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by cphite
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sometimes FireFox won't start
Replies: 21
Views: 1065

Re: Sometimes FireFox won't start

I've seen something similar caused by a security product. If you have any IPS/IDS/antivirus applications, try removing or reinstalling them. This could apply to anything that installs I/O filter drivers, so monitoring and backup applications could also cause a hang on disk access. These are the eas...
by cphite
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: National Drink Beer day?
Replies: 17
Views: 819

Re: National Drink Beer day?

Completely forgot this was a thing and have been drinking whiskey instead. But, hey - whiskey starts as beer! KO Distillery (it's a local one here in Virginia) Bare Knuckle Whiskey... it's a wheat whiskey (with a touch of rye) barrel aged for one year. Good flavor, kinda earthy but nice and smooth. ...
by cphite
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 645
Views: 75062

Re: What are you playing right now?

Are these folks really incapable of looking for a planet until the guy designated to look for planets shows up? You should have already learned part of the story of the first two efforts to settle on Eos. What makes the pathfinders special, and you extra -special, is Sam. Spoilers below if anyone c...
by cphite
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 645
Views: 75062

Re: What are you playing right now?

Just picked up Mass Effect Andromeda for PS4... so far so good. I've gotten as far as the second planet - Eos or something like that - and just finished turning on the alien thingy. Impressions so far... graphically it's pretty cool, except for the facial animations which are rather poor in my opini...
by cphite
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Verizon Cloud keeps backing stuff up...
Replies: 2
Views: 685

Verizon Cloud keeps backing stuff up...

I've already asked this on Verizon but I figured I'd try here and hopefully get something, you know... helpful :D I have a Droid 2 Turbo - it's running the factory OS (Android 7.0) no rooting or anything like that, and it's got the typical stuff that Verizon throws on; specifically Verizon Cloud whi...
by cphite
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Persistent remote desktop session
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Persistent remote desktop session

Is there any way to prevent a remote desktop session from being disconnected by another login? In other words, if a server already has two remote logins, when a third person tries to log onto the box, it'll ask which user they want to disconnect. Is there any way to set a session to disallow it from...
by cphite
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Website Security Certificate Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 1112

Re: Website Security Certificate Issues

You should be able to add them at the domain level...

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754841(v=ws.11).aspx
by cphite
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Silly linux question
Replies: 13
Views: 3321

Re: Silly linux question

Still mostly a n00b with this Linux stuff, so I have another question that'll probably make most of you roll your eyes, but whatever.. :) So... I have an oldish Dell desktop that I decided to use in my workout room... Basically just something to watch DVDs, YouTube, or listen to music, etc. I instal...
by cphite
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Improving wifi coverage in my new home
Replies: 11
Views: 1154

Re: Improving wifi coverage in my new home

Hello, This is probably a very simple question, but I am new to networking questions. I just bought a new house and I had every room wired up with cat5e cable. I play a lot of video games and I watch movies on the internet, so wired connection is a must. However, I still use from time to time wifi ...
by cphite
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 3174

Re: SSD reliability

Of course, any drive can fail, so your friend should be backing up anything that he cannot afford to lose. That remains true no matter what the technology. You might get a bad drive (they're rare but they happen) or your friend might drop the laptop down the stairs. Same diff. The drive will almost...
by cphite
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 3174

Re: SSD reliability

Unless your friend has a compelling need to have a lot of local storage - which it sounds like he does not - definitely go with the SSD. It's a no-brainer. The performance gains alone are worth it. As far as reliability goes, for all practical purposes an SSD is every bit as reliable (if not moreso)...
by cphite
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Skyrim and Skyrim mods
Replies: 33
Views: 9547

Re: Skyrim and Skyrim mods

I tried the Special Edition and ended up going back to the original. If they add the DLC to the SE then I might give it another go, otherwise doesn't seem worth it. The SE has better lighting and shadows, but the original looks just as nice if you run the hi-def mod. And they really seem to have flu...
by cphite
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell laptop DVD drive not working
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Re: Dell laptop DVD drive not working

Get a new laptop, then put Linux on the old one and use it as a secondary laptop for web/e-mail (and anything else that doesn't require Windows). Not a bad idea :) I do have a Linux laptop that I use for web stuff, but it's going on seven years old and both the drive and the screen are starting to ...
by cphite
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell laptop DVD drive not working
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Dell laptop DVD drive not working

My wife has a Dell Inspiron 15R Notebook - it still works well after 5 years, especially since I migrated her to an SSD... our biggest issue is that since she upgraded to Windows 10 (it was originally running 8 ) the DVD player no longer works. It's not a hardware issue - I can still see it in the B...
by cphite
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3514
Views: 518446

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

I bought a copy of Nirvana's Nevermind album the other day... had it many years ago, decided I wanted to listen again. Got the 20th anniversary remastered edition. Ugh. Apparently what they meant by "remaster" was to remove any trace of dynamic range whatsoever. Gonna check some of the loc...
by cphite
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Online vendor search options suck.
Replies: 13
Views: 5169

Re: Online vendor search options suck.

I generally search on NewEgg and then try to identify the manufacturers product number, and then Google that number. You'll generally find a ton of different prices for the same item...
by cphite
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD recommendation.
Replies: 47
Views: 7694

Re: SSD recommendation.

