The Long Dark, I want to play it now!

I just found about this game and I can’t wait to play it.  The video kind of gives me a Walking Dead feel but kind of sets what I can only assume is anxiety off.  It really gave me that sense of loneliness and despair.

Here is a snippet from their site…

How Far Will You Go to Survive? Imagine the lights go out, never to return. Bright aurora flare across the sky, and all humanity’s technological might is laid to waste, neutralized in a kind of quiet apocalypse. Everything that has shielded humanity from the disinterested power of Mother Nature is suddenly wrenched from us, dropping us a few links down the food chain. Food and water are scarce. The roads are no longer safe. And winter approaches… Welcome to The Long Dark —an immersive survival simulation set in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. Experience a unique first-person survival simulation that will force you to think and push you to your limits with its thought-provoking gameplay and mature storytelling.

Source: The Long Dark

Drag and Drop not working in Windows

Here is a quick guide on how to get your drag and drop to work again.  I am not sure why but my PC from time to time will forget how to drag and drop.

Steps to get drag and drop working

  1. Click on a file
  2. Press Esc key
  3. Drag your file to your new location

Yes… it is that easy! I don’t really know why it happens.  But that always fixes it for me whenever it occurs.  I have tested this in Windows 7.  I have not seen it happen in Windows 8.1.

If anyone knows why this occurs and a permanent solution, I would be really interested in hearing about it.

Turn Num Lock on by default in Windows

So if you are like me and use the number pad a good bit you probably prefer to have Num Lock on by default.  I usually will be working on something start hitting numbers and… nothing! It’s a 1 second operation to turn Num Lock on but it still disrupts the flow of what I was doing.

WARNING: The steps listed below will have you change some settings in the registry of your computer.  It is highly suggested to always do a backup of your registry before making edits.  If you are not comfortable tinkering in the registry please stop as you could damage things if you are not careful.

Here is what you need to enable Num Lock on start-up

  1. Click Start and type regedit or Windows key + R and type regedit
  2. Navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard
  3. Open InitialKeyboardIndicators by double clicking it
  4. Change Data value to 2
  5. Restart your computer and enjoy!

Play Hearthstone as a collective!

Reddit user speedtouch just released a new way to play Hearthstone.  You can play as a group with others and it is all vote based.

Check it out here: http://hearthmind.com

From their post on Reddit

I’ve created an website to allow any number of people to control a single hearthstone player http://hearthmind.com

I’ve spent the past 2 months in my spare time, working to make this a reality and I’m finally there! I would love to get some feedback from the community on any suggestions or ideas.

The way it works is pretty straight forward, anyone can click and drag on top of a video stream (currently using hitbox.tv for their low (haha) 5~ second delay) to cast a vote for an action in the game. Every 5 seconds a vote is randomly selected (and will appear orange) and used to do an action, to either press a button or play a card, while the rest of the votes are discarded.

I’m really sorry to anyone without adblock, you may get an ad after loading the page. That’s due to hitbox’s embeded streaming, I don’t make any money on it, and there’s not much I can do about it. I would love to use Twitch but the delay they impose makes this an impossible solution.

Also please be sure to use a browser that supports HTML5 and Javascript, such as the latest Firefox or Chrome.

Wildstar, tips/messages stuck in middle of screen

I recently started playing the Wildstar beta and I had a rather frustrating issue that kept occurring.  When the game would show messages/tips in the middle of the screen I was not able to close them.  I could not press the X to close out of them, so, I played for a while with blocks of text on the screen.

I did some reading around and it seems that a workaround for now would be to run the following command: /reloadui

It seems some people have resorted to creating a macro just to get rid of the stuck messages.  Talk about weird bug… apparently this bug has been an ongoing thing for a while.  Hope it is fixed by launch day!

Error “Your computer is low on memory” when playing games in fullscreen

It seems that some folks are getting an error that shows “Your computer is low on memory” even when it is not.  The issue seems to happen mainly when playing games in fullscreen.

Possible cause: You are running one resolution on your desktop and a different one in the game.

Solution: Change the resolutions so that they match

I am not sure if it is a way that Windows handles the desktop now or if it is some sort of driver issue causing it to happen.  If I get a better solution for this problem I will be sure to update this post.

How to remove the taskbar in Windows from second display

Using multiple monitors is becoming a more common thing these days.  If you are like me and use the second display mainly to load the browser you probably want as much viewing space as possible.  One of the first things that I always do after installing Windows on my desktop is remove the taskbar from the second display.

Here are the quick and easy steps in getting this done on Windows 8.1.

  1. Right click on the taskbar and select Properties
  2. On the Taskbar tab uncheck “Show taskbar on all displays”
  3. Click Apply and OK

At this point you should only see the taskbar on your main display.

Blizzard releases Reaper of Souls soundtrack

If you have enjoyed your time slaying the demons of hell and dig the music then I have good news for you!  Blizzard has released the soundtrack for Reaper of Souls on their music page.

You can buy the full album for $9.99, which is 22 tracks or individual songs for $1.29 each.  The only catch is… well, those of us that don’t use iTunes are out of luck it seems.

If you do use iTunes and enjoy the Reaper of Souls music then here is the link where you can get it.

http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/games/music/diablo3-reaper-of-souls.html

Removing Files and Folders via Script

From time to time I need to remove files and/or folders from computers at work.  I don’t remember where I got this script but I thought I would share as it has worked wonders for me.

@echo off
IF EXIST “C:\Users\” PUSHD “C:\Users\”

FOR /F “tokens=*” %%G in (‘dir /a:d-s-h /b’) do (
IF EXIST “%%G\AppData\Roaming\FOLDER/FILE” rmdir /q /s “%%G\AppData\Roaming\FOLDER/FILE”
)
POPD

Basically, you just need to replace the path with whatever it is you intend to remove and then save it as a .bat file.