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Today is SysAdmin Day! Wait… what exactly is SysAdmin Day? Oh, it’s only the single greatest 24 hours on the planet… and pretty much the most important holiday of the year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the heroic men and women who, come rain or shine, prevent disasters, keep IT secure and put out tech fires left and right. In case your users haven't shown you proper gratitude today, here's an inspirational video from mpot.
Intel and Micron have announced 3D XPoint Memory, apparently 1000x faster than NAND. "This is something many people thought was impossible," exclaimed Intel Senior Vice President Rob Crooke. During an invite-only press conference, Crooke along with Micron CEO Mark Durcan revealed a radically new class of storage and memory architecture called 3D XPoint (pronounced "Cross Point"). To say this is a game-changer would be the understatement of the year. More coverage on TechARP. Discussion here.
Reaction to Windows 10 seems to be mostly positive, but some aspects are a bit odd, including having to pay for ad-free Solitaire. You can make the ads go away, but, as you may have guessed, it'll cost you, and not just once: The Microsoft Solitaire Collection Premium Edition is effectively a subscription service that goes for $1.50 a month, or $10 for a year. The Premium version of the game does away with ads, and also offers more coins for completing "Daily Challenges," and a boost when you play TriPeaks or Pyramid.
Meanwhile Guru3D take a quick look at Windows 8.1 vs 10 graphics performance. With Windows 10 releases yesterday the question quickly rises, is there a performance gain with Windows 10 already? Next to that with threaded optimizations will gameplay be more smooth ? In this article we'll have a quick look at Windows 8.1 vs 10 graphics performance with the help of four of our regular benchmarks and FCAT results. In this article we will use both a GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R9 Fury.
Slashdot and SourceForge are to be sold off by their parent company, thanks mpot. The Company acquired Slashdot Media in 2012 both to provide the Dice business with broader reach into Slashdot's user community base and to extend the Dice business outside North America by engaging with SourceForge's significant international technology user community. The Company, however, has not successfully leveraged the Slashdot user base to further Dice's digital recruitment business; and with the acquisition of The IT Job Board and success of Open Web, the anticipated value to the Company of the SourceForge traffic outside North America has not materialized.
Synology are having an event in Sydney to show off (and give away) some of their new goodies. I'm excited to let you know that registration for Synology 2016 has started today -- the first event we host for Australian end users (or anyone interested in Synology!). In this event, we'll reveal our plans for the following year, and what will be brought to our NAS servers ... Food and drink will be served. Demo area will be set up so users can try out some of the coolest features. There are also chances to win Synology NAS and other prizes at the event -- those who register before 20 August will have an additional chance to win from the prize draw.
|Friday Morning Reviews
Friday, 31-July-2015 11:13:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Tesoro Lobera Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
SteelSeries QcK XXL Gaming Mousepad on LegitReviews.
COUGAR 700K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on OCClub.
Sentey SS6-2440 Slim Series Micro-ATX Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M on OCAholic.
BitFenix Aegis Micro-ATX Tower on Tweaktown.
XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation Core Edition on LanOC.
GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards compared on TechReport.
The AMD Radeon R9 Fury Is Currently A Disaster On Linux on Phoronix.
Tt eSports Shock Console Gaming Headset on Modders-Inc.
Thermaltake LUXA2 GroovyA Wireless Speaker on OCClub.
Kingston HyperX Cloud Core Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Wasabi Mango UHD420 42-in 4K - FreeSync and HDMI 2.0 monitor on PCPerspective.
Tt eSports Shock 3D 7.1 headset on Vortez.
Technolamp WiFi LED Strip Lighting Set on GeekInspector.
Seagate Backup Plus Slim on HWHeaven.
Amped Wireless TAP-EX2 AC750 Wireless Range Extender on Tweaktown.
Noctua NH-L9x65 Low Profile CPU Cooler on NeoSeeker.
Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666 MHz 4x 4 GB memory on TechPowerUp.
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s ultrabook on TechSport.
ASUS Sabertooth X99 TUF motherboard on HotHardware.
Windows 10 officially launches today - here's some reviews:
The Wall Street Journal
PCGamer cover getting your PC ready for the upgrade. Discussion continues in our Windows Operating Systems forum.
|Wednesday Morning Reviews
Wednesday, 29-July-2015 06:10:36 (GMT +10) - by booj
CPUs & Motherboards:
ASRock N3150 Braswell Motherboard Round-up on eTeknix.
AMD A10-7870K Godavari APU on Legit Reviews.
Palit GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream 6 GB on TechPowerup.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition on TweakTown.
PowerColor PCS+ R9 380 4GB on Bjorn3D.
Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Graphics Card on ThinkComputers.
NVIDIA Quadro M6000 Graphics Card on Techgage.
QNAP TS-453mini NAS on Madshrimps.
Silicon Power Armor A65 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Disk on eTeknix.
BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series Micro-ATX Chassis on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Core V21 Mini-ITX/Mini-ATX PC Case on NikKTech.
Antec P70 Performance Series Mid-Tower on TweakTown.
SilverStone TD02-E Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Reeven Four Eyes Touch (RFC-03) Fan Controller on Modders-Inc.
Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G gaming laptop on PC Perspective.
HP Omen Pro 15.6'' on ocaholic.
Acer Aspire S7-393 Review (2015) on Hot Hardware.
Tesoro Kuven Pro Real 5.1 Gaming Headset on TweakTown.
Thermaltake Poseidon Z Plus Smart Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.
Windows 10 officially launches tomorrow, and Microsoft is already pre-loading it via Windows Update, thanks mpot. According to reports by some users, a $windows.~BT folder can be found in the operating system partition. It amounts to around 3GB and most probably contains the installation files for the upgrade. The upgrade will still take place tomorrow, when the operating system officially launches; only the files have been downloaded right now. Once you're running Windows 10, there's now a tool to block automatic updates which previously were mandatory.
A Government commissioned survey has provided an insight into what it would take to stop most Australian pirates, thanks mj. The top three things that would encourage Aussies to stop? If legal services were cheaper (39 per cent), if everything Australians wanted was available legally (38 per cent), and if everything they wanted was available legally online as soon as it was released elsewhere (36 per cent). Sounds like the last few times this question was asked.
RnR sent in this worrying Android vulnerability. A fully weaponized successful attack could even delete the message before you see it. You will only see the notification. These vulnerabilities are extremely dangerous because they do not require that the victim take any action to be exploited. Unlike spear-phishing, where the victim needs to open a PDF file or a link sent by the attacker, this vulnerability can be triggered while you sleep. Before you wake up, the attacker will remove any signs of the device being compromised and you will continue your day as usual—with a trojaned phone.
Google is stripping down Google+ and untangling other services from it. That includes Google+ Photos elements being phased into the Photos app, and location sharing will be moved to Hangouts. What’s more, over at the YouTube blog, it was revealed that YouTube comments and Google+ comments will no longer be linked. Plus, other YouTube activities, like creating a channel, will no longer require a Google+ profile.
PC Perspective report on the DirectX 12 Multiadapter feature. That is where Vulkan and DirectX 12 could shine. They grab much of the performance and flexibility from OpenCL and wrap it in a graphics API that developers already want to use. Their existence might lead to more variety in how AI is calculated or lighting is performed. Any modern GPU in your system is enumerated and can be attached to a stream of commands, regardless of whatever else is in your system and active.
Dean spotted this retro gaming preservation project at Flinders University. Researchers at Flinders University are hoping to collect memories and games of Australia's early video gaming industry before they are lost to digital degradation. With many of the first home computer games now more than 30 years old, Associate Professor Melanie Swalwell, a researcher from the School of Humanities Department of Screen and Media, fears the nostalgic items will become unusable soon if not transferred or stored. Discussion here in the Retro & Arcade forum.
ArsTechnica have taken a look inside a $340 audiophile Ethernet cable, thanks mpot. So, with an X-acto knife and spudgers and vice grips in hand, I separated the hefty expensive cable into its components, layer by layer. Potentially fantastical claims about audio clarity aside, the cable itself is of reasonably high quality, with braided and foil shielding around the entire cable coupled with foil shielding around the individual twisted pair bundles.
Techgage have been overclocking an Intel NUC. With our review of Intel’s NUC5i5RYK complete, it was time to have a little fun. With the power limiter unlocked, some minor memory overclocking available, and a fire extinguisher ready, we find out what the latest generation of NUCs are really capable of when the heat is on!
This coming Friday is SysAdmin Day and there seems to be an "official" Australian site now. Want to be our Australian SysAdmin of the Year for 2015? Let us know about the IT initiatives you have championed this past year in order to improve end-user satisfaction.
|Monday Night Reviews
Monday, 27-July-2015 22:12:04 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
AMD A10-7870K Godavari APU on Guru3D.
MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Motherboard on Hardware Asylum.
ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional/3.1 (Intel X99) Motherboard on TweakTown.
Intel Core i7-5775C Broadwell CPU on Hot Hardware.
AMD Fury X "Fiji" Voltage Scaling on techPowerUp.
HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB on Madshrimps.
Sapphire Nitro R9 390 on LanOC Reviews.
Palit GeForce GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream on TweakTown.
ASUS GTX 980 Ti Strix on Hardware Heaven.
Kingston microSDHC Mobility Kit 32GB on APH Networks.
QNAP TS-453 Mini 4-Bay NAS on eTeknix.
Seagate Enterprise Capacity 2.5 HDD V3 2TB on NikKTech.
AZIO MGK 1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown.
Razer Mamba Tournament Edition Mouse on Hardware Heaven.
Audio-Technica ATH-PDG1 Headset on Hardware Heaven.
Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler on APH Networks.
Antec Earthwatts Platinum 550 W on HWI.
Bitfenix Alchemy Stripe LED Magnetic on ocaholic.
Windows 10 on TechSpot.
Friday, 24-July-2015 14:31:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Australia will have a new largest supercomputer soon, thanks mpot. The Bureau of Meteorology has chosen Cray to build the agency's new US$59m (AU$77m) supercomputer in what will become Australia's largest. The weather bureau first went to market for a replacement of its existing Oracle/ Sun-based high-performance computational (HPC) system in 2013, with an aim to improve its weather modelling capabilities.
We also have some unusual champions. First, the Rubik's Cube World Champion. Australian Feliks Zemdegs took the Rubik's Cube world title for the second time at the 2015 World Championship finals in Brazil. Most people have fiddled with a rubik's cube, few have probably ever been able to complete it even without removing the coloured stickers. But it took 19-year-old Feliks Zemdegs less than six seconds to win his second world title in Sao Paulo.
Also, a Brisbane man has won the first US Drone Racing Championships. Chad Nowak of Brisbane, won all three events at the competition. He won the individual time trial, was on the winning team time trial squad, and won the freestyle trick event. The sport of first-person view (FPV) drone racing is still in its infancy. It involves small, custom-built drones with cameras attached to them that broadcast video feeds back to specially-designed goggles that allow pilots to see what the drones see. The drones are fast and nimble, and can hit speeds nearing 70 mph. I.. want to do this.
TheSSDReview have done some HDD RAID analysis for a change. Doesn’t The SSD Review just test SSDs? Those are good questions. Our answer to them is simple. We were given the opportunity and we couldn’t resist. If someone offered to a test drive in their new Lamborghini, would you say no? We didn’t think so! So, today we will be reviewing the HGST Ultrastar He8, but we won’t be testing just one drive. Today we will be testing eight of them in multiple RAID configurations as well! That is right, 64TB worth of the latest and greatest enterprise storage! Go big or go home right?
U2 meanwhile tour with an all-flash array to handle their visual effects, thanks Sniper. Both the VNXe 3200, which can store up to 450 terabytes of data, and the Data Domain, are in 2U form factors that fit standard racks; Desmedt is using two of the flash arrays. The Data Domain 2500 can store up to 6.6 petabytes, and has maximum throughput of 13.4 terabytes per hour, so the nightly backup can be accomplished before the team packs up for the next stop on the road.
Non-surprise of the week is that North Korea's Linux has spyware. ERNW security analyst Florian Grunow says North Korea's Red Star Linux operating system is tracking users by tagging content with unique hidden tags. The operating system, developed from 2002 as a replacement for Windows XP, was relaunched with a Mac-like interface in 2013's version three. The newest version emerged in January 2015. Grunow says files including Microsoft Word documents and JPEG images connected to but not necessarily executed in Red Star will have a tag introduced into its code that includes a number based on hardware serial numbers. More info here.
At first I thought this was another Turing Test article but it seems to be a different kind of test, for robot self-awareness. A humanoid robot in New York solved a classic puzzle that researchers say requires self-awareness. This is the first time a robot has passed such a test. Selmer Bringsjord, who ran the test, said that after passing many tests of this kind over time, robots will amass a repertoire of human-like abilities that eventually become useful when combined.
