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TA Players - Favorite play styles? Styles you wish existed? (novices encouraged!)

Update: nerfing autos to about 55% was too extreme, and I think makes heavies too strong. Next I'm going to experiment with reducing the auto hitbox with a more slight damage nerf. I didn't realize that in GOTY it's 5x the hitbox size of spin, and OOTB they are more comparable.
In terms of inheritance... it feels weird with everything at 100%. Even if that's the most physically accurate and arguably most intuitive for new players, it's a lot to ask a player base that has spent hundreds/thousands of hours perfecting aim at 50%. I think I'll just try to add more impact weapons with 50% and 100% inheritance variants and leave belt/chain alone.
I'm also thinking about custom classes - my first idea is to try a new type of light chaser where they get a light fusion mortar as a primary (less damage and a little less radius than the heavy, but still enough to one shot a capper if done perfectly)
Any other class ideas?

Hi everyone! I'm looking at doing a GOTY (game of the year - when the game had all 9 classes) mod, with the work Griffon has done for the servers and Mcoot has done for TAMods! (Thanks both!)

This is a long post about my opinionated attempt to bring my platonic form of the game back! Please hit me with the constructive feedback, and any nostalgia about moments or things you like about TA (recent or old, both are helpful). Or even things you wish were viable in TA! I can use this feedback in the tweaks I make for the future. I want to emphasize brining players back to the game. I get that balance is really hard and that this won't make everyone happy, but it's an experiment.
Overall Changes:
This game is modded from GOTY. I plan to keep some changes from OOTB.
These are essentially the following. (not finished yet)
Keeping the third weapon slot for utility - ELF Projector, Repair tool, or shock lance (with light, medium, heavy variants?). Hopefully this doesn't change class balance too much, but does allow for a little more variety.
Some rework of perk system - it feels like there should be 1, more significant perk, than picking out of 2, when some classes should have things by default (like heavies being able to kill players that run into them too fast, as in OOTB)

Tweaks to auto
Personally, I feel the game is at its best with higher speed chases and impact weapons, but I still like _some_ autos and sniper rifles. As such, I currently have substantially nerfed autos - they do a little more than 50% regular damage (more extreme than necessary for now, but good for play testing to see how the meta changes), and made everything (including belt items) 100% inheritance. This means that all of your shots use all of your momentum. In the past, Inheritance was different for different weapons. Ideally, this reduces confusion and increases consistency, but I need to test more and see how people feel after getting used to it. I'm tossing around the idea of having bullet drop - meaning autos have a trajectory kind of like the bolt launcher (mentioned in a recent post by Gierling). I would like more opinions about this! If people are interested in play testing, we can schedule some times.

Tweaks to hit scan
Hitscan pistols are removed from the game. I don't feel that they improve gameplay experience.
Shotguns are nerfed, but not as much as auto, because I didn't feel they were good enough to be used very much.
(see sentry section for changes to rifles)

Tweaks to impact and belt items
none so far, besides 100% inheritance. I'm thinking of changing the number of belt items in some situations.

Class Changes:
Pathfinder: I want it to have rage and egocentric by default. I also like how fragile it is, that it can be 1-shot midair-ed by mediums and heavies.
Sentinel: I don't want to feel guilty for playing this class. As such, I've repositioned it as harder to use, and substantially worse for skirmishing and beginners (although hopefully still vital for CTF). This one is tricky, because this class is so strong with a good player. I've removed BXT1 and BXT1A and decreased some damage on SAP20 and phase. I want SEN to usually lose battles with players that come to harass, not be able to wreck full health cappers with a couple shots, and reposition the role for stopping enemy regen, and finishing blows. That being said, I want headshots to do a lot more damage, so that crazy skilled players and still do powerful things (not sure how to do this yet). Maybe offer a light fusion mortar as an alternative primary weapon?

Infiltrator: No substantial changes yet besides the auto nerf. Should have close combat by default. Not sure if I can allow this class to have a shock lance that doesn't take the secondary weapon slot. Maybe a fun option for repair tool that does decent damage to enemy base assets?

Soldier: No substantial changes yet. Plan to make spare spinfusor stronger

Technician: Currently needs a better secondary weapon and some things to make it unique. Maybe always pilot perk, and it can have a longer range repair tool and better ELF projector?

Raider: No big changes, but I have to think more about NJ5-B and Plasma

Heavies: I haven't played them as much, so I would like help with these! I think it would be cool if doom bringer titan launch was a bit longer range and could be "click to explode". If there's a way to bring back saber launcher, we should do it for the n00bs.

Bringing Players Back:
Now all of the things I've talked about above, are relatively easy changes. The hard part is getting players. I think this section (from my perspective) is devoted to the game, rather than this mod. If people hate every change I've proposed, let's look at this section as separate. TA is a great game, and it would be great to have a little bit more of a dedicated community to it.
That being said, there are a few tricky and confusing things to navigate around. Some of the community at its current state, is horrifyingly toxic. I've had some games with hate speech and bullying, old players returning who have been targeted by insta-ELF projectoring bots, and even doxxing, because hackers seem to have compromised Hirez login servers. This is why Griffon's server setup is so, so important. It's very likely that you are at risk when you login to Hirez TA servers.

So the way I see it, we have a few big problems to solve.
  1. get players en masse to the community servers. I think they will grow if the overall expectation is "there's probably at least a half full game" than "I bet no one is on"
  2. The game is probably totally inaccessible to new players at this point. Play styles might be gone in OOTB, and the current players now are really good in comparison to the typical beginner. This can be disheartening.
  3. Setting up and joining community servers is harder than it could be.
    1. Getting your account verified through taserverbot works for some people, never does for others, sometimes fails the first time, etc. While I don't have a good technical solution at the moment, I think this can be improved and would appreciate work on this.
    2. Fast, gif tutorial to set up TAMods and community should be a thing. (I will probably do this myself unless someone else gets to it first).
    3. TAMods sometimes crashes on older machines, or fails to work at all for some people. I don't know if this is because they aren't installing the right C++ binaries, or a programming error. I do know that one person had it work for a while, but then stop working permanently, even with fresh installs of Tribes and TAMods. (I love TAMods - just saying if there are ways to make it slightly more consistent, that would be huge)

My proposed solutions:
  1. Advertise to reddit and discords about scheduled play times for the new mod I'm working on (or we can pick regular GOTY, OOTB, or something else - it feels like something new and exciting to announce is important though). I don't plan on having the server up 24/7, I plan on having it up at times when people will know that people will be in it, and going from there. This seems to be a model that works well for the mixer crew.
  2. Adding in a n00b mode that players can be put into on a server - for each class, they can just get a little more health, energy, hitbox size on weapons, etc. Not sure how hard this would be to implement, or if this would benefit the game at all.
  3. Adding the GIF tutorial as discussed, and asking for help from the community! :D
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Day Trading Binary Options

Does anyone have suggestions for a beginner looking to start day trading binary options? Meaning: what market, what platform, what tutorials, etc. I’ve already began researching and am very interested.
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Python packaging documentation sucks.

After trying to wrap my head around publishing a simple Python package for weeks, I realized that the "official" docs on Python packaging irks me. Here's why:

Doesn't follow common practice

Python's standard library docs (e.g. json) usually consist of two parts:
  1. An introductory section with examples for simple use cases.
  2. A full API reference (with more examples, constraints, edge cases, etc.)
This format is good for beginners and experts alike. For newcomers, the introduction helps you grasp what the module does and how to use it. Want to learn more about a class? Click on its name to jump to its API reference. Experienced developers can skip the intro and dive into the API reference right away.
This two-track scheme is so effective that many popular projects also do it. Flask and requests docs are easy to read.
Not so for setup(). The docs for distutils.core.setup() is sprawled all over the place.
What is py_modules for? The API reference is extremely terse. You have to dig through the tutorial to read the full description to figure it out.
What does setup.py sdist do? The tutorial throws more details than a tutorial aught to. In contrast, the API reference is lacking.
This inversion of content is confusing, and deviates from established practices.
We could learn a thing or to from npm. See: docs on package.json.

Misleading

There's a big fat memo on top of every tutorial:
Note: This document is being retained solely until the setuptools documentation at https://setuptools.readthedocs.io/en/latest/setuptools.html independently covers all of the relevant information currently included here.
Which encourages the reader to click on the link and start reading setuptools docs. But now the reader is confused, because setuptools does NOT "independently cover all of the relevant info" yet. It discusses new and changed setup() keywords without discussing what setup() does. You have to go back to distutils docs for that. Quite obviously, there is no link leading back to distutils docs.
Did I say it's sprawled all over the place?
What needs to be done:
  1. Until setuptools docs becomes truly independent, add a link back to distutils docs saying: SORRY. NOT FOR NEWBS WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT DISTUTILS IS. READ IT FIRST BEFORE READING OUR DOCS.
  2. Make it truly independent.

Doesn't explain the little details

One thing that confounded me as a beginner: Where do setup.py commands come from? How does it parse the options? I certainly didn't parse sys.argv myself.
The answer is that distutils/setuptools does the actual work. And this goes against the common sense that you pass a command to the program that does the actual work.
Why did it have to be setup.py sdist, and not distutils sdist or setuptools sdist? All the cool kids do it the right way--npm build and go build and cargo build. In 2020, it would be worth adding this one line to the docs:
setup() turns setup.py into a command-line program that handles packaging your project†. Instead of running setuptools as a standalone program, you call it through setup.py.
Oh, wait, packging.python.org already did that. It's a good thing distutils and setuptools docs explicitly link to it. (They don't. They really should.)

packaging.python.org needs updates, too

The bulk of their useful documentation actually lives in https://packaging.python.org/guides/ . This is great, except that many of its guides have the foreboding header:
The guides aren't organized, either; it's one big list. Some taxonomy is desired:
If possible, the following excellent resources should also be added here.

TLDR?

Python Packaging might have got better. Documentation needs to get better, too.
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Subreddit Stats: youtubedl top posts from 2017-03-27 to 2020-05-18 21:35 PDT

Period: 1148.54 days
Submissions Comments
Total 790 4182
Rate (per day) 0.69 3.71
Unique Redditors 603 810
Combined Score 2434 5867

