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RECOVERING NTBACKUP

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NT Backup is a tool included with Windows 2000 and XP.  It uses a proprietary backup format (BKF) to back up files. Files can be backed up to tape, ZIP drives, floppy disks, and hard drives. It also features integration with Task Scheduler and has several command line switches for scheduled automated backups. If an old …

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FALLOUT 3 GFWL REMOVED?

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It appears that Bethesda is now migrating Fallout 3 to Steam. It does not appear that the need for the GFWL client is eliminated. For those of you that do not know, GFWL cannot function unless you have a key to input. Removing the key from the registry entirely would not allow GFWL to function. …

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GAMES AND INTEL INTEGRATED GRAPHICS

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Intel started to offer integrated graphics by first using the northbridge chip with the Extreme Graphics and GMA. Then with the platform control hub (PCH), Intel moved the graphics on-die. Clardale and Arrandale have 12 execution units and about 43 GFLOPS which severely limits game choices. Sandy Bridge has 6 or 12 executions units reaching …

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HYNIX FOUNDRY FIRE

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A fire was reported at the foundry owned by Hynix in Wuxi, Shanghai, China. Apple buys large amounts of RAM from Hynix under contract.  Lenovo, Sony and Dell also buy large amounts of memory on contract. The fire apparently happened during the installation of some new equipment in their foundry. The price of 2 gigabit …

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WARFRAME

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Warframe was released on March 25, 2013 by Digital Extremes who also developed the game. This game wants players to use the developer’s servers instead of Steam’s. Players are members of Tenno. Warriors of blade and gun – Masters of the Warframe armor. Those that survived the old war were left drifting among the ruins. …

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802.11AD

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To achieve extreme bandwidth it is necessary to move to much higher frequencies. Consequently the new 802.11ad standard operates above 56 GHz near the 5 cm band. The goal is to provide 8x performance of the 802.11ac speeds. The ITU-R recommended channelization comprises four channels, each 2.16 GHz wide, centered on 58.32 GHz, 60.48 GHz, …

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NECK DEEP IN BANGKOK

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The price of hard disks has skyrocketed after images of Bangkok was neck deep in water hit the media. The mess from the flooding caused by typhoon Nock-Ten (Laos) which dumped more water than in the previous 50 years. The WDC factory in Bangkok was one of hundreds of tech companies whose operations were disrupted by …

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GEOCITIES CLOSES

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Yahoo has now closed the popular Geocities server after operating for the last decade. When it closed, there were some 38 million user built pages being hosted. Geocities in Japan has remained in operation following the closing of the US service. The service originally was developed by David Bohnett and John Rezner who originally called it Beverly Hills …

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STUTTERING IN GAMES

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Many game players have reported problems with games that seem to be choppy or stutter while being played.  There are several factors that can affect rendering time which make a game seem like it’s stuttering. PCI Express is comparatively fast but we have considered the actual bandwidth of the memory on a video card as …

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32-BIT GAMES ON 64-BIT WINDOWS

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Windows XP 64-bit and above all can run PC games galore easily. With enough installed memory, 64-bit versions of Windows will load system components into higher extended memory and away from the lower 2GB where legacy games will run. MIcrosoft calls this Windows on Windows and it has been done when 16-bit moved to 32-bit …

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BILL GATES AND TABLET COMPUTERS

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Bill Gates had a Viewsonic ViewPad 1000 tablet PC at the Comdex  2002 when he made a speech about the new class of personal computer. He mentioned that many improvements were needed to make tablets a more viable platform for users. We agree but this machine is still a marvel in its own right. Microsoft has …

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IBM BUYS LOTUS 1-2-3

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IBM closed the $3.5 billion purchase of  Lotus Development, the producer of the once-dominant Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet software and the then-popular Lotus Notes groupware. Lotus Notes groupware faired little better than 1-2-3, succumbing to Microsoft Exchange as the dominant groupware platform among large companies.  

INTERGRAPH 28HD96 MONITOR

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The Intergraph 28HD96 is a 28″ CRT with a maximum resolution of 1920×1080. These monitors were bundled with the companies 3D workstations.  The Intergraph 28HD96 costs a measly $9,999 each. This monitor was also sold by Dell DX-D8W71W which we noticed in a trade magazine for less cash. Silicon Graphics also distributed this monitor for their …

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ADVANCED HOST CONTROL INTERFACE

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The Advanced Host Control Interface (AHCI) was designed by Intel as a new BIOS extension to make it easier for an operating system to interact with hardware. The AHCI works with PCI IDE controllers which are standard with PCI based motherboards. The goal was to make Plug & Play work properly across a range of …

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QUANTUM PRODRIVE LPS52AT

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The LPS52AT (950-5-9105) does not requires write precompensation. Its supported for BIOS compatibility reasons. When we acquired one of these new IDE hard disks, we needed to acquire a card to support connecting it as the old CDC hard disk was MFM format. The low cost of the controller make this new disk driver very …

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