Friday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Ars Technica: As Mac Pro stagnates, PC workstations muscle ahead
  2. Fudzilla: AMD’s Vishera ES FX-series CPU benchmarked

    and Haswell comes with up to 3X faster 3D

  3. X-bit labs: Intel to discuss Haswell at forthcoming Intel Developer Forum
  4. EETimes: Samsung plans ARM-based CPU for servers, says report
  5. Google Official Blog: Building the search engine of the future, one baby step at a time
  6. Datamation: Which Linux desktop will dominate in the future?
  7. Fudzilla: compromised, says Blizzard
  8. Ars Technica: Data suggests iOS may be the most popular gaming platform of all time


  1. Fudzilla: AMD’s John Byrne is now Chief Sales Officer

    and Samsung to probe child labor allegations and

    judge lets RIM off the hook

  2. VR-Zone: FTC confirms Google’s $22.5 million penalty
  3. eSecurity Planet has security tips from Bruce Schneier
  4. PC Perspective’s podcast
  5. Newegg’s 72-hour sale
  6. Newegg’s Back2School sale
  7. NCIX’s Out of This World sale event
  8. Dealzon’s deals: $200 coupon for 17.3″ Lenovo G780 i5-3210M, $480 coupon

    for 15.6″ Lenovo Y580 i7-3610QM / GeForce GTX 660M, $550 coupon for

    14″ Lenovo Y480 i7-3610QM / GeForce GT 640M-LE / Blu-ray. and $260

    coupon for 13.3″ Lenovo Z380 i3-3110M


  1. Ars Technica: Apple’s case that Samsung copied the iPhone and iPad—in pictures
  2. Fudzilla: Nexus 7 overclocked to 1.64GHz and

    Lenovo officially announces Windows 8 10″ tablet

  3. VR-Zone: Upcoming Sony Xperia Android tablet means business
  4. TechSpot’s Acer Iconia Tab A700 review
  5. HotHardware is under the hood with Android 4.1, Jelly Bean
  6. OCmodshop: Emulate an Android tablet on your PC

Software and gaming

  1. Ars Technica: Digia to acquire Qt business from Nokia, port it to Android and iOS
  2. Will Qt support more platforms than anything else?
  3. The NY Times: U.S. video games sales drop for 8th straight month (thanks Neutronbeam)
  4. MCV: U.S. digital sales up year-over-year during second quarter
  5. Rockstar Games: Max Payne 3 Local Justice Pack now available for PC

Systems, storage, and networking

  1. KitGuru’s Cyberpower Fang III Black Mamba review -the £4,000 system
  2. ocaholic: Is your Core 2 Duo still up-to-date? – gaming performance with HD 7970
  3. techPowerUp! reviews ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion
  4. Funky Kit reviews Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H
  5. TweakTown reviews Asus Sabertooth Z77 and 256GB OCZ Agility 4 SSD
  6. CowcotLand reviews 256GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD (in French)
  7. Legit Reviews on Buffalo Air Station AC1300 N900 802.11ac router
  8. Techgage: How to make your own Cat5e network cable


  1. HTL reviews ASUS GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP
  2. KitGuru’s AFOX HD 7850 single-slot CrossFire review
  3. Guru3D’s Club 3D Radeon HD 7850 Royal Queen review
  4. Hardware Heaven reviews Siberia V2 Frost Blue Edition headset

Power, casing, and cooling

  1. techPowerUp! reviews 1375W Tt Toughpower XT Gold PSU
  2. Hardware Secrets reviews Lepa G850-MAS PSU
  3. ProClockers review Lepa G650 PSU
  4. PCStats reviews Waterfield Designs Muzetto leather notebook satchel
  5. OCC’s Azza Genesis 9000W case review
  6. ThinkComputers reviews SilverStone Grandia series GD08 HTPC case
  7. Hardware.Info’s Streacom FC5 HTPC case review
  8. OCC’s Prolimatech PK-2 & PK-3 TIM review
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    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Ars Technica: Digia to acquire Qt business from Nokia, port it to Android and iOS Will Qt support more platforms than anything else?[/quote<] Glad the best damn toolkit out there has a new home. [quote<]Datamation: Which Linux desktop will dominate in the future? [/quote<] KDE of course.

