April 26, 2012

PSotD - Monochrome Ride

Title: Monochrome Ride
Composer/Artist: かめりあ (Kameria)/Hatsune Miku
Year: 2011
Notes: A very sci-fi feel.
Links: DDL from MikuDB.

Linux Tycoon Beta 4 Released

Linux Tycoon has been updated once again bringing it to Beta 4. This new version includes a "Sacrifice Volunteer" feature which can be found under "Assign Workers". You can now “sacrifice” your a volunteer in exchange for mysterious, unknown effects.  Some effects are good.  Others are bad.  (Mostly they are good.)  But once you sacrifice that volunteer… he’s gone forever.

Other notable changes in Beta 4:

  • Additional tweaking of the simulation engine based on your feedback.
  • On the Assign Workers screen, can now see how many Volunteers and Paid Workers you have assigned to each Package right there in the list.

You can voice your feedback of Beta 4 in the official forum.

In addition, Bryan Lunduke's other game called '2299 : THE GAME' is now discounted (down to $3) for people who want to help support him in his endeavours.  '2299' is a very different game than Linux Tycoon (a graphical, point-and-click adventure), but it has some groovy retro artwork, runs on Linux/Windows/Mac and is also DRM free.

Here is the link to use for the discounted price: Link.

Ubuntu 12.04 or Linux Mint 12

Ubuntu 12.04 is here! Or is it? The expected release date for Ubuntu 12.04 is 26 April 2012, which for me is today. With more than half the day gone already and still no sign of release I wonder if I was a bit too early to wait. Then I realized that my time zone is GMT +10 which meant most of the world will be still on the 25 April 2012. So no problems there.

After using Linux Mint 12 for a while now I have come to love the Cinnamon interface more than Ubuntu's Unity. My big decision here is to decide whether to switch to Ubuntu 12.04 or stick with Linux Mint 12. In the end, after considering many factors I decided to stick with Linux Mint. Here are some major influences in my decision.

Ubuntu and Linux Mint's interfaces are completely different. Ubuntu has more of a traditional orange and purple colour scheme that seem to lack in appeal. Of course everyone's tastes are different but Linux Mint's cool green and gray colour scheme just simply hooked me in. Also, Cinnamon simply fulfil my needs more than Unity does. The amount of customizability on the Cinnamon interface is just simply amazing. Unity is good, but Cinnamon is better.

One thing that annoyed me the most was Ubuntu's decision to not include Sun Java in their default repositories. This left OpenJDK and IcedTea Java which don't run Minecraft! I know there are workarounds to install Sun Java on Ubuntu but those methods are such a hassle. I've tried installing Sun Java 7 and I eventually got Minecraft working properly but then my eclipse IDE broke. In the end, I switched back to Linux Mint 12.

Speed and Updates
For me, I felt that Linux Mint 12 was faster than Ubuntu is opening software and running system scripts. Also, Linux Mint has a handy system update menu app that automatically detects if there are updates available for me to download. Finally, I prefer Linux Mint's software centre over the Ubuntu Software Centre.

My final decision? Always Linux Mint. What about you? Will you download and try Ubuntu 12.04 or will you stick with Linux Mint 12? I read a blog post on the Linux Mint website stating that Linux Mint 13 will be released at the end of May 2012. I can't wait for that!

Anime Review: Higashi no Eden: Gekijouban I The King of Eden

Higashi no Eden: Gekijouban I The King of Eden is the sequel to Higashi no Eden as it continues the story where it last stopped. The mystery deepens as Akira discovers more truths about the game he has found himself in.

Higashi no Eden: Gekijouban I The King of EdenSynopsis:
The intrigue goes international in The King of Eden, a feature-length conspiracy thriller that continues the action of Eden of the East. The deadly game that began in Japan now intensifies on the streets of New York City. The rules are the same: do whatever it takes to win. Die if you lose.

Takizawa prevented Japan's destruction - and then he vanished. Six months later, clues lead Saki to the Big Apple in search of her missing friend. Meanwhile, the remaining Selecao are plotting their final move. Some of them would prefer Takizawa dead and out of the way. Some might even be willing to help him achieve his goals. Unfortunately, some are prepared to destroy everything if it means claiming checkmate in Mr. Outside's puzzling game.

Akira Takizawa is back with more mysteries and action to keep the audience satisfied. Continuing from the last series, we take a further look into the 'game' and its hidden secrets. Asdyou have watched the first series, you will understand what I mean. The 'game' refers to 12 chosen individuals tasked to save Japan from it's financial or economic struggles. Hence, these individuals are given 10 billion to spend on whatever they like, however, there are rules which must be followed. If any rule is broken, the individual would be killed off instantly. With such a competition, Akira Takizawa must protect himself and Saki from harm. The story once again is engaging, action-packed and full of mysteries. You must have watched Higashi no Eden to properly understand and enjoy this film.

The art is pretty much the same as its predecessor. The characters all look the same and the detail in buildings and environments are just great. Nothing much to add here except that the anime is now situated in the United States and not in Japan. The change of scenery and people is evident from the artwork.

Character voice acting is essentially the same. The theme songs were captivating and appropriate for the anime's theme.

More characters are introduced as the story progresses. More of the Selecao individuals are revealed and more truths are discovered.

I enjoyed this sequel as it continued the story from Higashi no Eden since it had a cliffhanger ending. I finally saw how the 'game' progressed to its final stages which will be revealed in the next review of the second film of Higashi no Eden.

Continuing from Higashi no Eden, you are expected to remember and know what happened to fully comprehend this film.

ART: 8
Essentially the same as before with some additional CGI touches.

Same voice acting and appropriate theme songs.

More characters are revealed.

It was nice to see Akira back to save the day.

Direct sequel to Higashi no Eden. Nothing to add and nothing to complain about. It's essentially the same.