Tuesday, December 4

**We come, because everyone else is already here.**

Time has become meaningless, there is nothing left. Literally nothing - Every star in the entire universe has burnt out, exploded throwing it's own mass out into an infinite darkness. All the spacefaring races know the end is soon, but they also know that the only power left, is that which is held by those they may of once called friends, and now have become mortal enemies.

In his final days of exploring, as the universe was literally dying around him and the various species in the universe were all fighting in their home galaxies, or in the places they considered the most strategic and valuable - which is amusing considering the only value now is energy, which is largely lost anyway he made a discovery which blew his mind. A single planet which some how had survived yet never been discovered, untouched by any hand of intelligence. It was pristine and it was unburnt by that which now pervaded all else - the thirst for energy.

He made his choice there and then, jettisoning the energy capsule to land on the planet, meaning the planet would be protected, yet fought over until either there remained one winner and they could collect their winnings, or all would be gone and the universe could finally sleep. His ship came down, far enough away from the energy capsule to ensure that it survived even if he didn't and in his final moments he smiled. The energy capsule was more powerful than some of the largest stars, it'd leak heat and energy into this planet, keeping it living for thousands upon thousands of years if undisturbed and if the wars in the heavens did finally end that too he guessed, made it a fitting prize to whoever could land and take it. But how to make them come? His beacon would let them know, screaming out into the nothingness 'I was here'.


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Explanation:

The universe is dead, all the stars are gone - the only source of power left is energy capsules, which are slowly running out. Those races which managed to escape to space all need energy to survive. Somehow, someone ended up finding a planet, after everything was dying that was undisturbed. They launch their energy capsule into the planet, ensuring it's short term survival, but also dooming it to become the largest target in the universe. A huge amount of power inside a planet, inhabited by those who have no clue what they have. All the races of the universe will flock to try and win the battle, to take this energy - mean while on the planet the inhabitants see, but don't understand hat is happening in the heavens above them.

Thursday, April 23

OSX niggles and other annoyances...

So I've been using OSX at work, mostly because it's easy to maintain (yup, agreed!) and it's what they gave me to use. I don't like Apple or their business style however I've tried to be objective in my usage of the system, to see if it's as easy as so many claim it is.

It's generally easy, however there is a few things that agrevate me:


  • If you detatch/reattach a hdmi cable, even while music is PLAYING it'll switch to try and output through the hdmi. Now I've been fortunate that each time the hdmi device attached has been muted and the office hasn't been subjected to my musical choices but why it does this by default I have no idea.
  • I've lost too many windows off the top of the monitor screen to count - even closing and reopening the application won't restore it's postition to a sane level - the 'internet' at large generally suggests changing the resolution of the screen to cause the windows to redraw. Why it doesn't do this generally once a display is disconnected (and so would fix them) I don't know. At home I use xfce and that simply allows me to hold alt and drag a window with the mouse (the size doesn't change, the position does). You can sometimes get the window back by shrinking it with a combination of alt, cmd and the mouse on the border of the window but even then it's tricky.
  • The lack of the F5 key. Having F5 do things like refresh in a browser was clearly too conventional for Apple, so they went with cmdR instead. (Also F11 being cmdF is annoying too, because oh wait, cmdF might also be find!).
  • Hiding of the #. If you're an irc user, and a terminal user you'll quickly find you need to turn the alt key back into the meta key for irc usage; but then you'll find you can't actually type the # because every time you hit alt now, it's sending meta+ and you can't actually type a # anymore. In the end i created a custom shortcut via BetterTouchTools just to send the # key to stdin.
  • That god awful file selection window. It's useless. If you want to do anything other than click directly on the file you want to open/choose then you're screwed. You can create a directory, but don't be thinking you can rename it. Oh you can also choose another directory, if it's in the seemingly randomly populated dropdown list that Apple provide. Number of times I've had to switch to finder to go to the right location, create the needed directory, move another one to the trash and then switch back !

Wednesday, April 15

Alt in OSX Terminal gets eaten/confused -- can't use screen.

http://blog.remibergsma.com/2012/01/30/alt-key-aan-de-praat-in-osx-terminal/


  • Go to terminal (menu at the top)
  • preferences
  • themes
  • click the keyboard tab (why are keyboard settings under themes apple?)
  • choose 'use option as meta key' -- why they can't call it the alt key I don't understand either!
Enjoy your restored functionality and sanity.


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