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by ludi
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell
Replies: 12
Views: 1342

Re: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell

And for what it's worth, while I used to insist on having a num pad, I just picked up an ultrabook (XPS 13, outgoing model) that doesn't have one, and I've been practicing on my number row typing. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Jeobest-Wireless-2-4G-USB-Number-Keypad-18-Keys-Wireless-USB-Numeric-Keypad...
by ludi
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 7987

Re: Locate function in C++

DancinJack wrote:
Nearly a 14 year necro. Seems like some kind of record.

But with a valid question! Usually these get dug up by a spam bot.
by ludi
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1738
Views: 52766

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The best alternative would probably be for more companies to use electronic power units for the bunks which usually include electric coolers, and then use a wired power solutionv like "shore power". No one can decide if any form of apu is worth the money though. I expect that'll change as...
by ludi
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.
Replies: 11
Views: 534

Re: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.

Used to be that drives designated as removable would have write caching automatically disabled at some performance loss. No idea how Win10 handles that feature, or if it makes any difference these days.
by ludi
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2203

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The Fall Update that's coming soon will give more direct access to deal with this problem . Oh great, two steps forward and one step back -- the backwards step being the 4-5 levels of options needed to access that point. This is exactly the sort of long beard the traditional Windows Control Panel a...
by ludi
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Spilt From General photography thread - Looking for monitor
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Re: Spilt From General photography thread - Looking for monitor

Do you have a budget, and how big of a display are you trying to purchase? "Inexpensive" can mean a lot of things, and you may have to trade off screen size for color accuracy (i.e., less of one in exchange for more of the other).
by ludi
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2203

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

BTW you will really like this change in 1703 : Features removed on version 1703 Windows Update will no longer postpone the download of certain critical updates if the device is connected to a network that was designated by the user as being "metered". Although meant to prevent the updates...
by ludi
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2203

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

It's true that this probably isn't a big issue for someone with a 20 Mbit internet connection. A great deal of the USA can't get a 20 Mbit connection, period. Are those geographically unfortunate enough to be stuck with slow internet just supposed to accept that their computers become randomly unus...
by ludi
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2203

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The problem with this idea is that PCs do not work like an appliance. If microwaves burnt or undercooked or failed to defrost the food as often as PCs get things wrong, if dishwashers flooded the house as often as PCs crash, then I'd have some sympathy with the "it's an appliance" view. I...
by ludi
Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2203

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

But the bottom line is, in today's world most people view desktop/laptop PCs as being more akin to an appliance, like a dishwasher or a microwave oven. They don't care how it works, they just want to push a few buttons and have it do what they want. For a huge segment of the public, the primary met...
by ludi
Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2203

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Topinio wrote:
It''s a stupid "feature" :roll:

It's a useful feature that works fine for a majority of users, and can be disabled by the minority who need a workaround. Why is that stupid?
by ludi
Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help Picking New Router
Replies: 27
Views: 992

Re: Help Picking New Router

DancinJack wrote:
ludi wrote:
A PM sits in your outbox until the recipient has read it.

Ahh. That's an...odd behavior. I've never seen a system that acted as such.

It's odd, but it does allow you to edit or delete a PM at any time until the recipient has opened it.
by ludi
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2203

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The second hitch is that Windows hates shutting down properly (as opposed to hibernating), and when it doesn't, Linux can't mount the main NTFS partition write-capable. This matters because this internet connection is garbage and big downloads need to happen in Linux before being pushed over to the...
by ludi
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help Picking New Router
Replies: 27
Views: 992

Re: Help Picking New Router

DancinJack wrote:
DPete, I tried sending you a PM (a couple times) but it doesn't appear to be going out? Lemme talk to Bruno and see what's up. Just didn't want you to think I was ignoring you.

