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by TheMonkeyKing
Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Best version of Kinect and where to buy?
Replies: 2
Views: 886

Re: Best version of Kinect and where to buy?

I looked at the wiki to see what versions are out there and which ones would suit me. I guess the latest would be best. Kinect for Xbox 360 (V1 2010) Kinect for Xbox One (V2 2013) Kinect for Microsoft Windows Version 1.5 Version 1.6, 1.7 and 1.8 Version 2 I know the kinect for windows is the one tha...
by TheMonkeyKing
Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Best version of Kinect and where to buy?
Replies: 2
Views: 886

Best version of Kinect and where to buy?

So I am completely clueless on the XBOX and peripherals (Look I just got MAME to work very well two years)... But I want to have the best version of Kinect for use in 3D modeling and as a sensor device for Lumo Interactive-like application. Also, I don't mind second hand just as long as it is comple...
by TheMonkeyKing
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Behold The Threadripper Socket foolish mortals!
Replies: 40
Views: 2863

Re: Behold The Threadripper Socket foolish mortals!

When I saw, "socket of unusual size" my mind went immediately to "The Princess Bride."

Is the new motherboard going to be called "The Fire Swamp"?
by TheMonkeyKing
Wed May 31, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Completely Re-think the HTPC?
Replies: 6
Views: 1422

Re: Completely Re-think the HTPC?

Additionally... Gaming is a big function within many homes. However, how much is of the computational need is GPU or CPU nowadays? GPU gets the most, right? I do play games on my HTPC usingRetroArch + the Kodi app, "Internet Archive ROM" so I'm still using a single container. DRM (or, aka ...
by TheMonkeyKing
Wed May 31, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Completely Re-think the HTPC?
Replies: 6
Views: 1422

Completely Re-think the HTPC?

When you watch or listen to things delivered by the HTPC, how are you doing so? Through a visual interface like HULU, KODI, or Plex? You know those interfaces are essentially a web browser in kiosk mode? You are not really using an application on the system but viewing it remotely with the essential...
by TheMonkeyKing
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen - No 6 core parts?
Replies: 70
Views: 8002

Re: Ryzen - No 6 core parts?

The cores are quads. You don't do half quads without wasting a lot die real estate. The 8c/8t makes sense. Because if the binning of the 8c/16t don't all show 16t operable, instead of trashing these "failures," they simply lobotomize the failed thread units in BIOS. So do I start the rumor...
by TheMonkeyKing
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Give us 10 good reasons you should win a Corsair RM1000i Special Edition here
Replies: 125
Views: 23945

Re: Give us 10 good reasons you should win a Corsair RM1000i Special Edition here

1. Although I have never won a TechReport contest, I have refrained from sarcastic praise to the winners. (Like they really need more affirmation of being a winner...) 2. Has anyone put in all matching cables and hardware in a case that has no window or LEDs to show off their build? Uhm, that would ...
by TheMonkeyKing
Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 as a subscription?
Replies: 47
Views: 2966

Re: Windows 10 as a subscription?

This is just one business model, hoping to capture the disposable company model. This would essentially be a laptop with a cloud connection to MS applications, also being rented. For the big companies, this won't work for two reasons: 1) Big companies lease systems for 3 years. Two years is too shor...
by TheMonkeyKing
Wed Jul 13, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Are you buying a RX 480?
Replies: 193
Views: 14082

Re: Are you buying a RX 480?

I have a 6950 powering the HTPC and a 7950 in my main rig. Both are non-reference and have been doing their respective tasks well. I do have a bit of complaint of the 7950 in that now in these summer months has been chucking out the heat to where I can definitely feel the difference when I get up an...
by TheMonkeyKing
Tue May 10, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Anyone wall mount (not stand mount) your HDTV?
Replies: 12
Views: 2566

Anyone wall mount (not stand mount) your HDTV?

