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by ludi
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1463
Views: 42810

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Surprisingly graceful decent into Midway. The last time I connected through here, it felt like the final 20 seconds of a Calvin & Hobbes toboggan ride.
by ludi
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: USB Trojan
Replies: 18
Views: 1630

Re: USB Trojan

New gerbil. Don't scare him too badly.
by ludi
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: A case with LOTs of mounts for fans, and a question about thermal paste
Replies: 14
Views: 329

Re: A case with LOTs of mounts for fans, and a question about thermal paste

Most of this thread has focused on thermal paste, but what I'm wondering about is...what is the point of the OP's preferred case layout? Sure, you can buy a full-tower case and stuff it full of fans until it self-merges with a drone hobby, but I don't "get" the purpose. It will be loud and...
by ludi
Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1463
Views: 42810

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Ursus americanus has reviewed the Honda Element and strongly objected to certain security features.
by ludi
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1463
Views: 42810

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

That's when I say: "I'll write a check". My back is about two decades younger than yours, and contractors in Denver metro are busy and expensive right now. Doesn't mean I wasn't sore, though. In any case as of 11pm Saturday the work to the restroom was substantially complete including rei...
by ludi
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Active monitors for desktop
Replies: 39
Views: 5382

Re: Active monitors for desktop

I would like something with a bit more range for listening to uncompressed classical music ... not looking for high watts/loud, just decent sound at a decent price ($300 ish CND tops) ... I think the lower range on piano is ~30Hz, so with no sub, I guess I should be looking at something with at lea...
by ludi
Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Nexus 6P boot loop bug tracked down
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Nexus 6P boot loop bug tracked down

Possible fix has been provided via XDA-Dev, requires a third party ROM install:

https://www.xda-developers.com/nexus-6p-bootloop-fix/
by ludi
Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1463
Views: 42810

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

This is how a house says "I'll own your weekend:" http://i.imgur.com/YMjLaNK.jpg That's what's left of the standpipe collar for the master restroom's throne, after I picked up some of the larger loose pieces. Yes, there's water damage and black mold in the underlay. And the subfloor. And t...
by ludi
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm
Replies: 8
Views: 403

Re: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm

hmm, I dunno. Seems a little strange to me. Sure the i7 can idle down 300MHz below the i5, but I have a hard time believing that would make a significant difference. At load, the i7 ought to pull more power 45W TDP vs 35W for the i5, so the i7 should create higher temps. Although you said you reapp...
by ludi
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1463
Views: 42810

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I am become Pinterest, burner-downer of houses.

In short, don't decorate a candle with nature's own hardwood charcoal briquettes.
by ludi
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3419
Views: 505231

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Johnny Cash - Ghost Riders In The Sky
by ludi
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air filtered through water
Replies: 17
Views: 761

Re: Air filtered through water

Had one of those once in high school. They cool... but really pump up the humidity and make things rust. And have to be serviced with almost monthly small maintenance climbs to the roof. I forgot how long the water mats were rated for, depends on the material. Effectiveness also depends on the clim...
by ludi
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm
Replies: 8
Views: 403

Re: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm

ludi doesn't say but I'm assuming there's a fresh thermal paste install. That might be a big chunk of the better cooling performance. Nice that it works. In fact, it's not all about that paste . I had cleaned and reattached the HSF perhaps a year ago with Thermaltake TG-7 and used the same stuff th...
by ludi
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm
Replies: 8
Views: 403

Old lappy upgrade: i5-2520m to i7-2720qm

Interesting experience. I still have an old Dell E6420 for sort-of business use that I've upgraded piece-wise to maximum specs including 16GB RAM and an SSD (no dGPU, that requires a mobo swap). The last item I could upgrade was the (Sandy Bridge-era) mobile CPU, since it's old enough to be socketed...
by ludi
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1463
Views: 42810

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Guess it's different in Vermont, most states simply require that you yield right of way, which means if you aren't in the way your fine. Uhhhh...have you actually looked up the law in "most states"? It's been a couple years (decades) since my driver's test but back then, the manual explai...
by ludi
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet
Replies: 47
Views: 3244

Re: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet

Currently, the rear fan (just a bit behind the heatsink) is on "CPU" and is variable speed (lowest default is about 1400 RPM), the larger front fan is on "SYSFAN" and runs at a fixed 700-ish RPM. Together they form a pretty good wind tunnel across the top of the case. The archiva...
by ludi
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Testing a Power Supply
Replies: 7
Views: 332

Re: Testing a Power Supply

Things that can intermittently cause a system to shutdown and failure to reboot might include: 1) Loose cable connection (you did try that) 2) Bad USB, eSATA, or SATA peripheral (have you tried a minimalist configuration, different mouse and keyboard in different USB ports, etc.?) 3) Bad USB or eSAT...
by ludi
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 204
Views: 15956

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

drfish wrote:
Here's a small gallery of the events from yesterday before I leave to begin cleanup.

