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by Aranarth
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 63
Views: 1309

Re: Average fuel consumption

I drive a chevy cruze diesel. Diesel is about $2.89/gal In the summer I average 43mpg with 116mile commute and highway speeds up to 80mph per tank. (speed limit is 75) In the winter I average 38 to 40mpg for the same commute. Computer often records 50 to 58mpg average over 25miles (all highway) depe...
by Aranarth
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I'm thinking of going it solo...
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: I'm thinking of going it solo...

I suspect I'll have to ease into it.

I've got some research to do and I'll start on evenings and weekends.
Once I've got enough I can go for it full time.

Thanks everyone for all of your advice!
by Aranarth
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: AntiVirus suggestions
Replies: 93
Views: 11806

Re: AntiVirus suggestions

an AV should be last line of defense. Defense should be layered and your AV should not be relied upon. These are the layers I use at home: first have two accounts on the machine, regular user account for general use and then an admin account for everything admin related. I use myname for the regular...
by Aranarth
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I'm thinking of going it solo...
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: I'm thinking of going it solo...

A friend of mine in Texas has built a pretty impressive contract IT support business over the past 15 years, to the point that he now has full-time employees, but to get there I understand a lot of his bread-and-butter has been the reliable but menial stuff, like running cables and terminating netw...
by Aranarth
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I'm thinking of going it solo...
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: I'm thinking of going it solo...

One option for drumming up business is wireless installs. Especially for people with acreage. Running some point-to-point bridges to remote barns and such. The Ubiquity nanobeam line is pretty fantastic and easy to use. Been there done that, I have a farm and wife wants to keep watch on pregnant ma...
by Aranarth
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I'm thinking of going it solo...
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: I'm thinking of going it solo...

I talked to the wife and she said since the weather sucks right now just take 2-3 months and do some research and see what you find out. The big employers in the area are the Spectrum Hospital, Ferris, grade schools, and assisted living type places. Everything else is small business, farms, etc. wit...
by Aranarth
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I'm thinking of going it solo...
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: I'm thinking of going it solo...

Thanks JBI! Wife takes care of health insurance etc. since she is a professor at CMU so that's not an issue. Fica is always a PITA but it is nice to reminded that the bill is gonna go up. We already have a horse farm that carries libility insurance (you can't have kids riding horses without it) So a...
by Aranarth
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I'm thinking of going it solo...
Replies: 12
Views: 739

I'm thinking of going it solo...

I've been disillusioned of late, I like my job in general and the people I work with, I just don't see it going anywhere. I don't even work where I live, I have to commute for an hour every day and if the weather is really bad it can take me 2-3 hours just to show up. I have a farm with the wife and...
by Aranarth
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: ATI 5970 - What to do with it?
Replies: 15
Views: 643

Re: ATI 5970 - What to do with it?

I have Radeon 6850 and 6950 cards.
I checked on ebay the the going price was $30-40 for the 6850 and about $60 for the 6950.

I got a radeon rx 580 so I gave my 7870 to my son who had the 6950.
by Aranarth
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1228
Views: 118364

Re: Winter weather

Feeding animals at -17F is not fun!!!
One of the horses needs her feet wrapped and you can't do that with gloves on...

Luckily we only have 5 horses to feed an not 17....
by Aranarth
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Cooling Fan problem
Replies: 9
Views: 704

Re: Cooling Fan problem

You forgot one: DO NOT SMOKE. I am glad I never took up smoking especially after seeing the inside of a computer from someone who did. If your computer looks like that imagine what your lungs look like! If the fan rattles replace it and in the middle of doing that blow out the heat sink. Most laptop...
by Aranarth
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fire HD 8 for 5 year old?
Replies: 10
Views: 430

Re: Fire HD 8 for 5 year old?

Both of my kids have fire tablet 8 or 7's and they have had them for about 3 years. ($35 each!) They would have been 9 and 6 at the time we got them. These were upgrades from leap-pads they had previous. We got them foam protectors and screen protectors for them also which worked really well. Both h...
by Aranarth
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 11429

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

Why do we have a sports section?

Cars = CRASHES
Thrown balls = PHYSICS
Teams = STATISTICS

There, now everyone can GEEK OUT!!! :D
by Aranarth
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cyber Monday Deals? Meh.
Replies: 25
Views: 854

Re: Cyber Monday Deals? Meh.

I managed to get a radeon rx 580 8gb card for $260 with a $10 MIR from Newegg.
by Aranarth
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon rx 580 with multiple monitors what adapters do I need?
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Re: Radeon rx 580 with multiple monitors what adapters do I need?

Thanks that's all I needed to know.

The monitors are older 19" 1280x1024 on DVI so they go well with my 24" 1920x1080 on hdmi.

