Category: Software

Software

PSA: Nvidia Drivers Contain Spyware/Telemetry

Just a PSA that Nvidia Drivers now contain spyware that is enabled by default. Currently, there is no option to disable the Telemetry during the install. However, a utility has been built that will disable it. You can download that utility here. The application scans the system for Nvidia Telemetry Services and Telemetry Tasks, and allows you to disable what it finds. End of Line.

Software

Website Updates

I have made a few configuration changes to the site over the last few days. The site is now running on PHP 7 instead of PHP 5.6. This should bring some nice speed improvements to the website. It only required some minor programming changes to support the new version. I also installed a SSL certificate, so the site is now using HTTPS. This required some additional programming changes to avoid mixed content, as well as migration of some Disqus comment threads. Old URLs should redirect automatically.

Please let me know if you run into any issues.

Software Tech

Media Center Server

In addition to my Home Server, I also recently built a Windows Media Center server to stream live TV and act as my DVR. I currently do not pay for television, and this allows me to get broadcast television around my apartment without having an antenna on every tv. The server is running Windows 7 Professional, and a couple of media center plugins like Remote Potato and Media Browser. I particularly like Remote Potato, as it allows me to schedule recordings with my phone or any web browser. The build was pretty cheap since I ended up using some spare hardware for this, including hard drives, case, and power supply. Anyway, check out the specs below:

  • MSI AMD FM2-A75MA-E35
  • AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz
  • Corsair XMS3 4GB
  • Hauppauge 1213 WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI-E x1 Dual TV Tuner
  • Seagate Barracuda 160GB for OS
  • Seagate Barracuda 1TB for DVR
  • ASPIRE X-Plorer ATXB8KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • Thermaltake 450W PSU
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Games Software

How To: Install Steam Games to Other Drives

If you are like me and have a Solid State Drive and a lot of Steam games, you might be wondering how to put most of your games on a typical hard drive while still having a few of your most played games on your SSD. Steam does not officially support installing games on different drives, but it is possible to “trick” it in a way to think games are installed in its drive when they are actually on a different one.

If you know your way around the NTFS file system you could always just set up junction points or symbolic links. For the rest of you, there is a nice utility called “SteamTool Library Manager” that will configure all of that for you. Of course there is always a chance that something could go wrong, so be sure to read up on all the instructions posted at the program’s website.

Hopefully installing games to different drives will be a supported Steam feature in the future, but for now this is a pretty easy way to make it work.

Games Software

New Teamspeak Server

We have a new Teamspeak server now. In the past we have had been using the Advent Exodus Ventrilo server as well as a Teamspeak server donated to Noobs Paradise by Largo. However the Advent Exodus Vent is generally pretty crowded, and the Noobs Paradise Teamspeak has been unreliable lately. I want to thank both of them for allowing us to use their servers, but its time we got our own.

We are starting out with a basic Teamspeak 3 server, and are watching to see how it goes. If it turns out that we need more slots, the server can be upgraded pretty easily.

You can connect to the server at: ts.neutralx2.com:9999

Alternatively, you can grab the IP below: