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by themattman
Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Intel Compute Stick
Replies: 7
Views: 1598

Re: Intel Compute Stick

Looks like the Intel Compute Stick site went from "coming soon" to live today:

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/compute-stick/intel-compute-stick.html
by themattman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Haiku contest entry thread
Replies: 365
Views: 16825

Re: Haiku contest entry thread

How did you install
Eleven spyware programs
In just ten minutes?
by themattman
Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:40 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Remote Mac Backup
Replies: 0
Views: 3120

Remote Mac Backup

I currently back up my MacbookPro with Carbon Copy Cloner (http://www.bombich.com/). The program recently changed from freeware to a commercial product, and I want to stay with it since it does exactly what I want, make a bootable copy of my drive. My thought process is that if I happened to drop my...
by themattman
Wed May 23, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Planning Next Monitor Setup
Replies: 14
Views: 4156

Re: Planning Next Monitor Setup

Thanks for all the input!

The displays would most likely be used for non-gaming activities until I upgrade my PC next year when Haswell is released, and I'll be getting a new video card that can drive everything.
by themattman
Wed May 23, 2012 8:03 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Planning Next Monitor Setup
Replies: 14
Views: 4156

Planning Next Monitor Setup

About a year ago my Dell 2407WFP-HC monitor fell off a table and the screen cracked; that was the end of it's life. So in the meantime I bought a cheap $120 21 inch display to get me through the next year or so. It isn't an IPS panel though, and I've noticed that it just isn't going to last as a pri...
by themattman
Tue May 22, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Remote Backup Storage Solution
Replies: 6
Views: 2125

Re: Remote Backup Storage Solution

Are you able to backup multiple computers via Crashplan to one PC? I was not able to see anything the last time I checked. I would want to backup each computer to separate backup drives on the host PC.
by themattman
Mon May 21, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Retiring Current Folding Farm After Milestone
Replies: 6
Views: 4466

Retiring Current Folding Farm After Milestone

I made it a goal when I decided to start folding years ago that I wanted to get to 10,000,000 points. Well, I finally was able to hit it last week! I've decided to retire the two PCs still currently running F@H, one reason being the age of the hardware, a 8800GT and 8800GTS running nonstop for close...
by themattman
Sun May 20, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Remote Backup Storage Solution
Replies: 6
Views: 2125

Re: Remote Backup Storage Solution

Currently I am using SyncToy 2.1 from Microsoft to backup files to another computer: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15155 It's exactly what I want and works with Windows 7. On the Mac side (I have a MBP 13) I use Carbon Copy Cloner onto an external drive...but that's another...
by themattman
Sun May 20, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Remote Backup Storage Solution
Replies: 6
Views: 2125

Remote Backup Storage Solution

Hi everyone, I'm in the process of setting up some remote storage for my PC. I have a 2TB "Archive" drive that contains old photos, videos, etc. that I want to have backed up at an offsite location 80 miles away. All I need to happen is for the remote device to make an identical copy of th...
by themattman
Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Old Apple Floppy Question!
Replies: 3
Views: 2226

Old Apple Floppy Question!

Hey everyone, I've been working to transfer about 500 Mac-formatted floppy disks to my PC in an effort to archive about 20 year's worth of my college's newspaper backup. I've passed the 400 mark using MacDrive on Windows 7, but there seem to be a stack of around 100 that will not seem to work. Some ...
by themattman
Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:49 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: TR Fantasy Football Pick 'Em and Survival Leagues
Replies: 25
Views: 5351

Re: TR Fantasy Football Pick 'Em and Survival Leagues

I hope I don't get knocked out in the first week again :$
by themattman
Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:32 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: No iPod Classic? No iPod Shuffle?
Replies: 11
Views: 3541

Re: No iPod Classic? No iPod Shuffle?

This looks like another Apple attempt to move ahead before anyone else and try to ease consumers into the cloud for listening to music. That being said, I still think that there should be an ipod classic for consumers who really do have a gigantic music collection that they want to bring around with...
by themattman
Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: YARGH! Streaks! Yucky, Ugly Streaks!
Replies: 15
Views: 1635

Re: YARGH! Streaks! Yucky, Ugly Streaks!

I've used 70% rubbing alcohol diluted with some water before. If you want to go the paper towel route, buy the cheapest possible ones (like the store brand). Some of the more expensive ones contain small amounts of fabric softener or are scented, and this will end up on your screen. Or a cheap squee...
by themattman
Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:49 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Upgrading to Lion?
Replies: 21
Views: 6218

Re: Upgrading to Lion?

On another note, I decided to make the upgrade to 8GB of RAM since it is so darn cheap right now ($52.99). I'm planning to use Photoshop and InDesign more this fall/spring, so I wanted to give myself some more room to work with. And with the SSD upgrade I'll finish all the updates I plan to make wit...
by themattman
Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Upgrading to Lion?
Replies: 21
Views: 6218

Re: Upgrading to Lion?

