All posts by Jim Adkins

Chip Manufacturers Shortage Continue

Well this sucks but it isn’t unexpected chip makers are starting to prioritize their most expensive chips.

Apple and AMD are two of semiconductor foundry TSMC’s largest customers—but the problem isn’t limited to TSMC. Intel, which operates its own foundries, acknowledges supply problems of its own. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told the BBC that shortages will get worse in the second half of 2021—and that it will be “a year or two” before supplies return to normal.

Facebook Recalls Oculus Quest 2

Hats off to Facebook for doing the right thing here. Despite all the negative press this is sure to generate.

“While the rate of reports is small and the majority of reported cases are minor, we’re committed to ensuring our products are safe and comfortable for everyone who uses them,” the company said. Facebook added that the recall is “in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).” As part of the recall, Facebook said it would provide Oculus Quest 2 owners with a new, silicon padding that fits over the current headset.

Basic Case Cooling

Article Name: Basic Case Cooling
Author: Jim Adkins
Date: 1/19/2002

To make this a reasonably sized article that doesn’t occupy the entire website by itself. I will have to limit the scope of this article considerably and focus on basic case cooling concepts.

That means you won’t find any information here in this article on peltiers, water cooling, refrigeration units, or submersible cooling. At a minimum, each of these subjects deserves their very own separate article. Keep on reading!

Site Update

I just updated some stuff on the backend. Like the theme that the site runs on for one. So if you wondering why there hasn’t been any news in the past few days that is why. Also if you notice anything strange or wonky with the site please drop me a line. My contact info is in the ABOUT US page. Peace out.

How To Find Anyone’s Email

Most of these tips are common sense but if you are a newbie, it would be helpful to see them all in one place.

It might seem obvious, but one of the best ways to find an email address is to do a quick search for it online. If a search like “John Smith” + “email” doesn’t yield any results, there are several other ways to go about it. When you use quotation marks in your search, it tells Google to search for that whole phrase. In the example above, results will only be displayed for John Smith. A regular search might produce results related to many people named John and tons of Smiths.

Boxabl Foldable Homes

Most people have heard of 3D Printed homes well Boxabl want to introduce you to it’s cheap foldable homes. FYI a 20 x 20 home is very tiny.

Boxabl, the company behind this endeavor, is entering a competitive field of technology-driven companies aiming to reduce the cost of construction. Though other companies in this arena have focused on 3D printing and other automated construction technologies, the central challenge for Boxabl was how to ship its houses as conveniently as possible. This is one of the primary factors that led to its unique foldable design.

Vintage Gaming Magazine Subscription

Not sure this is my cup of nostalgia, as I am more a PC than a console gamer but I imagine it will be interesting for some of you guys.

Back in the day, before part of my job became scanning the internet for every little scrap of video game news I could find, I loved video game magazines. You could find copies of Electronic Gaming Monthly, Nintendo Power, PSM, GamePro, GameFan, and more on my coffee tables, next to my bed, and sometimes plastered to my bathroom floor after forgetting they were there during a particularly vigorous shower. In my early teens I developed a habit of yanking the ads out of the magazines and pinning them like wallpaper to my bedroom wall, much to the chagrin of my parents and our landlord.

What Is This Post Below?

I got some free time today and I imported the very first piece of content from the “before time” when dinosaurs still ruled the planet. It is only twenty years old but nonetheless it seems like forever. I actually had hair when I wrote it and my joints didn’t sound like Rice-Krispies when I got up in the morning. I haven’t yet decided on how much of the old content will make it over to the new design. After all it doesn’t seem to make much sense to import a review on a twenty year old CPU Cooler to the new design so it may end up that none of the old reviews are moved over. I guess we will see. If you have some insight or would just like to make a suggestion my contact info is on the “ABOUT US” page. BTW I did clean up some of the typos and punctuation errors that seemed too egregious to let remain.

CMOS Battery Replacement

Article Name: CMOS battery replacement
Author: Jim Adkins
Date: 12/23/2001 (Originally Published)

I am almost embarrassed to write this how-to on replacing your CMOS battery. As a matter of fact, if you are a gamer or a power user, you can stop reading right now if you want because you aren’t likely to learn anything. If, however, you have stumbled across this article as a newbie or casual user, read on because this information will come in handy one day.

