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by codedivine
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 21024

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

Another one bites the dust. Slowly many of the original founders of enthusiast sites are leaving due to financial reasons. TR (Scott), Anandtech (Anand), PCPer (Ryan Shrout) and now HardOCP (Kyle). Anandtech so far has managed to do the best and I think that's partially because they recognized and l...
by codedivine
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Crashplan for Home is going away, looking for computer to computer backup alternatives
Replies: 14
Views: 13027

Re: Crashplan for Home is going away, looking for computer to computer backup alternatives

I gave Duplicati a try tonight from one of my PCs and it seems to work like a champ! I will give it try from my parents Mac tomorrow evening after installing an additional 8TB of storage in my server. Thanks again! One tip for using Duplicati. Duplicati will create a local DB file on the source PC....
by codedivine
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Crashplan for Home is going away, looking for computer to computer backup alternatives
Replies: 14
Views: 13027

Re: Crashplan for Home is going away, looking for computer to computer backup alternatives

I had some success in using Duplicati. It is cross-platform (Windows, Linux, OSX) and open-source software. It allows encrypted backups to local drives, local windows shares, over SFTP and to many cloud providers. You can setup jobs about which directories you want to backup and when, and where the ...
by codedivine
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 6138

Re: Where do you bank?

About cash, while I do put a lot of stuff on credit card, I also am not comfortable with the anti-cash "movement". Online banks make it easy to take out cash because most of them waive off any ATM fees and reimburse you any fee charged by ATM operator but OTOH they don't allow cash deposit...
by codedivine
Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 6138

Where do you bank?

Where do TR folk bank? Do you use a local credit union, regional bank, big bank or an online bank? I am using a combination of them. I tried switching over completely to local CUs but wasn't completely satisfied and am mostly going with a combination of big banks and online banks. Some issues I had ...
by codedivine
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My ISP's Complimentary Web Space is Off the Charts
Replies: 10
Views: 1290

Re: My ISP's Complimentary Web Space is Off the Charts

I used to use bluehost. It looks like they've changed things up a bit since i used them. It used to be that you get the best deal if you bought a year or two upfront but i'm not sure what's going on now. They also seem to have switched to the ambiguous "unmetered" transfer limit which set...
by codedivine
Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: What Router do you use?
Replies: 108
Views: 9631

Re: What Router do you use?

Looks like I am quite a bit behind other people here.  I am using Netgear N300 cable modem + router. This router only supports 2.4GHz wifi.  Due to congestion on the 2.4GHz band, I added a TP-link RE200 range extender that connects to the router on 2.4GHz and connects with clients on 5GHz. RE200 is ...
by codedivine
Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Polaris laptops?
Replies: 1
Views: 1769

Polaris laptops?

Starting a thread about laptops that come with Polaris graphics cards. So far, I have only seen the following: Alienware 15: http://techreport.com/news/30612/latest-alienware-laptops-get-desktop-pascal-and-polaris-graphics HP Omen "Limited edition":  Read somewhere on an AMD announcement. ...
by codedivine
Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD's next x86 Core is "Zen"
Replies: 45
Views: 10695

Re: AMD's next x86 Core is "Zen"

As for transistor budget, I'd have nuked some of the L2. Make it smaller and faster, and free space for other uses. Some excavator leaks point to reduced L2 cache: 1MB per module instead of 2MB. Not sure how reliable the leaks are though. Hopefully AMD is addressing the L2 cache latency as well. Bu...
by codedivine
Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD's next x86 Core is "Zen"
Replies: 45
Views: 10695

Re: AMD's next x86 Core is "Zen"

Bulldozer as an end product wasn't good but I feel that gave several of its key concepts a bad impression. The usage of a shared decoder was a wise move in terms of a transistor budget but didn't go far enough. Steamroller addresses this problem by replicating the decode units for each thread. I wo...
by codedivine
Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)
Replies: 57
Views: 7856

Re: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)

Somewhat boring releases. I had personally been hoping for cheaper models. For what I use my phone for (calls, messaging apps, mapping and occasional web browsing and camera), all the fancy new top-end phones kind of make no sense to me nowadays. Personally, the second-gen Moto G as well as the mid-...
by codedivine
Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: My Javscript benchmark LambdaStream
Replies: 1
Views: 6381

Re: My Javscript benchmark LambdaStream

There appears to be a performance bug in Firefox in the way it spins the JIT compiler threads so performance in FF can jump around a bit.
by codedivine
Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: My Javscript benchmark LambdaStream
Replies: 1
Views: 6381

My Javscript benchmark LambdaStream

I wrote a small JavaScript benchmark for fun. Try it out: http://www.rgbench.com/lambdastream.html LambaStream attempts a very functional looking solution and demonstrates concepts such as lazy pipelines constructed from map and filter etc, and does some runtime specialized code generation too. Deta...
by codedivine
Fri May 16, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Moto E - $129 Off Contract
Replies: 11
Views: 2665

Re: Moto E - $129 Off Contract

For users looking for budget phones, I think the lower-end Lumia phones (520, 525, 630) might be a good option too. The 520 has been known to go for as little as $70 on sales for off-contract phones and will receive the WP 8.1 update.
by codedivine
Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)
Replies: 30
Views: 4663

Re: Firefox vs Chrome (Speed and Usability)

I use both Windows and Linux. I have never had any stability issues with either browser. Firefox advantages over Chrome: * I usually prefer Firefox because I prefer the UI slightly over Chrome, in particular the AwesomeBar is a lot more awesome than Chrome's omnibar. * I am also not too happy with s...
by codedivine
Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Kaveri laptops?
Replies: 3
Views: 1970

Kaveri laptops?

