Personal computing discussed

Search found 1127 matches

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 38
by Mr Bill
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 721
Views: 43792

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Not really today, but it was finally declared "done" today. We still have an old-school waterbed. Every so often, it springs a leak. The latest patch (put on a few days ago) seems to be holding, so I just detached the adapter for the fill/drain kit from the faucet in the master bath, and ...
by Mr Bill
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 62
Views: 2982

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

The 1600X seems to be the sweet spot for performance/price. I have a friend that wants to build a new PC. But they want Ubutu Linix rather than windows. Anyone got an opinion about Linux drivers that are currently available for X370 motherboards?
by Mr Bill
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1048
Views: 28764

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

O Dear Bob I needed this day. It's 75 and sunny, so I busted out of work early, opened the windows and sunroof, grabbed a road soda, and SXM #23 (the Grateful Dead channel) is laying down some choice tunes. Does my mental health wonders, and I'm only halfway home. EDIT: Home, after 2 glorious hours...
by Mr Bill
Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 721
Views: 43792

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Well, you'll get plenty of practice applying and sanding out primer coats. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: My problem is that just the clear coat is peeling off the top of my car just behind the sunroof. The local paintshop says nearly a grand to fix it (because they say they have to do the whole top...
by Mr Bill
Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 721
Views: 43792

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Not sure this counts as a "repair" spent the weekend digging ditch to put three 6inch x 20 foot plastic irrigation pipe (PIP) in a couple places around the edge of my yard to keep the water flowing this year rather than slowing down and dumping dirt and flooding my yard. Managed to get a h...
by Mr Bill
Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New electric range options?
Replies: 23
Views: 739

Re: New electric range options?

I don't have any experience with any particular products however I am in the market and have similar stipulations. I found a lot of good ranges on sale at HomeDepot for their Spring Black Friday. I had my eyes on this one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Whirlpool-30-in-5-3-cu-ft-Electric-Range-with-Sel...
by Mr Bill
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New electric range options?
Replies: 23
Views: 739

Re: New electric range options?

I bought a whirlpool from the Sears scratch N dent store for about $350. Mine is all black and looks exactly like the maytag in all other respects. I think thats because Sears bought the Maytag line and the lower models get the whirlpool name. Its easy to select convection, pick a temperature and th...
by Mr Bill
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Poll: Ryzen RAM amounts
Replies: 34
Views: 1307

Re: Poll: Ryzen RAM amounts

Why would RAM amount depend on CPU choice? Shouldn't this just be "How much RAM would you want if you were building a system today?" Yeah, 16GB seems to be enough for my last couple of builds. But I might go with 32GB for a new Ryzen build just to future proof. Question: We all know that ...
by Mr Bill
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: New Phone Experiment
Replies: 24
Views: 1131

Re: New Phone Experiment

My 2nd gen Moto X is about dead. I went in search of a phone with the following primary retirements: Security updates Headphone jack Not expensive Hwawei was an option but I'm not confident on the updates. Oppo phone is huge and has a murky future. So that leaves.... Windows Lumia 950. To boot it h...
by Mr Bill
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: OS/2 is coming back.
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: OS/2 is coming back.

OS/2.. awwwwww yeeeeehhh So what what cool about OS/2? The WPS (workplace shell) (the desktop environment) was neat. You could do all sorts of customization that even Win10 won't do. Bitmaps for folder backgrounds for instance. Cool ****. What was not cool? The SIQ (single input queue) hanging the ...
by Mr Bill
Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: OS/2 is coming back.
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: OS/2 is coming back.

I used OS/2 all the way up through Warp 4. I reluctantly switched over to Windows NT somewhere around 1994 and after that; well, NT was pretty stable both for work and the few strategy games I played. After that NT and Windows 2000 Pro were my gaming rigs. Did not switch to XP until Vista came out a...
by Mr Bill
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: How recursive is the real world?
Replies: 37
Views: 1296

Re: How recursive is the real world?

I develop a commercial fractal art application, Chaotica , and often get emails asking me how much psychedelic drugs I take... I've never actually tried any (unfortunately?), however to me it's very interesting that people ask all the time - there's clearly something about the human brain that sees...
by Mr Bill
Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: How recursive is the real world?
Replies: 37
Views: 1296

Re: How recursive is the real world?

I recall that recursive functions can be used to make realistic coastline, topography, clouds, trees, leaves, etc. because many phenomenon and shapes are self symmetrical at all levels of detail.
by Mr Bill
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Issues with Moto X Pure since Dec '16 Security Update
Replies: 5
Views: 395

Re: Issues with Moto X Pure since Dec '16 Security Update

I have this phone. I don't have this problem. Maybe its one of your apps or maybe your phone has a circuit problem.
by Mr Bill
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 721
Views: 43792

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Currently trying to resurrect a Lava Lamp that sat in storage for 15 years. Half the wax is floating half is sunk. I'm guessing I will need to find a refill replacement because, so far, its refusing to do any Lava action. I suppose loss of some critical volatiles has altered the density contrast. S...
by Mr Bill
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 721
Views: 43792

