Dovetail games. Review of a gamedev.

I bought Train Sim World CSX heavy haul as it looked promising. It was early access and it had many bugs.

After a while DLC started coming out. However, the old bugs were not fixed.

The physics of the game is utterly broken. The reason for this, as stated by DTG is, that the FPS drops considerably with real world physics. DTG instead thought it was cool to let you accelerate a train to 100 mph and give it the ability to coast, even up hill under no power for 40 miles.

Now we have the original bugged out CSX heavy haul and 3-4 DLC’s priced at around 100 USD combined and 29 USD for CSX heavy haul. So, all in all 130 USD for bugged out software that probably will never be fixed.


Why do I assume that it will never be fixed? Well, it seems to be the way DTG deals with their customers. They don’t fix them, rather they milk the cow for each penny and then drop support. On steam this is very visible from the comments of other users.

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My advice: Stay clear of ANY and ALL DTG games! They do not have a sense of responsibility towards their customers. Essentially that makes them a greedy distrustful company. Let us collectively force them to change their ways or shut them down. I know that is my mission now! So, the stocks shall drop like a rock!

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Fuck banks!

I am sick of:
-Having to show my passport each time I have to create some account to trade my virtual currency. Why do I have to do that? I do not want to and It is a violation of my free will and it is complete waste of time.!
 
So why do I have to do that? …….CONTROL, someone wants to control and check everything I do as if I am some sort of criminal. If I go to the toilet I have to send ID to the bank….
 
Guess what, I will open a bitcoin bank that requires NO documents and I will shit on the banks..!
 
…but the government demands that you….
 
I will shit on that aswell while flashing my passport as they shit on my FREEDOM!! Not much they can do anyway 😀 😀 😀
 
….but dont you feel some kind of responsibility? You could enable criminals to….
—I dont give a shit what other people do, I am not in control of their brain. Why would I want to violate their will if I do not want mine violated?
 
I think you, as tax payer should start shitting on the government aswell and end this endless charade of greed! You are innocent until proven otherwise, why do you have to show documents to pre-prove your innocence?

Redesigning my Infrastructure.

For many years I’ve had many servers. I had like 19 servers (OS wise) on 5-6 physical machines.

I had 5 rack servers and a desktop PC with 6 1TB drives in raidz2 (Raid 6) for iSCSI storage to a three node vmware cluster. And then there was my workstation with 2x R9 290 GPU’s. ALOT of power consumption.

Since i now live off the grid and rely on solar power, I can only power one device at a time, maybe two on a good sunny day.

I’ve been playing with the thought of building a multiuser PC since 2013/2014. When I saw Linus tech tips 7 gamers 1 CPU, that idea was reignited.

I have one requirement:
Storage MUST be on ZFS.

I have a https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-990FXA-UD7-rev-1x mainboard with 8 on mainboard SATA connectors and 2 eSATA for a total of 10 drives. I have 5x 2TB Enterprise drives and 1x 1TB desktop drive aswell as a 250GB SSD available.

The mainboard is capable of creating a 6 drive raid 5 array. But I dislike onboard raid cards as I cannot move the array away from that mainboard and would have to get a new one in case of a defunt on the mainboard. ZFS does not have that limitation. But I wanted Debian to boot from ZFS as the host operating system for a KVM platform. This had previously proven to be quite difficult back in 2013 and 14 hence i ditched the idea.

Linus brought me “unraid” which had the ability to create redundant storage pools. Easily imported on a different machine. I played around with it but quickly got anoyed with all the small quirks and  bugs such as, all vm’s vanishing from the management interface on reboot…. I then installed vmware which worked. GPU passthrough worked but cpu performance on my 6 core FS 6300 wth 16GB ram. I then gave unraid a shot again and dropped it again, back to vmware must work somehow! It did not. Eventually I got pissy and left the pile standing for a week. I had wasted three days of my time already…

Yesterday I decided to go “the detour” and attempt to do what i want with KVM on a Debian system.

I used this guide to make debian boot from a raidz2: https://github.com/zfsonlinux/zfs/wiki/Debian-Stretch-Root-on-ZFS 

For once a guide that works without a hitch. (Apart from my own typo’s hehe)

Subsequently I created a zfs snapshot for temporary backup and installed LXDE on the machine for a desktop environment. It failed. I didnt care. I reverted the zfs snapshot, rebooted the machine and tried again. This time it worked. Odd.

