Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2013 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today's Alienware 14 deal is for a higher end version than we have seen previously. This 14" 1080p laptop has quite a bit inside of it considering how compact the chassis is. A core i7-4700MQ, 8GB DDR3-1600 and a 1GB GeForce GTX 750M offer decent performance and connectivity includes Bluetooth and a KillerNIC handling WiFi. Storage is a 750GB 7200RPM HDD and a DVD Burner you can upgrade to a BlueRay if you so desire. It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed.
- NEW! Alienware 14 "Haswell" Core i7 1080p Gaming Laptop for $1,281.55 with free shipping(normally $1,349.00).
- SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Laptop SSD for $174.99 (normally $199.99).
- WD My Passport 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Red for $89.00 with free shipping(normally $119.99).
- Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard for $44.99 with free shipping(normally $59.99).
- Asus VS247H-P 23.6-inch LED-Backlit Ultra-thin LCD Monitor for $129.99 only (normally $199.99)
- Sony DSC-H200 20.1MP Digital Camera Bundle for $198.00 with free shipping.(normally $213.99)
Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2013 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, linux, microsoft, open source
If you haven't heard the accusations flying over the possible scenarios that lead up to Origin PC dropping AMD cards from all their machines you can catch up at The Tech Report. They keep any speculation to a minimum unlike other sites but the key point is the claims of overheating and stability issues, something that apparently only Origin has encountered. If they had stuck with mentioning the frame pacing in Crossfire and 4K/mulitmonitor issue it would be understandable that they not sell AMD cards in systems designed for that usage but dropping them altogether is enough to start rumours and conspiracy theories across the interwebs. Winning a place in the Steam Machine was great for NVIDIA but at no time did they imply that AMD was unworthy, they merely didn't win the contract.
Today some oil was tossed on the fire with the revelation that NVIDIA is specifically limiting the functionality of its hardware on Linux. Just after we praised their release of documentation for Nouveau, their open sourced driver, we find out from a post at The Inquirer that NVIDIA limits the number of monitors used in Linux to three so as not to outdo their functionality in Windows. For a brief moment it seemed that NVIDIA was willing to cooperate with the open source and Linux communities but apparently that moment is all we will have and once again NVIDIA proves that it is willing bow to pressure from Microsoft.
"According to a forum poster at the Nvidia Developer Zone, the v310 version of the drivers for Basemosaic has reduced the number of monitors a user can connect simultaneously to three."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Cisco, Google and SAP may buy BlackBerry's bits: report @ The Register
- Toshiba unveils 'lightest and thinnest' workstation and a raft of business ultrabooks @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft claims its Surface 2 tablets are 'selling out' without spilling figures @ The Inquirer
- Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII @ The Register
- NSA using Firefox flaw to snoop on Tor users @ The Register
- LED Costumes and Clothing @ Hack a Day
- Witnessing The League of Legends Season 3 World Championship Finals @ Legit Reviews
- OZONE Gaming Worldwide Joint Giveaway @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech, Mobile, Shows and Expos | October 6, 2013 - 01:14 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mozilla, Mozilla Summit 2013
The second day of Mozilla Summit 2013 kicked off with three more keynote speeches, a technology fair, and two blocks of panels. After two days and about two dozen demos, several extremely experimental, I am surprised to only see one legitimate demo fail attempting to connect two 3D browser games in multiplayer over WebRTC… and that seemed to be the fault of a stray automatic Windows Update on the host PC.
Okay technically another demo “failed” because an audience member asked, from the crowd, to browse a Mozilla Labs browser prototype, Servo, to an arbitrary website which required HTTPS and causing the engine to nope. I do not count that one.
Lastly, we saw a demo of the APC Paper which is expected to lead Firefox OS into the desktop market. It is actually a little smaller than I expected from the pictures.
One more day before everyone heads home. So far not much has happened but I will keep you updated as things occur.
Subject: General Tech, Mobile, Shows and Expos | October 5, 2013 - 03:58 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mozilla, Mozilla Summit 2013
I have volunteered with Mozilla starting about a month after I read the Windows Store certification requirements (prior to that I was ramping up development of modern apps). I am currently attending, due to that volunteer work, Mozilla Summit in Toronto. The first day, Friday, has been filled with keynotes including some partially-new announcements.
