AutoCAD Immediately crashes at Splash Screen – FIX

How to fix Auto Desk products crashing at Splash Screen

                If you are having AutoCAD (or Auto Desk products) crashing at the opening splash screen, the fix, usually is pretty simple.

All you need to do is rename/delete the old “ Cascadeinfo.cas “ file and once you open AutoCAD it will recreate the file.  The file handles licensing issues and is a known bug.

Windows Vista/Windows 7

Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\ADLM

Things to do in Diablo 3 When Bored of Grinding Inferno for Loot

It’s easy to forget what is fun in a game, and in this case Diablo3 .

Often times people get so caught up in progression it turns into a job, and becomes a repetitive chore to just play. So here are my suggestion to you when you are bored doing whatever it is that you are doing, which my guess would be farming Inferno, act 1, 2, and if you are lucky, 3.

1. If you are playing with your friends, or helping them level, buy some cheap legendaries, or good/bad yellows, and drop them on the ground when you kill a boss or elite champion pack. Keep doing this and they will probably start thinking they are the luckiest person in the world.

2.  Play Hardcore mode! Hardcore mode in Diablo 3 is almost a different game, sorta. It adds more challenge, a purpose, there is no real money auction house, so the gold auction house is better and more stable, plus gold is worth more.

3. Farm for Achievements!  This is probably one of the best things to do in my nerdy opinion.  There are tons of fun things to conquer if you are going for achievement points.  It will give new life to the game, at least until you finish all the easy/semi easy ones.  This is the only thing that kept me playing World of Warcraft in my later days.

4. Make/LVL a new character to 60.

5. Try funny builds

6. If you are rich, buy a cheap gear set, lets say 500k or 1million max, and see how far you can progress in inferno with it

Good Games to Play When Bored of Your Main Game

I will say this with much confidence that everyone gets a little burnt out of any main game they focus all their attention on.  The issue is that sometimes its even harder to find enjoyment from another game, because there is a hole of pwn met by your previous main game which just can’t be filled.  Well I am going to do my best to help you with a list of good games for different genres which will give you the much needed break from your main game!

RTS Games!

1. Starcraft 2

2. Warcraft 3 + Expansion (a lil old school but awesome fun!)

3. Age of Empires III or 2 + Expansion

4.Command and Conquer

FPS Games!

1. Counter Strike : Source or 1.6

2. Team Fortress 2 (free to play)

3. DayZ (Zombie Survival)

4. Battlefield 3

5. Call of Duty (Any of the most recent ones, for PC/P3/XBOX360)

INDIE Games!

1. Bastion (I

2. Trine 1 & 2

3. Vessel


1. World of Warcraft (But I am guessing this is the game you would like to not play ;P)

2. Star Wars The Old Republic

3. Guild Wars 2

MOBA Games!

1. Dota 2

2. League of Legends

3. Heroes of Newerth

RPG Games!

1. Diablo 3(eh dungeon crawler RPG)

2. Skyrim

3. Fallout (3 & New Vegas + Expansions)

4. The Witcher 2

I know there are a trillion more games, but here are some good games which are quality made and you will get your money out of.  Hope this list of games helped you decide what to play when bored of Diablo 2, League of Legends, Dota 2, World of Warcraft, or whatever else you’ve been playing too much.

Guild Wars 2: Two Different Types of PVP Combat

In the new Guild Wars Two, there is a pretty awesome new feature, well, at least new to Guild Wars.  The new feature is World PVP, and the previous version of Guild Wars did not have this. It will also continue to have the Max level structured PVP that the previous GW’s had, but with improved features.

A nice thing about the world PVP is that it will be more RTS focused, where as instead of just killing you will be taking objectives, people will come and go in the midst of battle, and any level can participate.


Best Word Press Security Plugin for 2012

Recently I have been doing a lot of research for security on my blog network, and this blog.  I’ve come up with Word fence as my favorite security and firewall plugin.  It is free, great, has a live traffic view and an assortment of configurable options.

