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Breakfast Topic: Would you list WoW leadership on your real-life resume? {WoW}

May 9th 2011 12:47PM Bottom line - I feel sorry for anyone who has to hide who they are to get a paycheck.

If you think you have experience that is relevant to the job, share it. If they reject you because you're a gamer, then you, a gamer, don't want that job.

Now, If they reject you because you can't make a coherent statement linking that experience to the job, then you're not the best person for that job and you won't get it.

Breakfast Topic: Would you list WoW leadership on your real-life resume? {WoW}

May 9th 2011 12:26PM I have the fact that I am Guild Leader on my resume. I have used my experiences as a GM and a raid leader in multiple interviews for the same job and I presently have that job.

I have introduced myself and have been accepted as a gamer. Make no mistake -- the skills I have learned as a GM make me a better employee and a better person.

Further, and this is really important to me: I have no interest working at a company that does not accept me for who I am and the hobby I love. If they had laughed me out of my interview after I explained that I successfully lead people who show up for their own enjoyment and work hard for me, and not out of a financial interest but purely out of passion for a highly technical challenge, then why would I work for such people?

I'm proud of being a gamer, a GM, and of my accomplishments and the friendships I've fostered. I'm proud of the fact that I'm a kickass analyst with a kickass job because I explained how I can parse a combat log to identify the root cause of a cascading failure, and then fix that issue. And I can say honestly, I'm a rock star at my job because I'm a rock star at WoW.

Reader UI of the Week: Crazyate's UI {WoW}

Apr 6th 2010 2:55PM raidframes: grid
unitframes: xperl and make them small and ditch the extra stuff like profiles. remove the border for a more clean look. make the background semi-transparent, too.
bartender: but try and reduce the number and size of the bars until you only have the bare minimum necessary for your in-combat needs.
binds to help reduce your reliance on clicking: bindpad
ditch omen+recount and go with skada, which does both well.
ditch fubar and go with fortress + broker addons which are more current and less error prone. hide the fortress bar in combat, and only show those components which you MUST have in combat, such as access to inventory.
use prat to make the most of your chat window; it allows smaller fonts so you can get more text in less space.
get minimapbuttonframe to consolidate and shrink the footprint of your minimap buttons. i prefer it transparent and with one column along the side of the screen.
get pminimap to make your minimap square and smaller.

Reader UI of the Week: Zerene's UI {WoW}

Mar 30th 2010 4:45PM Put up or shut up.

Reader UI of the Week: Zerene's UI {WoW}

Mar 30th 2010 4:04PM I use both an n52te (customized binds for buttons) and a razer naga (customized binds for buttons). I customize both for different reasons.

For the N52te I prefer to use all buttons that are seldom used, and I use WASD style on it only I shift them to the bottom rung of buttons.

For the Naga, I opted to use the defaults until my laptop (with no numberpad) started treating the numberpad buttons on my Naga. I couldn't resolve that without updating the Firmware and Drivers for the Naga to the latest, and then rebinding the Naga keypad to buttons like Home, End, and the like. This required a substantial amount of effort and I had to rebind on two computers, which was tedious. However, this is not something I'd expect normal users to suffer through, (unless they, too, have a laptop with no numpad).

All in all, I strongly believe that as a device, the Naga (especially combined with an n52te) is a very powerful implement for gaming. Even those pesky buttons on the top left are fairly easy to hit once you're used to them. Nothing on the market comes close to the utility and comfort that these products offer. 17 buttons on a mouse is simply *powerful*.

For the record, I am a prot/fury warrior (guzzle on Haomarush), a boomkin/resto druid (snoopz), and a warlock and a rogue. I have found that with the latest drivers and firmware, (allowing custom binds), I have an unparalleled level of control.

A few cons:
1. the latest firmware on the naga does seem to be buggy. Twice in about 120 hours of play, I have had it become unresponsive. A support ticket has yielded only the most pathetic and fruitless suggestions. (Have I tried upgrading my firmware/drivers? Can I reproduce something that has happened twice in 120 hours?, etc). This has also happened to a fellow guild mate and it has happened on both computers I use, once each).
2. it is best used with an addon like bindpad, which allows easy binding, similar to bartender's binding but without the inconvenience of showing/hiding/entering bind mode. the UI components offered by both devices are worthless and often conflict with other bars.
3. the default "numpad" or "numbers" format of the naga was not useful for me. Binding ventrilo, (which I prefer on my mouse) to a number key was unacceptable. The vent button had to be rebound to function key using the latest (buggy) drivers.

All those cons don't add up to much more than nitpicking. It is a better system than my old G5 by far. One thing people like to think would be a problem simply isnt: I don't press the wrong button, ever. The buttons are very, very intuitive, all of them. They're so good, that most of my "oh sh**" buttons are on the keypad.

Win more maintenance day loot {WoW}

Mar 23rd 2010 1:53PM pony.

Maintenance day loot from {WoW}

Mar 16th 2010 2:08PM GC promised me a tiny pony!

Patch 3.3.5: Assault on the Ruby Sanctum {WoW}

Feb 19th 2010 6:08PM Jarvis, adding other instances to the Wyrmrest Temple was always part of the plan, at least as far back as the Obsidian Sanctum. Think of the tower as an analog to Caverns of Time, though perhaps less enduring.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Threatening {WoW}

Feb 19th 2010 3:07PM Matthew - As a fellow prot warrior I have made some strides to clean out my UI such that I have a better view of what I am tanking. I dropped the SCT mod and so on, and I keep grid up, which shows me whether others have agro...

What mods would you recommend that would help warriors and all tanks to better handle threat during multi-mob situations? Ideally, I'd love to have some sort of add-on that enhances my ability to recognize threat issues in multi-mob situations before dps pulls and also allows me to make better use of intervene if they do pull.

Also, though it is rare, I do experience taunt misses, and in situations like Saurfang, I'd like to be warned of this. Any thoughts?

Breakfast Topic: Catching the perfect Warcraft wave {WoW}

Jan 2nd 2010 1:42AM Couple thoughts to add to this:
1) I use it as a guild leader and raid leader to plan out fights with my officers. It works great because we can kick ideas around and hash out all kinds of details. To do this, I tend to reign over the chief strategy wave (the first entry of the thread), and others will comment as a reply. If they have valid ideas, I'll modify the original myself, incorporating their thoughts. Sometimes they'll go right in and modify it, but not often.

2) I have just stumbled across a gadget that should allow for a solution to your problem regarding threads getting too bulky when they go on forever. (first, I will say until I found this, we just simply split our discussion wave apart from our "strategy" waves and that has worked out ok...

Here's the thread to the "IM" gadget, which I'm told will be a solid solution to our problem, by containing the "discussion" in a simplified, resource-friendly window.