I don’t know what has changed in the linux world, but with Debian 9.1 I had to do very little troubleshooting and fiddling about in order to get things to run The only thing I had to do was install LXDE twice. I am used to having to fiddle about with stuff… kinda cool that things work now!

I used this guide to configure passthrough and exclude the drivers from being loaded.
https://scottlinux.com/2016/08/28/gpu-passthrough-with-kvm-and-debian-linux/

I can now pass through the gpu’s to two win10 machines and game with friends when I have visitors. Technically, I could dump in 4 more GPU’s but the sun doesnt shine enough for that :/

A friend of mine is getting a similar system once he goes to buy that CPU that can entertain him for years to come instead of going to “the office” and wasting an equivalent amount of money for single-day entertainment.

He will be happy the system though 🙂 He will find it quite cool to be able to install linux or a different windows machine for his development work while having a different computer for gaming, browsing and virus dangerous activities. The two machines are not connected. one machines virus will not affect the other.

 

Twin Flames – Chapter One: Theoretical story

This story is based on real life experiences mixed abit of fantasy and subsequent research. This was one of the most torturous experiences I have had in my lifetime, at the same time, one of the most enlightening.

England, July 2013.
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It was a great day, I was living in one of the posher areas of Greater London. Namely Banstead. Just 4 km’s away lives most of UK’s soccer teams players, in Kingswood.

It was magical, how did I get here? This was somewhat unreal. I came from Sønderborg Denmark just two months ago.. I had never planned this, I never wanted this, well yeah, who doesn’t, but it never crossed my mind, that is what I am trying to say.

Flashback 2 years.
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Two years prior I landed a customer with a relatively huge demand in comparison to the amount of people he employed. I was an IT-System Architect. Windows Domain, email etc with storage solutions based on Linux and ZFS. I will not go into technical details, needless to say, I sold the guy a system with a value of 100.000$ by his own calculations for the price of 12.000$ He was happy, and he had good reason to. The following two years he had 0 system crashes. None…. nothing fatal! His janitor even removed half of the network cables from the rack the system was mounted in. It was a 2x vmware 2x ZFS replicating block device storage setup. The customers servers and applications continued to run. I got emails with alarms that something had went horribly wrong. I notified the customer who said oh yeah… the janitor had been doing stuff down there….

Yeah, the janitor definitely had been doing “stuff” down there… 9 network cables, seemingly random had been somehow removed from the port they were in. Thankfully, the IT system guy (me) had labeled all the ends with the corresponding switch ports so that if one fell out, it was easy to see the 19 on the cable fits 19 on the switch. As such, I did not have to drive 90 km to plug the 9 cables in myself and charge the customer 2 hours driving (back and forth) and 5 minuttes plugging the cable in. Instead, I charged the customer 1 hour and he plugged them in himself as the IT guy that built the system was so nice and label everything…  Sure I would have made more money, but if my customer sees me charge him 3 hours to plug in 5 cables… I don’t know, my consciounce kicks in there somehow….

This customer ended up starting a company in england and invited me to London to be the head of IT-Hardware. My company agreed to take on the task and negotated a fair deal. 15.000 DKK a month salary. 1700 pounds or 3000 USD with housing, food and everything else house keeperwise taken care of. This meant that I did not have to clean the house. I did not have to clean my clothes. I sadly had to shower alone though 😦 Oh and then there was the Mercedes C-Class available. Steering wheel in the WRONG side but, that was not a problem until I had to deliver one of my interns to Stanstead Airport.. That will be a side story!

Back to London, End of flashback
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I was the beginning of july, I woke up in sweat. I had the weirdest dream. The English Boss didn’t care for the project. That was the main topic of the dream. I felt this was real. There was something about this dream that I just could not shake. It was different from any other dream I had ever had. It was kind of a cartoon. There was a waterfall in the servers we needed for the project here in England… waterfall in servers…. BAD! It was a very wierd dream. I remembered, half a year prior I had written the Intern, who happens to be one of my best friends… Dude.. I think this guy is doing some sort of tax evasion in Enlgand. Needless to say, I got more suspicious. This in itself was more than suspicious…. I had never had this strong feeling after a dream before.

