Menu

logo

GIGABYTE “Real Graphics, True Gaming” Tech Tour 2012

Gigabyte is coming to Melbourne on teh 2nd May, 2012 to promote their best products and their new hardware; including the GTX 680 Super Overclock series!

 

 tour2012-worldwide1

 

As stated on their news post:

 

After successfully launching GIGABYTE Tech Tour from 2010, this year GIGABYTE still persists with the concept of “Real Graphics, True Gaming” to offer gamers a higher quality of gaming environment by GIGABYTE’s best solutions. During Tech Tour 2012, GIGABYTE will communicate with worldwide manufactures, media, business partners, and users directly by traveling 11 major cities across 4 continents from April through May. The series events will start from Taiwan, and 10 more will be held in: Seoul (Korea), Moscow (Russia), Brno (CZ), Melbourne (Australia), Frankfurt (Germany), Tokyo (Japan), London (UK), Jakarta (Indonesia), Shanghai (China), and Bangkok (Thailand).

 

We'll keep an eye out for the location ine Melbourne. 

Source: Gigabyte Press Center

Read more...

Microsoft Announce Windows 8 Editions

Posted on the Windows Blog website, Microsoft have announced the Windows 8 editions and how they differ from each other.

 

Two main editions plus one extra: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro and for ARM based tablets/devices: Windows RT.

 

Microsoft has stated that Windows 8 will be suited to most home users and RT will be used primarily for Windows on ARM, pre-installed on PCs and Tablets sporting a lightweight form factor design. Windows 8 Pro, as you guessed it, is for the corporates and enterprise where it supports joining to a domain, group policy, Client-based Hyper-V, BitLocker and RDP.

 

The chart below shows off some of the key-feature and edition comparison: (Source: Windows Blog)

Feature name

Windows 8

Windows 8 Pro

Windows RT

Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium

x

x

Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate

x

Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles

x

x

x

Windows Store

x

x

x

Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video)

x

x

x

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)

x

Internet Explorer 10

x

x

x

Device encryption

x

Connected standby

x

x

x

Microsoft account

x

x

x

Desktop

x

x

x

Installation of x86/64 and desktop software

x

x

Updated Windows Explorer

x

x

x

Windows Defender

x

x

x

SmartScreen

x

x

x

Windows Update

x

x

x

Enhanced Task Manager

x

x

x

Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs)

x

x

x

Better multiple monitor support

x

x

x

Storage Spaces

x

x

Windows Media Player

x

x

Exchange ActiveSync

x

x

x

File history

x

x

x

ISO / VHD mount

x

x

x

Mobile broadband features

x

x

x

Picture password

x

x

x

Play To

x

x

x

Remote Desktop (client)

x

x

x

Reset and refresh your PC

x

x

x

Snap

x

x

x

Touch and Thumb keyboard

x

x

x

Trusted boot

x

x

x

VPN client

x

x

x

BitLocker and BitLocker To Go

x

Boot from VHD

x

Client Hyper-V

x

Domain Join

x

Encrypting File System

x

Group Policy

x

Remote Desktop (host)

x

 

Source: Windows Blog

Read more...

Optical Drives, who still uses them?

Optical Drives, who still uses them?

 

Okay so it holds more than a floppy disk but unless you burn music or DVD movies, who really uses optical storage these days? I used to archive files from my PC to DVD-R media. I went to recover a file recently and the disk wasn't readable in any of the 3 drives. Others in the batch were but not the one I wanted - isn't that usually the way?

Read more...

Paranoia

Who hasn't had a hard drive fail? I guess it isn't really surprising when you have a device that stores your precious data on a metal platter (or platters) that spins around at 5400, 7200 or 10,000 rpm with a fraction of a millimetre precision. I still find it astounding how much stuff we can cram into such a small physical space… but I digress… The awe of digital storage pretty quickly yields to the rage that comes with losing data, especially when the realisation hits that I was too stupid or lazy to have a copy of it elsewhere. Those files, whatever they were - now lost for good.

 

So after religiously backing up to CD, then DVD only to find the media hit and miss for recovery later, I decide that HDD redundant copies are the go. First, I dabbled with a RAID 1 setup then started to get paranoid about the controller. I just want to be able to recover the data, not necessarily rebuild the array.. What if I can't read from the drives, where would I get another controller that was the same? What if the problem was a deleted file that was deleted from both drives in the array? Too many questions, too much consideration and planning… I'm not worried about my O/S installation, if that drive gets pooched, I'll just reinstall - by now, I have this down to a fine art and it takes but a couple of hours.

 

So I resort to copying files to a backup drive, a simple external USB 2 drive and life was good I had copies at a certain point in time and would just add to it. Sure updated files would overwrite old ones but deleted files were still on the backup drive. But as the amount of data grew, so did the amount of time required to copy it and then to sort through it was a major PITA. There had to be a better way - and I found it. Enter Goodsync - note that there are many other brands of this type of program but Goodsync is the one that I found, trialled and went with.

Goodsync copies files on a variety of triggers such as on boot, on logoff, on file change, scheduled time or even the detection of the backup media being connected. So now I can read the data on another PC without worrying about breaking an array or anything like that - just unplug the drive take it to another computer and "boom shanka" I'm in buisiness. The best part is that it also keeps copies of old versions and deleted files in a save folder, sure you have to go through and clean it out once the drive starts to fill up but I'll take that as a trade off.

 

The question I always come back to is this: Do I really need to store just about everything in 2 places? I snigger at those people on today tonight who live in houses so full of crap that they can't walk around or can barely open the doors - hoarders! But if my PC was a house, would it be that much different?

Read more...
Subscribe to this RSS feed