Sunday, June 24, 2012

Minecraft!

Recently I've been playing a lot of Minecraft and I now run a 24/7 server hosted by http://www.cheapestminecraftservers.com/ I could host it myself but home hosting never compares unless you have an expensive internet plan.



Anyway my server is currently being transferred over to cheapest minecraft servers so it's not up now but when once everything is transferred anyone interested in playing the ip/port is   cms.noip.us:25566

Also I forgot to announce the winner of the System mechanic giveaway! The winner is JIM check out his awesome blog at http://videogamesncars.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

System mechanic 10 GIVEAWAY!



The guys over at iolo were nice enough to sponsor a giveaway of their famous system mechanic computer maintenance program! This program is by far the absolute best all-in-one pc maintenance program out there, there loads of advanced features including a registry compactor, startup manager, and even a boot defragmenter.

HERE'S HOW TO ENTER!

1: Make sure you're following my blog!
2: Just leave a comment below!
3: If you have a youtube account please like the video (Optional)
4: Check out the guys at iolo @ www.iolo.com

I will pick the winner using a random number generator in a few days



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Boinc distributed computing network


BOINC is a program that leverages the computing power of ordinary computers to help different organizations such as Rosetta@home which uses your computers idle processing power to help find cures to diseases. I previously did a post about BOINC but recently the network has become extremely powerful. Combined BOINC has over 2.4 million users and 6.2 petaflops of computing power! For a comparison the worlds most powerful supercomputer is 10.5 petaflops. Of course the 6.2 petaflops is divided amongst many different organizations like I mentioned earlier such as Rosetta, SETI, Einstein, and many others. I currently participate in Rosetta, Seti and Einstein. Seti sends out data collected from the Arecibo satelite - the largest satellite in the world- in search of extraterrestrial life, and Einstein searches for Pulsars or black holes. So far seti hasn't found much of anything but Einstein and Rosetta frequently make discoveries, last year someones home computer running Einstein found a black hole!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fisker Atlantic - Plug in electric car


The new Fisker Atlantic is a high performance mid size electric plug-in coupe featuring an electric engine around 300HP. The expected pricing of this new car is expected to be roughly 50-60k. With all the financial difficulty Fisker is currently having hopefully this lower priced coupe (compared to Karma) will do well.

Friday, May 18, 2012

2012 Andrews Air show



Today I visited the 2012 Andrews air show, there was some really neat planes including the B-52 (first pic) and the gigantic C-5 Galaxy (Second pic) of course the Blue Angles were there as well as some F-22's. The giant planes are always my favorite, anyway just thought I'd share some pics.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Game overview: Supreme commander 2


Supreme commander 2 is a popular RTS style PC game. The theme of SC2 is mainly futuristic warfare where your main goal is to build up an economy while you balance your energy and mass and  built up your offence. Compared to the original supreme commander SC2 has a much easier learning curve and the battles tend to not be as large but nonetheless they can still get to be pretty large with 8 players and 1000 units per player in the largest game type. Overall I would give sc2 a 8/10 for great gameplay, but the graphics and the economy system are a bit lacking.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Worlds fastest car: The Dagger GT


Soccer moms are raving over the the new Dagger GT is an all American 2700HP car with a top speed of 315MPH. The previous speed king was the Bugatti Veyron with 1000hp. Surprisingly this car is going to cost less then the Veyron at only  $850,000.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Windows 8 upgrade to cost $15


Windows 8 is right around the corner and with it's highly tablet optimized design I'm not sure it's even worth upgrading. While most windows upgrades in the past have cost around $100 usd windows 8 upgrade is only supposed to be $15. But unlike other windows releases I would hesitate to call this an upgrade. You get a strange new tablet like interface called metro and you loose a few basic features like playing a dvd.. I do like the general UI upgrades but unless I'm on a tablet I don't want to be using a clunky tablet start menu.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Product reviews / giveaways coming!

