Dragon Blogger Technology http://www.dragonblogger.com Gadgets, Video Games, Blogging Tips, Technology and Giveaways Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 How To Mine Any Coin Using AMD GPUs On Scrypt Algorithm http://www.dragonblogger.com/how-to-mine-any-coin-using-amd-gpus-on-scrypt-algorithm/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/how-to-mine-any-coin-using-amd-gpus-on-scrypt-algorithm/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43559 Author information
Ahmed Kazim
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Hi, I'm Ahmed Kazim and I've been a gaming freak since like 7-8. I'm also a geek-o-nerd who keeps looking around for latest development in hardware/tech/gadget industries so expect some quick news from me. I'm also interested in anime (Japanese animation) and can't stand a day without music and gaming.
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Okay so here we are again with another mining tutorial. And this time we are going to cover the most famous algorithm, Scrypt. I bet you’ve heard the names of Dogecoin, Litecoin, Vericoin (which we covered a few days ago), they are all based on Scrypt algorithm. And as we mentioned in our previous article, you will be needing another miner for Scrypt rather than SGminer, though the process follows the same trend, so head over to this article and have a brief look at what you’ll be doing, or just follow the steps to get your miner running.

Download And Extract The Miner:

For Scrypt, you are going to need the CGminer 3.7.2 (sounds same to SGminer right?), which is the latest Scrypt supported CGminer. By latest Scrypt supported i meant that there are more versions of CGminer till like 4.4 but they don’t support Scrypt algorithm and 3.7.2 is the last one that supports Scrypt algorithm. So get yourself a copy of miner either from here, or any other source.

Once you’ve got the miner, it’ll be in a .rar or .zip or similar compressed file format, so extract it somewhere on your HDD, no installation needed.

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Creating The .Bat File:
Once you’ve got the miner, we need to create a .bat file that will execute the miner with our preferred set of commands. For that purpose, open up windows application, Notepad and save these commands as a “whatever.bat” file.

setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
setx GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
cgminer –scrypt -o stratum+tcp://pool_url:port -u weblogin.worker -p password

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We will be replacing the set of commands later on, and remember to use “all files” in type while saving the .bat file. If you’ve read our previous mining articles, you might have noticed the difference between the initial commands.

Mining On Dedicated Pool Without Weblogin:
This time we are going to try something different. We are going to mine on a dedicated pool which doesn’t even need you to register. One might then think how will the pool identify you and send you your coins? Well instead of your logins, your wallet address will do the work. For demonstration purpose we are going to use vericoin as the coin and http://pool.vericoin.info/ for the pool. You can either generate your preferred coin’s wallet/deposit address on any online exchange or simply download your preferred coin’s wallet and a wallet address will be generated for you.

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Setting Up Your Miner:
Once you’ve got the wallet address for your coin (by any means), we need to edit the whatever.bat file we created earlier.

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So the pool’s url along with coin’s port goes in the place of pool_url:port and my wallet address goes in place of weblogin:worker and password as defined on the pool’s getting started page changes to “x”.

Prepare For Launch!
Once the whatever.bat have been edited, your miner is all set for the first launch, so go ahead and double-click on the .bat file and see what happens.

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So this time the GPU temperature as directed by the Yellow Arrow seems quite high, well quite a lot high. And it’s been always like that with the Scrypt algorithm, the numbers marked by Orange Arrow is the power generated by your GPU which also seems quite low for the temperature it produces. The thing is it depends on the block reward, the higher the block reward, the more chances of getting coins on low shares/hashrate, and similarly the lower the block reward of a coin is, the lower the coins you will get upon your hashrate. So it’s different for all the coins/algorithm, where the hashrate may and should differ.
The Red Arrow here direct towards the share rate or rather you can say work done by your miner which have been rejected or been orphaned and last but not least the Light Green Arrow, which i don’t know the name of, but if it goes higher than 0, then there is an issue with your CFG, however you shouldn’t see it go beyond 0, if you haven’t used a tweaked CFG. It’s like a safety measurement, telling you about the compatibility of your CFG with your hardware and stuff.

Checking Worker Stats:
Well once you see that the miner is up, running and mining, does it mean that your worker/miner is connected to the pool and mining coin for your given address? To check that head over to the pool’s official website and search for a tab named “Worker stats/Workers/Miners” or something similar. YOu will see a huge list of addresses, their hashrates/shares/coins etc, search your address among the list by pressing Ctrl+F, if you see your address in the list, all is good or otherwise something is wrong in your CFG.

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It can take up to a few minutes for your address to show up in the list, so be patient.

And this is how you set up a CGminer on mining a coin based on Scrypt algorithm. It doesn’t mean you have to join a dedicated pool which doesn’t need you to register, there are still dedicated pools which require you to register there. It is upon you to decide which way to go, but keep in mind, that all mining setups follow almost the same trend, only a few things may differ. Be sure to take a look at the below notes and share this information with your friends having AMD GPU who want to try out some experiments on mining.

Notes:
CGminer above 3.7.2 doesn’t support Scrypt algorithm.
You can find out what to mine, as for the time, using some profitability calculator such as the one found at http://whatmine.com/
There are still quite a few tweaking commands that can be added in the .bat file, such as –temp-target, –temp-cutoff, –failover, –auto-fan, etc. Explaining all of these commands would just make the article long enough that it would become too long and boring to read. Basically, this article was written to give an idea on how to set up a miner and join pools, you can search the CFGs for your GPU online, or ask on forums, and replace/add them in your .bat file as you see fit, for the best performance.
Overclocking/Underclocking is a major factor that also affects mining performance, and once again, you can search in a search engine for/ask on forums about the best clock settings for your GPU on specified algorithms.
The performance gained, in the resulting image, was obtained by a further-tweaked CFG, but it doesn’t mean that the miner won’t run with the base cfg as provided above.
Original cfg:
setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
setx GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
cgminer –scrypt -o stratum+tcp://pool.vericoin.info:7777 -u VEEDExiCKfnTpeaPFSE2PtkHJgkwADQw7p -p x -I 13 -g 2 -w 256 –thread-concurrency 10240 –gpu-engine 1080 –gpu-memclock 1500 –temp-target 76 –temp-overheat 85 –temp-cutoff 87 –gpu-fan 65-80
Most of the miner works best with old AMD Catalyst drivers like 13.12, doesn’t mean they won’t run with the newest, but are best tweaked by the developers for older versions.
There are dedicated hardware for mining also, called ASIC which are far better than GPUs, but not all algorithm have ASIC and it affects the coins profitability as well.

