While I was on vacation Sisi updated with some new timers. One of them was for wormhole polarization. I decided to update my client and go examine the new timer to see what it was like. With this came using the new map to probe down the sites. I hadn't gotten around to doing that yet so I managed to kill two stones at once type of thing.
It took me a bit to stumble through probing. I pretty much stopped after the release of Odyssey. I didn't care for the changes. Now top that with being rusty and I struggled for a bit. Let's see. Alt does what? Control does? Ahh okay, shift now or tab?
Poke, poke, poke. Click, click, click. I was able to get my probes doing what they where supposed to do. Kind of.
Okay. I remember this. Gather my seven probes, make my little shape, scan, shrink, scan... ohhh resolving.
Needless to say I was quite pleased with myself. After a few more mistakes I was on my way to probing the system. Eventually, the muscle memory woke up and stretched a bit. I'm also using the new map which didn't bother me much. I have the floating window so large that it might as well obscure everything. I do wish we could make the center of the screen somewhere else. I'd love to have the 'center' or camera by more to one side or a corner so that I could have windows shaped better.
What I did notice is that I'm a slow prober. I've always been a slow prober. I maxed out my probing character a long time ago. I've never used her as a combat prober. I was to embarrassed to do so. Everyone seems to probe so damn fast. A few seconds and they are done. I listen to arguments that discuss how easy probing is and how people probe things down in five seconds and I wonder what is wrong with me?
So, I never volunteered to combat probe. Everyone else just seemed faster. I figure that I'm doing something wrong. I'm not sure what it is. I am, after all, a self taught prober. After barely making it through the tutorial I vowed never to probe again. If it were not for Ender's endless adventures in scanning and doing sites I might have skilled on this aspect of the game. As it was, I learned to probe through trial and error and I made a good bit of ISK off of it once I got it down.
But, I was never fast as it seems others are fast. I know some of that is because I never took the time to memorize signatures. But, I seem slower then everyone else out there when I probe. I don't care. Tooling through space and unlocking its secrets at my leisure has always appealed to me.