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    Elgato HD60 S

    I've been toying with getting a HDMI video capture device for some time now. Checking around I decided to go with an Elgato HD60 S - USB 3 capture device. I considered the PCI-e options but I wanted the USB 3 option for my laptop use also. I was also able to pickup the capture device locally so that was a nice bonus. If you want a 4k capable capture card, the 4k PCIe device goes for around $400. I got the HD60 S for $180 and if you want the PCIe HD60 Pro, it's normally +$20 for that PCIe model. Now that you know about their capture line of products, we can get into usage. There is a power connector USB type-C connector, HDMI input and a passthru HDMI output. You can use the Game Capture HD software from Elgato to play your input device on your desktop monitor (as a window or full-screen). I did notice the frame rate seems lower than if you play directly on your monitor by changing the display input to use the pass-thru (raw display). Mostly I noticed this playing faster rate game likes Naruto Storm Trilogy. This this being said, I did not notice any input lag or audio delay. Just the seemingly lower frame rate, despite the device capturing @ 1080p 60 fps (frames per second). If you like muxing audio with your game playing, I tend to open Game Capture HD or OBS Studio, so that I can play music while listening to in-game audio. Basically what I did on the Xbox 360 as it had it's own media player. If you would like to see video quality via streaming, check out my Twitch channel. I started out streaming with the Game Capture HD software from Elgato and then switched to OBS Studio, once I figured out Sources control. OBS Studio works very well with this. I did notice a glitch where you want to have the HDMI device turned on, before opening OBS Studio or you will hear a weird static noise. I would say OBS has better control options but the Game Capture HD is much easier to use. A nice feature of the Game Capture HD Software is it will let you change your Twitch.tv info in the program, without needing to navigate your way to the Dashboard | Live settings on the twitch site, for each stream. Speaking of Game Capture HD software, it will write temp files out while running, so be sure to have free space or change your settings to write them out to a disk with space, HDD or large SSD. I'm writing to an HDD currently. If you ever wanted to play something in VR on a big virtual screen like BigScreen or the Oculus Home environment, both of the viewer programs will go full-screen and you can play away with your headset on and potentially stream that environment out as well. Game streaming is cool but since this is a HDMI capture device, you can also plug in a computer or laptop and capture that as well. You can capture BIOS video as well but that will depend on your device and if it outputs POST info over HDMI. I say this as my laptop does not do this, but my desktop will, so long as I don't have a DisplayPort monitor connected. If you ever dealt with desktop capture software and found some of it wonky, this is a nice method to outright capture anything you would typically see on a display and record it to video or a stream. If you want to blank the screen or show a title card, OBS Studio will allow you to do this while recording, if you wish to avoid doing it in post-editing. I started dabbling with that on my twitch stream as well. Wrapping up, this is a good device that works well. I noted the framerate drop when playing on your desktop but want to note it's not unplayable at all. Audio and Input button presses register without any lag I could notice. The included software is quite nice and gets you started without having to learn the ropes around using OBS Studio for Streaming and Recording. The USB HD60 S makes a great option if you ever wanted to be able to record a PC boot process and desktop environment without using desktop capture software, thus removing an OS-specific means to record. Using the recording software and drivers, Elgato has native support for Windows and OS X. I have not tried to record anything in Linux yet. Using the output passthru port lets you play at native console resolution and frame rate, while you record or stream on your desktop. It's a fun device and highly suggested if you want to get into some video capture for under $200 USD. FYI this will not allow you to capture video from a HDCP device like a Google Chromecast. You will see a black screen and the Elgato Game Capture HD and a red icon that says HDCP with a line going through a circle icon. A Roku will allow you to record it at the OS-level but if you try to play video, it will honor the HDCP request not to show video and put an overlay over the video, noting HDCP lockout. So long as HDCP is not restricting your device, you should have no issues capturing video. Searching around it appears you have an option to disable HDCP for Playstation 4 consoles. I do not have one so I cannot verify this but Elgato has a PS4 guide to disable HDCP.
  3. Earlier
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    Play a Game? (Game tracker)

    Thanks to an early birthday gift I am now dabbling in the art of video capture over HDMI. Elgato HD60 S is a quality capture device with HDMI pass-through, so you can play directly on a display, or in the Game Capture HD window while recording or streaming. Anyways, I also have a Twitch.tv page up with some PC and console recordings. I'm not really into the whole talking over gameplay, so I either mix in music or just let it go with game audio. I'm still mainly playing on Switch and PC currently so the below upcoming titles reflect this. Switch Okami Switch - 2018-08-09. Never got to play this out yet. Captain Toad Switch - July 13th. Extra Levels over the Wii U version and this is one of my favorite games. Tablet mode on the switch will be way better than it was on Wii U. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition - 2018-05-18. I played this before on Wii U but am getting this for all the DLC and portability along with performance improvements. Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King - This is out. I'm just waiting to pickup once I finish another game or two. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate - Aug 28th. This is a localized port of Monster Hunter XX Double Cross from Japan. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes - I loved these games so the next one is a natural pickup for me. The World Ends With You - Another DS port I never got to play. Bloodstained - Kickstarter that is looking to ship semi-soon but with no confirmed date. PC Monster Hunter World (PC) - Sometime this Fall 2018 but they need to design the online topology for PC so it may be delayed. I'm currently playing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Thank goodness for Funky Kong mode because the levels can kick my ass around a bit. I'm on the 5th world currently and I think the Mine Cart levels are some of the hardest. Level design is enjoyable and the boss fights are pretty distinct too. Haha you can see me get smacked around a bit on my Twitch streams I have archived. I finished main game this week - 2018-05-16. Some frustrating moments but a good time. Enjoyable platformer indeed. I have some hidden levels to find and finish up. Beat Saber is pretty fun. It's a VR title where you slash blocks and avoid obstacles like a Guitar Hero like game. There is also a modding community that is pretty sick and likely to keep that game popular for quite some time. I enjoy VR but it needs to continue getting quality developers making content. The downside is most devs are not really flipping a ton of profit for their work and time. Hopefully VR adoption picks up over time. I know the Oculus Go dropped recently but that's more of a mobile VR platform (GearVR) than it is a desktop graphic and interaction capacity.
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    Forensic drive imaging with dd

    I just wanted to add that you can use a filename for input and output of dd images. I've tested this so I can have multiple images on a large disk. Reworking the above dd line, here is a method for writing to a .iso for that disk image. dd if=/dev/sda of=/media/pi/DriveMountName/ImageDisk.iso bs=16384k status=progress To use the media path, you want to have your external drive mounted. Since we are writing out a file instead of going directly from disk to disk copy, the /media/ path allows you to target your output into a block for block image file. Same conditions apply for restoring from an image file. Make sure your drive is mounted then target your if= string path to the /media folder where your .iso you created resides. dd if=/media/pi/DriveMountName/ImageDisk.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=16384k status=progress Finally, for conversations sake I wanted to note I am using similar USB docks and drives on a USB3 enabled laptop and I'm maintaining about 45 MB/s having written out 29 of 500 GB on a drive image write-out. At 2.5x the speed as on a Pi, this should wrap up much quicker than 7 hours. Update: Finished image on this laptop in 13344 seconds @ 37.5 MB/s. In other words 3.7 hours / 3 hours and 45 minutes. Edit to add I also confirmed the .iso file image and the output disk matched via sha256sum also. The slower drive was in a USB dock via USB 2.0 SATA 3, where the source .iso was on a USB3 SATA6 external disk. The USB dock check took about 4 hours, where as the external USB3 drive sha256sum signature finished up much quicker.
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    Final Fantasy XV

    I forgot to mention. I followed a suggested content guide for when to play DLC packs to match along in the main story. Minor spoilers in the quoted Steam thread but highly suggested main game to DLC path quoted below: Via this Steam review thread. Reminder that the 4 DLC packs are included with purchase of the PC edition.
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    Final Fantasy XV

