Who Still Plays PC Games? . . . Only About 1.2 Billion People . . .

The 1.2 billion number reflects PC gamers.   There is another group that mainly or just plays via a gaming console (more folks use the PC than the consoles).  The combined total is about 1.8 billion.

This is the main reason Intel decided to get into that market and start challenging Nvidia and AMD.

Link to Gaming Article

Microsoft Should Name Windows 10 Updates After Dogs . .

Currently, MS-Windows update names are . . . really . . . blah!   Not much marketing or creativity there.   But everyone (almost) LOVES dogs!

And, if they would adapt the method Ubuntu uses . . . the next update might just be “Collegial Collie”. . .

HTG Link re MS Win10 Update Names . .

The New Medicare card is coming in June

The new card will remove the gender identification, your signature, and your Social Security Number changes to a Member Beneficiary Identifier. The details can be found at www.Medicare.gov/newcard

Starting in June, Nebraska will start receiving their new cards. Your new card is active as soon as you get it.

Please SHRED your old card!
This is from the Medicare blog
“Medicare has started sending new cards with new Medicare Numbers to people with Medicare. Your new Medicare card will include a new number unique to you, instead of your current Social Security-based number. This will help to protect you against fraud.

Starting this month, people who are enrolling in Medicare for the first time will be among the first in the country to get the new cards. If you have Medicare already, you’ll get your new card over the coming months. Medicare will mail cards on a rolling basis, sending a new card with a new number at no cost to everyone with Medicare over the next year. To update your official mailing address, visit your MySocialSecurity account, or call 1-800-772-1213.

If you want to know when new cards start mailing to your area, visit www.Medicare.gov/NewCard, and sign up to get email alerts from Medicare. We’ll send you an email when cards start mailing in your state, and we’ll also email you about other important Medicare topics. While the cards have a new look, your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. “

DoSpace – Free Rooms Going Bye-Bye

FYI

Dear Do Space member,

Do Space is changing our Meeting Room policy and procedures to better support the sustainability of our organization. As a valued member who regularly uses our meeting rooms, we wanted to notify you of this change before it takes effect.

Starting April 1, 2018 use of Do Space meeting spaces on the first floor will be subject to a fee based on the following rates:

  • Commercial/Individual use: $100/hour

  • Non-profit/Education Organization: $30/hour

 

Warning . . re patches for Meltdown/Spectre . .

Lots and lots of online articles about the very negative consequences of just applying the fixes (patches) to all modern cpu’s of last two decades . .

As I relayed at the last meeting, in early January after applying one of the patches to a particular haswell based Intel cpu (System76 Sable AIO), the machine would not complete the startup boot sequence.   I had to reboot and select the prior running kernel (only happened twice in 18 years).   This is unacceptable for the average user.

For the millions of business, govt, edu, science and similar users, the problem is way worse.   All major cpu makers affected (Intel, AMD, ARM) for either Meltdown, Spectre or both.   (Spectre has several branches).

For those in doubt, here’s a post by the worlds foremost computer science engineer – Linus Torvalds:

Torvalds on Meltdown/Spectre Situation