Looking back on Asheron’s Call

Back in 1999 some friends got me into playing Asheron’s Call – one of the first three Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) to hit the market.  Originally developed by Turbine Entertainment – a company formed to create this game – and originally published by Microsoft on the MSN Gaming Zone.  I played the game to varying degrees from its launch in 1999 until it was shut down at the end of January 2017 getting involved in two official volunteer corps – the Zone Online Team (ZOT) and the Jolt.co.uk live events team and contributing to various third party add-ons and emulation projects.

Almost one year after AC was shut down, the Hey You Video Game podcast decided to do an episode on AC featuring interviews with LOLcifer and Tee Ess, aka me.  I had a bit of a cold at the time of the interview but it was awesome to talk about and reminisce about a very unique game.  It’s easy to forget how unique the game was; some of the concepts it pioneered are now in every new MMO to hit the market while others haven’t for reasons which could be debated for a long time.

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Always using the best source of power

In a previous post we considered how to verify we are using a safe source of shore power and where we should apply the KISS principle to that process, but there’s another big consideration – what’s the best source of power at any given time and how can we ensure that we are using it?

When building a skoolie, you can get appliances which are powered by a number of means and sources but not all are created equal.  Certain power sources can significantly impact the price, usefulness, and longevity of your project.

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Shore power and your RV, this information could shock you

Click-bait title aside, domestic wiring in an RV is a bit different from household wiring.  When a house is being built, it’ll get permanently hooked up to the grid by professionals with multiple inspections where as an RV will get plugged in all over the place – and who knows how well wired those sources are?  For this reason, there are some precautions you should take to keep yourself safe.

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Sheila: Overview and Credits

For the uninitiated, Sheila is what I call a Skoolie some friends and I built in the summer of 2016.  For a general overview of the entire project, see my post about #SheilaTheBus in my portfolio of major projects.

There are a lot of places on the Internet where you can get inspiration and information on building yourself a Skoolie.  There is no shortage of opinion and suggestions out there –  some simply stated as fact, some backed up with evidence.  Keep in mind that local legislation may differ from one region to another and that some people’s opinions may not be stated as such and may not be an informed opinion either.

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Avoid computer disaster with data backups

Originally written and published in the Manor Park community newspaper, the Manor Park Chronicle, in the winter of 2006.  The advice still applies today though there are now many more cloud-based backup solutions but don’t forget to keep the security of our data in mind.

Winter is finally here, and like many others, I have put an ice scraper, a shovel, some booster cables, a tow rope, and a flashlight in the trunk of my car.  I certainly don’t plan on getting stranded this winter but should it happen, I am prepared.

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