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Volume I

Welcome to the first edition of my Lyft blog series. In this series I will tell you some interesting stories from my Lyft rides. Some of these are personal stories customers tell me while I drive, others are events that occurred in the car itself while I was driving. This volume represents the most interesting stories from my first 100 rides (excluding two special ones I'm saving for a top 10 list later this year).   Before we get started, I'd like to offer a disclaimer: All guest's names will be changed, as well as any other personal details such as location, age, etc. This little blog series is intended to entertain you, not to embarrass the customers. Additionally, I do not know these people beyond my meeting them during their ride, so I can not confirm all personal stories are accurate; all back seat stories are accurate as they occurred in my car during the ride itself.   I don't know yet how many of these entries I'll make or how popular they may or may not become, but to maintain a clean appearance each story will be enclosed within a spoiler tab. Some stories are longer than others, so this should help keep things looking clean and organized.    Enjoy!   Ride #3, a warm up for what's to come...   The Worst Kind of Revenge   Attempted Exhibitionism in the Back Seat   The Magic Drill (My favorite on this list)   Living In A Box   The Trekkie   That's it for now! Some of these are more interesting than others, but like I stated above I'm keeping my 2 best stories for a top 10 list... hope you found at least one of these stories interesting!

Xanthe_2871

Xanthe_2871

 

My reaction to anti 3rd-party software key-reseller propaganda

While there are legitimately some things to take into consideration regarding purchasing games from 3rd-party key resellers, I think that there also is some false and exaggerated propaganda being pushed about them by some select neurotic develops who are upset that people aren't paying full dollar for their games.   Firstly, the G2A marketplace does not represent 3rd-party key-resellers - it represents a forum for individuals to sell their keys. Arguments made for or against G2A marketplace do not necessarily apply to businesses that are 3rd-party key-resellers, and arguments for or against 3rd-party key-resellers do not necessarily apply to the G2A marketplace.   Secondly, many of the individuals selling games on G2A got their keys legitimately, such as through Humblebundle, Bundlestars, in-store promos, during Steam, Origin, Uplay, etc sales, or as gifts, through trading, or from cheap eBay listings, and other situations. I have a lot of game keys I have not used, and I have lately been thinking about selling them on G2A. I think the idea that it would be better for developers or publishers if someone were to pirate a game than to buy a legitimate key from me that I gained through legitimate means is a great demonstration of a particular developer's stupidity. And, I expect that credit card fraud likely accounts for a small number of key-resale cases. That said, CC fraud tends to be a component of reseller and used markets, and if a person wants to boycott any potential for CC fraud, they should also be avoiding Craigslist, eBay, Amazon, Steam market, etc.   Thirdly, there are many sources for the keys that 3rd-party key resellers have to sell, and I'd bet that most of them are legally legitimate, even when they don't make publishers and developers the same amount of profit as they would like to be making from their sales. Credit card fraud is more likely to account for small numbers of keys here and there, and not the bulk key acquisitions that 3rd-party resellers make by buying games from one region where it's cheaper, and then selling the game in other regions, where it's normally more expensive.     Now, I think that the argument in this link: http://twinfinite.net/2016/06/dev-going-buy-g2a-please-pirate-game-instead/   ... is plainly nonsense, and the hyper-subjective and, IMO, their "True Cost of G2A" balancing of cost between spending money, convenience, personal moral... is astonishingly ludicrous, dumb, and False. It is a case of some hyper-ventilating developer presuming to assert how people think and feel about various acquisition methods, and in doing so is also attempting to impose a dictation upon people's perceptions of what various acquisition avenues represent - with the basis for their argument being subjective opinion and re-framing the subject through acknowledging only particular potential aspects of it. Whoever wrote that is probably very lacking in social and life experience.   Also, there is a great stupidity in saying 'I'd rather have you pirate than buy G2A', and such a comment is obviously about making a point through hyperbolic emotional display (again, a lack of social skills), while disregarding relevant consideration of the matter. When somebody pirates a game, they make use of that game for free, and no money goes to the developer or publisher. When somebody buys a game key through a 3rd-party reseller, that key, if it works to access the game, was paid for by somebody somewhere down the line, and there was a transaction between publisher or developer and whoever first acquired that key. Therefore, with a 3rd-party key resale, some money has been made for the publisher, developer, or both. But with pirating a game, no money has been made for the publisher and developer.   That "True Cost of G2A" graph is as over-the-top cartoonish hysteria and as much deranged False propaganda as the 1930's DEA propaganda film Refer Madness.

Delicieuxz

Delicieuxz

 

Shure SE215 Review - Over 3 years

This is the review of the Shure SE215, not to be confused with the SE215LTD which is a variant of the SE215 introduced at a later date. At first Coming from basically using <$40 earphones i did not know what to expect from this. I was utterly disappointed in the how the earphones fit in my ears and how lackluster they sound, i really thought that the sounds quality would have dramatically changed after switching from low grade entry tier audio products. Low bass response, confused mid and highs. Which leads to the next point, after a period of 5 months, i learnt how to use the included foam and silicon tips properly to obtain a great seal, the included silicon tips provided provide a balanced sound and as i would like to rate it 7/10 in terms of noise isolation and with the included foam tips, 9/10 in terms of noise isolation. (Medium sized comply eartips are 8.5/10)   After my stock cable was damaged with the right side being faulty, i replaced the stock cable with the FiiO RC-SE1 replacement cables. I found these to be more detailed and less warm in terms of audio quality than the stock cables, with slight but noticeable treble boosts probably because of a higher Silver content in the SPC(Silver plated copper) wires. However, the micro-phonics on this particular cable are downright atrocious. If the stock cables would have 7/10 in terms of micro-phonics, these new replacement cables would have gotten a 1/10. I straight up discourage anyone who gets annoyed easily when music is not playing and the cables rubs with each other. Otherwise, when playing music the micro-phonics can barely be heard and the cable is of great quality and certain to last for a long time.   I am going to try out the ATH E40s in a few weeks time and maybe i can provide a comparison of that when i get myself on them :D.

