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MUD glorious MUD: Interactive literature & gaming

Today I’m going to look at MUD.  If you are already familiar with Multi User Dungeon’s, then you can probably skip most of this article. So what is a MUD? It’s basically a text adventure game where locations are described with text rather than pictures.  It can be played in a browser or with a … Continue reading

Story Tracker (beta) – A free tool for writers!

I remember dial-up.  I remember the handshaking noises my trusty modem made.  I also remember when the idea leaving a machine connected 24-7 online was unthinkable.  Even when I ran a BBS I had set times it operated in (we only had one phone line in our house) Today, users, PC’s and apps blur the … Continue reading

The Reality of Chromebooks/OS – Not as limited as you think!

My family PC finally took its last gasp last night.  It’s GPU fan finally packed in, but then after about 4 years of being “always on” and used nearly every day, its done very well.  I would have liked to have simply whipped the cover off the machine and replace the fan myself, its not … Continue reading

Looking at Sylpheed 3.1.1 – Is this the package to unseat Thunderbird on my desktop?

with the blisteringly quick Sylpheed, a user merely requiring an Email client can’t go wrong  – Its memory footprint is tiny, its faster than an MVP after a freebie and with a simple to use no nonsense interface probably the best solution for the vast majority of users. Since I wrote about SeaMonkey, it seems … Continue reading

Review – SeaMonkey 2.0.14

All in one solutions can be very appealing.  Since I have multiple communication methods online and SeaMonkey is touted as an “all in one Internet solution”, I simply had to put it to the test against my browser of choice and the associated packages I use.  With the release of 2.0.14 what better time? I’m … Continue reading

VICE 2.3 – C64/128, Vic20, Pet, Plus4, CBM-II emulation!

On the 26th February version 2.3 of this popular emulation package was released over on Sourceforge. Since I am a keen Commodore user (and still own working original hardware) I thought I would take a look at the latest version to see how things have progressed. Providing emulation for the Commodore family of computers (C64/128, … Continue reading

Nintendo Emulation w/ Linux! – All you need to know! (and a little more)

I have received a few emails asking about emulation on the Linux platform.  These questions were mostly by Windows users who enjoy running retro titles and don’t know much about Linux and its thriving emulation scene.   From being active in many forums I think retro gaming is one of the most popular pastimes of … Continue reading

PAN 0.133 – Text/binaries newsgroup reader.

Readers will have seen the previous article on newsgroup binaries reader Klibido v0.2.5 which whilst a very good package appears to now be discontinued.   With that in mind I set out to find a currently supported newsgroup reader that and my investigations led me to Pan 0.133. Written by Charles Kerr, Christophe Lambin & Matt … Continue reading

REVIEW: Pidgin 2.5.5 – The all in one messenger?

Chat networks, we all love em, we all use different ones, and they all use different clients/sites!  Let me introduce you to Pidgin, not one of those criters who cover London pavements in their special grey paint, but a Pidgin that will be most welcome in your house. Pidgin aims to be an all in … Continue reading

REVIEW: iDeaS v1.0.2.7 – Another option for DS emulation on Linux

iDeaS is another DS emulator for the Linux platform that I discovered recently.  Supporting the dual screen of the Nintendo DS and allowing I am sure I dont have to explain what a Nintendo DS is and if I do, then you probably would not have use for this software anyway. This particular Linux version … Continue reading

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Tim Wilson

Writer/Novelist of many facets both in the world of technology and fantasy/sci-fi. Co-host of the TechBytes audiocast and writer for both OpenBytes and Goblin's Domain. Supporter of free and open source software.

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