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by Thresher
Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Disappointed with 2016 15" MBP
Replies: 28
Views: 1958

Re: Disappointed with 2016 15" MBP

just brew it! wrote:
@Thresher,

I posted this link a while back in DYMT, in case you missed it: Benjamin Button Reviews the New MacBook Pro


That is perfect.
by Thresher
Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Disappointed with 2016 15" MBP
Replies: 28
Views: 1958

Disappointed with 2016 15" MBP

I posted this over at Macrumors.com, but I wanted to share with you guys.  Here's the original at MacRumors. Let me preface by saying this that I've owned 2 PowerBooks and 2 MacBook Pros. My current machine is a maxed out 2013 MPB 15". I ordered my new MacBook Pro 15" a couple of weeks ago...
by Thresher
Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple in 2016: The Six Colors report card
Replies: 42
Views: 5442

Re: Apple in 2016: The Six Colors report card

I just ordered a fairly maxed out MacBook Pro 15.  I wasn't going to get one until later, but Kaby Lake was such a disappointment, I figured there was no point in waiting.  Graphics are a bit lame, even with the 460, but I've seen some videos showing decent performance in many modern games.  Looks l...
by Thresher
Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: New Z170 Motherboard
Replies: 2
Views: 1463

New Z170 Motherboard

I'm going to be jumping on the Z170 train.  I'm not that far behind, but I'm going to take the old computer and make it into a media PC.  This one will be for gaming. I need an ATX board and I do like a lot of bells and whistles.  I usually go with higher end motherboards and have almost always gone...
by Thresher
Tue May 17, 2016 8:08 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 1080 reviews
Replies: 39
Views: 2314

Re: GTX 1080 reviews

Has there been any indication of a GTX 1080 TI part?
by Thresher
Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:01 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Mice
Replies: 34
Views: 2952

Re: Mice

Can I add to this? Most mice these days are slight variations on the same theme. Two buttons with a middle scroll/button combination. There may be a million other buttons on the mouse, but the basic layout is that you rest your index and middle finger on the two buttons and move to the other buttons...
by Thresher
Thu Jul 30, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 and UEFI
Replies: 0
Views: 535

Windows 10 and UEFI

With Windows 8/8.1, to take full advantage of a UEFI machine, you had to do a customized UEFI installation.

Is that still a necessity for Windows 10 or does it install UEFI compatibility automatically?
by Thresher
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: "Repurposing" external hard drives
Replies: 23
Views: 5017

"Repurposing" external hard drives

I have a diskless NAS on order (LaCie 5Big Pro) and I need to put some drives in it. At first, I thought I figured that I would have to buy some new ones, but then I realized that I have 4 3tb drives already. They just happen to be in USB 3 enclosures. Has anyone cracked open these external drives, ...
by Thresher
Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: New hard drive? Read this first.
Replies: 33
Views: 40785

Re: New hard drive? Read this first.

Regarding Macs:

I would suggest exFAT rather than FAT32 for external drives. FAT32 has a file size limit of 4GB, which can become an issue. The only real drawback is that it is not Linux compatible.
by Thresher
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: High-End Computer Speakers
Replies: 110
Views: 21270

Re: High-End Computer Speakers

I don't know why Creative does this, since my old nForce based motherboard years ago could take any 5.1 signal and decode it correctly through optical, but that's the way Creative does it. You need any soundcard/chipset that has either Dolby Digital Live or DTS-Connect support, preferably the latte...
by Thresher
Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: High-End Computer Speakers
Replies: 110
Views: 21270

Re: High-End Computer Speakers

I've pretty much given up on speakers for my PC. I had an old set of Bose (yes, they are as bad as everyone says) set up in a 5.1 hooked up to a receiver through analog 5.1 ports. I use a Creative X-Fi card, which does the job and is low noise. Problem was that my receiver died and they do not make ...
by Thresher
Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:10 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: LED TV or 27" IPS monitor?
Replies: 17
Views: 14709

Re: LED TV or 27" IPS monitor?

churin wrote:
Thresher wrote:
32" IPS LED backlit LCD TV from Panasonic. It's 1080P, but 60Hz, just like most monitors.

OP is interested in IPS monitor. There is no point of comparing TV with TN panel which is used for the "most monitors".


That TV is IPS, read more closely.
by Thresher
Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:40 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: LED TV or 27" IPS monitor?
Replies: 17
Views: 14709

Re: LED TV or 27" IPS monitor?

Prestige Worldwide wrote:
I would never use a TV as a monitor because of the bad input lag TVs tend to have.


Most TVs have a "Game" mode that cuts out all the processing and makes it lag free.
by Thresher
Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: LED TV or 27" IPS monitor?
Replies: 17
Views: 14709

Re: LED TV or 27" IPS monitor?

Why not go with the best of both worlds?

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIERA-T ... B00752RACW

32" IPS LED backlit LCD TV from Panasonic. It's 1080P, but 60Hz, just like most monitors.
by Thresher
Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: P8Z77-V no POST, BIOS or signals
Replies: 13
Views: 7951

Re: P8Z77-V no POST, BIOS or signals

I have the Deluxe version of that board and had the same problem. Indicator code on little motherboard LED showed it to be no installed memory. Took it out, reseated it, and it worked fine.