Mozilla has a number of branded elevator doors, signs, and carpets covering the hotel to promote the event for the attendees. Unfortunately, my hotel room was not in the tower this elevator serviced. Also unfortunate, I did not realize that until I was on said elevator at in the 27th floor. Moving between the first and 27th floors took all of about 5 seconds; popping my ears took longer. To be fair I was given correct directions by the hotel staff I just did not realize that the building was, in fact, multiple buildings and so my interpretation was off.
On to the important stuff: explosions! The second keynote contained high performance 3D browser games and, albeit less kablooieie, site personalization.
The latter we have talked about before. Mozilla is implementing interface elements in the browser for users to share demographic information with websites. They understand that advertising is how the web works and does not want it outright dead. They do believe (at least some) advertisers mine too much data from their users because they need to mine some data from their users. One-on-one conversation with a couple Mozilla staff somewhat confirms my suspicions that the initiative is to remove the temptation for just a little more data with homegrown solutions. This seems to be their last idea, however, given the discussion at the panel.
The former was an Unreal Engine demo on stage during the “Envisioned Future State” keynote. The presenter had several multi-kills with a rocket launcher. I should note the entire demo ran off of the file protocol so no internet connection was required. This was quite literally Unreal Tournament 3 running native to Firefox.
Well, I think that is it for today! A lot of information was released but I believe these were the top-two most interesting points.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Cases and Cooling, Systems | October 4, 2013 - 07:19 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: valve, Steam Machine
Well, that did not take long.
Valve announced the Steam Machines barely over a week ago and could not provide hardware specifications. While none of these will be available for purchase, the honor of taking money reserved for system builders and OEMs, Valve has announced hardware specifications for their beta device.
The raw specifications, or range of them, are:
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce Titan through GeForce GTX660 (780 and 760 possible)
- CPU: Intel i7-4770 or i5-4570, or i3-something
- RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB GDDR5 (GPU)
- Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
- Power Supply: 450W
- Dimensions: approx. 12" x 12.4" x 2.9"
Really the only reason I could see for the spread of performance is to not pressure developers into targeting a single reference design. This is odd, since every reference design contains an NVIDIA GPU which (you would expect) a company who wants to encourage an open mind would not have such a glaring omission. I could speculate about driver compatibility with SteamOS and media streaming but even that feels far-fetched.
On the geeky side of things: the potential for a GeForce Titan is fairly awesome and, along with the minimum GeForce 660, is the first sign that I might be wrong about this whole media center extender thing. My expectation was that Valve would acknowledge some developers might want a streaming-focused device.
Above all, I somewhat hope Valve is a bit more clear to consumers with their intent... especially if their intent is to be unclear with OEMs for some reason.
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2013 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's Small Form Factor Optiplex 9020 has an i5-4570S, 4GB of DDR3-1600 and a 320GB HDD in the base model with a variety of upgraded models available at LogicBuy. Many will be pleased to know that included in that price is an installation of 64-bit Win7 Pro with Media making it perfect for pulling HTPC duties. As it is an Optiplex you also get all the peripherals you need apart from a display, unless you choose the all in one model.
- Dell Optiplex 9020 4th-gen Core i5 "Haswell" Desktop for $719.00 with free shipping(normally $1,027.14).
- NEW! Alienware 14 "Haswell" Core i7 1080p Gaming Laptop for $1,281.55 (normally $1,349.00 - use $50 coupon code on systems $1,499 or more: 2M66J?BPVPP$F3).
- Sony Alpha SLT-A58K 20.1 MP Digital SLR Kit w/ 18-55mm Lens Bundle for $498.00 with free shipping(normally $599.00).
- LG 55LM6200 55" 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV + Free Wall Mount for $1,134.00 with free shipping(normally $1,699.00 - use coupon code: LOYALTY15).
- Security Man Wall Clock Color Camera for $190.53 only (normally $240.00)
- Retro MP3 Alarm Clock for $39.95(normally $79.95)
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2013 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: linux, rsync, crontab, backup, automation
If you have any data that is important to you then you should have a backup scheme in place, even if it is simply keeping several copies of the files on different media but for many Windows users the idea of a proper automated backup scheme is something for businesses and not home users. Then they lose some baby pictures. At that point it is common for the sad individual to buy an additional piece of equipment that backs up at the push of a button but still tends to be kept in physical proximity to the machine it is backing up.
