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by Buub
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: BALDUR'S GATE III
Replies: 20
Views: 1189

Re: BALDUR'S GATE III

BG1 and BG2 pretty much play like a normal 2nd D&D campaign with some extra bells and whistles. Party wipes are on the par until your characters get around 8th and 9th level. Respect the icosahedron. Yes, but it's the characters and the story that really make it special. "Go for the eyes, ...
by Buub
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15343

Re: Something's different...

Not sure why this changed on the forums, but for the last week or so, whenever I try to Mark forums read , I get this error message: AJAX error Something went wrong with the request and the server returned an invalid reply. It appears that it still does what it's supposed to do, but the error messag...
by Buub
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Sony Pictures 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Survey
Replies: 24
Views: 718

Re: Sony Pictures 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Survey

just brew it! wrote:
Buub wrote:
What a ridiculous survey. Of all the movies I would absolutely want to capture in 4K detail, not a single one of them was on that list.

Wait, what? You DON'T want Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in glorious 4K HD? :lol:

I know it's hard to believe...
by Buub
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Sony Pictures 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Survey
Replies: 24
Views: 718

Re: Sony Pictures 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Survey

What a ridiculous survey. Of all the movies I would absolutely want to capture in 4K detail, not a single one of them was on that list.
by Buub
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Battery recall for 2015-2017 MBP
Replies: 7
Views: 515

Re: Battery recall for 2015-2017 MBP

Which leads me to my next point.......an argument can be made for small/thin devices such as phones and tablets, but the move away from user-replaceable batteries in larger devices such as laptops serves no purpose other than to be deliberately anti-consumer. It is my hope that any company engaging...
by Buub
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD for laptops/office workstations
Replies: 18
Views: 807

Re: SSD for laptops/office workstations

Agreed. Not yet sold on the robustness of QLC. It's cheapest for a reason, and I don't feel comfortable banking my data on it until it has had significantly more bake time. There are better options that aren't that much more expensive.
by Buub
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD for laptops/office workstations
Replies: 18
Views: 807

Re: SSD for laptops/office workstations

^ I think the Crucial MX500 is mid-performance, the Samsung is the highest, and the WD and Intel fall in between. The Adata is the lowest performance, but only for very intense workloads. For basic office productivity, all of these drives are fine. If you do multimedia editing or something like tha...
by Buub
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD for laptops/office workstations
Replies: 18
Views: 807

Re: SSD for laptops/office workstations

I've used several Crucial MX drives of various vintage with no complaints. I've also used a couple Mushkin Reactor drives and they've also been problem-free and performed as expected. Beware the cheapest off-brand drives (like the cheap Adata drives), as they often omit the RAM cache, making them a ...
by Buub
Thu May 30, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD
Replies: 101
Views: 4644

Re: 16 COARZ.... Not announced by AMD

While I get your gist, that's not actually how horsepower and torque work. Torque is a measure of rotational force. Horsepower is a measure of work. In very simple terms, Horsepower is Torque * RPMs, or in other words, Horsepower is force multiplied by how often (because internal combustion engines ...
by Buub
Fri May 24, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 129
Views: 5398

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - Poll is live!

anotherengineer wrote:
Choice review

pick 5 linux distros and rank them in order as the best windows replacements

6: macOS

Next review?
by Buub
Fri May 24, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 129
Views: 5398

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - Poll is live!

What is this abomination?! I thought you were actually talking about FOOD!
by Buub
Wed May 22, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 129
Views: 5398

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - Poll is live!

Although I voted for Optane experimentation, because it sounds really fascinating, Exotic Steak Prep and Potato Cannoning were very close seconds! I'd pick those three.
by Buub
Fri May 03, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1992

Re: NFL 2019

Really like what the Arizona Cardinals are cooking up with Ryan Gosling Kliff Kingsbury, Kyler Murray, and Hakeem Butler. Looks like they're getting ready to roll out a high-scoring Big 12 style offense! Should be fun to watch!
by Buub
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1437

Re: March Madness 2019

We've had some really fantastic games leading up to the final four. More of the same, please!
by Buub
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1437

Re: March Madness 2019

I don't have time to follow enough teams to even put together a coherent bracket. Just cheering for my Iowa State Cyclones to go far. The Men a 6 seed in the Midwest (after winning the Big 12 Tournament), and the Women a 3 seed in the Chicago bracket. With the football team going to the Alamo bowl,...
by Buub
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1437

Re: March Madness 2019

I don't have time to follow enough teams to even put together a coherent bracket. Just cheering for my Iowa State Cyclones to go far. The Men a 6 seed in the Midwest (after winning the Big 12 Tournament), and the Women a 3 seed in the Chicago bracket. With the football team going to the Alamo bowl,...
by Buub
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1437

Re: March Madness 2019

kvndoom wrote:
Come on refs! That was TWO charges on Williamson. Gimme a break.