I don't like the new memory seats. The old ones seemed to be much better.
by Thresher
Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Newegg more expensive?
Replies: 34
Views: 7698

Re: Newegg more expensive?

I haven't bought a hard drive there in a couple of years. Best Buy usually has either Seagate or Western Digital on sale on alternate weekends, so I buy then and beat NewEgg's prices.

Another good place for storage is BHPhotoVideo.com
by Thresher
Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Everything That's Wrong With Movies Today
Replies: 19
Views: 1434

Re: Everything That's Wrong With Movies Today

They missed one: Comedies that don't have a script. The worst offender in this genre is Todd Phillips. He seems to get a bunch of actors together, comes up with a scene, then tells the actors to improvise. Sometimes it works, sometimes it's horrible. Every Will Ferrell movie is like this, where they...
by Thresher
Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Recently bought a PS3 and it has been awesome
Replies: 20
Views: 2998

Re: Recently bought a PS3 and it has been awesome

I have both a PS3 and an XBox 360. I prefer the 360's controller and XBox live beats PS3 Network hands down. But I have to say, in the past few years, I have begun enjoying the PS3 more and more. Mostly because of the games. Uncharted 1&2 (espectially 2) are the best adventure games ever made on...
by Thresher
Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:10 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Building a 12 HDD Raid Enclosure with LEGO
Replies: 18
Views: 9647

Re: Building a 12 HDD Raid Enclosure with LEGO

I've been looking to get a little RAID box for my PC, something like this might be the way to go.

Awesome!
by Thresher
Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The BEST beer, liquor, wine and champagne you have ever had?
Replies: 85
Views: 6090

Re: The BEST beer, liquor, wine and champagne you have ever

I stick mostly with beer. Over the years, I have developed a taste for Saison beers. The best is Saison DuPont. Ommegang makes a great one too, I would put it second. There are others that are all fine examples, many of which are American, but those are the absolute best. I also enjoy Chimay Rouge q...
by Thresher
Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Good Speakers for good price help
Replies: 12
Views: 1185

Re: Good Speakers for good price help

For $200 you're not going to assemble a better system than the Klipsche 2.1s. Love mine, but they seem to have a problem with the control module crapping out after a while. I have to jiggle the volume knob a bit to make sure both channels are playing. The sound quality is awesome from such a small ...
by Thresher
Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Upgrading to Lion?
Replies: 21
Views: 6170

Re: Upgrading to Lion?

I went to see Lion at lunch today. I think I am probably going to give this one a miss, for a while anyway. I'm usually pretty excited to get the latest OS, but frankly, I don't care for a lot of the new UI "improvements". I think this goes beyond "it's new and different, therefore s...
by Thresher
Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Upgrading to Lion?
Replies: 21
Views: 6170

Re: Upgrading to Lion?

I went to see Lion at lunch today. I think I am probably going to give this one a miss, for a while anyway. I'm usually pretty excited to get the latest OS, but frankly, I don't care for a lot of the new UI "improvements". I think this goes beyond "it's new and different, therefore sc...
by Thresher
Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:52 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: I don't get these tablet things
Replies: 13
Views: 832

Re: I don't get these tablet things

I want one simply out of gadget lust.

I have no idea what I would use it for, so it would probably turn out to be a total waste of money.

So far, I've been able to resist.
by Thresher
Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The best Simpsons line ever...whats your memorable moment?
Replies: 56
Views: 3449

Re: The BEST Simpsons line ever...whats your memorable momen

My favorite has to be the Film Festival episode. Don't cry for me, I'm already dead. That one has so many good lines. Jay: You must be the man who didn't know if he had a pimple or a boil. Homer: It was a gummy bear. Jay: How do you sleep at night? McBain: On top of a pile of money, with many beaut...
by Thresher
Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The best Simpsons line ever...whats your memorable moment?
Replies: 56
Views: 3449

Re: The BEST Simpsons line ever...whats your memorable momen

My favorite has to be the Film Festival episode. Moes movie was awesome. "Money gets you one more round, drink it down, you stupid clown. Money gets you one more round, you're out on your ass! WHOA!!" "Mr Gumble, this is a girl scout meeting." "Is it? Or is it that you girl...
by Thresher
Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The best Simpsons line ever...whats your memorable moment?
Replies: 56
Views: 3449

Re: The BEST Simpsons line ever...whats your memorable momen

My favorite quote is one that most people miss because it happens so fast... The set up is that Milhouse is at a spelling bee. Skinner: Milhouse, your word is "choke." Milhouse: Oh, I know this one, it's so easy, "F".... oh man! (kids laugh) Skinner: Stop laughing! It will scar h...
by Thresher
Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: installing mother board and cpu, never done it!
Replies: 24
Views: 1199

Re: installing mother board and cpu, never done it!

First computer home-built, huh? Well, you realize that you have to sacrifice a component to the Computer Gods for this to be successful, right? I would suggest something fairly inexpensive, but not so expensive as to offend them. Maybe find an old harddrive and dropping it a few dozen times until it...
by Thresher
Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ ~VIII~ Official Thread
Replies: 214
Views: 19131

Re: TR BBQ ~VIII~ Official Thread

Sorry, but where is this held?
by Thresher
Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Software to join video files
Replies: 6
Views: 953

Re: Software to join video files

Thanks, I think that will work for me. I'll give it a shot this evening.
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