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by JustAnEngineer
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 692
Views: 89158

Re: What are you playing right now?

Guild Wars 2 has been free to play for a couple of years. Download the 64-bit game client here . If you play much, you will definitely want to shell out the $30 to get the paid version that includes the latest expansion. Of the items in the $55 deluxe version, the additional character slot and the L...
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 312
Views: 19665

Re: Video card prices

The folks at Newegg have again lowered their price for the miners' favorite Radeon RX Vega 56. Now they want just 159% of MSRP. :roll:
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 692
Views: 89158

Re: What are you playing right now?

I had time for just one skirmish in the new Battletech last night. The tactical play definitely reminded me of the tabletop game and the original personal computer versions from the 1980s.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3017
Views: 622788

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

After a while, the cost of the DSLR or CSC (mirrorless) camera body pales in comparison to what you have invested in a collection of professional/luxury grade lenses. The saving grace is that a good lens will still be a good lens twenty years from now, while you're probably going to be coveting a ne...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3761
Views: 544905

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Stevie Ray Vaughn - Tightrope

Cap'n Ned wrote:
It took 40 years, but the trilogy in six parts is finally over.

Somewhere, I've got cassette tapes that were recorded from NPR when they re-broadcast the original BBC Hitchhiker's Guide radio program in 1977.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2756
Views: 101055

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I concur with notfred's analysis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhRTKku6fso
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275
Replies: 13
Views: 1042

Re: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275

I’m not trying to talk you out of spending $275 on a new monitor. I’m trying to talk you into spending $150 to $200 on a gaming graphics card to drive it. ;-). This 3840x2160 monitor should do a decent job scaling to 1920x1080 if you run something more demanding than EVE Online. Those graphics cards...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275
Replies: 13
Views: 1042

Re: LG 27UD59P-B 4K, IPS, FreeSync on sale for $275

If you're going to use your PC for gaming, you should be looking at graphics cards at least as powerful as the $150 Radeon RX 560-1024 or $200 GeForce GTX1050Ti with 4 GiB of video memory. Don't expect great performance at 3840x2160 with those cards in most games, but they'll play many games nicely ...
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 19
Views: 2540

Re: weird issue would like your input

just brew it! wrote:
Back in the day, the fan in the PSU of my dual Athlon (MPX) rig failed. I started to smell burning electronics...
Officially, there are no user serviceable parts and the capacitors inside the PSU might kill you. Unofficially... :wink:
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I miss my TiVo!
Replies: 11
Views: 500

Re: I miss my TiVo!

You could connect a decent antenna to your TiVo (except the cable card only TiVo Roamio Pro) and use it for your FOtA HDTV recording. Yes, you have the aggravation of having to swap inputs, remotes, etc., but you would get the advantage of higher-quality video with less compression than you get from...
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2756
Views: 101055

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

This is my HP-12C. I've had one of these grafted to my right hand since 1988 or so. The really old ones, the ones that use the 357/LR44 3-stack of button batteries, are the best. Can be dropped from just about any height and survive, and the old ones run for at least 10 years on a set of silver-oxi...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 2TB SSD $290 Micron >17 hours
Replies: 4
Views: 2446

Re: 2TB SSD $290 Micron >17 hours

$145/TB does seem extremely low.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1991

Re: Formula One 2018

Standings after three races: https://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2018/2018-classifications 54 Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari 45 Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes 40 Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes 37 Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull / Renault 30 Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari 22 Fernando Alonso...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1991

Re: Formula One 2018

Phenomenal work by Red Bull's mechanics and brilliant overtaking by Daniel Ricciardo were rewarded. After Ricciardo's Renault turbocharger let go in free practice 3, his mechanics built up the spare engine and installed it in the car in two hours, getting him out on the track with less than two minu...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 967

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

just brew it! wrote:
The Kaypro basically killed Osborne.
Some of it was self-inflicted.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_effect
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1991

