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August 28, 2009

Little Ship in a Big Fleet

Filed under: Eve-Online — Cranky Sysadmin @ 12:56 pm

Yesterday evening, I finally managed to get into a passing fleet which was on its way to do battle with the alliance, Sons of Tangra. There were about 50-60 ships at any time in the fleet. Most of them were battleships.
More on Fleet Fun

August 25, 2009

The Fleet I Never Met

Filed under: Eve-Online — Cranky Sysadmin @ 9:07 am

On Saturday, MH had a fleet op. The objective was to go smash POS’es (Player Owned space Stations). I was to be part of support flying an interceptor. I didn’t hear about the op until about 30 minutes before it was to start, so I had to rush out there. I learned a valuable lesson on the way there. Auto-target is bad in 0.0. I warped to 0 on a gate and was targeted before I could jump. The auto-targeting caused me to agress and I couldn’t jump through. I tried twice thinking I had made some mistake, and that was enough time for my opponent to target me and scramble. An interceptor (an ares at that) without a micro-warp drive is a sitting duck. I died pretty quickly.

Happily, I escaped to a planet in my pod, but I had to go back to Torrinos and buy a new interceptor and fit it. By the time I refitted and made it back to the objective, the fleet had changed plans and moved to another target. I never caught up. So now I have autotarget turned off. I never had any use for it, so it won’t be missed. I wonder what other noob mistakes I’m likely to make. I guess when I read articles on 0.0 living, I should pay more attention.

August 17, 2009

Civilization IV on Ubuntu

Filed under: Games — Cranky Sysadmin @ 9:08 am

Civilization IV seems to work well on wine 1.27 these days. The only addition I had to make was the installation of the MS MXL utilities. I did this with “winetricks msxml3”. Find winetricks by searching on the wine home page. The install was smooth, and the game plays without any obvious anomolies. My only caveat is that I have installed a lot of other libraries, like directX 9 for other games like EVE and oblivion, so your installation may require more steps then mine did.

August 11, 2009

Almost New News. ISK Selling Banned in China

Filed under: Eve-Online,Games — Cranky Sysadmin @ 8:37 am

In July, I noticed that prices in EVE-Online were fluctuating a lot. I didn’t know why until I read this article from InformationWeek. There are other gold farmers in the world, but judging by the wildly fluctuating prices, China was probably the largest influence. I wonder if something similar is happening in WoW and other popular MMO’s.

August 8, 2009

Gurista Ratting in Pure Blind

Filed under: Eve-Online — Cranky Sysadmin @ 8:21 pm

I’ve been doing a lot of fleets and gate camps (relative to what I’m used to) in EC-P8R and the surrounding area. I even made it onto the top 10 scorers on our kill board. I fly an interceptor most of the time, so it’s not really due to any skill. Interceptors are usually the first to the target tackling, so they end up on all of the kill mails.
Read about my adventures in Pure Blind

August 4, 2009

Imperion and Evony

Filed under: Games — Cranky Sysadmin @ 8:21 am

I occasionally look at browser based online games. I’ve looked at Evony (formerly Civony) in the recent past. Over the last weekend, I tried out Imperion. Evony is based in a medieval time while Imperion is a si-fi game. Other then that, they are actually earily similar. I suspect that one copied almost everything from the other except the graphics. Between the two, Imperion seems to be the much better game in my opinion although neither game holds my attention very long.

August 3, 2009

Overheating Shutdowns

Filed under: System Administration — Cranky Sysadmin @ 11:13 am

My laptop recently started shutting down due to overheating. This would occur only when I play Oblivion (under wine). At first, I thought it was due to an upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04. It may still be related, but after much tweaking and forum searching, I finally opened up my laptop and cleaned all of the fans. That seems to have resolved the issue. According to my thermal monitor, the laptop runs about 10 to 15 degrees (Celsius) cooler then before the operation.

What’s the moral of the story? Do the obvious thing first instead of last.

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