Pros – You can see currently users online, most recent login attempts, lock out wrong logins, and throttle usage of the site if someone is trying to spam it and slow it down.  Obviously it can go much deeper than this, but really just check it out.  If you are new to blogging, you need some sort of security plugin.  With word fence you can eliminate all brute force hacking attempts and quickly shy away any hacker from wasting time trying to get into your site.

One thing I do wish they had was country blocking.  Those douche bags in China keep trying to hack the site non-stop every day, and I want to put a stop to it.  One day!

Try it out; let me know what you think.  I have not tried all the security plugins yet, so if you know of an equally as good one, or better, share it!

Scamming Methods in Diablo 3 to Watch Out For – Don’t get Scammed Bro!

Here Are Some Common Scamming Methods in Diablo 3 to Watch Out For

1. Unid Items Method – As hopefully everyone already knows, there is a glitch in D3 that allows you to see what stats an Unid item has before you identify it. So, do not buy unid items currently!
2. Fiery Brimstone Stacking scam -  I’ve seen many people do it with Fiery Brimstone’s. They are able to use a script to reduce the stack number before the trade goes all the way through. Be Warned!
3. Deleting Zero’s from Gold Trading -  It is hard to count the zero’s when its 20 million or so, so just take extra caution when trading in trade windows.

4. Cancel Trade Trick – Many people are trying to cancel the trade to trick you into dropping the item: Only works if you drag your item instead of right clicking.

Basically the end rule just comes down to take your time and double check everything, right click items into the trade window, don’t drag, don’t buy unid items, and try to just use the Auction House.

Boot Danger’s Personal Likes & Dislikes in Diablo 3

So I have been playing Diablo 3 since it released a few months ago. I have two level 60 characters with over 400 hours played total. I played Diablo 2 for over ten years, and have thousands of hours played on it. I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable player when it comes to the franchise.

Here are the things I do enjoy about Diablo 3

1. Graphics - I like the graphics, they are an improvement upon classic D2, which one would hope would be the case. Although don’t think I wouldn’t trade graphics and cut scenes for better game play anyway.
2.Skills - The skill system is great, it does take a slightly kick to the longevity of the game compared to D2, but it is nice to just pick any skills and try new things. I can remember so many times on Diablo 2 that I accidentally put too many points into strength, and would have to remake my character.
3. Loot - I am semi-happy about the loot system, but also unhappy. I currently do Act 1 magic find runs on my wizard, and I enjoy it, but rarely, 3-4 months into the game, do I find something worth a decent amount of gold. I do think this should be improved.

Things I think could use Improvement in Diablo 3.

1. Loot - This is two parts. We need more loot choices. Like how Legendary items have other stat choices than rares, we need either better legendaries or yellows to receive more diversity in stats. The game honestly, stat on item wise, is like wow. You start with 100 int 20 vit 10 mf gloves > upgrade to 150 int 50 vit 15 mf gloves. There is some diversity to this statement but if you looked at D2′s items compared to this you would understand.
a. Loot part 2 - Better loot needs to drop. Honestly Diablo 2 was great because of the loot, and that is what kept people around for the most part. I understand why Diablo 3′s loot system is like it is, because of the Auction House more people will show off and sell their loot as compared to Diablo 3.
2. Inferno Act 2/3/4 Difficulty - Honestly this isn’t a huge deal to me, act 1 is the perfect balance of challenge I feel. In act 2 I honestly get slaughtered, I can get through it if I really wanted, but every time I’ve tried I rage quit 30 minutes later. My wizard has 33k life, 45k dmg, 400 all resits, and 20% crit and 190% crit dmg. These are pretty decent stats I think. I am not a bad player, not amazing, but I am a veteran gamer of everything. A slight tweak I feel would improve the game more than hurt it.

