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August 1, 2015

Top 4 reason why Bing is better than Google

Filed under: Blogroll — Tags: , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 1:40 pm
  1. Video searches on Google only searches Youtube. Which is stupid since if you want to search for Youtube videos, you’d simply use directly. Bing searches all sites for videos (including porn sites) and allows you to thumb though the videos before going to the site that hosts the videos, which helps avoid malware.
  2. Image searches will not display any pornographic images regardless of your “safe search” settings. If you search for “boobs” on Google, you’ll get images of clothed busty women, often as “demotivational” joke/meme images. On Bing you’ll get what you’re looking for.
  3. Google allows 3rd parties to pay Google to have their search results (i.e. Ads) appear at the top of search results, Bing shows more relevant search results, but otherwise the same searches.
  4. Bing is apart of Microsoft Live, you can earn points by doing searches with Bing, and redeem them for just about anything. I my self redeem for XBox Live $5 gift codes, and buy more games when on sale for virtually free. Wish I could do that on Steam.

That said, Google does have a very good reverse image search where you give it an image file and it will tell you more about that image, who is in the image, where you can find high resolution versions of the images, alternate copies, etc. Wolfram Alpha has their own take on this as well called, Image identification Project.

July 23, 2015

Fuck GeForce Experiance

Filed under: Gaming, nvidia, PC, SLI — Tags: , , , , , — Hugsie @ 11:24 am

I had been using Geforce Experience for some time, even before I got my GTX 980 last year. Recently I had upgraded my PC adding a second GTX 980 in SLI, and upgrading to 32GB of system RAM. I had been using the same install of windows 8.1 for about 9 months, and after the upgrade my PC had a very awkward slow boot up, that I now know is due to Geforce Experience software.

What happens is after my PC boots, I tap a key I then enter my password as normal and it takes me directly to my desktop, except I have no desktop icons. My desktop is usable, i can draw a box on my desktop, i can right click and get the context menu, I can use the taskbar, but none of my other startup apps have loaded up yet, almost no icons in my system tray. it’s like half-ready to go, something is holding it back from loading up everything I want.

It will be like this for a good minute before my icons appear my start up apps load and run, and then I can do something on my PC. It didn’t do this BEFORE my upgrade. So I though maybe my boot drive was getting to full. So I decided to clean install windows 8.1. That did resolve the problem with my desktop icons not showing up after login. BUT once I installed GeForce Experience software, this behavior came back!

GeForce Experience didn’t do this when I only had 16GB of system RAM, and a single GTX 980. For some reason GeForce Experience doesn’t like my upgrades. I don’t know if it’s due to going SLI or having more ram, maybe both, but uninstalling it restores my PCs behavior after logging in. So screw GeForce Experience when it screws with my experience with my own PC.

July 21, 2015

WTF is with Windows updates?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hugsie @ 11:45 am

After I upgraded my PC, i noticed some issues with my boot times and other odd behaviors. I tried to clear up space on my SSD, and cleaned up registry and other bitrott that might be present but the problems persisted. I didn’t really want to do a clean install of Win8.1 since windows 10 was just a week away. But i chose to go ahead do a clean install. Zapped everything off my HDD and installed win8.1 clean.

Installing win8.1 went off with out any issues, and the problems i had in the past were gone. I did have issues with Input Director, which is an app that lets me use two (or more) PCs using the same mouse and keyboard. So with out finding a fix for ID, i found “Mouse Without Borders” which you can find at Microsoft’s download site, and it does everything i need it to do, and it even lets me alt-tab on the slave PC, and I no longer need a mouse connected to the slave PC to have a mouse cursor appear.

So now I’m dealing with endless windows updates, which I apparently need all of them in order to get the Windows 10 free update. At first it appeared that I only needed a handful of updates to download and install. After installing those and rebooting, then over 200 more appeared on the update list out of no where. WHY does Microsoft do this? You get an old update that is just going to be updated over.  Why can’t they reconcile all of these updates together? Sure is a waste of bandwidth downloading an update you don’t need when 20 more updates supersede it.

