Sunday, August 07, 2016

Surviving This War of Mine


War is hell. -- William Tecumseh Sherman

Lots of games glorify war. You play the super soldier fighting intense battles to safe country/world/whatever.

This War of Mine is also about war. But that’s where the similarity ends.

You get to control a small group of war victims living in the war zone. Your objective? To survive.

You have to choose between high morals, or survival at any cost. Do you steal from the elderly couple who happen to be living comfortably thanks to their store of food, or do you leave them be even if it means starving yourself to death? Do you share your limited resources with your neighbors, or do you save everything you have for your own in these hard times? Will you kill to get what you need to survive, or choose nonviolence even in the worst of times?

I’ve lost count of the number of times I restarted this game with different groups of people before I managed to survive till the end of the war. It’s tough. You have to make tough choices.

But in the end, the game was enjoyable. It just might show some war crazy folks out there the ugly side of war often ignored in games. Maybe the world will be a little better for it...

Unfortunately, the Linux version failed to run on my Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS setup. Some have run it successfully though. I had to play this on Windows.

Friday, August 05, 2016

How to clear 'Replace Fuser E' from DocuPrint 255

The DocuPrint 255

Here’s how to clear the message ‘Replace Fuser E’ from Fuji Xerox DocuPrint 255 control panel.

With the printer showing ‘Ready to print’:

  1. Press Eject/Set and Down buttons together. This will bring up the Consumables Menu.
  2. Press Up or Down to look for the Reset counter option.
  3. Press Right to show Reset Fuser U4, then Right again followed by Eject/Set

That should clear the fuser counter. You can find the original post here.

Or, you could just replace the printer since this is a really old model...

Saturday, June 04, 2016

How to change your Ubuntu password

The LinkedIn incident just reminded me to change my password. It’s been years. I do have a account (left to gather dust) there so to be on the safe side it’s a good idea to change all my passwords.

Anybody reading this should probably do the same if you haven’t already. It’s the unfortunate reality of the modern world.

I’m on Ubuntu GNOME right now, so I’ll be reproducing the relevant steps here (easily found here).

  1. In Activities, search for Users.
  2. In Users, click on ….. to change your password. You may need to click Unlock first.
  3. Fill in your current password, and new password (twice) then click on Change to make the change.

GNOME password.png
Key in your current password, new password, and new password again to verify.

Super simple. You don’t have to go through Terminal to make the required changes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fix error 0xc000000d for Windows 8/8.1 in 3 simple steps

One day you boot up your Windows 8/8.1 PC and you see this:

So you get a error 0xc000000d. Time for a clean install? Maybe. Maybe not…

Here's a way to fix it.

Pop in your Windows 8/8.1 Setup Disc

You do have a Windows Setup Disc, don't you? If not then it’s time to get yourself a copy.

Even if your PC came with a OEM Windows and you can make recovery media, it's still a good idea to get your hands on a copy of the CD from Microsoft. Less bloat, more useful.

Fire up the Command Prompt

It's somewhere in the advanced troubleshooting options. Find it and launch it.

You could try Startup Repair first if you like, but it didn't work in my case. Your mileage may vary.

Fix Windows boot with bootrec

You'll need to run the following commands to fix the problem.

:\> bootrec /fixmbr
:\> bootrec /fixboot
:\> bootrec /rebuildbcd

If /rebuildbcd finds your Windows installation but fails to add the entry for some reason try checking your UEFI. Make sure it's setup to boot in UEFI mode and not legacy mode then try again from the beginning.

Once it's successful, reboot and you should be able to boot into Windows.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Return to Skyrim

Hmm... never saw this in the game...
I finally got my hands on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition off Humble Bundle. How slow is that?

Years ago I've played a misappropriated copy of Skyrim and utterly enjoyed it (sorry about that Bethesda). But I've never liked forking out a chunk of cash only to need forking out even more later for DLCs. So, now I've hopefully redeemed myself by actually paying for the game.

The main storyline as I remembered it was somewhat disappointing. The dragons were getting more and more annoying the higher my level went so I decided to finish them off. That meant defeating Alduin, of course. Little did I know that also meant the Greybeards would also disappear on me. There goes my source of info on dragon shout locations…

And there I thought I could finally take my sweet time finding those shouts and loading it over the puny folks. Oh well, I wasn't bothered to reload an older saved game nor start fresh with a new character. Now, the itch is starting again so I guess I'll give it a go.

The random quests were also pretty repetitive but I attribute that to the copy I had not getting updates. I guess I'll know for sure now if those quests have more variety, won't I?

It's unfortunate that there's no support for Linux. That would be awesome. Oh well, one can dream, can't they?

This time I'll take my time to collect those shouts. That's the whole point of Skyrim, ain't it?