Category: general

THE GROWING COST OF GAMES

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A lot of AAA games are becoming so expensive to develop that publishers have been pushed to use DLC with parts of what used to be part of the game historically. So far DLC has managed to work when the costs are reasonable but some have abused the DLC model which has attracted a lot …

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INTEL PROCESSOR DIAGNOSTIC

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Intel has a new version of their processor diagnostic tool. Its handy to be sure your machine is working as expected. The program includes Visual C++ runtimes so there is no need to download them separately. The tool will check the CPU instructions widely to be sure all the modes are working to spec. Works …

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FCC & NET NEUTRALITY

From the early days of the internet, network neutrality mean that every packet was equal. Now with the new Donald Trump regime, we expect that such equality will be rescinded. This will favor large corporations at the expense of the small ones. It also means the internet services for consumers may be curtailed considerably. Netflix …

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LIVE MAIL 2012

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Microsoft has stabbed Live Mail 2012  users in the back. Live Mail 2012 comes as part of the Live Essentials 2012 package for Windows 7 users. Microsoft dumped Live Mail in favor of using other solutions. Part of the problem is that Microsoft has put all of its resources into the Outlook project at …

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REPACKAGED HARDWARE

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Sometimes a CPU or other component is returned. Generally this is not a problem. Sometimes small things do get lost. PC components are pretty standard, there are not many different screw types used. Everything is pretty modular. What is more concerning is the reports of a person buying a $1000 processor and the box contains …

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MS-DOS BIOS RECOVERY

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Some old laptops such as Toshiba use a USB floppy disk to recover from a BIOS flash fault. For a long time Toshiba would not make a recovery ISO available for users forcing them to spend a lot of money at service centers. The software is readily available such as PFLASH and the BIOS ROM …

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TEAPO CAPACITORS

Capacitors have had some problems even though conceptually they are very simple. Back around 2002 some Taiwan shops tried to copy a Japanese patented electrolyte, but they make a mistake and it was corrosive. If the capacitor fails its possible a fire can ensue due to the short circuit. This is why the PSU is …

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INTERNET EXPLORER

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 1.0 made its debut on August 16, 1995. It was a reworked version of Spyglass Mosaic which Microsoft had licensed, Microsoft Internet Explorer came with the purchase of Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95 and with at least some OEM releases of Windows 95 without Plus!. It was installed as part of the …

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NETSCAPE

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 The first beta release versions of the browser was released in 1994 and known as Mosaic and then Mosaic Netscape until a legal challenge from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (makers of NCSA Mosaic, which many of Netscape’s founders had spent time developing), led to the name change to Netscape Navigator. The company’s name also changed …

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MOSAIC

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The National Center for Supercomputing Applications released Mosaic which was the first browser by contemporary standards. The licensing terms for NCSA Mosaic were generous for a proprietary software program. In general, non-commercial use was free of charge for all versions (with certain limitations). Additionally, the X Window System/Unix version publicly provided source code (source code …

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