Sunday, 9 January 2011

Stephen Fry and Meetings

Yes, I have been quoting stuff from Stephen Fry's second autobiography, The Fry Chronicles, over on In Defence of Reason too (Stephen Fry on the Bible), but here is some more gold.

"I loathed committee meetings then and I loathe them now. My whole life has been a fight to avoid them as much as possible. A losing fight. I would so much rather do things than talk about doing them.Those who sit in committee rooms rule the world, of course, which is lovely if that is what you want to do, but those who rule the world get so little opportunity to run about and laugh and play in it."
It seems that Mr Fry has been the victim, as so many are, of having to go to meetings for the sake of going to meetings. Which reminds me of this poster:

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Quake 2 on Ubuntu

In case, like I just did, you wake up and think about playing one of 1997's best games on your Linux machine then here you go (you will need the original Quake2 CD).

Download and install the quake2-data package from any of these mirrors: quake2-data deb.

You will then need to insert the CD, and run the following command at the console:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure quake2-data

You will need to insert the CD mount point, on Ubuntu this is probably /media/Quake2

If you opt to install the point release update then you will also have to specify where to download the file to. /home will work fine.

Once this is done you will need to download a Linux compatible Quake2 engine - I used yamagi (download the yamagi quake2 deb).

Then just run yamagiq2 from the terminal, and enjoy.

Nonsense Advertising

The Harvester restaurant chain now runs its Earlybird offer all day. That's right, you get cheap food as long as you come in before we close and after we open.

This is just nonsense. What they really are offering is 'cheap food'.


I have been "reliably" informed by a sales assistant in the Orange shop in Windsor this afternoon that 500MB of data a month is enough for using a Samsung Galaxy S due to the fact 'the data is compressed because it has a small processor'.