Category Archives: Software news

DirectX 12: A first quick look

Today, Microsoft has presented the first information on DirectX 12 at the Game Developers Conference, and also published a blog on DirectX 12. nVidia also responded with a blog on DirectX 12. In Direct3D 12, the idea of deferred contexts … Continue reading

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GnuTLS: Just because people can read the source, doesn’t mean that they do

I don’t want to spend too much time on this topic… Just want to get this out there. As you may have heard, a vulnerability was discovered in GnuTLS, because of sloppy coding: http://blog.existentialize.com/the-story-of-the-gnutls-bug.html I want to stress two points … Continue reading

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Independent Mantle benchmarks start to trickle in

Traditionally I like to look at the benchmarks from Anandtech’s review. And their findings fit exactly with the prediction I made earlier: a high-end setup will likely see 10-15% gain at best. The lower the graphics detail, the more Mantle … Continue reading

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Windows 8 doesn’t detect my sound card!

Or does it? When I recently installed a Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro PCI-e card in a Windows 8-system, nothing appeared to happen. When I looked at the Device Manager, there was no Creative X-Fi card to be found. No … Continue reading

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nVidia stability issues on GeForce 400/500 series

I am still using the trusty old GeForce GTX460 in one of my machines. When I upgraded my drivers to version 320.18, I started having problems. Every now and then, the driver would reset, and in some cases it would … Continue reading

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SteamOS and Mantle

I wasn’t originally going to even waste time on these developments… but over the past weeks I’ve been noticing a lot of confusion on the net, so I will just give my two cents here. SteamOS Well, yet another linux … Continue reading

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Alex St. John: The Evolution of Direct3D

I just stumbled upon this blog by Alex St. John, one of the creators of DirectX at Microsoft: http://www.alexstjohn.com/WP/2013/07/22/the-evolution-of-direct3d/ It gives a very interesting view on how OpenGL and Direct3D related to each other in the early days, within Microsoft. … Continue reading

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Hand of Thief: commercial linux malware kit

I hate to disappoint those who thought linux was an extremely secure OS for which no malware exists. There is indeed malware for linux, and in fact, some of it is being sold, and is out there in the wild, … Continue reading

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Speak of the devil… Ubuntu forums hacked

I had only done a blog on Linux yesterday, and there is already some more news of obvious incompetence in the Linux world. The forums of Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution, have been hacked. Currently there is an announcement with … Continue reading

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Linux, the Dunning-Kruger OS

Over the years, I’ve seen a pattern emerge. I have documented this on various occasions. Such as the time when Jed Smith thought he knew about Windows security features such as ACLs. Or that time when Linus thought he had … Continue reading

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