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by Pagey
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How do I identify this Startup "Program" in Windows 10?
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Re: How do I identify this Startup "Program" in Windows 10?

Sorry. When you have Task Manager open and are on the Startup tab, you can right click on any of the tabs (e.g., Name., Publisher, etc.) and it will open a menu. Click on Command Line, then.
by Pagey
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How do I identify this Startup "Program" in Windows 10?
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Re: How do I identify this Startup "Program" in Windows 10?

Right click any of the tabs in that window and choose "Command Line," and it will show you the path.
by Pagey
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 4K HDR madness
Replies: 19
Views: 2754

Re: 4K HDR madness

Finally got rid of the LG UH8500 and got a Sony X900E. The first thing that annoyed me was the android OS. Nowhere near as many picture setting options as provided by LG. There is no HDR content being played notification. SDR and HDR settings are shared rather than being distinct (really poor choic...
by Pagey
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 5865

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

My go-to is the McCafe (McDonald's) brand sold at Wal-Mart. They sell it in the large canisters, which is an exceptional value compared to the smaller bags. I get the medium roast (red can) and the breakfast blend (yellow can), usually. In addition to having a good flavor, the grind is coarse enough...
by Pagey
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 11763

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Yes, sir, glad to put in a few words of encouragement. I've struggled with "depression" and social anxiety all my life. I've tried everything, legal and "illegal" to medicate/self-medicate it. So, I know what it's like to struggle with addiction and/or unhealthful habits. Sometim...
by Pagey
Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 11763

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Congrats on making it this far. I never could drink diet soft drinks, as the artificial sweeteners, to me, had a horrible aftertaste that would never go away. Also, for some reason, aspartame in particular messes up my heart rhythm (does the same to my mom). A single 12 oz. Diet Coke, for example, m...
by Pagey
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?
Replies: 16
Views: 4797

Re: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?

I have an older Asus Zenbook UX305 that is based off the CoreM (Broadwell) series. It's got 8GB of RAM and a 256 SSD. I have to say that it's been a fabulous piece of kit. With that said, it does not have a backlit keyboard, and I've never used it in a "production" environment. I transcode...
by Pagey
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?
Replies: 16
Views: 4797

Re: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?

Not sure this will help you find an exact model, as it's probably a little too general, but Anand recently put up their updated "best laptops" guide. It might, at least, give you a starting point to narrow down your choices: https://www.anandtech.com/show/9798/best-laptops Ignore the XPS 1...
by Pagey
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So this is where I'm spending the rest of my time in college.
Replies: 20
Views: 1358

Re: So this is where I'm spending the rest of my time in college.

That looks awesome! I'd love to get into that Dolby Atmos screening room! I've never visited a Dolby Cinema, but from all the reviews I've read on AVS Forums, it's about the best/most immersive theatrical exhibition experience available on the market today. The upcoming release of Blade Runner (The ...
by Pagey
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming
Replies: 17
Views: 1255

Re: Running 4K screen at 1080p for gaming

Rtings.com gives the C7 a great review, across the board: http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/lg/c7-oled

It scores an 8.8 out of 10 in video game usage. They also mention, specifically, that it upscales 1080p content very well.
by Pagey
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 11020

Re: Eclipse on August 21

We noticed a "shimmering" shadow/reflection thing happening on the sidewalk and pavement out back at work. Sort of like the shadows cast when light bounces off waves in a body of water. I wonder if that was the sun's corona showing up?
by Pagey
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 11020

Re: Eclipse on August 21

I was able to see it from ZIP 37327. Pretty cool, I gotta say. Much darker than I thought it would be. Street lights came on, and all the annual cicadas got REALLY loud the darker it got.
by Pagey
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 4K HDR madness
Replies: 19
Views: 2754

Re: 4K HDR madness

If you want a decent, entry-level TV that supports WCG (wide color gamut) and HDR (at least HDR-10), then consider the Sony X800D (2016 model, VA panel on the 43", IPS on the 49") or the Sony X800E (2017 model, IPS panels across the board). Both sets come in 43' and 49" sizes, feature...
by Pagey
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Portable mp3 player/speaker system
Replies: 19
Views: 1945

Re: Portable mp3 player/speaker system

just brew it! wrote:
Bluetooth should reach to the porch, given that this sounds like it is a small-ish cabin.


I can't recall the exact dimensions, but yes, it's relatively small. It's 14' x 20', maybe.

