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by nerdrage
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Restored Win 7 from backup, now lost localized folder names
Replies: 9
Views: 1030

Re: Restored Win 7 from backup, now lost localized folder names

The localized names come from a file named "desktop.ini" which is marked with the attributes System and Hidden. If that didn't get copied, you'll just have the plain ol' boring directory names. For example the contents of the desktop.ini in my Pictures folder contains: [.ShellClassInfo] Lo...
by nerdrage
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Postpone New Buld? Graphics cards... sigh
Replies: 9
Views: 2110

Re: Postpone New Buld? Graphics cards... sigh

There are rumors of GTX1160 / 1660 cards being revealed possibly as soon as this month, in both vanilla and Ti variants. They are supposed to be RTX chips with the ray-tracing feature disabled and different clock speeds / RAM types / RAM sizes, and rumored to be $80ish cheaper than the RTX2060 for a...
by nerdrage
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 2018 Hurricane Season
Replies: 40
Views: 3032

Re: 2018 Hurricane Season

This will be my first "big one" since moving to NC eleven years ago. I lived in southern New England prior to that, and my main experience was with the (much weaker) Hurricane Gloria back in '85 leaving my neighborhood without power for well over a week, took out MANY trees in our yard, an...
by nerdrage
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Can solder under IHS "go bad"? should I delid?
Replies: 44
Views: 3809

Re: Can solder under IHS "go bad"? should I delid?

In my experience, I've found the temperatures reported by motherboards to be neither accurate nor precise, especially motherboards in that vintage. The only trustworthy/reliable information you can easily gather (without a thermocouple, as mentioned) is whether or not the CPU is throttling. There is...
by nerdrage
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2
Replies: 65
Views: 5025

Re: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2

My work is running some Core 2 E8600 machines and a Phenom II X4 with Win10. I actually upgraded the CPUs from like C2D E4400s because E8600s are so cheap on eBay. They run great. Chrome and Thunderbird are very fast on them and that's really all they use. Newest machines there are Haswell. I agree...
by nerdrage
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cheap Co-Op Games - LAN Capable?
Replies: 13
Views: 1919

Re: Cheap Co-Op Games - LAN Capable?

Left 4 Dead 2 is awesome in co-op mode, and also supports LAN. It's an older game, so it's often on sale for dirt cheap (my buddy picked it up for $1.99 a week ago, but it's back up to $19.99 now.
by nerdrage
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 27295

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

The latest news from Saturday is we now need an emergency out-of-band Windows update to roll back the kernel mitigation for Spectre variant 2 because it may cause data loss and/or corruption in addition to the known rebooting issue. On top of that, Intel says to stop patching microcode/firmware upda...
by nerdrage
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 343
Views: 36942

Re: Video card prices

An interesting development... NVIDIA Asks Retailers To Stop Selling To Miners & Sell To Gamers Instead The company wants its cards to go to gamers instead and it’s trying to do so by directly selling on its website and asking its retail partners to limit orders to two cards per person. NVIDIA st...
by nerdrage
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: The Last Great Plasma!
Replies: 46
Views: 4348

Re: The Last Great Plasma!

I've got a 2009-era Panasonic TC-P54G25 plasma (purchased in January 2010 on clearance) and it's been absolutely wonderful, especially after calibration. The only issue I've had with it is that the panel makes a slight buzzing sound during large brightness transitions, similar to the noise CRTs used...
by nerdrage
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?
Replies: 24
Views: 12256

Re: How to Delete Cookies Automatically at Browser Exit?

Firefox allows a configuration where you can set it up to accept all cookies from first-party and/or third-party sites, but only keep them around until the browser is closed; at which point every cookie that is NOT in your white-list will be deleted. Benefits: ⋅ All sites will be fully fun...
by nerdrage
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 80
Views: 11277

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

I can understand someone wanting faster LAN speeds enough that they are willing to fork over the $$$ for a 10Gbit switch. What I don't understand is: Why would that same performance-concerned person decide to back up a laptop over WiFi, rather than just plugging the laptop directly into the 10Gbit s...
by nerdrage
Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 107
Views: 21165

Re: Retro console gaming

Funny coincidence that this thread came up now. I purchased a NES console off eBay and received it in the mail yesterday. It's the newer revision released around 1993 (which I didn't even know existed until a week ago) so it's quite a bit smaller and the cartridge loads on the top (just like the SNE...
by nerdrage
Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: What Router do you use?
Replies: 108
Views: 9275

Re: What Router do you use?

Netgear R7000 running DD-WRT.  Great performance and reliability.
by nerdrage
Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Dear Microsoft: BITE ME (disabling Win10 autoupdates)
Replies: 52
Views: 4030

Re: Dear Microsoft: BITE ME (disabling Win10 autoupdates)

Well let's put it this way: What does Enterprise Edition buy me exactly? Nothing, because Windows 10 Enterprise Edition is still the same old consumer/desktop OS with an enterprise license and a handful of extra features.  Enterprise != Server. What you REALLY want is a server OS, such as Server Es...
by nerdrage
Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Anyone Excited about Google Pixel?
Replies: 78
Views: 6598

Re: Anyone Excited about Google Pixel?

