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Snipsnap

Snipsnap

Snipsnap was a blog/wiki written in Java. I used it from 2006 until 2013. This page acted as a source code archive with one utility and my Linux management tools. Most of what one might need is now available on github; it remains as host for HTMLMacro.jar.

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Perils of Branwen, a BG2 mod

Perils of Branwen, a BG2 mod

This is the author’s home page for the BG2 mod, “The Perils of Branwen”.  I think I started it in 2003. Two people have made translations for which I am grateful. I have no plans to enhance or finish the mod. If anyone else wants to develop using it, then fine. (It might even be useful as a template.) This page documents the context, gives you a hint as to where you’ll find her and talks about the playability and characterisation. See the Download Page for the mod files and downloads.

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Witches Wake

I am sorry I tried this, its very short, and an unfinished work in progress and has been so for a number of years, I don’t think we’re getting part two.

While I have not tried this with a pure play fighter class, I have never met such tough rats and Kobolds.

The story is too incomplete to put up with the constant replay of the fights against monsters that should be easier.

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Extending Snipsnap (superceded)

Extending Snipsnap (superceded)

This article, which was originally about how to extend snipsnap & was copied across from the snipsnap bliki on 20th June 2013, I gave up on Snipsnap later in the year, and the project has been abandoned by its authors. This content is thus pretty much superseded and the title but not the link has changed to reflect this.. There has been some minimal reformatting undertaken. There are two idioms used which are snipsnap specific; they have been left as originally published and are now a nonsense. Other things will read oddly as I did not pursue my plans. Embedding Disqus broke the backup utility, or more accurately broke the restore.

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Configuring BG2

Other people’s wisdom

I have amended this snip as it came across. The ‘related posts’ plugin picks up cross references and so I have deleted references to articles on this wiki.

I copied a post from forgotten wars forums about managing the software build. I posted this on http://davelevy.info, but while tidying it up in April 2009, I uploaded it here BG2 Filesystems. I originally said “Snapshot & Fast Restores! – An article taken from the now defunct forgotton wars site. It’s about how once one has created a “vanilla” build, a safe snapshot copy can be taken quite economically in terms of time & space.” It was written by someone who called themselves Michel.

How to have two copies of BG2 on one system! at Pocket Plane Group.

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Valancia

Valancia

We visited Valencia in Sept. 2009. One of the sights we visited was the Americas Cup port and museum. The showdown between Alinghi and BMW/Oracle will now take place off the port of Valencia in February 2010. You can see my pictures in this Valencia set on flickr. The page notes the 2010 America’s cup match which Oracle won 3-0 and my notes on how to get there, this an next time.

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RSS Auto Discovery

I need to do this for the various RSS feeds I create.

How?

Isn’t google wonderful? See Peter Freitag’s article on his blog. Peter refers to browsers displaying the RSS feed address behind a button, this went out of fashion

Roller

Dave Johnson writes about it at this article on his blog

and Matt Montgomery of sun pointed me at this macro for Roller

#showAutodiscoveryLinks($model.weblog)

Meta

I copied this across on 18th July 2013, it’s been a long time since I looked at this, and the disappearance from the browser url text box is an annoyance, wonder if user styles could compensate. Wonder why it went away.

Example

The blog documents the RSS autodiscovery LINK meta tag and I repeat it here.

		
? <link title="wiki.davelevy.info » Feed" href="https://davelevy.info/wiki/feed/" 
        rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" />

 

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Plazes

I used Plazes for a couple of years, until they turned it off. Like everything it has a wikipedia page; one of its delights was the automatic way that once configured your laptop would record your itinerary, and publish it through a web widget. Bit spooky. Obviously built by people that ‘got’ social, and in Europe too, which was why it was bought by Nokia in 2012 and almost certainly part of windows phone now. Here are what remains of my notes …

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BG2 Multiplayer

These notes were originally created in 2008/2009. I copied them across to this wiki in 2013. Many of the links referred to are no longer available.

This article is about how to run BG2 on an early windows build in multiplayer mode, it is quite long. I marked this article as deprecated today.

I want to run BG2 multiplayer across my network hub. There seems to be a problem with local i.e. 192.168.0.0 addresses. This may be by design, although I can’t for the life of me think why. This research will involve understanding the game software and the hub, not to mention the various firewalls involved.

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Little Ship Club

South of the Island Rally 2009

Lymington to Bembridge, with overnight stays at both ports.

Train from Petersfield to Lymington, leave Petersfield at 11 minutes past the hour

Sat 02 May

  • Petersfield (PTR) to Havant (HAV) 12:11 -> 0:15 -> 12:26
  • Havant (HAV) to Southampton Central (SOU) 12:37 -> 0:42 ->13:19
  • Southampton Central (SOU) to Brockenhurst (BCU) 13:30 -> 0:21 -> 13:51
  • Brockenhurst (BCU) to Lymington Pier (LYP) 13:59 ->0:10 -> 14:09

Monday 04 May

Bus to Ryde, then Hovercraft and Train from Pompey on Monday, which is a Bank Holiday

Their web site, http://littleshipclub.co.uk/

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Dosbox

They say “DOSBox is an emulator that recreates a MS-DOS compatible environment (complete with Sound, Input, Graphics and even basic networking).” Their home page is at http://www.dosbox.com/.

lba2 on WXP

I have now used it to run Twinsen’s Little Big Adventure 2 (aka LBA2) on my Alienware Aurora.

Here’s how!

  1. Download the Installer
  2. Install DosBox
  3. Read the documentation at their Wiki and at MagicBall. In particular you need to grok the mount command and use it to make the CD drive visible and also to chroot the install directory.
  4. Use dos box to install the game from the CD. See MagicBall’s guide.

There are several ways to then run the game. I have created a shortcut which invokes dosbox and provides the commands to the program using the -c flag. I havn’t yet got to grips with writing a batch file and using that as the -c argument.

And now we have the original adventure

Firstly, visit LBA HQ and its download panel, which offers you a .rar archive. This contains a .iso file. This thread at http://lbahq.com describes how to cut a CD version of the archive which allows you to install both DosBox and LBA. Since I have a copy of DosBox on my Alienware, its probably possible to configure DosBox to consume the .iso, but I havn’t done this yet. So burn a CD, and XP’s autorun will run the game installer. This gives you instructions as to how to configure he game to run under DosBox. The command line arguments are documented at LBA & DosBox on this site.

LBA running in a dosbox

I boasted about this achievment on my sun, now oracle blog.