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by The Egg
Mon May 22, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 1579

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

I'm not sure what my post has to do with your paranoia about proprietary systems and tiny cell phones. I'm using a mid-size case that can take up to an EATX motherboard. As I no longer use hard drives in my PC I was able to remove the dual 3.5" bays to improve internal airflow. The 2.5" b...
by The Egg
Mon May 22, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1189
Views: 34434

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Captain Ned wrote:
An era passed last night.

The Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus put on its last show.

Aye......it was time. I should probably find a video of the farewell performance.
by The Egg
Sun May 21, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 79
Views: 3043

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

Many old hard drives are quite hardy. There's a 3.5" MFM drive in my IBM 5150 that was installed in the late 80s and it works great after lubricating a couple of things (the system was stored in a garage for 20+ years). The data on them is so coarse and they are so "mechanical" that ...
by The Egg
Sun May 21, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 79
Views: 3043

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

After googling model numbers countless times I've resorted to defacing cards with a sharpie or if it's something more valuable I put a sticker on it giving the real name and specs of the card. I still have a boatload of hardware I promised myself (and my wife) I would sell off. Mostly 3dfx cards. I...
by The Egg
Fri May 19, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose
Replies: 53
Views: 1275

Re: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose

I've heard that cheese generally contains anywhere from 0-10% of the lactose of other milk products, and my digestive system corroborates with this (can eat any reasonable amount without issues). I became intolerant somewhere around 25, though it had probably been for a few years and I was just too ...
by The Egg
Fri May 19, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 1579

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

just brew it! wrote:
Forgot to mention, I've been using Corsair CX series PSUs for a few years now, with satisfactory results. Good bang for the buck. And reliable.

Same here. I use Seasonic for myself, and Corsair CX for everyone else.
by The Egg
Fri May 19, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 1579

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

I've got a full-size ATX gaming rig in a Silverstone GD07B . Not the easiest case to work with, but it slots-in perfectly to the matching side table for my desk. No issues with cooling or GPU length, but the layout of the front drive cage makes cabling work atrocious if you have any meaningful numbe...
by The Egg
Thu May 18, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: R.I.P. Chris Cornell (SoundGarden/AudioSlave)
Replies: 15
Views: 652

Re: R.I.P. Chris Cornell (SoundGarden/AudioSlave)

One of my favorite vocalists of all time. Way too young too. Blah.
by The Egg
Thu May 18, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose
Replies: 53
Views: 1275

Re: 16 Y/o dies from caffeine overdose

Yep. But considering the amount isn't all that crazy, there has to be something. Whereas I focus not on the absolute blood level as the trigger, but the rate of rise of that blood level. Having a friend or two who work in the field, pharmacodynamics is far from a well-settled science. Since I doubt...
by The Egg
Wed May 17, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1189
Views: 34434

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Occasionally I'll get one that keeps calling from the same number, so I usually just block them. I actually have one on my work cell which continues to leave voicemail messages (apparently this can't be stopped). The phone never rings, so it's clearly from a number I've already blocked at the phone ...
by The Egg
Tue May 16, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1189
Views: 34434

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Apparently my number made it onto some sort of sucker/spam list this afternoon. I generally only get one or two spam calls per week, but just within the past 2 hours I've been getting lit up.
by The Egg
Sat May 13, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help my computer shocked me!
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: Help my computer shocked me!

Yeah, there's something seriously wrong there. My suggestion is to put on some heavy gloves, carefully put the computer back into it's original packaging, and then do whatever you can to get your money back.
by The Egg
Thu May 11, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 79
Views: 3043

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

No, I get it. It's more that the collection appears to be either a bit random, or incomplete at the moment. Take a car collection for example - every car in the collection has a story which is why the collector is hanging onto it. It's either exotic, rare, or not. The bog-standard everyday cars in ...
by The Egg
Mon May 08, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Netgear CM700 vs Arris SB6190
Replies: 5
Views: 732

Re: Netgear CM700 vs Arris SB6190

The recent discussions (which Ludi linked) would make me weary of the 6190 until doing more research. Actually, even the 6141 for $50 will be good for everything up to Comcast's 300mbit tier. Unless you think they're going to want to pay for more than 300mbps, the more expensive models will provide ...
by The Egg
Sat May 06, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cable modems with Intel Puma6 chipset
Replies: 23
Views: 1483

Re: Cable modems with Intel Puma6 chipset

The list of companies using this chipset is crazy large. Found a partial listing: What was your source? I admit to having never thought about cable modem chipsets, but poking around through specs and manuals on a few manufacturer sites yields no useful information. Been using my SB6120 since 2010, ...
by The Egg
Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 79
Views: 3043