As with most things to do with computers, there are two schools of thought about when you should change your CMOS battery. The most popular opinion is you replace your battery only when the current one is completely dead. My personal opinion is that you should replace your battery at a pre-determined interval of time. Keep on reading!

Museum Of Pinball Closing

This one hits particularly close to home. My father was a pinball wizard he could play any pinball game you wanted for at least fifteen minutes on a single quarter. Well it looks the museum will be following my father and be no more.

In 2015, we took you on a photo tour of the Museum of Pinball, home to one of the world’s largest collections of pinball and arcade games under one roof. Since then, the number of games grew by hundreds; the last official count was “over 1,100.” Sadly, the museum is closing for good (and being replaced by a cannabis-growing operation). An attempt to relocate the museum to Palm Springs, California, failed, and the entire collection of games will be going up for auction soon.

Mach-Eau GT

Have you ever wanted to smell like gasoline? Ya me neither but somebody making lots of money seems to think this is a good idea.

Ford showed off the fragrance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, a yearly gathering of “petrolheads” (Ford’s word, not mine) from across the world. Everybody’s favorite American motor company commissioned this … “fragrance” to get people excited for its Mustang Mach-E GT, an all-electric vehicle that doesn’t smell like gasoline and looks less like a Mustang than you might expect (although it does look nice).

Instant Solar Permits

The US seems to be intent on making rooftop solar panels go mainstream.

The Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP+) platform, developed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will be an optional portal for local governments to process permit applications automatically. Approvals typically take a week or more currently, and permit-related costs can account for about a third of installers’ overall costs, DOE said. The software speeds the process up by standardizing requirements, streamlining the application and automating some approvals.

Double Fine Adds Invincibility Toggle

I disagree with most of what is written here in this Kotaku editorial. Doesn’t mean I am right though and it doesn’t mean it is not a interesting read.

Before the weekend, Microsoft’s Xbox Twitter account sent a surprisingly important tweet: “Beating the game on the lowest difficulty is still beating the game.” This was then followed up by Double Fine who added that completing Psychonauts 2 with the “invincibility toggle on” still counts as beating the game. Which is just about the most refreshing thing I’ve seen come out of gaming in forever.

Peloton’s Mandatory Memberships

Peloton seems to be taking a page out of the video game DRM handbook. Just because you buy a treadmill and pay 4295 dollars for it doesn’t mean you can automatically use it.

Peloton has come up with an interesting solution to its treadmill safety issues, which have been connected to a child’s death: Force owners of its $4,295 Tread+ to either return the machine for a refund or pay a $39 monthly membership fee to use it at all. Users are outraged, and some have even compared Peloton’s demand to ransomware. It’s a reminder that when you buy or use a product whose access is controlled by someone else, that access can always be taken away from you. As more and more of the things we buy are connected to the internet, living and dying by manufacturer-pushed software updates and on platforms that can be shuttered at any time, we have less and less control over them. Even if we pay a considerable amount of money for those devices, we may never fully own them.

Book Stuff

There has been more progress on polishing my first book for publication. This last week I had an Author’s Proof printed. This is the first time my book has actually existed in a paper form, so it was kinda a big deal to me. Most all of my free time has been going into working on it. All the things involved in preparing a manuscript for publication have been, for me, at least harder than actually writing the book in the first place. When I restarted this website, I had planned to make more frequent updates about my writing, but judging by the feedback (or lack thereof), there is not much interest.

More Micro$oft Nonsense

Another day another Micro$oft story. This is definitely not how you want to be making headlines.

Microsoft is urging Windows users to immediately install an update after security researchers found a serious vulnerability in the operating system. The security flaw, known as PrintNightmare, affects the Windows Print Spooler service. Researchers at cybersecurity company Sangfor accidentally published a how-to guide for exploiting it.

Micro$oft’s “JEDI” Contract Canceled

I am not sure whether this was a political decision or not. What I do know is that Amazon is very happy today.

