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by ludi
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Gelsinger, eh?
Replies: 9
Views: 474

Re: Gelsinger, eh?

The narrative, largely rehashed in the thread above, was that Rambus conspired with Intel to take over the memory industry via Intel's Netburst architecture, and submarined patents behind JEDEC's back to subordinate the traditional DRAM makers. But there were some articles about Rambus and the JEDEC...
by ludi
Thu Dec 24, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Dead?
Replies: 45
Views: 2554

Re: TR Dead?

It's dead, Jim. The second to last staff news poster was Nathan W., he left for school. The last staff news poster was Erik F., and he's gone now. My YouTube channel remains active but I see no reason to continue generating companion content here since the lack of regular news updates kills the hit ...
by ludi
Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPad app for printing to network printer?
Replies: 12
Views: 1893

Re: iPad app for printing to network printer?

How old is your Brother, anyway? Is it possible it just needs a driver update to get current? We have two Brother units here, one plain-jane LAN-connected laser (3yo) and an MFP I purchased in March when it became clear our office was going to shutter indefinitely. Both are accessible from iOS devic...
by ludi
Fri Oct 02, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How to use an outlet adapter
Replies: 21
Views: 1024

Re: How to use an outlet adapter

I sometimes wonder if Chinese graphic artists do this stuff on purpose as a form of clickbait.
by ludi
Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel 7nm delayed -- ouch!
Replies: 30
Views: 1387

Re: Intel 7nm delayed -- ouch!

Interesting management shakeup I don’t mean that as flippantly as it might sound. Effective management requires setting your ego aside and letting others shine and it’s about facilitating productive collaboration. On average, the ladies might be better at that. Or, you get a Carly Fiorina. Could go...
by ludi
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Router and Modem Recs
Replies: 10
Views: 775

Re: Router and Modem Recs

Modem -- Something like the Arris Surfboard 6190: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/arris-surfboard-32-x-8-docsis-3-0-cable-modem-white/4600801.p?skuId=4600801&ref=212&loc=1&extStoreId=1224&ref=212&loc=1&ds_rl=1268652&gclid=EAIaIQobChMItOCJ9uHt6gIVCr7ACh3tNA0MEAQYASABEgI7iPD_B...
by ludi
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: i5-4590 sufficient?
Replies: 5
Views: 548

Re: i5-4590 sufficient?

Quick take: If you want a quick kick for your gaming but aren't planning to start running high resolutions, buy the new GPU now and keep using the CPU you've got. If you're not in a hurry or you want to start gaming at high resolutions, hang on a little longer and see what it would take to rebuild t...
by ludi
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Projector For Home Theater
Replies: 8
Views: 448

Re: Projector For Home Theater

Then you need to define budget. You're looking at about a grand to $1500 for a high-quality 1080P unit with a laser source. The 4k versions start around $3k: https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Advanced-Laser-Projector-S718QL/dp/B073P6Y5KM/ You can go way lower, of course, but the light output may or may no...
by ludi
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Razer Tartarus Pro
Replies: 2
Views: 895

Re: Razer Tartarus Pro

Tryptophobia in 3...2...
by ludi
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Terry Davis and TempleOS
Replies: 7
Views: 652

Re: Terry Davis and TempleOS

Per Wikipedia, he was bipolar for a while, then later diagnosed as schizo. Look up both and then you'll have an idea why he did what he did. I know a guy who has episodes of paranoid schizophrenia, thankfully mostly controlled with meds. In a bad trip he hears voices as real as you and me telling hi...
by ludi
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Keller leaves Intel!
Replies: 7
Views: 759

Re: Keller leaves Intel!

These guys follow the fun projects. Most likely he's getting bored and someone else came along with a more interesting offer.
by ludi
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: General purpose build guide posted...
Replies: 0
Views: 807

General purpose build guide posted...

For those who routinely skip the front page, I posted the following with a bit of help from Fish: https://techreport.com/blog/3470923/ryzen-up-the-1000-pc-build/ It does not go in-depth on performance, but you can point your DIY-curious friends to it and hopefully they'll get a few good ideas while ...
by ludi
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: VM_W8.1/32x activated Upgraded to VM_W10/64x activated ?
Replies: 2
Views: 378

Re: VM_W8.1/32x activated to W10/64x activated ?

It's been a while but as far as I remember, there is no in-place upgrade from Windows x32 to x64, and a quick Google search seems to confirm it. To get x64 while preserving the Windows 8 key I believe you would first have to upgrade Windows 8 x32 in place to Windows 10 x32, then do a clean reinstall...
by ludi
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Creative uses for a dead motherboard
Replies: 37
Views: 1515

Re: Creative uses for a dead motherboard

Dead boards make for excellent prop parts for retro sci-fi devices. If you have any amateur filmmaking friends, give it to them. Instant robot brain or plasma rifle control panel. Just make sure they have enough technical background not to turn a serious moment into an accidental gag, like this old...
by ludi
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: KVM Switch
Replies: 4
Views: 847

