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Cake day: June 8th, 2023


  • We usually walk on for day trips to Vancouver and use transit (or even Uber). Horseshoe Bay is well served by the 257 Express bus to downtown.

    There’s also Uber/Lyft/taxis and Shaw Go bike rentals. Saves a fair bit. Also opens up the Hullo walk on ferry.

    As to the local/commuter vs. tourist thing, it’s debatable either way which is the bigger benefit.

    As a local, I think you have a fair amount of flexibility. Not as much as would be ideal, but Hullo has certainly taken some of the load off of BC Ferries (similar to the Seaspan barge for commercial traffic).

  • I think the Windows thing is spot on. You’re going to be using a handheld gaming device for gaming mostly (if not entirely). You don’t need to run Excel.

    I think the justification for Windows on a gaming device though is kernel level anti-cheat. The problem is that you are chasing a pretty select audience. People who will play one of those games on a handheld, and will also only buy a handheld that can pay those games. Also won’t install Windows on a Deck either.

    An aside, I probably use Desktop mode more than average, and I have LibreOffice installed on my deck. Jokes on Microsoft though, I’ve been using Linux primarily for ages anyways, so I don’t even need Windows for that.

  • Ironically, the Atari -like joystick from the 2000’s from Walmart for $15 that plugs directly into your TV with games stored in the joystick is a better joysticks than the original 2600 joysticks.

    However, I would contend that the Intellivision controller was worse.

    I had a Colecovision (and Vic 20), and although I will say that was better than the 2600 and Intellivision joystick, I have to emphasize to all these youngsters complaining about the original NES controllers that those were still an improvement over previous default joysticks.

  • Flashbacks! This reminds me of my first Gravis Gamepad (IIRC). Was a disappointing joystick, even compared to old Intellivision controllers.

    It was okay with fighting games, and I do recall a nineties PC giant robot fighting game (One Must Fall maybe?)

    Still, my first joystick that I actually loved and made a game much better was an old CH Products flightstick. Early flightstick, so it only added a throttle to the base, so no rudder control.

    I remember playing Comanche Maximum Overkill with that stick and just popping in and out of canyons. Also Earthsiege and Strike Force Centauri. I ended up with a Saitek Flightstick, and it was even better (Independence War is a fond memory) but the difference was not as revolutionary as going from a regular joystick to that first CH Products flightstick.

  • For sure. Easily half (likely more) of my unplayed games are Bundle games from a bundle I got primarily for something else. There’s a few gems I’m sure.

    There are a few games I bought on sale to play later as well (I’ll get to you!) but the other glaring flaw I see is a selection bias. The people who use this service or similar services are going to be the heavier Steam users with collections in the hundreds.

    So heavier users, with lots of bundle games and sales. I’d divide that total by 10 at least

  • This has been my experience. I used Fedora for a while years ago, but rpm was already second fiddle to deb. Plus, I was already selling into my “old man distro” so I kept ending up with some Ubuntu version.

    I did recently Manjaro and Linux Mint, but ended up with Ubuntu again, although this time Kubuntu, Ubuntu with KDE!

    No shade from me though for going with Red Hat.