Spintires Fixed – Returns to Steam!

Remember when Spintires was pulled from Steam? Well, don’t worry, as it was only this week and after much rage on the bottom half of the internet, fans of the game will be happy to hear that it is now back and ready to rock once again!

Oovee Game Studios and Pavel Zagrebelny have released an official fix for Spintires, providing a solution to the critical and game breaking timing bugs that were causing crashing issues for its users. Having fixed these issues, Spintires has been allowed to return to Steam in all its glory, and you can once again purchase it, if you haven’t already, or play it again if you already owned it.

This has been a huge screw-up and it’s not fully clear what and why things happened. However, Oovvee Game Studios has stated that it will release a full statement in the next few days and hopefully that will clear up any questions for fans of the game. We’ll update you as soon as we hear the official word.

“In the next few days we will release a full and frank statement regarding the cause of the problem and how we plan to avoid this happening again, as well as details of the next update we have been working on since the start of 2016 which we plan to start testing next week.” said Oovee Game Studios.

It’s good to see this get resolved as swiftly as it did, as I know there’s quite a following for the game and a few of us here at eTeknix have really enjoyed it too, or at least we did until it became unplayable due to bugs. Either way, the game is fixed and all is good in the world of muddy wheels and off roading, hurray!

Are you happy to be enjoying this game again?

TP-Link Archer VR900 AC 1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Modem Router Review


For today’s review I am taking the TP-Link Archer VR900AC 1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Modem Router for a spin in our test area to see how well it performs, it surely sounds like a great device. While the Archer VR900 looks very similar to the Archer C9 that we reviewed not long ago, it’s quite the different device and it also sports some general improvements over the C9.

Most noticeable is the built-in modem that allows you to connect it directly to your phone line when using that sort of connection. There is no need to keep the old modem around and couple a router on the back of it in order to gain the features and functionality you want; The Archer VR900 does it all. It supports all current ADSL as well as VDSL formats right out of the box.

TP-Link didn’t just stop after adding the DSL modem to the VR900, they also made sure that it will work with pretty much any connection. At some point, and as it becomes available in more and more regions, there is a good chance that you’ll switch from your DSL line to a more modern Fibre optical connection. When you do so, you don’t need to replace the VR900 with something new as it also supports a direct WAN connection via the fourth LAN port. But once again, TP-Link weren’t satisfied with the connection options, so they made sure that you’re also able to connect it to 3G or 4G/LTE network via a USB dongle and the two onboard USB ports. All in all, there isn’t much that this router can’t do and connect to.

The TP-Link VR900 is an AC1900 dual-band router, meaning it can perform with up to 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 1300 Mbps on the 5GHz band for a combined throughput of 1900 MBps. It has a great coverage thanks to the three 5 dBi omni-directional antennas. The wireless range and performance is further enhanced thanks to the beamforming technology that is applied on both wireless bands.

Inside the router is a 1GHz dual-core processor that makes sure that you don’t encounter any bottlenecks as the router has to perform its tasks.

The wireless bands feature the normal 64bit and 128bit WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryptions for secure connections and the WPS button makes connecting devices as easy as it can be. The software parts feature everything from Wireless MAC filtering, QoS control, NAT Firewall, VPN, Virtual server and Port Triggers, as well as any other function you could want from a router. Guest networking and parental control is also present and both are great features to have around.


Packaging and Accessories

A great router like this also deserves a beautiful wrapping and TP-Link delivers that. The Archer VR900 has a simple yet very beautiful package. The front shows the device itself as well as providing all the basic feature information.

On the rear of the package, we find more details about the specific functions as well as a comparison table with other TP-Link devices. That way it’s even easier to pick just the right model when you’re visiting your local tech shop and have them all in front of you.

Inside we find everything we need to get it set up. The router itself and a power supply for it, two RJ11 cables and a splitter for your DSL connection, an RJ45 LAN cable, and the three detachable antennas as well as a quickstart guide and technical references.

