The crack I was warned about

pettypetsAs I mentioned, I have finally trained in how to do battle petting.. hmm.. that sounds wrong.. trying again: I am now skilled in subjecting small furry (and sometimes not so furry) animals/beast/thingies to my will and very very slowly killing(or capturing) other small ani-beast-critters in pet battles. … there must be a shorter term for that.

Anyway. I’m amused that even at their strongest, the battle pets have about 1k hit points.. which means that none of these battle pets are stronger than a single tick of a single dot.. which is inline with the fact that I normally /love and then cast corruption on the critters as I run by.

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This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Metablog: Administrative Announcement

Hello all,

I’ve been informed that my RSS silently borked a while back. I fiddled the settings and put a corrective redirect into place so those of you who stopped getting RSS feed entries a few weeks ago.. should suddenly see a flood of them. Welcome back .. I missed you [...]

This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Hardware can kiss my ass

Computer HellI hate hardware. With every fiber of my being. I hate having to mess with it. I hate having to diagnose it.. I hate having to fiddle with it. I can -do- it.. but every moment of the experience is excruciating..and makes me violent. Add to that.. it never turns out well.. I only fiddle with hardware when it’s not working.. and almost invariable.. the fiddling ends only when I give up and throw more money at the problem.

Last night was no exception. Last night was our first night of running the “progression raiders”. I was very excited. I managed to get out of work about 10 mins early and made it home with plenty of time to spare. Fiancee had agreed to make dinner.. so I walked in the door ready to log in.

Then remembered that I wanted to be sure I had updated my addons. So I ran the curse client and then logged in. *** Stop right there.. and notice: Curse client ran with no problems and download updated addons. So right then.. everything was hunky dory.

I touched nothing.. I fiddled nothing. I unplugged/replugged nothing. Nothing changed… then when I attempted to log in the Blizz downloader popped up and said I needed to download a patch. I guess there was some kind of mini-patch. Anyway.. I tried to kick it off.. but nothing was happening. No clickable buttons.. progress bar not moving.. just.. nothing. I got a slightly queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach.
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This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Briefly Glorious

My new precious is all connected.. and formatted.. and partitioned.. and installed. Old hard drive was moved as data drive into new system. Wow and Ventrillo are up and running.

The chorus sang, birds trilled and the angels held their breath. (Ok.. maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement… but it was [...]

This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Coping with Crappy FPS

Computer Hell I am on the cusp of greener pastures. Two of three boxes for my new PC are now sitting in my front room waiting on the third box to be put together. The third box should arrive today. Before I (hopefully) leave the land of “lag” I wanted to post what little I’ve been able to do to make it a little bit better.
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The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

My precious

Why is it.. that you can go for MONTHS with horribe FPS and nasty lag during raids.. and be kind of “ho-hum I should do something about that” about it.. and then when you actually DO something about it and order a new system.. suddenly every smidge of LAG is immensely frustrating.. and you just want to throw your current computer out the window and THANK GOD THE NEW ONE IS ON ITS WAY!!!

On order from Newegg:
Motherboard: ASUS M4A79 Deluxe 790FX ATX AMD
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor
Video Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB
Memory: 8 gb ram, (2x2gb) DDR2 1100 ram
Hard drive: 500 gb, 7200rpm, 32mb cache Western Digital caviar
DVD drive
Vista 64 home Premium
And spiff black/blue case with HUGE cooling fan

Total: ~$1k + tax + shipping (for more info about -why- each component was chosen, check out Combat Medic. She is my hardware buying guide.)
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This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Craptastic FPS

Six months ago my normal FPS was ~35-60. It was nice. I paid it no attention. It worked and that was all I needed. Somewhere between there and here my FPS took a dump. It’s been ok.. ~20′s but nothing fantastic. I want fantastic.
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This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Welcome to Computer Hell

Computer HellIt started so innocently. Fiancee complained that almost everytime he kills something in the game he gets 2-10 seconds of lag. I’d seen it on his computer but didn’t know what it was causing it. Then he tanked Black Morass and 2-10 seconds of lag lead to a couple of anxious moments waiting for him to unlag so he could pick up the boss on that portal. He poked at the problem but didn’t find the solution. Finally I asked him how much disk space he had free. Not alot as it turns out. So we decided to get him an additional hard drive for storage.

Cue ominous music.
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