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DC Gamer Club / Re: Stadia Google
« on: Today at 12:43 AM »
Streaming video games gets a "meh" out of me for a variety of reasons that I don't feel like going into much detail about at the moment. But here are a few of those reasons, in brief:

  • DRM
  • Subscription fees
  • Latency

And with Google taking on a project like this, I can also add privacy concerns to the list.

That said, I can see how the technology would benefit some people, so I guess I'm glad the option exists. (Or will exist in the near future.)

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: March 18, 2019, 10:00 PM »
Another year, another Unity demo.

The Heretic

Just to give others an idea of how long it might take after they sign up on the waitlist before they get to (l)earn, I signed up the day I posted about it and I've just completed the survey for the final crypto they currently offer at this time.

General Software Discussion / Re: youtube downloader?
« on: March 18, 2019, 02:45 PM »
There's also, which has a bookmarklet you can use.

General Software Discussion / Re: youtube downloader?
« on: March 17, 2019, 09:32 PM »
I've recently discovered 4K Video Downloader, which isn't a browser add-on, but it seems a decent and simple downloader app:

N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release: Blasteroids
« on: March 16, 2019, 10:48 PM »
Every time I think I'm finished with this game I get some harebrained idea and whip it up. ;D

I'm preparing for another release of Blasteroids. One of the big new features this release will contain is support for "localization," or in other words, a language selection option which will change the in-game text to other languages.

I took a look at the Steam Hardware Survey and saw that 8 languages made up about 90% of all Steam users, so those are the ones that I chose to translate the game into. And I also added Dutch because one of the people I've been working with for the past several years is a native Dutch speaker, so I figured he could help me make sure the Dutch translation was good.

I mostly used this useful "Polyglot" spreadsheet for the translations, but it didn't have everything I needed so I had to rely on Google Translate for a few phrases.

So I've got English and Dutch covered. If anyone here speaks any of the other languages and would like to spend a few minutes looking through the game and checking that all the text makes sense in its respective language, I'd sure appreciate it. Respond here or send me a PM and let me know which platform you'd prefer to test it on (Windows, Linux, Mac) and I'll send you a link to a test build.

Here are the languages that will be part of the game in the next release:

  • ✔ English :Thmbsup:
  • Simplified Chinese (简体中文)
  • Russian (Русский)
  • Spanish (Español)
  • German (Deutsch)
  • Brazilian Portuguese (Português)
  • French (Français)
  • Korean (한국어)
  • ✔ Dutch (Nederlands) :Thmbsup:

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: March 14, 2019, 03:24 PM »
Grid 2 (plus a couple DLCs for it) is free on the Humble store for the next 2-3 days:


Redeems on Steam, and must be redeemed by March 21, 2019 at 10 AM Pacific time.

And there's another free Demolition Derby DLC for the game on Steam you can claim to expand the features of the game

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Epic Games Store Giveaway
« on: March 13, 2019, 05:06 PM »
Too many platforms to remember them all.  Despite the free games, I just don't feel the impetus to visit this one.

I mostly agree with you. To this day I still have never installed the EA store, whatever that's called. And over the past couple of years I've even mostly stopped buying from Steam and preferring the DRM-free offerings at GOG. But I already had Epic Games Launcher (now Epic Games Store) installed because someone gifted me a copy of Fortnite (the co-op Save the World campaign) for Christmas in 2017. And I've had Slime Rancher on my wish list on GOG for a while so when it was free on the Epic Store I decided this was my chance to try it out, and I'm glad I did because I like it.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Epic Games Store Giveaway
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:38 AM »
I haven't been very good about keeping this thread up to date.

The current giveaway is Slime Rancher through March 21.

I've been playing it quite a bit. It's a whimsical, low-stress game. :Thmbsup:


Thanks for posting that link. I didn't see it because I've ignored that thread because I rarely find its contents "interesting" to me. :-[

The page is somewhat confusing regarding SoundForge.. it says it at the top but then doesn't seem to list it.. Thoughts?

Strange! After reading your message I went to check for it and I didn't see it either. :tellme:

Then I scrolled back to the top and looked through the page again more closely and spotted it in the center of the bottom section.

Humble MAGIX Bundle.png

Manual update tells me I'm on the latest version of Vivaldi (2.3.1440.60), where Help -> About tells me it's using Chrome/72.0.3626.122. :huh:

For Vivaldi you can do: vivaldi://settings/help

The latest version of Vivaldi which uses Chromium for me shows: 72.0.3626.122

Then it sounds like Vivaldi has been patched. :Thmbsup:

the version you want is 72.0.3626.121 [or newer], released at the start of March 2019.

Details are scarce as it seems Google is withholding information until more people have had a chance to update to a version of Chrome which doesn't have the vulnerability. This is the most specific information I found:

According to the official release notes, this vulnerability involves a memory mismanagement bug in a part of Chrome called FileReader.

That’s a programming tool that makes it easy for web developers to pop up menus and dialogs asking you to choose from a list of local files, for example when you want to pick a file to upload or an attachment to add to your webmail.

