Just’ve been off

My days have been hectic lately, after school started for real, and I’m still trying to balance studying half-time with gaming and other unrelated hobbies. There will be college next year. There should be college next year. Can’t believe I’m this far in life already.

Anyway. Balancing my schedule and et cetera. I’ve been moody more often. Heck, I don’t know how much that has affected me, but I’ve been moody. I realize that I still need a good dose of video games, or at least some inspiration, every day, so I can’t go off and dive into school books full-time just yet.

I mean, I’ve been trying to write stuffs, and I failed miserably every time. Been trying my hands on designing, drawing, heck, even music, and they don’t fare very well either. I just need a good dose and inspiration, and I’ll be fine. A good dose of time too, but I guess that’s too much to ask.

Been playing Transistor, by Supergiant Games. Wonderful little gem. And then I’ve been returning to Skyrim as well. It’s funny, how much sense of wonder these two games give out. It’s like being a child again.

There’s also Brutal Legend, by Double Fine. I guess I haven’t mentioned. I was raised with rock and metal (and country, but that’s beside the point) as my genre, no matter how much classical I put myself through. This game feels like home. The story is terrible and the camera wants to wage war with my mouse, but the world feels far too cool to not be played through. That, and it feels like home. One from a long time ago.

Been trying to sing. Aww, heck, I don’t know how that happened. I don’t sing. But somebody said it’ll do me good to let my voice out.


How to Link Folders on Windows

This instruction is primarily for Windows Vista and above. Windows XP have different ways to make junction links. Sorry.

Or, what to do if your game needs a gigantuan amount of local hard disk space, and your C: drive is running out of it. Or, really, if you can’t set up any of your program to read the files it needs from a different directory. Pretty much akin to moving saved game file.

This was quite a huge problem for me with playing The Sims 3, which require 1 GB of hard disk space for its save files. 1 GB which the C: drive couldn’t afford. For years I’ve struggled with repeated disk cleanup and compression, and suddenly the solution just popped out of nowhere.

What you need is something called Symbolic Links or Symlinks (specifically, a junction directory). It’s sort of a shortcut that pretends it’s the folder your programs use, but opening it actually leads to a different folder elsewhere. With the interest of an easy jargon-free tutorial in mind, here’s how to make it.

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So it’s been a while

Since my last blog post, if you ignore the rant one. I’d forgotten that I have a blog for a while. The reason why I had was because I didn’t have much to speak of. Or I was feeling less than quippy. Funny thing about blogging when I write a journal daily anyway. Can’t really tell where something only for myself starts, and where the rest begins.

A while ago I got a brand new computer. A 15″ Asus laptop with AMD A10 processor and Radeon 8670m graphic, 4 GB of RAM, all for oonly about $500. Awesome little thing. No more lagging with vector graphics, no more unresponsive start button, Windows freaking Seven, and I can finally try out triple-A video games released in the last year. I don’t see how this thing can get any better that it is.

It wasn’t pre-equipped with any operating systems though, so I had to get my hands dirty. Took a whole day to set up Windows 7 right, download and install all the right drivers, get all the buttons working and the tweaks running. But now it’s awesome. I also installed Ubuntu 14, because I need to have Linux dual-boot computer.

The difference between setting up my Win7 and Ubuntu is like night and day. Ubuntu seems prepackaged with every driver conceivable. I just had to download the disk, look for an empty DVD, and, after failing that, find out how to boot it through my USB flash disk. Intall, and bam. Everything works. Even the fn-controls on my keyboard work right away. On Windows it requires a specific bloated software from Asus.

The computer is great. It runs Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD perfectly on Normal graphic setting, which is good enough. Which is definitely good enough. Damn, man, this is more than just good enough, this is amazing.

It heats up, though. I can feel it on my palm as I type, but it has never killed itself insofar (some errors when I was setting up, but they’re mostly gone now), so all is well.

Booting up isn’t a 7-second thing most modern laptops promote, but it’s still a hella faster than my old six-year-old desktop. It’s too large to carry around comfortably, but, heck, the only reason I need a laptop instead of a desktop is because I might have to move next year. It’s an awesome little thing.

Other than that. Eh. There was this one thing I was going to blog, a long while ago, about how I relearned HTML and CSS and general web programming after abandoning and later forgetting it for years. But I guess that’s too long ago, now.

I think I might be able to squeeze in a book review today, though.

Today is the final day of inter-class holiday. Don’t expect more regular updates. Expect the opposite.

WordPress is freaking bloated

No, really.

I only recently realized (why do I only recently realized?) that the blog took more than a second to load. A second to load! At this day and age! And the WordPress dashboard takes even longer. If I can get a decent hosting, I might be tempted to just set up my own blog myself.

Erm. So I changed the current blog’s theme, to something more lightweight. Still looking for alternatives out there. I moved to WordPress from Posterious, which died, and before then from Blogspot, which was even more bloated. A lot of the good lightweight blogging platforms out there seems to be open source systems that doesn’t include, err, free hosting.

I’m going to see where WordPress is going for me. But I’m going for a lookout for more blog hosting. Hopefully there’s a good one that allows imports from WordPress.