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ARK: Survival Evolved is very very soon moving from Early Access to RELEASE! As mentioned in my first ARK screenshots post, ARK is available on Linux via Steam.

I thought I would post a few more screenshots.

The most recent patch (264.36 released on August 9, 2017) seems to have fixed a rendering bug (where water texture did not render properly) that was introduced a few patches ago. Also, I note that ARK seems to load a LOT faster now on Linux. I have not had a chance to see if Caves are still broken / unplayable on Linux due to rendering bugs like this:



The GOOD news is that the game continues to improve. These screenshots are from the free Ragnarok DLC huge expansion map:









The following screenshots are from older patch levels and / or other maps:

Don't trash your Torch router just yet

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  • Friday, August 11 2017 @ 06:57 pm EDT
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The Torch router was a Kickstarter project that was successfully funded and shipped product but the company failed shortly afterwards. Closed. Out of business.

"Torch. A simple router for digital parenting."

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...-parenting

I was apparently not a backer but bought the product through their store so I am unable to leave a comment on Kickstarter (backers only). Maybe a backer will find this blog and post a comment on Kickstarter for the rest of the unfortunate customers.



This Torch router apparently depended on having access to the Torch cloud services which have been shutdown.

https://www.pcwrt.com/2017/06/the-tor...-is-better

This all happened before I even had a chance to turn mine on for the first time.

However, thanks to the fine folks at pcWRT, I was able to flash a new ROM onto the Torch and I now have a working router!

I just followed the basic steps in their quick flashing guide:

Python requests urllib3 SSL warning

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  • Tuesday, June 06 2017 @ 01:36 pm EDT
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My Linux development computers are still running Ubuntu 14.04 which includes Python 2.7.

One of the libraries I commonly use to access websites or APIs from Python is "Requests: HTTP for Humans". Requests in turn leverages urllib3.  The following warning began popping up a while ago when making requests to SSL sites:

InsecurePlatformWarning: A true SSLContext object is not available. This prevents urllib3 from configuring SSL appropriately and may cause certain SSL connections to fail. You can upgrade to a newer version of Python to solve this. For more information, see https://urllib3.readthedocs.io/en/latest/advanced-usage.html#ssl-warnings

The solution is actually quite simple (especially if one is developing in a virtual environment), using pip install with the extra bits including the brackets:

$ pip install urllib3[secure]

From: 

https://urllib3.readthedocs.io/en/latest/user-guide.html#ssl-py2

 

If you aren't developing in a python virtual environment... start developing in a pyton virtual environment! I suggest virtualenvwrapper over vanilla virtualenv.

https://virtualenvwrapper.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

 

Screenshots of ARK: Survival Evolved on Linux

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  • Monday, January 16 2017 @ 08:03 pm EST
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ARK: Survival Evolved is a (currently Early Access) game that works natively on Linux and is available thru Steam. It combines aspects of survival, crafting and FPS (First Person Shooter) games with... dinosaurs! It can be addictive and also can be loads of fun. And DINOSAURS!

Here is my desktop hardware, with the graphics card a new purchase at the start of 2017.

Ubuntu 14.04
Intel i3-2105 CPU @ 3.10GHz
ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card
NVIDIA Driver Version: 375.26
monitor native resolution: 1920 x 1080


Rex vs. hatchet. Luckily, the T-Rex was already tamed.


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Gate2Gate Trail Run 2016 - Race Report

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  • Wednesday, November 16 2016 @ 05:35 am EST
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What a wonderful day for the 1st annual Gate2Gate Trail Run back in October. I ran the 25k.

At dawn's first light, ready to go (I'm on the left wearing the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra Set Hydration Vest and Under Armour - The Flash compression shirt):


Photo Credit: Cathy Bester

The 50k and 25k runners started together with a real shotgun start (boom!):


Photo Credit: Cathy Bester

Storm Trooper and Darth Vader Art

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  • Wednesday, August 24 2016 @ 07:59 am EDT
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Dan Stoner and Family

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Birthday present from my wife... artwork by Cheryl Russell. Now hanging above my reading chair in the living room.



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