Xenift

Xenift

 

$700 Budget Gaming Build w/ Monitor & Peripherals

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor  ($59.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($68.89 @ OutletPC) 
Memory: Avexir Core Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory  ($47.92 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Seagate FireCuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive  ($99.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB SSC GAMING Video Card  ($108.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case  ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Power Supply: EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($34.49 @ OutletPC) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($88.58 @ OutletPC) 
Monitor: AOC I2269VW 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor  ($79.99 @ Best Buy) 
Keyboard: Kensington 64370 Wired Standard Keyboard  ($11.31 @ OutletPC) 
Mouse: Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Wired Optical Mouse  ($34.99 @ Best Buy) 
Total: $674.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-19 03:21 EDT-0400   This build should mark as low as it should be how a gaming build should at least be like. With this build, any game will be playable. Upgrading would be possible. The included hybrid drive makes the system overall more pleasant to use with increased boot times similar to of an SSD but without the hefty price tag of one. With no upgrade however, this build can last you 1-2 years fairly well.

Xenift

Xenift

 

Creator's Build | Ryzen 7 AM4 vs Intel i7 X99

What should you be getting for CPU Intensive work loads like Photoshop, After Effects and Premier? With the brand new release of Ryzen 7, the creator's choice of CPU's sure have stirred up quite a bit. Rules: 1. Must be ATX (Creators will likely need expansion in the future.) 2. 250gb SSD & 1tb HDD loadout 3. Same Case 4. 16gbs of RAM   Intel PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i7-6800K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor  ($402.58 @ OutletPC) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($24.88 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: ASRock X99 Extreme3 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard  ($151.98 @ Newegg) 
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($119.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($74.99 @ Best Buy) 
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($49.33 @ OutletPC) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB FTW GAMING Video Card  ($239.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12G 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  ($56.98 @ Newegg) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($88.58 @ OutletPC) 
Total: $1276.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-18 04:48 EDT-0400   Ryzen PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: AMD RYZEN 7 1700X 3.4GHz 8-Core Processor  ($396.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterAir Pro 3 28.0 CFM CPU Cooler  ($29.99 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard: ASRock AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($119.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($74.99 @ Best Buy) 
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($49.33 @ OutletPC) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB FTW GAMING Video Card  ($239.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12G 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  ($56.98 @ Newegg) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($88.58 @ OutletPC) 
Total: $1213.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-18 04:52 EDT-0400   In this aspect, the Ryzen 7 based system edges out in terms of pricing, being $62.47 cheaper. This can be easily be tossed into an additional 1tb hard drive, or a PSU upgrade to ensure the longevity of the system as well as lower power draw from the wall.   As for performance, CPU Benchmark is used. With the i7 6800k obtaining 13 588 on PassMark and R7 1700X obtaining 14 650. Thus a 7.8% increase in performance. The sole reason that the Ryzen system can be cheaper is caused by the expensive pricing of the LGA 2011-3 motherboards over the AM4 motherboards.   Also to note, passmark in no way reflects on gaming performance as games rely heavily on single core performance rather than multi core.   TL:DR In short, the Ryzen system is the pick for performance as well as pricing. The only shortcomings it has is the limited PCIE lanes compared to the X99 chipset as well as intel optane technology.

Xenift

Xenift

 

Download Links for Great Free Games

Battlefield 2 / Battlefield 2142   When Gamespy shut down their servers in 2014, people weren't ready to stop playing many of the games that depended on them. So, in the case of Battlefield 2, two different groups of people each decided to set up their own master servers for the game, and provided a free download of the full game + expansions for anyone who wants it. This has been done with the blessing of EA.   Each of these downloads relies on a different master server list, and the client for the two projects is different.   (still active) Battlefield 2 Hub: https://www.bf2hub.com/home/index.php (no longer active) Battlefield 2 Revive: https://battlelog.co/       Command & Conquer, Red Alert, Tiberian Sun, Red Alert 2, Dune 2000   Some years ago, EA released the original Command & Conquer games as freeware, offering their downloads, but with no compatibility fixes for newer OSes. Some other people made the effort to repackage the games, either fixed for modern OSes, or in an entirely new custom engine.   Download original C&C, Red Alert, Tiberian Sun disc images, with no fixes: http://www.cncnz.com/features/freeware-classic-command-conquer-games/   Download C&C, Red Alert, Tiberian Sun, Red Alert 2, Dune 2000, all with modern OS support, and with the CnCNet Online Multiplayer platform: https://cncnet.org/download   Alternate update and repackage of C&C and Red Alert, made compatible with modern OSes, and patches for Tiberian Sun and Red Alert 2: http://answers.ea.com/t5/C-C-The-Ultimate-Collection/red-aleart-1-is-not-running-well-on-my-windows-7-pc-please-help/m-p/5799411#U5799411   Download C&C, Red Alert, Tiberian Sun, Dune 2000, all ported to a newer custom game engine with enhanced features, like higher resolution: http://www.openra.net/       Command & Conquer Renegade X   Command & Conquer: Renegade was released in 2002 as a team-based multiplayer game along the lines of Battlefield, but in which people could play in first-person as one of the infantry-types from the Command & Conquer series. In the game, each team has bases with buildings that contribute abilities and technology to the team that they belong do. These buildings can be damaged, destroyed, or captured, and can also be repaired. Just like in the RTS C&C games, players can buy vehicles from certain buildings, and they can then drive or fly the vehicles that they purchase, in many classic C&C environments. The servers for the original game closed down a long time ago.   Renegade X is the remake of Renegade by one of the game's most passionate fans. It looks great, it plays great, and it has active online servers.   Download link: https://renegade-x.com/         King's Quest I - III, and Quest for Glory II - AGD Interactive's excellent remakes   AGD's remakes of these games are their best presentation, IMO, and offer updated graphics, and native compatibility with modern OSes.   Download links: http://www.agdinteractive.com/games/games.html       MechWarrior 4 Mercenaries    This is the freeware version of the game that was put together by developer MekTek, under license from Microsoft. It is the same as the normal full version of the game, but includes a lot of additional mechs, and a lot of fixes beyond the final patch made by FASA Studio.   I have 3 versions available for download: - The MTX files download is the original installer files and patches from MekTek, and there's included the MTX extractor to install them. - The EXE is an installer for MekPak 3.1, compiled by some release group. The startup logo is changed to the release group, but other than that, it appears to be just the regular MekPak 3.1. - The non-MTX RAR is an archive of the full MekPak 3.1 game folder, which is just extract and play.   The graphics configuration utility should be run first before playing any of these, or the game might not load properly.   Download link: https://mega.nz/#F!K9pHzDaJ!fNT7U1pGXGExccPRnmTBSA

