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    Round up to Fall

    Oh yes I forgot to mention the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 expansion / stand alone game coming out in the next month or two. Torna the Golden Country is also included in the Season Pass content or will be available as a stand-alone prequel story. I played main Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for over 100 hours and enjoyed it very much. In respect to Switch Games, my top played list is like the below: Breath of the Wild Zelda title. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Skyrim Hyrule Warriors has quite a bit of time in it too, since it has a ton of unlockable content. I liked Mario Odyssey very much but once you finish it there is not much to return for. The very hard content is good, but it's also frustrating hard to complete. Haha I'm kind of old so I would support scrub mode checkpoints instead of doing the whole beast run, clean. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is fun but I only played through as Funky Kong. Loved the levels but I didn't need to beat myself up with the other characters. Shantae Half Genie Hero is good but I think the DLC is a little basic considering it's the modified levels from the main game, more a less. I enjoyed my initial play though. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is fun. I played it a bit on PC for some unlocks then replayed on Switch too. Old school vania while options to be more forgiving yet still challenging. I have Splatoon 2. I like the multiplayer as it can be rally intense. I do not play very much online. Getting an uncoordinated team is a deaathwish in public games. You need to claim turf and seize area, not peen for max kills at your base. The single player was pretty good and a little frustrating. The gyro aiming controls are impressive for sure. I got the Octo expansion bbut only put a few levels in so far, on it's more task objectives, instead of the level platforming like play of the main single player story mode. ittle Dew 2+ is a fun game but as I am near the next to last dungeon, it gets hard. Boss fights are very pattern heavy and they tend to do large amounts of damage. I will go back to farm and finish it as some point. I dream of a patch scaling back boss damage cause I am a scrub. ๐Ÿ™‚ Bayonetta 1 and 2 were quite fun. I played in easy mode as a lesson from littlejay from RFHQ. Loved the crazy story, fights and content. I ended up playing the 2nd game before 1. I dug them both and got the 1 and 2 combo. I had played some of it on Wii U but it stuck with me much better on a switch play. I am going to replay Cosmic Star Heroine on Switch. I played on PC but missed the extra levels that came in a post-release patch. Also played in easy mode to enjoy the story and stand a chance on the advanced boss fights. I played Cave Story for the 1st time on Switch. It was awesome. Good play and lots of story options. As my list noted with the top 4 games, I put like 100 hours into each of them easily. Full disclaimer: as a big Nintendo game and system fan, i think they have an absolutely awful policy shutting down competitors, rom sites and all sorts of other bat shit crazy 'brand protections'. The fan project attacks are the worst and the rom stuff is especially dumb since if I could get it on a current system and or not have to buy it again for x'th time, the rom is more a memento than playing it easily on some current hardware, using my TV instead of a desktop pc, etc.
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    Round up to Fall

    I don't know about you, but it has been pretty damn warm around here lately. In respect to Fall, Southern Tier: Pumking is out again. I have bought a few 4 packs and enjoyed them rapidly. The Mrs had a few but I kicked the last 4 pack solo in the night, last week. Haha. So yeah when not working, I have been playing a few games and flying a DJI Spark drone. I have about 4 hours of flight time and am having fun dabbling with recording video, taking pictures, testing range and flight maneuvers. Game wise, I fly my drone like I'm playing Watchdogs 2. Granted I have not strapped a Wifi Pinapple to it (yet). Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is awesome. I love that game and I think I made that apparent in it's thread. I also have about 9 hours into Octopath Traveler. I got it a few weeks after it released but I am enjoying it so far. Good story, each character has their quest line / initial meet sequence, the battle system is pretty good with it's accrued tactical points and well, I was impressed and liked it much more than I did the demo. I heard Diablo III / Diablo 3 is coming to Switch. I'm a sucker for portable dungeon crawling so count me in there. Rumor has it you can play local multiplayer without an internet connection too. If I come to your house to visit you, get a Switch lol we can slay some demons and shit. Reminder I still have HouseOfPlus.com thanks to ImmortalBob scoring the domain back. If anyone is playing games and wants to network it up, go nuts those forums are all you. You are welcome to post here too, obviously if you have an account still but I know it's wild here :bunny; I'm chilling for now but may have some more content going up soon. Mostly random stuff I wish I saw around more. I gotta finish this beer since the cat almost knocked it over. We might get around to watching John Wick tonight. Netflix horror movie selection, kind of sucks.
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    Round up to Fall

    Editors Note: I am not sponsored by Southern Tier. If I was I would proudly say so. Pumking 4 packs are not cheap. hahaha. Those are treat brews. I have a day job. I stand by not asking for subscriptions or plastering advertisements all over the place. It's safe to say that will be a staple of FuntimeBliss for, um forever. Obviously I plug myself and get some cool networking from sharing content online with people. That's a fresh reward, so I don't need to push scamware or ads at you.
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    Cubans getting online

