Game Developers Conference 2014 (GDC 2014) – Wrap Up

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Gaming, General, Hardware, Mobile, News, Software | 0 comments

Game Developers Conference 2014 (GDC 2014) – Wrap Up

This past week, I had a chance to attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, a huge annual conference for game producers & developers. As this was my first GDC, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet professionals in the gaming industry, attend seminars on game development, as well as seeing the latest games and technology on display.  While the first two days of GDC came and gone with little fanfare, things became a bit more interesting when the Career Center and the Expo Floor opened up on Wednesday. Companies like...

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Google Launches Android Wear

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Hardware, Mobile, News | 0 comments

Today, Google has unveiled Android Wear, it’s take on the smartwatch concept. With Android Wear and like Google Glass, Google brings the Android infrastructure to the smartwatch form factor. Google is also making the Android Wear SDK available today to developers, making it possible to add Android Wear support to existing Android apps. Source:...

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AMD Unveils the Radeon R9/R7 Radeon Series

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Hardware, News | 0 comments

AMD Unveils the Radeon R9/R7 Radeon Series

At the GPU 14 Tech Day Event in Hawaii, AMD officially unveiled the their next generation Radeon GPU series, the Radeon R9 2xx and R7 2xx series, codenamed “Volcanic Islands.” The new Radeon R9/R7 GPU family uses an enhanced GCN architecture (initially introduced in the Radeon HD 7000 series), is DirectX 11.2 compliant, and was produced on the 28 nm process. Some earlier speculations had suggested that the Volcanic Islands family would be on the 20 nm process, but it appears that AMD was able to yield more performance out of the...

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Fake Death of a Crucial M4 SSD

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in General, Hardware | 0 comments

While making some Hyper-V configuration changes on my home server, my Windows Server 2012-based server suddenly went BSOD and immediately restarted. On reboot, I found that the motherboard could no longer detect the boot drive (a Crucial M4 512 GB SSD) BIOS. The M4 contained the OS partition for Server 2012, as well as several Hyper-V virtual disk files for several VMs that I was using for testing purposes. My primary data files were unaffected, as those files are stored on a 6-drive RAID 10 array configuration. As I maintained an OS daily...

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Gigabyte BRIX: A Miniscule Gaming PC

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in Hardware | 0 comments

The Engadget staff recently had the opportunity to check out one of Gigabyte’s newest product at the Intel Developer’s Conference, the BRIX, a mini-form factor PC. Similar in size to the NUC units that Intel introduced last year, Gigabyte is introducing both AMD Kabini and Intel Haswell based solutions with BRIX, and marketing them as mini gaming PCs. While the integrated GPUs found in the BRIX units are hardly worthy of being able to provide a killer gaming experience, the small form factor of the units does offer the...

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Storage Spaces on Windows Server 2012: Great in Theory, Terrible in Practice

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Hardware | 0 comments

Recently, I had the opportunity to test out the new Storage Spaces feature on Windows Server 2012. With a bunch of spare hard drives and parts sitting around, I figure I’d put them to some use by testing out the functionality of Windows Server 2012. Storage Spaces (also available on Windows 8) is a feature that bears a striking similarity to the Drive Extender feature found on the original Windows Home Server (which reached end-of-life status earlier this year). While the death of DE in WHS 2011 was lamented by many in the tech...

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Have a Crucial M4 SSD and Seeing the 0x000000F4 Bug? Update the Firmware!

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Hardware | 0 comments

Recently, one of my clients were reporting that they were suddenly getting frequent BSODs on one of their laptops, with the error code 0x000000F4.  The client’s laptop would run normally, but suddenly would BSOD and reboot after about an hour or so of use.The laptop in question was upgraded with a Crucial M4 128 GB SSD over a year ago. Being an owner of a few Crucial M4 SSD drives, I remembered that year ago, Crucial released a firmware update for the M4 series that addressed a critical bug that would cause BSODs after 5200 hours of...

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Pranking People with “Live Photoshop”

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Hardware, News, Software | 0 comments

With some creative use of a bus stop display kiosk and quick Photoshop editing skills, this crew (hiding nearby), humorously pranks people waiting at a bus stop in this YouTube video: Sometimes, you just have to smile (and laugh) at creative uses of technology.

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Apple WWDC 2013 Recap

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Hardware, Mobile, News, Software | 0 comments

Apple WWDC 2013 Recap

For those that missed out on Apple’s WWDC 2013 Keynote in San Francisco yesterday, here are the major points:  iOS7: The newest version of iOS introduces major graphic and UI changes. This was a change that was greatly needed, as the iOS UI was feeling increasingly stale and outdated, especially when compared to the Holo UI found in recent Android OS releases, 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and 4.1-4.2 (JellyBean). Interestingly, some of the visual changes seem to take a cue from the TouchWiz UX 2.0 interface found in Samsung’s Galaxy...

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It’s Haswell Day!

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Hardware, News | 0 comments

It’s Haswell Day!

It’s the first day of June and the NDAs on Haswell have expired, meaning we finally get to see all the performance comparisons, benchmarks, and details on Intel’s fourth generation Core-i architecture! The usual suspects have their reviews up already: AnandTech – The Haswell Review: Intel Core i7-4770K & i5-4670K TestedGuru3D – Core i7 4770K processor reviewTechReport – Haswell compared to… everything[H]ard|OCP – Intel Haswell i7-4770K IPC and Overclocking ReviewTom’s Hardware – The...

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