I wasn’t great at English at high school. I just didn’t connect with it, and none of my teachers really set my heart on fire with passion for this odd, largely-stolen language of ours.
That was until I went to university in 1989 and had to learn another language: biblical Hebrew. In order to learn that I needed to brush up on my understanding of language, grammar and syntax.
Thanks to Dr Jim Martin, Dr Robin Salters and Mr Peter Coxon for the first time in my life I began to feel excited about language. I studied Hebrew (3 years) and Greek (1 year) and after I’d graduated I had a rather failed attempt at trying to learn Scottish Gaelic and I began to read more about English, its grammar and history.
I rather enjoyed this three minute video by Tom Scott about the English alphabet. I have often wished that we still had a few of these characters in our alphabet, not least because then my name might have been spelled Garð.
It looks like The Chinese Room, the games company behind the exquisitely beautiful Dear Esther, is working on a new game entitled ‘Everybody’s gone to the rapture’.
All the website gives away at this stage is:
6th June 1984 06:37am
Time since Primary Event 5 days 4 hours 37 minutes
Time since Omega Event 0 days 0 hours 37 minutes
This story begins with the end of the world.
As well as a few screenshots of the environment, which like its predecessor looks stunning.
One to keep an eye on, methinks.
Yesterday morning when I booted up my PC I was greeted with this error message:
Initialization of SteelSeries Engine failed.
Please reinstall Engine and try again.
Not again! I thought. I’d experienced this before and had needed to get help from SteelSeries tech support to resolve it. I suspected that it had been caused by a recent Windows 8 update, but I don’t know for sure.
Here is how I resolved it:
- Clear temp files
In Windows Explorer I typed %temp% into the address bar and pressed Enter. This is a shortcut to C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Temp. I selected all files and deleted them. (A few files are still in use so just skip past these.)
- Close SSEngine.exe process
The next step is to make sure the SteelSeries Engine process isn’t still running. Ctrl+Shift+Esc brings up the Task Manager. If the SSEngine.exe process is still running (under the Processes tab) then close it.
In Control Panel > Programs and Features uninstall the SteelSeries Engine application.
- Clear AppData\Roaming\SteelSeries
In Windows Explorer, in the address bar, type %appdata%. This is a shortcut for C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming. Locate the directory called SteelSeries and delete it.
- Clear AppData\Local\SteelSeries_ApS
Do the same at C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local. The directory there for me is called SteelSeries_ApS. Delete it.
- Unplug mouse
Unplug the mouse from its USB port. Wait 10 seconds then plug it back in.
- Download drivers
Now download fresh drivers from SteelSeries support. Do not rely on previously-downloaded drivers.
- Install as administrator
Right click the installer and select ‘Run as administrator’, then follow the on-screen instructions and install the drivers.
You should now find that your computer reboots without any initialization error message.
As well as reinstalling the Engine drivers I also took the opportunity to upgrade the mouse’s firmware.
It was then just a case of recreating my custom profile to make my mouse behave as much like a Microsoft Intellimouse Optical as possible (left-hand side buttons: back; right-hand side buttons: forward), as well as setting two sensor speeds (red 1600 dcpi for me, blue 800 dcpi for the children).