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by Buub
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1860

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

I think Microsoft forcing the tile-based UI on desktop Windows 8 ended up backfiring on them; MS obviously did this with the intent of using their desktop monopoly to get people accustomed to this UI, and thus want the same thing on their phones. Only people ended up hating it on the desktop, so wh...
by Buub
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1860

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

Even though I am fully, and mostly happily, bought into the entire Apple ecosystem, I think it's sad that MS ended up like this. I thought Windows Mobile had great potential (even though it was always too "Microsofty", it's eventual downfall). It was a great new UI paradigm on the surface ...
by Buub
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion
Replies: 25
Views: 864

Re: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion

thanks all for the responses... ironically.. I currently still limp along with my 2011 mba with only 4GB ram and i actually run lots of apps (word,xcel,evernote, photos,etc) , lots of chrome tabs (10?) and a fusion vm for win10 . granted it runs a bit slow but it runs. im certainly not trying to ru...
by Buub
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion
Replies: 25
Views: 864

Re: memory requirements for Macbook Pro for running fusion

If you're going to run Fusion (or any other VM host), there are two things you want: 1) as much memory as possible 2) as much disk as possible The memory thing is obvious. You're using memory for both the host OS and any guest OS' that you choose to run. The disk thing is non-obvious at first. Windo...
by Buub
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Behold The Threadripper Socket foolish mortals!
Replies: 40
Views: 2633

Re: Behold The Threadripper Socket foolish mortals!

just brew it! wrote:
Looks like we are heading back towards processors the size of a Slot 1 / Slot A cartridge. Except instead of contacts along one edge, it's contacts covering one entire side.

I was thinking something similar. It reminds me of the Pentium Pro!
by Buub
Tue May 09, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: APC UPS, asking for new battery, humming
Replies: 20
Views: 2248

Re: APC UPS, asking for new battery, humming

Generally, if the battery is getting questionable, the determining factor for whether it is safe, for me, is if it is hot or not. If the UPS/battery is getting very hot, then I would shut it down. If not, you should be OK. I'm surprised you got that long out of it. My batteries generally last around...
by Buub
Tue May 02, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: SpaceX Launch/Recovery, May 1 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 837

Re: SpaceX Launch/Recovery, May 1 2017

That's pretty f'n amazing stuff!
by Buub
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 80387 math coprocessors
Replies: 61
Views: 3888

Re: 80387 math coprocessors

If I recall, the DX models had x87 built-in. I was the (not so) proud user of a 386-SX 25 that my parents bought for me (starting with a whopping 2MB of RAM), and I was envious of the DX models. Though I don't know how tangible the difference would have been. The 486DX had the x87 coprocessor built...
by Buub
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 3143

Re: SSD reliability

Tech Report's long-term SSD endurance study:
http://techreport.com/review/27909/the- ... e-all-dead
by Buub
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphones on a Plane
Replies: 32
Views: 1981

Re: Headphones on a Plane

Absolutely love my Bose noise canceling headphones. I've had them for about 14 years now. There are some really crappy noise canceling headphones on the market. Don't buy those. Sure, any over-the-ear headphone sealed type headphone is going to be better than ones that let ambient noise in. I guess ...
by Buub
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chicago
Replies: 25
Views: 2396

Re: Chicago

I agree Lou's is the pinnacle of pizza evolution, but Giordano's is decent too. Edit: Also of potential interest, Ned: There's a Portillos near-ish to downtown now. I think that opened after the last time you were here. Haven't tried Lou's. Maybe next time we're in Chicago. Portillo's is delicious ...
by Buub
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chicago
Replies: 25
Views: 2396

Re: Chicago

Vhalidictes wrote:
Buub wrote:
Chicago deep dish pizza. 'Nuff said.


I couldn't agree more! The less said about Chi-town Deep Dish... the better. https://goo.gl/maps/nNUsciTKRCp

Having never been to NJ, and having no intention to change that, this works for me!: https://giordanos.com/
by Buub
Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chicago
Replies: 25
Views: 2396

Re: Chicago

Oi, that is going to cost them a whole lot more than the first-class comp he should have received for being bumped for an employee. I'm getting to Chicago on United, so we'll see. The funny thing is they ignored simple economics that would have saved them a lot of money in the long run. They claim ...
by Buub
Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chicago
Replies: 25
Views: 2396

Re: Chicago

Chicago deep dish pizza. 'Nuff said.
by Buub
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.
Replies: 27
Views: 4289

Re: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.

