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by JohnC
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 741
Views: 14300

Re: Something's different...

Apparently they're having financial trouble there as well . Well, they could have "financial trouble", but I would just say that they are just trying to adjust to current trend where Ads alone cannot provide sufficient revenue especially if you cannot grow traffic beyond certain point. Ma...
by JohnC
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 741
Views: 14300

Re: Something's different...

Gotta honestly say, even though I have not participated for quite a long time and I was not always on friendly terms with some of the members it's sad to see one of my memorable online communities to go away, in one of the worst ways I've ever seen - randomly becoming an ugly, unusable WordPress tem...
by JohnC
Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: g2a online game website
Replies: 10
Views: 1583

Re: g2a online game website

Anyone ever try this? Legit? https://www.g2a.com/borderlands-goty-edition-steam-cd-key-global.html Wouldn't mind grabbing this, but maybe wait for the steam Christmas sale? Yes, G2A is a legitimate site. Only issue you might (or might not) have is delayed payment processing, where it takes some tim...
by JohnC
Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Youtube bars don't go away in fullscreen (chrome)
Replies: 4
Views: 3657

Re: Youtube bars don't go away in fullscreen (chrome)

There are many things which may cause this, such as touchscreen on your laptop/PC (if you have it - try touching any area outside of video then see if it helps), buggy touchpad/mouse drivers (have you installed anything like that recently?), etc. First, try to hover the mouse cursor over "play/...
by JohnC
Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:10 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: So, any one else had a chance to try The Evil Within?
Replies: 2
Views: 789

Re: So, any one else had a chance to try The Evil Within?

I really got a kick out of watching few "popular" streamers on Twitch desperately trying to pretend that they like playing that steaming pile of **** with mediocre graphics, extremely unintuitive puzzles, dull storyline and awful controls. Kinda feel sorry for them - I would've just said &...
by JohnC
Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Top 3 sites - in order
Replies: 13
Views: 1392

Re: Top 3 sites - in order

Reddit (just front page is enough, but some subreddits are also decent)
Twitch.tv (not really a site, but I watch streams almost every day even on mobile devices)
http://www.overclock.net/f/149/industry-news (all the relevant hardware/software news)
by JohnC
Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)
Replies: 57
Views: 7783

Re: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)

but it has been very successful for many, many years Oh, it has. But part of that "success" was attributed to basically "revitalizing" the smartphone market, back when Android devices didn't exist or were a barely-functional plastic toys with laggy, unintuitive, featureless OS w...
by JohnC
Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)
Replies: 57
Views: 7783

Re: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)

JohnC if Apple did everything you say they should (basically, become an Android OEM), would you buy the phone? No? Oh, ok. If they would offer a device with compelling features for a reasonable price - I would gladly purchase it. Like I did in the past. Hell, I am typing this text on a MacBook Pro ...
by JohnC
Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)
Replies: 57
Views: 7783

Re: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)

I don't like using headphones when they are not necessary (neither on mobile devices nor for my home entertainment system or my PC). And most of the in-ear designs (including Apple's own) are extremely uncomfortable for me. Why do I have to conform to only one way of usage of certain feature, espec...
by JohnC
Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)
Replies: 57
Views: 7783

Re: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)

iOS Customization: You buy an Apple product based on the product's design, not how you can modify the product. Want an aesthetically pleasing physical design? You don't need Apple - there are models like HTC One (M8) or Sony Xperia Z2/Z3. Both of which aren't "plastic toys" and look and f...
by JohnC
Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)
Replies: 57
Views: 7783

Re: Apple Sep 9th Event (first impressions)

"First impression": Apple is still an ever-stagnating company which has lost its "innovative" momentum many years ago and was never able to catch up. Not even today ;-) First of all, they couldn't even livestream their event properly. I have a latest MacBook Pro, running latest O...
by JohnC
Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WTF............gamestop collects fingerprints
Replies: 30
Views: 3881

Re: WTF............gamestop collects fingerprints

The guy was clearly mentally unbalanced, ranting semi-coherently, and attempting to force his way into an occupied courtroom . No, no, no, it's all about " democracy, privacy, constitution, freedom!!!!11111111 " and evil parasites called "police" and other law enforcement agenci...
by JohnC
Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: new monitor time!
Replies: 11
Views: 2539

Re: new monitor time!

Sputnik7 wrote:
Is the fact that the korea IPS monitor only supports dual-DVI ok?

Yes.
by JohnC
Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WTF............gamestop collects fingerprints
Replies: 30
Views: 3881

Re: WTF............gamestop collects fingerprints

derFunkenstein wrote:
If you really want to dump a game at a fraction of its value, sell it to Amazon.