    • The Egg
    • 7 years ago

    [i<]" compromised, says Blizzard"[/i<] This type of crap is getting really old. Now that security questions were compromised, it makes other accounts vulnerable beyond just the password, as security questions are unlikely to change. At this point, I'm almost compelled to use fake answers for everything because there's no telling which giant corporation will get hacked next.

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      Giants get hacked because the information is valuable. Same reason banks get robbed…got robbed…does that even happen any more? But there’s kind of the point I’m getting to. You can put protections into place and make it much less likely to be damaging. PSN’s hack compromised CC numbers. This one appears to have left passwords and billing information safe.

      We could probably use some extra identity protection, but I think it’s far to early to sound the alarm.

        • UberGerbil
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]Same reason banks get robbed...does that even happen any more?[/quote<]Uh, [url=,mod=11&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=bank+robberies+2012&hl=en&safe=off&prmd=imvns&source=univ&tbm=nws&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=HBwlUMfhN-LJiwLX04DQAQ&ved=0CCgQqAI&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=d1ccae8fef5b306e&biw=2048&bih=1051<]yeah[/url<]. They don't get the press they once did, unless it's a serial robber (in which case the FBI gives them a catchy nickname).

        • The Egg
        • 7 years ago

        I understand WHY they get hacked, but I would expect billion-dollar corporations to have stronger security and encrypt [i<]all information[/i<]. This seems to be a reoccurring problem; putting hundreds of thousands, or even millions of customers at risk for identity theft. I've personally had to change passwords and information 4 times within the past six months due to breeches (Steam and Blizzard included).

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 7 years ago

          Wasn’t the Steam breach on the forums and not the Steam service itself?

      • soccergenius
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]This type of crap is getting really old. Now that security questions were compromised, it makes other accounts vulnerable beyond just the password, as security questions are unlikely to change. At this point, I'm almost compelled to use fake answers for everything because there's no telling which giant corporation will get hacked next.[/quote<] From Blizzard [quote<]In the coming days we will implement an automated process for all users to change their secret questions and answers, as a precautionary measure. We'll also prompt mobile authenticator users to update their authenticator software.[/quote<]

        • CuttinHobo
        • 7 years ago

        That’s great for peoples’ WoW account security, but I think the real point Egglick was making is that many security questions are common across a number of websites. Now that these hackers have the answer to “Favorite pet’s name” – and whatever else these users had to enter – they can move on to email, banking, H&R Block accounts, etc.

          • indeego
          • 7 years ago

          This was always a concern, long before Blizzard. Plain’s account was attacked this way. I use random keepass answers for all security questions for financial institutions.

    • Mourmain
    • 7 years ago

    > Techgage: How to make your own Cat5e network cable

    I thought we were going to see some smelting, polymer synthesis or at least a little wire twisting. Instead, they just crimp the ends.

    Next up: make your own beer! <takes out bottle opener>

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      The big question is why would one want to make their own cables now days when it is cheaper in most cases to grab a pre-made one from monoprice etc. The only time we use raw cable is when we put in wall plates and that is just a case of matching the colours.

        • superjawes
        • 7 years ago

        Even if it weren’t cheaper, it’s much more convenient to have one premade, IMO. I would only make my own if I intended to drill holes and add ethernet ports into all the rooms of my house.

        But the first step there is to buy a house…

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Ya and the premades would more then likely be more reliable.

        • UberGerbil
        • 7 years ago

        Well, if you’re doing a commercial installation — going to a restaurant or shop to do a PoS installation, say — it’s a lot quicker and easier to just show up with a roll of bulk cable, some connectors, and the right tools. That’s not a situation where you can or want to wait on delivery from Monoprice, or even do all the measurements ahead of time. Just drill the holes (if necessary) pull the cable, secure it, crimp the ends, check the integrity, and move on to the rest of the job. (Though I have to say, this made more sense when pre-made cables were a lot more expensive; in theory now you could carry around a bunch of premade cables of various lengths, and just roll up any excess; but in practice sooner or later you don’t have a cable quite long enough to cover the distance, so you better know how to do this in a pinch. And it’s still easier to thread cable through a series of holes when it doesn’t have connectors on it.)

