iPhone Date crash, Windows 10 update history, and Intel overclocking

This has been a fairly interesting week in computer news, first of all, a number of articles about Intel stopping motherboard manufactuers from allowing overclocking on their non K series CPUs.  I can certainly see why Intel would want to stop people from overclocking their cheaper lines of CPUs, They want people to buy the higher-end K series or X series.  This only appears to apply to the Skylake line of CPUs, older CPUs cannot be overclocked unless their in intels K or X series.  There are also some articles talking about Intel and Microsoft pushing ‘microcode’ updates to the CPUs via Windows Update to make sure that they can’t be overclocked.  In the end it would be best to purchase the more expensive CPU if you want to overclock.  Here’s a more in-depth article about this, though the title could be a bit … misleading.  The mircocode update hasn’t been pushed out yet.

On more Windows Update related news, Microsoft has started posting the full changelogs for Windows 10 updates.  This is a very good change, as it will allow IT Staff to see what MSFT is pushing out before they deploy it to their orginizations.  I wonder why they thought that not showing people what has been changed was a good idea, every previous version of Windows has had a site where you can see their update history.

The site looks a bit spartan, but here is the link if you want to see the changelogs.

And finally, Apples 64 bit IOS devices have a very huge bug…

 

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VLC is 15 years old

This is interesting, the popular VLC Media player is now 15 years old.  I use VLC very often, it is probably one of the most flexible media players out there.  I use it almost every day as it’s my default media player on all of my operating systems.  I don’t have much else to say right now, so have a nice day. If you want to read more about VLC, click on the image below.15years

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Man spends 48 hours in VR with no reported nausia

There’s an interesting article on Ars Technica about a man who spent 48 hours in VR with no ill effects.  From the article, it appears that he was using the Vive, which allows movment around a larger space.  I personally like to spend a fair amount of time in VR, though I only go for 2-4 hours at a time, at most.  (Sitting for any longer gets too… uncomfortable. 😛 ) Here’s a small excerpt from the article.

“I had no physical problems, no burning eyes, killing headaches or nausea,” Thorsten Wiedemann, the founder and artistic director of the A MAZE Festival, told Vice

Click here to read the entire article.

I haven’t had any issues with VR myself.  I spent a fairly long time using ‘Virtual Desktop‘ on my Oculus DK1 earlier in the week.  The only problem that I had was reading text thanks to the massive pixels (Evidently I don’t get motion sickness easily).   I wonder how long people will spend in VR in the future if given the chance.  Every new generation of VR Headsets is far more powerful than the one before it, and more comfortable.  The differences between the DK1 and DK2 are immense, and from what I’ve been reading, the jump from the Oculus DK2 to the Oculus CV1 Pre release units, or Vive Pre is just as large.  If they are that high quality, I’m sure that people won’t have any trouble with VR.

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Palmer Lucky: Linux support on Oculus Roadmap

I find it interesting that Palmer Luckey said that Linux support is on their roadmap, He also had some … choice words on Apple…  Well, from what I’ve seen, Apple computers aren’t built to play games, so it does make a bit of sense, most Macs don’t have the hardware to push gaming VR headsets.  I’ve also seen that many PCs are also in the same boat, my older gaming desktop probably won’t be able to push the CV1 well in games, it already was having some trouble with the Oculus DK2, and it was a decently high-end machine when I built it back in early 2011.

It’s nice to know that Linux is ‘on the roadmap’, which means that they may start working on it before too long passes, though as far as I’ve seen, a roadmap doesn’t mean that it’ll be coming soon, seeing as they dropped Linux and Apple like hot potatoes a while ago.   On another note, it appears that the Vive will have Linux support at launch, and I believe that OSVR also has Linux support, though OSVR doesn’t have many games from what I’ve heard.  Maybe I should look at getting one of those at some point.

Here’s the string of tweets from Palmer Luckey, Click here to read the entire thread.

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Well, that’s all for now, have a nice day.

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The Oculus CV1 preorders have opened

Earlier today the Oculus CV1 preorders opened on oculus.com, to much complaining of the $599 price tag.  I have pre-ordered mine, as I really do like my DK2 and DK1.  I find it interesting that people are so agitated about the high price of this new device.  Of course a high-end device like this will be expensive, most monitors with a similar display are not that far away in price.  You do also need hardware that can push at least 75 frames per second, though 90fps will be much better from what I’ve heard.  The high system requirements are another point that is causing people to complain.

It also probably didn’t help that Palmer Luckey has said in the past that they were planning on releasing the CV1 at a price point ‘in the ballpark of $350’. This price certainly isn’t anywhere near that, and people in other countries (Canada and many European countries especially) have noticed that their price is much higher than the price in the United States, even when you count in the differences between currencies.  I think that a large portion of this would be taxes, as from what I remember of Europe, the tax is usually included in the price of a product.

As in interseting aside, Palmer Luckey posted this to Twitter:pl_twitter

Even with the high price-point, it sounds like a large number of people do want the CV1, as people, including me, have pre-ordered the device.  I wonder what their numbers really look like.  New orders will probably ship in May as of the time of this posting, so I’m guessing that a lot of people did probably buy the device.  Also he has had an AMA on Reddit, he says that he won’t be doing any more ‘ballparking’ as it was a very bad idea.  Evidently some media outlets had been announcing that the oculus would cost $1500 and he wanted to use the $350 to contrast it.  Yes, I think that the ‘ballparking’ may have been a bad idea in that case.

