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  1. COVID-19 - What a Mess

    If you haven’t been affected by this, you must live in the middle of nowhere! The Canada-US border has been partially closed. The border between France and Germany has checkpoints for the first time since the war. My husband is now working from home. We’re short on toilet paper and can’t find any. The city has shut down all attractions and now even bars and restaurants have been told to close and only offer online delivery if they can. We’re worried about the financial impact of all this. The province has passed various legislation so that hourly workers and part-time staff don’t lose their jobs. All major sports leagues have shut down or suspended their seasons. Many organizations and individual players are donating funds to support the hourly staff that work in the facilities. Why all the fuss? The virus itself isn’t that serious FOR HEALTHY PEOPLE. The problem is that the virus is virulent and will spread quickly if people mix, as they would while travelling and commuting to work. If allowed to spread, it will infect those that are susceptible, and that’s why the WHO and more local health agencies are demanding what they’re calling “social distancing”. You can have the virus but not have any symptoms, so that’s the reason for the abundance of caution. In all this mess, we are trying to breed a couple of our purebred cats while also having a visiting female from another breeder! So one of our males is under pressure to perform. If the females do get pregnant, the gestation is nine weeks and the kittens won’t be ready for adoption for another twelve weeks, so hopefully all will be well by then.
  2. COVID-19 - What a Mess

    The viruses in those movies are far worse than Covid-19, but the way they started and spread is dead on. They even talked about “social distancing” in Contagion. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/trump-s-odds-for-re-election-house-hippos-are-back-empire-strikes-door-bahamas-tourism-after-dorian-more-1.5306553/the-north-american-house-hippo-is-back-and-ready-to-tackle-fake-news-1.5306562 We don’t have fake news because we have house hippos. Most fake news is online, not broadcast by major news networks.
  3. COVID-19 - What a Mess

    No I was referring to the stuff about it being a man-made virus that escaped from their labs. Honestly I don’t know, but it certainly isn’t a very good weapon if that was the intent. Have you guys seen the movie Contagion? If not, I suggest checking it out. It was made in 2011 and it is dead on for what’s happening right now. Outbreak is another good movie that’s similar. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t ruin the premise, but it’s worth checking out.
  4. COVID-19 - What a Mess

    Gradually. Quebec was starting to open up, but then they found out they had a huge number of deaths at a long-term care home, so they’ve backed off. In Ontario, businesses that can maintain social distancing and have street level access have been allowed to open. Our unemployment rate has sky-rocketed to 13% so the government is trying to get people back to work where they can. Apparently it’s even worse in the US. I’m afraid most of the fake news is coming from your own President, including blaming China. I was very disheartened to get a sample of a so-called “newspaper” in the mail today sporting the same rhetoric Trump likes to trumpet. It was outright racist and I’m thinking of reporting them to the government. China is a mess and I really hate the government and the human rights abuses and other shit they do, but I don’t know about releasing the virus. You don’t release a virus if you can’t counteract it. I am quite sure that Trump would be only too pleased if China did release a virus, intentionally or not, that they couldn’t control even if it does kill thousands of Americans. You guys are up to 75,000 and still counting. We’ll keep the Canadian-US border closed for now, thank you very much.
  5. [WIPz] Unofficial Morrowind Patch

    It’s still on hold. I got my PC back, but I haven’t been able to get the motivation to clean up my desk and get my PC hooked up again. This Covid isolation thing is really making my condition worse. I’ll get back to it when I can.
  6. Unofficial Morrowind Patch The Unofficial Morrowind Patch aims to fix the bugs in Morrowind, Tribunal and Bloodmoon that Bethesda never fixed. We intend to create a single patch that will incorporate the various patches and fixes that have been released in the past so that no additional fixes to vanilla Morrowind are needed - one patch to fix them all. We will continue to develop our patch to fix the bugs that are still oustanding after the other fixes have been merged. This will be a bug fix patch. It will not include enhancements, tweaks or subjective changes. Our fixes will be based on evidence we can find in the game files and will also fix game-breaking bugs. All those changes will be documented and the documentation will be easily accessible so that any user can see the rationale for the fix. We're looking at using one of the patch mods as a base and merging the fixes from other patches like the Morrowind Patch Project and ThePal's Unofficial Morrowind Patch. We will set the version of our first release at a higher number than the other major unofficial patches to demonstrate that it is a new update to the old patches. If you'd like to submit a fix without joining the team, you can upload your patch to our File Contributions area. You have to be a member of The Assimilation Lab to do that though. Team: AndalayBay Skrawafunda Amenophis Arthmoor Dragon32 Fritz Greatness7 HedgeHog12 Jac Midgetalien qqqbbb Reizeron Project Forums: You can follow our progress in this forum. We'll post announcements once we're ready for beta testers and bug submissions. Credits Thanks to Leonardo for getting this project organized and getting us all going! More to come!
  7. COVID-19 - What a Mess