So these are a few things I like and dislike about D3, it didn’t grab my attention like Diablo 2 did back in the day, but I can’t complain as I’ve paid the game off using the RMAH and have so many hours invested. One thing to remember is that it is still a new game, and I do believe Blizzard will eventually tweak many many things, but only time will tell. Until then, play it, if you get tired of it, take a break, and come back later!

Yordle List for League of Legends –The Yordle Army

                As time passes, one may either grow to love, or hate, that which is the Yordle race.

  Many call them filthy and hideous Yordle Scum.  Other love their short looks, but radical attitude, you be the judge and decide for yourself which side you are on… for me, I love the Yordle Army!

Here is an up to date list of the current Yordles in League of Legends.


Many people argue about if fizz and others are megalings or yordles, but they are in fact all at least part of the yordle army, and the Yordle movement.

What is your favorite yordle?! Let TLN Know!

Diablo 3 Weapon Comparison Online Tool

It can be hard to figure out if weapon A or Weapon B is better…

but lucky for us all someone has created an awesome calculator that does the hard work of calculating weapon damage for us!

The Weapon Comparison Tool can be found HERE (

Wizard Gear and Build Guide for Diablo 3 – Patch 1.03 and Beyond

Wizard Gear and Build Guide for Diablo 3 – Patch 1.03 and Beyond


This guide is intended only to cover the basics of the wizard class in inferno; i.e. what the popular builds are and how to gear your wizard in a general sense. A friend of mine just hit 60 on his wizard and asked me to write something up for him so I decided to make it into this post in case anybody else is interested. It’s a general guide; if I don’t mention your build or your strategy it doesn’t mean I think it sucks, I’m just posting general information on what I perceive to be the popular builds and strategies. The guide is geared towards preparing for and clearing act3/4 inferno, and eventually farming act 3.





This build’s strength comes from the use of two combos: Blizzard’s strong 60% slow + Venom Hydra’s stacking DOT pools, and Teleport + Illusionist. To play this build you want to engage from max distance (preferably the very edge of the screen) by dropping a hydra about halfway between you and the mobs and then dropping a blizzard on top of them and then a line of blizzards between you and them. This way the mobs will walk through your blizzard trail while slowed and take continuous damage from both the blizzard and the venom hydra. When possible, you spam your signature spell to add damage. Continue this while kiting. When/if the mobs eventually get to you, you take a hit (which is reduced to 35% of your HP by force armor) and then teleport away. Since you have illusionist, you can do this every time you take a hit. For sustainability in the longish fights vs. elites you need some form of healing – life regen/sec is the most effective in combination with force armor.

This is the build I used to clear inferno and after trying numerous other builds its what I’ve come back to and currently use to farm act 3. A lot of people find it boring but its very efficient. Since 1.0.3 I have not had to skip a single elite pack in act 3 while farming and I generally die less than once an hour farming act 3.


+Least gear dependant of all the builds, great for new 60 wizards, but still scales well

+Extremely safe due to permanent Blizzard slow + Illusionist/Teleport

+Great AOE damage from Blizzard + Venom Hydra + Piercing Orb

-Some people find it boring

-You have to kite a lot, you can’t stand and tank like the prismatic armor builds

-Relies somewhat on skillful play to avoid taking hits


Signature Spell – I like Piercing Orb for better AOE damage and for shielding/invulnerable minion packs, but some people prefer Magic Missile – Seeker.

Blizzard – Stark Winter is a viable alternative to Snowbound.

Teleport – Some people prefer Fracture to Wormhole, both are fine.

4th Skill – I recommend Force Weapon at lower gear levels, but once you get enough DPS you can switch to Diamond Skin, or if you find yourself dying too much. Some people think Familiar – Sparkflint is better than Force Weapon. Some people like Mirror Images or Frost Nova here too, but I don’t think they are as strong.




