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Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Anyone buy Home Audio & Video Protection Plans for their stereo?
Replies: 11
Views: 357

Re: Anyone buy Home Audio & Video Protection Plans for their stereo?

Years ago, some bright bulb in our own shipping department sent a pile of bad HDDs back to the manufacturer for post-mortem failure analysis. They just put them in an oversized box with no packing/padding whatsover, rattling around loose. The manufacturer sent back a picture of the banged up drives ...
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Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3766
Views: 149231

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Yeah, after losing (and buying replacements for) countess small parts and accessories over the years, I finally went and bought piles of assorted storage containers, similar to these: https://www.amazon.com/Sterilite-20758004-Drawer-Drawers-4-Pack/dp/B001OM2NGW and https://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Org...
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Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Samsung 860 Evo 2TB - $299 @ Microcenter
Replies: 12
Views: 562

Re: Samsung 860 Evo 2TB - $299 @ Microcenter

Crucial has been my "go to" SSD brand since the 840 Evo mess.
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Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Samsung 860 Evo 2TB - $299 @ Microcenter
Replies: 12
Views: 562

Re: Samsung 860 Evo 2TB - $299 @ Microcenter

It errored in use on day 34 and again the next morning, at which point a replacement was procured -- but the Samsung still passes all tests I can throw at it ... Off topic, but I hate drives that still self-report that they're good and/or pass diagnostics even when they're not. Seagate HDDs are not...
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Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4002
Views: 573127

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Mr. Big - Actual Size (2001) '80s "hair band" style hard rock by one of the latecomers to the genre (their first album was released in 1989). They are absolute masters of the genre though, with chops to spare; Billy Sheehan is an absolute wizard on bass, and Eric Martin is an amazing vocal...
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Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Samsung 860 Evo 2TB - $299 @ Microcenter
Replies: 12
Views: 562

Re: Samsung 860 Evo 2TB - $299 @ Microcenter

Nice price, but it will take a long time before I'll trust Samsung SSDs enough to touch one with someone else's barge pole. The 840 series debacle was pretty bad, after all... Even if someone convinces me to trust the 860 Evo, I'm still boycotting Samsung. They had a run of high profile QA failures...
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Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3766
Views: 149231

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

AMD64Blondie wrote:
Dealing with my sinuses leaking.

This sucks.This is no fun at all.

I just went through that. Lasted about a month. Yes, it sucks.
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Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3766
Views: 149231

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I think the last one benefited a little from difficult to translate stuff simply getting discarded along the way, simplifying the task. In context, "baseball league" makes (marginally) more sense than "for the giving of low cost caps"; at least you've got maybe a 1 in 100 chance ...
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Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3766
Views: 149231

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Let's do a little experiment using Google Translate! Whenever I use an online translator (and mind you, it’s never for anything even remotely professional), I always take the result and translate it back to English, to see if it remains intelligible and still has the same general meaning I intended....
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Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: IBM + Red Hat = ?
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: IBM + Red Hat = ?

I think it's all gonna hinge on how long IBM is willing to wait for a return on their $34 billion investment. When they get tired of waiting the honeymoon will be over.
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Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Anyone buy Home Audio & Video Protection Plans for their stereo?
Replies: 11
Views: 357

Re: Anyone buy Home Audio & Video Protection Plans for their stereo?

TheMonkeyKing wrote:
The only thing to go bad for me were the remotes.

Don't let your dog use them as a chew toy. (I speak from experience...)
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Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stupid Bitcoin extortion scams
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Re: Stupid Bitcoin extortion scams

Yeah, I'm pretty sure mine came from the Adobe dump. That was one of the sites I used that password on.
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Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: My system is really annoying me
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: My system is really annoying me

leor wrote:
I forgot I set the pagefile to 16gb for mining, think that's screwing something up?

Maybe... but with 32GB of RAM I am still surprised it is happening.

leor wrote:
RAM usage does seem to rise with increased uptime.

Can you tell which process(es) are using the additional RAM?
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Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: My system is really annoying me
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: My system is really annoying me

RAM usage went through the roof this year, I got 32 GB in summer 2016 thinking I was good for a few years, but turns out not so and I could do with going to 64 GB. I'm still fitting pretty comfortably in 32GB, but I haven't been using VMs as much lately (which was the reason I got 32GB in the first...
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Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 790

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

The weird thing is, signal strength from the Comcast AP shows as excellent. Yet I still get the frequent connection drops when using it. Maybe the antenna/receiver design is really sensitive to multipath, noise, etc. Great overall power, but tons of noise or an inability to tolerate much noise. Cou...
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Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: My system is really annoying me
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: My system is really annoying me

Have you disabled your pagefile?

