Nov 14 2017

Firefox Quantum (57) has been released today!

As you may have seen in my previous article, Firefox just got MASSIVE speed and memory management improvements and is now out of beta! I’ve been using the beta version for the past month or so and have been blown away with it’s performance, making it my current everyday browser.

Further, as an amendment to my previous article about LastPass support in firefox 57, that’s now out of beta too and can be found on the LastPass Mozilla Add-ons page. Although, it IS worth noting that the current version of the LastPass plugin for firefox disables the “copy password” function due to an issue with the new webextension API. LastPass says they are working on bringing it back for the next version.  A good password manager like LastPass is a MUST for online security in this day and age of mass automated password attacks and identity fraud.

Oct 18 2017

LastPass for super fast Firefox 57 beta!

I have been attempting to do a full immersion test of Firefox 57 which is currently in beta.  Firefox 57 brings with it an enhanced multithreaded css layout system which dramatically improves page load times and general responsiveness. (as well as a nice new ui upgrade and using less ram) In many third party tests this has put Firefox 57’s page load times ahead of even google chrome which has notoriously been the fastest browser for most of the web for some time now.  I have been using it in parallel with Opera (my current browser of choice as it’s just about as fast as Chrome, uses most of the same add-ins, but has additional features such as integrated compiled-in ad blocker that takes abp config files and an easy to use, free, integrated vpn) largely because there wasn’t a version of LastPass that would work with Firefox 57 due to LastPass (an excellent password manager that securely stores your credentials in the cloud and helps you create new complex passwords that you don’t have to remember as it fills them in for you), not having an extension ready that works with the webextension framework that Firefox introduced last year (and clearly said at that time they would be discontinuing support for the old extension system upon this new release) creating a large base of temporarily angry paying LastPass users for several weeks now.  Thankfully the wait for a beta is now over and I can put all other browsers aside and give it the big real-world test and see what works, what doesn’t, and overall how “good” it is.  Stay tuned!

And if you’re not using a password manager, you really should be, LastPass is free (or extremely inexpensive if you want to use it across multiple platforms such as desktop and mobile), and available on all platforms (windows, mac, linux, ios, android), go grab it now!

Mar 19 2017

Workstation class Ryzen?

So it appears that I am not the only one with wishes for a “workstation class” Ryzen part aimed at content creators, 3D animators, and the like… Many sources are now reporting the possibility of AMD releasing a 16 core 32 thread CPU for somewhere in the <$1000 market space on a new NON-AM4 platform with quad channel DDR4 memory that supposedly solved many of the inter-CCX cache latency problems. as well. The rumor says that it should be out around the same time as Computex. While this is still deep in rumor territory, It certainly has me excited as a 16 core Ryzen *should* perform better than a currently available dual 8 core Xeon rig for DRASTICALLY less expensive. It’s no single-CPU 32 core Naples box, but honestly, I think a 16 core Ryzen workstation would be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to the content creation market, and I imagine AMD can build them at substantially less expensively than the Naples parts as well, allowing lowly nerds like me the possibility of affording one.

Mar 8 2017

Oh my goodness Ryzen!

Well, I’ve finally gone and done it.  The spin on the obligatory Ryzen post made on every tech blog and youtube channel on the internet as of late.

So AMD has FINALLY graced us with some intel competition (at least in the mid-range to “enthusiast” desktop market) with the release of their new Ryzen 7 series CPUs. at first look, 8 cores, 16 threads, at darn near 4ghz (and a bit over from time to time if you want to roll up your sleeves and get your overclock on) sounds pretty darned attractive…  So much so that I read a ton of information and watched a ton of “speculation” and “leaked benchmark” comparison videos and built it all up in my head, and then several weeks later, the final product started shipping and overall, it seems good for a nice upper middle range desktop processor touching on “enthusiast” class.  It’s reasonably quick, going head to head with the i7-6800k and beating it out most of the time, in some cases beating out the thousand dollars plus i7-5960x, and in other cases, “Intel’s i7-7700k, a quad-core chip priced at $349, handily beats out the most expensive Ryzen chip.” as The Motley Fool puts it. Read More >>

Dec 19 2016

Lab updates!

Wouldn’t you know it, just after I finally decide to start doing weekly youtube videos, my awesome wife and I decide to move our pantry (which until yesterday existed on a wall in my lab), to another part of the house as part of holiday cleaning and purging. We thought we’d be done moving and cleaning things so I could get set up to record another video, but alas, if one were to put on some green tinted glasses, and have a look at my lab right now, you’d think you were playing Fallout 4 with the graphics settings cranked up. It’s properly trashed.

Thus, video production is currently at a standstill until I have a viable workspace again, which should hopefully be a few days, however, given the holiday season, I wouldn’t be surprised if a new video didn’t happen until the dawn of the new year.

On the other hand, production quality should improve dramatically from my last video as I have upgraded my lighting, audio, and have made a few other improvements as well, so please stay tuned!

Tl;DR: Cpgeek is being a big jerk and is not releasing videos like he said he would and probably won’t have another one up until 2017.