Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Blog news

I will keep this blog as a personal page of some kind, not sure yet exactly what, but I'm certain that my political rants are utterly worthless to the internet community at large.

The site meter tells me that traffic wise. the only things I have posted of interest are articles related to Win 7, PCS2, Linux, and Philip Caputos "Rumor Of War."

It would seem that I should just delete everything and leave that stuff up. I may as well put up Google ads with those articles of interest since the thrill is gone and keeping a blog really doesn't interest me very much anymore.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Running Pcsx2 in Windows 7 Beta


I seem to have gotten the Playstation 2 version of Resident Evil 4 into playable condition in Windows 7 with the pcsx2 emulator.

My first problem was getting the faster VM version to work in Win 7.
I ran it in compatibility mode and checked off the "last worked in XP" option.

Windows worked in the background to find a solution and did, albeit, with a minor glitch. Now, when I shut down the game, the sound and process continue, so the only way to shut it down completely is by killing the process in the task manager. Not a biggie.


In no time at all, Viola, the start screen.


When I was done getting the VM version running, I had to find the best plugins for my rig. These seem to work best for me:

Graphics - GSdx 846 (MSVC 15.00 SSSE3) 0.1.9

Sound - P.E.O.p.S SPU2 1.9.0

Despite having a dual Core CPU, I had to shut down the Multi Threaded GS (MTGS) and Dual Core (DC) Modes.

Running the MTGS mode actually depreciated performance and maxed out both cores. With the option turned off, one core fluctuated between 50% and 90% while the other never went higher than 10%

This all Resulted in a pleasantly playable Resident Evil 4. Here are some shots of the gameplay.




There are some intermittent periods of slower gameplay, but its not so bad as to make it unplayable.

Its really cool to run the PS2 version on my computer because the PC port is a bit different. The PC port is nice, but some of the games original ambiance was lost. The metals seem more metallic, and the scenery seems to have more contrast in the original. There is also a certain amount of character animation that was lost. Of course, I do have the PC port up and running as well. :-)


It runs a lot smoother than the PS2 version, but there is definitely a certain charm attached to the original game. I guess I'm just a total Resident Evil fanatic.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Comodo Firewall in Windows 7


Every time I went to install Comodo firewall I would get this ridiculous rollback error. It seems like the fix was quite simple.

Right click the setup and go to the compatibility menu and change the default XP setting to Vista.

Right click Comodo setup -> Select Properties from menu -> Select "compatibility" tab -> Change from "Run in compatibility mode for: XP Service Pack2" to Windows Vista -> Double click setup and it should now run.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

150 Bucks offered for Blog

Dear owner of tonyrs-blog.blogspot.com,

I noticed that your blog "tonyrs-blog.blogspot.com" hasn't been updated for a while. I'd like to buy this blog.

I assume that you are not interested in running it anymore.

I can buy this blog for $150.

What do you think?


Wow, a hundred and fifty bucks... thats almost the equivalent of 10 Euros. :-) Flattering, but I think I'll pass.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Installing SP1 on Vista


I hope my nvidia drivers aren't exiled into the Bermuda Triangle. lol

Saturday, January 26, 2008

PCLinuxOS is the best Distro


I really like OpenSUSE Linux, but the best distro is PCLinuxOS. If there was ever an OS that could help me 'throw Windows out the window,' this is it. Ive tried using Mac as an alternative to Windows, but I guess it just wasn't for me. At least Apple implores its users to 'Think Different,' Microsoft insists everyone 'be Genuine.' So what would be their catch-phrase be, 'Be Authentic?'

Although I like Vista very much, I'm turned off by the Orweillian efforts to ensure my 'authenticity.' Even worse than the feeling of being shaken down like a criminal every time I use my computer, is the irritating restrictions placed upon my use.

PCLinuxOS is a great alternative to Vista. I actually find myself favoring this operating system to it. I like the fact that when I am using it, I am invulnerable to attack. Thats a really cool feature. No viruses, adware, spyware, malware, intrusions, or verifications of authenticity. Some times I will surf into known attack sites just to thumb my nose at them. For security, nothing can beat PCLinuxOS, SUSE, Fedora, or any Linux distro for that matter.

I was ripping lossless flac with sound-juicer and its really cool. You will see in the screen shot that I was ripping 'Mozart's greatest hits.'


I don't know if the RIAA will hunt me down like a rabid animal and sue me for a trillion dollars for Mozart's lost royalties, (hes been dead for the last 200 years), but if they do, I agree to immediately remove my own files from my own computer at once!

Sound-juicer doesn't come with PCLinuxOS by default, but The package manager 'synaptic' does all the work for you. It will install whatever you ask with all the dependencies included. Amarok media player is the most powerful music app in the world. If you do end up putting together a Linux rig, its worth it just for Amarok alone.

As you can see in this screen, I'm playing the flac files that I had ripped with sound-juicer in Amarok.


All in all, I am very thrilled with PCLinuxOS. The possibilities for the future of Linux are very bright. Microsoft better clean up its act with its big brother policies or they will find themselves going by way of the incandescent light bulb, the 8 track tape, and the Whig party. I wont tolerate Microsoft's soldiers of Oceania marching across my computer!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Using OpenSUSE 10.3 KDE Environment

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I've been using the OpenSUSE KDE instead of Gnome and its really cool. Its amazing how much I like this version of Linux. Its worth having it just for Amarok music player alone. Amarok is the most powerful and versatile music app I've ever used. I downloaded all the codecs from the community repository and it plays everything imaginable, even Windows wma.

I have set up a dual boot XP/SUSE configuration, but I haven't tried an OpenSUSE/Vista one yet. I'm sure its the same principal and will work, but you know how computers are. Don't assume anything will work until you actually try it. The OpenSUSE and Vista mania continues.