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by Wirko
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 17082

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

drfish wrote:
Mozzarella.

Mozzarella must be fresh and it must be from Italy to be review worthy.

[Or ... is this another word for buffalo?]
by Wirko
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Algae in our drinking water filter
Replies: 15
Views: 860

Re: Algae in our drinking water filter

After you've cleaned everything, keep the filters in the dark to prevent algae growth in the future. Wrap them in black plastic bags or something like that.
by Wirko
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Lead-free piping!
Replies: 26
Views: 725

Re: Lead-free piping!

What makes PEX so good? Is it usable in its pure form, with no additives?
by Wirko
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Subscription drops from Gold to Silver?
Replies: 14
Views: 997

Re: Subscription drops from Gold to Silver?

A dynamic downgrade from gold to silver seems like an oversight; the fairer policy would be to lock you into a tier at the time of purchase. Yes, and subscription FAQ #5 confirms that. "Your subscription status is determined at the time you pay, and it won't change after that, regardless of ho...
by Wirko
Fri May 31, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: How does Google (desktop) infer location?
Replies: 35
Views: 1319

Re: How does Google (desktop) infer location?

That's right. Anyone, ever. At least until the public IP changes (and even then, you'd need to change your SSID the same moment, hah).
by Wirko
Fri May 31, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: How does Google (desktop) infer location?
Replies: 35
Views: 1319

Re: How does Google (desktop) infer location?

I connect to my home wi-fi network with my Android phone or tablet and sometimes forget to turn GPS off on one or the other. For Google, that's more than enough. The desktop browser shows me my exact location and it makes no difference if it's FF or Chrome. Edit: Ironically, the location is *less* e...
by Wirko
Wed May 22, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 2104

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

Disk management in Windows should be able to see the partitions and destroy them. Failing that, issuing the 'clean' command in diskpart to that device should erase the partition table and allow you to do anything you want to it. Yeah, disk management in Windows should... Thing is, I've had several ...
by Wirko
Sun May 19, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 1156

Re: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade

Hemi means half. Smells of clustered multithreading. You sure they didn't sell you a cowsnoozer?
by Wirko
Sun May 19, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 2104

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

Do you need access to the files inside an image or do you just need to work with images? I've used Win32 Disk Imager for writing Raspberry Pi images to SD cards. It can write, read or verify an image of a whole disk/card - the partition table and the partition(s), and that's all it can do. It knows ...
by Wirko
Sun May 19, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 1156

Re: Chuckula got a RAM Upgrade

Unregistered. 1500. So-called enthusiasts buy 3200 or 3600 these days. I see you prefer reliability and don't care much about ultimate speed.
by Wirko
Mon May 06, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?
Replies: 38
Views: 2765

Re: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?

Most electrolytic capacitors don't spit the acid around, not even when they reach the end of life. Those with plague do that.
by Wirko
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Change in Plans - I would like to *Replace* my faded American Flag
Replies: 37
Views: 2347

Re: Change in Plans - I would like to *Replace* my faded American Flag

LostCat wrote:
Chrispy_ wrote:
As a non-American, what's wrong with throwing a worn-out flag into the trash?

As an American, I still don't know what's wrong with burning one.

Or, for that matter, any symbol invented by R&P?
by Wirko
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A trick for your tired eyes
Replies: 30
Views: 1655

Re: A trick for your tired eyes

The last CRTs I used had 85 Hz refresh. That was enough for me to not notice any flicker. Maybe, sometimes, I noticed a little with my peripheral vision, because rods are more sensitive to flicker than cones. Could this have any effect on focusing?
by Wirko
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (&CarbonFiber_5C drop) vs Silicone pad
Replies: 31
Views: 2349

Re: Silicone pad temp increase vs paste. How much.

On a more serious note, the thermal conductivity of a pad most certainly depends on how much it's compressed. A large pressure will drive most of the air from the many small pockets that inevitably have remained caught between the pad and both metal surfaces. A small pressure won't do that.
by Wirko
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (&CarbonFiber_5C drop) vs Silicone pad
Replies: 31
Views: 2349

Re: Silicone pad temp increase vs paste. How much.

If you're not sure whether to choose a pad or a paste ...

WHY NOT USE BOTH?
by Wirko
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 19
Views: 4251

Re: Current best/good energy monitors?

