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Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2517
Views: 86068

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Message which was just forwarded to everyone by our office manager: Dear Tenants, Please be advised there is a planned protest to be at [street address redacted] on Wednesday February 21st between Noon and 1:00 pm. The exact location is not known but is expected to be on [redacted] Street. Building ...
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Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 14
Views: 370

Re: USB to XLR

Some of the stuff I'm reading seems to indicate that what you probably want is an interface with an RCA S/PDIF out (maybe your PC already has one?), and an RCA to XLR adapter cable. Disclaimer: I am not an expert on this stuff. Edit: Looks like it can be a bit more complicated than using a simple pa...
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Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 14
Views: 370

Re: USB to XLR

I remember looking into this ages ago to run an old high-school PA setup from a laptop for Socials (dances). From memory it was a little Peavey thing that did the trick for us, I think we needed balanced XLRs from memory? Dunno, been years. He needs digital XLR output (to drive speakers with digita...
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Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3621
Views: 533145

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Music works in mysterious ways sometimes. I was sitting on my train, waiting for it to pull out and listening to some music, and this song came on. Just something about the lyrics, her voice, and the simple, understated arrangement suddenly moved me to tears. What an emotional sucker punch...
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Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 33
Views: 1639

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

The people doing these are enthusiasts generally, they might very well take the extra chip and build another system with it be it a NAS box or a basic game system for a child or an Office machine for their mom. Seems it would be better to try to get more systems (and sell more motherboards) out the...
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Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 6780

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

It is basically a closed-loop heat pump which uses the energy of the heat you are trying to remove to drive the loop... Seems like calling it "air cooling" is really underselling the whole thing. It's still "air cooling" from the user's perspective. It's a bunch of metal fins wi...
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Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 79
Views: 3132

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Do not bother with FORTRAN now (if ever). Get a solid footing in fundamentals using a widely used language first. Learn FORTRAN later if you need it for a paying gig. You're like the dog in "Up!". SQUIRREL! This! There are pockets of Fortran (of all types) in the wild but learning it won'...
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Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 79
Views: 3132

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Do not bother with FORTRAN now (if ever). Get a solid footing in fundamentals using a widely used language first.

Learn FORTRAN later if you need it for a paying gig.

You're like the dog in "Up!".

SQUIRREL!
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Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 79
Views: 3132

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Users of lab equipment tend to be scientists and engineers, many of whom will have at least a passing familiarity with software development. I suspect most of the custom stuff is coded in C (not FORTRAN) though, at least for the front-end control/monitoring functions. There may still be a fair bit o...
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Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 79
Views: 3132

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

After hearing about issues such as this, I wonder if users of laboratory equipment should write the software themselves. Why do you think FORTRAN still exists? Yes but how many end users write applications themselves? Enough to create much of the Linux ecosystem? A lot of Open Source software gets ...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 79
Views: 3132

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

We're still supposed to use some sort of stupid Notes plugin to request PTO. I just ask my supervisor in person, and he's good with that. I don't think I have opened the native Notes client in over 6 months.
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 6780

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

Heat pipes don't work that way. They are actually copper tubes (or pipes if you will) that have a liquid in them. Wanted to post here to lol at this, then did some background reading and :o They also contain a wick material which helps pull the condensed liquid back to the base of the HSF. Otherwis...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73242

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I keep a few dozen various-sized Honda and Toyota retainer clips on hand at all times. Pro tip: don't buy them at any auto parts store unless it's an emergency, since you'll pay $5+ for a handful and probably end up with the wrong size anyway . Go for the pre-emptive strike: ... Thanks for the tip,...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73242

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

counterweight for the pullout sprayer head keeps getting tangled up in the other plumbing and I still need to figure out how to deal with that) I have yet to use a pullout sprayer that pulls out cleanly and then retracts cleanly. I think I'd need to build a box underneath for the plumbing so it sta...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4661

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

lol well since it's derailed, how can one find out more about Firmware/BIOS coding, one can find C/etc tutorials everywhere, but BIOS/Firmware seems a bit magic in finding some meat and potatoes information on how it's done properly. You'd probably get some of the background for that in a Computer ...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 975
Views: 73242

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Yesterday, I: - Replaced the rear wiper arm on our mini-van (twice; got it installed facing the wrong way on the first try, so when I turned it on to test it, it was wiping the rear hatch below the window instead of the window) - Fixed a plastic guard under the front end of our other car (a Camry) w...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4661

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

And this is enterprise grade gear , from a respected manufacturer ... I'm not sure this isn't an oxymoron. LOL... yeah, I guess I am not so sure about that either. I must say, my opinion of "enterprise grade" hardware (and the companies that produce it) has gone down a few notches since g...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Saving change fo new PC in three years.
Replies: 18
Views: 513

Re: Saving change fo new PC in three years.

@Chrispy_ - whm1974 doesn't drink. This is just another fairly typical whm thread. @whm1974 - My thoughts (since you asked for them) are that if you spent even half as much time studying and asking questions about software development as you do thinking about and posting random useless threads like ...
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3621
Views: 533145

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

tomcarter wrote:
Metallica :evil:

My wife has a standing rule that you have to change the station if Metallica comes on while you're in the car. Not because she hates Metallica though; it's because every auto accident she's had while she was the driver happened while Metallica was playing! :lol:
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Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4661

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

holy thread derail Not that it matters much. The Windows 10 bashing thing has been done to death by now. :wink: Seconded. This cannot be emphasized enough. I would bet a large proportion of "unstable" systems people have reported since the haswell era were never stable to begin with becau...
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Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4661

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

"Auto" doesn't mean automatic overclocking. Generally it means CPU at stock clock and voltage, and RAM per the SPD.
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Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 2130

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Switch to USB DAC, never go back. I still have ptsd from creative days, and had a xonar xense ssssslowly die in a way that almost made me think I was losing hearing in one ear. Fortunately one quick headphone reverse confirmed it was trash hardware. Looks like that card has user-replaceable (socket...
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Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4661

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Well...to go a little OT ... My less stable and less smooth main home system is Asus ROG Strix X370-F + Ryzen 5 1600 @ Auto + Nvidia graphics + Samsung NVMe SSD + Seasonic PSU + 32GB DDR4-2400 (2x16GB Mushkin, since the 4x8 TridentZ failed so miserably at any speed in this board). I have a second R...
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2517
Views: 86068

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I had one done relatively recently (couple of years ago). I had a sudden attack of Bell's palsy, and they did an MRI to rule out the possibility that I'd had a stroke. That was a scary day.
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4661

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

If Arch/Manjaro are requiring reboots every time you install updates, they're doing something wrong. In general, the only time a reboot is necessary on Debian/Ubuntu is if you're replacing the kernel or device drivers. And even in those cases, you're free to keep working and postpone the reboot unti...
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 17
Views: 620

Re: Dual Fax

As I understand it, a fax can have the weight of law because it can be verified, whereas an email is way too readily spoofed. While people may agree to accept an email, legal matters have strict requirements for court purposes. While this may have been true years ago, spoofing a fax wouldn't be dif...
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2517
Views: 86068

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

At least they didn't need to worry about 'splody bits killing someone or asphyxiation hazards, since the accelerator itself was buried underground, and nobody was allowed in the access tunnels while the accelerator was operating (for obvious reasons). I read a paper that questioned whether there wa...
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4661

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

So Win10 has improved on these matters then? I've got the updates enabled (on all of my machines, from netbook-quality junk to my desktop) and completely ignore that they happen...so yes? Can you still use the computer as you are updating? I imagine it could be an issue if your OS drive is a mechan...
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2517
Views: 86068

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

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Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 33
Views: 1639

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

Yeah, the bit about keeping the HSF is bizarre. Either they've got a lifetime supply of them stockpiled somewhere and don't care about getting them back, or the beancounters decided that paying return shipping for the HSF was more cost and trouble than it was worth (it's likely a pretty low-end part...