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Print the whole thing

I just came across a nifty UI thing when printing in Word 365.

When the printing dialog comes up and you select all pages you get this nice description of Print all Pages:

Print all Pages - The whole thing

Not sure if this is really necessary, but it made me smile.

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How Docker was born

Not sure how this was born, but I think no more words needed…

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Being an astronaut?

Check out https://www.astronaut-test.com/ if you want to know if you would be an astronaut candidate. Being fascinated by space, I think I missed the right direction at one point. I only do fit 50% into the required scheme.

What’s the test about?

Astronaut Aptitude Test asks a series of lifestyle and knowledge questions based on official NASA Astronaut Candidate requirements to determine how suited you are to space. The quiz also includes visual tests based on psychological studies to analyse your spatial visualisation, mechanical comprehension and abstract reasoning – the essential qualities that NASA first tested in 1959.

So what I am missing? The results of the questionnaire are broken down on the website:

The good point: I would fit into space based on my personality. I did not do well in the physics and astronomy questions, therefore I really really failed in knowledge and education. Actually, I did not know in which whatever “sphere” satellites do fly.

Said that I think I have to read some astronomy books and I will come to the test back at a later point. Give it a try. It might surprise you as well.

Link: https://www.astronaut-test.com

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Pixel Art Palettes

When looking for a nice design the colour palette is one of things I usually fail epic.

Lospec is a website providing a pixel editor, pixel art tutorials and more important to me some hundreds of colour palettes based on a wide range of 8- and 16-bit games.

The Lospec Palette List is a database of palettes for pixel art. We include both palettes that originate from old hardware that could only display a few colors, as well as palettes created by pixel artists specifically for making art. All palettes can be downloaded and imported into your pixelling software of choice 

I like using these palettes when creating a logo (also I am not good in this discipline) and presentations when not bound to any corporate identity.

The palettes can be downloaded as png image or even as Adobe Photoshop, Paint.NET or GIMP file to be used in your favorite application.

Link: https://lospec.com/palette-list

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Build your own Octocat

You don’t know what an Octocat is? If you don’t there is probably no need to read on, just enjoy my Octocat.

aheil's Octocat
aheil’s Octocat

If you want to know, let me help you. That’s what Wikipedia says:

GitHub’s mascot is an anthropomorphized “octocat” with five octopus-like arms.

The character was created by graphic designer Simon Oxley as clip art to sell on iStock, a website that enables designers to market royalty-free digital images.

GitHub became interested in Oxley’s work after Twitter selected a bird that he designed for their own logo. The illustration GitHub chose was a character that Oxley had named Octopuss. Since GitHub wanted Octopuss for their logo (a use that the iStock license disallows), they negotiated with Oxley to buy exclusive rights to the image.

GitHub renamed Octopuss to Octocat, and trademarked the character along with the new name. Later, GitHub hired illustrator Cameron McEfee to adapt Octocat for different purposes on the website and promotional materials; McEfee and various GitHub users have since created hundreds of variations of the character, which are available on The Octodex

If you want, you can get you very own Octocat at https://myoctocat.com/ and customize the hell out of it:

Take a break from your build and create an Octocat that’s all you, from whisker tip to tail.

Link: https://myoctocat.com

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Coll Stuff #2

Some more stuff I came along the last few days…

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Cool Stuff

Every week, there are many things I stumble upon worth blogging about. Unfortunately, there is either too much to at that time, just too little to say about it or it’s simply worth to be remembered without bloating it with an exhaustive blog entry.

Therefore, I want to give a more or less regular (let’s see how this works out) update on all these cool stuff one might find out there in the wilderness of the cyberspace.

 

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On Track – OpenTDD Open Source Simulation Game

I truly adore open source developers in the field of PC games. Since working on the Vedea graphics engine at Microsoft Research, I haven’t found much time working on graphics engines or game like projects. I recently spent some time in investigating about game projects pushed by a development community and was positively surprised how much effort is put into various gaming projects.

The first one I came across was OpenTDD, an open source version of the legend Transport Tycoon Deluxe by Microprose at some point in the 1990s.

“OpenTTD is an open source simulation game based upon the popular Microprose game ‘Transport Tycoon Deluxe’, written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features.”

If you still own a original CD, you can use the sound and graphics bits or just download a free available version of the resources provided by the community during installation.

OpenTDD

There are also additional content available, details how to get it is described in the online manual. It is quite easy to start with the simulation, however, there are endless options you discover throughout the gameplay, including enhancements over the original simulation.

OpenTDD is still actively developed and maintained, which is a great achievement of the developers of the game. o ahead an give it a try if you like simulation games or in case you have been a fan of Transport Tycoon.

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Geekpedia

I just surfed on Geekpedia. I did not have a lot of time to look though the site, but is seem as there are tons if interesting articles and information about cool stuff there. So if I find I will seek though their archives for some useful tips and tutorials.

Geekpedia

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Firefly on HD-DVD

Serenity is one of the few science fiction movies available right now on HD-DVD (in Germany). Furthermore, Firefly the series around the spaceship seem to be available on DVD as well. However, today I just surfed on Universal HD’s Firefly page were they announce to show Firefly in TV in HD – which could mean that the series could be available on HD-DVD soon… so I’ll wait with the order.

Firefly HD