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by bjm
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3970

Re: The iPhone got forked!

You guys don't mind paying for a forked device for features which essentially could have been an over the air update to most current models? Over the air update? Face ID - hardware feature Edge to edge OLED display - hardware feature Removal of home button - hardware feature Face ID is awesome. I c...
by bjm
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 152
Views: 3970

Re: The iPhone got forked!

Last time I checked facial recognition can be done on any computing device. I'm not sure why you're convinced it can only be done with specialized hardware. It's like you guys have been hypnotized. Then you need to check again, because the way the iPhone X does facial recognition is vastly differen...
by bjm
Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: HP's Elite x3 has a price and release date
Replies: 2
Views: 770

HP's Elite x3 has a price and release date

Hey folks, HP has finally announced the price and release date for their Enterprise-focused Windows phone: http://www.windowscentral.com/hp-elite-x3-699-usd http://www.windowscentral.com/hp-elite-x3-desk-dock-and-mobile-extender-specs August 29th, $699 for the phone only, $799 with the dock included...
by bjm
Wed May 18, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NEW "FIRST POST" RULES DISCUSSION
Replies: 52
Views: 2251

Re: NEW "FIRST POST" RULES DISCUSSION

First.
by bjm
Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Calendar Software
Replies: 13
Views: 1831

Re: Calendar Software

There is also Outlook.com. It has a built-in Calendar and you can have it send you email notifications at your intended interval to any email address that you register.
by bjm
Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux usability
Replies: 124
Views: 10719

Re: Linux usability

If I had a dime for every call I had from someone starting with "So I tried to do a dist upgrade....." from a deb based distro user..... Call..? Do you do help desk support for some company whose production client environment consists of a heterogeneous set of Linux distributions and Wind...
by bjm
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux usability
Replies: 124
Views: 10719

Re: Bad news for Linux users.

I really tried to like GNOME 3, and Unity, but have concluded that they are both abominations which get in your way too much to be tolerable as a daily use DE. I've recently given GNOME 3 another shot after the 3.14 and it has really improved. I absolutely hated it when it was first released, but i...
by bjm
Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Dead pixels.. they aren't permament?!
Replies: 17
Views: 2914

Dead pixels.. they aren't permament?!

I haven't owned too many LCD screens, as I was member of the CRT-my-cold-dead-hands party until my ViewSonic PF815 and NEC FP2141SB died, but I recently got my first dead/stuck pixel. A single bright-green Orc of a pixel that stared right at me--located at the top-left portion of my screen. I tried ...
by bjm
Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:56 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Unresponsive HDD caused by high speed downloads?
Replies: 21
Views: 2974

Re: Unresponsive HDD caused by high speed downloads?

Try switching to an entirely different network adapter. For example, if you're using WiFi, switch to Ethernet and see if it happens again. If it doesn't happen, it could be the driver or chipset of the network device you are using. I ran into a similar issue with a system using a D-Link Wireless-G P...
by bjm
Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: OS Decay
Replies: 52
Views: 3346

Re: OS Decay

Okay, so I'm going to rant... This entire concept of "winrot", in the sense that Time is a contributing factor to bad performance, is stupid. It is a term rooted purely in the lack of understanding of how a problem came to be. If it was used as a metaphorical term for user's installing bad...
by bjm
Thu May 02, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Why are there no high-power ARM CPUs?
Replies: 51
Views: 7804

Re: Why are there no high-power ARM CPUs?

I think it is also a good idea to point out again that this whole "x86 can't do low TDP" is senseless. Its founded on the idea that the instruction set somehow implies how a CPU is built. While that made sense back when CPUs were built as 1:1 implementations of their instructions sets, tha...
by bjm
Thu May 02, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Why are there no high-power ARM CPUs?
Replies: 51
Views: 7804

Re: Why are there no high-power ARM CPUs?

So from the way I see it, technically, nothing is stopping ARM from being a high performance, except that it'd be rubbish. To use the car analogy (first!), I guess one could look at it from the point of view of taking the engine from a SMART car and trying to scale it up to 1000hp. Not going to hap...
by bjm
Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Different CPU ISAs Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 2109

Re: Different CPU ISAs Discussion

Ah, true. With the prominence of assembly during those days, there wasn't going to be any "just re-compile and you're done" type of ports either. So even if there was an attempt to move to MIPS in '85, it would've failed.
by bjm
Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The economy is FINE, dammit!!
Replies: 4
Views: 994

Re: The economy is FINE, dammit!!