Delicieuxz

Delicieuxz

 

March Build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel - Core i5-7600 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($199.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($69.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory  ($113.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston - SSDNow UV400 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($89.33 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($47.45 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Windforce OC Video Card  ($341.73 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake - Versa N21 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill - 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($85.98 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Total: $992.36
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-05 11:53 EDT-0400

RadiatingLight

RadiatingLight

 

Good Speakers

Work-in-progress compilation of known good value speakers. This list will mostly be limited to two-channel bookshelf type speakers under $500.   Active Speakers Speakers that have a built-in amplifier, and sometimes DAC. Behringer Truth B2031A JBL LSR 305 Micaa PB42X Vanatoo Transparent One Passive Speakers Speakers that require an external amplifier. Micca MB42X Philharmonic Audio The New Affordable Accurate Monitor Shit Due to sound quality, value, or both. AudioEngine Logitech (except z2300) Fluance SX6 Mackie CR3 Monoprice 6.5" Two-Way

SSL

SSL

 

Basics of STP and the root bridge election

The 'wonders' of 802.1D... This is just a quick blog to discuss the CCNA level of the process of how switches in an ethernet LAN will elect the root bridge and a few other details.   Firstly, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) is? Simply, a way to create a logical 'loop free' network in our LAN by blocking specific ports that could cause a frame to loop indefinitely in our network. I'm assuming you have a basic understanding of STP because that would be required to understand the basic root bridge election.   Getting straight into it, when you connect 2 or more switches together they will begin the process of the 'root bridge election' which can change the way frames are sent in the network or even in different VLAN's. Take a look at the example below:       Imaging we had no such thing as STP, the basic example shown is a broadcast has been sent from PC0 to SW1.   SW1 with basic switching functionality, will broadcast the frame out of all ports except the one that received the original frame, this seems very normal so far. In short story, the switches will broadcast the frame out of ports the original wasn't received on so it will be going back and fourth until someone literally comes over and literally turns the switch off, it seems extreme but remember that the switch will not broadcast that frame out of the port it was received but SW1 received a broadcast from both SW2 and SW3 (so SW1 will then broadcast the frame from SW2 out fa0/2, and the frame from SW3 to fa0/1)     So in a short story, STP will block redundant links to stop these frames from looping. You could have the switches daisy chained but that defeats the whole purpose of redundancy and that if we had multiple switches (SW1 -> SW2 -> SW3 -> SW4), if SW3's link were to go down, people connected to SW1 and SW2 wouldn't be able to talk to people on SW3 or SW4.     So what is this 'Root bridge election' or what is a root bridge?   When I first looked at the root bridge, I thought to myself does all the traffic need to go to the root bridge before being forwarded to the destination? Because that seems impractical! Of course, it was the first time I've encountered STP and I wasn't 100% wrong sort of... (but close to it!).   The path towards the root bridge from other switches are commonly the fastest (or least cost) which can be changed. The easiest way I would explain why the root bridge is needed would be along the lines of: "The root bridge allows other switches to have a destination to decide which ports to put in forwarding and which ports to block, by default the least cost (fastest path/speed) would be a preferred path to the root unless you manually configure things like costs and priority...."   Traffic will not need to travel to the root bridge first, unless it needs to travel in that direction or is the only way to get to the destination. We will talk about the different port roles and types for STP a little bit later.     Bridge Election Process   The bridge election process begins with switches exchanging messages, the Hello BPDU (Bridge protocol data unit) formally known as a configuration BPDU (a lot of people may call it a hello, because it is being sent over and over again like most Hello's in other protocols, excuse me while I refer to it as a hello BPDU for now...).   The Hello BPDU will be used to compare on each side of the link and exchange information such as:   Root Bridge ID, Sender Bridge ID, Path cost to root, Port ID and Timers (MaxAge, Hello and Forward Delay). The BPDU does contain more fields, but these are the important ones for now.. (Protocol ID will be 0x000 for IEEE 802.1D)       I believe the main focus in the CCNA is firstly focusing on the Bridge ID (BID) and what forms it. The BID is a field in the BPDU which is 8 bytes. Split into 2 parts:   Priority = 2 bytes (divided into 2 parts: 4bit Priority + 12bit VLAN ID) (interesting fact (2^12 = 4096 VLAN's anyone?) System ID Ext (MAC Address) = 6 bytes Without no configuration, we have some default values in our BPDU that are generated on switches. Such as: Each switch will think it is a root since no root has been elected yet... Each BID priority will be 32768 (VLAN1 = 32769 etc...) Hello Timer is 2 seconds default Forward Delay is 15 seconds by default Max age is 20 seconds by default   So upon BPDU messages being exchanged, what will happen since the BID priority is the same? If that ties, then it will move onto comparing the System ID (MAC Address) and will always elect the switch with the lowest MAC address as the root as shown in the example below:        In this example, we see that SW3 actually has a lower BID which then tells us that it will become the root in this election process. Ok so are BPDU's still exchanging after this simple process? Yes of course! BPDU's are actually generated from the root and will be sent down the topology similar to the picture below:       You can see that the path cost is added to as the basic 'BPDU' is sent down(logically) from the root but where do these numbers come from? STP (1998) has values which I believe you may need to remember for the CCNA exam such as:   10Mbps cost 100, 100Mbps costs 19, 1Gbps cost 4, 10 Gbps cost 2     Now that the root election process has finished, that is pretty much all done? You'd be wrong in not wanting to learn more! Since the previous examples don't really show STP's capabilities of making sure the network is loop free, let's add a redundant link in our switched LAN from SW1 to SW. The image has been changed slightly to make it easier to talk from the logical topology view (remember SW3 is still the root!).       So a redundant link has been added and BPDU's have been exchanged but wait... It seems that we understand one of the first values compared in the BPDU is the root bridge ID. SW3 and SW2 will both send a BPDU with the same Root Bridge ID?? Is the switch going to freak out? Is STP going to break? Of course, that would be a poor design if it did but it simply moves onto the next value to compare...   Sender Bridge ID - Is the Senders BID lower than mine? No.... Simply move onto the next parameter. Cost....   SW1 root path cost using gi0/1 will be 4 SW1 root path cost using fa0/1 will be 23 (because it needs to also add the cost to get to the root from the SW2 gigabit connection)     Port Roles and States   After the switch has completed this new election process with the new redundant link, we can move onto the next stage of the STP process. STP defines port roles and states to be used by root and nonroot switches. The root switch will simply put all ports in the designated role and states will be in forwarding mode (FWD), so lets focus on non-root switches.   Every non-root switch must have a root port which essentially is the lowest cost to reach the root switch. SW1 has made g0/1 the root port since it is a STP cost of 4 rather than f0/1 which would be a cost of 23. (sorry about hostname, this was issued on SW1)    Because the Root switch will generate BPDU's that are then sent down from the topology, each switch will add the cost on the BPDU before sending it out.   The BPDU sent from SW3 to SW2 is 0 then SW2 will add a cost of 4 then will be resent to SW1. SW1 will receive it on port f0/1 and will add a cost of 19 creating a total of 23. The BPDU sent from SW3 to SW1 is 0 then SW1 will add a cost of 4 then will be sent to SW2. SW2 will receive it on port f0/1 and will add a cost of 19 (23) which is a worst path than g0/2 to root. As you can see in the #show spanning-tree. It also lists on SW1 that interface fa0/1's role is Desg (Designated).   The designated role will be the port that advertises the lowest path cost to a LAN segment. Of course, ties will occur which will result in the BID's being compared and the lowest BID will be chosen. All other ports that are not a Root or Designated will be transitioned into the 'Blocking'(BLK) state as shown on SW2:           In the next blog on STP, we will talk about STP convergence, 802.1w (RSTP), PVST+, Configuring them all and tweaking STP values such as priority, cost, also I will go into depth on STP port roles and states etc.. I will be replicating this topology with 3 Cisco 2950's instead of using Packet Tracer. (PS, I wrote this on my actual blog but thought I might aswell upload it here, sorry if any formatting issues occur!)

