Daily Driving Linux
My enthusiasm for new the DIY Framework Laptop and the Linux-powered Steam Deck coupled with the release of Ubuntu 21.10 has lead me to installing a Linux desktop environment on one of my computers.
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.
Windows 11 has been officially announced, and it didn’t really meet my expectations. Judging from the work that has gone in to UI tooling for developers, I was expecting a cleaned up, slimmed down, refined operating system. Instead Windows 11 doesn’t seem all that different from Windows 10 except the addition of another design system layer and deeper integration with Microsoft cloud services.Last week, my new Windows PC with an RTX 3080 finally arrived, and I was lucky enough to get a 3080 before the limited hash rate version came out. Getting one without the hash rate limit got me thinking about digging into cryptocurrency.
This isn’t the first time I’ve dipped my toes in the water. My interest in cryptocurrency always seems to perk up when I get a new GPU, but after some playing around, I tend to give up on it.
My Mac mini with Apple Silicon 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 is 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.
The Amiga 500 I recently acquired had some physical damage, but supposedly still booted. However, I’ve never owned one before and was initially ill-equipped to even check if it did indeed still booted.
My original plans for 2020 were to write more and complete 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, Commodore 64 and an Amiga 500.
When the iPad first came out in 2010, I immediately bought one. Holding it and interacting with it felt like the future of computing. But as the years went by, and I upgraded to newer models of the iPad, I never really felt the same excitement. The software experience seemed stagnated, and I ended up using it more for reading and watching videos than anything productive.
The iPad Pro without the keyboard the same excitement the original iPad made me feel. The feel of the machine, the bit larger screen and using Face ID to unlock it feels like the future of computing again. I’m curious if the addition of the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil can keep the experience elevated above just a consumption device.
As my collection of vintage computers grows, I wanted to look back on the hardware and operating systems I grew up with.
For most of the computing world, the 90s was about Microsoft taking over with Windows. However, I don’t think any one particular operating system took over my particular computing world. My early computer time was all about
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