CodyLoco's Random Rants… A little bit of everything…


Direct2Drive Turns Five, 50 SWEET Games at $5!


Direct2Drive Turns 5 Promo

I guess Direct2Drive is on it's fifth anniversary (seems like just yesterday she (he?) was born!) and to celebrate they are having one hell of a deal on games.  It looks like every Monday for the next five weeks, they are going to have a new gift box opening that will offer up a new genre of games.  The catch, however, is that last week's games will no longer be available at the promo price.

Unfortunately you don't get to see what games are specifically coming in the next four weeks, but this week it's strategy games...  Here's the list if you are interested: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2, Civilization 4, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, X-Com Complete Bundle, Sid Meier's Railroads! (the one I'm buying! :P), Empire Earth Gold, Far Cry, Call of Juarez, The Settlers - Heritage of Kings.

This coming week you are gonna be getting a helping of Action games, week 3 is RPGs/MMOs, week 4 is indie games (!!!), and week 5 will be war games.  Be sure to keep checking back there I'm sure something will catch your interest...  Might even see a promo deal on Eve Online in week 3...


What Eve Online is all about…

I wanted to share an awesome video that grants a very small look at the universe that is Eve Online...  It's short and sweet and only scratches the surface of the incredibly deep and complex MMO, but gives a good sense in my opinion of the draw and excitement the game has.  Take a look for yourself, and if you're at all interested, you should sign up for a free 14-day trial that doesn't even require a credit card!

Be sure to click fullscreen when viewing (second button from the left on the bottom).  There is a banner on the right side that will take you to the signup page for the trial!


OpenOffice screen lag and artifacts on Ubuntu with Compiz and nVidia drivers fix

OpenOffice Writer, Calc, Impress

OpenOffice Writer, Calc, Impress

Since using Ubuntu I obviously no longer use MS Office (although I could, as Office can be emulated in Wine) since OpenOffice can do pretty much everything I need so far.  However, I was having a bit of an annoying problem where the screen seemed to be getting artifacts and text dissapearing and reappearing when scrolling around in Writer (OO's Word) and editing / updating cells in Calc (OO's Excel) was either slow or didn't appear on screen at all.  A quick search on Google came up with this thread on the Ubuntu forums site, pointing to this blog post, in which others have had the problems before, and offered a fix.

The problem is apparently caused by an incompatibility between compiz and the nvidia proprietary drivers, which causes the screen to come out of sync and not get redrawn correctly.  This will obviously only affect people with nVidia-based cards running their drivers.  Luckily, as with most things Linux, there is at least a workaround available, and this one is very easy to fix:

If you don't have it already, install the compizconfig-settings-manager package, which you want to have anyways if you use Compiz desktop effects, either through the package manager or through the terminal:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Then open up System -> Preferences -> CompizConfig Settings Manager and navigate to the Utilities section in the screen that pops up.  Click on Workarounds plugin, and enable the “force syncronization between X and GLX” checkbox.  Close the window and your problems will be fixed immediately!