    I recently wrapped up main story play and half of the DLC expansions. I feel it started out slow but by time I hit Chapter 04 or so, I was enjoying myself and the uptick in play and story. Of note, I played on Easy because I'm not a fan of grueling RPG combat. I wrapped up main story in around 45 hours. Semi spoilerish but the total amount of chapters is . I played the game in 4k resolution. Roughly averaging 45 FPS the whole time, while enjoying insane quality looking gameplay. If I had any slowdowns, it was with cut-scenes as opposed to combat. I did have some game crashes (4 total), but not until the final chapters. Checkpoint saves do a good job but I suggest manually saving to be safe. Especially after a boss fight, etc. The skill trees are quite robust. There is also a Wait menu combat system, but I stuck to action mode, short of trying the wait system when I started playing. If you want to try the game out, there is a demo as well on Steam. I mentioned crashes and performance. To note I'm playing with 32 GB DDR4 with an Intel i7-7700k and a Nvidia 1080 Ti (with 391.35 drivers on Windows 10 Pro Build 16299 / 1709) . Running the HD assets along with the main game has my total install folder at 148 GB. I am playing from a Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD that the game is installed on. My Main OS is running off a Samsung 960 EVO M2 SSD. I did not have the courage to see read speeds from a mechanical hard drive. Quick note, there are performance display options in the FFXV menus. I recall seeing load speeds be around 240 MB/s on the load screens. Back to graphics, my card's memory usage for 11 GB hit 96% usage and 100% GPU usage. Mostly when I had in-game crashes, I would see the 'nvidia driver stopped working' error come up. As I mentioned I saw this 4 times total, so I would not consider this game-breaking, since I would reboot and be fine afterwards, until the next crash that typically were hours to days apart. With the tech details out of the way, I feel the game was enjoyable, looked excellent and also plays well. If you want to run at a higher frame rate, you can set your game options up to 120 FPS. I did not really try playing @ 1080p, largely because I used the benchmark utility to get as close to a playable 4k resolution as I could. If you would like an RPG to scratch your itch, I would suggest giving this a play if you haven't yet. I also played Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and really enjoyed my time with it, but Final Fantasy XV is going to be more kind to your time, with less grinding mechanics than Xenoblade Chronicles 2 had. Granted XB2 now has an easy combat option too, so that might bring that main story playtime down. Wrapping up, Final XV uses some classic Final conventions while also taking some liberties with story and play mechanics. I was glad when I had time to sit down and play, as those sessions tended to be pretty lengthy.
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    Switch dock warning firmware 5.0

    I tried letting it sit in the dock after 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 and have not seen any issues. I don't know good details on why it may have happened, but so far so good. :) Thanks for adding to the feedback too. P.S. I have not used the USB Network Adapter on my dock since though.
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    PS4 Controller PC Use