There was nothing more I wanted than to stay in Banstead, Surrey, England. I had fallen in love with the huge uncut bushes, the 100 foxes and the 100 squirrels!. I lived in this house:
Capture

Next chapter: “Dreams turn to reality”

Itchy Beard!

What the fuck is it with beards and the apparantly infectious itching that comes with the beard reaching a certain lenght? A few days later things are fine, but first… TORTURE!

Your chin might be itching abit at first. Then the throat follows a few hours later. Eventually the entire chest area from naval and up is itching. You cut the facial hair, the chest hair stops itching…?!?!?!? What? Are they somehow friends?

 
I find beard that reaches the itching stage due to lazyness or sheer desire, is amongst one of the most troublesome experiences male humans must endure from time to time.

Why does beard start to itch after aprox. 12 days? It will then go on itching for another week until it stops itching.

Usually, should the beard hit that lenght, I will go out of my way (seriously, I will leave you, my family and my girlfriend) to find a trimmer. Even in the middle of the night!

My very first real pet….. and the chaos…

Well, 1½ months ago I went to visit an aquaintance, Suad. Suad had a mom cat and 5 kitten, possibly more. He asked me if I had seen another guy, Rari, with a kitten. I said no, I just saw him, it is my neighbour, but I did not see any cat. He kept on rambling about the cat for a while, I knew nothing of it. He seemed kinda angry that his cat was kidnapped or uhm… catnapped.

Eventually I returned home, Rari came over carrying a cat! Aha… that’s what’s all the fuzz is about! We talked back and forth and it turned out, Rari was supposed to buy the kitten from Suad eventually. Rari just felt it had to be sooner. I told him in a funny sarcastic tone, a joke, that “I also want one!”

He told me, can you keep the cat here tonight as I cant have it in my appartment? Not being particularly fond of cats at all, I said yes for reasons unknown. He looked quite quite. 2½ months old kitten. I said yes. That turned out to be a big big mistake short term. Long term – well stay tuned till the end.

The first night he wasn’t mine.

It was time to sleep, the cat had gotten some food and water and was seemingly happy about that. As I went to bed, so did the cat, curious about my every move. I laid down in the bed only to find the cat attempting to crawl under my blanket, I was affraid I would roll on to him so I kept removing him or preventing him from entering. Eventually he placed himself on my head. I now had a purr-generator and speaker directly above my ear. Dat thing is loud cat! oh, Rari’s son called the kitten “Bruno” which means “brown-one” The cat is grey with black stripes and very a little brownish patch.

Every hour, Bruno would move, which in turn woke me up. I did not sleep very well the first night, and I thought it would be the only night as the cat was not intended to become mine, and honestly, I did not want a cat. He was cool in so many other ways that overshadowed the bad-sleep-issues.

The day after Rari arrived and picked up the cat. I thought that was it. No more cat. However, he returned with it shortly after stating the cat had scratched his six year old son and attacked his 2 year old daughter so he did not want the cat. “Now he is yours.” I was like aa whataaaat? But you said yesterday you also wanted a cat. I did not put up much of a fight and accepted the cat.

Second night of no sleep

Ra was all over the place at night time. It would appear, this kitten has not found its preferable position, so he moves around alot, waking me every time. He sleeps on my eyes, ears and whatever else “me” is sticking out of the blanket. It was another bad nights sleep.

11 days of bad sleep

This continued for 11 days and eventually, the lack of sleep affected my mood. It had already been affected after 2 days. I found myself getting more and more annoyed by the bullshit cats do 50% of the time they are awake, which is around 2% of the time. To sum it up, a cats life is:
1% destroy stuff hunt stuff
1% Eat stuff
98% Sleep

Bedroom becomes of limits.

After day 11 I had enough of not sleeping properly. Even napping during daytime would be interrupted by Mr. Ra, I blocked the doorway (with no door but a drape) with some of my solar panels to prevent the cat from entering. He struggled getting in, miawing like crazy…. Oh well, I slept 😀

The next morning the cat was waiting for me, jumping into my lap as soon as I sat down, miawing and purring. All the sadness from not being able to sleep on my heard turned to happiness to see me.

This continues for  a week aproximately. A week in which he learns the meaning of “No”

No! means No! Yes… really NO!

The cat would claw at things, beg for food, steal food of my plate and attempt to take it directly from the BBQ, that cost him his “above eye whiskers” on the left eye. He now only had 3 whiskers on the right eye. He now stays away from the BBQ..

