Blind in Minecraft

Minecraft: The game which gives you a parallel world modelled after the real world, but where you can build whatever you want, do whatever you want, and run your life whatever way you want. You’ve got a world that works in a similar way to the real world – you still need to find food, build shelter, and even buy and sell goods in villages – but with the freedom to develop the world and live in it however you want. You can settle on the plains and build a ranch with some crops and animals and a stable for your horses, or you can hollow-out a fully-automated food and materials production plant underneath a jungle. You can tend to your animals when you feel like it, and afterwards you can stay up all night fighting monsters (if that’s your thing) or you can head into your house and put some music on while you craft new tools or you can settle into bed for the night and wake up fresh and ready to go exploring the next morning. And with a game like this, it’s natural that I’m going to pretend to be blind in the virtual world as well as the real world – after all, I can do so whenever I want!

While Minecraft isn’t accessible to blind gamers, there is a way to greatly reduce your vision in Minecraft and play as a blind character in the game (or one who is pretending to be blind). I’ve added this to my main survival world, and enjoy spending whole days or more blind in Minecraft, just like in real life! In this post, I’ll explain the mechanism behind this and how to do it yourself.Read More »

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Building a custom Debian system, part 3

This is the third and final part of a three-part tutorial on setting up a customised Debian system. In this part, you can get an overview of some of the customisation options available, and step-by-step instructions for setting up some common basic configurations. The previous part walked through installing the base system that you will be working from in this part, and the first part explained how to choose and download an installation image for installing the base system.Read More »

Building a custom Debian system, part 1

I wrote a few days ago about the advantages of building a Debian-based system from scratch. Now I’m going to explain how to do this. Remember that, while this isn’t the most complicated thing to do, it takes a fairly solid knowledge of how a Linux system is structured and how the apt package manager works, so if you’re just looking to try out another desktop environment then this isn’t for you. If you have a solid idea of exactly what you want in a Linux system, but you can’t find a distro that doesn’t need considerable hacking up to get it to work the way you want it to, then this may well be the right choice.

This is the first part of a three-part tutorial. It covers downloading, preparing, and booting the installation image. The next part will walk you through the installation process, and the final part will cover the range of customisation options available after installation.Read More »