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by Ragnar Dan
Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 2321

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

They even apparently have 'em at K-Mart, though for $18 more. I am sure there are other examples such that an agreeable seller is available for most people. 8)
by Ragnar Dan
Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 2321

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

My main purpose has been to avoid Amazon after learning more about the main owner, but money's money, too.
by Ragnar Dan
Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 2321

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

JustAnEngineer wrote:
The APC Smart-UPS C 1500VA LCD gets significantly more run time from a pair of 12V-12Ah batteries, but it's more expensive, too.

There are other sellers.
by Ragnar Dan
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: F@H Info Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 14469

Re: F@H Info Thread

It has been a while since I spent money and time folding, but I do still have the TRfolding.org domain pointing to this forum, at least until April 2019. Since I had to renew some domain name registrations today, I was reminded of that. It's easier to remember and type trfolding.org than to click a ...
by Ragnar Dan
Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tesla Model S Totaled Due To Battery Malfuntion
Replies: 109
Views: 4303

Re: Tesla Model S Totaled Due To Battery Explosion

Someone check me on this, but isn't coal just petroleum that needs more pressure and time? Or do they come from completely distinct precursors? Coal tends to be from large plants, while oil tends to be from single-celled stuff.  Oversimplified to be sure. [...] Admittedly this is being a bit of a P...
by Ragnar Dan
Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New tech site purportedly worth following
Replies: 16
Views: 1639

Re: New tech site purportedly worth following

Well, as someone who previously owned a domain (and hosted a small site) dedicated to the DYMT forum thread, I suppose I can't be too critical of impulse buy domains! :lol: Believe me, after the novelty wears off, you'll get tired of paying the renewal fee. I hope you only registered it for one yea...
by Ragnar Dan
Thu May 12, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New Ars front page
Replies: 120
Views: 6414

Re: New Ars front page

There is absolutely no flow to that design at all. To be fair, I didn't care for their previous design, either. I haven't read Ars on a regular basis for quite some time. I stopped right around the time they went to the previous layout, now that I think about it. I forget how long it's been for me,...
by Ragnar Dan
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you driving RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 450
Views: 164454

Re: What are you driving RIGHT NOW?

This Honda is fairly close to what I learned using a clutch on. :wink: Though it was a 75 rather than 80, only a 4-speed, and less aggressively off-road. And I was 9 or 10. As my elder siblings got cars or permission on our parents' cars, they let me try theirs once my legs were long enough that I ...
by Ragnar Dan
Sat Mar 26, 2016 1:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Licketysplit
Replies: 63
Views: 3746

Re: RIP Licketysplit

Damn. TR has lost a very good man.
by Ragnar Dan
Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Online Journalism - Where's the editor?
Replies: 94
Views: 6256

Re: Online Journalism - Where's the editor?

I probably shouldn't add to this topic, since I generally agree with what's been said... though that won't quite stop me from adding my two bits. ;) When I read Flatland_Spider 's post about idiot managers, I assumed it also included the content and lack of objectivity in modern journalism itself, w...
by Ragnar Dan
Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Burying my dad tomorrow
Replies: 53
Views: 3140

Re: Burying my dad tomorrow

Sorry for your loss.

Your observations are good advice.
by Ragnar Dan
Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ham radio
Replies: 12
Views: 1647

Re: Ham radio

Technician Class seems to be fairly popular at TR. Probably because, like me, many of us had the knowledge, but not the CW speed. I let mine expire without ever having gotten a transmitter, because, being 13 and soon to turn 14 and enter high school when I got my license, I soon saw the need to begi...
by Ragnar Dan
Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: an HTPC / DVR on Comcast
Replies: 20
Views: 11260

an HTPC / DVR on Comcast

The cost seems reasonable enough compared to the rentals from Comcast that it sounds like a good idea, especially right now. I'm thinking of getting this Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE tuner, currently on sale for the same price as the 4 tuner model ($199.99), and then building an HTPC ar...
by Ragnar Dan
Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: a MacBook Pro style hackintosh
Replies: 5
Views: 3732

Re: a MacBook Pro style hackintosh

Yugiyurigyu : That chart had a few interesting items in it, but I'm more or less decided to go the quick & lazy (and more useful considering I may have access to a warranty) route at this point, like Flatland_Spider advises, and get a used model, since I've found one locally at a decent-seeming...
by Ragnar Dan
Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: a MacBook Pro style hackintosh
Replies: 5
Views: 3732

Re: a MacBook Pro style hackintosh

Yeah, your observations match what I've seen. And it makes it a question for me whether it's worthwhile doing, rather than just picking up a MBP and Parallels or some such. The Retinas are at such a premium though, and the older versions seem so comparatively crappy in vertical resolution that it ma...
by Ragnar Dan
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: a MacBook Pro style hackintosh
Replies: 5
Views: 3732

a MacBook Pro style hackintosh

Has anyone seen any good examples of notebooks turned into hackintoshes? I've seen a chart of netbooks and the compatibility of their various parts with making them into hackintoshes or Macbooks/Pros, but they all seem to be from more than a year or 2 ago. The sites I've looked at, tonymacx86, wiki....
by Ragnar Dan
Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3404
Views: 492860

Re: Gun prOn!

