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I repair desktops and laptops. I'm not just talking about re-installing Windows. I'm talking about taking a Weller 40P with a customized split tip and replacing blown capacitors, power adapter ports, etc. I'm the guy the other technicians call to fix the stuff they can't or won't. There was this one stretch of repairing a local school system's aging Dell Optiplex GX270's when Dell stopped replacing motherboards suffering from the capacitor plague... I almost swore off using my soldering iron after that... almost.

I'm a hardware geek, as anyone who reads the majority of my answers will pick up on. I've got more running computers in my home than I should (heat generation, electricity usage, promoted laziness for all the occupants, etc). Essentially, there's no computer in the bathroom (yet), but every other room has at least one that is used daily. No, it's not that I go out and buy BUY BUY ... I recycle machines for customers that upgrade, and I'm always on the lookout for something to put back into service... and I have a use for all of them.

I have to remember that people here ask questions and seek answers. I, on the other hand, solve problems. This means that there will be time where solving the problem doesn't answer the question, and I'm not being asked to solve the problem. I do this in real space, every day. People ask questions, and it is my job to be able to determine when I need to answer, and when I need to overlook and solve the underlying problems. I have to remember that here, on the net, it is only my place to answer. It kills me sometimes to let people continue with their problems, just for the sake of giving them an answer that is technically within guidelines, but that's MY problem.


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answered Gunpowder in D&D 4.0
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answered Why don't weapons grant some sort of defense?
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answered Maintaining a party in a world of mistrust
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answered Where has the community from Avidgamers (1 & 2) migrated to?
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comment Can Artificers powers that target “weapon or implement” affect a Monks hand/feet?
Actually... anyone can perform an Unarmed Attack hastur.net/wiki/Unarmed_attack_(4E) and their hand/fist is considered a weapon. Therefore the powers that target a weapon could be used on anyone's hand... not just a Monk's. Correct?
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comment What's the history of the Darkness spell?
I knew it was somewhere in the third edition.. thanks! :)
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comment What's the history of the Darkness spell?
Well.. there was no "darkvision" in the original D&D (basic or expert)... just infravision. In AD&D 1st edition, they added Ultravision. Darkvision (neither infravision nor ultravision, but black and white only) didn't come into the game until AD&D 3.5 (to the best of my knowledge)
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revised Does the 2nd printing of Deities and Demigods have Cthulhu?
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revised Does the 2nd printing of Deities and Demigods have Cthulhu?
added my personal connection.
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comment Does the 2nd printing of Deities and Demigods have Cthulhu?
You mean the third printing, right?
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answered Does the 2nd printing of Deities and Demigods have Cthulhu?
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comment What are the benefits of playing an alignment other than True Neutral?
... and you know... it's just fun to play a character with flaws.
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comment What “objects” can a spell target?
With the "Target" requirement, the pebble's reflex does matter. A Force Orb spell is not a Fireball spell. Although the two seem to have similar aspects, a Fireball does not have a target requirement, only an area of effect. Thus, the basketball reference, which would fit if this question was about Fireball doesn't necessarily fit with Force Orb. With the target requirement, a new can of worms is opened. If the target is missed, because it is required for the spell, does the spell fail? It may simply dissipate.