Friday, November 30, 2012

Picasa, the scourge of the free?

Hows that for a controversial title? Yeah, I'm overdoing it on the title. Still, Picasa has somehow managed to proven, in 30 minutes, to be a complete pain in the ass. The beginning of those 30 minutes were me deciding I should start using it. After said minutes, I quit.

I download Picasa. All fine and dandy. I upload the screenshots I wanted to publish. Fine and dandy.
I go to the website, and there it starts. I need to register on Google+. There's three buttons I can push. One I think was "remind me later", second was "No thanks", third one was "Go register with Google+". When I click "No thanks", nothing happens. In fact, the other two buttons refuse to work
Refreshing the page and clicking to register Google+ DOES work!

So, kind of pissed off (it's my blog, I can say piss all I want!) I decide to remove the album. Then remove the pictures themselves from Picasa. Turns out, Picasa takes the liberty to PHYSICALLY remove said pictures from your hard drive! Fancy that! So not only did I do all that work to gather three excellent screenshots, but seeing as Google is it's own program, I can't conveniently use Windows' Undo function to recover them. Great, just great!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Assassins Creed II: Aliens aren't bullshit

Before I continue, I hope you weren't expecting me to hold back spoilers. ACII has been out for ages and has two successors, with a third coming out soon for the PC market. If you haven't been hearing spoilers yet, you've been living under a rock.

It's 4 am in the morning and I just got around to finishing Assassins Creed II, I just told Steam to download Brotherhood and Revelations. It's going to take a few hours, so I figured I'll write something up, then head to bed while I leave this thing running. Let's hope it won't become sentient and kill me in my sleep.

I have to say, ACII has been an interesting experience. I've replayed the first one countless times. Sure, even in the Directors Cut version, AC1 was a tad dry in its variety of tasks. But really, it wasn't about that for me. So far, in my experience, the game was the only one that perfected the art of representing the ultimate assassination.