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How we avoided Meltdown and Spectre… and you can too

The Meltdown and Spectre microprocessor vulnerabilities have presented a major problem to the computing industry. Although there have been no examples of the vulnerabilities having been used maliciously to date, it does need to be resolved. AMD, Arm and Intel are the three largest chip companies in the world and the fact that all three are in the process of rushing out fixes to the problem demonstrates the scale of the issue.

This has presented some well documented issues to the industry. The patching process has been proven to disable some AMD equipped computer systems, in that the some of those systems can no longer be booted successfully. This means they will no longer work. Fortunately we have never sold AMD-equipped computers.

Intel CPU’s over 5 years old are all at risk and Intel has been sending out patches for download to resolve this. The big issue around it is the fact that once the patch has been installed on some of those older computer systems; the expectation is that they will slow down significantly.

So how did we manage to avoid these vulnerabilities altogether?

We are a small company, incredibly agile and constantly pushing the envelope to stay ahead of the industry. A huge portion of our profit goes directly into Research & Development. And we stand apart from the rest of the industry as we engineer every single one of our computer systems to run as efficiently as possible, with no reduction in performance and minimal need for maintenance.

We use the very latest generation of Intel processors on all of our systems and although we have conducted extensive testing with both ARM (RISC chips) and AMD, we have never devised and sold a model range which uses either processors.

The current range of Intel processors is the 8th Generation.

Every Zanshuri system we currently sell features the latest 8th Generation CPU. The update patch which has been released for Intel CPU’s has no detrimental effect on the performance or integrity of 8th Generation CPU equipped systems.

We do not offer every processor in the Intel range. Instead we concentrate our efforts on determining the effectiveness of a distinct selection which meets our high standards for efficiency and performance having gone through our very rigorous testing process.

So if you are looking for high performance, quiet and energy efficient computers which will not slow down or fail to operate as expected, contact us now. We are happy to discuss orders on any scale and urge you to take a look at the Zanshuri range now.

Zanshuri Tau Laptop | Zanshuri Epsilon PC | Zanshuri Sigma (20 dBA)

Skunkworks

Our major push into the server space begins in earnest now.

Alongside the existing Zanshuri Gamma server solution, of course.

Coming soon on YouTube, Vimeo and right here @ Zanshuri.com

Have a great New Year!

The Renewable Energy Conundrum

There has been a massive increase in the uptake of renewable energy solutions. Solar panels are conspicuous by their absence throughout much of the developed world. Wind farms appear all over expanses of land and in many cases offshore as well. Progress in the more efficient application of geothermal energy is being made at an excellent rate.

However the majority of the energy we use comes from the burning of fossil fuels. Nuclear is definitely a major component of course, but oil and coal still appear to be the main providers.

So how can individuals and organisations really make any impact on the current massive amounts of pollution being thrown into the atmosphere every second? Do we sit around and wait for solar to overtake oil as our main source of electricity? Should we immediately trade in our private vehicles for electric cars and pushbikes? Or simply unplug everything right now?

Well there are a number of options open to us. And they might not be as obvious as you may think. Here is a short list.

  • Install motion sensitive lighting throughout your home, place of work, etc
  • Make sure thermostats, heating and AC are used properly
  • Support the increased rollout of Pavegen technologies
  • Establishing low-energy lighting as a legal requirement except in exceptional circumstances
  • Investigate efficient options to everyday tasks and implement them immediately
  • Be a social champion for recycling, energy-efficiency and responsible resource use
  • Educate our children in frugal living, concern for the environment and best practice
  • Walk. Run. Lift. Do something physical as much as you possibly can
  • Learn a little about agriculture. Understand how food gets to your plate
  • Vote for better public transport. Lift share or carpool with friends and colleagues in the meantime

I am entirely unapologetic about being “that guy!”

You know the one. The guy who constantly turns off lights which are obviously not being used. The guy who unplugs phone chargers when the devices are fully charged like it’s a religion. The guy who coasts downhill (carefully) and manually had stop-start in his car before it was even a thing. The guy in a suit who knows how to till a field, sanitise water or skin a rabbit if necessary.

These are not things which we must all do right now. Instead, see them as a starter for ten. Can you imagine what type of world we would live in if every single person on the planet implemented just half of these measures?

Renewable energy isn’t going to go away. And whilst that is great news, it doesn’t mean that we can sit back and continue to do the things we have always done and let someone else fix things. We can all do something to help, now. Look around you. Do you really need to leave that charger plugged in?

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