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  1. So as visible from the title this ones on the famous flop of a game Destiny 2 which was launched on all platforms. So what is their to rant about with destiny? Their base game is actually designed well, inventory system is clean and flush, The maps are clear and understanding, Gameplay in PVE is well and when you get use to it if your a Destiny 1 player the Crucible is alright. So what is the problem with the game? Oh right the End-Game content and content in general. 

     

    So to start off lets talk about the End game content. Hmm wait there isn't much really, You have Public events and patrols, the weekly and daily milestones, Nightfall and the Raid. But that sounds like a decent amount of end game content. Well in retro speck it isn't purely due to a system they implemented called 'Clans'. When you in an active clan you have many members going around doing things for the clan and getting the clan reward for all members so whats the problem with this? well the system includes Raid equipment drops and not just the Tokens (which I would prefer) so people who don't do the raid will have a chance of getting a raid weapon or gear for minimum effort and to kick in the teeth of the ones who ran the raid the clan engram for the raid will drop it at a higher light level... So like I mentioned if you are in an active clan you can get these drops weekly and with less effort. 

     

    Now what else can I talk about? well the remaining of the end game content is stale (prior to the nightfall update) nightfalls previously didn't drop specific gear for said nightfall, Public events just get repetitive and milestones are usually done within a day (excluding Raid depending on your play style) So what could they have done? Well below i'm gonna give some opinions.

     

    1. Bring back the Daily/Weekly Campaign missions at a harder difficulties,

    This can provide replay ability and also give the player another thing to do and possibly find a rare weapon only available within the Daily/Weekly campaign event... *Cough* Black Spindle *cough*

     

    2. Add an intractable door in the tower which takes you to the last city.

    So to explain this in detail the door would bring you to the last city which would have patrols that would have you clearing out the remaining cabal that are within the city, Have an area like Court of Oryx on the Dreadnaught where you must fend off a wave of Cabal attacking the city from the wall or ones heading towards the tower. It could include things like intractable AI which will give you quests or simply a different prospective of the fall to add to the already 'existent lore', and when you have explored for a while your vanguard will radio you saying that they have a reward for you when you return for helping in the repair of the last city (Daily rewards) nothing amazing maybe vanguard gear which is a light level higher than the current peace you have or randomly give you and exotic engram. 

    This would give more end-game as having a court of oryx type event happen that you can start can lead to more gear to collect and well a fun massive event that more than 6 guardians can participate in.

     

    3. Add back the Randomised weapon roles (I heard they are possibly being brought back)

    This added to the end-game in a way because people would grind to get the 'perfect role' of a weapon and this would then in return improve the crucible than just seeing the Uriels Gift and all the other generic weapons that are soo so common in the Crucible. 

     

    4. Remove the Raid gear engram from the clan post, Meaning they will not get raid gear but be given tokens for the raid vendor (Which only unlocks when you ran the raid once) So this give people the incentive to run the raid to use said tokens and will also provide players with more things to do and or raid helpers. So for this I was thinking you would need to get this drop of tokens for 3 weeks in a row to get one piece of armour/weapon form the vendor. 

     

    Like this is minor things that could use recycled aspects of the game to make possible, You have the assets for the City already since it was used in the second mission (technically second mission) you have the script for the randomised roles on weapons from Destiny one and the same script for the daily/weekly missions

     

    No to be fair this wasn't much of a rant but my opinion on the game and showing what I see as flaws for the hardcore area of the community 

  2. Being Delirious
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    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor  ($229.95 @ Vuugo) 
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    Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB D5 6G Video Card  ($439.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($81.99 @ PC-Canada) 
    Other: ASUS TUF H310-Plus Gaming LGA1151 (300 Series) DDR4 HDMI VGA M.2 ATX Motherboard  ($112.65) 
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  3. I recently had a bug of a niche side of the city building genre: colony building. But then I remember an old standby that I still think should be used as the yardstick for all colony building games. That game is Outpost 2: Divided Destiny.

     

    What is Outpost 2?

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    Outpost 2 was a game developed by Dynamics and released by Sierra in 1997. It can be summarized as Sim City meets Command and Conquer. Well, loosely speaking.

     

    The premise is that humans have left earth because an asteroid annihilates it. And in their time drifting, they reject planet after planet until they find one is close enough. In desperation due to running low on resources, they land and hope to start anew. So there's a colony building aspect.

     

    But humans being humans have different ways of solving a problem of trying to survive. One side wants to terraform the planet. The other wants to adapt to it. And things get heated and point lasers at each other. There's the combat aspect of it.

     

    What makes Outpost 2 great?

    The first part has to do with the colony building aspect. Depending on the scenario, you start off with a central command center that is the heart of your colony: if it goes, the colony goes. But from thereon, you build, expand, get resources, make babies, research! Speaking of resources, there are plenty to manage, but most of the time you're not monitoring all of them constantly. The ones are metals to build stuff, food to feed the colonists, power to power structures, the colonists themselves (broken up into children, workers, and scientists), and the one you'll mostly be keeping an eye out, colony morale. The neat thing is a lot of the time you don't really have to actively manage them. You get regular reports both with a voice over and "pinging" if something needs attention or something happened.

     

    The colony building itself is done by you. You put down the structures, layout the infrastructure, and generally make the colony. Speaking of which, there's only one infrastructure to worry about: tubes. And perhaps bizarrely, this is only to connect to the command center. Power is transmitted wirelessly. Food magically appears to colonists. Refined metals just teleport.

     

    Here's a snippet of a colony from a scenario I'm playing:

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    There's a middle ground between macromanaging and micromanaging. You don't really need to tend to any single building or unit. The only time you do is because you want to use the building's function. But at the same time, you may need to juggle resources. If there's not enough workers to run a building, you may consider "idling" one until you get another worker. Morale may be the only one you really have to look out for, because there are many ways to influence it. Some directly, some indirectly.

     

    The other part of the game is the lore. A whole novella was written and included in the game. It's something you have to read though after the mission briefing, but a surprising amount of backstory was available from the get-go. The game also came with an online manual (which was really just a large help file) and even the description of the units and structures get a blurb about what life is like for the people trying to survive. I mean, here's an example for a Vehicle Factory:

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    Kimberly Cole, Rashad's supervisor, waved to him from the landing outside the control room. “Come on, Rashad. The transport's waiting. We need to roll.”

    Rashad didn't look up from the Vehicle Factory's master programming panel. He rotated the master schematic on his screen for one last check. Everything had to be right, as there would be nobody here to fix it if it went wrong. “Coming,” he said. “I just have to get this last vehicle assembly started.”

    Cole took the last step into the control room. She looked curiously over his shoulder. “What vehicle? We're bugging out, Rashad. The Blight waits for no man or woman.” She studied the schematic more closely. “What in blazes is that thing? Did you design it?”

    Rashad grinned. “I did the pattern and programming, but nope, I didn't design it. Found it in a book of Earth vehicles.”

    She stared at him. “Rashad, we're leaving, bugging out. There won't be anyone left here when this thing is finished. You aren't planning on staying, I hope.”

    “Nope.”

    “Good, because that thing will barely be finished before the Blight hits, and from the looks of it, I don't give you much chance of driving out in it. I don't suppose you expect it to autodrive out after us.”

    He just laughed, even though she didn't get the joke. He tapped the “run” icon and climbed out of the chair. “That does it; let's go.”

    Below them on the factory floor, the robotic machinery was already in motion, sparks flying as it fabricated parts from raw metal stock.

    They walked down the stairs, along a corridor, and down a ramp to the tunnel toward the CC, where the Evac Transport was waiting.

    She looked at him. “What was that all about?”

    He shrugged. “Something I've wanted to build since I found it in that old database, but never had the chance. Well, the factory isn't doing anything now, and any resources that aren't on a truck are toast anyway, so I figured, why not?”

    “You'll never see it.”

    “I'll know it was built. That'll be something. Maybe it'll even survive the Blight, and somebody will find it someday.” He chuckled. “It'll make them crazy figuring it out.”

