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by morphine
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?
Replies: 68
Views: 1244

Re: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?

Add to that list: HP Zbook / ZBook Studio.
by morphine
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Which hair dryer do you use?
Replies: 31
Views: 1261

Re: Which hair dryer do you use?

Long-haired gerbil here. I'm going to bite. TLDR: towel for most of it, have a blow-dryer with a moderately high-heat / low-speed setting. A "cool shot" button is handy too. Towel-dry most of it. Avoid "mashing" your hair too much. I usually just hang my head to the front/side so...
by morphine
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Nas solutions
Replies: 23
Views: 1160

Re: Nas solutions

Another vote for a Synology unit. I don't know what GamersNexus' beef was, but if the unit was under warranty then it gets repaired. Their boxes are no different in that regard from other prebuilt NAS units.
by morphine
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What angle grinder wattage for marble work?
Replies: 26
Views: 1330

Re: What angle grinder wattage for marble work?

Thanks for your input, guys! Since my girlfriend is small, we opted to go with the Bosch 720W unit. We'll be looking at protective gear now.
by morphine
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What angle grinder wattage for marble work?
Replies: 26
Views: 1330

Re: What angle grinder wattage for marble work?

For what it's worth, the marble work will be more sculpting tiles / blocks than outright cutting them.
by morphine
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What angle grinder wattage for marble work?
Replies: 26
Views: 1330

Re: What angle grinder wattage for marble work?

If only angle grinders were powered by smartassery... :P
by morphine
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What angle grinder wattage for marble work?
Replies: 26
Views: 1330

What angle grinder wattage for marble work?

This should be a simple question/answer for the ever-knowing TR forums gerbils. Girlfriend needs a compact angle grinder for her art studies. The biggest power-related requirement for it is that it should be able to cut marble and steel. So, what wattage should we be looking for? We're currently loo...
by morphine
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cyberpunk 2077
Replies: 15
Views: 863

Re: Cyberpunk 2077

One of the few titles I'll be breaking my "no preorder" rule for. Only a very select few companies are in that club.
by morphine
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung
Replies: 29
Views: 1841

Re: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung

Seriously, just install iTunes, do the backup/restore, then uninstall it (along with Apple Mobile Device Support and Bonjour).
by morphine
Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung
Replies: 29
Views: 1841

Re: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung

Thanks everyone, that was definitely helpful. Why not simply connect to the PC, use iTunes' backup function to save data and settings, and then do a full phone restore? That'll almost certainly fix whatever problem, plus it'll install the latest iOS anyway. Because that would require installing and...
by morphine
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung
Replies: 29
Views: 1841

Re: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung

DancinJack wrote:
You even get 15GB with Google 1's (formerly Google Drive) default plan, for free. At least that's usable. 5GB isn't even enough to backup a full iPhone 16GB.

It's almost like that's on purpose ;)
by morphine
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX 2080 and today's games
Replies: 47
Views: 1702

Re: RTX 2080 and today's games

Get a used GTX 1080 Ti. At least around here, they're flooding the used cards market at ridiculously low prices.
by morphine
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung
Replies: 29
Views: 1841

Re: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung

Why not simply connect to the PC, use iTunes' backup function to save data and settings, and then do a full phone restore? That'll almost certainly fix whatever problem, plus it'll install the latest iOS anyway.
by morphine
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Today is my last day, got a new job
Replies: 21
Views: 1239

Re: Today is my last day, got a new job

Congratulations! :)

As long as your monetary needs are fulfilled, time >>> money.
by morphine
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioner unit making annoying bubbling noise
Replies: 20
Views: 13334

Re: Air conditioner unit making annoying bubbling noise

Hrm, I'll keep that in mind the next time I have maintenance done on these, thanks!
by morphine
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioner unit making annoying bubbling noise
Replies: 20
Views: 13334

Re: Air conditioner unit making annoying bubbling noise

I assume you meant "where." It's hard to tell where the exact noise is, but I can tell it's inside the house, not outside. The outside piping goes inside through the wall at about chest height and run upwards until they meet the indoor unit in its right side. The noise comes from somewhere...
by morphine
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioner unit making annoying bubbling noise
Replies: 20
Views: 13334

Re: Air conditioner unit making annoying bubbling noise

That's fine, it's not like the problem went away magically.
by morphine
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Persistence of Vision
Replies: 2
Views: 876

Re: Persistence of Vision

Oh wow, that's way cool :) Can I have your job?
by morphine
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 13558

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

Oh, congratulations. What was it awarded for? Distance, or BBQ lifetime achievement?
by morphine
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 13558

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

Captain Ned wrote:
And at that beach there won't be some madman flinging hyper-velocity potatoes at them.

Actually, that'd make it doubly interesting. Fire the potato from the BBQ spot, and have a contest between the gerbils at the next beach over to see who caught it.
by morphine
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 13558

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

It was nice to see all the fireworks celebration just because I attended :P
by morphine
Mon May 07, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Fiber optic vs cable
Replies: 27
Views: 2370

Re: Fiber optic vs cable

Although real-life examples will certainly vary, I would take fiber if given the option because it's easier for them to upgrade your speed at some point, but most importantly because overall it's more reliable and it's easier for techs to figure out why the heck you can't see cats on the interwebz. ...
by morphine
Sun May 06, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 91
Views: 8110

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

My first bet is sound drivers. To diagnose, use onboard audio for a bit and see if that clears the problem up.
by morphine
Wed May 02, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: 'Gipsy Danger' Workstation
Replies: 19
Views: 3202

Re: 'Gipsy Danger' Workstation

steelcity_ballin wrote:
128GB of ram. OK I got this: Spin up a bunch of Virtual Machines each with their own instance of <popular game here>. Then just tab to the one you want to play. Goodbye initial loads.

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by morphine
Wed May 02, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive
Replies: 24
Views: 2565

Re: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive

Reading this thread reminded me of when hard drives were so loud and slow that they sounded like you were dragging a piece of card stock over 20 grit sandpaper. I have a 13" platter drive on the desk behind me. It is partially disassembled so now it is "Modern Art". :D I've been aske...
by morphine
Tue May 01, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD RYZEN 7 1700 good for music production?
Replies: 3
Views: 1264

Re: AMD RYZEN 7 1700 good for music production?

Generally, Intel processors are the superior choice for DAW work in particular. Having said that, the Ryzen 7 1700 should be perfectly serviceable.
by morphine
Tue May 01, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: PSA: Windows April Update adds app specific audio playback device
Replies: 5
Views: 920

Re: PSA: Windows April Update adds app specific audio playback device

Holy Gates thou art closest to heaven...
by morphine
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 5482

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

I think it's time to note that there's no need to go overboard these days when it comes to making a silent PC. Cases and fans are just so much better than they ever were that you don't need to do much to keep a system quiet. I'm running: overclocked 6700K, GTX 1080 Ti FE, Noctua D15S, Define C (two ...
by morphine
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 5482

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

Derp, I meant the R6. I've recommended the R5 for so long that I forgot that the new model was already out :)
by morphine
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 5482

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

I've always built as-quiet-as-possible PCs without getting into fancy fanless PSUs and whatnot. Half your problem is the case, the other half is what you put in it. I recommend the Fractal Define R5, or the Define C (which I personally own and can attest for), and a Noctua D15S. Seeing as you alread...