The guys at Ioio were nice enough to send me some key codes to sponsor a give away for their famous System Mechanic program. I'm waiting for a new microphone to come in the mail but once I get that and do the video review I'll do another post on how to enter the giveaway.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Samsung to release first OLED Tv's later this year


The long awaited OLED Televisions are finally starting to show up in the consumer market. Samsung has been a pioneer in this new technology as many of their smartphones feature OLED displays. The advantages of OLED displays over LCD and plasma is first of all much lower power consumption because unlike plasma and LCD in dark scenes the pixels can literally shut off producing a pure crisp black. The visual quality of these new displays is also extremely good, sadly this new technology doesn't come cheap but once the prices come down I can't wait to snag one!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

First Ivy bridge laptops to appear in a few weeks


The first set of laptops sporting Intel's new Ivy-Bridge Cpus are right around the corner, some are already up for preorder including Asus's G55VW-DS71. While Ivy bridge features a very similar architecture to sandybridge the 22nm die shrink reduced the power consumption and the thermal output of the cpu's allowing for high clock speeds in the desktop and laptop cpus.  Samsung also recently unveiled their new 17" series 7 chronos laptop. Anyone in the market for a new laptop or even a desktop should look for products featuring the third generation core I series cpu's.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ipad mini rumors suggest a $200 price tag but with drawbacks


A few rumors recently surfaced involving the upcoming Ipad Mini. The new mini Ipad is supposed to be priced at around $200 but with only 8gb of memory, which is fine for most people who stream instead download movies on their devices. Apple is also likely to include a high PPI display or what apple calls their "Retina display".

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Battlefield 3 flying LAV glitch



Battlefield 3 is a relatively smooth playing game which is expected considering the game cost hundreds of thousands to produce. However today I was driving the anti -air LAV and after going over a few hills trying to get to a vantage point the thing started picking up speed like crazy and as soon as I hit the water the LAV went airborne and flew across the map. Pretty funny glitch especially when the other players start talking in chat.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Toyota unveils new Tesla powered electric vehicle


Toyota teamed up with Tesla- the company known for making some of the first electric sports cars- to create an electric version of Toyotas Rav4 called the Rav4 EV. Hopefully if this car is priced right electric vehicles will become more popular.

Monday, May 7, 2012

IOS 5.1.1 Update




Today Apple released a minor update for IOS mainly targeted to fix bugs and battery life. Apple also fixed a bug that prevented the Ipad from switching from a 2g network to a 3g network. There was also a few hints in the software that suggests the next Iphone may support 4g LTE.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cracked laptop screen? No problem




This is my friends home made All-In-One PC it's simply a laptop duct taped on the back of a old dell monitor. Works great and doesn't over heat any more lol.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Noctua NF-F12 ultra silent computer fan


 Noctua is known for making intuitive and original products and their new NF-F12 is no exception. This may look like an ordinary fan with a different color scheme but there are many small design elements that make this fan one of the most efficient 120mm fans on the market. This fan also features Noctua's second generation SSO bearings and a custom rpm monitor. I'll have a video review of this fan in a few weeks.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Iphone 5 rumors emerge


 Some possible specs for the Iphone 5 released today from several sources indicating the phone will have a larger 4" screen and be 2mm thinner than the previous generation Iphone. The screen will either be made of "Liquid metal" or Corning Gorilla glass 2. Ironically these details released the same day as the Galaxy S3.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sanyo eneloop AA battery update



About 4 months  ago I decided to try out the famous sanyo eneloop batteries to see if they lived up to their hype and I'm glad to say they do. I've been using these batteries on a regular basis in remotes and cameras and the capacity and reliability of these AA's are great! They are advertised to hold their charge for 1500 cycles I've probably gone through atleast 20 cycles and they are still going strong. Anyway the reason I decided to bring these up again is mainly because I'm working on a review for the charger I use to charge these should have it up tomorrow.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Moors law


Moors law is the observation originally made by Intel's co-founder that the number of transistors in a cpu will double every 18months. Since 1970 this has been followed by cpu manufactures but many experts think silicon has its limit and in another 10 years intel and other manufactures will have to move to other materials to keep producing faster processors.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

New Intel Ivy bridge CPUs now available


Intel's line of high end 22nm desktop cpus are now available for purchase from many online retailers with quad core cpus starting at just $179. Being 22nm and having a higher maximum multiplier than the 2nd gen core i7 these cpu's should be able to hit some extreme overclocks.

