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Thanks all!

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I landed a job, official start date is TODAY! Small company, first they've hired for QA (the COO has been doing the testing) and they are looking to grow the business. I am looking forward to it as it's something new (mobile payment app for android/iOS) and exciting.

Mike

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: June 27, 2014, 04:07:34 AM »
Looks like Maguuma is being opened for new mapping/stuff to do area on 7/1/14. About time they give us more map area(s) to do!

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Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: May 15, 2014, 09:44:41 AM »
Some heavy stuff (while being quite melodic as well) is some cascadian black metal bands (or just black metal/post rock, however you want to term it) is Falls of Rauros (Maine!), Endless Sea and Sky Burial (where four rivers flow is awesome). All of these 3 bands put out some good stuff, some of it free via bandcamp or netlabel. Check them out and others of their ilk. Also been listening to Lycum and Eye of Solitude (doom/death/funeral doom).

Mike

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Backup?
« on: May 15, 2014, 09:14:21 AM »
Backed up both desktops  yesterday, WHS v1 was factory reset due to issue with a drive (working ok in dekstop lol) which I replaced and copied my mp3's/movies back to it (I want to guess 6-700gb between the two) which took prolly close to 8 hrs on the network. I do main desktop every week or two, when drive is getting full (external) I remove oldest backups.

Mike

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well still pounding the pavement BUT things have gotten busier here for me over the 2 weeks. I have had one walk-in (waiting on decision supposedly this week on who they are going to make an offer to), 3 phone interviews in past 2 days of which 2 may go to a 2nd phone interview with managers, the 3rd was with the VP of QA which means I could be brought in for an on-site interview. Today I have 2nd interview from a call last week where I knew someone there who put in some good words to the QA manager (who I spoke with last week). So hopefully something of these 4 will come to fruition soon! Fingers crossed (and legs/fingers)....

Mike

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:22:07 PM »
Lots of changes, Traits being one of the big ones. Now you can retrait anywhere not in combat. BUT if you don't have a trait you want you have to either buy it from trainer (coin + skill pts) or do what the info icon says to open it up. Having fun in Edge of the Mists, trying to get my 10/10 metas done for WvW before 5/16/14 when things get reset. 3 more to go. And I still need 2 frickin vistas in EBG (Eternal Battle Grounds) WvW map and it's always green...have yet to see a zerg go after that section. I should ask so I can get my 100% map completion (Been there, Done that title on one char, all left to do on my elementalist....). Still enjoying the game, esp. with the new megaserver stuff, now I am seeing a LOT more people on maps, esp. during events (temples, etc) that before.

Mike

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:53:20 AM »
Feature pack just came out tuesday. Changed hero panel interface, changed crit dmg to ferocity, 40 new traits added (5 per class) and obtainable via doing an event or buying with in-game gold and not sure what else. Sigils/Runes have been tweaked. Some weapons (and even low lvl stuff you craft) now have 2 upgrade slots which is slick. Get replacement dyes for any duplicates you get. Not sure how that is going to go if u id a dye and you have it, will it replace with another random. I got 63 in my stash unid-d for now.

Megaserver which you need to read about. Apparently only lvl 1-15 maps, attempts to put you into same server as others of your playstyle and guild, etc...read up on it. Eventually going throughout  game. I am having fun in Edge of the Mists zerging. Only 2 more vistas in WvW to get Been there, Done that title on ONE char...pain in the ass as it's always taken by other of the 2 groups....

Mike

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:48:53 AM »
I picked up a pair of Targus that handle 17" lappies and has dual fans. It's pretty quiet, seems to be loud now (lately) till things are spun up but I am happy with it. Cost me I think $29.99 each via Amazon a couple yrs or so ago.

Mike

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4+ yr old LG 47" LCD non-smart. What's the easiest way to make it smart so i can troll the net for tv stations and all to view stuff? I know most of the boxes come with crap like netflix/amazon/hulu+ (hey, if I'm paying I do NOT want ANY damn advertisements, even if it's 60 secs once or so during show). I have a PS3 and Amazon Prime, don't see a need for NetFlix as can't afford to add more the enough bills and being out of work still. Looking for cheap alternative should I decide to cut the chord. I am not sure how much SyFy provides full eps online or other stuff. I'd miss American Horror Story/Grimm/Almost Human/Dr. Who/etc....if I did dump cable (for a time if needed till work comes). Anyways, I like the tv, has 4 HDMI imputs which I am using 2 atm and other connections for my Wii.

