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by Mr Bill
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Jerry Pournelle
Replies: 12
Views: 1506

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: 63
Views: 2809

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: 808

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: 10
Views: 844

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: 808

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: 122
Views: 3919

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: 122
Views: 3919

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: 122
Views: 3919

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: 2063

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: 831
Views: 54858

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: 204

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: 1488

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: 1528

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...
by Mr Bill
Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Best HTML editor to build web forms?
Replies: 13
Views: 2063

Re: Best HTML editor to build web forms?

Arrrrgggg Thread Resurrection!

I'm responding here because this seems to be the only thread in the forum that comes up when I search for HTML editor or web editor. After looking over some of these old suggestions, I decided to try BlueGriffon to write myself a website for my lab business.
by Mr Bill
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 3165

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

by Mr Bill
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 3165

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

Is TR actually going to post a ThreadRipper Review or is it going to be like the Fury Nano with bars showing up in a later review?
by Mr Bill
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 2324

Re: Eclipse on August 21

Heading to stay with relatives in Denver on Sunday. Then about 4AM Monday going to try to run up I25 to Grando, WY. Criticality at 11:45AM. My girlfriend and I are having second thoughts about running up I25 that morning. Apparently, 600,000 people are expected to head North from Colorado to Wyomin...
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 2324

Re: Eclipse on August 21

Heading to stay with relatives in Denver on Sunday. Then about 4AM Monday going to try to run up I25 to Grando, WY. Criticality at 11:45AM.
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3010
Views: 614982

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Anybody going to make an attempt to take pictures of the totality? If so, how do you plan to go about it?
by Mr Bill
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?
Replies: 9
Views: 591

Re: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?

I'm not going to jinx myself but graphics cards are much more straightforward to test than CPUs. We've automated a lot of the back-breaking data digestion work that we used to have to worry about, so getting graphs and supporting material is a lot faster and easier than it used to be. I expect to h...
by Mr Bill
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Quick VNC alternatives for Windows?
Replies: 14
Views: 1637

Re: Quick VNC alternatives for Windows?

Why the "no RDP" requirement? IME that has always seemed like the smoothest solution for Windows. RDP has huge problems, as anyone that's tried to use it for support could tell you. I realize that "you can only sign in as one user, and guess what, the other one gets logged out withou...
by Mr Bill
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (Updated) AMD (does?) want TR to report on TR
Replies: 86
Views: 4926

Re: AMD Doesn't want TR to report on TR

chew* wrote:
Btw I honestly am immune and used to poo slinging on forums. It is the nature of the internet and i have a good sense of humor. Others however may take offense. In the future for the sake of site maybe pointing out pros/cons without the less constructive poo would benefit site more.
So true
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 Pro for Workstations
Replies: 6
Views: 1140

Re: W10 Pro for Workstations

Sorta cool. But does it still not let you control when updates happen?
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Poll: How did you primarily check out the reviews of the AMD ThreadRipper?
Replies: 11
Views: 522

Re: Poll: How did you primarily check out the reviews of the AMD ThreadRipper?

Doh, apparently adding a question negates all previous responses; how embarassing. :oops:
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Poll: How did you primarily check out the reviews of the AMD ThreadRipper?
Replies: 11
Views: 522

Re: Poll: How did you primarily check out the reviews of the AMD ThreadRipper?

wizardz wrote:
you forgot to add the "im waiting on TR to release the TR review"

but because that is a future event.. im still going to select "written reviews"
Done :D
by Mr Bill
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Poll: How did you primarily check out the reviews of the AMD ThreadRipper?
Replies: 11
Views: 522

Poll: How did you primarily check out the reviews of the AMD ThreadRipper?

We need a new poll. You can change your votes...
by Mr Bill
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 831
Views: 54858

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Waco, that is cool.
by Mr Bill
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (Updated) AMD (does?) want TR to report on TR
Replies: 86
Views: 4926

Re: AMD Doesn't want TR to report on TR

I think there might be a general impression that TR readers dislike the AMD processor and video platforms. If you noted that every 5th message on the front page comments was an attack on AMD, you too might believe that TR as a whole was anti-AMD. If you noticed that 90% of the anti-AMD comments wer...
by Mr Bill
Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (Updated) AMD (does?) want TR to report on TR
Replies: 86
Views: 4926

Re: (Updated) AMD (does?) want TR to report on TR

Waco wrote:
Topinio wrote:
Transcoding, media service, and file service: not the same boxes. (NAS is a Celery with ECC RAM.)

I refuse to run multiple servers. :)

Also, in regards to the update, WOOOOOOOOOO! :)
Woooooooo! indeed! :D :D
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