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 66 points, 15 submissions: Empyrealist
    1. YouTubeDL Material – A Self-Hosted YouTube Video Downloader (16 points, 2 comments)
    2. YouTube is reducing its default video quality to standard definition for the next month (11 points, 3 comments)
    3. Reddit videos currently download HLS streams by default, and they are corrupted (10 points, 2 comments)
    4. Version 2019.09.12.1 has been released (9 points, 8 comments)
    5. Having cookies problems because they have spaces? (Windows batch script solution) (5 points, 10 comments)
    6. Technical specs about Youtube Format IDs (5 points, 1 comment)
    7. Automating cookies.txt on Windows with Chrome (2 points, 0 comments)
    8. --embed-thumbnail appears to be breaking playlist downloads in the current version of youtube-dl (1 point, 3 comments)
    9. Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 (full web series) (1 point, 0 comments)
    10. Fear the Walking Dead: Passage (full web series) (1 point, 0 comments)
  2. 60 points, 8 submissions: antdude
    1. FYI since Google/YouTube just broke youtube-dl: "WARNING: Unable to extract video title" and no title filenames. · Issue #21934 · ytdl-org/youtube-dl · GitHub (20 points, 12 comments)
    2. FYI since youtube-dl is broken right now with YouTube.com: "token" parameter not in video info for unknown reason; · Issue #20758 · ytdl-org/youtube-dl · GitHub (16 points, 24 comments)
    3. Youtube-dl Tutorial With Examples For Beginners - OSTechNix (12 points, 1 comment)
    4. FYI: youtube-dl was finally updated again to 2019.06.08 from 2019.5.20. (5 points, 4 comments)
    5. Is it me or is youtube-dl slowing down from youtube.com the last couple days? (5 points, 11 comments)
    6. Is anyone else having problems playing back these official YouTube's free movies? DRM and MPC-HC can't fully play it after a few seconds. DRM related? :( (1 point, 2 comments)
    7. No updated youtube-dl's Linux/Debian binaries since 5/20/2019? (1 point, 3 comments)
    8. No recent released youtube-dl updates? (0 points, 4 comments)
  3. 42 points, 14 submissions: RedditNoobie777
    1. Why isn't the best audio .webm but .opus? (7 points, 17 comments)
    2. How to turn off ffmpeg low/hight pass filter? (6 points, 13 comments)
    3. Save description with hyperlink? (5 points, 7 comments)
    4. How to add URL as tag ? (4 points, 11 comments)
    5. webm to opus converion -x vs ffmeg? (4 points, 8 comments)
    6. How does youtube-dl not re-encode? (3 points, 4 comments)
    7. How to download .opus (not webm) directly w/o first downloading video? (3 points, 6 comments)
    8. youtube-dl downloads audio at higher bitdepth sample rate than available? (3 points, 1 comment)
    9. Command to get highest possible quality audio? (2 points, 8 comments)
    10. YTDL downloads 251 160kb/s opus in 136kbps? (2 points, 8 comments)
  4. 41 points, 1 submission: mysteriousdolphin
    1. I made a full youtube-dl download walk-through and guide for beginners! (41 points, 25 comments)
  5. 38 points, 7 submissions: KDE_Fan
    1. YT banning IP's with "HTTP ERROR 429: Too Many Requests" - I see it's common but how long does it last? (19 points, 50 comments)
    2. Problem downloading some Twitter video's b/c name is too long - getting "Errno 36" - what's best way to handle this? (10 points, 4 comments)
    3. Can batch download ignore errors and continue with download list? (3 points, 1 comment)
    4. Video/File names not being saved but video ID is... Just seemed to start happening (3 points, 5 comments)
    5. Can we download livestream's or is there a way to add the feature? (1 point, 3 comments)
    6. Comparing files between 2 directories (one local one remote) when downloading large batch file for new files - is this possible? (1 point, 1 comment)
    7. Download error "this video is unavailble" on a new computer install & can't run youtube-dl -U - any idea what might be happening? (1 point, 3 comments)
  6. 35 points, 4 submissions: RestiaAshdoll666
    1. youtube-dl : The complete installation guide for Windows (28 points, 11 comments)
    2. I made a pull request to mention Scoop and Chocolatey as installation options in Readme but it was immediately closed (4 points, 2 comments)
    3. Cant use curl with video titles having special characters (2 points, 12 comments)
    4. Rate my config (1 point, 2 comments)
  7. 32 points, 1 submission: abdouli1998
    1. Getting this ERROR "This video is unavailable" with every video I try to download (32 points, 40 comments)
  8. 28 points, 2 submissions: 404WebUserNotFound
    1. JackTheVideoRipper is a new GUI for youtube-dl on Windows 10 (19 points, 11 comments)
    2. JackTheVideoRipper v0.6.1 [RELEASED]: Download YouTube videos or audio easily with a few point and clicks. Designed for Windows 10. (9 points, 12 comments)
  9. 27 points, 2 submissions: Triple_Hache
    1. Impossible to download some videos (HTTP Error 403: Forbidden) (26 points, 30 comments)
    2. Some videos seem impossible to download (1 point, 8 comments)
  10. 26 points, 10 submissions: zackmark29
    1. Stream Detector (Easily detect .m3u8 url etc.) (8 points, 5 comments)
    2. master.m3u8 HTTP error 403 Forbidden youtube-dl or ffmpeg (5 points, 13 comments)
    3. Download Local .m3u8 files (3 points, 3 comments)
    4. Forced embed subtitle to mp4 (2 points, 5 comments)
    5. Get file size before downloading (2 points, 2 comments)
    6. No Video Format Found when downloading manifest.mpd (2 points, 4 comments)
    7. .MPD file No video formats found (1 point, 3 comments)
    8. Best command to combine TS Files (1 point, 8 comments)
    9. Can't download from viki.com when using credentials (1 point, 19 comments)
    10. Get m3u8 link easily without looking on network tab (1 point, 6 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. Empyrealist (1698 points, 1130 comments)
  2. werid (647 points, 363 comments)
  3. chemtrailz (176 points, 93 comments)
  4. qwertz19281 (115 points, 58 comments)
  5. d1ckh3ad69 (93 points, 52 comments)
  6. RestiaAshdoll666 (73 points, 55 comments)
  7. kucksdorfs (70 points, 42 comments)
  8. BlueSwordM (50 points, 31 comments)
  9. klutz50 (46 points, 40 comments)
  10. zackmark29 (38 points, 33 comments)

Top Submissions

  1. I made a full youtube-dl download walk-through and guide for beginners! by mysteriousdolphin (41 points, 25 comments)
  2. Getting this ERROR "This video is unavailable" with every video I try to download by abdouli1998 (32 points, 40 comments)
  3. youtube-dl : The complete installation guide for Windows by RestiaAshdoll666 (28 points, 11 comments)
  4. Impossible to download some videos (HTTP Error 403: Forbidden) by Triple_Hache (26 points, 30 comments)
  5. One-click download videos with youtube-dl by baobabKoodaa (26 points, 7 comments)
  6. FYI since Google/YouTube just broke youtube-dl: "WARNING: Unable to extract video title" and no title filenames. · Issue #21934 · ytdl-org/youtube-dl · GitHub by antdude (20 points, 12 comments)
  7. Is YouTube blocking VPN IPs now? Getting HTTP error "too many requests" only with VPN by Cronokkio (20 points, 9 comments)
  8. YT banning IP's with "HTTP ERROR 429: Too Many Requests" - I see it's common but how long does it last? by KDE_Fan (19 points, 50 comments)
  9. JackTheVideoRipper is a new GUI for youtube-dl on Windows 10 by 404WebUserNotFound (19 points, 11 comments)
  10. Unable to download videos from Youtube. by hlloyge (18 points, 9 comments)

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Which are the top computer science websites students must visit?

Computer science is the investigation of PCs and processing ideas. It incorporates both hardware and software, just as network administration and the Internet.
The hardware part of computer science covers with electrical engineering. It includes the essential design of PC and the manner in which they work.
A crucial comprehension of how a PC “computes,” or performs calculations, gives the establishment of understanding further developed ideas. For instance, seeing how a PC works in binary enables you to see how PCs include, subtract, and perform different activities. Finding out about rational doors empowers you to understand processor engineering.
The software side of computer science spreads programming ideas just as specific programming languages. Programming ideas incorporate functions, calculations, and source code plan. Computer science additionally covers compilers, working frameworks, and software applications. Client-centered parts of computer science include PC graphics and user interface plan.
Since almost all PCs are currently associated with the Internet, the computer science umbrella spreads Internet advances also. This incorporates Internet conventions, media communications, and systems administration ideas. It likewise includes viable applications, for example, website design and system organization.

Why pursuing computer science stream?

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The most important part of computer science is critical thinking or problem solving, a fundamental ability forever. Students study the design, improvement, and examination of software and hardware used to tackle issues in an assortment of business, logical, and social settings.
Since PCs take care of issues to serve individuals, there is a huge human side to computer science also.

Reasons to study computer science:

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is a worldwide association for PC researchers. The ACM has built up the accompanying list of some reasons to study computer science which we quote:

The top website which computer science student should visit:

1 Stanford engineering everywhere:

Stanford Engineering Everywhere is a free asset intended to give students over the U.S. with access to a portion of the courses and instruments utilized by Stanford students to ace the basics of computing, artificial intelligence, and electrical engineering.
These materials are additionally accessible to teachers for use in classroom settings and are secured under a Creative Commons permit that guarantees they are uninhibitedly open to anybody with a PC and an Internet association.

2 Tutorials point:

If you have an enthusiasm for computer science and need to upgrade your abilities then tutorials point is the site for you. It’s an extremely famous site which offers extraordinary instructional exercises on a wide assortment of programming languages.
In this way, if you are only a beginner with no sign, at that point this site has every help available for you. It’s the best library will give you more than your expectations. The best part about this site is that it has online ide or you can say a word processor to alter codes, to assemble and run them.

3 W3schools:

The next is w3schools. Numerous specialists state if you need to turn into a fruitful web designer; at that point, there is nothing superior to W3schools. It is the most favored site for learning web advancement over us, and it’s completely free of expense. Even though you can pay for certifications.
The instructional exercises on this site offer tens and several models and references for better learning and experimentation. Likewise, numerous capable web designers were begun with the assistance of this site.
It has a wide scope of instructional exercises on Html, CSS, PHP, javascript, jquery, and a few systems too, for example, bootstrap. Not just that this site likewise has its very own online supervisor, which gives you a chance to attempt code online with no stress of establishment of the word processors independently.

4 Geeks for geeks:

This site is somewhat interesting on our list.
Geeks for Geeks offer programming languages as well as gets ready students who are going for interviews that are identified with computer science employment. The site gives all sort of arrangements extending from easiest to specialized ones.
Like Tutroialspoint and w3schools, it additionally offers you a completely practical idea or word processor which let you alter code all the more effectively. C, Python, and Java are the principal programming languages which are covered in this site.

5 Quora:

It is not a tutorial site. It is utilized to address the inquiries made by the overall population. We can likewise say that it’s fundamentally an inquiry/answer driven site, and you may discover the response to the inquiries identified with your or some other industry.
By this, we imply that it likewise has questions identified with the computer science field, which may enable you to understand your inquiries excellently and proficiently.
The explanation for its fifth position on our list is that it has an enormous network of software engineers and designers which eagerly attempt to address the inquiries made by you or the overall population. As we would see it, if you have any question, at that point you should put it on Quora.
Individuals who have the appropriate response will offer their responses, and you can likewise be able to like, remark or even upvote that answer. A few people additionally state that if you have an inquiry, at that point, Quora it, which demonstrates the intensity of this site.

6 Stackoverflow:

If you need an option that is superior to Quora, at that point StackOverflow will do it for you. This site has the greatest network of software engineers and designers the whole way across the globe. They share their issues and get a versatile arrangement from the accomplished engineers and software engineers who come and answer the issues energetically.
The StackOverflow is an excellent site to the individuals who committed errors in code and not found any answer for their code. It’s an incredibly phenomenal site, which targets computer science points.
So we prescribe you to visit it, in any event, two times each day to exceed expectations in computer science regardless of whether you are a starter or a middle of the road.
Since specialists do that. So if you are writing code and stalled out, put your issue forward on StackOverflow and pause. Before long, somebody from the network will enable you to out in the manner to fix it. It’s as straightforward as that.

7 Youtube:

All things considered, YouTube needs no presentation.
You can learn anything from a place without spending any single coin. This site is the world’s second-biggest web index on the web.
It does not just offer instructional exercises, truth be told, it has billions of recordings on different points too. For example, innovation, motion pictures, games, and so on. In this way, you can likewise utilize it as a wellspring of excitement if you need.
This suggests it as a total bundle to appreciate learning just as fun. Here, you will discover recordings identified with any point. You are running right from antiquated things to advanced science.
YouTube has everything to feature. It is additionally called the second home for makers. It is the greatest stage for instructional exercises too. As indicated by some review, YouTube has the most significant measure of recordings in a computer science theme.
It additionally has every one of the recordings identified with any point, for example, a motion picture, tech audit, programming, and so forth. What’s more, the best part is you can look through your preferred theme, and you will have the consequence of excellent free recordings there.
So good karma with that.

8 JavaTpoint:

While offering a few instructional exercises on programming languages, it additionally provides instructional practices on different issues identified with PC and current innovation.
This is something novel which isn’t offered by some other site yet. The site has instructional exercises on practically all the programming languages, including the most up to date ones also.

Importance of computer science:

Computer science benefits society in numerous ways:

1 Encouraging education:

Would you be able to envision present-day education without PC programming or the web? Regardless of whether you’re taking a web-based class, looking into for a paper or sharing work utilizing the cloud, computer science advantage has helped make this conceivable.
E-learning stages and applications give students new devices to issue solving and study, which has changed the academic world. The capacity to take classes online is additionally a significant advantage for the world—as it makes access to education for students whose areas, functions, or funds were a boundary.

2 Growing communication:

“The greatest role computer science has made is in the field of communication,” computer science has made the entire world a tiny spot—accessible readily available at this point.” Internet-based life, video calling, and chatting applications—even the applications that enable you to share records and photographs with another person long-distance. These limits have altered the workforce.

3 Accelerating healthcare progress:

Human care services will, in general, be a quite high need when you think about how to improve individuals’ lives.
One of the most energizing features of computer science is its capacity to improve and quicken each other field. “Information science and artificial intelligence (AI) as subsets of software engineering enable individuals and associations to quicken and ‘prepackage thought’. Along these lines, software engineering and human-made brainpower can make some other control many, commonly better.”

4 Positively affecting each territory of society:

Computer science makes its presence in every field. Without a computer, there is every work is incomplete. Computer science is a good profession and provides benefits to our society in several ways.

Popular jobs in computer science field:

Web Developer: A web engineer makes and looks after sites. The duties can run from making straightforward sites for eateries to out and out web applications for new companies.
Money Programmer: A money developer manages the always showing signs of change universe of bank transactions. They manage the projects and codes that deal with the large number of dollars a bank may process in multi-day. Being a software engineer for an accounting firm can be a distressing activity; however, the compensation is the reward.
Game Developer: Game engineers make the games that fuel the consistently developing game industry. Regardless of whether it’s for portable game applications or comfort gaming, there is a huge interest for qualified game developers. This field is troublesome, with information about complicated math a need.

Some Computer Science Assignment Help Websites:

These websites are popular for providing assignment help-
Codeavail
Calltutors
JavaAssignmentHelp
Coursementor
Also, read…
How Do I Complete My Programming Assignment In Short Time?
Who can provide highly Professional Programming Assignment Help?
How to get the best cheap Computer Science Homework Help?

