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by Mr Bill
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1386
Views: 120463

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: 1065
Views: 26187

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: 110

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 ...
by Mr Bill
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Microsoft kills HUP for Office 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 276

Re: Microsoft kills HUP for Office 2019

The Fourier Transform feature looks interesting! I'm gonna give it a try. "Do a FFT right in your spreadsheet (assuming you can get the Excel import to work)!" Its been too many years since I needed to do an FFT. Those data sets are archived on MO disks. Besides, I only did FFT's to compa...
by Mr Bill
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread
Replies: 197
Views: 10154

Re: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread

Looks like a great time! Very peeved at Frontier for my flight problems and just how tired I was first thing Saturday morning. Being up for over 36 hours Thur/Fri had a lot to do with it, but bummed I missed it for sure. I had a similar problem once because I was routing through Phoenix to have a c...
by Mr Bill
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Microsoft kills HUP for Office 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 276

Re: Microsoft kills HUP for Office 2019

Speaking of Libreoffice, looks like there's a new article this morning.... Arstechnica - A Look At LibreOffice's new 6.3.0 "Fresh" Release "The open source office suite LibreOffice released its version 6.3.0 last week. This was a major release that added many new features, as well as...
by Mr Bill
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Microsoft kills HUP for Office 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 276

Re: Microsoft kills HUP for Office 2019

just brew it! wrote:
The last version of Office I actually purchased was 2003...
Same here. One reason I don't upgrade to any further MS version is that I have to stay compatible with my old OS platforms. But I've not heard of any significant additional functionality of newer versions beyond silly feature creep.
by Mr Bill
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread
Replies: 197
Views: 10154

Re: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread

Y'all bought DrFish a tank? That is awesome. :D
by Mr Bill
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1065
Views: 26187

Re: Something's different...

Well said.
by Mr Bill
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread
Replies: 197
Views: 10154

Re: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread

I wish all of you a great day at the beach. Wish I could be there and meet you all.
by Mr Bill
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1065
Views: 26187

Re: Something's different...

Jeff Kampman's article by line should be changed to a 'Gerbil Contributor' by line. I think it would strike the general site population as appropriate.
by Mr Bill
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1386
Views: 120463

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Back when it was the new thing, W95 to W98 was a reformat/reinstall. If you have a working CD rom drive then you boot off the cd. If you don't then you can use a flash drive to boot the machine if it has a new enough bios, then run the install from the flash drive. Just copy the install files from ...
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1065
Views: 26187

Re: Something's different...

Shake the dust off your feet - good move in my opinion.
I for one liked seeing comments on any subject, when somebody who was an expert chimed in; it was a welcome addition.
by Mr Bill
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1386
Views: 120463

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Today I broke my win95 installation while trying to upgrade to win98. I have it backed up but sheesh. The win98 upgrade hung at 99% after hours of thrashing and now I have to take it back to Win95 before I try to upgrade again. Upgrade, because I don't have a functional floppy drive to read the Win9...
by Mr Bill
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1065
Views: 26187

Re: Something's different...

drfish wrote:
Some new information has been posted recently, in case you missed it:
https://techreport.com/contribute/
https://techreport.com/about/

I'm not aware of any existing writers contributing to what's being communicated here.
Are these the rules Ludi had to follow for his recent article?
by Mr Bill
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1065
Views: 26187

Re: Something's different...

I've been writing the occasional review for HotHardware for a month now. The forums are pretty dead, though, so there's not any engagement. FWIW I think the people in charge there are genuinely good people, good to work with, at least. If people were to occupy a forum, I'd pick that one since it's ...
by Mr Bill
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1065
Views: 26187

Re: Something's different...

