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by Left_SHifted
Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Router Recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 4895

Re: Router Recommendations?

I too used to have a DIR-655 (toasted mine) , changed it recently for an ASUS RT-N16.

Consider this an endorsement for the ASUS, they have done some great work on the firmware side, ASUS really seems to have upped its firmware game recently.
by Left_SHifted
Sat May 18, 2013 3:16 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: My next Canon long zoom?
Replies: 31
Views: 4986

Re: My next Canon long zoom?

Go for it, your logic is sound, and the 70-200 f4 IS USM is IMO the best of the 70-200 L lenses, the 2.8 ones are a tad too bulky for whole day usage.
by Left_SHifted
Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Whoa
Replies: 44
Views: 4472

Re: Whoa

looks like the overspill from the game.amd.com site :D

good going guys, looks like the techreport went goth :)
by Left_SHifted
Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Das Model S vs Corsair Vengeance K60
Replies: 24
Views: 6766

Re: Das Model S vs Corsair Vengeance K60

I have one of these bad boys from the early 90s, got it off a scrap dealer http://geekhack.org/showwiki.php?title=Island:9441 was actually in the market for a new one, but they cost too much, then found this on the way out, got it for $15 :D best hardware I ever bought good per-key back-lighting How...
by Left_SHifted
Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:03 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Looking for Web Designer/Logo Artist
Replies: 9
Views: 3577

Re: Looking for Web Designer/Logo Artist

Eh... I hope that the poster above doesn't get too mad, but as far as the site goes, if your needs really are simply, buying a premade template is usually a better option, if you're comfortable messing at least a little with HTML+CSS to customize it. second that one, and http://www.brandcrowd.com/l...
by Left_SHifted
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: SBE time ...or "I'm building it at last"
Replies: 24
Views: 2986

Re: SBE time ...or "I'm building it at last"

Well, some people like sacrificing animals/virgins, some people sprinkle their first build with Holy Water, I personally prefer Shamans to perform their "protection" rituals before powering new system on. It's not my first build by any means, but along those lines, I've never really consi...
by Left_SHifted
Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:17 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Article Idea Ivy bridge cooler Shootout
Replies: 14
Views: 4057

Re: Article Idea Ivy bridge cooler Shootout

Idea enthusiastically seconded :D
by Left_SHifted
Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Valve Handbook
Replies: 20
Views: 2615

Re: Valve Handbook

While I don't think valve is dragging its feet on good releases or the HL 3, I do think that the organic nature of innovation outlined by this handbook does suggest to me that they are spread too thin, by which I mean, most of the people want to work on the next "billion dollar" idea rathe...
by Left_SHifted
Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Valve Handbook
Replies: 20
Views: 2615

Re: Valve Handbook

I'm willing to bet a substantial percentage of the new recruits at valve went with that holy mission in mind :)


Thing is, right now they are either doing too much "playtesting" or working on their DOTA 2 skills to care about us plebes :cry:
by Left_SHifted
Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:49 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Valve Handbook
Replies: 20
Views: 2615

Re: Valve Handbook

Apparenty at valve you get to pick your own projects, I can only guess that they have many more interesting things in the pot than working on HL 3 :wink:


Also they frown upon overtimes and stuff, so the people who are working on it are doing it in there own sweet time.
by Left_SHifted
Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Haiku thread
Replies: 348
Views: 92406

Re: TR Haiku thread

gerbil nation unite
tr forums are set alight
tech discussion delight

how's that?
by Left_SHifted
Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Haiku thread
Replies: 348
Views: 92406

Re: TR Haiku thread

tech report daily shortbread delight
tr forum's where the gerbil nation unites
what say you gerbils, alright?


(first haiku)
by Left_SHifted
Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Restoring internet access during a zombie apocalypse?
Replies: 27
Views: 6982

Re: Restoring internet access during a zombie apocalypse?

Seems like everyone is in agreement that they would use wifi or radio instead of the fiberoptic cables. Thats actually good because I think I can understand and research wifi better. As long as you're sold on the radio links, why not try Wimax http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WiMAX it's got a longer ra...
by Left_SHifted
Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Going from 8gb to 16gb? Worth it?
Replies: 24
Views: 2778

Re: Going from 8gb to 16gb? Worth it?

IMHO RAM over 6GB in triple channel mode and 4GB in dual channel mode is only useful if you use a lot of virtual machines....apart from that even rigourous browsing and gaming don't seem to tax RAM that much. I'm curious...do you feel cramped by the 8GB of RAM that you currently have ? and as far as...
by Left_SHifted
Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:03 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: ATI 5770 or 6850 for 17inch monitor?
Replies: 14
Views: 1730

Re: ATI 5770 or 6850 for 17inch monitor?

First of all get a "second" moniter, mostly because i'm rocking a 17" too :D I really like browsing on it, 4:3 format an' all. I use the 20" moniter for gaming mostly, like the 4:3 ratio of the 17" for reading news and browsing TR. A 5770 will easily handle one of these and ...
by Left_SHifted
Sat May 22, 2010 6:50 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Looking for some feedback on build spec
Replies: 6
Views: 1134

Re: Looking for some feedback on build spec

I like your build, only two suggestions,seeing as how you want something for at least three-five years usage. The O/s Hard drive, you could do better with one of those newfangled SSD thingies, again seeing as how you are not compromising quality.they should offer a whole different level of performan...
by Left_SHifted
Tue May 18, 2010 9:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Heroes Cancelled....
Replies: 36
Views: 2429

Re: Heroes Cancelled....