BSpendlove

BSpendlove

 

Know New about Automated Software Testing

A software without Testing is like a body without soul. Chill... I mean to say that Testing is like you can feel but can not see. Software reliability and security can be check only by the software testing. If you want that your software as per your goal you need software testing no matter either its manual or automation.   But Automated software testing is the majorly using testing services nowadays. Test Automation make your testing work easy to test web and software. It is very useful in case of repeat testing. It will repeat till all the bugs removed.    Automated software testing has many pros but their some cons also. It is very is for testing proficient persons but hard for non-skilled persons. Automation testing process is quick but the documentation process is very hard. It is good in performance, and better than manual testing but debug script is difficult, procedure is little expensive, little change may cause damage in software. Some Pros of Automated Software Testing are like No coding knowledge require Time saving Accuracy  Multi Platform supporting See more Pros in infographics given below: Pros and Cons of Automated Software testing     Read more on what is the Automated Software testing and benefits and share your thoughts on it here also.

jessicacyrus1

jessicacyrus1

 

Is it a good idea to work in local languages for IT Companies in India?

Indians are using various languages in various areas so use of english to promote your business or work your business is quite difficult to many people who can't speak or understand english.  So considering this point, Some MNCs like TCS started working local languages and they got success in this.   Even social medias are also started using local languages. India is developing towards IT field and use of local languages become big change.  I have written the story on the same topic by reading some informations.find it on Yourstory.com.   Read the post at Why IT Companies in India have to target the regional languages?     BIg and small both businesses get benefits by using various languages in their business. you can also share your thoughts on the same here.

jessicacyrus1

jessicacyrus1

 

Microsoft is now the world's #1 culprit and promoter of software piracy

This was originally a post I made in the Tech News forum, and concerns the data-collection of Windows 10.
Nobody has agreed to grant Microsoft rights to their personal data by purchasing or installing Windows - and all data that is personally generated by a person's hardware, their owned software-licenses, their time, and their electricity costs, is their personally-owned data, and represents work that a person's property created, through their owner's personal expense, and time. Further, I believe it would not be legally-defensible for Microsoft to imply anywhere in their EULA that they do have such rights to people's personal data - noting that EULAs are not laws, but are subject to laws, and noting that there are legal protections against unfair contract terms, which I believe any clause claiming a person's personally-owned data becomes Microsoft's would be a perfect example of (and without such a claim, Microsoft cannot legally claim a right to take people's data).
 
