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by bwoodring
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 4481

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

I think from seeing you two recent posts, that you seem like a really insecure person who tries to gain self worth by your choice of technology platforms. Chill out man.
by bwoodring
Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nissan/Infiniti VC-T engine - variable compression
Replies: 23
Views: 1277

Re: Nissan/Infiniti VC-T engine - variable compression

It's kind of amazing how much effort and money continues to be spent improving the combustion engine. A device that has long exceeded any operational requirements and will soon be deprecated. Our children will think of combustion engines the way we think of mechanical watches - an interesting, retro...
by bwoodring
Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Replies: 39
Views: 4932

Re: DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

One small complaint I had about the SB6141 - the LEDs were insanely bright. Easily the brightest I have seen in a consumer electronics device and by far the brightest thing in my bedroom at night. I liked the device a lot and was not planning to replace it until the lightning killed it, but I can't ...
by bwoodring
Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Replies: 39
Views: 4932

Re: DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Wirecutter Cable Modem Reccomendation

I had this one, and it worked like a charm at 90-100mbps. Unfortunately, it got lost in a lightning hit. This time I bought a Netgear modem/router hybrid to save space and clean up cabling. Both worked very well with Comcast.
by bwoodring
Tue May 31, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warcraft film, hopefully no spoilers
Replies: 18
Views: 2063

Re: Warcraft film, hopefully no spoilers

Why anyone would think releasing a Warcraft move in 2016 is a good idea is beyond me. A new Warcraft game hasn't come out in a decade, the MMO is 12 years old and well past its prime with a dwindling player base. On top of that, the Warcraft lore is some of the most generic middlebrow fantasy you ar...
by bwoodring
Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: So what GPUs are entirely obsolete now?
Replies: 85
Views: 9244

Re: So what GPUs are entirely obsolete now?

It is outright arrogant to expect everybody needs to run their games at maximum in-game settings at uber-high resolutions, AA/AF etc to get the "full" experience. I don't expect anything from anyone. MY opinion is that anything less than 8GB is a waste of money. You have a different point...
by bwoodring
Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone Play Dark Souls for PC?
Replies: 3
Views: 1171

Re: Anyone Play Dark Souls for PC?

Well, at 15 hours in, you are still a complete noob to the game and it will seem inscrutable and daunting. You will be moderately experienced at around 100-150 hours, and the decent PvP players are all 500+ hours played. Dark Souls does not have a typical RPG learning curve where things get graduall...
by bwoodring
Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:08 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia's road to perdition.
Replies: 38
Views: 6681

Re: Nvidia's road to perdition.

What you're describing is the absolute best possible outcome is literally everything breaks right for them and Nvidia does literally nothing to respond.
by bwoodring
Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Luxury upgrade? Please offer ideas...
Replies: 19
Views: 5227

Re: Luxury upgrade? Please offer ideas...

I'd get the GPU and SSD. Both of those will give you a noticeable improvement and future-proofing, with no real downsides. The Eyefinity setup is obviously cool and exotic, but as Chrispy said, it's also not without some hassle. I think moving to an SSD for boot/apps/game is the biggest single impro...
by bwoodring
Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:38 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New to PC's -- Friend wants to build me a "Beast" machine?
Replies: 114
Views: 13220

Re: New to PC's -- Friend wants to build me a "Beast" machin

This build is just bizarre. You can do much better.
by bwoodring
Wed May 11, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Monitors!!
Replies: 43
Views: 3754

Re: Monitors!!

Honestly, "photophiles" (for lack of a better term) are the new audiophile. No, not really. The problem with audiophiles is that the differences that they seem to percieve in audio quality are not noticable to most people, and often, they perceive differences that science says cannot real...
by bwoodring
Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Advice for 2 Newspaper PCs
Replies: 24
Views: 1463

Re: Advice for 2 Newspaper PCs

If you think that these PCs will be used for 3-4+ years, I would recommend downgrading the GPU, and upgrading the RAM to 8GB. The apps you are listing are all very memory intensive, and in my experience, having extra RAM helps a computer limp along for the last year or so of its upgrade cycle. You h...
by bwoodring
Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSDs and Ramdisks? Are ramdisks necessary?
Replies: 29
Views: 4445

Re: SSDs and Ramdisks? Are ramdisks necessary?

Not only are RAM disks not necessary, except for a few very unusual circumstances, they are a big waste of time. As has been pointed out in this thread, Windows will use almost unused memory as a file cache. This is why the second time you load a program, for example, it is nearly instant. In Window...
by bwoodring
Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Build, finally
Replies: 10
Views: 1017

Re: New Build, finaly

A couple of notes. I would go with a Seasonic or Corsair PSU, even if you have to go with a lower wattage. i.e. I would rather have a 600w Seasonic than a 750w Antec. I don't think Antec PSUs are horrible, but if this were my computer, I would want better. Make sure if you're going with 8GB, that yo...
by bwoodring
Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Readyboost
Replies: 12
Views: 1625

