Yeah, I know it is only October. Here are my top 3 albums of the year, in no particular order:
BT – ‘A Song Across Wires’
BT is a Grammy-nominated American music producer, composer, audio technician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Mixmag writes, “As the follow up to his Grammy-nominated ‘These Hopeful Machines’, expectations are bound to be high for BT’s ninth album. But considering he’s composed film scores for The Fast And The Furious and the Oscar-winning Monster, produced for Sting, Bowie and Madonna and worked with Tori Amos, it’s no surprise that he lives up to them. An innovative mix of trance, electro and progressive, with a just a touch of dubstep (which shouldn’t annoy the purists too much), ‘A Song Across Wires’ does just what he intended it to do: embrace dance’s new mainstream popularity. From ‘Letting Go’ to ‘Lifeline’ it’s a steady stream of uplifting tracks and emotive vocals – but that’s not to say it’s in any way predictable.”
Camo & Krooked are a Drum & Bass duo from Vienna, Austria. EDMTunes wrote, “Old-school disco fused with energetic DnB and a few carefully placed dubstep movements allows users to enjoy a signature C&K feeling with a new twist. The best part about the whole thing? Each track blends perfectly into the next, making the album-listening experience just that: a true experience from start to finish.”
Jonathan Gooch, more commonly known by his stage names Feed Me and Spor, is a drum and bass, dubstep, and electro house producer and DJ. YourEDM writes, “His sound has such a unique personality thanks to his signature blend of energetic electro-house and devastating dubstep; when you hear Feed Me, you know it’s Feed Me. In my mind, what Feed Me did with Calamari Tuesday is akin to what Kendrick Lamar did with his now infamous verse on ‘Control;’ he threw down a gauntlet challenging everyone in the scene to step up their game and get on his level because otherwise he’s going to leave them in the dust when he launches into the stratosphere”
Valve has posted a video demonstration of their Steam Controller prototype. I have to say that I am pretty impressed with the level of accuracy that is shown. It looks like something that could get pretty close to mouse level accuracy with practice.
Here’s a quick look at some games being played with the prototype version of the Steam Controller — the same version that we’ll be shipping to 300 Steam users later this year. We’ll post more demonstrations like this soon, including footage of some other game developers using the controller to play their own games.
I decided to consolidate my NAS and my Minecraft Server into one. I picked up a copy of Windows Home Server 2011 for $35 and installed it on what used to be my Linux Minecraft Server. I am actually fairly pleased with what $35 gets you. It has a pretty nice dashboard for setting up client backups of other PCs on the network, as well as setting up media streaming and remote web access. It is also running a (limited) version of Windows Server 2008 under the hood, so you can add roles such as Web Server (IIS), Windows Server Update Services, DHCP Server, & DNS Server. I now have the server monitoring all of my PCs, backing them up, sending me alerts, and streaming/transcoding media for my various devices. There is even a nice app for my Windows Phone that allows me to remotely access my media, and do some administrative tasks such as trigger manual backups of PCs on my network.
Oh yeah, it also still runs Minecraft.
Biostar AMD A780L3C
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Quad Core Processor
Kingston HyperX Red 8GB Memory
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Intel PWLA8391GT Gigabit NIC
1x 500GB HDD (OS/Applications)
2x 3TB WD Red HDD in Raid 1 (Media & Document Storage)
Battlefield 4 Beta footage on Xbox 360. This game looks absolutely terrible on the console. Horrible low resolution texture quality, tons of pop-in, and enough aliasing on everything to give me a minor headache. At least the frame rate seems reasonably stable. Still, avoid at all costs if you can and sick to the PC if you can.
The Battlefield 4 beta is now out for everyone. Since it is a beta, it is a bit buggy and has some performance issues, but I am still finding it a lot of fun. Check out the video below which was recorded as some of my friends and I played for the first time. Hopefully the final release performs a bit better, as I don’t really feel like upgrading my CPU again.
If it looks like fun, you can download the beta here. Then check out this video below while it downloads to learn about what is available in the beta.