NVIDIA Optimus on Linux – ThinkPad W520 & Bumblebee

[Updated 2021-10-11, see below to solve issue upgrading kernel]

After my ThinkPad T400 bit the dust, it was time to upgrade/replace. As I have been doing more CAD work, and have been tempted to play with Blender, when I saw a ThinkPad W520 with integrated Nvidia Quadro 1000M for a good price, how could I resist.

However, this was not the smooth ride I was expecting – and the first time I’ve ever had such a bad experience with Debian.

TLDR: JUST INSTALL BUMBLEBEE AND LEGACY DRIVERS

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EmacsGME – Emacs Games Master Emulator – v0.1 Release

As I have mentioned previously, I have started using Emacs recently as my main text editor recently – and it has slowly been creeping past that boundary to absorb more and more of my computing life. In fact, it’s fair to say that it has fundamentally changed how I interact with my computer.

As I’ve got more comfortable with the concepts of Emacs, I decided I needed to learn a bit more about how emacs-lisp works. So inline with my current interest in solo roleplaying, I decided my first project would be a Games Master Emulator:-

An example of EmacsGME play within an Emacs text buffer

So v0.1 is now available over on my NotABug page, for a preliminary implementation. Read on for more details of what it currently does, and my plans for the future…

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Solo Sci-Fi Sidekick now available on DriveThruCards! (+ a comparison of card quality)

So the proofs have come in, and as promised a much more affordable version of this deck is now available at DriveThruCards! The base price is now a mere $14 (plus shipping), so is a much more reasonable option – especially for anyone based in the Americas. You can find the product page here:- https://www.drivethrucards.com/product/360899/Solo-SciFi-Sidekick

Now that I’ve received my deck and given them a thorough look, I can give you a fair comparison between these and the pricier boxed version available from PrinterStudio.

Before I go into more detail, let me say that it is a fine product, entirely legible and completely fit for purpose – you can happily have these at your side whilst playing through your latest adventure

Read on for a comparison between DriveThruCards and the PrinterStudio decks…

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Solo Sci-Fi Sidekick – Now Available from PrinterStudio!

Just as per the title, you can now order a physical copy of Solo Sci-Fi Sidekick from PrinterStudio! Follow the widget below or visit the site direct at https://www.printerstudio.co.uk/sell/designs/solo-scifi-sidekick.html

As previously mentioned, this is an expensive way to get a single deck – but it is the printer I have used for my proof copies, as seen in all promotional images here and used in my Odysee videos… As such I can vouch for the quality of both the deck and the tuck-box.

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KickSTOPPED – The Future of Solo Sci-Fi Sidekick

Unfortunately, the kickstarter for Solo Sci-Fi Sidekick failed… Given that it is a niche product in a niche segment of a niche hobby, I’m not entirely surprised – especially given my complete lack of marketing skills, and near hatred for social media.

But this setback is not the end of the story, and I have new plans to get my creation into the hands of gamers…

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Solo Sci-Fi Sidekick – Kickstarter Now Live!

Solo Sci-Fi Starter is now LIVE on Kickstarter!

Go there for more details, any backers will be eternally lavished with my affection – and feel free to share the project wherever you think solo roleplayers & tabletop gamers will be found!

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Announcing “Solo Sci-Fi Sidekick”

After a long time on the back burner, I can now announce my first ever physical product, that will be launching on Kickstarter in early June!

“Solo Sci-Fi Sidekick” is a special 72 card deck to help generate ideas for solo roleplayers/gamesmasters playing science fiction games, or even for storytellers looking for inspiration.

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QsDoomLauncher – v0.1

Here is my latest project – a GZDoom launcher for Linux, which runs through a Rofi/dmenu interface for selecting IWADs & modifications. This is aimed at anyone who likes Doom and uses tiling window managers. All in a simple bash script, which you can download from my NotABug repository.

Check out my Odysee page if you want to see a video demonstration of it in action!

See below for details of how it works!

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Shower Curtain Rail Fix – Process Video

Following on from a slight leaking plumbing issue (read: toilet fell through the floor), I had to undertake some DIY. As I had to replace a chunk of the floor anyway, my other half decided it was time to give the room a general little spruce up.

Due to issues with the new shower curtain rail she had bought, I needed a 3D printed fix, and decided to make a video of the process!

 

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New LBRY Channel & Music Video Upload

EDIT:- Updated to show links from Odysee, as the LBRY.tv web front end is closing… Just after I found it! Odysee is arguably a better interface to the network though, and practically no different in usage.

I have recently heard about LBRY.tv, a video streaming service similar to YouTube, but with the added buzzwords of BLOCKCHAIN PROTOCOL. Being quite enamoured by the fediverse lately, I obviously had to make a channel of my own!

Now that I have a channel, what better way to fill it with content than create a music video in Emacs!

Now, for a little info about both of these things…

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