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by The Egg
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3066

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

I'd like to see some serious jail time and lots of new regulations enacted, but unfortunately I have little faith that either will happen (a good part for R&P reasons). In any case, after I break myself away from a family mobile phone plan in a few weeks, I'll be enacting a permanent security fr...
by The Egg
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7707

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

..The entire thing is a joke at this point. I'd go much further than that. I think that it's a clear deceptive practice, in the US and elsewhere. AMD used just about every tech-reporting source (the "press") to convey an MSRP that isn't at all accurate. (..with some oh *h!t after -the-fac...
by The Egg
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.
Replies: 11
Views: 551

Re: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.

I generally only see internal drives come up as removable when the SATA controller is using completely generic base windows drivers. Once you've installed the proper drivers, it'll generally recognize them as non-removable, unless (as mentioned by Funk) your BIOS has the ability to mark certain SATA...
by The Egg
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: WD 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive
Replies: 10
Views: 585

Re: WD 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive

I may grab one as well. Very good price if it's a Red.
by The Egg
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53143

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

http://nerdist.com/star-wars-imperial-march-is-a-lot-less-evil-when-played-in-a-major-key/ The Star Wars Imperial March, but played in a major key (originally written in G minor). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtXy0rwPU5M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGflu3TbREo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
by The Egg
Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7707

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Dude, come on. You go from "very clearly only polling upon new installs" to "and rarely does afterward" and maybe I'm mistaken? Considering that my own experience is a (relatively) limited data set of machines/installs and you have a constantly evolving piece of software...........
by The Egg
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7707

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I mean, OK, but nothing in your criticism invalidates the way Kougar used it, sorry. I wasn't responding to Kougar; more speaking generally about the Steam survey. Unless you are alleging that Steam (or something else) is systematically "othering" AMD offerings, which you don't, so what? ...
by The Egg
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7707

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I've had steam for years and never once participated in their survey. It's not at all representative of overall GPU market share and by trying to portray it as so is extremely misleading to say the least. The Steam survey has always been useless. In the past, you had over 30% of cards in the "...
by The Egg
Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 21
Views: 827

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

I had them go with Foxit PhantomPDF Business at work, and there's no difference in functionality for what we do. It's $129/license, whereas Adobe was $300+ last time I checked. I've been using Adobe X Standard. When making a single PDF from a list of spreadsheets, is it possible to do in the backgr...
by The Egg
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 1603

Re: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors

DPete27 wrote:
(although this isn't specifically on topic with this thread) Any impressions as to the panel itself? Color, uniformity, backlight bleed, ghosting, other odd characteristics?

I second this.
by The Egg
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 21
Views: 827

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

I had them go with Foxit PhantomPDF Business at work, and there's no difference in functionality for what we do. It's $129/license, whereas Adobe was $300+ last time I checked.
by The Egg
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 3547

Re: Stay Safe!

Heck, it isn't unusual to see 30+ cars in line at our local Costco on a normal weekend. They're almost always at least 5 cents/gallon less than anyone else in the area, so if you're a member that's where you buy your gas. Really? I'm guessing that's mostly older folks....overvaluing today's dollar ...
by The Egg
Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53143

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

That really sucks, Heiwashin. I picked up a dashcam several months ago, but still haven't taken the time to set it up properly (the first two attempts resulted in too much vibration from my stereo). If I drove for a living (especially a semi), I'd have cameras front and rear, and probably try to get...
by The Egg
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 1603

Re: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors

...beside it to a brand new curved Samsung C32HG70 . 1800R curvature on a 32" diagonal monitor seems mild enough that I can tolerate it. I absolutely was not shopping for a curved monitor. I selected this model for its other features, particularly the 144Hz refresh rate with FreeSync2. I've go...
by The Egg
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53143

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Yikes.......well at least it was just a steelie, and not some expensive alloy.
by The Egg
Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 122
Views: 4003

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

If you don't like that, or anything about the cards, don't buy one. You can calmly exit the discussion. Thread is literally entitled "Vega Meta Analysis", which is also exactly what you think shouldn't be part of the "discussion". Maybe you should exit the discussion if your onl...
by The Egg
Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 122
Views: 4003

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

All these Vega threads are getting really obnoxious. The cards have been out barely 2 weeks. I'm sure they're being produced as fast as possible. Resellers are jacking up the prices, not AMD. Yes, they use more power, but a Freesync monitor will also cost you substantially less. If you don't like th...
by The Egg
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53143

