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by The Egg
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Best wireless printer
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Best wireless printer

What price range are you aiming for? I've been happy with my Brother laser ( this would be the current equivalent ), though it doesn't really get put through its paces with me. Only minor quibble is that it only does 2.4ghz (I usually leave that band turned off in favor of 5ghz only), but being seve...
by The Egg
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: UPS Failure Mode
Replies: 19
Views: 647

Re: UPS Failure Mode

You're not wrong - I don't feel like I didn't get my money's worth out of it, it was just such a funny thing that one moment everything seemed fine and the next it wouldn't power back on for anything I tried. We never lost power - it was plugged into a good outlet the whole time. I just checked my ...
by The Egg
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: UPS Failure Mode
Replies: 19
Views: 647

Re: UPS Failure Mode

UPS batteries need to be replaced every 3-5 years. The tone of your post gives the impression that you're expecting them to last forever. 5 years is really pushing it for a server UPS, and your 10 year old home unit is just a surge protector right now.
by The Egg
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1645

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

Topino, my point is that it's not a guaranteed thing that new GPUs/architectures will perform well in newer games. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. AMD has a better record than NVIDIA, but both have produced cards that excel at older games but crap out on newer. Fiji is a good example of an...
by The Egg
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2054
Views: 67151

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Thanksgiving is easily the best holiday of the year. I initially wanted to boycott any stores forcing their employees to work Thanksgiving Day, but at this point I'd be boycotting everyone. I simply don't want any part of that crap, and most Black Fridays I stay indoors (or at most, hang out with fa...
by The Egg
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 1743

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

I can't get into any of the new american muscle cars. They've got crazy high HP and I'm sure they're a blast, but they're also rather oaf'ish by today's standards. They don't have the character of the classics, and high horsepower alone just doesn't impress me these days. It also seems like america...
by The Egg
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 1743

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

I can't get into any of the new american muscle cars. They've got crazy high HP and I'm sure they're a blast, but they're also rather oaf'ish by today's standards. They don't have the character of the classics, and high horsepower alone just doesn't impress me these days. It also seems like american...
by The Egg
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 1743

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

Perspective is everything I guess. My greatest car ever will be one that has a 300+ mile range, all electric, and a two minute charge time. Edit* and be cheap That one kinda defies the laws of physics; regardless of battery tech. The amount of power required (and hell, even the thickness of the DC ...
by The Egg
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2054
Views: 67151

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Checked out Red Arrow Tap Room last night. Interesting concept. They hand you a smartcard when you arrive; all of the beer is self-serve, but you need to insert your card into a slot below the tap to turn it on. The beer is sold by the ounce, and each pour is recorded on your card. So you can work ...
by The Egg
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2054
Views: 67151

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I recently replaced a couple blown caps on the power board of a 42" plasma, and it was a piece of cake. Your results will vary wildly though, depending on the exact model and issue (I got lucky in almost every facet). It sounds like you might not actually want it fixed though. :wink:
by The Egg
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2054
Views: 67151

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Captain Ned wrote:
https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-whitelist-a-sender-or-domain-in-gmail-1172106

No luck, unfortunately. I think that's more for email which is received and automatically moved into the Spam folder, whereas these messages are being blocked by the server before they even hit the inbox.
by The Egg
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2054
Views: 67151

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Anybody know how to prevent Gmail from automatically filtering messages from a specific address? I have a registration/confirmation email that I need to come through, and it's apparently getting slapped-down by gmail's servers and not even making it into my Spam folder. The sender has no form of tec...
by The Egg
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1067

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

I'm actually most interested to see how much the onboard HBM2 boosts the CPU performance. Could be even more than the Broadwell i7-5775c. I thought the HBM2 was only connected to the GPU and the CPU will still use regular DDR4 SDRAM? (which is in the photo) I'm not sure, TBH. Being on the same inte...
by The Egg
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1067

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

I'm actually most interested to see how much the onboard HBM2 boosts the CPU performance. Could be even more than the Broadwell i7-5775c.
by The Egg
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March
Replies: 13
Views: 649

Re: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March

We also have a 650. As long as they don't take the MyHarmony service down to reprogram it if we get something new, it's fine. But I've always been wary, since it can apparently only be programmed over the internet. An application with an updateable database of known devices/codes would have been pr...
by The Egg
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 85
Views: 4371

Re: End of an E®A

At this point, Sears should be able to do about 15 minutes of basic math and realize that it just isn't gonna happen. What's the point continuing to bleed millions every quarter?
by The Egg
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March
Replies: 13
Views: 649

Re: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March

With that kind of support, I'll certainly think twice before getting anything in that product line again. Don't have a Link, but I do have a Harmony 650 remote. Its functionality is excellent, but the roughly 300-400ms of input lag on some devices is a real downer. Would also be nice if it could do ...
by The Egg
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ergonomic "gaming" keyboard. Does it exist?
Replies: 46
Views: 8371

Re: Ergonomic "gaming" keyboard. Does it exist?

I'm yet another who would pay for a mech/backlit Natural. The reason it'll never happen is because it's a Microsoft product. In typical fashion, they started with a good design and are currently implementing their mastermind plan of non-advertisement, neglect, (the 4000 hasn't had a true successor i...
by The Egg
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3258

Re: What is your sound set up?

If no driver exists for an expensive internal soundcard in 5-10 years, the device is essentially worthless (or you'd be forced to keep it in a rig with an older OS, ...or an OS with Open Source drivers. :wink: These days, another issue is that older soundcards are legacy PCI, and most newer motherb...
by The Egg
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3258

Re: What is your sound set up?

I still have an Essence STX in the closet that I've been meaning to put on Ebay. I moved to the current DAC + amp setup before migrating to W10, so I can't comment on the W10 driver quality. I know many others had complained about previous Windows drivers, but I never personally experienced any iss...
by The Egg
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3258

Re: What is your sound set up?

I still have an Essence STX in the closet that I've been meaning to put on Ebay. I moved to the current DAC + amp setup before migrating to W10, so I can't comment on the W10 driver quality. I know many others had complained about previous Windows drivers, but I never personally experienced any issu...
by The Egg
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon
Replies: 14
Views: 966

Re: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon

So you can still activate Win10 with a Win7 key directly, with no repercussions? Yeah. Well......physically typing in a Win7 key I’m not sure, but I know that you can still take an activated Win7 install and do an in-place upgrade to Win10 via the assistive tech download tool. Once the process is c...
by The Egg
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon
Replies: 14
Views: 966

Re: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon

I wonder if that means just activating Windows 7/8/8.1 keys against it will still work or if it will be shut down as well. If so that will suck :( Once you've already had a system activated on 10, you shouldn't need to put in a key in anymore. You can just skip that step during the install process,...
by The Egg
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon
Replies: 14
Views: 966

Re: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon

Good to know, thanks for the heads-up.
by The Egg
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3258

Re: What is your sound set up?

Realtek optical out to a Yamaha RP-U100 , powering desktop speakers and a sub of my own design. The Yamaha gives me what I want, which is a big-ass volume control, easy switching between AM/FM/PC, narrow footprint and an auto-mute headphone jack. I don't do serious listening at the desktop, but it'...
by The Egg
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3258

Re: What is your sound set up?

Stereo optical out to a Schiit Modi 2 Uber DAC + a Magni 2 Uber headphone amp. Currently using a set of ~12yr old Sennheiser 595's, but may soon relegate those to other duties, and upgrade to a pair of 650's.
by The Egg
Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2537

Re: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?

Well hey...decent thread topic WHM (and a couple informative responses already). I've probably used 6502 and Z80-based devices countless times, but this was before I had any real understanding of the internals (and it was mostly to play games). As has been mentioned, most of the newly released CPUs ...
by The Egg
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: occasional slow windows 10 boot
Replies: 11
Views: 527

Re: occasional slow windows 10 boot

Gotta be a BIOS quirk. Looks like they have a fairly recent release (BIOS F.68 Rev.A on 7/18/17), so I'd give that a shot if you haven't already. Oddly, the website doesn't show BIOS updates if you select Windows 10, so you might not have seen it (try Win7 instead).
by The Egg
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess
Replies: 64
Views: 3478

Re: The Pixel 2 family is a hot mess

End User wrote:
The iPhone 8 is a legacy product. It is obsolete.

Interesting. By what metric?


End User wrote:
Large bezels are the new headphone jack. Like it or not big bezels are now a sign of outdated tech.

I love my bezels and headphone jack. I write about them in my diary every night.
by The Egg
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: SO-DIMMS for Everything?
Replies: 34
Views: 1327

Re: SO-DIMMS for Everything?

I've also noticed that SO-DIMMs top-out at lower speeds, and are usually 1-2 CAS cycles slower than similar standard DIMMs. I couldn't tell you whether this is due to a physical limitation or just that they're aimed at different markets (mobile isn't as performance-oriented), but it's been the case ...
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