    I don't get to post a bunch about actual Cuba but I did see a story of new internet access becoming available and it being promoted as free for a day (Yesterday 8/14/2018). via this Reuters article.. I can only hope more online access comes to Cuba at a reasonable to free rate and more people get online and share their opinions for it. I'm always down to read some more observations from different people and regions. If by chance you ended up here... drop me an email to my username at this domain and I'll make you an account if you like. This site tends to get generically blocked on most web filter systems. I do what I can to get it cleared up when I learn about it. Tech and Games would probably be an accurate category, granted it's not like I host flash games or anything here.
  5. Quick topic to share that I have a Samsung S8 and have an issue with icon burn in from my bottom deck of icons. If you have any icons with white in their icon, I really suggest not putting them in the persistent icon bar. Searching around, I found some people on the Samsung forums noting a similar issue. I tried the whole 'flush your phone cache by pressing {Up Vol, Bixby then holding Power Button} on the Android menu but flushing cache made no change. For grins, I'm trying the Cycle Red, Green and Blue with a program called OLED Tool to see if it allegedly resets the pixels, as is a rumor with AMOLED screens. The specific icons that caused burn-in on my shortcut dock are Clock and Riot (chat messenger). I moved all my icons off there for now but do not to appear having any residual pixels on the bottom of my screen for the Email, Messages or Camera icons. Most apparent will the burn in be, when you are looking at a white page. At first I thought it was some sort of desktop transparency thing, until I looked up the issue. I made the thread for something to keep in mind, as this is the first phone I ever noticed this issue on.
  6. Ad Build Guide: Primer: I see quite a few people talk about wanting to do vulnerability research, yet not having much Windows exposure. It could be heavy bias on my part but for the roles i have seen, Windows is pretty dominant in the wilds of the business world. The intent here is to learn more about Windows domain environments by building a test environment of our own to test on. Disclaimers apply to why we want to make a test environment: I really really really do not want to read about you getting arrested for poking a stick at some Windows environment you found in the wild, without having been granted permission to do so. It is really minor effort to find a server with Remote desktop protocol port open to the internet. Granted at this point in time, that should be considered negligence on the part of sites with that port open, but alas, that would not work as a defense for your sake. I have intended to write this guide with a minimal technical background being required, for the sake of welcoming more people to utilize it. Now that we got out of the way, let us start with the hardware and software used to build your Virtual Machine lab. + A modern desktop or laptop running an x64 processor. You can be running Windows, Linux or OS X for your desktop operating system, as we are going to use VirtualBox to build the VMs. The following guidelines can be applied to your Virtualization platform of choice, but I like VirtualBox for sake of cross-OS Virtual Machine migration and price point for running VirtualBox. + 16 GB RAM or more is preferable. You could get by with less but may find your VMs running low for resources and have less options for multiple, concurrent running VMs. + A SSD drive. Running on an SSD will greatly speed up time to copy an existing VM and also improve desktop performance of the VMs. You can get by on a HDD, but you will wait much longer to clone a virtual disk image and your virtualized desktop OS might be laggy. Getting started, we want to install VirtualBox, make sure VT-x support is enabled (likely a BIOS setting you can set when your PC is booting up) and to download Windows Server 2016. We could go with older versions of Windows and poke those with a security stick, but if you are trying to get some viable business experience, I would jump into the more recent OS, particularly as many businesses have been lagging on their migrations from older Windows Server versions. There is no shame in learning and trying to also be marketable at the same time. VirtualBox: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads Windows Server 2016 Download the ISO image. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2016/ This will give you a 180 day trial install. So long as not doing so on the Domain Controller server with that role active, you can Sysprep the install to reset the timer and OS back to it's initial state. More on that further in this guide. While those download and you install VirtualBox, let's step back to overview your intent with this test lab. We are installing an initial Windows Server 2016 virtual machine. Once that is up, we will clone that image so we have a master control image. For the sake of this lab, let's leave the Master image intact then create 4x master clones. I'm going with 40 GB disk size for the VM, so roughly 200 GB will be used. Master Image (Do not change once all patched) Windows Domain Controller Microsoft SQL Server AppServer. This is optional if you want to save space and piggy-back your potential test application from the SQL VM. Client machine. Not necessarily on the domain. This will be your client device / scan box / non-domain network sniffer. Let's get started: From VirtualBox, click the New button to create a new Virtual Machine. Type: Microsoft Windows, Version: Windows 2016 (x64). Name this initial VM 'masterControlImg' for sake of reference. Click the box for 'Create a virtual hard disk now'. Let's set the Memory option to '2048' AKA 2 GB. Then click 'Create'. I want to add a note that the virtual machine name you enter here will also be the subfolder in your VMs folder for VirtualBox on your storage drive (on your actual main machine). You will get weird errors if you try to make a VM the name of a folder that already is in that folder. FYI to save you headaches on that note. Next will be the Create Virtual Hard Disk screen. Leave the path as-is since it will match the prior line about being in a folder named to your VM, 'File size' of 32 GB is fine (but I suggest 40 GB for when you start adding Active Directory services and Replication), 'Hard disk file type' to the default of VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is good, as is the 'Storage on physical hard disk' remaining set to Dynamically allocated. Good, now we can press 'Create' on the virtual hard disk screen. Now that VM is created, let's go into it's settings then onto the Storage tab. The second drive should be a CD icon and on the right side you will see a drop-down when you click the CD icon. Select 'Virtual Optical Disk File...' then browse on your local computer to where you saved that Windows Server 2016 ISO, click OK until you are back to your VMs listed on the 'Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager'. With the ISO mounted for Windows Server 2016, boot your VM to install. Hurry up and wait. Follow the prompts (you want Server 2016 with desktop experience) and select an Administrator password. For the sake of this lab, we can use 'Babydonthurtm3!' without the quotes. You will want to take note of this for later use, as this is the local administrator account for this install and your cloned virtual machines. Wait for the installer to finish and when done, it will let you login and see your desktop. Now the install process for Windows begins. End of the Windows install process. Let us login to this VM. Minimize Server Manager for now. We do not want to add any roles or features yet. Clicking the Settings Gear, we want to install Updates for our Template OS. This will likely take quite some time. Better to do it now than to need patching every other machine we make as well. Install the most recent windows update patches, reboot and log back in. Once the patches finish, shut this VM down. Avoid booting this VM into windows, since it will be our Source VM for new instances. Then back on the Oracle VirtualBox VM Manager, go to Settings for your