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Re: Anyone else getting Windows 10 upgrade prompts?

I still don't get why they don't just offer Aero as a "secondary option" hidden in some Personalisation sub-menu or something. Think SaaS -- they want to control the default appearance of very Microsoft product and service regardless of platform. For example, the new Outlook app in Androi...
by ludi
on Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:59 am
 
Forum: General Software
Topic: Anyone else getting Windows 10 upgrade prompts?
Replies: 52
Views: 1274

Re: Anyone else getting Windows 10 upgrade prompts?

Haven't seen one of these notifications yet, but I'm looking forward to Win10 based on the latest Technical Preview. The desktop resumes primary focus. The gangly Charms Bar (a.k.a. "Sidebar 2.0 - now with control applets!") has been euthanized, and the funeral will be sparsely attended. A...
by ludi
on Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:32 am
 
Forum: General Software
Topic: Anyone else getting Windows 10 upgrade prompts?
Replies: 52
Views: 1274

Re: Anyone a Home Theatre Specialist?

I've got a friend of a friend that does exactly that type of stuff and all the home automation that goes with it. They're here in Ottawa so not even the same country :-( Anyone willing to fly in someone from the lower 49s surely won't mind bringing someone in that likes hockey instead. Yeah, but it...
by ludi
on Thu May 28, 2015 3:49 pm
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Anyone a Home Theatre Specialist?
Replies: 10
Views: 272

Re: CPUs made out of wood and gallium arsenide.

I skimmed the actual journal article, and the impression I got was that there are two major benefits to using this process for printing microwave communication ICs using this process (or similar alternate bio-substrates) versus the more conventional ones: 1) By printing the GaAs components off-subst...
by ludi
on Thu May 28, 2015 3:44 pm
 
Forum: Processors
Topic: CPUs made out of wood and gallium arsenide.
Replies: 14
Views: 545

Re: Mad Max: Fury Road

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by ludi
on Thu May 28, 2015 12:41 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mad Max: Fury Road
Replies: 43
Views: 819

Re: New home file server build

Captain Ned wrote:
ludi wrote:That light tap to the power strip scares me just a little bit.

In that case, you should never enter my cellar.

I've seen the pictures. I think your cellar is bordering on Mr. Burns Syndrome and the ecosystem should in no way be disturbed.
by ludi
on Wed May 27, 2015 4:38 pm
 
Forum: Storage
Topic: New home file server build
Replies: 58
Views: 2318

Re: New home file server build

That light tap to the power strip scares me just a little bit.
by ludi
on Wed May 27, 2015 4:26 pm
 
Forum: Storage
Topic: New home file server build
Replies: 58
Views: 2318

Re: Are there any true Tech sites around?

Lost Circuits also used to be good, especially for info about memory tech. LC underwent a redesign at some point and much of the content seems to have disappeared. Looks like it hasn't been updated since 2012. In fact, the redesign was the direct result of a database crash at their host which inexp...
by ludi
on Wed May 27, 2015 11:14 am
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Are there any true Tech sites around?
Replies: 47
Views: 1902

Re: dymt reloaded

I struggled through Calculus, and by the 3rd semester of it I was barely passing. My big issue was not having anything to relate it to, which made it very difficult for me to retain any of the concepts. Then came Differential Equations and it all clicked, because DE relates Calculus to Physics, and...
by ludi
on Thu May 21, 2015 2:54 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 23947
Views: 1806548

Re: I ordered this laptop I want your thought please.

vargis14 wrote:I really did a impulse buy and I want to return it to Amazon where I purchased it from. But I am dying to open it and see what it is all about.

Uhm...was this a PUI?

(P = Purchasing)
by ludi
on Thu May 21, 2015 2:33 am
 
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I ordered this laptop I want your thought please.
Replies: 23
Views: 1103

Re: Far Cry 4 - Random Display driver stopped responding and

While this error usually does indicate a hardware lockup, it doesn't always mean the hardware itself has failed. It may mean that there is a glitch in how a feature is being accessed, which then causes a hardware lockup. Since the problem seems specific to FC4, have you updated FC4 with any availabl...
by ludi
on Wed May 20, 2015 12:47 pm
 
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Far Cry 4 - Random Display driver stopped responding and has
Replies: 10
Views: 273

Re: I ordered this laptop I want your thought please.

by vargis14 on Mon May 18, 2015 9:29 pm Like I said any thoughts would be appreciated greatly...If I get enough no ways I will cancel the order from amazon. by vargis14 on Tue May 19, 2015 5:22 am Come on community, am I truly disliked here or something..It seem like every time I ask a question I g...
by ludi
on Tue May 19, 2015 8:21 am
 
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I ordered this laptop I want your thought please.
Replies: 23
Views: 1103

Re: Home Server - Media +

Just for fun, did you fire up the T3500 on the Kill-A-Watt? I'm guessing about the same as your Q6600 system but it would be interesting to compare.
by ludi
on Mon May 18, 2015 3:52 pm
 
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Home Server - Media +
Replies: 15
Views: 861

Re: dymt reloaded

I refer to this phenomenon as "child poisoning."
by ludi
on Mon May 18, 2015 10:55 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 23947
Views: 1806548

Re: I think I've seen everything now.....

