Say hello to flappy bert … lol
The popularity of Flappy Bird, a mobile game for iOS and Android, has exploded over the past few weeks. But it looks like the rush of attention and success surrounding Flappy Bird has finally taken its toll on its Vietnam-based creator, who has decided to discontinue the game.
Facebook updates from friends claiming that the game was ruining their life, that it would be the reason that they would be hurling their phone across the subway car they were on… many laughable but also something that most of us relate to. Our competitive drive lights up and fuels our passion to win.
This weekend my kids were having a friendly argument due to the fact that my 13 year old trumped my 20 year old’s score. The result? “I’ve got to beat that score”. The difficulty of the simple game seems to drive all who try it out to keep going.
If he goes through with discontinuing the game, there will be many who will be frustrated in a different way, they now have to find the next viral game before it too gets taken down by someone who is not ready for the attention it will generate.
post over at Mashtable , Author Alex Magdaleno
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Here’s some facts for you. 73% of people use the same password for multiple sites. Lets face it, having to remember secure passwords is tough enough, but can you really remember more than 2 or 3? The average password has 6 characters and it takes THREE MINUTES to crack.
Last Pass provides a free password manager that is really secure. I must admit I was a skeptic. However you can research it yourself. My selling point during my research is the following:
I forgot my Master Password, how do I recover access to my account?
1. LastPass is never sent your Master Password, so we can’t send it to you or reset it for you.
Wait, what? They don’t have access to my master password? Thats secure! There are steps you can take if you forget it, however I don’t recommend doing so. Before LastPass I had spreadsheets and passwords that I forgot because I didn’t use them on a daily basis. The free version is FANTASTIC and the premium version only gets that much better with some very cost effective options.
I have been using LastPass since June 2013 and will never be without it. Here’s what kind of a difference it makes.
1. Setup is pretty smooth and takes about 10-15 mins. It makes you install a couple times depending on browsers used and asks what to import and what to protect, its not difficult to set up and understand.
2. Setting up profiles is also easy and you can set up work and personal profiles to auto fill out sign up forms. Its has been so secure that I have a credit card profile that fills out shopping forms for me. In the past 7 months, I’d say this has saved me a week worth of filling out forms of my life.
3. Once I install the last pass on any computer I use I can log in and all my browser bookmarks are there. Save a favorite on your laptop and you can access it on your desktop immediately. It makes organization a breeze!
4. Creating complex passwords you don’t have to remember and auto login options for sites saves so much time and its so easy I can never envision being without it.
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What is CPU Parking and how does it affect you? Nowadays your processor has multiple cores that does the processing. More processing power means more power consumption. In an effort to curb that consumption, Windows 7 puts one or more of your cores into a sleep like mode called ‘parked’.
This can be an issue when playing games as sometimes the cores remain parked even if you need the extra power. Sometimes they are unparked automatically when needed but has caused stuttering effects in newer games when doing so.
You can make changes to your PC to unpark these cores and allow for a better experience. The worst thing that has been reported is more power consumption but that is to be expected. I myself have unparked the cores in all of my PC’s and have seen drastic improvements in Tera and Battlefield 4.
The first thing to do is check to see if your cores are parked. Please note that I have found that both my desktop PC’s and Laptops running win 7 have had their cores parked. Win 8 is supposed to have this feature off, however some have claimed their PC had it turned on. To check to see if your cores are parked is really simple.
Right click on your taskbar and Click on Start Task Manager, Click on the ‘Performance’ Tab at the top of the Windows Task Manager window that pops up. Click on the ‘Resource Monitor’ button at the bottom. When the Resource Monitor window opens, click on the ‘CPU’ Tab at the top.
In this window you will see a set of moving graphs labelled CPU Total, CPU 0 , CPU 1 etc. If any of the CPU Graphs with a number designation says ‘Parked’ then you know that the OS is Parking it.
There are two ways to turn off the parking. Either manually using the registry editor or using a 3rd party program to do so for you. I myself am comfortable with the registry so I prefer to do it the manual way. The video following this article claims to have used one of the automated ways and that it worked properly.
Manually Unparking (credit to sky60234 at forum.cakewalk.com)
– Go to Regedit
– Find this key:- ” 0cc5b647-c1df-4637-891a-dec35c318583 “
– Within this key, there is a value called: ” ValueMax “
– This value represents the % number of cores the system will park – the default 100% ie: all Cores are potentially park-able
– Change the value from 64 to 0 so the ” ValueMin ” and ” ValueMax ” are both zero
– You will have to find the key a few times and repeat the process for each time it is found – the number of instances will depend on the number of power profiles in your system [ in my DAW it was only found twice ]
– Do a full shutdown and power-off and cold-re-start
ParkControl is freeware that enables easy adjustment of Windows core parking.
