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by JustAnEngineer
Wed May 24, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3353
Views: 498854

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Ariane Grande - Dangerous Woman, because terrorists suck.


On a lighter note...Here's a one-man sax section covering CeeLo Green:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9R45IArXqc
by JustAnEngineer
Mon May 22, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 1473

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

Uhh.....it's probably a good idea for Starfalcon and End User to avoid direct interaction. :lol: Venkman: Why? Egg: It would be bad. Venkman: I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, "bad"? Egg: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every mole...
by JustAnEngineer
Fri May 19, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 192
Views: 12029

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

Doctor Venture wrote:
The dearth of good quality microATX AM4 boards board kind of put me off.
What?

There are literally dozens of micro-ATX socket AM4 motherboards available. Spend $97 on the Gigabyte GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 and call it a day.
by JustAnEngineer
Fri May 19, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: PS4 Future
Replies: 19
Views: 903

Re: PS4 Future

$300 Sony UBP-X800 vs. $550 Oppo UDP-203 vs. $400 Sony PlayStation 4 Pro... Is this for movies or for games?
by JustAnEngineer
Fri May 19, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 1473

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

Some of the old timers around here may still have some Chieftec/Chenming Dragons running somewhere. My experience has been that a good case and power supply can outlive several PC builds, while cheap cases eventually fall apart and cheap power supplies fail. Here are the ones that I'm currently supp...
by JustAnEngineer
Thu May 18, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S
Replies: 17
Views: 841

Re: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S

Undeniably, BioStar is making the best mini-ITX socket AM4 motherboard that you can buy today. They are also making what is certainly the worst mini-ITX socket AM4 motherboard on the market. I do not know which of their two mini-ITX socket AM4 models occupies which position. :-?
by JustAnEngineer
Wed May 17, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S
Replies: 17
Views: 841

Re: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S

Starting with a blank slate, I might choose something like the Grandia GD05 and a micro-ATX motherboard for an HTPC. How does this look for a first pass at fitting a socket-AM4 system into the Define Nano S ? PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz Quad-Co...
by JustAnEngineer
Wed May 17, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S
Replies: 17
Views: 841

Re: New Ryzen build in a Fractal Nano S

That micro-ATX motherboard isn't going to fit into the mini-ITX Define Nano S case. The only mini-ITX socket AM4 motherboards currently available are from BioStar.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813138452
by JustAnEngineer
Tue May 16, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech
Replies: 63
Views: 5054

Re: Intel Licensing AMD GPU Tech

FreeSync for everyone!
by JustAnEngineer
Tue May 16, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 908

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

There are measurable differences between 0.2% total harmonic distortion (THD) versus 0.08% THD and 100 dB signal to noise ratio (S/N) versus 106 dB S/N. Whether or not those differences are audible depends on the listener and the environment. Once you get to a certain minimum level of receiver quali...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon May 15, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?
Replies: 20
Views: 715

Re: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?

As I understand it, the software limits this year's Formula E cars to no more than 200 kW (268 hp) of draw during qualifying and 170 kW (228 hp) during the race, unless they're one of the three most popular drivers voted on by the fans in social media, in which case they get an extra 100 kJ of energ...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon May 15, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?
Replies: 20
Views: 715

Re: NIO EP9 is now the fastest supercar?

Chrispy_ wrote:
You're never going to see a multi-lap race with electric cars this decade.
http://www.fiaformulae.com/en
Saturday's race in Monaco was 51 laps. When the battery goes flat halfway through the race, they come to the pits and swap to a second car.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon May 15, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 36
Views: 908

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

Do you want Bluetooth and network streaming capabilities like those of the Onkyo TX-8140? The Yamaha R-S202 is a less expensive option that lacks its own network connection and optical inputs, but it would still play over bluetooth from your phone.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun May 14, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 75
Views: 5310