I would say that this applies to the taking of data at any level, but Windows 10 doesn't allow for complete shut-off of all data-stealing, so let's just go with the most basic level of data-taking for this point, which will also be the least-disputable:
When Microsoft unilaterally takes peoples data, it's stealing what doesn't belong to it, what was generated by someone else's work and property,  and what the person that data belongs to is not being compensated for. It's piracy, and it's the very same piracy as a gamer downloading games they didn't pay for, and deriving benefit from them, such as entertainment - or productivity and money, if it's a productivity application, or maybe an OS. It's the taking of data which a person does not own, for benefit.
 
How can Microsoft claim to be anti-piracy, when they are the biggest committers and condoners (by example) of piracy in the world?
 
And, if Microsoft unilaterally decides that it is entitled to pirate everyone's data form them, so that they can make profit off of that data, then why should everyone else not pirate Microsoft's software? What justification exists that would support a double-standard, where software developers base their business-model upon piracy, yet individuals should be expected to pay for software from people and companies who are stealing their personal data, and profiting off of it?
 
Something to think about, which I think the answer is obvious in being that Microsoft's data-collection is a major issue, and is criminal, and sets the example that it's OK for people to take whatever data they want, without paying for it, and without permission - which is software piracy. I don't think that should be the case, and I don't think that's what's right, but that's what Microsoft's conduct is saying is right, in their view, and is setting the example for other people to follow.
 
And the same also applies regarding the conduct of other companies that do the same thing, such as Nvidia.     Again, data that is created by a person's bought hardware and software licenses, which is produced by their system's processing power and resources, on the person's own time, and using the person's own paid-for electricity is theirs, and property rights apply to it. For Microsoft, Nvidia, or anyone to unilaterally take that data for their own purposes, and for them to profit off of it (which they do), is for them to commit data-theft, and to profit off of the proceeds of crime. Essentially, Microsoft and developers who behave similarly are criminal organizations.

Delicieuxz

Delicieuxz

 

Does Making Windows 10 Lean Do Anything For Gaming Performance?