These builds are based primarily on utilizing high crit rate and the Critical Mass passive to constantly refresh cooldowns such as Frost Nova and Diamond Skin. Some use Prismatic Armor instead of Force Armor and build fairly tanky so that they can stand in melee range. They rely either on Spectral Blades or Energy Twister – Wicked Wind to trigger Critical Mass as much as possible. The Energy Twister variants are probably more gear dependant because you will need AP on Crit gear in order to not run out of AP, but the Spectral Blades variants probably require more defensive/resistance gear. These are the builds I have the least experience with, so I would refer people to for more specifics on what’s probably the most popular variant of the build.


+Much less kiting required, can often stand still and spam abilities

+Some consider it more fun/exciting, possibly more fast paced depending on the variant

+Able to put out massive dps – see the video of the Belial kill on the link above

-More gear dependant than the force armor builds

-Not nearly as safe as the blizzard/vhydra build since you are in melee range and don’t have teleport

-Requires careful play to make sure the combo doesn’t “fizzle out”


Spectral Blades vs. Wicked Wind Prismatic Armor + Tanky gear vs foregoing that and relying on Diamond Skin + Frost Nova spam. Lots of variance in the damaging abilities used – some use meteor, some explosive blast.




These builds are kiting builds similar to the Blizzard build above, but replace Blizzard with Arcane Orb + Temporal Flux for the slow. At higher gear levels it’s possible to drop Temporal Flux altogether due to the damage output of Arcane Orb. The basic strategy is similar to the Blizzard build above; engage from max range, drop Hydra and spam Arcane Orb while kiting. When you get caught, you rely on Illusionist + Teleport to get away.


+Less gear dependant than the Critical Mass or Archon builds

+High burst damage from hard hitting Arcane Orbs

+Fairly safe kiting build

-Not as safe as the Blizzard build since you are using a weaker/less reliable slow

-More gear dependant than the Blizzard build

-Relies on kiting, which some find boring


Orb – Tap the Source is the most popular rune for Arcane Orb, but some people use Obliterate or Celestial Orb. To use these you probably need to add a signature spell, likely Magic Missile – Seeker.

Hydra – Arcane Hydra can be used instead of Venom Hydra to make the build safer by adding a more reliable slow. It is less damage, but not tons less and is perfectly viable/safer. Probably better at lower gear levels.

Teleport – Again, some prefer Fracture to Wormhole.

3rd and 4th Skills – Any combination of Diamond Skin / Force Weapon / Familiar – Sparkflint / Frost Nova / Mirror Images is fine.

Passives – At higher gear levels you can drop Temporal Flux for something else.




These builds revolve around being in Archon the most time possible and using it to quickly melt everything. They are the most gear dependant, but probably also the most efficient at the highest levels of gear. Your buffs such as Energy Armor, Force Weapon and Familiar persist into Archon form, which itself also adds 40% resists/armor. The goal is to buff your dps as high as possible, pop archon, and maintain it by killing tons of mobs to get a bonus to the duration from each kill. Once Archon ends your goal is to refresh it as quickly as possible so that you can do it again. Actually killing things with Archon is self-explanatory, just hold down right click and point at the mobs. Don’t forget that you likely don’t have an escape or CC spell though and will quickly die if you allow anything to actually get to you and hit you.


+Insane speed/efficiency at high gear levels

+Hilariously fun to melt entire screens of enemies in 1-2 seconds and champ packs in 5-10 seconds

+Great AOE damage, great single target damage, trivializes certain boss fights

-Most gear dependant build

-Not very safe while in Archon form due to no escape spell or CC

-Weak/vulnerable when Archon is on cooldown


Archon Rune – I think Improved Archon, Teleport or Pure Power are the best. Some people use Slow Time.

What you do when you aren’t in Archon is up for debate. Some people take Arcane Orb and try to farm or at least clear white mobs with that while Archon is down. Another strategy (the one in the build linked above) is to take Critical Mass and either Wicked Wind or Spectral Blades to try to refresh Archon as quickly as possible. I prefer the latter.