Re: Formula One 2017

Constructors' standings after five races: http://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2017/2017-classifications 161 Mercedes - 3 wins, 1 DNF 153 Ferrari - 2 wins, 1 DNF 72 Red Bull / Renault - 2 podiums, 4 DNFs 53 Force India / Mercedes - best finish: 4th - Both cars scored p...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun May 14, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 75
Views: 5310

Re: Formula One 2017

Drivers' standings after five races: http://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2017/2017-classifications 104 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari - two wins 98 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - two wins 63 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - one win. 1 DNF 49 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - one podium. 1 ...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun May 14, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 75
Views: 5310

Re: Formula One 2017

Results from Barcelona: http://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2017/race-classification-21 1 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 83.6s , 338 kph 2 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 83.7s, 335 kph 3 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull / Renault 83.7s, 329 kph 4 Sergio Perez, Force India / Mercedes 8...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat May 13, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 75
Views: 5310

Re: Formula One 2017

Spanish Grand Prix qualifying and practice lap times (Q3/Q2/Q1/P3/P2/P1): http://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2017/eventtiming-information-21 79.1 / 80.2 / 80.5 / 80.6 / 80.8 / 81.5 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 323 kph 79.2 / 80.3 / 80.9 / 80.5 / 81.2 / 82.6 Sebastian V...
by JustAnEngineer
Fri May 12, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: That WannaCry ransomware
Replies: 43
Views: 1887

Re: That WannaCry ransomware

If you're too lazy to patch your systems, I hope that you've got good backups and you don't mind the effort of wiping and restoring.
by JustAnEngineer
Fri May 12, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: That WannaCry ransomware
Replies: 43
Views: 1887

Re: That WannaCry ransomware

Microsoft provided the patch on March 14.
by JustAnEngineer
Tue May 09, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread
Replies: 32
Views: 2240

Re: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread

I'd also like to see the dual 5 1/4" bay slot load toaster* with which to heat said poptarts. Perhaps an ejectable hotplate (an update to the classic "cup holder") to keep your coffee warm as well? We could probably refine your design to tray-load the poptarts into the toaster horizo...
by JustAnEngineer
Tue May 09, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 30
Views: 2940

Re: MCU

Chuck: "Do we carry any Rush CDs in the store?"
Morgan: "No need. I got 'em all on my Zune."
Chuck: "You have a Zune???"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUHLIFDtT9s
by JustAnEngineer
Thu May 04, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME!
Replies: 66
Views: 2720

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Q: What's the internal temperature of a tauntaun?

A: Luke warm. :lol:
by JustAnEngineer
Wed May 03, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 54
Views: 2841

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

Pre-built RyZen PCs are on the shelf at your local Best Buy, courtesy of their distribution agreement with CyberPowerPC.
by JustAnEngineer
Tue May 02, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: APC UPS, asking for new battery, humming
Replies: 20
Views: 828

Re: APC UPS, asking for new battery, humming

If your battery is bad, the UPS could be trying to charge it continuously, but my UPS units don't hum noticeably except when the inverter is working.
by JustAnEngineer
Tue May 02, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 192
Views: 12029

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

I've had decent results with cheap USB WiFi dongles from Edimax. However, if that's too small for you to keep track of, you could use an ethernet-connected wireless access point / media bridge, instead.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon May 01, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ideas troubleshooting all-in-one that won't start?
Replies: 13
Views: 749

Re: Ideas troubleshooting all-in-one that won't start?

meerkt wrote:
I got a Dell AIO. The monitor part is functional but the computer part seems dead. Any ideas?
This is exactly the reason that All-in-One computers are a terrible idea.

Dell support would probably ship you a replacement motherboard.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon May 01, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 75
Views: 5310

Re: Formula One 2017

Flying Fox wrote:
Canada is celebrating like a championship for Lance Stroll's first finish of his career. :lol:
Stroll has finished more races than Alonso has this year. :o
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 75
Views: 5310

Re: Formula One 2017

Results from Sochi: http://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2017/eventtiming-information-28 1 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes 97.4s, 331 kph :) - First F1 race win 2 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 97.3s, 327 kph 3 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 96.8s , 313 kph 4 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 98...