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lunes, 16 de noviembre de 2015

The cheaper Steam Machine is so better console that the competence have to compare it with expensive desktop PCs

The cheaper Steam Machine is as good console that the competence has to compare it with expensive desktop PCs

This days Ars technica wrote a Steam OS benchmark, not even a Steam Machine one, with old hardware (Nvidia GTX 660) that is Kepler and not the modern Maxwell (750 Ti and  9xx series) Steam Machines will have, also a Pentium G3220 when i3 will be the minimum at the Steam Machines.

Other rare thing is not to test (or publish)  at 1080p (almost 2k) and 720p (almost 1k) that are the TV resolutions and do it at the higher and rare 1792x1120 that we will not find at our TV sets.

With this rare one rig benchmark, and two non opengl games tests, that are ported from MS WOS to GNU/Linux this cheap way knowing they will perform less they found the conclusion it is worse, and others repeat it as if it where true for every case.

It would be even a better benchmark one made with an Nvidia based Apple machine, including OSX too.

Ars technica writer mentioned but not other bad copier of this went there to read about a good benchmark that still is good news for MS WOS 10 desktop computers vs the use of Steam OS in dual boot if what you want is speed or play at ultra settings, as a hard gamer (and not a console player) would like to do.

But MS WOS 10 has other issues, as viruses (that slows gaming) defragmentation, and more or less a re installation every year because each day it gets slower, and that is why MS WOS 10 + Steam, that is already a product, the alien alpha, is not a successful one, and Steam Machines will be, so much that to speak bad about them they have to make unfair tricks.

Not to say that 1.600 games are more game titles that any other console had at the end of their cycle, and Steam Machines have it at their beginning, titles are cheaper than at any other console, the Steam Controller is a piece of art, made with a lot of user feedback, it has 70% of the most played PC games and as the future is Vulkan based games performances will be similar at every OS.

Not only Ars technica and copiers, there is also a "bad" video review where the reviewer, a MS WOS 10 desktop Steam player, is comparing the Alien Steam Machine (i3 + basic Nvidia Maxwell) with his expensive desktop gaming computer instead of compare it with his Xbox.

And he was right, he already spent money on a expensive computer rig, and even for TV playing the Steam controller plus the Steam Link are a better purchase.

But he is not the target, the target is all those console gamer that do not want to buy a expensive desktop computer to play those amazing PC games, and like to play with TV sets instead of doing it with desktop monitors.

And as the worse Steam Machine is far better than the others best console once you have to decide which one you buy, if it is a logical and informed decision, it will be a SM .

lunes, 29 de junio de 2015

Steam OS DVD feedback, my 7 suggestions

I am enjoying Steam OS at my desktop computer, but not without using some tricks that avoided some disasters.


My computer has 3 discs
- 1 old 200 Gb MBR HDD   with my backup Manjaro, and 3  partitions, /, home and swap one ext4
-1 2Tb GPT HDD with 14 partitions with different sizes

( and no more than 250 Gb each one because I found is the size that in case of having to repair it because of the Valencia (Spain) Summer temperatures, it takes an affordable amount of time to do it. there are ext4, ext2, btrfs and xfs that is the best at this time for me in terms of not breaking with heat and fast repair.)

One of the partitions is my /games one where I put the steamapp folder for my 2 (now 3) Linux OSs

- 1 120 gb SDD

I decided to use the 120 gb SDD for the Steam OS

I also have a Nvidia GTX 750 Ti at a Gigabyte 880GM-HUD2H with an AMD Atlhlon X3 450, Logitech k120 USB keyboard, and MX1000 mouse plus an ASUS 23" HDMI screen and 4Gb of RAM


I tried to use Multisystem at Manjaro to create the pendrive, and it was not possible because it is not at their database, so I used imagewriter at other pendrive, and all worked fine.


You will need a blank disk and unplug the others.

I tried to install it with my 3 disks plugged in, but even in advanced mode, the installer choose (having a disk without partitions) to erase all my 2 Tb HDD and make there the install.

This is its scheme partition where at /dev/sda7 puts all the rest of the space your disk has as I was able to read at my rejected partition proposal by the installer.

But there is no option to select disk (1st  suggestion: add to the installer a select disk option, and if it is a big GPT one select free space and let the other partition be as they where before)

So I selected at the installer to undo  partition changes, as it was not clear it they have been done if I quit then, and quit, hard turn off the computer, unplug the 2 electric cables (not the data ones) from my not blank 2 HDDs  turn on, boot, and then begin the install.


