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September 2016

Date: 2016-09-29 23:56
Security: Public
Mood:embarrassed embarrassed
Tags:apology, dreamwidth, psa
Subject: So, um... about that custom text in my style.

It's just come to my attention that I may have unintentionally portrayed myself as an Australian-Danish woman in Australia to some people looking at my Dreamwidth - namely, those who look at other journals in their own style. (Which you can do by setting the "Journal Pages Shown to You" box on this page, or by putting "?style=mine" at the end of a journal URL.)

The story is that this text (describing myself as someone I wasn't) was in my custom text module in my style. Since my style doesn't actually use the custom text module, it didn't show up for most people viewing my journal, including me. However, while previewing a style for someone else, I noticed this description and thought it may have been accidentally hardcoded in the style, so I let them know. As it turns out, though, the problem was on my end. Oops.

I guess I must have been testing styles at some point with someone and may have needed to use the custom text module to see how it looked. My guess is that I then left the text in there unintentionally, and never noticed until now because it doesn't normally show up.

I sincerely apologise to anybody who I have accidentally misled. While I am not going to detail what the text read (or whom the text actually described - even if I could remember) out of privacy concerns, the text did portray me as being in several underprivileged groups to which I do not actually belong.

To be clear, I am a white 34-year-old transgender woman living in Scotland in the UK. I am not currently employed and am living with my parents. My hobbies mainly revolve around the computer, including making music. I have a mild ataxic cerebral palsy, but no other physical diagnosed issues.

I don't know how long this text has been up, as I don't remember the last time I edited that part of my style, but I just deleted it. Once again, I am extremely sorry if I misled anyone. This is completely my fault and I cannot apologise enough for appropriating (even unintentionally) things to which I have no right.

Thank you for reading.

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Date: 2014-02-14 00:36
Security: Public
Tags:game dev tycoon, game tycoon, link, psa
Subject: PSA: Game Tycoon is *not* Game Dev Tycoon!

So, a new game called Game Tycoon was released on Steam a few days ago. It's a game where you create games and move up in the games industry, with new technologies becoming available over the years.

Does this sound familiar? If so, it's probably because of Game Dev Tycoon, which is also on Steam and has exactly the same premise.

Now, before I go any further, I want to say that Game Tycoon is not a ripoff of Game Dev Tycoon - it's been around since 2006, whereas Game Dev Tycoon has only been around since 2012. (The "release date" mentioned on the Steam page is the release date on Steam only.) So please don't think that it's a blatant ripoff, because it's not. It's just that Game Dev Tycoon has had a *lot* more hype.

However, Game Tycoon is not a good game. I don't have it, but from what I've watched and read, it seems to be riddled with bugs, and the initial release on Steam didn't even include the EXE file needed to run it!

It's getting a bad enough reputation that I feel the need to make this PSA about it to make clear that the two games are different. GDT is actually fairly good, though a little too limited for my taste. Please do not mistake Game Tycoon for Game Dev Tycoon when reading its reviews!

Thank you. :)

(Yeah, I know, I haven't been updating this journal for anything apart from PSAs for ages... I'm sorry!)

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Date: 2013-12-28 17:51
Security: Public
Tags:link, psa, sourceforge
Subject: SourceForge - how the mighty have fallen

A PSA for anybody who uses SourceForge still - I recently read that they've rolled out something called "DevShare", which is basically something that projects can opt into to have their downloads bundled with adware, monetising the download for the project owners.

I used to trust SourceForge downloads. I won't be able to do so any more. :(

(more information: reddit, article)

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Date: 2013-12-26 00:23
Security: Public
Tags:link, psa, steam
Subject: Left 4 Dead 2 - free for today only

Just so that everybody knows, Left 4 Dead 2 is free on Steam for today only. I already have it, but other people might appreciate this!

I hope everybody has a great holiday season. :)

(And yes, sorry I haven't been updating! I will at some point, I promise.)

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Date: 2011-06-01 21:59
Security: Public
Tags:nosquint, psa
Subject: NoSquint 2.1.1 PSA

Just a quick note to anybody using NoSquint - you probably already discovered that the latest update, 2.1.1, is rather buggy. The author's removed 2.1.1 from the addons page and you can install 2.1 again from the page I linked above, so I'd recommend you do so for the time being.

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Date: 2010-12-11 19:51
Security: Public
Tags:link, minecraft, psa
Subject: Minecraft, I'm talkin' about Minecraft...

So lately I've been hooked on a game called Minecraft. You've probably heard about it; it's a game where the world is made up of blocks representing different types of material, looking something like this (click to enlarge):

A screenshot of Minecraft, showing a 3D blocky landscape with land closest, then water and sand in the middle, with more land in the far distance. There are blocky trees to the right-hand side, and a pig on the left-hand side.

