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Comment: Re:Not ready as a gaming platform (Score 1) 520

by CornMaster (#33353820) Attached to: Steam Not Coming To Linux

Off Topic: Quite off topic, but if you use a tool like http://davmail.sourceforge.net/ , you can get Exchange email in any client. I recently switched from Evolution (because I don't like it) to Thunderbird 3, which runs pretty sweet on Ubuntu 9.10.

On Topic: I really only play one top end to-pay game any more. Everything else I get usually runs for free on Linux. If a native version of Civilization were released on Linux, I'd buy it. Hell, it would save be the $150 I need to spend to get windows just to play one game). And if a portal existed that provided other games with simple installation and payment, I'd buy those too. I've bought several games from http://www.gog.com/ that I run in Linux via WINE or dosbox. But if Steam was available with native builds, I'd probably buy those too.

Comment: Re:Is this really surprising? (Score 2, Informative) 124

by CornMaster (#32664372) Attached to: Is LGP Going the Way of Loki Software?

I downloaded MOO 1 and 2 through GOG. I ran the installer via WINE, then copied the files and ran them with linux dosbox. GOG supports MOO 1 and 2 in windows via dosbox, so I only needed WINE to extract the archive, and then run as I see fit in Linux.

Any DOS game that GOG supports would probably run the same way. I'd check the DOSBOX compatibility table first: http://www.dosbox.com/comp_list.php?letter=a and if you want to check WINE compatibility with your GOG windows only game, you can check it here: http://appdb.winehq.org/

Comment: Re:News to me (Score 1) 309

by CornMaster (#30226684) Attached to: Wikileaks Publishes 500,000 9/11 Pager Messages

My experience with Cell Phones/Pagers breaks down like this:
1) Had a cell phone in 2000-2001 when living in Florida. Mainly because we lived out in the country and had crappy cars that would break a lot. I actually do not like Cell Phones.
2) Moved back to Canada and got a pager in 2002-2003. Mainly because I didn't want people calling me at all hours. They would page me, and I'd respond when I felt like it/if it was important. This also allowed me to be available for work, but not too available for work.
3) I got a Blackberry this year from work. Mainly to keep up on emails and server notifications that go out via email. The cell phone part of it rarely gets used as I still don't like cell phones.

Not that anyone really cares about my usage, just thought I'd counter the 'no one uses pagers outside the US comment'. And I was also a end consumer who bought a pager, as opposed to work giving me a pager to be on call and such. Which is also something you don't see all that often. The pager allowed people to contact me in emergencies, but was much cheaper then a cell phone, and far less annoying.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 663

by CornMaster (#26514925) Attached to: Dvorak Layout Claimed Not Superior To QWERTY

I switched to Dvorak a few years back after some wrist and finger pain. But as you said, that would only work for me at home. I could not change the keys at work or in the lab as it is a shared workspace.

My first mod was simply changing the key mapping, and popping off my keys. I did some typing tutorials and it took 2 or 3 months to get back up to speed.

At first, going back and forth was confusing, however, after about 6 months, I could go back and forth between the two layouts fairly seamlessly. There are a few characters that still get messed up from time to time, but on the whole, it is a lot better.

Later, I bought a keyboard that had a button that could toggle between the two layouts, and was a hardware alternative. Cost me over $100, but well worth it as my friends and girlfriend (now wife) could still type while visiting my house.

I am also by no means a proper keyboard-ist though, and still need to look at the keys from time to time. But only after about 6 months work, I'm able to go back and forth between the two without any issues, and at home at least (and now at work as I have my own workstation) I can keyboard in comfort.

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