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CONTENT CREATION TOOLS & DX12

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Steam distributes Blender and Autodesk distributes 3D Studio, Maya and AutoCAD. These tools are the most widely used ones for creating 3D game worlds. Blender is open source and it has a large community of contributors. Many game studios have used Blender successfully. DX12 uses multiple GPU cards to manage rendering and this makes it …

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WINDOWS CUMULATIVE UPDATES

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Microsoft has accelerated the update releases to about every 2 weeks as they work to fix all the issues remaining with the most recent Creators Update. Each of the updates contain hundreds of fixes. Older versions of Windows sometimes used update rollups. This makes it easier for fresh installs to be patched more quickly.. Microsoft …

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INTEL CLOVER TRAIL AND WINDOWS 10

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Intel and Microsoft has indicated that machines using the Intel Atom processors code named Clover Trail will not be able to run Windows 10 creators update or above. Intel® Atom™ processor Z25XX series are the affected product numbers. Clover Trail processors are made on the 32nm process line. Clover Trail was marketed in 2012 before being replaced …

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LOCK SCREEN BUG IN 1703

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Some machines are having problems with the lock screen not asking for authentication for secure situations. This can lead to unauthorized use from a stolen machine etc. The whole idea of using a PIN is to make the machine more secure. Right click on the start button and select run, then type gpedit.msc Now double …

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WINDOWS 10 CREATORS EDITION

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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

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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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WINDOWS IS BACK ON MOBILE

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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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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

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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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