Pointless Paradox https://pointlessparadox.com Personal blog about gaming & other interests. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:32:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.5 Eve-Online ISK The Guide https://pointlessparadox.com/eve-online-isk-the-guide/ https://pointlessparadox.com/eve-online-isk-the-guide/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:16:44 +0000 http://www.PointlessParadox.com/?p=516 Read more »

Eve-Online ISK The Guide is the ultimate guide for all eve-online players

ISK The Guide Vol. 1:

Isk_vol1No matter whether you are a beginner on a 14-day trial account or a veteran trader, maybe a fierce pirate, a determined miner, a pilot who has years of experience in mission running or a three-month-in noob – there is no pilot who has tried and done everything or knows all there is to know about EVE. Beginner or expert, this Guide – known as the Industrial-Sized Knowledgebase – is for you!

Expertly written by a number of specialists in their field, and officially endorsed by CCP, this guide covers just about everything you can do in EVE. If you need to know something, just look it up in this book. Of course you do not have to commit everything to memory; just open the ISK the Guide Vol. 1 and you will find your answer.


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ISK Vol. 1:


ISK The Guide Vol. 2:

Rsz_cover-isk2-engA new guide was written by the ISK team. This guide tries to help the new players who familiarizes themselves with the universe of EVE. This time the guide attempts to introduce the complex world of PvP (Player versus Player).

Despite the already-known game mechanism, the PvP will not be a predicted activity since the enemies are other human players, so you must be prepared against not the game’s Artificial Intelligence but another human mind, attitude, psyche. Be ready: as there are many players, there are endless different strategies, numerous ships, setups, battle situations: all of them give the real variety, which makes our adrenalin “green light”. Sooner or later, the PvP will be the part of the game why you are playing EVE Online for. You may find thousands of other things to explore, to learn, to experience, to try, but none of them, nor their causalities, will give you real excitement like the PvP and its intensity, the real enemies: the challenges to defeat other players, and protect yourself against them.

Good luck! An advice: Don’t panic, and never give up!

English Download ISK Vol. 2: Proofread, final edit in Progress


ISK The Guide Vol. 3:

Vol3resA new guide was written by the ISK team. This guide tries to help the new players who familiarizes themselves with the FPS side of the EVE universe.

Work with teammates. This means both aiding them when you’re nearby, keeping track of them and moving with them. It also means taking advantage of them in order to flank enemies. I won’t lie about the importance of knowing your weapon’s abilities and limitations. I won’t go on about how X gun is vs Y gun or how AR’s are too perfect. I will just say to know your limits and work within them. Knowing what is ahead of you however, whether you can see it or not, is but a small fraction of tactical and strategic knowledge on the battlefield. The trick is to know what is around you, or at least likely to be, nearly 100% of the time.

Don’t forget the Golden rule of Dust 514:

“Teamwork is essential; it gives the enemy other people to shoot at.”

English Download ISK Vol. 3: http://www.isktheguide.com/downloads/ISK_Vol_3_Uprising_1_8.zip


Source: https://wiki.eveonline.com/en/wiki/ISK_The_Guide

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Copy.com 15GB of Free, Fair Storage for All https://pointlessparadox.com/copy-com-15gb-free-fair-storage/ https://pointlessparadox.com/copy-com-15gb-free-fair-storage/#respond Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:22:29 +0000 http://www.PointlessParadox.com/?p=472 Read more »

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  • Copy “Fair Storage for All” Initiative — Instead of counting data in shared folders against all members’ individual storage quotas so everyone pays for the same data over and over, Copy allows users to “split the bill” and control which files count against their storage capacity. View the 40-second video on the Copy “Fair Storage for All” initiative at http://youtu.be/m36ZMdE-vro. Copy was created to meet the exceedingly high design demands of today’s online and mobile users, and to provide the advanced security and corporate features required for businesses. Additional highlights of the service include:
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StarDrive: 4X Action-Strategy https://pointlessparadox.com/stardrive-4x-action-strategy/ https://pointlessparadox.com/stardrive-4x-action-strategy/#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2013 05:28:00 +0000 http://www.PointlessParadox.com/?p=428 Read more »


StarDrive is a 4X Action-Strategy game where the goal is to build a space empire.