There's been some talk about Microsoft implementing a "gaming mode" for Windows which should help improve the performance of games. Or at least, minimize the impact of the OS on gaming performance. What this means is up in the air. However I decided to take a stab at something that could be like it and create a lean build of Windows 10. That is, a lot of its components were either disabled, deleted, or otherwise no longer a factor.   The Setup I'm using my computer for this test, which has the following specs:   Core i7-6700 16GB of RAM running at DDR4-2133 EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC ACX 3.0 256GB Samsung 950 Pro and 1TB Samsung 850 EVO   I created a 128GB partition on my 850 EVO for this, as I wasn't going to mess with my current build. Then I installed Windows 10 Pro with all of the settings on by default using the Windows 10 build as of somewhere in December 2016. Then I only installed the following:   Intel's chipset drivers NVIDIA's drivers, and only the drivers. The drivers for the Realtek ALC1150 chip 3DMark Unigine Heaven 4.0 Steam   The following tests will be used:   3DMark Sky Diver (Default settings) Fire Strike Extreme (Default settings) TimeSpy (Default settings) Unigine Heaven Extreme preset, with the resolution bumped up to 2560x1440 Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward Benchmark Default settings on the "High Desktop" quality GTA V 2560x1440 resolution No MSAA All settings on their highest, except reflection MSAA which was not set All the advanced graphics setting were set to their highest. Only Pass 4 (the final one) will be used for brevity. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 2560x1440 resolution No MSAA DX11 Very high preset F1 2016 2560x1440 resolution Ultra high preset All tests were run three times and their results averaged.
  The Vanilla Build Results While I forgot to get a screen cap of RAM usage and processes going on, here's what it's like on my current build: Memory Usage:   Processes:   And here are the results:     3D Mark           Score Graphics Physics Combined Sky Diver Run 1 35045 70351 11034 23368 Sky Diver Run 2 35046 71077 11003 22992 Sky Diver Run 3 34835 70469 10904 23218 Average 34975.33333 70632.33333 10980.33333 23192.66667           Fire Strike EX Run 1 9588 10643 11682 4765 Fire Strike EX Run 2 9567 10619 11632 4762 Fire Strike EX Run 3 9553 10595 11662 4756 Average 9569.333333 10619 11658.66667 4761           Time Spy Run 1 6702 7229 4627   Time Spy Run 2 6699 7275 4626   Time Spy Run 3 6719 7286 4664   Average 6706.666667 7263.333333 4639             Heaven           Average FPS Score Min FPS Max FPS Run 1 64.7 1629 29.8 143.8 Run 2 65.4 1648 8.5 144.9 Run 3 64.8 1633 28.8 143.7 Average 64.96666667 1636.666667 22.36666667 144.1333333           FFXIV Heavensward           Score Average FPS Total Load Time   Run 1 14591 112.85 18.64   Run 2 14506 112.336 18.773   Run 3 14549 112.808 18.927   Average 14548.66667 112.6646667 18.78             GTAV           Pass 4 Min Pass 4 Max Pass 4 Avg   Run 1 41.248425 153.773926 82.296112   Run 2 36.866974 156.470566 81.178818   Run 3 40.984291 145.447479 75.742538   Average 39.69989667 151.8973237 79.739156             Deus Ex Mankind Divided           Avg Min Max   Run 1 62.4 50.5 77.3   Run 2 62.1 50.5 76.6   Run 3 62.2 50.5 76.9   Average 62.23333333 50.5 76.93333333             F1 2016           Avg Min Max   Run 1 92.3871 73.214142 111.866035   Run 2 95.232292 79.891083 118.127655   Run 3 94.716011 79.444923 116.410423   Average 94.111801 77.516716 115.4680377     As a curiosity, I ran F1 2016 again, this time with its priority set to "Realtime". Though it did have better performance, it was only up by 4-5 FPS at most. The other games saw no change so I didn't bother with them.   Making Windows 10 Lean One of the first things I did was go to Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off. Then went and removed the following: IE11 Media features Microsoft Print to PDF Print and Document Services Remote Differential Compression API support SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support Windows PowerShell 2.0 Work Folders Client XPS Services XPS Viewer   After a reboot, I did the following: A pplied a registry hack that while it does nothing for performance, it reduces a lot of wait times for things so it gives the impression performance did improve. In Control Panel\System and Security\System > Advanced System Settings and in the Performance section, set it to "Adjust for best performance." I did not touch the page file, as disabling it may make things worse. In Control Panel\System and Security\Security and Maintenance and disabled SmartScreen. Disabled hibernate In Settings app, did a blanket disable on everything that I didn't need.   Now came the question of all those Universal Windows Apps (UWAs), especially the system ones that run in the background all the time. I went to find where they lived, and well, they're spread out quite a bit. The first set is in C:\Program Files\WindowsApps under a super hidden folder that you need to take ownership of before you can even access it. I also had to use WinDirStat to even see the folder. It won't show up in Explorer, even if you disable "Hide system protected files and folders."   The first thing I tried is selecting everything and deleting it, but half the folders wouldn't be deleted for some reason. Rather than try to fight it, I found out I could rename them. So I did:   Except this isn't where all of them live. Some live in C:\Windows\SystemApps. This is a doozy, because if they live here, they must be vital right? Well, good thing they really aren't. Most of them anyway. However, I didn't delete these, I just renamed them.   A few things to note here though: ContactSupport_cw5n1h2txyewy is for the Contact Support app Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe is for Edge Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy is for Cortana If you disable Cortana, you also lose Start Menu Search Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy is for the lock screen ShellExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy is for the Start Menu. Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI_cw5n1h2txyewy is for the Xbox Live app   In here I disabled everything but the LockApp and Start Menu, because you can disable the lock screen in other ways and not having a Start Menu is odd. The task bar will still work though. Make sure that before you do this, unpin any apps from this list. Otherwise, they'll be in limbo where they're pinned.   And lastly, yes there's more, there's one more place to disable UWAs, otherwise they'll automatically run. These live in C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Packages:   Now that the UWAs are out of the way, I went and looked for services and such to disable. To find which ones were safe to do so, I went to Black Viper's website. Anything that was safe to disable was disabled.   And just for kicks, I set the power profile to "High performance."   So What Kind of Performance Does This Get Me Now? After letting Windows settle for a bit, I got it down to this:     Shaved off nearly 600MB of RAM usage and got the process list down quite a bit. Note that the "Non-paged Pool" is half (~75MB) of what my current build is (~150MB). This is the core operating system components. So I must've done something good there! Right?   