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Gaming Rig Operating System – Windows or Linux?

My gaming rig is 10 years old, and I’m in dire need of a replacement. But what is a good gaming rig operating system? Windows or Linux?

I’ve been looking to get a new gaming rig for a couple of years now. It’s been problematic, however, to argue for purchasing an expensive piece of hardware I don’t use that much. But carpe diem, right? This Christmas I will treat myself to a spanking new (or used) gaming rig!

Every time I buy a new computer, I have to learn everything about hardware and the state of various operating systems all over again. In a series of posts, I’ll got through some of the important things to consider when buying a gaming rig (actual links will be added when the posts are published):

  1. Operating system: Windows or Linux?
  2. Hardware: Nvidia, AMD, or Intel?
  3. Form factor: Laptop or desktop?
  4. Tinkering factor: Parts or pre-built?
  5. Sustainability: New or used?
  6. Conclusion: So what’s the ultimate gaming rig setup, then!?

I’ve decided on this particular order of things because decisions taken on the top of the list might limit the available choices later.

First up is gaming rig operating system.

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The FIA World Rallycross Championship Goes Electric

The electrification of the world’s cars have started, and motor sports are slowly catching up. Soon the FIA World Rallycross Championship will introduce an electric car category.

Electric car sales are increasing around the globe. In the EU, electric car sales were up by almost 35% in Q3 2018, compared to 2017. Norway is a peculiar case. In a country relying heavily on oil and gas production, a whooping 25% of every new car sold in Q3 2018 was an electric car. The main reason for this is that electric cars are heavily subsidized. This makes luxury, all-electric vehicles like the Tesla S affordable compared to similar combustion cars. A total of 11 261 new cars with electric power trains hit the road in Norway in Q3 2018. The same number for Greece was 131.

Looking at the total number of cars sold, however, we’re not seeing an electric revolution. Far from it. The electric car sales only accounted for a measly 1,25% of the total European car sales in Q3 2018.

Can the upcoming electrification of the FIA World Rallycross Championship series help boost the electric car penetration?

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The Fall of Springwood

This is the last chapter of my narrative Cities: Skylines series about Springwood in where a very ambitious plan goes terribly, terribly wrong.

Not too long ago (all right, it’s been nearly two months, but getting things through the grinder takes a lot of time these days), your favorite Finnish developer Colossal Order released yet another DLC for their popular city builder Cities: Skylines.

To celebrate the new expansion, I decided to add a nice campus area in Springwood. Unfortunately, nothing went according to plan.

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Not Tonight: One Love

One of 2018’s most politically charged titles gets a far less controversial expansion. Here’s my Not Tonight: One Love review.

When PanicBarn’s dystopian Brexit-simulator Not Tonight was announced last year, the pro-Brexit crowd went nuts. How dared someone portrait their utopian fantasy as anything but!? Because of the outrage, I predicted a classic review bomb on Steam. That’s what happens when you anger the vocal minority of gamers. Just ask Creative Assembly about female generals.

But the review bomb never went off, and Not Tonight is currently enjoying a well-deserved “very positive” review score on Steam. I also appreciated the game, and gave it a respectable score in my own review.

With the new One Love DLC, Not Tonight moves across the channel. One of the characters from the base game, Dave, escaped to France after his British pub was destroyed. While Britain is burning down behind him, Dave gets dragged into a dating app scam that threatens to ruin his life, and his new pub, Lé Rosbif. The only way out is to find true love within a month. Dave sets about to earn the money he needs to woo his potential partners.

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July One-Liners

It’s the 1st of July, which means there’s time to add some more funny one-liners to the ever-growing one-liners collection.

  • “They didn’t want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.” — Robert A. Heinlein
  • “Perfection itself is imperfection.” — Vladimir Horowitz
  • “Every dogma has its day.” — Anthony Burgess
  • “When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.” — Mark Twain
  • “My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper.” — Amy Sedaris
  • “I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.” — David Lee Roth
  • “I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren’t any rules, how could you break them?” — Leo Durocher
  • The fact that a conflict has many sides does not imply that every side has merit.
  • “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” — Meister Eckhart
  • “Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.” — Zig Ziglar
  • “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” — Bruce Lee
  • “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise.” — Ted Turner
  • Don’t let someone who doesn’t know your value tell you how much you’re worth.
  • “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart
  • “You do not become greater by making others smaller.” — Krishna Dharma
  • “I’ve sometimes thought of marrying – and then I’ve thought again.” — Noel Coward
  • “In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” — Leo Buscaglia

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