Tag Archives: Games

Fun: A Canada Haste Grew Lip Worm Try

Or to translate: Create Anagrams With Wordplay

There is a very old Linux Terminal program that is just plain fun to play with. It’s called Wordplay, and was written way back in 1991, and the last update was in 1996.

What Wordplay does is take any input string, and automatically create all the possible anagrams that it can.

Start by heading over to your Package Manager, and searching for and then installing Wordplay:

Package Manager installing Wordplay

Package Manager installing Wordplay

Next,  open a Terminal window and simply type: wordplay

This will give you a listing of the variables available when running the program. Take note that a when inputting a complete sentence like I did above, that tens of thousands of results are possible. They will over-flow the memory buffer of your Terminal program. This will end up only displaying the last several hundred.

The easy way to solve this problem is to pipe the results to a text file, as shown in this example:

Running Wordplay in Terminal

Running Wordplay in Terminal

If things get out of hand,  you can always type a [CTL]+C to stop the program execution.

A snippet of my text editor, showing close to half a million output choices before I stopped it running!

Wordplay output

Wordplay output

Yes, you can limit the results in the configuration when you run the program though!

 

 

Software: Desktop Friend To Amuse and Annoy

I was poking around the Package Manager over the weekend and found a cute little program that really doesn’t do much other than bounce around your screen, getting in the way.

The software is called AMOR, which stands for Amusing Misuse Of Resources

Package Manager

Package Manager

Once installed, you’ll find it, in the Games section of your Menu.

Once launched, all it does, is bounce around the screen, sitting on top of open windows, while making silly faces. There are several characters to choose from in the Options menu, that you get to by Right Clicking on it.

As the program was written for KDE Linux, the Tool tips function will not work because those libraries are not installed in Gnome based distributions. Everything else runs fine of course.

AMOR setup menu

AMOR setup menu

And here’s what it looks like running:

Tux on my task bar

Tux on my task bar

 

I of course, chose Tux, the Linux penguin. Tux pops around the screen, sitting on top of windows and generally making a nuisance  of himself, but it’s mindless fun.

 

 

Software: Speaking Of Old Games, Visit Archive.org

After getting a favorite old game running yesterday, I got nostalgic for other old shareware titles we used to enjoy. The best place to find them? Archive.org

From their website:

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is 
building a digital library of Internet sites and 
other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a 
paper library, we provide free access to researchers,
historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the 
general public.

What this means to us, is a great resource for all kinds of cool old internet and related stuff!

The link above, is to their software archive landing page, however I also spend a great deal of time in their OTR or Old Time Radio section as well. I grew up listening to  great radio shows like the Lux Radio Theater, X Minus One, The Mel Blanc Show, and dozens of other wonderful old  programs.

Back to software, give a browse through their extensive collections, and you may find an old favorite that you can run under either WINE, DosBox, or VirtualBox

 

VirtualBox: Running A Favorite Old Game

Subtitled: How to increase the color depth in a Windows 2000 virtual machine, beyond the default 16 colors.

I was poking around Amazon.com over the weekend, and stumbled upon a great old Windows game that my wife used to enjoy playing all the time. Sadly our disk got damaged, so we hadn’t played it in years.

The game, Monty Python and the Search For The Holy Grail

For all of $5.00, including shipping I figured I couldn’t go wrong!

Once the disk came in, the first thing I did was stick it in my wife’s CD-ROM drive and run the Setup.exe file with WINE. The setup failed.

Undaunted, I fired up a Windows 2000 install in VirtualBox, and tried the install again. This time it installed OK, but the software wouldn’t run because the VM was stuck in 16 color mode.

This is very easy to fix!

With your VM running, select the Devices tab in the top menu, and then click on the Insert Guest Additions CD Image

Win2k running in a VM

Win2k running in a VM

This will bring up the following dialogue:

Win2k running in a VM

Win2k running in a VM

It’s now just a matter of clicking through the prompts like you would any other software install. You will be greeted with a Digital Signature error a few times, but simply click on Yes for each.

Win2k running in a VM

Win2k running in a VM

Finally, once everything is installed, you will be asked to reboot the virtual machine for the changes to take effect.

Win2k running in a VM

Win2k running in a VM

Once rebooted, you’ll want to Right-click on the desktop, and select the display properties. For many old Windows games, you will need to select 256 colors for the game to display correctly. You’ll be tempted to use the highest setting, say 32 bit color, but in the case of today’s game, the on-screen text will not display if you do!

Windows 2000 display settings

Windows 2000 display settings

That’s all there is to it, and the result is a happy spouse, enjoying a favorite old game once again!

Monty Python game, running in Win2k Virtual Machine

Monty Python game, running in Win2k Virtual Machine

 

Games: NeverPutt Mini Golf

Like miniature golf but can’t get to the local course? Then head over to your Software Manager, and search for NeverPutt!

Software Manager

Software Manager

Neverputt is a silly mini golf game for your desktop. The 3D graphics and sound effects make a fun game to play when you want to waste some time. Several courses are offered, and the game is fun way to work on your mouse skills!

Neverputt

Neverputt

You aim your putter by dragging your mouse left or right, and determine the strength of the put by pulling back on the mouse, then clicking to make the hit.

Sometimes it’s the silly games available that can help relieve some of life’s stresses!