If you're seriously considering connecting the power meter to the PC, something like this should be a good place to start: https://www.ebay.com/itm/5-65-A-120V-60HZ-din-rail-Energy-meter-voltage-current-active-reactive-power-KWH/261851381456 Rail-mounted power meters often have an optically isolated...
by Wirko
Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Is Microsoft bad at math?
Replies: 21
Views: 1553

Re: Is Microsoft bad at math?

There's an xkcd for that.
https://xkcd.com/612/
by Wirko
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Colorado River Water
Replies: 203
Views: 6311

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

As far as "large energy storage projects", the conversion of the Hoover Dam to pumped-hydro will probably constitute the largest "battery" in the USA. Where will the vast amount of water that's supposed to be pumped up come *from*? Looking at the map, Lake Mojave seems big enoug...
by Wirko
Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Big release day for Intel
Replies: 55
Views: 4653

Re: Big release day for Intel

NovusBogus wrote:
Maybe we need an Internet Fight Club thread or subforum for resolving that sort of thing. I've avoided R&P because y'all can't handle my truth but I'd be down for some maximum trolling.


May I suggest a $4.99 voltmeter instead.
by Wirko
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 17082

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

But it starts and ends with the benchmarking. Maybe as some others have suggested, TR can go "underground": We pool funds to support bare "numbers only" benchmarking of new GPUs and CPUs in the forums, and if we behave nicely then pros such as Kampman may stop by to offer a poin...
by Wirko
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 17082

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

So, the average contribution went up significantly in the last couple days, it was $36.01 when this thread started and is $38.42 now. That's good, I guess. Here are my dollars (well, they were euros where I last saw them), do something good with them, I know you will. For me, TR is the only site in ...
by Wirko
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: From the "WTF were they thinking?" files...
Replies: 12
Views: 2723

Re: From the "WTF were they thinking?" files...

"Speakers", and wireless ones in particular, have another basic function these days: to tell Google what you speak. What about this one?
by Wirko
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Shill made fried chicken... 9900KFC CONFIRMED!!
Replies: 55
Views: 2780

Re: Intel Shill made fried chicken... 9900KFC CONFIRMED!!

Redocbew wrote:
Edit: Oreo's are recursive. Nifty.


For things that aren't software, the correct term is "100% recycled".
by Wirko
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Shill made fried chicken... 9900KFC CONFIRMED!!
Replies: 55
Views: 2780

Re: Intel Shill made fried chicken... 9900KFC CONFIRMED!!

Mr. der8auer will happily buy a whole batch of KFC and delid every package just to lick away the tasty TIM!
by Wirko
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Low humidity and electronics (in this case, AV receivers)
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: Low humidity and electronics (in this case, AV receivers)

Well, the loud "POP" is a pretty sure symptom of DC voltage at the output. Check it with a voltmeter. If you don't have one at hand, disconnect and then reconnect one of the speaker wires while the receiver is in operation (and take care to keep that wire away from other electrical contact...
by Wirko
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: [Fixed!] The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)
Replies: 53
Views: 3480

Re: [Fixed!] The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)

BIF, I suggest you write an executive summary, with a couple pics if possible, and post it in the "Anyone repair anything today?" thread. That's where more people go looking for solutions - or just ideas.
by Wirko
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: [Fixed!] The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)
Replies: 53
Views: 3480

Re: [Fixed!] The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)

I thought with most things, it is the on/off cycle where most of the wear occurs. It this also generally true of compressors and other electric motor-driven stuff? However, there's another part that frequent on-off cycling can kill: the thermostat. What do you do if you can't find the original part...
by Wirko
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: [Fixed!] The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)
Replies: 53
Views: 3480

Re: The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)

Update: All fixed! It's great to hear that! the door was actually resting (and pivoting directly) on the door's metal frame, and not on the cam! This is the part I don't understand. You said the door was running smoothly from fully open to fully closed. But the door sliding and scratching on its me...
by Wirko
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Decluttering in 2019
Replies: 46
Views: 3145

Re: Decluttering in 2019

"In Feng Shui, clutter represents postponed decisions and the inability to move forward." ( https://fengshuiforreallife.com/Detailed/63.html ) Maybe I don't need everything that's safely stored under the bed I sleep in. Will check it out. Unfortunately it's not a pile of AC adapters that's...
by Wirko
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 3DXP retention worse than NAND?
Replies: 12
Views: 2232

Re: 3DXP retention worse than NAND?

It's only 3 months at 40c. Yikes. I wonder if the people buying external SSDs are aware of this? Almost seems like they should be including a battery in the enclosure to sustain a charge, much like the CR2032 for the system BIOS. Don't know what quantity of charge is needed, but I know they have sm...
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