It has been close to 100 degrees here almost all week… which is actually pretty normal in Silicon Valley at this time of year. My memories from childhood and the start of school always included some really hot days a week or two into things, just in time to find that the air conditioning in one building or another had broken down over the summer. And so my daughter gets to experience the same.
So in the cool of the evening I am throwing together a few items too short for posts of their own. The return of bullet point Friday!
- Asheron’s Busy Signal
Asheron’s Call was put into unsupported limbo, being free but essentially unsupported, by Turbine some time back. Now we are getting a taste of what that might mean in the long term. MMO Fallout reported earlier this week that the game had been brought down for maintenance a couple weeks back and failed to come up again and has been unavailable ever since.
The thread reporting the problem has been updated and indicates that moving that transferring the Asheron’s Call to Turbine’s new data center, where the LOTRO servers are going as well, would be expedited, but that the game would not be up again until that happened. The statement was that the game should be up by Friday.
They just did not say which Friday.
However, it appears it might be today, as people at the end of the forum thread are reporting that they can log in. There has been no official announcement or update since August 31.
Addendum: Turbine posted about the servers being up on Facebook, though no word yet in the official forums, where players are looking for compensation for the down time. I say refund them double their money! Wait, the game is free?
- The Wonder about Drunder
Daybreak announced their isle of misfit players, the Drunder prison server, back in August. However, we haven’t heard much since. Over at Atheren’s Adventures there was a report of a thread about the new server over on the Daybreak forums.
The thread kicks off with a post from somebody who has been banished to the new server and has found that it isn’t actually working yet. How do you open a ticket on a server where you have been denied all support? Anyway, there is clearly a hole in the system if people so banned can still post on the forums. The rest of the forum thread is mostly scorn for cheaters, questions about what gets your there (as opposed to just outright banned), and why Daybreak has bothered with this at all. Key comment from the announcement thread:
Update from drunder: server was a complete flop, no one plays there. Banned people continue to just make new accounts.
Still some of the old SOE “Hey, let’s just try this!” moxie left in Daybreak I guess.
- Transfers Begin in Middle-Earth
The server consolidation effort for Lord of the Rings Online, which was referenced at the beginning of the year in the Producer’s Letter and for which we finally got some concrete details early last month, looks to be kicking off next week.
There is a post up on the forums indicating that the first two servers up for free, one-way transfers will be the US server Elendilmir and the EU server Estel.
Players on EU servers will be able to transfer to one of the following servers:
Players on US servers will be able to transfer to one of the following servers:
The US server Brandywine remains off the list of possible destinations for the time being.
- Saying No to Windows 10
Long gone are the days when I would install a new operating system on day one or, heaven forbid, during beta. I think the last beta OS I installed on a machine I owned was Mac OS 7.1, part of the System 7 chain of releases, and I regretted it. I don’t even want to get into the pros and cons of Windows 10. I am happy and everything is working on Windows 7, so there is no reason to change. I’ll move when I need to.
However, Microsoft seems quite intent on telling me about Windows 10 every day when I start up my system. I am not interested in a “free” copy of Windows 10.
Finally sick of that, I decided to try to at least do away with that notification. As it turns out, Microsoft slipped that in as part of the Windows Update cycle as KB3035583. Uninstalling that update removed the daily reminder about Windows 10.
Unfortunately, Microsoft is so eager to hand out copies of Windows 10 that they might be pushing it to people who haven’t even opted in. Just what I need clogging up space on my SSD. Something else to fix.