TechZerker

A Tech Professional With Occasional Sanity

My writing here is mostly focused on technology and gaming in all aspects. Being a general geek into all sorts of subjects and thought, sometimes an idea just sticks in your head and needs to be written.

I don't know the genesis of the idea forming in my head, probably watching sci-fi shows too late, but my mind starting musing on the concept of time. Specifically, how we measure it, account for it, and place meaning on it despite a limited view of it.

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When I first really transitioned into the Linux world from Windows, I started with Ubuntu. That is a very common introductory point for many, or was, and from there I was an aggressive distro-hopper. I shifted through the Kubuntu's and Xubuntu's of the day, into ArchLabs on one laptop. At some point about two years ago took a stop at elementary OS in it's 0.4 version (just one version before 5, they dropped the decimals).

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Why couldn't I just be fine with Nano and Sublime Text? I guess I can't help but be curious!

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Up until a few days ago, my previous experience with VIM was limited. I've been using Linux heavily for years now, and it was just an annoyance. In the past my only exposure to VIM was AUR install scripts or source builds that forced me to check build files via VIM. What that really meant was it was that annoying text program, that I had no clue how to quit when it suddenly was on my screen! :w to save, and :q to quit, but not if your in insert mode...what?

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I have continued to play Elder Scrolls: Blades, mainly on my iPhone for the past month in bursts. Overall, it is still holding up, although obviously it is not remotely like a full Elder Scrolls PC game.

I found I had very little trouble through the single digits and into the teen levels. The occasional level had some minor grind spots for difficulty, but nothing too bad. The early 20's levels however, started off pretty rough. Granted, this was in part because around level 19, I chose to re-spec skills towards light weapons and magic. Learning curve with magic converting to it later in the game was a bit harder, so more enemies beat me around.

The real sweet spot from my current play came around level 23-24, when most of this gear combo below came together.

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As many will have seen, the originally announced last year mobile Elder Scrolls game has finally landed! Granted, they've labelled it as Early Access and are slowly rolling out invites to iOS and Android Users. That being said, I was invited a little over forty-eight hours ago.

In Brief

It's really good. It looks absolutely gorgeous on my iPhone 8, and only slightly less so on my older iPad Air 2. Character design is more flexible than most mobile games, and starting out, it does actually have a story. Unfortunately, it is Free to Play model, but it feels fine. It's definitely worth a try for Elder Scrolls on the go!

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The last few evenings after work I have kept very occupied as I tackled a variety of #SelfHosting projects on my plate.

If you visited this site at all in the past year, it was still a very busy 'news magazine' looking WordPress site. It liked it at the time. I am shifting more to quick, personal writing on my tech adventures.

Hence, TechZerker.com has moved to the reading focused WriteFreely platform. It's open source, light on server resources, and was a breeze to implement! It is the project that powers the more well known Write.As platform.

While I was at it, I also moved my cloud storage system from it's existing VPS to this new Vultr VPS. I have been using Resilio Sync to that end for nearly a year now. It has been working great for my needs and I will do a better write-up on it, and it's installation.

Last on the list, and easier than I expected, I deployed MiniFlux to replace Feedly. I continue to prefer a curated RSS feed over what social media services try to serve me. I had one or two small bumps with steps not really documented, but they were simple to figure out!

All those services are now up and running, and are now on my preferred pure Arch Linux distro. The last project on the plate is to migrate an existing MineCraft. For that project I'm going to test out MineOS to simplify the management.

I will do additional write-ups or commentary on each of the applications when I am ready to write about them. In the meantime, enjoy the cleaner and way faster loading TechZerker!

—Scott