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by ChronoReverse
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6921

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

In fact it does defrag these days, due to specifically what you mentioned:
https://www.hanselman.com/blog/TheRealA ... urSSD.aspx

It was news to me too.
by ChronoReverse
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6921

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

Okay, given that is true, it seems Windows does a defragmentation on highly fragmented files even on SSDs. So it still seems like a 3rd party defrag tool isn't necessary.
by ChronoReverse
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 84
Views: 13437

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

I have a Crucial C300 SSD that's apparently been on for 63917 hours or 7.3 years. Since it was introduced in 2010 and I didn't buy it right away, that sounds about right. That's not a HDD. :P I have a couple 128 GB first-gen Indilinx drives that have been running since mid 2009. Rock solid once the...
by ChronoReverse
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6921

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

I'm fairly certain that what's presented as "contiguous" to the system isn't even necessarily so internally due to the wear-leveling algorithms (as well as sector remapping if your drive is on its way out). All defragging an SSD does is use up more writes.
by ChronoReverse
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 84
Views: 13437

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

I have a Crucial C300 SSD that's apparently been on for 63917 hours or 7.3 years. Since it was introduced in 2010 and I didn't buy it right away, that sounds about right.
by ChronoReverse
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Warcraft - Orcs and Humans not outputting any sound - Windows 98 SE
Replies: 18
Views: 2889

Re: Warcraft - Orcs and Humans not outputting any sound - Windows 98 SE

Your soundchip is SB Pro compatible. Add this to your autoexec.bat

SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 T4
by ChronoReverse
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: The Last Great Plasma!
Replies: 46
Views: 4579

Re: The Last Great Plasma!

My Panasonic Plasma is still running strong. Maybe it'll last long enough for microLED to arrive so I can skip OLED
by ChronoReverse
Tue Dec 26, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 457
Views: 39268

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

I'm okay with the bombs themselves actually. They could be propellentless self-propulsion for all I care.

The remote control itself is what broke my immersion. It basically screams "we want you to sympathize with this heroic character but we only can do that with such an obtuse method".
by ChronoReverse
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance
Replies: 49
Views: 9866

Re: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance

The Snapdragon 835 found in most flagship phones this year is also at 2.4(5)GHz so I thought I'd run the Android version of SuperPi. It's probably not as well optimized as it could be but just an interesting datapoint I thought.

4.665 seconds to 1M
27.615 seconds to 4M
by ChronoReverse
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: It's worked like that for years...
Replies: 32
Views: 6055

Re: It's worked like that for years...

In scenario of the opening post, assuming it wasn't just human issues (someone swapped it without telling anyone), I've seen a lot of cheaper power adapter output grossly high voltages so it doesn't seem inconceivable that such a faulty adapter was outputting just enough juice to keep the electronic...
by ChronoReverse
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Experience with NUC / BRIX etc?
Replies: 10
Views: 3254

Re: Experience with NUC / BRIX etc?

I have a Skylake i3 NUC that I use for my HTPC and some emulation.  Works great and is pretty much silent.
by ChronoReverse
Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Quad core CPUs obsolete?
Replies: 28
Views: 4910

Re: Quad core CPUs obsolete?

Depends on the game but some recent games show a clear difference between i5's (4 threads) and the corresponding i7's (8 threads).   I'd say that 8 threads is what you need to shoot for at minimum for optimal performance.
by ChronoReverse
Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?
Replies: 239
Views: 15793

Re: Will the RISC-V ISA replace X86 and ARM?

I think you guys are too pessimistic. A bunch of companies are funding the development of the ISA. SiFive has already made a small number of development boards using a RISC-V based micro-controller.   Cool story, the British government funded development of the transputer architecture, look how tha...
by ChronoReverse
Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Dezi
Replies: 48
Views: 4252

Re: RIP Dezi

Damn, I'm sorry to hear about that. I've been watching an anime about a shiba inu (http://www.crunchyroll.com/lovely-muuuuuuuco) so this makes me even sadder to hear.
by ChronoReverse
Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, this new Star Wars movie - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 313
Views: 24347

Re: So, this new Star Wars movie

I saw it this morning. Consider it a good movie that could have approached great if it hadn't been let down by some "JJ Abramisms".

The new actors are fantastic though.
by ChronoReverse
Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The differences between geeks and their wives...(Post yours)
Replies: 16
Views: 1533

Re: The differences between geeks and their wives...(Post yo

Me: New version! I can't wait to install it and try it out.

