Podcast #516 - ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti, AMD 7nm, and more!

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2018 - 11:14 AM |
Tagged: podcast, asus, ROG, rtx, 2080 Ti, amd, microsoft, surface, gigabyte, Intel, Thinkpad, yoga, Ampere, Xilinx, Versal, arm, GOG.com, cooler master, C700M

PC Perspective Podcast #516 - 10/04/18

Join us this week for discussion on ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti, AMD 7nm, and more!

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Hosts: Allyn Malventano, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath

Peanut Gallery: Alex Lustenberg

Program length: 1:20:42

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Week in Review:
  2. News items of interest:
  3. 0:33:05 Thanks to RXBAR for supporting PC Perspective. Get 25% off your first order at RXbar.com/pcper promo code pcper
  4. Picks of the Week:
    1. 1:14:00 Jeremy: cheap canadian ryzen
    2. 1:17:15 Allyn: Shellshock Live
  5. Closing/outro
 

A Thunderbolt won't even scratch the Surface

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2018 - 02:01 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, ignite, Surface Pro 6, Surface Studio 2, surface laptop 2

Microsoft's Ignite covered a large array of topics, many of which focused on Azure and the new services it offers as well as updates to a vareity of their software suites.  However we are more interested in the hardware reveals, which include the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2

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The Surface Pro 6 contains an unspecified 8th gen CPU, either an i5 or i7 depending on your preference and up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, with a 12.3", 2736x1824 screen.  It does not have USB-C nor Thunderbolt, Microsoft stuck with USB 3.0, mini DP, and microSD again.

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The Surface Laptop 2 is the same under the hood as the Surface, with a battery rated at 14.5 hours as opposed to the Pro's 13.5.  Aesthetically it matches the previous model, up to an including the lack of Thunderbolt.  If either device interests you, you can opt to sign up for Surface All Access, via Dell, which will get you a device, support, an O365 license and mysterious benefits on the Microsoft Store.  That will cost you $46 a month, or more depending on the model you request, for 24 months as opposed to paying for the Surface up front.  You can get the Surface Go for $25 a month, if you are so inclined.

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Last up is the new Surface Studio all in one PC. If you though the lack of USB-C was an odd choice then meet the Studio, which eschews new silicon for a 7th gen i5 or i7 processor and will contain either a GTX 1060 or 1070.  The screen has been updated as Microsoft claims it is 38% brighter with increased contrast.  As well you now have 4096 levels of pressure on the touchscreen to enhance your artistic flair. 

This generation the change is only surface deep, perhaps next year will see greater changes.

"At a media event in New York City on Tuesday, Microsoft refreshed its Surface hardware with the introduction of the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2 all-in-one PC."

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Source: The Register

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2018 - 08:13 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10

While the April 2018 update barely made it out before May, Microsoft has published the Windows 10 October 2018 update on just October 2nd. From an aesthetics standpoint, this release looks quite like the last one, although Dark Mode has expanded a little further and now overtakes the file explorer. That’s one of the last places that I can think of.

In terms of actual features, however, the big one will probably be improved support for NVIDIA RTX and DirectX 12 Raytracing. It’s not clear to me what exactly the new OS brings to the table in that regard. I know that it was hidden behind an experimental flag in the April 2018 update, but the actual difference is a bit muddled. I heard one developer claim that NVIDIA RTX could not be toggled on and off until the October 2018 update, but I’ve also heard people claim to do that on the April 2018 update. So… I dunno.

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Regardless, it’s here now, and that’s probably sooner than your 2080 Ti.

One area that Microsoft is focusing on is their new Game Bar update. Apparently, at least if you use the Game Bar, Windows Update will delay updating and rebooting during your play sessions. It would be nice to have more direct control, rather than giving us an app that can indirectly influence how our PC receives updates, but it’s still a good tip none-the-less. I can also see where they are coming from, regarding how infrequently people updated previous versions of Windows.

Another benefit of the Game Bar update is that the audio controls can now be accessed in game. This was one area that kind-of annoyed me in the past, which is finally being addressed. There has been a few times (not many but a few) that I wanted to change output cards but I physically couldn’t reach the control because a game is fullscreen atop it. It’s extra annoying if that game is one of those games that hates to be minimized under the penalty of crash-to-desktop. I’ve needed to shutdown and restart games before just to change the sound device. Now? It’s in the Game Bar, as well as per-application volume controls and so forth.

So if you want the Windows 10 October 2018 update, and you’re on Windows 10 of course, then you can go to Windows Update and check for updates. If not? Well, it’ll come to you soon enough anyway.

Source: Microsoft

An utter lack of availability and an impending deadline may see Win10 match it's predecessor this year

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2018 - 01:04 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10

It wasn't easy, but finally after three years, Windows 10 might see adoption rates as high as Windows 7!  It merely took removing the ability to purchase a machine with Windows 7 installed, or installation media to start the trend.  The lack of non-security updates for the past three years, along with the announced end of any support for Win7 at the beginning of 2020 also seems to have helped.  Like it or not, Microsoft have finally found a way to get people to adopt Win10, with 37.44% of machines using it, a mere 3.44% less than Win7; at least according to the numbers The Inquirer sourced

Also worth noting is Android and its wild array of difference personalities has the top spot globally, running a hair over 40% of all connected devices globally.

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"The monthly numbers from Netmarketshare show 40.88 per cent of desktop users on Windows 7, with Windows 10 at 37.44 per cent, just 3.44 behind as we head into the busy period of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Santa's subsequent annual giveaway."