I was sad to hear this news. the show never really recovered from the writer's strike.

I followed the show throughout, I think it deserves a TV movie to wrap up the storyline.

but I agree,the first season was a bit too early for the show to peak.
by Left_SHifted
Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Clue'ing myself in on modern graphics cards
Replies: 8
Views: 1169

Re: Clue'ing myself in on modern graphics cards

I've actually got the same screen resolution as you, 17" 1280 x 1024, and a 4850, paired to a recently bought 1900 x 1200 lcd, and i must say, the only bottleneck in the setup i had was my core 2 duo (since overclocked to a respectable 3.3ghz).gaming on the 1280 x 1024 was around the 60-80 fps ...
by Left_SHifted
Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:22 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Something weird about Vista vs XP that I never understood.
Replies: 21
Views: 1647

Re: Something weird about Vista vs XP that I never understood.

For all the Vista love I'm usually known for, I kind of find your claims of "20%" a bit untrustworthy. You're usually right as well. :) It is the same with Win7 right now was well, you're giving away a few frames to vista on all but the newest games. I agree with appledelhi, it probably c...
by Left_SHifted
Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:48 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Logitech X540 Speakers
Replies: 5
Views: 2930

Re: Logitech X540 Speakers

yeah, these are good speakers, but for this range i prefer the creative t6100, more wattage on almost all the speakers, better sound too.But it is a matter of preference, plus i couldn't find any listed on newegg currently :cry: I've been using them for a while now, and i was shopping exactly in thi...
by Left_SHifted
Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:48 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: INTEL DG41RQ /PR mobo
Replies: 3
Views: 1938

Re: INTEL DG41RQ /PR mobo

Thank you both for replying to my post, this was the confirmation i needed to properly build the system. I'll suggest that Athlon II or Phenom II + an AMD 785G motherboard from Gigabyte or Asus with DDR3 memory would be a better option in this price range. intriguing idea, but for some reason, DDR3 ...
by Left_SHifted
Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:58 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Blackberry vs IPhone
Replies: 79
Views: 11604

Re: Blackberry vs IPhone

wow, cool suggestions so far, but if you've still not decided, here's my 2 cent's worth. I have both a jailbroken iphone 3g and a bb 8120, i am very fond of my iphone, but for some reason as a student, i find carrying it around in university bothersome , they both have rubber covers and all, but i s...
by Left_SHifted
Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:39 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: INTEL DG41RQ /PR mobo
Replies: 3
Views: 1938

INTEL DG41RQ /PR mobo

i was thinking of buying one of these boards for a friend's build, and i need help, as i'm not familiar with overclocking on an intel mobo, and i think i've heard somewhere that intel boards don't support overclocking!! please help, which mobo is better, as they both seem the same, and i was thinkin...
by Left_SHifted
Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Transformers 2
Replies: 23
Views: 1217

Re: Transformers 2

Hated every minute of it! couldn't recognize any of the new bots(they all seemed alike to me). the voice talents of the likes of hugo weaving were sourly wasted(the guy brought a mask to life,you could have given him a few more lines,same for all the bots!). The plot holes just left me gagging(with ...
by Left_SHifted
Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Core i7 system, review please :)
Replies: 6
Views: 1044

Re: Core i7 system, review please :)

It looks as if DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) is not significantly more expensive than DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600). I'd get the faster memory.


concur, to take full advantage of the memory bus headroom available in core i7s.
by Left_SHifted
Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:07 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need a New Mouse.
Replies: 21
Views: 2816

Re: Need a New Mouse.

wow, this has turned into a really cool conversation on mice, :D but all advice really still points to what i said before, stay with the mouse you feel comfortable with and get a razer exactmat or any other good mousepad to complement your mouse.the mouse feet should last longer on a real mousepad. ...
by Left_SHifted
Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need a New Mouse.
Replies: 21
Views: 2816

Re: Need a New Mouse.

try replacing your mouse feet with teflon tape, i tried on my mx518, great, and use the $60 to get yourself a good mousepad, like the razer exactmat. but in mice, it is usually a matter of personal comfort and ergonomics.The mouse i like to use most is my a4tech x7-740k, it just fits my hand like no...
by Left_SHifted
Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:43 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Why Windows 7 [RC] is still a pile of bugs and unusability
Replies: 152
Views: 26606

Re: Why Windows 7 [RC] is still a pile of bugs and unusability

lolz, well, my friends are all software undergrads, like me, so no problems there.(all hate the white machine). Doesn't mean you can't get 0wned. Drive-by installs and rootkits are not to be underestimated. Noted, thank you, does Norton av 2009 help with those, that's what I'm running.it has worked...
by Left_SHifted
Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Why Windows 7 [RC] is still a pile of bugs and unusability
Replies: 152
Views: 26606

Re: Why Windows 7 [RC] is still a pile of bugs and unusability

flying fox: Anybody has the 4xxx and can report if their cards fare better? I am thinking of just getting a 4350/4550 and call it a day if this fixes things. I have a hd4850, it runs flawlessly on windows 7, i've installed the catalyst 9.5 drivers, (haven't tried hdmi audio on mine). even the overc...
by Left_SHifted
Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are Your Favourite Movies?
Replies: 35
Views: 10485

Re: What are Your Favourite Movies?

In no particular order All pixar flicks. The godfather(I and II). The matrix trilogy. Star wars (III and VI, the whole trilogy, only the first time) Blade runner Terminator(I and II) Casablanca The usual suspects Once upon a time in America Lord of the rings trilogy Star trek(wrath of khan and the n...
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