Was wondering if anyone has seen any news or rumors about when will Kaveri debut in the laptop form-factor? From AMD's roadmaps it looked like the earlier part of this year but Q1 is already over. Any news/rumors/speculations? From early benchmarks, it looks like 35-45W might be the sweet spot for K...
by codedivine
Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:05 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Post-Excavator
Replies: 32
Views: 13711

Re: AMD Post-Excavator

Voluntarily removed.
by codedivine
Sun Mar 23, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26465
Views: 2044187

Re: dymt reloaded

Cleaned my monitor today. Is this really my monitor? It SO CLEAR! :o
by codedivine
Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: DX12 tweets from GDC
Replies: 7
Views: 1686

Re: DX12 tweets from GDC

I was particularly hoping for improvements on DirectCompute but nothing was mentioned. For example, DX11 lacks dynamic parallelism as seen in CUDA and OpenCL 2.0. So far it looks like DX12 was focused solely on graphics. As for current hardware support, it may very well be a "feature level"...
by codedivine
Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Treating Readers as Clients or Crowd-Sourcing Research
Replies: 15
Views: 2003

Re: Treating Readers as Clients or Crowd-Sourcing Research

Crowdfunding projects is an interesting idea, but I guess it will be challenging to implement. For example, take reviews of products under NDA which go live at product launch. Examples: 1. For example, take launch of a new CPU or GPU. The way it works now: CPU/GPU vendor contacts TR and sends them a...
by codedivine
Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Suggestions for a micro ATX case
Replies: 26
Views: 8382

Re: Suggestions for a micro ATX case

Have you looked at the Fractal Design Core 1000? It is cheap (retails for around $35-40), relatively small and good enough to easily house a 260x.
by codedivine
Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:16 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Backdoor in AMD GPU drivers?
Replies: 27
Views: 4148

Re: Backdoor in AMD GPU drivers?

According to Graham Sellers of AMD (who I understand is their OpenGL driver team lead): osTestBackdoorATI is a hook used by our automated tests to access memory usage statistics from the driver. Source: http://twitter.com/statuses/422826826956673024 Seriously this is a ridiculous storm-in-a-teacup o...
by codedivine
Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 8/8.1: Recommended Store/Metro apps
Replies: 2
Views: 1146

Re: Windows 8/8.1: Recommended Store/Metro apps

Zite does not appear to be available in the Windows Store, perhaps you are talking about Zite for Windows Phone instead?
by codedivine
Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 8/8.1: Recommended Store/Metro apps
Replies: 2
Views: 1146

Windows 8/8.1: Recommended Store/Metro apps

Just wanted to create a thread to discuss if anyone has nice app suggestions about Metro/Store apps in Windows 8. Please keep this discussion to recommended Metro apps only. I know many of you hate Windows 8, but there are many threads where you can vent about that, so please keep on topic. I use Wi...
by codedivine
Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: NVIDIA Launches World's Fastest Accelerator for Supercomputi
Replies: 9
Views: 7337

Re: NVIDIA Launches World's Fastest Accelerator for Supercom

Well it is a higher-end version of the GTX Titan and Tesla K20 that is already out, so you can estimate its performance by looking up those numbers.
by codedivine
Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Firefox on Android benchmark
Replies: 54
Views: 18247

Re: Firefox on Android benchmark

Thanks k00k! Added
by codedivine
Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Firefox on Android benchmark
Replies: 54
Views: 18247

Re: Firefox on Android benchmark

Added Moto X, Nexus 7 (2013) results and added HTC One Octane result all thanks to https://twitter.com/DanMatte :)
by codedivine
Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Firefox on Android benchmark
Replies: 54
Views: 18247

Re: Firefox on Android benchmark

k00k wrote:
codedivine,

I'll run this on my Onda v812 (Allwinnner A31 SDK 3.2/Android 4.2 device) tonight and update the thread :D


Let us know when you finish the test. A31 results should be interesting :)
by codedivine
Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:39 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Firefox on Android benchmark
Replies: 54
Views: 18247

Re: Firefox on Android benchmark

Thanks everyone. Keep them coming! We now have results from various SoCs based upon Cortex A7, A9, A15, Snapdragon S3, S4, 600 and 800 (and a beta clover-trail result) :D
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