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

I've always wanted to mess with a Pentium Pro system. I wonder how modern an OS you could run if you put your 200Mhz chips on that dualie Socket 8 board and loaded it with as much RAM as possible..... I believe the current Debian Stable ("Jessie") still supports Pentium Pro. No idea on th...
by The Egg
Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 79
Views: 3043

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

I've always wanted to mess with a Pentium Pro system. I wonder how modern an OS you could run if you put your 200Mhz chips on that dualie Socket 8 board and loaded it with as much RAM as possible.....
by The Egg
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1189
Views: 34434

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

There's also a pretty deep distrust of "city folk from up north" down in the rural central/southern parts of the state. Illinois is schizophrenic. I recently spent some time about 30 miles from where Heiwashin mentioned, and can attest to this. Despite being part of the majority demograph...
by The Egg
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Geforce Experience Security Vulnerability
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: Nvidia Geforce Experience Security Vulnerability

I'm another who doesn't install GFE. I don't ever want drivers updating themselves without user input.
by The Egg
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 79
Views: 3043

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

Starfalcon: Ever tried one of the many IDE/PATA to SD/Flash adapters in those old systems? I'd be curious to know if they have any obvious quirks/incompatibilities (aside from BIOS capacity limits on the really old rigs). Avoiding mechanical drives of that age would probably make things much easier.
by The Egg
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New Video Card Skips BIOS/UEFI Splashscreen
Replies: 7
Views: 548

Re: New Video Card Skips BIOS/UEFI Splashscreen

Sounds more like the "Fast Startup" option is enabled in your power settings. Fast Startup prevents a full proper shutdown, and actually puts it into more of a hibernation mode. In some cases, it might cause your system to skip performing a full POST, hence the lack of splash screen.
by The Egg
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: is the Toshiba X300 any good?
Replies: 44
Views: 3930

Re: is the Toshiba X300 any good?

^ It would be more for when the drives are moved around outside of their shipping packaging (e.g., stacked on a shelf at Microcenter) or during system assembly. Should still protect the PCB fairly well even if heavily vented/slotted. If Microcenter or the system assembler is handling the drive roug...
by The Egg
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: is the Toshiba X300 any good?
Replies: 44
Views: 3930

Re: is the Toshiba X300 any good?

^ It would be more for when the drives are moved around outside of their shipping packaging (e.g., stacked on a shelf at Microcenter) or during system assembly. Should still protect the PCB fairly well even if heavily vented/slotted. No data loss or errors in either case, though I haven't checked th...
by The Egg
Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 80387 math coprocessors
Replies: 61
Views: 2436

Re: 80387 math coprocessors

If I recall, the DX models had x87 built-in. I was the (not so) proud user of a 386-SX 25 that my parents bought for me (starting with a whopping 2MB of RAM), and I was envious of the DX models. Though I don't know how tangible the difference would have been. The 486DX had the x87 coprocessor built...
by The Egg
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 80387 math coprocessors
Replies: 61
Views: 2436

Re: 80387 math coprocessors

I've always had an affinity for the 286-486 era of PCs, and specifically thought it would be cool to have a 386DX-33 with a 387 co-processor and maxed out RAM.

Now that I think about it, AMD might have actually made them up to 40mhz, but still...
by The Egg
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 31
Views: 1502

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when? I don't follow that level of networking gear very closely, but a router with 5gbit or 10gbit ports will be prohibitively expensive, and not particularly useful unless you're paying for a really serious internet connection. That sort of bandwidth is ge...
by The Egg
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1189
Views: 34434

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

And metered ramps... let's make people stop halfway down the ramp. Fantastic! :o I completely ignore those. Enjoy the ticket for running a red light. In the US, at least, if the metering signal is active, it's a traffic signal. I've never seen one photo enforced, and I doubt any reasonable cop woul...
by The Egg
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1189
Views: 34434

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

just brew it! wrote:
And metered ramps... let's make people stop halfway down the ramp. Fantastic! :o

I completely ignore those.
by The Egg
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: A link that will send PC enthusiasts back to 1999...
Replies: 23
Views: 2518

Re: A link that will send PC enthusiasts back to 1999...

just brew it! wrote:
Fleamarket-style computer parts sales events at the local community college gym!

That's where I cut my teeth in the mid-90's.
by The Egg
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1189
Views: 34434

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Very well may have aspirated an ibuprofen. Joy. I'm torn on this because the ease of dissolving and mucous membrane contact should mean it's just absorbed by ibuprofen is not friendly to mucous surfaces in the least, and it could have carried some bacteria with it. I could see the tissue damage in ...
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