    Cool, I have a PS4 DualShock 4 thread on here. Starting out, DS4Windows is an abandoned software that has been replaced with InputMapper. By that I mean, the people who worked on DS4Windows switched to developing InputMapper. I have been using it for a month or so and it is vastly more reliable and functional than the DS4Win was. With DS4Win, you may have seen the issue of needing to close and re-open the app for it to properly detect and attach to your controller. I registered my copy for like $10 to remove the ads and support the dev folks. You can still connect by cable or Bluetooth using InputMapper. If you get errors about 'Not in exclusive mode', you want to get the 'InputMapper HidGuardian' installer from their downloads section. It will add a service called InputMapper Cerberus Whitelister. This will fix that issue up and allow you to have nicely emulated Xbox 360 controls. For conversations sake, I am currently playing Final Fantasy XV with this control method. Be warned when connecting by Bluetooth, you might see a new sound device... that is the bottom headphone jack on the controller. Main reason for posting an update in this thread, is that my DualShock 4 controller has the dreaded 'fails to charge battery' issue. iFixit guide for replacing the battery. However with some searching around, there is potentially an issue with the USB port on the top charging as well? It's weird because I can play connected by USB to my PC without issue and I can also play Bluetooth but I have to plug into an AC charger for the gamepad to stay on. After I have it on for a little bit I can unplug the cable and keep playing, but overnight the battery will once again be dead. Recapping that, it does look like the battery is dead on this model CUH-2CT1U. Just in case you run into a similar issue. Oh, it turns out my controller battery is still good. There is a glitch with it reporting as dead, but if you plug it into a charger then remove it, you will have full battery then show up in InputMapper.
  10. Raspberry Pi dd imaging guide. Preface: This guide is for sharing a forensic approach to imaging a hard drive or solid state device. I tend to not see many forensically tooled guides, so this one covers imaging from the perspective, that you need a verifiable image of a drive you will be working with. I am writing it will full intent to be useful without needing to have a Write-blocker or needing to run and wait for the sha256 signature checks to be run. In effort to be accessible I will cover the imaging of a Raspberry Pi with Raspbian and getting that running. If you are familiar with that process, please jump ahead to the Action section. My logic for using a Raspberry pi is because they are some of the cheapest functional computers one can get. My logic for imaging the Pi fresh from an ISO, is to be sure no extra data is left over on the Pi from any previous projects you might have been doing in the past. I want to add a side-note that you can follow the steps under action for almost any Linux distribution on various hardware. I have done similar on a current era laptop running Tails before. Your CPU heavy tasks like sha256sum will likely run much faster than on the Pi 2 I used for this guide. USB hard drive performance may also run higher based on your USB drive connectors and laptop, versus a Raspberry Pi 2. Just for point of reference, I wanted to mention this. Preparation: Tools needed: Raspberry Pi SD Card A USB to MicroSD reader (to image your Pi) Power Supply HDMI Display Keyboard and probably a mouse Post-It notes to label your drives A USB powered hub (you want this for use with the external drives) A USB SATA Dock USB Write-blocker to prevent making changes to source drive. (or you can use a second USB dock but cannot count on the full unchanged integrity of the source USB drive.) As I mentioned the Write-blocker, that will increase your cost quite a bit. Roughly $300 if you are going to use a Cru ComboDock 5.5 that I use. You are still fully able to follow this guide without one, but minor changes to your source drive may happen while you read data from it (especially if you browse the drive contents and it generates thumbs.db files) and that would cause a problem in the sake of capturing a forensically sound image of that source drive. With that noted, let's get the Raspberry Pi ready to go with a fresh install of Raspbian OS. Download latest Rasbian to your main computer you are reading this from. Install to sd card with etcher imager (resin.io is the imager I used to write the .iso to MicroSD Card) Put sd card in your Pi and boot it up. Bring up a terminal and set pi passwd (default password is: raspberry) Raspberry Pi Configuration can be found under Preferences on the menu of Raspbian Desktop. On this first tab of System you can change the bottom options: Disable auto login Boot to CLI Now that we have the Pi booted and setup, let's jump into the Actions portion of the imaging. Actions Hook up source drive (If no write-blocker, use a USB drive bay / or external drive). Follow the below steps to identify your source drive. No gparted on Raspbian anymore, so use Parted in the terminal. sudo parted -l Typically the first usb drive will be /dev/sda. Also cross reference the output to make sure it matches to the size of the drive you just hooked up. (500 GB source drive in my case) You can also type ls /dev/sd* in a terminal to see what drive is connected. Now that we know what the source drive is, go ahead and hook up the destination drive you are using to be the clone of your source drive. In another terminal, type sudo parted -l again. In my case I now see a /dev/sdb. This is my second drive I will be using to write the clone of the source drive to. (1000 GB destination drive in my case) For your sake, this is where I recommend using post-it notes to write a note to put on each disk, stating what one is the source and it's /dev/path. Also doing the same for your destination and it's /dev/path. Source drive is /dev/sda Dest drive is /dev/sdb With that out of the way, we are ready to jump into the long haul of running a dd command. This will copy the data from your source drive, block for block to the destination drive. dd is quite a serious command and can result in data loss if you do it wrong. Here is where a write-blocker is especially useful to prevent overwriting the drive. Also this is where the notes on the physical disk are helpful. Below is the command for the setup we outlined. dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=16384k status=progress Let's break this command down. I look at the if= being equal to Input file. That's our source drive. of= being Output file. This is where our destination drive is being overwritten. bs= is Block Size. I go with 16384k as it is a block size I have seen around good for imaging. status=progress is a nice add-on so you can see the results of the dd command. Otherwise you would be waiting for the progress to output once it is done. This will take quite some time. 500 GB source to a 1TB destination drive. Easily took about 8 hours as the finished results state: 27184.1 s, 18.4 MB/s. Divide that by 60, then again by 60 and I got 7.55 hours to image a 500 GB drive to a 1 TB drive. Hurry up and wait as you are doing a block for block image, so it even will copy the blank space to the destination drive. Once done, verify each drive matches (Especially for forensic sake and use of write blocker). Drive to drive sha will not match, so you want to do it for the partitions specifically. Once again, be warned that it took around 7 hours on this Pi setup to run sha256sum against each one of these partitions. Below are the commands I ran to generate the sha256 signature, followed by their matching results. sha256sum /dev/sda1 sha256sum /dev/sdb1 813dcb6470f62c7c12623a0ef092551965b83e501e70dff4e01e1220cebf0129 /dev/sda1 813dcb6470f62c7c12623a0ef092551965b83e501e70dff4e01e1220cebf0129 /dev/sdb1 Bingo! Image is a success and the source partition is a match to our cloned partition. For conversations sake, if you were to run sha256sum against the entire disks, they would not match up. Keep in mind the destination drive I used is a 1TB disk, so it has more free space than does the source drive. Here are examples of mismatched checksum, because we compared the entire disks where one was larger than the other. 83b3b53d577d0ae793c947220b4ef3aa3d323e8349e0d3615b77964ec5baeb80 /dev/sda f24189b6160b9a91bf5037ade4d4ab2f45a9bad9ebe254c0a349688f8987bc10 /dev/sdb That concludes this guide. If you have an questions or feedback, reply in this thread or hit me up online. Thank you for reading and visiting. :)
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    Switch dock warning firmware 5.0

