Posts Tagged ‘ computer ’

Ventrilo Tweaks for Noobs

Note: This miniguide assumes that you already have a mic and have installed Ventrilo.

Make Everyone The Same Volume
Follow these directions: About: Vent Settings. You can make some small tweaks to the settings, but overall the suggested ones work fine. For especially quiet people, you can also right click on their name in the main window and go to Miscellaneous>Special Effects>Volume.

See Who Is Talking on Vent
In the Ventrilo window, go to Setup>Overlay. Here are the settings to change:

Enable Overlay Support. Select this. Otherwise nothing shows.

Auto Open. When selected, the overlay always shows. I keep the option checked because otherwise the overlay keeps popping on and off, which gets annoying.

Screen Location. Set to Manually Position. To adjust the position, close the settings window, right click in the Vent window, and go to View>Manually position overlay. I place mine in the upper left corner, right next to the system name.

Popup Timeout. This setting is affected by the “Auto Open” setting; I just leave it as is.

Status Page Options. Uncheck “Recent events” and “Commanding messages”. They just waste screen space.

Hopefully those two tweaks are useful for you. If there are any other tweaks you use, let me know and I will add them to here.

Confirmed exploit allows EVE players to sneak up on unsuspecting victims – Massively

Confirmed exploit allows EVE players to sneak up on unsuspecting victims – Massively.

Whoa. You basically do not appear in local for a while (similar to wormhole space, except in known space).

Ultra Deep Safes

Deep Deep Safes

This Goonswarm manual explains how to create ultradeep safes; it is a must-read for PvPers.

Lonetrek FTW

Self-hosted WordPress blogs give you a lot more control than blogs. But that extra flexibility also means that you have enough rope to hang yourself. And over the past two weeks, I have had innumerable issues with this blog – from passing PHP memory limits to having outdated permalink settings. For seasoned web developers, these may be fairly minor issues. But for someone like me, they are very tough to handle (though I am a programmer, I am web-illiterate).

But all was not lost. @AnMiTh, the creator of Lonetrek Hostings, stepped in to help. His response time to every problem was phenomenal, and his willingness to help overwhelmed me. Kudos to @AnMiTh and Lonetrek Hostings for providing so much help. Not only does he have the cheapest web hosting I have ever seen, but customer support is unparalleled. I highly recommend Lonetrek Hostings.

In other news, it seems that people still have not switched over to this new blog. averages 100 views per day and has 53 Google Reader subscribers, while averages 300 views per day and has 165 Google Reader subscribers. (Note that the subscriber numbers only include those using Google Reader; people using Capsuleer or any other RSS reader are not counted). Obviously I would like everyone to switch to the new blog location (, but I see no real way to force people to update their feed readers and bookmarks. I could threaten to pod them in Eve, but I doubt it would work very well. :\

Neglected Eve PvP Tools

Two useful yet neglected Eve PvP tools:

Eve Combat Log Analyzer. This displays useful PvP stats that you can use after a battle to analyze how your weapons (and your enemies’) performed. Regrettably, this tool has not been under development since 2006, but you can download a working Dominion version here: Combat Log Analyzer 0.17. If you are a developer, please help update and improve the log analyzer. The Eve community would benefit greatly from it.

EFT Ship Creator. This allows you to create custom ships in EFT, useful for testing upcoming ships (e.g. in December I used it to analyze the effectiveness of faction ships in Dominion) and messing around with special ships (how powerful is the Eidolon?).