Single-Tasking Day Shortbread

Could slow computers increase productivity by forcing you to stay on task?

PC hardware and computing

  1. BitFenix Whisper M 850W power supply review @ PC Perspective
  2. [Ryzen 5] 2400G APU memory benchmarks & single vs. dual-channel @ Gamers Nexus
  3. NZXT N7 Z370 motherboard review @ HardwareCanucks
  4. MSI B350M Mortar motherboard review @ Hexus
  5. 5-Way mechanical keyboard roundup @ HotHardware
  6. Razer Blade Pro (w/ Core i7 & GTX 1060) @ KitGuru
  7. Adata Gammix S10 512 GB review @ TechPowerUp
  8. TEKQ Rapide Thunderbolt 3 external SSD review @ AnandTech

Games and VR

  1. Doom on Switch may have changed everything with new motion controls @ Ars Technica
  2. Dungeons and Dragons TV tabletop! @ HackADay (I recently took down my over-the-coffee-table DnD projector. It was cool and all, but we just weren't using it enough to keep it there instead of displaying Netflix on a basement wall.)

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Bitcoin's transaction fee crisis is over—for now @ Ars Technica
  2. Venezuela launches oil-backed cryptocurrency @ Slashdot
  3. Laser system wirelessly charges phones from across the room @ New Atlas (but can it run popcorn?)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Bigelow Aerospace spinoff company to oversee private space station operations @ New Atlas
  2. Excessive alcohol use strongly linked to early-onset dementia in massive study @ New Atlas
  3. Supplements are a $30 billion racket—here's what experts actually recommend @ Ars Technica
  4. Boston Dynamics is Teaching its robot bog to fight back against humans @ Slashdot (I know we just covered this little guy, but the new video is even creepier than the last)

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. Cheese & Chong's to offer psychedelic mac and cheese in Akron @ cleveland.com
  2. Corsair Dark Core RGB SE mouse and MM1000 Qi review @ Guru3D
  3. You can now buy an Easter egg made entirely out of cheese @ metro.co.uk
Colton Westrate

I post Shortbread, I host BBQs, I tell stories, and I strive to keep folks happy.

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    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Today you are all encouraged to disable all but one core and SMT in your computer. Overclocking is allowed.

      • tipoo
      • 2 years ago

      That would be an interesting experiment, what the experience of a single very fast core is like on a modern system load.

    • HERETIC
    • 2 years ago

    And the apple saga this week-
    [url<]https://www.fudzilla.com/news/45672-apple-owes-ireland-13-billion-euros[/url<] Some loose change.

    • Krogoth
    • 2 years ago

    Calling out a 1Ghz ThunderBird Athlon and 2Ghz Pentium 4 Willamette slow?

    Pffft, kids are so spoiled these days.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      My 3.06 Ghz P4 Northwood could burn a hole in the Earth.

    • gmskking
    • 2 years ago

    Lol, I think I already failed at Single-Tasking day.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      Single task per day. I succeeded.

    • Longsdivision
    • 2 years ago

    I remember the days of using the pencil trick which turned the old Athlon XP desktop cpus into MP server cpus.

    geez I’m old.

      • willmore
      • 2 years ago

      Remember replacing 8088’s with NEC V20s? Good times…

        • freebird
        • 2 years ago

        Yep, bought an “upgrade kit” to do that in my original Tandy 1000A, it could only handle a 6.8Mhz oscillator chip, instead of 8Mhz, if I remember correctly…

        • Mr Bill
        • 2 years ago

        And replacing the 8086 with the NEC V30 on my compaq deskpro.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      I used a pencil trick on a P35 to reduce v droop under over clocking loads.

      • freebird
      • 2 years ago

      and I still have an Athlon XP 2400 converted to MP sitting on a shelf in my basement I can sell you cheap…

      Think I also have a Duron 700 / pencil-glued upgraded to 900 Mhz

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      The 90’s and early 2000’s were such good times for PC enthusiasts. Yes getting a new rig these days is still exciting but maybe I’m getting old too.

    • tipoo
    • 2 years ago

    Reminds me of this piece about people who still use PowerPC G3/G4 pre-OSX Macs. Lack of preemptive multitasking forced you to work more like a human brain naturally does, at least according to the theories of some. It could multitask, just not a whole lot without throwing errors.

    [url<]https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/09/an-os-9-odyssey-why-do-some-mac-users-still-rely-on-16-year-old-software/[/url<]

      • Voldenuit
      • 2 years ago

      That’s completely fal- Ooo! A penny!

        • tipoo
        • 2 years ago

        ID=28 Stack Ran into Heap

      • Pancake
      • 2 years ago

      System 7! Rock solid!

        • willmore
        • 2 years ago

        6.0.8

    • freebird
    • 2 years ago

    and other alcohol booze newz…
    Moderate drinking tied to longer life.
    [url<]http://www.newsweek.com/drinking-alcohol-tied-long-life-new-study-813013[/url<] I used to come to this site for tech news...

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      So you can live long enough to get dementia. It all ties together in the end.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 2 years ago

      But now you stay for drfish–our resident cheese wiz.

      • superjawes
      • 2 years ago

      Tech Report: Come for the tech news, stay for the cheese, booze, and RGB news!

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