Conclusion:

While getting a computer science degree students face difficulties in managing a balance between assignment submission and academic syllabus completion. So our codeavail site provides computer science assignment help whenever you need.
Above discussion made it clear that computer science has great importance in every field. For education purpose, there are several sites available from which a student can get help on their related topics and get help in completion of computer science assignment.
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SQLite vs Visual Studio 2019: can't use 'entity framework'? What am I missing?

It seems that support for SQLite ended with Visual Studio 2017? Not sure wth is going on...
I've got SQLite up and going, as far as I can tell. I'm using SQLite/SQL Server Compact Toolbox enabling me to create db's and tables and populate my table, and I've got my database 'connected' (I can open and close it without errors) and I've got System.Data.SQLite in my 'References'. However, any attempt to 'select' anything in that Table results in 'no such column'. Playing around with the code I even got a 'no such Table'.
In digging around, I keep coming up with a break down in the tutorials where I can't install the 'entity framework' or 'EF'. If I 'add a new item' to my project and choose "EF Designer from data..." and I'm only presented with my sqlexpress dbo's, not my SQLite db. A New Connection has no options for SQLite.
I can't tell if it (the tutorial procedures) breaks down because I've already got it or because I'm missing something else. It seems as if I'm missing it: as if there's no translation of data commands between VS and the db. All information and links regarding SQLite and using db's seems to stop before VS 2019. Anybody have any current information? My project needs local storage, no servers. I'm about to go back to file storage...
Any help would be appreciated, thank you!

Edit: SOLVED! Thank you, everyone!!! Turned out that I had two issues, a corrupted database and incorrect usage of the SELECT command.
Procedure:
I started at this tutoial (make sure that you give it a 'like', even tho it's a bit outdated and you need to make the following changes), as installing SQLite isn't the same anymore and I don't remember how the heck I 'installed' it! I did download the binaries and run them, but I don't think that counts, lol! So if anyone has any input on that, other noobies could use it. I suspect that it is installed using the NuGet procedure listed below.
I used a Forms project instead of the WPF in the tutorial.
Installing SqLite/SQL Server Compat Toolbox doesn't work the same way, either. Download it from here. Double click and it should install into VS 2019.
So, create your Forms project, go to 'Tools/NuGet Package ManageManage NuGet Packages for Solution"
Click the 'Browse' tab and search for 'system.data.sqlite.core', click it, select your project on the right and install it.
Go back to 'Browse' and search for 'entity' and install 'EntityFramework by Microsoft' . I'm looking at the 6.4.0 version.
Using SQLite/SQL Server Compact Toolbox, create your database, create your Table and populate it. You can follow this video. It's accurate. Again, please give it a 'like'! For this example, I used the fields 'id_field', 'name_field', 'surname_field' and 'age_field'.
If you're a beginner, I recommend using a central location for your database and refer to the file with an absolute path. Some of the troubles I ran into involved forgetting to copy the db to the debug folder and then, somewhere in the copying, it got corrupted which meant that it didn't matter if I remembered or not. Until you've got your system going, "KISS". (KeepItSimpleStupid)
I believe that the 5th video in the series is obsolete and I haven't gotten further, yet. I figured that I needed working db communication first.
Assuming that you've gotten this far and you can see your db with table in the SQLite/SQL Server Compact Toolbox window, and you've got some data in it, go to the Form Design window and add a button and a listbox. For this, name the list box 'DisplayListBox'. Double click the button to create the event handler and add the following code. Assuming that your database has the same fields. Notice that the "DataSource" uses two backslashes and beware spaces(I think) and that it's in a directory of it's own so that I can refer to it in an absolute path and I don't have to worry about corruption by copying it.
In "DataSource=", change the path and filename to match your system. I called my Table 'myTable': change it in the SELECT/FROM line to match yours.
string cs = "Data Source=j:\\Databases\\SQLiteTest1.db;Version=3"; SQLiteConnection con = new SQLiteConnection(cs); DisplayListBox.Items.Clear(); con.Open(); MessageBox.Show("Open"); SQLiteCommand readCommand = new SQLiteCommand("SELECT id_field, name_field, surname_field, age_field FROM myTable", con); SQLiteDataReader reader = readCommand.ExecuteReader(); while (reader.Read()) { DisplayListBox.Items.Add(reader["id_field"].ToString() + " - " + reader["name_field"] + " - " + reader["surname_field"] + " - " + reader["age_field"]); } con.Close(); MessageBox.Show("Closed"); 
In the top, make sure that you add 'using System.Data.SQLite'.
If you've gotten this far without error notes, try running it. You should get a popup that it's open, the listbox should populate with the data you added when you created the db, and then another message that it's closed. Nice and simple.
Now to start throwing things at it! If anyone has any commentary, I'm all 'ears'!
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I need help installing Pop OS with Windows 10 for dual Boot, I can't get it to work

Hello, I'm a beginner at Linux, in fact it's my first time trying to install linux.
I can't seem to install Pop OS Distro in my C: Drive with windows 10, I followed the tutorial and watched youtube videos but Installation still fails,
I Did this with the only hiccup is that I can't uncheck fast boot in Power Options because my computer doesn't hibernate, the option simply isn't there anymore
https://pop.system76.com/docs/dual-booting-windows/
I did this too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGrCFmWg3oY&t=644s
but I couldn't uncheck the format on the EFI partition so I made another partition like the first guide did
I would appreciate help in installing this OS in my computer

Specs: CPU: Ryzen 5 2400g Motherboard: Gigabyte B450mds3h RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB(8x2) Disk Drive C: 120gb Western Digital SSD I have other drives too, but I'm installing it in C 

This is all the Errors and Warning I found on my Log WARN: gpgv: Signature made Tuesday, 06 August, 2019 03:10:02 PM UTC WARN: gpgv: using RSA key 63C46DF0140D738961429F4E204DD8AEC33A7AFF WARN: gpgv: issuer "[email protected]" WARN: gpgv: Good signature from "Pop OS (ISO Signing Key) " WARN: recovery at /tmp/distinst.W2EW0v7qrrm4/recovery was not found, therefore no recovery partition will be created WARN: Sourcing file `/etc/default/grub' WARN: Sourcing file `/etc/default/grub.d/init-select.cfg' WARN: Generating grub configuration file ... WARN: Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-5.0.0-21-generic WARN: Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-5.0.0-21-generic WARN: grub-probe: error: cannot find a GRUB drive for /dev/sdc1. Check your device.map. WARN: cryptsetup: WARNING: The initramfs image may not contain cryptsetup binaries WARN: nor crypto modules. If that's on purpose, you may want to uninstall the WARN: 'cryptsetup-initramfs' package in order to disable the cryptsetup initramfs WARN: integration and avoid this warning. WARN: W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/amdgpu/vega20_ta.bin for module amdgpu WARN: Installing for i386-pc platform. WARN: grub-install: warning: this GPT partition label contains no BIOS Boot Partition; embedding won't be possible. ERROR: libdistinst: pointer in FFI is null ERROR: libdistinst: pointer in FFI is null ERROR: libdistinst: pointer in FFI is null WARN: grub-probe: error: cannot find a GRUB drive for /dev/sdc1. Check your device.map. ERROR: configuring bootloader error: command failed with exit status: exit code: 1 ERROR: errored while installing system: command failed with exit status: exit code: 1 INFO: Install error: command failed with exit status: exit code: 1 

If you need the full log I do not know how to upload it
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Part 2: Tools & Info for Sysadmins - Mega List of Tips, Tools, Books, Blogs & More