Hello, I've been looking to get my first SSD (yes, I know it's 2017 already) and I'm looking into a SATA based SSD. Nothing too fancy, just a simple drive for Windows and non-game applications. I've been thinking of getting a 180GB drive but those are kinda scarce nowadays, so a 240/256GB drive sho...
by cphite
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"
Replies: 65
Views: 8183

Re: Every few years, painful MS Office "upgrade"

One HUGE improvement that I use daily in Excel is the ability to have two Excel windows open (aka side by side on my dual monitors) and copy-paste between them.  Such a simple concept, yet they never had that functionality until Office 2013 (or maybe it was Office 2016, can't remember).  Before thi...
by cphite
Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: USB thumb drives: good or bad brands?
Replies: 22
Views: 7648

Re: USB thumb drives: good or bad brands?

I just had a generic 1GB cheapo sent to me with work data on it.  The disk failed after the second use I had done some of my parts of the work - I'll stick with name brands. I am very happy with sandisk products.  I tie thin ribbons (Joanne Fabrics - 2 bucks a roll, many colors) around them to make...
by cphite
Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Desktop environments suck
Replies: 76
Views: 8946

Re: Desktop environments suck

I was using KDE 4 (kubuntu) for a while on my laptop, and also liked that - despite the goofy names for everything :D Ehh... yeah, some of the names are silly, but that doesn't particularly bother me. Anything I use more than occasionally tends to get assigned to a launcher icon in an auto-hide pan...
by cphite
Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Desktop environments suck
Replies: 76
Views: 8946

Re: Desktop environments suck

Gnome: Absolutely unconfigurable, ugly, janky, terribly slow 1 POS that was obviously designed for a touchscreen. 0/10 Cinnamon: Still terribly slow, but a bit more configurable and the defaults make a touch of sense. 3/10 MATE: Might actually be good. I should try it some time. ?/10 KDE: Polarizin...
by cphite
Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: This IoT meme is getting rather silly.
Replies: 104
Views: 7956

Re: This IoT meme is getting rather silly.

Will someone please tell me why I need a smart toaster?  Why you need one isn't the point.   Imagine you own a toaster company.  You can make a toaster for say $15 and sell it for say $25...    Now, imagine you can throw in a Bluetooth for an additional $10 and sell it for $100.  So instead of maki...
by cphite
Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: What would you use...
Replies: 59
Views: 7173

Re: What would you use...

A friend of mine recently told me that he was considering purchasing an HP all-in-one and asked what I thought of it. I told him I think it's a horrible idea. I suggested he build instead. Despite having a ton of room on a rather large desk, he said he didn't have the room for a desktop and thought...
by cphite
Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Extending a network... advice?
Replies: 8
Views: 1248

Extending a network... advice?

Hey folks... So here is my issue...  currently I have the following setup on the upper floor of my house: Cable Modem -->  Linksys Router  The router is a few years old but still works well.  We get a solid signal both upstairs and downstairs with no issues.  However, my wife got a treadmill that sh...
by cphite
Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple's (lack of) Mac ambitions
Replies: 104
Views: 5392

Re: Apple's (lack of) Mac ambitions

Anybody that says you need a PC to do real work should take their head out the sand. I can do network/server management from my phone for goodness sake. Yes, but can write a book or an essay using a phone? What about media creation? Microsoft Word on a phone? Yes Connect an external full-size keybo...
by cphite
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 clean install failing, error code 0x8007025d
Replies: 32
Views: 11274

Re: Windows 10 clean install failing, error code 0x8007025d

From googling, it looks like the code 0x8007025d corresponds to a failure during the APPLY_IMAGE phase. That's basically a simple file copy, so the troubleshooting process should be similar to how you handle that (technically, the source files are compressed witihin the *.wim container file). I see...
by cphite
Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD Partition Showing Incorrent Amount of Free Space
Replies: 23
Views: 3021

Re: SSD Partition Showing Incorrent Amount of Free Space

Did you set Windows Explorer to show system and hidden files and see if anything else shows up? It really sounds like something (maybe a swap file?) got created on the drive and is chewing up the additional space. Yes. I didn't put any system file on that partition. It is solely for VM. Are you sur...
by cphite
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3514
Views: 518446

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

just brew it! wrote:
Dvorak's 9th Symphony

One of the top pieces of classical music not composed by Beethoven. :wink:

Is it performed...   on a keyboard?   :lol:
by cphite
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3514
Views: 518446

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Metallica - Hardwired to self-destruct..   It's actually a surprisingly good album...  not quite a return to the old days, but definitely a step in that direction compared to their last few.   I got the "deluxe" version with the third disc, some covers and a bunch of live stuff.  Only low ...
by cphite
Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Apple Takes 104% of All Smartphone Profits in Q3
Replies: 38
Views: 3510

Re: Apple Takes 104% of All Smartphone Profits in Q3

Even if people like seeing their favorite company do well, nothing is worse than fans who want a monopoly. The smartphone space isn't healthy to anyone but Apple right now and I hope that changes.  Just because they had the highest profits doesn't mean they have a monopoly.  No, but it does limit h...
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