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by morphine
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 206
Views: 17316

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

Sigh. Note to self, next time I'm at your place, apply matches.
by morphine
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 969

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

Niiiice, that's some impressive sleuthing and an easy-to-understand explanation. I second the idea of JBI doing an educational show :)
by morphine
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 49
Views: 1625

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

Chrispy, I would have advised you against drives so big on the basis that if one of them fails out of warranty and you have to buy a new one, you're stuck with a rather large bill. Then again, if you're that gung-ho about silence, you want as fewer drives as possible, so hey, whatever works for you....
by morphine
Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 49
Views: 1625

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

"Fast" as in way better than most consumer SSDs I've used, even considering the 5400 RPM limitation. Even though they don't have insane STR, I've found that the NCQ implementation actually works. Copy two things over at the same time and the speed drops to roughly half instead of just stop...
by morphine
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 45
Views: 2589

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

derFunkenstein wrote:
The Moto G5 is really this phone. 3000mAH battery, decent performance. It's $225 or whatever but if that's all you want, this is it.

So long he knows that he's getting one software update, very late in the device's lifetime.
by morphine
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 49
Views: 1625

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

Oh, in case it's not clear by now: WD Reds are by far the quietest "fast" drives I've ever laid ears on.
by morphine
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 49
Views: 1625

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

I know that anecdotal evidence isn't worth much, but I have four Reds in my array, three 5TB models about 8-10 months old, and a recently-introduced 6TB spinner. No problems so far (knock on wood). They're inside an Antec P182 with rubber mounts and good cooling, so I'm fairly sure that helps a fair...
by morphine
Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (Updated) AMD (does?) want TR to report on TR
Replies: 86
Views: 3763

Re: (Updated) AMD (does?) want TR to report on TR

I got totally fed up with my add-in SATA controller. Yeah, no kidding. Unfortunately there seems to have been a race to the bottom on SATA cards. Unless you move up to enterprise grade stuff they're a crapshoot. $70 Dell Perc cards, IBM rebrands, etc are all easily had on Ebay. They all flash with ...
by morphine
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Grim Dawn - The Diablo 2 Successor We Deserve
Replies: 25
Views: 3355

Re: Grim Dawn - The Diablo 2 Successor We Deserve

That's part of the design, though it's much better balanced. Been a while since I played, but... There are eight (?) classes and you pick your primary, then your secondary class. From that point on you can use skills from both. On top of that, there's a third layer of skill points affecting your cha...
by morphine
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 206
Views: 17316

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

I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone that welcomed me to the TR BBQ. Needless to say, I had a great time. Everyone was very welcoming, fun, and friendly. I ate lots, I talked lots. It was great finally getting to meet the people behind long-existing names (Ned and JBI spring to mind), and see...
by morphine
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 45
Views: 2589

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

A used (maybe new?) Nexus 5X is probably the best Android option other than the models we've discussed. Updates straight from Google, that's a massive win.

The only problem is that it may be a little too dear, hence looking for a used one in good condition.
by morphine
Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 45
Views: 2589

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

+1 Moto G I had a post-Google Moto G phone and I am swearing off the brand entirely, at least while it's still in Lenovo's wings. My phone was sluggish as heck because (apparently) the memory management was all screwy, the update to Android 5 took a whole nine months in coming, and there was but a ...
by morphine
Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 45
Views: 2589

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

You didn't have me at "unknown brand." I wouldn't do that pretty much ever.
by morphine
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dude, where's my 4GB?
Replies: 264
Views: 195106

Re: Dude, where's my 4GB?

Nice input, but you realize that the last post in this thread was 6 years ago? :lol:
by morphine
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 45
Views: 2589

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

In this case I'd second the recommendation for the Nokia 6.

Also take a look a the Huawei "Lite" models. P8 Lite, etc etc.
by morphine
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 45
Views: 2589

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

This may be a silly question, perhaps, but why not one of the newer Xiaomi Notes?
by morphine
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 43
Views: 1386

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

Yeah, I didn't mean to say I've blacklisted Seagate forever. According to all reports, they've been having good reliability records in these past few iterations. Another issue is that WD's support is nothing short of fantastic. I still prefer to buy from them because I know that it something goes wr...
by morphine
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 43
Views: 1386

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

Well, I'm not getting into that particular discussion. Between me and friends, I've seen a ton of Seagate drives go, while WD failures are much fewer and farther between, so... vOv
by morphine
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 43
Views: 1386

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

Flipping that point on its head, all of us are no strangers to tons of situations that could have been avoided if users would just have some common sense about their computing devices. But that's an actual social problem entirely: put diesel in your gasoline car, your friends will mock you merciless...
by morphine
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 43
Views: 1386

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

Yeah, users reading documentation or "working around the system." Let me know when you meet those outside of forums like these. No offense, though, I do understand your point but it simply doesn't correlate with reality. And in all fairness, should it? It's 2017, and much like a car will d...
by morphine
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 43
Views: 1386

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

Oooh, this is one of those trick questions. "The positive parts of Linux," just like "everything that men understand about women": two books with blank pages.

I'm joking, I use Linux in servers, and also, what JBI said :)
by morphine
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)
Replies: 23
Views: 1006

Re: CUI (Clicking Under the Influence)

Worst time I ever did that was when I clicked the "register" link in this website.

Look at the effin' mess that turned out to be.
by morphine
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Change Username
Replies: 14
Views: 1109

Re: Change Username

I was joking, but hey, it's an interesting story :)
by morphine
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Change Username
Replies: 14
Views: 1109

Re: Change Username

Sooo, are you no longer a loser, no longer a gamer, or both?
by morphine
Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Applied New Artic Silver 5 and now...
Replies: 26
Views: 1304

Re: Applied New Artic Silver 5 and now...

Power supply as in charger?
by morphine
Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: My latest Case project, as of 10-18-2016
Replies: 103
Views: 21272

Re: My latest Case project, as of 10-18-2016

Man that sucks. Did you impress enough people at least?
by morphine
Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Popup executable
Replies: 8
Views: 875

Re: Popup executable

I'd get a hold of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Make sure you grab the free version, it's not immediately obvious in their website. Have it run a full scan.
by morphine
Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Applied New Artic Silver 5 and now...
Replies: 26
Views: 1304

Re: Applied New Artic Silver 5 and now...

If you feel like going through the trouble, work out the parts that you know are working (screen, keyboard, touchpad, charger, etc) and flip then on eBay or Craigslist. Should get a couple hundred back.
by morphine
Mon May 29, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Hi-Fi VHS: It really does sound good
Replies: 30
Views: 1728

Re: Hi-Fi VHS: It really does sound good

"I absolutely love handling tapes." -- Nobody.