[...] In the very least I know what I want basically: M4 Carbine 5.56 1:7 barrel (don't know the length just yet have to do more research) Has to use Pmags.....cause I have 5 of them (a friend had this awesome deal on 100 and I threw in some $$$, they are 30 rounds and cost me 5 bucks each) The 1:7...
by Ragnar Dan
Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: As the Work Unit Crunches
Replies: 335
Views: 124354

Re: As the Work Unit Crunches

FF : I haven't gotten any x17 WU's. All x15 that I've noticed. I really would like to use the v. 7 folding software, since it runs all the folding devices from the same software and you don't have to look around for different log files, and it takes care of renaming and moving those to a logs direc...
by Ragnar Dan
Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: As the Work Unit Crunches
Replies: 335
Views: 124354

Re: As the Work Unit Crunches

Well, I learned some things tonight. I checked again and was wrong in what I said about a new version for Linux. I believe my actual problem was that it's newer than I can use on my old VMware player and guest Linux OS. Sorry for the errors, there. Tonight, for some reason, the "Full" slid...
by Ragnar Dan
Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:30 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: As the Work Unit Crunches
Replies: 335
Views: 124354

Re: As the Work Unit Crunches

The old SMP software used to use all available threads, now it uses 1 less than the total available no matter what. FWIW you can still force it to use all cores with the --cpus=n (where n is the desired number of threads) command line argument. Thanks for the reply. I just lost my response to it an...
by Ragnar Dan
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:28 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: As the Work Unit Crunches
Replies: 335
Views: 124354

Re: As the Work Unit Crunches

This thread, like many folders on TR's team, seems to have taken a vacation from folding. Howdy, everyone. I started up again in late October when I saw a thread on the front page about the Frankenbot, just to see how things would go, and maybe pass someone I'm currently near to doing so that when I...
by Ragnar Dan
Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What is it about american media honchos
Replies: 42
Views: 6468

Re: What is it about american media honchos

They lack much learning, and have even less wisdom. And believe their audiences to be similar. Considering the sorts of shows they produce, and are watched enough and funded by advertisements enough to pay their casts and crews such immense amounts of money for their output, while making the media &...
by Ragnar Dan
Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 7 and NTFS vs. me
Replies: 16
Views: 2481

Re: Windows 7 and NTFS vs. me

RIP Linux It's best to let chkdsk finish. It leaves the partition in a much more confused state then when it started. Yeah, I was wrong about RIP Linux. It's just not considered significant enough to keep wikipedia's page. :roll: I'd have let chkdsk finish if it didn't look as though it was going t...
by Ragnar Dan
Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 7 and NTFS vs. me
Replies: 16
Views: 2481

Re: Windows 7 and NTFS vs. me

It also is in desperate need of an update. Wikipedia has multiple cites detailing difficulty with large drives and UEFI firmware. I'd recommend RIP Linux or Knoppix and using Smartmontools . The manufacturer provided utilities can work too, but at least with the Live Distro you can surf the web whi...
by Ragnar Dan
Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:37 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 7 and NTFS vs. me
Replies: 16
Views: 2481

Re: Windows 7 and NTFS vs. me

The auto repair wasn't what you wanted from WinRE. You needed to open up a command prompt and run chkdsk from that pre-boot environment. Honestly, I don't think that's gonna fix the issue. I feel like you should run a SMART check of the disk. I tried that this evening, and it first said my system d...
by Ragnar Dan
Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 7 and NTFS vs. me
Replies: 16
Views: 2481

Re: Windows 7 and NTFS vs. me

ntfsprogs has ntfsfix. It's not a replacement for chkdsk, but it will at least clear the dirty bit letting Windows boot up. You could boot from the Windows 7 disc and run the recovery utilities that it provides, since you don't have another Windows system around. There are also the WD Data Lifeguar...
by Ragnar Dan
Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 7 and NTFS vs. me
Replies: 16
Views: 2481

Re: Windows 7 and NTFS vs. me

IIRC the last time I hit this issue I fixed it by connecting the drive in question to another system as a data drive, and re-running the disk check from within Windows. That's the solution I'd use... if I still had another system running Win 7 around that I could easily pop it into. But I've gotten...
by Ragnar Dan
Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 7 and NTFS vs. me
Replies: 16
Views: 2481

Windows 7 and NTFS vs. me

A long while back, more than a year ago now I believe, Windows 7 told me it wanted to check my Windows install drive. So I let it do so, since usually that meant something was screwed up by a hard lock & reset or other unusual event, which had happened a great deal when I first got the motherboa...
by Ragnar Dan
Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Who would you bring?
Replies: 49
Views: 6669

Re: Who would you bring?

I hate taking over this thread (not really), but what the hey... :wink: That safe queen thing is one worry I have, which is one reason why I'm first planning on a plastic fantastic before anything else. I'm also still more in favor of shotguns than handguns for home use just in case of misfortune, b...