Thursday, August 24, 2006

IEs 4 Linux

IEs 4 Linux

This is simply incredible. Internet Explorer 6.0 can run on Linux. I was a skeptic, so I had to try it. Now I am a true believer.

Of course, that still doesn't answer the question, Why? For me, however, it is to get more website compatibility and a higher version of Flash (Flash on Linux is limited to 7.0 r63, at least on Fedora FC5). Plus, it is amazingly cool---like, beyond the "kudos to Mr. Hacker" kind of cool...all the way to the "hey, I think I'll donate real money to this mad-scientist Linux guru-type who actually pulled this crazy stunt off" kind of cool. In fact, I just did. I'm that impressed.

Filed under: "Mission Impossible"

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

World of Empires

(This is kind of a note-to-self type post).

IBM PC Empire Documentation.

I have been working on a project called "World of Empires" (visit it by clicking on the title of this blog post). Actually, "working" is not a completely accurate term. "Procrastinating" is a much better and accurate term. For those who don't (care to) remember, Empire is an ancient (and I do mean, ancient) turn-based wargame/strategy game, that is in my opinion one of the best games ever made, judging from the amount of time I fanatically devoted to it at the expense of what should have been more pressing concernings (i.e., school, etc.). I loved it, and would love to play it again.

It is with that in mind that I started a project to very loosely clone the game for the purposes of my own entertainment. It would be freeware and open-source. Currently, the license is even public domain. What form it will take in the end, I am simply unsure. I just hope I finish it. Visit the link above for documentation from the original game.

Fedora Core 5 Desktop (such as it is)

Fedora Core 5 Desktop (such as it is)
This is my Fedora Core 5 Linux Desktop (such as it is) from August 22, 2006. Fedora Linux is a great operating system, but installation is not for the faint of heart. However, there is a great user community available for it, and lots (LOTS) of information and FAQs to read and browse. It's worth considering!

I never thought I'd make the switch from Windows, but I did.


I still dual-boot Windows XP, but I'm in Windows only when I have to be. Fortunately this is seldom. Perhaps one day, I will be 100% Linux, but not today. Or tomorrow.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Fallout in DOSBox on Linux

Fallout in DOSBox on Linux
Yes it's possible, but only for Fallout 1 when installed as a DOS32 application (but Fallout 2 is Win32 only). I haven't actually played the game yet, but I plan to. For some reason, I have not been able to get Fallout 1 or 2 to run under Wine 0.9.17 in Fedora Core 5 (fc5) but I'm sure there's technowizardry out there to accomplish it. However, I'm still a Wine n00b. On the plus side, click on the blog title for a great link to a how-to on linux gaming written by a young guy named Firewing1 who really knows his linux stuff.

Edit: clarification and typos

Isaiah 8:16 is my new Theological Blog

My new theological blog is Isaiah 8:16 at and all theological discussion will now be found there. This Byroniac blog will retain all non-theological items of interest, mainly in the subject areas of computing and other personal interests. Postings that contain some elements shared in both (such as running e-Sword in Linux) might appear in both places, but don't necessarily count on it. ;)

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Running e-Sword in Linux

w00t! A chat friend introduced me to a website that shows you how to get e-Sword 7.7.7 working under Linux Wine 0.9.17. It works, too! I can't believe it. :)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Taking a Stroll through the Old Testament

God has laid upon my heart a desire to study the OT. As a Christian, the NT has always had profound significance for me and my faith, and understandably so. However, I have come to realize that the OT is a treasure trove for believers, not simply of ancient and forgotten history, but also of deep theology rooted in the holiness and sovereignty of God and His interaction with humanity, especially in calling out and redeeming a special people for Himself. It is with this in mind that I plan to begin an OT reading program and blogging-documentary with a friend of mine who has similar plans on his blog at "The Confessions" (also linked to in this blog post title).

You can critique our progress in the coming weeks. My hope is that we will have something to share, even to the casual reader. And I appreciate constructive comments here on this blog, in response to my posts of OT discoveries I'm sure I'll be making. However, please understand one thing: school starts up for me again soon, and as this is a hobbyist project anyway, do not expect daily and/or detailed postings, necessarily. That is, if you're even here to read this in the first place. :)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Wine-Drinking in New Testament Times

Robert H. Stein, from Christianity Today, June 20, 1975.
Scanned article available here:
Click on the title of this blog post for a more readable version.

Interesting read.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Moving back from Yahoo! 360

Well, that didn't last long. Much as I like Yahoo 360, I am more comfortable here. So here I'll stay for the time being.