July 11, 2015

Updating my Rig

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hugsie @ 2:26 am

I’m going to be updating my PC, still keeping the same CPU, PSU, Mobo, and RAM but upgrading nearly everything else. Here’s the new tentative list as most haven’t shipped yet.

July 4, 2015

7 Days To Die Alpha 12

Filed under: Gaming!, PC — Tags: , , , , — Hugsie @ 2:13 am

I’ve only been playing 7d2d for the past 2 weeks, with alpha 11, and I’m finding the new update very difficult to play. However, the first time I played 7d2d was also very difficult until I got used to it. So nearly everything you learned from the past is almost thrown out the window.

All tools and weapons have a quality level, so when you make your first wooden bow it’s going to be crap. Usually a well placed headshot on a zombie will kill it, now it’s no longer the case. Even with the female zombies (not sexist here, they tend to be the weakest) will require 3 headshot to take down. Fortunately it seems the stone axe has been buffed a little bit to be less useless when you’re fighting zombies. However you will not be able to take on a large horde of them unless you have 100 arrows which you likely will not have on your first day.

Following bugs I found:

Why have the [I] and [TAB] key uses swapped?

When you start a new game, there a huge LOUD sound of thunder that scares the shit outta me.

Sound levels are still WAY off, and too loud. Many sounds are unexpectedly too loud (mining, tree cutting, and tree falling, etc) This is especially bad for people who use headphones will go deaf quicker playing this.

If my backpack and belt inventory is completely full, and I’m wearing clothes, when I die all my stuff goes into the dropped backpack. When i come back to retrieve it, i can only take so much since my clothing is also thrown into my normal inventory, and I have to manually wear whatever clothes i picked up, then go back to my backpack and get the rest (if there’s room). Clothing should auto equip in this situation. Alpha 12 makes this a little easier by right-clicking on the item that isn’t in your inventory and wear it right away. But if the horde is comming down on you, you need to do this quickly.

If you die, and you immediately quit the game (say due to a rage quit) then come back, you’ll spawn were you had just died and your backpack will be at your feet. This is an exploit, which has existed since I started playing this game with Alpha 11. I would have assumed this was fixed by now.

Why can’t i loot safes anymore? I assume i have to read a book on lock picking to do so now? Why not just implement a lock picking mini-game like Fallout and Skyrim?

May 2, 2015

Open letter to Rockstar regarding GTA Online on PC.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hugsie @ 8:52 am

Every day I see the popups saying I have this 5% discount since I started playing GTA Online on PC, but when I visit Ammu-Nation, or a convenience store, I still pay full price. Sticky Bombs are $500, Proximity bombs are still $1000. P’s and Q’s are $2 no discount at all. This might be due to my character being imported from the Xbox One, which was also imported from the Xbox 360. My friends say the discount seems to be working for them, but they started at Rank 1, since they didn’t transfer their online characters from consoles.

The censorship in text chat is abhorrent, there needs to be a toggle to turn this off. To many benign non-obscene words get censored and most conversations are incomprehensible since common words like “night” are changed to “*****”.  I can’t even name my own outfits the way I want them since your blacklisted words is ridiculous. Why IS there any censorship in a game where you hear nothing BUT expletives, with crudeness along with all the violent behaviors? I can’t even say “rockstar” in chat for fucks sake!

Ordering or getting cars off the street duplicate themselves in garages with extra empty spaces. But some times this can lead to vehicle losses if you have your personal vehicle out side while you bring in a new vehicle.

When ordering a vehicle off one the websites, and you select which garage, the message saying it has been delivered shows it was delivered to a different garage than the one you chose, but the vehicle will end up in the garage you had chosen.

When I take a car from one of my unattached garages drive it into my garage WITH an attached apartment, and swap cars since it’s full, and then go to the elevator to go into my apt, I’m teleported to the other garage that the car came from, rather than going up into my apartment.

