After trying to install Diablo 3 on my Hackintosh from and original DVD an failing (it installed fine but the game won't start), I decided to look for an Ubuntu solution. This is when I learned about PlayOnLinux, a Wine graphic user interface that makes installation of Windows programs very easy. So here's a VERY EASY guide to install Diablo 3 on Ubuntu with online installation files.
- Make sure your game is correctly registered in your Battle.net account
- Download the Diable 3 Game Client (for Windows) from that same account
- Open the Ubuntu Software Center
- Search for PlayOnLinux and install it (this might take a while)
- Start PlayOnLinux, and complete the basic configuration steps (mostly automatic)
- Click on the Install button, and select the Testing category in the menu on the left
- Select Diablo 3, click install, and follow the instructions
- Complete the download/install process
- You're done! Enjoy Diablo 3 on Ubuntu!
Note: I had a little resolution glitch when first started the game. Changing the resolution from the login screen inside the game fixed it.
Other note: the guys at PlayOnLinux say they will support the DVD install method soon.
If you're using Ubuntu 12.04, and experience the connection error #3007 over and over, here's a solution that seems to work. Before connection, open a terminal and type this command:
echo 0|sudo tee /proc/sys/kernel/yama/ptrace_scope
This solution comes from that thread in PlayOnLinux forums. Please let us know if it works for you or not.
Many people think the strongest passwords are those made of special/foreign characters such as É, &, * or ¿. A password looking like g&J2!3aQ must be pretty strong right? What about taking a dictionary word, and replacing letters with numbers, for example, 0r4ng3? Well, these two examples aren't THAT strong.
For a human being without automated tools, the first one is kinda hard to break, and the second one is a bit easier. For a specialized bot though, it's almost as easy as breaking 87654321. Many algorithms exist to help dishonest people break into your email, bank Web access, or social media accounts. I'm sure all of you will want to prevent that. Following are my personal advices for safer passwords (or pass phrases). Some are based on computer science facts, and others on real experiences from friends, and myself. They can't be taken as the ultimate truth, but will help you achieve better safety for your multiple on-line accounts.
Don't use the same password twice
Imagine you are on a public computer signing in to some irrelevant website, let's say to leave a comment on a forum, and someone sees what you are typing: your email address (which is often used as username), and your password. He can now access your email account if it is protected by the same password. From there, he can do almost anything because he'll be able to use the "retrieve your password" feature of all other websites you have an account on.
Prefer a long phrase to a complicated short password
As illustrated in this image, the longer the password, the better. More than that, you can choose it so it's easier for you to remember. "I lost my favorite green shoe" (if it means something to you), is much easier to remember than uJ@ggC9K!.
Some miscellaneous tips for short passwords
If a site limits you to a short password (10 or 12 characters for example), here are some easy tips you can follow :
- Don't use dictionary words or people/place names, even with numbers at the beginning or end, this is the first thing password crackers will try
- Same thing with replacing letters with "matching" numbers: m4st3r, those are broken easily
- Find something easy to remember so you don't have to write it down, for example : 1994 with "turtles" (the year you bought your favorite turtles): 1tURt99Les4
- You might wanna use a more complex combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, and also numbers to make it hard to break for humans
Don't change your password for no reason
If your account hasn't been compromised, and if you don't have a good reason to change your password, don't change it. You risk forgetting it or maybe not choosing a password as strong as your first one. Remember, it hasn't been cracked yet!
Please, I'm sure some of you readers will have more tips, and maybe discredit mine, who knows. Feel free to leave your comments.
A love story
First time I heard about Evoluent's VerticalMouse was on TV in show where they were comparing ergonomic mice, about 7 years ago (wow, it's been a while). Some time after that, I bought a VerticalMouse 2 which, to be honest, took me a bit more than a week to completely master. I loved this mouse from day one, even if I had some difficulty using it at first. But with it's great resolution, capability to work on all surfaces I've tried, its very light weight, the way I never have to move my wrist while using it, and feeling all the weight of my arm being supported by my forearm and not my wrist, I knew I had found the right mouse.
Why I started using this mouse in the first place
First of all, my right wrist suffered many brutal shocks in the time I was a skatepark adept. Second of all, I'm still an active snowboarder, and that sport often gets hard on the wrists. Finally, I'm a bass player, and I play with with my fingers only. Also, I've seen many people with carpal tunnel problems who had to have cortisone shots in their wrists... Anyway. At the time I thought: "I know I'll have to use a mouse at work all my life, so why not act today?!"
New model review
After 7 seven years with my VerticalMouse 2, it recently stopped working. That's why I ordered a standard size VerticalMouse 4 on Monday. It finally arrived today, and I've been using it for several hours now. I am so NOT disappointed! I love the space they added for your little finger, the fact that I can change the precision (or resolution) with a hardware button is very useful, and the shape of the mouse itself has greatly improved since version 2. They also added a second thumb button, which I use as a forward button. As I'm already a VerticalMouse use, it felt comfortable right away. Finally, it looks great with blue logo light and three green precision level lights.
I totally recommend this mouse to anyone who already has wrists problems or forearm problems or someone who wants to PREVENT problems. If you're in the same position I am, you'll be using a mouse at least 40 hours a week for the next 30 years or so. It might be the right time to start preventing recurrent problems.
Like many Ubuntu users out there, you have probably had problems with Flash Player in the past. I've had a lot myself, mostly related to poor performance, and sometimes with strange behavior such as videos playing too fast. People at Ubuntu have done a good job at adding better Flash support in the last year or two but I often feel it's still not enough. This is why I have been using the Flash-Aid plugin for Firefox for many months now.
Helping Firefox, but also Chromium
According to the official page, this Firefox add-on removes conflicting flash plugins from Ubuntu Linux systems, installs the appropriate version according to system architecture and applies some tweaks to improve performance and fixes common issues. All that in a single click! And because Chromium (and I suppose other browsers you may like) uses the same Flash packages, Flash-Aid will also "help" them.
How to install and use in Firefox 4
- Open Firefox
- Go to Tools / Add-ons menu
- In the Add-ons Manage, type "flash-aid" (without the quotes) in the search box located in the top right corner
- In the result list, locate Flash-Aid and click its install button located on the same row
- Restart Firefox, you should now have the Flash-Aid icon in the top right corner of your browser
- Click the icon and follow instructions
- You now have one of the best Flash installations possible
If you are also a Windows user, you will notice performance downgrade compared to Windows. At this point, you should mostly blame Adobe who won't put more effort in their Linux support.
If you have any other tip or trick to Flash tweaking, don't hesitate to post them.