Monday, October 05, 2020

Getting to Legend Glory rank and Not Forgotten in Destiny 2 (survival freelance)


So I just got NF 2 days ago pretty much all freelance.

  • It was a long road for me. I use to be a fabled person but over the last say 6 months and playing with purpose I slowly raised my glory ceiling every season. 2700-3000, then 4200, and then finally this season I've been bouncing around 5000. This Saturday I fell back down to 4850 and then hit a 7 win streak to end at 5498. It wasn't easy. There were some real close matches at the end there. Several games went to 7 rounds.

  • Get a feel for the size of the pool of players is. I like it when the pool is larger. If it takes a long time to queue and you keep getting matched with the same players and losing a lot I would call it a night. Saturday afternoons worked well for me (xbox).

  • I stayed away from PC which is where I usually play PvE. It's just way faster pace, sweatier, and there is always the threat of cheaters.

  • Get comfortable carrying and having to pull off clutch final 1v1 or 1v2 wins. Get use to playing well under pressure. In solo queue it's going to happen.

  • I watched a lot of youtube videos and streamers and of course read this subreddit. It helps to some extent but try not to focus too much on just their mechanical skills. Yes, I can sometimes pull off some of those moves but never as fast or smooth. I'm just flat out old at 49 and my reflexes are no where near where they were at 20. Instead I focused on their game sense, map awareness, radar, positioning, always having the right weapon out, etc. These are areas I knew I could make much bigger strides in.

  • I'll bring up positioning and right weapon out again since I think this is pretty critical. Being able to read the radar and the player and predicting what they are going to do next is huge. When I die it's usually because I expected them to do one thing or be in some spot and they weren't.

  • Stick close enough to your teammates that you can help with team shooting in a moments notice but not necessarily holding hands. Learning to support your teammates without voice is huge no matter how good or bad they are.

  • Get comfortable with 2 different loadouts and practice, practice, practice with them. Don't keep cycling through like 20 different weapons. One for close range/aggressive teams and another for bigger maps/more passive teams. After a while you should know which loadout you prefer based on which maps. I pretty much stuck to mostly meta: hunter - suros, felwinter/beloved, hammerhead, stompees, middle tree void, 100 mobility, 80 recovery, 80 int.

  • Learn to recognize EARLY when you are going to lose a 1v1 and immediately get OUT (slide, dodge, dash). Survivability is key....well in survival.

  • So with shotgun I really don't ape. I know I don't have the mechanical skills to really pull it off consistently. But I did get good using it defensively. I got pretty good at judging distance, baiting, let apes come to me, backpedal and finishing them off with suros if they were far enough way or quick swap to felwinter to kill them first.

  • That was key for me. My style is generally defensive. I don't mean passive either. I'll push when I see the advantage but I don't often if ever go for those big montage clip type of plays because I know I would most likely be just throwing my life away or a trade at best. Learn to recognize and pick fights or create situations you know you will win.

  • I grinded out the last 1000+ points in longer sessions. I like to set limits like ok if I'm down 300 points I'm out for the day or if I've been playing a while and starting to feel a bit fatigued (say 4+ hrs), and I'm on a solid win streak I will say I will keep playing until I lose.

  • The worst is AFKers and a close second is people who drop. You can kind of work with people who NEVER use their super, don't understand playing life advantage, feed like crazy (love it when you get knocked out after your first death), don't play for heavy, doesn't challenge the overtime capture point, try to 1 v 3 instead of regroup with your respawning teammates, don't sit passively when it's a 1 v 3 (or worse) and you are the last guardian letting 3 enemy team members charge their supers, but man AFKers are the worst in this mode. (The tip here is make sure you are NOT one of those people!)

I know everybody says it but really if I can do it almost anybody can. I'm old and not all that fast, my aim isn't too bad but nothing amazing. My lifetime glory stats are .92 KD and 42.1% win rate. Jump to the current season and I have a 1.10 KD and 55.2% win rate. Nothing amazing but apparently good enough.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Remove Sticky Rubber from electronics


  • I hate electronics especially mice covered in that grippy rubber that we all know eventually turns into a sticky mess.  Here is how to remove it.
  • Above pictured is an original Razer Orochi bluetooth gaming mouse.  It still works fine but the entire surface was a sticky mess.
  • You will need:
    • Some finger/toe brushes.  I guess a toothbrush would work too
    • Goo Gone Adhesive Remover
    • Baking Soda
    • Isopropyl Alcohol - I used 70% but I'm sure higher would work fine.
    • Gloves
    • Rags, paper towels.
  • Add just a little water to some baking soda until it has a consistency of toothpaste.
  • Start with some goo gone.  Spray 2-3 times on a folded paper towel.  Thoroughly wipe the sticky rubbery surface. Scrub it with the brush vigorously.
  • Next, dip your brush into the baking soda paste and scrub the surface again.
  • Finally, wet a folded paper towel with the alcohol and remove all the remaining rubber.
  • Repeat everything again as many times as need to completely remove all the rubber.  Usually twice should be enough.
  • In the above picture I scrubbed really hard with the alcohol and removed some of the plastic I think but the point is the mouse is nice and smooth now and still works great.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol can be absorbed through the skin so gloves would be a good idea.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Handheld Game Consoles

