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And SimCity (1989)

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Also here’s Carmen Sandiego

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Maniac Mansion at Archive.org

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Archive.org currently has a load of free games to play online.  https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games

 

The 2013 Linus Roadster, a long haul review

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2013 Linus Roadster

2013 Linus Roadster

Just about a year ago I went crazy and purchased a 2013 Linus Roadster after getting frustrated with my lack of biking pretty much all through 2012.  It was a bit of an impulse buy, or at least I couldn’t seem to stop myself from buying it.  Thankfully it was a good purchase.  I haven’t gotten up to my peak biking form again (a harrowing but awesome move to BC didn’t help) but I still have no real regrets about purchasing this bike.  It’s held up very well, and it’s not a bike you have to pamper or “prepare yourself” to ride… I’m looking at you Cannondale Bad Boy!  I still loved it but man it needed a lot of adjustments seasonally.

As promised the internal 3-speed hub is low to nearly no maintenance, and the rest of the bike is so simple it’s very hard to bump out of shape while riding it.  I wouldn’t quite take it offroad but it can handle dirt and grass as well.  It’s a great way to explore Vancouver Island, and I’m glad I dragged it across the country with me.

So, long term?  Still loving it, and if I needed a bike I’d probably just buy another Linus.

Viva La Android: The Perfect Android SSH Setup

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Google Nexus 7 running JuiceSSH with a Apple Bluetooth Keyboard

Google Nexus 7 running JuiceSSH with a Apple Bluetooth Keyboard

A few things have been on my Android wishlist for a while now.  An Android phone with the right tools is a great mobile device for systems administrators, and for anyone who needs to use SSH to connect to hosts.

ConnectBot is great, but it was still just a little fiddly for me to use.  For example it didn’t honour certain keys when I was using an external keyboard, like the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard you see in the picture to the left.  A slight workaround was to use the excellent Hacker’s Keyboard instead, but that would take up valuable screen space, and if you’re going to be working for more than a couple of minutes it’ll get tedious.

So recently I re-visited this question to see if things have improved; They have, greatly!  At least for me on my Google Nexus 7 and LG G2.

The first thing I found was JuiceSSH, which is an excellent SSH client and does pretty much everything I need it to do without any fuss.  JuiceSSH will respond to the Control keys on your external keyboard, so I was already most of the way to a working SSH setup already.. But since I’m fancy, and I use CAPS-LOCK as the Left Control key, my rhythm was still slightly off.

The second part of the puzzle for me was to find something that would allow me to re-map CAPS-LOCK as Left Control, for Android.  I really thought this would be difficult, but instead it was really easy thanks to External Keyboard Helper Pro.  It’s a paid app but it’s well worth it for me.  It allowed me to re-map the keys the way I wanted to, and I don’t think I’ve even fully tapped the potential of what it can do.

So between these two apps, I’ve got a great little super-mobile SSH platform if I need one on the road.  It isn’t a huge problem for me at the moment since I picked up a used Thinkpad x200 off of eBay but I’ll leave that for another post.