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by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fire HD 8 for 5 year old?
Replies: 10
Views: 305

Re: Fire HD 8 for 5 year old?

I can't speak for the Fire, but one thing I like about the Android tablets is profiles. You can restrict a profile that only has access to specific apps on the main one. We downloaded only the ones my oldest, 5, was allowed to access and then locked it down. The biggest problem we've had is ads. I t...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 50
Views: 3429

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

I have Plex running in FreeNAS in a ESXi box. It's not that bad. The CPU's are the low-power Xeon 6-cores, 12-Threads from years ago. I have a 8 "cores" assigned and unlimited resources (10% system wide reserved for the router, though). I can transcode 2-3 streams at once, enough to transc...
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 50
Views: 3429

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

Glorious wrote:
I tried this with my plex on a skylake quicksync ubuntu 16.04

Crashed it immediately.

I wonder how well it would work with a newer kernel. That's a new-ish CPU for an old-ish release. Can you try swapping kernels and let us know how it works? Or maybe try Clear or something with newer drivers?
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 50
Views: 3429

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

Just remember you need to have a Plex Pass subscription for that. I'm really eager to see how that works for you. Please do share. I've thought about turning my big server (PowerEdge 2950) into a straight Linux box and dropping in a 1050 myself once content gets to that level. 12 Cores and 6 channel...
by DragonDaddyBear
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 188
Views: 5084

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Your body responds to the sugar by releasing reward chemicals in the brain. Your brain wants you to consume sugar to keep the fix going. Just keep up the fight. Keep water around at all times to sip on. As a motivator, use the money you save to go to the bbq next year ;)
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cisco ASA keeps killing my SSH connections
Replies: 41
Views: 4517

Re: Cisco ASA keeps killing my SSH connections

I've actuality seen where redundant connections cause a partial routing loop. The links balanced and when packets were looping out caused enough load on one link where the network would route a different way and get through.

Have you tried a few traceroutes?
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cisco ASA keeps killing my SSH connections
Replies: 41
Views: 4517

Re: Cisco ASA keeps killing my SSH connections

Wow, that's an epic fail.

Maybe your issues stem from that and some kind of network confusion because there are two routes to your destination.
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 4539

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Find a place that roasts locally. There is a HUGE difference in flavor when it's fresh. Dunn Brothers is a fairly common chain that roasts its own. Find a region of bean and a roast you like there and then buy that. Also, I'm cheap and use a coffee press with a reverse osmosis water system I install...
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Robo Vacuum for Christmas
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Re: Robo Vacuum for Christmas

I couldn't find a refurbed Neato that was in seemingly decent condition for under $200. In the end I went with the Deebot. Here's to hoping she'll like it!
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Robo Vacuum for Christmas
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Re: Robo Vacuum for Christmas

Fish, any recommendations, were to find a deal on one? Amazon sold out of the m79 for $150, which is admit add much budget as I have room for.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Robo Vacuum for Christmas
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Re: Robo Vacuum for Christmas

She has asked for one. She is very on top of vacuuming and doesn't have an easy time finding time.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Robo Vacuum for Christmas
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Robo Vacuum for Christmas

I'm thinking of getting the wife a cheap robot vacuum for Christmas this year. I've been waiting for black Friday to come and saw a ECOVACS DEEBOT N79. Anyone have thoughts on this?
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerable Minix system in Intel chipsets
Replies: 23
Views: 894

Re: Vulnerable Minix system in Intel chipsets

At least with AMD we had a a somewhat vague, maybe-sorta, Lisa-will-think-about-it, stance on opening up the PSP for inspection. edit: Ah. Well, looks like since the last time I checked, they confirmed they would not. oh well. That's not the same as what Intel has. AMD did not have a trusted execut...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March
Replies: 13
Views: 880

Re: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March

Every so often, someone will ask why I insist on a phone with a micro-SD slot for my music collection. "Why don't you just stream everything?" Sorry, no. Then I'm completely dependent on someone else to store the bits, and on Sprint to provide uninterrupted access to them. The google musi...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March
Replies: 13
Views: 880

Re: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March

Every so often, someone will ask why I insist on a phone with a micro-SD slot for my music collection. "Why don't you just stream everything?" Sorry, no. Then I'm completely dependent on someone else to store the bits, and on Sprint to provide uninterrupted access to them. This is why I w...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So is the sound card dead?
Replies: 53
Views: 2025

Re: So is the sound card dead?

Pretty much. In ye olde times (XP and earlier) the sound card not only produced "sound", like the chime of Windows booting, but also had a popular dedicated sound API that could be used for 3D processing. Now Direct Sound 3D is dead, as is EAX. Unless OpenAL API's really take off I don't s...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 2604

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

It is only enterprise and must be enabled along side Edge.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 69
Views: 3233

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

Holy crap . I might have to get one of these if they come back in stock. I liked a comment on that. They can't even kill their mobile OS right. I'm only on my Lumia 950 because I can't bring myself to pony up the cash for an S8. I'm using Continuum to type this and like the idea of Dex with my DAC ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3808

Re: What is your sound set up?

I've looked into going a usb splitter and praying with a cleaner, high-quality independent power supply. Has anyone else done this?
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3808

Re: What is your sound set up?

HOME: For listening to and sharing music I have a FiiO taishan-d03k DAC to a Lepai LP-2020A+ amp connected to a Polk DSW 2000 sub and two PSB Alpha B1's. I'm very happy with the setup Gaming is a Logitech G930. Convenient but sound like turds and not very comfortable. Gaming "surround" sou...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 2604

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

With regards to sh*t running downhill, there are three kinds of managers: BS filters, BS amplifiers, and BS generators. If your immediate supervisor is the first type, you can survive the other two types further up the chain of command... for a while at least. If you lose the buffer things can star...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:04 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Low-Profile RX550 ($77.98 USD) Free Shipping!
Replies: 8
Views: 652

Re: Low-Profile RX550 ($77.98 USD) Free Shipping!

Link comes up with a page not found error. I think there is some extra stuff at the end of the URL. I think this one should work. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/xfx-amd-ra ... Id=5869600
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 4433

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

You obviously haven't been in the DoD world. I've seen stuff being used for missions from the 80's. Nuclear stuff is even older.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 69
Views: 3233

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

As long as Windows Phone gets updates I'm keeping it. I'm not a big app use or social media. I'm getting by just fine. The only bad part is runtastic no longer works so i need to track my runs the by time and map out the distance. I'm tired of this race to the new phone. I'm about to go all Andrew L...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage
Replies: 14
Views: 1613

Re: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage

Microsoft patches do more than just the OS. IE and Office were particularly problematic at one point in my career. If you're not on Legacy IE or using "Desktop" Office then you wouldn't have to patch those. It's a quick app reinstall if you have issues.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage
Replies: 14
Views: 1613

Re: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage

You're probably right. It is much faster to install and update, though.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage
Replies: 14
Views: 1613

Re: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage

That's what Universal Apps are for. It is much easier to patch. If only developers would use it.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 69
Views: 3233

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

I'm one of the remaining few. I love my Lumia 950. I like the continuum dock I'm using to type this and listen to music on a DAC/amp. The integration with Skype on my desktop is pretty sweet, too. Cortana has.a "driving mode" and asks me if I want to hear my texts/Skype messages. Lack of h...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 844

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

Roku, for sure. WAF (wife approval factor) is very high. I use it with a Plex server in lieu of a Kodi box.
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