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Not so expensive pc gaming

-Total budget and country of purchase:Italy,400-500 € -Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply:Best specs. - How important is weight and thinness to you?:not important -Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux:Windows -Do you have a preferred screen size?:N/A - Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run:no editing. -If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?:Simulation games like Train Simulator or Bus Simulator.Fps not important. - Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?:no.

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Bandcamp will open its first record store in California next month

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At 900k lines of code, ONOS is getting heavy. Can it go on a diet?

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Hi,Need and advice here!😀

Hi there ya all! It's nice to find a place where I can get advices about computer buying. Now,I am looking for a gaming pc to play games like Train Simulator or Bus Simulator,even an acceptable one is right,it does not have to be a perfect or extra-performing device. My country is Italy and my budget is 400 € maximum. I do not require any particular OS or screen size or feature but just a pc that can run games like that ones I mentioned. Thank you in advance and sorry if maybe I did not copy and paste the form but had some problems during the pasting process.

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14" HP Pavilion, Asus Vivobook S or Acer Swift 3

Hello dear community,

I am looking for a reliable 14" Laptop with at least i5 8th gen and MX150 to carry it everywhere and play some games occasionally. But as a college student I am on a tight budget. In my country (Germany) I have now found these three options to be fitting:

HP Pavilion 14 Ce0001ng at 799EUR https://www.amazon.de/HP-Pavilion-14-ce0001ng-Notebook-i5-8250U/dp/B07D43HBPK

ASUS Vivobook S14 S430UA (with i7) at 1049EUR https://www.amazon.de/VivoBook-90NB0J53-M00870-Notebook-i5-8250U-UHD-Grafik/dp/B07GVJVKCK

Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-58CX at 929EUR https://www.amazon.de/Acer-SF314-55-58CX-Full-HD-Ultrabook-i5-8265U/dp/B07H2VRY3N/

I would be grateful if you could help me decide!

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Hacking Hackaday.io from CircuitPython

Hack a Day - 5 hours 50 min ago

If you’ve ever engaged in social media, you’re familiar with the little thrill you receive when your post, tweet, or project gets a like. But, if logging in feels like too much overhead to obtain your dopamine reward, [pt’s] CircuitPython Hackaday portal may be just what you’re looking for. This project creates a stand-alone counter to display the number of “skulls” (aka likes) received by a project on hackaday.io, and of course, it’s currently counting its own.

The code is running on a SAMD51 (Cortex M4) microcontroller and serving up the skulls on 240×320 TFT display. For WiFi connectivity, the project uses an ESP-32 controlled through the usual AT command set. All the gory details of this interaction are abstracted away by a CircuitPython library, which is great because that code really isn’t something you want to write for every project. The program accesses the hackaday.io API to retrieve the number of skulls for the project, but could be easily modified to interface with any service that returned a JSON result.

We’ve been seeing a lot of CircuitPython code lately. Just in case you’re not familiar with it, CircuitPython is Adafruit’s version of Micropython, a python language targeted at embedded processors. While it sounds like something concocted purely to make old-school embedded-C programmers grumble, it’s actually powerful and convenient for embedded prototyping and development. Fueled by the speed of the latest inexpensive microcontrollers and a rapidly growing set of libraries that take the sting out of using integrated peripherals and common hacker-friendly parts, it offers a solid alternative to older embedded frameworks. There are lots of examples around if you want to get started, and we’re maintaining our own list of CircuitPython projects over on hackaday.io that you can check out.

You can see a video of the display after the break. It’s not a live stream, so you won’t see your like appear on the display, but rest assured, [pt] will!

We’ve seen [pt]’s work before. Including – you know – writing our first post ever.

How to start

iOS Programming - 6 hours 34 sec ago

Hey guys In my we had a guy who developed our iOS App, but about a month ago he quit and now nobody knows how to work with XCode or how to use Objective C (the App is programmed in Objective C) My boss told me I should take care of the app and fix all the bugs and stuff, but I never worked with XCode or Objective C. I searched for some tutorials and made some little examples, to learn how Xcode works, but all I found was very beginner stuff.

The App is an very big Master Detail App, which Connects to our Database to get Data (obviously).

Now my question is, where should I start to decrypt these lines of Code and where to look for some advanced tutorials.

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What should i focus on?

Learn Programming - 6 hours 16 min ago

I have been studying C# for 2 years, around 200 hours of courses + whatever I've been doing at home at highschool/college (I'm 18) and now I have been given the opportunity to take a course of 50 hours specializing in whatever I want with a personal teacher. Is there something you think would be beneficial if I aim to work within this field in the future?

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THREEjs Having Trouble With OrbitControls and Lighting

Learn Programming - 6 hours 30 min ago

Hi there,

I've loaded a 3D Model GTL File and I am having trouble implementing TrackpadControls as well as getting the lighting and shadows to show up correctly

The live site can be seen here and here is the jsfiddle

any help is appreciated. thank you!

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Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Dell XPS 13 - L322X

Hi, I have a Dell XPS 13 - L322X, and I'm having some problems with it.

My laptop will boot when I press the power button. The laptop will turn on, and the lights on the keyboard will light up, but nothing will show up on the screen. Sometimes it takes me up to 100 times to boot the laptop before something will show on the screen. I don't even have time to press F12 or anything else.

I've tried everything, including draining the flea power prior to booting up, including removing the internal battery. I contacted Dell and since it's out of warranty, they said it will be hundreds of dollars to fix. They claimed they could easily fix it, but I don't believe anything Dell tells me.

Does anyone think buying a new MB on eBay will fix the problem? I'm really stuck on this.

I've tried the Dell Community Boards, but no with luck. Some people think I have a faulty BIOS, but my BIOS keeps the time and all the settings as expected the few times I've gotten in.

Sorry if this is the wrong community to post this in. If anyone has a better place you think I should post it, let me know.

Thanks in advance!

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Touch screen laptop for school & general use. No gaming.

  • Total budget and country of purchase: $1500 max but would prefer something more in the $1000 range. Prices in CAD, location Canada.
  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Open to 2 in 1, don't care too much about specs since I wont be playing any games. Battery life is semi important as well.
  • How important is weight and thinness to you? The lighter and more thin the better.
  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows.
  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 13 inch.
  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. No gaming, potential photo editing. Lots of programming as well.
  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? N/A.
  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Touch screen is a must, good battery life and of course an ssd.
  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Really only looking for something sleek and aesthetically pleasing, no clunky eye sores with branding and logos everywhere, Thank you!
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Looking for a laptop for university

  • Total budget and country of purchase: I have no set budget but I’d prefer it to be kept under 1000AUD

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. I value battery life and some decent specs, I imagine I’d be using it for quite a while throughout the day

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Not important at all but lighter would be better

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows 10

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. N/A

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. I’d mainly be using this for university work (bachelor of information technology if that helps) but I’m not sure what sort of software I’ll be using yet. However in my spare time I might use it for low spec games.

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? I’m not planning on playing high spec games but I might like to play lower spec ones like the binding of Isaac, terraria, stardew valley and if possible some more demanding games like modded Skyrim and borderlands 2 assuming that’s possible. 1080p/60fps would be my preference

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? The two things I am after is at least 8gb of ram and a good sized SSD for my OS and programs

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. I’m more after bang for your buck laptops over something that’ll compete with a full gaming tower, which I use for my higher end tasks.

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