Enough of that, what kind of performance are we getting now?     3D Mark           Score Graphics Physics Combined Sky Diver Run 1 35089 70950 10993 23352 Sky Diver Run 2 35177 71106 11099 22911 Sky Diver Run 3 34987 70397 10983 23418 Average 35084.33333 70817.66667 11025 23227           Fire Strike EX Run 1 9566 10603 11697 4768 Fire Strike EX Run 2 9577 10634 11696 4750 Fire Strike EX Run 3 9567 10609 11645 4775 Average 9570 10615.33333 11679.33333 4764.333333           Time Spy Run 1 6705 7287 4618   Time Spy Run 2 6689 7267 4614   Time Spy Run 3 6715 7282 4661   Average 6703 7278.666667 4631             Heaven           Average FPS Score Min FPS Max FPS Run 1 66.2 1667 27.1 144.9 Run 2 66 1663 25 145.9 Run 3 66 1663 29.7 146.1 Average 66.06666667 1664.333333 27.26666667 145.6333333           FFXIV Heavensward           Score Average FPS Total Load Time   Run 1 14497 112.431 18.796   Run 2 14550 112.619 18.573   Run 3 14610 113.03 18.791   Average 14552.33333 112.6933333 18.72             GTAV           Pass 4 Min Pass 4 Max Pass 4 Avg   Run 1 20.244783 154.143906 81.087631   Run 2 39.342747 154.573441 82.079002   Run 3 20.863869 115.898499 81.30619   Average 26.817133 141.5386153 81.490941             Deus Ex Mankind Divided           Avg Min Max   Run 1 62.4 50.2 76.9   Run 2 62.1 50.5 76.9   Run 3 62.1 49.8 76.6   Average 62.2 50.16666667 76.8             F1 2016           Avg Min Max   Run 1 97.294609 80.587448 119.962158   Run 2 97.303444 81.302322 118.235237   Run 3 95.821739 80.525665 118.570518   Average 96.80659733 80.805145 118.9226377     Er... Almost no change at all. With all of these system resources freed up, wouldn't that mean performance should also go up? Well, not really. Most of what I disabled and turned off either wasn't actively being used to begin with, or they're mostly sitting around, waiting for something to happen, with maybe some background activity going on if it detects you're not doing something. i.e., the priority is lower than normal. And this makes sense. If the OS had components that were actively using the CPU time, then something is wrong. One of the OS's main job is to provide services to user applications when they need it. Those services should be running either on demand or at a very low rate.   But I do want to make a note on the user experience. I think it actually improved. Although I think that had something to do with the registry hack pack I applied and removing animations more so things just taking up too much resources. Boot times were the same, if not feeling a little worse (perhaps due to Windows trying to find applications whose folders I renamed). However, shutting down is practically instant.   Conclusions If you have a high-end machine, you can expect almost no performance improvement for making a "lean" Windows build. For lower end machines, it certainly might help, but I think what'll really help is just disabling a lot of the GUI fluff. Most of the applications Windows runs run in the background and are idling most of the time.   I didn't bother reading, I just want the results of Vanilla Vs "Lean" Windows   Vanilla Windows         Lean Windows         % Diff (Vanilla vs. Lean)       3D Mark                               Score Graphics Physics Combined   Score Graphics Physics Combined   Score Graphics Physics Combined Sky Diver Run 1 35045 70351 11034 23368   35089 70950 10993 23352   99.87460458 99.15574348 100.3729646 100.0685166 Sky Diver Run 2 35046 71077 11003 22992   35177 71106 11099 22911   99.62759758 99.95921582 99.13505721 100.353542 Sky Diver Run 3 34835 70469 10904 23218   34987 70397 10983 23418   99.56555292 100.1022771 99.28070655 99.1459561 Average 34975.33333 70632.33333 10980.33333 23192.66667   35084.33333 70817.66667 11025 23227   99.68925169 99.7390788 99.59624279 99.85600489                               Fire Strike EX Run 1 9588 10643 11682 4765   9566 10603 11697 4768   100.2299812 100.3772517 99.87176199 99.93708054 Fire Strike EX Run 2 9567 10619 11632 4762   9577 10634 11696 4750   99.89558317 99.85894301 99.45280438 100.2526316 Fire Strike EX Run 3 9553 10595 11662 4756   9567 10609 11645 4775   99.85366364 99.86803657 100.1459854 99.60209424 Average 9569.333333 10619 11658.66667 4761   9570 10615.33333 11679.33333 4764.333333   99.993076 100.0347438 99.82351726 99.93060212                               Time Spy Run 1 6702 7229 4627     6705 7287 4618     99.95525727 99.20406203 100.1948896   Time Spy Run 2 6699 7275 4626     6689 7267 4614     100.1494992 100.1100867 100.260078   Time Spy Run 3 6719 7286 4664     6715 7282 4661     100.0595681 100.05493 100.0643639   Average 6706.666667 7263.333333 4639     6703 7278.666667 4631     100.0547749 99.7896929 100.1731105                                 Heaven                               Average FPS Score Min FPS Max FPS   Average FPS Score Min FPS Max FPS   Average FPS Score Min FPS Max FPS Run 1 64.7 1629 29.8 143.8   66.2 1667 27.1 144.9   97.73413897 97.72045591 109.9630996 99.24085576 Run 2 65.4 1648 8.5 144.9   66 1663 25 145.9   99.09090909 99.09801563 34 99.31459904 Run 3 64.8 1633 28.8 143.7   66 1663 29.7 146.1   98.18181818 98.19603127 96.96969697 98.35728953 Average 64.96666667 1636.666667 22.36666667 144.1333333   66.06666667 1664.333333 27.26666667 145.6333333   98.33562208 98.3381676 80.3109322 98.97091478                               FFXIV Heavensward                               Score Average FPS Total Load Time     Score Average FPS Total Load Time     Score Average FPS Total Load Time   Run 1 14591 112.85 18.64     14497 112.431 18.796     100.64841 100.372673 99.17003618   Run 2 14506 112.336 18.773     14550 112.619 18.573     99.6975945 99.74871025 101.076832   Run 3 14549 112.808 18.927     14610 113.03 18.791     99.58247775 99.80359197 100.7237507   Average 14548.66667 112.6646667 18.78     14552.33333 112.6933333 18.72     99.97616076 99.97499175 100.3235396                                 GTAV                               Pass 4 Min Pass 4 Max Pass 4 Avg     Pass 4 Min Pass 4 Max Pass 4 Avg     Pass 4 Min Pass 4 Max Pass 4 Avg   Run 1 41.248425 153.773926 82.296112     20.244783 154.143906 81.087631     203.7484176 99.75997754 101.4903395   Run 2 36.866974 156.470566 81.178818     39.342747 154.573441 82.079002     93.70716793 101.2273292 98.90327127   Run 3 40.984291 145.447479 75.742538     20.863869 115.898499 81.30619     196.4366772 125.4955675 93.1571606   Average 39.69989667 151.8973237 79.739156     26.817133 141.5386153 81.490941     164.6307542 108.8276247 97.85025713                                 Deus Ex Mankind Divided                               Avg Min Max     Avg Min Max     Avg Min Max   Run 1 62.4 50.5 77.3     62.4 50.2 76.9     100 100.5976096 100.520156   Run 2 62.1 50.5 76.6     62.1 50.5 76.9     100 100 99.60988296   Run 3 62.2 50.5 76.9     62.1 49.8 76.6     100.1610306 101.4056225 100.3916449   Average 62.23333333 50.5 76.93333333     62.2 50.16666667 76.8     100.0536769 100.667744 100.1738946                                 F1 2016                               Avg Min Max     Avg Min Max     Avg Min Max   Run 1 92.3871 73.214142 111.866035     97.294609 80.587448 119.962158     94.95603194 90.85055281 93.25110257   Run 2 95.232292 79.891083 118.127655     97.303444 81.302322 118.235237     97.87145047 98.26420825 99.9090102   Run 3 94.716011 79.444923 116.410423     95.821739 80.525665 118.570518     98.84605726 98.65789124 98.17821914   Average 94.111801 77.516716 115.4680377     96.80659733 80.805145 118.9226377     97.22451322 95.92421743 97.11277731    