From what I’ve heard on reddit from people that have gotten to try out the non-released devkits, and more recently the pre-cv1s each time they show off a new device, it has a much higher quality than its predecessors.  Thanks to that, and my fondness of VR, I’m looking forward to recieving my Oculus CV1 in the near future.

Well, that’s all for now, I hope that you have an awesome day.  Also I think that this image is a very good interpretation of what’s been going on at the Oculus subreddit over the last day…

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7 Gamers, 1 CPU – Ultimate Virtualized Gaming Build Log

Well, this got me to keep on working on making my new build work the way that I want it to…

My new build is almost complete, though I wasn’t able to do much work on it during my week off, seeing this reminded me of why I decided to make a new build in the first place.  I want to be able to switch between Windows Gaming and working on Linux with a button press.

I’m looking forward to having the computer running like that.  As of now, it is dual-booting between Ubuntu Linux and Windows 8.  It sadly isn’t quite as crazy as the one in this video, primarily because I’m not planning on running 7 VMs at once.

I think that the final build in the video looks very cool.  I’d love to see the OS Configuration that they have going.

Well, that’s all for now, have a nice day. 🙂

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Rest in Peace Ian Murdock, Founder of Debian Linux

Ian Murdock, the person that founded the Debian Linux distrobution of Linux, and the creator of the apt-get program has passed away at the age of 42.  It is a sad day when a person that has made a popular distro of Linux passes away.  I use Ubuntu as my primary distro, which is based on Debian, and has worked very well for me over the last several years.

As of now, the cause of his death is unknown, his twitter account announced that he’d be commiting suicide, though some people believe that his account was hacked.  The account has been deleted since the tweet was posted.ianmurdock_suicide

To read more on this, click on this link.  You can also click here to view a webcache of his tweet.  It’s worded very … strangely.  I can see why people are thinking that the account was hacked, though it’s a possibility that he did also make it himself as well.

There are some more… interesting tweets from him as well, click here to read about them.  Evidently he had a run-in with some angry police, ended up in the hospital and ended up having to post bail for ‘assulting a police officer’.  This story keeps on getting stranger and stranger.

This isn’t a very nice to end the year, hopefully there will be better news coming soon.

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HTC Vive delayed because of ‘A very, very big technological breakthrough’

I was waiting for the Vive to become available during this season, but it was recently pushed back, they are now saying that the Vive will be released in April of 2016.  It’s a bit saddening that people have to wait for a longer time before they can recieve the first ‘Consumer Ready’ VR Headsets.  On the up side, it’ll mean that this spring should be very … interesting.  According to the Vive Unbound developers in Beijing, CEO Cher Wang has revealed that the Valve team and she made ‘a very, very big technological breakthrough’ for the headset.  Evidently, the breakthrough was so large that they decided to redo their design of the Vive headset with the new features applied.

In the end, I’m looking forward to what the new headsets will be like.  From what they’re saying, the new ‘Breakthrough’ will be revealed this year at CES.  At least the vive still has a release date set, unlike the Oculus, which should ship sometime in Q1 of 2016.  That gives them a fairly wide set of release dates, though I think that it’ll be released around the same time as the Vive.

The future will be very interesting in my opinion.

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EVE: Valkyrie to come with Oculus Rift Preorders

I think that this is some interesting news, I’d prefer a game that allows more exploration, like Elite: Dangerous, but this game does look very nice.  I’m certain that I’ll be preordering the Oculus CV1 once the preorders become available.  The Oculus DK2 is a very nice device, I’m sure that the CV1 will be even funner to play with.

Oh, and here’s a look at what EVE: Valkyrie  in spring of this year:

I don’t play EVE Online, though it does look like an interesting game, maybe I should take a look at it sometime.  I am looking forward to flying through space again in VR, it’s been a while since I played Elite: Dangerous, Maybe I should check if they got the game running on the Oculus SDK 0.7 or 0.8 yet…

On another note, I’m finishing my new build, I’m waiting on one expansion card, once that arrives, I’ll be able to finish the build and start trying it out.  It should be much faster than my current machine, as it uses a m.2 samsung ssd, which is a very tiny device.  Those drives allow over 2 Gigibyte transfer speeds, so programs should load very quickly.

Well, that’s all for now.  Have a nice day.

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Google and NASA: Quantum computer is 100 million times faster than normal PC

Well, this was an interesing peice of news that I came across today, Google and NASA have been working with quantum computing, and have made a computer that’s ‘100 million times faster’ than a normal PC, though it’s only useful for some very specific purposes right now.

I for one am looking forward to what this could mean in the world of computing in the future.  If quantum computers like Google and NASAs D-Wave can start to do more standardized tasks, and be shrunk down like modern computers have, I’m sure that the entire industry would change relativity quickly.  I’m also wondering what ‘Normal PC’ they’re comparing their quantum computer too, though when you’re running ‘100 million times faster’ than a normal one, you can have quite the range for specs on the ‘normal pc’.  If you want to read more on this subject, click here to read more.

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