Warcraft

So I finally managed to hit 80. It’s only taken since the release of Burning Crusade too. 😀

But yeah, now the real game begins as I gear up in purples and grind rep. I now find that I’m shorter of cash than ever though. So I reckon I can go farm Borean Leather in Sholazar to my hearts content now. pity it takes 6 of them to make 1 Heavy, and most recipes need at least 10 to make, not counting the additional costs…

Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition Rules

So tonight was the first game played with the new Space Marine Codex in v5 rules.
I played against Jimmy in an objective game, pitched battle deployment.

And we had a blast! Jimmy brought Tau against my blue boys. We drew, but Jimmy took the moral victory on kill points.

Moment of the match was me rolling shaken result against a bunker. After Jimmy rolled a cover save for it.

Overall, 5th editon games are faster, much more fin to play and against the right opponent, riotous fun!

Work In Progress: Warhammer 40k Orks

OK, time to use this blog for what I intended it.

Posting Random crap no one cares about. 😀

I have actually made some progress on my Ork army. 10 Boyz painted, 1 Dipped, 9 almost ready for dipping, 2 Deff Dreads Painted, needing basing. I have Finished 1 whole bike, not the rider, but the bike, maybe needs some little areas touched up with spot colours, but its almost done, the question is dipping it or not.

That leaves me with:

  • 2 Bikes to paint, 9 to paint, then assemble (painting them while assembled is a pain in the ass)
  • 3 Killa Kans to paint & base
  • 20 more boyz to paint, base all 30, dip 29
  • 3 rokkit boyz to paint, base & dip
  • 3 nobs to paint, base & dip
  • 6 nob bikers to paint & dip
  • 6 normal bikers to paint & dip
  • 3 trukks to paint and assemble
  • 10 lootas to paint, base & dip
  • 1 small mek & 1 big mek with oiler grot to paint, base & dip
  • Ghaz, paint & base
  • 3 Deffkoptas to paint

And all for January…

Oh, and I have to finish some Tau & Marines so I can play 5th ed…

On Mental Health

If anyone that reads this has, or knows someone with any mental health issues, please be understanding about their condition and offer them all the support that you can. I can assure you that they will appreciate it.
Have fun, normal programming will resume shortly.

iPod Touch

First off, allow me to explain that this post is being written from my new iPod touch. It really proves Gary Newman’s point that the device, while a victim of a goldrush with people charging €2.99 for a flashlight app, is more than capable of being a highly productive environment.
I will possibly end up getting an iPhone in time, but as I currently have access to the wifi networks in most places I go, I think I’ll be using this little device a while longer.

On Working…

Well, I have started my new job in tier 1 tech support for [NDA] Inc.

Of course, I can’t talk about it. The first rule of Fight Club and all that. But 3 weeks of training out of 4 down, and I’m feeling OK about getting through this job. While it doesn’t pay nearly as much as Eat More Chicken did, at least I have my nights and half a weekend again. And I was able to get me a shiny mac mini out of the wages, so I could set the bugger up as a media machine, which I’ve wanted to do for a while, but that’s for another entry.

The only thing that bothers me? Training is taking place in a big metal box, in one of the most humid and warm months Ireland has had in a while. I’m sweating my balls off daily and it can be more than a little uncomfortable.

Thankfully, the main job won’t be that warm and has aircon. So, warm in winter, cold in summer. (Note for non-irish readers, While I may say “Summer” and “Winter”, please don’t take that to mean we have a standard climate. We have two seasons, the Wet Season, and the Wetter One. It’s just we’re more used to more subtle variations.)

Basically the point of this post is to say, I’m back from holidays, back from real life stealing time and feeling slightly more productive than last time.

Have fun and I’ll see you on the flipside.

On Holidays

Well, I’m just back from holidays. A week in the sun was severly needed, despite the weather over there being above 40 C for most of the week.

It was a tiring experience, and while I would not go back to that particular country again, it was enjoyable.

On Vista

Now, I’m not a bleeding edge kind of person, though I am on occasion a sucker for something shiny.

I’m also a Vista User. Not exactly compatible statements are they?

Yet still, I’ve had Vista on my home Desktop Box for about 8 or 9 months now. Aside from stuff like the on board wifi not working, and inexplicable crashes, its worked great. Not any better or worse than XP, but it did what I wanted it to do.

I got it because I signed up for a beta and my Significant Other decided she liked the shiny appearance and ease of use of it. So when I saw a cheap upgrade edition, I got it.

A few of the things that I do dislike about Vista are the, frankly, obscene amounts of space it requires. Untweaked, out of the box the C:\Windows folder is about 16GB, compared to XP’s paltry 3 to 4 GB. Add to that the fact that Hibernate is on by default this time and Vista decides that it will match your memory in swap file size, I was looking at 22GB install size, unpatched and with no other programs installed.

Add in 9 months of program installs, patches and SP1 and I was at 30GB of disk space. So, I was surpised to find that I actually used 52GB. Now, unlike XP, Vista shows free space like this: 180GB free of 232GB, for example. Now, when I tallied up the amounts each folder had, it came to 20.5GB. Where the hell was the other 32GB?

Indexing information and System Restore points. Which coincidentally are not seen by the native OS!

So there was my missing 32GB. Now, I don’t use system restore, I don’t mess around that much anymore and I can usually fix a borked install easily enough, as my important data is on seperate physical drives, backed up to DVD regularly. And I definitely don’t use the Indexing Service. I know where things are, usually because of the intuitive directory structures I put in place, and partly due to the fact that I was the one putting them there.

What bothered me the most about this whole episode was the fact that nowhere on any Microsoft affiliated site was there a mention of just how much space these two apps ate. If power and advanced users knew this, and that the apps could be turned off, then maybe they’d be a bit more receptive to Vista, and the noise surrounding it  would die down to the levels of XP’s release so many years ago.