This solution was posted by mad_man on cakewalks forums and gives the option to set parking and unparking based on the power profile selected.
Now, what you’re doing when changing the ValueMin and ValueMax is setting the valid range of values for every possible Power Plan configuration, but you’re not changing the configurations themselves. The actual value is set every time you activate a Power Plan, either by switching them or by switching from AC to DC (battery) power on laptops. For every configuration parameter, every Power Plan has two values, one for AC and another for DC. Some of those parameters, like this one, are just hidden from the Power configuration User Interface.
Since the parameter is hidden, it allways have the default values, 10% for both AC and DC variations in all the Power Plans. Hence, when you change the plan, this 10% value exceeds the range limit you’ve set for ALL the plans (from 0% to 0%), hence your solution worked. But what we actually want is to tweak the OS by changing the real values, and not it boundaries.
So, instead of setting the ValueMax boundary to 0, we will make this parameter visible from the UI by DELETING the “Attributes” entry under the same key (54533251-82be-4824-96c1-47b60b740d00/0cc5b647-c1df-4637-891a-dec35c318583). The only attribute bit held in the entry is the one telling the UI it is a “hidden” parameter, and by deleting the entry, the parameter will appear as a new option in the “Advanced power management” window, prompting you the ACTUAL % of cores the system is able to park under the current Power Plan, both for AC and DC powering. The range of values you may input is the one defined by the ValueMin and ValueMax, so they must remain with the same values (0 and 64 in hexadecimal/100 decimal).
So, step by step:
1) Go to RegEdit (RegEdt32.exe, even in Win7 x64):
2) Find the key 0cc5b647-c1df-4637-891a-dec35c318583, there are several ones with the Attribute, ValueMin, ValueMax (and othr entries) which are the ones we’re interested in. Skip those having AC/DCSettingIndex (which holds the power plans configurations that we will change later from the UI).
3) Delete the Attribute entry.
3.5) ONLY IF YOU ALREADY MODIFIED THE REGISTRY AS SUGGESTED BY TomG: Set the ValueMax again to it original value: 00000064, this is REQUIRED for the current solution to work.
4) Repeat the step 2 as many times as needed to delete those Attribute entries.
DO NOT DELETE Attribute ENTRIES FROM OTHER KEYS!
5) Choose a Power Management Plan, or create a new one.
6) Go to the Advanced settings, you will see the “processor performance core parking min cores” parameter. You’ll see the default values of 10%. Change them to 0% for either AC, DC or both.
7) Change the Power Management Plan and see the effect on the fly.
From now on, if you want to change this setting you don’t need to edit the registry anymore 🙂
As for my notebook, I just added a new Power Plan “Music” based on the Max Performance one, then in the Advanced Window i’ve set the value for AC to 0.
Now, when I swith the plan to “Music” with the notebook plugged to the wall, core parking gets disabled, and it is enabled again should I unplug the notebook or if I switch to any other Power Plan.
Many gamers these days communicate with each other in and out of game. Most games dedicate their bandwidth to the games itself and leave voice chat out of the mix. If your on a console, then chances are you’re using the native communications, on a PC or Mac however you have to use someones software.
Being former US Navy, I myself have seen my hearing deteriorate over the years. On top of that I usually have my sound system in my car turned up to massage me on the way to and from work. The quality of voice chat software has improved over the years but the differences between them are only really in ease of setup, use and resources used on your computer.
Here’s a list of voice communication software that I’ve found. Ratings and more reviews will come as I get a chance to test them all out.
This one has been out for a number of years but not a lot of people know about it. It is free to download and use and there’s a two step sign up process. The quality of sound is superb and the microphone quality is also superb.
You can create 5 permanent channels (rooms) for your groups. You can invite up to 150 people to the channel and up to 50 at a time can be speaking in each. You can further divide your channel into four separate rooms for different conversations.
Setup is a breeze to operate your own channel, you can do it with very few clicks. You can make your channel public or private and invite people on your friends list within Dolby to your channel.
Positional audio is really good, setup of push to talk vs voice activation (default) is not hard and is accessible from the main window (not the channel window). Resources thus far have been better than vent, ts & mumble and the only real drawback has been the size limitation.
The next three are well known and need no explanation, there are hosted solutions out there that you have to pay for.
Great Article comparing Vent, TS & Mumble here
I have to test this out ad see how it works. The most interesting feature I can see is the mobile integration. I do use other Razer software to optimize my gaming experience and will post that separately.
This is another major one with a litnay of features that I have to install to see how well it does. Ill keep you posted.
Heres another free one with admin controls and no server fees like Axon. Ill have to download and test it out, however it looks very good. There are a number of easy to use properties that help organize your guild or clan when using this.