Mon, 16 Aug 2021

4:51 PM - AMD RX 6900XT

So I bought a 6900 XT at the end of june.  It replaced a 1080ti.  I decided to write a brief review for folks who haven't gotten cards yet.  

The short version is I have regrets.  The GPU is really great in some titles and performs better than expected. Doom Eternal gets 250+ FPS with raytracing at 3440x1440.   Control gets 60 FPS with raytracing.  Farcry 5, Dirt 5, and many other games run well and are usually much better than my old 1080ti.   But there's a problem.  My favorite games are Blizzard titles like Overwatch and Starcraft II.  Both of these titles run like crap.  With maxed-out settings, starcraft II starts around 114FPS at the beginning of a 1v1 match but drops to 55FPS by late game and averages around 60FPS according to the AMD software.  Lowering some of the effects only improved the FPS by a few.  Not significant.  CPU usage is around 6% during game play on a 3950x.  GPU utilization is below 50% according to windows. 

Overwatch is similarly a problem.  The game is certainly playable on high settings can even peak around 300FPS if the cap is raised. On ultra settings, it struggles to hit 70FPS.  With a 144hz display, this is a big let down.  The 1080ti could do that well but would overheat after an hour or so on ultra settings. The higher textures seem to kill performance.

My GPU is not using SAM and is not overclocked.  A minor overclock does help a bit in overwatch but the power draw isn't worth the gain.   I can't enable SAM due to the CSM setting in the bios needing to be off.  With that config, I can't dual boot. 

When the GPU does well, it blows out the 1080ti but haivng several older games choke or even do worse than the 1080ti is rediculous on a GPU that cost me $1700.  I bought the 1080ti used on ebay with a waterblock for $500 about 2 years ago. 

My wife has a 6800 XT and it does fine in world of warcraft. Not all blizzard games are hot garbage with AMD cards but several are.  I recommend nvidia GPUs if you like blizzard titles. 

In retrospect, I probably should have gotten a 3080 instead.

tags: radeon gpu amd


Sun, 7 Mar 2021

12:14 AM - NVD feed

Apparently, they created a REST API 2 years ago and set a date for deprecating the feed in the past.

This is a bit of a problem for the security advisory app.  The design was always pretty terrible but a workaround for the nvd json feed being in YEARS.  The firewall seems to block a lot of the requests and they don't give useful error messges or even a proper error code when it doesn't work.


Wed, 1 Apr 2020

Tue, 31 Mar 2020

12:16 AM - Stuck at home

Not loving this lockdown for coronavirus.  I understand why we need to do it, but it's starting to get to me.


Sun, 22 Mar 2020

2:36 PM - TLS fun

So older TLS versions are deprecated including TLSv1.1.  Started working on changing apache configs to exclude them with -TLSv1.1

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Fri, 1 Nov 2019

9:26 AM - Turning on brotli in apache

Enable mod brotli using a LoadModule line and then add this configuration

<IfModule mod_brotli.c>

BrotliCompressionQuality 6

# To enable globally 

AddOutputFilterByType BROTLI_COMPRESS text/html text/plain text/xml text/css text/javascript application/x-javascript application/javascript application/json application/x-font-ttf application/ image/x-icon

BrotliFilterNote Input brotli_input_info

BrotliFilterNote Output brotli_output_info

BrotliFilterNote Ratio brotli_ratio_info

LogFormat '"%r" %{brotli_output_info}n/%{brotli_input_info}n (%{brotli_ratio_info}n%%)' brotli

CustomLog "/var/log/brotli_log" brotli

#Don't compress content which is already compressed

SetEnvIfNoCase Request_URI \

\.(gif|jpe?g|png|swf|woff|woff2) no-brotli dont-vary

#Make sure proxies don't deliver the wrong content

Header append Vary User-Agent env=!dont-vary



Fri, 12 Oct 2018

1:10 AM - Woo hoo

In august, I completed my masters degree. Now I'm nearly completion on 1.0 of my operating system.  A lot of bad things have happened this year as well but it's nice to reflect on the positive for a change.


Thu, 13 Jul 2017

8:20 PM - Flyway

I've been looking at Flyway, a tool to manage database migrations. It can correct the database version at startup and has a standardized way to manage deltas via standard SQL scripts.

tags: flyway


8:18 PM - Spring Cloud Netflix

I've been looking into Spring Cloud Netflix lately. It looks pretty cool. There are libraries for proxy of micro service calls (zuul), service discovery (eureka), and circuit breaker functionality (hystrix) to help with high availability.


8:15 PM - More on etags

Here are some interesting links I found for etags.

tags: etags


8:14 PM - Etags

I've been looking into etags again. I looked into them several years ago as I found a very bad etag hand rolled implementation for Just Journal. It's an old pre spring approach.

I decided to add a few etags to some common API endpoints in just journal. I think I may have to version the api.


Sun, 9 Jul 2017

3:20 PM - Started new job

So I started a new job last week. Now I'm trying to learn a few new things like rxjava.


Tue, 20 Jun 2017

3:52 PM - Installing SSL certs from Amazon AWS RDS instances in java

Having problems connecting Java apps to amazon RDS instances? Try installing the CAcerts from amazon as follows. These instructions cover freebsd and Mac OS X.

# (use curl or wget on mac)

# create individual files from the bundle for loading into java
split -p "-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----" rds-combined-ca-bundle.pem individual-

# load them into your cacerts file in freebsd
find . -iname 'individual*' -exec keytool -import -file {} -alias {} -storepass changeit -keystore /usr/local/openjdk8/jre/lib/security/cacerts \;

# mac version, tweak for your JDK path
find . -iname 'individual*' -exec keytool -import -file {} -alias {} -storepass changeit -keystore /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_25.jdk/Contents/Home/jre/lib/security/cacerts \;

tags: ssl aws java keytool rds


Tue, 4 Apr 2017

9:14 AM - Apple partially admits mistake with mac pro

According to this article, apple admits the design of the mac pro limited what they could do with it. They also claim they are working on it with next year possible for a refresh.

More waiting.

location: Home


Mon, 27 Mar 2017

Sun, 19 Feb 2017

10:03 AM -

I doubt one can generalize that a remote software team is more productive. I know that when I worked for Prime Research, I got to work from home for the first 9 months and I got a lot more done that way. Of course, then I ended up working in the office and managing a team.
When you're trying to build something complex, it's impossible to get anything done with distractions. I can code up some front end changes or add a new endpoint for an existing controller in spring without a lot of thought, but if I'm trying to design a major new feature, I need quiet and a white board.
I can say in the last 3 months, I've avoided starting several tickets at work until I knew I could get at least an hour to actually focus on them without meetings or other interruptions. It's happened at least 5 times. The farther I go with my career, the harder it is. I remember when I used to get 2-3 hour blocks of time to work on things. Those were the good old days.

location: Home


Sun, 12 Feb 2017

2:05 PM - Run windows 3.11 from your browser

It's kind of amazing what they have been able to do with DosBox in browsers. You can now run Windows 3.1 in a web browser and play solitaire or minesweeper, old school!

tags: windows


2:03 PM - 8th Gen Intel CPUs still slow

Intel has given up on another CPU generation getting any speed. More 14nm and no more cores. DEFAULT TO SIX CORE GUYS. Sell mobile chips with PERFORMANCE for power users.

tags: intel


2:02 PM - Wordpress viruses are getting out of control

There are way too many sites out there that don't patch. Since wordpress is the most popular platform, it's an obvious thing to attack. I think they should develop some type of auto update mechanism for critical patches.

tags: wordpress