Thu Aug 12 2004 22:21 PST Games You Already Have Roundup V: The Final Toys:
By their own admission these are not games. They are toys. But you
know what I always say: a toy is just a game with no win
condition. Wait, that makes Color Lines a toy. Well, there's some
difference between a toy and a game, but not enough difference to keep
me from my obsessive rounding-up. Here we go.
- Tea Cooker: This is a timer. It is preset for various types of tea
steeping. Has a little, hard-to-read pie-chart display in the deskbar
window (is deskbar a word or did I just make it up?). You can choose
your own custom time. As a timer, it's not bad.
- KDE World Clock: Displays a geographic map of the world with the
in-daylight portion shaded. You can add flags to various cities, which
would be nice if you were homesick or separated from your loved
one. The best feature is the ability to change the map graphic to an
irrelevant false-color map of the earth that shows eg. the amount of
- AMOR: The only in this series of Roundups to which I have made an
(unofficial) contribution. AMOR creates a little animated icon
that wanders around the active window and does tricks. My favorite is
the segmented worm; it's cute.
- Mousepedometa: an odometer for your mouse. It measures how far (in
inches or centimeters) you've moved your mouse pointer. The help
claims the next version will be USEFUL, which I assume means it will
have a keystroke counter as well. Has a trip odometer, just like the
odometer in a car. Old-fashioned analog flippy number graphics, not
the harsh digital graphics of the modern era. Would you believe I
racked up 10.8 inches on the mouse writing this review?
Oh, also if you had your WACOM tablet pen acting as the mouse, you
could use it to do things like see how long your signature would be if
it were a straight line.
- Moon phase indicator: The moon is new right now. That's all it
says, so that's all I'll say. Lets you see the moon from any
Earthbound angle, not that it matters at the moment.
- KTuberling: A Mr. Potato
Head for KDE. Hacker Abstraction Syndrome (henceforth to be
abbreviated HAS) has added "penguin" and "aquarium" modes, but has yet
to turn it into a KidPix like collage/drawing program. A lot of
fun. To the right you can see Sheriff Tater, my own creation.
- xeyes: The sailor's favorite. This classic demonstration of
non-square windows in X (this used to be a big deal, but I think
everyone has it now) is a pair of googly eyes that follow your
cursor. It would be kind of funny to have a background be a famous
painting and put xeyes on top of it so that the painting's eyes really
did follow you (r cursor) across the room (screen).
- xlogo: It's the X logo. Useless! Except, I suppose, as an example
- xearth: This doesn't come with enough systems. It pretty obviously
inspired the thing in Snow Crash that's exactly the same but
fancier. Like KDE World Clock, but shows the earth as a globe in
space. Has lots of options (with or without starfield, markers,
etc.). Good clean fun.
PS: if you are interested in this sort of thing, check out
Fourmilab's Earth and Moon
viewer. I think I've mentioned that the Fourmilab website is what
Crummy merely aspires to be. On that happy note, we end this roundup.
Did I miss something that came with your system? Let me know and
I'll review it, unless it is not a game or (catch-all) I don't want to review it.
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