No More Ransomware

When it comes to malicious software, there is currently none more irritating than ransomware. If you are unfamiliar with this “virus”, it is a piece of software that encrypts your files and then wants you to pay to unlock them. It sucks and there is little a person can do, other than format their computer and hope the last backup was clean, use a product like Acronis True Image New Generation or possibly go and use a tool over at NoMoreRansom.org. It’s a neat idea, but all of these are reactive. PSA: Be careful. That is all.

Source: NoMoreRansom.org

Toshiba in trouble

No company ever wants to have to tell investors that they've lost over $9 Billion dollars in the past year, Toshiba just did that however. In addition to announcing huge losses, they also couldn't agree with their auditors so the results aren't even official.

Toshiba is looking to sell of some of their divisions to keep things going, but it seems like it's going to be rough year for Toshiba. USA Today has the story.

The Japanese electronics giant released unaudited results Tuesday, reporting steep losses related to the bankruptcy filing of its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. last month. For the first nine months of the year, which ends in March, it lost $4.8 billion.

The maker of computer chips and household appliances said expenses related to nuclear power construction by Westinghouse will "significantly" impact its liquidity.

"There are material events and conditions that raise the substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern," the company said in its twice-delayed financial report.

How SSDs Work and How to Make Them Work Longer

Most machines I use currently have SSDs for storage. While the speed boost is nice, SSDs are limited to a specific number of reads and writes per cell before they wear out. The number is usually very high and expected lifespan is 5+ years. Still, there are things you can do to make them last longer - and to do that, it's important to understand how they work. Check the link below for the information!

First, aside from when an SSD is brand new and contains no data, writing to an SSD is the process of erasing existing information from the flash memory cells and then programming new information onto them. No new information can be programmed to a cell unless the old data is first erased. For this reason, the process of writing to an SSD is often referred to as program/erase cycles or P/E cycles.

Source: CNET

Moto Z Force 2 Brings Back Headphone Jack

Lenovo has made a few stellar devices in the past couple of years and the Moto Z Force was one of their best in terms of battery life and durability. It's nice to see that the Moto Z Force 2 is in the works and they Motorola is using their brain when it comes to things like a headphone jack. While digital audio is great, as Jason and I have stated time and time again, why alienate people that have great analog headphones and earbuds? Good move Moto.

Lenovo might have a case for ditching the 3.5mm jack in the super-slim Moto Z, but it never made much sense not to include one on the Z Force. The Z2 Force is said to be thinner than its predecessor (5.99mm versus 7mm), and aside from the headphone jack, it will also house a new dual-lens camera system and Snapdragon 835.

Source: TheVerge

Lian Li @ CES 2013

Lian Li was at CES once again this year and they brought a few interesting chassis to the show.  By interesting, I mean a beast, a thermal guru and a train.  Let's start with the beast.  The PC-D8000.  This case supposts the largest motherboards possible and complies to the HPTX standard.  Even with a motherboard as large as 15" x 13.6", you still will have room for 20 (that's right, twenty) 3.5" HDDs.  In addition to that, it has four USB 3.0 ports on the front and all of the other awesome features we've come to expect from the all-aluminum case manufacturer, Lian Li.

PC-D8000 Big Front


The PC-V850 is a case that is coming in the near future (hopefully) and it offers the standard Lian Li quality with a bit of a different way to manage thermal issues.  Once the side panel is on, the air intake comes from the rear and the deflector ensures that you are not sucking in hot air from the rear exhaust.  The chassis is sectioned off into several areas that are compartmentalized so that different components don't heat up each other.


The last and oddest thing that we've seen from Lian Li is the train PC case.  We've seen some pretty odd cases, that included sea shells, horses and a yeti, but we've never seen a moving train PC.  There is not much else to be said about this.

Lian Li Train

Please check out the gallery for more pictures from the Lian Li booth.

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