Monday, September 12, 2016

Carry Your Lute My Wayward Bard

First off let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of bards, I always have been and always will be, they are my go to class when I have nothing else to play. But lately I've been a little peeved by some obvious holes around the spell casting focus of a D&D 5e bard and how it relates to actually playing a bard in combat.

The Bard by Exarrdian - used under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Let us start by adding, if you came here thinking that every bard just plays an instrument and you live in a one bard size fits all world, this isn't the post for you. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, in short a Bard is an entertainer, a caster who inspires his or her party though gifts of song, dance, prose, or music.

Sadly this leads most to believe that a bard is simply the background musical track, there to remind the party, though the gift of song, that at any given moment, your nostrils could be raped.

Friday, May 25, 2012

An Open Letter to EA/Bioware

So I had an interesting conversation with a friend about DLC today, see it appears that Steam being Steam-Awesome again has put Civilization V and all it's DLC on sale so of course it's time to pick up the last two I'm missing at 75% off. This conversation let to another about the awesome of Dragon Age II DLC, specificlly the Mark of the Assasain DLC with Felicia Day (yes, I'm a nerd, so that instantly makes Felicia Day and anything she does on my to-do list - watch or play i.e. the game DLC; mind out of the gutter fellow nerds), when I let it slip that I haven't played it, nor any Dragon Age II DLC. This spawned an hour long conversation of how EA/Bioware doesn't want me to play any of their paid game DLC because it's never on sale; which tells me they don't want to sell it to me, which in my own nerd rage mind is what it means when DLC is NEVER on sale (Dick Move EA/Bioware #1), which at least to my knowledge not a single bit of DA II DLC has ever once gone on sale for PC.

FYI, at full price all this is way more than I even paid for the DA II!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hello Blogger!

Well after an off again on again 2 week long hassle I've finally moved my blog over here to Blogger.

No more Drupal updates every week, just nice and easy blog platform.

All the Gremlins should be properly starved and locked away from the water, but if you find any problems leave a comment below!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Google Pictures (Picasa) and Google+

Great news for those of us who have been playing with Google+ recently - it appears that the Picasa Web Storage has gotten a huge bump as a result of Google+ membership!

I always liked Picasa (soon to be re-branded to just Google Pictures) but was never keen on the 1gb limit without dropping annual cash, now it appears us Google+ users get nearly unlmited space:

If you've signed up for Google+
Free storage limits
Photos up to 2048 x 2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won't count towards your free storage.

Automatic resizing
All photos uploaded in Google+ will be automatically resized to 2048 pixels (on their longest edge) and won't count towards your free storage quota.

All photos uploaded to Picasa Web Albums over the free size limit will count towards your 1 GB of free storage. When you reach your storage limit, any new photos you upload to Picasa Web larger than the free size limit will be automatically resized to 2048 pixels (on their longest edge).

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Facebook Places - Here we go again...

Seems yet again Facebook has released a new privacy invading feature Facebook Places. Though I do have to give some credit, for the first time they actually limited it to Friends Only, and did disable one part of it by default, here is how to disable/hide the new Facebook Places features completely to maintain your privacy.

1. Login to your Facebook account

2. At the top right select Account -> Privacy Settings

While better that Everyone, "Places" is still enabled for Friends

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ignoring the Java version during Citrix Installs/Patches

I frequently get asked How can I install the latest Citrix Hotfix rollup (or Citrix itself) while keeping a specific version of Java on my server. For those of us with that server that for some crazy application reason can not move to Java 1.6 but you still need to install the latest Hotfix rollup that requires 1.6uXX you can get past this with a really quick fix.

msiexec /update PSE450w2k3x64R06.msp CTX_USE_EXISTING_JRE=YES

The CTX_USE_EXISTING_JRE=Yes will ignore the install stopping Java check that forces you to use a certain version (that seems to always change).

The only thing to note is that on 4.5/5.0 you will likely lose the ability to use the XenApp Advanced Configuration tool (formally the CMC) on this server, so you'll want to make sure you have at least one server that is updated to the latest Java required for the latest HFR patch (like your dedicated Data Collector I know we all have right?) - otherwise you won't have access to the handful of items still in the older Java based CMC tool.

Sometimes disabling the Java check is needed, and by adding this switch you can remove the Java requirement for any Citrix patch, hotfix, hotfix rollup or even the Citrix install itself with only a small loss of functionality to the CMC tool

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Disabling Facebook Connect on Non-Facebook Websites

** Updated 7/19 - improved code after re-reading the ABPlus guide thanks to a user comment from Mr. Palant - also added Chrome code from reader tips**

Important, if you find a site where this does not work please include the URL in a comment below - as sites get tricky the code may need to be adapted or new blocks created

For reasons I won't get into in this post I'm very discouraged by the recent Facebook Connect changes that have, without my approval, spread my Facebook persona across various websites that personally I don't want integrated with Facebook. Some examples are the Gawker Media Sites, techcrunch or - I've recently started seeing little things like this all over sites: 

As seen from

Here is how to disable Facebook Connect completely