Mojang is ending the development of Scrolls

In all honesty, I didn’t know much about Scrolls, aside from it being a new project that caused Zenimax to attempt to sue Mojang.  In the end, I think that the settlement that came out from that may be part of the reason that Microsoft is having Mojang discontinue that game.  From what I can tell, usually when you license something, such as the ‘Scrolls’ trademark, you have to pay a fee of some sort.  Between that, and their cash cow being Minecraft, not Scrolls tells me that this probably was going to happen in the not so distant future after the acquisition was finished.

Click here to read their post on the Scrolls site.

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Samsung to Issue Patch to Fix Microsoft Security Update Issues | LIFARS

Here’s an interesting update on my last post…

Samsung gave in to mounting public criticism by revealing that it will no longer disable Windows’ automatic updates on Samsung-manufactured PCs and laptops and assured customers that it will release a patch within a few days, according to a report in The Verge.

Source: Samsung to Issue Patch to Fix Microsoft Security Update Issues | LIFARS

Well, it looks like Samsung has decided not to block Windows Updates any more,  I wonder what caused them to change their minds, at least this is good news for people with Samsung computers.

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Samsung disables Windows Update on its laptops, wants you to use its own utility instead | Windows Central

Well, looks like I’ll be avoiding Samsung branded computers in the near future…

All Samsung laptops come with a tool called SW Updater that checks for any updates to bloatware that comes pre-installed, along with driver and software updates. While such utilities are available from most vendors, what’s unique about Samsung’s SW Updater is that it was found to disable Windows Update, preventing Microsoft’s default updater tool from finding new updates.

Source: Samsung disables Windows Update on its laptops, wants you to use its own utility instead | Windows Central

It is a bad idea to kill windows updates, even if you don’t like to reboot your computer regularly.  Samsung forcing you to not update is a really bad idea.  I wonder how long it’ll be until they get slammed by Microsoft for screwing with their OS.

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Windows 10 and MS Insiders

From what I’ve been hearing, Microsoft might have been planning to allow insiders to get the final version of Windows 10 for free, but as time passes it appears that they’re starting to think that doing that might be a bad idea.  After their first announcement that Windows 10 would be free to Microsoft Insiders (Beta Testers) They seem to be reversing course and saying that you’ll need a valid Windows 7/8.1 license.  Of course this isn’t a surprise to me.  I got into the Windows 7 and 8 Betas and at the end of each I needed to get a full version of the OS before I could keep on using the computer.  (Also it required a full install, erasing everything on the machine)  Now I’m prepairing for the full release of Windows 10, I currently have two machines running the Tech Preview, they will probably get reset to their original versions of Windows before too long.

It is interesting seeing that Microsoft is planning to allow Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade for free at any time during the first year though.

Also on a side note, I really hope that Microsoft returns window border customization.  The pure white windows are really starting to hurt my eyes.  If I could customize the system more, I’d be so happy.

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Minecraft on Hololens

Earlier today, there Microsoft had a presentation about Minecraft on their Hololens headset…

I have to wonder how close to reality that presentation is, I heard that Microsoft said that some truly epic things could be done with the Kinect, but none of that really happened, at least from what I’ve heard.  They want to make Windows 10 THE OS for VR and AR, seeing that they have a partnership with Oculus/Facebook, and evidently Valve/HTC on their Vive headset, they will probably be quite successful at doing that.

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The new Oculus Rift has been revealed!

I’m happy to see that the Oculus Rift will soon be released to the general public, sadly they put Mac and Linux support ‘on hold’, which means that Windows will be a requirement to use the Rift.  From some of the articles that I’ve been reading, thanks to a partnership with Microsoft (Which is probably the primary reason that Mac/Linux support was put on hold) the Oculus will be natively supported on Windows 10, and it’ll be possible to play XBox games on it.

In the end, I’ve become partial to the HTC Vive headset, it will have similar specs to the Oculus, but is being made with a partnership between HTC and Valve.  I think that Valve will want the Vive to work on their Steam Machines, which hopefully will mean Linux support.

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Cities Skylines Update 1.1.0

A game that I’ve been having quite a bit of fun with has had a major update, it does break some things, but for the most part, the new features are very nice.

The biggest new feature is tunnels, which I haven’t seen in a city sim since Sim City 4.  This is very nice, since tunnelled roads appear to work in the same way as surface roads or bridges (except without those blasted support pillars) allowing you to hide some of the messes that can come up as you upgrade the roads throughout your city.

They also added an European map theme which allows you to have more interesting looking cities.

Overall it’s a very nice update, it fixes many bugs, such as ships glitching over land, and adds a few new features.

If you want more information about the update, Click Here.

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Candy Crush Saga & Windows 10

It sounds like Microsoft is planning on pre-installing Candy Crush Saga on Windows 10 machines, at least for a while.  This has quite a few people riled up, largley in part that that game is a very big time waster.  Also In App Purchases are a bit of a sticking point, as it is very unlikely that King will want those removed from their game, meaning that there will probably be a number of people that’ll spend money on accident (This has happened before on Smartphones)

In the end I probably will uninstall that game, as I don’t play it, and it seems that it’d be wasting some disc space, especially if installed on a device with very little storage space.

I have been using Windows 10 on my Desktop, alongside Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7.  It is a nice OS, though the latest build seems to drop a lot of previous customization options.  Window borders will only switch to gray now, and the taskbar and start menu are both black by default, though they can be changed.

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The Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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The Microsoft Surface Pro 3

I recently got a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, a very nice tablet computer.  The interesting thing about this tablet is the fact that unlike my Android tablets, or iPad, this is a full computer, able to run desktop applications. (Even Ubuntu Linux can be loaded on the blasted thing!)

Part of the reason I wanted to get a Surface is the fact that I’d like to resume working on my webcomic, Age of the Elements, and as far as I can tell, this device is similar to some Wacom tablets.  The pen works very well, I had heard that the surface used Wacom tech for the pen, but that was only in the original and Surface 2 tablets.  The Surface Pro 3 uses a NTrig pen instead.  At first I was skeptical, the pen requires a AAA battery to work, unlike Wacom pens, and it has a lot fewer configuration options than my older graphics tablets (Wacom Intuos and Bamboo Fun)  which can be troublesome.

So far I’ve used Photoshop Elements 7, GIMP, and the Krita image editors on the device, all of them work well, though GIMP has a bug that makes the image update extremely slowly, though that was fixed by downgrading some of GIMPs .dll files.  They should really fix that soon…  So far I’ve taken a liking to Krita, though it has a mildly annoying issue where it will scroll up or down randomly when drawing (Probably a configuration issue I believe…)  All of these applications detect the Stylus properly and have full pressure sensitivity, which can be tweaked via the ‘Surface’ App, or in the art applications themselves.  It is very nice not needing to carry any extra equipment around when I feel like drawing, I just need to take this out and start.

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Surface Pro 3 with a Black Type keyboard

The type keyboard is surprisingly nice.  Not as nice as a good mechanical keyboard, but given how thin the keyboard is, it is a pleasure to type with.  It disconnects from the device fairly easily, but won’t just fall off, as the magnet that holds it in place is very powerful.  The on-screen keyboard is also nice, but nothing to write home about.  It works about the same as the on-screen keyboards that my Android devices and iPad have.

I can see why Microsoft designed Windows 8 the way they did, Windows 8 Apps work very well, I haven’t installed any start-menu replacements, as those would actually make life more difficult than the standard w8 menu.  They really should have done more work to the desktop interface though, as some parts are too small to use easily without the stylus, or a mouse.

The kickstand is also a interesting part of the device, it can go to a very low angle which is useful for drawing, and the keyboard makes it difficult to push around when flipped under the device which is very nice while drawing.

Well those are my experiences With the Surface Pro 3 so far, I’m going to keep on using it, it has some faults, but it’s good enough for me to use it in place of my standard laptops in most situations.

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Microsoft released a Windows 8 Developer preview

… And I’m trying to get it working in a Virtual Machine.

From what I can see in Windows 8, it is extremly touch oriented, and, well, sliding the first screen up to log in doesn’t seem very user friendly when you’re using a mouse.

Apparently Microsoft, and Apple are wanting the Desktop/Laptop/Netbook/Every other machine with an external mouse to go the way of the dodo, as all of their new systems (Windows 8, Windows Phone 7, iOS, Mac OS X Lion) are bringing a lot of features that only work well with a touch screen.  I can see that working with tablets, but Desktops… not so much.

I’ll keep you posted on what I think of Windows 8, it is definatly a HUGE change, and it is also fairly unstable, although the unstable part is understandable, due to what they’re trying to do.  Whatever that is. 🙂

Have a good day 🙂

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