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by Mr Bill
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2536

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

I loath those hasp keys. Only place I've seen them is to protect software whose only purpose is to run $100k+ scientific equipment. What good is it to pirate the software that I can't use without the machine? University pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a machine and yearly service contract ...
by Mr Bill
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2536

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

The Mac is literally a hardware dongle for iOS build support. I have Xcode installed because I need the CLI tools (which I don't directly use because Visual Studio scripts the build process), the iOS Simulator for iOS testing, and Application Loader to interface with iTunes Connect. Everything else...
by Mr Bill
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Re: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs

My point was der8auer stated liquid metal performs worse at subzero cooling than TIM. I'm not talking about soldering the chip, my comparison is that frozen "liquid metal" would be a solid and not much different from a typical soldered chip at those temps, so I am perplexed as to why it w...
by Mr Bill
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2536

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Concupiscence wrote:
I always beat this drum because it's always true: lab environments are a source of endless retro tech. ...
(+infinity) I have one WinNT4 running an ICP-MS, two Win95 for the old GC's, three WinXP for the less than 10 years old stuff, and Win7pro 'to rule them all and in the darkness bind them'.
by Mr Bill
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Re: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs

Yeah, liquid metals freeze just below room temperature. Even mercury can only make it down to -38C before freezing. I would have thought solidified frozen liquid metal would've been a better medium for thermal transfer at that point, it's not any different than soldering the IHS do the chip right? ...
by Mr Bill
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 167
Views: 25704

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

There's a really good Indian/Nepali place just down the road and their lamb vindaloo is delicious (and spicy as hell). Haven't tried the goat yet, but they have it on the menu. Haven't had a bad thing from them yet. The Vindaloo we see today is based on a Portuguese dish that evolved in the Portugu...
by Mr Bill
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Re: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs

Did he mention how he managed to keep temperature above -100C with a -195C liquid? You only put enough LN2 into the pot to keep it around that temperature. LN2 pots tend to have fairly large copper bases that can make it a bit easier to control the temperature. OK, I was wondering if they might go ...
by Mr Bill
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Re: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs

an ounce or so of 99.999% silver should do the trick! Don't think even gold will help when he was pulling 1,000 watts from a 7980XE :P Props for him keeping all 18 cores & HT active at 6.1Ghz, nevermind on a chip with a FIVR which limits how cold it can go. Link Kind of amazing X299 VRMs can su...
by Mr Bill
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kaspersky Nyet for Pent.
Replies: 21
Views: 1168

Re: Kaspersky Nyet for Pent.

Heard that on Morning Joe. Apparently Kaspersky makes a list of all the files in the system. The hackers can just check the list to see if there are any files worth going after. :roll:
by Mr Bill
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?
Replies: 10
Views: 379

Re: Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?

I've wondered the same thing about my two Hitachi SuperScan Elite 751 19" SuperScan Elite(TM) 751 19" color monitor features a Super-FST flat square CRT with .22mm horizontal & .14mm vertical dot pitch. Offering true 1600 x 1200 maximum resolution with up to 160Hz refresh rate, it feat...
by Mr Bill
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Re: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs

an ounce or so of 99.999% silver should do the trick!
by Mr Bill
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: More Tech Fake News (Vega is NOT in Intel)
Replies: 5
Views: 445

Re: More Tech Fake News (Vega is NOT in Intel)

I was sure this thread would veer into R&P but so far so good. :D
by Mr Bill
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Interesting Threadripper story... and nugget!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 2006

Re: Interesting Threadripper story... and nugget!!!

Really wish I had a use case to justify getting one for personal use. Ego? Because you can? Those always work for me. :) Unfortunately, those factors alone are not enough to outweigh the $1000 price tag. You could always go with the 1900X and the best motherboard and then wait for a drop in price f...
by Mr Bill
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sometimes FireFox won't start
Replies: 21
Views: 1067

Re: Sometimes FireFox won't start

Sometimes, right after a reboot, Firefox won't start on my Win 10 Pro desktop. Somewhat rarer, but still possible, is that sometimes other programs (like a game or a graphic software app) won't start either. Typically, the behavior goes like this: Double-click on icon (either on desktop or in start...
by Mr Bill
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 2119

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Samsung M610 flip phone - 1st cellphone in 2006, Not a data phone, Super thin very durable. It could hold and play full movies, great screen for size. Annoying feature, had to use wierd adapter for headphones and charging. Used it until it could not get service one day. HTC Thunderbolt - Power hog b...
by Mr Bill
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Tom Petty
Replies: 13
Views: 826

Re: RIP Tom Petty

Darn it. One of my very favorite musicians. This is awfully sudden. I wonder if he had a history.
by Mr Bill
Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone interested in watching me stream?
Replies: 3
Views: 460

Re: Anyone interested in watching me stream?

Tesla Effect eh? It does look amusing.
by Mr Bill
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Jerry Pournelle
Replies: 12
Views: 2172

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

I've enjoyed his books since the early 80's and especially his comments about his own computer equipment. I had a subscription to BYTE Magazine and always read his column 'Chaos Manor'.
by Mr Bill
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 4572

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

DragonDaddyBear wrote:
https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/
Over 140 million people. SSN's and more were compromised.
The website is not responding.
by Mr Bill
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 21
Views: 1600

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

bthylafh wrote:
Mr Bill wrote:
I've been using Adobe X Standard.


*twitch*

Do you refer to Microsoft Office as "Microsoft 2013"?
Oops, 'Adobe Acrobat X Standard' :D
by Mr Bill
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate
Replies: 13
Views: 1759

Re: Big Skylake X Die Shot & Size Estimate

Can you really estimate the die area when the whole area is covered by the "interposer" err exerposer?
by Mr Bill
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 21
Views: 1600

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

I had them go with Foxit PhantomPDF Business at work, and there's no difference in functionality for what we do. It's $129/license, whereas Adobe was $300+ last time I checked. I've been using 'Adobe Acrobat X Standard'. When making a single PDF from a list of spreadsheets, is it possible to do in ...
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 5676

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

The Techgage review sorta brings home what Krogeth is saying. Why did they even include 'gaming' without any games? That was the most pointless thing I've seen in ages. Point is, the review included a good assortment of professional graphics cards and Vega acquitted itself very well as a GPGPU and ...
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 5676

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

I say the 1.75% RX cards vs 17% GTX 1xxx cards will continue with Vega because it's a year late and has only one slight advantage. Why would you shell out $400-$600 of today dollars for: - performance from a year ago - missing a year of experience for the drivers - missing a year of devs/engines ge...
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 5676

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

I'm not a fanboy or apologist but as a Vega 64 AC owner who games at 1440p and with a 144hz freesync monitor the card is pretty awesome. Yes it sucks a lot of power and I had to buy a new top tier 850w PSU (needed it anyway as I overclock my 7700K) but at 1440p it is a very good gaming card. I'm ge...
by Mr Bill
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Best HTML editor to build web forms?
Replies: 13
Views: 2182

Re: Best HTML editor to build web forms?

My Domain host says they will run wordpress for free. Any favorite malware free web locations for finding wordpress templates?
by Mr Bill
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 833
Views: 57030

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

My E2M2 backing pump had a switch failure that brought down my old 5890/5971 GC-MS. I cleaned and rebuilt my HP 5971 MS source, rewired the E2M2 backing pump, and replaced the big stock vacuum tube with a tiny triode vacuum tube and an HP 59864B ionization gage. :D Have good vacuum and no leaks but ...
by Mr Bill
Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe Acrobat X can it run in background?
Replies: 1
Views: 294

Adobe Acrobat X can it run in background?

So, I'm using Adobe Acrobat X to convert batches of excel spreadsheets into a single PDF. Running this is a bit slow and it opens one sheet at a time to get each image. So, you can't do anything else with the PC while this is going on. Is there a way to make this run in the background either in sett...
by Mr Bill
Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Favorite digital signature signing method?
Replies: 4
Views: 1585

Re: Favorite digital signature signing method?

After a bit of research I solved this problem. I asked a few other labs what they did and a couple said they just used an image. I signed a sheet of paper and scanned it into my PC. Then I cut and pasted it into paintbrush and deleted all the fill so only the lines of the signature remained. I just ...
by Mr Bill
Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Anyone remember how to fix Windows 98?
Replies: 17
Views: 2664

Re: Anyone remember how to fix Windows 98?

I remember seeing that screen full of extended ASCII characters once or twice in the bad old days. You can try the old trick of installing Windows over itself (at the risk of breaking any DLLs or device drivers that have been updated by other software in the meantime), but I would go for the reinst...
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