    They said nothing for a while, but as they climbed the ramp to the CC, she finally asked the question. “What was that thing, anyway? I've never seen anything like it.”

    He smiled. “It's called a 1957 Chevy.”

    And this extends a bit further in game. I mentioned there's research, which was starting to become the next big feature in RTS games of the time with regards to the tech tree. But I don't recall an RTS around that time that went into a level of detail such as this:

     

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    I mean, most other games probably would've cut it off at the first paragraph. The second part though, makes the game feel more immersive. Instead of the what the research is providing, it's telling me the why. Why should I spend my valuable scientists on this research? And not only that, the level of science fiction used in this game could be closer to hard science fiction than not. Sure there are some implausible technologies thrown around like "cool fusion" and "boptronics" (a combination of biological, optical, and electrical gadgets), but take this for example:

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    Magnetohydrodynamics

    For several years now, New Terra's magnetic field has been in a state of flux. This appears to be a natural process; it is believed to have happened a number of times in Earth's past, though not during recorded history. This is a fascinating opportunity to study a rare geologic phenomenon.

    (What this results in)

    Our studies of New Terra's shifting magnetic field have produced a serendipitous side benefit. We have discovered a way to harness the shifts through electromagnetic induction, producing a substantial amount of electrical power.

    The outcome might be a bit of a stretch (they found a way to use conductive fluid to generate electricity due to the planet's shifting magnetosphere), but this research topic is a real thing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetohydrodynamics

     

    This sort of thing tickled my imagination way back when I found it. It still sort of does. Either way, the amount of detail that went into this game, for an RTS that didn't deal with historical points or whatnot, is amazing.

     

    What isn't so great about Outpost 2?

    I may love this game, but that doesn't mean it's not without its faults.

     

    A large part of it is RNG. This game is full of it. While you can control how much metal you have, how much power you generate, and how much food you can produce, anything involving the colonists are random. You can only influence them. This means that in the beginning, you'll be struggling to break even as you have to squeeze every bit of resources you can get. And what makes things worse, one resource, Scientists, do not automatically generate and require scientists to create (by way of a University... which needs a scientist). So you can doom your colony to failure.

     

    In addition to the colonists, the planet the people settled on is active. It has its natural disasters. While most of the time they take place away from your colony, you still have a chance of say a tornado spawning in the middle of your colony and wrecking everything. Damage control will be extensive.

     

    But hey, maybe this RNG is part of the charm. You are trying to survive after all. But if this is too much random chance, it might be best to skip this.

     

    There's also the announcer. While it's helpful at times to give you periodic resource reports, later in the game it starts to get a bit too chatty. One thing it announces? Every natural disaster. You can also research early disaster warning systems... which the announcer also announces. Of course, you can turn it off and still get reports, but it also means you have to keep an eye out on the resources tab more often.

     

    And lastly, but this is more of a preference, the game is slow paced. One complaint I saw in a review of it at the time is that the game is slow. Not that it ran slow, but it's slower than others. It can actually take a while for units to move a good distance of the map. But this was at a time when RTS games were compared to Command and Conquer and Warcraft.

     

    You did mention a combat system...

    I did! But part of me feels it was tacked on as an afterthought to make it try to compete with other RTS games at the time. It's not that it's bad and there's justification for it. But at the same time it feels slightly out of place.

     

    In any case, combat is mostly relegated to robot vehicles (can't have the colonists risking their lives now). They shoot things. There's pros and cons. There's also guard posts that shoot things but they can't move.

     

    But wait, this is a "2". Where's "Outpost"? (Or why Outpost 2 never really took off)

    The original game had a similar idea: Earth is dead, so go find a planet and build a colony. But the problem is that the game was released lacking features that someone hyped, it was unpolished, and the worst sin that any game can commit: it was unstable. This left a bad taste in people's mouths. So when a sequel came out, not only was it facing the genre defining games that I mentioned, but people still looked at this as yet another soppy colony building game that couldn't pass muster.

     

    How do I get a hold of this game?

    So far it's being sold at Amazon from third party sellers for a fairly decent price: https://www.amazon.com/Outpost-2-Divided-Destiny-PC/dp/B0006OFKOQ/

     

    I'd say if you like colony building games, this is one you should at least try. I feel this sets the bar for other colony building games. If not just for the game mechanics, but also how much they put into the lore and story.

     

     

  4. How to Get Microsoft Office Specialist Certification?

    Can you imagine a scenario where a single certification can give you the much-desired and much-required career hike?
     
    Yes, it can happen. Not in dreams but in reality. A Microsoft Office Specialist Certification is the key to achieve that. The course if highly reputable in the IT streets and hold a concrete value as well. The certification will instill a comprehensive set of industry-oriented skills and expertise. By doing this certification, you will be well-versed in implementing the integrated modules of Microsoft Office in a real-time situation. It comes with a guarantee to make you proficient in the full features and practicality of Microsoft Office.

    Why go for Microsoft Office Specialist certification?

    Because there is nothing that doesn’t require Microsoft Office. Starting from an austere report to the research-based presentation, everything is made with the comprehensive tools of Microsoft Office only. MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint are the three pillars of any business and organization and if you are not aware of their know-how then your survival would be very tough. The certification makes you well-versed in these three most vital tools.

    Here is our guide to getting a Microsoft Certification Office Specialist Certification.

    1. Acquire some basic system knowledge beforehand - Before enrolling yourself to real-time Microsoft Office specialist certification, some basic computer knowledge is essential. However, in today's digital world there would be hardly any single soul which doesn’t know how to operate the computer. Still, predictions are not always true. If you don’t know the basics of the operating system then kindly enroll for a Basic Computer learning course.
    2. Proceed further by enrolling in Microsoft office courses - Once you acquire some basic operating knowledge, it’s time to get enrolled in a professional Microsoft Office Course. The course will help you to have a better understanding of the extensive features of Microsoft Office.
    3. Pick the right certification course - To become a certified Microsoft Office Specialist; you should get a relevant certification. Depending on your skills and your requirements, you can choose particular certification. For instance, professionals who deal with MIS Reports and Sales Reports can go for MS Excel certification. Similarly, MS Word certification is the best option for individuals preparing newsletters, press releases, blogs and any sort of content requirement.
    4. Clear the certification exam - The final step is to clear the certification program. All the Microsoft Office Specialist certification programs require candidates to clear an exam to acquire the certification. The exam is of 90-minute duration and consists of varied questions. If you have attended the classes and did the thorough practice then clearing it would be a tough nut to crack. However, proper guidance is always crucial.

    How to get through the exam?

    Depending on the skills and level, the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification is divided into three categories:

    • Specialist
    • Expert
    • Master

    Each category has a thorough curriculum and demands utmost dedication from candidate’s side to get it cleared Microsoft training. While choosing the Institute for this certification, candidates should be extra careful as many institutes do not provide customer and Online-instructor support. There are institutes like Koenig Solutions with dedicated teams to mentor you and help enhance your understanding of the course materials.

    Who can go for Microsoft Office Specialist Certification?

    This certification is not industry-specific or bounded. Anyone can do this course as Microsoft implementation is vast and varied.

     

    However, profiles like Administrator, Project Managers, Analysts, Marketing Managers, and HR Executives are in deep need of this course. The scope of this course is not limited to professionals. Students can also go this course as today’s education world also demands good operating system knowledge.

     

    So, whether you are a skilled professional working in an MNC or a student pursuing studies, get a Microsoft Office certification and stand above your competitors.

  5. The AOC G2460PF supports HDMI 1.4. I will now demonstrate it operating at 1920 × 1080 @ 120 Hz over HDMI. These tests are performed with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.

     

    NVIDIA Control Panel Screenshot

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    These settings show the G2460PF (EDID identifies itself as the "2460G4") connected via HDMI at 1920 × 1080 @ 120 Hz with full RGB color. A custom resolution was necessary to expose the 120 Hz option (CVT-RB timing was used, with a resulting pixel clock of 285 MHz). Without custom resolutions, only options up to 60 Hz were available. 144 Hz was also attempted, but failed. The monitor's HDMI port appears to support a maximum TMDS clock of approximately 300 MHz.

