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WINDOWS 10 CREATORS EDITION

The Windows 10 Creator’s edition has many new features of interest for gaming. One of the big moves with Windows is better supporting 3820×2160 4K UHD. Higher resolution panels are available but they are still far too expensive for consumers. Microsoft extended the windows display driver model with the anniversary edition to be able to …

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WINDOWS UPDATE KB3216755

For some reason Microsoft did not deliver February 2017 updates for Windows 10. Speculation has been all over the dial. Contrary to other sources, this is not exclusively an update for insider test builds. http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB3216755 Is the last update in the catalog, and installing it will reboot your machine. This update is cumulative and it …

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FCC & NET NEUTRALITY

From the early days of the internet, network neutrality mean that every packet was equal. Now with the new Donald Trump regime, we expect that such equality will be rescinded. This will favor large corporations at the expense of the small ones. It also means the internet services for consumers may be curtailed considerably. Netflix …

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WINDOWS IS BACK ON MOBILE

Microsoft has recently compiled Windows 10 to run on the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Microsoft has also developed an emulator so that Win32 programs can run on the ARM architecture. Apple’s iOS was developed from scratch over many years for mobile devices. Windows however came from much more powerful machines. Android came from Linux …

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EMULATORS & RETRO GAMING

The modern PC is incredibly powerful when considered to machines ca. 1980. Back in 1980 the Radio Shack TRS-80 was expensive and it was not very powerful. It also cost several thousand dollars. There is an open source C program to emulate CP/M which allows antique BASIC and even binary backwards compatibility. PC-DOS and MS-DOS …

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DIGITAL HOMICIDE

Digital Homicide is a game developer working in Yuma Arizona. They have released several games according to Wikipedia. Evidently they do not like negative comments about their games. Digital Homicide Studios’ second game, The Slaughtering Grounds, was released on October 31, 2014. The game was criticized for its poor graphics, numerous glitches, bad controls, short …

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4K UHD BLU-RAY

The fall we expect to see the first crop of new 4K UHD Blu-ray movies to become available. We have long used the gaming box with a Blu-Ray drive to watch DVD and BD moves. The drive we use now is BDXL which is capable of 128GB disks maximum. The real change is with the …

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GAMES FEATURING DX12

When Windows 10 build 10240 was released on July 29, 2015 It introduced DirectX 12. Microsoft delivered shader model 6 a year later when their Anniversary Edition build 14393 which was released on August 2, 1016. With shader model 6, game developers can now finally start working with the full D3D12 API. Developing new shaders …

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WINDOWS 10 ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Windows 10 Anniversary edition (version 1607) build 14393 was released on August 2, 2015 .This article deals primarily with the changes Microsoft has made to Windows 10. The primary user features are largely completed. The first change is the removal of a registry key that allowed users to stop advertisements for things like Office upgrades …

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FIX MAY 2016 UPDATES WINDOWS 7

Users of Windows 7 may have noticed May 2016 updates were not working properly with their machines. Some media posts have accused Microsoft of sabotaging the updates. We have Windows 7 x86 installed on an old Toshiba A70 machine which cannot run Windows 8 or above..Toshiba used obsolete DX6 hardware which is below the Windows …

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