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by 001-deactivated
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Alternatives to renting a fiber DSL gateway?
Replies: 4
Views: 1672

Alternatives to renting a fiber DSL gateway?

The parents switched from Charter cable (100/10Mbps) to TDS DSL (300/300Mbps) about a month ago. The aunt/uncle a few blocks away got 600/400. They owned the cable gateway (modem/router), but will soon begin paying a rental fee for the Actiontec T3200M which I'm told isn't available except through I...
by 001-deactivated
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 5615

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

What VPN do you use?
by 001-deactivated
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 5621

Re: USB to XLR

The first link (Matrix X-spdif) does more than 16-bit and it's also bus-powered. Why did you go for the Fohhn? I'm going with the Matrix Audio X-SPDIF now since you and rephlex pointed out the Fohhn's 16-bit resolution, but the Fohhn was appealing at first glance because it was a simpler design wit...
by 001-deactivated
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 5621

Re: USB to XLR

rephlex wrote:
It's only 16-bit/44.1 kHz/48 kHz. Can you live with that?

Thanks for the heads up, I completely missed that.
by 001-deactivated
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 5621

Re: USB to XLR

morphine wrote:
Fohhn Airea. Does exactly what you want and is bus-powered, but hard to find.

Your Google-Fu is strong and wonderful. Contacted.
by 001-deactivated
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 5621

Re: USB to XLR

Ugh, can we please stop with "Digital XLR"?? It's AES/EBU. It just happens to be carried over a cable terminated in XLR connectors. Thank Bob I got out of the roadie business before all this digital stuff crept in. Everyone please say "AES/EBU digital output terminated in XLR" f...
by 001-deactivated
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 5621

Re: USB to XLR

The obvious question is... do those PA speakers also have analog XLR inputs and/or balanced TRS inputs? I bet they do. And at that point all you need is an affordable interface with either of those outputs (sub-$200, more close to $100) and you're set. For this specific simple scenario (a single PC...
by 001-deactivated
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 5621

Re: USB to XLR

I remember looking into this ages ago to run an old high-school PA setup from a laptop for Socials (dances). From memory it was a little Peavey thing that did the trick for us, I think we needed balanced XLRs from memory? Dunno, been years. I've also seen one of these things in action which does wh...
by 001-deactivated
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 5621

USB to XLR

I'd like to send audio from my PC via USB to digital XLR (AES/EBU) speaker inputs. The Radial USB-Pro ($230) converts to analog XLR, but it's otherwise perfect. Or I could use the Hosa ODL-312 ($110) via S/PDIF, but it needs external power via a wall wart which is annoying. Anyone know of a USB to X...
by 001-deactivated
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: GIS Desktop
Replies: 10
Views: 13312

Re: GIS Desktop

I do a bit of GIS consulting work on the side. ArcGIS isn't particularly multithreaded so i7-7700k is fine or even an i5 or i3. Basically, you want fastest single-thread performance. SSDs good. I run with dual 480GB SSDs - one for general PC stuff and one dedicated for GIS data and working room. In...
by 001-deactivated
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: GIS Desktop
Replies: 10
Views: 13312

GIS Desktop

Planning a fresh home office build for mostly GIS (geography) related work. Especially looking for help weighing productivity price/performance with ESRI etc if anyone's got experience in that area, but also mini-ITX considerations since this'll be my first non-ATX build. Intel i7-7700K $339.99 Noct...
by 001-deactivated
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 63
Views: 9226

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

Seconded for dBpoweramp. You can batch process your entire music collection with sub-sub-subfolders from any format(s) to a single, lossy, compatible-with-your-device format in about four clicks. Mine is all organized and stored in FLAC so as soon as that new hotness format comes along all you have ...
by 001-deactivated
Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: [Solved] Disk failure?
Replies: 2
Views: 1573

[Solved] Disk failure?

I've got a Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB HDD  and it's not showing up in Windows Explorer, just Disk Management.  I just backed up to it yesterday. http://i.imgur.com/JRIopRX.png I tried Recuva (a recovery program), but got this message: http://i.imgur.com/2r1z3ER.png So far I've taken it out of its...
by 001-deactivated
Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:41 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Best 2.1 system for computer setup
Replies: 26
Views: 13111

Re: Best 2.1 system for computer setup

I own two sets of Klipsch Promedias. One is a supposed design improvement of the other, but it died even faster. Would not recommend.
by 001-deactivated
Fri Nov 07, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: So what GPUs are entirely obsolete now?
Replies: 85
Views: 11462

Re: So what GPUs are entirely obsolete now?