Re: Readyboost

The improvements you are seeing are almost undoubtedly in your imagination. On any kind of reasonable modern computer, Readyboost is either completely worthless, or actively harmful to performance. At very best, you will see a tiny performance boost that would only show up in a benchmark. Sadly, tha...
by bwoodring
Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:28 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: The bloated code conspiracy
Replies: 13
Views: 1058

Re: The bloated code conspiracy

There is no conspiracy. Try using WordPerfect 5.1 again, and I think you will understand where those clock cycles are going. The biggest difference IMO, is managed programming environments and automatic memory management. They have slowed down execution quite a bit, but have the benefit of making pr...
by bwoodring
Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Robocopy for backup
Replies: 3
Views: 2492

Re: Robocopy for backup

This is the robocopy job I use for backup to a local external drive nightly. @ECHO OFF "C:\Windows\System32\taskkill.exe" /IM "OUTLOOK.EXE" "C:\Windows\System32\robocopy.exe" "C:\Users\ACCOUNT" "E:\Backup\ACCOUNT" /MIR /R:0 /W:0 /XD ".VirtualBox...
by bwoodring
Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 7 is Mojave.
Replies: 120
Views: 3565

Re: Windows 7 is Mohave.

l33t: The things you're not wrong about, make no sense.
by bwoodring
Wed May 27, 2009 10:29 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Vista - will 32 bit recognize 8gb of memory now?
Replies: 28
Views: 7209

Re: Windows Vista - will 32 bit recognize 8gb of memory now?

There are very few reasons to install a 32-bit OS on a modern computer today. The only ones I can think of are a requirement to use an older application that is incompatible (virtualbox instead?) or an old piece of hardware with no 64-bit driver. For 90%+ of users though, 64-bit is the way to go.
by bwoodring
Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines Blurry Textures
Replies: 26
Views: 15858

Re: Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines Blurry Textures

IIRC, even with the unofficial patches, you need to reduce your RAM below 3GB to get the high res textures. There are switches you can apply using MSConfig to limit the amount of RAM the OS sees, this worked for me, though it was pretty annoying. - In XP, it's the BOOT.INI tab of MSCONFIG, under adv...
by bwoodring
Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:09 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Favorite Password Manager?
Replies: 13
Views: 4004

Re: Favorite Password Manager?

Keepass is my personal favorite. Password safe is good too, but has a strange UI in my opinion.
by bwoodring
Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Getting A Car With No Credit History
Replies: 54
Views: 1597

Re: Getting A Car With No Credit History

Look, I understand credit can be used as a tool, and that it's not inherently evil. The problem is that the credit card companies, the most common use of credit, are master manipulators and will bleed you dry, then penalize you for getting there. They are disasters waiting to happen, and they are E...
by bwoodring
Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:52 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: protecting data on windows 2000
Replies: 6
Views: 1627

Re: protecting data on windows 2000

I think he is saying that he needs the folder shared so he can drop files over the network, but he wants to make sure nobody else can read them. As the poster above indicated - locking down the permissions on the folder is the way to go. Make sure you use a good password for your account, and make s...
by bwoodring
Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: release of diablo 3!!!!
Replies: 116
Views: 5382

Re: release of diablo 3!!!!

Is it so much to ask that they commit to a release date and still release quality product on time? We should demand as much as consumers. Are you not going to buy their games because they don't announce release dates? No? Then who the **** cares? Blizzard makes a fortune on every game they publish,...
by bwoodring
Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:48 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Hmm... so things have changed a little
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Re: Hmm... so things have changed a little

In your situation, I'd look very closely at the TR recommended systems.
by bwoodring
Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:58 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Time to play Big Brother
Replies: 41
Views: 1737

Re: Time to play Big Brother

You're clearly an idiot. SNM is right, shut up. I never said I was going to surreptitiously do anything. She'll know its there and she'll know what its doing. It wouldn't be much of a deterrent if she didn't, numbnuts. Take your moral high ground and use them on your own kid and don't come whining ...
by bwoodring
Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Getting feet wet in web dev
Replies: 17
Views: 1790

Re: Getting feet wet in web dev

Jdl, your ratio of (expressing strong opinions / knowing what you're talking about) is quite poor, at least when it comes to ASP.NET. My company (Fortune 500 ISV) delivers cross-browser applications using ASP.NET. Our apps have extremely rich interfaces (drag-n-drop, AJAX, heavy CSS), and we've had ...
by bwoodring
Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:40 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Quick Question About FAH and VMware
Replies: 18
Views: 3711

Re: Quick Question About FAH and VMware

All the X2's have Virutalization Instructions now, but the earlier X2's did not. Mine original 3800+, for example, does not.
by bwoodring
Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I don't understand this......
Replies: 21
Views: 2499

Another vote for no Anti-Virus, and 18 years of computer use w/o getting a virus.
by bwoodring
Mon Sep 17, 2007 8:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: XFX 8800GTS 320MB Fatality Card
Replies: 28
Views: 4314

Not everyone in the world gets the same ads. I personally don't recall ever seeing a XFX ad on TR, not that it matters. The ads cycle with page loads. You may not have seen one before, but someone with 10,000+ posts should have seen it a thousand times. Should have. ;) Jesus, do you hall-monitor ev...