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by Pagey
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Portable mp3 player/speaker system
Replies: 19
Views: 1945

Re: Portable mp3 player/speaker system

I know this is going to sound strange, but I am the only tech/IT guy you will ever meet that does not own a cell phone, smart or dumb. And until the bank makes it a condition of employment, I refuse, lol.
by Pagey
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Portable mp3 player/speaker system
Replies: 19
Views: 1945

Re: Portable mp3 player/speaker system

Agreed, I could just get a set of speakers and run the 3.5mm out from the Zenbook to the speakers. I was considering an "all in one" type device for the convenience of having mp3s on a USB drive or MicroSD card and not requiring the Zenbook. Honestly, I'm not trying to be difficult. I've j...
by Pagey
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Portable mp3 player/speaker system
Replies: 19
Views: 1945

Re: Portable mp3 player/speaker system

I was looking at a speaker system so as not to be tied down to headphones at all times, yes.
by Pagey
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Portable mp3 player/speaker system
Replies: 19
Views: 1945

Re: Portable mp3 player/speaker system

This looks promising for under $20.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AR ... Y5BGJWKEAL
by Pagey
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Portable mp3 player/speaker system
Replies: 19
Views: 1945

Re: Portable mp3 player/speaker system

I'm not averse to using the Zenbook as the output, as I have a ton of my favorite mp3s on that laptop. However, with that said, a "standalone" type speaker system with either/or/both USB drive input/micro SD input would be fabulous.
by Pagey
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Portable mp3 player/speaker system
Replies: 19
Views: 1945

Portable mp3 player/speaker system

Gerbils, I need your audio input! Here's the scenario: we have a family cabin (off grid) on my paternal grandmother's 75 acre cattle farm. This cabin has a solar panel, so as long as it's getting decent sun, one can run wired electronics from the wall outlets. I often take my 13" Asus Zenbook a...
by Pagey
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 9995

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

DancinJack wrote:
No.

Also, it should be "Is Linux getting easier to use than Windows?"


This. So much, this.
by Pagey
Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone upgrade advice
Replies: 80
Views: 3653

Re: Headphone upgrade advice

I'll throw in a vote for the Sony MDR-7506. "Flat" response, but you'll hear stuff the way it's meant to be. Best set of cans I've ever owned, hands down.
by Pagey
Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cutting my soda habit in half.
Replies: 112
Views: 8076

Re: Cutting my soda habit in half.

I gave up sweetened, carbonated/non-carbonated beverages about a decade ago.  It was difficult, at first, to break the psychological habit.  But, once you, taking even a sip of a soda/soft-drink/pop/"Coke"/wtfever you call it is like drinking syrup.  It's just...sickly sweet.  All I drink ...
by Pagey
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: UHD playback on PCs DOA?
Replies: 111
Views: 10243

Re: UHD playback on PCs DOA?

I just want to reiterate (and maybe help bring it back on topic?): the requirements to play UHD BD discs on a PC is very exacting, and I don't see sales (at least initial sales) of the hardware/software components necessary being strong at all.  Now, if after time, I (and/or other users), happen to...
by Pagey
Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: UHD playback on PCs DOA?
Replies: 111
Views: 10243

Re: UHD playback on PCs DOA?

I just want to reiterate (and maybe help bring it back on topic?): the requirements to play UHD BD discs on a PC is very exacting, and I don't see sales (at least initial sales) of the hardware/software components necessary being strong at all.  Now, if after time, I (and/or other users), happen to ...
by Pagey
Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: UHD playback on PCs DOA?
Replies: 111
Views: 10243

Re: UHD playback on PCs DOA?

We'll see. It sounds like they've taken some pretty extreme measures to protect the decryption code this time around. Pagey (a couple of posts back) has also indicated that the "usual suspects" aren't planning to attempt a crack of AACS 2.0, so if it does happen it'll probably be a while....
by Pagey
Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: UHD playback on PCs DOA?
Replies: 111
Views: 10243

Re: UHD playback on PCs DOA?

I can't believe that in this audience no one sees the announcement of UHD Blu-ray drives and the necessary software for playback as the boon that they are for users of home media servers.  I've got 1000+ Blu-rays ripped to my home server, currently occupying some 30TB of drive space.  I can't rip U...
by Pagey
Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: UHD playback on PCs DOA?
Replies: 111
Views: 10243

Re: UHD playback on PCs DOA?

Everything about the whole thing is a mess.  I don't have any UHD BluRays yet, but I fully intend on ripping them (if possible) so I don't have to deal with the stupid DRM ****.  If I can't, they'll get returned. I got a BluRay for Christmas (Star Trek: Beyond) and I was amazed to find out that pla...
by Pagey
Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Odd Laptop Networking Failure
Replies: 15
Views: 6746

Re: Odd Laptop Networking Failure

A little update on Ars: http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/12/microsoft-windows-10-dhcp-broken-update/
by Pagey
Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Odd Laptop Networking Failure
Replies: 15
Views: 6746

Re: Odd Laptop Networking Failure

Could be related to this story: https://tech.slashdot.org/story/16/12/10/014231/new-bug-in-windows-10-anniversary-update-brings-wi-fi-disconnects
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