Monday, November 28, 2022
Sunday, November 27, 2022
Monday, November 21, 2022
Third Person Present Tense, Young Adult SF.
Most books in the YA category tend to be Fantasy, but this is an SF trilogy with some interesting aspects, and it's fairly well written.
There are some not-entirely-believable scenes, but it ain't bad, and the character interaction is fun.
Sunday, November 20, 2022
Anyway, in case you would decide to buy a mesh Wifi network, TP-Link has a cheap(er) product called the Deco M4.
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Op je werkdag mag je niet thuiswerken, maar op je vrije dag wel?
Heeft dan niemand iets geleerd van de Corona golf? Nadat we een tijdje thuis mochten werken... nee, thuis moesten werken, is het eindelijk weer tijd om op kantoor te verschijnen. En dus staan we lekker collectief weer in de file.
Monday, November 14, 2022
Daisy's part of a limited crew, on their way to earth. But the closer she gets, the more she starts distrusting her fellow shipmates. What doesn't help is her distrust of artificial limbs and cyborg implants, something which all her shipmates have...
Monday, November 7, 2022
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Anyway, with the ever-increasing price of electricity, I was wondering if I could not simply switch off my home server upon command. In the past, I used a timed-out, which worked fine, but there are other users in my household, and they're not always computer-savvy.
Monday, October 31, 2022
It's another SF / Romance (it's almost hard to find non-romance novels these days) which is a bit more SF than romance. Yet another first-person present-tense novel, and that's probably the reason why I read it. The story itself wasn't that special.
Friday, October 28, 2022
Monday, October 24, 2022
Romance / fantasy, but not overly 'soggy'... most of the time. Still, the core story is good, and that's what it's all about.
I've already reviewed book 1 and books 2, 3 and 4 are in the same style, same vein, same quality. Wat makes this series interesting is the different take on magic. What's missing is more history on what happened before what happened before this story. Yeah, that's a double before...
Monday, October 17, 2022
There's a great prequel to it called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance which unfortunately was canceled after a single season, in spite of good reviews. And still, I suggest you go and watch it. It's absolutely worth your time.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
I still own one, which I must have bought close to forty (!) years ago. Unfortunately, the power switch was starting to misbehave (pieces of the plastic broke off) and the unit became unusable. But... throwing away good tools is against my nature.
Time to repair...
Sunday, October 9, 2022
I like Hitfilm Express and I own an (older) Jog Shuttle Pro. They worked fine on my previous setup, so why not bring them over into this new Windows 11 era? Right...
Friday, September 30, 2022
Microsoft just proudly proclaimed their latest version of Windows has a more seamless integration of Android apps inside the Windows environment, because Android apps can now finally place their own crap on the dragbar.
And they're proud of it?!?
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Decide for yourself...
Monday, September 26, 2022
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Monitor Cable Soup - (Mini) HDMI / DVI-A / DVI-D / Dual Link DVI-I / DisplayPort / VGA / Thunderbolt / USB-C
With screens and video cards from different years you may end up with some weird combinations... and not all combinations work.
Monday, September 19, 2022
I’m not to sure if this is good or bad. It’s a bid of sci-fi with some bodily horror thrown in, and some of the graphics are below par. I also wonder where they want to take this.
Not impressed… yet.
Friday, September 16, 2022
Argus Monitor only asks for elevation once during installation, but doesn't ask anymore after that. More important, it can monitor temperatures and average multiple sources over, for example, 10 seconds, and that is exactly what I needed. Argus Monitor isn't free though.
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Sometimes Windows 11 spontaneously gobbles up a drive letter, especially after adding an additional drive to your machine. There's no obvious way to recover that drive letter.
It turns out it's the virtual drive service that spontaneously decides to stop working, but only so after stealing your drive letter.
Monday, September 12, 2022
Wat moet je weten voordat je de regels in duikt?
Weet je, eigenlijk zijn de regels helemaal niet belangrijk... In principe zou je ook zonder regels kunnen spelen... uiteindelijk is het allemaal alleen maar 'make believe'. En toch hebben we regels, maar waarom dan?
It’s actually a fun, well written story, so I looked for more stories by Schubach. Most of it is tagged as ‘F/F fantasy romance’ with a couple of ‘LGBT’ notes sprinkled left and right. That sometimes causes me pause...
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Dutch. (5e in NL)
Naast de reguliere geplande acties tijdens je beurt, kun je ook akties daarbuiten doen, als reactie op de acties van iemand anders.
Per ronde mag je 1 reactie nemen.
Friday, September 9, 2022
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Sometimes Miracast hides under a different moniker. My Samsung Android tablet calls it Smartview (which is a pretty dumb name.) Often Miracast fails, regardless of its name.
I doubt MicroSoft will ever fix this, which is a petty for professional users, who could add a tablet and a pen for some quick notes and drawings. See here.
Casting TO the PC was never quite reliable, and it's even worse in Windows 11. The following work around seems to do the trick (or at least it does for me, 90% of the time).
