Monthly Archives: December 2013

The God King c1

I seem to have have read an earlier version with a slightly different cover and opening chapter prose. The opening of the new version is better, and I’m sure readers will enjoy the book as much as I did.

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Shadows in the Sand by Michael Diack

Shadows in the Sand

I should start with a spoiler alert – ‘Shadows in the Sand’ ends at a perilous point, requiring the next book in the series. If you don’t want want to read a gripping novel that is the first of a series, then you shouldn’t start ‘Shadows in the Sand’.

While most fantasy novels are set in worlds resembling medieval Europe, Empyria is much more primitive. Humans only exist in very small clusters of hunter-gathers, with very limited technology. Almost everything they encounter thinks that men are nothing more than another food item. When an earthquake shuts off the communities water supply, everyone must begin a process of moving to a new refuge … that is far from safe.

The world Micheal Diack has created is continually fascinating. The environment is so threatening, and mankinds technology so limited that I continually asked myself – would anyone actually be able to survive this?

Well worth reading for an adventure in a world unlike any other.

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Getting Netflix to work on Ubuntu

I’ve always wondered by Microsoft’s dead Silverlight software still exists. I ran into it when I tried to get to one of the Colorado County GIS websites … and it never worked on my Ubuntu computers.

The product is clearly another Microsoft deadend … until I discovered Netflix uses it. Since Netflix is clogging up the Internet, and beloved by the Internet Service providers who get paid by volume, Microsoft clearly has the only client it needs – as long as everyone ignores the Linux segment of the consumer market.

To get Netflix working under Ubuntu I went to the following site and followed their recommendations. It seems to have worked.


Can’t play DVD’s in Ubuntu 13.10

I once had the ability to play DVD’s on my computer, but some upgrade in the past killed the feature and I gave up trying to figure out why. When everything is available P2P who needs to play DVD’s?

Maybe those who don’t want to waste the time and data limit, and can get their fix free from the local library.

I followed the steps at the following site:

and VLC Player s showing DVD’s once again after a restart.

More help is available at: