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by Mr Bill
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Amazon's new Contact Us is a fail
Replies: 10
Views: 230

Re: Amazon's new Contact Us is a fail

The chat system is OK. I had a damaged item delivered. After it was denied return or replacement by the website; the chat system was offered. Somewhere along there, the chat became a human who offered to call and resolve the issue. I got the $364 item replaced.
by Mr Bill
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56436

Re: Something's different...

Pholostan wrote:
I think my subscription auto-renewed last time. There doesn't seem to be a subscription page any more? How do I cancel?
Watch your credit statement and then call the card to have the charge denied. None of the subscription links actually produce results.
by Mr Bill
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56436

Re: Something's different...

NeronetFi wrote:
by looking that the number of comments in the articles on the front page, you can clearly see that the regulars of TR are no longer around. :( This makes me sad to see.
That's because the front page comment system is horrible and why bother commenting on most of it anyway?
by Mr Bill
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New Forums/Websites For TR Gerbils
Replies: 32
Views: 2439

Re: New Forums/Websites For TR Gerbils

I think a comments thread that is entertaining is worth participating. I occasionally follow the comments thread at anandtech, and hot hardware. I very often follow the comments thread at Ars Technica. I find those comments to be entertaining and I like the thread format. I propose Ars Technica be i...
by Mr Bill
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New Forums/Websites For TR Gerbils
Replies: 32
Views: 2439

Re: New Forums/Websites For TR Gerbils

Bit of an update for whoever's still around: After putting down roughly 150 posts on TechPowerUp, I'm almost totally soured on the site (or the forums at least). Compared to the TR of yore, the majority of users are significantly less knowledgable, a bit daft, and lacking in language skills. That's...
by Mr Bill
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: PC Won't Start - Replaced P/S - What's next?
Replies: 10
Views: 238

Re: PC Won't Start - Replaced P/S - What's next?

You can pick up a cheap PSU Tester (~$15) and see if the old PSU was bad. Typically these cheap ttesters use a resistor and can only stand PS power for a couple minutes but take the opportunity to check the various voltages. If the old PSU is bad or any voltage is bad, there is a slight chance that ...
by Mr Bill
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56436

Re: Something's different...

When the wife and I reviewed stuff, the only payment was keeping the parts. Sometimes you came out ahead of minimum wage. Sometimes you came out far behind. Writing a good review takes A LOT more time than most would guess - it's only a good unpaid job if you're bored in college or jobless... And I...
by Mr Bill
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel’s McRib
Replies: 5
Views: 331

Re: Intel’s McRib

blastdoor wrote:
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14979/the-intel-core-i9-9900ks-review/16

When it’s gone, it’s gone!
Maybe it should given the appropriate seasonal name.
Intel's Pumpkin Spice Edition! :D
by Mr Bill
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56436

Re: Something's different...

Games sure seem to be optimized for an intel architecture. Guess we will not have any more deep hardware dives. But my best guess is that Intel has got better branch prediction and lower latency in the cache closest to the cores. That seems to be what games really want.
by Mr Bill
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 91
Views: 7492

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

So the Alexa rank has fallen from around 51,000 to around 90,000 since the click. I guess SEO is not all that.
by Mr Bill
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Kaby Lake G use of Vega questioned - no RPM
Replies: 16
Views: 4201

Re: Kaby Lake G use of Vega questioned - no RPM

Kaby was just an intern after all.
by Mr Bill
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56436

Re: Something's different...

cygnus1, I'd just append anandtech to that list.
by Mr Bill
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Cat Report?
Replies: 26
Views: 1870

Re: The Cat Report?

Cat threads are the guts of this operation.
by Mr Bill
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 91
Views: 7492

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

Confirmed. Google has an Alexa Rank of 1.
by Mr Bill
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 91
Views: 7492

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

Its hard to believe that Anandtech and ArsTechnica have such low ranks compared to TR. Are you sure higher numbers are better? Or is number 1 the best?
by Mr Bill
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56436

Re: Something's different...

SSD Life Expectancy
Holding my tongue, must not make snide comment.
by Mr Bill
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 91
Views: 7492

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

Captain Ned wrote:
Usacomp2k3 wrote:
Or those that shrug and go to bed and see if it's back on in the morning?

Hello!! Habits worn in over 20 years will not soon be broken.
Agreed, I keep opening it every time I get on a PC. But now after looking for shortbread, I jump to the forum.
by Mr Bill
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56436

Re: Something's different...

I don't think it's just about specific searches. I know my phone has a google news feed thing that tries to pick up and suggest articles from a wide range of sites that it thinks I would be interested in (google and privacy don't blend). It can often can show articles very much like what's being di...
by Mr Bill
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?
Replies: 18
Views: 1400

Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

Transparent bins of like-type cables, with velco ties keeping them tidy inside each. It's still digging to get the one you need, but it's slightly better than total chaos. Ding ding! My wife insisted we put the cables in bins (in sandwich bags and gallon bags) and stack them. It actually takes very...
by Mr Bill
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Confused about Cooler Master Masterfan 140's included screws
Replies: 3
Views: 850

Re: Confused about Cooler Master Masterfan 140's included screws

IIRC those kind of oversized screws are so you can screw into the soft material of the 4 fan holes to affix a grill or to affix it to a case.
by Mr Bill
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World Of Warcraft
Replies: 6779
Views: 1187800

Re: World Of Warcraft

I last played shortly before WotLK shipped, so I was vanilla/burning crusade all the way. I might check out WoW Classic if Blizzard gives me some free playing time, but I'm sure that'll be a while with all the queues lining up for those new realms already. You should do an article reminiscing what ...
by Mr Bill
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 2007 Cobalt SS Supercharged Dreaded Ding Ding
Replies: 18
Views: 2576

Re: 2007 Cobalt SS Supercharged Dreaded Ding Ding

I had a Granada in Florida that started failing to start when it was hot. I grabbed my trusty can of freeze spray and made the computer box frosty. It fired right up. Replaced the computer box and no more problem. In a pinch you could use a can of air duster held upside down. If this has already be...
by Mr Bill
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 2007 Cobalt SS Supercharged Dreaded Ding Ding
Replies: 18
Views: 2576

Re: 2007 Cobalt SS Supercharged Dreaded Ding Ding

Well, the ground fix did not work. We had a hot day yesterday. Got in and the ding ding started. No power steering, no AC, no instrument cluster. Managed to get home. This morning, nice and cool started up and everything is fine again. So, somehow this is temperature related. Either body expansion i...
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips
Replies: 101
Views: 7387

Re: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips

Anything would be better than current system. It's hard to disagree with this. 6+ weeks and the main site, despite a few minor fixes, is largely still a disaster zone of broken interface and missing features. The missing features and broken functionality mean that I just gave up on Zak's latest rev...
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Do/did you reapply thermal paste in laptops/notebooks?
Replies: 20
Views: 1915

Re: Do/did you reapply thermal paste in laptops/notebooks?

I was going to have it done when I ordered my 17 inch MSI gaming laptop. But Xotic suddenly claimed they had no stock. I found it for less on Amazon and ordered it from Amazon with a nice bag for several hundred less. Although I opened the case and swapped out the HDD for an SSD, I did not bother me...
by Mr Bill
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56436

Re: Something's different...

derFunkenstein wrote:
The review is stickied to the top of the site. :-?
As I was just saying in my edit. My bad. :oops:
by Mr Bill
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56436

Re: Something's different...

Two possibilities: 1) nobody (it was a blind copy paste); or 2) the new owners and/or editor. Neither choice bodes particularly well... It's copied, with very minor changes, from Read Write , where Renee has two articles. I assume there's a link between Read Write and TR's new owners, because other...
by Mr Bill
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 125928

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Nice work. Don't you just hate how poor the dynamic range is on cell phone photos? I bet that lamp is really stunning.
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56436

Re: Something's different...

@ FireGryphon If it had been all benign constructive criticism, then what was I reacting to on that 6th day? Probably reacted to the backlash to this post . That first line... Today, Tech Report launched with a new design; we hope you like it. was just epic fail to all of us who were slack jawed wi...
by Mr Bill
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Need Shuttle 597V14 picture of IDE1 socket
Replies: 2
Views: 925

Need Shuttle 597V14 picture of IDE1 socket

So, my Shuttle 597V14 had the caps next to the CPU go bad. This caused the resistor between the CPU VRM and IDE#1 socket to burn beyond recognition. If anybody has this board and can examine that resistor and read its value or can clip in a picture of it; I may be able to get this board fixed by my ...
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