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by The Egg
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2755
Views: 100304

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Captain Ned wrote:
Just found out that the woman who was killed in that Southwest Airlines engine failure grew up living in the house I now own.

:-?

I'm gonna go ahead and suggest you not take any window seats directly over the wing for a while.
by The Egg
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2755
Views: 100304

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Amazon finally updated their settings to allow businesses to specify whether they can accept weekend deliveries. Previously there was no way of doing this, even for "Amazon Business" accounts, which was a ridiculous waste. My single workplace alone had dozens of failed weekend delivery att...
by The Egg
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 19
Views: 1685

Re: weird issue would like your input

I'm not a fan of Gigabyte boards lately. My parents FM2 setup randomly reboots since installing W10, and follows no pattern nor gives any indication as to why (it was solid under W7, so I can only guess drivers, though I've tried different versions of most everything). More recently, my nephew bough...
by The Egg
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 19
Views: 1685

Re: weird issue would like your input

I'm actually glad I saw this thread. I'm getting ready to hand down my 2500k Sandy system to my parents, and it still has the original CMOS battery from 2011. Gotta say, this is the first time I've used something as my main rig for so long that the battery was due for replacement.
by The Egg
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 33
Views: 2869

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

Speaking of advertising.... Does it seem strange to anyone else that Menards repeatedly plays their commercials while you're in the store ? You're already there. By whatever method, they've been successful in getting you inside and shopping. I don't understand what they're trying to accomplish by fu...
by The Egg
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 2TB SSD $290 Micron >17 hours
Replies: 4
Views: 1659

Re: 2TB SSD $290 Micron >17 hours

That's a very good price, and would make a great game storage drive for people like myself (up over 1.1TB now).

Of course, it's hard to justify spending $300 for better level load times unless everything else is up to snuff....
by The Egg
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 1933

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

Asmedia being involved in the chipset design still makes me incredibly skittish for anything that isn't well into its product cycle and thoroughly vetted. I would also want native USB 3.1 Gen 2 at this point.
by The Egg
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 1933

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

It's kinda like a blind date where you have to stay with the person a couple years. Exciting!!
by The Egg
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 2111

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

@ the While you may end up being right about Intel, from a logical standpoint, people using those integrated GPUs have almost zero impact on the sales of gaming displays, nor care anything of VRR. The two major consoles, as pure gaming machines, should be the real 800lb gorillas. Of course things do...
by The Egg
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 2111

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

So yeah....since the PS4 Pro uses essentially the same AMD graphics chip and has HDMI 2.0, they should be able to add Freesync support with a software update.
by The Egg
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 2111

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

The main problem with Freesync vs GSync is that Freesync as a check-box feature means that it is added to all sorts of crappy display with very narrow VRR windows. Until there is an easy way to differentiate good Freesync vs Freesynch-as-a-checkbox, I don't think nVidia will switch gears. I'm prett...
by The Egg
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10, unfixable mess
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: Windows 10, unfixable mess

Can't say I've had many issues with SATA cables pulling loose over the years. I'm still just happy I don't need to screw around with routing obnoxious PATA cables or master/slave crap anymore. Hopefully in another 5 years, the majority of consumer hardware will be using M.2, and forego cables altoge...
by The Egg
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 2111

Re: Samsung FreeSync TVs in 2018

A sign that Xbox has already had an impact. Very good*. Now if Sony could just do the same thing with the PS4 (also running AMD graphics), it'd really put the nail in the coffin and end this nonsense. As a bit of a sidenote, I'm curious as to why the original Xbox hardware couldn't implement Freesyn...
by The Egg
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?
Replies: 20
Views: 754

Re: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?

Aye, a perfect example of a classic whm1974 thread. :P
by The Egg
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Post Your Old Games!
Replies: 19
Views: 815

Re: Post Your Old Games!

