Mondo did this for the Oblivion vinyl release, composed by none other than M83. Second is the interior. Awesome. Higher res interior at source. (FirstShowing)
theodinspire asked: My friend is looking for the "cheapest, not shitty" android phone. Any recommendations?
I don’t know when this was asked, but the answer is simple: It’s the Nexus 4. In fact, I would go so far as to say there are two phones on the market: the iPhone 5 and the Nexus 4. Nothing else should enter the minds of most consumers.
Some great Nero album covers.
Software SSD Cache for Windows
In our last post I sent out a desperate plea for a software-based SSD cache solution for Windows. It appears that one does in fact exist!
The solution appears to be called Dataplex by a company named Nvelo. TechSpot indicates that the licensing for the software is sort of cumbersome and a pain, but once installed the benchmarks hit the numbers I’m looking for. That review also happens to be for a Crucial drive, a company I have very positive experiences with overall.
Strikes against the solution would be lack of support for Windows 8 primarily, and the fact that it drives up the cost of bundled SSDs with additional licensing fees1. Either way, I’d rather let a computer do my data shuffling for me, so the few dollars certainly don’t bother me.
If nothing else comes up this may well end up being my solution. This has the additional benefit of allowing me to start looking at AMD Trinity based solutions for a settop box I’m putting together to play Steam games.
Fusion Drives for Windows?
Recently, I found out it’s relatively easy to turn a platter drive and an SSD into a Fusion Drive on any Mac, which was convenient as I had torn out the optical drive in favor of a 128GB Samsung 830 SSD for my MacBookPro8,1 some time ago. A quick Time Machine backup and a few console commands later and I was off to the races with what I called my Fauxion Drive.
The results were astounding. The system never hesitates to perform any action, but I also no longer have to deal with manually managing where files and applications live, which earlier was accomplished with a number of symlinks to spaces on my platter drive. I speculate this has also led to better battery life, as individual, oft-accessed files that would have lived on the “data” drive have been implicitly cached to the SSD, allowing the HDD to spin down. Also writes are all implicitly cached in a 4GB tier on the SSD, meaning the HDD is conservatively touched for all writes. In short: this is the system I’ve always wanted, here, today.
It’s now time for me to change my Windows PC into a Steam Box: an appliance-like installation of Windows 8 meant for using Steam in Big Picture Mode. I have no intention of manually managing storage between HDD and SSD ever again. So I’m on the hunt for solutions on the Windows/PC side.
During the announcement of Apple’s Fusion Drive, I heard a number of PC enthusiasts/observers indicate that this kind of technology has been around for a while, and the Fusion Drive is nothing new or astounding. As the owner of a Seagate Momentus XT1, I knew that certainly wasn’t what I was looking for, but was curious about the other offerings.
On the radar immediately is Intel’s SRT, or Smart Response Technology, which comes with some notable restrictions, most damningly it will require me to purchase a new motherboard, as it is limited to very new Ivy Bridge chipsets2. With Haswell peeking its head around the corner, I’m loathed to upgrade a component that will be obsolete within the coming months3, meaning I suppose I’m on the hunt for a software solution.
On the software side, I can find reference to Windows ReadyDrive, which was apparently built into Windows Vista, though I can find little information about actually using it. Worse yet, that appears to be my only option; there do not appear to be software-level solutions for creating a Fusion Drive-esque construct in Windows.
So here’s my plea, tumblr: if Fusion Drive is really just repackaged old tech, how do I get my heads on some of this sweet old tech for a retrofit Steam Box?