Wednesday, October 17, 2012

[TechTuesday] A new twist!

Alright, so over the course of the time I have had this blog, I have had a number of issues trying to consistently have something to write about. Now that I have a better idea of what to include, I had thought I'd start something relating to Technology.

This "something" will be called Tech Tuesdays, and it goes a little something like this:
Every week on Tuesday, I hope to introduce a bit of information that I have discovered during my adventures into the Open Source community, and where possible, I'll likely tie that into my fun adventures in the world of table-top RPG's.

For right now, my current adventures have taken me into discovering self-publishing and the benefits/flaws behind that. Interestingly enough, something I hadn't touched on in a LONG time (probably about 6 years or so) when reading some of my O'Reilly books (In this case, Running Linux, which I have gotten the updated version from their digital book marketplace found at http://oreilly.com).

The technology in question is called LaTeX, which uses the TeX formatting language. Over the years it has become a pretty reputable publishing framework, and even better, Linux supports it whole heartedly as it is part of the Open Source community movement.

In this particular case, once I have a transcript to work from, I can use a piece of software to apply formatting to the whole thing, which in this case I have been experimenting with TeXmaker. I have no idea what I am doing at this point, but more than anything it is a continuous adventure, something I find to be very empowering.

For anyone who is interested to know, I currently use Xubuntu as my primary OS at the moment, and switch over to Windows 7 for anything that may require it. Once I have an idea of what packages that I'll be using I'll share those as well.

As it relates to gaming though, MapTool from RPTools.net is probably a really good solution. One of the things I hope that I can do in the future is possibly help contribute to the project itself (it is open, free, and fun!) and hope to make it more stable, user friendly, and broaden the horizons for the capabilities of the project. If you haven't already checked it out, head over and have a look!

In the meantime, I leave you all with this question: What kind of things would you like to see me talk about that relates to technology, and in particular, Open Source options?

And yes, I know I am a bit late on this (for those on the east coast) but I will make an effort to be more punctual with future posts. Till then, have a great night and happy gaming!