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DC Gamer Club / Re: Factorio - Automate All the Things!
« on: December 08, 2016, 03:53 PM »
I can confirm, my experience with Factorio is the same as Deozaan's.  Years ago while it was still in development.  I love Factorio, and if you love to automate all the things, then I highly recommend it as well.

I have this game already, so here's a free code! :D  It's good for a week.

This is a free code for Expeditions: Conquistador.

Please mention if you end up redeeming it. :)

DC Gamer Club / Re: Any SupremeCommander: Forged Alliance Players?
« on: March 29, 2012, 05:50 PM »
Love playing with my friends, however I don't think good describes me well.   :-[

DC Gamer Club / Re: Terraria
« on: May 18, 2011, 06:03 PM »
I pulled my links from, but it looks like Terraria Online has put together their own wiki which is so much more organized and easier to navigate at

DC Gamer Club / Re: Terraria
« on: May 18, 2011, 05:57 PM »
Mind telling us about why you like it?
haha, I saw this one coming.

Terraria has a TON of what I'm waiting Minecraft to be, but in 2D.   :-*  I love crafting, the sandbox environment, fending off creatures, and the massive randomly generated world.  It doesn't have interactive objects like circuit or mine carts, however I think the gear, special items, special bosses, rocket boots and guns (Most of which I've only read about so far) make up for it.

The program is fairly simple, with less than a 20 MB install (not including the required .Net 4 framework).  It starts up windowed with a fixed resolution.  Not sure what the resolution is, maybe 800x600.  You can full screen it, but the resolution stays the same.

You start off creating your character, which you can customize.  For me, it was weird customizing a character that's only a few pixels high, though I'd recommended it especially if you're going to play in multi-player servers.  Your character's equipment, inventory, and stats will follow the character between worlds.

Then you make a world you want to play in.  You name it and then decide if you want a small, medium, or large world.  It runs through some generation process for less than a minute, and you're in.

You start with just a copper pick and copper axe.  You move around with wads, and use your mouse to point at things.  You can interact with things close to you with your mouse, like mining and opening doors.  You can also point in the direction you want fire your arrows, like running away from zombies while shooting them.  You can clear away the dirt, chop down trees, plant acorns, eat mushrooms to regain lost health.  Game play is responsive and very intuitive.

You start off with 100 health, or 5 hearts.  You can increase your health pool by finding hearts in caves.  You also have a Marna pool, but it starts off at 0.  You can increase your Marna pool by collecting fallen stars that you can find during the night.  Your max Marna pool can be 200.

Like Minecraft, you craft weapons, tools, furniture, walls, and have requirements for all of them.  Unlike Minecraft, you don't need to know the crafting recipes, if you have enough materials while next to the tools you need (like a workbench, anvil, etc), the option to craft it will show up.  There are also many tiers of weapons and armor you can craft as well.

There is a ton of other items you can find & create as well, like a Enchanted Boomerang, Shuriken, Grappling Hook, Rocket Boots, and Flippers.  I haven't looked through them all, I want some of it to be a surprise. :)

There is a day and night cycle.  During the day you will see slimes.  During the night there are Zombies and flying eyes.  On a rare occasion there will be a BloodMoon where the zombies will come in double the force, And know how to open your doors.

On rare occasions, a Goblin Army will attack.

There are a lot of monsters to encounter, and bosses to take down.  One of which is the Eye of Cthulhu.

There are a lot of Environments to explore as well.  The ones I'm looking forward to finding are Dungeons and Floating Islands.

All this has got me pretty excited, and making it difficult for me to go to bed when I should. :D

DC Gamer Club / Re: Terraria
« on: May 17, 2011, 10:40 AM »
I got it last night, and LOVE it.  There will be many days where I'll be coming into work sleepy due to Terraria.   :D

Living Room / Re: KVM switch woes -- any recommendations?
« on: May 05, 2010, 12:21 PM »
If you're on the same network and not tied down to a hardware KVM, I might suggest using a software one.  Keyboard and Mouse connected to one machine, and just move the mouse across the side as if it was an additional monitor connected to your pc.  Synergy is Cross-Platform and extreamly flexible for setting up how you want your displays, though not many options beyond that.  It is a little confusing at first to setup, but taking a minute to read what it's asking/doing helps a lot.  There have been a few spin-offs like Synergy Plus, which work just as well.  I personally haven't noticed the differences much.  The selling point for me here is Cross-Platform as I've got a linux & windows box side by side.  Input director is Windows Only.  While it's not Cross-Platform and not quite as flexible as far as setting up monitors (only vertical or horizontal setup), it has a ton more options that make up for them, though you can get lost in them.  The setup is much easier to understand as well.  I used this when I had two desktops next to each other.

I would suggest Input Director if you had only windows machines.  I would suggest Synergy otherwise.

General Software Discussion / Re: NewEgg
« on: May 04, 2010, 06:58 PM »
I use NewEgg a little here and there.  I love how i can research what I want, and the reviews are invaluable.  I did have an incident a few years back, but it was so minor I don't even remember what it was.

I work in a place that uses Dell.  Starting 3-4 months ago, it's been pulling teeth to get anything done.  We would place an order, and a month later we would finally get a third of what we ordered.  We ended up canceling the rest and ordering it from someplace else which ended up being cheaper and faster.  Also, we put in a quote for a few items, after 2 weeks asked where they were and they said that they're no longer available and that we would need to order something else.

We are currently a dell shop, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to work with them to get things done and resolved.  As far as NewEgg, my experiences have been great and I'm seeing they have some quarks, but to me it seems bearable, especially if they work with you to get things resolved.

I wondered if I was missing anything by not using SugarSync.  Thanks for letting me know I'm not missing much. :)

DC Gamer Club / Re: Mechwarrior 4 is now FREE!
« on: May 04, 2010, 01:25 PM »
Must get achievements for Children's week in WoW...  Then Mechwarrior 4...  :stars:

DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Live Screensaver
« on: April 30, 2010, 03:45 PM »
It sounds like as long as the pixels are changing it doesn't matter much.

Instead of a screen saver, what about an app that runs over the top while no mouse is moving.  Same idea, just not in a screen saver format.  So for your bubbles, have an app that waits for no mouse or keyboard, then have a bubble go from bottom to top.  Or a clock that has an adjustable size that goes from side to side, top to bottom, bottom to top, diagonally, does a little dance, etc... just to change the pixels.  Wouldn't have to worry about updating the screen since it's updating, just being covered by the other app.

Awesome site.

Too bad BV doesn't have a "make donation" button on his website. I almost feel I owe him something.

He does, under Support BV: Donate! on the left side.

I'd be more interested in this from a business standpoint.  I spend 2-5 hours building a new computer from the OS to all the apps.  Dell likes to change their models constantly so we have a slew of different models.  I've given up on keeping 10 images for each model we have.  We are using WinXP now, but Win7 is looking to be coming around the corner soon.  Even if it means re-installing the drivers, it'd be a huge help.  I need to install the drivers anyway doing it how I am. :)

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini Review of SugarSync and DropBox
« on: April 21, 2010, 03:00 PM »
I just created an account at Wuala, and it's got me excited.  (Ok, I get excited easily sometimes.)

- 1GB free storage
- Get more by either paying for it or sharing your hard drive.  Sharing your hard drive gets you Shared amount * %uptime.  So, sharing 10GB of space with 25% uptime gets you another 2.5GB totaling 3.5GB.  Also grants Pro status.
- Can also get more by purchasing additional space.  Also grants Pro status.
- Allows you to share with other users of Wuala.  Also allows you to share via a weblink so the program is not required.
- Runs in JRE so it's cross platform.  (I don't see anything for mobile yet.)
- You can set limits on upload and download.

