Metroid Prime (Wii) on my PC with the Dolphin Emulator

I played a little Metroid Prime (Wii) on my PC with the Dolphin emulator tonight. It actually looks pretty good when rendered at 1080p, and I had no problem maintaining 60fps at 8x MSAA (multisample anti-aliasing) and 4x AF (anisotropic filtering).

I can’t get the keyboard and mouse to play exactly like a normal FPS though due to the nature of how the game was designed, so I might pair a Wiimote to my PC via bluetooth when I’m serious about playing (namely, once I finish Breath of the Wild). I’ve also been told the Steam Controller works great with Metroid Prime, so I’ll be trying that out as well.

Setting Up .htaccess With Let’s Encrypt

After installing WordPress on my Raspberry Pi LAMP stack, I was unable to get permalinks to work. WordPress had appropriate permissions to .htaccess and was able to edit it, and mod_rewrite was installed and enabled in Apache. I checked my AllowOverride settings in 000-default.conf and that was right too, so I was very confused.

It turns out that since I installed Let’s Encrypt to provide TLS encryption on my site, I needed to add the following to my 000-default-le-ssl.conf file (not 000-default.conf):

<Directory /var/www/html>
                Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
                AllowOverride All
                Order allow,deny
                allow from all

The more you know!

Once More With Feeling – Blogging and the Indie Web

I’ve worried about data compatibility and posterity since I was old enough to type.

My cousins had IBM-clones while my school had Apple //e computers. My closest friends’ families got Holstein-patterned Gateway 2000 towers while I had been begging my parents for a Macintosh (which quickly changed to pleas for a Power Macintosh 7200/120 with an Intel PCI card capable of running both Windows and Mac OS at the same time).┬╣

My typed journal entries from my angst-ridden early-teen years were carefully saved to a 3.5″ floppy disk in Rich Text Format, as I wanted to be sure I could open them decades later┬▓ on whatever futuristic software had replaced Microsoft Office in the 21st century.

As I aged and the internet grew bigger and more media-rich, my desire to keep data free and compatible grew with it. To share videos and pictures of our children, I secured a domain name and web hosting for a blog. No need to force grandparents to sign up for Facebook or YouTube, just send them our URL. It worked great and I was proud of it.

But years later my wife and I got smart phones. Now content didn’t need to go from a digital camcorder or camera to a computer, where it was then just as easy to post to our blog as to web service. Now we could post straight from our phones to Google+, YouTube and Twitter. We were busy with young children and welcomed the ease of sharing content with relatives who so eagerly asked for more. We explained this migration to Google+ on our family blog and it’s still the most recent post almost five years later.

But the internet is always changing, and it’s more and more owned by corporations that will shut down or change products and services with little warning. The World Wide Web is littered with broken links to non-existent pages as content owners rise and fall and change.

Don’t get me started on the death of RSS.

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Fresh Raspberry Pi

This blog is running on a Raspberry Pi 2 in my house. I’d used the Pi as a Minecraft server for my kids, and later as a FreeNAS controller, but then it was only collecting dust. I experimented with the Ghost platform, but prefer having comments saved on my own server instead of a third-party comment service. So I installed a LAMP stack and WordPress and that’s what you’re seeing now.