Dark Souls and Just Cause III

About a year ago I mentioned Dark Souls and Just Cause III. A year later and I still haven't finished either. I was pretty far into JC3 but lost my save game. There are some missions that are really frustrating because its random if you can do the right thing to pass the mission. Dark Souls is well Dark Souls. I have been watching a lot of LobosJr's Twitch streams and he makes it look so easy.

Bought a PS4 and Horizon Zero Dawn and finished it

I finally broke down and bought a PS4 from my friend. He upgraded to the PS4 Pro so I got his used one. I also picked up Horizon Zero Dawn and beat it in about a week and a half. It is a really good game. Like Far Cry 3 or 4 but with a better story. It has good game mechanics and reasonable difficulty curve in that as I got more powerful there was still a challenge. I didn't 100% clear the game so if they come out with DLC I may revisit it.

Webfaction is hosting my email now

Well, my email on Outlook.com didn't last long. I wasn't happy with how the server operated within the Windows 10 Email or Outlook clients (uses a web api and not a true IMAP server). Webfaction, my hosting company for the past five or so years, also handles email but I never used it. I set it all up and moved my wife's domains over to it as well. They worked with me to upload 10GB of archive mail (since 1999) that my wife collected. I don't hang on to email that long so I didn't have a lot to move over.

All of our secondary accounts now forward to one main account on Webfaction. Its nice to actually have a real, authentic, IMAP server and not a Google imitation.

Finally gave up on "social media"

A contact from a recruiter on Friday really infuriated me. It was obvious he was doing a generic search on LinkedIn and blasting out an email hoping for a response. I responded and said I would never work with someone who resorted to SPAM. He gave me a pretty lengthly reply about how he was the good guy and a family business and I should be lucky to receive his email. It was then I realized LinkedIn doesn't do anything for me but fill my inbox with desperate recruiters who don't give two shits about me and who can't take the time to actually read my profile before contacting me. LinkedIn has zero motivation to fix this as paying users that send out these messages support the site.

Something in me snapped. I deleted LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. I can't think of a single meaningful interaction I ever had on any of them. We'll see if anyone notices and contacts me. My email address hasn't changed since the early 90's and is pretty unique so folks who want to can reach out.

I also switched my personal domain from Google to Outlook.com. I have decided to give Microsoft a try and see how they do. They aren't perfect but at least what they do is up front and in your face. I have no idea what Google does with my information and frankly I don't care to give it to them anymore.

Just finished WatchDogs 2

I just finished WatchDogs 2 and had a blast. A great story, fun mechanics, great side missions, excellent characters and voice acting. If you liked Hackers the movie you will love this game. Its as if the spirit of the movie is in the game.

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2017. I hope everyone had a good holiday. I spent my holiday moving my companies office from Pioneer Square to Smith Tower on the 19th floor. I have a fantastic view but there is way too much sun. I am hoping to find a dark corner.

Converted my site from Wordpress to RapidWeaver

I got tired of dealing with managing Wordpress. Always installing updates, patches, checking whether or not I have been hacked. I didn't really need Wordpress and its complexity. RapidWeaver, an OSX application for creating websites, does everything I need. I was able to convert my blog in a couple of hours. It is now completely static, no php, no database.

My god Steam support is terrible

Steam is an example that you can be successful with terrible customer service. I mean I guess I already knew that. Look at Comcast.

My new iMac arrived yesterday

I received my new iMac 4k yesterday. It is replacing a MacMini from 2012. I got the 21” model with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD drive. Beth is getting one as well and hers technically was here on Thursday but it was DOA with the 2TB Fusion drive not being detected. I returned it and will order her another one. I love having a retina display. I use an iMac 5k at work and now when I sit in front of a normal screen I hate it.

Finally a decent ad-blocker

I recently discovered AdGuard. This runs as a daemon on your system and not as a browser extension. It is really nice. I can’t believe I didn’t know about it till now. I bought four lifetime licenses and installed them on all my computers.

They are running a 40% off sale right now for the next week: https://adguard.com/en/welcome.html