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by liquidsquid
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: NETGEAR and the R6700 Nighthawk - Buyer beware
Replies: 20
Views: 661

Re: NETGEAR and the R6700 Nighthawk - Buyer beware

You would think there was a reasonable market for higher-end at home routers + NAS. Surprised at the load of junk out there. I have a D7000 +DSL at home, and if anyone uploads anything large in the house, it bogs the connection down to the point nobody can use it, and things disconnect and time out....
by liquidsquid
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Reviews that would suit Tech Report
Replies: 53
Views: 962

Re: Reviews that would suit Tech Report

In addition to testing something other than 4K gaming, testing the potential to use the card for protein folding, crypto-currency, Seti, simulations, etc. would be fun. There are plenty of times I would like to put my expensive hardware to good use when I cannot be there burning time playing games. ...
by liquidsquid
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Reviews that would suit Tech Report
Replies: 53
Views: 962

Re: Reviews that would suit Tech Report

Just watched the review of the Apple watch 4. Meh. I was expecting a few days battery life per charge at least. Too much going on for no real purpose other than the heart stuff. Pretty full color graphics? Cool... until you look at the battery life of a whopping 18 hours, and can only do 6 in fitnes...
by liquidsquid
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Reviews that would suit Tech Report
Replies: 53
Views: 962

Re: Reviews that would suit Tech Report

Wearables is kind of a dead market. There's the Apple Watch and there's a bunch of failed products. Droid-Life had a really great post on that earlier this week. edit: I guess it was today. https://www.droid-life.com/2018/09/20/seeing-apple-watch-series-4-reviews-is-a-sad-reminder-of-how-lost-wear-...
by liquidsquid
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Reviews that would suit Tech Report
Replies: 53
Views: 962

Re: Reviews that would suit Tech Report

It isn't that I find PC related boring, they are just very infrequent these days. I am looking for "fluff" to keep the Tech Report somewhere where I like to go for a decent community and unbiased reviews. When I mean "alienated" I believe most of use Tech Report faithful will alw...
by liquidsquid
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Reviews that would suit Tech Report
Replies: 53
Views: 962

Reviews that would suit Tech Report

The frequency at which new exciting PC related hardware is released has come to a crawl in the last few years, and in many cases, they are very specialized and expensive products. This alienates many readers (latest example: https://techreport.com/review/34105/nvidia-geforce-rtx-2080-ti-graphics-car...
by liquidsquid
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Late FNT: The Case for Smartwatches / Wearables
Replies: 3
Views: 1571

Re: Late FNT: The Case for Smartwatches / Wearables

Dredging up this old thread due to all of the advances in wearables lately, and my crazy run with trying to find the "perfect" motivator to get me off my butt once in a while. So a couple of years ago, I bought a MisFit, which was a very simple tracker in a metal clamshell enclosure on a r...
by liquidsquid
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 2665

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

I feel for you man. I have a Switch with Zelda BoTW that was halfway played sitting right in front of me, yet I'll just rather fire up Youtube and watch someone else playing because playing it myself feels like a chore. My kiddo and his friends are in the same boat. I don't get it. Some days I feel...
by liquidsquid
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1158
Views: 99388

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Burned down my old shed (10x12' 8' tall) piece by piece (intentional!). Installed the new one this past weekend (12x20' 12' tall) wired it, and started building shelves. Far larger project than I ever pictured it. Side benefit: I have lost 8 pounds so far. I have to build a loft still, canoe rack, a...
by liquidsquid
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 2665

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

So I failed to restrain myself this past week. I had a Garmin Vivo Active 3 fitness watch that I really liked (except for a bug with elevation tracking),but lost it on my first dive off of a cliff in Blue Mountain Lake. The chincy standard quick-change straps are not up to snuff with those kinds of ...
by liquidsquid
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?
Replies: 62
Views: 2459

Re: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?

To other's points: De-Fragmentation was much more important on mechanical drives since the fragments forced the mechanical read head to jump to different locations on the drive, slowing file transfer. Now there is no mechanical limit in addressable SSD space, so the time impact between a contiguous ...
by liquidsquid
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 2665

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

I think your subconscious was telling you you needed a media center upgrade. Even if you have "crappy DSL" you can still probably stream 1080p Netflix (what's that require? 3Mb/s?). And now you've got a nice set of speakers for it. Why not enjoy some BluRays from Red Box or something? (as...
by liquidsquid
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 2665

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

Well,

I did it again, bought a pair of Klipsh bookshelf speakers R-15M for $125 a pair on their "Summer Sale". I simply couldn't pass up that deal! Now the impulse buy Samsung sounds a lot better than the tin-can on a string sound it had.

