Sunday, December 02


Daily News Stuff 2 December 2018

Tech News

  • Ryzen 3000 and the X570 chipset look set to deliver PCIe 4.0 to the desktop.  (WCCFTech)

    On the one hand, yeah, WCCFTech.  On the other hand, AMD themselves have said that Zen 2 includes PCIe 4.0 support, so this is the least unlikely rumour they've ever published.

    This is still on the AM4 socket, though you won't get PCIe 4.0 support on existing motherboards.  It just means that new CPUs will work on older motherboards (with a BIOS update) and old CPUs will work on new motherboards (but only provide PCIe 3.0 speeds).

    A new socket is likely to appear in 2020 with the arrival of DDR5 RAM.

    One of the few real constraints with Ryzen desktop CPUs is they only have 24 PCIe lanes.  PCIe 4.0 will effectively double that, at least once PCIe 4.0 video cards roll out.

  • Florida-based hosting provider Hivelocity has acquired Texas-based Incero.  This adds Dallas and Seattle locations to their existing network in Miami and Tampa, Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta.

    All my servers are hosted with Incero, except for a couple of Sydney-based VPSes at Vultr.  Hivelocity seems to have a pretty good reputation, so I'm hoping for the best.

  • Amazon has announced Glacier Deep Archive, a long-term archival storage solution that costs just 0.1¢ per GB per month - $1 per TB.

    The real cost comes if you want to retrieve that data.  It starts out at $2.50 per TB and goes up from there.  Local requests for regular S3 storage are much cheaper.  So this is great if you're an enterprise that needs to reliably store petabytes of data for compliance and disaster recovery reasons.  In that case you'd be silly not to use it.

    Backblaze offers regular disk storage with access times in the tens of milliseconds at 0.5¢ per GB per month.  But they don't offer virtual servers, so you will always incur a bandwidth charge. Which is relatively cheap at $10 per TB, but still substantially more than the cheapest Glacier tier.

  • Portal for the Commodore 64.

  • A digital media advertising story that isn't "everything sucks and I hate it".

    I listen to a ton of podcasts, and I tune out of most irrelevant advertising, but if I'm listening to a tech podcast and they're advertising a tech thing that they actually use and personally recommend, I will pay attention.

  • Microsoft is dead, a post from April 2007. 

  • YouTube Premium is dead, a post from November 2018.  (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • This Panasonic Let's Note has a quad-core eighth generation Intel CPU, 8GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, 1920x1200 display, WiFi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth, LTE, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, and wired Ethernet, even if it looks like it was made 15 years ago.

    Also, that's a Thunderbolt external SSD on the left. (AnandTech)

  • Can a $180 4k IPS monitor possibly be any good?


    Downside is they're using Samsung reject panels, so you will have some dead pixels.  At 4k that's much less of a problem than at lower resolutions -  a dead pixel at 4k is equivalent to a 75% working pixel at 1080p.  If your budget is tight and you're willing to return it if you get a particularly bad unit, might be worth considering.

Video of the Day

Other Linus covers most of the points I did yesterday on how AMD has sunk Intel's market segmentation battleship.  I swear I hadn't watched this when I wrote yesterday's piece.

Picture of the Day

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1 Amazing looking place in that picture. Any idea where it is? Although it clearly has no fresh water....

Posted by: Mauser at Sunday, December 02 2018 03:34 PM (Ix1l6)

2 BackBlaze has two Compute partners, they don't charge for bandwidth to servers provided by them: Packet and ServerCentral. They have a similar deal with the CDN CloudFlare.

Posted by: Kayle at Sunday, December 02 2018 05:42 PM (magRz)

3 The wife and I both agree that island screams "Evil Overlord Lair Here."

Posted by: DougO at Sunday, December 02 2018 06:08 PM (QFF/9)

4 Kayle - I'd forgotten those compute partners.  Unfortunately they're not anything like as flexible as Amazon, or even DigitalOcean, but they are something.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, December 02 2018 09:15 PM (PiXy!)

5 Mauser, I got curious as to where it was as well.. Google reverse image search revealed it was Vila Franca Do Campo Islet, Portugal.

Posted by: StargazerA5 at Monday, December 03 2018 02:28 AM (Q7Wqc)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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