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#449078 Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch News

Posted by macdude22 on 20 May 2018 - 12:11 PM in Off-Topic

View PostMatt Diamond, on 19 May 2018 - 09:56 PM, said:

I agree. There is NOTHING like playing a good game of Starcraft or Civilization on a console platform!

Literally, nothing like it!

Civilization Revolution was the best Civ game so 100% agree.

#449048 What Mac games did you recently finish?

Posted by macdude22 on 11 May 2018 - 02:33 PM in General

Avernum 3, might go back for a second pass soon.

#449050 What Mac games did you recently finish?

Posted by macdude22 on 12 May 2018 - 04:06 PM in General

I might grab it on iPad though so I can sit on the couch and play. My daughter likes to watch "the cats" fight but my leg falls asleep when she sits on my lap in the office chair so long.

#450116 What is your pick for the best recent FPS on macOSX ?

Posted by macdude22 on 28 January 2019 - 10:00 AM in Mac Action & Shooters

Second vote for Shadow Warrior, it's insane, crude, and fun af.

#449304 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted by macdude22 on 12 June 2018 - 01:49 PM in General

I vaguely recall it looking worse than FA-18 Hornet but it playing a lot better when I was a kid. Played it a lot more than Hornet anyway.

#448986 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted by macdude22 on 06 May 2018 - 12:29 PM in General

I have been trying to whittle down the few games in my 360 backlog that are not available for Backwards Compatibility. I had been trying to choke down Final Fantasy XIII but wow its not good. I like the battle system well enough but the story and the on rails gameplay were just terrible. I found myself falling asleep every time snow had another diatribe about how he's gunner save everyone. I gave it 15 hours, which was probably 10 hours too much. So checked that trilogy off my list and moved onto Kingdoms of Amalur. Holy crap, now that's fun. It's kind of like WoW and and Elder Scrolls game had an offline baby. Fast fun combat, interesting loot, crafting that doesn't require a PhD. Already more hours into it than FFXIII and loving it. I regret not giving this some attention when it was released.

#449298 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted by macdude22 on 12 June 2018 - 06:54 AM in General

Chuck Yeager's Air Combat4life

#449307 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted by macdude22 on 12 June 2018 - 02:58 PM in General

This would have been v1 or maybe 2, I don't remember. It would have been fall/winter 95-96 when I played them the most and the inter web says 3.0 came out in 97.

#450283 What are your favourite/best Mac games? You wishlist for Mac?

Posted by macdude22 on 15 March 2019 - 08:39 AM in General

View PostUmarOMC1, on 14 March 2019 - 07:10 PM, said:

Add Hunt: Showdown to my… *sigh* Wish List. I know macOS is doing a lot better game-wise than we were in the '90s (oh man was that a tough era for the macOS gamer!) but we can wish. :P

Rong, 90s was the golden era of Mac games. We didn't get a lot but boy they looked a lot nicer than their half res DOS counterparts. When a game was on Mac you could definitively say this is a superior version.

#449772 War Thunder

Posted by macdude22 on 01 November 2018 - 10:18 AM in Mac Simulators

World of Warships 4 life

#450501 Vulkan Officially Released - No Mac Support

Posted by macdude22 on 10 April 2019 - 09:09 AM in IMG News Discussion

There's a kernel interface to get compute data in and out of system busses. There's no kernel interface for a new graphics API. Because of privilege boundaries it would be difficult and/or slow for someone to develop and implement a low level graphics API like Open GL. It can be done but the end result is often subpar. See Duet Display. Any casual thought of outright replacing the OpenGL frameworks went out the window with SIP and the available kernel interfaces don't cut the mustard for a graphics API.

The user graphics of OS X is handled by the `WindowServer` process along with I/O Kit. User graphics combined with kernel graphics could be considered the analogue of `win32k.sys` on Windows. The user graphics part of macOS is handled in a separate process while Windows provides the GDI32 APIs which calls “win32k.sys` directly. Apple’s approach could be considered more secure as user memory is not shared between processes. Anyone who disagree's should look at the hundreds of vulnerabilities and exploits involving GDI over the years.

#449867 Virtual Programming's Upcoming Projects

Posted by macdude22 on 26 November 2018 - 10:54 AM in General

People complaining about WINE and WINE ports should look at VP ports. At least WINE works :lol:

#449874 Virtual Programming's Upcoming Projects

Posted by macdude22 on 26 November 2018 - 05:11 PM in General

WINE and CodeWeavers do good work. WoWS plays better than any VP port I've ever played.