Thanks for your help guys.
by Aranarth
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon rx 580 with multiple monitors what adapters do I need?
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Radeon rx 580 with multiple monitors what adapters do I need?

Hi guys, I can't find some info I'm looking for. I am interested in getting this card: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131720 I have one hdmi monitor and 2 dvi monitors. My current radeon 7870 requires that I use an active mini-displayport to hdmi adapter to use this setup....
by Aranarth
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Moniter goes black after startup
Replies: 10
Views: 1120

Re: Moniter goes black after startup

Can you run the monitor that is black off of the vga port? I want to confirm the monitor is in ok working condition after the first couple minutes of use. I had a really old lcd that would display the bios on screen but then appeared to go to sleep mode after the machine booted. Turned out it did th...
by Aranarth
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?
Replies: 54
Views: 4278

Re: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?

The problem with this sort of question is there are several ways to look at it: Performance: Processing power, memory access speed, bus speed etc. Library: how much software was written for that processor Market share: how many machines actually sold Considering how many machines were created and ho...
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 3329

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

For more real life development crazyness: dailywtf.com
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: occasional slow windows 10 boot
Replies: 11
Views: 707

Re: occasional slow windows 10 boot

Omniman wrote:
Just throwing this out there but go ahead and disable "Fast Boot" in the power options. It might be attempting to boot using cached data from the crash.


Interesting idea!

I'll give it a try.
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: occasional slow windows 10 boot
Replies: 11
Views: 707

Re: occasional slow windows 10 boot

Gotta be a BIOS quirk. Looks like they have a fairly recent release (BIOS F.68 Rev.A on 7/18/17), so I'd give that a shot if you haven't already. Oddly, the website doesn't show BIOS updates if you select Windows 10, so you might not have seen it (try Win7 instead). Yup I noticed that. I have the b...
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 3329

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

Just a rant thread about work. I'm sure others have difficult bosses as well. 1) QA defects - our VP got in a swivet that QA defects cost more money than if they are caught by unit testing! Every year, they try to reduce how many QA defects we can have. It's now down to 1 *ONE* per developer per ye...
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: occasional slow windows 10 boot
Replies: 11
Views: 707

Re: occasional slow windows 10 boot

Is it possible the fan is failing, and not always spinning up on boot, resulting in the CPU thermally throttling itself? There could also be something wonky with the BIOS, where every so often it initially doesn't spin the fan (or spin it above minimum) and so the CPU only gets cooled when the Wind...
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: occasional slow windows 10 boot
Replies: 11
Views: 707

Re: occasional slow windows 10 boot

You checked the boot settings options and the list of start-up programs? You can definitely speed it up with a non-gui boot, etc., and I usually have to disable some start-up programs such as iTunes and Google stuff. This is an issue with CPU speed after a bad shutdown. CPU is running at 100mhz for...
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: occasional slow windows 10 boot
Replies: 11
Views: 707

Re: occasional slow windows 10 boot

Look for a performance/boot setting in UEFI/BIOS that controls processor boot sequence frequency. On recent Intel-chipset desktop boards, I've seen various manufacturers identify and set this differently. Obviously I'm not sure if this is the issue but it sounds like it's worth a look. For example,...
by Aranarth
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: occasional slow windows 10 boot
Replies: 11
Views: 707

occasional slow windows 10 boot

The wife has complained about this on and off and I finally got a chance to see it in action. Machine is a HP EliteBook 8570p with a 256gb toshiba ssd and 12gb ram. (This is an upgrade from a lenovo t420 and windows WAS NOT cleanly installed on the machine. I just moved the ssd from the old machine ...
by Aranarth
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 14458

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

The Newegg Ebay site has one for less: https://www.ebay.com/itm/SAPPHIRE-Radeon-RX-Vega-56-DirectX-12-100420L-8GB-2048-Bit-HBM2-CrossFireX-Suppo/382242047727?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D0a9e72a105624d81b00077269ed5efe5%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D2%26...
by Aranarth
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 14458

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I've been watching 480 and 580 and I starting to see used cards pop up at $200. I game at 1920x1080 (24" monitor) I don't forsee myself getting a 4k monitor or anything like that any time soon. I'm getting a 480 or 580 so I can use freesync when I do finally get a new monitor. Anything more is ...
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709
Replies: 43
Views: 5509

Re: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709

For me the most important new feature in this build is the ability to get windows update to stop sucking down so much bandwidth!
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 5392

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Glorious wrote:

Yeah, and if you really want to get a feel for what programming one of those things is like, check out this "game" http://www.zachtronics.com/tis-100/


I have programmed PLC's just not in a production environment.
I found relatively simple.

Only had 16 channels though.
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