    One of the amusing consequences of us all staying at home is that wildlife is taking over our cities. There have been deer invading several cities and a huge flock of sheep marched through the empty streets of Turkey, led by their shepherds. We have our own little story in Toronto: a family of foxes have taken up residence under the boardwalk in Woodbine Beach. They are adorable! People have been keeping their distance so far. Woodbine Beach is right on Lake Ontario, so it’s right in the heart of the city.
  8. Please help

    The UESP has full walk-throughs for all the original quests in all the Elder Scrolls games. Here’s the Skyrim portal. Perhaps you can find the answer to your question there. I’m afraid I don’t remember that quest anymore.
  9. My PC Woes

    I usually check out Tom’s Hardware. I’ve also checked out Maximum PC in the past. I usually start with simple searches and expand from there. I did some very preliminary searches when I was thinking of getting Jimi’s PC working again and AMD was very prominent in the results.
  10. My PC Woes

    I’m sure most of you have seen my posts about my computer troubles, but I thought I’d write up a post on what happened and where I’m at now. In short, I’m still working on getting it back up and running! The trouble really started last year. At first I thought it was the cats. They often knock out cables, shut off power bars and lie on top of the radiator on the top of the machine. The radiator is part of the liquid cooling I’m using for the CPU, so I thought they were causing the machine to overheat and it was shutting down. I would come down in the morning to find the machine off. Earlier this year I discovered that the machine wouldn’t boot. It reported a CPU fan failure. I vacuumed off the radiator and cleaned out the interior and I got it to boot, but one of the drives had failed. I have Windows installed on a SSD, but I moved the user part of the installation to the second drive because the SSD was only 250 GB. So I got the machine to boot, but it really wasn’t working very well with the second drive inaccessible. Windows was reporting the drive as RAW. After some research, I discovered that you can get software that will recover files from a RAW drive, so I bought a recovery program and started the process of recovering the files. That was in February!! Yes, February. The first pass took over 400 hours. The recovery software listed several partitions that had files that might be recovered. The first pass recovered the files from the biggest partition that the software listed as the most likely to have files. I decided to do another pass to recover the files from the second partition that might have files. That took another 300 hours or something like that. I tried comparing the files from the first pass, but the files from the second pass were a mess. It had files at the root that should have been in directories, or had files that were a collection of separate files, so there was no way to compare the results. I have two other smaller drives in the machine, so I decided to see if I could fix the Windows installation and copy the recovered files to the other drives so I could leave the damaged drive intact just in case I didn’t get all the files back. However one of the other drives also had errors and Windows couldn’t format it. This time the problem seemed be the Master Boot Record (MBR). I could use Windows bootrec to fix it, but once again, I couldn’t get the machine to boot. The CPU fan error popped up again. Now I was starting to wonder if my CPU cooler pump had failed. I decided to take a look at the thermal paste and discovered that the paste wasn’t in good shape, so I cleaned off the old paste and reapplied the cooler. Still no dice, so I ordered a new cooler. Over the last few days, I’ve been installing the new cooler. I booted the machine last night... and I still got the CPU fan failure error! Now I’m wondering if there’s something wrong with the motherboard. The fans on the radiator were running just fine. The cooler is a Corsair H100X. You plug the pump into the CPU fan header and you also use a SATA power connector. Then the fans are connected to another fan header. I knew the SATA power was ok because the same line also powers the DVD drive. So then I wondered if there was something wrong with the CPU fan header. I had plugged the fans into a header called CPU Optional, so I just switched the connectors. I plugged the cooler pump into the CPU Optional header and the radiator fans into the CPU fan header. Voila! It worked! The fans are running just fine. I have no idea why after working for six years the bios decided that the CPU fan wasn’t working, but it’s fine now so I’m back to getting the machine running. I used bootrec to fix the MBR on the third drive. Then I tried to boot the machine normally, and Windows insisted on running chkdsk on the second drive! This is the drive that it previously reported as RAW. You can’t run a chkdsk on a RAW drive, so I have no idea what it’s doing. Chkdsk has been running since last night so I’ll let it finish. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s nothing on the drive by the time it’s done, so now I’m hoping that I recovered all my files, or at least most of them. So that’s where I’m at now. What a drama... I did see Morrowind and the Unofficial Patch files in the recovery folder, so I got those. I also saw my Projects folder, so I should have Black Marsh and my other mods. I also got the files for my cattery site, so that’s most of the important stuff. I don’t know how many pictures I got back. Most of them were pictures of the cats that I’m using on the site, but I can take more. People will want more recent pictures anyway.
  11. My PC Woes