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Hi, I'm Ahmed Kazim and I've been a gaming freak since like 7-8. I'm also a geek-o-nerd who keeps looking around for latest development in hardware/tech/gadget industries so expect some quick news from me. I'm also interested in anime (Japanese animation) and can't stand a day without music and gaming.
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Havit HV-H2073D Headset Review http://www.dragonblogger.com/havit-hv-h2073d-headset-review/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/havit-hv-h2073d-headset-review/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:59 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43573 Author information
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The headset market is quite competitive these days and gamers have a wide selection of companies to choose from when it comes to finding the right type of headset that is just for them. Havit is a company who not only makes dozens of other peripherals, but they that also makes headsets for gamers and the great news is that their products fit your budget when you are in a pinch and looking for one. The HV-H2073D is one of those headsets that has a bit of a classic feel to it when it comes to looks and design and it will stand out in numerous ways. First off what I like about this headset is the look itself. The design kinda reminds me of those old Adidas basketball shoes that are making a come back. With such a cool shade of blue it gives it that almost retro look which is something that really caught my eye when I first saw it. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES   Now let’s talk about how this headset performs. The sound is rather crystal clear and I am able to hear music and my friends voices just fine. The microphone is rather short and you really cannot adjust it at all unlike other headset microphones where you can bend them to your heart’s desire, the HV-H2073D doesn’t allow for very much movement at all and not to mention it isn’t very long of a microphone either. However, don’t let the size of the microphone fool you as it picks up sound quite nicely as when testing it the microphone does a great job of picking up only your voice and not a lot of background noise which for such a small microphone is rather impressive. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES   One thing that might be a turn-off on the headset is the cord. Havit designed the cord for this particular device to be 6mm in diameter. My guess is to make sure that the cord isn’t damaged and is durable, but it does make the overall appearance of the headset seem rather bulky. The cushion of the headphones very pleasant and not at all disturbing to the ear. However, my biggest problem with these headphones is that no matter how many times I adjusted them they seemed a bit too tight as if they have a bit too much of a bend. Adjusting them too much made them too loose and adjusting them smaller ended up putting to much pressure on my head which was quite uncomfortable so maybe it’s just me. All-in-all the Havit HV-H2073D Headset is something I would only recommend if you are in a pinch and need a decent headset to use but I wouldn’t recommend these if you plan on making these the headset you will be using very often for long gaming sessions as these can be quite uncomfortable after a long period of time.

  • 40mm Hi-Fi speaker, High power handling for tracking sessions
  • Closed-back cushioned earcup design creates an outstanding seal for maximum isolation
  • Perfect for Chatting, Skype, Gaming & Listening to Music
  • Adjustable headband and lightweight design for maximum comfort
  • Ideal for both mobile sources and computers

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Things to Consider When Choosing Triple Play Bundles http://www.dragonblogger.com/things-to-consider-when-choosing-triple-play-bundles/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/things-to-consider-when-choosing-triple-play-bundles/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:15:34 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43615 The demand for Triple Play bundles – the inclusion of TV/ Video-on-Demand/ high-speed broadband internet and telephony – is growing at a rapid pace when it comes to entertainment. Most cable companies offer Triple Play bundles; more companies and telecoms plan to introduce Triple Play services in the near future.

Using Triple Play bundles over a la carte services isn’t just a simple decision for service providers of choosing a mode of operation that results in more revenue; such bundles allow for pricing that benefits companies and their customers in other ways. Also, such combined packages can provide customers a better overall experience with the services included inside the bundle.

Apart from the advantage of better pricing, Triple Play bundles also offer the following benefits:

Potential Advantages

Simple to administer

You can cobble a number of services together from different service providers, but then you forgo the benefits of choosing a single service provider – a major one being fewer headaches. When you have issues with cable TV, telephone, or internet, every minute you spend on administration is a minute wasted that could have been utilized for other productive activities such as work or business.

This means you don’t have to wear multiple hats or call multiple service providers – there are quantifiable benefits of streamlining your administrative activities. Moreover, it’s more efficient when you’re enjoying a relationship with a single company: it is easier to manage billing, and less overall complexity.

Scalability

It’s not just the simple administration you want to consider; your additional demands need to be taken into account too. At various instances, as your household consumption grows, or you welcome more members into the family, you may want to extend your Triple Play bundle with new services, greater bandwidth, or more channels.

The more service providers you deal with, the more daunting it can be to expand and upgrade. The right service provider will help you scale TV channels, internet speed and telephone bandwidth without putting unnecessary obstacles in your path.

Faster set up

Slow implementation speed is one of the bottlenecks that can have a negative impact on your entertainment service experience. The more time you have to spend scoping out and scrutinizing services from different providers, the longer it will take to set up a service.

By choosing Triple Play, you only deal with one provider – everything is simple, and you often gain convenience to upgrade or request changes at any time.

Meanwhile some of the benefits may not be benefits or you could end up with some disadvantages too that you should consider, these include:

Potential Disadvantages

Who Uses a Telephone?

Often the best bundling rates include Telephone, Internet, Video, but Telephone by itself is fairly expensive and if you are like me who don’t have a home phone and don’t really want or need a land line, then this cost negates some of the benefit of the bundle as you are getting something you didn’t really need or want so the benefits of the bundle aren’t as clear.

Contracts

Be careful there often is a contract annual or 2 year involved to get the best rates in a bundle, and if you wind up in a contract you can pay some pretty expensive fee’s to break your contract early if you are unhappy.  Sometimes the best name in one offering isn’t the best in another offering as well, so always read the fine print and know if you can get out of it and switch if you are unhappy.

Time Limited Offers

This happens with any new service but also with bundles, you will pay a great low monthly rate for your first year or 6 months and then it can skyrocket, ask what your normal monthly bill will be after the promotional plan ends and see if it still is something that fits your budget.

Top Triple Play service providers

The following companies offer the best Triple Play bundled services in the market:

AT&T:the company offers Triple Play and Triple Services packages alongside its U-verse bundles, which allows consumers to take advantage of premium services. Further, promo codes still exist for AT&T U-verse bundles and Triple Play services.

Verizon: Verizon offers Triple Play bundles along with a free VISA gift card which further reduces the price of the entire package. The bundle includes FiOS internet, which is the most advanced technology available, while promotions make FiOS phone, internet, and TV less expensive.

XFINITY Triple Play from Comcast: This bundle is one of the fastest ways to fulfill all your entertainment needs. You get video-on-demand, free WiFi home devices and best call clarity from XFINITY Voice technology.

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Backup Solutions for your Crashed Hard Drive http://www.dragonblogger.com/backup-solutions-for-your-crashed-hard-drive/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/backup-solutions-for-your-crashed-hard-drive/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:00:15 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43549 Author information
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Imagine this: you’ve worked very hard to prepare a presentation for your boss and it’s going good. You have a cup of coffee at your side to keep you awake. Accidentally, you spill some of the hot drink on your laptop and the next thing you know is that ‘all is lost’. It will get you fuming, right? And you end up regretting the fact that, ‘why didn’t I backup my data?’


All wouldn’t have lost in vain if you had backed up your data in the first place.
In this age of technology, data management has become a necessity. Backing up data is undoubtedly an important task in all platforms, be it for smartphones, laptops/PCs or tablets. With data being so critical to our work, if we lack any contingency plan to backup data, we’re in for a really big disaster at some point in the future.


Luckily, we have a wide range of tools at our disposal, some are freeware and some are paid solutions.

AOEMI Backupper


AOEMI Backupper is free to use and has a very intuitive interface. It is very simple to use so that the user doesn’t have a hard time while backing up data. It provides the user the flexibility of backing up the whole, or backing up individual folders/files, disk and partition backups. The AOEMI Backupper has a very straightforward interface. Therefore, whether you have experience in backing up data or not, you will find AOEMI Backupper very easy. With a single click you can create an image of the folder or file that is going to be backed up so as to create a restore point for the future. Scheduled Backup is one of the many new features. It provides the user the feasibility of scheduling backups. You can also make a boot able USB drive with the help of AOEMI Backupper. It also provides you the ability to encrypt or compress your backup data.