Everyone having called you out is so obviously justified in doing so that it's just your arrogance preventing you from backing down. I've got some nice equipment too, but it's not necessary to have the newest toys to have a high-end gaming experience. If you had qualified your resolution and graphi...
by 001-deactivated
Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: So what GPUs are entirely obsolete now?
Replies: 85
Views: 11462

Re: So what GPUs are entirely obsolete now?

Everyone having called you out is so obviously justified in doing so that it's just your arrogance preventing you from backing down. I've got some nice equipment too, but it's not necessary to have the newest toys to have a high-end gaming experience. If you had qualified your resolution and graphic...
by 001-deactivated
Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: SURFACE PRO 3 OR WAIT FOR CORE M?!?!
Replies: 13
Views: 2401

Re: SURFACE PRO 3 OR WAIT FOR CORE M?!?!

MadManOriginal wrote:
'That's probably a thread by SSK. Or a spammer.'


I don't see the difference.
by 001-deactivated
Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB 2.5" 9.5mm HDD
Replies: 1
Views: 6784

Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB 2.5" 9.5mm HDD

I just picked up a 2TB storage drive (the first model to be 9.5mm) for my Thinkpad's Ultrabay adapter, which requires standard-sized hard drives. Since the bare drive still isn't available, I went with the $129.99 Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB USB 3.0 and removed the external enclosure with a guitar...
by 001-deactivated
Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Best rechargeable batteries and best practices?
Replies: 23
Views: 6050

Re: Best rechargeable batteries and best practices?

This is what I've been using for the past several (3?) years. I've checked into this thoroughly, so look no further. Here are the reviews you need to read:

$69.95 Maha PowerEx MH-C9000 Wizard One

$12.95 Imedion 2400mAh NiMH AA x4
by 001-deactivated
Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tom Clancy Has Passed Away.
Replies: 42
Views: 8084

Re: TOM CLANCY HAS DIED!

I thought all of his novels up to 1998 were quite good and, except for the new ghost-written ones, I wouldn't want to see abridged editions. I own multiple copies of the following: The Hunt for Red October (1984), Red Storm Rising (1986), Patriot Games (1987), The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988), Cle...
by 001-deactivated
Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 2346

Re: Laptop recommendations

Since she's a teacher, shouldn't she have access to education discounts? If so, might want to check into that.
by 001-deactivated
Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Considering i7-980
Replies: 15
Views: 3703

Re: Considering i7-980

I can't think of any legitimate reason that you would want to do this.
by 001-deactivated
Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: College Laptop + Gaming
Replies: 25
Views: 3142

Re: College Laptop + Gaming

Laptops and intense graphics don't mix; avoid high power laptops in favor of building a desktop. I'd recommend a well built business laptop instead. Your backpack and transcript will thank you. Micro-ATX and mini-ITX can both support a respectable single-card gaming rig, and are highly portable. May...
by 001-deactivated
Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 Black Desktop $109 by 4-4-13
Replies: 4
Views: 1632

Re: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 Black Desktop $109 by 4-4-

Good thing you signed your username at the bottom of your post. We would have been confused otherwise.
by 001-deactivated
Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: PC won't power on if I leave a powered USB hub plugged in
Replies: 12
Views: 4174

Re: PC won't power on if I leave a powered USB hub plugged i

My immediate reaction is to check your BIOS for the boot order. USB devices can sometimes interfere with priority. I'm not sure why there would be a delayed manifestation of the symptom though.
by 001-deactivated
Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wrong topic for wrong site
Replies: 78
Views: 5564

Re: Wrong topic for wrong site

A: It was not NSFW, at least here in the Western world, which is the world to which we moderate. Utter nonsense. To illustrate my point, I challenge you to openly view the link in front of your next client - female if possible. You're confused. Moderators on this site are MUCH better than most foru...
by 001-deactivated
Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wrong topic for wrong site
Replies: 78
Views: 5564

Re: Wrong topic for wrong site

I reported it for moderation, not that the moderators seem to care. Being offensive doesn't really come into the discussion - it's just distasteful to see on the front page of a my favorite tech site. If [NSFW] posts weren't advertised on the front page and you had navigate to the back porch first, ...
by 001-deactivated
Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:15 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Customized HP US laptops can't be shipped to Canada - wtf?
Replies: 12
Views: 9301

Re: Customized HP US laptops can't be shipped to Canada - wt

I hope you're considering their business line and not their terrible, horrible consumer laptops.
by 001-deactivated
Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Which HP Laptop is the best to buy?
Replies: 12
Views: 4547

Re: Which HP Laptop is the best to buy?

I'd look at their business line. You couldn't pay me to use their poorly designed consumer laptops.
by 001-deactivated
Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: High Resolution Laptop
Replies: 15
Views: 4508

Re: High Resolution Laptop

Um... you guys just necro'd this thread.
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