Dino’s Journal 📖


Just a week after officially declaring that I will stop posting on my dev blog and instead publish software developments posts on this journal, I am starting to see a problem with this setup. The problem mainly revolves around retrieving software development content.

I actually use my dev blog to store answers to problems I've encountered before. And every once in a while, I use it to retrieve scripts or pieces of code that I need to re-use. That's easy to do with a dedicated software development blog. It's not so easy to do with this journal. And that's because these bits and pieces of software development content, are buried inside one big Weeknotes post. And that makes it hard for me to quickly get to the information I need. It is inefficient as far as searching for information goes.

For instance, to retrieve the notes I had about the basics of using Git from a command line. I have to sift through the content of Weeknotes-011.


Fallout 4 BoS Power Armor One of the easiest ways to get decent Power Armor in Fallout 4, is to join the Brotherhood of Steel.

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I finished another “Set up MILA” quest for Tinker Tom, this time it was at some Fish Packing Plant center. Reported back to him and he gave me another location to go to. Jeez will this quest line even end? He is almost as bad as Preston now, giving out never ending settlement quests.

I spoke to PAM and I got a quest to establish Jamaica Plains as a settlement. I’ve already discovered the location in the past but could not figure out how to make it a settlement of mine. Well now I know. I also managed to discover the “Treasures of Jamaica Plains”. I won’t spoil what’s inside except for one. If you play a melee character, there is a legendary baseball bat in there.

A new settler showed up on The Castle. I sent him to the County Crossing settlement. This event disproves my theory from my previous log where I said I already hit the population limit on my settlement, which prevented new settlers from showing up. That obviously isn’t true and something else is at play here. Either way I’m just glad to get new settlers.

I sent Piper back to the Sanctuary Hills settlement.

Lastly an interesting event happened at the Nordhagen Beach settlement. The other settlers supposedly found a Synth living among them. I had the chance to interrogate the settler and she admitted that she was a Synth and that she just wanted to live in peace. She didn’t seem to be a danger to the rest of the people in the settlement. So I decided to lie and tell the others she wasn’t a Synth. They backed down and let her continue living in the settlement.

I don’t know what would have happened if I told the truth. One guy wanted her dead, so I suppose they were going to shoot her if I did. It seemed cruel to me to have a peaceful person killed, even if they were a robot. I guess my judgement is clouded since I’ve already encountered other good Synths in the game. I don’t know if I made the right decision.

This is why this game is so good. The moral, philosophical and ethical decisions that you have to make in the game are interesting to me. If in the future we live in a world where robots are indistinguishable from humans except for a chip in their brain, do we treat them as equals or do we enslave them? That’s a good question that I don’t have the answer to.

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Completed the “Set up MILA” quest at Mass Bay Medical Center. Was expecting some heavy resistance at the rooftop, but didn't get any. Actually there were no enemies until I'd gone down the building after completing the quest.

I ran into the classic issue of being “encumbered” because of too much loot. What can I say, I like looting enemies. Since I had Hancock as my companion, I was hesitant to call a Brotherhood of Steel Vertibird for a lift as I was worried that they might attack him (since he is a ghoul). So I had to walk around encumbered for a good amount of time until I found a location I can “fast travel” to. Dumped the extra loot at a nearby trash bin, then had to go back and forth to merchants and my loot until I was able to sell or save all of it.

I reported back to Tinker Tom at the Railroad HQ, who then gave me another location to set up MILA, at the Corvega Assembly Plant. Learning from my previous mistake of having too much loot at the end of the quest, I made sure to prepare for this one. I outfitted Hancock in Dirty Armor Fatigues with a set of “Deep Pocketed” Polymer Combat Armor. That would allow him to carry more loot than usual. And I did the quest using a Brotherhood of Steel Power Armor with calibrated leg pieces for extra loot carrying capacity. That quest was pretty straightforward and I didn't experience any issues with regards to enemies or hauling back the loot.

I just finished selling the loot from that quest and have to report back to Tinker Tom again. Also, some guy at the Railroad HQ kept telling me that PAM wanted to talk to me.

I think I figured out why no new settlers are showing up on The Castle settlement even with the recruitment radio beacon active; I've hit the population limit for that settlement.

If I remember correctly, the max number of settlers you can have in a settlement is 10 + Charisma. At the moment I have 6 points in my Charisma stat. So that means I can only have 16 settlers in The Castle. I currently have 17 settlers there, including other companion NPCs like Preston and Strong. So I think that explains it.