A PM sits in your outbox until the recipient has read it.
by ludi
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 888

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

They're all like that, though. True, but with Dell the Precision and Lattitude lines, and even some of the Inspiron line, are built to a very good standard and circulate for years after Dell stops supporting them. I'm using an E6420 right now that works with Windows 10 in every way except for the b...
by ludi
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 888

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

I'll have to check out some Dell hardware. I've only really worked with a HP's and IBM's. The only pitfall with old Dell hardware is that when they end support at a certain year or OS version, they really do end it, and you are unlikely to see any further updates for system BIOS, auxiliary device f...
by ludi
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 63
Views: 2809

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Whose SSNs would they have? Basically anyone with charge/credit cards? Or perhaps something like only those who signed up with then to receive credit score info (or perhaps whose charge/credit card company complimentary provides a credit score through them)? They a r e one of the "big 3."...
by ludi
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 888

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

I'm trying to come up with a good machine I can use as a test lab server using either Hyper-V or VMware to spin things up and mess around. I'm leaning towards a used HP Z620 with dual 6 core Xeons loaded up with lots of ram off of eBay but I was curious if anyone else had a recommendation? For just...
by ludi
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help Picking New Router
Replies: 27
Views: 992

Re: Help Picking New Router

I think the hardest thing is figuring out what do I NEED. As I stated previously, the only device I really care about in terms of bandwidth is my main PC which is connected via powerline, so that's a non-issue. My HTPC sits right next to my router, so that's wired also. Everything else (wife's lapt...
by ludi
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup
Replies: 38
Views: 1346

Re: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup

Every time the "pagefile is evil" thing comes up it makes me want to stuff them in an fMRI machine and scan their brain. I have a feeling the patterns of a pagefile evangelist and a conspiracy theorist would have a lot of overlap. I prefer to think of it as Gnerd Gnositicism. You know -- ...
by ludi
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2203

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Alright, my brother is using a 128GB SSD OS drive and 512GB SSD game drive, and all of his stuff will fit on the 512 easily. We'll musical-drives some data around so I can use the 128 for Windows. Does Win7 get upset at all if it finds itself mirrored to a strange drive? When that happens to Linux,...
by ludi
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 2327

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Actual usage of the battery degrades it, sure. But I do wonder if your specific charging habits matter much. Sure they can. Both charging and discharging are electro-chemical processes that cause small amounts of damage to both the storage medium and the electrodes. Intelligent charger circuitry wi...
by ludi
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 2327

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Are Li-ion batteries that picky really? Can be, but given that the whole point of the battery is to have power available on-the-go and replacements are pretty cheap these days, I don't usually worry about it. But if you look at the number-of-charge figures Chrispy was quoting, it does explain why a...
by ludi
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3010
Views: 614981

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

That third portrait (living room scene) could have been shot for J.Crew or Land's End. The subject is framed by a perfect "lifestyle" balance of contemporary clothing and furniture.
by ludi
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 2327

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Screen: Clean it with a soft cloth wet with water and then wrung out so that it's just damp. If you have greasy fingerprints, put a single drop of dishsoap in a glass of water and then use a wrung cloth with that. Re-quoted as one of the "must-do's." You don't want to see what happens to ...
by ludi
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup
Replies: 38
Views: 1346

Re: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup

superfetch, prefetching,indexing, and microsoft windows defender are all disabled already :/ So....you disabled pretty much everything Windows would normally use to load and cache frequently-used files in order to speed up the launch of programs and features, and now you're wondering why Windows ha...
by ludi
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup
Replies: 38
Views: 1346

Re: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup

superfetch, prefetching,indexing, and microsoft windows defender are all disabled already :/ So....you disabled pretty much everything Windows would normally use to load and cache frequently-used files in order to speed up the launch of programs and features, and now you're wondering why Windows ha...
by ludi
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help Picking New Router
Replies: 27
Views: 992

Re: Help Picking New Router

I would like to hop on the 802.11ac train and 4 gigabit ethernet jacks. Other than that, I just want something that's has good signal range and is reliable. It doesn't need to set the world on fire with it's speed. Can I get all this for around $100 or less? Yes, as others have noted...but also, ho...
by ludi
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 3448

Re: Stay Safe!

I was going to say, that EPA response read more like a snippet from Trump's Twitter stream than a typical agency communication. Not that the AP reporting was flawless; all they could honestly say was that certain Superfund sites were underwater, ask the EPA for comment, and interview the locals for ...
by ludi
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2203

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

SSDs aren't really something I want to buy used unless I can verify SMART data first. 320s are a good idea, though. I've picked up a half dozen Intel SSDs for laptop and desktop refurbishments. Have yet to see one that was flagged by the Intel SSDToolbox. Just avoid any models that were targeted to...