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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XB1 Elite controller - mecca of console control, or ridiculously overpriced? on: February 07, 2016, 04:05:11 AM
Got my son one for Christmas.  I then bought myself one a few weeks after he had his.  I think its a much better controller than the others.  I use the left rear paddle for sprinting and the right rear paddle for melee attacks.  You can set up the controller to be game specific so it has lots of options.  I took the front two paddles off.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 31, 2016, 03:19:47 PM
I ran solo in the dark zone gathered up some gear and extracted it several times.  There were other players there in a group extracting gear too.  Just because its a PvP zone doesn't mean everyone wants to kill everyone else.  Its not a good idea to do it.  Once your flagged rogue you appear on the map to everyone and you have a timer that's running on you.  You cant leave the zone while the timer is running so you either wait it out or keep ganking which increases the timer until someone kills you.  Once a player is rogue everyone that sees them is usually shooting at them you get a bounty when you kill them.  Killing a rogue player doesn't make you go rogue either.

3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 30, 2016, 05:32:31 PM
I have done lots of missions solo and in groups both in the city and in the dark zone. 

In the city there is only on real "instanced" dungeon type run in the beta and its rescuing a doctor in a hospital.  You can solo this on normal difficulty using cover and decent tactics; move cover to cover to not stay in one place etc.  We also ran this in a group of 2 -4 on hard to get some better gear and level people up to 8; max level in beta.  On hard there are harder mob's (elites) and more of them scaling as your group scales.

Dark zone I have been in the area solo and groups.  Here you have to watch everyone and everything.  I have cleared a building of 6 bad guy elites by myself but I did die twice so I have to run back to grab any gear/money I dropped.  When you die in the DZ you drop any contaminated loot and some dark zone money; used to buy good gear from DZ vendors.  A player can come along and take it if they see it or someone in your group can even snag it.  There doesn't seem to be a trade option in the beta so if you drop stuff and its gone when you get back don't get your panties in a wad. 

If a player kills you in the dark zone you will drop and non-extracted gear you have and some DZ cash.  Your character also has a dark zone level.  You lose DZ xp when you get killed so you can actually lose levels.  Gear has level requirements so no idea if that means you can no longer use your shiny new weapon.  The best stuff in the DZ right now was 8 12; that means normal level 8 and a DZ level of 12.  In the beta that is as high as you can go.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 29, 2016, 06:29:18 PM
This game is fun really having a good time with it.  I like how weapons climb in burst or auto fire so you have to fire in bursts.  Enemies will try to flank you if you stay in one spot.  You have to use cover while fighting.

Dark zone is very cool.  Lots of things to do and when you run into other players there is always that what if factor.  Extractions can be a little nerve wracking waiting 90 seconds on the helo to drop the extraction rope to clip your gear onto. If other players are there the emote jumping jacks means I am not going to shoot you or your team.

Harkonis, Kato, and I grouped up for a bit in the dark zone had some good runs.  Then we went rogue and fragged a team of other players so we were flagged for almost 3 minutes.  We holed up in an underground parking garage to wait it out.  The team came back at us again; Hark engaged them so the focused on him and Kato and I took them from the side.  they went down in on time and didn't come back.  We just hunkered and waited to time out.

We did wind up dying as a team at an extraction later where several groups of player were and NPC's attacked.  I think I got hit by another player a few times and I fragged him which flags the entire group as rogue and they all turned on us.

It looks like a city that's been thru hell and you are there to try to bring some order and help out.  NPC's walk up to you and ask for food. water, or a medkit.  If you provide it they tend to leave you something; usually a clothing item which is just for looks.

Glad I pre-ordered this and I will be getting this when it comes out on the XBOX.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pax south on: January 29, 2016, 05:12:27 PM
let me know when you would have time.  I will message you my number.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pax south on: January 28, 2016, 07:43:00 PM
Saturday is sold out.  Would like to meet you guys if possible.  Let me know I live here in San Antonio.  Are you driving down for this and back on Saturday or staying over. 
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 28, 2016, 12:00:47 AM
I am all set for this and I had a vacation day I had to use before the end of the month so I am off on Friday.  I will be checking this out on the Xbox.

