Tag: Older

02
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

How an Older TV Screwed Up an Entire Village’s Internet

Photo credit: Jeffrey Coolidge - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeffrey Coolidge – Getty Images

From Popular Mechanics

  • A TV in Wales took down the local internet, making it a lesson about interference.

  • Shielded cabling and other tech helps protect signals, but this interference is unpredictable.

  • The ISP worked for months to figure out what regularly took down this network.

An embarrassed villager in Aberhosan, Wales, has learned their old TV has been messing up the entire village broadband connection. The cause—discovered by an engineering team from Openreach—is a burst of electrical activity called SHINE: single high-level impulse noise.

Older TVs, likely limited to only CRTs and prior unless something’s wrong with your wiring, experience an intense concentration of energy when you first power them on—you’d notice more resistance and an indescribable noise when you powered on these TVs. This, it seems, is what has plagued one ISP for months every morning around 7 a.m. Here’s how the engineers discovered the disturbance, according to Openreach.com.

“By using a device called a Spectrum Analyser we walked up and down the village in the torrential rain at 6am to see if we could find an ‘electrical noise’ to support our theory. And at 7am, like clockwork, it happened! Our device picked up a large burst of electrical interference in the village.

“The source of the ‘electrical noise’ was traced to a property in the village. It turned out that at 7am every morning the occupant would switch on their old tv which would in-turn knock out broadband for the entire village.”

All kinds of items we use in our homes are energy inefficient. Some people have up-to-date appliances or even just ones new enough to qualify for Energy Star, but that’s not the lived reality of many people. On top of that, cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs are popular

29
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Xbox Series X Backward Compatibility Test: Older Games Double Performance

KEY POINTS

  • Backward compatibility has long been desired for newer consoles to play older generation games
  • A video testing the backward compatibility of the Xbox Series X yielded positive results
  • With fewer games at launch due to the pandemic, this is welcome news for Xbox Series X

The issue of backward compatibility is often raised when a new console from a line of previous consoles is on the horizon.

Having access to a library of older games from the PlayStation family for the PlayStation 5 or older Xbox games for the Xbox Series X makes the wait for newer titles a bit more bearable. It’s become enough of a concern that no less than the CEO of PlayStation had to declare the PS5’s backward compatibility recently.

It would seem that the Xbox Series X does very well when it comes to backward compatibility. Previous generation games, including “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” “Final Fantasy XV” and “Monster Hunter World,” were tested on the Xbox Series X in a video from Digital Foundry.

The results were nothing short of staggering as the older games ran twice as well, if not better, on the next-gen console from Microsoft. Games that are locked at 30 frames per second on Xbox One are able to easily hold a locked 60 frames per second on the Xbox Series X, even with upgrades in resolution.

Digital Foundry noted that it is sometimes hard to tell how much of a jump in performance there is because of the 60 frames per second lock on most games, even though the performance is likely higher than double in many cases.

With fewer games launching beside the Xbox Series X on Nov. 10 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for games from older generations to be able to play