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Non-book reviews

The Battle of Polytopia

Tired of the feature bloat in PC strategy games like Sid Meier’s Civilization VI? Midjiwan’s mobile 4x title The Battle of Polytopia is the perfect antidote. Called “Super Tribes” on release in early 2016 and reviewed under that name at Pocket Tactics, Polytopia continues to be supported by its developer and has recently received a […]

Windows 10 “Creators Update”

The latest big feature update for Windows 10 has been released, entitled “Creators Update” (version 1703) due to several new applications for creating, viewing, and printing 3D models. That sounds great but Paint 3D seems more like a toy than a tool at this point. I could find no way to show or input measurements, […]

Dell & Alienware Reliability Issues

I just had two Dell systems unexpectedly fail on me that I had previously written good reviews for. This is something one unfortunately cannot anticipate until it happens. I’m updating both original reviews with links to this post, as in view of this lack of reliability I can no longer recommend these products: Dell XPS […]

Sony Alpha 7R II Review

In February 2016 I traded in my Sony Alpha 7R for the new and improved successor model, the Sony Alpha 7R II. So far I had not posted a comprehensive review but rather sprinkled several remarks among the gallery posts I had used it for. Today I’ll aggregate these remarks with some additional information. First, […]

Civilization VI Released

I got Sid Meier’s Civilization VI a few days ago, shortly after its release. So far I’ve played the tutorial as well as two games on Prince, one with six civs where I won a science victory and another with four civs that I aborted halfway through. First a technical note on the one serious […]

Alienware Andromeda X51 R3

2017-04-23: I can no longer recommended Dell systems due to significant reliability issues. I rather happily used a Dell XPS 15 for the last 1.5 years, but there was no denying that its NVidia GT 750M mobile video card was getting rather long in the tooth. It could just about handle the Steam edition of […]

Minadax & Polaroid Telephoto

The longest lens I have for the Sony Alpha 7R II is the Sony SEL-70200G with 200 mm at full zoom. That’s not very long for small objects at a distance, so I looked at the possibility of adding a teleconverter. Sony has announced a proper rear-mounted teleconverter for the successor of my lens (Sony […]

Windows 10 Fall Update (1511)

Windows 10 just received its first major feature update, only known informally as “Fall Update.” The name was not changed to Windows 10.1 or the like, although System: About in the Settings app now shows the new version tag 1511 corresponding to build 10586. The original release was based on build 10240 with version tag […]

Windows 10: Something Happened

I’ve been running Microsoft’s long-awaited Windows 10 on my Dell XPS 15 (model 9530) for a week now. Yesterday I detailed the changes to DPI settings, today I cover the installation process and my general impressions of the new Windows version. I’m focusing on the traditional desktop experience as I always have a keyboard and […]

Sony SEL90M28G Macro Lens

Sony has finally released its new full-frame macro lens, the Sony SEL90M28G (FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS) which fits my Sony Alpha 7R camera. Since I like macro photography but made do with the Marumi Achromat screw-on filters, I got this dedicated macro lens despite its hefty price tag. There’s little difference in the […]