Street cars that I sell to Los Santos Customs doesn’t appear in my “on hand” money, I assume it’s going directly into the bank but half the time I can’t tell, and the transaction history doesn’t seem to list every transaction and it’s FAR TOO SHORT. I can fill up the history buying loads of snacks from a convenience store.

GTA online has a 15 minute time out for inactivity, why is the time out reduced to 60 seconds when I’m on another window to check something quickly? That isn’t enough time and isn’t fair. Hell i’ve been kicked off several times now while writing this email. >_<

If I am in my own invite only session, and I time out and get kicked offline. Pressing (A or Enter) to confirm that message, brings me back to a public session instead of an invite-only session I was already in.

Why can’t I choose to start a private invite only, crew, or friends only session when I’m already in a public session?  Why am I forced to switch to story mode just to just to start one of those?

There is a strange animation behavior when getting into my Carbonizzare when the top is already down. My character will sink into the floor, or ground as it gets into the vehicle. When in First Person mode, sometimes my character is unable to get into the vehicle due to this weird animation.

I am unable to get rid of weapons I don’t need anymore. I have countless pistols and rifles I never use and it clutters up my weapon wheel. If i drop them and let someone else pick them up, or just leave them on the ground, they return into  my weapons wheel when I transition on to another session or job.

Why can’t I set a default of weapons in my weapon wheel? For instance I like the assault shotgun but the shotgun slot always defaults to the pump action shotgun. Plus I can’t get rid of the Pump action shotgun since it always returns to my inventory after I’ve change session or jobs.

— Hugsie

April 16, 2015

GTA V: Differences between 360 and PC and some bugs

Filed under: GTA, GTAonline, GTAV — Tags: , , , , , — Hugsie @ 1:02 pm

So the day has finally come to pass for GTA V to be released for the PC. \o/ I’ve played little on the XB1 so I can’t really compare that to the PC version, but I’ve been playing the 360 for the past 1½ years. Here are some notible diffrences from the 360 and PC versions, other than the obvious performance and graphical improvements.

GTA Online: Your Daily Objectives are separated between your two online characters on PC, which allows you to earn twice the rewards from doing your daily Objectives. Also if you didn’t complete all three of your daily objectives on one character the same objectives carry over into the next day. GTAo on 360, both online characters get the same daily objectives. If you complete your objectives with one character, they also come up as completed on your other character. They both reset to new objectives every 24 hours, regardless if you completed all three or not.

GTA Story Mode: There are no Peyote plants in the PC version, at least I can’t find any using guides and walkthoughs for the PS4/XB1. This is needed to unlock animals for use in Director mode. Unless they are in different locations, they don’t seem to exist or Rockstar forgot to include them?

GTA V: controls are different than 360. This was changed since the PS4/XB1 release. When driving (A) now makes you duck your head down, (RB) is now the hand break. When driving  (LB) lets you aim your weapon, but (RB) fires it. Which makes it rather awkward since you’re already holding (RT) to accelerate the car.

GTA V: Off hand grenade throws are now possible (also since PS4/XB1) allowing you to throw a grenade while using your gun. You must have (RT) down to aim your gun, and R-Dpad to toss a grenade in the direction you’re looking. For keyboard it’s [G] to toss a grenade while you have R-mouse button held.

GTA online, the minimap has been changed to a faded/blended border. No longer a hard frame around the mini map. On old-gen consoles you could see a small point at the end of the player’s dot that gave an indication which direction the player is facing, now there is no little tip.

GTA Online (bug): Typing [T] brings up game chat so you can say something to the players in your lobby. The problem is as you type the keys are still bound to commands and actions in the game, so all sorts of menus and commands can be executed depending on the letters you hit when you’re just trying to chat and can really screw things up.

iFruit app: There is no PC platform support in the iFruit app (at least for Android). The only reason you need this anyway is to create custom “Vanity” licence plates for your cars on GTA online. The app doesn’t list PC among the list of platforms which all console version are listed. Even then it’s extremely limited and only shows about 10 of your vehicles (out of 30 you can own in total).

