Category Archives: News/Releases

News about new stuff, new program releases and my new tools, tweaks or fixes…

CryEngine real-time ray tracing tech demo capable of running on any graphic card!

CryTek recently shocked gaming community with a jaw dropping tech demo showcasing real-time ray tracing running on mid range AMD Vega 56 graphic card, but they say it can run on any graphic card from AMD or NVIDIA without any need for dedicated ray tracing hardware. Yes, CryTek is saying that for their ray tracing, you don’t need GeForce RTX graphic card.

If you think I’m exaggerating when I say it’s jaw dropping, have a look for yourself…

I really wish we had an executable tech demo that we could run ourselves on graphic cards we already have, but if CryTek is not fooling us in any way and this was indeed running in real-time using AMD Vega 56 graphic card and all the reflections, lighting and shadowing is in fact ray traced method, then NVIDIA is in for a shock. And so is almost entire gaming industry. Just imagine what a huge breakthrough this is for the graphics, we are talking Pixel Shader level of shock that happened back in 2001 with DirectX 8 that brought programmable shader effects including beautiful simulated reflections that were basically impossible with earlier DirectX versions. Realistic reflections that can be used on any graphic card without having to drop almost 1000€ for a graphic card and you still get playable framerate. It’s insane. We could finally see use of reflections as a game mechanic. Just imagine multiplayer games where using reflections to have an advantage. For example looking at windows or reflective objects to see if someone is hiding in the room, or using reflections to create more scary environment. Or even just to boost immersion. I always loved games that render player’s own shadow, because it gives a feeling that your player character physically exists in the game and it’s not just floating hands and gun, but a real person that casts a shadow of its own. Now imagine also seeing real reflections of yourself in everything that is reflective.

I don’t know what kind of witchcraft CryTek is doing, but it seems to be working and I really hope developers will jump on it. CryEngine has always been visually amazing, but always stumbling in the shadow of Unreal Engine. I hope this will help them out. Crysis 4 maybe? I sure hope and with ray tracing please. 🙂

Dissenter, a comment section for the entire internet

Recent trend is to shut down comment sections on webpages to avoid people actually discussing what they really think about the news article or the content so the authors can further push certain agendas or narratives without any resistance from people who aren’t just sheep, but they actually think about things or discuss it with others. Because articles and news without comment sections are pretty much propaganda material.

As a response to that, Gab, the free speech social network recently launched service called Dissenter. Essentially, Dissenter is a commenting system, almost like Disqus, but doesn’t require integration into webpage itself. You can download extension for it for all major browsers (links will be down below) and read what others are saying about certain content under an URL. If you want to comment, you have to create Gab account, but reading is fully open as is. Good thing about it is that you can browse the webpages as before and when opening Dissenter, you get a popup on top, so you can read webpage and the comments at the same time without leaving one or the other.

In a nutshell, we already had something similar, it was called “WOT” or “Web Of Trust”, until it was discovered they were selling user data to 3rd parties without user consent. It’s when I and many others ditched it. Which is a shame because the design and usability of the service was pretty good and super useful.

If webpages have comment sections, but they are censored or disabled, you can still comment on it and anyone using Dissenter, can see them under same URL. Even if webpages don’t have comment sections at all by default, you can still comment and others can still read that.

Dissent always comments under the specific URL you’re currently located, so if you want to comment on their webpage in general, you need to visit their root webpage or home page. This can be seen in Dissenter popup, so make sure you are on correct address depending on what you want to comment on, specific article or subpage or home page itself.

Idiots are already making wild claims how Dissenter is a neonazi propaganda tool, that needs to be banned and shutdown from everywhere (the same they’ve been doing with Gab platform itself), but I see a lot of value in it. Just like WOT, this can be used for anything, be it just a comment on a CNN news article without comment section, Youtube video that has comments disabled or a rating of an online store that you had negative (or positive) experience with, but there is very hard to warn others if there are no comments on the webpage itself. With Dissent, you can do that too. And no one can stop you from commenting, because it’s outside of webpage’s control. An ultimate free speech tool, as you can talk about anything, anywhere. Sure trolls and spammers will eventually start abusing it, but reading different opinions and having doubt about things is what makes you a more rational person. You don’t just read things and blindly believe them to be the truth, you read comments and research things before forming an opinion. And that’s the point of Dissent. Grab it and check out what people really think about things online.

Download Dissent browser extension (and source code):

https://dissenter.com/download

Gab

https://gab.com

Firefox for Android finally supports password managers like Bitwarden or LastPass!

