A few years ago I shared my favourite Linux based operating systems, but things have changed since then, so I thought I would revisit the subject. These are operating systems that I like personally, not operating systems that I would necessarily recommend to others, so bear that in mind. Ubuntu Mate This one has not changed, I still like Ubuntu Mate; so much so that I became a Patreon supporter recently.
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.
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.
2021 is half over and my how things have changed since it began from uncertainty and unhappiness at work to starting a new permanent role that I am enjoying quite a lot. Anyway that is not what I am going to talk about today; I want to share the best games that I have played so far this year. Final Fantasy XIV I started playing Final Fantasy XIV at the end of 2020 and I only finished all of the mani story quests up to the end of the post Shadowbringers content at the end of June.
Vivaldi browser. I like it, I like it a lot. So much so that I have made it my primary web browser and done “sudo apt purge firefox”. The only other web browser I have installed is Microsoft Edge and that is really just for it’s web app support, which in my opinion is the best of any other browser; but I digress. Why do I like Vivaldi so much? Well I shall endeavour to tell you.
I thought I would share my top 10 bands in a post so here they are. I should note that these are in no particular order because I would find it too difficult to rank these bands for various reasons. They are just a list of bands that I keep going back to again and again so surely that makes them my favourite bands??? Queen Queen are the band that kickstarted my love affair with music.
Hooray for video games! A fantastic source of escapism from this dumpster fire of a year. Here are a few of the video games I have enjoyed throughout 2020. No, not all were released this year but they were what I played. Last Epoch Let’s get this out of the way; yes, Last Epoch was on my list last year too. At that time I had played 80 hours, now I have logged over 500 hours.
Well, we are into December and that means we start to think about the music we have listened to over the past year and reflect on the good, bad and ugly. I think for those of use who really love music, it will have taken on a whole new importance in the dumpster fire of a year this has been. Musicians have not been able to get out on the road to promote their wares but that has not stopped them from writing and releasing some great music.
Web Browsers Vivaldi Vivaldi has been becoming my primary web browser for a while now due to how smooth the browsing experience is, how many configuration options it has (it is the KDE of browsers), and the features it has. A great browser that is often overlooked. Mozilla Firefox I maintain that one should always have two different browsers installed on their machine and that 2nd browser for me is trusty old Firefox.
I have been playing video games for a long time now; some have been good, some great, some not so good. There have been some games that have made a last impression on me that I still look back on fondly today. International Karate+ I played this on the C64 and I remember it fondly. Most modern fighting games come across as low skill button mashers to me but that is not what IK+ was (mostly because you didn’t have lots of buttons on the joystick, and yes I did play it with my joystick).
So I just thought I would share the linux podcasts I like to listen to with a sentence or two on why I like them. Linux for Everyone Hosted by article writer, video maker and musician Jason Evangelho this is one of the best podcasts to come out in the past few years. A relative newcomer to linux, Jason brings to the table wonderful positivity and an infectious enthusiasm that one cannot help but get behind.
Ubuntu My first distro and one that will always have a special place. If it were not for Ubuntu in 2009, I daresay I would not have stayed with linux and would now still be on Windows. Very user friendly and if you stick to the LTS very stable. Pop!_OS Pop OS is a wonderful user friendly distro that would serve any new user well. It comes with extraordinary levels of polish and a great set of applications by default.
That time of year has come around again (it has come by quickly), the time where we reflect on the music that has been released in 2019 and which albums have left the biggest impression on us. It has been another great year for new music across several genres and styles and it was quite difficult to narrow down my favs but I gave it a bash anyway. So without further ado I present the albums that have made the biggest impression on me.
So the end of the year is upon us and I have already reflected on the music that has left an impression on me in 2019, so I would like to now reflect on the games that have left an impression on me this year. Cat Quest 2 The first game that comes to mind is Cat Quest 2. Having played and loved Cat Quest, I was really looking forward to Cat Quest 2 and, for me at least, it did not disappoint.