Genuine Windows Experience

So the licensing on the arcade cabinets needed to make contact with their licensing server. So how does the OS notify me? By disrupting the function of the cabs and accusing me of piracy.

Holy crap, it knows it had a legit license last week but not anymore so it starts throwing these errors.

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It is important to use genuine Microsoft software, sure I was doing so, but this time the genuine experience is one of hauling the machines around to connect them with their license server. Don’t use these licenses offline…

img_20161103_134828 I’m astonished, my students are telling me to just use a pirated version of the OS, well, then the experience would be better, wouldn’t it? Well, I’m honest and I want to do it right so here I am hauling my machines back to my office be berated as a pirate, to connect with the license server, and guess what else waits for me?

An ad, yep, this is the genuine Windows experience.

What kind of idiot are you?

NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month is my poison for November, and I expect it to take a good chunk of time. I was able to start with my sister in town and make the bare minimum of the first day (why am I putting words here when they could easily be word count).

My plan is to get the story for the opera (I’ll explain this later) sketched out and it may well end up being less than 50000 words, but hey I don’t care. My sisters and mom are all playing Nano this year so I am going to play along as long as I can or until I am satisfied that I have some decent story.

What is the story? Well, it is tentatively called “A Fishmonger’s Tail” and is the story of a family of Minotaur who are slowly being brought back into the politics and adventure of the world after a break to raise a family. It is a modern tail of adjustment and love that includes epic battles and humanlike emotion.

I am so jealous and envious of these 185 words too.

Minecraft Game Jam 2016

This is being postponed until after the end of the semester:

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Noon Saturday April 16 (PDT) to noon April 17

(world time of event) http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20160416T19&p1=1440&ah=23&am=55

The Minecraft Game Jam (MCGJ) is a gathering of Minecraft creators for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more builds or games within the span of 24 hours in survival mode on the Orwell server.

MCGJ is open to all ages and levels of ability, but there will not be much, if any instruction on the operation of Minecraft. A separate Minecraft account is required to join the game jam. Teaming prior to the Jam is encouraged, however there will be possibilities for single participants to join other teams. Please reserve your place through Eventbrite. Registeration required: http://bit.ly/mcgj2016

coordinated categories:

  • Survival Building
  • Survival Engineering (redstone supplied)
  • Survival Art
  • Survival Game

Countdown: http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?p0=1440&iso=20160416T19

cost:  free

where: Orwell server (ip address sent to registrants)

when: April 16-17 (noon to noon California time, 24 hours)

why: to create, to challenge ourselves and to work together, to have fun, to jam

Site for current information: http://mcgamejam.weebly.com/

created by james morgan and yagiz mungan, minecraft scholars and researchers

Sponsored in part by the CADRE Laboratory for New Media at SJSU

New Author

This is just a quick note that I shall followup on to say that I have invited Peter Spangler to blog some things here regarding Minecraft, Bukkit, and the Eclipse environment.