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by Aphasia
Mon Oct 17, 2022 6:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Who is left
Replies: 109
Views: 12281

Re: Who is left

Over 20 years on a site... I don't think except for Ars and TR I have anything left on the internet that is that old... A lot happens over 20 years though, going from working as on site support in 1999 to becoming involved in networking full time in 2006, and going over to security side a few years ...
by Aphasia
Mon Oct 17, 2022 6:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 143771

Re: Something's different...

I think it would've been better if Scott and the others would've moved on and just and putting TR to rest instead, this current abomination is a sad state of what was one of the best tech sites on the internet. The current hardware itch when I need it I usually go to gamers nexus youtube for reviews...
by Aphasia
Sat Mar 12, 2022 12:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Who is left
Replies: 109
Views: 12281

Re: Who is left

Still here, but it seems Edge Chromium can no longer login, so tried regular chrome today and it worked... been like this for months...
by Aphasia
Tue Oct 26, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Who is left
Replies: 109
Views: 12281

Re: Who is left

It's funny, there's an article on the front page telling us how to build robust communities. I think there should be some demonstrable evidence that you know what you're talking about when you write an article like that. :-? The old techreport knew how to build communities, the current one, I haven...
by Aphasia
Wed Jun 16, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Who is left
Replies: 109
Views: 12281

Re: Who is left

Krogoth wrote:
Still lurking around and continuing to be unimpressed.

Same here, but lurking is perhaps a bit of a strong word. Checking for pulse might be almost for of a thing...
by Aphasia
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Remember the good times?
Replies: 3
Views: 1137

Re: Remember the good times?

It started out at something special, and I see why they split from Ars... It was close knit, quirky, and pioneering in many ways. Who don't remember when the article got replicated and they just hotlinked the images so they were all switched out to certain qualified technicians... or all of the weir...
by Aphasia
Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 143771

Re: Something's different...

Been wondering when I can renew my somewhat not so well aging Vega 64 to, most likely a 6800xt. The Asus Tuf seems to trickle out a few at a time, but its hard since there aren't really many preorder lists available here, its first come first serve after they get in to the stores. But then, paying $...
by Aphasia
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Hello The Tech Report
Replies: 11
Views: 2527

Re: Hello The Tech Report

The site was unprofitable, and as a result was sold. New owners don't seem to be interested in producing the sort of content that used to be TR's "bread and butter"; instead, it appears they've cut expenses to the bone to stop the bleeding. It is entirely possible the site can continue to...
by Aphasia
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My younger brother played a game on higher than optimal settings on my laptop.
Replies: 7
Views: 1971

Re: My younger brother played a game on higher than optimal settings on my laptop.

Depending on the laptop, running too hot for too long, can lead to warping of certain things as well as bad connections in BGA chips, etc. But it would need to be seriously hot for that to happen usually. But with everything in such close proximity, getting hotspots is not to unocommon.
by Aphasia
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Just wanted to let everyone know
Replies: 44
Views: 3540

Re: Just wanted to let everyone know

Chili is awesome, nuff said...

And yes, I also look in from time to time. Almost two decades is a very long time in internet terms. Positively antique.
by Aphasia
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Projector For Home Theater
Replies: 8
Views: 1880

Re: Projector For Home Theater

Considering the price and quality of large TV's these days, and me still being on a 1080p projector and being very happy with it. I would say this, make sure you really want a projector. General issues. * Screensize - The difference between small screen and large TV's these days are fairly small. Vi...
by Aphasia
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3467
Views: 576006

Re: Gun prOn!

Wrong part of the world for me, just popped in to read up on the usual threads. Sorry to hear about your dad, and hope everything goes well.
by Aphasia
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Half-Life: Alyx
Replies: 20
Views: 2848

Re: Half-Life: Alyx

To be honest, if Beat Saber wasn't a killer VR title, IMO from the first 3 chapters, Alyx really hits a bunch of good spots. And with Medal of Honor - Above and Beyond from Respawn later this year.. it seems we are finally getting some real triple A gaming content now. Now, if they can gather enough...
by Aphasia
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: File encryption software
Replies: 4
Views: 1857

Re: File encryption software

Using old version of Axcrypt myself.
1.7 available from here.
https://www.axantum.com/

The new version requires registering, etc.
Available here.
http://www.axcrypt.net/

In a pinch, just use 7-zip with password and AES. Works fine as well.
by Aphasia
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Remember when.......(decade in review)
Replies: 36
Views: 1849

Re: Remember when.......(decade in review)

IMAX 3D is 3D done right. I have never seen a glitch during IMAX 3D so far. It really immerses you in the experience. Imagine a frickin' Star Destroyer sticking almost half out of the huge screen. It's that good. Tron: Legacy in IMAX 3D was very good and not at all "look ma, I'm in 3D". I...
by Aphasia
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Snipping Tool & Print Screen
Replies: 6
Views: 2966

Re: Snipping Tool & Print Screen

Look in the color profile settings for you monitor. It sounds like you have a set color profile where one program displays it with, and one without. If you cut and paste and don't convert the color space properly, it can get more and more casted as well, depending.
by Aphasia
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What if......
Replies: 40
Views: 3394

Re: What if......

