It is finally out, the new Sid Meier‘s Civilization V, time to call in sick, take a long unpaid vacation and stock yourself with caffeine, you will need it. Civilization V is everything that you expected. Still the same as Civilization I, but so much different that you want to play it anyway. My first run was few days after the North American release date (here in Europe we always get screwed, one way or the other). I have to admit, last Civilization that I played was Civilization II, I still should have the original box somewhere and the big technology tree poster that was taped to the wall while I was playing the game. Now, all I have is an email with an activation number. So sad, but in a way also thrilled, because after I received that email it too my slow internet link only four hours to get the game. So in 4am I had it in my grasp, installed on my computer. Twenty eight hours later, I am writing a review. Read on if you want to know more about the game play and the changes in this release. I won’t go easy on the bugs either. Screenshots will be provided.
GNU? Linux? Ubuntu? GNU/Linux? Ubuntu/GNU/Linux? WTF?!?! The endless debate about what is an operating system, what defines it and how it should be named has reached limits of my patience. What are the relations between GNU, Linux and various Linux distributions, Ubuntu in this particular case? Read on if you wish to know more about the whole problem and the whole debate and why I think that Ubuntu is an operating system, Linux is a kernel and GNU/Linux is something that should probably be credited but it is utterly unimportant to most of the users. I will explain what is GNU, what is Linux and what is Ubuntu and why all the good guys at Free Software Foundation are wrong.
Maverick Meerkat is still beta software, so your mileage my vary. Plus, Ubuntu upgrades are like carrying nitroglycerin around. Most of the times if you are careful everything will be ok, then sometimes you step on something, stumble and everything blows up in your face. Why on earth would you want to upgrade then? Because you’re adventurous and you want to live on the edge, right? Upgrade worked for me on my computer. I had a minor problem with Nvidia graphics card which was solved quickly. In any case, if you are happy with Lucid Lynx and you have a stable production environment, then you should probably wait. Final release is scheduled for October 10th and most of the show stopper bugs should be gone by that time.
NAT stands for Network Address Translation. If you are a causal Playstation 3 user then you probably don’t know anything about this until you have a problem with it. An average PS3 is usually connected to the internet through a router and that router will take care of NAT for you. NAT Type will tell what kind of connectivity your PS3 has to the Internet. Having a Type 3 NAT will result in various issues, your voice chat might not work and you might have other problems with your in-game connectivity. The best solution for this is to check your router settings. In this Howto I will talk about Linksys WRT router running DD-WRT software. Settings for other routers are similar and you can probably use the information from this post to setup your router.