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by computron9000
Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Modular graphics card
Replies: 29
Views: 1604

Re: Modular graphics card

If graphics card makers want to expand into the mainstream, they need to go external. Nahh, not really. Most "mainstream" users probably wouldn't upgrade the card even if it was external. It is ridiculous how many users will replace an entire PC just because it is out of disk space or has...
by computron9000
Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:00 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home FTP Server
Replies: 10
Views: 3346

Re: Home FTP Server

An an alternative, if you are only occasionally sharing a few files, you can use a program like Utorrent. Just drag-and-drop a file from your computer onto the UI and it will generate a link to a torrent/magnet file, and then your Utorrent will seed the file to him. You could also send large zips fu...
by computron9000
Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Inconsistent stability problems. Gah.
Replies: 33
Views: 3752

Re: Inconsistent stability problems. Gah.

Did you check for bent-pins in the lga socket?
by computron9000
Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dumbest Comments from Non-Tech Types
Replies: 68
Views: 11045

Re: Dumbest Comments from Non-Tech Types

How many here have encountered people who refer to the entire PC as "the hard drive"? This seems to have been more common 10+ years ago, but I still hear it occasionally (some of these people also refer to the monitor as "the computer"). Then there's the related species of peopl...
by computron9000
Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:19 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Using Google maps locations to filter DB results?
Replies: 2
Views: 2511

Re: Using Google maps locations to filter DB results?

I get that UG, thanks for the input. my question is, is there a way to use Google maps to show location-relevant info, but filter the results down so it shows the nearest fast food reasturant(s) based on the rating system? let's pretend there are 200 brands like McDonalds and 20,000 stores scattered...
by computron9000
Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:17 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Using Google maps locations to filter DB results?
Replies: 2
Views: 2511

Using Google maps locations to filter DB results?

Ok, I have an interesting problem and can't come up with a good answer on how to even approach it. I'll give a generic example. Let's say someone had a database that rated fast food restaurants at a Corporate level. In our case, Burger King, McDonalds and Pizza hut. So Overal rating, Menu, Avg. Pric...
by computron9000
Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread
Replies: 439
Views: 58251

Re: TR BBQ ~X~ Official Thread

Can you PM me the address? I'll see if I can make it on Saturday. If I can make it, I'll bring something, but I must admit, I have preconceived notions of what you all look like, so if JBI isn't essentially Queen Latifah with a penchant for ale I'm going to be disappointed.
by computron9000
Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Possible Virus: mobgifts(dot)org (DO NOT GO THERE) popups?
Replies: 5
Views: 4970

Re: Possible Virus: mobgifts(dot)org (DO NOT GO THERE) popup

I agree. The question is how to remove it or what it is precisely. I don't know all the details obviously, but I'd say back up the info to a PC/Google Apps and do a factory reset on the phone. Shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to get everything back to how it was before all this started happening...
by computron9000
Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Possible Virus: mobgifts(dot)org (DO NOT GO THERE) popups?
Replies: 5
Views: 4970

Re: Possible Virus: mobgifts(dot)org (DO NOT GO THERE) popup

I agree. The question is how to remove it or what it is precisely. The Droid in my possession is stock, just your standard apps (weather, news, Google stuff, etc.). I've killed all apps and removed everything suspicious and will still get notifications from mobgifts(dot)org popping up now and again ...
by computron9000
Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Possible Virus: mobgifts(dot)org (DO NOT GO THERE) popups?
Replies: 5
Views: 4970

Possible Virus: mobgifts(dot)org (DO NOT GO THERE) popups?

I had a client with a Droid phone come to me that said they had random popups from mobgifts . org (DO NOT GO THERE). Seems like some sort of mobile-device virus or something. Google searching reveals many people in the last 24-48 hours or so with this issue. Any ideas? Thanks for any help. Examples:...
by computron9000
Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SimCity (2013)
Replies: 114
Views: 21299

Re: SimCity (2013)

That is awesome. Thanks for linking that: I hadn't heard about it. It's very cool they are actual giving some 'substance' in the form of "agents" to the mechanics of the game. And the "tens of thousands" quote is exciting. To put it in the form of an example, in the old Sim City ...
by computron9000
Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Backup setup with NAS
Replies: 2
Views: 826

Re: Backup setup with NAS

That's sort of a bizarre set of terms. If I were in your shoes: 1) Buy data protection first (flash drives, external hard drives, whatever. get that backed up) 2) Get Uninterrupted Power Supply protection for as many thing as possible Then do the other things. Sorry have to go. bbl. List your comput...
by computron9000
Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:20 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I may regret it later, but....
Replies: 11
Views: 2705

Re: I may regret it later, but....

I would and have had experience with SSDs, just not enough (15 yrs+ mechanical vs just a couple yrs SSD). What I was asking was for benchmarks. Certainly loading Windows or *nix would be faster. That's obvious. I'm talking about performance after the OS is on and things in memory and optimized. What...
by computron9000
Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I may regret it later, but....
Replies: 11
Views: 2705

Re: I may regret it later, but....

