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Thursday January 23, 2014
SteamOS : a quick review - plus setting up a virtual environment for testing
A couple of helpful articles courtesy of the Dedoimedo blog regarding SteamOS - Valve's latest bid for world domination.
First up is the review which can be found here.
SteamOS review - Lovely jubbly!
Updated: December 28, 2013
Normally, my game-related content goes into the dedicated Gaming section. But this is a special moment. SteamOS is not just a game. It's a complete, Debian-based distro, and so it merits its own review, right here, alongside all other flavors and editions I've tested in the past. Moreover, some of the stuff will get technical, in the upcoming sequel articles, which makes the Software category the best candidate for this.
Anyhow, SteamOS. Linux based. A dream come true. Now, it's not just a gaming platform, it's a complete operating system, and it may soon land in your living room. The moment we have all been waiting for. But before that happens, let me give you a brief taste of what SteamOS can really do.
Next, and even more interesting, is a step-by-step guide for setting up a SteamOS test environment runnning under VirtualBox. This can be a major PITA if you struggled through it earlier (like I did) on your own. Much easier to follow the steps Igor Ljubuncic so thoughtfully provided. Find them here.
How to setup and test SteamOS as a virtual machine
Updated: January 11, 2014
Note: SteamOS is in continuous development; instructions shown below may change or become outdated or irrelevant. I will follow up with update articles as necessary.
You've just read my SteamOS review. You like it. But you are dismayed by the horrible system requirements. Yup, you need a powerful machine with a modern processor, you need a heap of RAM, a ton of hard disk, and one of the leading graphics cards. Well, not really.
How about we kind of work around all these requirements? This is what I'm going to show you today. How you can install and test SteamOS as a virtual machine, using very limited resources and with zero risk to your physical setup. We will do that using the SteamOS installer archive and VirtualBox. Sounds good. Now follow me...
Great pair of articles!
Tuesday January 21, 2014
Hard Drive Brand Reliability Data
We occasionally discuss the issue of hard drive reliability on the forum but this it the first time i can remember seeing hard data showing brands with clear differences in reliability..
Hitachi drives crush competing models from Seagate and Western Digital when it comes to reliability, according to data from cloud backup provider Backblaze. Their collection of more than 27,000 consumer-grade drives indicated that the Hitachi drives have a sub-2 percent annualized failure rate, compared to 3-4 percent for Western Digital models, and as high as 25 percent for some Seagate units.
Monday January 20, 2014
ArsTechnica article on next-gen filesystems: Bitrot and Atomic COWs
Interesting article delving into why RAID of any stripe (ooh, bad pun) and frequent backups won't always save your bacon, but a 'next-gen' filesystem like ZFS or Btrfs just might (no mention of any new filesystems for Windows). I jumped into a Btrfs file system about two years ago, and it failed catastrophically about 3 months later. Granted, it's still in a state of experimental flux and will eventually 'get there', but with all the benefits it promises, I'm hoping that's sooner than later...
Bitrot and atomic COWs: Inside “next-gen” filesystems
We look at the amazing features in ZFS and btrfs—and why you need them.
Let's talk about "bitrot," the silent corruption of data on disk or tape. One at a time, year by year, a random bit here or there gets flipped. If you have a malfunctioning drive or controller—or a loose/faulty cable—a lot of bits might get flipped. Bitrot is a real thing, and it affects you more than you probably realize.
Tuesday January 14, 2014
Special Edition Newsletter for Jan 14, 2014 - NANY 2014 Roundup
Since 2007 we have held an annual event that we call NANY (New Apps for the New Year), where we ask the coders who hang out on DonationCoder to create some new piece of free software and share it with the world.
This month we have a special edition of the DonationCoder newsletter. Instead of our normal roundup of the best posts on the forums in the last month, this newsletter highlights the new software released during our new year NANY programming event.
The NANY event is not a competition -- anyone can participate and everyone who does gets a coffee mug commemorating the event. Some of these are polished tools with mainstream appeal -- while others are rough around the edges or were written simply as an exercise by the coder. They are mostly tools for Microsoft Windows. All are free.
Visit here for descriptions, screenshots, videos, and downloads of all entries:
Monday January 13, 2014
Windows 9 plan to repair the damage done by Windows 8
I stand by my often repeated statement that the only explanation for Microsoft behavior is that it has been deeply penetrated by moles designed to destroy the company from within. Until they root these out, there is no hope..
In some ways, the most interesting thing about Threshold is how it recasts Windows 8 as the next Vista. It's an acknowledgment that what came before didn't work, and didn't resonate with customers. And though Microsoft will always be able to claim that Windows 9 wouldn't have been possible without the important foundational work they had done first with Windows 8 - just as was the case with Windows 7 and Windows Vista - there's no way to sugarcoat this. Windows 8 has set back Microsoft, and Windows, by years, and possibly for good.
