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by ludi
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 30
Views: 729

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

I always chuckle when I go into a mechanic's shop or a small business and see a text-only screen (or even better yet, one wrapped by a VirtualBox window) and a tractor-feed invoice printer. They still have that at the local Lowe's. On one hand, "if it works..." But on the other hand, a Ho...
by ludi
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 17
Views: 771

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

Intel has released drivers that correct the problem. https://security-center.intel.com/advisory.aspx?intelid=INTEL-SA-00101&languageid=en-fr Thanks. My Haswell-era ultrabook had an Intel 7260 and took the update with no issues. My Sandy-Bridge era laptop has a Centrino-N of some sort not listed...
by ludi
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 30
Views: 729

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

A major client of ours shipped us a "new" laptop that allows us to QA our product on their platform. It is running Windows 7 Enterprise. :roll: Our company has about 700 employees still running Win7 Pro, i.e. pretty much everyone on the engineering floor. IT tried validating a deployable ...
by ludi
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1885
Views: 58865

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Redocbew wrote:
Brown Shugga is back in season. Wooo!

Saw it at the local shop. Convince me I should try it?
by ludi
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1720

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

The Egg wrote:
Ludi looks to have a 96-98'ish Corolla. Solid cars.

'96. Rusted, keyed, hail damaged, mismatched wheels, and front end accident damage. I keep it around for bad weather and other situations where I want other drivers to feel they have more to lose.

Unlike Windows Mobile, this one won't die.
by ludi
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1720

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

End User wrote:
Good grief. This has turned into "who has the tiredest old ****" smackdown!

You rang?

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by ludi
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1885
Views: 58865

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Apparently one of the structures destroyed by fire in Santa Rosa was the final home of the late caroonist Charles M. Schulz: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-northern-california-fires-live-wildfire-burns-home-of-peanuts-1507878512-htmlstory.html His widow evacuated in time, and most of his...
by ludi
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Soldering questions
Replies: 6
Views: 353

Re: Soldering questions

Sometimes you have ground planes in the PCB that also act as fairly good heatsinks. In those cases you may need to desolder the pins individually using a cranked-up iron and either a desolering bulb or a reel of desoldering braid.
by ludi
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1720

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

I still don't understand the hate for Win8/8.1. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to have Win10 instead, but who spends enough time in the start menu that it mattered? It's not like there wasn't a normal taskbar and desktop. A menu-driven system shouldn't operate in a way that causes loss of workflow c...
by ludi
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Places to buy replacement LCD panels?
Replies: 15
Views: 890

Re: Places to buy replacement LCD panels?

Bit of good news: The seller is very communicative. They are going to test the returned display and if it works in the shop, we have to assume the eDP cable in later versions of this laptop doesn't support 19x10 resolution, in which case I may be able to exchange for the IPS 13x7 option which they d...
by ludi
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: best mobo with wifi
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: best mobo with wifi

well no offence i did the same same search and filtered by wifi, price range, bows and whistles... i was looking for more specific recommendation. thanks for your time None taken. But you can't really just build a computer based on "tell me which motherboard to buy." That's basically like...
by ludi
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1720

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

Apps > UI ¿Por que no los dos? Because apps make or break the phone experience, and people judge the OS as a result. Given a choice between apps or a smooth UI experience, I'll obviously take apps, but there's no reason they can't both be good. Android's UI fragmentation and relative "hitchine...
by ludi
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Microsleep detection?
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Microsleep detection?

In a word, yes. Was mostly curious, wasn't gonna run out and drop $500 on something if it did exist... but have been experiencing something odd lately that is hard to describe. It happens several times a day, and it is very brief... has only been occurring for a week or so. I'm no stranger to sleep...
by ludi
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1720

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

End User wrote:
MileageMayVary wrote:
I gave up mine a year ago but it was a damn good OS. Way better UI than Android and iOS.