Re: Formula One 2018

Chinese Grand Prix qualifying and practice lap times (Q3/Q2/Q1/P3/P2/P1): https://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-championship/season-2018/eventtiming-information-1 91.1 / 92.4 / 92.2 / 93.0 / 93.6 / 94.9 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari - 331 kph (205.7 mph) 91.2 / 92.3 / 92.5 / 93.5 / 93.5 / 94....
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Simple KeyBoard
Replies: 16
Views: 1436

Re: Simple KeyBoard

I'm not certain that I understand all of your criteria. Do you like the Rosewill RK-9300BR for $70?
by JustAnEngineer
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3761
Views: 544905

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Counting on You
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 2691

Re: Warning about Newegg

Let’s say that you live in a locale with 10% sales tax. If you walk into your local Wal-mart and buy a $1000 TV, they ring it up and collect $1100 from you. They then send the $100 tax to the state and local governments. If you buy the same $1000 TV from Newegg, they are not legally required to coll...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3761
Views: 544905

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Iron Maiden - Wasted Years. It reminds me of both Judas Priest and Queensryche of that period.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1991

Re: Formula One 2018

Are Williams the only team whose 2018 car is actually slower than their 2017 car? https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/williams-looked-like-idiots-in-bahrain-1024046/?s=1 One good race weekend with Toro Rosso has changed some perceptions of Honda. http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/43702834 How did Vet...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1991

Re: Formula One 2018

http://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/22757407/espn-reveals-f1-tv-broadcast-schedule-2018 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix (all times Eastern Daylight) Practice 1 - Thursday, April 12 10:00 PM - ESPN3 Practice 2 - Friday, April 13 2:00 AM - ESPN3 Practice 3 - Friday, April 13 11:00 PM - ESPNEWS Qualifying - ...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1991

Re: Formula One 2018

Vettel's ability to nurse his soft tires for more than 1½ times as many laps as Pirelli expected they would last was extremely impressive. Also impressive was the Toro Rosso / Honda 4th place finish in what was just Pierre Gasly's 7th start in Formula 1. That was the best finish for a Honda engine i...
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1991

Re: Formula One 2018

McLaren looked slow in practice and in qualifying. They started the race in 13th and 14th positions, but Alonso has gained 5 spots in the first 8 laps.

I'm not thrilled with ESPN/SkyTV's screaming excitement vs. NBCSN's more relaxed coverage from last year.
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 5482

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Banned for linking The Phantom Menace. Since I can't find a good quality clip of Jabba telling Luke "your mind powers will not work on me, boy!"", I will let you enjoy this musical number, instead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMfLNqWk4_0 :lol: I just received my proxy notice for ...
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 5482

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

Glorious wrote:
There is so much hand-wave in this comparison that I don't even know why you bothered to put numbers in it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAvGKfaO3os
by JustAnEngineer
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 312
Views: 19665

Re: Video card prices

With the inevitable cryptocoin mining crash beginning to take hold (coin values are down to a third of their mid-December peak), a few graphics cards are actually in stock at your favorite e-tailers. The generous folks at Newegg have recently dropped their asking price for the miners' favorite Radeo...
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 234
Views: 14988

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Other than the normal practice of always keeping Windows 10 up to date, I've been paying more attention to BIOS updates since Meltdown and Spectre were announced. This latest news tells me that my Yorkfield C2Q Q9300 and GA-X48-DS4 are out of luck. :-? That PC was retired from everyday use at the st...
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Computer Failure
Replies: 53
Views: 3145

Re: Computer Failure

Congratulations on fixing your PC yourself. I hope that it gives you years of enjoyment.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit
Replies: 12
Views: 1256

Re: Lenovo Ideapad 720S 15: Gaming in a Business Suit

NVidia's evil marketing geniuses have struck again. You'd think that a company with more than $7,000,000,000 in cash could afford to be more honest in their product naming.