     

    Oscilloscope Measurement

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    This is measured using a Keysight EDUX1002A oscilloscope and a Texas Instruments TSL14S light-to-voltage converter. A pattern of alternating black and white frames was generated by the blurbusters flicker test (https://testufo.com/flicker). Since oscilloscopes are designed for measuring oscillating waveforms, a set of one white frame and one black frame is counted as a single "wave" (indicated by the two vertical orange lines marking the boundary of "one wave"). For this reason, the frequency displayed on the scope is half the actual refresh frequency, and the displayed period is twice the actual refresh period. In this case, 60.00 Hz indicates 60 sets of black-white transitions (2 frames) per second, for a total of 120.00 frames per second. This demonstrates flawless 120 Hz operation.

     

    Observing Operation with High-Speed Camera

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    This is a high-speed video of the blurbusters frame skipping test (https://testufo.com/frameskipping) shot with a Casio Exilim ZR100 at 1,000 FPS. Each frame of video represents 1 ms of real time. The video is played back at 30 FPS, meaning that every 1 second of video shows 30 ms of time. At 120 Hz, the display refreshes at intervals of 8.333 ms. This means that we should see slightly fewer than 4 refreshes per second of video, which the video does show. This can also be verified more precisely by examining the video frame by frame and counting 8–9 frames between each refresh. We can also observe from this video that the display is operating properly, without any frame skipping.

     

    High-Speed Camera Complete Demonstration

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    This video shows the display operating at 1920 × 1080 @ 120 Hz over HDMI with the frame skipping test in a single take at 1,000 FPS.

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    Release TRIO is a pre-release that we have worked on since 01/16/18. We still haven't finished the program, which uses HTML, but we are constantly working on it. When we have free time, we get our computers and start to work on this. Release version 0.2.8 should be up very soon. 

     

    FEATURES

    The HTML program, as of TRIO release, has built in audio playing straight from the page without opening a new tab, embedded videos straight from our drives (There was some TechQuickie in there, but due to GitHub size limitations, the videos did not show up), PDF file viewing (still working on embed codes, they keep messing up), and Nav bars?(team idea)

     

    SUPPORTED DEVICES 

    So far, we have found every device to support it, but if you have an android Root server, music links may not open.

     

    LINK

    https://github.com/HpTechTips/Removable-HTML5-File-Explorer

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    Hey guys,

     

    This is the pc I bought which got me into PC's and flipping them. I got this pc for 110 dollars.  It came with a keyboard, mouse, Logitech speakers, and monitor. This was when I barely knew that I could take the side cover off a computer. I really liked this computer, it had an i7 and to me, at the time I thought i7 was the best. I didn't even know there were different version and generations of the i7. Here is how this Hp Pavilion made me money. Before I sold the computer I gave it a fresh install of windows 10 because the previous owner didn't delete everything from it and I had to learn to do that. I ended up selling the computer for 130 dollars and just the tower nothing else. The reason I sold it was I picked up 30 dollar gaming rig which I was told worked, but once I sold this one. I got home and plugged it into the computer wouldn't show up on the monitor long story short it ended up just being the graphics card and I swapped it for a new one. I tried new cables and everything none of it worked besides a graphics card. In the end, I got to keep a monitor, keyboard, speakers, a mouse, and 20 dollars. This computer is was a real decent computer and did everything I wanted it too. I would recommend to anyone trying to just surf the web, watch videos, and even some light gaming. This PC could handle a lot more if it had an upgraded graphics card and maybe a power supply. The computer came with MSRP of $1,099.99 dollars. The computer started off with windows 7, but somewhere along the long it was upgraded to windows 10. It was really neat to learn from this computer and see what I would want/need in my next pc. Since this was such a base model computer, it showed and made me appreciate higher end rigs. This also goes to show you that anyone can really flip PC's and it's not hard to do at all. 

     

    Hp Pavilion Elite e9270f

    CPU: Intel Core I7 860 2.8 GHz MAX: 3.46 GHz

    RAM: 8GB 4x2GB MAX:16GB

    HDD: 1TB

    GPU: ATI Radeon HD4650

    PSU: 350W

    MOTHERBOARD: MSI MS-7613

     

     

    Hope you enjoy this little pc flip, catch you later! :) 

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    Two 3D models have been created, a shack and a small desk. The desk needs to be enlarged, but is otherwise fine.

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    Main Shack.stl

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    Case:
    Cougar MG110

     

    GPU:
    MSI GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX 12 GTX 1070 AERO ITX 8G OC 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

     

    Motherboard:
    MSI A68HM-E33 V2 FM2+ AMD A68H SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

     

    RAM:
    G.SKILL 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model F1-3200PHU1-1GBNS

     

    Sound Card:
    Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 7.1 Channels 32-bit 384 KHz Sound Card

     

    CPU:
    Intel Core i7-7820X Skylake-X 8-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 2066 140W BX80673I77820X Desktop Processor

     

    SSD:
    SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-75E500B/AM

     

    Disc Drive:
    Pioneer BDR-XS06 External Slim Blu-Ray 6X USB 3.0 Writer Drive

     

    Internal Power Cable:
    SilverStone All Black Sleeved 1-to-2 Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter Cable (CPF01)

     

    SATA/eSATA Cables:
    18": Coboc Model SC-SATA3-18-BK 18" SATA III 6Gb/s Data Cable

    36": Coboc Model SC-SATA3-36 36" 90 Degree(Right Angle) SATA III 6Gb/s Data Cable

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    At the beginning of the month I decided I needed to actually build my fist gaming PC. Previously I was using a terrible laptop. 

     

    All I want to do with this blog post is get some thoughts on my config.

     

    CPU: Ryzen 7 1800x

    GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 1080

    RAM: Basilisx Elite 8 Gb (2x4)

    Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4

    Case: NZXT S340

    PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W Fully Modular

    Wireless NIC: Edimax - EW-7822PIC

    CPU Cooler: Deepcool Captain 240 EX

    Storage:

         Boot Drive: Intel - 530 Series 80GB

         Games Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB x2

         Main Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB

         Archive/Backups: Western Digital - Red 3TB x2

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    A little bit about myself.

    My name is Shaun my nickname is Witchart. I am 44 years of age and I have been using witchart as my nickname for over 30 years. Do you remember CB radios?. Well, witchart was my handle and I still use it today.

     

    Over the last 20 years, I have built hundreds of Pc's for friends and family also myself but they have always been your cheap office type and sometimes a cheap gaming pcs. Nothing that looked really good and defiantly no water cooling or RGB.

     

    NightWalker

     

    I decided to build Nightwalker after hearing about the new Xbox X coming out. I was impressed with the specs and thought yes I want one. I have never owned a console before it just seems so powerful I thought it would beat most PC's (I had not looked into the latest gaming tech for PC's for over 10 years) I was really out of the loop, I delved into the Net and started to do some research.

    Within 10 minutes I knew I wasn't going to buy an Xbox, no it was going to cost me a lot more money but I was thunderstruck to see what was out there and how gaming on the pc was thriving.

     

    After a little discussion with the wife, That's all I am saying.

    Research started. My first port of call was YouTube I was looking at other peoples personal builds to help inspire me. Wile, I was churning through YouTube I came across a vid titled 4 gamers one pc, I thought that sounds mad had to watch it. I thought it was cool. That was the first vid I watched from LinusTEch tips. I don't miss a vid now.

     

    After a few weeks of research, I was finally was happy with My parts list. And decided to dig deep into my pockets and start spending.

    I managed to save around £300 pound just by shopping around and also managed to get a coupon from MSI for 30% off any graphics card.

     

    Parts list

     

    Case Thermaltake core p5.

     

    Wasn't sure what colour to go for, I decided the snow addition would be cool I didn't order this online I went to my local pc tech store. Unfortunately, they had just sold the last one. I wasn't waiting until they had replenished their stock so I purchased the black one instead. Which I regret now. I feel a paint job coming on in the near future but for now it I'll do.

     

    PSU Fractal design 550w.

     

    550w PSU should do nicely for my system the only reason I decided on the Fractal design PSU is that I already had the Fractal Design Kelvin S36 AIO cooler.

     

    Motherboard MSI X370 Gaming pro Carbon

     

    Trust me I found choosing the motherboard to be the hardest choice I had to make. It was between three Mboard and the Carbon one because I found it on Scan.com for £120 really good deal back then.

     

    CPU Ryzen 5 1600x

     

    I Think the last time I built an Amd Machines it was a K6-2. I was really impressed with what I had learnt about the Ryzen CPU family. NightWalker is not just for playing games I spend Loads of time in Photoshop and other CPU demanding applications, so going for a CPU that has 6 cores 12 thread for just under £220 Yes I did it, I was the proud owner of a 1600x Get in.

     

    Memory Adata XPG 4gig x 2 3000mhz

     

    Idiot Idiot idiot I did not buy XPG 3000mhz no I got 2400mhz I must have pressed on the wrong link once again Idiot, At the moment I have overclocked it to 2666 which seems to be ok but will be upgrading to 16 gigs I will then sell on my 24000mhz ram on eBay.

     

    Cooling Kelvin S36 AIO.

     

    I really liked the idea of water cooling Nightwalker, well the CPU at least and I like overkill so Kelvin S36 AIO was my choice I liked the look of it and I also know its not the best but it would be good enough for my Ryzen and also you can add to it, cool That didn't take me long sins it would not fit in my Core P5 without been at least extended, so some soft tubing and red cooling fluid was needed.

     

    Graphics card Msi GTX 1070 Armor

     

    The sweet spot well for me at least, money was an issue but also with a coupon from MSI giving 30% off any Graphics card of there's that is. The only one I really liked the look of and would fit in this build was The armor and sins you can get a GTX 1050 up to 1080 TI in that style I thought 1070 would be quick and smooth enough for the price. I was going to get 1060 before I got the coupon from MSI.

     

    Storage Adata 256gig SSD and a 4TB Seagate HD

     

    These drive were not new I pillaged them out of another computer I had knocking around but will be buying m.2 sometime in the future.

     

    To help brighten Nightwalker up RGBRGBRGBRGB may be a little rgb I think you get the message. I also thought it would be good to have some black light thrown in for good measures as well. 8 Cold cathode UV 100mm tubes YES.

    I didn't really like the look of the cables that come with the Fractal design PSU so I went online and got some white extensions, they look so much better.

     

    I think its time to show you how She (always she just like My car) is getting on. Not finished yet I will be adding a hard tube loop after Christmas whooo cant wait.

     

    I nearly forgot to mention some little cheap toys crawling all over her just for fun.

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  7. With an average internet connection speed of 6.5 Mbps (IPv4), India has secured a global rank of 89 in broadband internet speed as per the State of the Internet for the first quarter of 2017 (Q1) connectivity report. The report has been released by Akamai Technologies which is the world’s largest cloud delivery platform; and it shares insight into various digital trends that can be observed globally like internet disruptions, connection speeds and so on. The number is quite below the global average speed of internet connection which is 7.2 Mbps seeing a year-on-year increase of 15 percent.

    For a country that is still climbing the ladder to an improved Digital India, this marks a year-on-year change of 87 percent. Adding to that there is a 42 percent adoption of a 4 Mbps broadband in Quarter 1 of 2017 which offers a year-on-year increase of 81 percent. During the same period, there was also 17 percent adoption of the IPv6.

    While the country that topped the charts boasting average speeds of 28.6 Mbps is South Korea, India stands ahead of China which secured the 91st position but is lagging way behind Sri Lanka with an average speed of 8.5 Mbps. The category of the highest peak connection speed in the first quarter of 2017 was bagged by Singapore at 184.5 Mbps. While when compared to the average broadband connection speeds last year India seems to be climbing up the rank slowly, the country surely has a long way to go.

    Waving a generous goodbye to the horror of sluggish web browsing, painfully slow downloads, incessantly interrupted catch-up TV and so on is easy especially now that users have the option of availing the faster and better v-fiber broadband. Without getting unnecessarily technical, it will suffice for you to know that compared to traditional ADSL internet, fiber broadband is way faster than using fiber optic cables to circulate data resulting in an broadband connection that is much speedier and more reliable. It not only facilitates fast download, upload, streaming etc. the extra speed you get is also ideal for a household that has a large number of people using the same broadband across multiple devices.

    Hence, if you are stuck with maximum standard speeds of something around 17 Mbps, you must know that you can totally get an internet speed of up to 100 Mbps. Network service providers like Airtel has launched something called V-Fiber which promises to provide superfast data speeds over the network’s existing internet connection. Upgrading to V-Fiber is also a convenient process with a quick modem upgrade without any change of wiring required in your home. You may need to change the modem though.

    As India benefits from the progress made on the availability of improved bandwidth and speeds, Indians stand to benefit from the affordability of it all with leading network connections lining up to offer the best broadband plans for the best user experience.

  8. Guess this oughta exist.

    Counting Paramount tapes only, no specific variant within that realm.

     

    Regular Holiday Specials:

    A Charlie Brown Christmas - ✓ (1998 print)

    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - ✓ (2000 reprint of 1997 tape)

    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - ✗

    Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown - ✗

    It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown - ✓ (2001 reprint of 1994? tape)

    Happy New Year, Charlie Brown - ✓ (1996 print)

     

    Series of Releases:

    Snoopy Double Feature: 

    • You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown and Snoopy's Reunion - ✓ (original Paramount Communications tape, 1994 print)
    • He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown and It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • You're in Love, Charlie Brown and It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown and It's Magic, Charlie Brown - ✓ (1998 print)
    • There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown and Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • Life's a Circus, Charlie Brown and Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • Charlie Brown's All-Stars! and It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown and It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown - ✗

    The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show:

    • Volume 1 - ✗ [You Can't Win, Charlie Brown and Linus' Security Blanket episodes]
    • Volume 2 - ✗ [Snoopy's Cat Fight and Linus and Lucy episodes]
    • Volume 3 - ✓ [Snoopy: Man's Best Friend and The Lost Ballpark episodes] (2003 reprint of 1994 tape; missing slip cover)
    • Volume 4 - ✗ [Snoopy: Team Manager and Lucy Loves Schroeder episodes]
    • Volume 5 - ✗ [Snoopy the Psychiatrist and Lucy vs. the World episodes]
    • Volume 6 - ✗ [Snoopy's Football Career and Chaos in the Classroom episodes]
    • Volume 7 - ✗ [It's That Team Spirit, Charlie Brown and Snoopy and the Giant episodes]
    • Volume 8 - ✗ [Snoopy's Brother Spike and Snoopy's Robot episodes]
    • Volume 9 - ✗ [Peppermint Patty's School Days and Sally's Sweet Babboo episodes]
    • Volumes 1 and 2 - ✗ [You Can't Win, Charlie Brown, Linus' Security Blanket, Snoopy's Cat Fight and Linus and Lucy episodes; rental exclusive?]

    This is America, Charlie Brown:

    • Volume 1: The Great Inventors - ✗
    • Volume 2: The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk - ✗
    • Volume 3: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad - ✗
    • Volume 4: The Mayflower Voyagers - ✗
    • Volume 5: The NASA Space Station - ✗
    • Volume 6: The Birth of the Constitution - ✗
    • Volume 7: The Smithsonian and the Presidency - ✗
    • Volume 8: The Music and Heroes of America - ✗

     

    Initial Paramount Releases:

    It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown - ✓

    It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown - ✓ (English and Spanish clamshell covers, Spanish cover includes English tape)

    A Charlie Brown Valentine - ✗

    Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown - ✗

    I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown - ✗

     

    Movies:

    A Boy Named Charlie Brown - ✗

    Snoopy Come Home - ✗ (Fox print; I need the Paramount print)

    Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown - ✓ (1999 reprint of 1994? tape)

    Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!) - ✓ (however, I would like to get a later print; this is the 1985 Gulf and Western print)

     

    Other Paramount Tapes:

    Empty until further notice.

