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Games, a blog ominbus

I originally referred to this as Nicopolis.

Capitalism II

See Wikipedia, Google and this fan site, called Capitalism Agglomerate. Its suggested to be the hardest game ever published, but is a serious business simulation.

Republic, the Revolution

Overthrow the communist state, I wrote about it on my oracle blog, in an article called Political Games; it is now lost.


The grand-daddy of them all, rule the world!

Ceasar III

Town Planning, Roman Empire style

Little Big Adventure

A somewhat surreal platformer, third person adventure game set in a low magical world. This is now quite old, but I still have the LBA2 disk and have installed it using dosbox, which I wrote up on my blog.


This is part of the Myst series, I re-installed it on the Dell, and it is not very stable. I have copied it across to the Alienware, which has a different video and sound sub system. Here’s hoping it’ll be better.

This was odd, why was it so unstable, it was a late issued game for the XP platform. See also URU: Ages of Myst here.

Nikopol : Secrets of the Immortals

On their site, Lighthouse say

“It is the year 2023 in Paris. As our hero Nikopol, you receive shocking news that your father may be alive. At the same time an eerie pyramid appears floating above the city and is said to be inhabited by Egyptian gods. You are caught between two worlds, one of anarchy and one of immortality”.

On Amazon, they say,

“After a 30-year hibernation in space, you, Alcide Nikopol, return to an authoritarian and decadent Earth. Your father is under the sway of the cold-blooded and ambitious god Horus that he is trying to install as overlord of Paris. Your mission is to find your father and prevent Horus from carrying out his plans. Immerse yourself in this fascinating and elaborate universe inspired by Enki Bilal’s cult comic book “The Carnival of Immortals.”.

Despite this massive clue, and by using Google, I  found that the game is inspired by the Nicopolis Trilogy by Enki Bilal [wikipedia], which were published as graphic novels i.e. comics. One of the most informative links about Bilal’s work I found was written and posted in Lithuanian at, Bilal was born in the then Yugolsalvia. Bilal has turned his books into the film, Immortal or Immortel (ad vitam), and now we have the game. An Amazon query on “Bilal Enki” will find the game, film and book. The latter is nearly 350 GBP. So I shan’t be buying that, maybe I’ll try and get it from the local library.

I found this review, hosted at, but published by which seems to agree with what I said in my New Year’s Day blog article, highly immersive, strong story but you’ll be brought up short from time to time, by the incongruousness and pernichtyness of some of the puzzles.

See also which is another advert. I finally bought it from Lighthouse Interactive

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Python and datetime


Here are some links


An example of using datetime is

import time
import datetime 

#now.tzinfo = 'GMT'; # fails, now.tzinfo is immutable

print now.ctime() print now.isoformat() print now.tzinfo

but otherwise produces the following output

Fri Jan  2 15:15:07 2009

I performed these tests on a windows XP box. tzinfo is empty is this a windows/configuration thing? I can test this with UNIX. I tried setting the TZ variable before running the program and it makes no difference. I found one reference that says Python datetime doesn’t do TimeZones.

Obviously, using the from statement would change the call syntax

from datetime import datetime

should work

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Small screen HTML runes

Optimising HTML for small screens

I have been interested in optimising HTML for small screens and/or using CSS as the vehicle. This has been driven by my personal publication properties and started at Sun with the then Sun Blog. I marked it as deprecated in 2020.

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Audio on the Dell


I tried to use the microphone to make video’s on the Dell and the sound track is inaudible. Sound Recorder also creats inaudible tracks. I have tried to discover how to audit the sound drivers. There is a Dell Community thread. 17th January 2009

I have just attempted to use both a Creative & Trust microphone on both the rear and front microphone ports of my Dimension 5150C & the Alienware. I am having zero success on the Dell. I bought a new labtec microphone and this works fine on the Dell.


I get an intermittent error with CTMBHA.DLL on system boot. I have investigated this in the Dell forums and via google. This seems to be a ‘feature’.