Any idea on when this will be able to be downloaded?  Is there a pre-loading they may do or just wait until the 28th?
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pax south on: January 27, 2016, 09:21:06 PM
Anyone from GT going to Pax south this weekend?  Thinking about going on Sunday with my son. 
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 22, 2016, 09:15:55 PM
But first Harkonis would ask "how far are you into a kill streak?" then bang headshot.

Unless I am not watching the same video when the group goes into the PvP zone they kill other groups at the extraction point; no one TK'd anyone in the same group.  They took out the group that was extracting then the group of two that helped them.  They then killed the first group of three again when they came back.

SO I pre-ordered via BestBuy but doesn't look like that gets you into the beta may have to return that and pre-order thru the XBOX.
10  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: New WoW Expansion revealed @ Gamescom on: January 18, 2016, 01:59:40 AM
You level stupid quick now.  Once you get to where you can queue for dungeons you can skip entire areas if you want.  Equip some heirloom gear and rocket up even faster.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Citizen on: January 16, 2016, 08:25:59 PM
Anyone playing or know anything about this game?  I signed up on its site a while ago and keep getting invites to different aspects of it but I would have to buy in to the base product.  Buy a ship for at least $45 I think.  Odd that I am invited to an Alpha but I have to buy a ship to play it.


https://robertsspaceindustries.com/
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: January 16, 2016, 01:59:01 AM
Just got a patch.  X2 black market earnings and looks like TDM is now up to 100 kills to end the match.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 3 on: January 14, 2016, 03:28:32 PM
Thanks its exam week so my son is out early from high school so I may get this today.  I have to pick him up in 30 minutes as a matter of fact.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Cause 3 on: January 13, 2016, 11:49:13 PM
My son loves this franchise and wants Just Cause 3.  is this game playable now on the Xbox one?  I searched and didn't see any posts on it.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: January 02, 2016, 04:32:09 PM
Hark,  Can I still use the term "dummy dudes"?
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 18, 2015, 12:09:56 AM
I haven't noticed any issues shooting things on the Xbox One.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: November 16, 2015, 11:58:46 PM
Some of us have been multiplayering together quite a bit.  lot more fun when making fun of and being made fun of by others on your team.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Free Rainbow Six Siege Beta entries on: October 03, 2015, 03:26:05 PM
I was emailed codes if anyone is interested in this for XBOX One.

PMRV9-FHCGD-TJ9FM-KXRTF-RXQYZ
 9CVY6-K274M-464VF-6FJXV-WQ3WZ
 3TTMH-69DVC-CCGTJ-K97WW-7WQ3Z
THQCH-M33TP-44GTD-YC4HP-VDK6Z
19  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free codes for Warframe (because people are STUPID) on: August 23, 2015, 03:21:16 PM
I tried to use the bottom PC code and it stated redeemed.  So I used the second from bottom PC code worked fine.  The codes award Platinum.

I used 4DEF-0A83-5B8B-2EB6

already redeemed D0E5-0CD3-5399-E999 per the website.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Resume writing guides? on: August 10, 2015, 12:55:46 AM
Name address contact information at the top.  This is my current job, education, skills etc. 


Lowe's  Storage Engineer III
July 2011 - Present

     As a Storage Engineer for Lowe's Companies I am the sole physical presence here in the San Antonio Data Center.  The Lowe's date center in San Antonio is development, test, QA, Disaster Recovery, and some production.  I am responsible for all physical work within the data center to support the storage environment.  Locally I manage 5 Petabytes of storage (backup excluded), 20 Brocade Directors, remote links between data centers for both mainframe and open systems.  My daily duties are to assign san ports, run cabling, provision storage for projects, and work with our Intel/Unix teams on any issues.  I perform all storage work for our monthly D/R exercise and have created custom procedures for targeted D/R events.   I have initiated projects at Lowe's that have reduced costs to the company by approximately $500,000 by optimizing equipment utilization and placement in the data center.  I merged SAN fabrics to migrate servers and storage to newer SAN hardware to retire the SAN equipment due for maintenance, lowering costs.  I created a second fabric to provide high availability to the open systems environment.   I mentored Lowe's Command Center persons to teach them the SAN provisioning process.  I work with the Mooresville engineering team to vet code/firmware prior to upgrades to our environment.  I have worked on multiple "Proof of Concept" initiatives to include; Ficon with TerraData, Isilon, Zlunix on open systems, NETAPP, and implementing DCX4S with FCIP for replication (mainframe and open systems).   Monitor a small team of contractors that provision storage to ensure SLA's are maintained and requests are expedited appropriately.   In the San Antonio Data Center I currently support; VMAX, DMX-4, VNX, Clariion CX4's, Isilon, Data Domain, Avamar, and NETAPP storage units; our SAN is exclusively Brocade.

