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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Diablo 3
« on: May 21, 2012, 02:40:06 AM »
Well the Monk class is interesting with his aoe skill(s) and getting the npc char in the skeleton king dungeon was good to have because he is tough (for the lvl you are at). Skill switching is something I haven't really done much of because I don't know if it is hotkey-able or not (switch on the fly vs bringing up menu and selecting in middle of battle seems to be a bit dangerous depending the scenario). I guess I'll need to go read up some more on this since the manual is a joke in that respect.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Diablo 3
« on: May 15, 2012, 06:36:15 PM »
A bit underwhelmed that they are using the same basic interface for movement (no free-form camera like other games). Vomiting zombies lol, fat ones drop worms or whatever when they die so gotta keep distance.

I am playing a wizard atm to see how well she does. Died in dungeon due to 3 fat ones + zombies + bats on my's ok but a) don't like that it has to be online to play single player (i.e. internet connection) but understand why (to a point) and b) disappointed they kept the same style interface, i.e. didn't make it more modern with free-form camera movement to see around yourself, unless I am missing something. Same as D/D2 and after 12 years you would think they'd update the interface at the very least....but it is dark, brooding and still like the music.

Played for about an hour so far.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: May 15, 2012, 03:02:06 AM »
Yesterday there was a stress test (guildie in vent told me about it (from Perfect World Int.). Played mesmer for a bit. Interesting skills.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Diablo 3
« on: May 15, 2012, 03:01:14 AM »
Picking my copy up today after work. Looking forward to seeing it all in its glory.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: April 30, 2012, 02:39:30 AM »
Well I tried a Charr briefly as well as a Norn and Human. It was interesting, being able to swim and jump. I guess depending how much you worked on leveling very early in this beta depends how you survived some of the tough enemies to solo. I got killed so much I was fighting in my underwear (game char lol) due to armor being decimated from the enemies pummeling me (the burning orphanage) but I did finish it off solo. I didn't team with anyone, think one person rezzed me/healed me out in the grasslands.  Multiple storylines depending on what character you played, etc... Interesting that we get pistols and rifles in it now too. It seemed to be missing a lot of stuff still as I thought this was kind of a limited beta in that respect, not all races could be played for instance. I didn't look into any of the crafting stuff because it appears I'll have to be doing a fair bit of reading to determine which ones to work on depending on the class I play.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: April 26, 2012, 02:41:50 AM »
Downloaded the beta for GW2 for this weekends beta. Looking forward to hopefully getting into it! Now to contact a buddy to get his in-game char name so we can hook up and putz around in the game.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Diablo 3
« on: April 26, 2012, 02:40:30 AM »
Was a bit ticked as I was unable to get into Diablo 3 this past weekend....but not too surprising.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Diablo 3
« on: April 22, 2012, 03:58:24 AM »
So who has pre-ordered this one? An oldie but goodie from Blizzard. I did and am going to see if I can get into the beta which I believe is happening this weekend. GW2 I heard was next weekend for another beta.


Computers, Internet and Technology / Guild Wars 2
« on: April 22, 2012, 03:57:32 AM »
So is anyone pre-ordering and going to get to go into game 3 days ahead of non pre-orders? I did yesterday and am on fence if I want to blow $150 on the collectors edition for the art prints, figurine, etc....

Heard this thing looks amazing and that they have double the number of servers compared to the original. Also, original took 2Gb disk space, new one will require 25Gb of disk space!


Everything and Nothing / Re: Should I dump my website?
« on: April 04, 2012, 06:59:30 AM »
I turned off an option and it didn't display any different so I am stumped for the time being. There is a new version out (up to 1.01 now) that I am debating on updating to which would be a complete re-install from scratch. I will ponder that later. If anyone runs e107 please feel free to shoot me a private message with suggestions.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Should I dump my website?
« on: March 27, 2012, 02:57:14 AM »
See if you can get into the site now. I changed a setting in preferences.

[edit] Hmm, I have Restrict Website to members only turned off (was before I made change but that didn't make a difference. I may have to go read the docs to see what setting turns off the registration stuff.  I am not sure where it is under e107 to make the site more open other than the stuff I have set to Off which should allow some viewing of the site. Will try to check into it later as time permits.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Should I dump my website?
« on: March 23, 2012, 04:17:07 PM »
It will auto-renew but I need to update my credit card info before that so it is up to date. I have to see how my site is set up sans logging in to see what I can see. I like to keep it semi-secure after that damn virus last year....I had to reload the site with newest version of e107 (well not absolute latest, 1 rev behind = fine w/me) due to re-uploading site and damn thing was hacking it again. Was a fiasco and had to go through Google to check it out eventually to check for trojans and such.

I will probably keep it. Renewal of my site at the hosting service isn't till later this year (up to $10x annually but tons of space/bandwidth hence considering dumping things). I will have to look into domain pointing but would have to re-register elsewhere as host is doing that for me atm.


