Kingdom of Loathing (KoL)

This is a browser based game that I have been playing for a while that is pretty funny and fun to play. Here is a little about the game from Wikipedia:

Kingdom of Loathing (KoL) is a humorous, browser-based, multiplayer role playing game, designed and operated by Asymmetric Publications, including creator Zack “Jick” Johnson and writer Josh “Mr. Skullhead” Nite. The game was released on 23 February 2003. Because content is still being added frequently the game is still considered unfinished and officially remains in open beta.

It is notable for its use of hand-drawn stick figure graphics and writing characterized by surreal humor, word play, parody and references to pop culture. In KoL, players fight monsters for experience, meat (the game’s currency), and items, through a turn-based system. Players also interact with each other through player versus player competition, participate in the in-game economy by trading goods and services, and organize themselves into clans, and speak to each other in many different chat channels.

The game now hosts a player base of 100,000 to 150,000 regular users. It is also particularly notable for managing to be financially successful purely from donations rather than from advertising or subscription fees like most online games.


Quakelive open beta

Quake Live (formerly known as Quake Zero) is now open beta. 30 maps, 40 arenas and extras. Sign up at Start gaming as soon as you get through the queue.
The game modes are:
Player versus player (1on1) combat. Whoever gets the most frags before the time is up wins.
Free For All
Players engage in a match, where everyone fights for himself. Whoever hits the frag limit the game ends, and this person wins. When the time limit expires, the match will also end.
Team Deathmatch
Same rules, in this mode, two teams fight each other.
Capture The Flag
Each team has a base, holding a flag. To earn points and win the game, a team has to take the opposite flag, and return them to their own.
Clan Arena
Teambased gameplay, everyone starts fully equipped with full armor and weapons. When fragged, the player must wait for the next round to begin.

Lots of stats, leaderboards, and ways to play/compare with friends. This is a fun first person shooter that you can play anywhere that you have access to a web browser.

$100 Linux wal-wart launches

This is a pretty cool design and neat idea. Here is a little from the article.

SheevaPlug draws 5 Watts, comes with Linux, and boasts completely open hardware and software designs
In typical use, the SheevaPlug draws about as much power as a night-light. Yet, with 512MB each of RAM and Flash, and a 1.2GHz CPU, the unobtrusive device approaches the computing power found in the servers of only a decade ago.

Here is the article:

1234567890 Day

1234567890 Day

This Friday, in addition to being Friday, is also 1234567890 Day. At 6:31 pm EST on that day, the Unix time will be 1234567890.

Unix time [is] defined as the number of seconds elapsed since midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) of January 1, 1970, not counting leap seconds. It is widely used not only on Unix-like operating systems but also in many other computing systems.