• May 30, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Programming

    * UPDATE: Be sure to read the comment thread at the end of this blog, the discussion got interesting.

    It’s been many years since I worked on Direct3D and over the years the technology has evolved Dramatically. Modern GPU hardware has changed tremendously over the years Achieving processing power and capabilities way beyond anything I dreamed of having access to in my lifetime. The evolution of the modern GPU is the result of many fascinating market forces but the one I know best and find most interesting was the influence that Direct3D had on the new generation GPU’s that support Welcome to Thunderbird processing cores, billions of transistors more than the host CPU and are many times faster at most applications. I’ve told a lot of funny stories about how political and Direct3D was created but I would like to document some of the history of how the Direct3D architecture came about and the architecture that had profound influence on modern consumer GPU’s.

    Published here with this article is the original documentation for Direct3D DirectX 2 when it was first Introduced in 1995. Contained in this document is an architecture vision for 3D hardware acceleration that was largely responsible for shaping the modern GPU into the incredibly powerful, increasingly ubiquitous consumer general purpose supercomputers we see today.

    D3DOVER
    The reason I got into computer graphics was NOT an interest in gaming, it was an interest in computational simulation of physics. I Studied 3D at Siggraph conferences in the late 1980’s Because I wanted to understand how to approach simulating quantum mechanics, chemistry and biological systems computationally. Simulating light interactions with materials was all the rage at Siggraph back then so I learned 3D. Understanding light 3D mathematics and physics made me a graphics and color expert roomates got me a career in the publishing industry early on creating PostScript RIP’s (Raster Image Processors). I worked with a team of engineers in Cambridge England creating software solutions for printing color graphics screened before the invention of continuous tone printing. That expertise got me recruited by Microsoft in the early 1990’s to re-design the Windows 95 and Windows NT print architecture to be more competitive with Apple’s superior capabilities at that time. My career came full circle back to 3D when, an initiative I started with a few friends to re-design the Windows graphics and media architecture (DirectX) to support real-time gaming and video applications, resulted in gaming becoming hugely strategic to Microsoft. Sony Introduced in a consumer 3D game console (the Playstation 1) and being responsible for DirectX it was incumbent on us to find a 3D solution for Windows as well.

    For me, the challenge in formulating a strategy for consumer 3D gaming for Microsoft was an economic one. What approach to consumer 3D Microsoft should take to create a vibrant competitive market for consumer 3D hardware that was both affordable to consumers AND future proof? The complexity of realistically simulating 3D graphics in real time was so far beyond our capabilities in that era that there was NO hope of choosing a solution that was anything short of an ugly hack that would produce “good enough” for 3D games while being very far removed from the ideal solutions mathematically we had implemented a little hope of seeing in the real-world during our careers.

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  • May 29, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    As many of you know, I’m a full-time telecommuter. Although a portion of my work involves some travel, most days I am working from home, and a lot of that involves sitting on conference calls with colleagues and customers/partners.

    Until recently, much of that required that I be desk-bound.

    Anyone who has to work with VOIP and IP-based conferencing systems such as Skype, Microsoft Lync, Cisco WebEx and Citrix GoToMeeting knows that voice quality is everything if you’re going to have an effective business conversation.

    And that means using devices that typically tie you to your desk, such as a wired headset or an Bluetooth/USB speakerphone, such as the Plantronics Callisto, which I have and think is an excellent product.

    While there are many Bluetooth headsets and earpieces on the market which are perfectly suitable for mobile phone conversations, few are specifically optimized for use with PCs that have VOIP “Soft Phone” software, and do not deliver what I would regard as business critical voice quality.

    They are perfectly fine for short calls, but not ideal when you are on a VOIP conference for as much as an hour at a time, or even longer, particularly when you need to be an active participant and when paying close attention to who is speaking and the clarity of what you are saying is essential.

    As we all know about Bluetooth when it comes to audio streams, the farther you get away from the transceiver, the worse the audio gets. So it’s not practical to stray too far away from your PC.

