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by Kretschmer
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: "Converting" a WhiteFox into a wireless keyboard
Replies: 7
Views: 779

Re: "Converting" a WhiteFox into a wireless keyboard

Even though you technically could do this with a wireless USB hub, you're going to find that the WhiteFox isn't designed for power saving. Batteries are going to get nuked and the whole setup is going to be clunky. You'd need a reasonably bulky battery pack and even if you did your own soldering an...
by Kretschmer
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)
Replies: 25
Views: 1230

Re: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)

The bonkers part about people who get upset when you dare speak out against Intel is how they're clinging to the past. low core counts are in the past, even smartphones have more cores than most Intel desktop PCs these days. Whether you accept it or not, software is becoming more and more multi-thr...
by Kretschmer
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)
Replies: 25
Views: 1230

Re: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)

Essentially, AMD CPUs are the best overall option right now for everything except twitch gaming, and there won't be any major changes there for a year or so. You get more cores and threads than Intel and at lower prices on an architecture that game developers are coding for first and foremost (cons...
by Kretschmer
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)
Replies: 25
Views: 1230

Re: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)

Essentially, AMD CPUs are the best overall option right now for everything except twitch gaming, and there won't be any major changes there for a year or so. You get more cores and threads than Intel and at lower prices on an architecture that game developers are coding for first and foremost (cons...
by Kretschmer
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 59
Views: 2134

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

Last year I decided to "treat myself" with my bonus and build a system with all the bells and whistles - giant gaming monitor, i7, and 1080Ti...about a month before I was hit by a car and out of work for months. Bad timing! I'd consider that good timing, now you have a gaming machine to u...
by Kretschmer
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: High or low fps?
Replies: 23
Views: 1135

Re: High or low fps?

I can see the difference between 60FPS and 100FPS, but it depends on the game.
by Kretschmer
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2716

Re: Phone dilemma

This is why users tend to gravitate towards stock and unlocked android phones In the US and Canada (and maybe other parts of the world) that's absolutely not true. Users gravitate towards whatever their carriers provide because it's convenient and there's little-to-no up-front cost. The exception t...
by Kretschmer
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2716

Re: Phone dilemma

But why is it that way. Is the second layer that interconnected to the lowest layer? Does no OEM offer "stock Android" that doesn't need the validation? Some OEMs offer pretty close to stock Android - Nokia and Motorola for example. I would love for all the OEMs to offer stock Android, as...
by Kretschmer
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2716

Re: Phone dilemma

Thanks for the clarification. I was missing that extra layer. So in the case of the Pixel, Google is providing both layers, but for the S9, Google is providing the lowest layer and Samsung provides the next layer? I guess the follow-up question is can security updates be made to the lowest layer in...
by Kretschmer
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2716

Re: Phone dilemma

This is a completely reasonable post. I guess I'm bitter about how mundane the Pixel 2 experience is coming from a OnePlusOne and a Moto G4+ The camera is great, but everything else feels like a sidegrade (performance for my limited use cases) or downgrade (fragile build quality, smaller screen, no...
by Kretschmer
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2716

Re: Phone dilemma

Well, the camera and software support are worth it for me. I had wanted a Pixel 2 XL but the early reviews put me off the display and seeing people complain of permanent burn-in later on confirmed it. LG's POLED mobile displays are apparently trash. I wish some of those other compromises weren't th...
by Kretschmer
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2716

Re: Phone dilemma

I don't consider my Pixel 2 to be worth the premium unless you really, really want the camera. It's small, compromised (large bezels, no 3.5mm, no SD Card, fragile, etc.), and doesn't feel like a camera with premium design. Sure it's nice to have three years of software support, but buying two comp...
by Kretschmer
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2716

Re: Phone dilemma

I don't consider my Pixel 2 to be worth the premium unless you really, really want the camera. It's small, compromised (large bezels, no 3.5mm, no SD Card, fragile, etc.), and doesn't feel like a camera with premium design. Sure it's nice to have three years of software support, but buying two comp...
by Kretschmer
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2716

Re: Phone dilemma

I don't consider my Pixel 2 to be worth the premium unless you really, really want the camera. It's small, compromised (large bezels, no 3.5mm, no SD Card, fragile, etc.), and doesn't feel like a camera with premium design. Sure it's nice to have three years of software support, but buying two compa...
by Kretschmer
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Parental Monitoring
Replies: 16
Views: 675

Re: Parental Monitoring

I would be exceedingly careful. If you really think that illegal content texts are a potential problem, it would be best to disable the picture texting function entirely. I'm not sure if monitoring an illegal text on your PC would count as distribution or possession, but many of these laws are stric...
by Kretschmer
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Parental Monitoring
Replies: 16
Views: 675

Re: Parental Monitoring

A phone with no data still has internet access. So that's a good idea, but then you only know what's good on with the phone when it is on your network. Are you using this monitoring to reduce your liability when he does illegal things online or to protect the family member from what is online? I do...
by Kretschmer
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Parental Monitoring
Replies: 16
Views: 675

Re: Parental Monitoring

Flip phone; No internet; no camera; no liability.
Alternative: Smartphone without a data plan. Makes calls and sends texts, and he can surf at home on secured wifi.
by Kretschmer
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 84
Views: 2716

Re: Phone dilemma

I don't know about camera quality, but Nokia's new phones are cheap with enough power for most users. Flagship Android phones are generally not a great value over cheaper options unless you need the best camera possible. Also note that 3.5mm jacks are disappearing all over, so be sure to check for t...
by Kretschmer
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?
Replies: 62
Views: 2004

Re: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?

Be careful of whiplash from the speed. Congrats!
by Kretschmer
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"
Replies: 59
Views: 2134

Re: Technology purchasing and "moments of weakness"

Last year I decided to "treat myself" with my bonus and build a system with all the bells and whistles - giant gaming monitor, i7, and 1080Ti...about a month before I was hit by a car and out of work for months. Bad timing!
by Kretschmer
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1499

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

GPU requirements for games are grossly overblown and overstated all the damn time. It's just not that hard to run games. I used to play stuff at >100 FPS in 4K reso on a 4K60 monitor, and also in 3840x2160 @ 120Hz using Nvidia DSR on a 1920x1080 @ 144Hz monitor, which is MORE demanding than native ...
by Kretschmer
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 1499

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

Today's new 4K@144Hz monitors are an idiot trap: you'll have to spend gobs of money, wait years, or both to actually use that resolution and refresh rate. Most games look and play much, much better at 100+Hz, so why not align your purchase with today's GPU tech? For fast GPUs (e.g. GTX 1070+) that's...
by Kretschmer
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kampman wants 32 Core benchies? Here are a few!
Replies: 44
Views: 1914

Re: Kampman wants 32 Core benchies? Here are a few!

Honestly, I think that review aggregates should be split into single-threaded and multi-threaded performance-per-dollar. TR tends to over-represent niche multithreaded applications in their reviews, weighting results towards cramming as many threads into a die as possible. I'm sure that some readers...
by Kretschmer
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?
Replies: 34
Views: 1017

Re: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?

Monitors, definitely. Want one for years now but all I read is, contradictory BS, horrible QA Lottery and obscene pricing for compromise-products. So here I am, still honkin' around with my 8yr old 1080p 60Hz TN panel, b/c so far, the industry has failed to make a product that makes me want to thro...
by Kretschmer
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?
Replies: 34
Views: 1017

Re: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?

I second TFT Central. I refuse to buy a monitor that they don't review (though I'm out of the market for a while with an X34).
by Kretschmer
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: University (and beyond) laptop
Replies: 16
Views: 879

Re: University (and beyond) laptop

The old 2-in-1 only has two cores and anemic clockspeeds; big Excel datasets will choke and cry. Trying to stretch a laptop 8 years seems a bit unrealistic. I don't anticipate doing anything with monstrous amounts of data until at least grad school. As ludi said earlier, if I really need anything s...
by Kretschmer
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?
Replies: 34
Views: 1017

Re: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?

Chrispy_ you forgot strobing and luminescence! :)
by Kretschmer
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?
Replies: 34
Views: 1017

Re: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?

I spend the most time researching components that are idiosyncratic and judged on non-objective criteria. You can quickly eyeball benchmarks between CPUs and GPUs, with choices between options limited to two vendors. Once you understand the broad strengths and weaknesses of a CPU or GPU architecture...
by Kretschmer
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: University (and beyond) laptop
Replies: 16
Views: 879

Re: University (and beyond) laptop

The old 2-in-1 only has two cores and anemic clockspeeds; big Excel datasets will choke and cry. Trying to stretch a laptop 8 years seems a bit unrealistic.
by Kretschmer
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Am I bottlenecked?
Replies: 36
Views: 1909

Re: Am I bottlenecked?

Chrispy_ wrote:
Shaddap! My Haswell is still new.

Hey, at least you didn't buy two different types of Haswell chips the month before their successors were released. :D
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