Not very convenient if you just stole the game (or gaming console) from some property and need to dump it faster to get a cash for another dose of crack/heroine/whatever ;-)
by JohnC
Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WTF............gamestop collects fingerprints
Replies: 30
Views: 3881

Re: WTF............gamestop collects fingerprints

Hilarious video. The annoying retard really deserved that, whether it was "legal" or not.
by JohnC
Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WTF............gamestop collects fingerprints
Replies: 30
Views: 3881

Re: WTF............gamestop collects fingerprints

As a retail business, it's generally a good idea to stay on the good side of the local cops. Yea, it usually is, even if you don't have to legally do that, especially if it's a perfectly reasonable request. But hey, some paranoid sheeple will always believe in such fictional concepts as "priva...
by JohnC
Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:39 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WTF............gamestop collects fingerprints
Replies: 30
Views: 3881

Re: WTF............gamestop collects fingerprints

It's a voluntary process. You don't want to leave your fingerprint there? Don't do it - sell or buy your games elsewhere. No need to get butthurt over it or start folding new hats out of tinfoil :roll:
by JohnC
Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2.5" SATA (Crucial M500) SSD vs M.2 (SanDisk Ultra Plus) SSD
Replies: 3
Views: 2512

Re: 2.5" SATA vs mSATA SSD + mSATA-to-SATA circuit board

Not sure how much power the mSATA-to-SATA circuit board will consume though. It's really irrelevant - the only significant sources of power consumption are the display, CPU and GPU (so concentrate on optimizing power profiles for these). Even if that circuit board consumes extra 500mW I highly doub...
by JohnC
Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2.5" SATA (Crucial M500) SSD vs M.2 (SanDisk Ultra Plus) SSD
Replies: 3
Views: 2512

Re: 2.5" SATA vs mSATA SSD + mSATA-to-SATA circuit board

If your SATA drive fits properly and if it is faster (test both) - just use it instead of mSATA stuff.
by JohnC
Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nerdy body mods
Replies: 6
Views: 1449

Re: Nerdy body mods

My daughter knows someone who has a tattoo of a battery compartment. I've seen it, but no, I don't have a pic. This one is more hardcore (no, it's not mine): http://charlesandhudson.com/wp/photos/duracell-battery-tattoo.jpg Not sure exactly where I want to go with it Eh, just do the usual stuff - a...
by JohnC
Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:08 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Failed/Failing WD Passport
Replies: 21
Views: 4412

Re: Failed/Failing WD Passport

FWIW - The WD tech support was clueless, sounded lazy as hell and didn't understand that by locking up I meant the computer was slowing and freezing from the drive. He kept telling me that I'd need to put in a password if I set it up with one..... He thought locking meant I put a password on the dr...
by JohnC
Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: new monitor time!
Replies: 11
Views: 2539

Re: new monitor time!

Gaming? What gaming? If all you play are MMORPGs, single-player RPGs and/or MOBAs - get any IPS display, model/price don't matter much (you may overclock some of them to a higher refresh rate... or you may not, there is NO guarantee for ANY model). If you mostly play a fast-paced FPS games and want ...
by JohnC
Fri Aug 01, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Failed/Failing WD Passport
Replies: 21
Views: 4412

Re: Failed/Failing WD Passport

Thats right, USB directly connected to the 2.5 HDD, no SATA. Yea, it kinda sucks - you basically cannot use it in any other enclosure. As for data recovery - since all of the controllers (including the USB one) is on the drive itself I don't think you can do much if there is a hardware defect... Yo...
by JohnC
Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: nVidia Shield Tablet Benchmark results
Replies: 6
Views: 2891

Re: nVidia Shield Tablet Benchmark results

I'm personally more interested in battery life under different usage conditions, as well as things like speaker's frequency response. As Anandtech has shown in the past - the synthetic "random score generator" benchmarks have very little relevance due to various mobile manufacturers doing ...
by JohnC
Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: New Bioware IP? (revealed)
Replies: 7
Views: 1849

Re: New Bioware IP?

Yes, Bioware (or more correctly EA) was spamming it whole day. Probably some "horror" BS with monsters/ghosts jumping out of closet or some cliche "conspiracy" crap which will target the previous and current generation's console hardware :roll: Personally I am more intrigued by C...
by JohnC
Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe
Replies: 43
Views: 15574

Re: Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe

I've heard the old X-Fi Titaniums are better built for older games, where as the Soundblaster Z series (and I guess to a lesser extent the Recon 3d) are better at newer games. "Better"? Not really, no. The only difference is that old X-Fi cards supported old DirectSound3D API in hardware ...
by JohnC
Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:09 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wirelessly connect modem and router
Replies: 12
Views: 2053

Re: Wirelessly connect modem and router

I've used Asus' router before (not this exact model but more popular one). While their hardware is very good, their firmware has a perpetual... deficiencies when it comes to various features. What I would personally suggest is to use it as AP - connect it (using network cable - route it through netw...
by JohnC
Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe
Replies: 43
Views: 15574

Re: Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe

Yea, good price. It's only for 1 day, though, so hurry up if you wanted to try it out ;-)
by JohnC
Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Power Issues
Replies: 11
Views: 2881

Re: Power Issues

I am going to hate figuring out what PC components are busted. Oh, it's actually quite simple. Start with PSU, replace it with new one, see if it helps. If it doesn't - continue with motherboard. Then the cards ;-) After that, just leave the working parts as a spare ;-) Any recommendations on brand...
by JohnC
Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:59 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Power Issues
Replies: 11
Views: 2881

Re: Power Issues

My questions are: What can I do to test the power in my apartment? What type of UPS should I get? I just want something with a 5 to 10 minute run time to shutdown my equipment. What can I do to test the PSU of my PC (I highly doubt I can test the Display PSU)? 1) Get a basic multimeter which can me...
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