Now Saving: Backup PC #3


Today, I received OTG USB cables to use with my Moto G android phone. And my wireless usb keyboard in particular has an attacked touchpad for mouse cursor control. Ultimately, this means that in a pinch, my phone can now work well enough as a third backup PC should my others fail.

And to make sure that I can in fact do well enough with it, I am writing this blog entry in the described fashion.

I also found out I can use it with my Logitech gamepad to play emulators and things much better than with on-screen controls.  I found a little gotcha though, in that if I want to switch from keyboard to gamepad, I must *unplug the OTG cable from the phone*. Simply swapping the device connected to the client end of the OTG cable isn’t recognized correctly by the OS. Once I figured that out, I finished SSB on an emulator with Yoshi on Normal with 3 lives, and defeated/unlocked Ness. Almost started another playthrough as Ness, but felt kinda drowsy, and descided to get on to writing this blogpost.

Power/water/net was out earlier for a little while. A few months ago, a debit card went missing and a replacement was ordered. The replacement kept the same numbers, but had an updated expiration date. So when the lost card was invalidated, all bills coming out of autopay were failing due to the incorrect expiry. Gotta make sure I don’t fall into that same trap in the future.

Played a few more matches of Dead Island Epidemic’s Scavenger mode. It’s really important to go after the horaders when they show up as they drop a lot of supplies. Supply points are important for an early advantage and it’s good to harass them to deny the leading team, defeating the horrder gets far more points in much smaller time than capture points can, and can make a huge difference in finishing or getting the first-to-fill-the-truck bonus. Also, if you fill uncomfortable carrying the resources back to base, use G to toss them at an ally and let them carry it. If they’re overburdened, consider guarding them back or asking them to split the load with you using G.

I also updated my Tera Rising client, made RydBloons the Elin, and playerd around for a little while with the secondary healer/buffer class. It’s interesting. While I would prefer an active, direct heal, this character produces healing orb items that stay onthe ground for quite a while after being summoned. I like to imagine she’s just going around making magic healing balloons for everyone and giving them away for free. And that was a class decision I would not have through to try if not for me missing out on the Soothe ability in WildSTar when they were running the open beta. Soothe uses a variety of affects- including a bunch of balloons that burst- as an ally-target healing skill. My time back in TERA was cute and fun, but like MMORPGs tend to do, it was reallyt repetitive. I think I got up back to level 5 before I lost interest.

Listened to an Idle Thumbs podcast. Got hpyed for Gamecube adapter for WiiU and SSB Invitationals. Saw news that has me convinced I should try to get my brother and sister to switch to eCig. While some potential harms to it are unknown, for the most part, it seems to be a hell of a lot less deadly thanks to the lack of tabacco, so… yeah. The problem is the cost. They’re obviously not going to attempt the switch without assistance.


Read the new chapter of Fallout Equestria: Better Days. With the MoM warehouse demolished and the characters surviving only due to a matter of fortune, I can’t help but admit I was a little disappointed by the lack of balloons,confetti, streamers,  pastries, and chocolate milk. But there was an explosion, and that’s a good thing! also it’s entirely possible Sandy just hoarded like tons and tons of stuff she found in the building and didn’t tell anyone about. Especially if the raincoat jacket thingy has pockets.  There’s also some romance elements at play now that I dislike, but I’ll live, I guess. Long as the laughter outshines how much I dislike romance=y type things, then I will probably keep following. Or something.

No programming was done today, but I did download AIDE and Terminal IDE or something like that for Android, so in theory, I should now be able to use this phone as a programming tool with a battery life that outshines any of my laptops. So that’ll be interesting to try out. If it plays well with git, things’ll work out fine.