I have been following its development for months, and I am planning on getting one.  Although admittedly, the price is steeper than I anticipated.
My main requirements are:  5.0" or smaller, Android, Verizon compatibility, and unlocked bootloader.
by nerdrage
Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Why are Android Updates so Difficult?
Replies: 26
Views: 2472

Re: Why are Android Updates so Difficult?

The updates really aren't difficult. It's just that they don't provide any ROI to the manufacturer or carrier. They already have their money, so why bother when the VAST majority of consumers don't care?
by nerdrage
Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Replies: 40
Views: 14157

Re: DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

After my ISP (Time Warner) started instituting cable modem rental charges, I bought a SB6141. It worked well for a few months, but eventually started having issues with thousands of uncorrectable errors. Switching to a Zoom 5341J (also an 8x4 modem) resolved the errors completely and gave me rock so...
by nerdrage
Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Old PSUs
Replies: 57
Views: 6292

Re: Old PSUs

Sounds like you may be talking about the old Inwin A500 cases.
by nerdrage
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ads on TR site prompting me to login
Replies: 1
Views: 918

Ads on TR site prompting me to login

On about 25% of my page views at TR (front page and forums) I'm being prompted for a username and password, from what I'm assuming is an errant Doubleclick ad: A username and password are being requested by https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net. The site says: "Google" This is using FF47 on ...
by nerdrage
Wed May 18, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Security advice after PayPal fraud
Replies: 122
Views: 16142

Re: Security advice after PayPal fraud

Besides your computer, what other devices are connected to your network? (wired and wireless)
by nerdrage
Wed May 11, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Android phone updates/lack thereof
Replies: 62
Views: 7748

Re: Android phone updates/lack thereof

If you have a recent phone, you should already have a SIM that will work just fine. I haven't talked to Verizon about activating a device in years. I buy direct from manufacturers, pop my SIM in, and haven't had a single issue in this regard. That's assuming your old SIM card actually fits in your ...
by nerdrage
Fri May 06, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: SFF 16 port gigabit switch?
Replies: 48
Views: 4929

Re: SFF 16 port gigabit switch?

I'm in the same boat as you, almost exactly. The builder's wiring contractor installed a box into the wall, just like the one you posted. It doesn't have any ventilation, unless you consider the airspace inside the wall to be "ventilation". So that rules out putting heat-generating compone...
by nerdrage
Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Rant - bright blue LEDs on everything
Replies: 51
Views: 3589

Re: Rant - bright blue LEDs on everything

I'm planning on giving these a try soon: LightDims . The reviews seem to be mostly positive. I used a black Sharpie to color over the green LED on a smoke detector to achieve a decent level of dimming, but still keeping the LED visible. Sharpie ink also has the advantage of being easily removable wi...
by nerdrage
Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Sapphire RMA experience; typical?
Replies: 60
Views: 7002

Re: Sapphire RMA experience; typical?

I've done a lot of RMAs in the past for an individual... [snip] ... multiple CPUs from both AMD and Intel What in the world is this individual doing to CPUs that they need to be RMA'd? I've built literally thousands of PCs, and fixed many times that many, and in only one circumstance was the CPU at...
by nerdrage
Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What Interesting Products Have You Found?
Replies: 28
Views: 3907

Re: What Interesting Products Have You Found?

My Delta flight from Atlanta to London in 2013 had a USB port integrated into the TV (in coach). Same with my flight from Atlanta to Milan in 2014, and Atlanta to Honolulu in 2015 (both also Delta/coach). Those were all large, modern planes though. The shorter domestic flights that I've taken in rec...
by nerdrage
Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How to get good service from a dealership?
Replies: 55
Views: 2760

Re: How to get good service from a dealership?

it was like 7:30 in the evening by the time they finally got me the paperwork and I had been there since 9:00 that morning. I was tired, irritable, and hungry -- I'd already left to get food once -- and ready to have my new car. I did end up signing a lot of things without reading them as completel...
by nerdrage
Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Android Devices Slow to Show Files using PC
Replies: 8
Views: 4953

Re: Android Devices Slow to Show Files using PC

I'm using a Razr Maxx HD running Android 4.4.2. When I connect it via USB and browse using Windows Explorer on Win7, the files ARE noticeably slow to show up, especially photos where it has to read the entire file so it can generate a thumbnail. However, for me, it always finishes the operation, and...
by nerdrage
Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB 3.1 why not just call it USB 4?
Replies: 33
Views: 1509

Re: USB 3.1 why not just call it USB 4?

The engineers were looking towards the future. They didn't want to "use up" #4 when they didn't have to.
After all, there are only a finite amount of numbers available, they must conserve wherever they can :roll:
by nerdrage
Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: I think it's finally time to get off of Yahoo Mail
Replies: 16
Views: 2275

Re: I think it's finally time to get off of Yahoo Mail

I maintain two major email accounts: 1. My personal account which I only give to living breathing human beings who write actual emails to me 2. My "everything else" account I get notifications on my phone for account #1, but not #2. Account #2 has been a Yahoo account since the late 1990s....
by nerdrage
Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Company policy on QA defect density
Replies: 12
Views: 4092

Re: Company policy on QA defect density

Yes, that is insane. :roll: We only consider defects to be "bad" when it's obvious that a developer didn't even do the bare minimum of unit testing. We have so many requirement defects, that they tend to drown out coding defects anyway. If the muckety-mucks start to penalize developers for...
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