The Revival of Microsoft Flight Simulator X

Today Dovetail Games released an update for former Microsoft Flight Simulator X. This new version is branded as Steam Edition and is currently available for 5 USD/EUR. Compared to the original, released in 2006, FSXSE is Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 compatible.

The power of FSX is the addon compatibility, giving hundreds of features, landscapes and planes. I hope its just a matter of time before high-quality DLC will be available in the Steam Store.

I personally am  glad to see this game being updated and make compatible with actual Windows versions.

Ubuntu Linux Kernel 3.18 installation guide

This short walkthrough describes how to install the Ubuntu Linux Kernel 3.18 (server and  client) without compiling.

This guide should work with the latest version of Ubuntu Linux and most Ubuntu-based distributions including Mint. The included kernel files have been compiled using the generic Ubuntu configuration. The general packages are available for 32 bits systems (I386+) and 64 bits (AMD64) and both as low latency.

Installation Guide (GUI)

  1. Download the kernel headers package:
    http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.18-vivid/linux-headers-3.18.0-031800_3.18.0-031800.201412071935_all.deb
  2. And the appropriate package for your system
  3. And the accompanying compiled kernel image
  4. Install the files in the same order as downloaded above. So first install the headers (2 files) and finally the image (1 file).
  5. In the terminal run:
    sudo update-grub
  6. Reboot and select the kernel from the bootloader menu

I will post the latest version of the 3.16 branch and 3.17 release candidates in comments below.

Bye Bye Burning

As expected by many, some years ago, there is no future of burning CDs and DVDs. With the price of a NAS system dropping below $ 150 and harddisks increasing in size (8 TB is the current limit) and price drops, the interest in archiving on removable media shrinks by the day.
Another sign of this phenomena is Ahead Nero 15. This product contains no significant new features in latest release.