For a long time I was basically forced to use Opera for Android because Firefox didn’t support accessibility services, meaning you couldn’t use password managers like LastPass or Bitwarden with it. And that was a huge deal because when you’re using long and complex passwords, you have to rely on these. But today, I tried it again to see if it supports this yet and guess what, Firefox for Android now supports that!

You can finally use Bitwarden or LastPass with Firefox on Android! Fiery Fox, I’m coming back 🙂 I liked Opera, but Firefox being open source and now only browser with own rendering engine, I always liked it more. It was just that lack of support for password managers that was a total showstopper for me. Not anymore 🙂

Killing Floor 2 Tweaker 2.4 released!

KF2

Quite significant update this time around. Made a huge overhaul of new Rendering Distance tweak, offering several easy to use presets and added an unofficial fix for a crash due to faulty auto set Unreal Engine parameters.

2.4 (2018-11-26)

  • Renamed “Extreme Draw Distance” to “Rendering Distance” and moved it from “Graphics Settings” to main KF2 Tweaker selection menu.
  • “Rendering Distance” tweak section now offers 5 rendering distance presets ranging from Ultra Low for people who need every drop of performance to Ultra for people who run top of the line computers and want maximum visual quality with zero objects popping into view, anywhere.
  • Added “Compatibility Patches” feature which currently fixes game sometimes crashing to Windows desktop with BugSplat dialog when trying to join server/map due to faulty auto set Unreal Engine Garbage Collection parameters on some systems (mine included).

Visit Killing Floor 2 Tweaker micro page for download:

Killing Floor 2 Tweaker

Simple Shutdown Timer released!

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It’s nothing fancy really, just a simple quick frontend for integrated Windows shutdown parameters. I made it for myself when I watch TV or Twitch on my laptop in bed as I go to sleep and I don’t want stream playing till morning draining entire battery, I usually set it to 1 or 2 hours and then it entirely shuts down the laptop, allowing me to watch TV like this for few days on a single battery charge instead of draining it all in one night. And I thought it might come in handy for you guys as well so I just released it to public.

It’s literally a simple sleep timer for what I’m using it which is why it only goes up to 4 hours and doesn’t have very granular control, because there is no need for it. If you need more granular control or more advanced controls, I suggest you look for something else. This one was made as simple as possible on purpose.

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Killing Floor 2 Tweaker 2.3.5 released!

KF2

2.3.5 (2018-11-23)

  • Added “Extreme Draw Distance” tweak

This feature dramatically enhances draw (rendering) distance of decals and other minor objects in the game world beyond Ultra settings. Most notable is on Zed Landing and Black Forest where grass on the ground, bushes and other “greens” are not popping into existence at certain rather short distances, but are rendered as far away as eyes can see.

Visit Killing Floor 2 Tweaker micro page for download:

Killing Floor 2 Tweaker

pCloud cloud storage amazing Black Friday 2018 lifetime deals!

As you may have noticed I’ve talked about pCloud in the past because it offers a generous up to 20GB of free cloud storage (you can get up to 20GB by using referral links) and it’s one of rare ones that has great Android app, Windows app and also web interface. There is only one other service that looks this good and it’s called AllSync which I’ll talk about some other time.

Now I’m gonna talk about pCloud LIFETIME deals (they consider lifetime as 99 years) they are offering for 2018’s Black Friday. They’ve run similar deals in the past so I kept my eyes on them.

It’s 75% off their LIFETIME plans and it’s 122.5€ for 500GB storage and 245€ for 2TB. TWO FREAKING TERABYTES!

LINK TO THE DEAL:

https://www.pcloud.com/black-friday?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=BlackFriday2018

They will run the deals for 5 days and there is a countdown, so if you’re interested, grab it because I think prices are amazing. The 2TB plan pays itself off in 5 years. I’ve been using OneDrive and Google Drive for far longer so it’s perfectly reasonable and it’s freaking 2TB. I couldn’t find any other cloud storage that offers such massive storage for this price. None.

There is just one caveat, their highly advertised CryptoFolder (zero knowledge end to end encryption) ISN’T part of the main plans. You need to pay for that separately and it’s 125€. That sucks a bit, but oh well, I guess you can’t have it all.

pCloud seems like a reliable option, has been on the market for very long, has huge user base, good prices and tons of cloud storage. Oh and they are based in Switzerland so privacy is taken very seriously as well. Especially if you also buy CryptoFolder option which prevents anyone accessing your encrypted files even if they somehow gain access to their servers.