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The empathy IM client on linux has long baffled me. It didn’t look as nice as pidgin, and would NEVER sign into my msn. When the ubuntu team made it the new default client, I couldn’t understand it. Until now…

Finally empathy has won me over. It actually signs into everything, and uses lots of adium themes so it looks fantastic now. AND its more stable, so I can say goodbye to the days of pidgin randomly dissapearing. Huzzah!


British Steam Installer

I can’t be the only person who’s bugged by the fact that when you install Steam (which is an awesome service), and select “English” in the installer – it displays a picture of the american flag. The language is not american, its english – this is silly. It’s bugged me time and time again, and so today, I decided to do something about it. I’ll spare people the technical details, but I’ve produced my own modified version of the steam installer. The ONLY difference between the official version, and my version, is that my version displays the correct flag next to “English”… it displays the Union Flag! Here’s how it looks:

British Steam Installer

The installer can be downloaded from my skydrive here. I hope in time, Valve will see their mistake and make this change in their official version.

Source SDK Modding

After a couple of days battling with many errors, I finally have a source mod compiling and running through steam. Just a few tips: don’t use Visual Studio 2008 (use 2005), and don’t assume that the code generated by the SDK wizard is correct -> because it isnt. Turns out, if you get an error talking about CBaseGrenade, then just comment out the method (which as it turns out, isnt being used anyway).
Anywho, it’s most likely that my 3rd year project is going to be done using the Source SDK, so I now have to spend the next few days playing around with the code to see if this is feasible.
Fun stuff 😛