When we heard that the vulnerability was connected to FileReader, we assumed that the bug would involve reading from files you weren’t supposed to.

Ironically, however, it looks as though attackers can take much more general control, allowing them to pull off what’s called Remote Code Execution, or RCE.

RCE almost always means a crooks can implant malware without any warnings, dialogs or popups.

Just tricking you into looking at a booby-trapped web page might be enough for crooks to take over your computer remotely.

I'm curious if this affects all Chromium-based browsers. :-\

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: [FREE] Packt Book of the Day
« on: March 05, 2019, 01:24 AM »
I've kind of stopped looking since having to read a book online is a P.I.T.A.

I've had a tab open to their free learning page and checked it almost daily for the past 4 years or so. (First order was from Dec. 2014.)

I think it's time to finally close that tab. . .

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: [FREE] Packt Book of the Day
« on: March 04, 2019, 11:15 PM »
It seems Packt's free learning has had some changes this year.

Now there are free videos instead of just eBooks. :Thmbsup:
But more importantly, now it seems you don't get free downloadable eBooks anymore. You only get HTML access to the books. :down: :'(

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Affinity Designer Workbook 50% off
« on: February 28, 2019, 05:49 PM »
I just got another email reminder about this and it says the deal ends "Midnight on Sunday, 3 March" but doesn't specify which timezone.

And I can't get the behavior to have middle-clicks close tabs.

I didn't know that was a thing, but I just tried it and it works for me. :huh:

All of the chrome extensions work on it now?  When last I checked, I wasn't able to use some of them, which is why I dropped it.

I haven't tried them all, but I assume that Chrome extensions work for Chromium-based browsers.

Brave has been my browser of choice on Android for a couple of years now. But it has been a little over a year (again) since I last tried out Brave on PC and I have to say I like the direction it is heading.

It is now definitely based on Chromium (maybe it always was, but in the past I wasn't sure about that), so all the Chrome extensions work for it. Also it has Private Windows (incognito mode) with Tor built-in for extra privacy.

I also really like the idea of Brave Rewards/BAT. It is (or will be) almost like a built-in Patreon, where I'm rewarded funds (BAT) for viewing ads and then I designate which sites/creators those funds are sent to on either a one-time only or a recurring (monthly) basis.

I haven't ever really used Brave long-term on my PC. I may have to re-evaluate that decision. :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Coinbase Earn - Get Paid Crypto to Learn About Crypto
« on: February 27, 2019, 02:24 PM »
Learn a Little, Earn a Little

Coinbase recently (December 2018) launched Coinbase Earn:

Coinbase Earn allows users to earn cryptocurrencies, while learning about them in a simple and engaging way. The idea is for users to understand more about an asset’s utility and its underlying technology, while getting a bit of the asset to try out.

I received an email about it this week with an offer to receive about $10 worth of Basic Attention Token (BAT) for learning about BAT and the Brave browser (which I've mentioned here before). There were four "lessons" for me to take, each one consisting of watching a short video and answering a 1-question quiz, which took me about 2-3 minutes (each) to complete. The final one had me sign into my Coinbase account from the Brave browser instead of taking a quiz. I completed the whole thing (including installing Brave) within about 10-15 minutes.

Right now Coinbase Earn is invite only (with invites being controlled by Coinbase, so I can't invite you myself), but you can go to the Coinbase Earn site and check out each set of lessons and join the waitlist for each one that interests you.

Note: I am not being compensated in any way to share this information. I just thought some folks here may be interested in this opportunity to earn a little "free" cryptocurrency in exchange for learning about them. :Thmbsup:

Enpass received an update recently which makes it much more friendly to use on Android. If it detects a login prompt, it will pop up a notification you can use to auto-fill the login details.

This is something LastPass has done for years on Android, but Enpass did not (which is why I said it was "not the greatest") until recently.

So now I'm much more happy with my Enpass experience on Android. :Thmbsup:

I've been using Enpass for a few years now on both PC (Windows, Linux) and Android. It's not the greatest, but it does the job, and it has a reasonable price if you want to pay for some of the "premium" features. I paid for it on Android, which I think was about $10. But I haven't paid for the PC version.

Their website is

Found Deals and Discounts / Affinity Designer Workbook 50% off
« on: February 14, 2019, 11:52 AM »
I got an email from Affinity with a link that can be used to buy the Affinity Designer Workbook at a 50% discount which comes to $25 (+$5 shipping) in the USA.


It says the offer is available for a limited time, but doesn't specify when it ends.

General Software Discussion / Re: Full Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 3!
« on: February 14, 2019, 02:05 AM »
Yeah, I don't really have much hope or expectation that things will be vastly improved on the RPi 3B+.

I think the important thing is that (full) Windows 10 runs on ARM64 hardware. So while it may never be that it runs well on the RPi 3B+, it may be that other, more powerful devices, such as something from Odroid, can run it more smoothly. Or maybe some future hardware that hasn't been released yet. :D

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