    I use Lian Li chassis which have filters on all air intakes.The interior just had fine dust. What would be the best bang for the buck if I wanted to compare Intel processors?
  12. After 10 faithful years, it's time to retire our file server, Patton. Yes, we name our servers after our cats. It causes no end of amusing confusion. Patton, our cat, knows his name and gives us puzzled looks when we talk about reformatting Patton's hard drives or rebooting Patton. We already have a LaCie NAS, but it's way too slow and it doesn't have enough capacity now that our desktop machines have 1 TB drives in them. It takes 16 hours to do a full backup of my machine, so we need something faster and with a larger capacity. We also want to replace Patton, so we want something that we can use as a file server. What is a File Server? In our case, it's a Linux server that we use to store files on. For example when we download drivers, we put them on the file server so we can access them from all our machines on the network. In addition to using it as a central file repository, we also want to use it for backing up our desktop machines. Up until now, we haven't used Patton for this purpose, but some NAS devices can be used for both purposes. Picking an NAS Some NAS devices can be connected directly to your PC or Mac, so you don't need a network. These devices are quite similar to external hard drives, but they are accessed a little differently. You can store files on them or use them to store backups of your PC. I recommend doing a search for Network Storage Server and having a look at the various reviews. The things to consider are the capacity and write speeds. You can configure the backup software so that only selected drives are backed up each day and if you're away at work all day, then you don't need an NAS with super fast write speeds. In our case, we have a network, so we wanted a device that would serve as a file server and backup device. As I said already, we also need a pretty fast device so that a full backup is complete in about eight hours. I use my machine for business as well as pleasure, so having it tied up all day as it's being backed up is not an option. Theoretically you can use your machine while it's being backed up, but I've found that to be too slow and the backups often get corrupted. After doing some research, we settled on the Synology DS414. This device isn't cheap. It's going to cost about $596 CAD and that doesn't include hard drives. Some units come complete with hard drives, but the higher end devices usually don't. This is one such device. It is pretty fast with write speeds up to 135 MB/s. It has four drive bays for a RAID configuration. The maximum capacity is 20 TB. To start, we're going to put in two Western Digital Red NAS drives of 3 TB each, giving us 6 TB capacity. That will cost us $300 CAD. We'll add more drives later. Many NAS devices have additional features, including the one we picked. They can be used for video surveillance, for one thing. You can purchase camera licenses which allows you to connect cameras to them. They also serve as media and mail servers. Don't dismiss the importance of doing backups. Hard drives aren't as reliable as they used to be and as someone who spent $3000 CAD on getting the data off a failed hard drive, I don't mind spending $1000 on an NAS.
  13. My PC Woes

    Yes, I cleaned it. I can’t keep the cats out; they have to live down here. I have to keep Darwin and Curie separate from Pascal and Ada because they’re breeding pairs and they will fight if not kept separate.
  14. [WIP/Alpha] The Black Marshes

    The testing is done. The new version will be uploaded here when we’re ready to release it. The alpha was quite limited and we’re rewriting the first quest, so you’d have to start over anyway.
  15. [WIP/Alpha] The Black Marshes

    Brief History & Introduction One of our oldest threads from the archives on the Silgrad Tower forums is dated Mar. 11, 2006 and involves SwedishFish who appears to have been one of our founding members. Early posts assigned naming codes to current members. Much literature was written by KuKulZa in those days but, barring very early, undeveloped versions of the settlements currently known as Sloughpoint, RockGuard and Soulrest, very little was physically developed in the first three years. In 2009, Ibsen's Ghost took up the reins as leader with Koniption working hard to develop unique models, Deeza contributing to the lore and modding and sandor as Lead Admin. Before then, Black Marsh had seen several teams but has since seen dozens of contributors and several forums. The period between 2009-2012 saw the most physical changes until AndalayBay helped the project take off as our new administrator in 2011. I am sure we will be thanking many others for their support and contributions upon full release. Making full use of the Shivering Isles, The Black Marshes project adds the mysterious lands of Black Marsh, otherwise known as Argonia, one of the darkest and most dangerous regions of the fictional universe of Tamriel. Other lands from this fantasy world have been explored in detail, such as Morrowind and Cyrodiil, but the lands of the reptilian Argonians have remained shrouded in mystery... until now. Our aim is to recreate a region which no player has explored in the Elder Scrolls series since Arena. The finished mod will include many new cities, new architecture, detailed new quests, and most importantly a large new marsh and jungle landscape, filled with deadly new enemies and dungeons. The finished mod will feature six quest lines: a Main Quest line, some Miscellaneous quests, and quest lines for the Hist Tribes, Shadowscales, Trillium Magnata and Sotho Tren. The Main Quest line will have at least five quests and we haven't decided how many quests the other quest lines will feature. Features The completed mod will have: Entire province of Argonia to explore, completely landscaped, with lots of unique and nasty creatures. Five full questlines plus some miscellaneous quests. Custom races, unique items, tons of new flora and ingredients, new weapons and armour, unique books with background and lore. Lots of dungeons, including some unique to Black Marsh that utilize custom tilesets. Several different varieties of Argonians and six new races (Naga, Marsh Cat, Lilmothiit, Sload, Paatru and Sarpa). Many new creatures specially selected or created for the province. A transportation network, including custom mounts that can be purchased. All major cities of Argonia featuring shops and inns, plus many towns also with shops and inns. Current Development Status After a bit of a hiatus, Ibsen's Ghost is back and writing up the remaining quests. He has completed the Sotho Tren questline. That marks the completion of one of the faction questlines. I am still away from modding, but hope to return soon. When I return I will start coding up the quests and adding them to the mod. We have a new member, puddles, who's working on our custom races. We haven't decided if we'll have another round of alpha testing or just wait and release a beta. Want to Help? We still need modellers, so if you've got some modelling skills and would like to give us a hand, please drop us a line! Current Team Ibsen's Ghost - Leader, writing, lore, landscaping and level design AndalayBay - Co-leader, quests, scripting, landscaping Cray - Writing and lore Vincent - Modelling, level design Envy123 - Custom dialogue puddles - modelling Sifonseal - landcaping, region generation Alpha Testers These are the folks who reported bugs for us in the first alpha. Rivenian Rubicon MacKlaud Leonardo DoZeNt JetpackAngel Mercer GGod Envy123 Credits There are tons of people who have helped create Black Marsh. All testers will be added to the credits if they submit reports. Thanks to all those who have supported our mod and offered ideas or suggestions.
  16. [WIP/Alpha] The Black Marshes