    Stock Switch docks for me and the issues I have seen. I do have a USB Network Adapter from Plugable I had been using, plugged into the dock. I'm still leaning on the paranoid side and not leaving the system idle in the dock. I do still play it with HDMI and Power hooked up so I can do so on my TV.
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    Switch dock warning firmware 5.0

    So is this only with 3rd party docks? I am using the one that came with seeing no issues, although only my kids use the switch, but I am sure I would have heard something. On an unrelated note; cannot wait for the Labo to come out and kids go apeshit over it.
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    Switch dock warning firmware 5.0

    That is also the update that is reportedly causing 3rd party docks to brick Switches. Nyko and Nintendo released quick patches, but as of a couple days ago issues still persist. Game safe.
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    CLOUD Act

    Dude, even when there are clear rights, I can speak first-hand on how corrupt and rough due process can be, when it's written plainly into the law. For the past 6 months I've been fighting an illegal foreclosure on my home. Highest state court, 4 separate rulings as precedence on my side, a binding purchase & sales agreement prior to, and several statutory violations by the supposed foreclosing entity. In addition to the mortgage note by law, being a nullity. I got attached to a case against another person on the property, post-judgment (in violation of law and court rules), and the lower court (Worcester Housing Court) is god-awful and ignores everything. I'm now in Appeals Court trying to show how badly everyone screwed up, law on my side, and feel like I'm getting screwed over every step of the way. And I'm Pro Se, representing myself. Even with due process rights clearly written essentially into stone, if the system is corrupt or doesn't care, it's hard to find any help. When it's written into law that our privacy can br violated like that, I can only imagine the shit show.
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    CLOUD Act

    Thank you for that clear, to the point link. I think that explains why many of the major companies updated their terms of service. This will make for some shady means to entrap people, if you can get carte blanche to collect and sift through people's data. So much for due process.
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    CLOUD Act

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/03/responsibility-deflected-cloud-act-passes
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    Switch dock warning firmware 5.0

