A Month with Linux

Last month, I tried using Linux for my daily driver, and the results were mixed. While using Linux for work is as easy as using macOS, I had some minor hardware support issues and game controller issues, so I hesitated to move my personal computing needs to the platform.


Pre-ordering the Steam Deck

I’m super excited about the Steam Deck, Valves new hand-held gaming PC that runs AAA games on Linux.

Pre-ordering were crashing the reservation system, and I had issues for 40 minutes trying to get it to accept my credit card. But eventually I got an email confirmation; however, I missed the 2021 shipping window.

The specs seem pretty good for running current and previous-generation games. but there will eventually be newer games that will push it a bit. Even newer current-generation games might.

I wonder if publishers end up considering its support like they do for consoles, or if Valve revises the specs in a shorter window than consoles.

But maybe Valve doesn’t even need to worry about the specs for future games. Game streaming could be the future of this form factor. Xbox Cloud seems like a possibility on the Steam Deck since you can install Windows, and you will probably be able to stream games to it from your local PC like you can from other Steam clients.

Maybe Valve will even launch an Xbox Cloud competitor, which could prolong the hardware’s life.


First Day with an Apple Silicon Mac

My Mac mini with an Apple Silicon CPU arrived. I went with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD configuration. I am excited about this transition, not just because of the massive jump in performance, but because it feels like the Mac platform is taking center stage again.

I did hit a few snags with the hardware and operating system on my first day. It wasn’t a simple drop-in replacement for my 2018 Mac mini on my desk, and one of the first things I wanted to understand was how to reinstall or factory erase macOS on Apple Silicon.

Retro Computers

The Amiga 500 Lives

I recently acquired an Amiga 500 with some physical damage and unknown operating state. However, I’ve never owned one before and was initially ill-equipped to even check if it indeed still booted.

Retro Computers

New Hardware - Summer 2020

My original plans for 2020 were to write more and complete more projects. And you would think that being locked up in a house all spring and summer would be the perfect time to do those things. However, I have kids and a job that increased in demand due to the circumstances, and so my projects were put on hold.

I’ve got a handle on things now and have made a few new purchases this summer: a NeXTstation Color Turbo, a Commodore 64, and an Amiga 500.