 Backup Maker

This Windows only backup software offers extremely simple wizard-driven backup to a variety of local media and remote hosts. It also very easy to use and gives you flexibility to automate your scheduled backup. Within an instant, your valuable data is converted to a zip format and transferred to a hard drive, USB flash drive or directly to a CD/DVD. It also has a very easy guide to creating a scheduled backup. It also empowers you to either overwrite the current saved data as a whole or incrementally as the files are added, replaced or altered. Restoration is just as simple with point and click dumping of your data from the backup to the previous location. It also offers encryption up to 256bits (AES). It is a freeware.

www.backupmaker.com

 

OneDrive (Cloud Backup)



Now we come to the latest mode of backing up data, OneDrive. It provides us with the option of backing up data on the cloud. Formerly it’s name was SkyDrive. You can store any kind of file in the service, including photos, video, and documents, and then access them from any of your Windows PCs or mobile devices. The service organizes your files by type for you, so it’s easy to find what you need. OneDrive offers free storage of 7 GB with the added flexibility of gaining 3 GB extra space if you enable camera backup option on your smartphone or tablet application. Refer OneDrive to a friend and both of you will receive +500 MB (10 friend will give you up to 5 GB). The total space is now 15 GB, which is quite sufficient enough for HD videos, pictures and etc. The file size restriction is about 2 GB. Those who use Windows 8 and 8.1 have OneDrive built into their operating systems. However, anyone can download it from the web, may it be Android, iOS, Windows Phone or PC platforms. You also have the ability to synchronise data between all of the above mentioned platforms. Paid solutions start from 2$/month for 100 GB and 4$/month for 200 GB, apart from the free space size.

https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/download/

 

Copy



A solution provided by one of the well-reknowned security network, Barracuda. Copy is another one among the many in the line of cloud storage. It allocates 15 GB of free space with the flexibility of backing up data between a number of platforms via your Windows PC, Mac OS X, Linux and the feasibility of syncing data across Android and iOS devices. For high security purposes, it also provides different layers of encryption which includes AES 256bit. Copy offers features like secure sharing, source validation and identity verification, which makes sure the content is only seen by the people you desire. Copy also gives a bang for your buck as its pricing is very competitive, although the file size limit is relatively low.

https://www.copy.com/home/

 

Dropbox



One of the earliest and the most popular cloud storage services around. It mostly praised for its elegant and clean design, but it also offers seamless integration on a number of platforms. You can store any kind of file in Dropbox, by either uploading to the Web site or adding it with the desktop apps. Those apps live in your file system so that you can easily move files from your computer to the cloud and vice versa by dragging and dropping them into your Dropbox folder. It’s easy to use interface and sharing features makes it stand out from its competitors. Dropbox gives its users plenty of opportunities to get extra storage up to 2 GB you to get when you sign up. If you participate in the quick Getting Started tutorial, you get 250 MB. Turn on the automatic photo upload feature on any of the mobile apps to get 3 GB of extra space (you can get only 3 GB total, not per device). You can earn 500 MB for each friend you refer to Dropbox who actually signs up for the service, up to 16 GB total, or 32 referrals. Dropbox’s greatest advantage on others is that it works equally well on PCs and Macs, Android and iOS. The service is so simple and elegantly designed, that it’s easy for anyone to master. Its desktop applications seamlessly blend with your computer’s file system. It offers AES 256bit and two layer verification for added security.

https://www.dropbox.com/

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Managing Your Budget with Smart Apps for your Phone http://www.dragonblogger.com/managing-your-budget-with-smart-apps-for-your-phone/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/managing-your-budget-with-smart-apps-for-your-phone/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43315 Author information
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Playing with numbers is quite hard if you’re living on a tight budget and it hurts the most when people have a tight budget don’t have experience handling  or balancing it well. Organizing your budget is about playing with numbers, managing expectations and being creative when it comes to manoeuvring your money with professionalism. Planning around a budget begins mostly at the start of the month or usually the first paycheck in your pay cycle every month, during which many make a major mistake of taking every penny earned or spent and keeping track of it manually on paper.  But why manage your budget on a piece of paper when you have smart apps at your disposal?

This is mostly with regard to a personal or family budget which has only two directions, the income (inflow) and expenditures (outflow). Elements of a personal or family budget usually include, fixed expensesmonthly paymentsinsuranceentertainment, and savings.  Lets review some of the apps for managing your budget.

1.) HandWallet-Expense Manager

Expense Manager is a free, versatile and an app packed with features. It’s free version is quite good enough for basic budget management users, but there’s always a paid version too. It provides tools for you to track expenses, incomes, loans and savings. You can also add your credit card expenses so that you may realize how much you are spending and keep yourself within your limits.

It comes with more than 100 built-in categories and sub categories (Food, Health, Transportation etc). You can also create more categories in the case when you have multiple expenses. It also allows you to change your currency. The Money Manager feature allows you to travel abroad and manage all expenses in your home currency! The multiple graphs and interactive charts provide you a more interactive way to see your expenses. Now you can have your personal finance secretary to manage your expenditures.

Expense Manager can be downloaded from the Play Store.

2.) Daily Expense Manager (DEM)

Daily Expense Manager is easy on the eye, intuitive and a daily tracker of what was spent where. Many of the feature are same as others, but it’s the interactive interface that makes the difference. It is very easy to understand and the best way to record your data. Daily expense manager is an app with multiple functionality. The password protection helps you to keep your data safe. The Automatic back-up to the server functions keeps your data’s history safe in case if you might need to change back something otherwise this function is basically for updating and feeding your data to the server. An internet connection might be necessary for this as it needs to update the data. There’s also a mailing option for data retrieval. It also works as a reminder for your timely payments of your bills and you also have the capability to print your receipts with this app.

The DEM Directory is an exclusive feature that comes with the DEM. It allows you to place online orders, recharging facilities, online booking of tickets etc… as well.

If you’re a person tangled in all of your budget and planning and managing your payments, then DEM is the one you need the most. This app has received more than a million downloads.  Get it from Google Play Here.

3.) Home Budget Manager Lite

Home Budget Manager Lite is for users which are comfortable with the Windows 8.1 interface, as this app is built on the same template. Home Budget Manager is an integration of Accounts , Bills and Budgets. Home Budget Manager helps you to track your expenses, incomes, bills and always stay with-in budget. The Menu Screen is designed specifically to do your things in the most easy way and as quickly as possible. With this app you can see the individual and collective account balance with a dropbox integration. It empowers you to synchronize your account’s management between various devices. It also has more than 160+ currencies available in its menu.

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By a Long Click on Transaction you can create delete, edit, duplicate or move transactions from one account to another account. You can visualize the statistics graph and see where your money has gone by categorizing all incomes and expenses, Payees, Monthly Income, Monthly Expense, Budget vs Expense, Income vs Expense, Income vs Expense vs Budget. It allows you to create backup so you never lose data.

All information is presented on the start-up screen, and you can simply swipe and select your desired section. It’s Data entry process is the simplest, but setting it up might take some time. Most of the app’s feature are made usable only by in-app purchases, as the basic functions are too basic however which is the only real negative.

Home Budget Manager Lite can be downloaded from the Play Store or the Apple App Store.

