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The Silent Age

My gaming habits are all over the place, I play a lot for days and for hours on end, and then I can go months without touching a game. And that includes mobile as I don’t really play on mobile. Switching to OS X especially interrupted my gaming streak. Not because there is nothing to play (actually about half of my Steam library is available), but because I had something else to tinker with in my spare time. It doesn’t help that the games I was playing at the time happened to not be available on Mac.

RIP first Sunless Sea captain

My first captain in Sunless Sea died rather unexpectedly. Worth noting that before starting this play through I had some 20 odd hours from before I wiped my drive and forgot that the game didn’t use cloud saves. So I wasn’t inexperienced in the game and managed to get quite a lot out of a first captain. It happened at an awful moment though, with a recently purchased merchant ship.

A quick foray into Android

I had the not so joyful experience of messing with a neighbor’s recently acquired Galaxy Tab tablet. The poor thing was running Android 3.2 and as such the newer Google apps couldn’t even be installed. The worst part is that Samsung had completely abandoned that model, so I needed a crash course in installing the OS myself.

Getting back into Doctor Who

With the new Doctor Who season coming up I have decided to finally catch up with the show. I was very burnt out by season 7 and only lasted a couple of episodes into 8, and although I like Peter Capaldi as it is, and liked him as the Doctor as well, I stopped watching. Glad to say I’m watching again, and actually enjoying it a whole lot. Clara’s character also doesn’t feel as blank anymore.

So about this 5.1 setup on my Hackintosh

Try as I might, I can’t get optical 5.1 out. At this point I’m not even sure it can be done and what I’m supposed to expect. The kexts and patches are all about multi-channel, but optical doesn’t figure much there and I think I might have had multi-channel to start with, since I have a whole bunch of functional 3.5mm outputs, but obviously they aren’t connected to any speakers since the receiver is handling the speakers. There is also the issue about the whole Dolby thing being supported on a per-player basis, at which point I’m not quite sure what in the chain isn’t playing along.

EXIF Autorotate in Drupal

Most photographs nowadays come with some EXIF data, among which an orientation parameter that specifies how the image ought to be rotated to display properly. A lot of websites, browsers and otherwise photo uploading and viewing software support EXIF, but unfortunately Drupal 7 doesn’t in core. So if you upload an image that ought to be rotated and put it through some manipulation like resizing with Image Styles, it will most likely be lying on its side.

Up and running with Hackintosh

A couple of days ago I had somewhat crippled my Windows 8.1 install with overzealous attempts to reclaim wasted space on my SSD, so while everything was still more or less running properly, updates and uninstalls would fail. And since it was a copy I had from work and apparently our volume licensing didn’t have the quality assurance or something like that, it wasn’t very clear whether I’d be able to update to Windows 10. So I decided to give Hackintosh a try.