        Though I doubt that’s the audience for Techgage, there may be some home installations that are similar.

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Oh there is always a time and place for custom cables, I’m not denying that. But even internet installers now days don’t make their own cables anymore most of the time. They just have a bunch of premade lengths. And again, if you are going to start running through walls and such, do it proper, get a wall plate or box and use a premade cable from that.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 7 years ago

            It’s also a good skill to be able to crimp your own ends in case of an end being damaged.

            • UberGerbil
            • 7 years ago

            The thing is, in a lot of the PoS situations I’ve seen, the cable frequently doesn’t go along inside a wall, it goes [i<]through[/i<] a wall -- in one side and out the other. And under counters, through the partitions inside display cases, under the "kick" beneath shelving or cupboards, etc. A wall plate doesn't help in those situations, and even with a wall plate unless it is right behind the device you're back to running the cable between the device and the wall plate in the manner I described above -- you can't have it hanging free because people will trip over it, and you don't want to increase the chance of failure by running it under carpets / mats where it will be walked on. Most of the time you just get a cable of the right length and staple it up somewhere out of the way.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 7 years ago

            Same experience here from working in a restaurant.

            Also, being <5′ from a kitchen is generally pretty rough on computer equipment, minimizing things that can go wrong is very important.

            • UberGerbil
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah, restaurants are as brutal an environment for computers as some industrial sites. We used to see all sorts of errors and weirdness and outright failures from power surges thanks to all the high-draw equipment like ice makers, industrial dishwashers, etc. going on and off and you can’t always get a separate circuit for sensitive electronics (and sometimes it doesn’t help even when you do). We learned to just insist on heavy-duty surge suppressors — not the cheap consumer powerbar kind, but dedicated standalone ones with serious metal in their cores. Basically, if it didn’t feel like a lead brick and you couldn’t hurt your foot by kicking it, it wasn’t worth having.

            • ColeLT1
            • 7 years ago

            I used to work for a company that happened to also be a Micros dealer/reseller, we required restaurants to use “ONEAC” (looked like this [url<][/url<]) power conditioners on their server and POS equipment on our installs, most were on UPS's though. Of course, no one ever did when they did their own installs and called us for service. I spent half my time driving around the state replacing the PSUs, boards, and drives (heat), in the old Eclipse workstations (which were win2k machines), the WS4 and WS5 were super reliable though (amd geode and win CE on flash). You would open up a register and the whole inside looked like someone poured bacon grease in it :<

    • Unknown-Error
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Fudzilla: AMD's Vishera ES FX-series CPU benchmarked[/quote<] Seriously? Intel increases performance each iteration, AMD decreases performance?

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      The crap posted over at [b<][i<]F.U.D.[/i<][/b<]zilla is just an old Zambezi (Bulldozer) engineering sample and is not Vishera (Piledriver). See the comments in the article pointing out that it is a poorly done job of trying to make Bulldozer look like Piledriver

    • lsrdjan
    • 7 years ago

    I think shortbreads are great, I read them daily! I do have one complaint though – linked words are not consistent, sometimes they even seem random. I would like to see only products to be linked, when that is possible ofcourse. When you go quickly through the list it helps you see the essence of the articles.

    For example:
    III. Guru3D’s Club 3D Radeon [url=<]HD 7850[/url<] Royal Queen [s<]review[/s<]

      • Shouefref
      • 7 years ago

      Only products?
      And what about a line like this one:
      “Ars Technica: As Mac Pro stagnates, PC workstations muscle ahead”
      Link “Mac Pro”? But the article isn’t only about Mac Pro, it’s about pc workstations compared with Mac Pro.
      Link “pc workstations”? But that’s not a product.

        • lsrdjan
        • 7 years ago

        I agree, I said only when it is possible to link to product. In this case I don’t see ideal solution. I would probably link “Mac Pro stagnates” to highlight that.

      • absurdity
      • 7 years ago

      This is some pretty heavy-duty nit-picking.

      • yogibbear
      • 7 years ago

      I am thumbing you down for being absurd.

        • Shouefref
        • 7 years ago


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