Mike

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: March 13, 2014, 10:00:19 PM »
Still kicking....getting motivated to start working on something for Darkened Soul. MIT seems to still be stuck/stagnated at the moment but I do want to get that sob off the ground for at least one release. I am trying to get motivated being out of work (hey! that should give me tons of time but it doesn't as work search is more important atm). I need to sit down and pick a day or two during the week to get back into this again but it is hard...the motivation part that is. Ideas always float around in my brain, i just need to translate that crap into disturbing/depressive music hehe.

Anyways, I am looking into Absynth 5 tutorials as that thing really IS a beast...I want to look into more sound design stuff vs using loops and mangling them and building a track from that (hey it worked for me in the past so...). Wish I was a drummer (for MIT project)...hehe. But I want to try and get something together for Dark Duck Records DDP stuff as it's been too long that I haven't contributed to it. So a few things on my mind and may even sit down and say fuck the job search for a friday and see what percolates to the surface of my brain, not to mention looking into M4L stuff in Live 9 that I need to delve into as well. I have Studio One V2.5 and it's a nice piece of software, just not sure if I'll use it (WAY better multi-track MIDI editing for one over Live BUT Live has Session View for triggering clips for ideas and such). Anyways, enough of that (BitWig looks to be a big contender against Live once it's out soon....former Live devs doing it and it looks pretty impressive sans a Beta/Demo to play with atm). I can't justify a jump to that as it is anyways....but will check out the demo to see if it meets all the hoopla about it lately.

Mike

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:53:10 PM »
I was debating on downloading it and checking it out. I play PWI which is also free to play (spend rl $ for gold to buy stuff, etc...in game). But GW2 I enjoy even though I've dropped some coin into it due to restricting high level mats needed for crafting was implemented awhile ago due to bot farming...hopefully they'll add more nodes for the 2-3 items back in that they currently have in a couple map areas.

I have the old PC version of NWN but never really got far into it. Maybe I'll give it a go. Right now it's the last leg/part of the Scarlett storyline in GW2 which is due to end in a couple of weeks I believe. I prefer the fights on the marionettes in Lornar's pass vs the wurms in Bloodtide coast (they are frickin hard to beat....way harder IMHO that lornar's). Finally hit 8k achievement points yesterday (or was it today?). But it's challenging, esp. thei dungeons in there...need to go with people who know the different paths in them. Hard stuff starting at lvl 35 lol. If you are in GW2 I think you can find me as metalmike.8346 or as one of my chars  - any first name (Scary/Sneaky/Cutey/Pain/Quickshot/Siren/Madness) and Kometh as last name. I am on Sanctum of Rall server/world as well.

Mike

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Thanks for the well-wishes. I had an interview yesterday (3-4 QA Engineers to be hired) so I am hoping I am one of them. I blew 2/3 SQL questions on a 7 page test (first hr of 2 hr interview), aced XML page, pretty much aced 3 pages of test cases. Waiting on word about interviews for at least 3-4 other jobs as well. But things picked up for me in the past 2 weeks so I am hoping something pops REAL SOON for me so I can relax a bit and feel a bit more secure on things. And I am also starting to try to get back into music stuff (Darkened Soul, but focusing on getting Mired In Twilight off the damn ground again after some years of nothing, got another musician friend who may sign up for things, we just have to decide where we are gonna go with the music/style).

Anyways, best to all and if in Guild Wars 2, see my thread on that to find me in game ;-)

Mike

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: January 23, 2014, 09:47:36 PM »
There's simply too many games to play. (first world problems)

Haha, a buddy from PWI is now in Never Winter Nights Online (also put out by PWI folks). I may look into it. But with GW2 and the end of the Scarlett story (been going on for like almost a year now) it's interesting (1 of the 2 areas I've done 4/5 lanes for the living story so need to get last one done and get more items for her lair for the chest(s) in it = multiple runs on both areas...). But I like its tweakability for stuff and the current new events are actually fun (priors were ok too) and it gets insane, lag, overflow, etc...but i am still in there grinding away. I have 7 or 8 lvl 80 chars now (ele, war, guard, ranger, mes, thief (newest), necro, mesmer. Been updating warrior (asuran female ball of fury lmao) but there is a nerf coming for berserker builds, change to crit to ferocity, etc...just a start from the devs to better *balance* things in *their* minds for the game. That's already pissed off a lot of people from their comments. But from what I understand berserker will lose about 8-10% max dmg....and runes/sigils are also going to be mucked with. And I heard Celestial stat stuff is going to get hosed...that means any Ascended stuff you made will take a big hit....