(continued from part 1)
Unlocker is a tool to help delete those irritating locked files that give you an error message like "cannot delete file" or "access is denied." It helps with killing processes, unloading DLLs, deleting index.dat files, as well as unlocking, deleting, renaming, and moving locked files—typically without requiring a reboot.
IIS Crypto's newest version adds advanced settings; registry backup; new, simpler templates; support for Windows Server 2019 and more. This tool lets you enable or disable protocols, ciphers, hashes and key exchange algorithms on Windows and reorder SSL/TLS cipher suites from IIS, change advanced settings, implement best practices with a single click, create custom templates and test your website. Available in both command line and GUI versions.
RocketDock is an application launcher with a clean interface that lets you drag/drop shortcuts for easy access and minimize windows to the dock. Features running application indicators, multi-monitor support, alpha-blended PNG and ICO icons, auto-hide and popup on mouse over, positioning and layering options. Fully customizable, portable, and compatible with MobyDock, ObjectDock, RK Launcher and Y'z Dock skins. Works even on slower computers and is Unicode compliant. Suggested by lieutenantcigarette: "If you like the dock on MacOS but prefer to use Windows, RocketDock has you covered. A superb and highly customisable dock that you can add your favourites to for easy and elegant access."
Baby FTP Server offers only the basics, but with the power to serve as a foundation for a more-complex server. Features include multi-threading, a real-time server log, support for PASV and non-PASV mode, ability to set permissions for download/upload/rename/delete/create directory. Only allows anonymous connections. Our thanks to FatherPrax for suggesting this one.
Strace is a Linux diagnostic, debugging and instructional userspace tool with a traditional command-line interface. Uses the ptrace kernel feature to monitor and tamper with interactions between processes and the kernel, including system calls, signal deliveries and changes of process state.
exa is a small, fast replacement for ls with more features and better defaults. It uses colors to distinguish file types and metadata, and it recognizes symlinks, extended attributes and Git. All in one single binary. phils_lab describes it as "'ls' on steroids, written in Rust."
rsync is a faster file transfer program for Unix to bring remote files into sync. It sends just the differences in the files across the link, without requiring both sets of files to be present at one of the ends. Suggested by zorinlynx, who adds that "rsync is GODLY for moving data around efficiently. And if an rsync is interrupted, just run it again."
Matter Wiki is a simple WYSIWYG wiki that can help teams store and collaborate. Every article gets filed under a topic, transparently, so you can tell who made what changes to which document and when. Thanks to bciar-iwdc for the recommendation.
LockHunter is a file unlocking tool that enables you to delete files that are being blocked for unknown reasons. Can be useful for fighting malware and other programs that are causing trouble. Deletes files into the recycle bin so you can restore them if necessary. Chucky2401 finds it preferable to Unlocker, "since I am on Windows 7. There are no new updates since July 2017, but the last beta was in June of this year."
aria2 is a lightweight multi-source command-line download utility that supports HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, SFTP, BitTorrent and Metalink. It can be manipulated via built-in JSON-RPC and XML-RPC interfaces. Recommended by jftuga, who appreciates it as a "cross-platform command line downloader (similar to wget or curl), but with the -x option can run a segmented download of a single file to increase throughput."
Free Services
Temp-Mail allows you to receive email at a temporary address that self-destructs after a certain period of time. Outwit all the forums, Wi-Fi owners, websites and blogs that insist you register to use them. Petti-The-Yeti says, "I don't give any company my direct email anymore. If I want to trial something but they ask for an email signup, I just grab a temporary email from here, sign up with it, and wait for the trial link or license info to come through. Then, you just download the file and close the website."
Duck DNS will point a DNS (sub domains of duckdns.org) to an IP of your choice. DDNS is a handy way for you to refer to a serverouter with an easily rememberable name for situations when the server's ip address will likely change. Suggested by xgnarf, who finds it "so much better for the free tier of noip—no 30-day nag to keep your host up."
Joe Sandbox detects and analyzes potential malicious files and URLs on Windows, Android, Mac OS, Linux and iOS for suspicious activities. It performs deep malware analysis and generates comprehensive and detailed reports. The Community Edition of Joe Sandbox Cloud allows you to run a maximum of 6 analyses per month, 3 per day on Windows, Linux and Android with limited analysis output. This one is from dangibbons94, who wanted to "share this cool service ... for malware analysis. I usually use Virus total for URL scanning, but this goes a lot more in depth. I just used basic analysis, which is free and enough for my needs."
Hybrid Analysis is a malware analysis service that detects and analyzes unknown threats for the community. This one was suggested by compupheonix, who adds that it "gets you super detailed reports... it's about the most fleshed out and detailed one I can find."
JustBeamIt is a file-transfer service that allows you to send files of any size via a peer-to-peer streaming model. Simply drag and drop your file and specify the recipient's email address. They will then receive a link that will trigger the download directly from your computer, so the file does not have to be uploaded to the service itself. The link is good for one download and expires after 10 minutes. Thanks to cooljacob204sfw for the recommendation!
ShieldsUP is a quick but powerful internet security checkup and information service. It was created by security researcher Steve Gibson to scan ports and let you know which ones have been opened through your firewalls or NAT routers.
Firefox Send is an encrypted file transfer service that allows you to share files up to 2.5GB from any browser or an Android app. Uses end-to-end encryption to keep data secure and offers security controls you can set. You can determine when your file link expires, the number of downloads, and whether to add a password. Your recipient receives a link to download the file, and they don’t need a Firefox account. This one comes from DePingus, who appreciates the focus on privacy. "They have E2E, expiring links, and a clear privacy policy."
Free DNS is a service where programmers share domain names with one another at no cost. Offers free hosting as well as dynamic DNS, static DNS, subdomain and domain hosting. They can host your domain's DNS as well as allowing you to register hostnames from domains they're hosting already. If you don't have a domain, you can sign up for a free account and create up to 5 subdomains off the domains others have contributed and point these hosts anywhere on the Internet. Thanks to 0x000000000000004C (yes, that's a username) for the suggestion!
ANY.RUN is an interactive malware analysis service for dynamic and static research of the majority of threats in any environment. It can provide a convenient in-depth analysis of new, unidentified malicious objects and help with the investigation of incidents. ImAshtonTurner appreciates it as "a great sandbox tool for viewing malware, etc."
Plik is a scalable, temporary file upload system similar to wetransfer that is written in golang. Thanks go to I_eat_Narwhals for this one!
Free My IP offers free, dynamic DNS. This service comes with no login, no ads, no newsletters, no links to click and no hassle. Kindly suggested by Jack of All Trades.
Mailinator provides free, temporary email inboxes on a receive-only, attachment-free system that requires no sign-up. All @mailinator.com addresses are public, readable and discoverable by anyone at any time—but are automatically deleted after a few hours. Can be a nice option for times when you to give out an address that won't be accessible longterm. Recommended by nachomountain, who's been using it "for years."
Magic Wormhole is a service for sending files directly with no intermediate upload, no web interface and no login. When both parties are online you with the minimal software installed, the wormhole is invoked via command line identifying the file you want to send. The server then provides a speakable, one-time-use password that you give the recipient. When they enter that password in their wormhole console, key exchange occurs and the download begins directly between your computers. rjohnson99 explains, "Magic Wormhole is sort of like JustBeamIt but is open-source and is built on Python. I use it a lot on Linux servers."
EveryCloud's Free Phish is our own, new Phishing Simulator. Once you've filled in the form and logged in, you can choose from lots of email templates (many of which we've coped from what we see in our Email Security business) and landing pages. Run a one-off free phish, then see who clicked or submitted data so you can understand where your organization is vulnerable and act accordingly.
Hardening Guides
CIS Hardening Guides contain the system security benchmarks developed by a global community of cybersecurity experts. Over 140 configuration guidelines are provided to help safeguard systems against threats. Recommended by cyanghost109 "to get a start on looking at hardening your own systems."
Podcasts
Daily Tech News is Tom Merrit's show covering the latest tech issues with some of the top experts in the field. With the focus on daily tech news and analysis, it's a great way to stay current. Thanks to EmoPolarbear for drawing it to our attention.
This Week in Enterprise Tech is a podcast that features IT experts explaining the complicated details of cutting-edge enterprise technology. Join host Lou Maresca on this informative exploration of enterprise solutions, with new episodes recorded every Friday afternoon.
Security Weekly is a podcast where a "bunch of security nerds" get together and talk shop. Topics are greatly varied, and the atmosphere is relaxed and conversational. The show typically tops out at 2 hours, which is perfect for those with a long commute. If you’re fascinated by discussion of deep technical and security-related topics, this may be a nice addition to your podcast repertoire.
Grumpy Old Geeks—What Went Wrong on the Internet and Who's To Blame is a podcast about the internet, technology and geek culture—among other things. The hosts bring their grumpy brand of humor to the "state of the world as they see it" in these roughly hour-long weekly episodes. Recommended by mkaxsnyder, who enjoys it because, "They are a good team that talk about recent and relevant topics from an IT perspective."
The Social-Engineer Podcast is a monthly discussion among the hosts—a group of security experts from SEORG—and a diverse assortment of guests. Topics focus around human behavior and how it affects information security, with new episodes released on the second Monday of every month. Thanks to MrAshRhodes for the suggestion.
The CyberWire podcasts discuss what's happening in cyberspace, providing news and commentary from industry experts. This cyber security-focused news service delivers concise, accessible, and relevant content without the gossip, sensationalism, and the marketing buzz that often distract from the stories that really matter. Appreciation to supermicromainboard for the suggestion.
Malicious Life is a podcast that tells the fascinating—and often unknown—stories of the wildest hacks you can ever imagine. Host Ran Levi, a cybersecurity expert and author, talks with the people who were actually involved to reveal the history of each event in depth. Our appreciation goes to peraphon for the recommendation.
The Broadcast Storm is a podcast for Cisco networking professionals. BluePieceOfPaper suggests it "for people studying for their CCNA/NP. Kevin Wallace is a CCIE Collaboration so he knows his *ishk. Good format for learning too. Most podcasts are about 8-15 mins long and its 'usually' an exam topic. It will be something like "HSPR" but instead of just explaining it super boring like Ben Stein reading a powerpoint, he usually goes into a story about how (insert time in his career) HSPR would have been super useful..."
Software Engineering Radio is a podcast for developers who are looking for an educational resource with original content that isn't recycled from other venues. Consists of conversations on relevant topics with experts from the software engineering world, with new episodes released three to four times per month. a9JDvXLWHumjaC tells us this is "a solid podcast for devs."
Books
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is a comprehensive technical guide designed to help you optimize Microsoft's Configuration Manager 2012 according to your requirements and then to deploy and use it successfully. This methodical, step-by-step reference covers: the intentions behind the product and its role in the broader System Center product suite; planning, design, and implementation; and details on each of the most-important feature sets. Learn how to leverage the user-centric capabilities to provide anytime/anywhere services & software, while strengthening control and improving compliance.
Network Warrior: Everything You Need to Know That Wasn’t on the CCNA Exam is a practical guide to network infrastructure. Provides an in-depth view of routers and routing, switching (with Cisco Catalyst and Nexus switches as examples), SOHO VoIP and SOHO wireless access point design and configuration, introduction to IPv6 with configuration examples, telecom technologies in the data-networking world (including T1, DS3, frame relay, and MPLS), security, firewall theory and configuration, ACL and authentication, Quality of Service (QoS), with an emphasis on low-latency queuing (LLQ), IP address allocation, Network Time Protocol (NTP) and device failures.
Beginning the Linux Command Line is your ally in mastering Linux from the keyboard. It is intended for system administrators, software developers, and enthusiastic users who want a guide that will be useful for most distributions—i.e., all items have been checked against Ubuntu, Red Hat and SUSE. Addresses administering users and security and deploying firewalls. Updated to the latest versions of Linux to cover files and directories, including the Btrfs file system and its management and systemd boot procedure and firewall management with firewalld.
Modern Operating Systems, 4th Ed. is written for students taking intro courses on Operating Systems and for those who want an OS reference guide for work. The author, an OS researcher, includes both the latest materials on relevant operating systems as well as current research. The previous edition of Modern Operating Systems received the 2010 McGuffey Longevity Award that recognizes textbooks for excellence over time.
Time Management for System Administrators is a guide for organizing your approach to this challenging role in a way that improves your results. Bestselling author Thomas Limoncelli offers a collection of tips and techniques for navigating the competing goals and concurrent responsibilities that go along with working on large projects while also taking care of individual user's needs. The book focuses on strategies to help with daily tasks that will also allow you to handle the critical situations that inevitably require your attention. You'll learn how to manage interruptions, eliminate time wasters, keep an effective calendar, develop routines and prioritize, stay focused on the task at hand and document/automate to speed processes.
The Practice of System and Network Administration, 3rd Edition introduces beginners to advanced frameworks while serving as a guide to best practices in system administration that is helpful for even the most advanced experts. Organized into four major sections that build from the foundational elements of system administration through improved techniques for upgrades and change management to exploring assorted management topics. Covers the basics and then moves onto the advanced things that can be built on top of those basics to wield real power and execute difficult projects.
Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches, Third Edition is designed to teach you PowerShell in a month's worth of 1-hour lessons. This updated edition covers PowerShell features that run on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and later, PowerShell v3 and later, and it includes v5 features like PowerShellGet. For PowerShell v3 and up, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and later.
Troubleshooting with the Windows Sysinternals Tools is a guide to the powerful Sysinternals tools for diagnosing and troubleshooting issues. Sysinternals creator Mark Russinovich and Windows expert Aaron Margosis provide a deep understanding of Windows core concepts that aren’t well-documented elsewhere along with details on how to use Sysinternals tools to optimize any Windows system’s reliability, efficiency, performance and security. Includes an explanation of Sysinternals capabilities, details on each major tool, and examples of how the tools can be used to solve real-world cases involving error messages, hangs, sluggishness, malware infections and more.
DNS and BIND, 5th Ed. explains how to work with the Internet's distributed host information database—which is responsible for translating names into addresses, routing mail to its proper destination, and listing phone numbers according to the ENUM standard. Covers BIND 9.3.2 & 8.4.7, the what/how/why of DNS, name servers, MX records, subdividing domains (parenting), DNSSEC, TSIG, troubleshooting and more. PEPCK tells us this is "generally considered the DNS reference book (aside from the RFCs of course!)"
Windows PowerShell in Action, 3rd Ed. is a comprehensive guide to PowerShell. Written by language designer Bruce Payette and MVP Richard Siddaway, this volume gives a great introduction to Powershell, including everyday use cases and detailed examples for more-advanced topics like performance and module architecture. Covers workflows and classes, writing modules and scripts, desired state configuration and programming APIs/pipelines.This edition has been updated for PowerShell v6.
Zero Trust Networks: Building Secure Systems in Untrusted Networks explains the principles behind zero trust architecture, along with what's needed to implement it. Covers the evolution of perimeter-based defenses and how they evolved into the current broken model, case studies of zero trust in production networks on both the client and server side, example configurations for open-source tools that are useful for building a zero trust network and how to migrate from a perimeter-based network to a zero trust network in production. Kindly recommended by jaginfosec.
Tips
Here are a couple handy Windows shortcuts:
Here's a shortcut for a 4-pane explorer in Windows without installing 3rd-party software:
(Keep the win key down for the arrows, and no pauses.) Appreciation goes to ZAFJB for this one.
Our recent tip for a shortcut to get a 4-pane explorer in Windows, triggered this suggestion from SevaraB: "You can do that for an even larger grid of Windows by right-clicking the clock in the taskbar, and clicking 'Show windows side by side' to arrange them neatly. Did this for 4 rows of 6 windows when I had to have a quick 'n' dirty "video wall" of windows monitoring servers at our branches." ZAFJB adds that it actually works when you right-click "anywhere on the taskbar, except application icons or start button."
This tip comes courtesy of shipsass: "When I need to use Windows Explorer but I don't want to take my hands off the keyboard, I press Windows-E to launch Explorer and then Ctrl-L to jump to the address line and type my path. The Ctrl-L trick also works with any web browser, and it's an efficient way of talking less-technical people through instructions when 'browse to [location]' stumps them."
Clear browser history/cookies by pressing CTRL-SHIFT-DELETE on most major browsers. Thanks go to synapticpanda, who adds that this "saves me so much time when troubleshooting web apps where I am playing with the cache and such."
To rename a file with F2, while still editing the name of that file: Hit TAB to tab into the renaming of the next file. Thanks to abeeftaco for this one!
Alt-D is a reliable alternative to Ctrl-L for jumping to the address line in a browser. Thanks for this one go to fencepost_ajm, who explains: "Ctrl-L comes from the browser side as a shortcut for Location, Alt-D from the Windows Explorer side for Directory."
Browser shortcut: When typing a URL that ends with dot com, Ctrl + Enter will place the ".com" and take you to the page. Thanks to wpierre for this one!
This tip comes from anynonus, as something that daily that saves a few clicks: "Running a program with ctrl + shift + enter from start menu will start it as administrator (alt + y will select YES to run as admin) ... my user account is local admin [so] I don't feel like that is unsafe"
Building on our PowerShell resources, we received the following suggestion from halbaradkenafin: aka.ms/pskoans is "a way to learn PowerShell using PowerShell (and Pester). It's really cool and a bunch of folks have high praise for it (including a few teams within MSFT)."
Keyboard shortcut: If you already have an application open, hold ctrl + shift and middle click on the application in your task bar to open another instance as admin. Thanks go to Polymira for this one.
Remote Server Tip: "Critical advice. When testing out network configuration changes, prior to restarting the networking service or rebooting, always create a cron job that will restore your original network configuration and then reboot/restart networking on the machine after 5 minutes. If your config worked, you have enough time to remove it. If it didn't, it will fix itself. This is a beautifully simple solution that I learned from my old mentor at my very first job. I've held on to it for a long time." Thanks go to FrigidNox for the tip!
Websites
Deployment Research is the website of Johan Arwidmark, MS MVP in System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management. It is dedicated to sharing information and guidance around System Center, OS deployment, migration and more. The author shares tips and tricks to help improve the quality of IT Pros’ daily work.
Next of Windows is a website on (mostly) Microsoft-related technology. It's the place where Kent Chen—a computer veteran with many years of field experience—and Jonathan Hu—a web/mobile app developer and self-described "cool geek"—share what they know, what they learn and what they find in the hope of helping others learn and benefit.
High Scalability brings together all the relevant information about building scalable websites in one place. Because building a website with confidence requires a body of knowledge that can be slow to develop, the site focuses on moving visitors along the learning curve at a faster pace.
Information Technology Research Library is a great resource for IT-related research, white papers, reports, case studies, magazines, and eBooks. This library is provided at no charge by TradePub.com. GullibleDetective tells us it offers "free PDF files from a WIIIIIIDE variety of topics, not even just IT. Only caveat: as its a vendor-supported publishing company, you will have to give them a bit of information such as name, email address and possibly a company name. You undoubtedly have the ability to create fake information on this, mind you. The articles range from Excel templates, learning python, powershell, nosql etc. to converged architecture."
SS64 is a web-based reference guide for syntax and examples of the most-common database and OS computing commands. Recommended by Petti-The-Yeti, who adds, "I use this site all the time to look up commands and find examples while I'm building CMD and PS1 scripts."
Phishing and Malware Reporting. This website helps you put a stop to scams by getting fraudulent pages blocked. Easily report phishing webpages so they can be added to blacklists in as little as 15 minutes of your report. "Player024 tells us, "I highly recommend anyone in the industry to bookmark this page...With an average of about 10 minutes of work, I'm usually able to take down the phishing pages we receive thanks to the links posted on that website."
A Slack Channel
Windows Admin Slack is a great drive-by resource for the Windows sysadmin. This team has 33 public channels in total that cover different areas of helpful content on Windows administration.
Blogs
KC's Blog is the place where Microsoft MVP and web developer Kent Chen shares his IT insights and discoveries. The rather large library of posts offer helpful hints, how-tos, resources and news of interest to those in the Windows world.
The Windows Server Daily is the ever-current blog of technologist Katherine Moss, VP of open source & community engagement for StormlightTech. Offers brief daily posts on topics related to Windows server, Windows 10 and Administration.
An Infosec Slideshow
This security training slideshow was created for use during a quarterly infosec class. The content is offered generously by shalafi71, who adds, "Take this as a skeleton and flesh it out on your own. Take an hour or two and research the things I talk about. Tailor this to your own environment and users. Make it relevant to your people. Include corporate stories, include your audience, exclude yourself. This ain't about how smart you are at infosec, and I can't stress this enough, talk about how people can defend themselves. Give them things to look for and action they can take. No one gives a shit about your firewall rules."
Tech Tutorials
Tutorialspoint Library. This large collection of tech tutorials is a great resource for online learning. You'll find nearly 150 high-quality tutorials covering a wide array of languages and topics—from fundamentals to cutting-edge technologies. For example, this Powershell tutorial is designed for those with practical experience handling Windows-based Servers who want to learn how to install and use Windows Server 2012.
The Python Tutorial is a nice introduction to many of Python’s best features, enabling you to read and write Python modules and programs. It offers an understanding of the language's style and prepares you to learn more about the various Python library modules described in 'The Python Standard Library.' Kindly suggested by sharjeelsayed.
SysAdmin Humor
Day in the Life of a SysAdmin Episode 5: Lunch Break is an amusing look at a SysAdmin's attempt to take a brief lunch break. We imagine many of you can relate!
Have a fantastic week and as usual, let me know any comments or suggestions.
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Временно бесплатные курсы Udemy