VM, then Network. Change the Attached to from NAT to 'Internal Network'. You can make a custom name for 'intnetLab01' for ease of reference later, if you expand your VM labs. This setting will allow all the other VMs we spawn to communicate with each other. If you forget to do this step later for other VMs, come back here if you wonder why your VM cannot see the Active Directory Domain Controller. Clone machine image prompts: With all of this done, let's make a clone of this VM. We will name this Clone 'WinDC01_testFTB' or the like, as it will be the Primary Domain Controller for our Windows Domain. Be sure to check the 'Reinitialize the MAC address of all network cards' because you do not want the same MAC address trying to talk to another computer. That would also cause issues with DHCP and all sorts of networking issues you do not want. You do want to make it a Full Clone instead of a linked clone. Wait for the clone process to finish, then boot up your newly spun 'WinDC01_testFTB' VM. Log in to the desktop. Before you get started making this a domain controller, we want to SysPrep this machine. The action of this command will make it seem like a new windows install with the most important result being it will have a new SID / Windows Install ID. As you dig into active directory, you will see AD links the machine name to it's install ID / SID as a unique identifier. If that didn't make a lot of sense, know that running Sysprep will allow us to join each of our copied VMs into this test domain, without machine conflict issues. Click Start and then Run cmd.exe. If it's not prefixed with 'Administrator: Command Prompt' in the title bar, click Start, type cmd then right-click to Run As Administrator. In this prompt type: cd %systemroot%\system32\sysprep then type: sysprep /generalize /oobe A brief prompt will come up as it prepares your install then it will shut down the VM. Once that happens, start the VM back up and it will take you through a prompt similar to when you installed the OS. Once done, you will be back at the desktop. If it asks for an Administrator password again, take note of what you use and write it down. You are welcome to use the Haddaway example from above again. Jumping back to the Sysprep process, you will need to do this for each image you clone from your VM template. I also wanted to mention %systemroot% that is an environmental variable in Windows. If you get to writing scripts, environmental variables are quite the blessing to your sanity. You can use them in powershell to some extent also, so the fun pays off there. Final ramble about SysPrep. If you try to do this on an Image that had AD Roles and Features installed, it will likely not re-activate the 180 day trial for Windows Server and if it was an AD services image, it will likely error on the sysprep process. That's why we have our base image ๐Ÿ™‚ Let's wrap this up getting you a domain created. Starting off, let's set this machine to have a Static IP Address. In the TaskBar down in the lower right by the Time, right-click the Network icon and then click 'Connections': Ethernet. On the Ethernet status page, click Properties then Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) In the screencap you can see I went with: 10.0.2.10 on a /24 Subnet (AKA 255.255.255.0) Pick a default gateway that will be the same for all other VMs made, intended to connect to this AD setup. For the DNS, I put it's own IP but 127.0.0.1 (loopback) works too. If and when you add a second DNS and AD Server, I highly advise making your second DNS server be the IP of that other DC. It will make domain fail-over really easy and reliable if you shut down your primary DC or practice a patching cycle like as would be done in a production setting. Another good thing to do, is Changing the Computer Name. By default it will be something like 'WIN-StringofTextandNumbers'. For sanity's sake you can rename this to 'WinDC01FTB' or something more descriptive. To change the computer name, bring up an Explorer window then right-click on 'This PC' then select Properties. Click Change Settings to change the Computer name, then reboot as it will ask you to do. When you run the AD wizard without setting a static IP address, it will give you a warning about resolution issues. So that's why we took care of that before using the Server Manager to add roles and features. Take my word on it being annoying to change a computer name, once you add roles and services. Planning to do the PC name change before adding roles will save you headaches. Since we are in VirtualBox, select Devices menu then the 'Insert Guest Additions CD Image' if you would like to use options such as 'Shared Clipboard' and 'Drag and Drop' files. Once the image is mounted in your VM, run the installer from it's CD drive then reboot when it's finished as it will prompt. This is helpful for when you want to get or send files and text to the VM and your actual desktop machine. Unless you like manually retyping scripts, I'd suggest adding these Guest Addons. Wrapping this guide up, I am pivoting to a helpful guide for Installing AD Services: http://www.rebeladmin.com/2016/10/step-step-guide-setup-active-directory-windows-server-2016/ Jump to Step 4 and it will show you click for click on adding the Active Directory Domain Services under Server Manager | Roles and Features. I am going to present a bit of a shortcut / cheat. Instead of clicking lots of next boxes, we can supply the config options by use of Powershell. The below is the script I saved from the Wizard when it presented 'Export Configuration Settings'. You can run this in a Powershell ISE window or save it to a text file and add a .ps1 on the name to make it a powershell script. # # Windows AD DS Deployment # Import-Module ADDSDeployment Install-ADDSForest ` -CreateDnsDelegation:$false ` -DatabasePath "C:\Windows\NTDS" ` -DomainMode "WinThreshold" ` -DomainName "hivelan.int" ` -DomainNetbiosName "HIVELAN" ` -ForestMode "WinThreshold" ` -InstallDns:$true ` -LogPath "C:\Windows\NTDS" ` -NoRebootOnCompletion:$false ` -SysvolPath "C:\Windows\SYSVOL" ` -Force:$true This should let you spawn your Domain as if you entered these values in the Wizard. In this setup we are calling the domain 'Hivelan.int', with a classic domain name of just Hivelan (for Window NT level old support). On a reboot you should be able to login to the Domain you just created. From here, the virtual domain is your oyster. You can make another clone of your Template machine, sysprep it, then join it to the domain. Since we didn't add the DHCP Server role to the current DC, go into your IP options and set all the IP info the same, except the IP address where you want the last octet (4th block of 3 digits) to be different than .10. Then once on the same IP Space (your 255.255.255.0 subnet, means you can have an IP of 10.0.2.1 - 10.0.2.254). Go into System Properties on this new VM. Change your Computer name if you wish but the real objective is to change from a Workgroup to a Domain. Enter 'Hivelan.int' as your domain and it should prompt for the Administrator account and Password. You can always make a second domain admin account if you wish, but that boils into using Active Directory Users and Computers in Administrative Tools. Once you add this machine to the domain and reboot, jump back into the Server Manager to add the Active Directory Domain Services on this machine, but we will say 'Add to an existing domain'. Click Next until it's finished. This guide got a little longer than I intended but I will stop here for the time being. You can then make another clone of your Template VM and use that as a machine not on the domain. Give it an IP address in the allotted space and you can use that for running Wireshark to see what kind of traffic you see. You can then add that machine to the domain or make another VM clone to see how the traffic differs for a machine that is added to the domain. Hopefully that helped get you into a test Windows environment and gave some help on getting started with VirtualBox. If you have the funding and another Virtual Machine platform you like more (like XenServer or VMware), most of the concepts and options should be transferable and have similar naming.
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    Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

