Sunday, 1 November 2015

How to stay cool in the jungle.

Night in Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns is a Dangerous time!
Nope this is not a review of the new expansion for Guild Wars 2 ( Will do that later ). This is more to do with graphically intense games and apps and a handy tip I find useful.
You like me probably have limited time and want to enjoy your games and apps to the fullest making the most of every precious second. The issue I find is heat, yep even Secondlife tests the old CPU and GPU occasionally.
Inevitably though you have to log off and shutdown the PC when sleep, shops , work beckons. This however leaves a tiny issue that really irks me, thermal shock on electronic components when you just turn it off I have water cooling which means the CPU will get quite warm when circulation ends on shutdown.
Also the GPU fan can take time to cool the graphics chips usually about 10 minutes.

Now the upshot is you close the game off 10 minutes early wait and wait then hit the shutdown button which sucks,wasting valuable game time but saving your expensive chips from heat damage. 

This brings me roundly to a simple and elegant solution, create a text file,save it and rename it COOL.BAT
( Which basically makes the file a command prompt batch file ).

Copy Paste the following:

@cd /
@echo #Shutdown Delay 10min script#
@shutdown /t 600 /s

And bingo! Now you can play till the bitter end and just execute this batch file you can go to work, or sleep and the PC will do a 10min delayed shutdown :) allowing the machine ample time to cool down without the need for you to hover over it waiting for the temps to drop.
It's basically an unattended script, if you change your mind within the 10mins you can open a command prompt and spam a quick shutdown /a which will abort the sequence.

I find it simple and handy hope it helps you lot too, happy gaming see you in the Jungle!

Mucho Love,

Friday, 23 October 2015

Today's distraction :)

    Cmdr Kayhel approaches home sweet home deep in imperial territory.

I do like early access and kickstarters and in the case of Elite Dangerous this has been of some success, I have been knocking around ever since closed Alpha and I have to admit it is shaping up ok.
Can't wait for planetary landings. If I sound cautious it's because from my standpoint its still not the complete Elite experience.

Euro Truck Simulator 2 was a Steam 'greenlight' and has proved to exceed all my expectations, I think I may have mentioned something about it way back. Space Engineers and Kerbal Space Program also leap out as high points.

However it's not all sweetness and light with early access and I have been burned several times, Planetary Annihilation promised so much and left me underwhelmed and 30 quid lighter. And I do feel a little concerned about Star Citizen.

Feel free to Post your personal recommends or even ones to avoid actually especially the ones to avoid!

Mucho Love,

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Tweaking 10

Ahh the never ending onslaught of progress...

And today we have windows 10 ( Latest Insider Build ) and my personal recommends for making life run smoothly.

1) Start Menu as much as an improvement it is, its still not to my tastes. For those that agree use either Classic Shell ( Free ) or my favored choice Start10 ( 5 Bucks ) I have it set in the windows 7 kinda mode with a modern twist.

2) Antivirus 360 essential ( Free ) They do a Total Security version but i find it too intrusive this uses the Avira and Bitdefender Options is fairly lightweight and works well in windows 10.

3) Browser Edge is erm.... Chrome is kinda odd in 10, Firefox meh. Opera omg. Try Maxthon!
right about now you probably think I have lost my rocker but do a little googling this Chinese offering has been around for years but most importantly it works ( At least its current iteration ) fantastically in win 10.

4) Misc Annoying watermarks use This and for removing shortcut arrows from the same site use This both items do exactly whats needed with minimal fuss.

Thats all I can think of at this time Build 10565 is not bad and the dust starts to settle on Threshold 2, as an extra note it also allows users to use existing windows 7 and 8 keys for activation which is VERY handy.
Anyhoo toodles,

Mucho Love KL.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Just a small note.

Due to Googlecode being a right royal pain in the arse and not allowing downloads(anymore), I have shifted back to sourceforge.

Toodles KL