The Thargoids have arrived

No posts lately as I heard that the Thargoids have arrived in Elite:Dangerous last Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

How has this caused my hiatus?

I rushed out and picked up a new graphics card (Radeon RX 480) and a 256 Gig Samsung SSD so I could play the game with ease.

That’s when the trouble began! I found I couldn’t migrate Win7 easily off a partition on a 2TB HD to the SSD; or rather I could, but Windows wouldn’t open.

I also had issues installing the Radeon drivers on Debian. I tried and failed to rebuild a kernel (first attempt), and I didn’t know there were new Linux kernels available, still not sure if they would work.

So I re-installed Ubuntu, as I knew there were Radeon driversย available. So after installing Ubuntu on my original SSD I found after many attempts that I couldn’t install Win 7 on my new SSD… but I could install Ubuntu on it, and Win7 was happy to install on my original SSD.

Best part of 3 days it took me to remove my old graphics card, slot in the new one, plug the new SSD into a SATA port on the motherboard, install 2 new operating systems, and setup Steam and Elite:Dangerous, including the Horizons DLC!

Thank the Linux gods that I have a weekly backup of my Home directory that’s easy to bring back with Deja Dup.

For the rest of the 2 weeks I’ve been flying around space ๐Ÿ™‚

Elite:Dangerous Vulture

I didn’t jump straight back into my Clipper; after accidents when coming back to E:D after a break in the past. So I mapped my keys to a wired xbox controller (I still find the ergonomics suit my large hands better than the PS4 pads) and took my Vulture out for a ride.

I didn’t take many risks, practiced takeoff’s and docking, all was going well, so thought I’d try comabat.

Now I remember this ship could hold its own so I was quite confident approaching a Conflict Zone, even after time away.

I was destroyed within 5 mins, WTF! It felt like the ship had been nerfed, or it could have been my new lack of skills.

So I cashed in the insurance and bought one of my favourite ships in the game, an Asp. I moved over what hardware I could, and sold the rest.

For the next few days I flew my Asp around Imperial space, running data, fetch, and delivery missions, not wasting weight on weapons. I didn’t realise immediately that I had purchased an Asp Scout, and not the model I’d had fun exploring and trading with in the past, the Asp Explorer… or am I just confused and was there only the Asp available on launch? Shit it was over 2 years ago!

Elite:Dangerous Clipper

Anyway I was then confident enough to have my Clipper delivered to me and things have been going well, except for one failed planetary landing that cost me another insurance claim.

The game seems to have improved in many little ways, and now it’s easier on the eyes with my new graphics card, and stutter free.

I’ve even done something that I once though pedestrian, and have installed a docking computer on the Clipper, loving the sylish landings and how Frontier have kept the classical music that kicks in with the computer as on the original.

So I’m cruising around Harm with some nice one jump return 3.2k/tonne loops, working on saving credits to afford maybe a Python next so I’m not limited to large landing pads.

Loving picking Elite up again, and I haven’t set out yet to find the Engineers, Alien Ruins, or the Thargoids ๐Ÿ™‚

first techy projects of 2017


Things I’m playing with over the Xmas NY break ๐Ÿ™‚

  • installed KDE desktop, not sure why I haven’t tried it before, although I did try Mate a few weeks ago that I can’t get to work correctly
  • excited about season 2 of Street Fighter V I’ve reinstalled it on the PS4, and I’m more frustrated and annoyed by Capcom’s servers than ever
    • repetatively the server connection keeps dropping, the only solution I can find is to close the game and re-load
    • the novelty of getting to practice with Akuma wore off quite quickly, I couldn’t even find a single gameย ๐Ÿ™
  • I’m excited about Elite: Dangerous coming the the PS4 this year, although not sure I can be motivated to put the hours in again, and I don’t think Commanders will be able to migrate over saved profiles
  • currently downloadingย the one game I’ve purchased on Steam Kerbal Space Program yet again.
    • I’ve justย searched and found that it’s already available for the PS4… not sure how I missed this!

