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June 10, 2012

Cinnamon Style: Extensions

So you want to know about Extensions in Linux Mint. Customising Linux Mint to the way you want it to be is quite fun indeed. If you are using the Cinnamon version of Linux Mint then you will have already checked out the new features already. If you haven't here is a great opportunity to learn about what Extensions are and what they really do.


There are no extensions that come with Linux Mint so you will have to download and install them yourself. Firstly head over to the Cinnamon website and to the 'Extensions' page. At this moment of writing, there are only eight Extensions available for download. The most useful Extension in my opinion would be the 'Coverflow Alt-Tab' that mimics Windows' Alt-Tab.

To install an Extension:
  • Download and extract the Extension package
  • Head into  ~/.local/share/cinnamon/extensions/ (You may need to unhide files by doing a Ctrl+H)
  • Paste the Extension folder here
  • Open up Cinnamon Settings and into the Extensions option
  • Click the checkbox to enable your Extension
  • You must so a window manager reload to get the Extension to work so do a Alt+F2 and r
There you have it. Extensions! They simple extend the ability of Cinnamon and to your system. What else needs customising on Linux Mint? Perhaps next time it will be the new display manager that Linux Mint 13 now has; MDM.

Anime Review: Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin is a tragic, dramatic, and thrilling anime about the survival of the fittest in a corrupt, harsh society. Basically don't trust anyone except your closest friends. That is how you can survive.

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no ShichininSynopsis:

Seven teenagers in 1955 have to learn to live together in the same hold in the reformatory of Shio. Confined in a hall where suffering and humiliation are daily, they are waiting for a ray of hope in a dark, incarcerating world. The story follows their life together and how they move on afterwards.

Review:

The first half of the anime series is about seven teenagers imprisoned in a horrible detention centre where most officials are corrupt and other inmates and unforgiving. This is the reality of a harsh world that society shuns. How will these boys survive this horrible environment? With the strength and help of one another, they learn the true meaning of friendship. If after they finally get out of the detention centre, making a living and supporting oneself isn't easy as well. The anime portrays a harsh and corrupt society; however, the end of the anime reveals a true and beautiful ending for these bunch of guys. Throughout the anime, you will see plenty of demoralising moments from brutal torture, betrayal of the worst, unwanted rape, and the threat of being killed. It is all breathtakingly intense from start to finish. You will not find a peaceful moment in the anime as there constantly dangers lurking everywhere.

The art was really detailed and graphical. Each episode had a short blurb that describes that the explicit detail was meant to be in the anime to increase the effectiveness of its message; and it did. The brutal torture and pain that the characters reveal is pretty indepth indeed. The art in this anime contained a lot of bleak and dull colours to represent a dark society, and the bright colours of that friendship tree gives us a sense of 'hope' and 'refreshment'.

The audio and the animation work beautifully in tandem, with the music bringing scenes to life by boosting the dank atmosphere. The opening by Coldrain is especially great, bringing a sense of 'pain and struggles' touch to the show. Similarly, the voices are gruff and work very well with the rest of the presentation.

Characters were all presented rough and untidy; how this anime is meant to be presented. You will not find a true 'calming' or 'peaceful' face in this anime as every character has an ulterior motive or hidden agenda that we do not know about. All gets revealed eventually and we are left with a state of mixed emotions. This anime has effective portrayed the lives of these seven teenagers extremely well. Many times you will feel hatred, sorrow, or pity for these characters.

In the end, it was enjoyable to watch in a different sense. The anime definitely will not make you happy or calm until the very end. The constant feeling of dread and fear is always lingering in every moment of this anime series.

STORY: 8
A deep story that will keep you awake and unable to let go of your breath.

ART: 9
Really detailed a graphical. Some disturbing moments are present that you will never forget.

SOUND: 8
Soundtrack and music was intense and really suited the anime. Voice acting was decent.

CHARACTER: 8
I couldn't find a particular character to like since all these characters have good and bad points.

ENJOYMENT: 8
I was pretty shocked at the amount of themes that this anime portrays. It was enjoyable at the least to say that there was a good ending to this series.

OVERALL: 8
If you can take mental disturbance then I suggest you move on. This anime is for those who can take on a "reality" of a corrupt society and life.

Final Fantasy Dimensions Mobile Game's Gameplay Video Streamed

The video game news website IGN posted a hands-on gameplay video on Wednesday for Square Enix's upcoming release of the Final Fantasy Dimensions mobile game. The video highlights a battle inside a cave area in the game. 

Square Enix will release the game for both iOS and Android devices this summer. Square Enix describes the game as follows:
Drawing upon the roots of the series with such features as beautiful 2D pixel art, job-driven character growth, additional scenarios in which to inherit the jobs of your adventuring companions, and a classic story of light, darkness, and crystals, FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS delivers the best of FINAL FANTASY, retro and fresh alike, directly to your smartphone.
[Source: ann]