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How To Mine Any Coin Using AMD GPUs On X13 Algorithm http://www.dragonblogger.com/how-to-mine-any-coin-using-amd-gpus-on-x13-algorithm/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/how-to-mine-any-coin-using-amd-gpus-on-x13-algorithm/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:00:24 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43365 Author information
Ahmed Kazim
Ahmed Kazim
Hi, I'm Ahmed Kazim and I've been a gaming freak since like 7-8. I'm also a geek-o-nerd who keeps looking around for latest development in hardware/tech/gadget industries so expect some quick news from me. I'm also interested in anime (Japanese animation) and can't stand a day without music and gaming.
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A few days ago we did an article on “How to mine coins with AMD GPU on X11 Algorithm” and since we mentioned there that we would be doing some more, here’s another article on “How to mine coins with AMD GPU on X13 Algorithm”. Both the algorithm may sound same, but yet they are different. Though not so different that you’ll need another miner to mine coins on the X13 Algorithm.

Yup, this one is pretty much same as (yet different) to the X11 algorithm article, and what’s more is that the only difference you’ll notice is in the commands and performance. So before proceeding further ahead, have a look at the mining on X11 algorithm article written briefly, cause this time we won’t be covering the basics as we did in that article.

Basically mining on all algorithms follows the same trend, but the miners and commands may differ. So without further ado, let’s get right into the steps. For demonstration purpose we will be using a MSI R9 280X.

Mining with X13 Algorithm

For mining using the X13 algorithm, as mentioned above, you won’t be needing a separate miner, the SGminer would do the work since it’s a multi-miner. But if you don’t have it, just grab yourself a copy from here.

Extracting and Setting Up The Miner:
So once you’ve got the miner, extract it somewhere on your drive. And similarly create a .bat file in the miner’s directory like we did for X11. The following commands goes in the whatever.bat file.
setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
setx GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
sgminer.exe –kernel x13mod -o stratum+tcp://pool_URL:port -u Weblogin.worker -p password

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Differences between X11 and X13 mining setup.

If you’ve read the previous article, you should have noticed the difference in both commands. The only difference between both is the “–Kernel”, if you put” x11mod” after it, the miner is given instructions to mine coins on X11 algorithm, but if you put “x13mod” after it, the miner is given instructions to mine coin on X13 algorithm.

So basically that was all that you had to do if you wanted to mine coins on X13 algorithm, next steps are just following the basic trend of joining a pool, creating a worker, and configuring your miner.

Joining A Pool:

There are various ways by which you can search a pool to mine on, or if you’ve already decided on a coin based upon X13 algorithm, you can search directly on their website or their bitcointalk.org threads. Once again I’ll be using the trademybit.com for demonstration. And even before registering on such pools you can test their pings by heading over to getting started page, like described in X11 article. Once you’ve decided upon the best pool for you and your location, join it.

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Creating a worker:
Once on the pool you’ll need to create yourself a worker, simply head over to their Worker/ My Worker tab and create one with whatever names or passwords you desire. But just a friendly recommendation, I personally name them in numbers and single letter passwords so I can remember which miner is running on which system.

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Editing The .Bat File:
Once you’ve got the worker created, now you will need to edit the whatever.bat file. Here’s what the final commands would look like:
setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
setx GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
sgminer.exe –kernel x13mod -o stratum+tcp://east02.us.trademybit.com:3528 -u Ahmy.1 -p x

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Port 3528 is for Keycoin, make sure you have put the correct port for the coin. No need to be concerned about ports if you’re on a dedicated coin pool, they’ll only have one port.

To The Moon!
Well that’s a chant of dogecoin community, but by that I meant you’re now all prepared for the miner’s launch. There isn’t much of a difference in both X13 and X11 algorithm coins mining thanks to the SGminer which supports both algorithm but you’ll notice a performance difference in both. Well lets run the miner and have a look at how it looks:

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What you should know is that the numbers directed by the Yellow Arrow is your GPU temperature while mining, the numbers marked by Orange Arrow is the power generated by your GPU and if your HW – as pointed out by the Red Arrow in this image – is higher than 0, then there is an issue with your CFG, however you shouldn’t see it go beyond 0, if you haven’t used the tweaked CFG.

Well that’s basically how you mine coins on X13 algorithm, or rather i should say that’s basically how you switch from X11 algorithm to X13 algorithm for mining. And I highly recommend you to read the X11 tutorial article because that one have been cover briefly and includes more information, without which this article might not even make sense to a total newbie. We’ll be covering two more article for the AMD GPUs which would be using different miners as well this time, so stay tuned and share the info among your friend and feel free to ask any questions.

Notes:
SGminer doesn’t support SHA-256, Scrypt, Scrpyt-N and some other algorithms. Basically, it is used for switches between X11/X13 algorithms.
You can find out what to mine, as for the time, using some profitability calculator such as the one found at http://whatmine.com/
There are still quite a few tweaking commands that can be added in the .bat file, such as –temp-target, –temp-cutoff, –failover, –auto-fan, etc. Explaining all of these commands would just make the article long enough that it would become too long and boring to read. Basically, this article was written to give an idea on how to set up a miner and join pools, you can search the CFGs for your GPU online, or ask on forums, and replace/add them in your .bat file as you see fit, for the best performance.
Overclocking/Underclocking is a major factor that also affects mining performance, and once again, you can search in a search engine for/ask on forums about the best clock settings for your GPU on specified algorithms.
The performance gained, in the resulting image, was obtained by a further-tweaked CFG, but it doesn’t mean that the miner won’t run with the base cfg as provided above.
Original cfg:
setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
setx GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
sgminer.exe –kernel x13mod -o stratum+tcp://east02.us.trademybit.com:3528 -u Ahmy.1 -p x -I 20 -g 1 -w 512 –thread-concurrency 28500 –gpu-engine 1080 –gpu-memclock 1500 –auto-fan –temp-target 70 –temp-overheat 82 –temp-cutoff 85 –gpu-fan 65-85
Most of the miner works best with old AMD Catalyst drivers like 13.12, doesn’t mean they won’t run with the newest, but are best tweaked by the developers for older versions.
There are dedicated hardware for mining also, called ASIC which are far better than GPUs, but not all algorithm have ASIC and it affects the coins profitability as well.

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Review: Deepcool Pangu V2 SW PC Case http://www.dragonblogger.com/review-deepcool-pangu-v2-sw-pc-case/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/review-deepcool-pangu-v2-sw-pc-case/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:00:59 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43071 [...]

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Nǐ hǎo everybody, and welcome back to Dragonblogger-dot-com, for yet another computer case product review! For your viewing pleasure, today I’m playing Mad Scientist again and the victim, err, patient on my operating table is the Pangu V2 SW (side window edition) from Deepcool, muahahahaha!!! Alright, enough with the dorkiness, let’s get down to business, shall we? Firstly, as you’ve likely come to expect by now, I have a video presentation for you (thank you ahead of time, for suffering through my dorkiness and consistent brain-farts):

So there you have it folks, that’s the review, nothing more to see…

JUST KIDDING!!! You didn’t really think I’d just leave it like that, did you? Of course you didn’t. By now, unless this is my first article you’ve read, you’re well aware of how I roll, and that means it’s time to get critical! Start loading those rifle mags, ’cause we’re headed to the bullet lists!

Pros:

  • Soft touch plastic top and front bezels, powder-coated cold-rolled steel main structure and side panels. Front and top bezels also are lined on the sides with mesh-covered open channels, 15mm wide x ~10mm deep, and have slits in the plastic through the entire length of each. The mesh is thin, but sturdy and can be easily removed and re-installed.
  • Acrylic side window on left side panel.
  • Removable 3.5 drive cages; the middle locks in via a plastic slide-rail system, which can also be removed from the top and bottom cages if desired.
  • 3.5 cages have the slide-apart drive sleds (sides have metal posts placed to enter screw holes on the drives, to hold them into place, and also have rubber vibration-dampening rings/grommets around the posts), which are compatible with 2.5 drives as well (have mounting screw holes on bottom). There are 6 in total, 3 per drive cage.
  • 2x 5.25 external drive slots, with 1x internal, all 3 have a specially-designed hinge-and-lock drive lock system, constructed of plastic (body of locks) and metal (posts to hold drives).
  • Front fan intake area is also designed for open-air operation, and to work with 120 and 240 radiators, for liquid cooling. A single 120 rad will work on the top half, if you remove the middle drive cage, leaving you with 3 available 3.5 drive sleds still. To mount a 240 (dual-120) rad in front, the bottom drive cage must also be removed (by removing the 2 screws holding it to the motherboard tray and the 6 screws holding it to the bottom of the case). Additionally, a single 120 rad can be mounted at the back of the case, where the rear exhaust fan is pre-installed, and a 120 or 240 rad can be mounted in the top as well, which is recessed to allow installation without causing interference with the motherboard.
  • The top and front fan grills are removable plate-style units, and are interchangeable, taking advantage of pressure-locks on one end and a hook-over-lip design for the opposite end. They are constructed of a dense plastic (shiny) honeycomb-design base structure, a thin steel small-circular-hole mesh, and sandwiched between the two is a paper-thin plastic mesh screen (it’s design is just like a door screen for a home, but made of plastic instead of metal).
  • There is a total of 7 fan mounting positions, counting the 2 at the top of the case, 1 in the rear, 1 on the acrylic side panel window, 1 to the right of the PSU mounting section, and 2 at the very front.
  • The top and front panels are extremely easy to remove, yet are secured rather well also.
  • Motherboard tray covers the entire internal height of the case, also covers the entire width from back of case to edges of drive cages.
  • Due to the quality of steel used for the main structure, removing any of the pre-punched/stamped perforations in fan-mounting positions (for better airflow) can be done without compromising integrity.
  • Primary color scheme of the case is black, with small silver-grey accents (the mesh liner strips along the top and front bezels, which are easily removable as well).
  • Default internal spacing allows for expansion cards up to 300mm in length, removing the 3.5 drive cages allows for up to 420mm (if only the upper-most or single GPU needs this extra space, only removing the middle cage is necessary; if lower-mounted cards also require it, such as additional GPU cards for instance, then bottom cage must also be removed).
  • There are quite a hefty amount of pre-punched mounts, on the back and front of the motherboard tray, to run wires and cables both behind the tray and between it and the motherboard. There are also many specially-placed holes around the edges and right side of the motherboard tray, for wire and cable running.
  • At it’s widest point (which is the majority of it), there is 20mm of space between the motherboard tray and right side panel, at it’s lowest point there is 16mm of space.
  • Though the 5.25 cage is riveted into the case, there are pre-threaded holes to allow one to affix it to the structure with screws, thereby allowing one to remove the rivets that are holding it in and still allow the drive cage to be installed, all while not compromising structural integrity. This quality is reinforced also by a cold-rolled, powder-coated steel cross-bar that is mounted over the top of the 5.25 cage, from left to right. It’s placed so as to allow wire/cable running, without blocking anything, and still providing extra sturdiness to the structure. There is also enough space – between the top of the cross-bar and the top of the case – to allow wires/cables to be run across the top, as opposed to through the holes in the motherboard tray. This can be helpful in certain situations, such as if you need a little extra length in the USB 3.0 wires, because the motherboard has the internal connection for it at the far-left side, bottom or the far-left-bottom corner. Since the Pangu’s ports and buttons are at the top of the case, running wiring/cables through the top and then downward, instead of  through holes upon holes, could very possibly be a more realistic approach, perhaps maybe even necessary in some instances.
  • The motherboard tray, at the bottom, even has a decent amount of space (at least a good 10mm) between it and the PSU, which is also reinforced by punched-through brackets, which double as wire/cable-running holes.
  • The CPU cooler bracket access hole in the motherboard tray is 132mm wide x 125mm high, though 1 of the corners also sticks inward a small bit, making it not quite a rectangular shape, but almost. It’s necessary, so as to accommodate a standoff point.
  • To the left of the expansion slots (left when looking from inside the upright-standing case) are 2x grommeted holes, the grommets being easy to remove and replace. This is great for not only liquid cooling systems, but also for wire/cable runs, adding a secret power switch, extra USB ports, etc. Around the top and bottom of the holes (the holes run vertically) are honeycomb/hex mesh holes, punched through the steel. This is convenient for allowing heat to dissipate out of that area of the case, but also can be removed if one wished to, for any number of custom modifications to this area of the case.
  • There are 7x expansion slots on this case, each one containing a specially-designed “blank” (perforated middle, hook-style bottom to ensure a snug and secure fit) that’s been painted a beautiful gloss/semi-gloss black and held in by a matching-painted thumbscrew. Note that, fresh out of the box, these are very tight and need to be loosened with a screwdriver, if they’re to be accessed.
  • Side window is affixed by 8x screws, using a specially-customized design, consisting of square holes (through custom-molded studs) in the window, square holes punched through the side panel, and small pointed-tip screws. On the outside, it appears as though held in by the rounded-faced vinyl fan-mounting posts (such as those used for vibration-reduction when installing case fans), however it’s a clever disguise. The plastic/vinyl studs are rounded on the face, but the main portion is a square peg, which is pushed through the square hole in the panel and into the square hole of the window’s studs, then the screws are installed from behind the window, holding it all together with pressure from the inside.
  • The thumbscrews that hold the side panels on are made of steel and are encased in a dense knurled plastic. The plastic is very tight around the steel also, very secure.
  • The raised bumps that the PSU sets on are covered with small black, circular rubber pads. This is real rubber, not rubberized foam.
  • Power button is just the right size, circular and placed up on the top, along with the (tiny) reset button, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x USB 3.0 ports (which have a standard internal connector on the opposite end), a headset jack, a microphone jack, and the power + HDD activity LEDs.
  • The case feet are just the right height for most people (basing this on many years of customer-relations service experience), constructed of dense black plastic and a dense foam pad ring on the bottom, and are affixed to the case by a single screw each.
  • 5.25 drive covers are made of the same steel mesh as the front and top filters, have black foam filters installed behind them, and are removable from behind the bezel (must be removed after removing the entire front bezel from the case, as they’re held in by clips on the backside of it).
  • In addition to the motherboard standoffs which come in the accessories box, there are 2x pre-installed standoffs (removable, of course) that have the lip on the top, which is designed to fit into the mounting hole on the motherboard, holding it in place whilst one secures it with screws.
  • Even with the window installed, taller heatsinks (such as the Deepcool Gamer Storm Assassin, for instance) can still be installed and used, with almost no issue (I say almost, because it depends on the directional orientation of said heatsink, and where the socket is on the motherboard).
  • Due to the design of the left side panel and it’s window, if one desires to use the fan mount portion of the window, yet they have a taller heatsink (which will almost touch the window), they can remove the screws from the window, rotate it clockwise, then re-attach/re-install it and doing so will then open up access to the mounting space for the fan.
  • Installing the motherboard’s I/O back-plate is very easy, yet just the perfect level of tightness so as to secure a perfectly-snug fit.
  • PSU mounts to the bottom, rather than the top.
  • The motherboard tray also is engraved with a legend, telling you what each of the alpha-numeric engravings are at every single standoff insertion point. This is such a wonderful tool to have at your disposal, because it will certainly be something easily overlooked. It doesn’t matter how many rigs you’ve built, how much experience you have with PC repairs or diagnostics, etc., at some point we all run into brain-fart territory and need a little assistance.

