Factorio is an absolute masterpiece of a game. It’s perfect for a brian like main that loves to build things up, solve problems, and make things work. Perhaps too perfect. To date, I’ve put almost 2000 hours into the game over a number of runs, getting more complicated each time. Most recently, I’ve started a heavily modded run based around Space Exploration (adds planets!), Krastorio2 (designed to work with SE, think of it as Factorio++), LTN (automatic trains), Rampant (better enemies, although disabled on Nauvis), and the entire Brevven suite of a half dozen additional materials. If you’d like a full list of mods, I’ve included one at the end of this post.
It should be fun. 😄
I figured this time around, I should actually post my progress. Probably not straight up videos, although that’s a possibility at some point, but rather screenshots and perhaps a few short clips. If you’re interested, take a look, drop me a line. I’d love to chat about it. If not, just skip over it. This is as much for me (supplemental memory go!) as anything. 😄
As I’ve mentioned a couple of times recently12, I have set a handful of different things on my local machines to make remote development a bit easier. This time around, I have two more to add to that list:
Setting up a local SOCKS proxy with SSH
Setting up a local TOR proxy for testing / more anonymous browsing
Configuring your browser to use these proxies for some/all traffic
In both cases, I have these running on an always-on server that I use for various projects just like this. It could just as easily be set up to run on a Raspberry Pi or on your local machine.
I use a MacBook at work. It’s nice, since it’s Unix’y enough that I can work in the terminal yet works much better out of the box than Linux. On the downside, the keyboard is less than great for carpal tunnel syndrome. So instead, I’ve been using a Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard. Then though, you have the difference between Control/Windows/Alt keys and Control/Option/Command.
Deciding which browser to use has been a bit of a challenge for me. Many years ago, I was something of an Opera fan, but when Firefox rose to dominance, I moved on and never really looked back. For a while after the release of Chrome, I resisted the change, but eventually Chrome’s rolling release cycle and just sheer speed convinced me to switch. More recently (about two weeks ago), I’ve tried switching back to Firefox. Here’s what I found: