Twice Baked: Graphics Card

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees;

Remove fan assembly and cover all plastic parts on the circuit board with a damp paper towel;

Roll four balls of aluminum foil, and place under corners of graphics card;

Let bake for 10 minutes;

Clean fan assembly while graphics card is baking;

When 10 minutes is up, remove graphics card from oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes to cool;

Re-assemble graphics card with the fan assembly. Make sure to use Thermal Compound on the little processor thingy;

Serve and enjoy!

I had to do it again, and again it worked! Now I can enjoy the new and improved graphics that came out with the Odyssey expansion. For me, the scenery constitutes at least 1/3 of my game experience. When I can enjoy graphics on “high” settings, AND be able to run two clients seamlessly, it makes for a great experience.

I’ve been moving my assets to a more centralized location in hisec lately. I am in talks with a w-space Corp to possibly join their wormhole academy. After flying solo for the better part of a year, I’m ready to make my Eve Online experience a social one again. It was a goal of mine to make my Corp a successful one this year. I haven’t given up on that goal, but I’m putting it on hold. It’s a huge pain to try to build up a Corp from nothing to something, especially when you consider the career paths of Corp Infiltration and AWOXing. Not that I have mush in assets at this point, but I want to create a Corp where people can trust their Corpmates and build wealth and assets. I guess it’s better to be picky about who you recruit than let everyone in and risk being touched in bad ways.

Anyway, if/when things start to materialize with my new endeavor, I will certainly have some more interesting posts. I am super excited about the prospect of logging on to find other people in my Corp chat channel. As for my Orca alt, I don’t know if I am gonna move him or not. It’s always handy to have an out-of-Corp-alt for various reasons…especially during war times, so they may haul stuff safe(ish)ly around empire. Although, my alt is extremely useful with his leadership skills and salvaging skills. Depending on the situation, I might see if he can come along, too.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Eve Online: Retribution ‘n Stuff

I had some interesting experiences in the days leading up to the Retribution release. For starters my PC decided to give me the blue screen of death a few times before Tuesday’s patch. Every time it happened I just happened to be in w-space doing stuff of a covert nature…like peeking into our neighbor’s c2 and looking around, when suddenly BLUE SCREEN and who knows if anyone saw my ship. Extremely frustrated, I bust out my wife’s laptop, which is by no means a “gaming” laptop, but its better than nothing. I log on to my account to see that my toon is still in his ship and in one piece. I get back to my home system and the safety of my POS so I can begin to mess with getting the windows set up on this considerably smaller screen. I’ve been spoiled with a 23″ monitor, so I have plenty of room to have all my essential windows up plus some and still be able to look at what’s going on in space. So I get the laptop set up as best I can, but the screen is so cluttered and small that I really don’t feel comfortable operating in w-space with this kind of setup. I begin to look over all the stuff I have at my POS and consider what it’d take to evacuate. I conclude that the best way to do it would be to hope that I get a K162 from hisec before long and just make trips out with Iteron V’s, and then one or two Orca loads to finish it off. At this point it’s almost 3am my time, and therefore almost downtime for Eve. I decide not to make any decisions in haste for the night, but rather in the morning I will try to put my redneck touch on my PC to see if it’s something obvious. So the next day, which was Tuesday and the release of Retribution, I unplug my PC, and start pushing on stuff to make sure everything is seated correctly into place. Then something caught my eye…one of the sticks of RAM was literally halfway out on the top side. Somehow the lever that holds the RAM into place was caught under my video card. Long story short: I dun pushed it in and it dun works. I downloaded the new patch and was able to play the game all day long with absolutely no issues whatsoever. Yay!

So on to Retribution. Awesome! I started my Retribution adventure with a lowsec static that was two jumps away from Jita. I took out some stuff for the market and put over 400 million ISK in the Corp coffers. While I was at it I bought the Ore Frigate skill book and the Venture itself to take back to the home system where I had conveniently waiting a nice Ladar site. I even had level one trained by the time I got the Venture all fitted up. I was pleased to be able to get all 3500 units of C-50 and 1500 units of C-60 into the ore hold without jet-canning or making trips. It took a little while to do, but I suspect with the skill trained to level 5 and some decent boosts, it’ll be more efficient than the battle cruiser setup.

In other notes, the new sleeper explosions are very nice looking. I believe that’s a new feature anyway, as I didn’t read all the patch notes because I’m lazy and generally dislike reading. I also lost a Drake to some sleepers, which was an extremely idiotic error on my part, and totally avoidable. I was testing out active shield tanking fits (reinventing the wheel I know), and cut it a little too close. I’m new to most ships that are not Gallente, not that it’s an excuse, but I was curious to see the Drake’s capabilities with my maxed shield skills. Didn’t work out so well.

One more piece of news, more of a coincidence really: I was bored toward the end of my playtime on Tuesday with nothing but Grav sites in my home system, so I decided to scan and explore my statics. I was hoping my lowsec static was close to fuel, but was 20 jumps away from the nearest fuel seller, and deep within a lowsec pocket. Moving on to my static C2, I jump through to see nothing on d-scan. I fly to the outermost planet and find a tower, so this wormhole is occupied. I fly to the sun and scan again to find another tower. Rather than using d-scan to find the exact location of a POS, when I’m feeling lazy I will just check the info on the POCO’s. “Wow that Corp looks familiar.” I thought to myself. I happened to stumble into the home system of the executor Corp in my alliance. We are a small alliance, but we have our good chats in alliance chat…except tonight. “Anyone awake???”, I asked. No response. Of course the one time I stumble across people I know in w-space, no one’s home. I thought about leaving a Giant Secure Container at a safe and naming something like “Red was here! MWAHAHA!”. But I didn’t.

Other than what I just wrote about, I didn’t experiment with any other new features of Retribution. So far I’m very pleased with the patch with what I’ve seen. I even received a 10 million ISK bounty from a complete stranger, so I guess that’s good? Maybe I’m getting popular.
I’ve also read that running multiple clients is a bit more of a load on your PC. When I have ISK enough to re-sub my Orca alt’s account I’ll find out how two clients run on my PC. Until then fly safe.

Thanks for reading.

Eve Online: Weekend Wrap-up

Quick post on the end of my weekend. My wormhole had only Grav sites and a Ladar site to choose from, and I didn’t feel like doing any of that. I decided instead to see what my static C2 had going on, specifically where it’s static lead to. I was surprised and elated to see that it had a static Hisec exit! I scanned it down and jumped through to see that it was a system three jumps from Rens. I checked Wormnav to see that there hadn’t been any activity as far as killing ships or Sleepers for the better part of 24 hours, so I figured I’d make a market run or ten. I used my cloaky hauler to get the most expensive stuff out first, then my Iteron Mark 5 to get the excess PI goods out. All in all I made about ten or so trips, plus a few trips to get some ships out that we don’t really use just taking up space in the Ship Maintenance Array, selling off the goods that had decent buy orders netted us about 650 million ISK. There’s another 150 million ISK worth of Fullerines that are on the market as sell orders. So all in all a decent return for a couple weeks of solo work. I hope to get some POS fuel in soon.

I’ve been enjoying another W-space themed blog that I’d recommend for anyone looking for some great C5 wormhole action. IT’s really a great read and a frequent poster. I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

Thanks for reading.

Eve Online: Killing Sleepers is my business, and business is…wait, where’d all my sites go?

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Well this is what I’ve been doing until I logged in this morning. It’s been just me in the Wormhole since I came back to w-space, and I’ve been as productive as a…as…well, as something that’s really productive. I was running Cosmic Anomalies to try to clear our home of them so visitors will hopefully stay away. The problem is I am running dangerously low on ammo that I use for shooting Sleepers. No problem, I’ll just work on some other stuff until I get some help from a Corp mate or make an empire run. So I started mining some Arkonor out of one of our three grav sites.

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What I really need to do is recruit a dedicated mining Corp who want a nice little grav site or five to mine to their heart’s content (maybe I’ll look into that).

So when I logged in today I found that there were 10 Cosmic Signatures instead of the 9 when I logged off. I had my home “locked down”, and I knew I was the only one who’d logged in at all in my Corp. So naturally there spawned an incoming K162 from another system and they helped themselves to my sites. I guess in a way that helps me, because I really need to make an empire run to sell off some stuff and get POS fuel. So today I plan to wait until my current Lowsec static pops since it’s close to dying, and it is far away from every trade hub.

So today will consist of making logistics runs and working PI. This is how it goes when the safety and security of your w-space home is compromised. I’ll scan down my neighbors and see what the deal is, hopefully those wormholes are close to dying, too. I’d like to get back to serious Sleeper business.

For the record, I think the Eve Blogosphere is fine and dandy. And what about those Ship Assembly Array workers? Those rascals have the best views, yet they still complain about their wages and benefits.

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Thanks for reading.

Eve Online: Back to Business

Wormhole business that is. I’ve had my vacation from wormhole life, mining and missioning in hisec, but now I’m back where I belong.

Orca inside the wormhole. Sloooooowly aligning to the POS.

Today is the last day of my 11-day vacation, and luckily for me I have great corp-mates who’ve held the fort down in our wormhole during my time off in hisec. Yesterday my corp-mate was awesome enough to put a rare hisec K162 in our Corp bookmarks, so when I logged in I saw that we had a relatively safe entrance through hisec and I could get the Orca back into the hole…which I did. I was just about as excited and motivated as I was when I first moved in this wormhole. The first thing I did was setup some gas cloud reactions from the huge amount my corp-mates have been stockpiling. Next I sorted out my PI and boy we have a ton of P2’s that I filled up my factory planets with to churn out POS fuel. We already have an over-abundance of PI POS fuel, so I’ll be selling off some excess and replenishing the Corp wallet.

I got gas

After getting the extractors and reactors fired up, I put some BPO’s in the lab for research. Then I started the grind that is clearing out our Cosmic Anomalies, which yielded a surprising amount of Melted Nanoribbons as compared to what I was used to. Good stuff. I proceeded to mine out a couple of Ladar sites we had to add to our already huge stock of raw gas. My Orca alt had trained up some very helpful level 5 skills for mining support (which includes Gas Harvester cycle reduction, since I don’t actually mine the grav sites in here all that often). All he needs now is the Mining Foreman Mindlink to be pretty much perfect as far as bonuses go. Only problem with that is ISK…I need a lot of it to afford that Mindlink. There’s a couple Radar sites that will have to wait until next weekend if my corpmates don’t get to it. Good ISK in those ya know.

In other news, I’ve been thinking about opening the doors to my Corp to some newer players who are industry and PVE focused. Reason being is I want to get some ISK flow through mission tax, and minerals to expand our production of ships and mods, and possibly even T3 products. As of now, we only really harvest wormhole goods and sell them for quick ISK. I’ve been inspired in other blogs I’ve read to make this Corp more business oriented. I have began to miss the teamwork I had in an old Corp with friends that I still keep in touch with in-game, but we’ve kind of drifted apart in the sense of what we want to do in this game.

So, I’m re-inspired and excited about wormhole living. I’m optimistic about the future of my Corp. I’m looking forward to building my Corp and expanding my member-base, also expanding my Corp’s portfolio and ways of generating ISK. If anyone has any sites they use that are helpful in calculating things like buying harvested materials from Corp members at Jita market price +/- a percentage, I’d be very interested. Also, if your Corp is interested in wormhole living, and you’d be interested in joining an alliance who are supportive and professional, let me know in-game or in a comment on this post. I’ll put you in touch with our alliance leaders and we’ll find you a wormhole to call your own. We’ll also help you destroy the customs offices and put up our own POCO’s. Also, if you’re a single player who doesn’t have a Corp, but is interested in mission running and paying less tax, I’d offer a 5% tax rate for you. You’d normally pay 11% in an NPC Corp. If you’d like to try out wormhole living, I’d consider letting you join us after we get to know you.

Thanks for reading.

Eve Online: Another happy customer

Last weekend I scanned down our home system and found a C1 exit. I pop in there to find that the C1 is vacant! There was one derelict Caldari small tower which was off-lined. I promptly hop on the “sell orders” thread of the Eve forums and list the vacant system. I started the bid at 100m isk with a buyout of 500m. I had one bid that very day for 100m, and a bid the next day of 120m. Of course when the bid comes to an end, neither of the bidders seem to be interested anymore….very good. The sell orders are turning out more and more like Craigslist…if they don’t flake out on you, they will probably kill you and rob you instead…not to mention perform necrophilia on your frozen corpse.

It’s fine though, because I received a private message from a gentleman interested in this wormhole. At this point I really wanted my alt back in my home system because he was way behind on his PI duties. I told him “100m isk and it’s yours”, and he accepted. Naturally he was skeptical of giving me his hard-earned isk for a lousy bookmark or four that could lead to 150km off the station for all he knows. Or they could lead to my house where I might proceed to kill, rob and perform necrophilia on his frozen corpse.
Sympathetic to his concerns, I proposed he give me 50m for the bookmarks, then the other 50m I would trust him to give me after he verifies that I’m an honest merchant.
After all was verified, he transferred the 50m, and there was much rejoicing (yay!).

The moral of this story is that there are pilots in New Eden who have e-honor. Our morals and values from life carry over to the world of pixels, and suddenly New Eden is a better place. Speaking of honor and morals, I found another C1 that is occupied. I scanned down all the signatures and plan to try to ambush some unsuspecting, defenseless miners and PI runners…..stay tuned….

Eve Online-The w-space adventure begins!

Since my last post on the 31st of May, I’ve finally made it into a wormhole. My original goal of being a solo wormhole dweller has not happened, but I am now living in and enjoying w-space with three of my closest Eve friends. The funny thing is that all three of them were on Eve burnout. I was coming ever so close to the edge of burnout myself, even going for entire 4-day weekends without logging in. So when one of my friends logged in we had a chat. He had read my solo wormhole plans on my blog and expressed his interest to join up. We talked about all the ways of getting into a vacant wormhole, including finding one (never once came across a vacant one), buying one (we did get scammed out of 125m) and joining an established wormhole alliance. We made posts on the “buy order” forums and had almost zero replies. One day we received a mail from the CEO of a corp looking to invite my corp into the alliance. They were established in a c2, which they offered to give to us as they found another c2 to move into. We accepted.

While we were working out the details Nate and myself got ahold of a couple friends who’ve been on burnout for a while, and offered them a place in our wormhole adventure. Which they happily accepted and re-activated their accounts and alt’s accounts.
So just this last Sunday (the start of my 4-day weekend), we had a decent exit in lowsec and started operation move in. At the end of four days, we are mostly moved in. Still a bit of big stuff to move when we get a convenient exit, but we are fully active in there and cramming the CHA full of lovely sleeper loot. It’s just the four of us, with some Alts, so it’s not too crowded. And dividing up profits will net us a lot more than if we were a bigger corp.
So in short, my adventures in w-space will include three of my closest Eve friends. So all the ganks, assplosions, losses, victories and any and all other mishaps you shall read about. Since I’m actually logging in and playing on my weekends, there will hopefully be more posts with yummy content.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned.