I helped making Zen, with saying that it needs to be modular by design, for easier adding and removing cores. It’s like a human body is also modular or engine of a car, can’t put everything in one solution, that’s impossible. Don’t believe me, sure i don’t believe myself but here we are and facts are here. My Zen 2 laptop makes about 50k+ in Octane 2 benchmark so i’m happy with it and for AMD. They crippled my APU GPU because it’s Ryzen 3 and not 5, sure thanks anyway don’t need that much GPU. I’m not an engineer so but this was produced in my head, so that’s that.

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Test of a browser

Switching to Vivaldi and modernizing bookmarks over speed dials of home screen with some logos from the web, that works for me. I have run Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Vivaldi and Opera. I use Vivaldi on Ubuntu and with Chrome based browser you get about 2x speed in math but that’s not always necessary for page loading to be any faster. This days skins should not slowdown any browser but you never know. Basic functions are more or less the same in all browsers. Firefox can do large block of text like my Lots of text HTML5 demo but the rest of the browsers has 2x math speed compared to Firefox, so every browser is good for something or for someone. Firefox needs to advance JS speed and get some proper speed dial of home screen with better configuration and that’s about it what like to see in this browser in the future. Link

Alekhine’s gun review

This is a stealth game something between Hitman and Saboteur. It got some bugs but it’s playable. There are 11 missions and in third you don’t need bolt cutters, just exit the building and go to some alley to finish the level. Always save the game first when starting a new level because this game don’t make progress checkpoints and just load the last save by default. I got this game at discount prize for about 3€ on Xbox store, you can buy this cards at gas station fill the account and pay the game with QR code with your phone. Well the graphics is a bit dated and you don’t need 300HP system to play it. Outdoor shadow system is terrible, can’t see shit, but i like stealth aspect of the game. Basically i used combat knife to get someone clothes and you can also throw it in someone, on easy is hard enough.

Poor man’s 8-core

Testing famous AMD FX with WinRar benchmark (ALT+B) can put out some big numbers, but i guess 8-core will be always faster than 4-core at least in some things. That’s 7858 KB/s but in Excel benchmark 8120 is actually slower than Intel laptop CPU Core i3 330M, so math is shit on FX CPUs that’s for sure but maybe 8350 did it better. Excel benchmark was run in Libre Office with disabled security for macros, than i was able to run it with 44s on this CPU and 35s on Toshiba L650 with Ubuntu. You can find Excel benchmark on the web under Overclock.net result of Google. Web browsing should be good with FX cpu and some short video editing and that’s about it. Games run fine but you should not expect any more than Intel Haswell type CPU perfomance and that’s generous. My phone with MediaTek 2.0GHz 8-core and benchmark of Rar was 1639 KB/s so we’re actually going somewhere.

40 years more of tech…

They took 40 years from 5MHz to 5GHz and now next 40 for 5THz, but probably will be quantum system faster and sooner for that. This quantum optical CPU made from Graphene will run AI and licensing system for GPU and CPU configuration with no need for separate components, basically unlimited power, you will just buy software based component. Some day there will be no need for opening and closing apps, everything will be loaded in memory anyway.

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New LTS…

Almost looks and works presentable. If no UEFI support, there will be a new Ubuntu logo, so that’s very good. Upgrade from 20.04 took about 30 minutes on 10 years old laptop with SSD, that’s also very good. I like the new icons but this default Gnome window controls could use some color on it, that’s for sure. Desktop is now more flexible, before was a bit stiff. App drawer has very small icons in default taskbar position, if on the bottom setup than they are normal size, could be a bug on my HD ready resolution and it’s fixed now by larger icons. So far everything works on Wayland for me, more or less, it’s slightly faster and better than 20.04 so i love it.

Playing on Xbox One S

It supports all the bells and whistles, like 4k and HDR. Games are basically from PC, so if you don’t want to bother installing drivers and other stuff on PC, it’s the way to go. I like the controller very much, but the most important thing, this console is missing a soul, games are all known from PC. I buy used games from local web market or from online shops, can’t get much cheaper than that, but i guess you can have subscription to Xbox games service and download from there if you got a fast line and if you are in the right region. I pretend that Xbox is PS4, i have the same setup that was on PS4, like disabled background music it was boring anyway and wallpaper from Dishonored: Death of the Outsider with blue coloration and it’s like Xbox is a good copy of something. Fallout 4 is a good game, i came very close to the end, Dishonored 1 was good, Forza Horizon 4 is a bit childish but with very good driving, Need for Speed: Heat is also good, they will soon start abandoning this console, less and less new games will be supported in favour of better graphics for new consoles.

Why Linux?

Linux is great, just get proper hardware, not just installing on any today’s hyper machines, it’s not very economical to do that. Well the point is, you don’t need any special high performance system to run Linux, just enough of RAM and SSD would not hurt. Smaller operating system is always faster so that’s that. This days dual boot may not work on UEFI, but no worries you can try Ubuntu on Virtual Box or boot from USB thumb drive or just DVD and test system there. So why Linux, well it saved me about 500€ with not buying a new laptop. If you like games, than get a PlayStation or Xbox, you don’t need gaming PC for that, TV is always bigger than any PC monitor.

Helmet for everything

Still no brain implant for controlling microwave or whatever? Well, this will collect thoughts and converting them to commands over helmet with Bluetooth signals. This will allow to control all range of devices like TV and stupid computers to garage doors and door locks, last two are a maybe not sure how will this work in public or outside. Brain implant will be wireless and charged over helmet so that’s something.

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