Max is Back!

Dropped Frames: Carmageddon Reincarnation: Toolin’ around the Pre-α v.0

Here is a collection of ShadowPlay brag clips edited together showing off, mainly, the frickin’ awesome vehicle repairing in this game.

There is some other random violence, but I really enjoy just destroying my car and watching those pieces fly back into place. I use Caddy Fat Cat a lot because that car seems to have the most parts that break off.
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Building the right computer for the job.

Building the right computer for the job.

Getting a cheap computer doesn’t mean you have to get a cheap computer.  What I mean is, you can spend less money than you think to get a quality computer.

Keeping that in mind, you have to make sure that you set some objectives whatever your budget is.  What do you need your computer to actually do for you?  What will the primary use of it be?  Knowing those answers will ensure that you have an appropriate game plan when determining what you actually need to build.  It is also critical to make sure you balance wants vs. needs.  Meaning that I’m sure you really want an nVidia GTX 780Ti GPU … but do you actually need that for an office computer that will only ever see games like Angry Birds?  Probably not.  Do you actually need 32GB of RAM right away?  Sounds cool to brag about, but is it necessary?

Game plan. Stick. With. The. Game. Plan.  Determine where you can make concessions in your initial purchase that you can address at a later time.  Cannot afford 16GB of RAM right now? No problem, 8GB should be just fine and you can always add more later.

So why am I going into all of this?  Well, two reasons honestly … 1) I needed something to write about and 2) my younger sister enlisted me to help her get a new computer for her home office last week.  Sounds like a win-win to me.

Let’s start with her objectives …

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The Darkness II

Dropped Frames: The Darkness II: Playing the PC Campaign v.0

The Darkness is one of my all-time favorite games. The sequel is a lot different, but it is still really good! I never read the graphic novels, so the original game was my introduction to The Darkness.

I played both on the 360, originally, and am now trying the PC version. I will note that even though I chose my optical out (the only device I have enabled), it was not pumping DTS surround sound out like other games do. Sad, because it loses a lot of OOMPF.

Still, it is good to be eating hearts again!

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I still use IRC …

Yep, I said it. And I meant it.

Let’s face it, there’s a plethora of options when it comes to instant communication with friends, family, peers, llamas, whatever. I certainly use many of them from SMS to Hangouts to Skype to Courier Pigeon. One of those that I find useful is IRC. As old as it may be, it is reliable and one of the more popular ways that developers in large open source projects communicate and track communications with each other. It also has all sorts of other uses that I’m just not going to get into.

At any rate, the purpose of this post is to share a solution to a specific problem that I had, not to review IRC.

I use IRC Cloud ( as my main client to stay connected to IRC channels. They provide a nice web interface and a pretty good Android app with push notifications. Additionally, it will keep you connected when you idle – up to two hours for free and unlimited idle if you pay the $5 monthly fee.

The problem I faced was when there’s a netsplit or some other type of drop in the network that kicks me from the server I’m on. A few of these channels are invite only, so when you reconnect you need an invite to rejoin each of those channels. I was doing this manually for a few weeks until I discovered the solution … and it’s baked right into IRCCloud.

We’re going to create a very simple login script in two steps that will regain your id (assuming you lost it, which I always did) and invite you to your private channels.

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