    Logitech’s latest wireless headsets have been a total game changer for my personal work situation since I’ve been using them the last few months. I’ve been using the H820e stereo version which retails for $199 but can be found for considerably less.

    Installation and use of the headset is pretty straightforward — you plug the DECT 6.0 transmitter and charging base into a free USB port on your PC or Mac, and the AC power cord to power the base. The headset charges on the base when not in use, and has a built-in rechargeable battery.

    The operating system recognizes it automatically, and depending on the VOIP program you are using, you may need to alter the settings to use the headset as your primary audio device.

    If you’re familiar with the DECT 6.0 1.9Ghz wireless transmission standard, particularly if you have cordless phones in your house that use the technology, you know that you can get some pretty impressive range and not lose any voice quality. That’s exactly what the H820e headset gives you for VOIP calls.

    My home office is a good 60 feet away from my living room and around 75 feet from my “breakfast area” which has my espresso machine and a table which faces my outdoor patio and pool area with outdoor furniture which is about 100 feet or so away from the base transmitter.

    So regardless of what VOIP software I am using, and where I am in my house, I get the same crystal-clear voice quality as if I am sitting right in front of my PC. For example, this wearable computing podcast that I recorded with Rick Vanover of Veeam was actually done in my living room, while wearing the H820e using Skype.

    So the quality of the audio is without dispute. What about the overall design and using it?

    The H820e was designed

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  • May 27, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    A new Android computer has just been rolled into the market. Computer named the JW-11 also comes with an ARM Cortex A9 Amlogic AMl8726 single-M3 core. In addition, this computer software also supports Android 4.0 or 4.1.

    JW-11 is equipped with 1GB of RAM and a built-in internal memory. In addition, the computer also has a 2.5-inch drive bay that allows users to add storage capacity to a large number.

    Although marketed with Android OS, the computer also was able to easily use the Linux OS. According to reports, there have been several user’s computer that includes a Linux OS on the JW-11.

    Other features available on these computers include an HDMI port, built-in WiFi and USB 2.0 ports. There is also a SDHC card reader on the computer. Regarding prices, the JW-11 priced at 68 USD.

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  • May 26, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Software

    Apple App Store now no longer be the world’s largest app store. Label the world’s largest app store is now officially carried by the Google Play Store that has 1 million applications.

    The number also beat the applications now in the Apple App Store, which is 900 thousand units. This achievement was being the first time since the launch of Google Play Android operating system.

    Not only that, Google Play Store is also giving a positive trend for the application developer. Google says that the current amount of revenue through the Play Store has increased 2.5-fold compared to the previous.

    The last one, number download on Google Play Store also did not lose much. According to Google, the number of downloads in the Play Store has now reached more than 50 billion times. And it seems that number will continue to increase along with the increase of mobile phone users and Android tablets.

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  • A document reveals how Microsoft is working with U.S. intelligence agencies to read messages from users, including helping the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) secret unlock code Microsoft, Australia Guardian reported on Friday (07/12/2013).

    Confidential documents obtained by the Guardian of Edward Snowden, U.S. intelligence whistleblowers, said the level of cooperation between Silicon Valley and American intelligence agencies in the last three years.

    The document, among others, suggests, Microsoft helped the NSA to read the conversation at the new portal Outlook.com by giving the company secret code. NSA has access to Outlook.com including Hotmail before the messages are written in the form of a code (encrypted).

    Microsoft is working with the FBI this year that the NSA get easier access to the data warehouse via Prism SkyDrive which has 250 million users in the world.

    Microsoft is also working with the FBI to the intelligence agencies “understand” the issues that potential Outlook.com that allows users to use the e-mail alias for them.

    In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA is proud to mention that the NSA has been able to increase the amount of video that they can access through Skype as much as three times through the Prism program. The materials obtained from Prism program routinely accessed by the FBI and CIA. One of the documents referred NSA has the name “team sport”.

    Snowden documents also reveal the tension between Silicon Valley and the Obama administration. Leading technology companies lobbying the government to be allowed to express the depth of their cooperation with the NSA to address customer concerns in terms of privacy.