Something ain't right, and I think it's the lack of a distinct tie-dye. Did anyone subject the Cap to a fingerprint or DNA analysis to verify that he wasn't an imposter?
by ludi
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 2993
Views: 612910

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

This is another one of those threads that i used to enjoy that has mostly died. How come no one posts their hobbies anymore. I'll take "Social Media Fatigue" for $100, Alex. But if you insist...west-facing evening shot into storm clouds, Nexus 5X, post-processed with Aviary. http://i.imgu...
by ludi
Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air filtered through water
Replies: 17
Views: 761

Re: Air filtered through water

Recently a sales type approached me and asked if I'd like a "free" home air filter. It sounds like it's supposed to filter air through water and thus capture airborne allergens. I've never heard of such a thing and it smells fishy (plus I'd imagine you'd drive up humidity), so I declined....
by ludi
Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet
Replies: 47
Views: 3244

Re: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet

...annnnnddd golden. Now running with the latest UEFI release and the G4560, and Windows 10 is going through a stack of updates. As predicted, it appears the EVGA PSU's fan is never going to run in eco mode. Thanks for the help and suggestions, everyone!
by ludi
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet
Replies: 47
Views: 3244

Re: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet

The (Skylake) G4400 arrived, and it booted right up. Yay! Guess part of the weekend will be spent on a BIOS update, a swap back to the G4560, and a new Windows 10 installation.
by ludi
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 75
Views: 3295

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Pages and pages of RX470s and 480s littering the landscape, too.
by ludi
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Nexus 5X/6P not slated for aptX support in Android O
Replies: 0
Views: 268

Nexus 5X/6P not slated for aptX support in Android O

So saith Android Police. The OS release will add support for this Bluetooth feature, but the older phones are not getting it. Unclear whether the issue is a hardware limitation, or simply a software or licensing restriction that Google doesn't want to update in the older models.
by ludi
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Memory4less Lies!!
Replies: 5
Views: 436

Re: Memory4less Lies!!

Evaluate before you shop: http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Memory_4_Less https://www.bbb.org/sdoc/business-reviews/computers-dealers/memory-4-less-in-fullerton-ca-29001251 Looks like nearly everyone has a uniformly positive or uniformly negative experience with this company, which might suggest ...
by ludi
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly... (Edit: or not)
Replies: 15
Views: 964

Re: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly...

Looks like PC Gamer also contacted Intel for official comment.

http://www.pcgamer.com/intels-pentium-g ... continued/
by ludi
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Custom Builders
Replies: 35
Views: 1128

Re: Custom Builders

If you're going to pay someone else for a custom build, find a local builder with good reviews; they need your money more than some online vendor, and will provide the right-now support you deserve in exchange. Otherwise, if it's been about ten years since your last build (i7-940, you said), well, a...
by ludi
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 33
Views: 1375

Re: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?

It's all about the price tier. With Pixel, Google officially killed the midrange pure Android phone, and there just isn't a phone out there that checks the boxes the Nexus 5X did...I had hoped Android as an experience would even out, and in the past couple years, it feels like it went in the other ...
by ludi
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 33
Views: 1375

Re: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?

The other problem is that the Nexus 5X is having hardware issues that are causing a lot of turnover. The phone has great specs, but they seem to break about 12-16 months down the road. It causes a never-ending boot loop issue. I wonder if the H791 hardware is any safer than the H790? I picked up my...
by ludi
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1463
Views: 42810

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Another thing is I can't really tell how many hours these motors hold up. I see they need tons of maintenance but no estimations on the cost over time for a 220 motor. I believe that falls under the axiom "If you have to ask, you can't afford the hobby." For all the bizarre stuff your tru...