Payday 2 should have a professional female character

In case you have missed it, Payday 2 is out and it is doing great. I have already logged 100+ hours on it. Overkill Software has promised additional game content as DLCs. There have been rumors of a female character appearing to accompany Dallas, Hoxton, Chains and Wolf.

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Xerox laser toner cartridges programmed to fail

A few years back I ran into a problem with a Xerox 7700 laser printer. The print quality had been OK, but suddenly the printer reported that a toner cartridge had to be changed and refused to print anymore. After checking up on prices it seemed like we needed to spend 200 EUR to buy a new cartridge.

I googled around a bit and found out interesting piece of information. It seemed like the toner cartridges had some kind of memory units regarding print counts. Once the counter reaches zero, the cartridge stops printing. At this point I decided to hack the cartridge back to a working state.

1. First I removed the toner cartridge from the printer.

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Sony stole my music

Payday The Heist 1

Usually a the big music corporations accuse people downloading music thieves and such. I want to present you a different story with reversed roles.

Payday is a game a bit similar to Left 4 Dead 2. It includes 4 players, a lot of guns and plenty targets to shoot. The object of the game is not to shoot zombies, but to make big buck heists, bank jobs, HVT extraction, and stuff like that. All in all, very nice game (the sequel, Payday 2 has been released and it is doing great).

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Battlefield 3 multiplayer experience is as delightful as a metric ton of horse shit


Seriously Electronic Arts / DICE. I should be saying this nicely, but I can’t and I don’t care anymore. What the fuck is going on with Battlefield 3? How have you managed to make playing the game online such a pain in the ass? Today I decided to play BF3 because it has been a while. I launched EA Origin. Oh, new update, okay. Boom, my credentials were gone from the login screen of Origin. What sense it makes to have a “remember me” box in the client if it actually constantly forgets you?

Another issue, the stupid game launcher. Working on a web browser. Except it mostly is not working. Today it announced I had to install updated plugin to play. I installed. I reinstalled. No dice. I rebooted. Did it work? Nah. Reboot again, reinstall plugin, test Campaign mode. Finally.

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Hello World!

“Hello World” is the iconic and simple program one supposedly makes first when getting known to a new programming language. I’m using that as a topic for the first post of this new blog I’m starting.

I’m starting a new blog about technology and gaming. I’m doing this mostly because I tend to make a lot of esoteric configuration and programming work on Linux. To be honest, good “use it exactly like this and it will work” guides are quite hard to find for the stuff I’m interested in. So, why not publicly document my findings to benefit the community?

There is of course a lot of other stuff than Linux to write about. I’m planning on writing about cool gadgets I personally own. Having used a device some time is the only way to expose all the pitfalls it may include.  The IT magazines don’t usually give such in-depth knowledge that would be essential in making the decision about purchasing stuff.

And then there is gaming. I have played computer and video games since the Commodore 64 came out. As a 5-year old Finnish rascal it was kind of hard to try to load the games from tape drive. Luckily my dad helped by writing a small notebook about how things work. Later I got known to NES, GameBoy, PC and Xbox360, so I consider myself to know my stuff. Maybe not completely inside-out, but at least I’m competent to follow most gaming discussions.

In addition to technical and gaming issues, I will write also about politics, whenever it intersects with the aforementioned topics. However, all my “purely” political pieces can be found from my Finnish blog at .

I believe in content before form, so for some time the blog will have default layout settings. Once I gain more knowledge about themes and managing WordPress, I’ll probably make some changes to the appearance.

I guess that is enough background information on this blog and myself. It’s time to get to work and publish some actual articles.

28th of August 2013, Janne Paalijärvi