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by cphite
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10615

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

bthylafh wrote:
kvndoom wrote:
7) New York Yankees (this is the only one where I can't remember why I root against them)


Because management tries to buy their way to build a championship team?


To be fair, management of every team in professional sports tries to buy their way to a championship - it's literally their job.
by cphite
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10615

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

OK I'm wondering why there is a sport's section on a geek site? Because some geeks like sports. After all true geeks and nerds have a strong disdain for people that like or play sports, especially football and wrestling. Nah. Not even remotely close to being true. There are a lot of geeks and nerds...
by cphite
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 42
Views: 3308

Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features

Works a treat on my Ryzen 1700 with GTX 1050 Ti at 1080p, hovering around 60 fps with the High detail preset. One interesting thing I noticed was that with full detail performance metrics enabled the CPU redlined on a pretty regular basis despite ideal green GPU usage. After a minute I realized tha...
by cphite
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 42
Views: 3308

Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features

Works a treat on my Ryzen 1700 with GTX 1050 Ti at 1080p, hovering around 60 fps with the High detail preset. One interesting thing I noticed was that with full detail performance metrics enabled the CPU redlined on a pretty regular basis despite ideal green GPU usage. After a minute I realized tha...
by cphite
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: wine fridge beeping
Replies: 2
Views: 432

wine fridge beeping

I guess this is hardware... We have a 32-bottle wine fridge from Wine Enthusiast... after a brief power outage, it keeps beeping incessantly - really rapid beeps - and the temperature displays are just flashing "88" - my guess is that some circuit board didn't respond well to the outage. D...
by cphite
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524789

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Judas Priest - Sin After Sin \m/
by cphite
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 2121

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

DeadOfKnight wrote:
I can do so much more with my Tacoma.


Best of both worlds... 1991 GMC Syclone... :D
by cphite
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 2640

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

Just a rant thread about work. I'm sure others have difficult bosses as well. 1) QA defects - our VP got in a swivet that QA defects cost more money than if they are caught by unit testing! Every year, they try to reduce how many QA defects we can have. It's now down to 1 *ONE* per developer per ye...
by cphite
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sometimes FireFox won't start
Replies: 21
Views: 2093

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: 2011

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: 77403

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: 77403

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: 900

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: 840

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: 1174

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: 3442

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: 1297

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: 3725

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: 3725

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: 9670

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: 749

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: 749

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: 3552
Views: 524789

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: 5193

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: 8009

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: 8251

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: 8279

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: 9184

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: 9184

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: 8010

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...
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