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News, Reviews, Gnus... and Gaming

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Unless you've been under a rock lately (which I'm guilty of some of the time, let's be honest) and you're into Linux gaming, you would have heard of a little something that the Valve Corporation has brought out in their Steam client - called 'Proton'. This bundle of goodness brings a whole host of new gaming possibilities to Linux, including the namesake of this article in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, much to my genuine surprise!
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Just recently released into Early Access on #Steam, Paper Dungeons Crawler is the sequel to Paper Dungeons, a table-top styled turn-based RPG that also saw a #Linux release, by indie team Agent Mega. This sequel takes a more pure 'Roguelike' adventure direction than its predecessor while retaining many of the key elements, such as dragon bosses, player classes, cursed monsters and basically the whole universe. I took a look at how the game is shaping up.
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"To see the the online ABC news article in Liferea's browser corresponding to a headline, you have to double-click on the headline, or right-click on it and and choose "Open In Browser". This works because the article's URL is indeed included in the RSS file, although you can't see it.

To get that link into the descriptive text, I wrote a simple hack with AWK, described in detail below."
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NBSPs are also useful in HTML documents, where they're coded as   and rendered as whitespace by a browser.

NBSPs, however, are fairly useless in text in a terminal. When NBSPs occur where they're not supposed to, they can give unexpected results in data and code processing.
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"There's always more than one way to do a job in the shell, and there may not be One Best Way to do that job, either.

Nevertheless, different commands with the same output can differ in how long they take, how much memory they use and how hard they make the CPU work.

Out of curiosity I trialled 6 different ways to get the last 5 characters from each line of a text file, which is a simple text-processing task."
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Do you translate blocks of text by copying them and pasting into Google Translate in a browser? If you do, the script explained here might save you a lot of work. #Linux #CLI #scripting #translate #shell
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"Several of my data-auditing scripts take a long time to execute. Until recently I had no way of knowing how long they'd take. I'd enter the command for the script, press Enter and wait. And wait.

I've now discovered the pipeline viewer or pv command, which tracks the progress of my scripts."
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#Diablo II is usually a breeze to run on #Linux, thanks to #WINE and so often times you need no special tricks. However, if you're like me and experience a few glitches and washed out colours in the standard fullscreen mode, you have two options: run the game in windowed mode and go without cinematics, or install a GLIDE-OpenGL wrapper and get the game running properly in its fullscreen glory again, without the glitches and colour problems. I detail how to do that in this article. #Gaming
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A great gaming option for a bit of psychological (and psychedelic) horror on #Linux, even if it can be a tad predictable. #Gaming #Horror #LayersOfFear
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"Back in March 2015 I blogged about a track-changes script that reports the edits made to a tab-separated data table. The script actually generates two reports: a plain text version and a fancy HTML version. [...] The script works well for small tables, but the HTML report, especially, is impractical for really BIG tables. This article shows off a track-changes script that simply lists all the edits made, data item by data item."
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