 Below is a summary of the hardware that I actively and have worked with:

Symmetrix – 8000 series, DMX800/1000/2000/3000, DMX3/4, VMAX
Clariion – CX300/500/700, CX3-40/80, CX4-240/480/960, VNX (Unified and block)
NAS – NS120, NS40, NS960, NSG8, NSX
SAN – Brocade, McData, Cisco
Backup – EDL, DLM, Data Domain (hardware)
  

Education

DeVry University Bachelor of Science – Network Communication Management
24 July 2007 (Magna Cum Laude 3.86 GPA)

Training History

EMC Proven Specialist (EMCCE) (6/25/07)         
Information Storage and Management (EMCPA) Certified (6/6/07)
Symmetrix Advanced Configuration (Instructor)      Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Host to Storage San Implementation         Control Center
NAS Foundations                  SRDF/SDMS
SAN Foundations                  SRDF over IP Certified
Clariion Boot Camp               Symmetrix Tailored Training Class
21  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: New WoW Expansion revealed @ Gamescom on: August 09, 2015, 03:37:12 PM
I think the player base is dwindling.  The whole garrison raid/group finder thing just has a lot of areas now empty on servers.  I am mainly on twisting nether and even with server merges it is low on population.  People get in farm what they want and log off.  Garrisons are called fortress of solitudes everything you need is there; gather what you want craft queue up from there.  What do you need main cities for anymore?  For me its become almost a single player game.  Now they have the new time sink of the ships in your harbor to send out on missions.

22  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warships on: August 09, 2015, 03:30:55 PM
I play pretty much every day.  I really like the IJN destroyers, with torpedoes that can run 10K they can surprise enemy ships big time.  Its a fun game very team oriented.  Lone wolf tactics tend to get you dead.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Resume writing guides? on: August 09, 2015, 03:24:48 PM
Don't bother with the "My goal is" statement no one who is hiring cares what your goal is they care what you can do for them.

Keep it to one page if you can.

You have to get their interest in the top third of the first page or they wont read any farther.

Don't downplay yourself.  Military people do this all the time including myself.

My resume is two pages with everything important on page one and work history on page 2.
24  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warships on: May 13, 2015, 09:16:47 PM
Thanks for the keys been playing this game and enjoying it.  So is my son, he is 14 and its "cool" to be in a beta to him.  Its a good game having fun although I am still struggling with how accurate some players on at distance (like 15Km) with first salvo hits.  Making torpedo runs can be frustrating due to the range and your team mates doing stupid things.  Torpedo's don't care what they hit they go boom so FF is always an option with them and some players just don't care if they hit a team mate with them.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Job stuff] So....I did it on: May 09, 2015, 03:52:07 PM
Ron you may want to look at GM in Austin.  They got rid of all the contractors and hired a whole lot of people; two of my co-workers went there.  The pay for one guy was very good as a starting storage engineer and the benefits were excellent.  They are still hiring.  My other co-worker is an AIX person and she works 3 12 hour days from home doing AIX support; yes its full time for her.
26  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warships on: April 27, 2015, 02:19:21 AM
Sent you a PM about a key.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: April 21, 2015, 11:55:45 PM
I just got a free invite to a corporate event on Friday May 1 to see this at Alamo Draft house in San Antonio 1000-1300.  Listen to a briefing on products had a free lunch and watch the movie.  I am good with that.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 16, 2015, 09:21:54 PM
Sorry but I saw the humor in it.
29  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Heros of the Storm Beta Keys on: April 10, 2015, 01:32:59 AM
Forget it.  It is to form a team or some such.

