GW2 – Do Dungeons

Diviner Armor
Diviner Armor

Once you get to level 80, and craft some armor and weapons. Then you’ll need higher strength gear. One way to get this is to go to WvW [ World vs World] and try to keep up with the Chaos. I tried this for about a day, and got about 1400 Badges of Honor.

The cloth armor looks pretty good actually. Here’s an example of Diviner’s Armor that I got with those Badges and some gold from an Armor Merchant in the Mists.

Another way to get better armor is to Grind dungeons.

There are a number of Dungeon currencies. To get enough for armor will take a few days or a couple of weeks. As you do the dungeons the first time during a day, for any character on your account, you get bonus chest[s].

In addition to these dungeons, there are the Fractals. I’ve only done those once, but my gear was not high enough a level. I’m building up my gear with dungeons, and crafting the next level of gear, which begins to get quite expensive. Ascended gear is the final level, and it’s very complex to craft and costly.

All the Dungeon Weapons and Armor have pretty much the same stats, but different looks. There are some details that are different, so choose carefully.


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Linux Mint 17 – Auto Mount Solved

SOLVED – see below

The Disks
The Disks

I have a couple of hard drives. But I can’t get them to AutoMount. Used the post here to try to get it to work, but this does not work. The boot stops with a message to “Type S to skip mounting or M to Manually whatever”.

Mount Options
Mount Options

I set the options to LABEL= to match the old mount point, I hoped.

I can mount the drives manually using the little Arrow in the Disks program next to the partition.


According to this post under Ubuntu: You must uncheck the “Show In User Interface” option:

Correct Options
Correct Options

The drive[s] then show up as /mnt/YOURLABELHERE and rebooting remounts the drives properly.

Mounted drives
Mounted drives

But these are not the original mount points that were present when the disks were first added to the system. So I changed them and they still mount properly.

Corrected Mount Points
Corrected Mount Points
Back to the Original Places
Back to the Original Places

And they appear in the user interface, as you can see. Voila! Why is this so complicated?


BTW, this was published for 2014 so that it does not appear on my first page of the blog. There is no other way I know to get things off the first page.

Linux DVD writing screenshots

When DVD+R is Inserted
When DVD+R is Inserted
R-Click choices on ISO
R-Click choices on ISO

When I choose Disk Image Writer, on LM17, I get a window for which I have no understandable choices. So the question is how am I supposed to use this interface to write an ISO the DVD+R that I have just inserted.

Oh. I see:

Disk Image Writer is a backup program. Brasero is the ISO media writer program, among other things.

Thanks a heap,

@N200 ~ $ inxi -S
System:    Host: N200 Kernel: 3.13.0-24-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: Gnome Distro: Linux Mint 17 Qiana

BTW: Publishing this exactly one year ago is a hack to keep bug posts off the front page, for which there is no feature in WordPress.

HDR with the Sony Nex6

Fusion Sum Result
Fusion Sum Result

The primary requirement I had for the purchase of the Sony Nex6 was that it shoot raw to allow processing of the photos to bring out shadows and compress highlight areas in the same photo. HDR – High Dynamic Range – combines photos taken at different exposures to provide the ability to represent both very light and very dark areas in the same JPG image. Raw saves the wider dynamic range data from the sensor to accomplish the same thing. Which is better?

I shot a series of bracketed images in both JPG and Raw and processed them with HDR software and RawTherapee to find out which is better. Beware of clicking on these images. They are the full size images from the camera and can take a while to download.

The photo above was built from JPG bracketed images using Fusion 1 SUM. It shows a typical flatness and lack of saturation of some HDR photos. I was able to get much better results using PictureNaut.

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RawTherapee – Suggest Easy Way to Compare Images

A90_00301When you are working on a new set of images you need to figure out which ones to use and which ones to toss. This is based on a few things of course, and many of the reasons are easily seen by looking at the image by itself, or comparing the image with the FilmStrip above. It’s almost never enough to just look at the File Browser thumbnail array to cull images.

If you are like me, you often take a few shots from a single spot of a scene. You vary crop, zoom, and exposure, and maybe other settings or just take a couple because the camera may have moved slightly and blurred the shot. So when you get home and start to process these images there are a few to choose from.

At this point, RawTherapee has no easy way to compare images. The current modes are Single Editor and Multiple Editor. Neither of these accomplishes what I need.

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Sony Nex6 – OMG It’s Small

Sony Nex6 vs Nikon D300
Sony Nex6 vs Nikon D300

Just got my Sony Nex6. OMG it’s small. I am amazed. This is not a review, those are easy to find out there. This is just my first impressions. I’m coming from a long history of SLRs and DSLRs. Olympus OM-1 in 1977, Nikon 90S 1995, D70 2004, D300 2008 – to preserve my Nikon lens investment. And later a 18-200 VR lens. A couple of years ago I got bored with photography, mostly because the camera was just too heavy to lug around. I’ve been using Nikon Coolpix and more recently a Pentax WG-II which is great on sandy beaches and rain storms. But I missed shooting raw. Recently I went looking for an updated Raw camera. I’d heard that the Sony Alpha series was a break through camera series with no mirror or penta-prism. Smaller, lighter and cheaper.

Well my first impression is that I can get excited about photography again.

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SourceForge broken – only for one browser on one machine

Broken SourceForge
Broken SourceForge

SourceForge is broken and looks like this, but only for FireFox 32 and only on one of my four Win7 x64 machines. Works fine on MSIE 11, and Linux Mint 17, FFox 32 on VirtualBox on the same machine.

Many things do not fix this problem:

  • Clear the entire browser cache, history, and sourceforge only or all cookies.
  • Mess with various settings in Ghostery and block and unblock many of the trackers. With the same tracker block profile on other machines those work fine.
  • Remove any unnecessary plugins and extensions. LastPass, Ghostery and Flash are the only ones left on all the machines. No difference.
  • Uninstall and re-install FireFox.
  • Flush the DNS cache.
  • Reboot the system.

No joy after all of these attempts. Anybody got an idea to fix this?

Update: 11 Sept 2014 All fixed. Who knew. Maybe some mirror had a bad CSS file. Anyway. All better now. No clue why one of my systems was bad, and why clearing the cache and cookies didn’t fix it. Sigh… Summer lightning.
– ww

RawTherapee – First Impressions

RawTherapee is a photo processing and organization program. I have used Adobe Lightroom a few years / versions ago. I used RT a couple of years ago, but not carefully.

I have upgraded my systems to SSD system disks, and if you have SSDs there are somethings that you’ll need to do before you start using RT.

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