Apps > UI

¿Por que no los dos?
by ludi
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: best mobo with wifi
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: best mobo with wifi

If you want onboard 802.11ac WiFi and want to keep the motherboard price under $100, you're typically going to be looking at Mini ITX: https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100007627%20600567584%20601304476%20600484608%20600540658%204026%204027 If you're wil...
by ludi
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: best mobo with wifi
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: best mobo with wifi

Okay, you specified LGA 1151, so that takes one variable off the table. But do you already have a list of other new or existing components that you want to use with this build? Those could limit your choice of motherboards and layouts, particularly how many peripheral cards you intend to add (if any...
by ludi
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1885
Views: 58865

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

If there's a small local brewery on the tap list I generally go with that, unless it's something I know I don't like. I've found that usually means IPA variant #23,456. While I "get" that a balanced IPA is possible, it seems like it's become the Starbucks Coffee of the craft beer world --...
by ludi
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1885
Views: 58865

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Not being a coffee drinker, I never have to deal with that issue. :wink: Instead I get to whine about lack of non-mainstream beer choices at many restaurants (though this has gotten a lot better in the past few years). On the plus side, I'm finding that even many local joints and regional chains in...
by ludi
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME!
Replies: 78
Views: 5185

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

and it is generating some funny memes too: http://nerdist.com/star-wars-the-last-jedi-trailer-internets-best-reactions/ Anyway the cinematography looks nice but I could do without the commercial pokemon creatures which is just in time for the Christmas sales. Hoping there's more to it than just the...
by ludi
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1885
Views: 58865

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

derFunkenstein wrote:
The coffee at this hotel breakfast is astoundingly bad. So was the coffee at the office yesterday.

I stayed at a La Quinta recently. Their 24-hour coffee service was a Nescafé dispenser. I was Krogoth'd.
by ludi
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best wifi adpter?
Replies: 24
Views: 828

Re: best wifi adpter?

USB Bluetooth chip was probably cheaper than a PCIe switch (to allow 2 devices to share the same PCIe connection) + PCIe Bluetooth chip. Yeah, if you look at the pictures, the PCIe card is obviously hosting a laptop M.2 card with the dual PCIe/USB connectivity option, and cheap laptop cards often u...
by ludi
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Places to buy replacement LCD panels?
Replies: 15
Views: 890

Re: Places to buy replacement LCD panels?

Whelp, that was a bust. It shipped fast and the unit arrived in good packaging, except they didn't actually put tape over the tuck-flap (think of a motherboard-style box) and the box was halfway open when delivered. The goods inside had plenty of bubblewrap, but the unit had prior handling damage th...
by ludi
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best wifi adpter?
Replies: 24
Views: 828

Re: best wifi adpter?

I'm finding with most (but not all) boards that include WiFi, that the included antenna is the desktop type with a 3ft cable - normally long enough to get it away from all the interference at the back of the PC. In the US market, that usually happens somewhere around a board sale price of $150. Giv...
by ludi
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3303

Re: Which cpu to get?

dashbarron wrote:
I think it's time to put my Q9450 to bed and get a new machine. I've been waiting for some sort of thread bump :)

Still a very useful and relatively cool-running CPU after all these years. I just recently decommissioned a Q9450-based Dell from HTPC duty and it wasn't because it was slow.
by ludi
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1720

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

Unlike a lot of big-company projects, Windows Mobile could have been a contender. Why Nadella killed Ballmer's only good idea is a mystery for the ages. This horse already had two broken ankles by the time Nadella got to it with the rifle, each inflicted when Ballmer's Microsoft erratically changed...
by ludi
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage

I've only ever noticed this on a couple laptops, because it kills battery and spins fans, although it may have affected other systems at some point. But apparently it can occur on both Windows 8.x and Windows 10, where the Windows Module Installer sometimes gets stuck on a 25-35% CPU bender and just...
by ludi
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best wifi adpter?
Replies: 24
Views: 828

Re: best wifi adpter?

2x4 wrote:
ASUS PCE‑AC68 looks pretty good but too expensive for the computer i am thinking of putting together.

Did you already buy or salvage the motherboard? As other posters noted, if buying new you have options with onboard WiFi. An example: I recently rebuilt our HTPC around the MSI H110i Pro AC.
by ludi
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?
Replies: 10
Views: 331

Re: Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?

Unfortunately they're not worth shipping at this point, so unless a TR regular in your area wants to pick them up, they're junk. You might be able to move them locally if you advertise them on Craigslist with a similar description as you gave here.
by ludi
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Smartphones with removeable battery?
Replies: 25
Views: 937

Re: Smartphones with removeable battery?

With that said, lets not kid ourselves into thinking it isn't intended to push users in the direction of a new device. If the feature life of a typical phone was longer than 2-3 years or if smartphones traditionally had user-accessible batteries, I might agree, but in many cases the consumers thems...
by ludi
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Remote app shot in the dark question
Replies: 9
Views: 459

Re: Remote app shot in the dark question

Does the application behave the same way if run on a local machine, or it does it restore correctly after a minimization?

If the latter, then it might be something with graphics settings in the RDP session.