-Mark
by liquidsquid
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 2665

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

kvndoom wrote:
After several bouts of buying and selling, I've settled on pair of Revel F30's

WTH, these are listed at $10 a pair on that link! I may impulse buy these if that is true. I wonder if shipping is free? Dang. Dealer right down the road. This is not good.
by liquidsquid
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 62
Views: 2665

Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

I went to Best Buy this past Tuesday, only to purchase a small camera drone for my son on his plane day (adoption). I came out with a open box TV along with the drone. It wasn't a horrible amount of money for it, but still, when I am in a "mood" I can make some pretty ridiculous purchases ...
by liquidsquid
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1158
Views: 99388

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

@ liquid - If you're just demoing the shed, how about a propane torch at night after they go to sleep? I don't have enough beer to pay off the fire department. Plus I have electric to deal with and who knows what black and white creatures are living under it! The thought of an "accident" ...
by liquidsquid
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1158
Views: 99388

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I am currently in the process of removing a 45 year old shed to replace it with a new Amish-built shed. These projects always turn into more than I would have ever envisioned. I had to clear brush from beside and behind the shed that I have never trod upon, and discovered it was a knotted mess of 5&...
by liquidsquid
Thu May 31, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 97
Views: 9250

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Wow, 4kHz is really bad! :o Tell me about it, a cause of a lot of repeated statements and yelling around the house. Frustrating. This is a result of fluid behind the eardrum. I suppose if something was able to be done to clear that out, her hearing would be greatly improved. I was thinking of build...
by liquidsquid
Thu May 31, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 97
Views: 9250

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

What headphones are you even referring to? Oh, somehow I replied to an earlier post and removed the quote by accident. These: https://en-us.sennheiser.com/high-end-headphones-audiophiles-hd-820 So I just spent way more money on headphones than I ever have done, but what the hell, you only live once...
by liquidsquid
Fri May 25, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 97
Views: 9250

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

No way in hell would I spend that kind of money on headphones. Unless they came with several live concerts from my favorite bands with it. Oh, and a pair of real speakers that can make you physically ill from the powerful bass. On the subject of DACs Modern DAC components and amplifier devices typic...
by liquidsquid
Fri May 25, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Unsurprising turn of events: Essential looking for a buyout
Replies: 1
Views: 559

Re: Unsurprising turn of events: Essential looking for a buyout

With a turnover rate like that with your engineering, failure is inevitable. Half your IP exists in talent. Treat your talent like crap and loose them, you cannot easily replace them if at all.
by liquidsquid
Thu May 24, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 91
Views: 7332

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

Based on what I am reading in this thread, it seems like the MB had a serious hardware design issue with the interrupt system. Something was stalling the bus. If I were you I would have RMA-ed the motherboard if able. I thought these sort of problems were dead 10 years ago with much better chip sets...
by liquidsquid
Wed May 23, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 1190

Re: Camping / Hiking :

Tons of it, was a Scout leader after all... I try to hike ~3miles +/-0.5 somewhere somewhat secluded during lunch break or on the way home, usually in about 45 minutes to not only get away from the rat race, but to get in shape also. Luckily WNY is not over-developed so there are a lot of opportunit...
by liquidsquid
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1158
Views: 99388

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Oh the joys of home ownership. Last week my well water started spitting out silt. Nice grey muddy water. It turned out that my degasser tank valve was plugged open, which is supposed to shut off the water when the tank fills, and was making for tremendous flow from the well. I had a nice creek runni...
by liquidsquid
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 4564

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

My dad came up with a simple mercury tilt switch that turned HV on when raccoons either stepped on a plate, or pushed under a wire. An old model-T car coil was the generator. The mechanical action tilted a switch and turned up the juice. Many fine memories of watching Mr. Fatts doing some involuntar...
by liquidsquid
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an Era - Toys R Us
Replies: 31
Views: 2485

Re: End of an Era - Toys R Us

People are going to sorely miss brick and mortar when they are gone. No customer service, no ability to get a real look and feel for quality, no instant return and swap for a fault product. Never mind that when the only means to get an item is to have it shipped, eventually UPS and others will catch...
by liquidsquid
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 4564

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

If you can get at the nest area, they hate mothballs. Cram some in there in a stocking, and stink them out.
by liquidsquid
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 4564

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Race noose trap/snag, like you do with rabbits on the ground. Spring-loaded with small "trigger" to pull the noose tight around the squirrel. Post it on YouTube and watch your feed blow up.
by liquidsquid
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Child Proofing the digital world
Replies: 33
Views: 4814

Re: Child Proofing the digital world

Mine is now 12, and luckily he appears to be the type of kid that actively avoids inappropriate content (I'm sure that will change VERY soon, ugh), but here is my experience so far: We actively monitor and check where he has been, what he has seen. He looses electronics for a long time if what we fi...
by liquidsquid
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft confirms it’s already cancelling its newest version of Windows
Replies: 58
Views: 6281

Re: Microsoft confirms it’s already cancelling its newest version of Windows

Sort of a step in the right direction for main-stream distributions IMHO, where the OS support of legacy apps is what makes the OS power hungry and space hungry. Start making the user aware of what an old, clunky application will do to your battery life and memory footprint, and perhaps app develope...
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