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by JohnC
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New Forums/Websites For TR Gerbils
Replies: 33
Views: 2461

Re: New Forums/Websites For TR Gerbils

Just join TechPowerUp or Overclock.net forums, problem solved. Both are very active.
by JohnC
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dashcam for my Car - Buying Advice Needed
Replies: 45
Views: 8565

Re: Dashcam for my Car - Buying Advice Needed

Are has a nice write up. Any thoughts? https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/06/guidemaster-the-best-dash-cams-to-guard-your-every-drive/ Thoughts: worthless affiliate link clickbait. They just advertise whatever will be profitable to them through clicks. Which is not surprising for Ars. Anyone who ...
by JohnC
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

I am sure the forum and comments can be easily linked, for example the way TechPowerUp did it. But why bother with this? Tech Report has no unique content anymore (other than the way video cards benchmarked, and even those tests are too late to be relevant and do not use big enough variety of games)...
by JohnC
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

So, while we're still all here... can anyone help out and let me know what hardware sites are still left/good? Has Anandtech won? Well, technically it's a cellphone site, but you know what I mean. I'm trying to think of any site other than TR that I regularly visit... HotHardware once in a while? W...
by JohnC
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

If you're looking for alternative forums since these forums will eventually shut down - you are always welcome to Overclock.net, it's a very active forum with all kind of topics.
by JohnC
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Kind of a sad commentary on the literacy of the average bear, but here we are stuck in the middle with new owners. Perhaps they will try this two prong venture instead of a click bait site which will likely be dismissed as a waste of time? You're a very naive person. Do you honestly believe they wo...
by JohnC
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

From a business standpoint, it sure is. Is it? I would like to see a proper comparison of a site which has same exact content on the site itself and on YouTube. And see how much traffic both would generate, as well as Ad revenue. I see plenty of sites which still post news about hardware on their w...
by JohnC
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

It does not mean YouTube is a better way - many people still prefer to read reviews in text form From a business standpoint, it sure is. Is it? I would like to see a proper comparison of a site which has same exact content on the site itself and on YouTube. And see how much traffic both would gener...
by JohnC
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Yes, I know GN makes most money on YouTube, that's what they chose instead of doing stuff on website. It does not mean YouTube is a better way - many people still prefer to read reviews in text form and the monetization of YouTube videos is decreasing, many YouTubers have complained about that. Peop...
by JohnC
Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

...if you don't have a willpower or enthusiasm to keep improving your content and finding more unique content - then perhaps it is better to do what HardOCP owner did, just close down your site instead of letting someone else take over it. Not saying that this is the only right option but this is s...
by JohnC
Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips
Replies: 101
Views: 7389

Re: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips

You understand why WordPress was selected, though? The new owners do not want this site to be a review site or social site, they want it to be a blog with occasional tech posts by guests. In another thread someone mentioned ReadWrite blog. Take a look at it, this is what TechReport will become. You...
by JohnC
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

It's just sad that TR has lost faith in the idea that quality content can still sell. This ideology loss is in fact the most disappointing thing about the handover. It wasn't selling. At least, not well enough to keep the lights on. That's why the site got sold. :cry: Think about it - nVidia is alr...
by JohnC
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

It's just sad that TR has lost faith in the idea that quality content can still sell. This ideology loss is in fact the most disappointing thing about the handover. It wasn't selling. At least, not well enough to keep the lights on. That's why the site got sold. :cry: That's because there weren't e...
by JohnC
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Do/did you reapply thermal paste in laptops/notebooks?
Replies: 20
Views: 1915

Re: Do/did you reapply thermal paste in laptops/notebooks?

For me that would be reason to avoid a model. ^^This. If it runs hot enough that you should repaste it on delivery, it's a flawed design / implementation. The solution isn't to repaste it, the solution is to avoid that model like the plague. You understand that it would mean avoiding almost every m...
by JohnC
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips
Replies: 101
Views: 7389

Re: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips

You understand why WordPress was selected, though? The new owners do not want this site to be a review site or social site, they want it to be a blog with occasional tech posts by guests. In another thread someone mentioned ReadWrite blog. Take a look at it, this is what TechReport will become. You ...
by JohnC
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips
Replies: 101
Views: 7389

Re: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips

I always use same info on all sites - it is convenient and I do not use my real information so I do not mind if anyone will use it for any purpose ;-) I think cross-linking your posts on different sites is a bad idea (unless you explicitly want to do it). Also in general I dislike all these meta-se...
by JohnC
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

@JohnC, I think the problem lies on the target demographic. I am all up to address better thermal paste benefits in laptops (cfr. LTT and Dave2D videos on Thermal Paste/Liquid metal application) and measure the benefits from these, indeed would be something that could be recommended, but should be ...
by JohnC
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Do/did you reapply thermal paste in laptops/notebooks?
Replies: 20
Views: 1915

Re: Do/did you reapply thermal paste in laptops/notebooks?

