4TB WD Black HDD Ships

WD Black 4TB Hard Drive

 WD Black 4TB Hard Drive

Western Digital has increase the maximum capacity of their WD Black line of hard drives to 4TB with a snappy 7200RPM and 64MB cache.  Western Digital designed this hard drive not only to have the largest capacity on the market, but to also be blazing fast a the same time.  The spec sheet for the WD 4TB Black reads like a performance drive with a 7200RPM spinn speed, 64MB cache, dual processor and dual actuator technology.  Western Digital also included NoTouch™ ramp load technology to keep your hard drive safe while transporting it to your next LAN party.

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Specs

  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
  • Speed: 7200 rpm
  • Cache: 64 MB
  • Capacity: 4 TB
  • Price: $339

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Press Release

WD® EXPANDS ITS HIGHEST-PERFORMING DESKTOP HARD DRIVES TO 4 TB CAPACITY

New WD Black Hard Drives Offer Uncompromising Storage Performance for Enthusiasts, Gamers.

IRVINE, Calif. – Nov. 20, 2012 – WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and a world leader in hard drives, today announced its highest performance, highest capacity desktop hard drive, the WD Black™ 4 TB, 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM drive. Shipping immediately, the fast performance and extreme capacity of the award-winning WD Black drives make them perfect for gaming, high-performance desktop systems and workstations.

WD Black hard drives combine 7200 RPM spin speed, 64 MB cache, dual stage actuator technology, SATA 6 gigabits per second (Gb/s) interface, and an integrated dual processor to deliver ultimate performance in a maximum-capacity drive.

“Maximizing the features and functionality of power computing applications such as gaming, multimedia and video editing, the new WD Black 4 TB hard drives offer capacity and performance-without compromise,” said Matt Rutledge, vice president of WD’s client storage group. “In choosing WD Black hard drives, WD desktop customers get the best possible mix of capacity, performance and reliability to handle intense desktop computing with ease.”

WD Black 4 TB hard drives feature:

Dual processor – Twice the processing power to maximize performance.

Dual actuator technology – A head positioning system with two actuators that improves positional accuracy over the data track(s). The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy.

IntelliSeek™ – Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.

StableTrac™ – The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during read and write operations.

NoTouch™ ramp load technology – The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.

Price and Availability

The WD Black 4 TB GB (model WD4001FAEX) hard drives are available through select distributors and resellers. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD Black 4 TB drive is $339.00 USD. More information about WD Black 4 TB desktop hard drives may be found on the company’s website at: http://www.wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=760.

WD Black drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty, see: http://www.support.wdc.com for details.

XBMC 12.0 “Frodo” Beta 1 released

XBMC 12.0 Froyo Beta Splash Screen

XBMC 12.0 Froyo Beta Splash Screen

XBMC 12.0 “Frodo” Beta 1 has been released to the public, and with it bringing features that many have been waiting years for.  This major update brings with it support for Android, Raspberry Pi and Live TV/PVR support.

New Features

  • HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, via the new XBMC AudioEngine
  • Live TV and PVR support
  • h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P) video software decoding for anime
  • 64bit support in OSX to match the 64bit support in Linux
  • Improved image support, allowing the database to accomodate numerous additional image types
  • Support for the Raspberry PI
  • Initial support for the Android platform
  • Improved Airplay support across all platforms
  • Advanced Filtering in the library
  • Advanced UPnP sharing
  • Translations now powered by Transifex
  • Bug Fixes

 Downloads:

Free Game: Battlezone 1 (1998)

Battlezone 1 1998 Cover Art

Battlezone 1 1998 Cover Art

Release Date: February 28, 1998
Publisher: Activision
Platform: Windows

Battlezone got a refresh in 1998 as a FPS/RTS hybrid(aka Action-Strategy).  The genre combination sounds odd but worked out extremely well.  You play as a commander in the first person view, while building a base in a similar manner to other RTS on the market.  The game was released in 1998, but after shutting down the multiplayer servers Activision released the game under GNU license.  The game is available for free at: http://www.Battlezone1.com

Story

The story in based in an alternate cold war era universe in which the moon missions are a cover up for a much larger campaign.   The US and the Soviet Union have moved an entire military to space in the pursuit of a extraterrestrial material called “Bio Medal”, which had landed on earth via meteors.  This “Bio Medal” was created by an ancient alien civilization called the Cthonians.