  • I just got nostalgic and decided to get all my handhelds together for a group photo.  Most are in great condition with screen protectors and cases so no scratches.
  • I thought I still had my MicroVision but I'm having issues locating it.  I'll update if I find it.
  • Top row (left to right)
    • Game Boy
    • Game Boy Pocket
    • Game Boy Color
    • Game Boy Advance
    • Game Boy Advance SP
    • Game Boy Micro
  • Second Row
    • Nintendo DS
    • Nintendo DS Lite
    • Nintendo DSi
    • Nintendo 3DS
    • Nintendo 3DS XL with Circle Pad Pro
  • Third Row
    • Sega Nomad with the battery pack that clips on the back holding 6XAA
    • Game Gear with the TV tuner adapter, Sega Master System adapter, and magnification lens
    • PSP
    • PS Vita
  • Bottom Row
    • Nintendo Switch

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Raspberry pi 4 Laptop / SBC Mobile Workstation

Lots more photos

  • Goals:
    • Build a dirt cheap raspberry pi 4 laptop or really just a mobile workstation for any sort of single board computer (SBC).
    • No permanent modification to any of the parts so it can be easily disassembled and used for other purposes or projects.
    • Completely battery powered.
    • Large screen.
    • Use as many parts as I could that I already had lying around.
  • Parts:
  • Details:
    • It took forever to find a box the right size.  It is 14X9X2 which pretty much fits everything perfectly.
    • I had already owned everything else on the parts list before starting this project except for the plastic box, monitor, and the dremel.  I wanted a new dremel and monitor anyways.  So I'd say I dedicated $12 specifically to this project.  The monitor makes a nice secondary monitor for a regular laptop or a bigger screen for Nintendo Switch.
    • It weighs about 5.5 lbs total.  
    • I wanted a large 15.6 screen.  Portability was secondary.  I'm getting old and small screens are much harder on the eyes for me.
    • My dremel skills are horrible, and the cuts are really rough.  I didn't really care about looks that much.
    • I cut the corners off the velcro dots so they fit better on the corners of the lid.
    • Make sure you put the soft side of the dots on the monitor cover (both the side to attach to the box and the inside for the keyboard)
    • You can open the box with the monitor still attached.  Just be careful it doesn't flop backwards hard.
    • I used elastic cord to keep everything together when moving it around.  You could just as easily add some more velcro dots instead.
    • Cutout on the left for easy access to ethernet and usb ports.  Cutout on the right to get to the battery so I can unplug the monitor and rpi 4 to save battery.  I had a little usb-c power switch dongle that worked great with an ac adapter but doesn't seem to work with this battery.  So I just unplug everything from the battery on the right side when not in use.  I can also easily charge the battery through the cutout.
    • I have 2 dividers attached together with duct tape and cut down half height.  I use it to separate the rpi 4 and the battery so I can plug cables into the battery without pushing it into the case.  It's half height so cables can still be laid on top.
    • I routed the cables out and back in the back side of the case for micro hdmi and usb-c power to the rpi 4 to prevent bending the cable so much.
    • Temps stay under 60c under load.
    • Lots of room for improvements.  I need to find a better way to stabilize the monitor cover hinge.  Still, it works pretty well on your lap for the most part.
    • Typing is a little cumbersome mostly because of how thick it is.
    • Totally NOT worth building from scratch.  You can easily get a real laptop that is a lot more portable and usable for the money.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

iPhone 7 plus Mount for Honda Civic Si 2018

Lots more photos:

Items used:
Amazon Basics Case for iPhone 7 plus
TechMatte CD Car Mount

That's all you really need for a basic magnetic mount.  Use the big square metal plate and put it inside the case.  See this post for more info.  I didn't think the CAW CAR was needed.  It worked just fine with just the TechMatte.

More advanced with wireless charging:
Wireless Charging Receiver Module
Renbon Magnetic Wireless Car Charger Mount

So the nice thing about the wireless car charger mount is it comes with a metal ring that you can mount inside your case around the wireless charging receiver module.  It also comes with an optional sticky base mount.  So what I did was take the round metal plate from the TechMatte, peal off the back end to expose the adhesive, do the same on the bottom of the Renbon base, and stick the round metal plate to the base.  What I've done now is created a nice metal base plate for the Renbon base.  Now I just stick the Renbon base to the TechMatte magnetically.  NOTHING PERMANENT!  Nothing sticking to the car.  Easy to remove.  Doesn't directly block my vents and covers less of the screen and is nicely in view at a good angle.

So it's techmatte wedged behind the infotainment screen, then the Renbon base has a metal plate stuck to the bottom and is magnetically attached to the techmatte, the renbon charger is then clipped to the base.  It works pretty well but there are some things I don't like about it.  The whole thing seems to be pretty sturdy and the phone or the mounts won't come flying off even with spirited driving and you can wireless charge while it is mounted BUT the whole thing shakes a bit more than I like.  The ball and socket on the Renbon doesn't have enough friction.  The Rebon clip sometimes starts to work its way out of the base.  Sometimes (but not often) you have to unplug and replug the renbon to get it charging again.  It's not easy to gain back access to the lightening port so that means no easy car play.  I use an anker wireless charging pad and stand in the house and those work fine with the wireless charging receiver module.

All in all I'm not sure it's worth converting an older iPhone like mine to have wireless charging.  It will be much better when I get a new phone later this fall with built in wireless charging.  So for now I think just having the techmatte mount is definitely worth getting.