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by Mr Bill
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World Of Warcraft
Replies: 6792
Views: 1256067

Re: World Of Warcraft

My account is deleted. I almost resubbed to play Classic but I can't in good conscience with what Blizzard did this week. How is your account deleted, By your own hand? If I was to try the new classic server. I suppose we must start completely over? Or could we use our existing alts but starting fr...
by Mr Bill
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: System guide soon to be two years old.
Replies: 37
Views: 4555

Re: System guide soon to be two years old.

All I have to do is survive until fall! :D
by Mr Bill
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4959
Views: 290720

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Finally, I find out who Imi is. :D
Congats on getting hitched Imi!
by Mr Bill
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Creative uses for a dead motherboard
Replies: 37
Views: 3626

Re: Creative uses for a dead motherboard

just brew it! wrote:
meerkt wrote:
Training ground for bad capacitor replacement on a multilayer board.

Great idea! Not particularly creative, but at least it is educational.
But the board has to work after you 'train'. :D
by Mr Bill
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: 5 PC license pack of O&O Power Pack for only $24.99
Replies: 12
Views: 2451

Re: 5 PC license pack of O&O Power Pack for only $24.99

And fragmentation doesn't cause system crashes, so that part is pure BS. Probably not anymore, but it could indeed happen in Win9x. Don't ask me how. There was some system code that depended on a critical file being in contiguous blocks otherwise it would result in an exception? This was once used ...
by Mr Bill
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 133
Views: 17411

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

Heh, it let me in today. First time in a week.
by Mr Bill
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4959
Views: 290720

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Redocbew wrote:
xkcd is awesome, as usual.

https://xkcd.com/
LOL the QAPF classification being neutral evil.
by Mr Bill
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Alternative for Nightly Business Report (NBR)?
Replies: 2
Views: 2707

Re: Alternative for Nightly Business Report (NBR)?

Darn, I'll be watching for a successor also.
by Mr Bill
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel 10th-generation Comet Lake in 2020 on 14+++++ nm
Replies: 79
Views: 11620

Re: Intel 10th-generation Comet Lake in 2020 on 14+++++ nm

With AMD at $46 and Intel at $59; my gut feeling is that Intel is a buy and AMD is a hold. I hope Intel manages to pull something out of its hat for this year. That said, I'd still buy AMD for a build :D .
by Mr Bill
Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Remember when.......(decade in review)
Replies: 36
Views: 1849

Re: Remember when.......(decade in review)

World of Warcraft was fun to play and I had time to raid a couple times a week.
by Mr Bill
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 143741

Re: Something's different...

@ludi The Lockpicking Lawyer is pretty good viewing. Thanks for the reference.
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: 788

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: 1628
Views: 143741

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: 1628
Views: 143741

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: 37
Views: 5420

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: 37
Views: 5420

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: 1348

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: 1628
Views: 143741

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: 1198

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: 1628
Views: 143741

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: 133
Views: 17411

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: 6669

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: 1628
Views: 143741

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: 3536

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: 133
Views: 17411

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: 133
Views: 17411

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: 1628
Views: 143741

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: 133
Views: 17411

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: 1628
Views: 143741

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: 2656

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...
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