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Thursday August 27, 2015
Raymond.cc roundup of ad blocking extensions
Nice roundup with lots of charts showing performance impacts of a variety of ad blockers, on memory, cpu, page loading times, etc.
Tuesday August 25, 2015
Forum Upgrade Will Occur September 1st, 2015
Best watched full screen:
Thursday August 20, 2015
How Much RAM? 4GB vs. 8GB vs. 16GB Performance - TechSpot
Is less memory better for your system? Techspot tries to find out.
Tuesday August 11, 2015
Trout (audio player) update v1.0.6
My main audio player for many years has been, and will remain, foobar but there are some times when I just want a simple "load'n'play" type of player. An application that comes very close is Billy. It's a FANTASTIC little app that fits in with my preference in software...standard controls, no skins, etc. However, it only supports MP3, WAV, OGG, & FLAC and it also doesn't display tags. My audio collection comprises many more formats than that and I tag files religiously. So, with that in mind, I've always wanted to write my own simple player. A good friend and I have wrapped the BASS audio engine in AutoHotkey and I've written a player (in AutoHotkey as well) called Trout.
Main interface and some different looks. Windows 9x/ME users will have regular slider controls for the seekbar and volume controls.
Friday August 07, 2015
Firefox users, here's a security flaw you'll need to fix
Another day, another security flaw -- this one affecting Mozilla's Web browser, Firefox. But this one is easy enough for you to fix.
Microsoft is open-sourcing its iOS to Windows porting tools
Back in April this year at Microsoft’s annual Build conference, the company revealed that Windows 10 would be able to run Android and iOS apps with a little bit of tweaking. Now that Windows 10 is out, Microsoft is releasing its porting tools to the public and making them open-source for anyone to use and have access to.
Previously codenamed ‘Project IslandWood’, the Windows Bridge for iOS is opening up today with all of the source code freely available on GitHub. The iOS Bridge will let developers bring iOS apps over to both Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 with mobile support heading to us in the future.
Microsoft's Full Announcement: http://blogs.windows.com/...or-ios-lets-open-this-up/
I also heard about them doing the same for Android > Windows - This should be interesting to follow!!!
Wednesday August 05, 2015
New printers that come with refillable ink tanks?
We've talked before about the racket with inkjet printer ink -- practically giving away printers and then charging you an arm and a leg for miserly ink cartridges.
A recent article discusses Epson's new plans to offer consumers an alternative -- a more expensive printer built to be refilled with cheap ink.
Epson, the maker of my nightmare printer, has finally put an end to the horror of ink cartridges, at least for people willing to throw cash at the problem up front. The five new EcoTank series printers look like normal models, only they have containers on their sides that hold gobs and gobs of ink. How much? Years’ worth. Enough that your children—or at least mine—could go on a two-hour coloring-page-printing bender and you wouldn’t even notice.
Sunday August 02, 2015
Piecepack: The Flexible, Portable, Affordable Board Game System
DC member Edvard writes:
I was reading through Mouser's board game mini-review thread, and suddenly I remembered something I had checked out a few years ago, called "piecepack" (lower case intentional). It's basically a free (public domain) set of counters/chits/cards/ in pdf form you can download, print, and make up your own rules for. There is a board where you can browse and download different game rules, and there are game design contests where presumably, the cream rises to the top. Check it out:
What is a piecepack?
Flexible. Portable. Affordable. Public domain. The piecepack is a set of boardgame parts that can be used to design and play a wide variety of games. Anyone may design and publish a piecepack rule set. Any manufacturer or individual may produce piecepacks.
Tom Vasel in the video says the piecepack is best for abstract strategy-over-luck games, but because it is simply an open-ended system, you can make up your own story or theme, or simply make up your own pieces using the piecepack system as a base, or use the piecepack bits as an add-on to other games that may need a little "extra".
Mafia 1 and Mafia 2 - Atmosphere done right - Travel back in time to the 1940s
Mafia 3 has been anounced! Yay!
Here's someone talking about how Mafia2 gets a bad reap and how he hopes they don't listen too hard to the people saying that the new one has to have big changes:
This guy nails that game and talks about why Mafia2 was so special. If you're on the fence I encourage you to read it. Mafia 2 is one of my favorite games I've played.
Startups and the Big Lie
Often it feels to me like economic success is one big pyramid scheme... Here's an article about the central role lying plays in the startup model where companies raise billions based on a mirage of get-rich-quick success they create.
They have little choice. Funding is contingent on growth, but that growth can only happen if no one really understands the funding situation. Founders have to tell the lie – that everything is fine, that a feature is going to launch even though the engineer for that feature hasn’t been hired yet, that payroll will run even though the VC dollars are still nowhere on the horizon.
Lying is a requisite and daily part of being a founder, the grease that keeps the startup flywheel running.
Tuesday July 28, 2015
Security: Stagefright Vulnerability (Android)
Six critical vulnerabilities have left 95 per cent of Google Android phones open to an attack delivered by a simple multimedia text, a mobile security expert warned today. In some cases, where phones parse the attack code prior to the message being opened, the exploits are silent and the user would have little chance of defending their data.
Still trying to process what one can easily do about this (apart from disabling network access and turning off one's affected Android devices -- may be it's important to be careful about what one does after turning it back on too...).
Some related info:
Sunday July 26, 2015
Whole Room Watercooling
This is somewhat crazy and painful to watch:
Whole Room Water Cooling Project
They set up watercooling through multiple workstations and encounter lots of difficulties, as you can imagine.
It's a very ambitious project for a group of very committed hardware hackers. Cool to watch but painful as well..
Tuesday July 21, 2015
Security: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-078 - Critical
An important security update for MS Windows:
This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted document or visits an untrusted webpage that contains embedded OpenType fonts.
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