Of course I yelled “NO!” at him each time he would start scratching stuff. Obviously he did not understand me as he kept clawing at my couch. I did what a cat mom would do, grab in neck skin and lift him someplace else. While doing so I said NO…NO…NO

I put him down, he walks back to the couch and claws at it agian…… ARGH!
Repeating the neck-move did not prove particularly effective the 2 times I did it. I got pissy with him. Last time, Neck grab…NO..NO…splash half a liter of water in his face…NO NO put him down. He ran outside, very wet and never clawed at that paricular couch again. 5 couches and chairs remaining…

I had to repeat the water thing a few times with various other issues. Such as exiting the door to the outside when I did not want it. I had to move him away from the door each time I wanted to exit my home without him. So eventually I taught him, to not cross the doorway when I say no.

He also exits my bedroom if I say no the moment his head pops up under the drapes. He then tries to sneak in when I am not looking, well he did try that, he stopped, because, he got wet each time 😀

Now, he asks permission to enter in his own passive way. He pokes his head through the drape and searches for eye contact. If I look at him saying no, he leaves, If I look at him saying nothing, he enters. Quite practical. He no longer sneaks under the bed if I don’t spot him.

What has the cat learned?

Well, he now backs away from whatever he is doing if I say no. I have to say it three times. First time the cat looks at me, then I stare at him and say no…..NO! and then he purrs the funniest “bah… screw you for not letting me destroy you couch” -purr and runs away.

I can open the door and go in and out, he will stop and not run out unless I carry him 5 cm over the doorstep. Quite convenient! If I say no while opening the door he does his purr and walks away.

He comes when I call him. I said the word “Ra” while rattling his favorite food infront of him. Each time I yelled “Ra” he would react, eventually also without food.

If I am in the garden and he is not to be seen, if I call him and he is within range he will arrive in 2-3 minuttes after calling. Usually leaping from some bush 😀

My neighbours eyed the cat in disbelief when I called him to me, it is apparantly not normal for a cat to come on command. What do I know about cats though? Not much so who am I to argue whats normal or not with a cat? The cat had been in my neighbors garden all day long playing with her daughter. when I called him he left 🙂 Good dog!

Where the fuck is my……. I am sure I put it here…..

Now it, time to teach the cat to play fetch… maybe he can fetch all the stuff that he is hoarding under my couch…. He grabs random objects and moves them under the couch. In the beginning I did not know he was doing this. So, suddenly I would miss an object unable to find it. The last place I would store stuff is under my couch so it was the last place I looked. What did I find when I finally looked in there?

-toiletpaper roll confetti…. yes, he stole my last TP roll and tore it up. It caused a moment of stress when visiting the toilet.. I mean you sit there, you just put on the last roll the day before and you know there is TP… and then there is not. Naturally you think “huh? did I not put a roll there yesterday? I am certain!…”

-2 lighters
-a few socks
-gnawed bones
-a mouse trap
-some clawed up cigarettes
-a half smoked homerolled cigarette resembling a joint.
plus some other random things that had suddenly gone lost..

So, the next lecture is: “Dear Ra, why do you not go check your stash and fetch me a lighter?”

End of part 1 the cat made good use of the joint he found.

ONE USB port…..

Well, recently I bought an Acer aspire switch one 10 or switch 10, not sure what the name is and it is not so important.

What is important, is the anoying fact that it only has ONE USB PORT!!! That means if I want to browse the internet with my USB dongle, I cannot use my mouse! Of course I could go buy a USB hub, but where is the fun in that?

The solution was found in an Acer Aspire ONE! Yeah, apparantly the first one of their netbook series. It has no monitor. It was broken when I got it so I ripped it off and cut the cables. VGA out is fine!

I have one lying around. It is probably 10 years old, has a 32 bit intel Atom, a wireless network card and THREE!!!! USB PORTS! THREEE!!!!! Yes, thats more like it!

It has no display. It was broken when I got it so I ripped it off and cut the cables. VGA out is fine! The acer is “just” a keyboard with a battery 😀

I Installed debian on the old acer, using a cheap 8gb USB stick as the boot drive, plugged in my 4G Modem, configured it as a router for both ethernet and wireless.

Now I can browse the internet on my new acer by using the old acers internet connection… AND use my mouse! HURRAH!

The shit geeks come up with to solve problems sometimes…… :p