Cons:

  • The 2x LED fans that come pre-installed, though they’re pretty to look at, are very generic and push such a small amount of air, that they are practically useless. They don’t even have a model/serial number, and in fact the sticker on the back of each is completely blank. They look nice, even when powered on (they are clear, but have moderately-bright blue LEDs installed). They also are pre-wired with both the 4-pin Molex connector (basic creamy white, only 2 wires are installed in this) and the 3-pin fan header connector. I’m unsure as to why they’re wired this way, as both connections provide the same voltage output to them, which appears to only be 5V best I can tell (I sure hope they’re only that slow and not pushing much air because they’re not pulling 12V anyway, if they’re performing like that at 12V, then that’s an even bigger concern).
  • The LEDs in the top bezel are affixed into their respective holes by hot glue. This normally isn’t a concern, but I found that it’s easy for them to come loose when the wires are tugged on, even in a small degree.
  • The reset button, though it doesn’t often get used by many people, is a bit on the tiny side, almost tiny enough to be annoying. One may find themselves having to use a pen or stylus to push the button if/when the time comes to use it.
  • Though the front fan mounts are designed to accommodate radiators, and Deepcool provide you the full-length screws to attach fans to the bracket, it’s a bit too proprietary. Many may find themselves modifying this, in order to use other screws, or if going for silent operation, sound-dampening mounts (like the vinyl or rubber “screws”). The lengths of the screws provided to affix fans here also don’t account for the possibility that one may wish to use a rubber sound-dampening pad there as well, so though there’s a decent length of thread at the one end, it may not quite be enough to allow the fan to be mounted securely.
  • The bottom of the case is designed really well, however the “filter” that’s on it is a bit, shall we say… disappointing. It’s attached with 1x screw in the center and has tabs along the edges, to hold it into place, however it’s made of a cheap and flimsy plastic-like material (Is it plastic? I don’t know.), and has a tendency to slide out of it’s tabs very easily when one places their hand under the case. Honestly, it would have been better for Deepcool to have left that part out of the equation completely.
  • I like the window, but the brown smoke color of it just doesn’t fit the rest of the case, and stands out in a not-so-pleasant way. If it were grey smoke or clear, it would be much better (clear being the best option). Also, though it’s nice that they drilled the holes for a fan to be used on the window, there simply aren’t enough to help ensure enough air is efficiently pulled through, so as to actually cool the inside of the computer. Also, it’s a bit odd that there are other breather holes below the fan mounting section, when a much better option would have been to either leave it alone completely or to set it up for another fan.
  • The drive sleds are a bit too fragile. They’re nice, don’t get me wrong, they also work well for their intended purpose. That being said, it’s very easy to accidentally render one useless, especially if somehow left near a decent amount of heat (even direct sunlight for a brief period of time will soften them up some, and potentially warp them).
  • If one decided to remove the hinged locks on the 5.25 drive cage, they’d find it quite difficult, due to the design of the hinges themselves. Though not impossible to remove, they are definitely quite difficult, and then if done, one is left with a small eyesore (the hinge piece of the cage itself sticks out like a sore thumb).
  • The case supports a max size of 120mm for case fans. Though it’s not all too huge of an ordeal, 140mm case fans are quickly trying to become the norm, but case manufacturers are the ones who keep limiting their use by not building cases which accommodate fans up to 140mm size. I honestly hope that the next version allows 140mm fans throughout, as they push much more air and are much quieter as well. It also brings to mind, that Deepcool have a decent assortment of 140mm fans, which are very nice and powerful-yet-quiet too, so it would only make much sense that they would accommodate themselves by building cases which utilize the 140mm fans they themselves make and sell.

The Deepcool Pangu V2 SW is a pretty decent computer case, competing with the lower-to-middle-priced market (such as the Bitfenix Comrade that I recently reviewed, though from what very little I’ve seen for pricing, it seems this one is targeting a price point nearly double of that one) and doing a swell job at it. As you can clearly see, there are a lot of pros and not very many cons, thankfully, and overall it’s an appealing case in just the right price point of the market. By no means is this a super-high-end case, and in no way do Deepcool claim otherwise, however it most definitely is quite impressive. Yes, it’s technically a gaming case, but I don’t recall anyone ever establishing that such a title means that it has to be on the high-end bracket. In fact it’s all about a combination of overall features and aesthetic appeal, of which the Pangu V2 SW has loads of both.

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Overall, the Deepcool Pangu V2 SW computer case is a great value and one that I can solidly give recommendation for purchase, though, again, one must be mindful of what bracket of the market this is targeted at. Don’t expect a case that’s so inexpensive to be the same quality or caliber as one that is twice the price or higher (though it really is well worth the price it is at). Finally, Deepcool and I are very interested in your feedback, so please leave some in the comment section below. After all, we’re not a bunch of Professor Xaviers here, so we need to actually read what you have to say, in order to know what you’re thinking. ;)

It’s been quite a pleasure to have reviewed this beautiful and beastly computer case for you, I can’t wait for them to arrive in the North American market (which is very soon), and I look forward to many further Deepcool product reviews in the coming future. Thank you for watching the video as well, and I hope you enjoyed the bits of humor I added to it (I hate boring videos). I’m Ronald DMNKLR Smith for Dragonblogger.com, signing off so that I can get back to work on bringing you yet another product review. So until next time folks, remember that I want to know what you want to know about. Have a great day!

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My name is Ronald "DMNKLR" Smith and I'm a family man, nerd, geek, gamer, PC modder and many other things. I'm a very passionate individual who also enjoys the arts, time with my wife and children, as well as socializing with people in general. I also enjoy a good read, though not much holds my interest well - the same goes for just about every other form of entertainment. Additionally, I'm very particular and critical, though I try to be so with as much tact as possible. I've worked in many fields over the years, from retail to computer repair, and even an assortment of factories. As a result, I can relate to many folks in ways others can't. Feel free to contact me if you feel the need.
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Review of the HAVIT HV-H615D Stereo Headset http://www.dragonblogger.com/review-of-the-havit-hv-h615d-stereo-headset/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/review-of-the-havit-hv-h615d-stereo-headset/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:00:48 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43384 [...]

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Working in the IT Industry for over 13 years and specializing in web based technologies. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.
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My kids both use laptops and these have limited USB ports, so when my youngest needed a new headset I knew I didn’t want to tie up a USB port and wanted to use a headset that would take advantage of the 3.5mm stereo and microphone jack on the side of his Lenovo Z585 laptop.  I asked Havit if I could review the HV-H615D specifically because I noticed they had a smaller foam cup around the ear and I thought they would be a great fit for my kid who was still small at 7 years old and most general headsets have GIANT foam ear cups that are far bigger than a kid’s ears.