Original article: http://winsupersite.com/w...windows-9-ship-april-2015
OsNews comments: http://www.osnews.com/sto...dows_9_ship_in_April_2015
nixCraft: 30 Cool Open Source Software I Discovered in 2013
NixCraft is one of my favorite general Linux "how the heck can I do..." sites, but this post really impressed me. 30 great softwares that you haven't heard of a million times already. These guys do know how to pick 'em...
Vivek Gite picks his best open source software of 2013.
Saturday January 11, 2014
Interesting funding discussion regarding JayIsGames.com
We've frequently posted links to casual flash game writeups on JayIsGames.com, and they have run some good flash game contests in the past.
They have started a discussion about funding issues that is quite interesting:
Last year, JayisGames.com celebrated its tenth anniversary. For a site that began as one person's personal blog to have turned into what it is today and survive that long, well... that's kind of amazing. But we're in trouble, because as adblockers become more and more common, it's getting harder and harder to make ends meet... and not take a loss. Please take the time to read this post about how we make our money, where it goes, why we have a problem, and why we want your help deciding what to do about it.
Sunday January 05, 2014
Malware attack hits thousands of Yahoo users
Ouch. Be careful out there!
A malware attack hit Yahoo's advertising server over the last few days, affecting thousands of users in various countries, an Internet security firm said.
In a blog post, Fox-IT said Yahoo's servers were releasing an "exploit kit" that exploited vulnerabilities in Java and installed malware.
"Clients visiting yahoo.com received advertisements served by ads.yahoo.com," the internet security firm said. "Some of the advertisements are malicious."
CNN report: http://www.cnn.com/2014/0...tack/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
The slashdot thread on this episode is here: http://tech.slashdot.org/...-up-malware-for-thousands
Tuesday December 31, 2013
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF DONATIONCODER - 2014!
I want to wish all of you who spend time here at the DonationCoder forum a very happy new year.
It's been an honor and a pleasure to share the time with you.
2013 has been a strange year -- in many ways for me personally it has felt like a year of not-quite-getting-things-right, but trying to imagine a better path forward.
And what i'd like to say to those of you in the same boat as me.. Let's make 2014 a year of action!
Thank you all for sharing your time with me.
-mouser (jesse), 2013
Tuesday December 24, 2013
Ghacks.net website asking for donations
Ghacks.net is one of those independent websites that covers the free software scene, and has frequently featured DonationCoder applications and events. It's one of our favorite websites.
Martin Brinkman, who runs ghacks, posted today that he is asking users who like the site to make a donation of any amount, which will entitle you to some special benefits on the site.
"What can be achieved however is to reduce the dependency on advertisement and search engine traffic. My hope is that it is possible to reduce it to a point where I do not have to worry about that at all anymore. Even if all traffic from search engines would die, I'd still be able to maintain this site and keep on doing what I'm doing."
We know how hard it is to raise funds from donations, so let's do our part to support ghacks and small independent sites like his -- go donate now!
Saturday December 21, 2013
Re: Hidden Netflix Marathon Gems to Watch Online
4 seasons of the great and unappreciated Farscape sci-fi tv series are now on Netflix:
Monday December 16, 2013
Best Cameras 2013
Imaging Resource's Best Camera of the Year is actually the starting point for a whole series of articles.
At the bottom of that page, there's a bunch of links:
Some interesting reading (also at that link above) about about technological advances in video focusing and anti-aliasing (used to prevent moiré patterns).
A lot of the camera choices are expensive - but if you're looking for something with interchangeable lenses, their Best Value Cameras has a couple of interesting options for $300 to $500.
Saturday December 14, 2013
Why do my cookies look like that?
Now that I have the Most Beautiful Wife in the Universe (tm), I am not allowed in the kitchen, and the dinner table thanks me for it. However, I do admit that I have wanted to do something like this for a long time, but never had the patience or discipline.
Have you ever wondered why chocolate chip cookies can be chewy, crisp, soft, flat, thick, cakey, greasy, bland, flavorful, moist, or crumbly?
In this post I’m going to share with you how various ingredients and techniques can affect the taste, texture, and appearance of your chocolate chip cookies. This will hopefully help you understand how chocolate chip cookies work so you can make the PERFECT batch every time, whatever you consider to be perfect.
...And mouser alerted me part 2! Enjoy!
Keep reading to find out how dark nonstick baking pans, cornstarch, egg yolks, cake flour, bread flour, and shortening affect chocolate chip cookies.HandleTheHeat.com's Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies, PART 2
from somebody's post on my facebook
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