I had 50+ original game boxes over at my folks place, all of which were lost when the basement flooded 12'ish years ago. I still have game discs and manuals for most of the early Blizzard games, but not much else. :(
by The Egg
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 42
Views: 6963

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

Microcenter is selling the previous gen iPad (they call it the "5"; between the Air 2 and the newly released model) at $250 for the 32GB version. Should be good for 4+ years, whereas Android devices are lucky to be supported for 18 months.
by The Egg
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2755
Views: 100304

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I live in the same general area, and get those same ants every year. They suck, because their dark color and small size (combined with having dark floors) means that I don't always see them right away, and can sometimes have a full-scale invasion by the time I notice. Anyhow, I'm guessing each speci...
by The Egg
Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: We Can Still Game Under $400 USD
Replies: 8
Views: 1180

Re: We Can Still Game Under $400 USD

If you've got a Microcenter close by, you can keep your eyes open for systems like this . A 4/4 Sandy i5 with 8GB and a W10 license for $190. The location by me has 7, and a few other similar machines for around the same. Edit: Of course you'd want to throw it into a non-slim case with a decent midr...
by The Egg
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99
Replies: 47
Views: 3033

Re: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99

Later on, I discovered that installing the P2-233 in a BX system with SDRAM resulted in a massive ~40% performance boost. Wow, I didn't know that EDO was so much slower than SDRAM! I've heard of EDO, but I never "experienced" it. It's true. Many, many moons ago I had a Tyan board with slo...
by The Egg
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99
Replies: 47
Views: 3033

Re: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99

Somewhat related to this thread, the boss recently brought in a slew of old family computers to be recycled and have the hard drives destroyed. There were a couple P4's (lap & desk), a S370 Coppermine Celeron, and a Pentium Classic. I decided to hang onto the latter for S&G's. Pentium 166mhz...
by The Egg
Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2755
Views: 100304

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

When eating pretzels, the laws of the universe state that at least one from every bag must manage to land on the floor, so that it can be stepped on or rolled over by a chair. Having hardwood floors also mandates that the pretzel shatter like a pane of glass, and radiate outward centrifugally from ...
by The Egg
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2755
Views: 100304

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

When eating pretzels, the laws of the universe state that at least one from every bag must manage to land on the floor, so that it can be stepped on or rolled over by a chair. Having hardwood floors also mandates that the pretzel shatter like a pane of glass, and radiate outward centrifugally from t...
by The Egg
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2755
Views: 100304

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Well......if we look on the bright side, I'd guess I'd rather have malware creators trying to steal computing resources than engaging in more damaging activities. At least a percentage of them will change their focus in that direction. I wouldn't bet on it being an either-or type of thing. It proba...
by The Egg
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2755
Views: 100304

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Well......if we look on the bright side, I'd guess I'd rather have malware creators trying to steal computing resources than engaging in more damaging activities. At least a percentage of them will change their focus in that direction.
by The Egg
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 43
Views: 5543

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

My reference 970 example is my HTPC which is running a 3770K at stock speeds. That thing is as smooth as silk when gaming, hence why I raised the point in the first place. His 2500K was running at 4.2 which isn't exactly a large overclock but it's a 27% clock gain and more than enough to make IPC o...
by The Egg
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 7604

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

My less stable and less smooth main home system is Asus ROG Strix X370-F + Ryzen 5 1600 @ Auto The "@ Auto" explains any problems you're having. The very first thing I do upon booting a new system is to turn off any automatic BIOS overclocking crap. I'd rather not have my voltages and RAM...
by The Egg
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 43
Views: 5543

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

Just this week I've had the experience of upgrading someone who was gaming on a 2500K. I found them a used GTX 970, doubled their RAM to 16GB and threw an SSD in there that I had lying around. Don't get me wrong; They were thrilled with the upgrade from mechanical storage and their GTX 460, but I k...
by The Egg
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help to do a parts-list to upgrade my PC
Replies: 14
Views: 776

Re: Need help to do a parts-list to upgrade my PC

Took it to computer shop to have it cleaned of any malware, added in new 8GB RAM, I'd like to think that a decent shop would NOT install 8gb of ram into a system running a 32-bit operating system. Oh... I missed that! Yeah that's an issue too. Not only did the OP buy a 10 year old PC with an EOL OS...
by The Egg
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 7604

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

That said, with each version upgrade Microsoft has been systematically removing the real gems in the UI like the right-click-on-the-Start-button shortcut to Programs and Features, which forces you to wade through the corresponding useless Metro App version to get to the more powerful Control Panel ...
by The Egg
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 7604

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

It's a bit obnoxious to initially set up, especially if you're using mutiple accounts. You will need to go through each area of the "Settings" with a fine-tooth comb, and disable almost everything, some of which can be buried under several layers, or require an arcane set of clicks to acce...
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