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Wine bug #8826 is about not having visible fire and smoke in the game Silent Hunter 3 until zoomed out really far. Not seeing the smoke and fires can be a bit strange, especially if you can hear the fire blazing, but nothing is visible. This post will attempt to explain how to apply a patch to wine so that fires and smoke are visible. Caution: this means you will have to patch the wine source code and compile it, then install it into an alternative location in order to preserve the wine version that shipped with your distribution. (more…)

Ever since I was a young boy, I have been fascinated by submarines. Especially by the German u-Boot from World War 2. I don’t know why, but there is something about this sinister, deadly warship that really attracts me. Yes, I know there have been major advances in submarine technology. I know that today’s submarines are far more potent and deadly and I know that the U-Boot was not even a proper submarine but a submersible warship. Regardless of that, the German U-Boot Waffe achieved some amazing feats during the course of the war. So much so that Winston Churchill wrote that the only thing that ever really frightened him during the war, was the U-boat peril.

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