Love how this thread popped up now as well... Neal Stephenson was probably the author that made me really go into proper Science Fiction with Snowcrash… then onto Diamond Age. But my take is of the reading of Stephenson so far... Snowcrash Zodiak Diamond Age Cryptonomicon Anathem I haven't read a lo...
by Aphasia
Sat May 11, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Oldie but goody - Sandy Bridge OC
Replies: 9
Views: 4235

Re: Oldie but goody - Sandy Bridge OC

I was always happy with my i7-2600k running at 4.[email protected] stock voltage. IT lasted for 6,5 years before I got a new computer, which was may last yar. So.... actually, it came up to 7 years. It surived through 3 graphics card, memory upgrade and a SSD and secondary drive upgrade. Little trouble with games ...
by Aphasia
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 120
Views: 13403

Re: Almost 20 years

I still picked out all the parts I wanted and stuff, just that I let them put it together and get rid of all the packing materials. So in the end, i picked up 2 boxes, one with the computer and all left over tech cables and such in a custom box they deliver such in. Then a new monitor.
by Aphasia
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 120
Views: 13403

Re: Almost 20 years

I do still build my own PCs, but whereas a lot of the fun used to be in the tinkering and tweaking, now I generally just want something rock-solid stable that's reasonably affordable and performant. I guess another way to I got a new PC last year, after my old 2600k actually stopped keeping up well...
by Aphasia
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 120
Views: 13403

Re: Almost 20 years

Just remember, folks, that this was among the most civilized places on the 'net back then which is why I and many of you chose to stay here. Yet the above is what the most civilized place looked like. Scary, huh? :P Or maybe we're all just getting old... We are getting older, old is a state of mind...
by Aphasia
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Antivirus software
Replies: 37
Views: 7224

Re: Antivirus software

Funny thing today... seems windows defender for win 10 has shaped up greatly... I know they have been working on it for a long time... but I got to notice just how much. I was downloading a few ebooks from the cybersecurity humble bundle, and there is included code examples... defender + smart scree...
by Aphasia
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stupid Bitcoin extortion scams
Replies: 36
Views: 5739

Re: Stupid Bitcoin extortion scams

Some of the passwords dumps they use are know, I have a thing where I used a couple of chars so I could identify which site something came from... One of the dumps is the adobe dump, another is Fred Miranda, but if you go look at Troy Hunt's site Haveibeenowned you can assume all the big freely avai...
by Aphasia
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3467
Views: 576006

Re: Gun prOn!

I still read this thread waiting for any of those articles, so yes...
by Aphasia
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Which colorimeter?
Replies: 3
Views: 4587

Re: Which colorimeter?

Haven't used one in a while, but I was using the Spyder 2 and later Spyder 3 with great results. But that is a much older version, and there are a few open source ones out ther as well. IIRC, TFT central also reviews colorimeters, as does dpreview.com so take a look there whats currently in good sta...
by Aphasia
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?
Replies: 37
Views: 7089

Re: So, are you ready to have tiny machines throughout your body?

And then you have a different take that I saw when I was younger... still a bit to young for the Fantastic Voyage though...
But Innerspace I remember....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kQDIosuZuo
by Aphasia
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 381
Views: 60487

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

* The privacy issues remain a major factor for me. But isn't that why Microsoft is actually releasing a tool that will allow you to look at the telemetry that you are sending back to them, since they seem pretty commited to be transparant about the whole thing. In my world, there are much worse thi...
by Aphasia
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Weird behavior with with multiple monitors
Replies: 6
Views: 4891

Re: Weird behavior with with multiple monitors

I have a similar issue, and for me I think it depends on the fact my primary monitor first presents as a normal monitor then switches to freesync mode that is a different device, so kind of weird.
by Aphasia
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: AntiVirus suggestions
Replies: 95
Views: 27514

Re: AntiVirus suggestions

Avoiding ActiveX, java, flash, yes.... IE, especially edge... not really. All browsers have vulnerbilities. Now, older IE versions, thats a different matter as well, but those really arent supported anymore os using outdated unpatched software is bad, no matter how you see it. It's always helpful to...
by Aphasia
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: gigabit ethernet throughput
Replies: 20
Views: 6178

Re: gigabit ethernet throughput

I think all my integrated Nic's are actually Intel based, it doesnt even really show up on any CPU meter.
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