PaultheTall also does good work.

#450211 Tuncer is 50 today

Posted by macdude22 on 19 February 2019 - 04:51 PM in IMG Website Network Feedback

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#449785 The Next Apple Event

Posted by macdude22 on 03 November 2018 - 08:12 AM in Mac Hardware

I will let you know how it goes. I have done the Home folder symlink dance and it's great until it's not great lol. I would prefer to be simple and keep my home folder on the boot volume (even if it's external USB). Use the 128GB onboard for scratch space or toss a few frequently used apps in there etc...

Even with UASP I think USB 3 will be constrained by random I/O and I/O queue depth. With heavy I/O I suspect a SATA drive capable of sustained 500 MB/s r/w would drop to 250-300. For the average mortal this is still fast and the average mortal probably wouldn't have I/O needs that drive down the performance of USB 3. If I was doing a lot of Photo, audio, video editing or development I would probably spring for something thunderbolt like the Envoy Pro EX


Still half the price of Apple's offering, though it is half the speed. Exponentially faster than a SATA drive slaved to USB regardless.

I never thought I would see the day where we would say ehhhh well 1800MB/s is half as fast as that other thing. Honestly even a few years ago 2TB of 1800MB/s storage for under a grand would have sounded like science fiction.

I am still debating on if I want the i7 upgrade or not. The i3 is already SO much faster than my 2008 MacPro or 2011 Mini I doubt I'd know the difference. I think if it turns out the 8GB base memory comes on 1 stick as rumored I'll get the upgraded CPU since an upgrade to 16GB would only cost 1 8GB stick then.

#449752 The Next Apple Event

Posted by macdude22 on 30 October 2018 - 01:19 PM in Mac Hardware

View PostFrost, on 30 October 2018 - 12:16 PM, said:

Yeah, as usual, Apple gouges you to DEATH on RAM and SSD. $1400 would buy you TWO professional-grade 2TB Intel 7600p nVME SSDs with enough left over for a pro app. I can understand markup, but 100% markup = jeez.

The pricing is fine. Dell charges 2k for 2TB of similar storage (2074.07 to be exact).

View PostAtticus, on 30 October 2018 - 09:39 AM, said:

Everything announced today is a fail, I hate Apple, Tim Cook needs to go, apple has abandoned the Mac, everything is too expensive, switching to Windows,  I haven't been this disappointed since my mom abandoned me when I was six, etc, etc.


#449779 The Next Apple Event

Posted by macdude22 on 02 November 2018 - 03:11 PM in Mac Hardware

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 02 November 2018 - 07:09 AM, said:

Interesting. So the base model might actually be sufficient for long term gaming, as long as one buys an eGPU, a screen, and potentially double the Minis price to get a 1TB SSD.. :P

Now we just need to see if it has thermal constraints under heavy prolonged CPU loads.

OWC had Micron 2TB SATA drives for 295. I nabbed one of those and an enclosure. I'm not ESPN so SATA ssd speeds will be fine for me.

#449765 The Next Apple Event

Posted by macdude22 on 31 October 2018 - 11:34 AM in Mac Hardware

I hope OWC makes a Thunderbolt version of the Mini Stack, though to be fair USB 3 and SATA speeds are plenty for the average joe. I would like Envoy Pro EX performance in a stackable form factor.

Assuming apple follows through with this revision for a while they just made a really neat modular mac. It's plenty potent out of the box for any consumer but expandable for the prosumer or professional. I expect companies like Sonnet to come up with some innovative storage/GPU solutions (love my Echo 15)

#449788 The Next Apple Event

Posted by macdude22 on 03 November 2018 - 04:51 PM in Mac Hardware

Ya, I'm replacing my 2012 quad at work with the i7 model fo sure. Replacing my mini at home, not so sure.

Regarding SSD in external enclosure, out of the box with nothing running the Micron tests at 385 MB/s write and 365 MB/s read with Aja System Test 16GB test. Blackmagic tested almost identical.

I cloned my internal rust (1TB firecuda) to this 2TB Micron drive in a Mercury On-The-Go enclosure, booted to it, and did the following

kicked off several downloads in steam, gog, and origin.
forced spotlight reindex
kicked off copy of photo library from external rust to Micron Drive in MOTG.

We should have the CPU and disk I/O going pretty good at this point.