Временно бесплатные курсы Udemy

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How to set up remote C++ ROS development and debugging? (trying with CLion) [Question]

Dear Reddit Robotics Community Members, I would like to ask you about your remote development (including remote debugging) strategies for ROS and learn from your experience, if you are willing to help or suggest good solutions and describe your use cases.
tl;dr: How can I reliably reliably do C++ ROS package development with only source code being locally on my machine, and all the other aspects on a remote robot host computer? (A full-fledged remote PC workstation) What are your experiences and recommendations? (Thus having remotely: Sources, Binaries, Tools, and Debug Symbols. Just like this Clion JetBrains Video suggests) Can I remotely attach GDB from CLion to a remote ROS process started from the roslaunch command?
My use case scenario: So far I have been using my computer to both program and control the robot which requires an operating system with a real-time kernel. Having such a system turned to be quite slow for development purposes (a lot of 0.5s delays in interaction with the machine) and made the use of Nvidia drivers impossible. This makes me interested in using a real-time-kernel-based system only for compiling and executing on the robot itself, while keeping source code writing on a user-friendly non-realtime system. I want to delegate the compilation to the robot computer since it is powerful enough.
I checked the remote development solution offered by the IDE I use, CLion. It worked fine for a sample non-ROS project from the previously mentioned video tutorial. I was able to run the program remotely and debug it remotely, everyting hassle-free, with variable values being displayed semi-tansparent on the right side of the source code. However, I could not find an option to connect my local CLion GDB with the remotely executed program started with roslaunch on the remote robot in the debug mode. I also noticed that running CMake on both machines caused some CMake problems (to be discussed in 2 days).
Another option would be to probably attach a non-IDE GDB to an external process with a GDB over ssh in a terminal. I was also thinking about some TMUX sessions where I could use GDB locally on the target machine. However, I feel that it would be the best to have all these features in the IDE.
Final questions: - How do you handle debugging your robots remotely? Do you attach GDB used by some IDE to remote processes? - Do you have experience with building packages and workspaces wih catking_make remotely from the IDE? - Do you have some experience with CLion IDE used for robotics development?
Could good remote debugging experience be potentially achieved with VIM or Emacs with some debugging packages? (I know the former, recently learning some parts of the latter)
I would highly value your recommendations and critique for some approaches mentioned here. Thank you for your time devoted to reading this post.
Best regards, Jakub
Diclaimer: I am an absolute beginner in C++ debugging, please correct me if I misuse some terms. My motivation is to learn the good practices and set up a comfort workspace early to be more productive earlier.
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How to set up a remote ROS C++ development and debugging? (Looking for suggestions, trying with CLion)

Dear ROS Users, I would like to ask you about your remote development (including remote debugging) strategies for ROS and learn from your experience, if you are willing to help or suggest good solutions and describe your use cases.
tl;dr: How can I reliably reliably do C++ ROS package development with only source code being locally on my machine, and all the other aspects on a remote robot host computer?(A full-fledged remote PC workstation) What are your experiences and recommendations? (Thus having remotely: Sources, Binaries, Tools, and Debug Symbols. Just like this Clion JetBrains Video suggests) Can I remotely attach GDB from CLion to a remote ROS process started from the roslaunch command?
My use case scenario: So far I have been using my computer to both program and control the robot which requires an operating system with a real-time kernel. Having such a system turned to be quite slow for development purposes (a lot of 0.5s delays in interaction with the machine) and made the use of Nvidia drivers impossible. This makes me interested in using a real-time-kernel-based system only for compiling and executing on the robot itself, while keeping source code writing on a user-friendly non-realtime system. I want to delegate the compilation to the robot computer since it is powerful enough.
I checked the remote development solution offered by the IDE I use, CLion. It worked fine for a sample non-ROS project from the previously mentioned video tutorial. I was able to run the program remotely and debug it remotely, everyting hassle-free, with variable values being displayed semi-tansparent on the right side of the source code. However, I could not find an option to connect my local CLion GDB with the remotely executed program started with roslaunch on the remote robot in the debug mode. I also noticed that running CMake on both machines caused some CMake problems (to be discussed in 2 days).
Another option would be to probably attach a non-IDE GDB to an external process with a GDB over ssh in a terminal. I was also thinking about some TMUX sessions where I could use GDB locally on the target machine. However, I feel that it would be the best to have all these features in the IDE.
Final questions: - How do you handle debugging your robots remotely? Do you attach GDB used by some IDE to remote processes? - Do you have experience with building packages and workspaces wih catking_make remotely from the IDE? - Do you have some experience with CLion IDE used for robotics development?
Could good remote debugging experience be potentially achieved with VIM or Emacs with some debugging packages? (I know the former, recently learning some parts of the latter)
I would highly value your recommendations and critique for some approaches mentioned here. Thank you for your time devoted to reading this post.
Best regards, Jakub
Diclaimer: I am an absolute beginner in C++ debugging, please correct me if I misuse some terms. My motivation is to learn the good practices and set up a comfort workspace early to be more productive earlier.
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Trying to find a guide / how to / etc for modding outward? I've some ideas for lore and in game explanations that would not change gameplay but make the game explain stuff without having to google / spoil it as a player. Suggestions welcome.

Mostly I want to mod / expand dialog and quest / quest reward options from merchants or NPCs in the first town. I've got a whole list of stuff but I can't figure out where to start.

I'm a beginner as I've not even chosen a quest path. I like this game but I hate that there is no ingame explanation of things. I'd like to find out how to mod some of the stuff so that when you talk to the quest lady in the first town I can make more dialog options for beginners, like, pay 1 silver for some information about a "larva egg" (the option would show up if you have one in your inventory.) and she would tell you that you can rarely find them fishing, because they fall from big shrimp that patrol beaches, and those have them all the time. etc.
And some sort of dialog for the rusty sword. You find it on the top of the mountain, sword in the stone style, and no one in town talks to you about it at all?!?!
This tells a new player that you can use fire rags and warm potions together to boost fire damage, and more importantly tells them that Warm oil, item is used in both. Perhaps if you take a warm oil to the LORE lady and pay a small 3 silver fee, she'd tell you that tradlodities normally set up their lairs in places that have oil because they can combine it certain mushrooms they grow to make antidotes for their powerful poisons. Or she could point you south near the hyenas, etc.

Edit 1

Edit 2

It looks like there are several node types:
Something like this
[2 statement node]->4[multichoice node] [14 action] "Can I buy stuff" [19 Condition] "Check out quest items [113 Statement] "Farewell" [116 statement] Cooking tutorial ->[188 multichoice] [126->128] [129->131] [132->134] 126, 129, 132 are all statement nodes about cooking tutorial, followed by finish nodes. There is a whole chain of stuff that follows the quest stuff, as that appears to be done in dialog but not so much on the store, that data must be held else where and at this time I'm not sure where. 

Edit 3

This may be more difficult than it seems as quests have to be written into the mono to handle updates to the quest log. /sigh
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Sometimes the best things in life are free, like these great Mac apps!


Get the greatest free apps on your Mac without having to dig through the entire Mac App Store!
The Mac App Store is full of all manner of apps, from simple utilities to complex programs. New apps are published every day, making it hard to find the best of the best — which is where we come in. We've gathered the best free apps for the Mac, all in one place so you don't have to go digging.

My criteria for apps on this list

In researching the best free apps for the Mac, I started by using Apple's category list. This makes it easier to cover the wide variety of content available. If an app is on the Mac App Store, it is in one of the 21 categories that Apple has listed.
Because this is a "free" app list, I tried to only include apps that are truly free or whose functionality is not diminished without an in-app purchase. You will see some apps that have premium content that can be unlocked with an in-app purchase, but I've included them on the list because I feel that the free content is noteworthy.
Since this is a list of apps, I'm not including services that only have websites without a dedicated app (there are two exceptions to this rule on the list, but they are totally worthy of rule-bending).
I've included some apps that are not available in the Mac App Store. That's because some of the best apps in a given category are so much better than any Mac App Store counterpart that I couldn't exclude them.
Though this list is long, it is by no means complete. There are just too many free Mac apps available to include everything. If you don't see your favorite free Mac app on this list, please add it in the comments section with your reason for why it stands out. (Remember: It has to be truly free or the free version of an otherwise premium app that is noteworthy.)
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Business

Slack


Slack is a must-have app for anyone working remotely with others. It is the best business chat app around. The Mac app is a chat window, so you can keep your conversations going without having to log into a web browser every time. You can have multiple accounts running at the same time and there are dozens of helpful bots that you can add to any chat room.
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Wave


Wave is one of those exceptions to the rule of no services without a dedicated app. It is a free software tool for small businesses. You can use it for invoicing, receipts, accounting, and more. You can also add credit card processing and payroll for a small additional fee. It is set up to work with what your business needs are. If you don't need a feature, you aren't paying for it. If you only need a feature sometimes, you only pay when you use it. Because Wave is dedicated to making small business tools work the way small business owners need them to, I've included it on this list.
See at Wave

Developer tools

Xcode


Xcode is the macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS developer's handiest tool. It supports coding for Swift, Objective-C, Python, and a whole lot more. It can build universal binary files to run on PowerPC and Intel-based computers, and developers can create apps for 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. It's got everything an Apple coder needs.
Download now

TextWrangler


When it comes to coding, nothing keeps your characters more organized than TextWrangler. The text editor works with a wide variety of coding syntax and even has color coding for different programming languages. You can easily access files on FTP and SFTP servers. It is also a fantastic app for non-programmers for its many smaller details, like line wrapping, email templates, and quote styles. It is one of the best free code editors around.
Download now