Hmmm, you can talk about archiving but my understanding is that this site has been sold lock stock and barrel. You can't archive what you no longer own; that would be theft, eh?
by Mr Bill
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread
Replies: 197
Views: 10154

Re: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread

That water looks fabulous.
by Mr Bill
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Can I? Win95/98 on a dual P3 SuperMicro P6DGE
Replies: 19
Views: 392

Re: Can I? Win95/98 on a dual P3 SuperMicro P6DGE

Sounds doubtful that it's doing a full exit-to-DOS (followed by a reboot), but rather, running a virtual DOS machine in a window. "Fake DOS" as I used to call it as a kid, because my games ran like crap compared to the real thing. Seems to work well enough for whatever you're doing though...
by Mr Bill
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 674
Views: 12522

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I'm OK with electric motors on a car. But I think batteries and charging stations are too environmentally costly. I support using fuel cells for primary power and regenerating braking with some battery for that purpose. The infrastructure build out necessary for charging all-battery electric cars wi...
by Mr Bill
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1065
Views: 26187

Re: Something's different...

I've got till next March to get mine sorted out, but damn. That's frustrating knowing that the new owners don't care to even fix the subscription management part of the site. I paid my $86 for the gold sub at the beginning of June. I sent an E-mail about it to subscription services. No reply and no...
by Mr Bill
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1065
Views: 26187

Re: Something's different...

I haven't heard anything different from what I speculated above/earlier. I wouldn't bet on the BBQ bringing about any changes. There's no indication the new guys are interested in coming—which is honestly a shame and a relief at the same time. They would be welcome, but it would be awkward to say t...
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

Captain Ned wrote:
Usacomp2k3 wrote:
ATX can die as mATX fills the needs for 99% of people. It just doesn't cost less and there aren't nearly as many cases that are diminutive.

You can have my P182 approximately never.
The P183 V3 looks nice too.
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

What really shrank cases is SSD's. No need anymore to have spaceous bays for HDD's. That and PCIe card lengths are shrinking compared to the old ISA and PCI cards.
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1386
Views: 120463

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Spent the last few days tinkering with my old (gen-1) Pixel, which had a rapidly failing battery. Was pretty sure the glued screen would be in jeopardy so I replaced the phone with another Pixel before attempting the job, then ordered the iFixIt battery and tool kit ($30). I was right. It's nearly ...
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Don't panic! We'll still cancel Icelake on schedule!
Replies: 9
Views: 226

Re: Don't panic! We'll still cancel Icelake on schedule!

Krogoth wrote:
It is time to announce "Glue Lake" and start to implement chiplet stacking.
:D You have a gift. :lol:
by Mr Bill
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Can I? Win95/98 on a dual P3 SuperMicro P6DGE
Replies: 19
Views: 392

Re: Can I? Win95/98 on a dual P3 SuperMicro P6DGE

Ah, as to reason, I was frustrated with the win95 penchant for running out of that tiny bit of memory it uses to run the interface; due to the printer driver memory leak. Although it also happens when I do reports without printing. So having just rebuilt the mass spec source and having to reboot the...
by Mr Bill
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

I was going back through some of my links in my equipment web pages when I came across this Inwin Q500A case review by Dr Evil. Note the classic black and green and orange of the old Ars Technica.
by Mr Bill
Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Can I? Win95/98 on a dual P3 SuperMicro P6DGE
Replies: 19
Views: 392

Re: Can I? Win95/98 on a dual P3 SuperMicro P6DGE

Yeah, I think you are right about needing DOS that underlies Win95 and Win98. The ISA slot HP 82355 GPIB card that runs the instrument; talks to the OS via interrupts (e.g. IRQ 5, IRQ 3, etc...) via GPIB address (e.g. 1 through 16) and all the PCI designs get rid of interrupts which this device need...
by Mr Bill
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Can I? Win95/98 on a dual P3 SuperMicro P6DGE
Replies: 19
Views: 392

Re: Can I? Win95/98 on a dual P3 SuperMicro P6DGE

I have two possible sources ofl Win98. One is the Win98 upgrade. I have a drive already set up with Win95 but not installed on this system. The other is Win98 Starts Here and the license booklet says "Second Edition". I'd like to upgrade to avoid having to reinstall all the software. Can I...
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