    It was an alpha that was released for testing. That round is done.
  17. [WIP/Alpha] The Black Marshes

    You can’t right now. Hopefully IG will be back soon to continue.
  18. My PC Woes

    #1 They’re not paying me. #2 I’ve actually had people demand to remove links in the past as they thought this was a spammy site. If someone has a need, they can send me a PM and I’ll tell them what I used. There are a lot of similar programs.
  19. I got my early access notice today and have grabbed it for my iPad. No tiny screen for me - I’m blessed with an iPad Pro which I got a few years ago when things were better. There’s no NDA with this; in fact Beth wants people to post about it and post screenshots. I’ve just started and it looks really good so far. The music is similar to Skyrim and the graphics are excellent. I’ll post more once I’ve actually started playing. I need to dig up my Beth.net credentials first.
  20. My PC Woes

    I got my machine back! I have no idea how the drive went from RAW to NTFS, but once it showed up as NTFS again, Windows was able to run chkdsk and it has recovered. It’s much quieter than it was before, so maybe the old cooler was failing. I could do an AMD build again. My video cards are Radeon. They’re old now, but still kick a good punch for the stuff I play. I won’t be able to build a new machine for a while yet, but I’ll definitely check out Ryzen.
  21. Network Accessible Storage (NAS) Devices

    It only accepts two drives, which limits its capacity. Has lots of features though. We don’t use any of that stuff, so we just needed a straight NAS. Ours only has 20 GB capacity though, so we’ll probably have to upgrade it at some point. That AVR looks like overkill to me, but we don’t even have any UPS right now.
  22. Elder Scrolls: Blades Early Access

    Please don’t derail. If you want to talk about PC’s, please start a new thread. I was asking about the best CPU’s right now in my other thread, so perhaps we could start a new one?
  23. My PC Woes

    Yeah it’s still doing pretty good. I’ve had to replace a couple of peripherals like mouse and keyboard, but the main rig is still humming along. The chkdsk is still running, but once it got through the bad sectors, it’s moved on to recovering damaged files. Still not sure what I’m going to see, but if enough of the D: drive is intact, Windows might be happy and I can get back to work. What’s the best CPU these days? I still see the i5 kicking around and that was a really good buy a few years ago.
  24. My PC Woes

    Ask and yea shall receive: Yes it’s my gaming and development rig. The drive that failed is the 10,000 rpm WD Velociraptor. I seriously can’t afford a new build right now. I shouldn’t even be keeping TAL running, but it’s easier to just ignore the problem and keep going. If anybody has a few coins to spare, please click the Donate link at the top of the forums. Windows chkdsk has completed the first round and is now processing the “bad file records”. It’s at 2100 of 9204 records, so hopefully it will be done that part tomorrow.
  25. Network Accessible Storage (NAS) Devices

    Yeah I have five cats in the basement and I think their fur really clogged the air vents. We also had some issues with power failures, so that didn’t help. Even the failed drive is still accessible, so I’m waiting until I get my PC back up and running before installing the new drives. We didn’t do a RAID setup because we needed the space. The drives are grouped together so they look like one gigantic drive.
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