The Xbox Series X Review: Ushering In The Next Generation of Game Consoles

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What makes a console generation? The lines have been blurred recently. We can state that the Xbox Series X, and its less-powerful sibling, the Series S, are the next generation consoles from Microsoft. But how do you define the generation? Just three years ago, Microsoft launched the Xbox One X, the most powerful console in the market, but also with full compatibility with all Xbox One games and accessories. With multiple tiers of consoles and mid-generation refreshes that were significantly more powerful than their predecessors – and in some cases, their successors – the generational lines have never been this blurred before.

None the less, the time for a “proper” next generation console has finally arrived, and Microsoft is fully embracing its tiered hardware strategy. To that end, Microsoft is launching not one, but two consoles, with the Xbox Series X, and the Xbox Series S, each targeting a difference slice of the console market both in performance and price. Launching on November 10, 2020, the new Xboxes bring some serious performance upgrades, new designs, and backwards compatibility for not only the Xbox One, but also a large swath of Xbox 360 games and even a good lineup of games from the original 2001 Xbox. The generational lines have never been this blurred before, but for Microsoft the big picture is clear: it’s all Xbox.

Watch the Rolling Stones’ first live performance of “Sympathy For The Devil” — with a dancing John Lennon

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The above video comes from the Stones’ concert film The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, which was designed to be an actual circus. Filmed in 1968, the video was never actually released until 1996, and also features performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, Yoko Ono, Marianne Faithfull, and Taj Mahal. — Read the rest

The Colors of Noise: different kinds of static have distinctive tones

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This is from the free issue of my newsletter, The Magnet. Here’s a preview of this week’s subscriber issue, which has items about Vintage magic zines, sketchbook creatures, a magical realism bot, and more.

You’re probably familiar with white noise generators, which insomniacs often find useful as a sleep aid. — Read the rest

Building a Go Web API with the New Digital Ocean App Platform

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Recently, Digital Ocean announced they’re entering the PaaS market with their new application platform. They’ve hosted virtual machines (droplets) and Kubernetes based services for years, but now they’re creating a platform that’s a simple point and click to get an application up and running.

So I decided to try it. In this tutorial, we’re going to build an application on that platform. I will use Go to make a small web API and have it backed by an SQLite database. I’ll show you the steps required, and we’ll see just how easy it is (or isn’t) to deploy applications on the platform.

Some Helpful Extensions When Dealing With Types in .NET

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If you are writing reusable code, chances are high that you will write quite some code that deals with types, generics, and interfaces. Over the years, the collection of my helper extensions for that have grown. As some of my upcoming posts use them, I share them (also) for future reference.

1. Check if a Type Is Deriving From Another Type

Deriving types is a common practice. To some extent, you can use pattern matching. Sometimes, that isn’t enough, though (especially if you have a multi-level derivation path). This is when I use one of these two extensions:

Tutorial: How to Build a Progressive Web App (PWA) with Face Recognition and Speech Recognition

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This is a follow up to the second tutorial on PWA. You can also follow this tutorial if you haven’t followed the second one or my first tutorial about PWA. We are going to focus on some new Web APIs, such as:

We add these APIs to our existing PWA for taking “selfies”. With face detection we predict your emotion, your gender and your age.

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