Single Player

The single player is divided into two campaigns; one following the United States(NSDF), the other follows the Soviets(CCA) forces.  Throughout each mission you will build up your RTS style base, offensive and defensive units in attempt to defeat the opposing forces.

Multi Player

The multi player system includes two modes: Strategy and Deathmatch.  Strategy plays like the single player campaign and allows two or more players to collect resources, build units and the winner is determined by the last man standing.  Deathmatch gives two or more players a map with power-up to kill each other.  The winner is determined by the highest score.

Expansion pack

An expansion pack know as “The Red Odyssey” was released that featured the US, Soviets and Chinese.  This expansion contains an entirely new Single Player story arc pitting the Chinese Red Army forces against both their allies, the CCA, and their enemies the “Black Dogs”.  This expansion was also released under the open source GNU license, but has not yet received the compatibility updates for the latest versions of Windows that the original campaign has been given.

Whats new in the open source v1.5

  • Bug fixes
  • Windows compatibility updates
  • Multiplayer exploits closed
  • Xbox 360 controller support
  • Support for HD and widescreen resolutions

Conculsion

This classic games from the 90’s has held up very well over time, and to this day still has active players on the multiplayer servers.  The compatibility fixes for the latest versions of Windows made avaliable thanks to the fact that Activision released the source code under the GNU license.  The game play has also received small tweaks to improve game play.  Multi player exploits have been closed to make sure that Battlezone’s multiplayer afterlife is just as fun as the original.

Download

Both the original and Red Odyssey campaigns can be legally downloaded for free at: http://Battlezone1.com/downloads.index.htm

Screenshots

 

Tip: Clearing Google Chrome DNS pre-fetching cache

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Google Chrome LogoWhile setting up the Sector 7e Blog site I ran into a problem with Google Chrome 23 that I would like to share my remedy with everyone.  During the initial setup of the 7e Digital blog the domain address changed a few times. Usually this in not a huge problem, you just wait a few minutes to or up to 24 hours and your domain will have made its way through the internet and to you DNS server.

Several minutes, hours and then a day passed and I was still unable to access my blog.  So I tried accessing it on my phone.  It worked…  I went back to my PC but still nothing.  I started up Internet Explorer*cringe*, and I was able to access my blog.  The same was true with Firefox.  Well then it must be Google Chrome then.

After some research I found that a feature in Google Chrome called DNS pre-fetching was the culprit. Most sites had the remedy for an old version of Google Chrome.  So below are my instructions for clearing the latest version of Google Chrome.

Google Chrome Settings ButtonStep 1: Click on the Google Chrome Settings Button and click “settings”. (Circled in red above)

Google Chrome Advanced SettingsStep 2: Click “Show advanced settings…”

Google Chrome Clear Browsing Data ButtonStep 3: Under Privacy click the “Clear browsing data…” button

Google Chrome Clear Browsing Data DNSStep 4: Select “the beginning of time” in the drop down menu, and uncheck all options except for “Empty the cache”. Click “Clear browsing data” and your DNS issue should be fixed.

All ReadyNAS devices receive a firmware update

Netgear ReadyNAS V2 ARM based NAS devices

Netgear ReadyNAS V2 ARM based NAS devices

RAIDiator firmware has been updated to 5.3.7 (ARM), 4.2.22 (x86) and 4.1.10 (Sparc)  on the  popular Netgear ReadyNAS line of devices.  The x86 and now discontinued Sparc product line received mostly just bug fixes as well as the new features listed below, while the ARM line was graced with several new features.

The fact that the ARM line with the latest generation of RAIDiator 5.x firmware was the only version to get any new features seems to point in the direction of Netgear getting ready to release RAIDiator 5.x on the x86 line as well.  This is needed to keep Netgear competitive against QNAP, Synology and Buffalo’s latest NAS server offerings.

x86 – RAIDiator 4.2.22

  • EXT4 format support for USB device
  • Bug fixes

ARM – RAIDiator 5.3.7

  • Enhance Genie Apps support
  • Enhance ReadyRemote & ReadyDrop support
  • Support .MTS video file searching for DLNA client
  • Support remote UPS and enhance local UPS settings
  • Support reset share permissions
  • Support DLNA rescan when enable other service
  • Bug fixes

Sparc – RAIDiator 4.1.10

  • Enhanced ReadyDLNA rescan process
  • Bug fixes

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HP Touchpad build of Cyanogenmod gets camera support

HP Touchpad with Cyanogenmod 9 nightly

HP Touchpad with Cyanogenmod 9 nightly

The Android developer Dorregaray at Rootzwiki.com has created support for the HP Touchpad camera in Cyanogenmod 9.  While the fix has not made it into the nightly HP Touchpad Cyanogenmod 9 builds just yet we can use the build from Dorregaray located here: http://rootzwiki.com/topic/34482-unofficial-cm9-with-working-camera/

The camera driver is still the original Android 2.3 gingerbread driver, but uses a wrapper making it compatible with the Android 4.0 kernel. This is great news for everyone that refuses to move on from their $149 fire sale WebOS tablets such as myself.

