What is the killer app for FPGAs? For some, Mohan is the ultra-high data throughput for parallel tasks, which can enable some pretty messy projects. But what if you just started? What about 1980s style video games?
Mr. FPGA project has created some FPGA hardware that basically makes it easy to build. Any Old school video games or computer platforms. That’s a massive clean slate. Of course, you can download and load someone else’s Atari ST or Commodore 64 setup, but if you want To learn When rebuilding FPGs old-school video game machines, you want to get your hands dirty.
[Mister Retro Wolf] Last winter he started a video series (embedded trailer below) where he started a project to recreate a classic video game machine from the ground up using the MiSter FPGA platform. In particular, he is going to recreate the Namco Tank Battalion arcade game from Verilge Schematics.
It is literally building a 6502-based video game machine from scratch (Gateware), so if you’re interested in retrocomputing Or FPGAs, you have something to learn here. It has been acquired through CPU, screen, tilemap graphics and memory so far, but it has not been done yet. To follow, get yourself some hardware and you can probably catch up.
We’ve covered the MiSter FPGA project before, of course, because we think it’s great. And if a video game arcade machine is going to be your gateway drug into the seeded world of programmable gates, so be it.
It took eight years, but Apple finally completed the transition to replace iCloud documents and data services with iCloud Drive. What’s happening, why Apple did it, what it means for your business, and what you should do now?
What should you do now?
Most iCloud users will notice that Apple has already moved their content to iCloud Drive. It is easy to use and provides a much more elegant user experience.
There are some users, who originally had an iCloud account before iCloud Drive launched in 2014, who have not yet enabled the new online storage service. This can be a particular problem for users who want to run pre-iOS 8 devices and Macs on older operating systems, as they do not support iCloud Drive.
That shouldn’t represent a large number of users, so eight years after the former release and nine years since the last non-compatible Mac OS was shipped, Apple clearly thinks it’s right to disable such access – as it warned last year.
If you use iCloud documents and data on a system that supports the new online storage system, you need to enable iCloud Drive to view your files in iCloud.
See below for relevant instructions.
What exactly is happening in iCloud documents and data?
Apple’s iCloud Documents and Data goal is to sync data from different apps so that it is available on all your devices. Apple shut down documents and data this month, transferring all data stored on it to iCloud Drive. The company announced plans to do so in May 2021.
Why has Apple changed this iCloud?
The big advantage of this step is that users get a much more integrated experience with iCloud Drive across all devices using Finder integration for files on iOS / iPadOS and iCloud Drive on Macs.
Previous implementations were not always immediately apparent. The file location and management experience is much better, as it is both clear and understandable.
Together with other recent changes to iCloud, reflected by the new iterations of OneDrive, Dropbox and Box, all of which require different APIs, these steps could signal a fundamental change as the company seeks to develop its services.
That’s what Apple said
In a statement last year, Apple explained its plans:
“In May 2022, iCloud Documents and Data Services, our former document synchronization service, will be discontinued and will be completely replaced by iCloud Drive. Therefore, if you use iCloud documents and data, your account will be transferred to iCloud Drive after that date.
“If you use iCloud Documents and Data Services, you must activate iCloud Drive by following the steps below to view your files. Upgrading to iCloud Drive does not change the storage space used by the files stored on your iCloud. “
Apple now tells users:
“If you use iCloud documents and data services, you need to turn on iCloud Drive to view your files. When you switch to iCloud Drive, the amount of storage space your saved files use in iCloud does not change. “
Why it (maybe) matters to your business
Available for every user (a little) 5GB of free storage, additional iCloud storage is available on a subscription basis and in both Apple One and Apple Business Essentials. This means that if you install or support Apple devices and hardware, most likely you or your employees are already using the service.
If you use Apple Business Manager and any type of MDM solution, you may already have some sort of data segmentation to separate personal to enterprise data, including access to both your employees’ business and personal iCloud storage accounts.
In the latter case, and of course for anyone using Mac, iPhone, or iPad around 2018 or later, most people will already be using iCloud Drive instead of Apple’s legacy service. However, it is possible that some of your users may be stuck with legacy services, which means you should now help ensure that your data is protected with the latest conversions.
Of course, Apple’s move to integrate the iCloud service is understandable because the company clearly plans to make big improvements as it lays out additional services to support the iCloud + service.
Why you should always backup iCloud
As useful as iCloud Drive is, an essential element of data management is to ensure that important documents are not only stored on iCloud Drive but also backed up locally using the Enterprise Backup service of your choice.
It is also a good practice to encourage staff to check backups from time to time to make sure all relevant data is stored there. Apple has an excellent online article to help you create an archiving system.
What is the difference between the two?
Apart from working with real file and folder systems like Dropbox, Box, or OneDrive, Document Collaboration, etc., the biggest difference between iCloud Drive and iCloud Documents and Data was the limitations of the latter.
Although it syncs data to documents and data systems, it only allows access to data from the relevant application. Data on iCloud Drive can be accessed from any compatible app. ICloud Drive lets you access your data from files on Apple mobile devices, iCloud Drive on Mac Finder, via iCloud.com, and even other devices equipped with Windows or iCloud Drive support.
