Thursday, 30 January 2014

Sky will be the only UK provider to offer 'Game of Thrones' and other HBO shows until 2020

A good move for Sky. The UK remains one of the most competitive markets with so many alternative options that the exclusives really are deciding factors for viewers a lot of the time.

Chrome rendering engine will get faster, lighter, and better offline in 2014

So Webkit is being forked for Blink. I certainly hope Chrome gets lighter and faster as promised!

LibreOffice upgrade targets Windows integration and power users.

Key points: 
  • the ability to centrally manage and lock-down the configuration with Group Policy Objects via Active Directory
  • an optional new formula interpreter enables massively parallel calculation of formula cells using the GPU via OpenCL
I like this simple yet elegant part:

In addition to improving the desktop applications, LibreOffice is about to get an Impress Remote Control for iOS, letting iPhone users control presentations from their mobile devices. The app is awaiting review from Apple and should hit the App Store soon. Impress Remote is already available for Android.

LibreOffice 4.2 release notes

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Are Apple planning a big surprise with the next Apple TV

Verizon LTE now available in 35 NYC subway stations

London underground is falling behind. Admittedly, Virgin Media have done a good job with the Wifi rollout compared to hotspots such as TheCloud (It was poor when it was in Waterloo Station) but we need 3/4G!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

ofcom planes trains boats superfast internet satellite

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Large 4K screens at CES 2014

Over 100 inches on a bendy TV...

Whats the market ratio for homes that could reasonably house one of them in their living rooms! 

Certainly for gaming your eyes would be 'swimming' around the screen unless you were sitting a good distance back.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

New PC build specification:

PC build:
For peripherals I use a Logitech G510 / G700 and G930 (I got a massive discount deal on them 2 years ago).

A few people have asked me for the spec so here it is. It's modest in places but I certainly think its value for money!

The case is especially nice to work with although the handles could be a bit more study. Ventilation is excellent which means I can run the 120mm (or larger) fans slower and quieter so its near silent.

Two SSD's in Raid0 is also very wow ;-) I barely get a loading screen in Skyrim with the highest quality textures.  

1 month till i'm on fibre! Yay!

Although for an ADSL line it holds up well! I can't wait to move at the end of the month and put my NAS on a half decent upstream 20Mbps with 80Mbps down!

My Broadband Speed Test

Heres a ping monitor of how the lines held up against heavy downloading all day and I reinstall Windows updates / Office and Steam games all day:

My Broadband Ping - Sky DSL

Gaping admin access holes found in SoHo routers from Linksys, Netgear and others

Not exactly easy to come across but scary non-the less.