    This is pretty much all I have been playing recently. If you have any of the Mario Odyssey amiibo (or cloned them with RFID) you can unlock the 4 extra Mario Odyssey levels for the Bonus levels book. This game plays very well on the switch and I'm excited to have it on a portable system. If you never played this game yet, certainly try the demo. Then you can fall in love with it and get it either on Switch or 3DS. I'm going to play more once I post this guide I have been meaning to finish. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

    I meant to get this up sooner, but I've been busy and stuff. Point of thread, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is a very fun and cute puzzle game. You will be exploring various levels, largely geared around the touch controller. Challenge wise, you will not be stumped, as this should be approachable for kids, yet still be enjoyable for adults. Story wise, get treasure, rescue your friends, solve some puzzles. Enemies can be killed with projectiles or by a stomp if you fall from above them. You cannot jump, as Captain Toad's backpack is too heavy for that. Exploring levels you will want to rotate much, especially to find hidden / bonus items. Speaking of Bonus, the extra levels are more hard mode than you will see in the main story content. At the time of play, there was no Amiibo support for this game. Just an .02 for anyone interested in that. This was a great game for $40 and I had a blast with it. I still have some extra levels to clear and maps to 100%. Such a fun and shockingly good game. If you like puzzle games and the mini-toad challenges from Mario 3D World, this game is a bunch of those levels for your enjoyment. I attached an animated gif of Captain Toad. Ingame graphics are waaay better than that, but enjoy the cute gif.
  9. Say you are checking you tasklist output for a certain Windows process id (pid) that matches your netstat -o output. These commands are helpful but matching the output can be annoying, even if you output them to a text file. By the way, context wise this process is a throwback to the Bitcoin Miner Malware removal thread, as it could help for any open port you want to reference back to a running process. If you want to see what said PID in your netstat output is with a single CLI string, here is a helpful pipe option. tasklist | findstr "PID#" IE: running tasklist | findstr "812" on my system throws details on wininit but also shows other process IDs with 812 in them. I think of this as a light grep-like command you can do in Windows. Like Linux, '|' (piping) will take the output of your first command and run the 2nd command against it. The tasklist find is a common and moderately easy grep-like thing you may want to do often if you are checking a machine for open ports and trying to correlate what process details are for said PID linked to those open ports.
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    July greetings

