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Eyonix leaving Blizzard {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2010 7:44AM Let me preference this by saying I have no problem with any of the other community managers. They have a tough job and most of them handle themselves with grace, intelligence, and a good deal of humor.

Eyonix on the other hand - don't let the door hit your a$$ on the way out. Good riddance!

World of WarCrafts: Vedrim's Marrowgar mix mayhem {WoW}

Mar 8th 2010 11:48AM While I have enjoyed some of MrVoletron's remixes, I have to say I really enjoy this mix more than any of his (sorry!). I hope Vedrim continues making mixes, as this one was something I would probably listen to even if it wasn't WoW related. Good beat, great sample placement, not too long or repetitive, nice little change of tempo in there; just overall excellent work!

Breakfast Topic: Reading rainbow {WoW}

Mar 4th 2010 11:07AM I have read every novel, comic, rpg book and manga up to Stormrage (which I picked up yesterday). Yes, I am a lore nerd.

While I agree Knaack isn't the greatest writer ever by a long shot, I really don't understand the pure hate that is directed at him. Maybe it's because the first work of his I read was the War of the Ancients Trilogy, which is arguably his best WoW work. (I will admit that Night of the Dragon made me cringe in a few spots.) Honestly, the only truly HORRIBLE piece of WoW writing I have read was Cycle of Hatred. What a steaming pile. I try to forgot that novel was ever written at all.

I do think that Christie Golden is by far the best writer to be involved in the WoW franchise. Her work has been a truly pleasant surprise! I am so glad that she is writing the Cataclysm novel.

WoW.com Giveaway: Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak {WoW}

Feb 24th 2010 11:06PM Lore-whore here. If it's Warcraft lore related, I've got it - except for this little gem. Would be super-awesome (especially for my wallet) to win, but it will be mine regardless. Oh, yes, it will be mine!

How to tell if a GM is whispering you {WoW}

Feb 5th 2010 11:23AM "Instead of pressing the link, I went to wow-europe and checked the password (not changed). "

^This^
If I have any doubt at all about a link sent to me in an email (which is almost always since I'm paranoid from working IT security), I do NOT click the link and instead go directly to the site to check the validity of whatever the email stated. Only one out of dozens (maybe more) of emails have been legit.

A little paranoia in online interactions can be a good thing.

Ensidia temporarily banned for exploits {WoW}

Feb 4th 2010 12:39PM I'm no real fan of Ensidia, but since I'm not in the guild, that doesn't particularly matter. I don't have an opinion on the ban; right or wrong - ultimately Blizzard's call. They are the omnipotent-grand-high-poo-bah-in-the-sky of Azeroth. However, I must give kudos to Muqq for using Tigole's/Jeff Kaplan's own words against him/Blizzard. Beautiful, tasty irony!

Blizzard shines the spotlight on account security {WoW}

Feb 1st 2010 10:29AM As someone that works in Internet security these are the MINIMUM security measures you should take to protect not just WoW, but all of your online dealings. (And even though it adds an added level of protection and I personally use one, I'm leaving the Blizz authenticator off the list since not everyone in the world can get one. Plus, it isn't the end-all, be-all of security.)

1. Have an antivirus/security program running and UP-TO-DATE (key point there). Scan on a regular basis. I personally recommend Comodo.
2. Use a firewall. Often included in security programs mentioned above.
3. Have a completely different password for every site you have to log into. This may seem like a huge pain, but it IS worth the effort. If you use the same password for everything, if one place gets hacked, they have your password to everything. (If you have trouble remembering all the passwords, make a hard copy and keep it in a secure location - that's what I do.)
4. If it exists in the dictionary, it is not a good password. Using normal words is BAD. If it uses a birthday, it is bad. If it uses any sort of data the is specific to you or your family, it is bad. (This includes your name, pet names, addresses, relative names, any kind of id number, basically anything that can be tied to you. These kinds of passwords are the ones that are most easily socially engineered by hackers.)
5. Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols for every single password. The more nonsensical the better. For example: tr3@tUrl0g1nw_c@r3
6. The longer the password the better. I know many sites say use a minimum of 6-8 charcters, but that is the bare MINIMUM, use either as many characters as the site will allow (some have character limits), or 15-20 characters.
7. Never, ever, ever give your password to anyone. Ever. I don't care what the reason is. I don't care how much you trust them. (I can only think of two possible exceptions to this: a parent/young child scenario and leaving your passwords in a safe, but accessible place for a trusted person in case of your death.)
8. And finally, if you are unsure about a site, don't trust it. It's better to be safe than sorry.

This is far from everything you can do for security, but it is a very good basis for the average computer user. I really hope this might help some people.

All the World's a Stage: Your character soundtrack {WoW}

Feb 1st 2010 9:50AM I kind of do this backwards. I get most of my really good character concepts from songs. One song will provide the core idea. then after I flesh the character out a bit, other songs may get added that fit their "personality."

This most notably happened with my DK. Listened to "Tears in the Rain" by Covenant and had her entire character concept just pop into my head. ("Every street I ever walked, every home I ever had is lost. ... Every thing I ever touched, every thing I ever had has died.")

The same for my warlock: "Scorch the Ground" by Seabound. ("I am the crack of your voice. I am the bias in your choice. I am the shadow in the noise. I scorch the ground. I scorch the ground you walk on.")

And for most any Blood Elf character [but especially my paladin]: "Border" by Pride and Fall. ("Along the border we have tried to fight them. Countless souls will meet their maker. ... For all that knows where this light will guide them. ... Our home is lost and as we know it’s what they came for.")

I could go on, but you get the picture....

WoW Rookie: Building bigger, better newbies {WoW}

Jan 21st 2010 12:18PM My DK alt just hit 80 and I have been considering switching to Frost and trying to tank with her (she's been Unholy since I started her). The death knight five-man tanking primer is an excellently timed link. Thank you!

The Queue: Oh no, not again {WoW}

Dec 31st 2009 7:24PM In regards to the answer about the Emerald Dream/Nightmare: Ysera is left to deal with the Nightmare - Cenarius is dead. He died in WCIII.