GTA online (bug): The game allows a 15 minute idle timeout before you’re kicked offline for inactivity. If GTA V is minimized this seems to accelerate the idle timeout, and you’ll be kicked out in just a few minutes.

GTA V: No support for 2 monitors. I’ve seen videos of players using up to 3 monitors, but I only have two, and I don’t see the option to extend the game out to more than one monitor. I can only tell it which monitor to output.

GTA V (bug): at some points when navigating the menus, pressing (B) or [Esc] to back out or exit the menus to get back to the game fail to do anything. I have to click around or press (RB) or (LB) first to change to some other menu, and then backing out of the menus will work.

GTA Online: Does the ability to text chat [T] turn off when you have a headset enabled? I cant seem to use [T] nor [Y] to chat. There is also no way to bind “press to talk” on a controller button (like the center dashboard button on the 360 controller would be perfect since it’s not used for anything)

GTA V (Bug): The game has real issues when ALT-Tabing, or when the game no longer has focus. It’s even worsened if you have Steam with it’s Overlay up on screen when you alt-tab away from the game. Most of the time you’re completely unable to alt-tab back into the game. Using windowed or borderless windowed mode helps alleviate this a little bit, but the game defaults to fullscreen mode, and most players prefer fullscreen mode anyway.

I’ll add more later…

March 17, 2015

Boycott the Shemale Gym

Filed under: Second Life Shit! — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 8:00 pm

I haven’t posted anything about Second Life in AGES. SL has been largely uneventful as of late, except for today. I was having a rather average day, hanging out at the Shemale Gym and suddenly I was kicked out, no warning, no discussion. So I looked up to find the owner MarinaMario, and asked her why I was banned, and this was her reply.

[19:14] (You): why am i banned?
[19:15] Marina (MarinaMario): i am tired of those freeloaders who only come to make money at my place never donate just ONE L$
[19:16] (You): i've never made money at your place.. and I have rented signs at your place before.
[19:16] (You): but whatever.. be like that.

To ONLY make money? Seriously, I’m probably the only person that goes to the Gym that actually chats in local. Everyone else just IMs in private all fucking day while Marina her self (the owner) is tucked away in some corner out of public view. Maybe she needs to do MORE at her one place to liven things up.

Okay so besides that, lets assume that she is having financial issues paying her tier. I guess she thinks banning people will some how make her more money? Where’s the logic in that? Donations are by definition voluntary. No one who vists the Shemale Gym is EVER obliged to “donate.”  Maybe Marina needs to find a dictionary as to what a donation means

donate [doh-neyt]
verb (used with object), donated, donating.
1. to present as a gift, grant, or contribution; make a donation of, as to fund or cause: to donate used clothes to the Salvation Army.

verb (used without object), donated, donating.
2. make a gift, grant, or contribution of something; give; contribute: They donate to the Red Cross every year.

It’s not mandatory as if I pay dues for club membership. Besides it’s not like I’ve never paid her a dime in the past, and I hardly ever get hired there let alone “make money.”  She must assume I’m super rich, which I can guarantee you I am not. It’s not like I openly solicit my self by nagging everyone there asking for money with sex. I don’t work like that, hell I don’t even actually “work” until I’m hired. I wait for people to IM me and ask for sex, and then I’ll lay on the sales pitch. It’s pointless to solicit people for sex.

So fuck the Shemale Gym; I declare a boycott! If she keeps threatening to ban residents because they hadn’t donated to her lagged out shithole, then she will be in a world of hurt down the road. Her place will close down if she keeps this attitude on going.

March 1, 2015

Chronology of GTA V

This documents the many delays to both the release of GTA V for PC, lastgen consoles, and Online heists as well as significant updates to the game over the past +year. I will not mention verified jobs (except the 1st one), Rockstar/Social Club Events, minor title updates that don’t add new content, screenshots, nor any contests. I combed though the newswire going back nearly four years.

