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by curtisb
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: HR Block 2017 sucks
Replies: 9
Views: 424

Re: HR Block 2017 sucks

Did you try right clicking on the Start Here.exe and choosing Troubleshoot Compatibility? That's a suggested solution I found, and I've had that work before even when setting the compatibility mode didn't work. Another suggestion was to delete the 2017 folder in %appdata%\taxcut. At this point, I wo...
by curtisb
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 81
Views: 4636

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

Yeah, UEFI has been around for a while. Initial UEFI-based systems were forced into Legacy mode, then it went to selectable with Legacy being the default, and eventually defaulted to UEFI. The manual for your motherboard just caught me off guard because it defaulted to LEGACY+UEFI, which is why I su...
by curtisb
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 81
Views: 4636

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

Also, I noticed that they default Windows 10 WHQL Support to Disabled , and Boot Mode Select to LEGACY+UEFI . You don't necessarily need to change the Windows 10 WHQL Support setting, but I would recommend settings Boot Mode Select to UEFI if it's not already there (Enabling Windows 10 WHQL Support...
by curtisb
Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 81
Views: 4636

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

GUYS-Why is everyone still miss-using TDP as power usage? TDP (Thermal design power) is there for heatsink manufacturers to know how much waste heat they have to design for. He's not understanding the difference between total system draw and CPU draw so I wasn't even going there. :) The Thermal Sol...
by curtisb
Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Office 201x printing behavior - print a range of pages
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: Office 201x printing behavior - print a range of pages

Wow...that is good to know. I've been using Office products for over two decades and never would've thought it worked that way. I mean, it makes complete sense, but I would've done the exact same thing you did in trying to print pages 1-2 of a four page document. Thanks for sharing!
by curtisb
Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 81
Views: 4636

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

The system can be pulling over 150 Watts under full load while overclocking, the 65 watt spec is for stock. You're mixing what the entire system pulls with what the CPU alone pulls. Putting a power meter on the system is only going to tell you what the entire system is pulling...including graphics,...
by curtisb
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers
Replies: 33
Views: 2225

Re: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers

Especially since card hacks are VERY rarely MitM between a purchaser's home computer and the credit card server. ^This. Attackers aren't going after what you're doing at home. That's a waste of time to try to hack hundreds of thousands of individuals instead of just going directly for weak spots in...
by curtisb
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 81
Views: 4636

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

since those heatpipes are likely just solid metal Heat pipes don't work that way. They are actually copper tubes (or pipes if you will) that have a liquid in them. This is why they have the soldered point on the end of the pipe. The liquid used has a low boiling point so that it circulates through ...
by curtisb
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers
Replies: 33
Views: 2225

Re: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers

arrogant decisions You mean like refusing to create an enterprise build with Group Policy support? Or even to create an MSI version of the installer so it's easier to deploy in an enterprise environment? They've at least finally provided some instructions on deploying it, but native Group Policy su...
by curtisb
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers
Replies: 33
Views: 2225

Re: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers

uni-mitation wrote:
Try your browser and see if they will fail hard to load this page with a revoked certifcate.


It doesn't load on Edge, IE11, or Chrome...as it shouldn't. There's nothing special about Firefox here; no modern browser is going to open that.
by curtisb
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2017
Replies: 48
Views: 4856

Re: College Football 2017

kvndoom wrote:
I hope Clemson/Bama III is as insane as the previous two.

And I hope Clemson takes it all again!


Ditto!! Go Tigers!
by curtisb
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!
Replies: 20
Views: 1139

Re: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!

Unfortunately, a lot of people in the position to make the decision about the storage behind their surveillance software will be the ones wowed by all the buzz words. I thought the ones making the decisions would be at least as savvy as your average DIY home computer assembler. See below...point ma...
by curtisb
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!
Replies: 20
Views: 1139

Re: Seagate + BS marketing = AI?!

