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  1. Nope. Just don't have Internet at the house at the moment. I'm actually using my mom's Internet at her house on her computer. I should be back online soonish tho, and I will stop by Mumble when I do (assuming anyone is actually online). See ya then!
  2. Ok, as some of you know, I have a fibrous tumor on my left jaw bone. I've had it now for 6 years or so, and I've been told it's benign (not bad). Well, at the urging of many of my friends here, as well as my family, I started the process of doctor's visits and what-not's to have it removed, almost 6 months ago. I'm nearing the end of that journey, as I have a meeting with the doctors up at the University of North Carolina Medical Center next week to discuss the surgery. Here's what I know right now. The mass is part of the parotid gland (salivary if you will). They're not uncommon to have, and most folks are smart enough to have them dealt with when they are small. However, mine has been growing for a while, so I will have a few more complications to having it removed. The first, and most important, is that the facial nerve intersects with the tumor. So that's going to make a lengthy and delicate procedure so that I don't loose use of that nerve. Secondly, the tumor has to be removed as it is starting to cause me great pain and migraines. And lastly, believe it or not, the tumor has actually started to have me denied jobs because of it. I wanted to let everyone know what is going on, since I've been a ghost for the past few months. Between finding another job, then getting it and losing it a week later due to negligence, my luck and mental health haven't been great lately. When I find out more, I'll let you know. Now I have to find someway to pay the bills for the surgery. Ugh.
  3. Found this on youTube, by chance. Thought I'd go ahead and link it here.
  4. Can we get this as an actual plaque to hang on my office wall? That'd be awesome.
  5. Great Gnome Race: Remembering SancTuarY City (before Sony destroyed SWG): And of course the goofier side of Star Trek Online... Some of the fanfiction that was spawned (either directly or otherwise) during our time in Star Wars Galaxies: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2650092/1/Star-Wars-Galaxies And wow...either Astrus has been doing some SERIOUS search engine optimization, or what, but the first 3 items on a google search of "Sanctuary of Wanderhome" actually lists our website and RSI's outfit page: https://www.google.com/#q=sanctuary+of+wanderhome&* We've had a glorious and storied past, and I feel rather confident that we'll have an even more glorious future ahead. :deepbow:
  6. So the title says it all. My PC is better than it was. Here's the Old Specs: Intel Core2 Quad @ 2.67GHz (4 Cores / 4 Threads / Hyper Threading)(LGA775) 8GB DDR2-800 RAM PCI-E 2.0 Slots GeForce GTX 750 Ti (PCI-E 3.0 Card) Cinebench Score: 204 @ 34.99 FPS (eww) New Specs: Intel Pentium G4560 @ 3.5 GHz (2 cores / 4 Threads / Hyper Threading)(LGA1151) [Kaby Lake] 16GB DDR4-3000 RAM (Though with the Low-End CPU, RAM is throttled back to 2133MHz, not a big deal tho) PCI-E 3.0 Slots (No-SLI Support, However, do have 2x Crossfire support) GeForce GTX 750 Ti (PCI-E 3.0 Card) Cinebench Score: 378 @ 80.84 FPS (almost 3x the FPS of old hardware) Star Citizen Benchmarks: 7 FPS(old)/15 FPS(new) [Vanduul Swarm Single Player] (Funny to note, in my RL Aurora no less). I'd say somewhat playable...but not the best it could be. So, I'm going to look at either a 1060 or possibly doing a couple of RX490's in Crossfire. We'll see. But first things first, need to (still) find another job--or at least create one of my own. See yall out there in the 'Verse!
  7. hi

    Welcome to SancT. Enjoy your stay, but please keep your feet off my coffee table. My Wookiee is getting grumpy about having to polish it every day. :D I've been here since 2005'ish. I've seen a lot, done a lot, and I still call these merry few my friends! Now where did I put that book that was inspired by the 72-hour war on Dantooine...
  8. Along those same lines, something I saw in my email that I get from RSI--a mention that if you purchase something for one game "Shroud of the Avatar", you get a ship for Star Citizen as well. Here's the link to the website: https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?page_id=9085 Here's the link to the email: http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=32d8ef31243db6075c45571bd&id=52300f40a0&e=43ea602849
  9. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($191.89 @ OutletPC) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.88 @ OutletPC) Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Jet) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($94.88 @ OutletPC) Storage: Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ SuperBiiz) Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 480 8GB GTR Video Card ($279.99 @ Amazon) Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.99 @ SuperBiiz) Power Supply: Corsair CXM 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon) Total: $969.60 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-01 19:04 EST-0500 https://pcpartpicker.com/user/zhivotnoya/saved/dwVRsY This build is way scaled back so that I might be able to piece it together better. It's not extreme budget, but should work. Also I can upgrade it further in the future with an i7-6700K, nvidia 1080/titan, and even add water-cooling in the future. There are many reasons I need to do this, but the most is budget. Please tell me what you think. I could have gone cheaper on the mobo, but I felt a better quality now is better rather than doing it cheaply. MSI has a rock-solid community and support system in place.