    Reposted from the front page of the site, since I forgot to do so earlier. Going to bed now but wrapping up a project I started a few weeks ago, soon.
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    July greetings

    As usual I have been slacking on posting to the front page of the site. The forums are the active place for newer content. Some threads of interest so far this year are: A Youtube channel for video benchmarks An Android security overview of privacy and security settings Macbook Pro 2015 Update issues to 10.13.4 and warranty screen repairs Using an Elgato HD60 S capture HDMI device, as used for video benchmark videos and POST videos. Raspberry Pi used for dd imaging of data drives Hunter83 asked about some memory, system diagnostics and stability tests while in Windows I fixed an โ€˜ipmap-bindingโ€™ error on my Pi-Hole Raspberry Pi setups Some extra details on Firewall log processing with use of MSSQL and Python Better elaboration on Cisco ASA configuration and light management Outside of those threads, I played some games and floated around some Discord servers. A bit of fun chatting and light doses of trying to help people work on various projects, while learning tons from everyone else. I think thatโ€™s a hearty site news update so far! Playing some Skyrim on Switch before the point I should soon go to bed for the night. Ah yes, HOPE is coming up in about 2 weeks! Looking forward to enjoying the weekend of 7/20 โ€“ 7/22. If you are going and want to IRL chill, drop me a msg or find me wandering around and say hello.
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    Video Channel and this Forum

    Uploading some benchmark videos but I'm in processing Hell. So they will be up, whenever this progress bar decides to move, let alone finish. Curse of the new account, I guess. Or the processing page stopped responding but the video had been done. I have some Razer Blade v5 (1060 GTX) model benchmarks along with some benchmarks from my desktop with a 1080 Ti in it. Enjoy some indications of frame rate via video. The Raw video .mp4 from the Elgato software were about 1GB per 7 minutes, if you wanted an idea of video storage per recording time. Reminder that I'm using an Elgato HD60 S. The USB model makes it nice for desktop or laptop recording use. I forgot to mention, I made an effort to show my thermals in each benchmark. The Razer Laptop gets toast and I mentioned under full GPU load, the fans get loud.
  13. Starting off, whoops! I accidentally set this forum to a category and as a result, it hid a bunch of older threads ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Just fixed that up today. Also, I started a Youtube Channel to upload videos. Mainly bug check video captures and some Benchmark videos. Having a capture card now, I can put to video stuff, you would normally need to record on a video camera and it would be kind of shaky. Now you can enjoy POST video captures and seeing benchmarks run at their native frame rates on some hardware. Here is the FTB Video Channel. It has a crazy long URL I cannot define until 100 subscribers. So for now, just make a bookmark I am one of those people who does not really like people talking over videos, so I will explore adding subtitles to them instead. Bonus points since that may make them more accessible in the long-run as well. So far I only have some Tails videos covering boot issues with Nouveau laptops with dual video cards (Razer v5 1060 GTX laptop). Enjoy a bunch of old threads about movies and TV as well, since that got fixed today.
  14. I have dabbled a bit with Final XIV since last year. I'm currently level 63 and working my way through the Stormblood main story quests (MSQ). After a few more quests I'll have unlocked Diving, so I can swim / dive. As has been the case, the main story is pretty good. Instances queue up fairly fast. My gear is kind of lacking, since I was mostly tooled out from running the palace of the undead back from before Stormwind dropped. Quest gear does help get your armor class up while you level and exploring the world areas is pretty fun. Here is my Character on Malboro. I have a few days on my subscription and will probably jump on more tomorrow evening. I'm currently on MSQ To Bend with the Wind. When I started playing again a few weeks ago, I resumed from In Crimson It Began. I'm pretty sure I was rushing ahead too fast when the expansion initially came out, as I kept failing to complete that quest. Beat it my 1st try after re-subbing a few weeks back so maybe it was patched too?
  15. Info about A Realm Reborn has been released. 2013-08-13 is the release date scheduled. Info @ the Lodestone Here is some info for previous 1.0 buyers. I barely missed out on the Legacy program, but I'm over it. Hoping this shapes out well as the Beta seems to be going well. I'm pretty interested but need more time to see if it will click with me. CE contents photo attached too. If you wish to pre-order, your link it below (digital river warning) http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/product/
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    Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