I think a sort of quasi-placebo effect might revolve around people putting clean installs on SSDs (rather than mirror some existing install or whatever from some old mechanical drive with millions of programs, etc). With the new drive and new OS install it's "FAST!" Has TR benchmarked Fire...
by computron9000
Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD Failed - SMART settings in BIOS revived
Replies: 6
Views: 2942

Re: SSD Failed - SMART settings in BIOS revived

SSD's unfortunatley do this type of thing. It can depend on the type of chip the SSD has, sometimes sandforce can refuse to boot or come up with errors. I have an OCZ agility 3 that in a raid0 array on my main machine that was acting erratic - everytime I would boot, the raid array would say the &q...
by computron9000
Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Uninstalled Drivers, Monitor gets no signal
Replies: 11
Views: 10598

Re: Uninstalled Drivers, Monitor gets no signal

Ok so I uninstalled my nvidia drivers and now my monitor gets no signal and displays nothing. I have uninstalled my drivers before and after two restarts, the old drivers would automatically get reinstalled and everything would be fine, but not this time. I uninstalled my drivers due to a "You...
by computron9000
Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:38 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD Failed - SMART settings in BIOS revived
Replies: 6
Views: 2942

Re: SSD Failed - SMART settings in BIOS revived

I'd certainly do some SMART checks on it to see if there are any errors. You could also check the Event Viewer for i/o related issues. I don't have much direct experience with SSDs, but anytime a drive behaves out of the ordinary I'd immediately back everything up and assume it is unreliable until p...
by computron9000
Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:49 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huge lag when connected to work network
Replies: 23
Views: 5404

Re: Huge lag when connected to work network

Perhaps. The hard drive could have also been seeking bad sectors causing intermittent quasi-"freeze-ups".
by computron9000
Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:24 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Newegg asleep at the pricing wheel again?
Replies: 2
Views: 1242

Re: Newegg asleep at the pricing wheel again?

Looks like Newegg (USA, California-based) may have some volume issues in Canada on that particular board? USA: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=x79&x=0&y=0 Canada: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Pro...
by computron9000
Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:15 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best 32-port switch to replace Netgear Prosafe 24prt 10/100
Replies: 7
Views: 3217

Re: Best 32-port switch to replace Netgear Prosafe 24prt 10/

i'm convinced. thanks for the feedback. i'll let you guys know how it goes.
by computron9000
Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:26 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best 32-port switch to replace Netgear Prosafe 24prt 10/100
Replies: 7
Views: 3217

Re: Best 32-port switch to replace Netgear Prosafe 24prt 10/

Thanks for the comments. I considered adding an 8 port switch off a 24port replacement, but why muck around if you have the money for 32-ports? Isn't it more sensible to just get a single point of failure rather than have a 24-port switch in a rack setting next to an 8-port one on a shelf? 23 cables...
by computron9000
Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: dead router?
Replies: 4
Views: 1184

Re: dead router?

at least get one with a large NAT
by computron9000
Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huge lag when connected to work network
Replies: 23
Views: 5404

Re: Huge lag when connected to work network

Agreed michael_d, but it seems like there's something messed up, like the OS is running out looking for something networked (like a printer, or a networked drive, or whatever). When the network isn't active, it just works fine, reportedly. If that's the case, it's not *necessarily* an issue with a n...
by computron9000
Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Overclock MA785GM-US2H
Replies: 1
Views: 1397

Re: Overclock MA785GM-US2H

Did you check the manual? You should have a hard-copy.

http://www.manualowl.com/m/Gigabyte/GA- ... ual/207696
by computron9000
Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:08 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Wich one ...
Replies: 1
Views: 865

Re: Wich one ...

If I were you, I'd post a budget and buy the best thing you can get online.

But, if it's down to two giveaways, I'd take a 14" if I didn't plan to be super-mobile with it.
by computron9000
Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huge lag when connected to work network
Replies: 23
Views: 5404

Re: Huge lag when connected to work network

It's either 0, 14 or 20 seconds. Not 7, not 16. I've checked everything I can think of that windows monitors and nothing is happening during that time as far as I can tell. It's not pegging the CPU, hard drive, ram etc. This happens whether the file is on the network, or on the local drive . It doe...
by computron9000
Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best 32-port switch to replace Netgear Prosafe 24prt 10/100
Replies: 7
Views: 3217

Best 32-port switch to replace Netgear Prosafe 24prt 10/100

Got a possibly dying Netgear Prosafe 24-port switch (lightening strike). Lost 2 ports somehow afterwards (several other switches and other unrelated hardware had to be replaced at a building after the strike). Trying to find the best 32-port switch to replace it for under $400. Don't need anything f...
by computron9000
Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:15 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: The future of graphics technology?
Replies: 11
Views: 1777

Re: The future of graphics technology?

When they show some animations i'll be impressed. Animating particle clouds is a different story than showing static particle clouds with a moving camera. It's impressive, granted, but you'll notice those grass blades, leaves, dirt particles, etc.... are not moving . Wind movement, water movement, p...
by computron9000
Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: small business resources?
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: small business resources?

LLC would probably be a good choice in your case.
by computron9000
Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: tv shows you enjoy watching that aren't mainstream
Replies: 59
Views: 4275

Re: tv shows you enjoy watching that aren't mainstream

The Trailer Park Boys from Canada.
R-Rated, Hilarious.

*NSFW*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR3QHoqfhX8
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