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Every day the same dream

14 October, 2010

It’s the name of a game you can play at 1cup1coffee. Well, not so much a game as a puzzle. Well, not even a puzzle.

I’m really quite confused. I hope you don’t mind me spoiling it for you but basically you’re a guy who gets out of bed, gets dressed and goes to work. You do this five days in a row and you’re supposed to find different things to do. So the first one is obvious, you go to work and sit at your cubicle and then the game resets and you’re back in your bedroom. Then there’s a homeless person, a cow and a leaf you can find that also all reset the game.

The final “step” as the elevator lady refers to it is if you go to work but instead of sitting at your cubicle you walk straight past it, go out the exit and then commit suicide by jumping off the building. It’s awfully depressing especially with the game’s soundtrack. After you’ve done all these you reset for a final time but everyone’s gone. Your wife, the elevator lady, other drivers on the road, the homeless person, your boss and co-workers … all gone. It’s so lonely.

You go to work, walk past all the empty desks and out the exit just in time to see the someone jump off the building … presumably the last person alive. Then the game ends.

I have no idea what this game or puzzle is saying but it’s intrigued me. At the very least it’s something like the 30 Days Has September project which encourages you to make a commitment to doing something different every day for a month … but it’s more than that. Appreciating the small things you normally take for granted or walk past without a second thought. Showing compassion to the disadvantaged, taking pleasure in something like patting a cow. I don’t know. The whole suicide thing? That’s got me stumped.

I think I need a stiff drink now.

UPDATE: Found this on the game designer’s page: A short, existential game about alienation and refusal of labour.

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OpenFiler

2 February, 2010

After running out of space on my desktop computer last week at home I decided to finally get around to setting up some storage on the network, or Storage Area Network (SAN).

I bought the parts of a computer from D&D in Sydney(case, motherboard, CPU, memory, hard drive) which arrived Monday night and spent most of the evening setting that up which took me a little while as I haven’t assembled a computer in several years. Back in 1999 that was almost going to be my career choice, building computers, and I did two months work experience before deciding it wasn’t for me.

So anyway, built the computer – had to pull the motherboard out five times because I didn’t put the screw holders/spacers in, then I forgot the face plate, then the CPU fan wouldn’t fit, then the fan was warping the board … and finally I didn’t realise there was two power plugs on the board; spent half an hour panicking because the computer wouldn’t get past POST.

Then I installed the OpenFiler NAS Linux-based operating system which is basically an operating system dedicated to running storage. Had to install that six times … the first few times because I didn’t read the part in the instructions where it said I had to manually set the partitions, then I discovered the on-board NIC wasn’t compatible … but finally got OpenFiler installed and then spent all last night getting it configured which was pretty hard going (didn’t want to pay 40 pounds for the administration manual). Extended and logical partitions, shares, Samba, LDAP, authentication … then Windows wouldn’t authenticate but finally got it all lined up and working and now I have a terabyte of storage accessible from any computer on the network.

Pretty cool eh?