Een handvol stripverhalen voor volwassenen nl

Door YellowOnline op vrijdag 19 december 2014 13:07 - Reacties (4)
Categorie: Comics, Views: 1.363

BelgiŽ en Frankrijk zijn de twee striplanden bij uitstek in Europa. Het is spijtig dat men in vele landen, zoals hier in Duitsland, in de overtuiging leeft dat strips iets voor kinderen zijn. Wie de moeite wil nemen om zichzelf van het tegendeel te bewijzen kan ik de volgende albums aanraden. Ze zijn alle vijf in een heel andere stijl, dus als het ene je niet bevalt zegt dat niets over de andere.


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Koken! Pompoensoep, nom nom nom nl

Door YellowOnline op woensdag 29 oktober 2014 18:18 - Reacties (35)
Categorie: Cooking, Views: 3.306

De herfst is in het land en, voor wie graag volgens de seizoenen kookt, daarmee ook de paddenstoelen, het wild en de pompoenen. Vandaag op het menu: pompoensoep - ook wat zinvoller dan er gezichtjes in snijden zoals in de VS een traditie is.


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Rant: Steam

By YellowOnline on Tuesday 30 September 2014 21:11 - Comments (19)
Category: Rant, Views: 3.294

To: Steam Support

Dear Steam,

I have 200 games on my Steam account, so I guess I'm a pretty good customer (how much money would my account be worth?). I didn't complain in all these years about prices being different between continents even though there's no reasonable, er, reason for that.

But that could change: apparently Steam started to use a simplistic form of geolocation, the worst of all evils for people who do not stick under their village's church tower (or mosque/pagoda/...), for its payment processing.

I can no longer buy games with Paypal because my Paypal is registered in Belgium and my current IP is in Germany. So what? And why do you ask me to confirm where I live even though I don't even have any choice? (Not ticking the box gives a "Please verify your country selected below.")

Of course, I could circumvent this: use a VPN to buy a game, use a third-party key reseller or even use my Visa account (funny that: registered in Belgium to a German address and at the same time also the card behind my Paypal - it would actually work).

Yeah, I live in two countries, but I am not being unreasonable when I don't want to change my address every so many months because you implemented a payment check without thinking it through (within the EU, why would it matter that my IP is from a neighbouring country?). On a side note: Paypal doesn't even have a procedure to change country except "close the account and open a new one...". It involves a time-out period of god knows how many months for my credit card so I can't even register a new account immediately.

If Valve doesn't want to sell it to me because I move between two addresses in two countries these days, well, it's mostly your loss. I have alternatives (... not EA's Origin though. Their internationalisation is, admittedly, a lot worse still).

I have no illusions that whoever reads this support message doesn't give a shit about this, but at least I will have tried to buy a game legally.

/rant

Kind regards,

[YO]

Setting up XBMC with MySQL

By YellowOnline on Saturday 13 September 2014 23:24 - Comments (15)
Category: Other, Views: 4.374

You have a central media server and several XBMC/Kodi devices connect to it. Unfortunately, what you watch on one device isn't marked as 'watched' on another and each device needs to refresh its library individually. The solution: use an external database. XBMC uses SQLite, but most people use MySQL if they isolate the library part.

There are plenty of guides already around for this, but quite some of them are confusing, outdated, version specific and/or assume the configuration will happen flawlessly. That seldom happens. I hope to be able to help anyone who got stuck with other how-to's.

My media server runs on a Windows Server 2012 R2. My MySQL runs on the same server (XBMC doesn't talk MSSQL), so my guide is Windows based. Most issues are platform independent though.


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Whatever you do, do not order the soup

By YellowOnline on Wednesday 03 September 2014 16:38 - Comments (12)
Category: Other, Views: 3.694

I know this pretty good restaurant in Berlin... just don't order their soup. Not in English, at least.

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