Eve, Night 1.

Firstly – Laccy, stop reading now. I know you were playing with Frontier/FirstEncounters recently, and… Well, one of my first "thoughts" was "coo, the map is *just* like First Encounters, only you can't zoom in to the planet level".

It doesn't have the cool system maps that Frontier/First Enc had. But still… So, anyone but Laccy

I was thinking about trying EVE again…

Response ([GM]Zworm) – 06/14/2006 05:44 PM

Hi, Thank you for contacting Customer Support. Before we can give you access to the account, we need to establish that you are the original owner of the account.

Therefore we ask you to please provide the information listed below. Note that it is vital that the information provided, is as accurate and detailed as possible.

1. The CD-key used to create the account (if a CD-key was used).
2. A scan of the CD-key and the game box.
3. The last 6 digits and expire date of the credit card used to pay for the account's subscription (if a credit card was used).
4. The full name used when the account was registered.
5. The email address used when the account was registered.
6. The date of birth registered at account creation.
7. The names of the characters located on the account.
8: The username of the account (if not provided already).

Urh. Maybe I'm weird, but I don't have a scanner. And I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't trust anyone's scans of a CD key – that wouldn't be hard to fake would it.

But I'm also out on counts 3, 7 and 8 – and depending how "iffy" I thought their site was, I'm probably out on count 6 too – I frequently give an incorrect DoB to sites I don't know if I trust. Well, and count 5 too for similar reasons. Although I at least have a short list of those.

I'd make the effort to solve – I have both UK and US debit, visa and mastercard cards, and I've been through a stack of them in the last 14 months thanks to expiries and ID theft.

Gophur and Ramp are giving it a whirl, so its tempting, but I'm not paying another $20 for a game I already didn't like once ;) Besides, I've not made 60 in EQ2 yet.

I wrote a .Net App!

In C# too!

Yeah, I know it looks totally pointless, but it took me less time than writing batch files to do the same job AND hand-hold the user.

Fire starting

As in, lighting one under one's self…

Yesterday was rough. Partly because I'd apparently psyched my coding faculties up for TOE work.

I really love programming. The way the band on the Titanic loved playing. It became automatic for me a long time ago, which is perhaps why I'm particular about writing code I can read: writing it brings no guarantees I know what it does :) But it means I have a built-in natural proof reader of my own code.

So yesterday, despite having told myself the intermission was coming and would take my whole day, I was still ready to start typing code.

Now, this morning Mr Coder was off sulking someplace. I have other stuff to work on today, so I've been tidying up some issues with the management tools, and trying to produce a CTHL-instrumented build for us to try and capture some of the CTHLs with. Catching up with my email. Crufty stuff.

<time passes>

Well, morning came and went. How did I finally light a fire under myself? Derek and the Dominoes: Layla appeared to do the trick. (Fision-eggs not my thing in the morning, unless you haven't done lunch yet, Bloo? :) After that I broke out some classical stuff mixed with the sound track to Fight Club, stuff that keeps me ticking without getting me too eagre to write a whole new system ;)

It hurts, it hurts…

… you either know what I'm talking about or you don't.

So if you thought Windows was bad for focus stealing…

Vista is a dozen times worse – at least in beta 2. Along with a new frenzy for pop-to-front OK dialogs there are now numerous full-screen-focus-stealing alerts too.

Windows Vista may have the ability to multi-task, but its users don't get any such luxury =(

This will, no doubt, be the new mechanism of choice for people to screw with your Windows experience.

Its very pretty… There are some cool seeming changes. But I'm going to say no to this new Prince of Focus (theft).

SSE Wars, chip envy

So Gophur released an optional 1.23.6 client with SSE2 instructions including the SpeedTree library (which should kick it up a notch over my private version).

I foresee 32vs64 envy wars, people flaming CRS for not tweaking to their particular Pentium IX variant (there are many, and they have different SSE2 implementations).

So I had this to say, and I thought some of you monkeys might get a chuckle out of it.

*places left hand over eyes, waves right hand in air mystically, sways upper torso slightly, makes faint "wooo" sound*

Remember, a Frame Rates's strength flows from the 32. But beware. Speed, frames, "got a kill". The 64 side are they. Once you start down the 64 path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Wepse… Wespe… do not… do not underestimate the powers of the Athlon or suffer your Pentium's fate you will. Wespe, when gone am I… Doc will be here instead. Wespe, the SSE2 runs strong in your system. Pass on what you have learned.

Wespe! There is… another… instruction… set…. ….. "waaaugh!"”

(For those of you who aren't qualified as monkeys, 'Waaaugh' is the sound a WWII Online infantryman makes when he dies, typically the guy standing next to you who is watching your back).

Expect to see most improvements if you have a 64-bit CPU with 1mb or higher of L1 cache. No, your pentium 4 will probably not see much of a difference. Other factors include your memory configuration/speed/bandwidth. You may find a lot more tweaking scope for performance if you have a high end machine that doesn't get much extra thrust out of the executable, but I'm not the one to guide you.

Microsoft: 0.5, Hell: 0.5

(I'm implying that they are cohoots with the devil)

Apparently Microsoft has responded to customer feedback on the Automatic Updates system

(The underscores are only there because I'm holding down the Alt key)

"So, uh, what's different, whiner?" you ask.

Now they've made it sticky "to front", and, if you try to get clever and simply hide it someplace, it periodically snaps back to center and foreground.

And when I say "to front" that includes minimizing your fullscreen game, video or other.

Apparently tonight this was brought to me by an update of the "Windows Genuine Validation Tool".

Logitech: 0, Microsoft: 1

Uninstalled the Logitech "Game Software" exposing the simple Windows joystick calibration and, what a surprise: I can calibrate the stick and it isn't nearly so bad.

I'm going to buy an X52, anyway. Logitech make decent hardware, but it's like choosing to date a chick with a creepy kid called "Damion" who has this strange 666 birthmark…

Dear Diary, part (wtf is counting?)

All of this CTHL stuff, the inconsitency of the issues (at least from this perspective) has made it a real rabbithole chase. I have to admit I'm pretty beat. And if I don't take some time off soon – even if I spend it sitting at home alternating between coding for the game in my skivvies and sitting on the porch admiring the view of the pool…