Atom


Atom is another fantastic, free text and code editor for the Mac. This one is not available in the Mac App Store, but is highly rated among programmers. It has a built-in package manager with wide support for a number of different packages. It integrates with HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Node.js and allows programmers to code across platforms. It is highly customizable so that you can create the most ideal coding atmosphere to help keep you working quickly.
See at Atom

Education

Khan Academy


Khan Academy is another exception to my rule that a service must have a dedicated app, but it is such a fantastic learning website, rich with online study courses of all levels — for free — that I had to include it. You can learn the colors of the rainbow or the Pythagorean Theorem. It covers basic subjects and works you into deeper involvement, just like you would start off taking basic classes in school and move into more advanced curricula. You can also prepare for the SAT, MCAT, GMAT, IIT JEE, and NCLEX-RN with excellent study guides. It is a great resource for getting started or back into your education.
See at Khan Academy

iTunes U


Right inside the iTunes app on your Mac is a universe of knowledge. There are thousands of specialized courses, which you can download for free, that are lead by professors at some of the most popular colleges in the world. You can learn statistics from Harvard, business from Stanford, psychology from Yale, and much more. Subjects cover architecture to women's studies, with practically everything you can think of in between. To access iTunes U, open iTunes on your Mac and select it from the menu.
See the subjects

Entertainment

HandBrake


HandBrake is a free, open-source software program that lets you convert practically any media file to MP4, M4V, or MKV. You can convert your entire DVD or Blu-ray collection into digital form to watch on your Apple TV without having to pay someone to do it for you. You can quickly choose which type of device you want your file to be transcoded to support (like iOS or tvOS) and then get to converting within just a few seconds. For more advanced file conversion fans, there are a number of great features to help you perfect your digital movie catalog.
See at HandBrake

VLC media player


VLC is the best free, open-source media player for the Mac. With it, you can play nearly any media file, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MKV, WebM, WMV, and much more. It has a number of customizable features so you can create your ideal viewing situation or set up your music listening experience the way you want. It does support DVD and Blu-ray decryption through the libdvdcss library if you are so inclined to use it.
See at VideoLan

Spotify


If you're not using Apple Music (actually, even if you are), Spotify is the next best music streaming service for the Mac. With the Mac app, you can listen to thousands of songs across all genres. It includes a useful playlist section so you can keep track of your favorite music. It also has a great music discovery section where you can see what's trending or music you might like based on what you've been listening to. The social aspect makes it one of my favorite free social media apps for the iPhone, too.
See at Spotify

See also

Best music controllers for the Mac

Finance

Debit & Credit - Personal Finance


If you prefer to keep track of your finances manually, Debit & Credit is a great checkbook balancing app (I know, no one balances a checkbook anymore). You manually enter every transaction and income, and you can keep track of what you're spending with the budget list. The report feature is the best. You can view your spending habits by category, where you spend, your income and expenses differences, whether you are able to save, and more. There is an in-app purchase to unlock more than two accounts, but if you only have two bank accounts, you don't need the premium service.
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Money Wiz 2 ~ Personal Finance


Money Wiz is a great personal finance tracker for balancing your bank account. The free version lets you manually add account information like income, expenses, and account transfers. If you sign up for the monthly subscription, you can connect your online bank accounts and have the work done for you. You can also create a budget (though you can only track one budget before being asked to upgrade). You can also set up a schedule reminder to keep you on track for paying bills that are due at the same time each month. It features a few more customizable features, like creating a new category for income and expenses, as well as creating financial reports based on your net worth, cash flow, and balance over time. Money Wiz works better with the subscription upgrade, but is very useful for keeping your checking accounts balanced.
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Graphics & Design

GIMP


GIMP is pretty much the open-source version of Photoshop. You can fix minor photo errors, like light balance and contrast, or manipulate your image using the masking and removing features, similar to that of Photoshop's. You can also add filters, resize, create layers, mix up background objects, and a whole lot more. It's the best free version of Photoshop you can use on the Mac.
See at Gimp

Autodesk Sketchbook


Autodesk is famous for its artists' apps, which feature a rich selection of brushes that seem hyper-realistic. You can use it to create vector graphic images, illustrations, and photorealistic works of art. There are dozens of customizable pens, pencils, and paintbrushes, and the color palette is so robust that you can perfectly match practically any color in the world. The free download comes with dozens of amazing tools, but you can upgrade to the pro version to unlock even more options. It is a graphic artist's best tool on the Mac.
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Health & Fitness

Time Out - Break Reminders


Taking a moment for oneself is one of the most difficult health and fitness steps to take. We get so caught up with our busy schedules that we forget to stop for a moment. Time Out forces you to take those little breaks by dimming your screen so you can't use it for a specified amount of time. You can set up small breaks every hour, micro-breaks every 15 minutes, and lunch breaks to get your eyes off the screen for a half-hour or so. You can configure how long the breaks are and how often you take them. It'll make your eyes, your muscles, and your heart a little bit healthier every day you use it.
Download now

Relax Lite - Stress and Anxiety Relief


When the stress of the day starts to overwhelm you, use Relax to help you take things down a notch. It is a simple window with relaxing visual images and calming music that includes special tones to help cue your breathing exercises. There are guided meditation sessions you can take part in and deep-breathing exercises that will help you focus and reduce stress. Sometimes, you just need to check out for 10 minutes in order to be a more productive person.
Download now

Lifestyle

iBooks Author


If you fancy yourself a writer, Apple's iBooks Author is the perfect app to get your work published without having to sign a publishing contract. You can use Apple's pre-made templates to help facilitate the perfect design. Add images, a video introduction, book cover, and more for a more immersive experience. With the multitouch widgets, you can make your pages interactive. Add photos, audio, Keynote presentations, and 3D objects. When you've finished you can upload it to the iBooks Store with the in-app export tools. You'll be a famous author before you know it!
Download now

Trillian


How many chat and messaging programs are you signed up with? If it's more than one, you need Trillian. It combines all of your chat and messaging accounts into one simple interface so you don't have to switch between apps to talk to your friends and family. You can chat through Facebook, Twitter, Google Chat, Yahoo, Bonjour, and more, all in one window. Chat services are delineated by color coding, so you know where a message is coming from. If you have too many chat channels and want to keep them all in one place, use Trillian to keep them organized.
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Medical

Complete Anatomy


You've never seen the human body the way it is presented in this medical book. It shows you the entire make up of the body's systems. For free, you can examine, in interactive 3D, the entire skeletal and connective tissue layers, including names of bones, surfaces, insertion points, and more. You can zoom in on specific areas of the body for detailed interactions and animate muscle movements. You'll learn more about human anatomy than you ever thought possible.
Download now

Music

Audacity


Audacity is one of the best free audio editors. You can record live audio for podcasts, turn tapes and records into digital music, and edit tracks. If the original recording is a little too bright, you can add a filter to bring down the highs. Trim the excess off of the front or back of a recording, and even blend one track into another. It is very easy to use, so you don't have to be a professional recording artist to get into it.
See at Audacity

Cross DJ Free


DJ programs can be a pain in the pocketbook. If you're just learning the ropes or want to have a homegrown dance party, don't spend the heavy cash. Cross DJ makes it possible for you to spin the beats without the expensive software. It features waveforms, beat sync, track cueing, loops, digital scratching, and more. It accesses your iTunes library directly, so you don't even have to load up new music. You may eventually upgrade to a more robust DJ app, but this is definitely a great starter program.
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Shazam


The popular song identification program that was folded into Siri on the iPhone is also available on the Mac. Shazam listens to your music and tells you what you want to know about it. While it's running, it will tell you the name of a song and artist. While you're listening to tunes, it will automatically create a playlist of tracks you can listen to with Apple Music (when available), even if you are currently listening to music with a different service. Click a track to see lyrics and watch music videos on Shazam's website, too.
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News

RSS Bot - News Notifier


RSS Bot is like having a news feed right in your Menu bar. When you log in, you can add any RSS feed to it and then quickly view new content with a single click. You can set up the service to notify you when new posts are published, or just check on things yourself when you have the time. If you read a blog that covers more subjects than you are interested in, you can set up a filter that will only show you articles that match keywords you designate.
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Pocket


Pocket is sort of like the folder your mom used to keep with newspaper and magazine clippings in it. You can save articles, videos, recipes, and more, right in Pocket for reading later. It's the perfect app for people who like to browse the entirety of the internet with no real focus, but don't have the time to read everything they come across. Save articles for offline viewing so you can read new content while you are on the bus or at the park. The app has a nifty tool that highlights the most important articles of the day, so you can read content organized by priority.
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Photography

Fotor


Fotor is a super easy photo editing app for the Mac that lets you create fun and unique projects from your collection. You can adjust the lighting, tweak the white balance, add a fun border, lay on a filter, and even add text boxes. It supports batch editing, so you can stylize all of your vacation photos at the same time. The collage tool lets you create pages with multiple photos that you can customize to your liking. It is a fun, simple way to edit your photos without the complex tools that you need to know about with Photoshop.
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Polarr Photo Editor Lite


Polarr is a basic photo editing app with excellent tools for image adjusting. You can adjust color, light, clarity, highlights, shadows, and more. Add effects like color shadows, lens distortions, vignettes, and filters. This app works best when you are trying to enhance your pictures, not when you are trying to get artsy with them. If you can't seem to get your picture just right, trigger one of the helpful tutorials to learn how to brighten dark images or properly add white balance. There are dozens of pro-level tools, but they are designed to be used by anyone.
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See also

Best photo editing apps for Mac

Productivity

Wunderlist


Wunderlist is the best task manager app you can get without paying for it. You can create different lists and add time-sensitive projects to them, create tasks with recurring due dates, and share your lists with others. It syncs across Mac and iOS, so you can take your lists with you everywhere you go. You'll always be ready to take care of business. You can set due dates for tasks and reminders to help keep you on task. You can also include subtasks for specific projects and leave yourself a note if you need more details. Tag a task as important and it will move to the top of your list.
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Evernote


Evernote is like that basket you have next to the couch or that drawer in your kitchen that has _everything_in it. You can clip web pages, link status updates, add music, store pictures, create new notes, and share anything you want with others. Not only is it the perfect junk drawer for every digital thing you could possibly want to save, but it is also totally organizable so your junk looks more like a perfectionist's desk. You can make checklists, set reminders, drop notes into existing documents, annotate pictures, and all manner of stuff. It does practically everything except fix the kitchen sink.
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TickTick


TickTick is a great choice if you want an easy to use task manager that is still powerful enough to help you feel productive. TickTick is completely cross-platform across 10 different platforms, and you can even access all of your tasks on the web. Adding tasks can be done with a keyboard shortcut, you get instant reminders, flexibility with recurring tasks and priority levels, checklists, and sync. There are no restrictions, but you can go with TickTick Premium for more features like grid views of timeline and calendars, smart lists, sub-task reminders, and more. They're nice bonuses, but you can get the basic functionality (which is more than enough for most) for free.
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Microsoft OneNote


If Evernote isn't really your thing (you do need a subscription to get the most use out of it), then consider Microsoft OneNote. Think of OneNote as your digital notebook for capturing everything: thoughts, discoveries, ideas, notes, etc. You can create multiple notebooks for different topics or subjects, and each notebook can hold an unlimited number of notes. Your notes can include just plain text, drawings, PDF documents, files, web snippets, and pretty much anything else you would possibly need to reference later.
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Reference

Kindle


If you love reading eBooks, then the Kindle app is a must-have for your Mac. With the Kindle app, you'll get access to your collection of Amazon Kindle books, and Amazon Whispersync means they'll also be accessible on your other devices too, including iPhone and iPad. Whispersync will keep track of the last page you read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights, so you simply pick up where you left off on your Mac, Kindle, iPhone, or iPad. The Kindle app also lets you sample books for free, and you can purchase directly from the Kindle bookstore, or import your own eBooks.
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Mactracker


Apple geeks, pay attention. This little reference tool is going to impress you. It features detailed information on every single Apple product ever made, including things like processor speeds, original price, and current selling price. Did you know that the first Macintosh only had 1 MB of memory? With Mactracker, you will know all about all the Macs. And, you can input your own Apple devices, too. So you can keep track of what you own and whether it is still under warranty. It covers more than just Mac's too. You can look up servers, PowerBooks, and every software update for every device.
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Megawords


Sometimes, you're just trying to find that perfect word, the one that rhymes perfectly for your song or the one that is similar to the word you are thinking of, but works better in a sentence. Megawords is a simple little app that gives you a wealth of information in just a few seconds. You can look up anagrams, find rhymes, and even get a little help with crossword puzzles. Type in a word to get the dictionary definition, synonyms, and even geographical information if the word happens to also be the name of a place.
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Social Networking

Friendly for Twitter


Friendly for Twitter is a lightweight app that lets you log in to all of your Twitter accounts, and then some. Friendly acts as a lightweight chrome around the Twitter web app, so it's fast and light. You can also add your Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Linkedin profiles, and more. Friendly also gives you two options to view Twitter: Twitter Mobile or Tweetdeck styles, so you can pick the one that suits your needs.
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Tweetdeck


If you're using Twitter primarily for publishing, marketing, or just a power-user, then you may want to look into Tweetdeck. It's a flexible Twitter app that lets you have multiple columns side-by-side, so you can see more tweets in a single glance. The app also recently gained nice features like Dark Mode and custom themes.
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PhotoFeed - for Instagram


Can't get enough Instagram? Then you should download PhotoFeed - for Instagram on your Mac. This simple app allows you to log in to your Instagram account, so you can browse your feed, like photos, and leave comments. You know, without having to go on your phone! It's basic, but it gets the job done. You do need to have an Instagram account to use it though, as it won't work without a login.
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Travel

Apple Maps


Apple's built-in mapping service is really convenient to have on the Mac. You may not realize how often you look up the location of something while on your computer, but it is a fairly common occurrence, at least for me. Having Maps integrated with every aspect of your Mac makes it easy to look up directions from anywhere, like an email, a website, or a contact card. Siri can use Apple Maps to help you find all manner of locations in just a few seconds. It's already on your Mac and works great with all of the other built-in apps, too.