    Corporate leaders are not trying to claim that they have collaborated and worked with intelligence agencies like NSA documents mentioned in the argument that the process is carried out according to the lawsuit.

    In a statement, Microsoft said, “If we increase the capacity (upgrade)-prudok and updating our products, we are not exempt from having to comply with applicable laws, both now and into the future.”

    Microsoft reiterated his argument that they provide the customer data “only in response to government requests, and we only serve the demand for specific address or identity”.

    Last June, the Guardian reported that the NSA claims to have “direct access” program through the Prism system leading internet companies including Microsoft, Skype, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Yahoo.

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  • May 25, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    ASUS India, a leader in the new digital era, together with UTV, today unveiled the Transformer Book TX300 – World’s thinnest Window 8 tablet and detachable Notebook – in association with Chennai Express at the music launch of the film. The evening witnessed much grandeur with the presence of Shah Rukh Khan, Rohit Shetty and Apratim Sharma – ASUS India.

    Expressing excitement on the launch of Transformer Book, Apratim Sharma – Country Product Manager – System Business Group, ASUS India elaborated, “The ASUS Design Center starts with what people need and want and crafts perfect solutions that are aesthetic, integrated, intuitive and sustainable. The ASUS Transformer Book supports this belief to the fullest and we are positive that the world’s thinnest Window 8 detachable tablet cum notebook will stun the masses in the way it has been designed to.”

    “We are elated with the associating with UTV for Chennai Express. The ASUS Transformer Book supports the fast pace of this film with its All-round performance. This product unveiling will mark a new element of innovation in the series and strengthen our commitment to the market,” he further added.

    ASUS Transformer Book
    The ASUS Transformer Book is a 13.3-inch notebook with a detachable tablet which has a Full HD IPS Touch panel and a 178 Degree viewing angle. It comes with an Intel® Core™ i5 processor for an outstanding notebook and tablet performance. Separate storage has been provided for the notebook and tablet with a high-capacity hard drive and an Ultra-fast SSD. The ASUS Transformer Book is available with Windows 8 Professional. The device features ASUS SonicMaster audio with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower for rich and detailed sound.

    Precision-Engineered Ultra-Portability

    ASUS Transformer Book is the world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet with a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor. Inspired by the beautiful Zenbook ultraportable, the ASUS Transformer Book features a sleek profile and a precision-engineered all-metal design with unique spun metal finish that’s the result of a sophisticated 32-step manufacturing process. Transformer Book is as striking as it is resilient and is perfect proof of the ASUS spirit of persistent perfection.

     

    High-performance portability

    Whether used as a Windows 8 multi-touch tablet or a notebook with keyboard and touchpad, ASUS Transformer Book always has an incredible performance on tap. The 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor seamlessly switches between applications for effortless multi-tasking with Windows 8 apps, while Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivers an automatic burst of speed whenever it’s required. The Transformer Book lets the users Enjoy smooth HD movie playback, responsive gaming and incredible sound quality, thanks to ASUS SonicMaster audio technology.

     

    Storage Options for Two Ways of Working

    With two types of internal storage device, the ASUS Transformer Book works the way users want to. As a tablet, the 128GB SSD means apps launch instantly for a slick and seamless Windows 8 experience, while ASUS WebStorage ensures easy access to secure cloud storage when travelling far and wide. Connect ASUS Transformer Book to its notebook dock and it instantly becomes a fully functional notebook with up to a 500GB hard drive, with exclusive ASUS high-speed bridge technology that ensures blisteringly fast 5Gbit/s data transfer speeds.

     

    Backlit keyboard

    In Notebook Mode, ASUS Transformer Book features a backlit keyboard with ambient light control that automatically adjusts its brightness to suit the surroundings, making it easy to keep on top of any productivity task.

     

    Smart Battery

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  • May 24, 2020 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    Advance Micro Devices (AMD) has introduced the FX-9590 processor as today’s fastest CPUs. But unfortunately not all motherboards available on the market capable of supporting the performance of the processor. It is also used by ASRock to introduce a new motherboard that supports the processor at speeds up to 5GHz.