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Currently trying to resurrect a Lava Lamp that sat in storage for 15 years. Half the wax is floating half is sunk. I'm guessing I will need to find a refill replacement because, so far, its refusing to do any Lava action. I suppose loss of some critical volatiles has altered the density contrast.
by Mr Bill
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock and AM4 ECC support
Replies: 18
Views: 875

Re: ASRock and AM4 ECC support

Just another beef with hardware manufacturers I have. Yes I know fully well that no one is perfect and AMD has very big hill to climb, but shouldn't a very important feature be supported at launch? It is only "very important" to people who want to use AM4/Ryzen as a way to build high-reli...
by Mr Bill
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Looking for Photography Tutorials
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: Looking for Photography Tutorials

Found KenRockwell.com by accident back when I bought my Nikon and was looking for lens recommendations. A lot of his article are worth reading.
by Mr Bill
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need a new office chair.
Replies: 57
Views: 2031

Re: Need a new office chair.

Good point. Along the lines of keeping property taxes low... Locally at least, staying under the $350 limit for personal property items is worth it for me. Where do the hell do you live that still has a personal property tax? How does this work, they come into your house and figured the value of wh...
by Mr Bill
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need a new office chair.
Replies: 57
Views: 2031

Re: Need a new office chair.

I guess if you want something really good you are going to have to pay for it. If it's any consolation, something lie the HON Ned mentioned is designed to be used 8 hours a day, 5 days a week and probably for a 10-20 year lifespan. I've been through a few office chairs in the past 10 years, probabl...
by Mr Bill
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need a new office chair.
Replies: 57
Views: 2031

Re: Need a new office chair.

Good grief, those are very expensive chairs. No way I can afford one of those. Last year I bought a couple of SKU# 0857562 CALUSA, CHAIR, MESH, BLACK from Office Max. They are normally $179 and were on sale for $99. And hey they are still on sale over at Office Depot . These are not super comfy but...
by Mr Bill
Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Standing desks?
Replies: 27
Views: 1417

Re: Standing desks?

synthel2 - yea or nay on those padded standing mats? Did you ever use one? Can tell you from experience, the anti-fatigue mats are wonderful for the feet and legs compared to standing on a hard surface. Ditto here. I sit for reporting data but stand the rest of the time prepping loading samples and...
by Mr Bill
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World Of Warcraft
Replies: 6752
Views: 1158375

Re: World Of Warcraft

I died twice from 74 -> 108, and it was because I was screwing around. The game feels too easy, and I don't enjoy the fact that there's no challenge.  I'm sure that changes at max level...but dammit, it doesn't feel very rewarding.  Ever. Yea leveling has been pretty easy for a while now, although ...
by Mr Bill
Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone upgrade advice
Replies: 76
Views: 1364

Re: Headphone upgrade advice

The Grados look really interesting, but the total lack of isolation sounds like they wouldn't be good if I took them to work. True, they are not isolating. I wore mine for many levels of Warcraft. In game, you can hear the darnedest things in the background sounds and tell where they are. But you c...
by Mr Bill
Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone upgrade advice
Replies: 76
Views: 1364

Re: Headphone upgrade advice

I suggest something from Grado, the SR60 or SR80.
The Grado Prestige Series SR125e Headphones (scroll up for a review) are right at your $150 price point. But I've only got the SR80e.
by Mr Bill
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Astronomers and the Scopes they love
Replies: 13
Views: 2405

Re: Astronomers and the Scopes they love

Check out this Sombrero-like moon of Saturn I'm guessing it had a liquid core from gravitational flexing and then cracked all the way around.
by Mr Bill
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 2160

Re: Where do you bank?

I am surprised that nobody's said mattress or buried gold coins yet. Both are insured to $250,000: banks by FDIC and credit unions by NCUA. Credit unions tend to have better service, but bank branches are available in more areas if you travel. Credit unions do have an understanding for ATM's across...
by Mr Bill
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Relearning how to type properly.
Replies: 47
Views: 2196

Re: Relearning how to type properly.

I'm putting this here because this deals with on how to use a piece of hardware correctly. I had learn to type back in High School during the early 90's using actual typewriters and computer keyboards. But over the years like many other people my typing skills had decayed over time. Well a month or...
by Mr Bill
Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Ryzen to the occasion
Replies: 136
Views: 6263

Re: Ryzen to the occasion

The X370 boards I wanted were all out of stock at the time I ordered. Same at Amazon . Overclocking is available on the B350 and the board I selected has an x4 PCIe M.2 slot for future use, so I'm good to go with my selection. Weird that NOBODY has AM4 motherboard reviews yet. Pity, I liked the Asu...
by Mr Bill
Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Found a blast from the past
Replies: 37
Views: 1181

Re: Found a blast from the past

I've reached the point that I just buy SeaSonic. Prices are pretty reasonable and the peace of mind is worth it. Unfortunately, vintage PCs didn't draw heavily from 12v like today's PCs and need hefty 5v and 3.3v rails. Modern power supplies haven't even featured AUX connectors for many years. So t...
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 38