Google Earth


You may think of Google Maps as a means to get from point A to point B, but there is so much more to discover on this big blue marble than just driving directions. You can virtually travel the globe, visiting cities you'll never get to in real life. Walk around Manhattan with Street View, visit the swelling seas, and even look up to see the stars above you. With the time travel feature, you can go back decades to see what your house looked like, long before you lived there. Google Earth is less of a mapping service and more like a wealth of global information at your fingertips
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Utilities

f.lux


f.lux is the original maker of soft, yellow-hued lighting for digital screens. You can set it to your local time and your screen will automatically start to dim and turn a slight yellow color. You can customize the effect by increasing or decreasing the intensity and there are additional color effects, like "Movie mode" and "Darkroom" which drastically alter your screen's lighting, but under specific circumstances that you choose. f.lux is designed to help relieve eye strain due to late-night computer use. It is a great utility to have on your Mac.
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Parcel - Delivery Tracking


Thanks to the mega-boom in online retail services, we are getting packages delivered more often than ever before, and not just during the holidays. Parcel is easy to use. All you have to do is copy a tracking number and then click on the plus (+) button in the Parcel app and the carrier information will be added automatically. You can add a title description and then keep an eye on how much longer before your package will be at your doorstep. You can add a widget to Notification Center and use Spotlight to look up tracking information. You can only track three packages at a time without an in-app purchase, but the premium price is only $2.99 per year.
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The Unarchiver


If you regularly get large files sent to you, you'll love what the Unarchiver can do for you. It quickly unzips compressed and archived files from a number of different sources, including Zip RAR, 7-zip, and more, and it will open older archives from Stuffit, ARC and ISO disc images. As easy as it is to use Apple's Archive utility to simply unzip large files, the Unarchiver takes care of older content that can be a real pain to get open, since it uses smart detection to encode files correctly so that you won't end up with a bunch of garbled text. It is a fantastic secondary utility for opening files on your Mac.
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Video

GIPHY Capture - The GIF Maker


Giphy, which supplies the single largest collection of GIFs across the internet, has a GIF maker so you can join in the fun. It features a recording window that you place over anything you want to record. You can capture still shots or videos (iTunes movies will go black under the GIPHY Capture app due to copyright protection). After recording the section you want to use as a GIF, you can edit it by trimming, resizing, and looping it. You can also add a caption to turn it into a meme. When you're done, you can upload it to Giphy.com to share with the rest of the world. Who knows, maybe your GIF will go viral.
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Smart Converter


Consumption of entertainment is going digital and it is much easier to simply watch one of your DVD or Blu-ray discs as a digital file right in iTunes instead of having to walk over to your shelf, find the title, walk over to your player, insert the disc, and hit play. With Smart Converter, you can turn all of your movies, TV shows, and homemade videos into files that you can watch from whichever device you prefer. It is specially designed to make it easy to resize and convert files into content fit for your Apple TV, Mac, iPad, or iPhone, but you can also select and convert for dozens of devices, including non-Apple products. When the conversion is finished, simply add it to whatever streaming service you use with your device and your content is ready to watch. It is super easy to use for conversion beginners, too.
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Blender


Blender is an open-source video creation app that lets you make animations, 3D models, games, and more. It supports modeling rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, composition, and motion tracking. Because it is open-source, developers are constantly creating and sharing tools that others can use, such as textures, 3D character builds, and cartoons. If you are ready to take your animation to the next level, Blender is the best option for free on the Mac.
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Weather

WeatherBug Lite


If you just want a quick glance at the current temperature, WeatherBug Lite is just what you need. It is a Menu bar app that always shows the current temperature and weather condition. All you have to do is look up. If you want more information, you can click on the Menu bar widget to get an hourly forecast and a current weather radar. If you really want to get into the nitty-gritty, click on a stat to open WeatherBug on the web, where you can find out about windshield, sunrise, rainfall, and more. WeatherBug Lite is the perfect little at-a-glance weather app because it's always on.
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Your favorites?

Though this list is long, it is by no means complete. There are just too many free apps available for the Mac to include everything. If you don't see your favorite free Mac app on this list, please add it in the comments section with your reason for why it stands out (Remember: It has to be truly free, or the free version of an otherwise premium app that is noteworthy.)
August 2019: Removed apps that are no longer free or available. Added Kindle, Microsoft OneNote, TickTick, Friendly for Twitter, Tweetdeck, and PhotoFeed - for Instagram. These are the best free apps for your Mac!
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My Review / Take On Homecoming

