Anything Your OS Can Do, Linux Can Do Better

…Left 4 Dead 2 is running at 315 FPS on Linux. That the Linux version runs faster than the Windows version (270.6) seems a little counter-intuitive, given the greater amount of time we have spent on the Windows version. However, it does speak to the underlying efficiency of the kernel and OpenGL.


Faster Zombies! | Valve


Well, I guess that’s that. Valve has shown that Left 4 Dead runs better in Linux than in Windows. That basically strips away the last possible reason why anybody would want to use Windows. Not to mention that, even without official ports, Valve software has always run flawlessly under Linux with Wine. Wine can even run older Win95 games that you can’t run on modern versions of Windows anymore. So I guess Linux is better at running Windows programs than Windows is. Ouch.


Windows fanboys, come at me!

Card Games on Motorbikes

Those of you that know me know that I like motorcycles. Whenever I’m riding my bike (a 2003 Suzuki Savage LS650 2013 Suzuki Boulevard M50), I’m always thinking dangerous thoughts like “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” Usually these thoughts involve making small or large modifications to the bike (such as adding a bunch of LEDs and turning it into a Light Cycle).


Most recently, I thought it would be cool if I could modify an RV (or other sufficiently large vehicle) with a ramp in the back so that I could launch myself at any given time. At first I thought “That would be so bad-ass!” Then, of course, the scientist in me kicked in and said “Well wait…how would that even work? Would I skid out of control as soon as I hit the pavement, or, presuming I had the clutch activated, would I be able to smoothly launch from the back of the moving vehicle? If the latter, how would the wheels be able to ‘magically’ speed up from 1-2 mph to ~60 mph?”


Fortunately, I discovered that Mythbusters covered a similar stunt, except in reverse. In it, they re-create a famous stunt from Knight Rider where they attempt to load a Camaro RS onto the back of a truck while both are hurtling down the freeway. Their results brought new life into my octane-fueled dreams. Not only were they able to show that it was possible, they showed that it could be done very smoothly thanks to good ‘ol inertia.


Now I just need to fit it with a brand new <echo>Duel Disk System!</echo> and I’ll be set! Oh…and some money for all these modifications would be nice too 🙂