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by DragonDaddyBear
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 202
Views: 15575

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Thank you so much for hosting the BBQ yet again. The long motorcycle trip was worth it!
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 202
Views: 15575

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Running very far behind. Looking like I'll be there just before 10. I'm very sorry for the late arrival.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 202
Views: 15575

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Gearing up for the ride. ETA 8PM Local.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 1162

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

I usually don't care about audio quality TOO much with phones while I'm on the go. When I care a lot is at my desk or home. For that, FLAC and and Behringer UCA202 are amazing together. I usually use an amp, too.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 1162

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

What phone are you using these days, JBI?

APTx is helpful, if your phone supports it. But it's still Bluetooth. And your audio quality is only as good as your worst point.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: TPU “Advertorial By AMD”...
Replies: 9
Views: 670

Re: TPU “Advertorial By AMD”...

Don't blame the readers for blocking scripts that eat ~10% of their CPU and/or make your site unresponsive. I'm fine with advertising on sites. I get it. But when your site is unusable because of advertisement scripts I just disable them. In some cases I just boycott the site.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Custom Builders
Replies: 22
Views: 747

Re: Custom Builders

Don't go X299. It won't be much faster in games, maybe slower. The appeal of X299 is high core counts, PCIe lanes, and memory bandwidth in the more expensive chips. You wouldn't get those on the lower end chip.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 73
Views: 2967

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

So long as the currency it's worth more than the cost to mine i don't think the market will be flooded with used cards.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 1162

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

I use Foobar2000 for converting audio formats.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 14
Views: 547

Re: Xbox One X

4K is a lot of pixels. I don't think most games will run at that natively. I bet they will do some funny 900p-type rendering to get the resolution up like they do to day, just higher (1800p?). I have not bought a 4K TV because there just isn't value in the extra pixels for viewing content at my view...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Forget Model M; the Model F is back!
Replies: 16
Views: 499

Re: Forget Model M; the Model F is back!

I worked with someone that claimed to have made the M back in the day. Truly well-built devices. $300 is a lot of money, but if it's built like they used to be then it will be the last keyboard you need to buy.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox One X
Replies: 14
Views: 547

Re: Xbox One X

The XBox One X can do 4K. It has been demonstrated. It's entirely up to developers to make content that can be played at reasonable frame rates. Some titles will need some tweaking and will not just scale up to 4K, IF they choose to patch it for the One X.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080
Replies: 105
Views: 3814

Re: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080

Given the amount of compute power Vega has I'm leaning towards drivers, too. The Pro side was more hyped to this point than gaming so it would make sense that it accounts for the majority of the development work. That said, my expectations are low. It doesn't seem that much different than a Fury.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 202
Views: 15575

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

What language did you program the simulator in?
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 33
Views: 1323

Re: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?

Check out the Nokia 6. It's supposed to be released this month. The only catch is the AT&T LTE bands are not well supported but the T-Mobile LTE bands are. https://www.phonearena.com/phones/Nokia-6_id10392 EDIT: There is an international version that might support your bands. The TA-1003 is the ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Would you recommend actual lab kit than packet tracer and gns3?
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: Would you recommend actual lab kit than packet tracer and gns3?

Packet Tracer was enough for me over 3 years ago for my ccna. The book and that were more than sufficient. I got my ccna security after that and stopped there.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Photo Management
Replies: 9
Views: 366

Re: Photo Management

I'll forward all suggestions to the boss and report back the results.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Photo Management
Replies: 9
Views: 366

Re: Photo Management

Wow, thanks. That's some serious cash per year, though :( she did just download GIMP, so the photo shop would work out better. I don't suppose the is a cheaper option?
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Photo Management
Replies: 9
Views: 366

Photo Management

The wife is looking for some photo management software that can integrate nicely with our NAS. With our NEX camera and smartphone dumps we've got quite a collection building. We keep everything our FreeNAS box because it's on a Raid 1, we both can access it, and she just doesn't have the space on he...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Am I crazy to buy a friends used parts?
Replies: 9
Views: 300

Re: Am I crazy to buy a friends used parts?

If you're feeling unsure about the ethics I'll buy those parts off you for $300 ;)
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080
Replies: 105
Views: 3814

Re: Vega FE Fire Strike, on par with GTX 1080

Tile rendering is testable. I don't pretend to be remotely knowledgeable on HOW that works but David Kanter is.
http://www.realworldtech.com/tile-based ... idia-gpus/

I'm wondering if AMD actually planned this by possibly engineering Vega more for AI and compute somehow.
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Security suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 1677

Re: Security suggestions

Game (hunting) cameras are a great, inexpensive solution.
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 202
Views: 15575

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

My only other time going was when my oldest was 2 and she had a great time. She loved the epic bubbles.
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Roadtrip Playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 481

Re: Roadtrip Playlist

That's a nice range of eras, DPete27. Thanks!

I'd probably enjoy an audio book but music is more background noise than anything on a motorcycle. I'd rather not get too distracted, ya know?
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Roadtrip Playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 481

Re: Roadtrip Playlist

DancinJack wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
Maybe a Beatles album or two.
Maybe a Rolling Stones album or two


FTFY
Rolling Stones is definitely more road trip worthy, IMO
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Roadtrip Playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 481

Re: Roadtrip Playlist

I'm familiar with most of those bands, actually. I'm mostly a rock guy, but I kinda feel like a motorcycle road trip it's more suited to the classic rock, but I'm open to newer stuff, too, like switchfoot or papa roach, even Nightwish.
by DragonDaddyBear
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Roadtrip Playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 481

Roadtrip Playlist

With the BBQ coming up I'm going to be on the bike for quite some time and I'll need some tunes to keep me company on the winding roads to the BBQ. I'm looking for ideas for music to make a playlist for the long motorcycle trip ahead. I'm looking for good road trip music. I have a wide range of musi...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 67
Views: 3102

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

Sadly I usually exercise option 2. It is infuriating when I ask for help and the person "helping" knows less than I do. Then I vote with my wallet and stay away. I'm fortunate enough that it hasn't happened all that often.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 67
Views: 3102

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

It's not impossible that I could give Samsung another shot, mostly just because this monitor has no competition in the market right now. If I do, though, I'm gonna be buying an extended warranty from the seller with it. There's no way I'm going through this crap again. You're far more forgiving tha...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)
Replies: 23
Views: 872

Re: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)

The worst thing I did was a great thing. Found me a "broken" Adcom 7607 on sleezbay. Grounds for the safety circuit were jacked up. Best $25 ($50 shipping) I've spent.
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