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Technology Connections with a Beginner’s Guide to Electric Cars

Technology Connections is one of my favorite channels to watch, the host has a consistently well-researched and focused take on interesting topics with a great sense of humor and understanding of translating difficult topics to something the rest of us can understand. From interesting coffee makers to (in this case) electric cars.

In this video Technology Connections goes over different types of EV chargers, who needs what, and hits lots of points I didn’t fully understand as a person who drives an electric car. What’s DC Fast Charging compared to Level 1 or Level 2 chargers? It’s not just faster, the video explains the differences about that and many other EV connections like what effects the range you’ll get out of the juice in the pack.

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software

OBS Studio 28.0 Released with HDR, Native Apple Silicon Support & Lots More

If you stream video and audio online in 2022 you’re probably using OBS Studio. It’s free and open source software to stream to Twitch, YouTube and plenty of other services that have been created and gone out of business in the decade that OBS has been around. Today OBS Studio 28.0 came out with native Apple Silicon support on Macs since 2020 with M1 and M2 chips, the start of support for HDR (mainly on Windows, unfortunately), and lots more including a major update to the appearance of OBS.

I stream every day on Twitch and using an Intel version of OBS Studio on a Mac through Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation layer for running Intel binaries on Apple Silicon has been alright, but native support for the M1 hardware in my laptop I’m on will mean OBS runs more efficiently and is potentially less likely to kick on the fans. Unfortunately, one of the biggest features for Apple Silicon users, more support for hardware-based encoding, is still waiting for macOS Ventura which won’t be out until later in the year.

OBS Studio 28.0 is free directly from the developers for Windows, macOS, and Linux,  at OBSProject.com. A lot of things changed in this release so I recommend reading the full release notes here and note that some plug-ins may need to be manually updated to support Apple Silicon. The OBS project has a guide for OBS Studio 28.0 plugin compatibility here and you may want to check for and backup installed plugins in these locations. Note that for the first few hours after this release the download link for macOS on OBSProject.com still points to the Intel (x86-64) version of OBS Studio. You may need to download the Apple Silicon (arm64) download directly from the bottom of the release notes page on GitHub.

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video games

Kaiju Wars on NuclearMonster Live

Kaiju Wars came out recently from Foolish Mortals Games, it’s a little bit of Into the Breach-style turn-based combat mixed with some Advance Wars and of course the fun Godzilla-esque styling. The writing is cute and it’s clear from little things like the menus including public domain videos of old monster movies that the developers really cared about the subject.

You can watch my NuclearMonster Live video above or on YouTube.

Kaiju Wars is $20 on Steam for Windows, macOS (prior to 10.15 Catalina), or Linux. There’s a $2 discount until May 5th and a free demo is available.

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video games

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale on NuclearMonster Live

Lets take a look at Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale on NuclearMonster Live

Follow NuclearMonster on twitch for the live show:
https://www.twitch.tv/MrNuclearMonster

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software

Ryan Gordon Building a Media Player in New Video Series

Ryan “icculus” Gordon is building what he calls a simple media player with SDL in C over a series of videos, embedded above. It’s fun to watch smart people demonstrate how to solve problems and the description for each video links to a blob of code changes that Gordon makes over the course of the video.