Tools: The Wizard DPS spreadsheet, the best way to compare gear and decide on potential DPS upgrades:

The EHP calculator, an essential tool if you’re using force armor and very useful regardless:

The maximum values of stats which can appear on gear of different slots:

Offense – Your primary offensive stats are int, crit chance, crit damage, attack speed and bonus damage, and not necessarily in that order. The relative value of all of these stats depends entirely on how much of them you already have, and the only good way to figure it out for you individually is with the DPS spreadsheet I linked above. Just as an example, for me with my current gear my equivalencies are as follows: 1% crit = 27.28 int, 1% crit damage = 4.47 int, 1% IAS = 22.29 int, and 1 average bonus damage = 2.52 int. Bonus damage is an often overlooked damage stat that can be very valuable and can often be found on jewelry for less cost than its worth because people overlook it. Stacking crit + crit damage is really the only way to get very high dps.

2h vs 1h + source is an endless debate, but after trying both extensively I prefer 1h + source, mostly because you can get crit chance on the offhand which I think at higher gear levels pushes 1H+OH over any 2h. If you are just starting out in inferno a good 2h may be cheaper and a better way to go initially.

Defense – Your primary defensive stats are vit, % life, bonus armor (which includes strength), resistances (which includes intellect), life regen, dexterity (everybody should have at least 100), movement speed (which includes IAS), and for some builds life on hit. Which of these stats and how much of them you want depends very much on whether you are using force armor or prismatic armor, which I’ll address more below.

Gearing by slot:

As you’ll have noticed from the link above, various different stats can appear or can not appear on different slots, and in different amounts. That means there is a strategy for which stats you want to look for on each slot. Generally, the slots you should focus on for offensive stats are your jewelry, helm, bracers, gloves, weapon and offhand, while you should focus on defensive stats on your shoulders, chest, legs, belt, and boots because, except for legendaries, those slots can’t spawn the good dps stats. Every slot should have some amount of int.

DPS gear:

Helm – You want the highest int and crit chance you can afford. A socket is nice, but not necessary and sometimes artifically inflates the price. Use a calculator to compare your gain from the % life on the socket to what you can get on an unsocketed helm in terms of vit and % life. This is one of the two slots (gloves are the other) that can spawn particularly high int, so this is a relatively cheap place to get a lot of it.

Gloves – You really want int, crit chance and crit damage all on this item. This slot, along with the amulet and the weapon, is the best place to look for crit damage. These three slots (gloves/ammy/weapon) are likely going to be both the most expensive and the most worth spending on. Again, one of the two slots that can spawn especially high int.

Bracers – Again you want int and crit chance here. There are a lot of these on the market, probably due to crafting, so this is a slot you can get a very good value on.

Amulet – Similar to the gloves, but more expensive. Int, crit chance and crit damage are all mandatory. Bonus damage is a nice plus as well, and can lead to you getting more of a bang for buck on this slot. For example, an amulet with +15-25 damage adds 20 average bonus damage, which for me would equate to an additional 50 int in terms of dps. IAS would be great but unless you are super rich you aren’t getting all of that on one amulet.

Rings – Crit chance and crit damage both spawn on this item, but the crit damage modifier on rings is fairly low and adds a ton to the cost of the item. Its often a better idea to skip it in favor of getting more crit chance, some bonus damage, or some IAS.

Weapon – If you’re just starting out this is going to be one of your biggest purchases, and is also your biggest opportunity to both get a ton of value or to vastly overspend. Basically, weapon DPS is highly overvalued by a lot of people, and the stats on the weapons are undervalued, although that is becoming less true as more people are figuring this out. For example, with my current gear I could replace my 789 dps weapon (with 126 int, 65% crit damage and a socket with a 90% crit damage gem) with a 1450 dps blue weapon with no stats and I would lose dps. A 1500 dps blue weapon with no stats would very slightly raise my dps. Obviously such weapons don’t even exist. The point is to use the spreadsheet when you make this purchase and actually figure out which weapons are best before you overspend for listed dps. Another thing is that weapon speed on a 1h matters when you are using an offhand and have bonus damage from gear, so you are generally going to want to buy either a sword, wand, or dagger. The 1.3 speed 1h axe can be acceptable too if it has good enough stats, but a 1.2 speed mace or spear needs much higher stats to be better so they probably won’t be cost efficient for you.