It's an excellent game, and there's a lot to it. The game is currently in Alpha status, but despite that it's still very playable. Rather than being free, Alpha is being sold at half-price, making it €9.95. And it's sold a heck of a lot!

Why am I telling you all this? Because Notch (the creator) announced today that Minecraft would be entering Beta status on December 20th. This means a few things:

  1. After December 20th, Minecraft will no longer be half-price; the price will rise to €14.95, which is 25% off the full price of €20.00.
  2. .
  3. More importantly, the license is being changed to say that you won't get all future updates to the game for free. While the game was/is in Alpha, the license included that line, and it will be honoured for those who bought the game while that line was in the license. However, if a person buys in Beta, they'll get all the updates that pertain to Beta, but once the full game is released, they'd need to pay again for that (though I suspect at a discounted rate).

What does this mean for you? It means that if you want to receive the full game for half-price, your only option is to buy between now and December 20th; if you pay after December 20th, but before the release of the full game, you won't get the full game with that purchase. Personally, I think it's a bit of a crappy move to make people pay for a beta and then not give them the full game when it's released, but I'm not Notch, so.

But let me tell you, this *is* a fun game. I'll probably make a video on the first steps in Minecraft and post it to my YouTube account so people can see what sort of thing is involved. (I'll post it here in my journal too, of course.)

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Date: 2010-12-03 01:17
Security: Public
Tags:avg, psa
Subject: Heads up: AVG update 3292 causes Windows to fail restart

If you use AVG, this is important. A recent update to AVG 2011, 271.1.1/3292 (432/3292) causes 64-bit versions of Windows 7 to fail on restart with the message:

STOP: c0000135 The program can't start because %hs is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

On AVG's website, information about this and a workaround are available.

According to that page, the 3292 update has been downgraded to 3291, so if you don't have the 3292 update you should be good. You should double-check the update that AVG is on before restarting, though, just in case.

[update: A fix is available.]

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Date: 2010-11-12 18:41
Security: Public
Tags:dreamwidth, nntp, psa, tutorial
Subject: Dreamwidth and NNTP

In the latest Dreamwidth news post, it was asked how people would feel about using NNTP to access Dreamwidth. NNTP itself is a very old protocol from before the Web (although it can use HTML for its posts thanks to various features implemented later in some newsreaders), and as such, a lot of people are wondering why Dreamwidth users would be interested in using such old technology.

Let me phrase the question another way. How would you feel if you could have a client for DW that not only allowed you to post, but allowed you to read posts and comments using an interface much like a threaded email client? How about if that client kept track of the posts/comments you read, and alerted you when there were new comments to read?

A newsreader can do all that and more. (Includes screenshot!) )

Now, I want to talk a little about the differences between this proposed NNTP server and 'normal' NNTP servers. One thing that will catch out many people not used to NNTP will be the notion of 'subscribed' groups. With newsreaders, 'subscribing' to a group is something that only takes place on your computer. Newsreaders will then ask the server for the contents of your subscribed groups, one by one; the server doesn't know which groups you're 'subscribed' to.

Secondly, while normal news servers will give you a list of all the groups on the server, with the Dreamwidth version will only show you the journals, communities, and feeds in your circle. If you want to add something to the list, you'll need to go and add them to your circle via the web interface.

When you first connect to the server and download the list, your newsreader will show you that you do not 'subscribe' to any of them. You would have to go to view the list of 'all' groups (really just the list of accounts in your circle) and then 'subscribe' to the ones you want to keep up with.

In the proposed implementation, the "group names" used for accounts will look something like "dreamwidth.personal.sophie" or "".

Hopefully this helps you to understand how this might affect you! If anybody has any questions about how a newsreader works, I'll do my best to answer them. Also, nobody will *have* to use this, of course - it'd be there if you wanted to, but nothing is changing elsewhere. :)

[edited 2011-03-27 to correct a typo.]

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Date: 2010-03-31 13:41
Security: Public
Tags:psa, sony
Subject: PS3 owners take note

[this is a public entry]

A heads-up to anybody who is running an alternative operating system on a Playstation 3 - Sony will be releasing an update tomorrow that will prevent you from doing this.

As I don't have a PS3 myself, I'm not sure whether you can just choose not to install the update or not, but one assumes that at the very least you'd be able to stop it from getting it in the first place.

[ETA: From the article:

Sony has said the update is optional, but those people that do not install it will no longer have access to features, such as its online games network and the ability to playback certain games or Blu-ray DVDs that require the most up-to-date firmware.

A Sony spokesperson said that gamers would have to "accept" the update before it begins to install.

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