    I've seen some mention on reddit but some of the posts are getting deleted... anyways I have seen issues myself on my switch. I posted in a couple of the threads on there too. Error 2162-002 (x1) (x2) 5.0.0 Lock ups of the system have happened to me a few times. Removing the system from my dock, the bottom port smelled like warm electronics and I never noticed that before. I also had what looked like dead pixels the other day and was flipping out. They did go away after 30 minutes. For the time being, I am plugging the system directly into the AC adapter and not leaving it on the dock idle, as I used to do before the firmware update. I wanted to make a thread of warning, especially since I have seen the issues first hand. Hopefully they find a fix for this, as the theory going around is that the check for updates and pre-release software is keeping the network connection active much more often. P.S. I have Mario Odyssey and have played Balloon Mode, just in case that is a factor. As I know that relies on online functionality.
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    Memory Info / Diagnostics

    Tricky a question, depending on what you are looking to do or the info you want. If you are trying to debug and stability test a new build, I tend to run HyperPi to crush numbers and work memory. As I have the Corsair hydro cooler, I also run the Corsair Link utility they have. That one shows my RAM frequency RAS to CAS timings and other specific RAM details. Corsair LINK homepage. One of the best all-around tools I use is CPUID's HWMonitor. It gives really good component details and thermal information. HWMonitor homepage I had a ton of issues running a higher RAM clock rate with this Corsair RAM so I decided to just keep it at stock timings. I had weird reboot issues and micro-stutter in benchmarks when running the higher memory speeds. TBH I would probably get a different make of DDR4 in the future. Hopefully that helps. Let me know if not. I also run a large amount of Final Fantasy benchmarks for stability testing and performance monitoring. You can run the Final XIV or the XV Benchmarks for that leg of it. Also as a more detailed solution, you could run a Virtual Machine and run MemTest in that. I've done that with VirtualBox for fun, but you can only memtest most but not all of your RAM, while in Windows.
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    Memory Info / Diagnostics

    Hey guys, Looking for recommendations on a freeware program for live memory info and/or diagnostics, in Windows. Currently, only running CPU-Z.
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    Doom 2016

    I am replaying this on the Switch as I got a copy for Xmas. A new patch just dropped that enables you to use gyro controls, increases frame rate and fixes some audio and game bugs. The Gyro aiming is intense! It's a really cool way to play a shooter, especially since dual-stick shooters and I are not on good terms. When I played on PC, I cheated haha. I'm doing a playthrough on the Switch in I'm too young to die. No shame in not being an elite skilled shooter :p The map exploration is a good time and that added to me getting a copy for switch. I have not tried gyro aim in portable mode, as I tend to play docked with detached joycons. Standing up, it's almost like exercise. Call me a sissy, but Doom in a VR setting is not quite the kind of experience I'm looking for. That's why I opted for the Switch version instead of Doom VFR. Well couple that with the Bethesda to Oculus beef they have going on and you have my full reason for avoiding their VR titles. Wrapping up that VR beef story. The Switch version is good and fun. They patched some issues that needed addressed, while also adding some cool features. Here are the Bethesda patch notes. The most recent patch was pretty quick and seemingly small. Be warned that the 1st patch for Doom was 1.1 GB. So if you have limited free space on your console and or a limited internet connection, patching may be a concern. Storage sizes on my switch with the game card edition of the game are: 7.2 MB on the console, 8.0 GB on my SD Card. According to some searches, the 8 GB are the multiplayer components of the game. The core game is about 13 GB, so at least that's on the game cart. If you buy and download it from the store, be prepared for quite a bit of used storage.
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    Learning Linux Issues

