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by RickyTick
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1969

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

MileageMayVary wrote:
I gave up mine a year ago but it was a damn good OS. Way better UI than Android and iOS.


I agree completely. I gave up mine about 2 years ago. :cry:
by RickyTick
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 2104

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

The Egg wrote:
1. HTC 8X Windows
2. 6S Plus (current phone)


Not to derail the thread, but I really miss my Windows Phone. Really a shame it never caught on and I still think it's a superior OS. Oh well...
by RickyTick
Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 2104

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

First smartphone was Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S2. It sucked
Went to the HTC 8X Windows phone on Verizon. Awesome phone but you know...Windows phone.
Now have an iPhone 6. Moderately happy with it.
by RickyTick
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1527

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

I've been very impressed with the Cryorig H7 cooler. It's worth a look.
by RickyTick
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 3743

Re: Eclipse on August 21

In the 99% zone and decided not to drive south for the full 100% effect. Got the boat and took the kids out on the lake to have some fun and watch the eclipse. Apparently a LOT of other people had the same idea. It never got really dark, but kind of an weird semi-darkness around. We all had the &quo...
by RickyTick
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 3743

Re: Eclipse on August 21

My area will have 99% eclipse. I can drive south about 30 miles for 100% but all indications are that traffic will be gridlock everywhere. I'm only working until noon on Monday so I can experience this with my kids, but I'm afraid I may have a hard time just getting home from work. Grrrrrr!!!! There...
by RickyTick
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Portable chargers
Replies: 42
Views: 1575

Re: Portable chargers

I just bought that same Anker one for my wife a couple of weeks ago. It works great. She was able to completely charge an iPhone 6S and an iPad 2. You're right, the build quality seems solid, especially for the price.
No complaints here.
by RickyTick
Wed May 31, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TV Shows - Share Them (NO SPOILERS)
Replies: 22
Views: 1376

Re: TV Shows - Share Them (NO SPOILERS)

The 100 is pretty good. There are moments that are sorta pfffft. Billions (Showtime). Really good, but moves fast. I usually watch each episode twice to make sure I don't miss anything. Homeland (Showtime). This was a great show the first few seasons. This latest season is terrible and unwatchable. ...
by RickyTick
Fri May 26, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Low testosterone?
Replies: 25
Views: 3983

Re: Low testosterone?

steelcity_ballin wrote:
Gotta love a 3+ year necro due to bots.


Crap!! Totally missed the bot. Grrrrr
by RickyTick
Fri May 26, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Low testosterone?
Replies: 25
Views: 3983

Re: Low testosterone?

I had/have low T also, but I'm 53. My level was below 300 so my Urologist prescribed injections of Testosterone CYP 2,000 mg every 30 days. I've been on it for about 5 months and there's a significant difference in the way I feel and my energy level. My wife and I typically have sex 3 times a week, ...
by RickyTick
Fri May 19, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 3564

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

Had a Corsair Obsidian 650D with a Corsair AX750 psu.. Really liked the case features, but it's huge. The front intake fan is 200mm and is prone to making noise. Also had to replace the top exhaust fan because of noise issues. Beyond that, it's a great case, and the AX750 is top notch. Just passed i...
by RickyTick
Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What to do with old PC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1614

Re: What to do with old PC?

My brother in law is running almost that same config with a 5850 gpu and it does a pretty good job playing most older games at 1080P. I would ask if any of your kids might be interested in some PC gaming or get them interested in it. The boys and I have fun playing Team Fortress 2 which runs pretty...
by RickyTick
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What to do with old PC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1614

Re: What to do with old PC?

Anovoca wrote:
Since you mention Direct TV, are you paying for DVR service? If so you could use this machine to record your shows instead of paying for DVR


Really? How does that work?
by RickyTick
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What to do with old PC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1614

Re: What to do with old PC?

Yeah, backup/media server is probably a good choice. If you're interested in networking you could get a cheap ethernet card and turn it into a router. CPU-wise it'd probably do fine as an HTPC also, but you might want to get a cheap GPU for it if you decide to go that route. Along with the GTX275, ...
by RickyTick
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What to do with old PC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1614

Re: What to do with old PC?

Media server is a good route. Depending on the age of the kids you could also use it as an unnetworked secured backup box for holding onto all of their photos and homework in case they want to recover those in a decade from now. The only issue you are dealing with running an old machine this way is...
by RickyTick
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What to do with old PC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1614

What to do with old PC?

