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Happy New Year!

31 December 2017 - 07:51 PM

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you all enjoy a wonderful new year!

Civ VI released for iPads!

21 December 2017 - 10:31 AM

Just released today I believe. 60 turns free and then you can buy it if desired. Not sure on price. Expansion content not included. No word on whether it may come in future that I saw.

In other Aspyr news, I just happened to notice Jade Empire on iOS is only 99 cents! Insta-buy! No idea how long that offer will last.

And Now For Something You'll Really Like!

03 December 2017 - 10:19 PM

I forget how I came upon this now old article (2008) but it remains a wonderful history of computing irritations and even disasters. The article is called, "The Thirteen Greatest Error Messages of All Time." My personal favorite is the Unix error: lp0 on fire. I'd like to get a t-shirt with that and see if I ever come upon someone who knows what that means or where it is from. If I don't forget, I want to try and elicit that error here and screen shot it for fun. I always did like playing with fire. True story!

Here's the article and at the end thanks to user feedback at the time, there is a link to another 13 classics I guess. I didn't look at that yet but it's probably humorous as well.



Bungie Caught With Their Pants Down by Destiny 2 Players?

29 November 2017 - 09:43 PM

Well, well, well, what have we here?


The only surprise to me is no hint about any role Activision may have in this stuff. I don't know how all of that is structured but I actually hope they are to blame rather than Bungie.

The above issue points out very clearly the biggest problem with micro-transactions in games which is that game design is deliberately and directly impacted by them with the obvious goal of extracting more money from players. The trick is to be subtle enough in this deceit so as to promote some feeling they are optional and therefore grind is okay while still causing a large number of players to part with more money, sometimes lots of it, to spare themselves the grind which is carefully tuned to maximize overall profits. XP tuning in a game like this is not driven by concerns for the player experience beyond being careful not to lose the cheapskate fodder needed to keep the servers busy for the premium customers to enjoy.

Micro-transactions are poison and have no redeeming value, none whatsoever including cosmetics.

This strikes me as being something like art that must first be designed to maximize profit and then whatever art can still survive this process is what winds up being available to the public. If you come to the museum enough times on double XP weekends, you can see Mona Lisa's eyes sooner! Otherwise, if you don't want to wait we have Mona Loot Boxes you can buy for a random chance to get one or maybe even both eyeballs revealed. Check the in-museum store for specials on cosmetics such as a wide array of eye colors, costumes, hair styles, hats, an EPIC bloody dagger complete with the otherwise unavailable big smile mod, a mount for Mona and more! Personally, I think Mona without eyes is fine. I mean, they are optional. Nobody is making me buy them and it isn't like she needs them. I could level up over a ridiculous number of museum visits and get to see them anyway so I am cool with that. I might buy the optional sunglasses though early on where they are cheap. The empty eye sockets are kinda creepy and while I liked it the first time, it gets old after a while. I swear they did this just so I'd buy the eyes but I refuse to do it. Besides, I don't know a damned thing about art anyway so whatever. For all I know, Mona never had eyes to begin with but they stuck some in when they designed her so they could yank them back out and then sell chances to get them back in loot boxes that take forever to get unless you basically move into the museum and never go home again.

I miss the days when you could just buy a nice print of "American Gothic" and not have to shell out extra just to get the damned pitchfork too. Yeah, yeah, I know the stupid thing is optional but I want it.

Oops, could some power mod please fix my title spelling for me. I am too stupid to spell Destiny right the first time.

Apple Photos App Confusion

18 October 2017 - 10:19 PM

I wasn't sure where to put this but off topic seemed best given I don't own a Mac presently but I do own an iPhone and iPad Pro and an HP Low Performance Craptop which had iCloud installed but has it no more due to performance issues. That isn't to blame iCloud by the way. Starting up multiple cloud services and other stuffs was not helping the cause of my gimpy laptop so for now iCloud needed to go.

So, I have Photos now being uploaded to OneDrive automagically on my iOS devices and I would prefer to extricate all my photos and videos from the labyrinthine nested folders the iOS Photos app uses to stash them all away. Why they chose this complexity is beyond me but I guess there is some reason for it. Maybe one of you guys could enlighten me there. I'm sure there is a reason but I am also sure i hate having everything buried in a structure like that. I will explain one reason why momentarily and then finally get to the point here, the questions I have.

I bought into 50 GB of iCloud to ensure I had ample room for all my photos and videos I take with my iPhone or get from my kids along with a place to stash certain data files and so that there is ample room for iOS backups to happen by themselves without the whining about how your device has not been backed up since forever, etc.

I had this dumb idea that if I set my devices to use iCloud for photos and videos that these would sync across my two iOS devices along with iCloud having everything safely held as well. This is not what has happened and I have no idea how to make it happen and I don't even care about it anymore. I am sick of unnecessary complexity in something that should after these many years be dead simple and yet it is not unless maybe I am dead simple and that is the problem. Even so, Apple is supposed to make stuff just work for dummies like me who possess only limited understanding of anything beyond things of specific personal interest. The size of my Photos file, database, whatever the hell it is, is much larger on my iPhone than on my iPad. The iPad tends to be where I might download stuff the kids send me in Messages because I don't do Facebook. Meantime, the phone is where photos and videos get taken. OneDrive only seems to have grabbed what's been taken since I started using it again recently. It's all screwed up. Nothing is synced and everything is syncless and I can't ever just browse and copy the damned files from one place to another because they are buried in the Photos folders.

How do I fix this mess? Where did I go wrong? How could I have been so stupid? Somebody, please help me. I just want to extricate everything and set these devices up to send everything they receive or create in the way of photos and videos to the cloud in a human manageable format, as in not buried in any folder structure unless I make it myself. It does not need to be iCloud or OneDrive although the latter is prefered and seems to work more in line with how I expect it to.

Is there is simple way to tell Photos to export everything somewhere so I can manage it myself? I have to confess it occurs to me now I can't recall looking at the app to even see. How do you guys deal with this? I want simplicity and control over my data. That's all I want. You know, like it used to be once upon a time before various companies took it upon themselves to help us, to simplify our lives by hiding everything so when anything is the matter we have no clue... when we want to manage our data we aren't quite sure where it all is, etc.