Anyways, Pain Kometh, Scary/Siren/Quickshot/Sneaky/Madness/Cutey Kometh are my in-game char names, send a friend list invite if you are in game and send me an email so I know who it is and we'll figure out when to party together!

Mike

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: January 16, 2014, 10:15:01 PM »
I am still alive and around. I am just trying to get off my ass to work on some new stuff for DS and MIT....but...I am getting motivated to start working on new material...with a friend for MIT stuff. DS is still my baby..and have to get going on it as well seeing it's been over 5 yrs since anything has come out of it....


Mike

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: January 07, 2014, 07:55:32 AM »
Wow, no one playing GW2 at all here? So many content updates, and Wintersday is here (for a couple more weeks I think)! Dungeons are nuts, been doing them a bit more finally...need someone who knows them to help you set up utility skills for maximum efficiency/damage/defense though. 2 characters completed the storyline finally and still need 6% more mapped for Been There, Done That title....lol

Mike

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I thought it was supposed to be available on their 8.1 release? Guess it didn't happen? And there are options out there to add it to Win8 as mentioned (some free, some cheap) but I am not touching it any time soon as long as Win7 has support. And yes, MS is daft when it comes to this situation. Too bad they weren't smart enough to say oh - this machine isn't touch screen so let's enable the start button, and give the touch screen enabled systems the option to have it there. But  noooooooo, too stubborn....

I played around with Win8 on a VM at work for testing IE10 and the web app and there was a bit of work the devs had to do for the CSS stuff displaying incorrectly in IE10 vs IE8/9 or FF/Chrome lmao....and now IE11.. I avoid IE* like the plague unless a website forces me to HAVE to use it for their forms and crap.

Mike

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Well here it is 2014 and still not back to work. Had 2nd interview yesterday for a job in state (they are based out of australia).  i am now working on getting a skype discussion about a job that came about since i posted in craigslist about looking for work. I also have a couple other things I am working on (one trying to get concrete info from recruiter about the position and possible interview with the CEO - that's the only interview for that job, me want to speak with hiim!). Hopefully something will hit soon as unemployment ran out (buddy hooked me up for a couple months or so so I didn't have to hit the 401k just yet).

Our leaders in Senate/House/Congress are assholes, they take 3 frickin weeks vacation and leave those of us in need in the lurch. They should be FIRED IMMEDIATELY or replaced in the next election, every damn one of those (dems/repubs) who screwed us. And they really need to come off the dole off our backs  when they retire and get to keep their existing medical coverage FOR LIFE and their kids going to school should NOT even be covered by us just because they are in politics. Wish I went into that shit instead of working joe....lol (sarcasm).

Mike

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Well it's coming up on 6 months in 5 more weeks. I've had a LOT of phone interviews, a bunch of walk-ins and recently round 2 on the phone with one company. Hoping they bring me in for a walk-in. Have another phone interview this afternoon and one late monday afternoon with yet another different company. Also waiting on word of a phone or walk-in with Sandisk after speaking with the recruiter last night. Lots of activity but no setting the hook (which is stressing me out). Had one possible but they passed on me (probably due to no network switch configuration experience or deeper linux/SQL) but it would have been dream job, work at home, go to california for training, go to Belgium to meet development group....MAN I WANTED THAT ONE SOOOOOO BADLY.

Keeping the chin up though and taking the hits in stride....still.

Mike

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: August 26, 2013, 06:35:03 AM »
Well, 6 lvl 80 chars, most exotic gear/trinkets but still need to grind to get mats I need in the TP (Azurite Orbs). New events are brutal and lots of people doing them so some lag will occur.

Guardian - Greatsword/Scepter + Shield
Necro - Staff/Scepter and Warhorn/focus
Ranger - Longbow/Shortbow or Longbow + Greatsword or dual axes
Warrior - Greatsword or Dual Axes (prefer GS)
Mesmer - Greatsword or dual swords (interesting)
Elementalist - dual daggers running air/earth - fun to play

This past weekend they had a free preview if anyone knew of it. Content being added, Jubilee guantlet was a pita and haven't finished it...not sure I will!

Still trudging along, Ele almost done storyline, just have Zhaitan to beat up/kill to finish her storyline. Rest eventually...not in a rush, mainly grinding for mats to make better gear/trinkets as I leveled up. I have master craftsman (400) but they are raising that cap to 500 by years end which means making ascended/legendary gears but need all sorts of stuff to craft them = won't be cheap or fast unless you got a lot of money to blow. Some items in TP still 2K+ gold! NUTS!

Mike

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