I am not sure why you wanted to ask this from a dozen of remaining active users rather than posting this poll at a proper place like Reddit, but whatever floats your boat ;-) Just wanted to add that repasting is A MUST on many new models if you want to get maximum performance with minimum fan noise ...
by JohnC
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips
Replies: 101
Views: 7389

Re: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips

https://techreport.com/blog/3463422/new-design/ https://techreport.com/blog/3464346/all-the-changes-making-tr-work/ And the first 10-15 pages here might suffice :): https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=122158 I don't understand what's bad about Disquis This looks MUCH more useful t...
by JohnC
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Two possibilities: 1) nobody (it was a blind copy paste); or 2) the new owners and/or editor. Neither choice bodes particularly well... It's copied, with very minor changes, from Read Write , where Renee has two articles. I assume there's a link between Read Write and TR's new owners, because other...
by JohnC
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: AERO 15 AMOLED display
Replies: 2
Views: 911

Re: AERO 15 AMOLED display

What that garbage site won't tell you is the Samsung OLED display that is used on Gigabyte Aero 15, Razer Blade, Dell XPS, Dell G7, Alienware m15 and some Clevo-based laptops is prone to banding. You can find this information from actual users on Reddit, people who did not get a review sample handpi...
by JohnC
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips
Replies: 101
Views: 7389

Re: TR Redesign: bugs - features - tips

something like Disqus? To me, that would be Disqusting. The current system is bad, but not as bad. I don't understand what's bad about Disquis - at least from visual point of view it looks much better. And the upvote and downvote does something useful (it affects whether the comment is above others...
by JohnC
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 91
Views: 7494

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

Sorry to see the site decline so far. Mostly sad for us enthusiasts though who basically have nowhere left to go to get our tech news and in-depth analysis, save for a couple youtube channels like Digital Foundry and Gamers Nexus. I guess it's just the end of an era. The SEO blog posts dominating t...
by JohnC
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

And laptop reviews would be great, as many more people are just willing to invest in laptops than actual desktop parts nowadays. I'm actively working on two of them at the moment, but neither will appear on TR. Cool, don't forget to share on Reddit, plenty of people would appreciate good unbiased r...
by JohnC
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

assumption about heatsinks in laptops being "not user serviceable" or what you think about relevance of repasting to users in general, but it is wrong. In the laptops and notebooks you've opened up, what percentage allowed motherboard access after removing only some screws? No spudgers to...
by JohnC
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

I ESPECIALLY suggest reading about new Dell XPS on these subreddits or forums - a total disaster in terms of cooling which was mentioned even in review on site like Notebookcheck (they still had to give it a high review score because they receive free review samples from Dell and cannot be overly c...
by JohnC
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

using stock paste, then using Gelid GC Extreme or Kingpin kPx Gaining access to the heatsinks in laptops is far from trivial, it's definitely not "user serviceable". So I don't think it would be relevant to 99.99% of the users. I suspect not even 0.01% of the users HERE open up their new ...
by JohnC
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Just a random idea/advice: one way to revitalize a tech website is to post laptop reviews. BUT! But do it differently. If you will look at YouTube - there are plenty of reviews for stuff like Dell XPS, Asus ROG Strix 2, Gigabyte Aero 15, MSI GE75 and other models, HOWEVER if you will look at all of ...
by JohnC
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

roncat wrote:
Where does everyone go for hardware now?

If this is an actual question - I like to read TechPowerUp. They are better than TechSpot and they have pretty knowledgeable people posting in forums and comments and they have the authors of some very famous software utilities.
by JohnC
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Tr is still unique, and it's not because of the news stories. It's the community, and the community is still mostly here. I'm glad you're more optimistic! You're a good person, Josh, but your optimism sometimes goes way overboard and way past the "amusing" levels. What "community&quo...
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