Screwy window rearrangement behavior when there are multiple displays that aren't always connected seems to be par for the course on pretty much all desktop OSes these days.
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Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 790

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

Where's the fun in knowing where it all is instead of just rummaging through 6-7 unmarked postal bins full of accumulated cruft? That's the organized part of the office. And there are a lot more than 6-7 unmarked boxes in the unorganized area (most of them are "Bankers Box" style filing b...
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Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 790

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

Here's the DIY access point, strapped to a shelving unit in my basement office. It's plugged into a USB port on my desktop PC (which is on a table next to the shelves). Way more reliable than the AP in the router.
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Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 790

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

The weird thing is, signal strength from the Comcast AP shows as excellent. Yet I still get the frequent connection drops when using it.
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Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 790

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

I was mostly being facetious and poking fun at Comcast, but still. Bogus Comcast credentials can be used. If you happened to live in said large apartment complex (or somewhere within the range of many others), and someone did something very very bad using your hotspot as the connection, I don't thi...
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 790

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

makes up for the times when you have to go "down the rabbit hole". Yeah, like switching LTS versions only to find they rewrote the network configuration again. :evil: Yeah, and 18.04 LTS introduced some really bad interactions between systemd and mdraid. :evil: :evil: (Backed my home serv...
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3766
Views: 149231

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Made a couple of minor Wikipedia edits tonight. I registered an account years ago, not too long after the site came into existence; but I've only edited sporadically (mostly music-related stuff, or random silly typos that annoyed me). There have been multiple years-long spans where I haven't edited ...
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 790

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

Oh, and speaking to the original topic of this thread, after a couple of days things do seem to be better running the Sprint WiFi calling service through the DIY access point. It has still disconnected a couple of times, but is way better than when running through Comcast's AP. FWIW the WiFi adapter...
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 790

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

Since you have a Sprint phone, it may be worth it to try Verizon prepaid. If your phone can work on VZW, just pop that sim in there. Though IIRC you have a GS4...may be a little old. But seriously. Verizon coverage for the win. Sprint family plan, 4 phones of varying ages (the other three consist o...
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Built new pc
Replies: 55
Views: 914

Re: Built new pc

Also I was a bit unclear; how do I put windows 10 on a hard drive with no disk or flash drive You can't. At least, not easily, unless you have a corporate Windows license and imaging tools. You should hook the new SSD up to the system you intend to run it on, as the first (primary) drive, and boot ...
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast AP and WiFi calling
Replies: 31
Views: 790

Re: Comcast AP and WiFi calling

The other carriers seem to have crappy coverage in our subdivision too. We're just in a cell service hole for some reason. And Sprint actually has better coverage in the office where I work for some reason; one of those rare occasions I get to feel superior to the T-Mobile & AT&T users. :lol...
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Built new pc
Replies: 55
Views: 914

Re: Built new pc

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
Auto MDI/MDIX pretty much became standard with gigabit.

IIRC it's a required part of the spec.
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Replacing PC audio setup
Replies: 12
Views: 560

Re: Replacing PC audio setup

Some judicious application of EQ can make mediocre speakers sound a lot better...
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: FYI for Gmail users regarding security alerts
Replies: 7
Views: 371

FYI for Gmail users regarding security alerts

I sometimes log in to my Gmail account from work (yes, occasional personal use of the company-issued laptop is allowed per policy). Twice over the past month, I have received a security alert from Google, saying that someone had attempted to log in to my account from an "unknown device", i...
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Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Ryzen 2600 Ubuntu 18.04.1 beeps on boot
Replies: 4
Views: 343

Re: Ryzen 2600 Ubuntu 18.04.1 beeps on boot

Oh, hey, I should've thought of that possibility. A few years back I had a motherboard with an overly aggressive fan speed alarm. I also had a larger, lower RPM CPU fan that took a couple of seconds to get up to speed. On a cold boot, the fan speed alarm would go off for a few seconds because the fa...