     

    One-off Specials and Musicals:

    You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - ✗

    Snoopy the Musical - ✗

    The Big Stuffed Dog - ✗

    It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown - ✗

    You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown - ✗

     

    Edit log:

    December 10th - Added episodes for Volume 8 of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

    December 11th - Added another Snoopy Double Feature tape (Charlie Brown's All-Stars! and It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown)

    December 11th R2 - Added yet another Snoopy Double Feature tape (You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown and It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown)

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    Purchased OVH Australian Server when I started my business.

     

    CPU:  Intel  Xeon E3-1245v5 - 4c/8t - 3.5GHz /3.9GHz
    RAM:  32GB DDR4 ECC 2133 MHz
    Disks:  SoftRAID  2x2TB 
     
    It's great to have an affordable on-shore server now but it kind of sucks knowing for the same price I could get the same server but with unlimited bandwidth and with 64 gigs of RAM. :(
     
    I really do hate Australia's internet. D:
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    3.A Tale Of Two Sisters

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    Synopsis

    Spoiler

    I just finished this movie and actually what inspired me to create this blog.
    My english arent so good so i'll just have to give u the synopsis from google.

    After being institutionalized in a mental hospital, Korean teen Su-mi (Yeom Jeong-ah) reunites with her beloved sister, Su-yeon (Su-jeong Lim), and they return to live at their country home. The girls' widower father (Mun Geun-yeong) has remarried, and the siblings are immediately resentful of his new wife, Eun-joo (Kap-su Kim). As Su-mi and Su-yeon try to resume their regular lives, strange events plague the house, leading to surprising revelations and a shocking conclusion.

     

    HOWEVER that is not what happening, That is far from the truth.
    The synopsis will programs the placebo in your brain into thinking that is actually whats happen.
    I must say even thought this movie is not as complicated as the wailing.
    U'll still have to replay this movie to understand whats going on.
    So here's what happen Your protagonist is Su-Mi a young girl who has been diagnosed with Nervous Breakdown after her only Beautiful cute sweet little sister died.
    And yes Ghost are involved in this movie but its none of your boring ghost stories like the grudge series.
    I give this movie 9/10

     

  9. In the modern world, privacy is an integral aspect of everyday life. This is particularly true in the privacy of your own home. At work, in public and in other areas of your life the idea that someone may be monitoring you is almost to be expected; it’s an important part of public safety in most cases. However, at home, you expect some level of control over your own life.

     

    In which case, the idea that your microwave could be used to spy on you is not a comforting thought. You might be able to excuse your knives and forks from suspicion (for now), but there are plenty of other devices in your home which could be guilty of being more than a useful household necessity.

     

    So, behind closed doors what innocuous home devices could actually be hiding a more nefarious purpose?

     

    1) Smartphone

     

    As one of the necessities in life, the smartphone is essential for many people, after all who is reading this on their smartphone right now or has it close at hand at least? This makes it a prime target for hackers or spies to keep tabs or outright spy on you, both at home and at large. Traditionally, this was through the physical use of the phone. The microphone is a necessity, clearly, but if your phone is hacked whole conversations could be at risk.

     

    More technology-minded hackers could monitor or pull information using the smart features of your phone. With interconnected apps, your private information is shared in an intricate web throughout the device. Of course, app development is keenly aware of this in 2017 and strives to protect your data as much as possible.

     

    2) Modem

     

    Living without the internet is something many people struggle with, but could you do it if you thought your modem had been hacked? As the bringer of internet and Wi-Fi throughout your home, perhaps your modem should be the prime suspect when it comes to household device spies.

     

    3) Video Games

     

    The internet is essential for many things in your home. Including your entertainment such as gaming. Whether using your desktop or a console, the internet is vital to your gaming experience and thus it can also make your device a very effective spy. Whether to track your spending habits, how long you game each week, what you play or even as a way to access your payment details (as with the PlayStation hack in 2011), your gaming devices can be worse than spies!

     

    4) Fridges

     

    Yes, even your fridge has a microphone in 2017. Now spies around the world can listen to your milk sour in brilliant high definition.

     

    5) Baby Monitors

     

    Here’s a plot twist the likes of a prime-time television episode, using your own spying devices to spy on you. Depending on if you use a sound or video monitor, it can be hacked to listen in or worse to some of the most intimate scenes of your life.

     

    6) Toys

     

    Along the same vein, your children could be used to spy on you through the innocent eyes of their favourite dolls. ‘Smart toys’ are becoming more and more prevalent as children’s exposure to technology increases.

     

    7) Entertainment Devices

     

    Wireless sound systems, music streamers (such as the recently retired iPod, RIP) and other such devices can make your home a fun place to be. But, they also become ready-made spying devices in many cases. With microphones and even cameras, they can easily be manipulated to track your listening or viewing habits at home.

     

    8) Lighting

     

    If you have a truly interconnected home then your lighting system could be used to track your habits. With data about when you turn your lights on and off, potential robbers could have all the data that they need to work out when you are out of your home and for how long. Giving them ample time and opportunity to orchestrate a burglary.

     

    It may seem fantastical. But as our homes grow smarter, so too do the methods of infiltration.

     

    9) Security Systems

     

    The device that keeps you safe could also potentially be used against you. Not only can smart burglars use your lighting against you, they can also hack into your security device and outright make your home defenceless. After working out the perfect time you are out of the home and removing the threat of your alarm, your homes smart devices could be gone in one fell sweep.

     

    10) Webcam

     

    One of the biggest warnings of hacking in the early 2000s came surrounding the webcam. Growing in popularity for quick and easy international communication, the webcam connected to your desktop or inbuilt in laptops was suddenly watched around the world by strangers. Or so many believed. Covering of the webcam, then, became commonplace in modern homes. This paranoia passed for the most part, but should it have? The webcam is still a major source of spying potential in your home today.

     

    11) Tea Kettles and Coffee Makers

     

    Convenience is at the heart of many of your modern appliances. So, a coffee machine or tea kettle that springs into action the moment your alarm signals in the morning is the very definition of convenience. This could also be very easily used to monitor your routine and drinking habits.

     

    12) Satnav

     

    Technically outside of the home, but still an important aspect of your everyday life, the Satnav does not contain a microphone. The GPS functionality that is so useful for guiding you to exotic and exciting new places, however, can also be used to track where exactly you are going. From work to home to the local supermarket, your every move could potentially be recorded.

     

    13) Pacemakers

     

    Your house can be hacked, so why not your body? As an electrical device, a pacemaker is as hackable as a computer according to some. Not many consider the fact that someone may hack into a pacemaker and so the security functions of the devices are not as sophisticated as they could possibly be.

     

    14) Smart TVs

     

    Watching an episode of your favourite show has never been riskier. With internet capabilities, social media uploading and streaming your TV is no longer the safe household device of yesteryear. Its smart capabilities make it a perfect device to monitor for big corporations behind the television and movies. They can monitor your watching habits on a mass scale, meaning they can then tailor their content to match what the majority of their viewers want.

     

    Not only can Hollywood keep on eye on you, but it’s a perfect location for bugs. In fact, some government agencies have reportedly already worked out how to do so already!

     

    15) Alexa

     

    Of course, the most infamous example of a device that is most definitely spying on you in your own home: Alexa. Also known as the Amazon Echo, this nifty little home helper has been making headlines recently thanks to a number of robotic mishaps. From granting the wish of cuddly toys to small children to answering any question that may spring to mind, for example, “what is the traffic like this morning, Alexa?” The device is equal parts helpful and equally as intrusive.

     

    With built-in Wi-Fi, speakers and several microphones, not only can you hear this device, it can hear you. With its built in connection to The Cloud this feature used to hear you from all areas of a room could be used by hackers as well as Alexa to hear your every word. A feature which makes Alexa a prime suspect in the home appliance spy game.


