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by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 25, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 77
Views: 5483

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

thegleek wrote:
...we'll sleep sadly in our van...


It's a lake but I suppose it's close enough for this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv2VIEY9-A8
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 25, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 77
Views: 5483

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I actually did that once many years ago. It was OK. The thing with the local company is that they have all kinds of cool ciders from different apples. It's much better than buying a gallon of juice from Costco and making my own with a kit.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 25, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 77
Views: 5483

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I'm with you that most ciders are way too sweet. I've had a local brand that was pretty good from Sweetland Orchard. Most don't like it because it's not the spiked apple juice that most have come to expect. They make some good stuff, just hard to find. What's amazing about cider, especially that bra...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu May 24, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 77
Views: 5483

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I've been tossing around putting this out there and I think my wife would rather I say something than not. Last year I was told by someone who knows more about medicine than me that I can't have gluten any more. For the food, maybe people can label allergens for those that make stuff? I know there w...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu May 24, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 77
Views: 5483

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Is anyone showing up Friday welcome to crash on a couch or pitch a tent Friday night? Ditto. I'm still working through the route and deciding how much torture I feel like putting my sport bike friend through in one day but I'm thinking I might make it there by Friday night. I'm still deciding on a ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed May 23, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 450

Re: Camping / Hiking :

just brew it! wrote:
Same here; that's pretty clever. Kind of a compact folding umbrella, but turned inside-out. My main concern would be how well the frame holds up if subjected to high winds, as replacing individual broken poles may not be possible.

...Duct tape, it fixes everything.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed May 23, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 450

Re: Camping / Hiking :

I'm actually looking for a recommendation for a quick-setting tent. It needs to be compact enough to fit on a motorcycle. I found a promising MSR but it was like $200 O_O I've done quite a bit of backpacking and motorcycle camping. What size tent are you looking for? How many people do you want to ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed May 23, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 450

Re: Camping / Hiking :

I'm actually looking for a recommendation for a quick-setting tent. It needs to be compact enough to fit on a motorcycle. I found a promising MSR but it was like $200 O_O
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed May 23, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 77
Views: 5483

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I think his grammar skills have waned since his departure ;P

My friend from last year that was unable to make it is planning on tagging along this year.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sun May 13, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 2600X + Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3 mATX AM4
Replies: 5
Views: 618

Re: Ryzen 5 2600X + Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3 mATX AM4

Depends on what you do with your computer, but probably. Should be just fine. They had issues with the APUs but I haven't heard of 2nd gen Ryzen having issues. Would probably want to update once you get going, though. No. I've heard 2ng gen Ryzen are buck less picky with the memory. That's about the...
by DragonDaddyBear
Sun May 13, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 1440

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

First, I agree with all others. XP is long past due for replacement. XP firewall is inbound only. I used zone alarm back in the day. Second, you should look into snort if you want packet analysis and blocking. Wire shark will carrier but now block. Snort is an IPS. It's not the easiest to use but th...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 11, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Affordable Laptop with RGB
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Re: Affordable Laptop with RGB

So, if I decide not to be too cheap and go up to $1,100 there appear to be many options.

Here's one example. https://www.amazon.com/Gaming-i7-7700HQ ... B1050&th=1
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 11, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Affordable Laptop with RGB
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Re: Affordable Laptop with RGB

As far as Chrome with too many tabs goes, I find it's more about memory than CPU. Or have you already installed a tab-suspender extension so that isn't as much of an issue? Meh, The SSD I put in her XPS 14z years ago masks some of that. But the SandyBridge era laptop CPU, that's really showing its ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu May 10, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Affordable Laptop with RGB
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Affordable Laptop with RGB

This is going to seem a little silly, but are there any laptops with RGB keyboards that are not "gaming" laptops? See, Mrs. Bear really like colors. Like, a lot. But I don't want to buy an OP laptop for her that's going to bigger than the XPS 14z from late 2010 that she has now. I have a f...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri May 04, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade path?
Replies: 11
Views: 784

Re: Upgrade path?