It seems that at the first boot it makes a partition clone image to have a repair option, I did not investigate it, but it seems a pretty good way of repairing any future trouble.

After this you have to login with your Steam account, but as it is a "new computer" they send you an e-mail with a code. But you cannot access to a browser to read it, even in guest mode (2nd suggestion let to access the browser in guest mode in order to access your e-mail if you use a web service, and copy paste it or take note at this first login screen)

So you have to check your e-mail from other device or as I did, turn off the computer, plug again your disks, reset the disks boot priority, upgrade the grub in order to detect Steam OS, check your e-mail , take note of the code, reboot, and boot from Steam OS.

As graphic cards today has sound chips too, it choosed the Nvidia chip and it was easy to change it to the motherboard audio chip, that is my choice, at audio settings.

What it does not work well is the keyboard selection if you use a Spanish keyboard, (and I suppose any not US standard one) sometimes it works, sometimes not (as I have experience over the years I know more or less where are the special keys as @ and others) . I suppose it will be fixed soon, and it is no problem for gaming.

And what it does not exist is an "add folders menu" from partition, new disk, NFS, NAS, FTP, or whatever. (3rd suggestion: add an "add folder" to the menu)

So I went to the desktop option, that is a nice Gnome Desktop Environment one, but you are not root. As the web is copyrighted I let you the link to have root access instead of copy and paste their text. Even it says spanish at the end of the link, it is in english, there are a lot of translation work to do.

But I did it my way, I installed one free game that I did not have in order to detect the folder for games, I went to my main distro, and search for it until I found steamapps at
/home (or partition from other OS)/steam/.local/share/Steam/steamapps so at my /games/SteamApps folder as a root I copied first to it the new game folder from the Steam OS  and I made a hard link that I renamed to steamapps, I deleted the steamapps folder from the SteamOS and copy the hard link to it (I used sudo nautilus to make this, but you can use sudo thunar or thunar root from the thunar menu sudo any other or use the console)

I also added to Steam OS /etc/fstab my /games partition

I rebooted, confident, but finger crossed, and it worked, all my games there, but my configs not, and as I was satisfied enough I am re configuring my games as I play them


Sometimes you use the Steam web browser and for my 23" screen and my almost 50 years eye health the font size is unreadable, you can left click and make zoom from a menu, and it gets big enough. (4rd suggestion: put an obvious zoom button, with progressive + and -, but also add font size ones and let the setup to be fixed or remembered, as there will be all kind of user preferences and TV and monitor sizes)

The game I used to test was Civilization 5, a saga I play from  the MS DOS Civilization one including the FOSS clone freeciv, the default setup was (4:3) 1024x768, and that is a big mistake when there are almost none 4:3 screen at use this days. I can and I do play at 1080p with higher settings, but there are not a hardware detection test, and if it is there, it was wrong, and there was no option to play it at 720p, that is a great option to almost double your video performance for any game.

My 5th suggestion is to make every game to be able to be set up at 720p or 1080p - or 4k - as easy as possible, even while you are playing it.  Sooner or later, no matter how good is now your machine there will be games with low frames per second (FPS) and you will be able to play them at 720p - and not well enough at 1080p -, and when it will be the norm, then upgrade your machine.  An add-on would be to rename this resolutions to 1k (720p) 2k (1080p) as the 4k is the next gen standard name, and this way non techie people that is almost the 99% would understand it better.

This option, and even an extra 480p (1/2 k) one if it is possible, not only would help gamers to play new AAA games without having to spend money in hardware very often, it also will spread the prospect and client base for games that ask for the best and more expensive hardware to be able to play it at maximum settings, at the beginning of their sales cycle.

Some of them are next gen titles when they arrive to the market, and with this tricks of lowering the resolution you can play, and they sell, it at lower specifications machines, until next gen hardware arrives to the prices that it is affordable for main street players.

My 6th suggestion, is to not show the "install steam" button at the steam web pages, because it can lead to some error

And my final and 7th suggestion, is to not ask for passwords reporting bugs or going to the community, make it simple, if you login at your Steam Machine use that login matter for every Steam service, and of course ask for some special confirmation when the player uses the Steam money to buy something, but no more.


And all that said I use it now for Steam gaming, and it is a great and simple experience, that as it is still in beta this are very minor issues and things to polish, only the xorg setup at my early days in GNU/Linux was more painful that all I have criticised in a constructive way, because all of this is easy to fix, if they meet my criteria.

miércoles, 29 de octubre de 2014

Turismo concursal en el RU - UK bankruptcy tourism -

Surgió este tema el pasado lunes en el curso de derecho concursal del ICAV, y me comprometí a recoger y compartir información sobre el tema.para los asistentes. 

