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by curtisb
Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Which RAM Kit Should I Purchase?
Replies: 2
Views: 413

Re: Which RAM Kit Should I Purchase?

They actually go hand in hand. A 3600MHz CL15 set will have lower latency than a 3866 CL18 set. Start at about the 9:14 mark on this video for an explenation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhgS85ejnvY You also need to look at whether the DIMMs are dual ranked or single ranked. That can also have a...
by curtisb
Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPad app for printing to network printer?
Replies: 11
Views: 1247

Re: iPad app for printing to network printer?

He has an HP Deskjet (hasn't mentioned model yet) that he's trying to print to. airPrint doesn't use drivers, it prints directly to the device. The printer either supports airPrint, or it doesn't. Personally, I have two Brothers, one supports airPrint natively (MFC-9130CW) and one doesn't (MFC-9970C...
by curtisb
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPad app for printing to network printer?
Replies: 11
Views: 1247

Re: iPad app for printing to network printer?

Well that sucks. I don't think it'll be a problem for most laser printers, but consumer-grade inkjet printers are a little anemic in what they support. I did a quick Google search for ways to enable airPrinting to a shared printer from a Windows machine. It turned up a few things, but I haven't test...
by curtisb
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPad app for printing to network printer?
Replies: 11
Views: 1247

Re: iPad app for printing to network printer?

You're very welcome! The one thing I did forget to mention is that you want to look for the xPrintServer Office Edition, not the Home Edition. Here's one for $45US shipped.
by curtisb
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1595
Views: 85630

Re: Something's different...

To be fair, just brew it! reminded me that an explanation was given. Jeff requested his name be removed from those articles. However, It was supposed to say "TR Staff." I'd forgotten that part of the discussion from when it happened.
by curtisb
Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1595
Views: 85630

Re: Something's different...

It wasn't in a forum post. It was a comment on one of the early articles after The Event:

https://techreport.com/blog/3464346/all ... g-tr-work/

There was more discussion around it somewhere, but I can't seem to find it.
by curtisb
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1595
Views: 85630

Re: Something's different...

That issue was discovered and discussed when The Event first occurred. No explanation was given...not that anyone expected one at that point based on how everything else had gone. I suspect it had something to do with importing everything from the old custom CMS into WordPress, and everything that w...
by curtisb
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPad app for printing to network printer?
Replies: 11
Views: 1247

Re: iPad app for printing to network printer?

iPads can natively print to network printers...so long as the printer supports airPrint. The list of supported devices is pretty long. If your device is on the list but doesn't show up when you attempt to print, it could be that you just need a firmware update to add support. However, all is not nec...
by curtisb
Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wifi Printer Security
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Re: Wifi Printer Security

I would go with a wired network printer plugged into the router so that your WiFi security settings cover everything. Brothers are very good at this. I second the recommendation to go with a Brother laser printer. They're very good devices and they tend to keep up with firmware updates. You can usu...
by curtisb
Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: So I installed Windows 10...
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: So I installed Windows 10...

You don't even have to unplug the network. The option is there in the OOBE to create/use a local account instead of using a Microsoft account. Not in the latest installs. Yes...on the latest installs. On the "Let's add your account" screen select Offline account on the lower left, and the...
by curtisb
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: So I installed Windows 10...
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: So I installed Windows 10...

You don't even have to unplug the network. The option is there in the OOBE to create/use a local account instead of using a Microsoft account.
by curtisb
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Is it safe to use acetone to clean microchips?
Replies: 28
Views: 30612

Re: Is it safe to use acetone to clean microchips?

I normally just use a high percentage isopropyl alcohol, but I've recently discovered CRC QD Electronics Cleaner . One of the reasons I went looking for something different is because I got heatsink paste in a socket like a n00b. :roll: If you're in the US it's about half the price at Walmart and Am...
by curtisb
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1595
Views: 85630

Re: Something's different...

The lack of content lately definitely doesn't bode well. There hasn't been a single mention of any of the recent announcements...I figured at the very least the iPhone 12 announcement would result in a recap article yesterday. Nope. Seems the majority of tech news is coming out via YouTube (and othe...
by curtisb
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imdb's baffling decisions
Replies: 38
Views: 5533

Re: Imdb's baffling decisions

And now they're rolling out changes to the photo viewer actors/shows/movies/etc. It sucks. The gallery view used to let you scroll through pictures and you could click back once in the browser to go back where you were (i.e. the actor/show/movie page). Now it goes back through each picture you scrol...
by curtisb
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imdb's baffling decisions
Replies: 38
Views: 5533

Re: Imdb's baffling decisions

Heiwashin wrote:
meerkt wrote:
Also, what sway would film producers have over Amazon?