I then reran the Aja 16GB test

268 MB/s write and 265 MB/s read.

I know what you are saying. macdude22 how do you have USB 3 speeds on a 2011 mini. Well IMGsan I have a Sonnet Echo Thunderbolt Dock which has USB 3 so it has the effect of having USB 3 ports available on a 2011 mini. Given this thing is almost always CPU pegged these days I couldn't say if I'm hitting a CPU bottleneck with USB, if I am the performance can only go up from this baseline.

I would surmise I am hammering this drive harder than most average consumers would so I offer that a SATA SSD in a quality USB 3 enclosure would be more than sufficient as a boot drive for most. Given the nature of USB vs TB I would still use thunderbolt storage for any sort of professional endeavor but as discussed you can still get pretty fast storage performance at half the apple cost. An ESPN moving around 4k video probably would still benefit from the pricy but supreme internal storage options.

#449771 The Next Apple Event

Posted by macdude22 on 01 November 2018 - 10:12 AM in Mac Hardware

View PostMatt Diamond, on 31 October 2018 - 02:21 PM, said:

Question: if the Mini's internal SSD dies, how hosed would I be? With a Mac Pro you can start over with a brand new boot drive. I've had to do this twice over the years, plus a third time when I upgraded to SSD.

Repair would require MLB replacement. We have 2000 macintosh endpoints, I've done every repair you can think of. I've never had to do a repair because the onboard storage failed on any model with onboard storage.

Assuming ONLY the storage had failed you could continue to use an external Thunderbolt or USB drive, but I think a more likely repair scenario would be some other failure necessitating MLB replacement anyway.

View Postnick68k, on 01 November 2018 - 07:58 AM, said:

What benefits does the T2 bring to a desktop system btw?

From a practical home user perspective, hey siri.

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 01 November 2018 - 12:15 AM, said:

Thanks for setting my ramblings straight.

Now, the 6 core CPU in the Mini may be acceptable. But is it useable for a 5 year gaming streak, and therefore to work as an xMac if one gets an eGPU?

If you don't have PC Master race epeen problems probably fine. I still game fine on a 2012 MBP so CPUwise it's had a longer streak than 5 years.

Assuming the 6core is in fact the i7-8700 as speculated (we should see real world info very soon) I expect it has chops for 5 years of just about anything.


#449764 The Next Apple Event

Posted by macdude22 on 31 October 2018 - 06:58 AM in Mac Hardware

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 31 October 2018 - 04:17 AM, said:

Yes, the T2 is also the SSD controller, so I am guessing that swapping SSDs - Which are on a proprietary connector anyway - is a complete no-go.

Storage on the new mini is soldered on, not a slot (proprietary or otherwise) so there's no replacing it. Macs with T2 hardware and removable storage can be swapped (iMac Pro), however the storage is encrypted with the hardware UID of the secure enclave. It cannot be decrypted without the T2 that encrypted it. If FileVault is turned on there is an additional user record required to unlock along with the hardware UID.

The real concern for the average person (or corporate shlub really) and T2 enabled Macs is to make damn sure there are backups. In the event of a hardware failure there's little to no opportunity for data recovery.

#449235 The Last Jedi [SPOILERS GALORE]

Posted by macdude22 on 04 June 2018 - 06:50 AM in Off-Topic

View PostTetsuya, on 03 June 2018 - 09:09 PM, said:

Basically my thoughts on the movie as well.  Its.. a movie.  You could have changed the names and made it into any other generic sci-fi movie.  Its not horrible, its not great.  

Star Wars isn't sci-fi.

#449230 The Last Jedi [SPOILERS GALORE]

Posted by macdude22 on 03 June 2018 - 01:52 PM in Off-Topic

Birdemic is :thumbsup:

#449184 Steam Link coming to iOS and tvOS

Posted by macdude22 on 29 May 2018 - 02:20 PM in General

I don't know a single adult with kids that cares about streaming games. There's a niche but it's not big. Big enough to justify some investment from Valve and Nvidia maybe, but its small potatoes. There's a select few folks here that are really passionate about streaming tech, and that's great but it's nowhere near mainstream and I don't see it becoming mainstream. Your average joe wants to plop down and play a tapper or Halo or Mario. Shield TVs and Steam Links are absolutely edge cases, I don't see those winds changing anytime soon.

#449148 Steam Link coming to iOS and tvOS

Posted by macdude22 on 25 May 2018 - 06:56 AM in General

Do it. list em. I brought coffee.

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