This is one of the few moments when I wish the old Geo Prizm (Corolla with a GM badge) was still around. IIRC it was a 1997. Sold it to a couple who intended it to be a college car for their kid and that's exactly what that car was meant to be. Pick up another. This pile of junk cost $900 and so fa...
by ludi
on Mon May 18, 2015 10:51 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I think I've seen everything now.....
Replies: 38
Views: 1114

Re: Laptop screen replacement: glossy vs matte

On the plus side, the IPS viewing angle will mean you can adjust the screen to minimize reflections without losing your display contrast. There are screen protectors available that can reduce the effect of a gloss screen, but at laptop sizes the good ones are not cheap, and would probably defeat the...
by ludi
on Thu May 14, 2015 3:51 pm
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Laptop screen replacement: glossy vs matte
Replies: 20
Views: 579

Re: Ferrite Core Substitute

Basically, try it and see. It's not a super precise circuit so it may even work on the first try. The tedious part will be winding 77 tight turns into a torroid, but if you're into model trains, that's more like an ordinary day's work :wink: You can also try searching "ferrite core bobbin kit&q...
by ludi
on Thu May 14, 2015 12:16 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ferrite Core Substitute
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: Changing samsung from IR to momentary

There is another possibility: if the capacitive threshold can be determined experimentally, a micro-relay could be connected to an available +3.3V or +5V source and a remote switch, and used to switch in a capacitor. Net of three additional parts, a small amount of wire, and some soldering.
by ludi
on Thu May 14, 2015 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Changing samsung from IR to momentary
Replies: 18
Views: 698

Re: Ferrite Core Substitute

If my memory serves from the previous thread, the purpose of this circuit was to power the tracks from DC output via DC in, but if continuity is lost due to dirt on the track, the sudden interruption of DC current through the inductor will set up a basic switchmode oscillation through the transforme...
by ludi
on Thu May 14, 2015 11:42 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ferrite Core Substitute
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: Changing samsung from IR to momentary

I'll go with capacitive, we have a couple Samsung computer monitors at the office which are set up this way.

It's actually a very slick configuration provided you don't need to do exactly what the OP is trying to do, because there is effectively no mechanical wear-out mechanism.
by ludi
on Thu May 14, 2015 11:02 am
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Changing samsung from IR to momentary
Replies: 18
Views: 698

Re: What would you call an AMD NUC?

Just call it "Nuke" and wait for the obvious to happen.
by ludi
on Tue May 12, 2015 10:24 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What would you call an AMD NUC?
Replies: 39
Views: 1023

Re: Questions on amp wattage and speakers

Okay, this is as good a time as any. What's a good book as a primer on electricity and circuit design, with an emphasis on practice vs theory? "The Art of Electronics," by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill. A third edition was finally released this year, which means you can find used copies...
by ludi
on Tue May 12, 2015 10:20 am
 
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Questions on amp wattage and speakers
Replies: 79
Views: 1317

Re: Questions on amp wattage and speakers

Note that bookshelf speakers (other than dipoles, which are application-specific) are almost universally better at imaging than floor speakers or towers, the going theory being that the smaller enclosure is inherently stiffer and has a higher resonant frequency, and thus tends to produced less passi...
by ludi
on Mon May 11, 2015 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Questions on amp wattage and speakers
Replies: 79
Views: 1317

Re: New firmware update for Samsung 850 Pro bricking drives

I've found the 830 Pro series to be stable and reliable and Krogoth is right about not flashing the BIOS just for completeness but only if necessary. Is there any reason I should have a problem with the 850 pro if I do NOT flash the bios? What exactly was the reason folks were flashing them anyway?...
by ludi
on Thu May 07, 2015 4:06 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New firmware update for Samsung 850 Pro bricking drives
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

Re: Calculating Power Usage

Your procedure seems correct, with 'crudely' being the operative word. The UPS is actually rated for 1000VA, and might be reporting the percent loading on that basis, whereas the maximum watt-rating of the connected equipment will vary with power factor. 670W assumes a very lousy power factor, which...
by ludi
on Thu May 07, 2015 4:01 pm
 
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Calculating Power Usage
Replies: 9
Views: 642

Re: Consumer SSDs in Servers

Can you do this one with Intel 730 series drives? Best reputation, power failure protection, good prices...
by ludi
on Sun May 03, 2015 11:07 pm
 
Forum: Storage
Topic: Consumer SSDs in Servers
Replies: 56
Views: 2228

Re: Receiver shopping...

I hope that Pioneer works out for you. I really liked the quality of their gear in the late 90s and early 00s, but they went downhill after that. The last two times I tried to buy Pioneer, 3-ish years ago, I was disappointed. The first was a car head unit and I found evidence of cost-cutting includi...
by ludi
on Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:43 pm
 
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Receiver shopping...
Replies: 30
Views: 1270

Re: Camera reduction options...

Arrived around lunch today, working like new. They promised a maximum of ten business days and got it turned around in just about a week, so can't complain. Not sure what the exact issue was but the attached service ticket indicated a significant repair on the shutter mechanism, along with a general...
by ludi
on Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:35 pm
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Camera reduction options...
Replies: 145
Views: 20419

Re: Nostalgia Lane - Old Time TR Posters

10 years later, I'm STILL using this ThermalRock case: http://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=26156 I might buy a new case for my Windows 10 build next year. Heh, probably not. :D It'll also be my first Intel system since the Pentium 3, so maybe a drastic change is in order. Probably...
by ludi
on Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:29 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nostalgia Lane - Old Time TR Posters
Replies: 92
Views: 3661

Re: Camera reduction options...

Well, that was disappointing. Two weekends ago I was in Georgia for a friend's wedding. I charged my batteries the night before, tested the camera when I packed it, and tried using it to photograph a flowering tree the next day...and nothing. No display, and the shutter was locked closed. Turning th...
by ludi
on Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:55 pm
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Camera reduction options...
Replies: 145
Views: 20419
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