    One of the biggest issues you will encounter learning Linux, is how most anything you may search for, will fall in 2 camps of info: Pre-Systemd and Post-Systemd. Guides and articles from 2013 or earlier will especially be based on older utilities that have been decommissioned but may still exist on recent distributions. It can be a little maddening but that's where more specific and newer articles are your guide. Ideally, the newer write ups will reference the older method too. Both for the sake of showing up in your search results and showing how both old and new work, so you can get to your solution. Case example for me here, is setting up a NTP server to do internal time synchronization for machines not able to contact a Windows Domain Controller. ntpd exists but not as a stand-alone server, as it's part of ntp services. tzselect works to set your timezone as a command but does not impact anything, since timedatectl is the current handler for system time on Raspbian and other more recent distro releases. Once you set the right timezone, ntpd -qg will connect to your defined external ntp servers, so your local service will have accurate timing to share with the internal machines you want to clock sync. To check your status for the ntp service to see it's running state, you want to: systemctl status ntp I just wanted to share a potentially helpful rant, as searching for information online, tends to bring up the older linux tools. It can be extra rage inducing when the original stuff is still around but has no impact on what you are trying to change.
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    Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    Completed 120 hours. Level 69 before credit roll. Final fight was rough but practicing elemental chains was hugely helpful. I found Max is much easier to deal damage with, if you set him to PC (bot ai) controlled. I used a tank in slot one that I rotated him to slot 3 so I could one-button skill attack, while tanking to stay alive. A new patch is coming soon and patch 1.30 will have an easier difficulty, new game plus and some other dynamic changes. I definitely had grinding sessions to continue as I played the storyline, but it was a fun world to explore. As usual for me, I took my time between main story and side-quests. Awesome game overall. I added link to the patch notes as there is a lot of stuff going on. It also looks like the blade menus will get more sort options. That will be helpful for finding the right field skills when you are exploring. The UX for blades can be really busy. I tend to go to character select then pick a blade, as that lets you press the shoulder buttons to view each equipped blade's skill trees, instead of doing it manually from the blade menu. FYI if you get the DLC pass, it will give you some advanced items, such as letting you re-assign blades to another driver. I used these pretty early in but I suggest waiting after a few chapters before doing so, as they will have more utility.
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    Final Fantasy XV Benchmark

    All of these benchmarks have been run in Full Screen. These are for Standard Quality, as the above scores are for High Quality. 1080p Standard Quality settings. Score: 10318 with Very High Performance ranking. 4k Standard Quality settings. Score: 5460 with Fairly High Performance ranking. 720p Standard Quality settings. Score: 10586 with Very High Performance ranking. As seen above, 720p and 1080p essentially score the same. You get a little performance increase with standard at 4k resolution, but if you can get away with it, the extra features are quite impressive looking. Lite Quality will cut many enhancements but you will see a higher frame rate and performance score. Here are the 3 resolutions run with Lite Quality settings. 1080p Lite Quality settings. Score: 11145 with Very High Performance ranking. 4k Lite Quality settings. Score: 7873 with Fairly High Performance ranking. 720p Lite Quality settings. Score: 11249 with Very High Performance ranking. Not really a huge difference besides at 4k resolution. I saw around that the score is comparable to your frame rate. So 7873 would be 78 FPS. I charted the scores for your benefit, as it is more apparent than reading the similar 720p and 1080p scores.
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    Pi-Hole

    Wild. So I saw a bunch of ipmac-binding errors for the Pi-Hole devices on my network in the firewall. Turns out my issue with the pihole unable to get filter updates without a second NIC, got fixed by adding a DHCP reservation on that server. It's definitely not what I expected to resolve the failed dns lookups on the pi-hole itself but I figured it was worth sharing. I am also looking to use Pi-Hole devices for quick on the fly network building. These things can totally serve DHCP out if you so choose. Should be a fun way to setup quick test networks. :)
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    Final Fantasy XV Benchmark

