This will be my last post for the year and my 400th post. I managed 200 posts both this year and last, I doubt this will happen in the coming year, I simply do not have the bandwidth to post more than 2 or 3 times a week. I thought I’d cover some odds and ends here, kind of wrap up the year so to speak.
Computers: Every few years I change Linux distributions for a variety of reasons. Usually it is because someone has put together an excellent package and provided some level of extended support for their product. This was the case when I shifted from Slackware to RedHat and then again when I went from RedHat to Ubuntu. This year, because Ubuntu has adopted the god awful Unity/Gnome3 desktop, I started looking for something. I started my search with Lubuntu, which uses the LXDE desktop rather than Gnome. I used this with my netbook and it works well for that. However, for my main machine, I tend to need more and better features. So after a few months of that, Mint Linux 12 came out, which included a fork of Gnome2 called MATES and I gave that try. Amazingly it works pretty well and includes a lot of things I normally had to download and install separately from Ubuntu. So for the time being, Linux Mint is my OS of choice.
Technology: This year saw me replace my netbook, a Dell Mini 9, with an Amazon Kindle Fire. Over all, I am pleased with the device and have seen not particular reason to root it. It not only handles ebooks, it does comic books from ComiXology really well and it handles PDF files much better than I expected. As a bonus, it handles web browsing and email reasonably well, although creating posts for this blog or even Facebook for that matter, is still a bit of a pain.
Gaming: I am going to take a bit of a break from GMing after the first of the year. I am a bit burned out and need to play for a bit to recharge my batteries and come up with something new and interesting to torture players with. In the meantime Bruce is running an HM game and this time around, we decided on an all Pixie Fairy game. This theme will complicate things for Bruce, for one thing, all the characters can fly and none of us can be surprised. On the other hand, there will be no combat monsters because no one will have many hit points or a strength higher than 14 to start with.
Carnifex.org Commenter of the Year: Due to the voting irregularities from last year, this year we implemented paper ballot voting. After 5 rounds of voting were all those eligible to vote, voted for themselves, we barred everyone from voting for themselves and we came up with a winner. This year Wade Byrd is our Commenter of the Year. Wade and I have known each other since the 2nd grade and is by far my oldest friend and probably the only person other than PezWitch who will actually attend my funeral in person. Thanks Wade, I appreciate all the posts and I hope you stick around for the coming year.
Finally: On a sad note, the father of my friend Bruce has passed on. I have not spoken to Maury in years, the last time I saw him was at Bruce’s wedding in 1997. Maury taught me programming in college and was very forgiving when I got caught doing some stupid hacker moves on the college computer system. My condolences go out to both Bruce and Maury’s wife Joan.