Game Dev Tycoon review/recommendation
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya
Mini review/recommendation I’d written about Game Dev Tycoon on Steam: You start off as a single game dev operating out of your garage, and then slowly expand as you move to bigger office, hire more people and just grow. The game starts off in the distant past, and contains homages to major consoles & other gaming device, albeit with similar names, no doubt to avoid legal wrangles. Gameplay wise, this game will have you hooked.

The keys to Oracle…
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya
<td style="padding-top: 6px;" width="100%"> <strong><br /> sathyabhat<br /> <a href="https://sathyabhat.newsblur.com/story/the-keys-to-oracle/d37bc7">shared this story</a><br /> from <img style="vertical-align: middle; width: 16px; height: 16px;" src="https://icons.newsblur.com/8079.png" alt="" /> The Tom Kyte Blog:</strong> </td> "What do I have to do to become expert, where is the list of key things I need to do with regards to Oracle" This is a question I get on asktom frequently – what are the things I need to know, what do I have to do to become expert, where is the list of key things I need to do with regards to Oracle.

On Backupify killing their free backup service & online services’ bait and and switch tactics
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya
Long ago when Backupify said they were going to offer their service for free, I knew it was too good to be true and weren’t going to last long. Fast forward today, they mention they’re going to not only kill their free twitter backup service, but also wipe out data of their existing free users. Dear Customer, We are writing to let you know that we are discontinuing the current TweetBackup service.

Error’d: Where I Come From, We Don’t Need July
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya
<td width="100%" style="padding-top: 6px;"> <b><br /> sathyabhat<br /> <a href="https://sathyabhat.newsblur.com/story/errord-where-i-come-/91001f">shared this story</a><br /> from <img src="https://icons.newsblur.com/941.png" style="vertical-align: middle;width:16px;height:16px;" /> The Daily WTF:</b> </td> "In my native language, we don't have translations for seven months out of the year. Way to go Windows Live!!" <p> LOL. </td> </tr> </table> <hr style="clear: both; margin: 0 0 24px;" /> <p> "Someone FINALLY got it right!!" <strong>Farz</strong> wrote, "In my native language, we don't have translations for seven months out of the year.

Pirates play a gamedev simulator; go bankrupt because of piracy.
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya
What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy? → Summary of "What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy?" When Game Dev Tycoon (a Game Development Simulation Game) was released, its developer released a cracked version on BitTorrent simultaneously. After a certain point in the game, the cracked version would prevent the player from generating simulated revenue due to simulated piracy.

Alienware X51 with Ubuntu makes no sense
· ☕ 4 min read · ✍️ Sathya
This morning in my half-woken state, as I was checking Hacker News, I spotted this piece about Alienware launching the X51 with Ubuntu. I initially thought I was dreaming, and woke up immediately and read the piece, and I was left dumbfounded when I read it again to be sure. Kind of dumbfounded at Dell launching an Alienware X51 with Ubuntu https://alienware.com/ubuntu/ Not sure what’s Dell thinking - there aren’t any great native AAA games available, can’t imagine this would make studios to make Linux ports either

Reviving my dead Windows 8 install with no bootable USB/DVD and Linux Mint & Cr48
· ☕ 4 min read · ✍️ Sathya
Couple of months ago, just about a month before #cpgweds - the engagement my Envy 14 laptop started showing signs of dying - weird noises coming from the vents, system freezing arbitrarily, system getting incredibly hot - and that’s really unusual because the Envy’s cooling system is probably one of the best that I’ve seen in a laptop. Soon enough, it became clear that a fan was not working - my idle temperatures hit 85 degrees C, and start any game or even xbmc, and the temperatures would hit 95-100 and shutdown sooner or later.

Salute to Fabrice Bellard
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya
I probably top the ranks of lazy arses who procrastinate like there’s no tomorrow - and then there’s Fabrice Bellard Amongst others, he’s created/led A 4G LTE base station running entirely in software on a standard PC. A new ASN1 compiler generating small and efficient C code. A PC emulator in Javascript: how much time takes your browser to boot Linux ? 2700 billion decimal digits of Pi computed with a desktop computer.

My Experience on upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8
· ☕ 6 min read · ✍️ Sathya

So after much thought, I upgraded my Windows 7 Ultimate install to Windows 8. I didn’t plan to upgrade so soon, I wanted to wait for few more months before doing the upgrade - the main reason for holding back the upgrade was lack of drivers. However with Super User‘s Windows 8 Challenge around, I could no longer use the RP for posting answers.

And since the RP was working fine, including the GPU drivers which I had to install in Windows 7 compatibility mode, I decided to complete the upgrade. Now my Windows 7 install is a culmination of several years of crap, including lots and lots of software, context menu entries, personalized superbar and to add to the mix, some exotic software  Here’s what I had installed/present on Windows 7


Animated GIFs the Hard Way & Using Them For Realtime text communication
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya
When doing the new website for the Sublime Text 2.0 launch, instead of just screenshots, I wanted to have animations to demonstrate some of its features. Animated GIF files would have been a candidate, except for two issues: the 256 color limitation, which would have made the animations ugly, and the encoders I tried spat out huge files, at almost 1MB per-animation. Instead, I wrote a small Python script that takes a collection of PNG frames as input, and emits a single packed PNG file as output, which contains all the differences between the frames, and some JSON meta-data specifying which bits of the packed PNG file correspond to each frame.