Starting with a single planet and a small number of space-worthy vessels, you forge out into the galaxy, exploring new worlds, building new colonies, and discovering the StarDrive universe.

The heart of StarDrive is its ship design and combat engine.

StarDrive takes a module-based approach to ship design, allowing the player to create custom ship designs where the composition and placement of ship modules really matters to the performance of a ship in combat. In combat, if your portside armor is taking a beating, then rotate around and show them the starboard side! Hide behind a friendly capital ship’s shields, warp into and out of the fray, launch fighters, lay mines, and so much more.

Stardrive 1


  • Customize your Race by selecting from a large list of physical traits, socioeconomic traits, and traits relating to your history and tradition
  • Lead your forces into battle with your own flagship that you control like an arcade shooter; command your fleets like you would in a real time strategy game with simple mouse commands
  • Tactical ground combat to take over enemy planets
  • A deep research tree with many dozens of technologies
  • Rich diplomacy options, allowing you to make and break treaties with alien races; trade technologies and artifacts, sell ships, declare wars, and design joint operations with your allies
  • Finally, StarDrive is easy to modify, and modding will be actively supported by the developers

Stardrive 3

Ship Design

  • Design every ship in your empire, or choose from stock configurations
  • Create platforms and space stations to deploy in deep space
  • Carefully plan your ship’s power grid, fuel capacity, ammunition storage, thrust, mass, and more
  • Organize your ships into fleets and give your ships custom fleet behaviors in an easy to use fleet editor
  • Set your weapon facings on turrets, or line up your fixed guns on spinal or broadside mounts

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Spring cleaning my PS3 https://pointlessparadox.com/spring-cleaning-my-ps3/ https://pointlessparadox.com/spring-cleaning-my-ps3/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2012 18:38:05 +0000 http://www.PointlessParadox.com/?p=370 Read more »

A few weeks back i disassembled my PS3 to clean it up. Managed to get all the way to the heat sink then reassembled it because i did not have replacement thermal paste.

But last week i got hold of some Artic Cooling MX-4

Artic Cooling MX-4

Artic Cooling MX-4 thermal compound







So disassembled the PS3 fat again and replaced the thermal paste this time. Hope this wards of the dreaded YLOD for a good long time.

PS3 Fat disassembled

PS3 Fat disassembled casings







PS3 Motherboard

PS3 Motherboard with RSX and CELL chips exposed.







All of this was possible because of an excellent step by step guide for PlayStation 3 fat at http://www.hometheatershack.com Anyone else who wants to try this might find the link useful.

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Aion 3.0 https://pointlessparadox.com/aion-3-0/ https://pointlessparadox.com/aion-3-0/#respond Tue, 08 Nov 2011 13:56:54 +0000 http://www.PointlessParadox.com/?p=353

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Debian Squeeze FTW https://pointlessparadox.com/debian-squeeze-ftw/ https://pointlessparadox.com/debian-squeeze-ftw/#respond Sun, 15 May 2011 08:34:11 +0000 http://www.PointlessParadox.com/?p=345 Read more »

Recently my laptop battery was being drained too fast in Windows 7. I looked into this and it seemed windows was very efficient with its power management but the problem was my installation was too bloated with additional software and background services that it was eating up too much processor time.

So i decided to install a clean dual boot os which would hopefully have a minimal footprint and not eat up all my battery. And since most of the software i use can also be used in Linux in one way or the other i decided to give it a try.

First i tried Ubuntu 11.04. using its windows installer. This causes it to be installed like a software into windows and dual booting is setup where all the Linux files are stored in a virtual hard disk in one of the windows partitions. This works quite well but the only problem i found is i really did not like the new unity interface. But the good part was everything works out of the box. And i did get stuck once and had to reboot, i think it was compiz but not sure.

