My Computer Has No Respect

Posted in On A Personal Note with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2011 by Justinzero

It’s been said that computers are only as smart as the person using them and for the longest time I couldn’t have agreed more. I think I spend nearly 16 hours a day using them, tirelessly completing all sorts of unproductive tasks ranging from reading/sending email to studying the finer details of kernel architecture. I push my machines hard, ask a ton from them and demand efficient results! I suppose you could call me a masochist, or better yet one of those “bad boyfriends” you hear about when you’ve hit the 2 month mark with a new lady (because that’s what every guy wants to hear about, no?), but who isn’t that way with their technology?

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not always fair with my computers and can be unjustly harsh when they don’t do what I want. I have a concave keyboard on my macbook; A result of a crash that is, apparently or “without a doubt impossible” depending on who you ask, not supposed to happen on the scarf-happy Apple OS X. I guess you could call me a techno-tyrant. Whatever the case, the computer never talks back and is bereft of attitude. It’s a healthy relationship from my point of view (muahahah!), one that I’d hoped would never change.

It changed (See: Newton’s Law).

I was playing around in openBSD today, trying to get away from using a root account to do administrative tasks on that particular machine. This requires normal users to have access to sudo commands. All you have to do is add said user to the “wheel” group and edit a few lines using visudo which grants them access, or rather, THE POWER. A few commands and a couple minutes fighting with vi – five minute job at best. All that was left to do was test if my tinkering had worked. I figured an innocent DHClient to test the waters could do the trick.

Entered the command with sudo;
was prompted for my pass;
entered my pa~keyboard-fail;
insulted by my machine for typing the incorrect password;
entered my pass again properly……WTF!?!

Apparently, my computer thinks I’m dumber than a rutabaga. A flipping rutabaga. A turnip. That annoying vegetable that looks like a potato – tastes like a rutabaga. The bane of Asian soups the world over.

I have to admit, this had me laughing pretty hard. I did some checking and this is semi-common on Linux systems if you add the “insult” parameter to the sudoers file. I combed through the openBSD version and couldn’t find it which either means I’m dumb (rutabaga dumb!) or the system just insults you by default.

Check this page out for info on how to turn this on in Linux.

Has anyone else seen this? What distro of *nix or better yet, Windows?

Rondevu Point

Posted in On A Personal Note on October 24, 2011 by Justinzero

*GASP*

A new post!?! Can it be true???

Yes, I’ve finally found enough free time from my “always busy” life to sit down with Sc’oober and do a quick post. Those who’ve read this blog from day one know that I ended up heading back to school, which, much like the George Lucas with the green side of the force, has consumed my life leaving little time for, well, anything (See: Dinner at Oprah’s).

I also moved into a house and just this last weekend set up my mancave! I’m missing a ton of games and all of my stuff is totally disorganized. I still managed to plug my Saturn in for a few hours of Metal Slug and worked 6 hours into Albert Odyssey – I really missed video games.

For now, you can catch up with me over at thatboardwithnoname or post here. I do see the messages.

On a personal note:
Jason,

I’m really sorry I haven’t replied to the 42356435 messages you sent me across 4 mediums (You’re a diligent guy. You should go into P.I. work.)

The Impossible Possiblity

Posted in On A Personal Note, Stuff That Pisses Me Off with tags on September 1, 2010 by Justinzero

You have got to be kidding me!?!

Really? Twitter is full?

Missile Fury in HD

Posted in Video Games with tags , , on August 31, 2010 by Justinzero

I know it’s hearsay at this point, but I can’t ignore freaking out over tenative news like “A sequel to Justin’s favorite Dreamcast game is heading to XBLA.”

I’ve already played the crap out of Bangai-O 1 and 2, but relish at the chance to unleash tens of thousands of missiles, in HD of course, once again against insurmountable odds (F-U final boss!). I’m hoping it transfers well onto a wide-screen format, and it would be nice if it featured some form of online CO-OP. The last Bangai-O game was on the small screen, and, to me anyways, wasn’t as fun to play as the original. Perhaps it was the scope of destruction, or lack thereof, that put me off – A feature that made the first game seem so large, yet so very small at the same time. I’m all for more missiles… in HD.

If you hear anymore on this news, fake or true, drop a comment below.

Missile Fury!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Posted in Anime with tags , , , on August 31, 2010 by Justinzero

I finally found a great way to reuse some of the old, unwanted, useless model trees that I’ve accumulated over the years.

Thanks psybuster

PSP Game Sale

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2010 by Justinzero

Hey fellow gamefans,

I’m selling off some PSP titles. Prices are comparative with online prices. All sales are final. All games are used, but complete, unless otherwise noted. I offer delivery on all sales with a $5 charge to anywhere in Calgary, although I am more than happy if you would like to pick your own games up. I will ship to other cities, but you must provide your own shipping and I am NOT responsible for lost cargo. (Pay extra for ease of mind tracking)

Crimson Gem Saga – $10
Brave Story – $10
Tales of Eternia – $25 (NOTE: This is an EU region game, but will play on ALL PSP consoles. It is in English and was never sold in NA)
Star Ocean First Departure – $10

Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles – $10
LocoRoco 1 and 2 – $10
Ghost in the Shell PSP – $10
Maverick Hunter X – $5
Metal Slug Anthology – $10
Jeanne D’Arc – $5 (Note: No Manual)
Lunar: HSS – $15 (NOTE – This is a Japanese Language game. It will work on ALL PSP systems)
Silent Hill Origin – $5 (No Manual)
Popolocrois – $5
Final Fantasy Tactics – $10
Astonashia Story – $5
Crisis Core FF7 – $10
Gurumin PSP – $10
Silent Hill Experience – $10 (Note – No Manual)
Patapon – $10
Bomberman – $5
Aedis Eclipse: Generations of Chaos – $10
Metal Slug XX – $10
Galaxy Fraulien Collection – $20 (NOTE: This is a Japanese Game but will play on all PSP systems) (For those of you in the know, this collection includes the expensive, and rare, PC Engine game, Sapphire.

Please Email me at justinzro@gmail.com for sales info. All games will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. I will take holds, but they must be collected on in no less than 4 days after the first Hold date.

Mega Man Powered Up – $5 HOLD

Hammerin’ Hero – $10 HOLD

Ys: Ark of Napishtim – $10 HOLD

Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel – $10 (HOLD)

Prinny – $15 (Note: Includes CD soundtrack and outer box) HOLD

Half Minute Hero – $10 HOLD

Blade Dancer – $5 HOLD

Brandish: Dark Revanant – $20 (NOTE: This is a Japanese language game. Will work on ALL PSP systems) HOLD

Legend of Heroes I, II and III Set – $35 HOLD

Star Wars Battlefront II – $5 HOLD

Final Fantasy II – $10 HOLD

Final Fantasy – $10 HOLD

Yggdra Union – $10 HOLD
Persona PSP – $15 (NOTE: Game is unopened but outer box and soundtrack is) HOLD

Riveria PSP – $10 HOLD

Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins – $10

Lunar: SSH – $20 (Note – Limited ED w CD Soundtrack and Cards) Hold

Phantasy Star Portable (NEW) – $10 hold
Valkyrie Profile – $10 hold
Gradius Collection – $5 hold

Awesome

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 2, 2010 by Justinzero

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