Her: New version! *to me* Install this update for me so I can try it out. *does something else interesting in the meantime*


She's a computer engineer so she's perfectly capable of doing it herself but delegates to me anyway lol.
by ChronoReverse
Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Über-high PPI w/o texture filtering - Damage says I'm crazy
Replies: 23
Views: 2487

Re: Über-high PPI w/o texture filtering - Damage says I'm cr

Our smartphones are already at way higher PPI and still need AA to remove jaggies. So we'll need even higher PPI before we can eliminate AA and frankly, that's basically just SuperSampling it away. As for Texture Filtering, you'd need supremely high resolution textures as well as high PPI. Consideri...
by ChronoReverse
Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:12 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Asus Zenbook UX305 and the new Macbook
Replies: 115
Views: 21895

Re: Asus Zenbook UX305 and the new Macbook

Its absurd for someone to want to use a mouse with a MacBook. I get why PC laptop users use a mouse. It's because the trackpad on PC laptops sucks. If you have to use a mouse then connect it via Bluetooth. Not even the macbook trackpad is good enough for Excel (and many other tasks). And for mundan...
by ChronoReverse
Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Asus Zenbook UX305 and the new Macbook
Replies: 115
Views: 21895

Re: Asus Zenbook UX305 and the new Macbook

Its absurd for someone to want to use a mouse with a MacBook. I get why PC laptop users use a mouse. It's because the trackpad on PC laptops sucks. If you have to use a mouse then connect it via Bluetooth. Not even the macbook trackpad is good enough for Excel (and many other tasks). And for mundan...
by ChronoReverse
Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD Special Edition Driver: Catalyst Omega Out Now
Replies: 28
Views: 4011

Re: AMD Special Edition Driver: Catalyst Omega Out Now

For the Smooth Video thing, is it not available for the 7950?
by ChronoReverse
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: CHALLENGE: New Geforce 970 breaks Ethernet
Replies: 111
Views: 8614

Re: CHALLENGE: New Geforce 970 breaks Ethernet

It seems like an issue where the PEBKAC. I'm afraid the only solution is to replace every part (including the organic) until it works.
by ChronoReverse
Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: VirtualBox vs VMWare Player
Replies: 49
Views: 40327

Re: VirtualBox vs VMWare Player

VMware (player) has always been faster than Virtualbox for me but Virtualbox has more features than the free VMware Player.
by ChronoReverse
Tue May 20, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Custom ROMS - To flash or not to flash!
Replies: 15
Views: 4131

Re: Custom ROMS - To flash or not to flash!

Root is honestly more important than flashing a custom ROM nowadays. With the existence of Xposed, you can basically modify your stock ROM to your heart's content as long as you have root.
by ChronoReverse
Sat May 10, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What mouse do you use?
Replies: 51
Views: 5501

Re: What mouse do you use?

Still using my original DeathAdder. It's a great mouse but I'm never buying another Razer mouse with their driver shenanigans.
by ChronoReverse
Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)
Replies: 30
Views: 4612

Re: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)

Entirely possible it's bad coding. Might be some combination that not everyone encounters as well. In any case, Vacuum Places Improved is a Firefox extension you can install and then run (don't need to keep the extension around afterward unless you want scheduled running). Might take longer on the f...
by ChronoReverse
Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)
Replies: 30
Views: 4612

Re: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)

@Chrono - I don't think in my case it searching the disk for any sort of history or cache file would slow it down this much. I've got a Samsung 840 Evo (250g) on a SATA 6gb/s port. Things are ultra snappy. It's not necessarily a disk thrash issue. It could simply be some sort of locking issue where...
by ChronoReverse
Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)
Replies: 30
Views: 4612

Re: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)

If it's accumulating over time it might be some sort of stutter from disk access to the history file?

I used the Vacuum Places Improved extension to keep places.sqlite quick and tidy.
by ChronoReverse
Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)
Replies: 30
Views: 4612

Re: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)

I don't get the hiccups but I used to a few versions back. Frankly, if not for Firefox's Awesomebar, I'd probably be using Chrome a lot more. There are a few idiosyncracies in Chrome that bug me though (for example, if you use the attachment button in Gmail a lot, you'll start noticing Chrome tends ...
by ChronoReverse
Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: ARM on the Desktop
Replies: 19
Views: 3504

Re: ARM on the Desktop

The thing is, the reason Apple caught up to that level so quickly is because it's simply implementing all the low-hanging fruit. It simply gets harder and harder to extract more out as you get faster. They've been getting 2x performance every 18 months pretty consistently. And doing some novel thin...
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