Next i installed Open SUSE 11.4. Cause i read on linux.com that its the best distro for laptops. The problem here was i really hate the rpm package management system. And was hoping this OS would be worth the trouble. But after trying to install a few software  here and there. It felt awkward not having the power of Debian package management. And somehow I managed to break my GUI after trying to install ATI Driver. So was left with a shell prompt in the end. It was fixable but i decided to go for the fail-safe distribution.

Finally installed Debian 6 (Squeeze), everything worked out of the box. I actually use Debian 5 (Lenny) on my VPS web host server as its knows for its exceptional stability, but haven’t recently tried it on a laptop. I had to do a bit of additional installes before it looked as fancy as Ubuntu. ATI Driver install went smoothly as well. Now with multiple work spaces and compiz expo its so easy working on multiple tasks at once. Almost a 200-300% increase in multitasking management.

So my conclusion is for day to day use Linux is actually easier to use than Windows if you have it setup right. Some distros like Ubuntu are already configured for this. If your new to Linux then Ubuntu is a great start. But for me i think i will stick with Debian because it comes with a more clean install than Ubuntu and it does not have the annoying Unity.

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Lord Of Ultima https://pointlessparadox.com/lord-of-ultima/ https://pointlessparadox.com/lord-of-ultima/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2011 14:24:30 +0000 http://www.PointlessParadox.com/?p=256 Read more »



Set in the legendary Ultima universe, the game takes you to the new world of Caledonia, formed from the remains of Sosaria which was shattered into countless islands.
You start your journey with a humble village which you grow over time into a mighty and prosperous capital. On your path to glory you will have to expand your power by creating additional cities, exploring new continents and forging a vast empire.
You must master the art of diplomacy and trade as well as the military activities of spying, plundering, attacking and sieging enemy cities to finally become the mighty and feared Lord of Ultima.



  • Deepest gameplay experience in the genre – You can customize your city in ways never seen before in this genre. Choose among 27 building types. Place and combine them strategically to maximize their effectiveness.
    For example, place woodcutters and a sawmill next to a forest to maximize the collected resources or build a training ground next to your barracks to increase your recruitment speed.
  • A quest book full of interesting missions will guide you through exploring all the strategic possibilities Lord of Ultima has for you.
  • Plunder dungeons and defeat mighty bosses to win their treasures.
  • Choose your personal path to glory – Prosper as a peaceful merchant by trading resources over land or by sea and using diplomacy.
    Or become a feared conqueror, by creating mighty armies of knights and mages to crush your enemies.
  • Forging alliances with other players will help you in your ultimate quest.
  • Lord of Ultima looks stunning – Lord of Ultima is the best looking game in its genre. Cities offer unseen level of detail and are packed with numerous animations. For comfortable navigation, players can zoom into their city as well as explore the lands of Caledonia in the region view.
  • Empire building for everyone – You don’t have to be an expert in strategy games to enjoy Lord of Ultima. Easy to learn but difficult to master, the game was designed to be fun for everyone. There is no registration required to play. Once in the game, an extensive tutorial will guide you through your first steps.
  • Play4Free, runs in a browser – Lord of Ultima is a free game, accessible from your browser: No download or installation is needed.



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Revenge of the Titans https://pointlessparadox.com/revenge-of-the-titans/ https://pointlessparadox.com/revenge-of-the-titans/#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:23:00 +0000 http://www.PointlessParadox.com/?p=245 Read more »


At first they came from the skies. In the ensuing war, Earth was laid waste, but we had won…

But that was just the first strike – now the invasion has landed! Defeat the returning Titan horde in a series of epic ground battles, save the Earth, again, and command the counterstrike against their homeworld!

Construct and command your ground defences in a series of increasingly massive battles across the solar system, in our frenetic arcade mash-up of Real Time Strategy and Tower Defence!

Take a visit to R&D to discover the latest technology, then build a network of blaster turrets, rocket launchers and laser cannon, explosives, barricades and shield generators, refineries and reactors, and send forth your own droid army to battle the invading alien forces!