Habiendo enviado un correo con estos enlaces que compruebo no se ha distribuido lo publico en mi blog para que se pueda  consultar.

Los términos de búsqueda que he encontrado más útiles son "bankruptcy tourism services" y "bankruptcy tourism"
que es un término que hasta aparece en la wkipedia

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viernes, 15 de agosto de 2014

2 Steam Machines Amazon configurations under 500 USD

Alienware Alpha Steam Machine outs its UI, US pre-orders start now | News | TechRadar:

Alienware Alpha SM starts at 549 USD

Only going to Amazon you can start at 446.16 (Intel) or  486.36 (AMD)

And be under the 500 USD price tag that the actual Xbox 1 Tb is with far more power

Even better if you preinstall Steam OS, no matter it is in beta, it is a GNU/ Linux OS that also can carry a great Home entertaiment system as XMBC now named Kodi

Intel Pentium G3258 69.99

Gigabyte LGA 1150 Intel H81 USB3.0/SATA 6Gbs HDMI Dual UEFI BIOS mATX Motherboard GA-H81M-H 53.99


AMD FX-6300 114.29

ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard 49.89

Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 52.92

Kingston HyperX FURY 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM - Blue (HX316C10F/4) 44.29

ASUS GTX750TI-OC-2GD5 Graphics Cards 154.99

Sentey® Gs-6000 Optimus 2 Gaming Case / USB 3.0 / Sd-mmc Card Reader / 2x 120mm Blue LED Fans + 1 X 60mm HDD Slim Fan Cooler Included / Water Cooling Ready / Fan Speed Control / Secc 0.7mm Chassis / Extreme Division Computer Case 59.99

Twelve-Button USB 2.0 Game Controller For PC 9.99

AMD SM: (114.29 + 49.89) + (52.92 + 44.29 + 154.99 + 59.99 + 9.99)

= 164.18 + 322.18 = 486.36 USD

Intel SM: (69.99 + 53.99) + (52.92 + 44.29 + 154.99 + 59.99 + 9.99)

 = 123.98 + 322.18 = 446.16 USD

jueves, 24 de julio de 2014

Manjaro XFCE unstable (My post install)

Manjaro XFCE Minimal 0.8.11 Preview 1 is online now. | Manjaro Linux:

sudo pacman-mirrors -g -b unstable

sudo pacman -Syu

sudo pacman -S yaourt

sudo pacman -S gedit

sudo pacman -S fakeroot make cmake

sudo pacman -S chromium

sudo pacman -S lib32-flashplugin

sudo pacman -S steam

sudo pacman -S wine dosbox sdlmame

or all together

sudo pacman -S yaourt gedit fakeroot make cmake chromium lib32-flashplugin steam wine dosbox sdlmame

yaourt -S qbittorrent python

yaourt -S cairo-dock cairo-dock-plugins cairo-dock-plug-ins-extras

yaourt -S conky-manager

yaourt -S gens-gs snes9x-gtk qmc2

or all together

yaourt -S  --noconfirm qbittorrent python cairo-dock cairo-dock-plugins cairo-dock-plug-ins-extras conky-manager gens-gs snes9x-gtk qmc2

yaourt -S google-chrome

edit PKGBUILD (type nano to edit) and remove 'libgcrypt15' from dependences

Use the Libre Office installer

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martes, 24 de junio de 2014

Instalar NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti en Manjaro estable - TRUCO -

Instalar NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti en Manjaro estable - TRUCO -

 En GRUB añadir  (e) nomodeset después de quiet y arrancar (F10)

añade repositorios no estables: sudo pacman-mirrors -g -b unstable

actualiza -opcional - sudo pacman -Syyu && yaourt -Suya

instala los controladores sudo mhwd -a pci nonfree 0300

configura opengl sudo mhwd -gpu --setgl nvidia

vuelve a estable sudo pacman-mirrors -g

rearranca sudo reboot

Gracias a los que en el foro de manjaro en inglés me solucionaron el problema de no poder estrenar mi 

flamante nueva compra que recomiendo ferviertemente si necesitais actualizar la GPU.

