Thief Constellations Calculator – Under Development

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This calculator is still under development it has some of the design features implemented. A majority of the mathematical portion is not yet implemented. It is being posted in its current form in order to receive feedback prior to further development. Feedback may be submitted at the thread for the calculators at the official ESO (elder scrolls online forums).

While this is being developed the basic calculators should be used to get information. The basic calculators will always provide more in depth info about the individual stars while the Thief, Mage, Warrior calculators will provide useful but more limited information.

The thief calculator version at current has been shifted from boxes with input values to slide bars. The Tower group has logic programmed in to display the appropriate passives as they are unlocked.

Planned additional information includes: new stamina value from hidden thief bonus. Added stats from the individual stars to your character. Your character information will be entered at the top and all output will appear at the bottom.

This is my current idea of the direction of this calculator and it may (will probably) change throughout the development of the advanced calculator. Once a stable functioning calculator that I am happy with for thief is complete then I will work on the Mage and Warrior versions.

Kensington Expert Mouse Optical USB Trackball Review

The Kensington Expert Mouse Optical USB Trackball is a large trackball mouse. The model number of the device reviewed is K64325 and a price range of new mice currently runs from $75-$100. The mouse has a large ball in the center with a scroll wheel (that spins) creating a sort of aesthetic outline for the ball. Surrounding this are 4 large buttons which can be assigned to various functions. The device attaches to the PC via a USB cord. The whole device has a decent amount of heftiness and feels really solidly built. Underneath the trackball is a light sensor similar to a non trackball optical mouse.

Kensington Expert Mouse (Model # K64325) top side with wrist support pad attached.
Kensington Expert Mouse (Model # K64325) top side with wrist support pad attached.

The trackball itself accounts for what feels like more than half of the weight of the device. It has an attractive grey color with silver speckles and moves with high accuracy and precision. Moving the ball makes almost zero noise and it is easy to get accustomed to the scrolling which allows for very fast and accurate operation.

Kensington Expert Mouse (Model # K64325) bottom side with wrist support pad attached.
Kensington Expert Mouse (Model # K64325) bottom side with wrist support pad attached.

The scroll wheel surrounding the mouse turns freely but maintains enough resistance to prevent accidental over scroll.  Aesthetically the position of the wheel around the ball is great and the functionality and usability is there as well. Scrolling the wheel produces a slight noise but its not bad.

Kensington Expert Mouse (Model # K64325) top side without wrist support pad attached an adult hand to show size.
Kensington Expert Mouse (Model # K64325) top side without wrist support pad attached an adult hand to show size.

The four buttons are large (so you can easily operate without fear of accidentally pushing the wrong button). I did experience a slight tendency to accidentally rub the ball with my hand when pushing the buttons on the top of the mouse. This resulted in the on screen cursor moving slightly on the screen which was irritating to me. I surveyed the other people using the mouse and found that they did not have similar complaints. Perhaps my hand or mouse ball technique needs to be developed further. I imagine with longer use of this mouse my technique would modify and it would be no problem.

Kensington Expert Mouse (Model # K64325) the trackball itself.
Kensington Expert Mouse (Model # K64325) the trackball itself.

Overall the mouse is aesthetically pleasing, has 4 buttons + scroll wheel, operates quietly, has very smooth and accurate responsiveness and seems to be very well built and durable. The only complaint I had with the mouse will hopefully go away.  We have about 40 of these at the office and they seem to be very consistent in their production with all mice seeming identical both in form and function. I have not used the device for gaming but in the office it functions great. It can be purchased with an optional wrist pad that  adds additional comfort. 

Kensington Expert Mouse (Model # K64325) under the trackball the optical sensor can be seen.
Kensington Expert Mouse (Model # K64325) under the trackball the optical sensor can be seen.

Overall the Kensington Expert Mouse Optical USB Trackball is a solid choice for a good quality trackball mouse.

Defile Star Calculator

This is the calculator for the Defile star in Tamriel Unlimited (Elder Scrolls Online (ESO)). It calculates the increase in effectiveness of healing reduction abilities based on the number of Champion Points added to the skill in the Champion System. This calculator is up to date for the current version of the game.

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If you encounter a wildly inaccurate calculation please submit it through the Contact Us Forum on the homepage.

Here is a graph showing how Defile benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.
Here is a graph showing how Defile benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.

Logitech H540 USB Headset

We (my wife and I) just bought a new Logitech H540 USB Headset for playing Elder Scrolls Online. Previously we had a wireless bluetooth headsets and they were functional for video chat. However, when we tried to utilize them for a  mmorpg and join in a ventrilo or a team speak chat they were problematic (we suspect driver issues). As a result my wife eventually got frustrated and asked me to by her a new headset. After much research and price comparisons this is the one that was selected.

The Logitech H540 USB headset I purchased for my wife.
The Logitech H540 USB headset I purchased for my wife the mute and volume controls can be seen on the exterior of the earpiece.

The reason this headset got purchased is because it was reasonably priced. The headset was USB and thus not susceptible to the recent problems we had experienced with the Bluetooth headset. It had easy to access buttons on the exterior of the ear piece. It also had noise canceling capability. The ear pads were nice and plush providing for increased comfort.

The drawbacks to this particular model are that it is in the midrange of the bulky catagory. This is probably more of a preferential factor. Second, it has a cord…yeah I’m definantly a consumer …don’t like a cord because it is in the way, and don’t like wireless because it is more prone to errors. Finally, the microphone piece is a little short for my taste. My personal preference would be for it to be extended another inch or two and have a flexible tip that can be bent towards the front of your mouth.

I prefer the bent mouth piece that extends to the front for several reasons. First, it allows more direct access to your speaking. Second, as a result of the more direct access to speaking on many voice chat software systems you can increase the threshold for voice activated speaking. This means that background noise (like kids, TV, dog, etc…) will be less likely to falsely trigger the voice activation when you’re not speaking.  Overall, I think this headset does pretty good at producing quality input of your speech despite the mouthpiece being further away. It also does a decent job on the voice activated front but I imagine an better microphone apperature would be even better (but then it would get in the way of sodas and French fries….).

I am a fan of Logitech peripherals in general because the company reliably produces a good arrary of products of various cost levels (not super high end or super low end) and their products tend to work as advertised and provide good value for the cost. Over the years I have used dozens of Logitech products (wireless remotes for entertainment centers, mice, headsets, microphone, webcams) and I can think of only one product that I was unhappy with based on the price I paid relative to the quality I received.

If you are looking for a wired USB headset under $50 then Logitech H540 USB Headset is worth a look.

Thaumaturge Star Calculator

This is the calculator for the Thaumaturge star in Tamriel Unlimited (Elder Scrolls Online (ESO)). It calculates your increased damage with poison, disease, and magic  based on the number of Champion Points added to the skill in the Champion System. This calculator is up to date for the current version of the game.

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If you encounter a wildly inaccurate calculation please submit it through the Contact Us Forum on the homepage.

Here is a graph showing how Thaumaturge benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.
Here is a graph showing how Thaumaturge benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.

Precise Strikes Star Calculator

This is the calculator for the Precise Strikes star in Tamriel Unlimited (Elder Scrolls Online (ESO)). It calculates the increased critical damage of your physical attacks based on the number of Champion Points added to the skill in the Champion System. This calculator is up to date for the current version of the game.

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If you encounter a wildly inaccurate calculation please submit it through the Contact Us Forum on the homepage.

Here is a graph showing how Precise Strikes benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.
Here is a graph showing how Precise Strikes benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.

Piercing Star Calculator

This is the calculator for the Piercing star in Tamriel Unlimited (Elder Scrolls Online (ESO)). It calculates the increased amount of armor your physical attacks ignore based on the number of Champion Points added to the skill in the Champion System. This calculator is up to date for the current version of the game.

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If you encounter a wildly inaccurate calculation please submit it through the Contact Us Forum on the homepage.

Here is a graph showing how Piercing benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.
Here is a graph showing how Piercing benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.

Mighty Star Calculator

This is the calculator for the Mighty star in Tamriel Unlimited (Elder Scrolls Online (ESO)). It calculates the increased physical damage based on the number of Champion Points added to the skill in the Champion System. This calculator is up to date for the current version of the game.

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If you encounter a wildly inaccurate calculation please submit it through the Contact Us Forum on the homepage.

Here is a graph showing how Mighty benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.
Here is a graph showing how Mighty benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.

Staff Expert Star Calculator

This is the calculator for the Staff Expert star in Tamriel Unlimited (Elder Scrolls Online (ESO)). It calculates the increases damage of your light and heavy attacks with destruction and restoration staves based on the number of Champion Points added to the skill in the Champion System. This calculator is up to date for the current version of the game.

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If you encounter a wildly inaccurate calculation please submit it through the Contact Us Forum on the homepage.

Here is a graph showing how Staff Expert benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.
Here is a graph showing how Staff Expert benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.

Heavy Weapon Expert Star Calculator

This is the calculator for the Heavy Weapon Expert star in Tamriel Unlimited (Elder Scrolls Online (ESO)). It calculates the increased damage of your light and heavy attacks with maces and axes based on the number of Champion Points added to the skill in the Champion System. This calculator is up to date for the current version of the game.

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If you encounter a wildly inaccurate calculation please submit it through the Contact Us Forum on the homepage..

Here is a graph showing how Heavy Weapon Expert benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.
Here is a graph showing how Heavy Weapon Expert benefits you as you add/subtract points from the passive.