How To: Disable Origin Overlay for Steam Games

The Origin launcher is a blight upon the galaxy. Period. It just sucks. Unfortunately the company making it and forcing it on people happens to be the publisher of some of my favorite game franchises, namely all of the current Star Wars games, Mass Effect and Dragon Age. I’m not willing to refrain from playing any of them because of ideological reasons. An added difficulty is that Origin doesn’t play too nicely with Linux....

March 23, 2022 · 2 min

My Gaming on Linux

A few years back I made the full switch to Linux for all of my personal machines for a couple of reasons (which you can read about here). For the most part this was a painless transition which came with many more upsides than downsides for me and I was quite happy about it. However, one big deterrent for many people is the gaming situation on Linux. Since I am a non-professional gamer myself and this is one of my primary hobbies this was a potential issue for me and I want to write about the experience a bit....

March 22, 2022 · 4 min

Profiling

This is a short story about performance, profiling and optimization. First, some backstory. For my current job I’m doing quantum chemical calculations on proteins. If this doesn’t mean anything to you, don’t worry, it’s not important for this article. However, this means that I’m working with data files that contain the structure of proteins a lot. The most popular file format is called PDB and the part of it that is interesting to me is the information about atoms, atom names, atom types, atom positions and so on....

March 9, 2022 · 10 min

Degoogling my life

Nowadays, I get the impression that most people realize how dependent we all are on the tech giants. Those few companies that are worth more than some countries and which shaped the internet of today to the point that, without them, most of it would simply break down. Most people also seem to know, at least to some degree, that companies like Google, Amazon and especially Facebook are not totally benign and do some pretty shady stuff with people’s data (to put it mildly)....

March 8, 2022 · 17 min

My Thoughts on Julia

A while ago I decided to learn a new programming language. I don’t exactly remember why but I felt like I wanted to. There were two candidates I was interested in, Rust and Julia. A colleague of mine really loves Julia and I’ve read a bit about it so I was interested enough to give it a try. Also, it is heavily geared towards scientists and scientific computing including data science so it seemed like a natural thing for me to try....

March 5, 2022 · 7 min