     

    Overall, the more modern our homes become, the more potential there is to create an opportunity for people to spy. Of course, anyone listening in might not gain much from your constant chats with your pet's about their lack of contribution to the household. Unless you’re an important diplomat or a spy yourself, your microwave listening to you might not be a worry you have to face.

     

    Still, best keep an eye on the toaster just in case.


     

  10. The first thing we had to do was get Frank's scary dog out of the RV. So, we did the classic cartoon "give a dog a bone" routine and Cujo became Scooby Doo just like that.

     

    Frank's RV was pretty much what I expected—drug dealer trash chic. But it wasn't as serial killer as I feared. We ransacked the place and found what Chloe didn't want us to find...

     

    I'm sorry Chloe had to see the pictures of Rachel posing for Frank, even if she did care about him. To her it's just another betrayal, just another loved one dumping on her. Everybody she ever loved she lost one way or another. Only I came back from the past... for what? To make Chloe's life more painful? I just wish I could use my rewind power to go all the way back to the days when we were covered in pancake flour... Life was simple...

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    Ever since my original post about slowly upgrading/rebuilding a PC, I have gained a few responses that have inspired me to keep going. Here goes, let's make a blog! xD

     

    So, first off, my plan is to slowly build up my PC, replacing a component one by one, so I am not sure how long this is going to take me.

     

    Every time I have to replace a component, have an interesting find, good indications for the projects, and bad indications for the project, I will post a blog for it. As I have said in my previous blog post, specs, but I will place them here too.

     

    Specifications:

     

    • Case: I have no clue what it is called. (I know, we are already off to a great start!) But I know that it is the stock case for the ASUS Essentio CM1730. Looks like this.
    • Motherboard: The kind of old, m4A7BLT-m in all its glory.
    • CPU: AMD Phenom(TM) II X6 1065T Processor, coming in at 2.90 GHz. (Also, sorry if on another post I referred to it as 2.80 GHz, xD)
    • Graphics: AMD 760G (integrated(?))
    • RAM: 8.00 gb (7.75 usable)
    • Storage: (Once again), not sure. I do know that still has 786 gb free of 921 gb. I can check certain things if the hard drive/disk is important to you, but so far I have had no luck with the places I have checked.
    • PSU: (crappy) Okia-450atx, and yes, I know that I need to replace it. You can check out other people's ideas over here, but I would recommend any new (if needed) suggestions land on this post for organizational reasons.

    So, as you can tell, not a great PC, I mean, it can barely land on a somewhat decent framerate on Garry's Mod, gm_flatgrass, no mods.

     

    So, what are my current plans?

     

    Well, more copy+paste from my other post.

     

    • Case: A new MicroATX case, probably somewhere on Newegg, as my motherboard is MicroATX, and some of the case options look quite nice to me. Here is a list. Priority: Low
    • Motherboard: No clue: ??? Priority: ???
    • CPU: I don't think an upgrade is in place, but I doubt this is the high priority. Correct me if I'm wrong. Priority: Low
    • Graphics: GTX 1050 (ti(?)) Priority: Medium
    • RAM: Later on, I plan on (possibly) getting 16 gigs for my PC, as it seems compatible. Priority: Low
    • Storage: Maybe a new Harddrive, possibly SSD. Priority: Low
    • PSU: looking for suggestions, though the "be quiet! PURE POWER 10-CM 500W" seems like a good option, tell me your thoughts. Priority: Medium/High

    Also, when I say priority, I mean right at the moment of making this. Once I upgrade a part, the priority list will change a lot.

     

    Here are some responses from one of my latest forum posts.

     

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    I like these kinds of projects, it's a great way to break into an otherwise expensive and time consuming hobby.

     

    A fresh power supply is a great start. No need to go super fancy, even a (grey label) Corsair CXM would be a good basis for a budget rebuild. There's a good PSU tier list on this forum that you should definitely make use of, it is maintained by some very knowledgeable forum members.

     

    That old Phenom II X6 was a powerhouse in it's day, you can keep that for now and work with it even with the somewhat limited motherboard. You could buy a solid new board, like an MSI 970 Gaming and overclock the bejesus out of that fossil, but I would say save your pennies for now unless you can find a used one for peanuts. It's not a critical component at this time.

     

    A case wouldn't be a bad idea and if you want to think ahead to future upgrades; you might want to go with an ATX case instead of MicroATX, just to keep your options wide open.

     

    A good GPU is the second step and I agree with your selection of a GTX 1050 (Ti would be best) as that will jive well with the aging performance of your Phenom II, and will work well with whatever you upgrade to in the future without breaking the bank now.

     

    One thing I will add is get an SSD as fast as possible. It will seriously enhance the responsiveness of the system and make everything much snappier. It's a seriously good investment.

    I agreed to pretty much everything that he said. (It was ApolloX75's reply, by the way, go follow his profile!)

     

    I also got:

     

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    Mhmm ok then, slowly building up isn't a bad idea , you just need to keep your heads up for the deals &sales that's going on. 

    Since a new psi is your main issue right now, I recommend you look into the evga supernova 650 gs. Good price and fully modular. Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 650W is another one that's in the same price rang,all depends on your tastes

     Also, a pc case is what you should consider next if you are up grading slowly, this will narrow down your researches a lot.

    a mid-tower is usually the best choice for a first-timer, good compatibility, and have a lot of budget friendly choices.

    Once again, thanks to another user (Diones), go follow him/her on him/her's profile!

     

    Anyways, I have decided that I want to start with upgrading the Power Supply Unit (PSU), as the one in my system is one of those cheapo PSU's that company's use because they are cheaper, and I don't want to use that!

     

    I am currently looking into these PSU's, and I will get back to you when I decide on one. I also know the PSU tier list is a great place to look.

     

     

    I'll try to take advantage of any sales that come across, but for now, that is my list.

     

    I'll update once I figure something else out!

     

    Thanks for your time,

     

    Enderess

  11. I am currently working on a personal project but so far, I've created a simple python script (with many comments to try and explain what is going on!) to pull data from the default tac_plus.acct (AAA Accounting file) that is created with tac_plus.

     

    By default this file is saved in /var/log/tac_plus.acct and records user sessions (whether it is authenticated via TACACS+ or by the local database on our cisco router (10.0.100.1). The script takes an argument used to filter the specific 'username' for the total time they have accessed this device.

     

    The script technically pulls total time accessed to ALL devices with that username, but in my case I have only a single router configured in GNS3 with the ubunutu VM as a docker. I am looking to improve this script so I can either filter by ALL devices/IPs or a single IP matching a username.

     

    #!/usr/bin/env python
    
    import time
    import sys
    
    def getUserTime(username):
    	#Default location for accounting file below. It won't be created if AAA accounting is not
    	#configured on the device...
    	accFile = open('/var/log/tac_plus.acct','r')
    	splitFile = accFile.readlines()
    
    	#2 lines should involve a session (Connect + Disconnect)
    	sessions = len(splitFile) / 2
    
    	print 'Total Sessions in accounting file: {0}\n'.format(str(sessions))
    
    	#Variables for splitting the file + counters
    	session_index = 0
    	session_list = []
    
    	count = 0
    	user_sessions = 0
    	user_time_index = 0
    	user_time = 0
    	#--------------------------------------#	
    
    	while session_index < sessions:
    		#Check if username exist in accounting file
    		if any(username in s for s in splitFile[count:count+2]):
    			#Increment user sessions, since more than 1 connect/disconnect have been found
    			user_sessions = user_sessions + 1
    			#Print below is for debugging/seeing output when running the script
    			print 'Found session for user: {0} ({1})...'.format(username, user_sessions)
    			#Append connect/disconnect session from splitFile list to a new list of lists...
    			if any("elapsed_time=" in t for t in splitFile[count:count+2]):
    				session_list.append(splitFile[count:count+2])
    		#Counter is incremented by 2 because of session is made from: connect and disconnect
    		count = count + 2
    		#Session_index tells us what session we are on in the file...Stops the while loop
    		session_index = session_index + 1
    
    	print '\nTotal sessions for user **{0}** = {1}'.format(username, user_sessions)
    
    	#Reset incase I use count again...
    	count = 0
    
    	#For each 'session' (which we have filtered 'elapsed_time=' to a username
    	for session in session_list:
    		user_time_index = session[1].split() #Split all variables in disconnect session
    		#Index 14 SHOULD be 'elapsed_time=', replace it so now we have the variable in 'user_time'
    		user_time = user_time + int(user_time_index[14].replace('elapsed_time=',''))
    
    	#using 'time' module, to output the format
    	user_time = time.strftime('%H:%M:%S', time.gmtime(user_time))
    	print 'Total time logged in: ' + str(user_time)
    
    	#Write to temp_time so a PHP script in /var/html/www can pull the total time for the user...
    	new_file = open('/var/www/html/temp_time.txt','w')
    	new_file.write(user_time)
    	new_file.close()
    
    getUserTime(sys.argv[1])

    The purpose of this was to rent out a lab (where the customer needs to log in via an access server) and be able to gather/display information regarding the total time they have spent on the lab.

