Monthly Archives: May 2013

GeForce 780GTX now available.

The bestest of the new 700 series GeForce cards in now available. For only $650-$750 dollars you can get the latest and greatest cards from Nvidia. 3GB of DDR5 RAM on a 384 Bit bus should make games look pretty. I guess that means we should be seeing some price drops on the 680 series cards. It also means we’ll be seeing the 700 series versions of the 670, 660, 650, etc. in the future.

 

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-780

New X Box One-Online all the time or not?

According to the Verge, there is still some speculation about whether or not the new X Box will be required to have an always on Internet connection.  When asked if the console will need to be online for gameplay, Microsoft said:  "No, it does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet"  Does that pertain to games, or using the other services that the X box offers?  What about second hand games? According to Microsoft, that will be allowed. but another fee would have to be paid to enable the game on the second account. Where does this fee go? Microsoft really needs to not screw this up, because as Gruber points out, “Xbox is Microsoft’s foothold in the post-PC world”.

Yahoo acquires Tumblr. $1.1 Billion dollars.

Looks like the rumors were true. Yahoo is purchasing that wacky blogging service Tumblr for a boatload of cash. I’m guessing somewhere in Yahoo they must have a plan to monetize Tumblr, because as you know, a billion dollars is some serious cash. I’m not sure why Yahoo wanted it so badly, but maybe they feel it will make them seem hip again. This may work out well for Tumblr users, at least in the short run it won’t end up like Posterus did.

CentOS kernel update

It looks like that nasty kernel issue in the 2.6 kernel that is in the latest CentOS release has been addressed. 2.6.32-358.6.2.el6.x86_64 has been released and is available via a yum update command.


I suggest installing it right now. Here is some info on the bug: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5703758

 

Ubuntu is working on it’s own package format

The new software, called “click packages” would allow one to install self contained apps that would not have any dependency requirements. So, it seems like that they may doing something similar to the system Mac OS uses. The base system and apps will still be installed using apt/dpkg, so Canonical is not abandoning apt/dpkg altogether.

It should be noted that Canonical has been shaking up the Linux distro scene lately with some pretty big changes to the Linux desktop in a while. They are planning to abandon the X windows systems with a replacement that will run on mobile devices (phones and tablets) and desktop computers. Their Unity desktop environment is also unique among the other Linux distros. As you can imagine, there are some who are not fond of the changes Canonical are making.

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For more info see below:

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2013-May/037074.html

http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/05/08/2038243/ubuntu-developing-its-own-package-format-installer