Sunday, November 16, 2008

KNetWalk - A cool KDE game

KDE 4 has a great collection of small games and educational tools. Unlike the edu-package, the games hadn't got much publicity IMHO. I was testing Fedora 10 Preview Release, and I came across this game called KNetWalk.
It's a wonderful game, and I'd strongly recommend you give it a go, if you like those small puzzle-solving games.

The objective of this 'build the network' game is to connect all clients to a server (the icon looks more like the Internet) using wires.
The screenshot explains it well. You can click on the wires (and the server/clients) to rotate them. In the above screenshot, 3 machines have connectivity and 3 don't.
I don't know if the game was in KDE 3.5. Check your KDE to see if it has KNetWalk. The Fedora 10 Preview is looking quite awesome and I can't wait for the final release.

Update: It seems the game is theme-able. In the game settings, there was an electronis theme. Instead of building a LAN, you've to connect ICs to a power cell. Neat..

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Quantum of ugliness

I watched Quantum of Solace a couple of days back. What an ugly movie! I never really liked Bond flicks, but Casino Royale had made me a fan of Daniel Craig. I had high hopes for this one, but it was all too disappointing. I'd rather watch MI 3 than the poorly choreographed action scenes in this one.

The story line is pretty lame and predictable, the action scenes are shaky and badly edited, the bond girl can't act and there are boring chase scenes scattered all over!

Casino Royale had realistic fight scenes. This one has very physical action sequences too, but they are more like cut-scenes and are terrible.

The chase
Bond gets chased on land, water and of course air! The movie opens with a lame car chase, has the all too familiar speed boat chase and an unimpressive airplane chase, with a stupidifying parachute deployment.

Overall, I'd give this one 1/5. It's more of a terrible edit-job than a movie.