However if you know someone who is familiar with Linux or are not scared to try something new yourself, there are tools that exist in Linux which allow you to script a complete backup of a system, or parts thereof, to a remote location automatically; no user interaction required. Techgage will take you through the wonderful world of rsync, crontab and 1ftp which are powerful tools in Linux and Unix to backup your data automatically and without constantly using huge amounts of bandwidth. Spend a bit of time with some old hardware and you should be able to build yourself a backup server or NAS for free.
"Keeping good backups of your data is important; don’t be the sucker who loses important files and has to deal with it afterwards! In this in-depth guide, you’ll learn about using rsync and lftp to transfer files, writing your own scripts and automating them, and backing up to external storage, a NAS, and a remote server without passwords."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Adobe hack sees 2.9 million customers' data stolen @ The Inquirer
- Ballmer intends to remain on Microsoft board after end of CEO gig @ The Register
- Yo, mall rats: Facebook and Cisco in Wi-Fi hookup to track your retail, social life @ The Register
- Tre: When Arduino Meets Beagle Bone @ Hack a Day
- iOS 7: Six Things Apple Got Right And Six That Are Still Missing @ Techspot
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2013 - 02:32 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: Z87 XPower, z87, video, steam os, Steam Controller, Steam Box, steam, podcast, nuc, msi, haswell
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Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | October 3, 2013 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: kingston hyper x, kingston, DOTA 2, competition
Fountain Valley, CA – October 3, 2013 − Kingston Technology Company Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, will soon begin two global competitions to further show its support and commitment to the eSports and the enthusiast community. The HyperX DotA 2 League features 16 of the world’s top professional DotA 2 gaming teams battling for a large cash prize. On October 7, HyperX will begin an open global overclocking competition. The finals for both competitions will be held during 2014 International CES® in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The HyperX DotA 2 League tournament begins later this month with 16 teams competing for a total of $50,000 (USD) in prize money. An additional $40,000 will be offered to cover flight and hotel for the top four teams that advance to battle each other in Las Vegas for the championship. Each match is a best-of-three maps and all matches will be broadcast live so fans can follow the progress of their favorite team. The format and complete competition details can be found here.
Working together with HWBOT, the premier informational website for overclockers and performance enthusiasts, contestants will compete to post the highest benchmarks for Maximum Memory Frequency, Super PI and Intel® XTU. Beginning October 7, there will be an open online qualifying competition lasting four weeks. Winners will be determined weekly with the five final contestants competing in January 2014 during CES. For the finals, components will be supplied by Kingston and its partners: ASUS, Cooler Master and Intel®. Complete rules can be found here.
“The HyperX 2013 DotA 2 tournament will be epic as the best professional gaming teams in the world battle each other and fans will be able to watch every minute live online,” said Annie Leung, HyperX global strategic marketing manager, Kingston. “We are also very excited to hold an overclocking competition globally to see how far HyperX memory can be pushed. Both events will be fun and exciting for gamers and enthusiasts.”
Please visit the Kingston HyperX Website for more information.
Kingston is celebrating 25 years in the memory industry. The company was founded on October 17, 1987, and has grown to become the largest third-party memory manufacturer in the world. The 25th anniversary video can be found here along with more information, including a timeline of Kingston's history. In addition, HyperX memory is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The first HyperX high-performance memory module was released in November 2002.
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2013 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Need an inexpensive server that won't be running heavy duty tasks? The Dell PowerEdge T110 II has a dual core Celeron G550 @ 2.6GHz, 2GB RAM and 500GB HDD with options to upgrade to a Xeon E3 and increase RAM and storage. On the other hand at this price you could load Linux onto this machine, pop in a few spare HDDs and have networked storage for a lot less than a high end Drobo or other specialized device.
- Dell PowerEdge T110 II Intel Dual-core Server for $299.00 with free shipping(normally $615.00 - use coupon code: HF9X1212V3TKTK ).
- WD My Passport 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Red for $89.00 (normally $119.99).
- Logitech K600 Windows 8/Android Tablet Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard w/ Stand for $49.49 with free shipping(normally $65.99).
- Asus VS247H-P 23.6-inch LED-Backlit Ultra-thin LCD Monitor for $129.99 with free shipping(normally $199.00 - use coupon code: EMCWXXT55).
- Sony DSC-H200 20.1MP Digital Camera Bundle for $198.00 only (normally $213.00)
- Set of Seven LED Light-Up Dice for $7.99 with free shipping.(normally $17.99)
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