     

    So the access server can be configured with AAA (and accounting exec command) to authenticate with this linux VM. Then the customer will be able to somehow view a webpage that gathers the time he has logged in until the password is reset (and he needs to book another 24hr frame to get access again)... The basic PHP script to access this time value in the text file is:

    <html>
      	<div class="lab-remain-time">
    		<p>User netdbackup - Total used LAB time </p>
    		<hr>
    		<?php
    			$myfile = fopen("temp_time.txt", "r") or die("Unable to open: temp_time.txt");
    			echo fread($myfile, filesize("temp_time.txt"));
    		?>
    	</div>
    </html

     

    Here is an example of all of this in action:

     

    The script can filter total sessions + total time on a username:

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    The best css formatting you'll ever see (php script reading the time)

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  12. I needed a new case that was somewhat portable (the P3 was not fun to carry around) because I recently sold my laptop. I settled on the 400C and it is gorgeous. Review coming soon.

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  13. While you might have thought that I abandoned this place, I haven't, it's just that the part prices are getting higher and higher on a pretty much weekly basis, and some components, such as GPUs and RAM, are shooting up in price due to limited stock and overall shortage

     

    But no worries, I can still make pretty good budget builds for light to moderate gaming.

     

    I'm going to do a little twist, I'm going to give nicknames to builds, not just "Budget build" or "Content creation monster".

     

    250$ "Spectator"

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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU:  Integrated with Motherboard
    Motherboard: ASRock - J3710-ITX Mini ITX Pentium J3710 Motherboard  ($95.98 @ Newegg) 
    Memory: Mushkin - Essentials 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory  ($44.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Green 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($26.99 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GT 710 1GB PCIE x1 Video Card  ($40.45 @ Amazon) 
    Case: Rosewill - R363-M-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply  ($44.99 @ Amazon) 
    Total: $253.40
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-07 04:53 EDT-0400

     

    400$ "Whistler"

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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Athlon X4 845 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($54.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Motherboard: Asus - A68HM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard  ($40.89 @ OutletPC) 
    Memory: Team - Vulcan 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($51.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Corsair - Force LS 60GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($46.99 @ Amazon) 
    Storage: Toshiba - P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($42.49 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: PowerColor - Radeon RX 560 2GB Red Dragon OC V3 Video Card  ($93.98 @ Newegg) 
    Case: DIYPC - MA08-BK MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($31.98 @ Newegg) 
    Power Supply: EVGA - 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($34.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Total: $398.08
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-07 05:02 EDT-0400

     

    650$ "Maltese"

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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($156.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($59.99 @ Newegg) 
    Memory: Crucial - 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($59.85 @ Amazon) 
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card  ($264.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
    Case: Rosewill - FBM-X1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($26.99 @ Amazon) 
    Power Supply: Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($23.98 @ Newegg) 
    Total: $652.56
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-07 07:45 EDT-0400

     

    1000$ "Zeus"

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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($219.29 @ OutletPC) 
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - MasterLiquid Lite 120 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($39.99 @ Amazon) 
    Motherboard: ASRock - Z170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($77.98 @ Newegg) 
    Memory: Team - Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($60.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Team - L5 LITE 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($50.98 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Western Digital - AV-GP 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.99 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card  ($399.99 @ Newegg) 
    Case: Corsair - 100R ATX Mid Tower Case  ($42.98 @ Newegg) 
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($72.98 @ Newegg) 
    Total: $1025.17
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-07 07:41 EDT-0400

     

    Thanks for viewing this and I hope you'll have fun time with these builds!

    Comment for any suggestions on optimizing these builds!

  14. I haven't done anything that would require benchmarking in ages. Last change made to my old log file was 2014 after I changed some case fans and wanted to check if they did something to temps. This July I changed graphics card which is something I would say anyone should run their own sequence after. So after any bigger change (CPU/GPU mainly) anyone should run same benchmarks they have run before change. I will come back to this in a moment. In my situation need was really big. I went from 2011 midrange card to 2013 top end card. Something that in paper is bit better than 280X, card that I was eyeing for upgrade year ago. Yes, talking about used cards. Upgrade was from GTX 560Ti factory OC'd to reference GTX 780. Benchmarks would look awesome. In numbers if not actually, but thats more about nature of tests themselves.

     

    So why this post? Well, so I can refer to it when someone asks advice about benchmarking. Since my last run was 3 years ago and I haven't really played any new games, all my game benchmarks are pretty bad choices. Like NFS Shift and Battlefield Bad Company 2. There might be Battlefield 3, but thats it. This new batch won't have any real gameplay. Because of two reasons. 1. I still lack good games for realistic benchmarking, Battlefield 4 is probably on the heavier side. So nah on games. And 2. I don't want to buy games just because I could get good benchmark out of them. Even games with benchmark tools would be just for it since I don't play 3rd person single player adventure/action games (Metro 2033, Tomb Raider, Witcher 3). This will be list of benchmarks which are free and provide good base for anyone looking to create their own sequence.

     

    1. What is my "sequence"?

     

    I use term "sequence" to describe procedure where I run multiple tests, check temps and mark down scores. Marking down scores and temps is good practice in general. Not just for bragging, but to check how much you spending money actually improves the systems performance. So my sequence involves having few monitoring software open, taking numbers in notepad and running several benchmarks one by one. Yes, it will take some time, some 1.5h for me. But you need to do it once and then you can just refer notes later if someone asks something. I've used temp readings many times to advice on high temps under stress tests and idles on my older hardware.

     

    To actual point. I have 10 software, 12 tests, 1 main monitoring software with 2 others running, notepad with template for scores and temps and FRAPS for one odd out fps reading. I cover tests later. I happen to have 2 monitors, but all this can be done on one monitor. 2nd is good for having all monitoring software there. Like in this manor:

    2nd_monitoring.thumb.png.1795b7d076ff4785661f9d97cdad8fb1.png

     

    So MSI Afterburner is present because of habit of looking at graphs. I actually don't use it for GPU temp monitoring anymore, but habit of looking at fan and temp graphs remains. Main screen is where I look at GPU temp when test is running. Mainly since its new piece and I want to see how my fan settings are holding. Main software here is RealTemp with GPU temp monitoring open. I reset Maximum readings after every test to get reliable readings for all tests individually. Under them all is my normal main monitoring software, OpenHardwareMonitor. Notepad is on main monitor since I don't need it until after test finishes.

     

    Things I do and would recommend. I have habit of doing this after cold boot. I would recommend booting before running sequence. Its easiest way, since there's least amount of extra software running on background. For this sequence I added way of closing all extra stuff I have open. Skype, several driver software's, basically anything except multimonitor manager, fan controls and virus scanner. Some might close virus scanner too, but I don't mind it. Then another boot after all testing is done. To get everything working as normal. I would recommend setting any fan profiles like you are going to use them before running test on new components. Makes more realistic comparison. As for temps, I have idle's. Which I will take after first test has run. Reason being that idle's coming directly from boot will be lower than what you are going to see any other time. For testing temps I use max temp. Its most relevant. Since RealTemp shows temps for all cores, I use average with easy count. Take highest and lowest and split difference with upward rounding. Like 66C and 58C would be 62C (8/2=4, 58+4=62C) or 67C and 60C would be 64C (7/2=3.5, round up 4).