I was referring to the original post about IMDb. Amazon will do what they want similarly for whatever reasons benefit them.


meerkt’s question about Amazon was in regards to IMDb. Amazon owns IMDb. :)
by curtisb
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1595
Views: 85630

Re: Something's different... (new)

I should note though that it isn't the flat monochromatic design (a'la "Highlights"/Windows 10), it's just a dearth of immediate and easily accessible information. A clean interface doesn't have to mean less information at-a-glance, and if anything: should allow for more information at-a-...
by curtisb
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1595
Views: 85630

Re: Something's different... (new)

No sir, I don't like it. I've hated the recent (read: last several years) trend of dumbifying designs. I don't want to see "16 hours ago." I don't want to do date/time math in my head. Actual dates and times, please. This was one of my biggest gripes with the latest Windows 10 Insider rele...
by curtisb
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 9662

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

On a nearly full or badly fragmented disk, temporarily making things worse on the way to making them better may be unavoidable. There was enough space for all the files it fragmented, combined, to be moved elsewhere contiguously. Well if that was the case it was being dumb. Except that it doesn't h...
by curtisb
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 9662

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

I don't want defraggers to fragment files No one wants them to fragment files. :D This is a case where you need to schedule some time to let it finish. I think it's already been stated that stopping it while it's working is just compounding the problem. You need to read the link that was pasted abo...
by curtisb
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 9662

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

ChronoReverse posted the link while I was typing my reply... :D While Scott Hanselman is not directly on the Windows storage team, he did collaborate with them to find out exactly what Windows does with SSD's. I used to use Diskeeper years ago, but I haven't used third-party defrag utilities for a l...
by curtisb
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD Detected But Not Accessible
Replies: 11
Views: 2710

Re: SSD Detected But Not Accessible

I'm not sure if it'll show without being in the original system. You can try looking at BitLocker Drive Encryption in the Control Panel.
by curtisb
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD Detected But Not Accessible
Replies: 11
Views: 2710

Re: SSD Detected But Not Accessible

Was BitLocker enabled on the drive by any chance? If so, it's encrypted and you won't be getting into that without it being in the original PC.
by curtisb
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 6381

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI

This is absolutely sickening. I've read through enough posts referenced in the thread (linked by derFunk) over at the Ars forum to know that this guy was a first-class douche and that there were plenty of warning signs. I was an avid reader of Ars way back, but haven't regularly read any of their co...
by curtisb
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Outdoor Wireless
Replies: 19
Views: 3157

Re: Outdoor Wireless

The discussion was around the number of client devices (sorry, but my WiFI enabled thermostat is not a "user"). Your reply assumes a lot about how WiFi works. It's not just your AP(s) that can affect how it works. WiFi itself is a really crappy technology. I've posted this link before, but...
by curtisb
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Outdoor Wireless
Replies: 19
Views: 3157

Re: Outdoor Wireless

Unless you are dealing with 10+ users, or have $$ to spare, the HD line is overkill. A simple AC-Pro would be perfectly fine for this use. It's not users, it's devices. I'd bet you have more wireless devices in your home that you realize...I can start with five mobile phones and three laptops right...
by curtisb
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Outdoor Wireless
Replies: 19
Views: 3157

Re: Outdoor Wireless

I'd grab one of the Unifi Outdoor APs: https://www.ui.com/unifi/unifi-ap-ac-outdoor/ I second that recommendation. Long term you can also change the inside APs over to Ubiquiti UniFi APs. Your devices will roam seamlessly between them (the controller will "move" them to the AP closest to ...
by curtisb
Thu May 23, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 10188

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

I haven't tried this myself (yet), but supposedly the command line format utility will format FAT32 partitions >32GB. This didn't work on a 128GB flash drive I have. I tried both format.exe and diskpart.exe. However, I did find a utility someone created . No install required, just download and run....
by curtisb
Thu May 23, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 10188

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

I haven't tried this myself (yet), but supposedly the command line format utility will format FAT32 partitions >32GB. Also, another reason to use exFAT is if you need to support files >4GB on the drive. It's a PITA when they release a new Windows 10 or Windows Server ISO that has an install.wim that...
by curtisb
Wed May 22, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 10188

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

While I agree with you, it's also ridiculous for an SD card to ship formatted with something other than FAT/FAT32. Both formats have been supported by literally any device/OS that accesses a drive for over two decades now. exFAT! FAT/FAT32 are dead and shouldn't be used any more. :) Oh, I agree, bu...
by curtisb
Wed May 22, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 10188

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

^ Forcing the user to do that is still completely unacceptable. 30+ years ago maybe, but not in 2019 just to format a flippin flash drive. Try talking a family member or non-IT coworker through that over the phone. Now imagine one of the attached drives contains critical data. While I agree with yo...
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