Monthly Archives: March 2017

VR and Linux

I have been on vacation this last week, tomorrow, I go back to work. I did not really do much, except build a small shelf for tea cups. other than that I spent the week trying to decide what I wanted to do on the computer front. The Alienware X51 I am using is 5 years years old, it has been a great machine, but it is starting to show its age. One of the things I want to do is buy an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive, this machine does not have the horse power to do that and upgrading the video card would really only put off the inevitable for maybe another year. So I decided to buy a new Alienware Auora, I thought about buying one from the little shop PezWitch works at, but there were too many compromises to get to the price point I wanted and the power I needed. Anyone who tells you Alienware systems are “Over priced and under powered” is full of shit. I dropped $1000 or so on the new machine and nothing I could have built myself would have come close to what I got for the price.

As far as VR goes, I have two problems, first the Rift does not have any meaningful Linux support and the Vive has only very recently started beta testing support for Linux. The second problem is both rigs are first generation technology and I prefer not to be an early adopter and considering the price just dropped on the Rift, I expect the second generation hardware to be available by the end of the year. So what I am hoping is in the the next 4-6 months, Linux will have solid usable support for the Vive and either the price will drop on the current model or the the new model will become available and either way waiting will be worth it. My only other option is to finally start using Windows, but we all know I have tried that before.

More Desktop Fun

A while back I wrote some about what I was doing to customize my desktop to make it more useful to me. I am sure most of you remember this.

Vacation Days

Well over this last weekend I got rid of my old monitors and went to a single 28 inch, partly because I wanted more room on my desk and partly because I just did not use two monitors much. I really felt virtual desktops would serve the same purpose and since I was at it, it seemed like a good time to activate Compiz, which is the software used to create 3D desktops effects. Here is the result.

Pretty neat actually, took me all of 3 minutes to get running.