     

    2. Tests and score keeping

     

    Let's start with synthetic benchmarks. I will give some background on why I use software listed here, where to get it and what settings to use (if needed).

     

    3DMark https://www.futuremark.com/downloads/3dmark.zip

    If you have had gaming PC for some time, you know this software already. Futuremark's (Yay! for Finnish company) 3DMark has been industry standard for almost 20 years. Its combined benchmark, meaning that it tests both GPU and CPU within single run. First 3DMark I've used is 3DMark03. I've had 05, 06. Vantage and 11. 3DMark06 was used for long time because of its DX9 support. Until Vantage with DX10.1 it was only thing to test new hardware reliably. Thats important. Because of the way benchmarks work, if you change something the score will also differ. So comparing two results between different versions of software can cause issues. I first noticed this fact with FurMark.

     

    But back to 3DMark. Free version has 3-4 tests. Most common is FireStrike which is for current gen gaming PCs. You can run it with lower end hardware if you are like me and want before upgrade scores to compare. I also used tad lighter SkyDiver. Mainly because I couldn't get 06 running anymore. So let both tests run, mark score to notepad, mark max temps for GPU and CPU, remember to let temps go back to "idle" in between and reset max readings before running the test. Thats it. Free version doesn't have any settings to toggle. Only thing I would like to toggle is Demo.

     

    CINEBENCH R15

    Yes, they actually have product name in caps. Maxon makes professional 3D modeling and animation software as their main source of income. But Cinebench has become one reason for their homepage to get constant traffic. It has 2 tests, individually for CPU and GPU. GPU uses OpenCL, CPU renders image using all available threads. Cinebench gives some comparison for similar systems, but I wouldn't look that graph too much. I also don't think it as very taxing software. Run tests for both CPU and GPU, with temp normalization in between.

     

    This is among those software with this batch that has single part focus on testing. I don't have just for CPU, but I might look into that part more. Intel Extreme Tuning Utility has CPU testing, but I don't know if it works with AMD. Anyway, having whole benchmark just for single component has some advantages. Like if you'd like to test air cooling myth about radiating GPU heat. So running GPU only test would raise only GPUs temp notably and do something to CPUs temp also. I don't look at utilization when I run these tests, but it could be one thing to check also if you want to gather more data.

     

    Catzilla http://www.catzilla.com/download

    ALLBenchmark's test is different from the two above because it  has very noticeable sound effects and music. Otherwise its just another combined benchmark. I've used it since I heard about it from OC3D's TinyTomLogan. TTL is someone who's opinion on OC and CPU performance means a lot to me. I've picked other go-to software from him with OCCT, a stress test software for CPU. But back to Catzilla. Basic version only has 540p benchmark, but you get 720p one by creating account to their site. Easy thing with Google, Twitter or Facebook linking. Rest of the stuff is like before.

     

    RealBench https://rog.asus.com/rog-pro/realbench-v2-leaderboard/

    ASUS' RealBench is combined test which uses real life tasks for benchmarking. Image manipulation, rendering, video encoding and multitasking. Besides giving total score, you get score per test. I mark all of them down. I got to see how much GPU did bottleneck CPU on CPU heavy tasks. Result? Not that much. But some.

     

    UserBenchmark

    This is new to my lineup. I haven't looked much into what it actually measures. But looks to be lighter side combined test. I would say it replaces Novabench I had on earlier lineup. Results are given in three categories, for Gaming, Desktop and Workstation in percentage. I marked those percentages as results.

     

    Heaven and Valley

    These two from Unigine are pure GPU tests. Heaven is what is commonly used for GPU OC testing, temp testing and benchmarking by reviewers. Valley is bit heavier, so I'd say running them both is good practice. Like with 3DMark, there are more tests you can use. I used highest presets for both, Extreme for Heaven and ExtremeHD for Valley.

     

    FFXIV: Stormblood

    Like said earlier, I don't have real gameplay benchmarks in this set. So this game from 2013 is lower end gaming benchmark for me. It has preset for Mazximum settings, but I pumped those bit more. You can check my settings from PDF attached. I use score as scoring, but you could have also given FPS.

    (FFXIV_Stormbloo_benchmark_LoGiCalDrm_config.pdf)

     

    Star Swarm http://store.steampowered.com/app/267130/Star_Swarm_Stress_Test/

    This game engine benchmark is free on Steam. Released 2014 by Oxide Games, guys behind Ashes of Singularity, its has capability of simulating space battle game. There are few options to simulate different style of games. I used Attract with Extreme settings. Score will be given as average FPS. You can select some other combination, important part being that same settings are used before and after any upgrade made to keep score consistent.

     

    demo2 https://files.scene.org/view/parties/2015/assembly15/demo/demo2_by_ekspert.zip

    This one is something I cooked up. Its newer than both other gaming style benchmarks, its done with Unreal Engine 4 and I have no clue if it has any relation to real world or not. Its Demo made by group called Ekspert for Assembly LAN Demo Compo 2015, in which it placed 2nd. There are few remarks I want to make about demo's and demoscene before going actual benchmarking part. Demoscene is all about digital art. Animation, coding, graphics, music, indie game development. At least in Europe, many software and game dev companies have their roots deep into demoscene. If you are doing the things I mentioned above and want to show off your skills by competing, maybe look if there are parties/compo's held in your area. The two known Finnish companies with demoscene background are Futuremark (surprise, surprise) and Rovio. One for making first PC demo at the time when Amiga and Commodore 64 were main platforms, other for making mobile game back when those were played on Nokia N-Cage's.

     

    Now back to benchmarking part. Demo2 doesn't have built-in scoring system. So I've used FRAPS to calculate average FPS. Running 1080p version gives warning about using Fraps for recording purposes, but loads just fine after that. I start benchmark counter as soon as demo starts and check scores afterwards. Nothing more to it.

     

    Others?

    As I said along the lines, I would like to have more modern game benchmarks, as well as CPU only benchmark. So I will be looking around for those and adding them here. If someone reading this has ideas about free or cheap games with included benchmarks, please let me know.

     

    3. Scores and comparison

     

    At this point you should have raw data text file. Something like this one I'm using:

    benchmsrk.txt

    Which includes system specs for each test cycle. This would be the file you are updating during tests. Feel free to use it as template or comparison. But what now? Well, you can just compare by eye results, use it to quickly refer temps and so on. But what if you want know how much better system performance is after upgrade. Thats where Excel (or Sheets, Calc and so on) comes in. Copying results to Excel (&co) can be annoying, but do it once to get template correct and maybe adjust .txt file to help in future. Here's my .xlsx for reference. Also free to be used as template or comparison:

    benchmark_LoGiCalDrm.xlsx

     

    In file I've got some extended system info and notes about tests. Which are pretty much same as in here. But main thing is +- column (Excel hint: add < ' > in front of symbol to exclude any automatic formula). It calculates how many percentage better new score is compared to last. Works best when score changes less than 100% or new score is over twice the value of old. Formula used is pretty simple:

    =(<new>/<old>)-1

    Shown in percentage. You can add color coding and such if needed. If new value are over twice bigger, remove <-1> to get accurate score.

     

    There's some oddness in that file in CPU temps. I had issue with Speedfan missing fan profiles for 2 front intakes. Which I fixed after I had changed to new GPU. So those are something to ignore.

     

    4. Conclusion

     

    I hope this helps those who are new to benchmarking. Note that this is just how I do things and you should be taking it as guide or advice. Make it your own. I will be doing some fixes along the lines, but as I will not be getting major upgrade in few years, its quite possible I'll be making another batch of tests when next upgrade is on me.

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