My thoughts and condolences go out to the friends and families affected by this horrible incident. ABC.net.au/news »
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I decided without announcement to deactivate my Facebook account. Amusingly, they seem intent on using guilt to drive you back.
For my own personal reasons, I had gradually been phasing out my usage of Facebook, beginning with uninstalling the mobile app. This in itself was a pretty easy thing to deal with, but today I took it through fully by deactivating my account entirely. Maybe social-wise I’ll miss out on some events, but avoiding the ‘time sink’ of scrolling through news feeds, annoying reposts/shares and privacy encroachment seems worth it.Read More »
Michael Bay tries his hand at TMNT. A new and grittier look for the turtles to look forward to. I loved the animated series and the live action films, although it’s been years since I watched the latter. I’d suspect the live action films don’t age too well for adult viewers now. Hard to say at this point how Michael Bay will go considering mixed fan reaction to the many Transformer films.
Megan Fox as April O’Neill. Still not too enthused about that choice, but maybe it’ll turn out okay.
One thing that escaped me during the trailer, where’s Splinter?Read More »
X-Men: Days of Future Past follows the popular comic story arc of the same name.
It looks awesome. One thing I’m afraid of is how much it appears they’re going to cram into this movie. In my opinion, Wolverine is overused and Marvel should stop using him as the centrepiece of each Marvel film concerning the X-Men. Kitty Pryde is supposed to be the one who travels through time as per the comics, so I don’t think the story would’ve suffered in the eyes of a worldwide audience if they stuck true to the comics; Ellen Page is experienced enough to have a lead role anyway.
Despite my reservations, this one will definitely be a ‘first week watch’ for me. Maybe ‘Age of Apocalypse’ will be the next story arc for the X-Men?Read More »
Mac Pros have always had the flexibility for upgrading much like regular PC towers. All of that changed with the release of the New Mac Pro (nMP for short) in 2014. My computing needs have changed over the years and while I still need a decent amount of power, the nMP leans more towards hardcore video and 3D production. Many people like myself who desire an ‘in between’ option for a workstation are gravitating towards iMacs. I’ve been reluctant to move to a system that allows for little customisation, but I feel in future I may have little choice.
In the meantime, I decided to give my Mac Pro a bit of a boost. The base 2.8GHz quad-core “Nehalem” CPU is quite old. Although it handles most modern tasks with ease, CPUs have come down in price quite a bit over the years so an upgrade was an easy decision to make. EveryMac.com is a great resource if you need detailed specs and tips for particular Mac models.
There are several CPUs you can get from eBay sellers in the US and Hong Kong for a Mac Pro 5,1 (Mid-2010) model as below:
There are other options like the W3690 and i7-990X as well, but they don’t seem like good value for money considering how incremental they are performance-wise compared to the W3680 and i7-980X respectively.
After consulting Geekbench and CPUboss results, I opted for the W3670 since it offered speed and good value for money. Coupled with my existing nVidia GTX 680 (flashed to be Mac Edition), I should be good for work and games for a few more years.
EveryMac has a great guide on how to perform the upgrades for all Mac Pro models.
Read: How do you upgrade the processors in the “Mid-2010″ and “Mid-2012″ Mac Pro models?
A lot to look forward to in arguably HBO’s best series.
Game of Thrones Season 4 premieres April 6, only on HBO… or other places where ‘HBO’ is available. Exclusive to Foxtel in Australia, and sadly no more iTunes option until the season completes its run.Read More »
True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, premieres January 12, 2014Read More »