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Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3021
Views: 115951

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

(The blackberries have turned out to be a pretty good way to control the thistle problem we had, but they are also crowding out everything else. At least we get a decent harvest of berries with our thorns now.) Uh-oh, keep an eye on where they go next. In the rainy side of the Pacific Northwest, th...
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Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3021
Views: 115951

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Three of three and you'll be leaving the surplus on neighbors' doorsteps in the dead of night. Why do Vermonters lock their doors in September? To keep out the zucchini. Last year we got like 20 lbs of cucumbers off of a single plant. :o This year the cucumber plant is not doing well, and we have n...
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Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: upgrading a graphics card
Replies: 37
Views: 1019

Re: upgrading a graphics card

You make a valid point. A GeForce GTX1050Ti 4GB graphics card can require up to 75 watts by itself. The OEM "300 watt" power supply produces 19 amperes x 12 volts = 228 watts DC. With 85% efficiency, that would look like 268 watts from the wall AC. If we added an inexpensive power supply ...
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Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Adding a NAS for backups only
Replies: 15
Views: 412

Re: Adding a NAS for backups only

And yes, I might get a 10 TB drive (or 2) instead of a 12. The key for me (and the reason I only mentioned 12 TB drives) was to avoid wasting time considering any devices that could not accept drives with greater capacity. I don't think you're going to find anything these days that has trouble with...
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Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Adding a NAS for backups only
Replies: 15
Views: 412

Re: Adding a NAS for backups only

I assume he meant <$300 for the bare NAS (without the drive). Going with a 12TB capacity drive does indeed drive $/GB up though, since it's a "flagship" capacity drive that comes with a premium price tag. Starting with a single drive also means you're vulnerable to losing the entire NAS du...
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Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 116
Views: 7623

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Captain Ned wrote:

Wow, that sure does! Looks like about a foot and a half above average level.
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Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 116
Views: 7623

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Could be worse, you could have a volcano in your back yard like those people in Hawaii! https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a21563520/kilauea-volcano-video/ If you play the first embedded video at that link, an aerial view of what used to be beachfront properties starts at about 0:4...
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Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3021
Views: 115951

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Just figured out that my supervisor's supervisor went to high school with my daughter (not the same class, but there was a year of overlap). He's got a yearbook with my daughter's picture in it. How's that for making you feel old? :lol: One of the hazards of being 50-something in the tech industry,...
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Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3021
Views: 115951

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Just figured out that my supervisor's supervisor went to high school with my daughter (not the same class, but there was a year of overlap). He's got a yearbook with my daughter's picture in it. How's that for making you feel old? :lol: One of the hazards of being 50-something in the tech industry, ...
by just brew it!
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3021
Views: 115951

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I'll just leave this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xlow12sSdmc

(The s**t-eating grin cracks me up. He KNEW! :lol:)
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Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: CDDA support in Linux music player apps (and JACK silliness...)
Replies: 18
Views: 2101

Re: CDDA support in Linux music player apps (and JACK silliness...)

Oh yeah I know, it's just so reminiscent of past days of Linux sound BS I chuckled and typed it out anyway. (to be clear, I'm talking like early aughts here. I remember spending hours upon hours trying to get sound working in 2001 or thereabouts) Heck, Linux audio was still a clusterf**k in the lat...
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Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 15874

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

The main draw of Hall effect is that the switches are completely impervious to spills since there are no electrical contacts to foul. The ones I've seen have all been incorporated into linear mechanisms though (along the lines of Cherry red/black in terms of feel). No reason you couldn't make a tact...
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Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 15874

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

Cherry switches are like Sierra Nevada or Sam Adams. "Better" beer produced by larger (but not frikkin' massive on the scale of AB/Inbev) brewers.
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Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 15874

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

I just picked up an HP Omen keyboard a few months ago because I felt like it. Heh, I had no idea HP was selling mechanical keyboards; it looks like a fairly generic 104-key backlit. I imagine they're just slapping their name on something that was already out there. At least the price looks reasonab...
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Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3021
Views: 115951

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Yeah, I'd almost rather be racking heavy 4U servers than messing with mail server configurations! :lol:
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Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: CDDA support in Linux music player apps (and JACK silliness...)
Replies: 18
Views: 2101

Re: CDDA support in Linux music player apps (and JACK silliness...)

DancinJack wrote:
2018 - year of the linux desktop!