I needed to use this guide to get Steam to load on Ubuntu 16.04

rm ~/.steam/steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/
rm ~/.steam/steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/amd64/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

elite dangerous trailer


I picked up Elite Dangerous pre launch but until now have not seen the trailer.

OMG it’s awesome, and depicts the game well, another title I’m looking forward to coming to PS4… or whatever version of the PlayStation I’ll be playing on then ๐Ÿ˜‰

Back in the Elite:Dangerous universe

After 6 months or so away from playing, I’m back in the Elite:Dangerous universem I thought I’d go back and visit space, see if much had changed.

After spending 3 evening trying to establish and fix when my PC would randomly boot while running Win7. After checking everything from BIOS t, drivers, and the PCU, removing and refitting the memory seemed to fix the issue… for now.

I then installed all of the over due Win 7 updates, and upgraded Elite:Dangerous to version 1.4… now can I play?

Nope, my joypad setup needed re-mapping, and 6 months away from a game with as many buttons this took me the best part of an hour to set up my Ps4 pad.

Finally I get to launch; first thing I notice is that jobs look to be paying more. I find an easy delivery task paying 250 credits, score.

So I’m out at the Pratchett’s Disk, HIP 74290 still paying respects to Sir Terry, the job I’ve agreed to delivery point is 17 jumps away. No worries off I set.

5 jumps into my voyage my Clipper is running low on fuel, and each star seems to be a Brown Dwarf. After a stress over if I’ll run out of fuel I run into a string of class M Stars, fuel aplenty.

Here’s a good guide to help keep your fuel tanks full: wiki elite:dangerous stars

Everything else passed without incident, until I arrived at my target system.

My ship had begun to decelerate, approaching the space station, when I was intercepted with an interdiction. No problem I thought, I’ll just drop out of supercruise, receive the threat of destruction, and just jump away to safety and 250 credit pay day… yeah right.

Dropping out was the easy bit, I was then blasted out of the sky… I didn’t seem to have a button mapped to jump, and my Clipper was unarmed!

So after 3 days fixing my PC, a day of downloads and upgrades, an hour of mapping keys, 2 hours flying across the solar system, I was blasted out of the sky by a NPC pirate, lost my 250k pay day, and it has cost me the best part of 1.5 million credits in insurance to buy back my Clipper.

I must love this game ๐Ÿ™‚

The today I can’t load E:D as it tells me a time check failed!

use PS4 joypad on PC

use PS4 joypad on PC

One of the great features of the PS4 is the new Joypad, it’s more ergonomic, and the touch pad is a work of design genius.

So I was stoked to find out it could be used on the PC by following this simple guide from Make Use Of – how to use the ps4 controller on your mac or pc

Now I can ditch my old Hori xbox pad for Elite Dangerous, and add that bit of extra style to my Empire Clipper with the PS4 pad ๐Ÿ™‚

Made it to Pratchett’s disk

Pratchett's Disk selfie

Finally made it to Pratchett’s disk, not too bad too wise, but trading my Clipper for a Asp I could have done it in half the jumps.

On the way to HIP 74290 I was thinking that my next mission might be to Sagittarius A Star, although after arriving here, and reading that the Ankh Guards (primary occupier [Neutral]) are looking for food and non lethal weapons, I’m tempted to stay around for a bit, and help their cause.

Whatever, it has been a pleasant pilgrimage making my way here, with fond memories of Terry all the way

Pratchett Disk

PS> made 250k in cartography credits by scanning stars + advanced scanner, on the convoluted way here ๐Ÿ™‚

Off to find the Discworld


I’ve been playing about with some python code, having creating a few (useless) Reddit bots, I might look to publish the code as sure others would like to do similar… although all my code is pretty much plagerised from a variety of different sources ๐Ÿ™‚

So I’ve been on another break from Elite:Dangerous. Returning to Siddha I didn’t fancy trading, and the conflict zones nearby have dried up, so I’ve decided to make a sojourn to the Terry Pratchett memorial station.

Typing Pratchett into the Navigation search pulls up system HIP 51980, 20 jumps away.

I’ve kitted my Clipper out with D class modules, scanners, and a fuel scoop, and I’m off for a looksie.