Why would you even buy from an OEM retailer? You should just build your own laptops. </stay at home teen who never worked in real IT>
by bjm
Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Different CPU ISAs Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 2109

Re: Different CPU ISAs Discussion

When you ask which CPU ISA can take x86's place, what it really boils down to is what CPU ISA do you feel should have been in the original IBM PC. The quality of the ISA itself really has less to do with the success of x86 than it has to do with being an off-the-shelf product, being chosen as the IB...
by bjm
Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need advice
Replies: 92
Views: 18775

Re: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need adv

Given the number of installations/re-installations that had occurred, it's difficult to say where any of your data is. But I would recommend that before proceeding any further, boot into any Linux recovery CD, navigate the /home folder and then locate your user directory. Once there, open the .mozil...
by bjm
Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need advice
Replies: 92
Views: 18775

Re: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need adv

EasyBCD is a Windows tool. It can be used to install a GRUB/GRUB2/LILO entry into the Windows boot loader to boot into Linux. You don't have to re-install GRUB. If you're restricting the scenario to strictly only the Windows DVD and not going to the web to download EasyBCD, well.. that's simply not ...
by bjm
Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need advice
Replies: 92
Views: 18775

Re: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need adv

If you really want to feel pain, try setting up Windows as a second OS on a PC containing Linux install and some free unpartitioned space, that will be pain, I tell you. Please post back after a month when wou have figured out it's almost impossible, and given up. The above steps I posted for RAMBO...
by bjm
Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: The great DX vs GL debate
Replies: 37
Views: 10605

Re: The great DX vs GL debate

The future of OpenGL in the gaming segment will depend entirely on how much control Microsoft is able to exert over gaming in general going forward. At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter which one is "better" from a purely technical perspective. Agreed. The only myth here is tha...
by bjm
Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need advice
Replies: 92
Views: 18775

Re: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need adv

This is a tech savvy guy just trying to get one of the simplest versions of Linux running comfortably. Well, to be more accurate, it's a tech savvy guy who did tech savvy things (deleted partitions) which affected the booting. But nevertheless, I do agree with your overall point. Could probably get...
by bjm
Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Classic Shell + Windows 8
Replies: 22
Views: 6031

Re: Classic Shell + Windows 8

I am the tester for Classic Shell. Ivo and I started it in 2009 when MS removed the real Classic Start Menu but over time it has matured to add a search box and become a hybrid Start Menu. Crossed 1 million downloads this April and growing in popularity. :) That is awesome. You guys rock, thanks! (...
by bjm
Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:45 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need advice
Replies: 92
Views: 18775

Re: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need adv

I screwed up, tried to delete partitions in windows. I livecd booted to Mint and in os-prober it says "/dev/sda1:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition:Windows:chain". I am at "GRUB RECOVERY" at the start of my computer. is there a way to solve this? edit: All it says under computer ...
by bjm
Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Classic Shell + Windows 8
Replies: 22
Views: 6031

Re: Classic Shell + Windows 8

I actually like the Win7 start menu and I'm disappointed that Classic Shell doesn't seem to have a way to emulate it more closely. Indeed, I really liked the Windows 7 Start menu as well. I never used the Classic Shell with Windows 7 much, only played with it and was pleasantly surprised to find ou...
by bjm
Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Classic Shell + Windows 8
Replies: 22
Views: 6031

Re: Classic Shell + Windows 8

Why bother? :wink: It's simple really, because someone might simply prefer running a Windows OS. And even if they might like Windows 7, they want the other improvements Windows 8 brings minus the Start Screen. Or, like in my case, they may even like the Start Screen but still want to retain the Sta...
by bjm
Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:25 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Classic Shell + Windows 8
Replies: 22
Views: 6031

Classic Shell + Windows 8

I originally posted this in the "Windows 8 RTM allegedly leaked already" news item comments, since that really sparked the availability of the final version of Windows 8. I know lots of folks want to skip the Start Screen, and it can be done. With that said, since Windows 8 is now here (un...
by bjm
Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:09 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need advice
Replies: 92
Views: 18775

Re: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need adv

According to the Linux Mint website, the distribution is based on Ubuntu and Debian. And the Ubuntu distribution would not be here if it weren't thanks to Debian. Besides that I've read a lot of positive things about Linux Mint myself, and their website really shines in comparison to the old Debian...
by bjm
Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:57 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need advice
Replies: 92
Views: 18775

Re: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need adv

I'd suggest Mageia, being it's pretty user friendly, and has a gui interface for almost everything. I don't really want to mess with Ubuntu after hearing all the negative news, and that it updates slower than the rest. Mint or Fedora would be my second choices. Aside from a default packages contain...
by bjm
Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:28 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need advice
Replies: 92
Views: 18775

Re: Thinking of Ubuntu 12 or Linux mint 13 install, need adv

Hey Rambo, Having reviewed your specs and requirements, I heavily suggest sticking to Windows XP as your primary OS. You can dual boot into Linux to play around with the distros, but both Wine and gaming in VMware will run terribly slow with that video card. If you have any intention of running Wind...
by bjm
Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:34 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Its official: Larrabee GPU is dead
Replies: 73
Views: 4273

Re: Its official: Larrabee GPU is dead

Everytime I read a post by you I get the feeling that you really don't understand what you're talking about. That's fine, but you constantly make claims and offer interpretions that simply cannot be supported. You too?! Careful, he might shoot another Wikipedia link at you from his Wand of Academia...
by bjm
Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: PreBuild Vs. Custom PC
Replies: 8
Views: 1431

Re: PreBuild Vs. Custom PC

You might want to check out the newest Tech Report system guide for Spring 2010: http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/18747/2 The Econobox (linked above) uses an AMD quad-core processor, and given your described requirements, fits the bill perfectly. Now regarding pre-built vs custom PCs, I'd defini...
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