:lol:

TBF this latest round was mostly self-inflicted; typical users don't bother with the JACK audio stack. PulseAudio mostly "just works" these days if you don't try to get too clever.
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Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: CDDA support in Linux music player apps (and JACK silliness...)
Replies: 18
Views: 2101

Re: CDDA support in Linux music player apps

Thread necro time! I decided to run Audacious directly into the JACK audio stack instead of routing it through PulseAudio. When I attempted to do so, I ran into two issues: 1. The Audacious JACK ports appear when playback starts, and disappear when it stops. This means that the connections in JACK's...
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Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Touchpad woes
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Re: Touchpad woes

Captain Ned wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
SuperSpy wrote:
It's kind of an important feature now that the touch pad on newer MBPs is approximately the size of Rhode Island

I was thinking Wyoming.

Well, in shape, at least.

That too.
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Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Touchpad woes
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Re: Touchpad woes

SuperSpy wrote:
It's kind of an important feature now that the touch pad on newer MBPs is approximately the size of Rhode Island

I was thinking Wyoming.
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Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3817
Views: 554708

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Steve Tibbetts - Life Of (2018)

Quiet washes of 12-string acoustic guitar plus occasional understated piano and percussion. Feels like a collection of abstract musical sketches.

Very "ECM-ish", if you're already familiar with much of the other stuff on the label.
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Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel ARM -- I mean MIPS -- Chip CONFIRMED!
Replies: 18
Views: 828

Re: Intel ARM -- I mean MIPS -- Chip CONFIRMED!

You're absolutely correct. It's not going to replace the ARM-based SoCs in smartphones, but I was a bit curious whether it can provide tangible benefits with LTE-WAN aggregation, considering that it's directly connected to the LTE portion of the phones. Many peripheral chips of non-trivial complexi...
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Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel ARM -- I mean MIPS -- Chip CONFIRMED!
Replies: 18
Views: 828

Re: Intel ARM -- I mean MIPS -- Chip CONFIRMED!

Off topic (don't feel like getting into the "ZOMG Intel ARM -- I mean MIPS" crap), but I found it rather fascinating that MIPS (well, nanoMIPS) is likely to find a home in smartphones. Link Looks like they're attempting to position it as a real-time communications co-processor (not the ma...
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Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 15874

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

As I was already heading to MicroCenter for other reasons, and since I have a lot of typing to do, I ended up buying a Das Keyboard 4 Pro with Cherry MX Browns. It's taking some getting used to by compared to the Blacks, but they at least have some pushback to them as opposed to the nearly non-exis...
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Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3021
Views: 115951

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Moto G6 is getting good reviews FWIW.
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Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3021
Views: 115951

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

derFunkenstein wrote:
International House of BS, amirite

Wouldn't that be IHOBS instead of IHOB? :wink:

paulWTAMU wrote:
SIMs weren't compatible (I didn't know that was a thing, don't pay much attention to cell phones)

Given that it's an Apple product, I would've been more surprised if it was compatible... :lol:
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Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 15874

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

llisandro wrote:
Das and WASD make pretty solid understated boards. But again, MX Blacks is the sticking point.

You can customize WASD's keyboard with black switches. (Their regular one, not the CODE one.)
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Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 97
Views: 7596

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Captain Ned wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
Before I had the earwax problem myself, I did not realize there was room for something that large inside the ear canal!

And you've had kids.

My kids tended to get foreign objects stuck in their noses, not their ears.
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Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 97
Views: 7596

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

I had some really horrible ear wax problems ~20 years ago. Not unlike liquidsquid's wife's condition, it started to severely affect my hearing; I probably couldn't hear much above 4 kHz (maybe even lower). After repeated uses (over a period of a couple of weeks) of one of the over-the-counter earwa...
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Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3817
Views: 554708

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Yeah, been enjoying Amorphis quite a bit. Already checked out the new album on Spotify. Between this thread, the co-worker I've been trading recommendations with, and random Wikipedia/Allmusic/Spotify tangents from those recommendations, I'm a bit overwhelmed by new (to me) music right now; and that...
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Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't
Replies: 21
Views: 836

Re: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't

Yeah, the Windows driver stack for optical drives is a bizarre beast. I have vague recollections of various issues arising because of problems with "upper filter" and "lower filter" drivers, and performing manual registry surgery to fix it. Haven't had to deal with that sort of n...