The U.S. Department of Defense has canceled a planned 10-year, $10 billion cloud-computing contract known as JEDI that had been awarded to Microsoft in 2019, while launching plans for a new multivendor cloud-computing project that will likely be split between Microsoft and Amazon.com. The government said in a statement that “it has become clear that the JEDI Cloud contract, which has long been delayed, no longer meets the requirements to fill the DoD’s capability gaps.”

More Ransomware Foolishness

This is why you don’t feed the trolls. It just emboldens them and soon you are left with a mess like this one.

The ransomware group REvil has demanded a $70 million payment in Bitcoin for a decryptor tool following its attack on the software vendor Kaseya, cyber researchers say. The offer of a universal tool reflects the “logistical nightmare” REvil is now facing with thousands of potential victims to negotiate with, researcher Allan Liska at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future said.

Humble Bundle’s Donation Limit Returns

Humble Bundle brings back disliked slider changes. Looks like this time the feature is here to stay.

Earlier this year, Humble Bundle came under fire for announcing it would begin limiting the amount of people’s purchases that would go toward charity and temporarily reversed course. Today, the company announced it will begin rolling out caps on donations that are more generous but still prevent customers from sending all of the money they spend on Humble Bundles directly to charity, as had been an option for the company’s entire 10-year history.

Meet The New Boss Same As The Old Boss

Microsoft is changing slightly a long time feature. Giving it a fresh coat of paint if you will.

Microsoft is changing its famous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) to black in Windows 11. The software giant started testing its new design changes in a Windows 11 preview earlier this week, but the Black Screen of Death isn’t fully enabled yet. The Verge understands Microsoft will be switching to a Black Screen of Death for Windows 11, matching the new black logon and shutdown screens.

EV vs. Gas Car Environmental Impact Study

So how long exactly does it take for your electric vehicle to be greener than a gas car? This article attempts to answer that.

Jarod Cory Kelly, principal energy systems analyst at Argonne, said making EVs generates more carbon than combustion engine cars, mainly due to the extraction and processing of minerals in EV batteries and production of the power cells. But estimates as to how big that carbon gap is when a car is first sold and where the “break-even” point comes for EVs during their lifetime can vary widely, depending on the assumptions.

Big Brother Is Watching You

I don’t care if you are a Democrat, or a Republican I don’t see how you can support this secret subpoenas and warrants stuff. Have a look at this.

It is far too easy for law enforcement to target Americans’ emails, text messages and other data hosted by cloud providers, Tom Burt, Microsoft’s VP of customer security and trust, will tell lawmakers, according to selected remarks shared by Microsoft on Tuesday afternoon. “We are not suggesting that secrecy orders should only be obtained through some impossible standard,” Burt is expected to say. “We simply ask that it be a meaningful one. … Without legislative reform, abuses will continue to occur — and they will continue to occur out of sight.”

Vinyl Of The Month Club

This Amazon offering looks interesting, still I am not sure I would interested because of the grab bag nature of the service.

You won’t know what records you’ll receive as part of the $25 plan until they show up at your door, but they’ll be classics from the “Golden Era of Vinyl” — the 1960s and ‘70s — chosen by curators at Amazon Music. You’ll receive vinyls from the likes of Pink Floyd, Aretha Franklin and ABBA, so if you’ve been collecting records for a while or your tastes fall outside of the mainstream, this might not be for you.

Windows 11 Info

Lots of newish info on Windows 11. The most interesting thing to me is the ability to run Android apps.

Under the hood, Windows 11 is largely Windows 10, and that’s perhaps for the best. Below is the launch video. Version 11, which shouldn’t exist because 10 was supposed to be the final major version number of Windows – is due be officially released around November or December this year as a free upgrade for “eligible” users. Your PC will need UEFI Secure Boot firmware and a TPM 2.0 security chipset to run it.

Oculus Ad Details

Facebook’s plan to run ads on the Oculus may never get off the ground. Have a look here.

Facebook’s bid to run ads on its virtual reality headsets hit a major snag after the company’s only named developer partner said it was backing out of the plan amid a backlash from gamers. The news comes less than a week after CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s social network revealed last Wednesday that it would start testing ads on Oculus, its virtual reality headset, through a partnership with “Blaston” developer Resolution Games and two other unnamed game developers.