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Handruin

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Epic has been giving away games for free for a long time now. I have over 200 and haven't paid for any of them.
 

sedrosken

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In a lovely series of events my Pentium 4 machine is back down to a more appropriate card for the era I guess. My 6800 Ultra's VRAM started crapping out, now I'm getting framebuffer corruption even at the desktop.

My X1950Pro probably isn't being powered enough, it locks up the entire machine after about an hour in-game. So I had to go back to the 9600XT and lament my lack of SM3.0. Skyrim actually ran pretty competently on this PC for it being unquestionably below minspec.
 

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I decided to try a few games (Factorio and Rust) on this new macbook pro M1 chip and I'm rather surprised how well they run.
 

Mercutio

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EGS is just Steam with shadier business practices, at least as far as DRM is concerned. I refuse to give them my money and I'm one of those obnoxious ones who think you shouldn't either.

I'm already a Never Steam person, to the point that I run an Android VM to play a game (Sentinels of the Multiverse) that has a very good PC release.

I do use Steam to give away game keys and share a library of stuff I've accumulated over time with friends who use it, but GoG and Humble are the only storefronts I like. GoG gives me the install files and lets me keep them, and that's huge for me.

It's about 25 degrees warmer here today than it should be, and this is the third time in the last five years that's happened. It's weird to go out on Xmas day, a mile from Lake Michigan, and not even need a jacket.
 

sedrosken

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I was given someone's cast-off Pavilion 2-in-1, in decent shape but needs cleaned up a bit and the storage and RAM need upgraded. I happen to have a spare 128GB SATA SSD which ought to be plenty for a Linux laptop, and 8GB DDR4 SODIMMs are cheap on Amazon.

My last personal laptop was a corebooted Chromebook, and for my mobile needs I can still get along just fine with an N3050/4GB/32GB so this ought to be fine once I've put in the work it needs.

I'm still a little iffy about what environment I want to put in place on it. I don't want to overload it with a big DE, so KDE and GNOME are out. Touch support is provided by X11 itself, not a DE, so that shouldn't be a problem as long as I can keep it calibrated and find or put together some scripts to detect orientation and lid status to turn the other input devices off and change the screen and touch orientation. I'm thinking awesomewm because it can easily toggle between tiling and floating without a keyboard if I need it to, but tiling wms are just so much better for working with a keyboard for me.
 

sedrosken

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In a true HP moment, Linux either freezes on the version of the BIOS the Pavilion came with, or it doesn't see the WiFi card whatsoever with the one I updated it to. I was using Ubuntu as a stepping stone since everything worked on there (apart from the freezing) but now it's running a copy of Windows 10 again, with me doing my level best to not run a ton of junk at startup so it stays tolerable speed wise and lasts more than a few hours on battery. Surprisingly it's totally usable, and some of the chunky buttons make sense on a 2-in-1. Windows actually makes a surprising amount of sense on a touch screen.

I just don't have the ambition or spare energy right now to fight with it -- maybe someday after I get over COVID. I'm on the other side of it now, I think, but I'm still dealing with occasional bouts of shortness of breath and quite a lot of sleep anxiety. I have it for the second time -- first was in July.I got my test literally the day I got my second dose so I guess it means nothing that I was vaxxed, I wouldn't have left to get it but the antigen test I took at home before I left said I was fine. The test I took at the hospital -- I'd gone in for what I thought was anxiety, like last time -- told me, haha, you've got COVID. My appetite's back as of a couple days ago, and I can actually find humor in things and spend time on things without immediately being distracted by my breathing, so I'd say I just need maybe 2, 3 more days and I'll be completely fine.

Right now my biggest obstacle is sleeping. I'll go to half-sleep, wake up panicked because I think I'm not breathing either enough or at all, and my heart rate will be skyrocketed for the next hour or so until I try again. Sleep aids don't help. Still, I went from getting sleep in 1 or 2 hour increments on day one, to 4 hours or so on day 2, to a whopping 7 last night, so it's just something I have to wait out I think. Granted, my problem may just be that I'm not necessarily sleeping when I'm tired, I'm sleeping when the clock says I probably should be -- my energy levels are, if not high, then at least middling.
 

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Are you ok? Do you have a pulse oximeter?
I'm fine, don't worry. I was given one as part of my "home care" kit when I left the hospital after getting tested. My symptoms were surprisingly mild considering my co-morbidities, and I'm over it now. Worst my O2 saturation ever got was, like, 92, and that was when I was asleep. Typical awake values were anything above 96. Most of my problem was mental, really.

Got a little bit of shortness of breath going on sometimes still, but no worse than after last time I had it, and the sleep anxiety kind of comes and goes, I'm trying some CBD gummies to see if they can get me through until I can see a real doctor about the issue. Mostly now I'm just dealing with some garden-variety insomnia, hopefully I can hit the reset switch on my sleep cycle and it'll be alright, but I do need to start looking into some issues, HBP in particular.

I finally swallowed my pride and the sticker shock and ended up getting insurance through Healthcare.gov. It's not perfect, but it is arguably better than what I had before I left Kentucky, even if I have to get a referral to see specialists. The deductible is, while still not great, better than I expected, and doctor/specialist visits are supposedly free. Prescription drug coverage is a little crappy, I think I'd do better just presenting at the pharmacy as uninsured for generics, but everything's got a downside. It's through the Florida branch of Blue Cross Blue Shield, so I imagine it'll be accepted about anywhere. I think it takes effect next month, I don't think I'll know until I get the cards for it in the mail -- I also opted for dental, because it was cheap and I'm pretty sure I'll need at least a filling or two if not a crown. I sure hope I don't overshoot what I keyed in for income, because I'd hate to have to pay those credits back on my taxes next year. Even still, I only used roughly 2/3 of what I qualified for out of paranoia. My monthly premium's not too bad, about comparable to my car insurance.

Time to finally start taking better care of myself.

My new toy is faring surprisingly well -- I never would have guessed Gemini Lake would be this snappy for being so low-end. Granted, I threw faster storage and a RAM upgrade at it, but it's handling Windows 10 like a champ. It can technically run Windows 11, even, being that it explicitly has TPM 2.0, but I'm not about to run that. 10 alone made me swallow my pride. The pen support is a little iffy -- I don't know if it cuts out because I'm using rechargable 4As in the pen, and those have a lower max voltage, I'm using a cheap crappy pen, or if it's just flaky in general.

The only thing I'm not a fan of are the hinges, they have more slop to them than I'd like, and the screen being mostly bezel assists in making the thing grippable I suppose but it gives this thing the footprint of a 13.3". My regret mostly lies in the fact that I didn't install one of the LTSC variants, I'm paranoid that despite the fact that I told it "no" when it asked, it'll force Windows 11 on me like they forced 10 on so many people. Granted, I almost don't think 11 is all that awful when you use StartAllBack, but I shouldn't have to pay for a program to fix Microsoft's design shortcomings. ...Nevermind that I've done so at least once already, through AquaSnap.
 
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