    There is a 3 level demo up on the switch. I am totally getting this again for switch. They added some extra levels in the full version, but the biggest win is the increased portability and higher brightness and quality on the switch screen. July 13th. I am very excite. There were plenty of post-game levels to keep you going. I got pretty far into them but will dive full in, with the game being portable.
  17. I will edit this over time but I wanted to have the thread up to start with. Overview objectives: - Stop camera from saving GPS to photos. - This is in your Camera App Settings, not System device settings. - Device Settings: - Lock Screen and Security: - Set lock mode and passcode to unlock device. - Password, PIN, Pattern, Swipe, None. - Biometrics. Face, Iris or Fingerprints - I do not use or particularly like any of the biometric means for device locking. - App Shortcuts: Define what apps can be used while phone is locked (IE Phone calls and Camera) - Find my mobile. Anti-theft and traacking options for your phone. - Remove controls: Allows phone to be remotely controlled via your Samsung account - Google location service. Allow GLS to give more accurate location info to where your mobile is. - Send last location. Allow your phone to broadcast last location when battery hits a certain level of charge. - Encrypt SD Card. Your files on the SD card will only work with your phone. If phone is reset to defaults, you will not be able to read the encrypted files anymore and would have to re-format the card. - Secure Lock Settings - Secured lock time - Auto factory reset. After 15 failed passwords (will also erase all your data on phone) - Lock network and security. Prevents disabling Wifi and mobile data when your phone is locked, to make someone stealing your phone easier to track by device. - Notifcations. Choose to hide notification messages on lock screen. - Define what apps can put notifcations on the lock screen. - Hide content of message on lock screen from displaying. (Highly suggested to be on) - Notification icons only. Just show app icon without details, on lock screen. - Device Settings - Location - Turn GPS on or Off. Besides privacy and tracking being less accurate, this can save a large amount of battery life. Turn this off when not needed for directions. - Google Location History. You can disable this from saving where you have searched and have been. - Google Location Sharing. Can share 'Real-time location' with someone of Google. You can turn both of these off and GPS maps will still work fine. The sharing and history are not needed, just GPS being turned on. - Device Settings: - Apps. - See installed apps - Review and define App-specific system-level Permissions granted to device. - Decide if you wish to disable some apps completely or uninstall them. - Review battery usage and mobile data use, per app. - Device Settings: - About phone. - Shows phone number, model, serial number and IMEI. - Software Information. - Show Android version - Android patch level - Various system level information.
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    Hallotime

    Another Halloween comes upon us soon. As Fall became official a few weeks ago, the leaves also started to fall all over the place, namely our back yard. In nature tradition, after I mowed them up, we had big wind storms that littered the yard up again. :hammer: So, yeah. We got some festive Halloween feel on last night by watching Zombieland. It was a funny zombie movie that came with some sweet gore. I'd give you some samples from the flick to encourage you to see it, but it's got Woody Harrelson in it, what more do you need to know? Also in normal tradition, I have a good army of flicks in the Netflix queue to do me up for the month. Game wise, I'm playing all sorts of shit, as indicated in the games forum. Current blends of choice are: Saints Row 2 Left 4 Dead on PC with Mods and User Maps World of Warcraq Those are the front-liners, as I have about 5 other games on my Game table in my room. Also this month, I look forward to the GTA IV DLC and some Serious fuckin Sam on XBLA. Halloween decor wise, we need to get on that. I might hunt the gear down tonight, as taking any longer than this weekend, to get our gear up, would be sacrilege. I'm still not sure what I am gonna Doll up as for Halloween this year, but I know I'm a fan of the 31st being a Saturday. That's all I got for now. :zyo:
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    Hallotime

    Just bumping a 2009 thread because I wanted to find the artist lordworm who made the logo and did give their blessing to use it for the site. Back when Invision Logos had to be, like really small. ๐Ÿ˜› I may very well try to buy a print of this from them too, for home. https://lordworm.deviantart.com/art/Arrival-of-Cthulhu-6627309
  20. I have done some maintenance on Mac laptops before and have a Mac Mini myself. I haven't had any issues with the Mini, but I did with a 2015 Macbook Pro. Initial issue was some screen damage that looks like a residue stuck on the screen. Turns out that was an issue with some Mac models, including the Macbook Pro 2015 model due to the anti-glare coating they used. Fortunately, since they got their laptop at an Apple store, they had 4 year coverage and the repairs were free. There is also a recall / free replacement for the logic board. That repair was $575, before the cost was zeroed out because a warranty repair. The new screen was crystal clear again and the laptop continues to soldier on. We got this repaired in January of this year. Item Number Description Price Amount Due S1586LL/A Labor Charge, PBG4/MBP15" $ 100.00 $ 0.00 S5741LL/A Flat Rate 2 Repair Charge MBP15/MBP17 $ 475.00 $ 0.00 Total (Tax not included) $ 575.00 $ 0.00 Lo and behold, I was visiting a couple days ago, and the same MacBook Pro (2015) rebooted to give the following error: [auth] failed to write file <private> At the bottom of an error log display. if you have an nvidia MacBook Pro 2015) and update to 10.13.4, you're gonna have a bad time. https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8338509 I followed the suggestion to select the Boot Disk option, then to pick the Mac Hard Drive to have it boot normally. This 10.13.4 issue looks to have just started again the other day (5/30). Hopefully an update will address this, because a recovery log screen is pretty daunting, especially for someone who does not normally see error logs, as I will generalize and say is the case for many Mac users who do not work in tech. Needless to say they were happy when I got it to boot back up and she will continue delaying the prompts to install updates on OS X.
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    Play a Game? (Game tracker)

