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by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerable Minix system in Intel chipsets
Replies: 23
Views: 659

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: 622

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: 622

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: 1655

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: 2130

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: 2728

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: 3152

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: 3152

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: 2130

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: 602

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: 116
Views: 3646

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: 2728

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: 1122

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: 1122

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: 1122

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: 2728

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: 740

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.
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Networking for Kids
Replies: 13
Views: 1288

Re: Networking for Kids

That packet builder looks awesome. I've used Scapy but I think kids might like the GUI a bit more, if we even get there. There's enough to do with just walking through a packet getting to Google. I'll probably do some basic web stuff, too. That's more interesting for the kids. Thanks for the advice!
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 4283

Re: Which cpu to get?

I'll echo what others have said. Intel is king of gaming with the i7. If you haven't OC'ed you can do that and get quite a few more years out of your chip. Either get a better GPU if you don't have a high-end one or just save your money for a year or two.
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Networking for Kids
Replies: 13
Views: 1288

Re: Networking for Kids

I don't know VBA.

Ok. I'll stick to "How the Internet Works." That's great advice.

I would like to start with scripting before programming. I can teach that and basic object oriented stuff in PowerShell. Maybe later.
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Networking for Kids
Replies: 13
Views: 1288

Re: Networking for Kids

I guess that's the plan. I don't plan on doing any real switching unless I need to. I'm over planning in case things go wrong. I think I'm just going to plan on the 2960 and the router if i need it. They are crazy cheap. I can budget that if needed. Thanks for the advice everyone. If you have any ot...
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Networking for Kids
Replies: 13
Views: 1288

Re: Networking for Kids

Thanks for all of the help. Let me start with a little background. My wife and I received an email to see if we knew anyone that knew programming or game development. I've done some college classes on Java and a little toying in C#. I'm not really up to speed any more and don't think I could quite t...
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Networking for Kids
Replies: 13
Views: 1288

Re: Networking for Kids

If I were to look for a more "modern" switch with 1Gbps copper, what would I look for? It would be nice to let these kids keep the switch and use it. I saw the 2960's for about $50 after shipping. I know it's a bit more money to get 1Gbps but I'm not looking to make a bunch of cash off the...
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Networking for Kids
Replies: 13
Views: 1288

Networking for Kids

I'm a little out of date here. My CCNA expired last year, but I potential gig teaching some kids networking basics. I was encouraged to keep the class "interactive" and let them go off on their own if I can. If I were to teach a bunch of teens to network what is a good, cheap, but still re...
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: An experiment in repairing clipped audio
Replies: 32
Views: 1936

Re: An experiment in repairing clipped audio

Is all of this being done in Audacity, including the screenshots?
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?
Replies: 28
Views: 2203

Re: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?

Are they're any major gains from a hardware decode by upgrading?
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Mesh Networking Suggestion
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: Mesh Networking Suggestion

For range and easy manageability plus great looks (on the base anyway), I'll throw in a mention for Ubiquiti's AmpliFi HD. Probably the most consumer-friendly thing they've ever made. To be fair, their other stuff is enterprise grade. I do love my UniFi AP. I'll send that his way, too. For the pric...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Mesh Networking Suggestion
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: Mesh Networking Suggestion

I completely forgot about smallnetbuilder. I'll poke around on there, too. Thanks for the link.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Mesh Networking Suggestion
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Mesh Networking Suggestion

Fellow Gerbils, I need help with suggesting a networking product to a coworker. He's running some ancient gear that he says is about 10 years old. His device is in a basement and he is having range issues outside. I'm pretty sure he's only using 2.4 GHz 802.11n, so 5GHz AC will definitely be an issu...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play
Replies: 48
Views: 2345

Re: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play

I'm very happy to hear you were not offended. It was not my intent. Your question want dumb at all. It's good you received guidance on the best slot and now you know it will work there.

Best of luck on the new build! We are here to help.
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