Cyanogenmod.com domain held hostage

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Visit Cyanogenmod.org for the latest builds of cyanogenmod.

The Cyanogenmod team lost control of there .com domain over when a team member was confronted for impersonating another for personal gain. The Cyanogenmod team refused to identify the former team member out of respect for his personal well being and future career.  According to the blog post a former unnamed team member had control of the .com domain and demanded a $10,000 ransom in return.  The Cyanogenmod team refused to pay the ransom, but instead began using Cyanogenmod.org as their primary domain.

The Cyanogenmod team successfully talked down the individual in question.  The ex-team member agreed to retain control of the .com domain, but instead 301 redirect it to their new .org domain name.  The Cyanogenmod team is insisting that there be no retaliation toward the ex-team member because of his actions.

Kudos to the Cyanogenmod team for their cool heads in such a outrageous situation.  They have stated they learned their lesson and will restructure the team to prevent one person from having full control of any one asset.  In addition they advised the members on the Cyanogenmod community to not take any action toward the ex-team member, as they are pursuing all legal avenues to regain control of all their domain and email systems.

Android Code name guesses

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The logo for Googles' open source mobile operating system, Android.If your a fan of Googles’ open source mobile operating system I’m sure you have always wondered what the next code name will be.  So have we! We have is our list of current and potential android code names that Google may use.
 
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  • Android 1.0 – Didn’t have an official code name
  • Android 1.1 – Petit four
  • Android 1.5 – Cupcake
  • Android 1.6 – Donut
  • Android 2.0 – Enclair
  • Android 2.1 – Enclair
  • Android 2.2 – Froyo
  • Android 2.3 – Gingerbread
  • Android 3.0- Honeycomb
  • Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Android 4.1- Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.2- Jelly Bean (Current Version)
  • Android 4.3 or 5.0- Key Lime Pie (Next Version)
  • Lemon Marange Pie
  • Muffin
  • Nougat
  • Oatmeal Cookie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Queen of Pudding
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Strawberry Short Cake (Snickerdoodle?)
  • Truffle
  • Upside Down Cake
  • Vanilla Ice Cream 
  • Wafer Cookie
  • X – ?
  • Yogurt
  • Zebra Cake

Tesla Model S wins Car of the Year

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  Tesla won the 2013 Motor Treat Car of the Year, making it the first electric car to win this prestigious award.  This a a step forward for Electric Vehicles becoming mainstream vs standard combustion vehicles or even hybrids.  What is that made this the first major EV success?

Styling

Lets start with the Model S styling.  The Model S looks like its gas powered counterparts,  and does not suffer from the typical form before style that EV’s, hybrids and even your standard eco-cars do. The Nissan LEAF being the worst most recent offender here.  The Model S style is on par with all of the luxury sedans that it is intended to compete with.  Most people are shocked to hear that this is an all electric car.

Performance

So the Model S looks fast, but what is the real world performance like?  Lets start with the raw numbers first.  The base(signature) Model S has 362hp, 325 ft/lbs of torque and a range of 300 miles, while the performance model model pushes 416hp and 443ft/lbs of torque.  To put those numbers into perspective the 2013 Ford F150 with a 6.2L V8 outputs 411hp and 434ft/lbs of torque, making the Model S more powerful then a V8 Ford F150 pickup.  Yeah, wrap your head around that one!

Watch the Tesla Model S drag race a BMW M5...

Concerns

Now what about the downsides of electric vehicles?  Isn’t long distance travel going to be difficult, if not impossible? The Model S gets 300 miles on a charge with the 85kWh battery pack and Teslas’ free Supercharging stations will give owners of the Model S free long distance charging for the life of the vehicle.  The superchargers are capable of charging your vehicle with 150 miles of range in 30 minutes.  A 30 minutes break after 300 miles of driving seems like a well deserved break.