What an ending though. Whew I need CPR right now.

Refs love to let the superstars and big men get away with murder. I'm sure it's on their performance review criteria somewhere.
by Buub
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1437

Re: March Madness 2019

I don't have time to follow enough teams to even put together a coherent bracket. Just cheering for my Iowa State Cyclones to go far. The Men a 6 seed in the Midwest (after winning the Big 12 Tournament), and the Women a 3 seed in the Chicago bracket. With the football team going to the Alamo bowl, ...
by Buub
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos
Replies: 104
Views: 5786

Re: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos

Amusingly (based on the thread title), or perhaps not, my Ryzen 5 2400G system is faster than the entry level 2017 MacBook Pro 15" with the Core i7-7700HQ. The AMD system scored 1740 and the MacBook rang in at 1685. I expected it to be kind of close but I figured the Mac would win. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I...
by Buub
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos
Replies: 104
Views: 5786

Re: Cinebench R20 is out. Officially banned from AMD demos

(I usually run SMT-less now because apparently Windows' scheduler is hot garbage, It's not just the fault of the scheduler; SMT is really hard to schedule for optimally. Blaming the scheduler when SMT performs poorly on certain workloads is, in a sense. blaming the messenger. It's nothing inherent ...
by Buub
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Disk Cloning software recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 1960

Re: Disk Cloning software recommendation

Not that the OP asked, but just in case anyone was wondering...

Two excellent packages for MacOS:
Carbon Copy Cloner
Super Duper

I've used both and neither has ever failed me.
by Buub
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Nest Thermostats: Which one?
Replies: 13
Views: 1965

Re: Nest Thermostats: Which one?

Absolutely love my Ecobee 3 lite, with multiple occupancy/temp sensors scattered around the house. Their web integration for remote control is very well done, as well. I chose Ecobee instead of the Nest, and haven't regretted it.
by Buub
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: New (for me) Apple iMac
Replies: 30
Views: 1665

Re: New (for me) Apple iMac

You can go here to find out specs and upgradability on just about every Mac model made:
https://everymac.com/
by Buub
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Recommend a 65" TV -- the less SMART the better
Replies: 42
Views: 3616

Re: Recommend a 65" TV -- the less SMART the better

Moved the "behemoth" DLP upstairs and I'm already thinking I need to start planning to get another LG. Not because of the picture though. While it's certainly better, it's not "blow your socks off" better than my DLP is -- for 1080p, SDR content -- which is what gets watched 99....
by Buub
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Recommend a 65" TV -- the less SMART the better
Replies: 42
Views: 3616

Re: Recommend a 65" TV -- the less SMART the better

Congratulations!

For reference, if I remember correctly, you have to enable HDR per video source as it's off by default (for maximum compatibility). So if you have an HDR-compatible source, you'll want to go look for that.
by Buub
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2018
Replies: 54
Views: 5000

Re: College Football 2018

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Which of the 41 bowl games is the most absurd?
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/th ... sing-math/

That's hilarious and a good example to use for kids who ask if they'll ever use math in real life!
by Buub
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Experiences with Boot Camp
Replies: 13
Views: 1643

Re: Experiences with Boot Camp

You paid for their hardware, and are jumping through hoops to avoid using the OS they give away for free. How in the world is that "sticking it to Apple"? Yeah, not really... just trying to sound cool :D With that being said, I paid a decent amount of money (not Apple levels of money) for...
by Buub
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Experiences with Boot Camp
Replies: 13
Views: 1643

Re: Experiences with Boot Camp

Personally, I prefer to run Windows in a VM (VMware Fusion being my preferred solution, but there are several options). It allows both OS' to run at the same time, and also gives you the option of doing snapshots and things like that. I think it's the better solution for most people. That said, I un...
by Buub
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Merry Christmas to me!
Replies: 19
Views: 1229

Re: Merry Christmas to me!

Great write-up, and those speakers look nice. As far as receivers go, I'm not a hard-core audiophile, but I have been a Denon fan for a long time. I just upgraded my receiver to an AVR-X4400 this past spring, and I have been nothing but impressed with it. Aside from great sound, the Apple airplay su...
by Buub
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 8972

Re: Synology Nas advice

How does that explain why they are cheaper than internals now, in spite of including a case and power brick? Volume. If they sell 100x more externals than internals, and only make half the profit on each drive, then they're still making 50x more profit than from their internal drive division. Also,...
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