domingo, 22 de junio de 2014

Chrome://gpu MS WOS NT 6.3 vs Manjaro 3.14 NVIDIA Maxwell

Graphics Feature Status

Canvas: Hardware accelerated
3D CSS: Hardware accelerated
Compositing: Hardware accelerated on all pages and threaded
CSS Animation: Accelerated and threaded
Flash 3D: Hardware accelerated
Flash Stage3D: Hardware accelerated
Flash Stage3D Baseline profile: Hardware accelerated
Video: Hardware accelerated
Video Decode: Hardware accelerated
Video Encode: Hardware accelerated
WebGL: Hardware accelerated

Driver Bug Workarounds


Problems Detected

Always call glUseProgram after a successful link to avoid a driver bug: 349137
Applied Workarounds: use_current_program_after_successful_link
Some drivers are unable to reset the D3D device in the GPU process sandbox
Applied Workarounds: exit_on_context_lost
TexSubImage2D() is faster for full uploads on ANGLE
Applied Workarounds: texsubimage2d_faster_than_teximage2d
Clear uniforms before first program use on all platforms: 124764, 349137
Applied Workarounds: clear_uniforms_before_first_program_use

Version Information

Data exported 22/6/2014 16:37:11
Chrome version Chrome/35.0.1916.153
Operating system Windows NT 6.3
Software rendering list version 7.6
Driver bug list version 4.9
ANGLE commit id 4b65c53df548
2D graphics backend Skia
Command Line Args Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --flag-switches-begin --flag-switches-end

Performance Information
Graphics 0.0
Gaming 0.0
Overall 0.0

Driver Information

Initialization time 38
Sandboxed false
GPU0 VENDOR = 0x10de, DEVICE= 0x1380
Optimus false
AMD switchable false
Desktop compositing Aero Glass
Driver vendor NVIDIA
Driver version
Driver date 5-19-2014
Pixel shader version 3.0
Vertex shader version 3.0
Machine model

GL version 2.0
GL_VENDOR Google Inc.
GL_RENDERER ANGLE (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Direct3D9Ex vs_3_0 ps_3_0)
GL_VERSION OpenGL ES 2.0 (ANGLE 1.3.4b65c53df548)
Graphics Feature Status

Canvas: Software only, hardware acceleration unavailable
3D CSS: Hardware accelerated
Compositing: Hardware accelerated on all pages and threaded
CSS Animation: Accelerated and threaded
Flash 3D: Unavailable. Hardware acceleration unavailable
Flash Stage3D: Unavailable. Hardware acceleration unavailable
Flash Stage3D Baseline profile: and Hardware acceleration unavailable
Video: Software only, hardware acceleration unavailable
Video Decode: Software only, hardware acceleration unavailable
Video Encode: Hardware accelerated
WebGL: Hardware accelerated

Driver Bug Workarounds


Problems Detected

Accelerated 2d canvas is unstable in Linux at the moment
Disabled Features: accelerated_2d_canvas
Stage3D is not supported on Linux: 129848
Disabled Features: flash_stage3d
Accelerated video decode is unavailable on Mac and Linux: 137247, 133828
Disabled Features: accelerated_video_decode
NVIDIA linux drivers are unstable when using multiple Open GL contexts and with low memory: 145600
Disabled Features: flash_3d, accelerated_video_decode, accelerated_video, flash_stage3d
Always call glUseProgram after a successful link to avoid a driver bug: 349137
Applied Workarounds: use_current_program_after_successful_link
Program link fails in NVIDIA Linux if gl_Position is not set: 286468
Applied Workarounds: init_gl_position_in_vertex_shader
Clear uniforms before first program use on all platforms: 124764, 349137
Applied Workarounds: clear_uniforms_before_first_program_use
Linux NVIDIA drivers don't have the correct defaults for vertex attributes: 351528
Applied Workarounds: init_vertex_attributes
Disable partial swaps on linux drivers: 339493
Applied Workarounds: disable_post_sub_buffers_for_onscreen_surfaces

Version Information

Data exported 22/6/2014 19:31:54
Chrome version Chrome/35.0.1916.153
Operating system Linux 3.14.8-1-MANJARO
Software rendering list version 7.6
Driver bug list version 4.9
ANGLE commit id 4b65c53df548
2D graphics backend Skia
Command Line Args --flag-switches-begin --flag-switches-end

Driver Information

Initialization time 221
Sandboxed true
GPU0 VENDOR = 0x10de, DEVICE= 0x1380
Optimus false
AMD switchable false
Driver vendor NVIDIA
Driver version 340.17
Driver date
Pixel shader version 4.40
Vertex shader version 4.40
Machine model
GL version 4.4
GL_VERSION 4.4.0 NVIDIA 340.17