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The coffee could be sitting for different periods of time, employees could be cleaning at irregular intervals, the equipment may or may not be properly warmed up, and they could be (are probably) ignoring corporate guidelines for both. I dunno....those seem like decent explanations, but I'll often ...
by The Egg
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53143

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I think a scientific study needs to be done on Dunkin Donuts. I'd like to know how the same group of employees, using the same coffee source, equipment, and preparation methods can make a cup of black coffee taste different every time. How is that possible? I'm not a fan of Dunkin Donuts' coffee. I...
by The Egg
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53143

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I think a scientific study needs to be done on Dunkin Donuts. I'd like to know how the same group of employees, using the same coffee source, equipment, and preparation methods can make a cup of black coffee taste different every time. How is that possible?
by The Egg
Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970
Replies: 22
Views: 1632

Re: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970

Wow, I'm actually surprised that an Ivy i5 and a GTX970 can't manage 1080p @ 60fps even on low settings. Is it possible this is a game or server problem? If you do a lot of online multiplayer, a CPU upgrade is probably your best bet at this point. I'm surprised as well, as I run with most games cra...
by The Egg
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Farthest -- Voyager in Space
Replies: 22
Views: 1129

Re: The Farthest -- Voyager in Space

The Voyager craft have been amazing, but if I were a scientist (and I'm not), I'd be somewhat uneasy about trusting the accuracy of the onboard instrumentation for tiny variations and such. Didn't both craft make close passes to Jupiter (heavy radiation)?
by The Egg
Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?
Replies: 48
Views: 1954

Re: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?

Now....if you were maxing out 286, 386, 486, and Pentium systems, using flash memory for storage and seeing what type of OS's you could manage to run, that'd be cool. If you can get TRIM working with those old CPU's I'd be amazed. That's one of the main reasons I'm looking at the later 775 chipsets...
by The Egg
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?
Replies: 48
Views: 1954

Re: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?

Cool project 8) :roll: That was just a few years ago; not nearly old enough to be cool. Mildly interesting I guess........kinda like supercharging a 2001 Dodge minivan. Now....if you were maxing out 286, 386, 486, and Pentium systems, using flash memory for storage and seeing what type of OS's you ...
by The Egg
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Waiting for Miners to go away? Don't hold your breath
Replies: 16
Views: 825

Re: Waiting for Miners to go away? Don't hold your breath

I don't think it means anything. A demand exists, and Asus is selling a motherboard to meet that demand. The fact that they're doing this has no effect on the efficacy of using GPUs for mining, or the long-term outlook of cryptocurrencies in general. True. It does, however, suggest that Asus at lea...
by The Egg
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7707

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

There are no bad cards, only bad prices. I'd take Vega any day of the week and twice on Sundays for $200. Yep. It's only been a week since release, and what with all this mining crap, I don't understand the negativity. The Vega cards are significantly more appealing if you're also in the market for...
by The Egg
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Question about possible microATX case with high airflow
Replies: 13
Views: 1385

Re: Question about possible microATX case with high airflow

Corsair Carbide 240 High Air Flow https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139044 Rear 2x 80mm Front 2x 120mm Top 2x 120mm Side 1x 120mm I used this case for my dad's mATX build, and it's excellent. The 2-tier design means that your PSU, drives, and most all the wiring can go below...
by The Egg
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Waiting for Miners to go away? Don't hold your breath
Replies: 16
Views: 825

Re: Waiting for Miners to go away? Don't hold your breath

A frequently expressed opinion is that it's all just a passing phase and will be over soonish. Well, it appears that the hardware manufacturers don't see it that way: https://www.coindesk.com/asus-debuts-specialized-motherboard-for-cryptocurrency-miners/ Sadly for us, this may mean that elevated GP...
by The Egg
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Anyone remember how to fix Windows 98?
Replies: 17
Views: 1565

Re: Anyone remember how to fix Windows 98?

Win9x could actually exit to true DOS, so you should be able to install your DOS games completely independent of whatever Windows is doing. You can also run DOS programs from within Windows, but it's a sort of virtualization mode which runs like crap by comparison. Win9x also doesn't protect its sys...
by The Egg
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1746
Views: 53143

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bonnie-tyler-to-sing-total-eclipse-of-the-heart-on-eclipse-w498094

Unfortunately it'll be on a cruise ship, but still quite amusing to me.
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