I built a PC about 10 years ago based on TR's System Guide and it's still working great. I'd like to re-purpose it into something, but I'm not sure what is best. Basic specs: Abit IP35 Pro Q6600 2x2gb of DDR2 800 (non ecc) random gpu. (I have a spare GTX275 available) CX430 psu (I have a spare corsa...
by RickyTick
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 833
Views: 57012

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

It wasn't today, but it was a few weeks ago. 2010 BMW 335i Convertible. Had a weird noise from the rear, and kept losing air pressure in right rear tire. Went to BMW specialist shop (not a BMW dealer). They said I needed 2 rear tires and one rim was bent and needed to be repaired. The price was exce...
by RickyTick
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Bye, Bloomfield: First Big PC Overhaul
Replies: 55
Views: 4101

Re: Bye, Bloomfield: First Big PC Overhaul

Same boat, different...err...ocean. I just upgraded from a i7-950, but I went the Kaby Lake route. I agree with the previous posts that a high quality 550-650 watt psu would work fine and save a enough dollars to step up the cpu. There's no reason these new systems can't last just as long as our tru...
by RickyTick
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 4534

Re: March Madness 2017

Awesome win for UNC!!!

#GOHEELS
by RickyTick
Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Final decisions for new build
Replies: 15
Views: 1634

Re: Final decisions for new build

A Samsung 850 Evo is $330/TB . Check out the performance charts here, particularly the random read response times at QD4: http://techreport.com/review/31177/patriot-hellfire-480gb-nvme-ssd-reviewed/2 The Samsung drive is more expensive than the cheapest SSDs (which go for $250/TB), but it performs ...
by RickyTick
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Final decisions for new build
Replies: 15
Views: 1634

Re: Final decisions for new build

I'm waiting it out for a few months. Hopefully Nvidia will start using FreeSync or maybe prices of G-sync will become more reasonable. If you're going to wait two to three months, it is likely that a Radeon Vega + FreeSync monitor would provide better performance for your dollar than a GeForce GPU ...
by RickyTick
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Final decisions for new build
Replies: 15
Views: 1634

Re: Final decisions for new build

NVidia's proprietary G-Sync system maintains its price premium. G-Sync monitors cost about $200 more than otherwise-identical monitors without variable refresh rate. VESA standard adaptive sync ("FreeSync") is nearly free. FreeSync monitors cost $0 to $20 more than otherwise-identical mon...
by RickyTick
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Final decisions for new build
Replies: 15
Views: 1634

Re: Final decisions for new build

JustAnEngineer wrote:
What monitor are you using? That could influence your choice of graphics card.


Currently on 24 inch 1920 x 1080, but I have plans of going to a 27 inch 2560 x 1440 at some point this year. Kinda waiting to see if prices will ever drop on G-Sync monitors.
by RickyTick
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Final decisions for new build
Replies: 15
Views: 1634

Final decisions for new build

Hi guys...me again. I'm putting the finishing touches on a new build and looking for a little help. Here's what I have so far Case: Corsair 450D PSU: EVGA Super Nove G3 650 watt Mobo: Asus Prime Z270-A Cooler: Cryorig H7 Ram: G.Skill 2x8gb DDR4-3200 Trident Z So, I saved the biggest and most expensi...
by RickyTick
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Build!!
Replies: 30
Views: 2112

Re: New Build!!

You guys pretty much got it. All my money is going into a good cpu, the i7-7700k and a mobo that can support it and allow me to do anything else. To be honest I don't overclock my stuff very much. A slight boost at best and then maybe a little harder a little farther down the road, but nothing inte...
by RickyTick
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Mouse Suggestion Please
Replies: 17
Views: 3808

Re: Mouse Suggestion Please

FWIW, I just bought a Logitech G502 because the reviews said it was great, awesome, blah, blah, blah. I like a lot of the things about it, but it's small and makes my hand cramp, and I have normal sized hands. Plus the thumb buttons are not easy to reach compared to the MX518 I had previously.
by RickyTick
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Hello everyone I am glad to be here
Replies: 5
Views: 829

Re: Hello everyone I am glad to be here

Welcome to The Tech Report. Enjoy your stay!!
by RickyTick
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 5226

Re: Where do you bank?

Banked for years with large national banks, Wachovia and then BB&T.

Now everything is at Credit Union. No fees and much better interest rates.
by RickyTick
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD to SSD trouble +
Replies: 31
Views: 2392

Re: HDD to SSD trouble +

FWIW, I replaced the CMOS battery and now I can make changes in the BIOS and it doesn't shut down when I F10 save. Who knew? Not me, I've never seen that one before. I've seen it, but not for years (I think the last time was a Pentium II or III mobo). Much more common is replacing the CMOS battery ...
by RickyTick
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD to SSD trouble +
Replies: 31
Views: 2392

Re: HDD to SSD trouble +

12GB of DDR3 @1600 - such frequency, much capacity. You're a real trooper. OT: Should've just formatted the SSD and done a fresh install of Win 10. Your Son doesn't need all that clutter on his new SSD system. It's either Win 10 is not happy with the new SSD not being properly unloaded onto it and/...
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