Everything and Nothing / Should I dump my website?
« on: March 21, 2012, 02:27:34 PM »
I have had no new members sign up in ages, I had a virus that hosed me for awhile last year and frankly not that busy on the music side. I figured I can just use my reverbnation and bandcamp pages to put any info out (and eventually dump myspace still to come...).

What do you think? Domain is coming due in <60 days.


Audio issue resolved and new PSU does work! So system up and running. I replaced the mobo via RMA and inspected the CPU socket and it was fine. All 4 mem slots work and know they are good as I did run memtest86+ for 11+ passes each stick. Also ran prime95 64 bit for ~6 hrs and temps peaked at 82c on one core only, rest high 70's which is about what I expected. I had to redo paste a tad and all temps dropped from 5x to 3x and been there since.

The audio issue turned out to be I have to plug my speakers into the GREEN plug (rear Front speakers) not the black rear Rear speakers. That's if you want to run 5.1/7.1 setup or reconfigure to use that port. So it sounds awesome on the monitors and louder than older board was.

Happy with it overall. Next year I may rebuild other DAW box or possibly consolidate to one but doing that doesn't allow me to multitask as much (putter on DAW while waiting on something to fini in game on other box and switch via USB KVM).

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
« on: December 27, 2011, 08:20:34 AM »
I heard there was a fair amount of issues with the game still that you have to find/use some mods to make it more playable? This may be due to the persons computer but that's what I heard. I been holding off buying it cuzz I never finished the prior one and already play enough on Perfect World International online (and need to fini one vanquish quest in GW to get 2 more titles then try and grind the cartographer quests out (95+ % on all 3 maps...)).

I just rebuilt my box w/i5 2500K CPU, 16Gb corsair vengeance, still same HDD's, new Corsair HX650 PSU and stock cooler (kept zalman off to side for time being as I don't plan on oc'ing and it runs low 30c at idle). Video still XFX GTS-250 1GB PCI-e card I bought last year or year before. No plans on blowing $400+ on new graphics card for awhile.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: December 27, 2011, 08:14:27 AM »
Immortal - Live at Wacken '07 - awesome!
Newest Grave, Agalloch and God Dethroned and one or two others...

I replaced my mobo, cpu, memory and PSU (have yet to verify it is good but initial test with pin jumpering is ok). So the mobo may or may not have had dmg'd pins on the CPU socket as it wouldn't come up with dual channel memory (only channel B both slots worked, then I inspected socket and saw 1-2 pins hosed a bit). So anyways, I RMA'd it back to NewEgg and got my replacement last night and this morning I popped in 2 sticks in dual channel mode and all seemed well in the world. Then it ran with all 4 4GB sticks in as well....but the rub is NO audio out the rear panel connections....It could be the cable crapped out but will test that on other desktop tomorrow.

I got a Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 mobo and it's pretty sweet. I actually loaded the XMP profile1 to get memory running at 1600Mhz speed (defaut was 1333 but memory rated at 1600). I know the azalia works as I plugged speakers into top of case so that basically rules out the cable. But I have a) no output on rear panel plugs nor input via headset mic. Top of case works fine for both....I am waiting to hear from a forum and Gigabyte on this issue as well. NewEgg per paperwork says I got 18 days to return it....that doesn't give me much time to get this figured out. It isn't a driver issue (device manager shows all well in the world) and I updated the driver via Gigabyte site today just in case as well as flashed F10 BIOS (came with F9) and no difference. Nothing in BIOS I can see would affect it (other than disabling Azalia = no top case audio in/outs).

Anyone have any ideas?

I went with:

GA-Z68-UD3H-B3 mobo
4x4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 PC12800 1600Mhz mem
Corsair HX650 PSU (still tbd on it's wellness still but think it might be ok, initially it seemed dead and using older PSU from original build)
Intel Cooler, may replace with Zalman 9500 I bought (think it may interfere with slot 4 of memory)
Intel i5 2500K since I couldn't justify another $100 to gain 100Mhz and Hyperthreading since I don't do a lot of video editing or photoshop stuff.

I hope it is something I missed but don't think so, and will be very upset if I have to take it down yet again for another week or more to wait a replacement....but atm using top audio it sounds ok but want rear panel for I think better output (Realtek HD audio I think vs Azalia driver stuff).


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 22, 2011, 07:44:39 PM »
Kalpamantra - Saur Maas compilation = simply awesome!

I snagged 4 more of the compilations from the main site and haven't gotten around to listening to them yet BUT what I heard from the latest one it was quite good! Kammarheit and Svartsinn also have a track on some of the other compilations. There's a fair bit of stuff to go through on each release as well. Cheer Pete for getting on one (as well as Mystified and possibly others here).


Everything and Nothing / Re: Article:; "What is the point of a 6-hour song"
« on: November 08, 2011, 06:46:38 PM »
Doesn't anyone remember 9th Streets 24 hr of beethovens symphony done ambient style? I have it on a DVD but can't play it in the car (damn you auto makers! lolz).

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