Fine print:

Remember, Hero, these keys are for recruitment purposes only. Posting them publicly, selling, or auctioning them off may result in deactivation of the keys, and will leave your team’s roster empty.

Please note that these keys will only work in NA Battle.Net account region.

We look forward to welcoming the rest of your team to the Nexus!
30  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Heros of the Storm Beta Keys on: April 10, 2015, 01:29:21 AM
I was sent an e-mail from Blizzard with four beta keys for Heroes of the Storm; I already have one on my account I didn't know I had.  Sound off is you want a key will message it to you.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PS3/360/PC] Battlefield: Hardline on: March 30, 2015, 02:09:15 AM
Hey Harkonis thanks for jumping into those games of Hardline with me.  I haven't been on in a long time on a console since my soon tends to live in the media room.
32  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Kickstarter] Crowfall - "Game of Thrones meets Eve Online" on: February 28, 2015, 02:45:36 AM
That does sound pretty cool.  They have some serious experience between them.  Shadowbanes PvP was, I think, really one of the best ever done.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 17, 2015, 02:30:33 AM
I have the Saitek X45 stick and throttle.  I have had this for years as I used to use it with my CH rudder pedals when I played Aces High. 

In other news I am up to just over $36K credits by traveling and selling my mappings.  Important tip is to map your scanner to a second fire group and set it off in sectors you jump into.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 16, 2015, 09:59:09 PM
My food mission did pay me as it was a go find us 2 tons of algae so we can eat and bring it back.  I have seen the missions of hey can someone please help and we cant pay you.

I have also had no missions on the bulletin board at all.  Had to fly somewhere else to get something to do.

There are the go here and kill this guy mission but I don't want to take those on yet as they always say you are on your own (illegal).  I haven't had any dogfighting other than the practice mission.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 16, 2015, 04:14:05 AM
I had no trouble with that mission.  Although what I did different was I targeted it and fired on it at a much greater distance.  I don't think I could really even see the thing so maybe its too close or you need to target it to hit it.  Didn't look like you had it targeted in the video.  T is target front target (default anyway).

I have done a few missions in solo mode just cargo delivery or deliver flyers.  I bought algae and prevented a famine for a station.  Missions are only paying 1k to 4k credits so I have about 16K in the bank.  Got interdicted twice so far; once by military that ignored me after yanking me out of cruise and another by pirates I think.  They had my shields gone in 3 volleys and my screen was cracking.  I ran as fast as I could until I could charge up and hit super cruise again.  Still in solo play, want to get more credits in the bank before going online.

Flying into a station was pretty darn cool.  Although my first time into a station where you fly in through the dock then look for your pad went a bit awry.  Apparently I entered through the exit side and big ship was flying out as I entered.  I was pretty proud of myself for being able to maneuver up and around the big cargo ship without bumping into it or the station.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 14, 2015, 01:12:20 AM
ok I caved and just bought this.  Am downloading it now while watching tutorials on how to play.  Dusted off my Saitek X45 HOTAS (literally) and connected it up, calibrated just fine in windows (kind of surprised there).  See you guys in space at some point here. 

Any tips for someone just starting out?
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Man From UNCLE from Guy Ritchie on: February 13, 2015, 06:30:03 PM
The original Man from UNCLE was awesome.  I watched re-runs of that show in the 70's as a kid; loved it.  Hopefully they don't screw it up with a reboot.  The trailer looks promising.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 23, 2015, 09:40:22 PM

Quote from: Lee on January 22, 2015, 08:13:54 PM

Regardless of home user upgrade rate, they have to support older versions of Windows for years because of the enterprise side of the business. Big corporations/government don't upgrade their OS quickly, so I don't see support is a reason.

That's a primary reason of the free upgrade.  It is expected that businesses will upgrade much faster onto windows 10 within that year of "its free".
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 05, 2015, 10:47:31 PM
Are you guys able to connect with each other and help each other out either on missions or financially?  like mining in a dangerous area and another player covering them etc.?
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: upgrade xbox 360 game to xbox one on: December 26, 2014, 06:06:33 PM
Looks like COD AW is only the digital edition that can be upgraded.  I bought it at GameStop so I think I have to get another one for the XBOX One.
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