Hello, I am Imbure and I will comment on most of the things in Gwent Homecoming giving my thoughts on it. To start off a little bit about myself, I like Gwent. Yeah, that’s about it.
Special thanks to SirPumpkn for helping me with ideas, where some weren't fitting or just not well polished enough so I could rereview them with his assistance, thanks a lot!
Since it takes a lot of time to go over it all and if some people are interested just to find the most interesting parts, I have it on google document with highlights to say which parts are more interesting / important.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kG3gWspUD_VoV5l-pJbFwBJfJ2k0uQ95n_Aqs5a8QCw/edit?usp=sharing
Before the whole thing, I do realize that this was PTR and will try mention as little of balance issues, bugs, wrong tooltips or poorly worded abilities, but rather problematic or lacking concepts when it comes to gameplay and I will mention some of which concepts are amazing.
One more disclaimer, I do understand that some of these changes might require a big amount of time, that does not mean you need to instantly release them with Homecoming if think them worthy, at least those that require time, others could be looked at and patched in close future.
Marketing
I am not qualified in this field, so my opinion should not matter much, however, I think marketing is important, I do understand that you are not going to market the game as it has way different feeling to it compared to Beta, so if people join in now they’d be playing a different game and redownloading it in a few days, but when it does come out, marketing is crucial to have a big player base.
UI and Visuals
Now as the new patch hits a lot of things have changed and different mechanics have appeared in the game and players misplay a lot with them.
Ability locked cards
Cards that only acquire an X ability should have an indicator for two reasons. Even if players get better at the game, they will still make misplays here and there, it does not feel good and the victories against them often don’t feel deserved.
Indicators
Visuals like Lock, Adrenaline etc. had nice looking icons. I assume these ones are used as the card sizes changed and artists still have a lot of to do, but on an off chance it is not the case, please bring back those amazing looking effects! Before playing it, With the new abilities highlighting the rows that have abilities and give them different highlights.
Deck / Graveyard Size Indicators
Small graveyard card amount indicators for how many type of cards do you have in your deck, Artifacts, Traps, Spells and etc. so you wouldn’t need to do unnecessary counting, a quality of life change.
Side of the Row Points
Make an option that you could see your numbers on your left side and make the right side clean, so streamers could place their faces somewhere. Since it’s only optional, players would still be able to see it in the best way. Just a nice quality of life addition to the game.
Weight of the Cards
The cards have lost points and I think for the old players even 20 power plays won’t feel impactful, on top of that, placing a card doesn’t feel like doing something amazing. It would be immersive if cards felt like they had weight attached, as if the enemy should stutter upon seeing my THICC GERALT IGNI, instead of it falling like a piece of paper, even though it’s a card game, it doesn’t have to feel as one.
Drag and Drop
Drag and drop just feels better, as you actually play the card from your hand, CURSORS ARE EXTENSIONS OF OUR ARMS.
Colors of the Board / Shadows
Now the feeling of darkness is taken too literally. Even the torches don’t feel as if it was lighting up the area. Nilfgaard that has the sun as their symbol can barely have any light on them. Corners of some places are just too hard to see as they blend in within the darkness remaining invisible. The board itself is relatively lit, so that is visible, which is nice. The things can be dark, just make that we see something there instead of it being pitch black. Lacking ability to see something makes the game dark literally, that creates this weird Batman vs Superman movie problem, where they made the scenes hard to see without actually creating the darkness.
Time Consumed on Animations
Speed up the animations. Eithne takes a decent amount of time to go off, if you also add some artifacts which they often use to the mix, you start feeling bad for roping them when it’s out of your control.
Deckbuilder
When searching for cards, make it so looking for Da’o you would find it by writing Dao. That has been implemented in League of Legends champion select search and is a nice quality of life change. Excluding some bugs, where you switch some filters up and it still saves some of the previous filters, it’s still good.
Twitch Tool
Hovering over a card on Twitch so you could see what it does for Homecoming would be great for new players and old players to get a better feeling on the game.
Gameplay - The Juicy Part
Unrewarding Round 1
It always was that you would fight for the first round fiercely so you could bleed round two and go into round three, there was some strategy to it. Even though it was somewhat flawed to an extent that some cards would be just 20 power plays each and you have 2 of them, here it’s not exactly the case. Now you just barely commit in R1 and R2 because they feel unrewarding and committing for a round feels risk with close to no reward. This vacuum of space was left after we lost the spy mechanic, which was unhealthy, but it was one proper way to actually bleed R2.
Suggestion for Unrewarding Round 1 - the player to win the first round gets an extra mulligan to their bank. It’s a subtle reward that pushes the players to utilize such a thing, however, it is not too big of a thing to make decks around it. You do not need to do it the same for second round, because if you play go to 3 cards in hand only then you start committing your 3rd round, before that you are still not committing second round if you are ahead, while second round going below 7 is considered committing and bleeding is also a thing, so it already creates initial tension on round 2.
Provisions
Maybe people play too much on golds now, but I think that’s just a balance thing and I have nothing, you have honestly outdone yourself, this system is amazing!
Too Many Overlapping Abilities Some archetypes are crying for cards while others have 20 to choose from. I think a heavy overhaul on some bronzes with lack of oversight or being undertuned is not the worst that can happen.
Archetypes
Many of the archetypes are small packages that work with one other and that’s a whole new different thing to Gwent, where you have way more win conditions, instead of having 2. I like it as it adds more variance to the game, hopefully not too much RNG. Northern Realms Orders Without Charges - Seems underwhelming in power and lacking tools, even considered the fact that it would fit fine in a starter deck, something that has a leader and many cards based on it shouldn’t be just a starter deck, but also have some sort of playability.
Northern Realms Charges
It has a huge arsenal of tools, I would say probably more than any other deck and that is not necessarily bad. Some cards however are overlapping - Ballista and Reinforced Ballista is just the same card, but one is worse than the other. I know that this is meant for machine tag, but I would use some Humans then to make more Orders decks that fill the vacuum that armor left archetypes left off.
Spies Where Are Thou?
Reveal
I am so funny. In its current form Reveal can be played two ways. You play a very few unit deck, where you are almost sure your reveal card will show greater strength card or you will add a lot of units and hope that you get to reveal Daerlan Soldiers. First example is a very niche deck with a small amount of variation. The second one has a wider range of choices, but is widely based on RNG. I know that the old archetype was unhealthy in many ways and you are looking to replace it, but it should not be then switched into RNG playstyle or based on small niche deck. Instead of this, Reveal could switch between bronze units in your deck. Every unit that reveals could always show the top bronze card, take the top bronze card in your deck and switch it with the last one pushing every bronze card like an array switching places towards top. It might take some time to come up with an easy text, but as you have detailed explanations at the bottom, healthier gameplay will always beat complex text reading, especially because beginners won’t care about it and experienced players will know how the system works.
Armor
In live Gwent Armor is a whole archetype of cards, however, it does not have to be, removing the thing entirely is bad as you could do some less greedy plays with defensive opportunities. Potion that worked like Thunderbolt where you could give an allied unit some points and add armor to an unit, perhaps a charge too, so then Order + Charge decks would be viable or just in general some strategies. I assume it will be added with Redania, but now as a mechanic it doesn’t have to be deleted outright.
Weather Decks
We had decks like Dagon Fog and Eredin Frost, problem was that they were lacking balance in weather department and only some archetypes were viable as some didn’t have enough tools to them. You could make more cards that play weather, for example spying cards that apply X weather, cards that buff from weather and etc, it wouldn’t break the game but would still make the archetype a thing. Other thing is to make weather decks work with each other, it wouldn’t be just play a frost unit or play a fog unit or rain unit, a card would work when there is a hazard in general. Perhaps limit those to bronzes, so it doesn’t feel to oppressive to play against gold weathers. Considering its current form, it wouldn’t be a bad design choice as you’ve already made weather into a really balanced thing.
New Witchers Archetype
It’s a new addition that players have been waiting for a long time, it has a nice touch on the lore, nerfing Silver Witchers is most likely necessary, as I don’t know how it will be in the future, don’t nerf them in a vacuum, buff other Witchers.
New and Old Mill
Live Gwent Mill is really frustrating to play against and in most cases you either win or lose based on your opponent’s draws and your deck choice, whether it thins or not. New mill usually doesn’t mill to 0, unless you are Discard Skellige, but rather hinders your deck. Maybe the RNG on Viper Witchers is not good, but in the current form you can even give GGs to them!
No More Proper Handbuff
In its current form Handbuff if applied the same way to Homecoming would be game breaking, but instead you could just make them lower power units that have a different thing, not deal that much damage. Then carryover wouldn’t be as much of a problem, it was an interesting deck in ST that feels missing.
No More Spellatell
Deck used to be really unique and you could still make it work as you play less tutors in the game or even add a cap to how much the card could go up to.
New Trap Deck
It’s a great deck with proper synergies built in that require a good amount of skill to pilot and to play against, it’s all that Gwent is about, the archetype has a fine deal of cards and the new way you made Traps, that they are no longer unit is also great, as a lot of old trap design was: “If he played X, I have to play Y and win, however, if he played Z I have to play C to win, if I mess this up, I will lose, if I don’t, I win.” It used to be some sort of coinflip to an extent, you fixed it, good job.
New Artifact Deck
It requires skill to play around and even if it does feel oppressive sometimes, you can totally outplay it and artifact removal is cheap.
Specters
Cursed was transformed into an archetype that was based on a one card, but you had opportunity to have flexibility with your silvers and golds, now all of that is gone and Specters archetype rewards going all with Specters, due to its golds and bronzes abilities. Problem is you can’t build a deck anymore with it, excluding the Henselt combo, but it’s not exactly a specter deck. It feeds into a problem that I will mention that all decks have.
Strengthening Archetype
Considering that most cards are playing on low points the playstyle against and with that kind of deck might be quite boring, unhealthy and / or unbalanced, I do understand that it was either taken away forever or just placed onto a queue for future balancing.
Kambi
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Lack of Card Archetype Supporting Cards
This is probably one of more troublesome things. When a lot of cards were shown people instantly have noticed that many archetypes have been butchered. More experienced players instantly mentioned that CDPR, you guys, can add new cards to the game. First time we saw Alchemy cards we had to wait a long time until it saw playability, it was something around midwinter. There were more decks, but this is just an example. A lot of decks that we had to wait for to become working and we gave you a lot of time are now gone again. We already waited for so long, they became a thing, an actual archetype. We started having Moonlight and waited for new patches to make it into an actual archetype instead of small package. All of that was taken away and we are left with waiting again, that’s why overhauling some cards might be necessary, if not within the release of Homecoming, at least could be done with close upcoming patches.
Flexible Tags
Currently there is a trend on cards removing specific clan tags and etc. In its current form we have lost clan tags and gained Soldiers, Warriors and etc. These have positives and negatives, abilities like Muzzle and unlock that synergy with Soldiers would give a possibility to outplay, it also makes the arena better as the synergies are no longer only in one faction, however, the game becomes harder to balance as you don’t balance things in the vacuum. Considering that we have provision, cards shouldn’t be too hard to balance.
Card to Add
Card Shuffler: Bronze Card X Power, Y Provision. “Order. Add a mulligan to your leader.” You could add a shuffling animation to it as if it were a Cursed Knight, so it felt as if it was shuffling cards upon activating the order.
Some leaders can’t have more mulligans like Francesca due to the fact that she’d be overpowered, but if she could work by adding some high provision cards for getting mulligans, you would not make that leader broken, but rather playable and I hope the game is all for that.
Leaders
I will mostly focus on the more problematic ones or the underwhelming ones when it comes to their ability rather power as most leaders can be fixed with adjusting their power or mulligan amount. I haven’t seen that many leaders in play, so can’t comment on all of them.
Emhyr Van Emhrys
Not only that the ability is somewhat underwhelming in power, it is also a boring effect that has no value. You started a lock archetype, it could work as: “Reset an unit, if it’s an enemy unit, lock it as well.” It might be slightly oppressive, but there are more oppressive things in the game than that, some of it won’t hurt too much.
Usurper
It is problematic that this leader could just build a deck that is not reliant on leaders and is more likely to win than any deck in that case. It is just not healthy for the game as well. I think the old leader ability might be a better choice, where you could create one. Of course it adds its own baggage as not being that much useful in the current form how leaders work. If you take the last mulligan away it would be a tech deck or work only in tournaments, but not sure even that is good.
Eithne
I have been playing Eithne myself and she is overtuned. I think changing the amount of mulligans shouldn’t be much touched on, since her ability is powerful due to how well you can align cards like Regis or Geralt: Igni. Considering that ST would need to a buff on every card or leaders to push for good synergies, as now ST is good as always at abusing neutrals. Changing Eithne could go as far as removing 1 power per turn or making a variety that you get X, Y and Z amount of pings through all 3 rounds, that it wouldn’t be too overwhelming playing her. In current form to make ST not broken and still work without overhauling all cards, it’s enough to just bump her down to 3 pings a turn. In the future it could be reworked, but it needs ST cards to be buffed as well.
Adda
She needs a rework to bonus a certain archetype or have an unique ability. Raw damage should not be a thing, that’s why Radovid was a bad choice from a design perspective as well, he didn’t fit into any archetype.
Filavandrel Aen Fidhail
Boost all non boosted units in your hand by 1. At the start of the round the effect resets. Then tutors like Witchers would not be affected and it would be a balanced leader, not an autoloss if players know how to play around that leader ability.
Francesca
Now she seems weak because she does not have enough mulligans. If you gave her an extra mulligan, she would be too strong most likely. So instead give her a chance to earn those mulligans with cards like Card Shuffler or winning round 1 and having an extra mulligan for round 3.
Brouver Hoog
It’s a bad card, movement with even a lot of damage would be awful. I think you could make it so it creates a few base copies of the same bronze card so it would synergize with Dwarves and Elves spam. It would be a great card for beginners that are usually looking for only one wincondition and could function as a learning leader.
Handsize
For now I think at start people don’t value the power of bleeding as many don’t know their decks, not even talking about opponent decks and since there are no spies, people should start thinking of winning 2:0 as everyone keeps mulligans or try to throw out non-efficient cards in R1 and R2 to instantly go to R3. That opens more 2:0s which are actually good to the context that enemies have to drop too many bad cards for the opponent to pick it up that the plays are inefficient.
Blacklisting
In the current state of Gwent, if blacklisting existed you could add a lot of golds, a few 4 provision golds and then you would be playing all golds. Bronze cards already feel like a hindrance to the deck, so if you give incentive to play low provision cards, people will pay even less attention to the bronzes than they do now. Don’t add blacklisting back.
Card advantage
Card advantage doesn’t matter as much anymore and you need to work for your cards. As now more removal exists, like Ciri, Ciri Dash, even for that you have to work, it used to be just dump a spy and you have Card Advantage. We are moving away from 1 card reward, which makes the game a tad bit more complex in a good way.
Mechanics
Order and Charge
These give more control to the player, so the game feels more active, which is good, opens a new design space with artifacts, on top of that finishers can be played around and played around back as the order doesn’t activate instantly, but you could wait extra turns for it.
Immune
This is extremely hard to manage. We used to have gold immunity and we didn’t play too many cards that fight enemy cards, now as we do, immunity is just a more important gold immunity. It is a good mechanic to an extent if you look very carefully at it. If these cards became top of the meta, we are looking at distasteful playstyle of closed beta NR Gwent. Just be conscious of adding these type of cards within the future as mechanics should still exist for some decks to even work.
Thrive
Not sure if it’s that interesting of a mechanic, it will make for a powerful deck, but it might just feel like Tetris in the end where you barely interact with the opponent cards, as in Tetris, there is no opponent. In the future consider more interesting archetype cards that make you play around something.
Conditions for Cards
Artifact removal in some cards is genuinely very interesting - you have to have X amount of Bloodthirst in SK to remove an artifact. It is an interesting mechanic that ties into the archetype, a certain condition. It would be nice to see proper conditions, unlike ST: “Have an elf in your hand.” condition to trigger some. This idea with conditions with more bizarre requirements and rewards would also be interesting for the game and design field that could be explored even more.
Lock No Longer Unlocking
If you are playing a lock, you always lose close to no value. Both players usually have some sort of engines and if you’d be able to lock or unlock, locks would become close to an auto-include, now you are playing around enemy deck with those, instead of having ultimate card, an answer to everything.
Wonky Combos
There are combinations that are hard to pull, but if you do, you win the game. That I think is a genuinely good thing. Gwent for a long time has been a game of average card plays, especially when you look at Veteran decks. Combos that require a lot of work and have a big payoff are insanely great for the game as it opens different win conditions.
No Short Rounds / No Topdeck Wars
If you manage to get down to 1 card, have more mulligans than your opponent and your 1 card has more provisions, you are still more likely to win, so instead of having short rounds, you still play for the same strategy to bleed and go to round 2, but instead still draw a small package of your synergies. That’s great, topdecks is genuinely a bad idea to the game.
Drypass Strategy
It no longer exists within the game and as of late I am playing Spies (used to play a lot of ST and will still do so after Homecoming), my wincon is to pull Cantarella and use Menno onto it or just drypass and get a card advantage. This strategy was not healthy and made a lot of win conditions quite binary, that is not good to the game. If a strategy is available, if it’s unhealthy, doesn’t make the game better.
Arena
Live Gwent’s arena is dreadful, it was made like Hearthstone’s arena, where instead it should have been made in an unique sense, where you draw some cards, then you draw a package of a few cards that have synergy, can be wonky combos too, then some more cards in between, more packages and that would make an interesting arena deck. Of course the package amount had to be large, but having a big community to offer those packages wouldn’t have taken too much time. Moving on to new Gwent as we have lost a big pack of tags and replaced it with tags that work all across the game, we can build decks with synergy. However, building Arena decks might have another problem coming, Hearthstone Arena is balanced around the fact that it has mana curve, so even if you get these 10 cards that are insane finishers for 10 mana, you still need to play out your first 9 rounds. Gwent’s lack of mana curve should not make the player draw all randoms so players that want to have a huge amount of wins in a row, or just percentage wins should not just rely on good draws. If there was a number of provisions decided before the arena is drawn, the player does not know of the number that he gets, but it would be for the example a number between 165 and 200. Then every card you draw is randomized to an extent where you draw 25 cards by provisions without getting a broken deck or a deck that will never be able to win not because of your choices, but rather of how unlucky you were. This randomization is healthy to an extent as you still go into arena to find funny combinations and some game mods could break the stigma of arena, however the classic Arena should have a variance to it and shouldn’t feel like a boring experience.
Achievements
Requiring players to have a lot of : “Have 4 Phoenix Eggs on your side of the board.” “Use Scorch to acquire 100 point swing.” “Complete Arena run without a lose.” “Win 5 Arena runs in a row without breaking the contract.” and things like that. Extreme challenges are great for players that are trying to excel at a certain deck or funny combo that they try to pull and have this amazing aftertaste as if they just defeated a Dark Souls boss. It’d be just like Dark Souls. Starter achievements could be Scraps, Ore, Kegs and then Powder in the respective order, somewhere there arena tickets too, but most likely it’s best for newer player category as well so they would check on it and perhaps get hooked onto it, old players don’t need it as they have all the kegs in the world. Like that players that are deep within the game would actually get something that is relevant to them, as Powder and new players don’t yet need Powder, but need to fill the collection.
Tutorial
Make tutorials that actually teach all of the interesting mechanics and show more complex cards from the enemies or create an AI that has specific challenge to beat X deck with a Y deck, that is already prebuilt, where you have a narrow win condition, which is just disturbing enemy combination or something with a specific card. When new players will lose a couple times to interesting cards they will understand that there are interesting cards and you can disturb them. This clears up new players from playing raw number cards in the game as a lot of decks start off with point slam cards without knowing about the interesting stuff. Leaders could also be used for strong combinations.
I really love designing cards and in general CCG development, so I gave my view on Homecoming, maybe one day I shall sit in CDPR’s studio thinking of new cards for you and how to balance them, so if you feel like my ideas are not good, don’t be afraid to critique them so I could defend the idea or change the idea if the idea doesn’t stand on its own.
Thank you for reading Sincerely, Vilhelmas “Imbure” Stankevičius
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