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by The Egg
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 167
Views: 4395

Re: Video card prices

The Egg wrote:
There will be a new moon at 8:17PM CT tonight.......perhaps if we all go outside and frantically perform Double Dream Hands, the downward trend will turn into a full meltdown.

Arstechnica: Cryptocurrency Bloodbath Continues



Coincidence? :wink:
by The Egg
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2418
Views: 78978

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

A good many northerners who mock southerners for their lack of snow expertise would promptly put their own car in a ditch if they tried to drive on the type of road conditions that result when a couple inches of snow falls right at freezing point in, say, Atlanta. For sure. Those types of rapid col...
by The Egg
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 167
Views: 4395

Re: Video card prices

Concupiscence wrote:
Maybe there's a light at the end of this tunnel after all.

Excellent news. There will be a new moon at 8:17PM CT tonight.......perhaps if we all go outside and frantically perform Double Dream Hands, the downward trend will turn into a full meltdown. It certainly can't hurt to try.
by The Egg
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA Card Blues
Replies: 15
Views: 439

Re: SATA Card Blues

All I can add to the discussion is that BIOS 1001 for the P5N-D is 4 revisions old (click "show all"), so maybe give the latest one a shot and see what happens. There are often additional changes made which aren't mentioned in the notes.
by The Egg
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?
Replies: 12
Views: 684

Re: How long a wait for Spectre/Meltdown-proof CPUs?

Just making an educated guess with no real info, I would say no earlier than Ice Lake, and that’s only if they got to work immediately back when the issue was discovered in mid-17. Ice Lake should be released late-2018 to early-2019........unless they DIDN’T get to work immediately, and the chip is ...
by The Egg
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 167
Views: 4395

Re: Video card prices

I'm gonna do a special voodoo shaman dance under the New Moon on tuesday night, calling for the horrific crash of all cryptocurrencies. For those needing a decent card for actual gaming, I would go to Evga's B-stock page and set it to notify you for all of the decent cards. Most are still going for ...
by The Egg
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 1828

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

It's actually significantly worse right now than the chart shows All I know is I paid roughly $500 CDN for 4GB of memory back in 2006. I just bought a 32GB memory kit for $575 CDN. The world is not ending due to the current state of memory prices. Gotcha. The world is not ending for you, End User, ...
by The Egg
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 1828

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

Memory Prices (1957-2017) Interesting chart. For some reason, paying $120 for 16MB in the mid-90's stands out in my mind, which falls in line with sometime in late 1996 and sounds about right. Upon closer inspection, that was actually an unprecedented year --- from 01/96 to 03/97 prices dropped by ...
by The Egg
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 77
Views: 3471

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Is the shortage just on the 6 Plus, or multiple models? I have a 6s Plus, but I'd be fine waiting a couple months if it were less hassle.
by The Egg
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2418
Views: 78978

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I would venture to guess it may be due to the staff. I mean... they work at a Dunkin Donuts... you're bound to have more bad days than good, when it comes to outlook and quality of life... I getcha, but at this point it should be so ingrained in muscle-memory that they can do it within 1% tolerance...
by The Egg
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2418
Views: 78978

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I know I've complained about it before, but I still don't understand how Dunkin coffee can be decent one time, and then complete garbage the next. Same people, same equipment, same beans, same everything --- during peak hours (so it's not sitting). I just don't get it. I rarely drink the stuff now, ...
by The Egg
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Challenge: Find HGST's official warranty length :)
Replies: 34
Views: 1890

Re: Challenge: Find HGST's official warranty length :)

I have a 120gb 840EVO in my main rig acting as a cache drive (swapfile, browser cache, windows temp, photoshop scratch, etc) to save wear from garbage writes on my main SSD. I think it’s only at something like 1.5TB of writes in that role after several years, but it gets to stay powered almost 24/7,...
by The Egg
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 167
Views: 4395

Re: Video card prices

You can't blame GPU makers, and you can't blame the average Joe trying to make extra money with his card. All anger/frustration should be directed at the cryptocurrency creators who artificially and intentionally force the use of GPUs.
by The Egg
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 167
Views: 4395

Re: Video card prices

...this is still news? At this point, those frustrated by the pricing situation should lay blame on the GPU manufacturers for poor supply. Whatever one thinks of cryptocurrency, it is obviously not going away so I don't see the situation much differently than that of DRAM. Relatively fixed supply p...
by The Egg
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 77
Views: 3471

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

It's lousy that they refused to provide service, but again, not terribly surprising. If there's any sort of implied warranty on any portion of the device after they service it, it's likely easier to just refuse service rather than accept any amount of liability. I suspect every other electronics man...
by The Egg
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3581
Views: 528319

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Children Of Bodom
by The Egg
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 77
Views: 3471

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Did they deny you the $29 promotion, or just flat out refuse to service it? I would’ve actually been shocked if they didn’t deny you the promotion, and not terribly surprised by the latter. Electronics are different than cars because they can. That said, I imagine most car warranties would also be v...
by The Egg
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 167
Views: 4395

Re: Video card prices

Redocbew wrote:
I'm just resigned to the fact now that buying my next GPU is going to suck. Hopefully that won't be happening for a while yet.