    There is a Final Fantasy XV Benchmark for PC (NA), to prepare for the PC release of the full game. Be warned that the shown benchmark score comparisons they give you will likely be higher than your recorded score. Thank Windows 10 1709 Creators Update (version 10.0.162.99.125) for that. While I do not know the cause of the slowdown, it has been pretty consistently recorded on sites for frame drops. Perhaps an OS level stop-patch for the processor vulns, I am not sure. Expect a frame drop though as I felt one in other play, but thought that was the Oculus 2.0 beta. Enough on that rambling theory. Notice on the benchmark site that their screencap for the demo has Windows version 10.0.15063. I'm getting average 7700 score on the performance high 1080p setting. On my 1080 Ti 11GB it seems 720p with high setting scores the same score. When checking the Stats output, it will open a window for web browser results. Running the high 3840x2160 resolution put me around 3xxx maybe 4100 score. Let me add some machine context. I am on Windows 10 Pro (version above) with an Intel Core i7-7700k @ 4.20 GHz (4.5 GHz load) with 32 GB RAM and a Nvidia Geforce 1080 Ti 11GB running Nvidia driver 390.77. In my testing, it looks like the game window is 1080p no matter your option and the upscaling or downscaling are applied in that window. This is somewhat supported in my benchmark score between 720p and 1080p as the scores are nearly identical. 1080p High Quality Score: 8111 with High Performance ranking. 4k High Quality Score: 4436 with Standard Performance ranking. 720p High Quality Score: 8067 with High Performance ranking. Additional benchmarks below for standard quality are in my next post. In my testing on an HD TV @ 4k and a PC LCD 144 Hz display, scores ended up basically identical, as the benchmark has score drift of a hundred or so points. You can definitely see the quality increase running 4k, as the license plate in the start of the benchmark becomes clearly readable. I have to say I'm cool with the 1080p window upscaling to 4k, because that means I can play the game @ 4k and 60 FPS on a TV with my PC. I checked these with display details on the PC LCD and also on the TV via Info on my Samsung remote control.
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    Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    I'm about 85 hours of playtime and near the end of Chapter 7. I was stuck at a point due to needing higher field skill checks, but was able to level that by doing a dozen or so salvaging drops to increase the needed Ancient Knowledge. Side quests keep popping up as you proceed in the story and they also net you a good reward in respect to leveling your blade companions. The marker indicators when you are in the right region are helpful for finding the right parts of the map to finish your quest in. In case I didn't mention it, be sure to rest in the Inns. They will let you spend your bonus XP and jump up in level, since leveling in the field gets pretty slow beyond the 20s. My current squad is largely around level 52. I was up way too late playing last night. Loving this game though. Really glad I dived into it.
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    Firewall Log Fun

    Show me the output record sets. OK. Now I would like to see what the actual records are for any port connections. Modifying the previous python script, we are now going to make some queries that show any matched record sets in a query window. I was kind of miffed why I kept getting my loop iteration number dumping in the select portion of the output, until I looked better at the 1st sys.stdout.write line. Miraculously, it was still doing the part I told it to of printing pstartNum on the 1st line. Once I cleaned that up, I had proper SELECT * formatting for the script build. #Dump Queries with start to end port range import sys pstartNum = int(input("Source Port number start: ")) q1 = "SELECT *" qTbl = str(input("Table name for query build: ")) q2 = "FROM [dbo].[%s]" % (qTbl) qWat = "WHERE [Source] like '%:" qClose = "'" for x in range(100): sys.stdout.write("%s %s \n" % (q1, q2)); sys.stdout.write("%s%s%s \n" % (qWat, pstartNum, qClose)); print("GO") print() pstartNum = pstartNum - 1 exit Thanks to this code, you can get subqueries to show results for any ports matched in your range. Anything found will show a recordset, where as non-matched ports will just show headers with empty datasets. If you decide to crank this up to 1000 or more iterations, be ready to wait and eat up some more CPU and Memory as it runs. Try 500 iterations as your SQL Express query window may crash @ 1000 runs as mine just did. Most commonly I see, Source (Internet connections) trying to connect to Destination (my location) on port 23 or port 3389. Telnet and Remote Desktop Protocol on 3389 are pretty heavily port sniffed for sure. You can extrapolate if some of those connections might be a botnet if the Source port they are sending from seems especially common. The world is your oyster. For conversations sake, I had over 9000 attempts to connect to SSH on port 23 for the month of December 2017. About 640 attempts to connect over RDP on port 3389.
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