What chipset is it? I'm a little confused by your post. If you haven't already, assuming you can, OC it. You may need a new cooler if you are using the stock one (I think they came with a cooler). Honestly, it's pretty old and due for an upgrade but you might be able to milk it a little while longer...
by DragonDaddyBear
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 7217

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

While I don't like what Nvidia might have done,the we won't know without the contracts. You are right. But would it be illegal to do something do anticompetitive when there is a duopoly? Harming the other manufacture in such a way could result some form of government intervention. I think there is p...
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 77
Views: 5483

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I'm taking the scenic route and would like to stay on the lower half, West side about 3 hours north of the event. What's a good camp ground in that area? I'm coming from the Porcupine area in the UP that date, if that helps.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 44
Views: 5489

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

So, would accurate emulation of a chip or piece of hardware be an time in which one would need to use such a timer?
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 44
Views: 5489

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

Chuck and JBI, thank you for the explanation. If you don't mind me asking, what kinds of applications would such a counter be needed for? Could you not run into race conditions if incorrectly used this? Sorry for the probably silly question, not a programmer.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised
Replies: 44
Views: 5489

Re: Anand's RyZen+ Review just got revised

What is really surprising is the difference in impact between AMD and Intel.

What benefit does HPET have in everyday life? Is it important for servers? Sorry, haven't been able to read the entire write up yet.
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 2155

Re: Midwest blizzard

Apparently mother nature wants to remind the entire country that we are called "The Great White North" for good reason. Another round of snow tomorrow! Uhhg. Then, a week later, it's sunny and 70. I swear, living up here is like being married to a pregnant woman: constant emotional whiplash.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 2155

Re: Midwest blizzard

We're getting lots of snow in Minnesota, but that's not exactly a rare phenomenon. Usually we don't get the snow and the wind at the same time though. Yeah, blizzards don't happen all that frequently. What's really crazy is the normal high is supposed to be almost 60 when this blizzard rolled throu...
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: AV1 Video Codec
Replies: 16
Views: 1754

Re: AV1 Video Codec

H.265 won't die, tough. The movie and tv industry, which produce the majority of the content, are backing the incumbent and profiting from it. We, the consumers, will still need devices that support it. The biggest winner in this is the streaming providers.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 2155

Re: Midwest blizzard

The low pressure system is causing all kinds of chaos in the country. If you look at the weather map it's pretty amazing to see that the majority of the country is being engulfed by one system. Flooding and severe weather in the South scares me more than the pile of snow up here.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 2155

Midwest blizzard

Fun times with the weather, no? White out conditions up here. I hope the gerbils down south are doing ok. I saw reports of tornados down south.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: AV1 Video Codec
Replies: 16
Views: 1754

Re: AV1 Video Codec

meerkt wrote:
No H265 comparison, oddly.

That's the point. They don't want to pay the license fee. AV1 is free and purportedly better. It will take time to show up in use, though, because there is no hardware to decode it in consumer devices.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Robo Vacuum for Christmas
Replies: 18
Views: 3229

Re: Robo Vacuum for Christmas

Not that I would respond to a mild necro, there is the fact I never followed up. I ended up with a DeeBot. It worked surprisingly well on our carpet and hardwood. It didn't get everything every time but that dirt bin was way more full than I expected it to be. Unfortunately it was quite stupid and w...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 329
Views: 25496

Re: Video card prices

I'm worried about the long-term damage from this mining thing. It wasn't that long ago that the entry to a half way decent gaming card was well over $300. But those days $500+ CPU's were not uncommon. But it may have reset the market's expectation. Same with RAM. Perception of value is powerful.
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?
Replies: 38
Views: 2783

Re: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?

Quite a few years ago I had my home configured to point to an alternative DNS service. It's an easy whole-home defense. Some of the services out there also offer crude content filtering based on DNS. I eventually went to a PFSense router with a proxy add on. I should probably finish configuring that...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: VW in deep Doo-Doo
Replies: 209
Views: 21454

Re: VW in deep Doo-Doo

I'm guessing there will be a lot of people who modify the car to the old software or an even more pollutant version in the name of fuel economy at that price. Another thought, even with the unmodified, fixed cars how much pollution would need to be created to replace these cards with company version...
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