19Jun 2014

A journey through Xanadu (and a new deed)

I haven’t mentioned Wurm Online since March, mostly because I haven’t done terribly much in it. I don’t really feel like doing much until they add bridges (yep, still waiting) and I imagine there will be a flurry of activity at Ravenstone once they do come out.

However, something interesting happened in the meantime. On June 3, they released a new Freedom server called Xanadu, one that’s 4 times the size of Independence, making it the largest server ever in Wurm at 32km x 32km. Originally they had wanted it to be 16 times larger than Indy (64km x 64km) but after they performed a couple stress tests, they must have found out that it was too hard on the server.

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09Jun 2014

Cave Clutter: Playing catch-up

Summer is in full swing now here in the Great White North which means hot and humid days, plenty of sunlight, pollen, and bugs. Others might love it but let’s just say I quietly worship the guy who invented air conditioning. The thunderstorms are pretty awesome though.

Since my last Cave Clutter post, I’ve found myself drifting away from MMOs and playing single-player games that I’ve been wanting to play for a while and never got around to it. Because I have fallen very behind on a lot of games. Everyone else plays these games as soon as they come out, whereas I get distracted by MMOs and don’t get around to the others for years. So I think it’s about time that I play catch-up. Continue reading "Cave Clutter: Playing catch-up"

16Apr 2014

A new year, a new computer – Part 3

This post is a continuation of a post series where I talk about my experiences with my first computer build, including the things I learned while choosing and installing each part. In Part 1, I talked about the CPU, the CPU fan, the motherboard, and the RAM. Part 2 has the details about the video card, the power supply, the hard drive, and the case.

Software woes

Part 3 is the end of my journey to build my first computer. By this time, all of the hardware was installed and plugged in, just waiting for me to switch it on. I was eager and nervous do so, silently praying that the whole thing didn’t explode in my face. So with my heart in my throat, I hit the power button.

Nothing happened.

As I mentioned under the Motherboard section of Part 1, I had missed one of the two power cords that needed to be connected to the motherboard. The motherboard had power, the CPU did not. It’s rather hard to start a computer without a powered CPU, impossible you might say. So…my first attempt was rather anticlimactic but it was a problem that was easily fixed. I don’t believe I’ll ever forget to plug both of those cords in again.

My second attempt to switch the computer on was much better. Fans started whirling, lights began flashing, the boot screen appeared on my monitor…it was magical.

Then the screen stopped on a message that it was unable to find my hard drive.

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