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Debian 10

Debian 10

I have to say I am enjoying my upgrade to Debian 10. I have not really done much out side your normal user stuff since the upgrade, but my Thinkpad T450s is great with it. I really like the Bootup and login style. The same just a little more cleaned up looking.

I do find that the Trackpoint is a little fast. If I turn down the mouse sensitivity to fix it, my mouse on the dock seems way to slow. Need to find the happy medium for it.

LapDesk Part 2

LapDesk Part 2

So I have been using the DIY Lapdesk off and on for a few weeks now. I actually have grown to really like the thing. I did not spent to much time gaming the past little while, but i have played a few mouse and keyboard heavy games from my sofa.

  • Glass Masquerade
  • Quake Champions
  • Intrude
  • DooM
  • Doom 2
  • Borderlands 2

The main issue was storing the thing.. I would have stored it Vertical if I didn’t always feel like moving the keyboard around. I did think to Velcro the keyboard down, but decided against it.

Feels like I move it around depending on which game a fair amount.

I am normally not a fan of shelves and stuff being out, but I had no other option to store this thing, where it was handy and out of the way.

LapDesk Storage Shelf
DIY Gaming LapDesk

DIY Gaming LapDesk

I give you the Gaming LapDesk

It’s built from plywood, Some Yoga Blocks and an Anti Slip Mat from the $tore. I already had a bunch of sticky Velcro strips, so the investment in this was pretty cheap (Under $30 CAD).

I added a old hub I picked up at a local Thrift Ship for $2. I plug the keyboard and mouse into it. Then twist tie up the cables nice, and add a single longer cable to run to my TV center.

Could have gone wireless, but for cost and not having to deal with batteries I like the wired option.

I picked up the cheapest Logitech keyboard the LCS (Local Computer Shop) had in stock. It feels cheap, but not nearly as cheap as I expected. Will prob look to replace these in the future.

The Anti Slip Mat from the $tore was for inside drawers. It worked amazingly well. I used a ton of white glue to stick it down, put a board on top, and piled some paint cans on top for the night.

The finished thing actually feels pretty nice. I can see where I could improve a Model 2 version of this.. So maybe soon I will make an update.

I can’t take all the credit for this amazingly great creation of fun. I fist saw something close to this via DIY DAVE on YouTube. I ended up using the yoga block idea, but think I might try to make folding legs to store it away better on the next model.

Time to get back to some Borderlands 2. Been starting to play this in co-op with a buddy. Also been working on finishing off some single player fps games.

Disable Steam RB LB Quick Links in Big Picture Mode

Disable Steam RB LB Quick Links in Big Picture Mode

If you are like me and spend most of your gaming time on the sofa in Steam Big Picture Mode, then you have probably noticed how annoying it is to accidentally hit your controllers LB or RB button and quick loaded the Chat and Web ‘Tabs’.

You can disable this either or both of these from within Big Picture Mode.

To change this goto The Settings (Gear Icon) -> Base Configurations -> Big Picture Mode configuration -> Select each Trigger and Set its value to ‘None’.

Now you can pick up the controller and not always end up in the Web Browser.

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.

Valve Kills Steam Link Hardware

It appears that Valve have stopped making its Steam Link Hardware, and are moving to just using the Steam Link App on Android and iOS.

I have been a fan of the Steam Link since its launch, which is a funny story.. I per-ordered both a Steam Link and Steam Controller through EBGames (GameStop for Canada). I went to pick it up on the day of launch and found a huge line of people! I quickly noticed that everyone was getting copies of Fallout 4 that released the same day. When I got to the counter the guy asked “What system?”. I said “Steam Link, and Controller”.. He paused for a minute and then had to get someone to figure out what I was talking about.

It gives you an idea of the following the device had from the start. I have only ever known 1 other person that owned a Steam Link.

I don’t tend to use the device as my main gaming experience, but it’s really hand to keep on the TV in the family room if on the off chance I want to play something there with Trent or Erika. Its also been handy to play some videos or do anything from the desktop. You can close Big Picture mode and with a controller use the analog stick for mouse and triggers for mouse clicks. Its pretty slick once you get use to it.

So its a little bit of a bummer they are stopping production of the device. I think its more a cause of no one really giving it a chance and assumed it would be crap, than a sign of bad hardware.

I have had no issues playing Lego games or Tomb Raider, or anything like that on it (in Windows or Linux). I would advise against anything like Rocksmith or competitive gaming with it.

Moving Blog and Round Up

How many blog posts in the blogosphere start with “Well its been a while since”, or “I have not posted in a while”, or something along the lines of not posting in a very long time. 🙂 I will skip that and just jump into a post.

First up! I moved the blog from the main root domain to a sub domain of blog.sociallysour.org.. I have done this and moved it back a few times over the years. For now I am back to the idea of having the blog on its own subdomain. The root domain will be a splash type page to feed the other things I do. I have been active in using GNUSocial, think of it as a decentralized twitter you can host yourself. Most people use Mastodon and don’t host there own instances.. But I like to tinker, so using the FSF less popular GNUSocial was my cup of tea. Plus it has way less dependency’s than Mastodon and is still able to exchange with the other people in the “Fediverse“. If anyone cool would like a gnu.sociallysour.org account drop me a line and I will hook you up. I have deleted or stopped using most all social networking sites that I do not host myself or control the content.

In other news Oct 17th 2018 Canada was the 2nd and largest country in the world thus far to legalize recreational cannabis. I am happy to say that the country is still standing and people are not stoned and passed out int he streets (any more than normal).. It’s an interesting roll (lol) out in Canada that each Province did its own thing.. Places like Quebec as far as I know do not allow people to grow there own at home. All Provinces but Ontario have physical stores, and Ontario only has online mail ordering. With all the differences it will be interesting to see which places change and move to other systems over time. Ontario is going to get physical stores in 6 months, but they will be privatized stores and not an offical OCS Store.

I think that’s it for now.. See if I can remember to check back here and post something more often now. But you can always check out my micro blogging at https://gnu.sociallysour.org/hurt138