Part 1 : Setting up the environment and installing the server
Nothing is worse than high latency (lag) in online games, especially in Left 4 Dead 2 when you’re trying to have a relaxing zombie shooting session with couple of friends. The best way to combat this is playing on a Dedicated server. Which is exactly what I set out to do, getting L4D2 dedicated server to run on my linux box.
I didn’t find any good comprehensive guide on how to do this for linux that tackled this adequately so after lots and lots of googling and running into weird problems (mainly concerning running srcds_run using nohup) I finally have a running dedicated Left 4 Dead 2 server with easy way to run it in the background. So let’s get started shall we.
As you may or may not know then Windows does not allow you to pin individual Control Panel Applets to the Task Bar or Start Menu, you can however pin the control panel itself but that may not necessarily help you much.
If you frequently need to access a specific Control Panel Applet like I do then you may not think too much of Microsoft and their habit of unilaterally deciding what’s best for you and want to save yourself bunch of extra clicks in the longterm by pinning what you want to where you want. Luckily for us there is a workaround for this, creating a shortcut using the CLSID for the path instead of the plaintext name.
So for an example let’s take the Sound applet,
I have found FastStone Image Viewer to be the best and most versatile freeware image viewing program available for Windows, in addition to viewing images you can also perform basic editing task with it.
You can resize, crop, flip, rotate and apply effects and do many other things with it, and for creating or rather resizing wallpapers it is an excellent tool.
Here’s an example on how we can use this program to resize an image so we can use it as a background for the Windows 7 Login Screen. First we need an image that we need converting to use as a background, I used this screen capture from the CG Movie Appleseed Ex Machinima.
Small tutorial on how you go about changing the login background in Windows 7 without using 3rd party programs which may or may not be trustworthy to edit system preferences. Most of the time you don’t have to muck around in the Registry since there is a GUI tool that you can use to enable this option.
Jóhannes H. Laxdal is a specialized humanoid carbon unit whose field is computers and telling lousy jokes, it has a tendency to put "well" before every sentence it utters. In here you will find its ramblings about computer-related stuff.
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