I'm going to have to figure out where to move those companion NPCs, or I'm going to pick another settlement and designate it as a “recruitment center”. Maybe I'll finally build up the Red Rocket Truck Stop settlement which is currently empty. Or if I want to be more thematic, maybe I should build up the Boston Airport settlement as the “recruitment center” haha.

Also before I forget, as part of trying to figure out why settlers are not showing up, I sent Piper to the Hangman's Alley settlement. I'll send her back to Sanctuary Hills the next time I login. I like to have my companion NPCs living in either The Castle or Sanctuary Hills. That way it's easier to remember where to look for them.

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In the process of doing another of the “Set up MILA” quest for the Railroad. The current one is located in Mass Bay Medical Center.

  • The place is being guarded by Gunners.
  • There is an Assaultron on the second floor, yikes! Assaultrons terrify me! They terrify me more than Deathclaws. I was able to take it down with the help of a Protectron robot. I activated the one on the first floor. Once activated, the Assaultron sensed it and teleported down to the first floor. I was able to shoot it down without taking any damage. The Protectron survived the encounter too.
  • There is also another Protectron on the second floor.
  • There is a T-45 Power Armor in the upper levels of the building (after you take the elevator up). A Gunner Commander is near it. I took him down without anyone noticing. My guess is, if an alarm was triggered, he would have gotten into the Power Armor and I would have had a much harder battle at hand.

Stopped playing at this point. Need to explore the building more.

On my previous log I mentioned that I activated the recruitment radio beacon on The Castle settlement. For some reason no new settlers showed up. I need to figure out why.

Tags: #Fallout4 #GameLog

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After reading through the list of Fallout 4 terminal entries, I guess it was unavoidable that I would get the urge to play it again. I picked up where I left off, trying to finish the Silver Shroud quest line.

I now remember why I stopped playing this game; I was trying to save Kent but I kept failing. I decided that for this play-through, I would just accept that I cannot save him and move on.

To fully complete the quest line, you have to talk to Hancock at the end. If you've already had the conversation where Hancock wants to be your companion, you might have a hard time triggering the talk to finish the Silver Shroud quest. What worked was to have Hancock be my travel companion, then talk to him.

Having Hancock as a travel companion has some benefits I never thought of before. Since he is a Ghoul, he doesn't get radiation damage. So I was able to bring him along to the Glowing Sea without him having to wear a Power Armor. I think the last time I was at the Glowing Sea was to talk to Virgil. I brought Piper along and we were both in Power Armors.

Reminder to self:

  • Need to send more people to the County Crossing settlement.
  • I activated the radio beacon at the Castle settlement, so there should be people available to move to County Crossing when I log back into the game.

Note to self: This is why I can never seem to finish a game. I keep switching back and forth between the different games that I have. I think for this week alone, I played Divinity, Pro Evolution Soccer, Division 2 and now Fallout 4. I should probably focus on playing one game at a time, but honestly that can be boring.

It's funny to know that I've had the Fallout 4 game for a few years now. I've already logged around 132 hours in this game and yet I still haven't finished it. The main reason for not finishing it is because I cannot decide who to support, the Brotherhood or the Institute. Even now, I'm still not sure which side to choose.

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I was looking for a way to standardize the titles for my posts on my gaming blog. My aim is to end up with a shorter, cleaner URL without having to always come up with a title every time I write a new post. I also want to avoid write.as' default way of using the title or the first sentence as the basis for the URL. Reason being that you could end up with some pretty absurd and long URL.

I thought that I could get a way with using a date as the title. And it kinda works. If you create a post with the title “May 30, 2019”, the resulting URL will be “write.as/username/may-30-2019”, which is nice and clean. Unfortunately write.as has this issue with time zones and on the read.write.as feed, it also displays the date under your post's title. So you end up with a post with double dates. Not to mention the possibility of the dates not matching because of the time zone issue. So not exactly the solution I was looking for.

Anyway I remembered that during my time playing Fallout 4, I would frequently run into journals or logs in the various computer terminals in the game. I wondered how they created the titles for the various journal/log entries in the game. So I started looking them up. This list of terminal entries is pretty awesome. It did help me come up with a way to standardize titles for my gaming blog. However, what took me by surprise is how much journals/logs they included in the game. Imagine having to write fictional journal/log entries for a game. As the writer, you would have to put yourself in the shoes of a post apocalyptic survivor and write about your day in the game. It sounds challenging but fun. It also reads like posts in the read.write.as feed, except the year is between 2077 – 2287 and the world is essentially a nuclear wasteland.


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