Pirates of the Caribbean Online shutdown 19 Sept 2013

If you used to play Pirates of the Caribbean Online (POTCO) you may not know that the game is being turned off by Disney on the 19th of September.  The last weeks of the game have seen the pay-wall come down and players can do anything in game for free (big ships, higher levels, extra missions, etc.)

It was a good game.  The sailing was a little video-gamey, but the ability to put all your friends on the same ship and each take different jobs was fun.



Now that it’s over people may be looking for a replacement pirate themed MMO.  Look no further than Pirates of the Burning Sea  This vast, beautiful, and well written game offers a lot of pirate themed fun.  Set in a semi historical geographical accurate Caribbean this game has ship to ship combat, player vs player combat (called avatar combat or avcom for short), and crafting or economic play.

If you are sad about POTCO closing down (and I am) You should definitely check out PotBS.

Time for updates

Lots of things going on and not a lot of attention put into the family blog. That will change. Soon.

Sugaring season, she is over

It’s all done for 2013.  The sugar season is finished for the Skoda Family Sugar house.  No final total yet on how much we made, but John was a great help this year.


Happy Easter everyone!


Recovering from Windows 8 fiasco

First thing you should know about Windows 8 is that it does not work well with machines that aren’t designed for it.  Basically any machine that shipped with Windows 7 should stay with 7.  I shouldn’t be surprised.  This is how Microsoft works.  It’s been this way since 95.  If you buy a PC with a particular version of Windows that’s the best experience you can expect from that machine.

I’m almost done recovering my ASUS Eee PC from a mistaken install of 8.  Stupid me, I wanted to try 8 and my ASUS was less than a year old, so what the heck right?  WRONG!  Windows 8 installed fine and simple things worked like browsing the web and editing office documents.  None of my function keys worked, my graphics hardware didn’t function, and games (the only real reason I run Windows) failed miserably.

To be fair, this is more ASUS’es issue than Microsoft.  ASUS isn’t going to write 8 drivers for older laptops.  I should have expected this, I should have known better.  I learned my lesson, hopefully for the last time.  If I want to try a new Microsoft product I have to wait until I can buy something with it pre-loaded.


Upgrading to try something from Microsoft  leads to failure and then a previous version of Windows re-install.