November 3 2011, Rockstar’s Official Announcement of GTA V

November 4 2011, The first Grand Theft Auto V Trailer

October 30 2012, GTA V Is Coming Spring 2013 (lol right)

November 5 2012, GTA V Now Officially Available for Pre-Order

November 14 2012, GTA V: Official Trailer #2

January 31 2013, GTA V delayed to September 17th 2013 on PS3 Xbox 360 (4 month delay)

April 2 2013, GTA V Official Cover Art. So they were able to get the cover art done by Spring 2013. :3

April 30 2013, GTA V Trailers: MICHAEL. FRANKLIN. TREVOR.

May 23 2013, Announcing the GTA V Special Edition and Collector’s Edition

August 15 2013, official GTA online gameplay videos and website goes live. It’s just the same articles posted on Rockstar newswire but GTAV news only.

August 20 2013, Pre-Order GTA V Day 1 Digital on PS3. 360 didn’t get an on-demand version for about two months!

August 29 2013, Grand Theft Auto V: Watch The Official Trailer

September 17 2013, Release of GTA V for Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 only after one delay.

September 25 2013, Some More Details on Grand Theft Auto Online. This is one of the first mentions of Online Heists.

October 1 2013, GTA online goes live, many title updates and headaches

October 18 2013, GTA V available on demand for Xbox 360.

November 5 2013, Title update 1.05 adding the content creator

November 6 2013, The GTA Online Stimulus Package Direct Deposit GTA$500,000

November 19 2013, The Beach Bum Update. The first title update with new content (or DLC)

December 11 2013, Online deathmatch and races updated to Creator

December 17 2013, Online “Capture” job mode update release.

December 24 2013, “Holiday Gift” temporary content which you still had to buy with GTA$ but was lost after the event was over.

December 27 2013, The first set of “Rockstar Verified” creator jobs (will not mention verified jobs again)

January 16 2014, Taking Aim at GTA Online Cheaters

February 4 2014, Crew member cap raised to 1000 members

February 13 2014, The Valentine’s Day Massacre Special

March 4 2014, The Business Update

April 2 2014, Grand Theft Auto Online Spring Updates
This is the announcement that online heists would be release in spring 2014 which can constitute it’s first delay since it has been talked about since the start.

April 11 2014, Capture Creator Update

May 13 2014, The High Life Update

June 9 2014, Grand Theft Auto V Coming this Fall to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
The announcement that GTA V is coming out for PC, XBox One, and PlayStation 4, and *all three* would be released in the fall of 2014 but no date set.

June 17 2014, The “I’m Not a Hipster” update
Came online during HIGH and over hyped anticipation of heists being released around this time to everyone’s chagrin. In the comments section in this url is a note from R* apologizing for the (second) delay for Online Heists.

July 1 2014, Independence Day Special
Introducing Monster Trucks, fireworks, and beer hats.

August 19 2014, San Andreas Flight School

September 12 2014, Official release dates for “nextgen” and PC.
November 18th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC January 27th. This marks the first delay for PC since it was announced in June that GTA V would released on all three platforms in the fall of 2014. January 27th is in the middle of winter.

October 2 2014, The Last Team Standing Update

November 13 2014, GTA Online Census
I know this isn’t real content but it’s interesting to read the stats.

November 18 2014, official release of GTA V for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
With no delay as there was with the Xbox 360, PS3 and still an ongoing delay with PC.

December 16 2014, Online Heists trailer released
“I know you’ve been complaining… but you weren’t ready.” This article states Online Heists coming in Early 2015. Here is another article by IGN interviewing Imran Sarwar GTA online producer and lead mission designer explaining why it has taken so long for online heists to be finished.

December 18 2014, The GTA Online Festive Surprise.
This was just like last year, the items were temporary but they were free. There was a stocking mask you kept for free if you logged in on Christmas day.

