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by Aranarth
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 73
Views: 1522

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

I was in a manufacturing plant and there was a huge IBM tower in the middle of a room with 200+ cables running to it. I asked if it was a minicomputer cause it looked OLD. Was told it was not a computer but a PLC! (programmable logic controller) It had 48kb of "ram" in the form of programm...
by Aranarth
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sometimes FireFox won't start
Replies: 21
Views: 1021

Re: Sometimes FireFox won't start

Wife's machine does the same thing.

I find that Firefox actually did launch and it has a process or processes running.
Killing these and then relaunching firefox fixes the issue.
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 18
Views: 789

Re: IT ticketing software

The problem with ticketing software is 99% of the people writing the software have never used ticketing software to write tickets. (in the real world)

The flows into "the problem with 99% of CTO's is none of them have touch technology outside of a management role"...

and so it goes.... :D
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Places to buy replacement LCD panels?
Replies: 15
Views: 907

Re: Places to buy replacement LCD panels?

I have ordered multiple panels from Amazon and ebay and have never had an issue.

If you get the wrong lcd panel they will exchange it with little trouble.

(there are always a few bad apples but they are weeded out pretty quick)
by Aranarth
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 9021

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Looking on ebay - it looks like prices for r9 390x, r9 fury, rx 480 and rx 580 (all have similar gaming performance) seem to stabilizing and are down a little after the latest mining news coming out of China. Maybe I'll get a chance to buy an upgrade from 7870 at a decent price between now and X-mas...
by Aranarth
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 4426

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

I guess as a general security measure everyone should request a security freeze from all three credit reporters.

I suppose I should also put a "im not interested in credit card offers" notice on there as well to cut down on the spam mail and phone calls.
by Aranarth
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 Creator's Update uninstalling software
Replies: 15
Views: 2442

Re: Win10 Creator's Update uninstalling software

meerkt wrote:
Ikepuska wrote:
And I don't recall Windows EVER uninstalling software without explicit user intervention before Win10.
It's a brave new world. Next up: Win11 tossing hardware it doesn't like out of your computer.


Good one! PCIe v5 slots come with spring loaded ejectors...
by Aranarth
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: 64Gigs Ram, 8x8 or 4x16? Threadripper
Replies: 5
Views: 2342

Re: 64Gigs Ram, 8x8 or 4x16? Threadripper

If you can save a nice chunk of change with 8x8 then go that route, but if the price is close or the same then ya should always go with the highest density configuration. 4x16 will likely allow for better timings over 8x8 configurations, it'll save ~15 watts on system power, and you have that room ...
by Aranarth
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Quick VNC alternatives for Windows?
Replies: 14
Views: 2985

Re: Quick VNC alternatives for Windows?

Teamviewer uses RDP protocol on windows and does not log out the other user.
by Aranarth
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's in your garden?
Replies: 34
Views: 3494

Re: What's in your garden?

If you have a squirrel problem I'll lend you my barn cat. He routinely comes home with chipmunks and squirrels (among like 20 other things), and of course wants me to share in the spoils of the hunt. :roll: That thing is the laziest animal in the world during the day and an utter killing machine at...
by Aranarth
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's in your garden?
Replies: 34
Views: 3494

Re: What's in your garden?

Random Appearances in our garden: 2 kids, 2 dogs, 3 cats, seabright bantam hen. Randomly spread all over the property: catnip, wild black berries, grape vines (some with big bunches of grapes), morels, Beefsteak shrooms, We also have: transparent apples, granny smith, and crab apples. Specifically i...
by Aranarth
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (October 2017)
Replies: 280
Views: 259332

Re: Best low profile video cards available (July 2017)

you can still use the win 7 driver amd says.

I wonder if it is SPECIFIC support for win 8.1 features but in general it still works?
by Aranarth
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Best way to seamlessly migrate to new Windows 10 Laptop
Replies: 5
Views: 958

Re: Best way to seamlessly migrate to new Windows 10 Laptop

Mebbe try this one?

https://www.forensit.com/downloads.html

The profile wizard tool will migrate your profile.
I'd do some careful reading on it first since I've never used it....
And yes it is free...
by Aranarth
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 3641

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

From what I understand, some of the newer cryptocurrencies (e.g. Ethereum) are being explicitly designed to make ASIC mining impractical (memory requirements, IIRC). Yup until someone comes up with a way to make it practical. I bet people are already working on it and probably already have some tes...
by Aranarth
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 3641

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

To answer the op question - nope. If I understand it correctly - As difficulty ramps it becomes uneconomical to use video card to mine and people will move to asics once they have been designed and manufactured. I expect prices for 1050, 1060, rx 470 / 480 and rx 570/580 to return to MSRP around tha...
by Aranarth
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: All Games Crash to Desktop/Freeze
Replies: 7
Views: 889

Re: All Games Crash to Desktop/Freeze

Have you had a chance to make sure you have the latest bios update installed?

If not I'd do that. It is possible you have a memory compatibility issue and the memory is not actually bad...
by Aranarth
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080
Replies: 105
Views: 4855

Re: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080

Correct me if I'm wrong: The Vega FE is a professional level card and in games has performance around or a small notch above a 1070. The RX Vega is a gamer card aimed at gaming and it has performance around or a small notch above a 1080. Currently there is no "1080TI killer" being talked a...
by Aranarth
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 207
Views: 18600

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Sorry to say I can't make it.
4h and County Fair happening this week.
Mebbe next year we could do it last week of july or in august instead?
by Aranarth
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 833
Views: 56790

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Found a puddle under the fridge after recent power outage. Determined the cause is the water supply line for water and ice. From the drips I thought it was the line from the tap to the fridge. So I undid the compression fitting, squared the end and put it back together. Nope it was the push button q...
by Aranarth
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mushroom ketchup and spices.
Replies: 82
Views: 1887

Re: Mushroom ketchup and spices.

Wife makes ketchup, BBQ sauce, spice dry rub, strawberry jam, butter pickle, zucchini relish, Mum makes currant freezer jam, and marmalade along with some other British faves. M-I-L makes crab apple jelly and other canning such as burrito sauce, salsa, jalpeno, and veggies. Most of this stuff is not...
by Aranarth
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 154
Views: 3210

Re: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?

Fried sliced spam with fried egg and a side of home fries...

or maybe some baked beans...

yummy
by Aranarth
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.
Replies: 6
Views: 913

Re: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.

Create a new outlook profile first.
It is much faster than rebuilding the entire index for your computer.

Creating a new outlook profile will just rebuild the index for your email. You can always rebuild the entire index if need be.
by Aranarth
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 4906

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

The real question is, "What is a consumable CPU?"

Hand me a CPU and a large metal file and I'll find out if Lotito will eat it...
by Aranarth
Tue May 30, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RX480 Remorse for not buying?
Replies: 28
Views: 1801

Re: RX480 Remorse for not buying?

The wife said she will upgrade me from a 7870 to a rx 580 for xmas.

Hopefully by then it will be in stock and the price will have dropped to about $200-$250 where it should be.

(I game at 1920x1080)
by Aranarth
Tue May 30, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Hi-Fi VHS: It really does sound good
Replies: 30
Views: 2126

Re: Hi-Fi VHS: It really does sound good

On a similar note:
Did you know you can record binary data on VHS tapes?!
Yes there is a standard for it...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-VHS

Looks like you could store 50GB on a tape.
by Aranarth
Wed May 17, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 83
Views: 6163

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

Did you get that K6-III from me?
I went looking for the mainboard and chip and didn't see it.
Just wanted to make sure it showed up in a good home.... :D
by Aranarth
Thu May 04, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Looks like RyZen got caught cheating on benchmarks
Replies: 64
Views: 5413

Re: Looks like RyZen got caught cheating on benchmarks

TL:DR Ryzen saw that a benchmark was just make-work and skipped to the end. In the real world this is called READING ALL OF THE DIRECTIONS before starting a project. My take: perfect! Unoptimized code will get executed much faster than expected in the real world. The programmer's take: Processor ope...
by Aranarth
Thu May 04, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Setting up Win10 for parents
Replies: 1
Views: 845

Re: Setting up Win10 for parents

The way I do it for my mom: Two accounts one regular one admin with the same password. OpenDNS or other curated dns service setup. Ad blocker installed and activated in firefox. Flash plugin installed but set to always ask to activate. Facebook setup not to autoplay videos. Currently using AVG free ...
by Aranarth
Tue May 02, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: SpaceX Launch/Recovery, May 1 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 837

Re: SpaceX Launch/Recovery, May 1 2017

Around 2020 all the kids will be like, "Yeah its cool Dad, so what?!" and then put their AR head sets back on and quickly ignore you again.

Right now it's still magical...
by Aranarth
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptops with graphics power on a budget?
Replies: 34
Views: 2319

Re: Laptops with graphics power on a budget?

I got the wife an HP Elitebook 8570p Core i5 (3rd or 4th gen) with amd radeon 5700? graphics. 15.5" 1920x1080 screen for $200 plus another $40 for memory upgrade from 4gig to 12gig ram. Stuck in an SSD we already had. Nice medium weight machine that runs VERY cool. Runs windows 10 perfectly and...
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