  10. Well, I went ahead and bought some parts for an upgrade. I'll keep the current case, hard drive, PSU, and video card I have (GeForce 750 GTX Ti). I'm adding Intel Core i5-6500, 16GB G.Skill Ripjaw V DDR4-3000 RAM, and an Asrock Z170-Pro4S Mobo. All in all, a $425 upgrade. Here's the PC Part Picker list: https://pcpartpicker...ya/saved/8fjBmG (Price is higher than listed because apparently newegg changed the price on the memory from 99.89 to 104.99 today and the list hasn't updated yet.) Plus I added a tube of Arctic Silver compound for the cpu cooler. Gonna recycle my Hyper EVO 212 from the current machine. It should be fine for the stock/non-overclocked cpu. I'll post pics when I do the upgrade.
  11. All I have is GTA V, well from that list. We'll see tho.
  12. To Install on Linux: sudo apt-get install mumble
  13. So I decided to run a speed comparison on TunnelBear. For security and convenience, it's great if you are trying to look at websites that are blocked in your country. But there is a bottle neck. Here is my speed before turning it on: I then set it to auto (it defaulted to a VPN in the US). Here is the speed after: As you can see, it doubles my latency, An I lose almost 90% of my speed on the download, and lost 40% of my upload. So, if you want the service, just be aware that you'll lose some speed, and have a greater latency. But if you want to try it for free with a 10% discount if you decide to upgrade: http://tunnelbear.com/LTT (yeah, it's not my link, yet). If you are going to use it to hide your identity on the webs, it's quite adequate. Enjoy! (PS: this is not a paid review...just sharing the information) :D
  14. LOL. Tunnel Bear is a paid VPN service, to hide your computer from spying eyes. It works for general browsing, and maybe even for games, if you can stand the latency.
  15. ...perfect for Star Citizen! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Xbox-Original-STEEL-BATTALION-Video-Game-Peddles-Controller-Microsoft-2002-/132063985185?hash=item1ebfa07e21:g:Gc0AAOSw5cNYeUbf It has dual joysticks, quite a few buttons, and a throttle controller, as well as pedals. Yeah it's expensive, and so what if it was for the game on an xbox, but I'd be willing to bet that a software interface could make it work for Star Citizen.
  16. thread closing rule9!
  17. Things for me have taken a scary turn in the past few days. Let's explain. 1. Job -- I'm quitting with the current company. Plainly, it's not meeting my expectations. Money isn't there. I've made more as a Domino's full-time Manager than I have in 9 months with this company. And the time-sink to balance 3 days home every 30 days is too much. 2. Family -- With the recent loss of my father, and my mother taking ill way too often, I need to find something more geared towards home-time. Plus my cat (whom I love dearly) has gone another hunger strike in my absence. The cat thing seems minor to some folks, but she's family. Especially to someone that lives at home alone. 3. Finances -- I was supposed to be making a minimum of $700 a week. It's been more like $300-400 per week. Not kosher. My latest pay stub says the YTD gross earnings is < $20k. Last year at Domino's, I made $15k. Yeah, a small improvement, but I've actually gotten further into debt being away from home. (As in spending money on fast food, clothes, showers (yes you have to pay for them), etc etc). 4. Fun and rewarding -- Maybe. It's fun to drive a truck. But the rewards are if you work hard and show your worth, you make less money. Seems strange, but that's how it works. Guys that run less than I do make the mega money. I just think it's because I'm not currently under contract, so they have no incentive to give me work. The others have contracts to pay off their school and such. You'd think if you worked hard, got the loads in early or on-time that they'd reward you with more work. Not so. 5. Staffing -- Every night, they send a message to the fleet via the Qualcomm we have in the truck saying "We are understaffed tonight. Please don't call unless it's an emergency." If you are having staffing issues, maybe it's time to either change your policies that cause the issue, or hire people that actually want a job. The staffing issue leads me to believe the company is floundering. I dunno, but might have something to do with the new 16-story building they are erecting in downtown Cedar Rapids.... These are the major issues. I haven't told them I'm quitting yet. I'm going to wait until my co-driver drops be at my house so I don't have to take a bus. But they aren't going to be happy. Well I'm not happy now, so fair's fair. :) I'm going to look for a new job closer to home, and start working on other revenue streams like programming, graphic design, computer builds/repairs, etc. Thanks for all the support you guys have showed me in the past, and hopefully will show in the future. I'm not going to disappear any time soon, so this isn't a goodbye letter. More of an explanation of what's new with me :D
  18. The RX480 is an AMD card, but that model should rival the 1060 at half the price. We'll see. Right now focused on making money to pay bills. :P
  19. I think I have a few options. Right now I'm looking at Swift Transportation. It'd be solo driving, 37cpm (cents per mile), and only out 10-12 days at a time. The other option Knight Transportation, is about the same except the pay was a sliding scale of 40-47cpm. The way that works, from what I understand is the few the miles, the greater the cpm. It all averages out, apparently. So, I'll be going home on the 22nd or 23rd, then dropping the CRST truck off at a terminal, busing to Richmond VA for orientation, then out on the road (if for Swift). But I will first have to mentor my current co-driver (he's going to Swift as well), for however long that takes. I believe I get a boost in pay for mentoring, but we'll see. That won't be permanent. Wish me luck!