I’ll send a postcard, Nanny Ogg style ๐Ÿ™‚

Nanny Ogg

edit: Bollocks, rule number 765, never trust the Navigation search ๐Ÿ™‚
Pratchett City is a landing stage, not large enough to land my Clipper at HIP 51980.

Pratchett Disk is in system HIP 74290, ~311 Light Years from Pratchett City, eh oh, only 24 jumps

Elite: Back to Ball Dock


I haven’t played Elite for a week, after the ‘Ball Dock Clipper Incident’

In exile from elite I’ve been visiting Arkham in Batman: Arkham Origins, and enjoying the change in genre and gamestyle. Finally beating Deadshot last night, I feel I’ve earned the rights to return to space trucking ๐Ÿ™‚

My Clipper currently has a hold capacity of 240 tonnes, but due to my reduced funds, and to cover insurance in case of another ‘accident’, I could only afford to shift 100 tonnes of Imperial Slaves, for 68k profit… it’s going to take me a while to make back the 4 million I lost ๐Ÿ™

231 tonnes of Beryllium, for 306k profit, on my return trip will hopefully allow me to fill my holds going forward, Hail the Emperor, Bask in his Glory ๐Ÿ™‚

Not sure what I think of the Clipper, expect it will grow on my, but I’m kinda missing my Asp4

4 million credit worse off


I’ve just crashed my Clipper with 240 tonnes of gold into a space station, ~ 4 Million credits with insurance gone in the blink of an eye.

I love elite: dangerous, but it makes you pay dearly for your mistakes.

I need a break, finishing the COD:AW campaign for a change of scene and genre

Update: shit story, too much of a wannabe COD:MW Rating: ★★☆☆☆, not looking forward to the rest of the trilogy, as guessing Activision will milk it

The Spear of Lugh

I’ve spent most of my time in the Elite: Dangerous universe trading, space trucking valuable cargo on short efficient jumps, getting a feel for the engine and saving up enough credits… to buy a bigger ship and have the ability to haul more ๐Ÿ˜‰

After the last 1.2 Wings update, and the last patch that has brought down the cost of battle focussed ships, I’ve decided to try more pew pew action. I’ve fitted out a Vulture and am participating in my second Combat Bond Community.
Elite: Dangerous Vulture

The Vulture space superiority fighter sacrifices hardpoint flexibility for maneuverability. Advanced manufacturing techniques have allowed the Vulture to integrate large hardpoints into its relatively small frame, offsetting the ship’s limited weapon count, but its nimble flight characteristics make it equally devastating against smaller targets. A limited cargo and passenger capability has not stopped it becoming a preferred personal transport for those who like to project a certain attitude in their dealings

Just cashed in 94k of bonds, but no tier reward… maybe I was fighting for the wrong side, nevermind it’s fun all the same ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m far from being alone in Lugh, according to the traffic report 7,966 ships have passed through in the last 24 hours, and the most popular ship? Not surprising it’s the Vulture at 1868, followed by 1,425 Cobra’s.

Back to pew-pew’ing, fly safe CMDRS!

lost in the stars

Elite Dangerous
No posts for over a month!

All due to one launch title prior to the New Year break, Elite Dangerous

The original was the driving reason for me to have a computer, and now we have this latest version available on today’s kit.

I’ve seriously been hooked, like a kid in a toy shop ๐Ÿ™‚

Sure I’ll be posting more on the game over time, and my first impressions of the ships and experiences of the Milky Way

Take control of your own starship in a cut-throat galaxy.
Start with a small starship and a few credits, and do whatever it takes to get the skill, knowledge, wealth and power to stand among the ranks of the Elite.

400 Billion Star Systems. Infinite Freedom. Blaze Your Own Trail
In the year 3300, across the vast expanse of an epic, full-scale recreation of our Milky Way, interstellar rivalries flare as galactic superpowers fight proxy wars.

Some may know you as an ally; others will call you a pirate, a bounty hunter, a smuggler, an explorer, an assassin, a hero… Fly alone or with friends, fight for a cause or go it alone; your actions change the galaxy around you in an ever unfolding story.