Mira Yurizaki

Mira Yurizaki

 

How Will Brexit impact on Tech?

In this Blog we shall discuss and analyze the various impacts that Brexit has on technology and how can we overcome such negative effects. We shall also be explaining how software outsourcing India can be beneficial in the technological industry. So let's gets started with the blog.   What is Brexit?   The word Brexit comes from Britain and exit. On 23rd June 2016 51.9% of votes were voted in favour of leaving European Union (EU). It was such a serious matter that then Prime Minister David Cameron has to resign following Brexit issue.   What Are The Effects on Technology?   The world witnessed a major turnaround following Brexit as it impacted so many things at once. One Industry which the Brexit disturbed the most is the technology Industry as after 4 months still no clear rules and regulations have been formed. The scene is still not clear and it is not feasible to do business in vague situations and circumstances. Based on our research we have selected top 5 effects that will be impacting the tech industry which is as followed:   EU Regulation: Regulation is a legal act under The European Union. But due to Brexit, the regulations have become confusing which makes it difficult to decide what is legal and what is illegal. This result in uncertainty among the investors and the tech gurus, as they are unsure whether the regulation will evolve as per their liking or not.   Flow and Sharing of Data: This can be the biggest and the most debatable issue. The flow of data can include the employees, bank, and customer etc. details as EU might not allow U.K to carry out these details easily for their further use and reference. Many such important data transfer cannot be done easily which can further discontinue the fluent workflow. The tech industry is mainly responsible for all the flow of data and sue o these indifferences they will hope that both U.K and EU can come to some common terms.    Inefficiency in Start-ups: Most of the British Tech Start-ups came voiced their concern over Brexit. They told the negative effects of the Brexit which will make hiring or recruiting talent from abroad. Tech industry giant Microsoft even threatens not Brexit will see the least investment in U.K. Due to unconfirmed immigration process the tech companies from other parts of the world are not making the initiative to invest in U.K till they are sure of the positive return. German tech industries are making most of this opportunity and some even heard quoted that “this is good news for German start-up scene”.   Internet & Digital Technology: British people after Brexit might have to face expensive mobile calls and mobile data which are because EU net neutrality rules will not relate to U.K. This can really be a tremendous tricky situation which the U.K govt. has to overcome.   Spectrum Allocation: This is also one of the major problems due to Brexit. Spectrum Allocation will create the problem as 5G is the verge of launch and deviate from the radio wavelengths will be the last thing a country wants. Satellite services won’t come an easy way as it needs to be regulated at international level on the other side if U.K plans to go alone then they have to bear all the expenses on an allocation of spectrum.   Conclusion   It is an old saying “someone’s loss is someone’s gain”. Many countries are taking advantage of the situations occurred due to Brexit and Indian Tech industry is technical and sound enough to take advantage of such situation. Software outsourcing India is the best possible step that a tech firm can take at the moment as the demand is very high and the situation itself demands software outsourcing India. India has some brilliant tech firms and tech engineers who can make their life better by making most out of the situation. The software can be developed for their organizations and can be sold at way higher price than expected as they need them badly. It is the most fruitful time for the Indian tech industry to make merry out of current affairs. However, it will be exciting to see the post-Brexit effects that the tech industry has to bear. It all depends on upon the acceptance of new rules and regulations that will be laid.

jessicacyrus1

jessicacyrus1

 

Topics created in 2014

(Almost) ALL Topics talking about having LTT/Forums app in 2014   Main post with all statistics:   2014 Stats   Total topics created: 14 Most in month: 2 (July, September, October, December) Average in month: 1.2 Shortest time between: N/A ( - ) Longest time between: N/A ( - )   Dec 27th   Dec 17th   Oct 23rd   Oct 7th   Sep 29th   Sep 27th   Aug 22nd   Jul 30th   Jul 9th   Jun 29th   Mar 17th   Mar 9th   Feb 20th   Jan 24th  

LoGiCalDrm

LoGiCalDrm

 

Topics created in 2013

(Almost) ALL Topics talking about having LTT/Forums app in 2013   Main post with all statistics: 2013 Stats   Total topics created: 17 Most in month: 7 (May) Average in month: 1.4 Shortest time between: 1d 8h 23min (May 1st 18:41 - May 3rd 03:04) Longest time between: 80d 19h 28min (Feb 8th 21:13 - May 1st 18:41)   Dec 22nd Oct 31st Sep 18th Aug 22nd July 11th June 21st June 3rd May 31st May 27th May 14th May 9th May 5th May 3rd   May 1st Feb 8th   Jan 21st   Jan 3rd

LoGiCalDrm

LoGiCalDrm

 

A trip to The Computer History Museum

Since I was in the area, I decided to take a trip down to the Computer History Museum in Sunnyvale, California. I also could've made a pit stop by Google's HQ and Apple's HQ for maximum geekiness (well and maybe glance at Oracle and Adobe's HQ), but nah. It's a nifty place if you get the chance to go. Just don't expect much out of the gift shop, there's a lot of cringe-worthy "geeky" stuff. But then again, maybe you're into that sort of thing :3   Since a picture dump really isn't feasible, I thought I'd share some images that sparked fun thoughts in my mind.   How's this for your computer's battlestation? (Control station for the UNIVAC)   Programmers, remember to give respect where due!   Light gun tech, in the 50s. Makes me wonder if they did it because they knew the station operators would be bored out of their minds and pretending to "shoot down" bogeys would be fun.   It's the Apollo Guidance Computer. Most of it if not all of it. This thing's an impressive piece of work.   Check out that SSD from 1990 (top right)   I'd probably vote for him.   "Stealing" software was a big thing up until the 80s apparently. But then again, the idea that a third party could write software for a multitude of systems wasn't really heard of.   Imagine if this were your CPU. o_O (Also 15 GFLOPS would've been attainable by CPUs within 10 years and GPUS within 8 or so)   Here's a Cray-1. It peaked at 160MFLOPS. To put that in perspective in terms of today's technology, a GeForce GTX 1080 is about 63,480 times more powerful. Okay, smartphones in 2013 were 10 times more powerful. It only took about 40 years to get there =3   "We got these SNES carts, what do we do with them?"   Check out that Pentium Pro in the right of the center row. The bottom right is a Pentium 4, which is about the size of every Intel desktop processor since.   It's the Google car! It was okay.   This is an analog computer. You think your computer has bad cable management?   Hm, I wonder if AMD got the name "ACE" from this...

Mira Yurizaki

Mira Yurizaki

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