Wired have an article on remote car hacking. As the two hackers remotely toyed with the air-conditioning, radio, and windshield wipers, I mentally congratulated myself on my courage under pressure. That’s when they cut the transmission. Immediately my accelerator stopped working. As I frantically pressed the pedal and watched the RPMs climb, the Jeep lost half its speed, then slowed to a crawl. Discussion here.
Volvo meanwhile say they will be the first to have driverless cars on Australian roads. I thought Google already tested here? Maybe not. Combined with road research agency ARRB Group, Volvo will demonstrate driverless vehicle technology on South Australian roads. Volvo’s soon to be launched XC90 SUV will have its existing autonomous features specially programmed for the trial to be able to be operated hands free, within a controlled environment. The programming will take advantage of adaptive cruise control and pilot assist functions which keeps the car in between lanes and stops them from running into cars in front.
|Friday Afternoon Reviews
Friday, 24-July-2015 14:17:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte's X99-Gaming 5P motherboard on TechReport.
Comparing NetBurst Celeron & Pentium 4 To Broadwell's Core i7 5775C on Phoronix.
GIGABYTE X99 SLI Review, Excellence On A Budget on Bjorn3D.
Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 Motherboard on TechnologyX.
ASRock N3700M "Braswell" Micro-ATX SFF PC Motherboard on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV on OCClub.
Razer Leviathan speakers on Vortez.
ASUS MG279Q 27-inch IPS FreeSync Gaming Monitor on LegitReviews.
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M on BenchmarkReviews.
Zalman Z11 NEO on TechPowerUp.
be quiet! Silent Base 800 Windowed Edition Mid-Tower Chassis on eTeknix.
HP StorageWorks RDX Disk Backup USB 3.0 System on Tweaktown.
ADATA XPG SX930 120GB, 240GB and 480GB SATA III Gaming SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP TVS-x63 (TVS-463-8GB): AMD Powered NAS on Bjorn3D.
Synology DS414slim & QNAP TS-453mini NAS on TechSpot.
Samsung Pro Plus microSDHC 32GB and EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC on TheSSDReview.
15-Way AMD/NVIDIA Graphics Card Comparison For 4K Linux Gaming on Phoronix.
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 WindForce 3X OC 4GB on NikKTech.
Asus STRIX Radeon R9 390X Review: Hawaii Gets 8GB on HotHardware.
ASUS GTX 980 Ti STRIX Gaming 6 GB on TechPowerUp.
Keycool Hero 84 keyboard on LanOC.
Azio MKG1 Mechanical Keyboard on OCClub.
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Forged Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Technolamp Smart LED WiFi Controller Set on GeekInspector.
Vertagear SL2000 Gaming Chair on LegitReviews.
Crucial 16GB Ballistix Elite 2666MHz Memory on Bjorn3D.
ZOTAC ZBOX Nano CI540 Plus mini-PC on Bjorn3D.
Deepcool Captain 240 Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
|Wednesday Night Reviews
Wednesday, 22-July-2015 23:46:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7 5775C: Once Going, This Broadwell CPU Is Great On Linux on Phoronix.
GIGABYTE X99-SLI (Intel X99) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI X99A GODLIKE Gaming Motherboard on Guru3D.
PNY GTX 960 XLR8 on OCClub.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition on FutureLooks.
Portable & Prebuilt:
VKWorld VK6735 Smartphone on MadShrimps.
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition - Mobile Gaming at a Resonable Price on PCPerspective.
Dell Venue 10 7000 2-in-1 Review: Brains And Beauty on HotHardware.
LUXA2 Smart Clip & Tab Clip phone holder on ThinkComputers.
SteelSeries Siberia v3 Prism RGB Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Roku 3 (2015) Streaming Media Player on MegaTechNews.
GSKill Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3000Mhz Quad Channel Memory on HWAsylum.
Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
SSD Charts 2015: 58 SSDs - Intel SSD 750 400 GB & 1.2 TB on OCaholic.
Raidmax Narwhal case on OCaholic.
Raidmax Vampire RX-1000GH 1000W PSU on NikKTech.`
Here's some interesting things from people in the forums:
Tuesday, 21-July-2015 14:23:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Microsoft have issued an out-of-band update to address a security issue. 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. This security update is rated Critical for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows. So, you probably want to fire up Windows Update.