Maybe if we all join hands and whistle the theme song to Bubble Bobble, it’ll help the cryptobubble pop faster.
by The Egg
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 167
Views: 4395

Re: Video card prices

meerkt wrote:
The Egg wrote:
why are some of these currencies coded in such a way so as to deliberately discourage the use of ASICs?
To help with decentralization/democratization of mining.

When $400 cards are going for over $1000, how is it any better than ASICs in that regard?
by The Egg
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 167
Views: 4395

Re: Video card prices

Is it unethical that I'm secretly hoping for all these cryptocurrencies to crash and burn? In addition to seriously messing with my jive (I'd be running a Vega56 and Samsung 32" Freesync right now, instead I have a 970 and 24" TN G-Sync), it seems the only thing they're good for is wasting...
by The Egg
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: The Last Great Plasma!
Replies: 45
Views: 1657

Re: The Last Great Plasma!

Never owned one myself, but I recently replaced a couple capacitors on the power board of a 42" LG plasma (which I was given for free) and gave it to a family member in need of a TV. What's with the power boards in plasma TVs being so frequently under-engineered? Any way to beef-up some of the ...
by The Egg
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?
Replies: 18
Views: 1279

Re: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?

No, I'm not certain that my method still works, but I am certain that it has nothing to do with that aforementioned "cutoff" date either, as far as I know that's just for that assistive tech site. I've been doing these steps with success since August 2016. Of course you need the network c...
by The Egg
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2418
Views: 78978

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Heiwashin wrote:
It's golden delicious for me every time.

Same here. As evidenced above, though, I haven't exactly put in much effort to sample the varieties.
by The Egg
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?
Replies: 18
Views: 1279

Re: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?

Here's a trick that still works, I've done it dozens of times, the last being a month or two ago. .... Step 2: Disconnect network connection, disable wireless, etc. Step 3: Set the clock to July 28th, 2016....... The free upgrade offer was supposed to end 12/31, so two months ago isn't relevant to ...
by The Egg
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: ATI 5970 - What to do with it?
Replies: 15
Views: 620

Re: ATI 5970 - What to do with it?

Those cards would blow the doors off all the crap Geforce 210's, 8400GS, and Geforce 710's being sold (I'd wager the 1030 too). The problem is crazy power consumption and lack of driver support. In W10 you're forced to use the supplied Microsoft drivers, and I'm not sure if you even get the full fea...
by The Egg
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2418
Views: 78978

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

omg you guys stop. No, not McD's apples. A granny smith from my refrigerator. I actually made it well into my 30's before having a Granny Smith. Well....I'm sure I've had them before, but in an unaltered natural state, and where I identified it beforehand and then noted the taste. Not a huge fan. T...
by The Egg
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2418
Views: 78978

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I hate high-beltline cars with a passion. Being a 6'4 driver, high beltlines mean that my line of sight can't be adjusted to where I can actually see properly, creating a hazardous situation (worse than any crash rating, IMO). I've actually had to back out on cars I really liked in the past, after t...
by The Egg
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Digital Dark Age in Physical Storage?
Replies: 23
Views: 768

Re: Digital Dark Age in Physical Storage?

I just digitalized a VHS from 1985, 32 years ago. The quality did not appear to be meaningfully degraded to my untrained eye, however, the lubrication on the tape itself clearly had some issues: I didn't have any overall obvious signal integrity issues (it even looked much better than I expected!),...
by The Egg
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Digital Dark Age in Physical Storage?
Replies: 23
Views: 768

Re: Digital Dark Age in Physical Storage?

Well, you've got a multitude of things... ⋅ Rapid obsolescence of interfaces and mediums. Regardless of durability, the tech might not be usable or meaningful past a handful of years ⋅ Tech that's so new, its longevity is unproven or completely unknown (e.g., TLC flash) ⋅&nb...
by The Egg
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2418
Views: 78978

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Sounds like a really good night to me. 8)
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