Re: KVM Switch

I have an older, 2-port I/O Gear that does USB/DVI switching, and which surprisingly is still available from CDW . One feature it has that might be useful when moving down a server rack to see if everything is awake, is the ability to fast-switch the display only, which avoids the reconnect lag for ...
by ludi
Sun May 24, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: WD external drives getting partially slow scan speeds after downloading files on them via torrent
Replies: 22
Views: 1198

Re: WD external drives getting partially slow scan speeds after downloading files on them via torrent

Apparently Toshiba also 'fessed up at the end of April:

https://blocksandfiles.com/2020/04/29/t ... -smr-list/

Fortunately, I just bought the N300 for a new system build. It's on the clean list.
by ludi
Sat May 23, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: PC Power Supply Market
Replies: 23
Views: 1503

Re: PC Power Supply Market

Newegg still has a fair number, but for some reason more than half of their stock displayed after initial filtering requires you got click the "view details..." button before you can then add it to your cart.
by ludi
Wed May 20, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: VRM Heatsinks
Replies: 11
Views: 629

Re: VRM Heatsinks

I've been reading around the nets and it's all over the place. Some say it's fine with no heatsinks, and others say the cards are cooking! A lot of people have been adding heatsinks to the card. I am unsure what kind of heatsinks to get. Most say they're using these https://www.amazon.com/Cosmos-Co...
by ludi
Tue May 19, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: VRM Heatsinks
Replies: 11
Views: 629

Re: VRM Heatsinks

Aranarth wrote:
If there are no heatsinks on the VRMS as configured from factory then they are not need.

Depends. Did an engineer decide they weren't needed, or did an accountant decide they weren't needed?
by ludi
Mon May 18, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Desktop to replace laptop
Replies: 9
Views: 753

Re: Desktop to replace laptop

Flying Fox wrote:
What is your budget btw?

This x2. You can buy or build a desktop which will exceed that laptop on all specs (and meet the use case you've described) for around $1k, but the suggestions you've already gotten are pushing into the $1.5-2k range.
by ludi
Mon May 11, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mini fridge question
Replies: 6
Views: 548

Re: Mini fridge question

Is this for an indoor application, or an RV? If the latter, are you looking for a 12V solution?
by ludi
Fri May 08, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Low-amp car battery chargers
Replies: 23
Views: 1112

Re: Low-amp car battery chargers

I imagined it's something of the sort. Never scrutinized a battery like I did this one, so it's the first time I noticed. Anyway, after a full charge of some 20 hours, 13.1V. I let it sit for a day, 13.0V (unloaded). 30 mins of city driving including 3-4 starts, I think it was 12.8V (loaded, car of...
by ludi
Thu May 07, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?
Replies: 638
Views: 33548

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?

DiMaestro wrote:
And not to be pendantic, but doesn't this thread fall under the 'no politics' bit now?

That would require the mods to care. Since the decimation of the site under its new ownership, they don't, as long as it doesn't get truly nasty.
by ludi
Wed May 06, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: DerFunkenstein reviews the iPhone SE 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 983

Re: DerFunkenstein reviews the iPhone SE 2020

A budget flagship phone is still a higher-end purchase. Anyone actually on a budget is looking at last year's model, the second-hand market, or a cheap prepay.
by ludi
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Low-amp car battery chargers
Replies: 23
Views: 1112

Re: Low-amp car battery chargers

BTW, right after disconnection the battery was 5V, a day later 8V, now 9V. "Recovery voltage" is a common phenomenon for an unloaded unit. As long as there is exposed plate lead anywhere in the cell, and acid of sufficiently low pH, the chemistry still wants to make around 2V/cell. But if...
by ludi
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Low-amp car battery chargers
Replies: 23
Views: 1112

Re: Low-amp car battery chargers

MeerKT - deep cycle batteries are particular about their heat range. They live/store better when they live in a warmer climate. I know it sounds goofy, but this is what my Interstate Battery dealer told me years ago - and while it may be incorrect information, it will surely allow the battery to li...
by ludi
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: USB 3.0 WD drive recognizes some cables only as USB 2.0
Replies: 16
Views: 1008

Re: USB 3.0 WD drive recognizes some cables only as USB 2.0

The peculiar thing which had me scratching my head is that the WD external drive and the respective 2 cables don't maintain a USB 3.0 connection and drop to USB 2.0 only when paired with each other. The WD drive using other cables and the suspicious cables connected to different drives work just fi...
by ludi
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: USB 3.0 WD drive recognizes some cables only as USB 2.0
Replies: 16
Views: 1008

Re: USB 3.0 WD drive recognizes some cables only as USB 2.0

Sounds like a combination of marginal cables and a marginal USB implementation on the drive. Could you elaborate? If the two devices can't maintain enough signal integrity to maintain a USB-3 connection with each other, they'll drop back to USB-2 rates, which are slower but also less sensitive to t...
by ludi
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: "minimize" drops 3 cores by 600Mhz EDIT...The slow ones went UP!
Replies: 8
Views: 545

Re: Encoding drops 3 cores by 600Mhz if in background?

Did you try running the same encode twice, once each way, to see if the encode is actually slowing down? If the encode rate is actually dropping, you have a problem. If the system is doing the same work with less power and noise when minimized, you have the opposite of a problem.
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