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by curtisb
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 38
Views: 4619

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

selling all the personal data they collect through Cortana, etc. So tired of seeing this FUD. Provide one shred of proof that it's happening. If they're on W10 they can runs ads I've not seen a single ad in the operating system . In apps? Yes. From the OS? No. You think OS X, iOS, Linux, or Android...
by curtisb
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 2120

Re: Midwest blizzard

Lots of wind here in the OKC area. Doesn't help with the wildfires we've had the last few days. It was so smoky outside yesterday evening it looked like a thick fog. I dread this time of year because of the tornadoes. Where I work is always on the leading edge of the storms. The pucker factor is alw...
by curtisb
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire
Replies: 46
Views: 2859

Re: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire

one of today's most trusted technology journalist Paul Thurrott has always used sensationalism, just like Steve Gibson. There's a little truth in what they say, but it's always blown out of proportion or "ZOMG look what I just found!". Personally, I even read between the lines with a lot ...
by curtisb
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home Network Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 2220

Re: Home Network Questions

You mean getting full gigabit speeds on gigabit ethernet with the default MTU? Yes, yes I do. "Full gigabit" with the default MTU is actually ~945mbps. That's my point. Full gigabit is 1000 megabits per second. Period. What you achieve with TCP/IP after packet overhead is about 950 megabi...
by curtisb
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home Network Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 2220

Re: Home Network Questions

Errr...no it doesn't. You can get more than 945mbps on gigabit ethernet with 1500 mtu? You mean getting full gigabit speeds on gigabit ethernet with the default MTU? Yes, yes I do. Enabling jumbo frames isn't going to magically let you transfer faster than a gigabit NIC or switch is designed to tra...
by curtisb
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home Network Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 2220

Re: Home Network Questions

Glorious wrote:
which actually requires jumbo frames on normal wired ethernet



Errr...no it doesn't.
by curtisb
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home Network Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 2220

Re: Home Network Questions

Going back to the original PoE question...as others have stated, you do need to watch the PoE "standards." A lot of Ubiquiti's equipment is 24V instead of 48V and some PoE switches won't let you change the voltage. However, their AP's are 48V. I'm running mine directly off of an older Extr...
by curtisb
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: HR Block 2017 sucks
Replies: 9
Views: 1200

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: 86
Views: 13541

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: 86
Views: 13541

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: 86
Views: 13541

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: 1143

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: 86
Views: 13541

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: 5014

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: 86
Views: 13541

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: 5014

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: 5014

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: 7289

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: 2019

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: 2019

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: 6075

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: 9168

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: 9168

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: 9168

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: 9168

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: 7289

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: 22
Views: 2492

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: 22
Views: 2492

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: 4776

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: 1133

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 ...
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