Pro allows you to automatically backup files/folders & supports versioning (I haven't tried either of these yet).  (Interesting that I', not finding that information on the website, but only in the program.)

It's not as quick as dropbox, but for me sharing my roommates pictures she took with the bride and groom, it's a perfect solution for me and them.

There are also some community features, but I don't think I'll be using them as much.

I don't consider myself a programmer either (yet), I'm with f00der & daddydave.  They've already said what I would say.  Batch scripting is still useful, but I wouldn't suggest it for anything big.  And I'd agree with trying Python or Java first.

How to Teach Yourself Programming - Teach yourself C++ in 21 days.
Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years - From the bottom of the comic.  Kind of long, but interesting read.

If you've already learned some C++, you might try finding some online tutorials and see how much you do remember.  You might not want/need to jumpstart yourself with other languages.

Developer's Corner / Re: A story about "real programmers"...
« on: April 12, 2010, 06:17 PM »
Yes, the story has been around for a while.  I still love it. :)  Thanks for sharing it, I'm saving it and posting it in my cube. :)

Living Room / Q: Copy files in linux while spanning hard disks.
« on: April 11, 2010, 05:56 PM »
I'm working on a client's machine, and I'm backing up all of their 2.1 TB of data (Media server full of movies) so that when I attempt to work on their degraded RAID 5 array, I have something to work with if it completely fails.

I used partimage to get the system drive (40gb) backed up no problem.  I've bought 2 1.5 TB drives (the biggest they had was 2, so this was cheaper) so I would have space for this backup, so 2.1TB doesn't fit on one disk.  partimage spans media, which is good.  But I'm slightly concerned that partimage won't work with a GPT partition, but so far the initial 70 minute partition scan is going well.  Plus, if the need arises that I need to pull certain files out (you know, for testing  ;)), I don't want to try to find 2+ TB of space for a 5 GB file.

Is there a program or script that that someone might recommend (or create) that would copy the entire contents of the partition (I don't think permissions are an issue, but it would be nice to capture it just in case) and span it over a number of media devices (2 hard drives in this case.

If I had the choice, I'd rather have a neat little script I could learn from (Hints at some donation credits :D), but I'm needing to get this done without too much delay.

-- Ron

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Page Countster
« on: March 15, 2010, 02:33 PM »
Does what I'm looking for, thank you very much. :D

Living Room / Re: Networks and external drives
« on: March 12, 2010, 04:38 PM »
I like SchoolDaGeek's idea, & just McGyver it to the lid of your laptop with some Velcro.

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Page Countster
« on: March 12, 2010, 03:33 PM »
Alrighty.  Thanks for looking into it. :)  I'm not interested in having a full task bar with statuses of various printers, so I'll continue to be on the look out. :)

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Page Countster
« on: March 11, 2010, 07:05 PM »
Mostly HP 4000 series.  HP 4000, 4050, and 4100.  then a Konica Minolta color copier, which we do have setup for notifications. :)

Going through my old newsletters and bringing up a dead thread...

I see previously users could disable the ads if they donated.  And then the suggestion to have anyone disable them.
-= Inverts the box =-
What if users who wanted to support the site, would allow a small Google ad to be part of their post?

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Page Countster
« on: March 11, 2010, 05:47 PM »
Very cool.  I haven't noticed that tool on some of the printers here, but I might not have dug deep enough either.  Thanks! :)

Living Room / Re: Play Media Files on my Network House-wide?
« on: March 03, 2010, 04:04 PM »
Let me know how it works for you, J-Mac.  :)

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Page Countster
« on: March 03, 2010, 04:01 PM »
Awesome piece of software!  I love it! :D  Been looking for something like this for a while.

Something I'd like to see, which might end up being a different project, is to have something sit in a system tray, or running in the background as a service, monitoring a list of printers toner and send an alert, e-mail or notification, when the toner is out or very low.  Possibly paper too.  *shrug*

Looking for a way to be preemptive on some of the things around the office. :)

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