Fall update

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Things changed a lot but I didn't feel in the mood to really keep the blog up-to date. Now I'll have to pay for it. This will be quite a lengthy post. I'll go over the recent website changes first, then go on with my second foray into Guild Wars 2. I also started learning Ruby, so I'll go into more detail further down. And there's also an update about my netbook experience. Here's what happened in chronological order.

One Game A Month

I haven't finished any new games after February. I had a side-scroller in the works but that project is still way too over ambitious in terms of content creation. I'm not sure if I will get around to finishing that one. I might start a new game from scratch instead.

Guild Wars 2

This topic is really hard for me to talk about because it really messed with my goals and plans for this year. Let this be a warning for future me. After finishing the winter semester at university I lost interest in creating games and started playing games instead. I was caught up in Guild Wars 2 again. The last time was crazy too. I even had a blog dedicated to the game before it came out.

This time it took up 5 months of the year. I slowly grew more and more attached to my character. Until there was a point where it only made sense to keep playing. "Otherwise the time I spent playing before that would have obviously been wasted", I reasoned. Meeting a group of nice players and slowly starting to carry responsibility for in-game stuff made it worse.

Luckily there came a point where I grew sick of it. That was at at the end of August. I still remember that moment. I wish I knew what triggered it. It might have taken a few minutes, but I slowly lost all sense of attachment to my characters. It's as if there was a dense cover of fog suddenly removed from my vision. A few days after that I brought myself to delete my Guild Wars 2 characters as well as all my EVE Online characters. I never want to touch MMOs again.


It took me a week to get things going again. I started learning Ruby. Because, why not? The first tutorial I took was the one at Codeschool. After that I stuck with Codeschool and continued with the Ruby courses. However, I felt as if those tutorials skipped a lot of Ruby fundamentals.

After the first month I un-enrolled from Codeschool to continue with Projects. Projects is a GitHub repository consisting of over 100 programming projects compiled by GitHub user thekarangoel. I'm not done with Projects yet but I decided it was about time to give Test Driven Development a try: Learn Ruby (Solutions) from testfirst.org/learn_ruby. I never wrote tests before, so this was a really fun learning experience.

My most recent journey into Ruby is jou.

Jou is a simple command line utility that helps with maintaining a journal file in markdown syntax.

I'm using a journal file to keep track of what I did each day. Like writing a blog post or making changes to the website. It's part of my gtd process. At some point I got sick of locating and opening my journal file in a text editor, so it only made sense to make life easier. Feel free to give it a try by installing it with gem install jou.

Website changes

As you might have noticed, the website underwent quite some changes:

  • Using Bootstrap 3.0
  • Proper Portfolio
  • Feedburner RSS feed has been replaced with a simple atom.xml

Netbook / Toolset changes

So, this is the third and last part of my netbook experience. My requirements have changed a lot since I first wrote about it. I also modified the setup I described in the second post a bit.

After using it for roughly two years, my netbook felt very underpowered. The processor was weak and watching HD videos was a thing of the past. The battery was dead and the touchpad was broken. Coupled with the fact that I'm not seriously playing games anymore, I want to get rid of my PC as well.

What I want

  • A simple, minimal and lightweight system
  • Keyboard-heavy interface as it's faster
  • As much screen real estate as possible
  • Long battery life
  • 8G memory and a SSD
  • Hardware fully supported by Linux
  • 2 Monitor support

The solution is the Dell XPS 13. It's going to replace my netbook and my PC. And it will be able to run my current Linux environment.

My current environment

Finally, here's a setup script to install everything from a basic Linux Mint installation. (Use at your own risk.)


Philipp Hansch

Full Stack Developer

Philipp is a full stack developer currently heavily involved with Rust. Most notably he's a member of the Clippy team where he helps with bugfixing and documentation. You can follow him on Mastodon and find him on GitHub as well as Patreon.