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On the Matters of, How to Read

This is for you, folks. You guys just had to bombard me with emails. Like I had to hit reply so many times, I won’t forward the exchange which prompted the update. But I can give you a piece, covering on what happened, how it happened, and perhaps what we can learn from it. And…

How America Grades Samsung on Pass or Fail

Calling out on Galaxy Fold debacle as “graded on a curve” apparently was an understatement. It is time to face the ugly truth. Samsung already has a bad track record, and none of the reviewers had gull to question the product in their hand. These pre-launch reviews that had been published prior to the issue…

Are Foldable Smartphones the Future?

Remember the days before iOS? In 2010, Apple finally rebranded its iPhone OS to iOS, making it the first non-Mac OS Apple had released. The significance of the iPhone manufacturer’s rebranding comes not from its shoddy name, but rather its date: 2010. In 2010, smartphone phone factors started to see consolidations. Google was releasing its…

How PC and eGPU Communities Morphed into Bait-and-Switch Props

Originally I was planning on publishing how-to tips on accelerating internal displays using eGPU. Unfortunately that did not work out as I had hoped. And as such, I am taking this chance to address one of the issues that are lingering in the eGPU communities, and perhaps the PC communities in general.

WordPress Theme Subscription is the New Sham in the Town

We have all seen annual upgrade tactics on different applications. What makes WordPress theme extremely awkward however, is the fact that none of the features actually change and/or fixed since the release. If there is a glitch, it must be fixed regardless of “upgrade”, and if it is an entirely new feature, likely the designer…

Beta Software is not a Press Release Copy

In light of possible obsolesce of eGPU support on TB1/2 machines, I thought it would be a good time to go back to the basics for this week. Public and/or developer beta is hardly a reliable source of information. Features will be added, dropped, and then added again in betas. And if you need an…

State of eGPU Support on Coming High Sierras

High Sierra tuned in native support for eGPUs, but recent updates on eGPU support on older Macs are looking grim. If you own a Mac that does have a USB-C port, (or any plain MacBooks) it is very likely your computer does not support Thunderbolt 3. Any Mac with Thunderbolt 1 or 2 ports are…

Blockchain-Based Currency is Not the Money We Know

An introduction to Bitcoin makes it sound so user-friendly and a simpleton business, but elegant with modern encryption, but the actual system design is largely kept a secret like a Death Star. It doesn’t matter how a 100 km-wide space station roams around in space freely and shoot out a laser beam that will utterly…

FBI is Still Nagging Apple for Backdoor Access

Apparently books on iPhone back doors from 2015 is not officially closed for FBI. FBI Director shared the actual stats behind the requests last Sunday, around 6,900 devices. Following the Texas shooting, FBI once again shared its frustration that the bureau was unable to decrypt the shooter’s phone. Although the law enforcement did not disclose…

Water Cooling in Mac Should Never Happen

Cooling is probably one of the candidates of “all-things” field in any PC threads. It’s either the cooling or things will lead to cooling eventually. Overclocking on existing hardware obviously leads to cooling, and building a new PC from scratch also starts with some cooling in mind. Aesthetics, one that Apple fanboys are usually accused of,…

High Sierra Second Public Beta is Here

Second public beta of High Sierra with rather grim news. Aside from obvious bug fixes, eGPU.io confirmed High Sierra is more confining than that Sierra is and was. The drivers aside from Radeon RX 470/480/570/580 definitely exists in High Sierra and can be found rather easily. My testing showed High Sierra was able to “grab”…

High Sierra Public Beta is Here

Public beta for High Sierra is here, and boy, we didn’t see this kind of mess since Lion. This devastation is only comparable to the first release of public beta OS X Lion, and if you are in for it, you won’t be disappointed. I’m not even sure how developers are supposed to work with…

eBay Sniping Can’t Work, Because Reasons

Apparently there is something called “sniping” in eBay, now taken as a community norm. Does it work? In its essence, yes. Does it work on theoretical level? Not really. Let me lay it out bits by bits. eBay is effectively a proxy auction. (not a dictionary term) There is a software that bids on your…

An Argument For Wireless Audio in iPhone 7

Newest turmoil around iPhone is now the lack of 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple, at least Phil Schiller believes it is “courage” to remove headphone jack to move toward wireless future. Several arguments had been made against it, and here are some of them that hold up to criticism.