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Cthulhu Calamari

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About Cthulhu Calamari

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  • Location
    Vancouver, BC
  • Occupation
    Articled Student at an Entertainment Law Firm


  • CPU
  • Motherboard
    MSI Z170A Gaming M5
  • RAM
    16GB G.Skill DDR4-3200
  • GPU
    EVGA GTX 1070 ACX 3.0
  • Case
    Corsair Carbide SPEC-01
  • PSU
    EVGA Supernova 750 G1
  • Display(s)
    LG 29UC88-B
  • Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G610 (Cherry MX Brown)
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502
  • Sound
    Sennheiser GSP 350
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  1. I picked up a Logitech G502 during Amazon's Black Friday Sale last year, and I've really been loving it. It's a bit steep at full-price, but it's definitely a great mouse.
  2. It's nicer than a regular controller, sure, but in Canada it's over $200 after tax, and considering what you get I'm probably going to return it after 2 days of use. Am I on crazy pills, or is this thing an extremely overpriced underwhelming chunk of plastic? Software Out of the box it needed a software update through the "Xbox Accessories" Win 10 app, and that required - no joke - ten attempts, with it alternately giving an unknown error message, or hanging at random progress percentages. Once it was finally finished updating, the software itself isn't very intuitive, and doesn't appear to have any additional help info in-app. The customization options themselves also seem kind of pointless. Yeah, I definitely wanted to turn down the vibration, but the actuation adjustments for the sticks don't come with any in-app explanation of what the different curves actually do, and there isn't any visual feedback for what difference the slider makes... The main thing I was interested in with this ridiculously extravagant controller was the ability to set deadzones on the sticks. In games like Hollow Knight and Hyper Light Drifter I often find my character is facing the wrong direction after frantic movement because the snap-back on the sticks can inadvertently trigger a turn around after I've released my thumb... I can set the deadzone in Steam's settings, but does that carry over to games played through non-Steam launchers? If it does, then Microsoft's app seems even more pointless to me. Am I just an idiot for not finding whatever setting this is? Or is it just not there? Hardware I can't find a definitive answer online about whether all of the articles I've seen about defects or shoddy build quality were limited to units from an initial product run, or if these problems persist today. Does anyone know if they still have a surprising fail rate for the stick and shoulder buttons? Because of one of the sticks on a $200 controller starts to sag after a couple of months of casual use, I will be furious. If it matters, this one is: Model No.: 1698 Lot No./Date: 1850 Also, the trigger switches are supremely underwhelming. I got the Bionik Quickshot custom grips for my standard Xbone controller, and those work really well. The only issue is that the actuation point in "quickfire" mode is only halfway on the actuation arc. That's acceptable for the types of game that's meant for, but I really assumed that a first-party option (that wasn't just sticking a piece of plastic in the mechanism) would be a true analogue-to-binary converter, but no: the official Microsoft option does the exact same thing, with the "quickfire" mode still only registering half-way actuation. That's no reason to keep this controller. So the only current stand-out feature seems to be the paddles, but as far as I can tell, all they can do is be mapped to existing Xbox gamepad functions (X, Y, A, B, etc.), and can't have any further function mapped to them. Is this the case? They are only there to make hitting existing buttons easier when you're using the sticks, and they can't add functions? On a PC? I'm used to the software for gaming mice being a bit unintuitive, but at the end of the day I can map unused keyboard inputs to extra mouse buttons, and then modify in-game controls to take advantage of a mouse I paid too much for. Am I Crazy? Should I just buy another standard Xbone pad for $50-60 CAD (depending on colour), and another $20-30 for the Quickshot mod, and just save myself over a HUNDRED DOLLARS?? Or is there some software function that I am just too thick to find? Alternately, if there are any recommendations for 3rd-party controllers that are actually worth picking up, I'm open to suggestions.
  3. NM, it was a one-time thing. I'm never going to underestimate what shenanigans a Windows update can cause, though...
  4. I have this exact same problem, but it only cropped up after the last update... What should I do in that instance?
  5. I updated Win 10 last night (it's currently Version 10.0.17763 Build 17763), and when I fired up my desktop today, instead of the MSI logo displaying on startup, the Win 10 logo did (and it was stretched out because it didn't account for my 21:9 monitor). Did Microsoft seriously just re-brand my computer with an update? Did this happen to anyone else?
  6. I can't speak to your model, but I have an ASUS laptop w/ a type-C that doesn't support any video throughput, including HDMI. Might just be that...
  7. Thanks for the help. I've sent clean download links for the programs to the co-worker. Does anyone know if any of the computer services companies in Vancouver are secure?
  8. A co-worker was just telling me about a recent issue with her computer. While doing something online a pop-up locked her home computer and prompted her to call a number, which she did. The person on the other end had her use Run to download something form a "CCLB.com" domain, and they were walking her through setting that up when she realized it was probably fraud, and she ended the conversation before everything was fully set up. So, I was wondering if there was a cleaning service in Vancouver, BC that was recommended and/or trusted by people here. In the meantime I'm going to walk her through using some security features, but any recommendations would be appreciated. Cheers
  9. Customers didn't. Employees, on the other hand, don't have this luxury. Included in the information was data for everyone who worked for and with the company, possibly for the better part of 2 decades. They got straight boned by this breach, and there is literally nothing they could have done to prevent it. (Except, of course, for whatever dipshit was responsible for their IT security...)
  10. It may not be a breach of their systems in technical terms, but it is a breach of consumer protections and data handling. ... including provincial, state and federal privacy laws.
  11. Is this meant to be helpful in some way? This wasn't some fan forum; it was a commercial retail outlet. You can't not give personal information for online transactions, especially if you didn't live in a city with an NCIX pickup location, as they have to mail it somewhere. I sincerely hope you've reported this to the Privacy Commissioner. If not, here you go: https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/report-a-concern/
  12. I haven't seen the other reports, but I did read this article, including information like "This even featured personal documents and images of Mr. Wu’s family mixed in with numerous private photos of high end escorts from mainland china." [sic] Let me know if anyone finds information about a class action lawsuit against whomever is responsible for this...
  13. Does Synergy 2 still have the auto-config issue? That was the whole reason I was thinking of upgrading. On version 1.9 I still have to deal with the IP address changing regularly, so I've still got 2 mice and an external keyboard on my work desk, in addition to my laptop (the server). Simplifying this was the main point! Also, with Synergy 1 I get crazy text swaps when I copy & paste from Mac to Windows (& vice versa), especially with punctuation. It adds in a string of alternate text so frequently that it's usually faster to just email the text to myself instead, again completely negating one of the functions of the program - the function that costs an extra $10 to have, no less! Is this still an issue with 2?
  14. CS:GO question: Is there a way to fix the busted 2560x1080 setting? Instead of adding in black bars to the sides of the screen (like every other competitive FPS would do) it zooms in so hard that the "Spectate" option is cropped out of the team select screen. An ultrawide forum I've looked at had a workaround that tweaked a config file, but others have said that results in a VAC ban. Short of manually changing my video card's output every time I want to play, what are my options? Here's an example. Cheers
  15. OK, y'all. While walking the dog today, I finally saw that it is officially gone. I hope someone is using it to enjoy input-lag-less retro gaming.