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LibreELEC SSH Passwords in 9.0.0

I had a little chuckle when I read one of the release notes in the latest LibreELEC 9.0.0 Release.

Changeable SSH passwords and a default firewall configuration have been added to combat the increasing number of HTPC installs that can be found on the public internet. The increase is partly due to simple maths; our userbase has grown so the number of users inappropriately exposing their HTPC to the internet has also grown. The static password for libreelec is present on most/all password dictionary lists so it’s important we start encouraging users to change it (the first-run wizard will prompt when SSH is enabled).

That’s a really fancy way of saying “We have more people that don’t even know how to plug the thing in, let alone configure it.”

When to say when…?

So I have had several other blogs over the years, the most successful of them has been MonsterHunterNews.com.

I still love to play the Monster Hunter games, but don’t nearly put as much time into them now. It’s a fair amount of work to keep that site current and up to date in the Monster Hunter News Scene. I have facebook pages, twitter, GNUSocial, Tumblr, YouTube, and who knows what else.. Its a very social driven site I guess..

I have been playing with the idea of dropping that blog and either just sitting on the domain, or sell the domain name. It has a ok ranking right now for a little known site. I don’t want to get into selling the content or the social groups, so would just delete all them.

Its hard when you have spent so much time doing something to stop doing it.. Even if you know its the right thing to do, you still feel like your giving up or walking away.

Would also like to just keep a minimal of online spaces to work in. I could post Monster Hunter stuff here if something really catches my fancy. Or just update casually on my progress in the game.

lakka Bluetooth Controllers Not Saving

So I have been playing around with running lakka on a old thinkpad x201 I have. I was running it on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ but wanted to see what the extra horsepower could do.

Very happy with switching from using the Pi!

In any case I setup some Playstation 4 and Playstation 3 controllers I had via bluetooth to it and every time I would reboot I would lose the settings. I followed the lakka documentation to get the controllers working.

I finally spent some time tonight looking into the issue and it still had the settings. It was just not loading bluetooth services on startup.

I didn’t want to dig into it to much so I just added a quick and dirty crontask at boot that will start the services.

Add this like to Root Cron Task
@reboot sh /storage/scripts/bluetoothloader.sh

Make File /storage/bluetoothloader.sh with the following commands

touch /storage/.cache/services/bluez.conf
systemctl enable bluetooth
systemctl start bluetooth

The above will load the bluetoothloader script on a boot up or reboot. It will then start the bluetooth services.

I can’t help myself, with game sales.


I ended up giving into a few game sales this week with the current Steam Winter Sale. Was hoping I could not buy any games with my current back catalog, but I digress.

Without ado here are the current Steam Winter Sale Purchases:

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Could not pass up getting this game that has been on my radar since before it came out. I just love the art of the cut scenes, and as far as I know a more classic RPG system to the game. I don’t enjoy overly complex battle systems and skills. I do hope they have an option after finishing the game to play all the cut scenes in order. I think it actually came on to my radar from GamingOnLinux way before its release.

It also comes recommended by a fellow blogger over on Me Vs. Myself and I

RiME

Rime only recently came to mind to pick up. I think I actually saw it on one of the “Discovery Queue’s” on Steam to get the holiday cards (Guess the Marketing Machine works). It looked good and Fanatical happened to have it in a sale for under $5 CAD, with 3 other games. RiME is normally a $40 game, so it seemed like a really good deal. Even the current Steam Winter Sale price is $14 for just RiME.

Its the Very Positive Bundle and includes:

  • The Sexy Brutale
  • Dex
  • Bastion
  • RiME

I already own Bastion and played it for a little. It really didn’t grab me to put a whole lot of time into it.

Steam Winter Sale

The Steam Winter Sale (2018) is on right now, and I checked over my wish for some savings. It almost looks like my want list from the Summer Sale this year. It would seem that the 3 games I wanted during it and put off getting, are still on my wish list now.

I have not picked up any of these games since that sale, and am still thinking about pick up the Battle Chasers: Nightwar on this sale. I always feel the need to want a classic RPG style game, the cut scenes in this one look amazing!

From my Summer Sale post, it would also seem I was only able to complete one game off the “Want To Complete List”.

Doom

I am not sure I will ever complete Doom. It looks like a great game, but after the original Quake Arena and UT games I have never been a huge fan of FPS games. I like the idea and some of the orig FPS games hold a very special place in history for me.

I need to stop thinking I will enjoy the new style FPS games as much as the classics.

Kings Quest

Kings Quest is a game I really do want to play, but hardly spend any of my playtime in the Computer chair. Mostly of my playtime is from the sofa with controller in hand.

I could dust off the steam controller and give it a go on this title..

Fallout 4

Fallout 4 I can see myself playing, but I have not felt the pull towards this game at all this year.

Mad Max

I actually started to play this and something happened to my save file that would have made me start again. I was not very far into the game, but the thought of having to do the stuff I had done again didn’t appeal to me.

Maybe I should give it another try, or look into the save file issue again.

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

I wanted this game so bad being a fan of the original Commandos games. It might have been a little more of nostalgia than actually wanting it, cause I have not even put an hour into this game. It could also be that this is a sit at the desk type game.

Lego Batman 3

Lego Batman 3 is the one game on the list I was able to finish. Trent and I have a few hundred hours into this game. How much of that is actual game play and how much is just walking away leaving it running, we will never really know. Its playing on the tv in my office right now as i write this and he left the room a while ago..

It’s worth noting that we did finish this game, but have since bought all the DLC and have about 6 more achievements to get on steam before 100% completion of this game.

We have a back log of 3 or 4 lego games we own, and also a few on my wish list for later. They really are some of the best games to play with kids. He picked up the controller and was playing pretty well at 3 years old.