18 December 2014

True SURVIVAL Zombie Horror - Project Zomboid

Think you're tired of zombie games?  Here's a different (and delightfully crossplatform) take on the whole genre:  Project Zomboid.

Surviving isn’t just about blowing off zombie heads. Depression, starvation, loneliness, illness, insanity. These are just some of the things you have to deal with…
And that's what makes PZ stand out.  The game is technically still in alpha, but it's totally playable (and in multiplayer), and available both on Steam and Desura.

Let's get this part straight right off the bat:  This game is about survival.  And, well, the title card puts it pretty succinctly:

Project Zomboid is one of those games where it's worth checking the wiki out a bit - you'll have to combine and use items in order to build barricades, plant food, and otherwise generally survive.  It's more important whether or not you close the curtains:

Than whether or not you're a zombie-killing machine. 
 
Hint:  You're not.

It's well worth the $15 in the state that it is now, but the developers are still hard at work on it.  Check it out.

17 December 2014

Workaround for bug messing up mail merge and label printing in LibreOffice

If you are having trouble printing mail merge or labels from LibreOffice (see this bug report here), there is a workaround:

1. Set up your merged document.

2. Save the set up document without trying to merge it

3. Close all LibreOffice applications.  Kill the daemon if you have it running (I don't).

4. Re-open your set-up document.  It will ask you if you wish to reconnect to sources.  Answer yes.

5. Print.

16 December 2014

Graphically See Your Home Network With jNetMap (Win/Mac/*Nix, FREE)

My home network is a little... complicated.  With two routers, a switch, and multiple devices and computers attached to it, sometimes it's useful to visually see what the heck is going on.

And for that purpose, jNetMap is an excellent crossplatform tool.

Sure, if you're on *nix or a Mac, you can probably use

nmap -sP 192.168.1.0/24

to see a raw version of what's going on.  But does that have the same impact as this:

This is everything that has been on my network lately, all noted by where they tend to connect.  (I'm using the reflection icon theme here).  jNetMap will conveniently scan your network for you, finding connections and doing a lot of the hard work automagically for you.

I had to move some of the connections (it didn't recognize my stupid desk hub for example, and put all the wireless connections to jillboot), but for the most part it makes it easy for me to see what connects where.

There are all sorts of plugins so that you can use this tool for a lot more, but the base functionality is great for making sure your basic network layout is the way you want it to be, and keeping track of your devices.

And yes, there's a marsupial theme.  Because WOMBATS.

jNetMap is free crossplatform software - (Win/Mac/*nix) available at Sourceforge.