Where should you start playing video games

I have been playing video games for almost thirty years now. It is a great way to relax, to keep your brain engaged and constantly learn something new. And because I regularly praise video games curious folks like friends, family or collegues ask me where to start playing video games. Some are just curious for themselves while others want to get an opinion on how to introduce their kids to gaming.

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cdrtfe – an alternative for the abandoned CD/DVD burner InfraRecorder

For almost a decade InfraRecorder was my go-to application when it came to burning CDs and DVDs. But for the past 3 years InfraRecorder has been abandoned by the developer. This lead to many unsolved issues that made it almost unusable with Windows 10 64-bit. I decided to look for an alternative. While doing lots of research (Google search, install, test, remove) I came across cdrtfe. Continue reading

An explanation of open source phobia in the public sector and large corporations

Bulgaria recently adopted a law stating that software developed for the public sector should be open source (techcrunch.com). That got me thinking: open source adoption in the public sector is extremely slow in general. Decision makers seem to show signs of a phobia when it comes to using open source or encouraging their suppliers to develop open source solutions. Here is a subjective and cynical explanation of where I think this phobia comes from.
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Canon Pixma MX 925 cannot scan to email, to cloud or to a Chromebook

While setting up my newly acquired Pixma MX 925 I came across a requirement it cannot handle: Scan to email or scan to cloud. – The MX 925 does not support this functionality. You can output your scans to a PC or Mac, to a Android or iOS device or (old school) USB stick. But you cannot not directly send your scan to an email address or save it to the cloud. Bummer! Continue reading

Dirty Bomb – an unexpected love story

One year ago Dirty Bomb launched on Steam and I did not expect to play it for such a long time. Most online multiplayer shooter are not able to keep their player base over a longer period of time. But to my surprise Dirty Bomb did. After twelve months it has more concurrent players than Battleborn merely weeks after its launch. And a game that has been around for such a long time and that has been giving me countless of hours of fun deserves a detailed review. Continue reading