How to enable iCloud Drive
To enable iCloud Drive on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or later:
- Open Settings> Username.
- Select iCloud and toggle Enable cloud drive On
- You will now find your data in the File app.
To enable iCloud Drive on Macs running Catalina or later:
- Open System Preferences> Apple ID.
- Select iCloud and toggle Enable cloud drive On
- You will find your files in the iCloud section of your Finder.
Learn more about iCloud
We have plenty of iCloud resources to help you get the most out of your system
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If you’re wondering how to fit a fitness tracker into a ring, well, you’re not alone. [Becky Stern] CT sent someone to scan, went into it with a rotating tool, and then he made a video about it. [David Cranor]. (Video is embedded below.)
While it’s great that you can tear down something these days without tearing it down – thanks to CT scans – most of the analysis is done in a cut-up version of the thing through a simple stereo microscope. Still, the ability to flip the thing over in a 3D CT scan is excellent.
We totally agree [Becky] And [David] It’s amazing how much was fitted in very few places. Somewhere along the way, [David] The electrical, mechanical and software design teams have certainly worked hard together to close this project and it shows. After all, there’s a nice running dialogue about how you know what you’re looking at when tearing up a new device, and it’s good to look at their shoulders.
Then where are the bits [Becky] A lithium-ion battery pack shows you what it looks like when cut in half. He said it was already mostly leaking and he did not explode in the fire. But get there easily! (Also, make sure you take your hot xylene outdoors.)
X-ray machines are definitely the greatest thing when doing a teardown. We’ve seen them use everything from fixing multimeters to servo motors.
The other day, my dad – while passing my bellows for technology – mentioned that he had read online that Windows 11 should not be used and that the operating system was not being adopted.
Dad had a word. He is now an Apple user – I put him on my phone plan to support his technical needs, he uses an iPhone and has an iPad. As its needs have changed, so has its reliance on Windows devices. In fact, his current Windows needs include applications that are not on the Apple platform. (And since he is a standalone user, not a domain user, much of Windows 11’s progress will not be available to him with authentication.)
“ComputerWorld” recently noted that Windows 11’s UpTech is running slowly, running at only 1.44% of all systems. This is similar to what I see at home and in my office. At home I have a single computer, a Surface Pro 7 that can run Windows 11 In the office, I only have two computers that support Windows 11
In fact many users Can’t Run Windows 11. If you are, and are interested in why you can’t run Windows 11, you can download the ByteJins tool to find out exactly why. For example, the laptop I use has a trusted platform module that will support Windows 11. But its processor does not support Virtualization based security (VBS)
Windows 11 confirms that VBS is enabled by default to support hypervisor-enforced code integrity. While you may argue that this protection may not be required on a standalone workstation, the enterprise will want to make sure that it is enabled. (This is not a new technology, but the order is new.)
Windows Defender Credential Guard requires VBS, which protects domain certificates over a network. As mentioned: “Credential Guard is a virtualization-based isolation technology for LSASS that prevents attackers from stealing credentials that can be used to pass a hash attack. আপ After compromising with a system, attackers often try to extract any stored credentials for further lateral movement through the network. A major goal is the LSASS process, which stores NTLM and Kerberos certificates. Credential Guard prevents attackers from dumping certificates stored in LSASS by running LSASS in a virtualized container that even a user with system privileges cannot access. The system then creates a proxy mechanism called LSAIso (LSA Isolated) to communicate with the virtualized LSASS process.
Although it already works on Windows 10, Windows 11 builds on this protection. Sounds great for business, doesn’t it? But there is a problem: many users are not properly licensed to improve the security of Windows 11. The key is Windows Defender Credential Guard – you need an enterprise license to use it. So while it provides a lot of protection for your user or login privacy, it is not available to many users. In future versions of Windows 11, Credential Guard will be enabled by default, but again, only for enterprise customers.
Another new technology I’m excited about is smart application control, although I have some concerns about it. Smart app control, as Microsoft explains, “prevents users from running malicious applications on Windows devices that block the default, unsigned or unsigned applications. In addition to using code signing, our new Smart App Controls allow only processes that are predicted to be secure based on an AI model for either a code certificate or an application trust in Microsoft Cloud.
“Model estimates 24 hours latest threat occurs on intelligence which provides trillion signals. When running a new application in Windows 11, only known secure applications are allowed to run. Check its signature and key features against this model. This means that Windows 11 users can be confident that they are using only secure and reliable applications on their new Windows device. Smart app control will be sent to the new device with Windows 11 installed on it. You need to have a clean installation of Windows 11 to get it. “
I still regularly install software that is unsigned. So I already know that smart application control won’t work for me in the office or at home because I can’t run the software using a “whitelist” method. I’m not even sure what licensing will be required. Will it be available to everyone? Will it be an enterprise-only feature?
Bottom line: Windows 11 will be great for enterprises if you have the right license to take advantage of these features. But I’m not sure it gives you a great advantage at home. If you’re worried that your old hardware won’t run Windows 11, don’t do it. Windows 11 is the next version of Windows and doesn’t really bring much security to the average user. That’s why my dad will continue to use Windows 10 for now and don’t worry about Windows 11.
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