What about the high cost of the Tesla Model S?  The Model S is intended on competing in the luxury sedan market, so we will use the BMW M5 as the baseline example.  The BMW M5 starts $89,900 for the base model, which provides 560hp and 500 ft/lbs of torque.  The top-tier performance Model S pushes 416hp and 443ft/lbs of torque for $97,900, yet with what seems to be a power disadvantage for the Model S it still smokes the BMW M5 drag race(as seen above).  The secret sauce is the fact that in the Tesla Model S, and all other EV’s, 100% of their torque is available at 0 rpms making this think the 1/4 mile king.

Conclusion

In conclusion the Tesla Model S is the style and functionality benchmark for all future EV’s to be based on.  The Model S is the first mass production EV to show the world that EV’s are efficient, fast and can look just as good as a standard ICE vehicle, while in many cases superior to gas powered vehicles.  Let’s hope the next vehicle after the Model X crossover, the rumored sub $30,000 Telsa BlueStar, has the same polish for a price that most people can afford.  If Tesla can pull this off we may have to start referring to the US automakers as the “big 4.”

         Watch the Motor Trend Car of the Year announcement

Grace Digital Eco Terra Waterproof Boombox Review

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It’s that time of year again. Schools just about over and everyone heads to the nearest body of water to find relief from the summer sun.  Unfortunately this typically means that you have to leave your digital music behind.  That is no longer the case with the Grace Digital Eco Terra waterproof/rugged boombox.  The Eco Terra allows you to literally take your iPod swimming with you.

Overview

The Eco Terra Boombox is essentially a ruggedized waterproof iPod/MP3 device dock. With that being said it does not include an AM/FM tuner, CD or an 8-Track player. Any device with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack that will fit in the waterproof compartment can make the waterproof 3-inch stereo speakers pump out your favorite Black Eye Peas track.  This device currently comes in one color, traffic cone orange.

Portable power for the Eco Terra is produced by 4 C size batteries, and it also includes an AC adaptor for those of you that would like to tether your device to a wall.  It’s worth noting that the AC adaptor cannot charge the set of rechargeable C cell batteries that can be used to power your device.  Also included in the box is a shoulder strap, 2 carabiners, an AC adapter and your standard user manual.

Overall Build Quality

Upon unboxing it is obvious that the body of the Eco Terra is built with a high quality plastic that looks good and feels durable, which will immediately ease the anxiety you have of drowning your $200 smart phone in the swimming pool.   The edges of the Eco Terra are also coated with black rubber to act as a shock buffer.

The transparent watertight compartment for your digital device is secured with 2 tabs that should take quite a shock to accidentally open.  This transparent door provides you with a view of the screen on your device and just like the the rest of the device it feels very sturdy.  An unfortunate side effect of the transparent door is a greenhouse effect is created causing the compartment to get extremely hot in the Arizona 100+°F heat.  We were able to mitigate the greenhouse effect by placing white cardboard on the inside of the door, but you loose the benefit of the seeing the display of your device.

Audio Quality

The Eco Terra seams to be especially picky with the quality of the digital audio input it receives.  If your MP3 are downloaded from a P2P service and have poor encoding you are likely to have a very poor experience with the Eco Terra.  On the other hand the Eco Terra preforms quite well with quality digital music downloaded from a reputable source such as iTunes or AmazonMP3.com or streamed from a service like Pandora.

The 3-inch waterproof speakers in the Eco Terra can push out a resonable amount of sound before the sound starts to distort.  Bass on the Eco Terra is a little on the weak end, but the Eco Terra produces the best sound of any waterproof devices we have used.

Controls

Your iPod, iPhone or Android device can be controlled with the control pad located on the top of the Eco Terra.  The functions included in the control pad are Power, Play/Pause, Forward, Reverse and Volume +/-.

Conclusion

Overall the Grace Digital Eco Terra Boombox preformed well in our review tests, although there is room for improvement with the bass output and the greenhouse effect in the waterproof compartment . This device can take quite a bit of abuse and it’s claim of being 100% waterproof has proved to be true.  Overall we highly recommend this product if you require a rugged/waterproof digital boombox.

Pros:

  • This device is 100% waterproof and adds the same ablility to your digital music player
  • It floats
  • This device is rugged as claimed
  • The sound quality is very good for a waterproof device

Cons:

  • The waterproof compartment for your digital devices is a green house and gets very hot
  • Bass is weak

This product is available at TubingEtc.com for $139.79:
http://TubingEtc.com/Grace-Digital-GDI-AQ2SI60-ECOXGEAR-Waterproof

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