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16 Slash'EM on Linux: configure, install, setup and play

Tuesday 7th November, 2006

When I tell my World of Warcraft/EverQuest-playing friends that I play Slash'EM, they usually raise their eyebrows and give me a slightly condescending smile before going on to explain how they prefer 3D graphics, interaction, etc. The fact is that comparing WoW/EQ to Slash'EM is like comparing movies to books. Did you read the Harry Potter books? Did you then go and see the movies? Slightly disappointed? Not quite what you expected? Then you'll have an inkling of what I'm on about.

As with reading, some imagination is required. Compared to it's more modern peers, Slash'EM and its relatives are extremely challenging. If you get it wrong, your character dies. Sometimes your character will die in seemingly grossly unfair circumstances. And it's permanent, unlike in certain other games. C'est la vie. This game hasn't been designed to pander to the requirements of the "I want it all and I want it now" crew.

It's a bit sad that such a fine open source game is easier to install on Windows than it is to install onto many Linux systems. So, hopefully this article will address that issue.

11 Shell stuff: more multiple file renaming goodness

Wednesday 25th October, 2006

I had an e-mail from a guy named Devon telling me yet more ways to rename multiple files. I thought they were pretty good (damn it!) and had to share these new (to me) techniques.

These alternative methods seem to require the use of the Bash shell, so some people may not wish to read any further!

10 Shell stuff: rename multiple files on the command line

Tuesday 24th October, 2006

If you wish to quickly rename multiple files in a directory, a for loop (sometimes combined with other utilities such as sed or tr) is one way to do the job.

The examples in this article include removing spaces from filenames, adding and removing suffixes and prefixes, and changing from uppercase to lowercase.

3 OpenNTPD on Linux

Wednesday 11th October, 2006

I like my desktop to show the correct time. As for my servers, I consider it essential. There are a number of solutions for this. Depending on your platform, these include:

The focus of this article is OpenNTPD running on Linux, although I imagine that much of this will be relevant for other supported operating systems.