Streaming media copyright controversies

Oct 24, 2020
Copyright issues with streaming media have suddenly become a relevant topic due to two separate incidents happening in very close temporal proximity to one another. Because of that, I figured I'd weigh in on both of these topics in the form of a blog post, because complaining is fun and that's mostly what this blog seems to be about. So, let us get on with it. Stadia developer says stupid stuff, gets promptly shut down Firstly, a creative director for a studio working under Google's Stadia, Alex Hutchinson decided to weigh in on the important topic of game streaming, specifically on livestreamers playing video games in front of an audience. Read more ...

Epic's 1984 references are just 1984

Aug 15, 2020
Epic and Apple (along with Google) have entered a bit of a corporate spat over app marketplace policies. Their biggest complaint seems to be that Apple and Google have significant control over the app ecosystems of their respective platforms and take a significant cut off any payments associated with those ecosystems. Epic's campaign started basically with an offer to sell V-bucks, the Fortnite virtual currency to Fortnite players at a reduced rate while bypassing the usual platform payment methods. Read more ...

Website optimizations to save the planet (probably not though)

Jul 18, 2020
I’ve said it a few times in the past that this website is pretty optimized. It’s completely static, meaning it has zero backend apart from a standard HTTP server (I use Apache because I vaguely knew how to configure Apache). The website content is simply just generated by a static site generator called Hugo on my desktop system and then transferred to my VPS using rsync. The other day my friend Liam (the admin and owner of GamingOnLinux) messaged to me that he had enabled this web tracking software called Plausible for his site. Read more ...

My text editor journey from Visual Basic 2005 to Doom Emacs

Jul 17, 2020
To a programmer, the text editor is among the most important tools. It forms the interface between the programmer’s body and the software being worked on. However, it’s not a tool in the way a hammer is a tool. It’s more like a hand-to-hand weapon, there are many different ones and the only common aspect you can expect between them is the end goal. I’ve used a few text editors over the years and I figured I’d share my journey from an editor to another and what I picked up or left behind along the way. Read more ...

I translated my bachelor's thesis about open source

Jul 2, 2020
I went on my pretty much annual summer cottage trip last week and during that week I managed to be relatively productive in terms of doing a bit of writing. More specifically, I did an English translation of my bachelor's thesis, which I originally wrote in Finnish throughout this spring. Writing that thesis was a fun process and although I did have some issues finding relevant sources, I am quite proud of what I ended up writing. Read more ...