These Eight Characters Crash Skype

Users have found a rather interesting bug in the popular voice and video calling application, Skype. The problem (now fixed in an update) caused skype to crash when you sent “http://:” via an instant message.

Once the message has been sent, if you re-open Skype – it will instantly crash again because it is in the chat log.

The bug has so far been discovered on Windows, Android and Ios. However, it doesn’t have an effect on Skype for Mac or Skype on Windows 8 (the metro interface application). Several users commented on the Skype forums and stated:

“clearing chat history not helps, because when skype download chat history from server, it will crash again.”

On some platforms, Skype now filters out the offending characters, yet it doesn’t work on all platforms and the characters still crash the application.

Microsoft have now fixed the bug and issued the following statement on their forums:

“Hello everyone

We are aware of a problem that was causing Skype clients to crash.  Our engineering teams worked hard to resolve this issue, and have released updates for all impacted Skype platforms. “

To resolve the issue, they suggest that you download the latest version of skype from www.skype.com/download and install it on your device. You don’t need to uninstall the old version first though.

Thank you to VentureBeat for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Skype

Final Fix for Samsung EVO 840 Slow-Down Bug Is Upon Us

You might remember the Samsung slow-down bug that plagued the EVO 840 drive last year, the one that we thought already had been fixed. And it had, at least for some people, other still reported the bug to happen despite applying the patch.

The good news is that Samsung now have fixed the issue completely in a new firmware and it doesn’t even need the extra restoration tool that it did the first time. Whether you have tried the previous fixes or your drive is as it came out of the box, you just have to flash the new firmware and the drive will work as it should.

“Samsung revised the firmware algorithm to maintain consistency in performance for old data under exceptional circumstances. Therefore, read performance was restored without the need for Magician. This algorithm is based on a periodic refresh feature that can maintain the read performance of this older data. The algorithm does not affect normal user scenarios (i.e. occasional PC performance degradation due to background work of SSD) or the lifespan of an SSD and can actively maintain its performance without the help of Magician. However, this algorithm does not operate when the power is off.”

You’ll have to have a little more patience as the new firmware won’t be available until “later this month”, but at least it is coming. The guys over at PC Perspective had their hands on the beta version of Magician 4.6 and the new EXT0DB6Q firmware to test how this pans out in the real world and outside of Samsung’s own laboratories. They can confirm that it actually does work and restores the drive to the performance it should have.

Samsung struck a double-deal with their fix as it works by having a firmware that does its own periodic refreshing of data, along with an Advanced Performance Optimization that can be triggered from within Samsung SSD Magician. This is basically the same effect as a defrag where data strings will be placed together, resulting in a better performing drive.

A sad side to this news is that Samsung still ignores issues with their other TLC SSDs such as the plain 840 SSD that has the same issues. But we can hope that they’ll release a fix for those drives at a later time.

Thank you PC Perspective for providing us with this information.

QNAP Released QTS 4.1.2 with HDMI Installation Support

QNAP has released the new Turbo NAS QTS 4.1.2 operating system that is introducing NAS Installation over HDMI. A direct setup from the NAS itself via keyboard, mouse and monitor might be easier for a lot of people than a network based one, or at least it will seem that way to them. In return, it will open up the world of Network Attached Storage to a complete new group of people.

It also adds several new features including VPN Server support, VPN Client support, block-based LUN backup, subtitle (*.SRT) support for Video Station and File Station, embedding subtitles into transcoded videos, Chromecast streaming, and more. The QAirplay & Chromecast app available from the App Center can also stream media content directly to a TV via AirPlay-enabled or Chromecast devices now.

“We have made many enhancements to the business and home features in QTS 4.1.2 to provide a better user experience and to make the Turbo NAS a great companion in the workplace and for home entertainment,” said Willy Kuo, product manager of QNAP.

Along with the new features, QNAP also fixed a long row of issues ranging from file size issues over VPN trouble to synchronize issues. You can check out the changelog for a full list of updates and fixes.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information