Finally got the EdgeRouterX swapped in as our router and added a Netgear GS108Ev2 gigE switch for extra ports, still with the Unifi AP for WiFi. Perceived latency is completely gone and Speedtest.net now benches our nominal 25/5 cable connection at 30/6 from a hardwire port, and about 16/5 over WiF...
by Buub
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 4524

Re: March Madness 2017

I'm still picking Kansas to take it all as long as they don't Rock, Choke, Jayhawk on Saturday. And Rock, Choke, Jayhawk it is. How can a program be so consistently good year after year, get top recruits, play top teams all season and win, but repeatedly underperform in the tournament? Congrats to ...
by Buub
Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Joining the Religion & Politics Forum
Replies: 403
Views: 353987

Re: Joining the Religion & Politics Forum

On the other hand, participating in R&P may lower your street cred!
by Buub
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 4524

Re: March Madness 2017

Kansas rocked Purdue hard. They appear to be peaking at the right time. They've had some lousy games earlier in the year, but are showing their #1 ranking as of late. And as a Cyclone, you're welcome Kansas for showing how to beat Purdue. Wish we could have figured it out in the first half, rather ...
by Buub
Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 4524

Re: March Madness 2017

Kansas rocked Purdue hard. They appear to be peaking at the right time. They've had some lousy games earlier in the year, but are showing their #1 ranking as of late. And as a Cyclone, you're welcome Kansas for showing how to beat Purdue. Wish we could have figured it out in the first half, rather t...
by Buub
Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.
Replies: 27
Views: 4289

Re: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.

My take on Ubiquiti is that it's a move-fast-break-things company that offers great value but lacks the professional grade 'ecosystem' of training/certs, resellers, major league support, etc. of the network titans. This is particularly true of their wired routers, which are based on an open source ...
by Buub
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.
Replies: 27
Views: 4289

Re: "Business" vs "SOHO" Routers - Again.

I am by no means an expert. However, since I installed Ubiquiti hardware I've never ever had to reconfigure or reboot it. You deploy and forget it exists. It never was like that with the consumer stuff I bought before. Ideal for parents or friends who risk calling you every week when things break. ...
by Buub
Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 4524

Re: March Madness 2017

Disappointed that despite the furious comeback, my Cyclones couldn't seal the deal against Purdue. I expect Kansas to solve that problem, if they show up to play.

This has been an exciting tourney so far!
by Buub
Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 5225

Re: Where do you bank?

I go the local credit union approach. I got tired of being treated like an ATM by my mega-bank, and left them years ago. The credit union hasn't always been perfect, but it's good enough. The fees are SUBSTANTIALLY lower and less frequent, and the hours of the local branch are significantly longer (...
by Buub
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: New verizon unlimited plan
Replies: 19
Views: 6408

Re: New verizon unlimited plan

There comes a time for every company who becomes rich and deserts it's users, when they goes back how it was. For Verizon, that time is now. I totally agree with this. I would agree with this if AT&T wasn't just as bad. They problem is, they are big enough to buy tons of government market prote...
by Buub
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: New verizon unlimited plan
Replies: 19
Views: 6408

Re: New verizon unlimited plan

As the father of a 20-something and a teenager, plus my wife's and my occasional tethering, this looks very attractive. I was hoping this would be the result of the T-Mobile competition.

And agreed that data is vastly over-priced, especially as capacity continually increases.
by Buub
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs
Replies: 32
Views: 2159

Re: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs

The more difficult it becomes to run Windows/Bootcamp effecively on a Mac, the more it will hurt their sales. I know a lot of Macbook fans (hell, I'm one of them as long as we're talking pre-2015) and most of them cannot live or survive solely on the OSX ecosystem. Even if they love OSX, they dual-...
by Buub
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs
Replies: 32
Views: 2159

Re: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs

Which is a good thing. There is such thing as "thin enough". Putting CPU/GPU power aside I much prefer using my personal 12" MacBook over my work supplied 15" MacBook Pro due to the massive difference in weight and bulk. If I need CPU/GPU power I much prefer using desktops/serve...
by Buub
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs
Replies: 32
Views: 2159

Re: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs

if industrial design in Apple basically means "make it thin". Which is a good thing. There is such thing as "thin enough". When it compromises other parts of the product. Everything comes with a trade-off. For example, there are some that claim Apple could have come up with sign...
by Buub
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fitbits!
Replies: 12
Views: 1711

Re: Fitbits!

I am a huge fan of my Apple Watch. I love the apps available for it and the way it integrates with the Apple health ecosystem. That said, before that I had a Fitbit Charge HR, and in spite of being a very simple device, it was fantastic at its core duties. Very accurate heart rate monitor, five day ...
by Buub
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iMac issues with failed Boot Camp install
Replies: 10
Views: 1599

Re: iMac issues with failed Boot Camp install

For what it's worth, once you get this fixed, I would highly recommend running Windows in a VM (I prefer VMware Fusion, but others like other alternatives, like VirtualBox), rather than doing Bootcamp. This gives you the best of both worlds -- you can run Windows WHILE running macOS. And you can als...