Archive for September, 2011


Star Wars from the Command Prompt

How about a little bit of command prompt fun today. This is a little something anyone with a command prompt can appreciate. Using ASCII text generation you can watch Star Wars from your command prompt. For those of you who are not yet educated in the ways of the Geeks, the ASCII text generation is simply a careful arrangement of letters and symbols on the screen to create an image. In this case along with captions from various scenes from Star Wars.

Here is a screen shot just for fun.

Star Wars from the command prompt

In my case I am using Tilda in Linux as my command prompt. Set the transparency and take away the title bars and stretch it to fill the screen and you will  have  a set up to look as if it is integrated with your desktop. Of course, that is another adventure and is not required to view this ASCII version of Star Wars.

Finally here is the command that you will need to put in your command prompt:

telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

You will also need an internet connection.

Generate ASCII Art in Linux

Ever wanted to generate ASCII art from your family photos laying around just for the geekiness of it? There are a number of ways to do this in Linux including by using Gimp and saving a copy and select ASCII text and save. I also found a handy online tool for generating ASCII art that allows you to adjust the settings for the sharpness of the text and provides a beige backdrop which makes the ASCII text seem even sharper.

Give us the link already!

Here it is:

sporkforge.com

After you generate a photo you can simply take a screen shot and select that area if you want to keep the backdrop color.

Construct 2 from Scirra is a game design program that enables you to create html5 games without having to code the software. You can create games through the programs graphical interface without any programming knowledge required. Since the games are in html5 format they are compatible with Linux, Windows and even Apple.

However Construct 2 is a Windows program. I have noticed some postings by individuals who had attempted to use Construct 2 with Wine and could not get it to work. Maybe they were using an older version of wine. In my case I was able to get Construct 2 setup in Linux using the latest version of  Wine and by tweaking the settings just a little bit.

Get the latest version of Wine

If you are able to get it working with an older wine install, then good for you. If not then you may want to follow this link to get information on installing the latest version of wine. Here is a link to get you started with setting up Wine 1.3  in Ubuntu.

After installing Construct 2 you will find that the Menu’s are black, like in this screen shot.

To fix this problem you will need to go into Configure Wine click on the graphics tab and set it to emulate virtual desktop.

Here are some screen shots to guide you through this process.

After clicking on apply and restarting the program I had a functioning version of Construct 2.