Monday, April 30, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Many Fogs versing Vista, revisted
Anyway, Many Fogs is getting pretty long in the tooth, but it has a few features that no one else does exactly the same way. I'd still recommend SmartGo to anyone (it's less expensive, it's newer, it's nice, etc.), but Many Fogs has its place. It would be a pity if this ancient leviathan vanished because of platform obsolescence, like Handtalk (e.g., speaking of resting too long on one's laurels).
Thank you, David Fotland (Smart-Games) and Calvin Hutt (The Trading Centre).
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Om mani padme hum
Friday, April 20, 2007
Many Fogs vs. Vista
I had an "E.T. call home" problem getting my Windows XP copy of Many Faces of Go version 11 to run with Vista, which I managed to get installed on Thursday. The copy protection scheme requires Many Fogs to validate the running program with a site somewhere on the web, but because of a wrinkle in how the downloadable version is set up as a "trial" install (i.e., a "demo"!), I couldn't launch the program.
Until I wrote a note to the author, and that produced a fix.
UPDATE: 10:48 PM - Well, it worked for awhile... :(
UPDATE: Sunday, 7:27 AM - The third-party copy protection site is CopyMinder. I've uninstalled MFoG and will ask for my money back if this isn't resolved. Many Fogs isn't the only paranoid game maker out there, of course. Snowie (the backgammon game) and ... ummm ... well, Microsoft come suddenly to mind.
Labels: Many Faces of Go review
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I like Vista!
- I.e., before installing, to run a Flash BIOS utility on the notebook and then select how you want Vista to treat your existing stuff, such as ignoring it altogether since I keep a different kind of backup;
- Then after installing, to restore all the video drivers and HP technical graces that made you buy a Presario in the first place; however, you can be selective what you choose to install in the way of optional and merely recommended software. If you (in your own private infinite wisdom, like mine) try to skip this step, you get a very plain, worse than vanilla, slow Vista, because it tries to use a generic SGA graphics driver. Ugh.
Lots of people are complaining about Vista, but IMHO, they should be complaining about how messy under the hood Windows XP is, and what problems that can cause transitioning to Microsoft's new look for the next six or seven years. I'd say they've done well, so far.
Next step is reinstalling a lot of alternative software (again!), especially Gimp and Open Office.org 2.2.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Bush at Virginia Tech
I don't know which is worse. The calculated tremolo in cable news anchorlets' voices as they discuss the events in Hokieville? Or George Bush laying it down thick over private griefs he had (this time) nothing to do with, thank God?
At least when Bill Clinton feels your pain, when he tears up in the eye nearest the camera, he actually does get a measurable twinge and a moment's 24 karat discomfort. Bush is a little too gory to wear the widow's weeds.
Monday, April 16, 2007
gnubg's mysterious graph
If you play GNU Backgammon, you've probably seen this graph and wondered what it meant. Well, the 'net is wide, the 'net is wise, the net is ever at your side, and such, to wit, is the sense thereof:
"This graph shows the total error rates per game for each player. The games are along the bottom and the error rates up the side. Chequer error in green, cube error in blue."But I don't remember where I found that (possibly here.)
Bwa-hahaha-ha! I finally won a game of Go at IGS!
Labels: GNU Backgammon 0.16
Saturday, April 14, 2007
The problem with postcard format
On which account I've discerned what may be a rule: If they're losing, they haven't.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
God bless you, Mr. Vonnegut
Labels: Better Bananas Broadcast
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Wormwood turns the wheel
As all these babies float away with the bathwater and vanish amidst the bullrushes, I, reprobate that I am, call to mind the Enchiridion of Indulgences.
"Bellies full, minds empty." — The Old Man's First Principles of Governance
Monday, April 09, 2007
We've probably all loafed all day today, still Easter for me (I've been debugging some home email problems, a kind of loafing, I suppose... ;-)
One of the charms of being Catholic is getting to keep little sacramentals secreted about one's person, like rosaries and Miraculous Medals. Maybe that frosts your cupcake, but I love Catholic rigamarole. It seems like Spring, after my long Presbyterian winter and autistic treks on the fringes of Zen.
*October 25, 1945, First Presbyterian Church, Edgerton, Kansas
†April 7, 2007, All Saints Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
‡April 7, 2007, All Saints Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Labels: Morning's Minion
Friday, April 06, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
A slap in the face for Belgium
Our Chief Decider's highhanded "recess appointment" of Sam Fox, a Missouri fat cat unqualified to be our new U.S. Ambassador to Belgium — one of those, in fact, who bankrolled the Swift Boat smears, lies and slander campaign against John Kerry in 2004 — is not only a pointed riposte at the Democratic majority in Congress, but an unusually clear signal to Belgium (and by extension, Europe at large) that George gives diddly squat for anything beyond his own banal focus... justice, truth, logic, whatever. Brussels should bark this Fox back baro non grata.‡
‡That's Latin for "Dunce with the one who sent you," Sam.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Big Grass Shack
Labels: susurrus in tokyo
Monday, April 02, 2007
Nihon Kiin's New Go Game Machine 9x9
Seriously, this little igo program (shown running on Windows XP) is the first 9x9 player I've seen that lets you take back one, two, three or all moves, and replay them. Also has a hint button and a position evaluator as neat as SmartGo's or Many Faces'. You can play against three personalities — Hikaru†, Yukari‡ and Professor Owa* — and they're all about equally frustrating to lose to.
"Professor Owa" plays about evenly against GNU Go 3.7.10 at level 10, so... maybe somewhere between 9 kyu and 6 kyu?
†Hikaru no Go
‡Umezawa Yukari, the 5 dan pro who vets Hikaru no Go
*Nobody in the show, must be the little guy on their Learn Go pages :)