Friday, April 27, 2012

National air and space museum



Today I went to visit the National air and space museum with the new Nasa Discovery space shuttle! Very neat to see in person!

And yes this is the same SR-71 from the Transformers movie.



I'll upload some more pics tomorrow.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Android 4.0.5 on its way


The next minor update for android (4.0.5) is right around the corner and for the most part based on info from other sites this update will fix many bugs including random reboot issues, better battery life, and signal issues on some devices.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Microsoft Releases Security Essentials 4.0


Microsoft has released Security Essentials 4.0 a newer version of their lightweight and effective free antivirus program. Version 4.0 includes mainly background upgrades including an improved decision making system that requires less user input. There's also a few Ui tweaks. Overall this is a nice little update for a great free program.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CPU coolers for overclocking


First off, the guy ahead of me in the Battlefield 3 competition got banned for disrespecting the server admin so now I'm in second place! Anyway...Even though cpu's are becoming more and more efficient overclocking still causes the cpu to generate way more heat; This require large copper/ aluminum heatsinks to dissipate the heat. The cpu cooler I use is a mid size tower style copper/aluminum heatsink. I usually run my core i7 920 at 3.8ghz and being a 130w cpu this puts out tons of heat usually running at 75C in a stress test and around 60C in games. So if your into overclocking... which only a few of my followers are lol be sure not to cheap out on a cpu cooler.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Great free PC tune-up program Glary Utilities


If you've never run a PC tune-up program before Glary Utilities is a good place to start. This program has all the basic cleaning and optimizing tools such as registry cleaner, registry defrag, and startup optimization. If your interested in this program you can get it here.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

AMD 7990 on its way


Amd is releasing its first dual gpu 7000 series card soon featuring 2 under clocked 7970 cores. Like the 7970 this card will have a 384 bit memory interface and 3gb of Gddr5 per gpu. The predicted price of this new card is roughly around $850.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Si Sandra 2012 benchmark result on core i7



Si Sandra 2012 is a great free benchmarking tool for comparing and testing computers. It's also fairly good at viewing the detailed specifications of your computer. On my first gen Core i7 system@ 3.8Ghz and a HD6870 at stock clocks I got 8.25kpt. If your interested get this program here.

Friday, April 20, 2012

First intel smart phone on its way!



The first Intel powered smartphone is releasing soon in India featuring Intel's new 1.6ghz atom processor. The phone is called the Xolo X900 and it will come with android gingerbread but Intel says ICS is on its way. Unfortunately this phone will only be available in India but there will be many future phones featuring this new cpu.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Best thermal paste for computer CPUs / Gpus


Thermal paste is a simple but critical part of almost all high performance electronics like computers and gaming consoles. It acts as a thermal interface filling the micro gaps between the heatsink and the processor which greatly improves contact. Arctic Silver held the top spot for quite a few years as the best thermal paste but now the 2 most popular and highest performing are Arctic cooling MX-4 and Shin-Etsu thermal compound.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Samsung Galaxy tab 2 to compete with Kindle fire


The Samsung Galaxy tab 2 is supposed to be released in a few weeks with an estimated price tag of $225-275 priced to compete with amazon's kindle fire. Featuring very similar hardware to the kindle fire this tablet is basically a watered down version of the Galaxy tab 2 Plus which features Samsung's high performance Exynos cpu. Anyway anyone looking to buy a kindle and modify the software to install stock android might as well just get this tablet because all the works already done and it only costs a bit more!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Battlefield 3 Contest update



After loads of hard work I'm in fourth place (Battlefield 3 name is Airline_food) but the person in first won the contest last month so basically I'm in third place which means if I keep my position I can still eligible for a prize!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Nvidia EVGA GTX 680 4GB edition releasing soon


For the extreme PC gamers with multi monitor setups the EVGA Gtx 680 Ftw edition is releasing with  a whopping 4gb of video memory more than enough for any quad or even hexa monitor setup!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

How much RAM do you need?


