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by The Egg
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1456
Views: 42468

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I remember watching stuff on film projector at least somewhat regularly in our elementary school, up and through the late 80's. It probably had to do with VCRs still being somewhat expensive, or the teacher just didn't have access to what they wanted to play on VHS. I imagine that areas of the coun...
by The Egg
Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1456
Views: 42468

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I also grew up in the era when filmstrip projectors were commonly used in elementary schools. The company that made them is located in the Chicago area, and is still around. When I interviewed there back in the 1990s they had a display case in the lobby with a gold-plated filmstrip projector in it....
by The Egg
Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 45
Views: 1129

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

Then you'll be pleased to know Windows actually does it almost exactly the same way you do: "Libraries" = C:\users\username\ "My Documents" = C:\users\username\My Documents "Pictures" = C:\users\username\Pictures "Music" = C:\users\username\Music My advice is...
by The Egg
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Fake Ryzen chips
Replies: 21
Views: 820

Re: Fake Ryzen chips

Quite honestly, I think better than 95% of Amazon shoppers don't notice/realize/understand when they're buying an item sold by a 3rd party. On multiple occasions I've had friends/co-workers who are prolific Amazon shoppers give me a deer-in-headlights look when I point out that an item is 3rd party ...
by The Egg
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2.5" external HDD reliability: WDC vs Seagate?
Replies: 26
Views: 665

Re: 2.5" external HDD reliability: WDC vs Seagate?

You can generally tell how much faith a manufacturer puts in the quality of their own units by the warranty length.

Western Digital
Toshiba
Most Seagate units are 1 or 2 years
by The Egg
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 1162

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

I rip to FLAC using EAC for home listening, and then transcode a separate MP3 for portable using Foobar2000 (very high VBR) and the latest version of LAME. Foobar2000 can be configured to maintain the same folder structure and filenames, as well as transferring all the metadata. You can basically ju...
by The Egg
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 620
Views: 71407

Re: What are you playing right now?

This Is The Police
by The Egg
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Streaming frustrations
Replies: 36
Views: 1439

Re: Streaming frustrations

I see 40+ APs in my area and my wireless network is always rock solid. Via wireless I use an Apple TV (x2), Chromecast Ultra, laptop, tablet, phone, 4 speaker Sonos setup, and a number of Hue bulbs. Internally I have a Plex server that I use to stream my Blu-ray collection but I also stream from Pr...
by The Egg
Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Streaming frustrations
Replies: 36
Views: 1439

Re: Streaming frustrations

[added] You are correct in the speed of the SB6141 modem, however, most cable companies limit it to 8x4 modems to 100Mbp. But since I only have 60Mbp service it is not an issue. WOW has moved in and offer 100/500Mbp service but the reputation of them over on in Montgomery and the surrounding areas ...
by The Egg
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Streaming frustrations
Replies: 36
Views: 1439

Re: Streaming frustrations

I would also strongly suggest using your SB6141 modem I did switch to it and it seemed to help. I also switched to the DGL-5500 and it seemed to help as well, right up to the point my I got a couple of disconnects and my speeds went to hell in a hand basket. The Belkin N600 DB that is my backup see...
by The Egg
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Streaming frustrations
Replies: 36
Views: 1439

Re: Streaming frustrations

The new stick models are much better with processing power, but I would've gotten a model with a hard-wire connection. Sling offers 50% off the Roku Premiere+, but since you've already signed up, the deal might not be available.

I would also strongly suggest using your SB6141 modem
by The Egg
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 25
Views: 1135

Re: Retro console gaming

My sister still has a 32" Magnavox CRT circa 1995 in rotation. AFAIK, it continues to work flawlessly, so maybe after I finally replace a couple blown caps in a 46" plasma I've been holding for a year, I'll trade her. At the very least, it'll help me narrow down the source of the lag with ...
by The Egg
Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 25
Views: 1135

Re: Retro console gaming

Newer versions of RetroArch have a couple options for reducing lag: you can switch the input driver to "raw", the video driver to Vulkan, and audio to wasapi. The audio part doesn't work well on my system--too much stuttering--but the other two seem to help some. There're also adapters yo...
by The Egg
Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 25
Views: 1135

Re: Retro console gaming

Yeah....I'm exceptionally sensitive to input lag with retro games. All those years playing with wired controllers on analog CRTs means that I have the timing of the jumps and actions hard-coded into my brain with 0 input lag. Even the smallest amount bothers me, and beyond a point is unplayable beca...
by The Egg
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dude, where's my 4GB?
Replies: 264
Views: 194352

Re: Dude, where's my 4GB?

morphine wrote:
Nice input, but you realize that the last post in this thread was 6 years ago? :lol:

I was just thinking that this topic can probably be un-pinned.
by The Egg
Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Website Popup Video Player is Killing Me!
Replies: 14
Views: 1391

Re: Website Popup Video Player is Killing Me!