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Migrating to Domain Technologie Control https://pointlessparadox.com/migrating-to-domain-technologie-control/ https://pointlessparadox.com/migrating-to-domain-technologie-control/#comments Fri, 22 Oct 2010 11:52:00 +0000 http://www.toohai.ws/?p=189 Read more »

Finally decided on a new hosting control panel. Was previously using ISPManager from ISPSystems but that was provided to me for free from my previous Hosting Provider . Since i am moving to a new provider and they don’t have free ISPManager i had to find a new one. After looking thought several Hosting Control Panels,   settled on GPLHost’s Domain Technologie Control.

I chose this because its easy to install and the directory structure and management logic are very easy and organized compared to some other control panels.

Other candidates I looked though and actually installed, some several times.

Some of them like GNUPanel are very good and looks nice. But i liked the ease of DTC more.

DTC - Admin Panel

And it is actively developed and used by GPLHost to provide their own hosting service. Below are some of the features it contains at the time of this post.

  • Real-time bandwidth monitor for all server on each user basis
  • Automatic ip update (dyndns-like feature)
  • Antivirus and anti-spam with spam quarantine (“spam” imap folder) for mail
  • Automated backup NS and MX between 2 or more control panels (with domain list exchange over HTTPS)
  • Unix type independency (can run on FreeBSD, redhat, debian, OS-X…)
  • Store-front integration with registration form and payment gateway option
  • Mailing lists with many options (including moderation, header customization, and HTML archives)
  • Package installer (like fantastico) to be able to install many apps (phpBB, osCommerce, Drupal, etc…) in few clicks
  • Full internationalization: translated to many languages (currently up to 11)
  • Management of all types of hosting: Shared, Dedicated or VPS
  • Full billing system, including customer invoicing and renewals, and company book keeping with multiple company support (currently only supporting one currency at a time)
  • Integrated support ticket system
  • Full server monitoring system, globally and per service and user IN REAL TIME

Everything looks good up-to now, so looks like i will be settling with this one.

Also to anyone else who maybe looking into installing DTC in thier server, one thing i noted when trying out DTC was it has configuration issues with 64bit version of debian lenny like SSH not working. But it works well on 32bit.

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Dragon Age : Origins https://pointlessparadox.com/dragon_age_origins/ https://pointlessparadox.com/dragon_age_origins/#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2009 20:25:15 +0000 http://www.toohai.ws/blog/?p=178 Read more »

Dragon Age : Origins Cover Art

Dragon Age : Origins Cover Art

Finally finished downloading my copy of Dragon Age : Origins Deluxe through steam.

Dragon Age: Origins is a single-player role-playing video game developed by BioWare’s Edmonton studio and published by Electronic Arts. It is the first game in the Dragon Age franchise. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in November 2009, and for Mac OS X on December 21, 2009.

Set in the fictional kingdom of Ferelden during a period of civil strife, the player assumes the role of a warrior, mage or rogue who must unite the kingdom to fight an impending invasion by demonic forces. BioWare describes Dragon Age: Origins as a “dark heroic fantasy set in a unique world”, and a spiritual successor to their Baldur’s Gate series of games, which took place in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting of the Dungeons & Dragons franchise.

Upon its release, Dragon Age: Origins was lauded with overwhelmingly positive reviews and considered a critical success. Aggregate review site Metacritic ranks the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 versions of the game with scores of 91, 87, and 86, respectively. The game also received multiple awards from numerous outlets, ranging from IGN’s “PC Game of The Year (2009)” to the Academy of Interactive Arts & Science’s “Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year 2009”.

An expansion to the game, titled Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, was released in March 2010, and the official sequel, Dragon Age II, was released in March 2011. BioWare intends for Dragon Age: Origins to serve as the foundation for a much broader intellectual property. Even before its release, plans to expand the universe introduced by the game were underway; this included sequels, pen and paper games, books, and comics that would expand the scope of the Dragon Age franchise. Several of those projects have since been released.

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