Many desktop PC's still come with 4gb of ram, is that enough? Well for a normal everyday user yes that is enough but anyone who does any work with demanding applications like games, video or photo editing or anything else you need at least 6Gb. Above is a picture of my computers Ram usage with Battlefield 3 open chewing down loads of ram. If you don't know what ram is just imagine its a library  
that temporarily stores data untill it is needed if you have a bigger library you can hold more data and accommodate more people so to speak. Anyway Ram is very cheap nowadays so if you have any less than 4gb check out newegg, tiger direct or any other great tech site for an easy cheap upgrade.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Inside the Ipad factory



With all the media about poor working conditions this video says Foxconn is actually much better than some other company's.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Official Guild wars 2 Pre-order available


You can now pre order guild wars 2 off their site to gain access to weekend beta events and a 3 day head start when the game is launched! In other news the power supply in my secondary pc decided it was done providing power so I have to RMA that :(

Monday, April 9, 2012

Battlefield 3 Contest!


Tweaktown.com is sponsoring a Battlefield 3 contest on their PC server! The top 3 players for the month of April win a gigantic Noctua CPU cooler. Needless to say I'm going to have to cut down my blogging time to win this one! If anyone is interested leave a comment I'll direct you to the forum!


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Nvidia tegra 4 on the way


With the tegra 3 chips now finally getting into a few devices tegra 4 is right around the corner. The biggest change for tegra 4 is that it's an ARM 15 based cpu which means its going to be one of the most powerful smarphone / tablet processors ever released. Clock speed is also set to a blazing 1.8ghz!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Macintosh computers hit with malware attack



Now affecting over 600,000 mac computers worldwide the mac malware attack called "Flashback" is one of the largest malware attacks on Macintosh yet. Mac users can protect their mac from attacks like this if they have kaspersky or another aftermarket security software. As for apple they say they are including a new security software for the next generation of Macintosh called "Gatekeeper"

Friday, April 6, 2012

Intel Ivy Bridge (22nm) CPU's expected early May


Intel's first 22nm cpu is expected to hit the market sometime early May this year. This new cpu boasts Intel's new 3D transistor technology which helped intel pack 1.4 billion transistors into ivy bridge! As a reference the first generation core I7 had 750M transistors second had 1 billion and now 1.4. Also being a 22nm cpu means less power so notebooks featuring third generation core i7 cpu's will likely be some of the fastest notebooks ever available.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Android 4.0 now on 3% of active android devices


Android 4.0 now on near 3% of all active android devices and 64% are still on gingerbread. Hopefully Motorola and Samsung release android 4.0 updates for their line of smartphone so developers don't have to limit their apps.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire quadrant benchmarks


The kindle fire with android 2.3.5 gets a pretty decent score in the quadrant benchmark scoring just above 2300, once developers get hardware acceleration  working on android 4.1 ports the fire should be able to score a bit higher.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sapphire HD7770




Here's a look at the Sapphire HD 7770 and it's temperatures under load.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Engineers redesigning HTTP to be faster and more secure


Software engineers from Google, Microsoft and many others met yesterday to discuss the framework of HTTP 2.0.  This new design will not only be much more secure but also much faster in general. Google already has a head start on their HTTP 2.0 design called "SPDY", so far 3 web browsers support the new technology and Amazon and Twitter have stated using the new code however there are many other proposals going around and a final decision of the future HTTP standard has not been selected.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Track Mania 2 Canyon overview


Track mania 2 is the successor to the very popular Track Mania Nations forever featuring much better graphics and may new map editing tools. The graphics in this game are very good despite only being Directx 9 the game engine is also very optimized  my HD 6870 stays at 95-99% usage even in multiplayer and usually delivers around 40fps maximum settings. Overall this game is well worth the $25 price tag.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

AMD HD 6870 Heaven Benchmark 3.0 results


Heaven benchmark 3.0 recently came out and I thought I'd re test my card. With tessellation set to normal the 6870 scored 1150 which is isn't bad at all considering this card can now be found for as low as $150.