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THE GROWING COST OF GAMES

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A lot of AAA games are becoming so expensive to develop that publishers have been pushed to use DLC with parts of what used to be part of the game historically. So far DLC has managed to work when the costs are reasonable but some have abused the DLC model which has attracted a lot …

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INTEL PROCESSOR DIAGNOSTIC

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Intel has a new version of their processor diagnostic tool. Its handy to be sure your machine is working as expected. The program includes Visual C++ runtimes so there is no need to download them separately. The tool will check the CPU instructions widely to be sure all the modes are working to spec. Works …

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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 Now with the new Donald Trump regime, we expect that such equality will be rescinded.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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LIVE MAIL 2012

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Microsoft has stabbed Live Mail 2012  users in the back. Live Mail 2012 comes as part of the Live Essentials 2012 package for Windows 7 users. Microsoft dumped Live Mail in favor of using other solutions. Part of the problem is that Microsoft has put all of its resources into the Outlook project at …

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REPACKAGED HARDWARE

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Sometimes a CPU or other component is returned. Generally this is not a problem. Sometimes small things do get lost. PC components are pretty standard, there are not many different screw types used. Everything is pretty modular. What is more concerning is the reports of a person buying a $1000 processor and the box contains …

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MS-DOS BIOS RECOVERY

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Some old laptops such as Toshiba use a USB floppy disk to recover from a BIOS flash fault. For a long time Toshiba would not make a recovery ISO available for users forcing them to spend a lot of money at service centers. The software is readily available such as PFLASH and the BIOS ROM …

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TEAPO CAPACITORS

Basically all the bulging and leaking but it is important to understand what is going on with the performance of the capacitor when it is considered to have failed. Basically the capacitor is no longer performing to its normal specification. Thus far, only Abit has come forward and stated that its capacitors have been faulty, …

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CORELDRAW 3

CorelDRAW 3 was released on May 15, 1992. This was the first version to be available on CD-ROM. The new CD-ROM allowed Corel to bundle vast amounts of clip art and fonts along with the core graphics arts tools. This version added Editable Preview Mode, the ability to work in editable preview mode, with objects …

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GAMING PERIODICALS

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Starting in the 1970s, several magazines were launched to coincide with the arrival of the first personal computers. Many magazines developed large scale circulation. Some exceeded 100,000 subscribers or more. Once the internet grew, magazines moved online or perished. The rise of the internet saw the vast majority of print magazines fail. Here is the …

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FIDONET HISTORY AND OPERATION

This is a long and convoluted document; it has been sorely needed for months now, and it finally got done. FidoNet is growing at a tremendous rate, and newer sysops don’t have the information that us oldies (pre Sept 84 sysops) assume everyone knows; hence the history section here. There is a lot of extremely  important material covered here that …

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