Sounds like whatever extensions you're using aren't doing a very good job, else they need their settings tweaked. Do a couple of well-placed Google searches and you'll see that it's not just limited to the extensions I'm using. This is actually a very widespread problem, and unless somebody has one...
by The Egg
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Website Popup Video Player is Killing Me!
Replies: 14
Views: 1391

Re: Website Popup Video Player is Killing Me!

White/blacklist script blockers will indeed kill the popup video (sometimes also called a "flyover video player"), but script blockers will also disable comments. Sounds like whatever extensions you're using aren't doing a very good job, else they need their settings tweaked. Have you tri...
by The Egg
Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Forget Model M; the Model F is back!
Replies: 16
Views: 499

Re: Forget Model M; the Model F is back!

Sounds cool, but I don't care for the arrow keys being crammed up into the numpad. IMO, the ideal setup would be to use the construction/materials of a Model F, but with a standard Model M layout.
by The Egg
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 40
Views: 1620

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Forgive my ignorance here, but when folks say "I'm producing $__ per day", is that gross or net? If it's gross, how much is generally lost in the process of converting to a fiat currency and getting it actually deposited in your bank account? Also, how often do you "cash out", an...
by The Egg
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 69
Views: 2541

Re: End of an E®A

just brew it! wrote:
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/kwxngw/inside-the-weird-world-of-aol-disc-collecting-511

I feel sad for that guy.
by The Egg
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 783

Re: Video Card Prices

Yup, fan wear-out is the main concern. I can't see that being an issue after only a couple months though, unless heat from the GPU makes cooling fans overly prone to failure (or the fans are being over-volted at full throttle). I've installed countless 80/92/120mm fans running straight to the PSU a...
by The Egg
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 69
Views: 2541

Re: End of an E®A

I get more frustrated with retail with each passing day. I couldn't tell you how many times I've left a place and just resolved to buy it online and not visit again. "Why the hell did I drive all the way out here?" At this point I'm only buying food/groceries with any regularity, and even ...
by The Egg
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1456
Views: 42468

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Thanks Heiwashin. Don't know if I'll be able to eat lunch today.
by The Egg
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 125
Views: 4908

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

Congrats southrncomfortjm. I'd encourage anyone else with a 480 to do the same. Let the miners take all the risk and deal with all the nonsense. You just put the cash in your pocket. The problem at this point is the miners are moving to Nvidia cards because they're a more economical, power-efficien...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 125
Views: 4908

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

Congrats southrncomfortjm. I'd encourage anyone else with a 480 to do the same. Let the miners take all the risk and deal with all the nonsense. You just put the cash in your pocket.
by The Egg
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: 3.5" HDD enclosure AC/DC adapters make me uneasy
Replies: 11
Views: 662

Re: 3.5" HDD enclosure AC/DC adapters make me uneasy

DC adapters are nearly always 3rd party. They're made as inexpensively as possible by no-name companies in China, so you're right to be leery of their quality. With that said, DC adapters don't seem to frequently take out devices when they go, for whatever reason. If you've got all the specs off the...
by The Egg
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 125
Views: 4908

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

just brew it! wrote:
whm1974 wrote:
I'm not sure I would buy one due to the risk of the card dying on me when I least expect it.

As opposed to the card dying when you DO expect it?

:P

Also, whenever I'm missing something, it's always in the last place I look.
by The Egg
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A crazy idea?
Replies: 42
Views: 1321

Re: A crazy idea?

Going back to my original question, how much could I charge for something I restored to a perfectly working order? Is this just a can of worms if it keeps breaking and customers keep returning their broken objects that I fixed? If it's indeed in perfect working order, I don't see why you can't char...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 125
Views: 4908

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

Krogoth wrote:
southrncomfortjm wrote:
I get the feeling I should sell my nice RX 480 and get a 1070 instead...


You can easily convert that RX 480 to a 1080 at current market prices.

If you can sell something for 3x what you paid, you'd be stupid not to do it. Sell your card immediately before your miss your chance.
by The Egg
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A crazy idea?
Replies: 42
Views: 1321

Re: A crazy idea?

I have a couple questions. First of all, how cheap would as entire system of parts that are broken but not completely beyond repair be? What are some other easily fixed broken devices? Is using such easily fixed components worth the risk? Is it ethical to buy something incredibly easily fixed off o...
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