    The motherboard is ASRock 990FX Extreme9. This motherboard also has to undergo various tests to determine the quality in it. Not only that, this motherboard also has the updated BIOS in order to run the latest processors from AMD.

    In some benchmark tests, this motherboard also provides significant performance improvements. In Super P1MB test, the obtained results motherboard 18.377 seconds. Also in PC Mark Vantage test, the results obtained for 18 894, an increase of 15:31 per cent compared to the previous generation of chips.

    The motherboard comes with four PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, four DDR3 memory slots, and SATA 6Gbps ports. This motherboard also comes with a 12 +2 phase power design, Hi-Density Power connector, Dual Stack MOSFET and others.

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    May 24, 2020 /  Software

    All About Window Treatments.

    There is the need to take care of the windows since most of the people are in a position of noticing them. Since the designers want to ensure that the room receives correct brightness, they will always rely on the windows. What constitutes the window treatments are the shutters and some forms of the curtains. The window treatments should not only suit the windows, but they should also go hand in hand with the rest of the room. There are very many window treatments in the market so we should be able to identify the best.

    It will depend on what source we use to arrive at the best window treatment company since we have got many sources of information about them. What you are going to find the massive use of online platforms just to find the window treatment company. Arriving at the best company could also be made possible by going through the reviews of the past customers. Of course this is where you get to see all that the customers have to say about the company. You can determine whether the customers are delighted with the products hence making more reliable decision. The company must have been appealing to people for them to say something positive concerning those products.

    Other people value their friend or maybe family members as a source of information about the best company. By engaging your friend you get to know more about the quality of services you are also likely to encounter. But again you should take cautious by finding a reliable person since others may be after self gains. If you continue doubting you are supposed to bother him or her to show you the work that was done. I suggest that you consider that company with an insurance cover. It is until when the company has an insurance cover that you will also be covered in case of loss in the course of design work.

    When it comes to being useful in the decision to make your friend, or a relative would play a significant role. Therefore, you should not assume information from them. It can be through your friend or a relative that you can know whether the service provider is certified or not. You are not likely to fall in traps of fake companies after you are assured that the company is certified. It indicates that the services are even recognized by the state by the show of a license. As you are looking for the best services it would be good if you just consider your budget. Of course I suggest that you select an affordable company.

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    May 24, 2020 /  Software

    Factors to Check Out When Hiring Social Media App Developer

    People do need ways that they can do online marketing of the products time after the other. Many people are always on sole media hence many people take their marketing there. People do focus on the social media marketing app developers at all times. It is good that you settle on the online marketing app developers that will make sure the fulfillment that people need will be done in good time. Thy need to be quick in offering the deliveries that are needed time after the other. You need to be sure that the online apps you settle on will make you do sell through the online comments at all times. People do face challenges getting the right online marketing apps at all times around the world. People will hence need to look at some factors in order to settle for the best at all times.

    Before an individual settles for an app developer, it is of importance that they check on how long he or she has been giving the service. The longer the period the social media marketed app developers has been in the business, the best option he or she is to an individual. For an social media marketed app developers to be in the field for long, then it is an indication that his or her services are reliable. When an individual is checking on this clue, then they have to know that there is a high number of app developers that have worked for a long duration. Looking at the reputation that they have is hence important as it plays a major role in picking who is perfect. Based on the testimonials of the customers, an individual gets to decide whether it is ideal that they choose the social media marketed app developers or look for another more reliable. An social media marketed app developers that is certain to meet the needs of the client is he or she that has been recommended the most.

    Look for the online marketing apps developers that can always give you free time of trials at all, times. You need to look for the online app developers that will be making great apps hence will not have trouble giving you trials at all times. It is good that you the duration of time that the trials period will always take. Look for the app developers that will be giving you a longer days of trials at all times.

    The explained points will be important in making you get m ore sales from the social media marketing app services at all times.

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