If so, how high? I'm looking to replace the venerable free standing RCA R52WH74 (oh yeah, big honkin' rear project glory!) with a new ULED or LED HDTV. Since the current TV is parked in a corner of the room, we are accustomed to looking a screen that is eye level with the couch. So having a wall mou...
by TheMonkeyKing
Tue May 10, 2016 9:42 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 24p mode on modern HDTVs
Replies: 17
Views: 5312

Re: 24p mode on modern HDTVs

rtings.com tests for 24p compatibility. It tests for 24p and at 60p and 60i. They are accounting for how much judder (motion blur) is there before having to insert a control which may help with film but turn TV shows into the "soap opera effect." Here is the review of the Sony X810C: http:...
by TheMonkeyKing
Tue May 10, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 3 HDTV's blew out simultaneously advise greatly appreciated
Replies: 32
Views: 7757

Re: 3 HDTV's blew out simultaneously advise greatly apprecia

So in the end it was the Verizon outside power unit to the FIOS or the faulty signal amp?

My guess is the amp, yes?
by TheMonkeyKing
Tue May 10, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Finally found it: the all in one HTPC solution
Replies: 48
Views: 10224

Re: Finally found it: the all in one HTPC solution

Have you thought about getting the Pi3? They are in stock and the turnaround is about a week for delivery.

It is quite a bit more computing power and the OS code has stabilized.
by TheMonkeyKing
Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR and Macrium's Data Disasters contest entry thread
Replies: 48
Views: 7099

Re: TR and Macrium's Data Disasters contest entry thread

You see, uhm, a friend of mine - you don't know him...uhm, he had this really large porn collection....and well...you know...
by TheMonkeyKing
Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Nexus 6p: 64 or 128?
Replies: 3
Views: 1421

Re: Nexus 6p: 64 or 128?

Well it looks like Google made the decision for me. I just got an email saying it was being shipped and FedEx says it just delivered it to my door.

I hope the dog hasn't eaten it.
by TheMonkeyKing
Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:42 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Nexus 6p: 64 or 128?
Replies: 3
Views: 1421

Nexus 6p: 64 or 128?

When all the glowing reports came out for the 5 and the 6p, I jumped on the ordering site and was able to order the 6p with 64GB. Now, I see the 128GB version is available for order. This is a Christmas gift for my wife to upgrade from her S III which had 16GB and a 24 GB card. I'm guessing bigger i...
by TheMonkeyKing
Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Will buying a 4K TV buy me a world of hurt?
Replies: 5
Views: 1289

Will buying a 4K TV buy me a world of hurt?

So I see Walmart has the LG 49UB8200 for $549. (LG 49" 4K TV @ 60 Hz) Buying that would replace my 52" RCA projection (R52WH74) HDTV. It is a rear projection TV but has been phenomanal in service. I've had to go into the service admin screens a couple of times to align the color emitters b...
by TheMonkeyKing
Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:09 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Tablets with full USB port(s)
Replies: 30
Views: 2409

Re: Tablets with full USB port(s)

I have an Acer Iconia A500 tablet. It stopped being supported at Ice Cream Sandwich. It still works pretty well and I use an unofficial build of XBMC for android that works really well plus the newish build of MX (video player) works great on all my HD files. I use the full USB port on the tablet to...
by TheMonkeyKing
Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anyone else got the itch...
Replies: 39
Views: 2512

Re: Anyone else got the itch...