    Almost October 2012 rename thread. Using this for quick blurbs on currently playing or played games, since threads being made on anything is kinda silly (at least on my end). I will make or edit main game threads on GG or Quit playing for good pit. This is my personal mockup list of games I have an interest in picking up, or finding information about once they release. Please feel free to add you suggestions and personal Wish List Choices. I made a backloggery account and here is my backlog. I'll try to keep this Topic reasonably updated, so I know what is still on my Radar to score. Also, here are links to the IGN Game Release Trackers: PC Xbox 360 PS3 3DS PSP Wii DS Ps2
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    Play a Game? (Game tracker)

    I'm pretty keen to play the Switch Pokemon games of Let's Go Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee! [Official site] for the game is live and it comes out November 16th 2018. From what I saw, it looks like the story is a retelling of Pokemon Yellow with an emphasis on being easier to play? Sure, I'm down as the last Pokemon I played was Black on DS. There will be inter-connectivity with Pokemon Go, if you're into that as well. There is also going to be a Pokeball controller. Fallout 76 was announced and a trailer shown, but that's about it. I'm currently playing Skyrim again on my Switch and am using the sneak level method on Einarth to level up crazy quick. I played Skyrim once so I forgive myself for cheesing some levels. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon released for PC and consoles. I kickstarted the main game, Ritual of the Night and got a code for Steam to play this mini-Castlevania 3 like game. It's pretty good without being crazy hard to start like the old NES games. There is some extra content to sink your teeth into as well, but I did an initial play-through in 3 hours. Very cool a game for $10 bucks. It's an 8-bit like adventure without the limitations of the original hardware. Oh yes, I also played the Legendary (main story mode) of Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. Quite a long story run with all of the DLC content that is included with this version from the Wii U and 3DS editions of the game that came prior. I only cracked the surface of all the Adventure Mode maps, once I cleared the story content. I haven't got to try local multiplayer yet, but it certainly has 2 player co-op. If you want to romp in a Dynasty Warriors style game, I suggest this but you can also jump into One Piece: Pirate Warriors or the Fire Emblem Warriors games, depending on your universe of interest. I haven't tried those 2 out myself though.
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    GDPR details

    Here we strive to put the FU in FuntimeBliss. Ideally typing 'fu' in the address bar auto-completes you to here. I've never sold nor will sell user data. Shit I don't even run advertisements, because I honestly loathe them and find online marketing creepy. As noted before, I'm pretty sure this site has been excluded from Google search results for years now. The closest thing to mailing lists I have, are when I have sent admin emails out to members. I mostly wanted to make this thread as a joke, since everyone seems to have gotten a huge swath of emails about 'updated privacy policies'. Here I'm just trying to make information available. Thanks for reading and visiting. Special thanks to the forum members as well.
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    Elgato HD60 S