Well, it has a reason... It just won't show what the reason is 😒
After a fresh install, you may end up with a warning sign on the Windows Security tray, for no apparent reason. So, you double click the warning, and go through all your security options... and nothing shows. And the warning doesn't tell you what's going on.
Monday, September 5, 2022
After restoring most of his memory Alec Harbinger triggers a wave of zombies, then brings his team (friends? co-conspirators? vague acquaintances?) to fight some human and not-so-human monsters from taking over the world.
Sunday, September 4, 2022
Of course, getting it to install these days is a bit of a hassle, but (fortunately) you DON'T have to install it... maybe.
Saturday, September 3, 2022
But I'm still going to do it 😁
Friday, September 2, 2022
Een deel van het spel draait om combat rounds, waarin de spelers en hun tegenstanders met elkaar vechten en schade aan elkaar uitdelen.
Thursday, September 1, 2022
If you've never been there... then just go. The place is amazing. And so is Barcelona as a whole. I've visited the Sagrada Familia back in 2000, when they were still building slowly and expected it to never be ready. I returned 20 years later, with my twenty-ish daughters, and found out the local government had a change of plans and mostly finished it.
Monday, August 29, 2022
The problem with Bella Forrest is that she is, now and again, ‘over-inspired’ by other series. The ‘point-system’ seems to be lifted straight from Harry Potter, and there are other elements that seem… too unoriginal. There’s also a a hint of Mary Sue, and the third book is so driven by love affairs that the story suffers from it.
Sunday, August 28, 2022
Made some updates to the layout of the site. Minor stuff but I think it looks just a tad slicker. Also removed some stuff from the topics list and modified the landing pages.
De layout van de site is een klein beetje aangepast, en de Nederlandstalige D&D pagina's hebben een update gehad. Ook heb ik de labels wat opgeschoond en de landing pages aangepast.
Saturday, August 20, 2022
1st edition players didn't need their 2nd edition... 2nd edition didn't need 3e. Nobody needed 4e 😁 though everyone (except 4e players) liked 5e. And now, we get 6e... 5.5e... 5.1e... I mean, One D&D.
I think the guys of Penny Arcade said it so well twelve years ago...
Monday, August 15, 2022
Rosario Dawson is becoming one of my favourite actresses. She played ‘the nurse’ in the Netflix' Marvel series, an older Ahsoka in The Mandalorian (and she’s great!) and Zee in the DMZ miniseries.
Zee's a mother who lost her son years earlier, in an alternate reality where the US has been torn in two. Good stuff, more emotionally driven than simplistic action, though at first glance you wouldn't say so.
The gods will walk the earth. Quite literal. A more realistic fantasy (is there such a thing) about a kingdom that struggles to fight ‘The Dark Lady’. A former slave escapes the baddies and teams up with the goodies, but not all goodies are good.
No, this isn’t Raymond Feist, but come to think of it… there are some similarities. It’s well written, but I lost interest near the end. Not sure if I’m going to look for book two or not…
Monday, August 8, 2022
Ah, good stuff. The final book of the trilogy. Isoka and her princess / lover return to Isoka’s home city Kanzhoka to rescue Isoka’s sister Tori.
What they find is a city set on fire, with the rebels led by nobody but Tori. More first person present tense YA action fantasy with a slice of romance, but not excessively so.
Saturday, August 6, 2022
I have set up Balabolka in such a way that it monitors my clipboard. When I do a larger copy / paste it will start reading my text.
Monday, August 1, 2022
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Alex Sheppard (https://www.facebook.com/authoralexsheppard/) hasn't been very active since 2018, or so it seems after visiting his / her facebook page. Then again, neither am I 😉
However, this post isn't about productivity, but about this book / series. Let's start with the verdict: nah.
Monday, July 25, 2022
Django Wexler is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. After the Wells of Sorcery series (I still have to add the review of book 3) this was yet another interesting series.
The concept is simple and will appeal to all fantasy readers: magic is real, and can be retrieved from books. Wizards are very adapt readers with lots of experience (we call them 'the old readers'). They all have shape shifting libraries, and get their powers from reading books.
Are you hooked yet?
Friday, July 22, 2022
It seems the current radio function is connected to TuneIn, so that's what I'll use. It should be possible to use other services but I'm still struggling there. In the SqueezeBox client you can enter URLs directly.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
On Android you cannot browse SMB shared drives, and you have to specify them by hand using their IP address.
Monday, July 18, 2022
Brandon Sanderson has become a well-known and popular author, and yet I've read little by his hand. In fact, only Skyward, I believe, and that one was a little underwhelming.
He's better known for the Mistborn series, and yes. The first book The Final Empire is definitely better than Skyward.
Saturday, July 16, 2022
Monday, July 11, 2022
Each book that starts with a 'school' or 'academy' threatens to become yet another Harry Potter clone. That indeed was my first worry when I started reading this one.
The second fear I had was the contra-'misogynistic' bend of the story. Don't get me wrong, misogyny has no place in this world, and unfortunately there are still many examples of such behavior in today's society.