Commodore (the computer company, not the car) are back, with a smartphone. More info here. This isn’t the first time Commodore has risen from the dead. Five years ago, an American company called Commodore USA released the C64x, an all-in-one PC sporting an Intel Atom processor, Nvidia Ios2 graphics, 4GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, and a Blu-Ray reader. Nostalgia and retro gaming weren’t enough, however, and Commodore USA shut down in 2013. Are YOU keeping up with the Commodore?
Spectrum have an article about making a safer Internet of Things, thanks mpot. And most IoT products, even if secured, have no way to automatically update their security software when vulnerabilities are discovered. As things now stand, bad actors can exploit any vulnerability they find for as long as the 10 or even 20 years the devices remain in use. The situation has got to change. Product makers—and the people who use these gadgets—have to protect against hacking. And it is possible to do it.
China meanwhile have responded to U.S. restrictions by making their own supercomputer chips. When the U.S. blocked exports of Intel chips for key Chinese supercomputers the expectation was that it would do little more than hasten the development of native architectures, effectively pushing up the timeline for Chinese chipmakers to find their own solutions to large-scale computing without Intel. It appears that this is exactly what has happened. And far sooner than most might have thought.
HWSecrets explain what the 80 Plus Cerfication really means. The 80 Plus certification was created to allow consumers to know which power supplies are the most efficient ones and, as the name implies, guarantees that the power supply is able to present efficiency of 80%. With more and more manufacturers trying to design power supplies with efficiency well above 80%, they decided to create three new certification categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Learn what they really mean.
There's a new $100M initiative to find intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. It has the backing of Dr Stephen Hawking and will involve (among other facilities) the Parkes Telescope. The first of two initiatives announced today, Breakthrough Listen, will be the most powerful, comprehensive and intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth. The second, Breakthrough Message, will fund an international competition to generate messages representing humanity and planet Earth, which might one day be sent to other civilizations.
|Tuesday Midday Reviews
Tuesday, 21-July-2015 12:11:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Moving From Intel Ivy Bridge 3770K to Intel Broadwell 5775C on LegitReviews.
ASRock X99 OC FORMULA/3.1 (Intel LGA 2011-3) on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte MU70-SU0 (Intel C612) Server Motherboard on eTeknix.
Intel Core i7-5775C on Modders-Inc.
Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG G751 17-inch NVIDIA G-Sync Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte BRIX S BXi5H-5200 PC Kit on LegitReviews.
LG G4 Smartphone on TechSpot.
BitFenix Prodigy M Micro-Tower on Techgage.
Plextor M6V 240 GB SSD on Guru3D.
Seagate NAS HDD 4TB ST 400VN000 on ComputingOnDemand.
AMD Radeon Fury Crossfire on PCWorld.
Sapphire Tri-X R9 390X on ThinkComputers.
XFX R9 380 4G DD, XFX Review, XFX Rocks the DD Coolers Again on Bjorn3D.
Sapphire Tri-X R9 Fury 4GB on eTeknix.
ASUS STRIX Gaming GTX 980 Ti 6GB on OCAholic.
Asus Strix R9 390X Gaming 8G OC on Bjorn3D.
ASUS STRIX GTX 980Ti DC3 OC on Vortez.
MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 4G on Phoronix.
|Monday Morning Reviews
Monday, 20-July-2015 01:58:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97Z7 ATX Motherboard on FutureLooks.
Intel Celeron N3050 Braswell Linux Performance on Phoronix.
Intel Core i7-5775C on LanOC.
Asrock Z97 Extreme 4 Motherboard on Modders-Inc.
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ on Tweaktown.
HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC 8GB on MadShrimps.
HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 on Tweaktown.
AMD R9 Fury X CrossfireX 12K Eyefinity on eTeknix.
be quiet! Dark Rock TF CPU Cooler on NeoSeeker.
Noctua NH-L9x65 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Thecus W4000+ NAS on Guru3D.
OCZ TRION 100 480GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Seagate Archive 8TB ST8000AS002 HDD on Tweaktown.
OCZ Vector 180 SSD on Vortez.
CineRAID CR-H236 Dual SATA Drive Docking Station on NikKTech.
OCZ Vector 180 240GB SSD on MadShrimps.
Maxnomic Commander S BWE PC Gaming Chair on HotHardware.
Sorcerer King game on OCClub.
KLEVV CRAS 3000MHz 16GB DDR4 Memory Kit on eTeknix.
Dell Venue 10 Series 7000 Android Tablet on MegaTechNews.
TteSports Isurus Pro In-Ear Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
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