    I've been toying with getting a HDMI video capture device for some time now. Checking around I decided to go with an Elgato HD60 S - USB 3 capture device. I considered the PCI-e options but I wanted the USB 3 option for my laptop use also. I was also able to pickup the capture device locally so that was a nice bonus. If you want a 4k capable capture card, the 4k PCIe device goes for around $400. I got the HD60 S for $180 and if you want the PCIe HD60 Pro, it's normally +$20 for that PCIe model. Now that you know about their capture line of products, we can get into usage. There is a power connector USB type-C connector, HDMI input and a passthru HDMI output. You can use the Game Capture HD software from Elgato to play your input device on your desktop monitor (as a window or full-screen). I did notice the frame rate seems lower than if you play directly on your monitor by changing the display input to use the pass-thru (raw display). Mostly I noticed this playing faster rate game likes Naruto Storm Trilogy. This this being said, I did not notice any input lag or audio delay. Just the seemingly lower frame rate, despite the device capturing @ 1080p 60 fps (frames per second). If you like muxing audio with your game playing, I tend to open Game Capture HD or OBS Studio, so that I can play music while listening to in-game audio. Basically what I did on the Xbox 360 as it had it's own media player. If you would like to see video quality via streaming, check out my Twitch channel. I started out streaming with the Game Capture HD software from Elgato and then switched to OBS Studio, once I figured out Sources control. OBS Studio works very well with this. I did notice a glitch where you want to have the HDMI device turned on, before opening OBS Studio or you will hear a weird static noise. I would say OBS has better control options but the Game Capture HD is much easier to use. A nice feature of the Game Capture HD Software is it will let you change your Twitch.tv info in the program, without needing to navigate your way to the Dashboard | Live settings on the twitch site, for each stream. Speaking of Game Capture HD software, it will write temp files out while running, so be sure to have free space or change your settings to write them out to a disk with space, HDD or large SSD. I'm writing to an HDD currently. If you ever wanted to play something in VR on a big virtual screen like BigScreen or the Oculus Home environment, both of the viewer programs will go full-screen and you can play away with your headset on and potentially stream that environment out as well. Game streaming is cool but since this is a HDMI capture device, you can also plug in a computer or laptop and capture that as well. You can capture BIOS video as well but that will depend on your device and if it outputs POST info over HDMI. I say this as my laptop does not do this, but my desktop will, so long as I don't have a DisplayPort monitor connected. If you ever dealt with desktop capture software and found some of it wonky, this is a nice method to outright capture anything you would typically see on a display and record it to video or a stream. If you want to blank the screen or show a title card, OBS Studio will allow you to do this while recording, if you wish to avoid doing it in post-editing. I started dabbling with that on my twitch stream as well. Wrapping up, this is a good device that works well. I noted the framerate drop when playing on your desktop but want to note it's not unplayable at all. Audio and Input button presses register without any lag I could notice. The included software is quite nice and gets you started without having to learn the ropes around using OBS Studio for Streaming and Recording. The USB HD60 S makes a great option if you ever wanted to be able to record a PC boot process and desktop environment without using desktop capture software, thus removing an OS-specific means to record. Using the recording software and drivers, Elgato has native support for Windows and OS X. I have not tried to record anything in Linux yet. Using the output passthru port lets you play at native console resolution and frame rate, while you record or stream on your desktop. It's a fun device and highly suggested if you want to get into some video capture for under $200 USD. FYI this will not allow you to capture video from a HDCP device like a Google Chromecast. You will see a black screen and the Elgato Game Capture HD and a red icon that says HDCP with a line going through a circle icon. A Roku will allow you to record it at the OS-level but if you try to play video, it will honor the HDCP request not to show video and put an overlay over the video, noting HDCP lockout. So long as HDCP is not restricting your device, you should have no issues capturing video. Searching around it appears you have an option to disable HDCP for Playstation 4 consoles. I do not have one so I cannot verify this but Elgato has a PS4 guide to disable HDCP.
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    Play a Game? (Game tracker)

    Thanks to an early birthday gift I am now dabbling in the art of video capture over HDMI. Elgato HD60 S is a quality capture device with HDMI pass-through, so you can play directly on a display, or in the Game Capture HD window while recording or streaming. Anyways, I also have a Twitch.tv page up with some PC and console recordings. I'm not really into the whole talking over gameplay, so I either mix in music or just let it go with game audio. I'm still mainly playing on Switch and PC currently so the below upcoming titles reflect this. Switch Okami Switch - 2018-08-09. Never got to play this out yet. Captain Toad Switch - July 13th. Extra Levels over the Wii U version and this is one of my favorite games. Tablet mode on the switch will be way better than it was on Wii U. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition - 2018-05-18. I played this before on Wii U but am getting this for all the DLC and portability along with performance improvements. Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King - This is out. I'm just waiting to pickup once I finish another game or two. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate - Aug 28th. This is a localized port of Monster Hunter XX Double Cross from Japan. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes - I loved these games so the next one is a natural pickup for me. The World Ends With You - Another DS port I never got to play. Bloodstained - Kickstarter that is looking to ship semi-soon but with no confirmed date. PC Monster Hunter World (PC) - Sometime this Fall 2018 but they need to design the online topology for PC so it may be delayed. I'm currently playing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Thank goodness for Funky Kong mode because the levels can kick my ass around a bit. I'm on the 5th world currently and I think the Mine Cart levels are some of the hardest. Level design is enjoyable and the boss fights are pretty distinct too. Haha you can see me get smacked around a bit on my Twitch streams I have archived. I finished main game this week - 2018-05-16. Some frustrating moments but a good time. Enjoyable platformer indeed. I have some hidden levels to find and finish up. Beat Saber is pretty fun. It's a VR title where you slash blocks and avoid obstacles like a Guitar Hero like game. There is also a modding community that is pretty sick and likely to keep that game popular for quite some time. I enjoy VR but it needs to continue getting quality developers making content. The downside is most devs are not really flipping a ton of profit for their work and time. Hopefully VR adoption picks up over time. I know the Oculus Go dropped recently but that's more of a mobile VR platform (GearVR) than it is a desktop graphic and interaction capacity.
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