Large capacity solid state at the enterprise level is stupid expensive. Never has a truer statement been made. Enterprise storage in general is stupid expensive. If you need high capacity, you're definitely still going for spinning disks. Using SSD's as caching drives still makes for some pretty im...
by curtisb
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Purchasing Windows 10
Replies: 17
Views: 2847

Re: Purchasing Windows 10

This link has been posted before...also includes games on the cheap.

https://www.hrkgame.com/en/games/produc ... m=software

That also page lists Office 2016 Pro Plus for $33.99. I don't know how they do it, but I haven't seen any indication that these aren't legit keys.
by curtisb
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709
Replies: 43
Views: 5504

Re: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709

You're in an enterprise environment...you shouldn't be trying to install it on your own. There's a reason we don't give people admin access. You don't know what sort of problems you updating will create for any management systems. For example, Configuration Manager requires an update to be able to ...
by curtisb
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709
Replies: 43
Views: 5504

Re: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709

Updated ADMX templates for 1709 have also been released.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downloa ... x?id=56121
by curtisb
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709
Replies: 43
Views: 5504

Re: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709

They were actually on the ball this time. 1709 Enterprise is already on the VLSC. I grabbed it earlier today so I can capture a new image for my SCCM Task Sequences.
by curtisb
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709
Replies: 43
Views: 5504

Re: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709

I need to talk to my IT to allow it. I can't even install the spring update! It "installs" and reboots but then doesn't actually update. The first screen after reboot is for selecting the keyboard language and then the next is a generic multi-boot option window which the only real option ...
by curtisb
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2017
Replies: 48
Views: 4856

Re: College Football 2017

I'm mad I didn't get to see Clemson play last night. I didn't realize they had a Friday game this week. I read that Kelly Bryant went out with a concussion in the 2nd quarter and they just flat had a horrible 2nd half. I hope he's OK. Fortunately they have a bye next week so that'll give him some ex...
by curtisb
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 18
Views: 1099

Re: IT ticketing software

Yeah i work at a large university. So I asked that question because the Microsoft license costs for education are cheap. In fact, I would be surprised if your agreement doesn't already include licenses for System Center Datacenter...which includes all of the System Center products. Point being, if ...
by curtisb
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 18
Views: 1099

Re: IT ticketing software

We used SmarterTrack years ago, but the price kept creeping up. We are currently using iSupport. It's very full featured, but it's not the most intuitive to setup. It's based around ITIL standards. I haven't personally used it, but I've heard that Microsoft System Center Service Manager is supposed ...
by curtisb
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Home Server Upgrades
Replies: 1
Views: 3078

Re: Home Server Upgrades

I would install each upgrade one at a time and let it go through a full boot between each component. That would at least give you some idea if one particular upgrade might not be working. I know that's a pain with server hardware since they take forever to boot, but it could save you time in the lon...
by curtisb
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations Update
Replies: 1
Views: 776

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations Update

I just got the following email from my Dell sales rep regarding Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. All bold or italicized emphasis was in the original email. I don't recall seeing anywhere that Xeon's with more than 4 cores would require this version. Sure, I expected there to be a cutoff, but that's ...
by curtisb
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Upgrading a VM Host CPU Question
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: Upgrading a VM Host CPU Question

I think the only time might end up with a freak out situation (with regards to the OS, not necessarily activation) is if you migrated the VM from an Intel-based host to an AMD-based one. Since you're just upgrading the CPU in the same host, you should be fine on all fronts. Hyper-V does pass the act...
by curtisb
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 4528

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

I'm using an E6420 right now That's a what? 6-7 year old model? I have an E6530 through work and it's about 5 years old. We bought over 50 of them. They're still working great for our use. In fact, my battery will still last for hours after all this time. I actually keep it plugged in running 24/7....
by curtisb
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 4528

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

I'll have to check out some Dell hardware. I've only really worked with a HP's and IBM's. The only pitfall with old Dell hardware is that when they end support at a certain year or OS version, they really do end it, and you are unlikely to see any further updates for system BIOS, auxiliary device f...
by curtisb
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 4528

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

Keep in mind that if Dell still supports the server, you can request an asset transfer and put it back under a maintenance contract. He mentioned in a reply that his previous test server went into production, and if I thought there was a chance that might happen again I would definitely spring for s...
by curtisb
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 4528

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

You make some good points, ludi, but I also assumed hr might be looking to gain some experience with full blown server hardware. The PowerEdge line actually runs pretty quiet as far as servers go (the VRTX line is actually designed to run under a desk). If that's not the case, you're right...any of...
by curtisb
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 4528

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

You make some good points, ludi, but I also assumed hr might be looking to gain some experience with full blown server hardware. The PowerEdge line actually runs pretty quiet as far as servers go (the VRTX line is actually designed to run under a desk). If that's not the case, you're right...any of ...
by curtisb
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 4528

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

I personally would stick with the Dell PowerEdge line. Anything from the T x 20 or T x 30 line should be plenty powerful enough. The "T" being "Tower". Garland Computers usually has some pretty good deals on eBay. Keep in mind with the PowerEdge models that if it doesn't have the...
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