January 13 2015, New release date for PC to March 24th 2015, with system requirement specs. This is the second PC delay.

January 16 2015, Pre-orders available for GTA V PC, with bonus GTA$ and a free R* game due to the delay.

February 24 2015, Release date set for Online heists for March 10th 2015 which keeps with Rockstar’s announcement from December about an “early 2015” release for online heists. Also announced is yet another updated (delayed) release date for PC to April 14th.  This is the third delay for PC, with bonus GTA$200,000 in GTA online for people who had already pre-ordered which potentially can add up to $1million for online mode if you ordered it before February 1st.

March 10th 2015, GTA Online Heists go live after 1½ fucking years since the game’s release in September of 2013.

April 2nd 2015, Watch the GTAV 60 Frames-Per-Second PC Trailer

April 3rd 2015, GTA Online Heists TV Spot, footage from the PC version

April 3rd 2015, GTAV PC Digital Pre-Load Information

April 7th 2015, GTA V PC pre-download goes live.
As of 1 pm EDT on Steam the pre-download is live. This offically makes GTA V on PC a “done” deal with no more delays. One week to go until it is playable.

April 9th 2015, GTA Online PC servers appeared temporarily online on Rockstar’s status page. This lasted about an hour, as it’s no longer shown on the status page. It’s assumed that game revwers got a sneek peek at GTA V and GTA Online since This Link still shows a handful of people playing GTA V on PC via Steam’s database stats and info.

Rockstar server status page:–Updated-4-30-14-GTA-Online-Status-Latest-Updates-

April 14th 2015, Grand Theft Auto V Is Now Available for PC
At 12am midnight GMT, digital downloads were “unlocked” and installing began. The release went off with very few hitches if any. The majority of issues players had effected a few players who had unstable PCs, under powered PCs who made settings too high and ignored the minimum PC specifications released two months earlier. GTA V is quite scaleable, even on a PC at minimum specification with the advanced eye candy disabled, GTA V for PC plays and looks better than it did in it’s original release for the Xbox 360, and PS3, and on a modern gaming PC is the best experience for GTA V, bar none.

So what’s left to wait for now it’s all said and done? GTA V and GTA Online aren’t done. There is still speculation for a new Story mode DLC (as there were two for GTA IV) more heist missions for GTA online, as well as whatever else Rockstar plans on doing. Stay tuned.

February 20, 2015

VMware player sucks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hugsie @ 11:41 am

For years I’ve been using VMWare player and I’ve always had problems with USB devices plugged into the VM working half the time, constantly unplugging them and plugging it back in so the USB device is seen by the VM OS.

The biggest and most consistent problem I’ve had is input stalls. The VM will run fine, but any INPUT into the VM’s window is ignored. Its as if the VM is stuck in some kind of loop that it ignores any mouse or clicking, and then all that input is executed all at once once it “wakes up” out of that loop. It’s so fucking frusrating, since i can see the software running DOing stuff but I cant click on anything!  And it’s not the VM that’s buggered out I can’t even control VMware at all.

The mouse cursor is always a pointing finger, and never becomes an arrow cursor. I cant interact with the VM let aloine with VMware it self. It won’t even let me click the [X] button to close the app. Any popups that VMWare brings up are unclickable since my cursor is always a pointing finger. It will some times recover it self and operate normal, but then it just goes right back into this pointing-finger mouse cursor bullshit.

It’s been doing this to me for years, over serveral version of VMware player, and with diffrent host and VM operating systems. Since using Windows 7 (host) runing Windowes XP in the VM it’s been flakey like this. I’ve since moved onto Windows 8/8.1 (host) and running Linux and Wiundows 7 or Vista in the VM and it STILL DOES THIS.

The system I’m running it on is an old Core 2 Quad i9300 64bit, with Windows 8.1. This is actually my secondary PC that has no keyboard (it has a mouse since Win8 won’t show a mouse) with its own monitor, and I use Input Director from my main PC to control both PCs.

I’m fed up with VMWare.

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