  20. This would be for gaming. Coding can take place on my portable potato. But my current gaming rig (A SancT-770 that I bought from Astrus 10 years ago) is well--ancient tech that I can't even upgrade now without a Ouija board and a witch doctor. If I have to replace the mobo-cpu-graphics card anyway, might as well build a new PC. :D Just for reference, the RX480 is the latest 14nm GPU from AMD. It rivals the GeForce 1060, at half the cost. I don't see AMD coming out with anything better than that for at least 6 more months. But I currently have a GTX 750 Ti (nVidia) in my computer. It's a PCIe 3.0 card on a PCIe 2.0 mobo...so it's bottlenecked by the current CPU/Mobo. If I put it on a newer Mobo...I should be able to at least play SC on it at low settings and get 20fps...better than the 7 I get with my current setup.
  21. All great advice. I'll admit. As for finding something with less hours on the road, that's the plan. It's damn near impossible to get reliable Internet on the road to even job hunt when you are in a team truck. A team truck is 2 drivers per truck. So the truck never really stops moving. I don't have a tether option on my cell phone, and can't afford the additional cost of a dedicated Internet device. But I am looking for a local driving job that will pay more, and afford me the time to be home more often. I love driving, the challenge of doing so, and the thrill of a paycheck. But 30+ days on the road is hard. And for the record, driving a truck for $20k a year is bogus. I should be making closer to $60k/yr. With all the time spent on the road (driving and sleeping), I'm making $2.84 an hour at my current job. At $60k a year, I'd be making $7.44 per hour. That's calculated at 28 days on the road, 12 times a year, 24 hours a day. Whether I'm sleeping or driving, I'm still away from home on my job. If I was making $20k a year at a normal job, I wouldn't complain, as much :) because I'd be home nightly, with days off each week, as apposed to 3-4 days off each month. Trucking is a hard job, yet necessary. The necessity of trucking that most folks don't get--if it's in your house, a trucker brought it to the store you bought it at. Whether it's a brick-and-mortar store, or the online one, it was on a truck at some point in it's life. And the stress of driving a truck that weighs upwards of 80,000 pounds (40T) at highway speeds on crowded streets is horrible. Add to that all the 4-wheelers (civilians in cars/SUV's) zipping about without a care about anybody but themselves--well you get the idea (I hope). Again, I do love my job. I just want to get paid for the work I do, as anyone would. And as such, I'm hoping that I can find another job quickly. There's at least 20 different construction companies near me that would need dump truck drivers, equipment haulers, etc etc. But I do have another company that's been recruiting me relentlessly that I can fall back on. But that's a last resort as it's one that is OTR (over the road). But at least they promise home time every 10-12 days, instead of 28-32 days. And here's the kicker. You say there's 90+ million people out of work. The trucking industry alone needs 50k drivers in the next year, as freight is increasing. But nobody wants to drive trucks. I do. But I have to find the company that works best for me. And the one that I work best with. Truck drivers are a dying breed. Sure, simulators like Euro Truck Sim and American Truck Sim have increased the desire to drive a truck, but most folks still see a trucker as a 3rd rate citizen--even worse than a blue-collar worker. Today's generations like things to be instantly-downloaded, quickly-accessed, and easy-as-pie or they don't want it. I don't see many folks from Generation X coming to help us drive the very stuff they shop for online. I'm passionate about trucking. Always have been. Always will be. Oh, and thanks for the links Astrus. I'll take a look at them in a bit. And thanks everyone for your comments and concerns. Always appreciated. :D
  22. My new laptop won't win any speed contests, but is good enough to run code editing and such so I can keep my programming skills up while on the road. HP Spec Sheet Basic bottom-of-the-line laptop. Paid: $329 + $48 (service plan). Not that bad, I suppose. And when I get home, I can get rid of windows and install Linux for a better dev environment. Well, back to using this really slow wifi here at the Walmart Distribution Center in Houston Texas. :P
  23. Eventually I'll load something of my own creation based on Linux...but for now, prolly just Ubuntu or RHEL. (both of which are completely different from each other as far as commands/etc).
  24. Well howdy, stranger! :D