Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Redshift Status Update, RX 480 Issues, and more

With the summer months slowly winding to a close, folks here who are somewhat attentive might notice something: Redshift still isn't a completed project. Come September, Redshift would now have been under construction for over a year. Sad, right? Well, I have some explanations for it that are rather frustrating.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Are you bored? Try Google Feud!

I don't exactly know how late I am to this party, but now I'm pretty hooked on it. What am I talking about? Google Feud, of course!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

This summer on Techman's World

It's been a while since I've posted something, so I thought about post this to keep everyone in the loop on what's going on with the site and I. Of course, you folks are always welcome to check out Techtronix if you want to keep closer tabs on me. I'm always discussing things there.

Anyways, Redshift will be finished soon! After months and months of slowly building the PC up (started in September), It'll be done quite soon after I'm able to pick up more than likely the RX 480 8GB from MSI. Yes, I decided to go ahead and get the next generation of GPUs because I was so close to the new generation anyways that buying a current gen GPU would have been a literal waste of money. I may wrote a post about the GPU plan specifically, but this is the gist.

I've also got an unboxing post of the G.Skill KM780 MX Cherry MX Brown mechanical keyboard coming up real soon, so stay tuned for that. I've also had an unboxing post for the WiFi + Bluetooth card that I bought for Redshift sitting around for months now, so I could put that up too. I don't think the WiFi card is very interesting to look at, though.

Other then that, I don't have anything else planned. Redshift's final build post will come a few weeks after I test the GPU, and from there the sky's the limit on what Techman's World can do next. I thank everyone who's stuck around with me through this (far too long) journey.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Name & Shame: IRCCloud's (really shameful) unprofessionalism

IRCCloud.com Home Page
Ever been threatened to have the cops called on you before? Over IRC? It's not exactly something that I haven't seen before, but this time around I couldn't resist writing about this. Today folks, I'll be outing the extremely unprofessional behavior of Mr. James Wheare (archive), the lead web engineer over at IRCCloud, and hopefully sway everyone's opinion towards why considering IRCCloud for your IRC needs is now a foolish idea.

Monday, May 23, 2016

In Depth: Using ESET Smart Security 9

ESET.com: The best security money can buy
With the success of the recent Sophos Home review (or in depth look, whatever have you), I've taken some recommendations on what antivirus products I should look at next. And here we are: ESET Smart Security 9, recommended by Noah from BetaChat (I hang out in their Telegram group).

ESET Smart Security currently retails at $59.99/yr, for 1 machine. There's certain deals for adding extra years, but I'm accounting for their base price. Is ESET "The best security money can buy"? In this review, I'll put it through some testing and come to a conclusion.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Name & Shame: eBay seller 'theelecsurplus'

"The Electronic Surplus"
On eBay, sellers who charge insane prices are really not that uncommon at all. However, I think that this seller in particular, "The Electronic Surplus", deserves to have their game of overcharging for GPUs spoiled a little. For a seller that has 99% feedback, I just hate to see consumers getting screwed. If you folks like more of these "consumer watchdog"-style posts, be sure to let me know.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

So, what other antivirus products should I take a look at?

With the recent success of doing an in depth look on Sophos Home, it's got me thinking: What about other antivirus products? Well, I'm making this post to day to ask fellow (quiet!) members of the Techman's World community go ahead and shoot me suggestions on what I should look at next.

I didn't do a formal antivirus test with Sophos Home in the last post, but I did conduct an informal one a few hours after the post was submitted. I'm working on doing a recorded video for antivirus test videos, but my internet connection is slow (.5 mbps up), so doing videos is a time consuming task. I'm also not really good at video editing; some nice free (and hopefully open source) video editor suggestions that run on Windows would also be greatly appreciated.

I use VirtualBox for doing VM-related tasks, so if any of you folks have some tips on doing screen recording, feel free to shoot me an email or something. It's my ultimate goal to produce content that readers want to see.

Redshift: Help fund the final piece

If you've visited the site very recently, you'll notice that I have a new widget in the right sidebar.

Due to the advice of someone on Techtronix, I've now decided to open up a GoFundMe page to raise the funds needed to get the last part for Redshift: the GPU. Below the fold, the same story that I submitted to GoFundMe is available.

If you haven't donated before, or already have and wish to donate again, please donate to the GoFundMe campaign. Thank you!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

In Depth: Using Sophos Home Antivirus

Sophos Home: Free commercial-grade security for the home.
Is Windows Defender not cutting it for you? Do you feel like Windows Defender isn't as good as the usual run-of-the-mill antivirus vendors out on the market right now? Well, you wouldn't exactly be alone. Microsoft's own security product has had drastic improvements in the past, but Microsoft still seems a little off the pace when it comes to detecting newer infections.

Recently, I've discovered Sophos Home Antivirus after a recommendation by a user on Techtronix when the lounge (network lobby) was discussing antivirus/antimalware software. I decided to take a look because I was kinda bored of the Windows Defender + Malwarebytes Pro (that was going to expire soon anyways). After using the software for a few weeks, I've finally reached the conclusion that Sophos Home is actually software worth considering, especially if you're in the market for antivirus software.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

An update on Redshift

It's been a while since I've made a post here, so I thought I'd sit down for a few minutes and talk about the status of Redshift.