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Fallout 76 Free this week 6/10-17

This week Bethesda’s Fallout 76 is FREE to Play, including the (50 player sudden death) new player vs player “king of the hill” Nuclear Winter contest to be the sole Overseer.

FO76 plays a little different than prior single player Fallouts, but has the expected great backstory, huge number of quests, and building weapons and structures. The C.A.M.P. form the Fallout 4 mod is there also, although it works slightly differently you will find it mostly familiar.

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The download took me 5 hours on my 30/30 FiOS connection. Starting the game is straight forward – click the Bethesda launcher and click Fallout 76, then select one of three available play modes: Adventure alone or party up, Survival mode which is PvP, or the new Nuclear Winter tournament mode.

Leaving the game is less obvious. Press ESC to bring up the map (I know, I know) and in the top left corner there is a Z for menu. Right. Menu starts with a Z.

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There are several new crafting workbenches in FO76: Your Stash, which works like a trunk in prior Fallouts, however it works from *anywhere* you encounter any of these. So if you are loaded full of salvage, and come across a train station, there will be a trunk in there in which you can empty out your inventory. Or pick up that favorite gun you forgot to grab before you left.

Tinkers (for ammo and other basics) and Fermenting (for booze). Also, when you harvest food or meat, it starts rotting, and there is always a small chance you will get a disease from eating uncooked meat or veggies, or sleeping on a bedroll that is on the ground. The vending machine lets you sell your stuff for caps.

All the workbenches let you SCRAP your salvage, which is important because it reduces the weight. Also, you can capture any of several “locations” with workbenches stocked with supplies and allow you to build automatic harvesting machines for resources. Of course, if someone else wants it they can try to take it away from you too, this is a multi-player environment.

It’s all good. Just download it today, log in, and give it a shot.

Ban Rolling On

ban.logFree Sample notification from my office firewall — list of perps who tried to hack my system last night. Every Internet facing system has thousands of such attempts daily. The ones you don’t see are the ones you need to worry about.



As a responsible computer owner, you must take steps to protect your hardware from compromise: pretending that the bad guys don’t want to use your system for a zombie doesn’t work any more than walking down main street naked and pretending no one will look. If you let them use your system then you are part of the problem.

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Do an Internet search on how best to protect your OS: be a responsible computer owner.

Microsoft Offers Free Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi IoT

xMore interesting is that Microsoft is giving Windows 10 for Pi away free. And expressed a need for a community where there can be more trust. Looks like someone has their act together.

Windows 10 is the first step to an era of more personal computing. This vision framed our work on Windows 10, where we are moving Windows to a world that is more mobile, natural and grounded in trust.

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For more details on exactly what Microsoft Windows 10 for Devices entails, look up Microsoft’s Windows Developer for IoT page at For more details on Raspberry Pi v2 see their page at