Same here. I cannot justify to my wife any purchases of new CPU and GPUs; the current configurations run everything we want. - We don't have a 4K TV connected to our HTPC. - I have a huge backlog of games that I've bought on previous Steam sales that I have yet to even download - My time is no longe...
by TheMonkeyKing
Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10: My thoughts
Replies: 63
Views: 3822

Re: Win10: My thoughts

But...but...I love my W2K build! And the people who build exploits and the script kiddies who use them are now younger than that OS. And nobody wants to be associated with hanging around an old dude. So I win by being old as dirt? :wink: One man's archaic is another's comfortable and familiar. That ...
by TheMonkeyKing
Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Opinion: Service Packs to be a thing of the past
Replies: 10
Views: 896

Re: Opinion: Service Packs to be a thing of the past

What got me thinking about it is that Google, Apple and now Microsoft have gone to a n-platform that updates (adds or subtracts) according to platform. So PC, tablet and phone are the same base. And to do that, a PC must be connected continuously to the MS network. I remember not so long ago when pe...
by TheMonkeyKing
Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Opinion: Service Packs to be a thing of the past
Replies: 10
Views: 896

Opinion: Service Packs to be a thing of the past

Mark me wrong but I think the days of point releases will be a thing of the past. I seriously believe Win10 will be an iterative process from now on. I am thinking the Insider Preview rings will be the real-world beta testers for fixes or improvements. As soon as a bad update or patch is released to...
by TheMonkeyKing
Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10: My thoughts
Replies: 63
Views: 3822

Win10: My thoughts

This is coming from a Windows 7 user with no Windows 8, 8.1 experience other than reading about it or seeing it on someone else's computer. Before Windows 10 First, let me say something about how I got to Windows 7. I migrated two laptops and three home computers from Windows XP. The two laptops and...
by TheMonkeyKing
Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Chance to upgrade from i5-2500K, should I?
Replies: 20
Views: 2375

Re: Chance to upgrade from i5-2500K, should I?

Thank you all for the sanity check. Like I said, it ain't broke so why mess with it. I am however going to do a case mod so that it will feel less intrusive in the room than my current big black box. As a parent of twin toddlers, the biggest encoding I do is ripping Daniel Tiger and Spot DVDs to fit...
by TheMonkeyKing
Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:34 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Chance to upgrade from i5-2500K, should I?
Replies: 20
Views: 2375

Chance to upgrade from i5-2500K, should I?

So I have finally decided to bite the bullet and clean up my computing space in the house. Yes, it is a mess. (Pics as soon as I start the process) In doing so, I have thought seriously of taking the modder's route in reducing the clutter and making the system and environment more suited to the room...
by TheMonkeyKing
Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Did I just find the deal of a lifetime?
Replies: 53
Views: 4636

Re: Did I just find the deal of a lifetime?

Here in NC, Duke and NC State have folks prowling their junk piles looking for deals like this, so no real bargains here except software.

UNC on the other hand seems to plow through hardware every six months. Now if they would just get rid of their Herman Miller Aeron chairs the same way...
by TheMonkeyKing
Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Looking for Web/IP camera
Replies: 6
Views: 1141

Re: Looking for Web/IP camera

I have the HooToo indoor one which seems to be pretty reliable but now I'm looking for phone software that will allow me to hear and speak through the device.

Anyone have any favorites? (android or iPhone -- I have both)
by TheMonkeyKing
Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help cutting the cord.
Replies: 27
Views: 2187

Re: Help cutting the cord.

XBM...er...KODI (god I hate that name) with the HGTV and Food Network addons.

elmopuddy wrote:
My last thing to figure out is how to satisfy my family's thirst for HGTV and Food Network.. gotta get my ducks in a row, or the peasants shall revolt! :P
by TheMonkeyKing
Tue Mar 24, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help cutting the cord.
Replies: 27
Views: 2187

Re: Help cutting the cord.

If you haven't settled on an antennae, I got these two: - Channel Master CM-4228HD High VHF, UHF and HDTV Antenna (6 years old). I have it upstairs in the attic. It gets me all the local stations plus some more. I cannot get the stations 50 miles out but those are basically the same as my locals (FO...
by TheMonkeyKing
Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Raspberry Pi 2 released
Replies: 69
Views: 14032

Re: Raspberry Pi 2 released

Hands on but not put through any real testing: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/02/raspberry_pi_model_2/
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