Offhand – Bonus damage is king on this item. Here’s a thread explaining some of the math on why that is: Basically at a minimum you want the numbers on the offhand to add up to 400, for a total of 200 bonus damage, bare minimum. Don’t buy anything less than that. 450 total is better and what you’ll want eventually, and 500 total is near perfect. The biggest stat to look for on this item is crit chance. You really want a source with the highest bonus damage and crit chance that you can afford.

Defense gear:

Shoulders – Int/vit/resists/life regen. Nothing special here, probably the most boring slot for wizards. I wore a blue archon spaulders with 170 int / a bunch of vit for the longest time, because there just isn’t anything special here. Probably best to pick up something like that if you’re on a budget. Good slot to get your resists as they are usually cheaper here than on chest/pants.

Chest – One of the two slots that can spawn a particularly high vit, the other being the pants. Also the slot that can spawn the most life regen. If you’re using a force armor build you want life regen here. Also, its almost always best to get one with 3 sockets.

Belt – Sort of like the shoulders, nothing really special here. It can spawn high strength so sometimes that’s a good find as strength = armor and you get 65% more of it from energy armor. Like shoulders, a good slot to get your resists as they are usually cheaper than on chest/pants.

Legs – Another slot to get your vit from. Get one with 2 sockets, it’s almost always better.

Boots – 11%+ movement speed is mandatory, and 12% is better. This is a slot that can spawn high dex so it’s a good place to make sure you’re over 100. Another good spot to grab resists potentially.

Force Armor vs. Prismatic armor builds:

If you’re going for prismatic armor you’re going to need a lot more EHP and resistances. If that’s the case, there really isn’t much to say other than just get as much as you can afford. However, for force armor its much more tricky.

Force armor reduces any hit to 35% of your HP, but it cannot reduce the hit by more than 100% of your HP. Therefore, Force Armor does one of four things when you get hit: A) The hit is for less than 35% of your HP. Force Armor does nothing. B) The hit is for more than 35% of your HP but less than 135% of your HP. The hit is reduced to 35% of your HP. C) The hit is for more than 135% of your HP but less than 199% of your HP. The hit is reduced by 100% of your HP and you live with a varying amount of life left depending on how hard the hit was. D) The hit is for more than 199% of your HP. Since Force Armor can only reduce it by 100% of your HP, you die.

I wrote two large posts about this in the past, one pre-1.0.3 and an update after 1.0.3. You can find them here: and here:

The short story is that for Act 3 inferno you want 117.5k EHP in order to not take more than 35% of your life from any hit. This is fairly easy to obtain. Also, fire and physical are the most common sources of damage so you can fudge a little bit by getting those to 117.5k EHP while shorting the others a little.

Obviously, there are various ways to get to 117.5k EHP, because vit, % life, resistances and armor all contribute. However, the optimal way to do it is by raising resistances and armor as much as possible while reducing vit and % life. You will still need a good bit of HP, probably at least 20k, but if you can get to 117.5k EHP while keeping your life low your survivability will increase dramatically because you will get a much larger benefit from heals. This makes the life regen stat very strong. If you can get to 117.5k EHP with 20k hp, then 1k of life regen will full heal you in 20 seconds and heal a hit that is absorbed by force armor in 7 seconds.

AP on Crit:

This stat is important for some builds and only appears on Wizard Hats, Sources, and Wands. It’s expensive on good items and part of what makes the critical mass and arcane orb builds more gear dependant.

ABOUT ME – Full Credit for Guide goes to Prime_Meridian (from Reddit)

I’ve played a wizard as my main character since release. I cleared inferno on 6/7/12, pre-patch:

My current stats in my farming gear:

My current gear:

The build I’m using in the previous screenshots:

My follower for Act 3 soloing: