Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2013 - 12:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: linux, secure, remote access
Sick of the Logmein.com email 'updates'? Annoyed that join.me isn't for Linux and aren't sure what the alternatives are? Linux.com has put up the second in their series of how to remotely control PCs running Linux with this installment focusing on Network Manager which is an OpenVPN client. Windows users may find Network Manager a little hard to grasp at first as it does not pop up a GUI of a remote computer so the article offers a good analogy, "think of OpenVPN as a virtual Ethernet cable to your server or LAN, all wrapped in a nice stout layer of encryption". Using OpenVPN creates a secure tunnel to the remote PC which you can then use to run secure (or insecure) applications such as SSH to interact with the remote machine.
"Greetings fellow Linux users, and welcome to the second part of our glorious OpenVPN series. When last we met we learned how to set up a simple OpenVPN encrypted tunnel between a home server and a remote node, such as a laptop. Today we're adding refinements such as how to daemonize OpenVPN so we don't have to start it manually, use Network Manager for easy connecting to our remote server, and access services."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- The TR Podcast 144: Flagship cards and broken backs
- Facebook reveals 700TB of tiered RAM and flash power Graph Search @ The Register
- Play Elite, Pitfall right now: Web TIME PORTAL opens to vintage games, apps @ The Register
- Netgear router admin hole is WIDE OPEN, but DON'T you dare go in, warns infosec bod @ The Register
- Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance Mostly On Par With Windows 8.1 @ Phoronix
- Backing Up Your PC & Some tips @ CoD
- $2,200 in prizes up for grabs in TR's Dear Diary contest @ The Tech Report
ShadowPlay is NVIDIA's latest addition to their GeForce Experience platform. This feature allows their GPUs, starting with Kepler, to record game footage either locally or stream it online through Twitch.tv (in a later update). It requires Kepler GPUs because it is accelerated by that hardware. The goal is to constantly record game footage without any noticeable impact to performance; that way, the player can keep it running forever and have the opportunity to save moments after they happen.
Also, it is free.
I know that I have several gaming memories which come unannounced and leave undocumented. A solution like this is very exciting to me. Of course a feature on paper not the same as functional software in the real world. Thankfully, at least in my limited usage, ShadowPlay mostly lives up to its claims. I do not feel its impact on gaming performance. I am comfortable leaving it on at all times. There are issues, however, that I will get to soon.
This first impression is based on my main system running the 331.65 (Beta) GeForce drivers recommended for ShadowPlay.
- Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
- 16 GB DDR3 RAM
- Windows 7 Professional
- 1920 x 1080 @ 120Hz.
- 3 TB USB3.0 HDD (~50MB/s file clone).
The two games tested are Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Battlefield 3.
Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2013 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With an aluminium shell just under 1" thick, just deep enough to accommodate a DVD burner, the Dell Latitude 15 3000 Series is stylish and easy to carry around. Inside is a Core i3-4010U @ 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM and a 500GB Hard Drive running Windows 7 Professional. You can upgrade to an i5-4200U, 1080p screen and Radeon HD 8900 series GPU for an extra $190, there is no SSD option but that doesn't mean you can't put your own in there.
- Dell Latitude 15 3000 Series 4th-gen Core i3 Laptop for $489.00 with free shipping(normally $841.43 - use coupon code: $BVV$XQF73HPFT).
- Acer G226HQLBbd 21.5" LED-backlight LCD Monitor for $109.99 with Free Shipping (normally $159.99).
- Pre-Order Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, & PS4) + $25 Dell eGift Card for $59.99 with Free Shipping
- Kwikset Kevo 925 Bluetooth Deadbolt (Pre-Order) for $219.00 with free shipping(normally $1,460).
- Revell Enzo Ferrari Plastic Model Kit for $21.99 with free shipping (normally $24.99)
- Monsters University (Blu-ray Combo Pack) for $23.99 wifh Free Shipping(normally $39.99)
Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2013 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, skype, API
If you have used third party software to bring extra functionality to Skype like call recording or integrating the ability to integrate in a non-standard way then you better enjoy it now as you only have until December before you are cut off. At that time Microsoft will be blocking access of all third party apps to Skype which will break not only your own applications but will reduce Skype's compatibility with some headsets. You can follow the link to the Change.org petition that is in The Inquirer's coverage of this decision.
"ANGRY DEVELOPERS, a breed not unlike Angry Birds but without the desire to fling themselves at naughty pigs, have started a petition asking Microsoft to withdraw its plan to switch off the desktop API for Skype."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- LinkedIn’s New Mobile App Called ‘A Dream for Attackers’ (and doesn't integrate with MSExchange) @ [H]ard|OCP
- Microsoft: Ha ha ha, Wall Street friends - THIS time the victory is OURS @ The Register
- NVIDIA 'The Way It's Meant to Be Played' 2013 Press Event @ OCC
- UK Police Seize 3D-Printed 'Gun Parts,' Which Are Actually Spare Printer Parts @ Slashdot
Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2013 - 04:17 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: consolitis, call of duty
I will preface this with a statement: I neither love nor hate Call of Duty. I completed the first Modern Warfare campaign once on the PC and have not touched the franchise since; the fourth was my only experience (this was due, in part, to Activision being the first to raise PC game prices up to console parity -- too expensive for what it was worth to me). If you like Call of Duty then by all means enjoy it. I even like a couple Michael Bay films (The Rock and the parts of Armageddon with Steve Buscemi and Bruce Willis).
NVIDIA, on the other hand, loves Call of Duty. It was the showcase for several aspects of the GeForce Experience as they were announced, from game optimization to SHIELD streaming. They also announced the minimum specifications for the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts before Activision even acknowledged them.
@SolomonNE2 No tech specs for min requirements have been released yet, sorry! We'll update when we have more info. ^LM
— Activision Support (@ATVIAssist) October 9, 2013
As it turns out, they were basically spot on (go figure). The only mistake NVIDIA made was accidentally demanding users reserve 50GB of Hard Drive Space when the game only requires 40GB.
The actual minimum specifications are:
- 64-bit Windows 7 or 8
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHz
- 6 GB RAM
- 40 GB Free Storage
- NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD 5870
- Broadband connection for Steam and Multiplayer.
Needless to say these specifications are... high. It looks, at least to me, like Infinity Ward decided to design the PC version entirely around the Xbox One and PS4 version. I can see this becoming a very big problem for laptop gamers. Of course, desktop users can get more RAM (even Micro ATX LGA 775 motherboards can support 8GB of it). Then again, some users might want to save the $80-or-less buying whatever sticks they need to top up to 8GB. Last Holiday season, 8GB was just $30.
Call of Duty: Ghosts arrives November 5th.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2013 - 07:23 PM | Scott Michaud
These new high-end videocards are fast! How about Minecraft in windowed mode?
The latest version of the voxel-based sandbox (and dirtbox, and stonebox) game will be launch Friday morning for us North Americans. While several of the features might be paradoxical if you think about it, "Less ocean, more awesome" vs "Fishing!", this is an absolutely gigantic release. Most importantly, they have overhauled their world generation code and completely rewrote their networking systems.
If you currently run a server, be sure to make a pit-stop at version 1.6.4 before upgrading to 1.7.1. The release highlights for 1.6.4 contain:
This update fixes world generation bugs that would appear in 1.7. It is recommended that you use this version and load up important areas of your world before heading into Minecraft 1.7 ((Emphasis mine))
I would follow this advice very carefully. (But what do I know?)
The update also adds several new blocks: stained glass, packed ice, red sand, podzol, new types of wood, and so forth. Stained glass, in particular, was once an April Fool's 2013 joke (like Block of Coal or, to some extent, horses) which made its way into the game proper. This should hopefully address some of the more bland designs caused by the limitations of glass.
Minecraft 1.7.1 will drop Friday at 15:00 CEST. Because PC Perspective is a North American company, this translates to 9am EDT and 6am PDT.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2013 - 07:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, audiophile, v-moda, CrossFade M-100, noise cancellation
V-MODA's CrossFade M-100 is more than just a stereo noise isolating headphones, these are for the serious audiophile that owns a headphone amp and knows what OP-AMPs are. They will should just fine on your mobile device or plugged into a PC but to really hear the dual-diaphragm 50mm drivers at their best you need a powerful source. Even the cabling is impressive with a built in mic and the ability to share your audio by splitting the signal into another set of headphones. If you are looking for high end audio and are willing to pay the price you should check out the article at Benchmark Reviews.
"To get the most out of the CrossFade M-100 Headphones you will be wise to also invest in a headphone amplifier. The sound output from today’s smartphones might be enough to crap out your average best buy $10 headphones, but it just isn’t enough to get a truly satisfactory experience on a higher quality set of headphones let alone the CrossFade M100's. A lot of attention has quite rightly been given to sound quality and performance with equal attention also given to build quality and style. Don’t get me wrong, the experience is not disappointing by any means, I just need to point out that the dual-diaphragm 50mm drivers inside the CrossFade M-100 Headphones are so much more capable than you may think."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Astro A40 and Mixamp @ Kitguru
- SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
- TteSports Level 10M PC Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
- Tt eSPORTS Cronos Gaming Headset @ LanOC Reviews
- CM Storm Pulse-R Aluminum Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS Essence STU USB DAC and Headphone Amp Review @HiTech Legion
- V-MODA BoomPro Microphone C-BP-BLACK @ Benchmark Reviews
- Asus Xonar Phoebus Solo Review - 7.1 Gaming Soundcard Review @ HCW
- a.m.p SP1 @ techPowerUp
- Bitmore e-Storm LabyrinthX Bluetooth Wireless Speaker @ Benchmark Reviews
- LUXA2 Groovy Wireless Stereo Speaker @ Kitguru
- Microlab MD312 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2013 - 02:21 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, video, R9 290X, g-sync, gsync, never settle, the way it's meant to be played, carmack, sweeny, andersson
PC Perspective Podcast #274 - 10/24/2013
Join us this week as we discuss NVIDIA G-SYNC, R9 290X Benchmarks, and Process Technology for Next Gen Graphics!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2013 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Virus, msdos, !virii
It was a simpler time of black screens and white text, perhaps green or orange depending on your flavour of monochrome, where ancient viruses roamed the world of 3.5" floppies and MS-DOS. These were not the viruses of today that do their best to sneak onto your machine and hide their shame from the user as best they could, these were created by people who wanted to show off their skills by letting you know something funny was going on. Wired talked with Daniel White who has amassed a huge amount of information on malware that covers decades of computer abuse, with a YouTube video for each and every one. While some may bring back horrible memories of your fights with old viral enemies the ones from the MS-DOS era which were mostly benign and very entertaining may bring a smile to some older geeks faces.
They did leave out one of my favourites, jump to 2:15 in the video below to see CASCADE.COM in action.
"But while the recent Windows worms may be the most familiar, another subset of White’s archive is even more interesting. The viruses he’s collected from the MS-DOS era are malware from a simpler time–a glimpse into a largely forgotten and surprisingly creative subculture."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Reply-all email lightning storm STRIKES TWICE at Cisco @ The Register
- Intel processor chip supremo Perlmutter to quit in February 2014 @ The Register
- ARM releases faster embedded chip architecture for cars @ The Inquirer
- HP Seeks Buyer For WebOS Patents @ Slashdot
- First look at ASRock Z87 Killer and Z87 Extreme11/ac motherboards @ Hardware.info
- Backseat USB Charger @ Hack a Day
- iPad Mini 2 first impressions @ The Inquirer
- Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks Review @ TechReviewSource
- Testing the Security of Your Website – Part 2 @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | October 23, 2013 - 07:30 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: amd, firepro
Currently AMD holds 18% market share with their FirePro line of professional GPUs. This compares to NVIDIA who owns 81% with Quadro. I assume the "other" category is the sum of S3 and Matrox who, together, command 1% of the professional market (just the professional market)
According to Jon Peddie of JPR, as reported by X-Bit Labs, AMD intends to wrestle back revenue left unguarded for NVIDIA. "After years of neglect, AMD’s workstation group, under the tutorage of Matt Skyner, has the backing and commitment of top management and AMD intends to push into the market aggressively." They have already gained share this year.
During AMD's 3rd Quarter (2013) earnings call, CEO Rory Read outlined the importance of the professional graphics market.
We also continue to make steady progress in another of growth businesses in the third quarter as we delivered our fifth consecutive quarter of revenue and share growth in the professional graphics area. We believe that we can continue to gain share in this lucrative part of the GPU market based on our product portfolio, design wins in flight, and enhanced channel programs.
On the same conference call (actually before and after the professional graphics sound bite), Rory noted their renewed push into the server and embedded SoC markets with 64-bit x86 and 64-bit ARM processors. They will be the only company manufacturing both x86 and ARM solutions which should be an interesting proposition for an enterprise in need of both. Why deal with two vendors?
Either way, AMD will probably be refocusing on the professional and enterprise markets for the near future. For the rest of us, this hopefully means that AMD has a stable (and confident) roadmap in the processor and gaming markets. If that is the case, a profitable Q3 is definitely a good start.
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