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Source: The Inquirer

The new and improvable Surface Hub 2

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2018 - 02:00 PM |
Tagged: surface hub, microsoft, amd, Intel, surface hub 2, Hub 2S, Hub 2X

The Inquirer has some interesting news about the unreleased Surface Hub 2, Microsoft's digital whiteboard, collaberation tool and the perfect way to display maps in a pen and paper RPG.  The new device uses a cartridge to hold the CPU, which is removeable and will allow you to upgrade the processor inside, once AMD and Intel release CPUs in that form factor anyway.  The basic idea is to allow you to upgrade your Hub 2S to a Hub 2X, the 2S is designed for in-house Exchange setups while the 2X is for those using Exchange online. 

There are of course other reasons to upgrade the CPU in your Surface Hub 2, which we will see investigated in a few years, assuming these CPUs do hit the market. 

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"The idea is that when 2020 comes around you'll be able to lock and load your Surface Hub 2 with an upgraded CPU once Intel or AMD has got them ready."

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Source: The Inquirer

A glimpse through the new Windows; Edge goes full Clippy

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2018 - 12:36 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, onedrive, edge, Storage Sense

Ars Technica posted a look into some of the new features offered in the upcoming Windows October update.  The first feature Microsoft will offer you is a nag screen when you try to install another browser for the first time, reminding you of the existence of the Edge browser and what Microsoft would like you to think about the program. 

The second feature is every bit as useful as the previous one and will help you with those pesky storage space problems you have been experiencing.  Storage Sense is a feature which will automatically remove various files, from your temp directories, downloads folder and even OneDrive files you haven't recently used, thus ensuring that 1TB drive you have will have a few extra megabytes of free space.   This will replace the current Disk Cleanup tool, though hopefully cleanmgr.exe will still be available for those who would rater choose what files are removed.  They have more details as well as a way to keep your OneDrive files handy and modify your cleaning schedule in this post.

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"Because, of course these users know Edge exists; they're explicitly choosing not to use it. Why is Microsoft being so invasive and telling them something that they already know and don't care about?"

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Source: Ars Technica

Microsoft is slowly reverting Skype back to usefulness

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2018 - 01:46 PM |
Tagged: skype, microsoft

Microsoft seem to have actually listened to some of the feedback they have been receiving from users of the new Skype.  Two of the new features, Highlights and Capture will be discontinued as it seems no one wanted to use them instead of continuing with WhatsApp or SnapChat.  The interface will remain a compromise between the clown vomit version released earlier this year and the simple interface many new and loved.  As well, the newest versions of Skype, barring the Skype UWP app on Windows 10, will now natively support call recording which is something we have not been able to do since Microsoft killed support for third party applications.  The staff at The Inquirer are still not planning on switching back yet however.

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"Here's the thing. Skype hasn't "just worked" for a long time and people will take some convincing that there's been much of a change. INQ abandoned Skype some time ago for office use because it was so appallingly unreliable."

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Source: The Inquirer

Have a curated Windows 10 experience for only $10 a month

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2018 - 02:22 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, Microsoft Managed Desktop, DAAS

Redmond is hiring people to work at selling, and in theory supporting, the Microsoft Managed Desktop.  For this fee you can be confident that your device will be set up exactly the way Microsoft intended and perhaps even have someone to talk other than Cortana if things go belly up.  It seems to be part of the Desktop As A Service business model, with this being a monthly lease to keep your hardware, as well as ensuring Bing remains as your main search engine.  It is unclear from The Inquirer or the sites they linked to if you need to bring your own device or if your monthly bill includes a device; though at $10 a month it seems unlikely hardware is included.

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"INQ predicts that "correctly" will involve all analytics possible being sent to Microsoft, Cortana made to interrupt everything to offer an opinion like some Blade Runner-esque version of Clippy, and worst of all, Bing being constantly reset as the default search engine."

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Source: The Inquirer

You will drink the clown vomit! Skype 8 becomes mandatory in September

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2018 - 01:30 PM |
Tagged: skype, microsoft

If you have been hitting cancel on that pop up inviting you to try the latest version of Skype every time you launch it then there is a bit of bad news.  You have about a month and a half before you either finally accept the upgrade or stop using Skype as Microsoft have announced that after September 1st only Skype 8.xx will be able to connect to their network.  The new design leaves something to be desired and this may mean the final end to a variety of features and workarounds many users have depended on in previous versions of Skype.  It could even manage to make setting up the podcast even harder; tune in tonight as we test it out.

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"We are encouraging everyone to upgrade now to avoid any inconvenience as only Skype version 8.0 will work after September 1, 2018. As we roll out improvements, there comes a time when we must shut down older services and application versions."

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Source: Microsoft

Windows 10 makes it out of the Terrible Twos ... hopefully skipping the Me! stage

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2018 - 04:26 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, anniversary

It seems hard to believe but it is true, but Sunday July 29th marks the third year of Windows 10 being on the market.  The launch was unique, Microsoft decided to offer their new operating system for free to anyone running a valid copy of Windows 7 or 8.x; which you can still take advantage of if you so need.  The launch did not go perfectly and Microsoft's goal of having the device installed on 1 billion devices still has not been reached, though this year saw Win10 finally surpass Win7 in total market share.  The major updates have been somewhat problematic but it is safe to say that Windows 10 has improved somewhat since release; even enterprises are starting to consider adoption.

For more on the checkered past of Microsoft's latest OS, check out the Register.

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"Coming six years after the release of the beloved Windows 7, Windows 10 had a lot to live up to. Once the name got locked down – for a while it was referred to variously as "Windows 9", "Windows Next", "Threshold" and "Oh God, Make The Pain Stop" (at least as far this user was concerned.)"

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Source: The Register