre of games that I am most drawn to because I find my self craving an engaging story, likeable characters and an interesting world to explore; JRPGs give me that.

Cozy, An Application For Listening To Audiobooks On Linux

There are some quality (and not so high quality) applications that everyone knows about, and then there are some quality applications that fly very much under the radar. One application that I feel inexplicably falls into the latter category is Cozy. I would like to try and give it a little bit of the spotlight because it is a quality little application. Cozy is a GTK audiobook player for Linux. I know what you’re thinking, I can just play mp3 or FLAC formatted audiobook files in MPV or some other similar player, and that is very true; however, there are a few things that make these applications unsuitable for audiobooks.

The Best New Music I Listened to in 2021

Well, here we are at the tail end of another year. It feels like just yesterday that I was rounding up 2020 and looking forward to 2021 but here we are. It has been another busy music year with live shows starting to return and lots of artists delivering delayed albums and those lockdown cover albums exploring the music that influenced them down the years. So, without further ado let us get into some of the albums that left an impression on me in 2021.

Twitch Music Streamers that I Like

Recently I have discovered the joy of the music section on Twitch, and I have gotten into it so much that most of the channels I now follow are music streamers. It’s no secret that I love music, I have a quote in the footer of this site that sums up perfectly just what music means to me, but I find the Twitch music section one of the nicest and most uplifting places on the internet to hang out.

The Ubuntu 'Chelsea Cucumber' Mate Mocktail

Ingredients 1 large cucumber 2 limes 3 mint leaves 250mls water 250mls soda water 2 tbsp agave syrup Pinch of sea salt Method Peel and dice 1 large cucumber, then add to a blender. Add the water, lime juice, mint leaves, syrup and salt Blend until smooth Strain into a jar Add the soda water to the jar Serve over ice and garnish with a cucumber slice or lime wedge

What Have I Been Playing (August 2021)

It is the end of August 2021, the summer is ending and I think it is time to do another round up of games I have been playing to put off going outside in the sunshine. So, without further ado, let’s get into it. Scarlet Nexus Scarlet Nexus is the latest action RPG from Bandai Namco and, damn, it is a great game. It is set in a futuristic “brain punk” world after a psionic hormone is discovered in the human brain granting extra sensory powers and changed the world.

Why do I prefer heaphones for music over speakers?

I have been pondering this question for a while now and wanted to put down some thoughts to share. I love listening to music but 99% of my music listening is done through a pair of headphones. I only really use speakers when I have visitors in the house and want to be social with my listening. All other listening sessions are done through headphones and I never really thought about why….

Why do I love Country Music?

I have been wanting to write this for several months now. During that time I have been pondering what it is about country music that I identify and why it is that I keep coming back to country music as I explore other musical styles. I still don’t know if I will be capable of putting it into words but I’m going to have a bash anyway. First some background, I grew up in a rural area of western Northern Ireland and spent a lot of time growing up on my grandfather/uncle’s farm.

My Issue with VPNs

VPN use is becoming extremely widely used, the number of companies offering VPN services at a premium has exploded in the past decade and every man and his dog keeps telling us we should be using one; but I don’t use one. I used to. I was the unthinking consumer who thought he needed a VPN to give security and privacy online, then I started thinking and reading about and ultimately I decided that I really don’t need one and that I actually don’t trust the VPN industry.

Why I Am Onboard With Game Streaming

It is a very unpopular opinion among “gamers” but I am quite excited about a future where streaming is my primary way to play games, and I would like to share some of the reasons why. Game sizes Games sizes are getting ridiculous. There have been examples where a game will be in the 100s of GBs in size and that takes quite a while to download. This is not a concern with streaming.

Why Am I Not a Linux Only User?

So, in recent weeks and months I have been mulling a few things over in the old brain box regarding technology and the choices I have made, as well as why I made them; and I just wanted to put down some thoughts on why I am not a 100% linux user as I do use Windows on occasion and now I have a MacBook, but first some history. I first started using linux back in 2009 and for a couple of years I dual booted with Windows before I decided to wipe Windows and just use linux; and I did for a few years.