Welcome to Mosh Pit, ladies and gents. Think of this as The Good Place for hardware, and games, and all manner of neat things. Sometimes these things will be cool, like the Hyper 212 Black Edition, or sometimes they’ll be low-key cool like Fedora 29. Here in Mosh Pit, every piece of hardware and every videogame on sale has its place in the spotlight. It’s better than being in The Bad Place, amiright? High-five, up top! (P.S. The Bad Place is where all the other copies of E.T. for the Atari 2600 went to)
Cooler Master’s Hyper 212 RGB and Black Edition looks hawt
Here’s a weird thought – Cooler Master has been making the Hyper 212 cooler for more than ten years. The first design was compatible with socket 775 CPUs, way back in the day when the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 was still the best processor for the money. Ever since, the Hyper 212 line has been a staple in PC builds around the world, and every other cooler manufacturer in the industry has tried to replicate it – even Cooler Master itself tried to do it with the Hyper T4. This year they’re doing something special with the 212 family with the addition of the Black Edition. This is a dark Hyper 212 that has been painted with a powder black finish, lacks RGBs of any kind, and completes the dark look with nickel plated copper heatpipes and a brushed aluminium top cover. You can optionally get the 212 Black Edition with a 120mm RGB Sickleflow fan, if you want. Put this one on your Christmas Wish List!
Red Hat releases Fedora 29 Workstation, and it’s beautiful
Linux users might have some tinkering planned for this weekend thanks to the release of Fedora 29 Workstation. Fedora is mocked constantly in the Linux community thanks to its old-school roots and Bryan Lunduke’s hilarious chirping about it, but it’s one of the best distributions for developers looking for a stable platform, and it’s arguably the best platform for the Gnome desktop environment, which Red Hats contributes resources and money to. This release comes with Gnome 3.30, which has a lot of performance improvements, automatic updates for applications using Flatpak, support for connecting to Windows machines with the RDP protocol (who the heck expected that to happen?), and Fedora Modularity which allows you to have different versions of packages (really useful for developers supporting applications on different platforms). If you’re interested in trying out Linux for the first time, Fedora is a great place to start. Download it using the Fedora Media Writer to a flash drive and see what it’s like for yourself.
Crucial’s P1 NVMe SSD will be super cheap
Solid state drives are getting cheaper and cheaper by the day, and we’re past the point where anyone should be humming and hawing over whether a hard drive is okay or not – that’s old hat. Hard drives are now considered secondary storage in the hierarchy, and if you’re buying a new laptop, desktop, or even upgrading an older machine, you should be looking at an SSD as your first upgrade. Crucial’s P1 launched last month in the US and Canada, and it will soon reach our shores and local retailers. However, the crucial difference between the P1 and other drives is the price per gigabyte – Crucial is pitching the P1 as the most affordable NVMe drive ever, and will only be shipping the P1 in M.2 form factors starting at 500GB capacities. With read speeds at 2GB/s and write speeds of 1.7GB/s at an average power draw of 100 milliwatts, this is one of the most efficient drives the company has ever made. Keep your eyes peeled for this one.
Hot Diggity Dog, The Good Place is awesome
My family blasted through The Good Place after finishing The Haunting on House Hill, and it’s a complete 180 in terms of look and feel. This is a colourful, vibrant, and charming show about a group of four people who die on earth and are sent to The Good Place – basically heaven, which was designed by its architect Michael in the style of a small Italian village in the countryside. There’s dozens of frozen yoghurt shops, everything is free, you get your dream house, and you get to meet your true soul mate. The show tracks the hijinks of Eleanor, Chidi, Jianyu, and Tahani as they come to terms with the fact that they’re dead and settle in for the rest of eternity. Watch it on Netflix.
Bandai Namco is having a Steam sale
If you’re itching for something new to play, Bandai Namco might have something for you in their weekend sale on Steam. Almost all of the publisher’s games are on sale with up to 75% off select titles like Dragonball Xenoverse 2, Dragonball FighterZ, Naruto Shinobi Striker, Project Cars 2, Dark Souls 2 and Ni No Kuni II: Renevant Kingdom. Along with lots of AAA titles on sale, there are also a bunch of indie games that you might be interested in including Little Nightmares, Get Even, DeadCore, and Impact Winter. Check out the sale here.