Personally I love my 120GB 320 series. The "avoid them like the plague" thing is super-duper overrated. It's not OCZ here. The problem has to do with unexpectedly power cycling them repeatedly. edit: the only thing that's super important here is to realize that TRIM is only supported on d...
by themattman
Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:40 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Upgrading to Lion?
Replies: 21
Views: 6218

Re: Upgrading to Lion?

In terms of an SSD, I'm thinking of going with the Intel 320 120GB SSD and adding in the opti-bay so I'll have the extra storage. Any reasons why I should switch to a different SSD?
by themattman
Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: TR Fantasy Football Pick 'Em and Survival Leagues
Replies: 25
Views: 5351

TR Fantasy Football Pick 'Em and Survival Leagues

I'm also interested in getting into a football pick 'em league and survival league. I think that both have a high or unlimited number of people who can join a league. Would anyone else be up to play?
by themattman
Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:43 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Re: TR Fantasy Football
Replies: 51
Views: 10376

Re: TR Fantasy Football

I would be interested in getting in one of the non-keeper leagues.
by themattman
Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New System Build
Replies: 23
Views: 2134

Re: New System Build

Looks like a solid build!

Do you think the power supply may be a bit much for the system?
by themattman
Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Upgrading to Lion?
Replies: 21
Views: 6218

Re: Upgrading to Lion?

Successfully upgraded to Lion, but on my current 300GB 7200 RPM drive. Still playing with the idea of getting an SSD or sticking it out until I buy a completely new system in a few years.
by themattman
Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Looking for point-and-shoot camera suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Looking for point-and-shoot camera suggestions

I am looking for a digital point-and-shoot camera for a family member. The requirements are pretty simple: thin, easy to use (will most likely never switch from auto mode), and between $100-$300. Any suggestions, good or bad, from recent camera purchases? Since I will not be using the camera, things...
by themattman
Tue May 31, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Jim Tressel falls on his sword
Replies: 14
Views: 2825

Re: Jim Tressel falls on his sword

The cover up is always worse than the crime. If Tressel would have disciplined the athletes when he found out about the memoribilia/tattoo incident, none of this would have happened. I can't see the NCAA blowing up over this is Tressel took the right measures.
by themattman
Tue May 31, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Upgrading to Lion?
Replies: 21
Views: 6218

Re: Upgrading to Lion?

You can enable TRIM in snow leopard too. Google for it, theres a patch. I am running Lion Dev Release 3. I have a late 2010 MBP 15" Core i5. I did exactly what you propose. I put a 128gb Corsair RealSSD C300 in the HD bay and replace the Optical drive with a 500gb Seagate Momentus XT. Really c...
by themattman
Tue May 31, 2011 9:50 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Upgrading to Lion?
Replies: 21
Views: 6218

Upgrading to Lion?

Well, Apple has sent out a press release where they will be introducing OSX Lion: http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/31/apple-to-unveil-icloud-monday-june-6/ I currently have a 2009 13" MBP, and I am planning to upgrade whenever Lion is released (their website says summer, but that could mean Augu...
by themattman
Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Advice for 2 Newspaper PCs
Replies: 24
Views: 1482

Re: Advice for 2 Newspaper PCs

If you have an .edu email address or two handy you can get Windows for $30 a copy. LINK Thanks for the link, that will save us a lot of cash! So that cuts $110 for the Windows licenses. I am going to switch out the 5450 for a GTS 450, which costs $60 more. That brings the price of the box to $595, ...
by themattman
Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Advice for 2 Newspaper PCs
Replies: 24
Views: 1482

Re: Advice for 2 Newspaper PCs

Wow, thank you for all the responses! I've never gotten so many in just a day! Here is my updated build: (Combo Deal) - $265 CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1Ghz Mobo: Biostar TH67B Memory: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $80 PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green - $40 Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB - $50...
by themattman
Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:21 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Advice for 2 Newspaper PCs
Replies: 24
Views: 1482

Re: Advice for 2 Newspaper PCs

Each PC will have at least one 22 inch monitor, but most likely 2.
by themattman
Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Advice for 2 Newspaper PCs
Replies: 24
Views: 1482

Advice for 2 Newspaper PCs

I am looking to build 2 computers for my college's newspaper office. The computers need to use Windows 7 and will run Microsoft Office, some accounting software like Quickbooks, and Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Photoship, InDesign, Illustrator). Now of course I have been told to keep the price as low as ...
by themattman
Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: SSD deal - closed
Replies: 12
Views: 1723

Re: SSD deal - closed

I got an email code as well and it works for me, although I am still deciding if I should go through with the purchase. I want to put the OCZ Vertex 2 in my '09 MacBook pro to replace a 7200 320GB drive. At around $163, that's about $1.35 per gigabyte. Does anyone have experience with SSD's in MacBo...
by themattman
Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:16 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Sandy Bridge Enthusiast Series
Replies: 2
Views: 930

Re: Sandy Bridge Enthusiast Series

I wonder how this would affect an Ivy Bridge launch (hopefully) the quarter after in Q1 2012.
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