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This Software Promotion's Gone Missing

March 18, 2023 at 4:20 AM
Category: Games


Super Monkey Ball was really a game of its own in its glory days - one which truly needed powerful hardware to carry out its function of extreme precision movement in a 3D environment. Had it been created in 1998 rather than too late, I'm sure it would've done a lot for Sega to regain a stronghold in the console market. I think I was right in my judgement to get a GameCube for Christmas 2003, for a few months later, someone gave me copies of the first two Super Monkey Ball games, and slowly but surely, I became grappled to them.

But even for those who didn't get a GameCube, another option was on the way, one which combined both games into one package and added some extra stuff as well. I found out about the upcoming release of this game online, just a while before its release in March 2005. Of all things, it was the first game I ever anticipated. I watched a few low resolution gameplay videos of Super Monkey Ball Deluxe on GameSpot (YouTube wasn't even published at that time), and I regularly visited the official website for the game.

Sega was pretty serious about selling this game. They had a ton of goodies, ranging from simple wallpapers all the way over to a complete desktop program... one which appears to have been lost to time. Without a question, I had this program. Since it was taken offline, I haven't been able to find it anywhere else, and now that I've run out of possible leads to it, I must bring it up here.


TikTok Is a Symptom of a Larger Problem

March 17, 2023 at 10:30 PM
Category: Internet

I hate TikTok. It's one of the worst platforms to come to the internet in recent years. In its short, yet unrelenting growth spurt, it's rapidly degraded the well-being of countless telephone users, and has inspired numerous acts of robbery and stupidity. Like other platforms before it, TikTok has damaged the youth to an alarming degree.

So it comes as a shock to me that even after all this time, people are still talking about the prospect of it being banned. The U.S. government seems itching to go through with it, while domestic news outlets are sitting there relaying the grave concerns of broken spirits about how TikTok has become such an integral part of American culture or something. One user was so damaged that she blatantly said "I'm 18, let me share my information with China if I want to, I literally could care less".

On one side, yes, I want to see to it that TikTok is wiped out of my country. But have you noticed the rhetoric that's passed around in the news? Nowhere does the news mention the innate flaws of TikTok as a social media platform like any other. It's nothing but China this, China that, because the two countries have a beef with each other. What's going on in the minds of the politicians here? I wonder...


Q&A Session 4

February 1, 2023 at 2:15 PM (Updated on February 16, 2023 at 5:39 PM)
Category: Other

After another couple of years, I've opened up another question asking session. I think at this point, though, what could be answered is starting to run dry (and this place appears to be fading from visibility), so this will likely be the last one unless a lot more major stuff accumulates in the future.

The door for questions shut after February 15th, so now it's time to answer them...

Have you thought about doing an in-depth guide to introducing Linux to a new user that wants to veer away from Windows or Mac, providing instructions on the differences between how commands, programs, and settings work in Linux compared to the aforementioned? I have wanted to try out Arch for a while with the layout Chicago95 provides like you have.


One and a Half Years Into Linux

January 27, 2023 at 8:54 AM
Category: Software


It feels like it was much longer ago that I had stopped using Windows as my primary operating system, yet just a couple years back, I was still holding doubts about the viability of Linux to replace that role. Indeed, when one becomes highly dependent on specific software which requires Windows, it can be a lot harder to move away from it.

But ever since I finally did make that jump to Linux in July 2021, I've hardly looked back since. It didn't take long for me to realize just how much better my computing experience had gotten; for all the differences I had to adapt to, what I got was the ability to create far more efficient workflows for my regular tasks, adjust my system configuration to exactly how I want it without compromise, have most of my programs within a much more convenient reach, and receive the kinds of software updates I'd actually want.

For many users in this field, this is going to be the hardest hurdle to overcome. As I have moved away from video creation, it's far less of an issue for me, but I have still found myself in situations where I needed to use leftover proprietary software in Windows to take care of the job - most especially when I was finishing up my last two videos for the old era and adapting Hardcore Windows for Razorback.


The Production of bass lan party

January 26, 2023 at 6:15 AM
Category: Aquatic


The time has finally come to recite the production of that highly anticipated successor to what was a sleeper hit in the field of vintage computer videos - of course, coming in the form of a web page so as to hopefully prevent anyone from impulsively believing that I had made a new video about them just now like in the last commentary.

On paper, it seemed the production would fare much better this time around. Those losers which had been trashing this house were finally booted because their dad was a violent alcoholic failure of a father, and as a result, many of the headaches I had endured from them previously were gone. Furthermore, I now had a lot more room to not only prop up a set somewhere to record the sequel, but also store my growing hardware collection in general.

But if the first video was already enough trouble for me to create, this next one, "bass lan party", was nothing short of absolute hell. At this point I had gotten used to videos taking a week, or even a month to produce, but something about this one was genuinely awful. I was under so much pressure to live up to some high expectations, considering the audience this was ultimately going to target was not one to be particularly grateful for hard work.