 

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Right as I opened the package I was pleased with the darker red color as opposed to a light pinkish red, the headset fit surprisingly well over my own ears, it doesn’t surround the ear as much as rest on top of your earlobes, but it wasn’t uncomfortable at all for my head.  Sound was more than adequate for Skype and casual conversations though microphone was not as strong or deep as a dedicated USB mic, it was more than capable however for voice recording and sounded fairly clear.  So I then turned it over to Oliver to start using with his laptop, he is on Skype hours everyday with his friend and they talk all the time on Skype while playing Minecraft.  So this headset was going to get 4-6 hours a day use out of my youngest son for sure.

 

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I can tell you he loves it, and loved it more with time.  He really liked the color and how clear his voice sounded to his friend, but he did notice on the 1st day that the headphones would hurt his ears after wearing them for so many hours, they were tight and his ears would turn red, every hour or so he would have to take them off for a few minutes so color would return to his ears.  This is partially because his head is small and the headphones on his hears would compress the top part of the earlobe a bit.  However this only happened for like the 1st day, then the headphones loosened up that he was able to wear them 3, 4 hours in a row and didn’t complain at all and his ears didn’t turn red anymore.

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The headphones were a tad loose for his small head but he didn’t mind, they adjusted well between our head size difference however and the versatility in that you can use the same headphones for a full adult as a 7 year old kid was impressive. I  couldn’t do that with my other over the ear headphones which would just slide off his head for example.  This review was written while the headphones were already used for 6-8 hours per day for 4 days and they work just fine.  I will follow up in 30 days to see if they hold up and are durable.  This would be the 4th pair of headphones that my 7 year old has used over the years and the most common 2 problems with headphones are the cords start separating from the jack part as he plugs/unplugs them frequently, eventually the rubber cord that surrounds the wires separates at the jack area and they are destroyed.  That or he snaps the band that goes over the head, or the microphone part that slides up and down breaks and won’t slide anymore or just simply doesn’t work.  We shall see how long the HAVIT HV-H615D hold up but initial signs are looking good and I would recommend them if you were looking for non-USB headphones for a laptop or PC, these have really decent sound quality and the mic is very good for Skype calls.

Disclaimer:  Havit provided me with a pair of the HV-H615D headphones so that a review can be done of them.  The opinions are 100% mine and mine alone.

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Introducing VIPole: Secure Private Messaging System for People and Businesses http://www.dragonblogger.com/introducing-vipole-secure-private-messaging-system-for-people-and-businesses/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/introducing-vipole-secure-private-messaging-system-for-people-and-businesses/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:14:09 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43393 Author information
Ronald "DMNKLR" Smith
My name is Ronald "DMNKLR" Smith and I'm a family man, nerd, geek, gamer, PC modder and many other things. I'm a very passionate individual who also enjoys the arts, time with my wife and children, as well as socializing with people in general. I also enjoy a good read, though not much holds my interest well - the same goes for just about every other form of entertainment. Additionally, I'm very particular and critical, though I try to be so with as much tact as possible. I've worked in many fields over the years, from retail to computer repair, and even an assortment of factories. As a result, I can relate to many folks in ways others can't. Feel free to contact me if you feel the need.
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It’s the year 2014, a time where we’ve come to be reliant and practically dependent on communication via the internet. Private messaging, e-mail and social media are so much a part of our lives, that for most people, being apart from at least one of those is agony incarnate. We’re also in an age where we are consistently dealing with the fact that our governments (especially here in the USA) are always snooping on us, molding us into a real-life Orwellian 1984, slowly but surely. The NSA “listens in”, hackers are everywhere with spyware, keyloggers, etc. and we’re all walking on eggshells in fear that we’ve no privacy at all any more. Even corporate espionage is still rampant today. Well folks, I’m letting you in on something big here, something that really works and helps you maintain some true privacy in your communications with one another, and does so in the form of truly secure messaging.

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Not only is there a computer client for the VIPole Secure Instant Messenger service, but there’s also an Android client as well. This is especially convenient for those of us concerned with privacy within the Android OS environment, being that Google’s already made it known that they and the NSA already have the option to turn your microphone, etc. on remotely, when your device is connected to WiFi or any other network. With the VIPole Secure IM client, you can rest assured that even in that environment, you’re still able to maintain some kind of security and privacy apart from prying “eyes”. With extremely tight security, you have access to secure and encrypted instant messaging, voice calls, video calls, audio/video conferencing, group chats and yes – even a secure file transfer or three; add to that encrypted storage of chat and history, sent/received files, passwords and credentials, events and reminders, tasks and calendar, and even text notes. Designed for business communication especially, the VIPole client has such tight security that anyone attempting to penetrate your connection would be as a mosquito attempting to draw blood from a slab of granite – it’s simply just not going to happen.

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Current supported operating systems, of which there are readily-available clients, are Windows, Mac OSX, Linux and Android (available via the Google Play store). Here are some sample images of both client types being used (the first two images are for Windows, OSX and Linux, the Android samples are after those):

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One of the coolest parts of this service, is that not only are there the paid versions (Professional, Team Security and their Corporate Server), but there’s a free, yes, FREE personal use edition! Also, regardless of which plan you go for, all pricing plans include encrypted communications, instant messaging, group chats, voice and video calls, encrypted file storage
(all user data is stored encrypted on the servers), VIPole Extras: encrypted storage of all data in password manager, notes, task manager and calendar, and lastly Encrypted Sync & Backup, where user data is synchronized between all user devices in encrypted form.

The following is a list of the plans and what they do/don’t include:

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Lastly, to give you a better idea of the features and how they work, here’s an infographic that lays it all out for you, plain as can be:

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So give it a shot folks, I’m sure that – just like I am – you’re just itching to get your hands on some real privacy again, finally. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m off to the Google Play store, I have a secure communication client to download. Until next time, I’m Ronald DMNKLR Smith, for Dragonblogger.com, and I want to know what you want to know about. ;)

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My name is Ronald "DMNKLR" Smith and I'm a family man, nerd, geek, gamer, PC modder and many other things. I'm a very passionate individual who also enjoys the arts, time with my wife and children, as well as socializing with people in general. I also enjoy a good read, though not much holds my interest well - the same goes for just about every other form of entertainment. Additionally, I'm very particular and critical, though I try to be so with as much tact as possible. I've worked in many fields over the years, from retail to computer repair, and even an assortment of factories. As a result, I can relate to many folks in ways others can't. Feel free to contact me if you feel the need.
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Big Hero 6! Will It Live Up To The Expectations? http://www.dragonblogger.com/big-hero-6-will-it-live-up-to-the-expectations/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/big-hero-6-will-it-live-up-to-the-expectations/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:00:16 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43319 Author information
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Big Hero 6 is an upcoming Walt Disney animated comedy and super hero children’s film inspired by a Marvel Comic of the same name first appearing in 1998. The first trailer of this 2014 film was released on 22nd May 2014. You can check it out below.

The movie is significantly different from the comic book. Mostly the design of the characters has been changed and a few names here and there, for example from Fredzilla to simply Fred.

The film revolves around the kid inventor named Hiro Hamada, he needs to stop an Evil dude who’s trying to destroy Hiro’s city, San Fransokyo. In order to achieve this he creates a team of 6 ‘super heroes’. Hiro along with a robot named Baymax tries to first gather a team. Baymax however was not designed to be a fighting robot, therefore he first has to go through a series of  ‘upgrades’.

Hiro has an elder brother named Tadashi, his brother always looks out for him. He is the one who programmed and created the caring robot Baymax. Eventually Hiro gathers his friends to create Big Hero 6. This team includes people like Fred, who had no direction before joining this mission, but eventually play an important role in fighting the evil which is destroying their city. The other members include the chemistry whiz, Honey Lemon and the precision martial artist called Wasabi. They are further accompanied by Go Go Tomago who is, as is implied by the name, a fast paced fighter and she uses Maglev discs as wheels, shields and throwing weapons.

The movie is set to be released on 7th November 2014. Its going to be voiced by people like Maya Rudolph, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, and Alan Tudyk. So you better be ready for an action packed movie.

Personally, I strongly believe that Big Hero 6 might not be as big of a success as Frozen was, the previous Walt Disney Animated movie. However, that can not stop this super hero action packed movie from keeping the minds occupied of youngsters. It is also extremely likely that we will eventually get a squeal. No one can predict precisely if a movie will be a success or not, unless we know exactly what the plot details are and how the movie was animated and who voiced the characters and how they voiced them. After all that, even a cheap and poorly written movie can get famous exactly because of the factors that made it fail in the first place. Long story short, from the minor details that we have of this film we can be sure that this is most likely not going to be a disappointment, this could even be a bigger success than Frozen if it crosses our expectations.

What do you think about Big Hero 6? Will it be a success or not? Will you be watching it?

Image Sources: Disney Blog

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ROBLOX Unveils Android Version of Award Winning Game Creation Platform http://www.dragonblogger.com/roblox-unveils-android-version-of-award-winning-game-creation-platform/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/roblox-unveils-android-version-of-award-winning-game-creation-platform/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:14:15 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43390 Author information
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SAN FRANCISCO, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ROBLOX, the Internet’s largest user-powered game creation, development, and gameplay platform, today announced the launch of ROBLOX Mobile for Android. Released initially in the Google Play marketplace, the newest version of the ROBLOX platform is free to play, bringing with it a cross-platform user base of over 60 million players across multiple operating systems (PC, Mac, and iOS).

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The Android version of ROBLOX Mobile allows users to play, interact, and chat with friends using the world’s most popular mobile operating system. They can interact with other players on desktop or mobile, regardless of operating system, tapping into an engaged global community. The new app will receive regular updates, and gives players access to Android-exclusive virtual items, as well as ROBUX (the ROBLOX virtual currency), and Builder’s Club membership – all available for purchase with Google Play Store gift cards or traditional payment methods.

“We’re excited to bring the expansive world of ROBLOX to Android users around the world,” said David Baszucki, CEO, ROBLOX. “Unleashing our platform on one of the largest and most diverse mobile markets in existence is another step in the evolution of our platform to bring innovative digital experiences to new users, while opening up a vast library of gaming and development options to a previously untapped audience.”

ROBLOX gives game creators access to user-friendly scripting and development tools, allowing them to create engaging games in nearly any genre. Multiplayer capability, gameplay physics, social interaction, hosting, moderation, and more are handled by ROBLOX’s cloud-based system. The platform’s Android iteration will expand ROBLOX’s global userbase, opening the floodgates for even more developers to benefit from the platform’s Developer Exchange Program. Known as DevEx, the program allows developers to generate income by exchanging virtual currency earned from their ROBLOX games for cash. The more players a game has, the more it can earn. To date, the program has resulted in over $315,000 in payouts to creators looking to turn casual fun into college funds and new businesses.

With millions of young gamers around the globe, ROBLOX offers players no shortage of entertaining choices – from adventure and role playing games, to battle arenas and first person shooters – catering to casual and hardcore gamers alike. For more information on ROBLOX, please visit http://corp.roblox.com/.

ABOUT ROBLOX:
On ROBLOX, you make the game. ROBLOX is the largest user-powered content site in online games and the #1 entertainment site for kids and teens (comScore) with more than 3 billion page views and 60 million total engagement hours each month. ROBLOX gives players powerful tools to make and share fantastic games. With an expanding arsenal of development features and an engaged and growing global player base, ROBLOX gives players the fuel to launch into indie game development.

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CONTACT: Austin Rotter, arotter@5wpr.com, 646-862-6866

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7 Ways to Help Prevent Email Spam http://www.dragonblogger.com/7-ways-to-help-prevent-email-spam/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/7-ways-to-help-prevent-email-spam/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:45:16 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43360 [...]]]> If you have an email address, the chances are it has been bombarded with spam and junk mail at some point in its lifetime. In fact, according to recent statistics, around 70% of 2013’s email flow was of the junk mail nature! Not only is this irritating but it can also be time consuming, unproductive and jeopardize the security of your personal details. The best way to counteract the issue is to prevent email spam before it reaches your inbox. To help you keep your email address spam free, we’ve come up with a list of the top seven ways to stop spam in its tracks. Here’s how!

1. Don’t surrender your address to online sites

It may seem obvious but we can’t stress this one enough. Don’t give out your email address to unknown online sources. In more cases than not, it will end up in the hands of someone you do not wish to be in contact with. Many sites utilize what the industry refers to as ‘robots’ (i.e. scripts that are written specifically to scrape websites for stray public addresses). Others will also sell your email address to other sources which will then bombard you with spam for anything and everything.

2. Write your email address in un-scannable format

If you must give out your email address, stop the above from happening by writing it out in a format that can’t be scanned. For example, ‘yourname(at)yahoo(dot)com’ is an effective way to deter spambots. Other methods include using an image of a dynamically constructed JavaScript version.

With the constant stream of incoming mail, it can be difficult to keep track of everything that is sent. If you receive a lot of spam, important emails can get deleted or lost in amongst all the advertising. As such, it pays to have an effective system in place such as Mimecast Email Archiving. Using an intelligent cloud based platform, the software automatically stores all sent and received emails to help organizations keep on top of record keeping, compliance and productivity.

3. Don’t use the same username

Email harvesters can be smart and one of their favorite methods is to draw public usernames and match them up with common services (i.e. @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com etc.) until they hit the jackpot. As such, if you’re using a chat room or a forum, create an obscure username which cannot be used to identify your personal email address.

4. Use a disposable email address

If shaking spam is high on your to do list, create a disposable email address that you can use to sign up for online offers, newsletters and anything else that could result in potential spam. This way you can either forward the content to your main email address or switch the service when you are sure there is no associated spam.

5. Never respond to spam

If you have been spammed, don’t fan the flames by hitting the reply or unsubscribe links. This will only serve to let the spammers know that your email address is active which will most likely result in them selling your email address on as a confirmed active account. Instead, report and delete the spam according to your service provider guideline which can usually be found in the help section.

6. Keep an eye out for checkboxes

If you are surrendering your email address, scan the entire registration process for checkboxes. Often they will be automatically ticked which means you may be signing up for additional emails without even knowing it!

7. Use a spam filter

Enlisting the help of your email service provider’s spam filter is a great last line of defense. This will help deflect spam from reaching your main inbox. It can also be used to flag anything that does make its way in and prevent it from happening in the future.

With these simple yet effective tips, you can ensure that your email address stays productive, efficient and spam free.

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