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by Arvald
Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57022

Re: Something's different...

Some of us are waiting to see if where the majority of the "old guard" goes to. I don't have to comment on the front page articles. I visit for the forums. My visits are down to 1-2 a week from being constantly logged on... my browser even flushed my password so I had to figure out what it...
by Arvald
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New build not turning on, but the GPU's light is on
Replies: 8
Views: 967

Re: New build not turning on, but the GPU's light is on

Check for all required power cables.
Motherboard.
extra CPU power on motherboard.
GPU power connectors.

you did not list GPU power on your connections
by Arvald
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 91
Views: 7518

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

Although they didn't f**k with the forums they are getting quieter now. But they did. The recent posts link was my daily read. Having to go in and surf all the categories... no thanks. I visit once a week now and that is already drifting to ever few weeks. https://techreport.com/forums/search.php?s...
by Arvald
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?
Replies: 18
Views: 1404

Re: How do you store/organize your stash of extra cables?

In a set of big boxes by era of computing/audio.

As one sunsets I can toss most of the box...
recent toss was SCSI cables.
by Arvald
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 91
Views: 7518

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

Did I miss something? I feel like I missed something. Although they didn't f**k with the forums they are getting quieter now. But they did. The recent posts link was my daily read. Having to go in and surf all the categories... no thanks. I visit once a week now and that is already drifting to ever...
by Arvald
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57022

Re: Something's different...

I'm going to sort of echo what has been said earlier.
If you are going to make a table into an image then make sure your word wrap is correct.
Make it look like a professional publication.
The Ryzen review hurts the eyes.
by Arvald
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: best cooler for few days?
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Re: best cooler for few days?

Yeti are amazing... but you are paying for it. I use Coleman 7 day marine coolers. the definition of the 7 day is that if you fill it with ice on an average day, in 7 days when you open it there will still be some ice remaining. I do 9 and 16 day camping trips. 16 day trips require a major restock. ...
by Arvald
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"
Replies: 32
Views: 1849

Re: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"

Meh seems more hassle than it's worth, I just put the disc in. Changing Discs simply isn't a hassle to me. It also means you need to get up off the couch every couple of hours, which is probably a good thing! :lol: To me, with all the DRM, they just feel like a scam. DVD and BD have DRM too. But no...
by Arvald
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"
Replies: 32
Views: 1849

Re: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"

My issues with digital copy. initial ones were 1 year license started day of release on DVD. it did not state this on the package. Ultraviolet service shutting down. this was a big service, back in the earlier days seems they did remastering of older movies to be DVD and Blu-ray quality. Later they ...
by Arvald
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order
Replies: 14
Views: 2844

Re: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order

Why do people pre-order? There's rarely any incentive at all, and if there *is* an incentive it's usually freemium/mtx rubbish that only serves to make the whole thing worse overall anyway. They're not going to run out of stock! There is no need to reserve your copy! Early access. Access to beta. s...
by Arvald
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips
Replies: 141
Views: 48671

Re: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips

The doctor is in his 50s, so he has enough experience, and he specializes in dental surgery - oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Don't equate age and experience with good. Techniques change and get better. Experienced docs sometimes stay with the old ways. My second doc was mid 30's and was amazing. T...
by Arvald
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips
Replies: 141
Views: 48671

Re: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips

So ........ what to expect? Is it as bad as people make it out to be? Any tips and advice? Share them now, before the teeth get pulled and my wisdom is gone forever :D I'm not the person to ask if you want comfort. As I was one who had the nightmare 3 hour surgery that everything went wrong. Overal...
by Arvald
Thu May 30, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server
Replies: 41
Views: 3830

Re: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server

So, I need some advice on making the switch. After fighting shared folders over the network from Windows 7 to 10, I am giving up. I believe I will go to a linux distro and just no longer fight the fight. <snip> I think using Ubuntu would be the simplest distro to work with. I also want to configure...
by Arvald
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs
Replies: 42
Views: 4669

Re: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs

I'm running HGST NAS and Ironwolf drives all 8TB in my NAS.
I skipped on WD which used to be my favoured brand since their NAS line was all 5400 rpm until you bought Pro.

So far no issues with either and been running 2 years.
FreeNAS never gets powered off.
by Arvald
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Size of full Defender virus def db fluctuates wildly?
Replies: 7
Views: 1322

Re: Size of full Defender virus def db fluctuates wildly?

My guess would be the db grows incrementally with new definitions then every once and a while they incorporate them into a core database.
by Arvald
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17727

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

These days mostly https://www.amazon.com/PC-Motherboard-internal-speaker-Corpco/dp/B01527H4W2/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=pc+internal+speaker&qid=1554406077&s=gateway&sr=8-6

I do most my computer stuff with audio on my TV... either NVidia shield or just consuming media.
by Arvald
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order
Replies: 14
Views: 2844

Re: Vampire, The Masquerade: Bloodlines II available for pre-order

Just how big was the game way back in the day? Honestly, I've never heard of the original and now I see this announcement popping up everywhere, here's just one more example out of hundreds out there : https://www.eneba.com/blog/finally-vampire-the-masquerade-bloodlines-2-is-coming-in-2020/ big to ...
by Arvald
Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Cannot update firmware on old Samsung 840...
Replies: 6
Views: 2396

Re: Cannot update firmware on old Samsung 840...

change ports on drive between controllers if possible.
A lot of motherboards have 2 brands of controllers on board (i.e. Marvell and Intel) and the ports are usually different colours. swap to other set for firmware update.

Had this issue on an old AMD board.
by Arvald
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cable suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 1721

Re: Cable suggestions

by Arvald
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 2 TILs about our pal Jeff Kampman
Replies: 20
Views: 1234

Re: 2 TILs about our pal Jeff Kampman

2. Jeff has taken the plunge into sous vide cooking! AWESOME! Is it wrong that I've used my sous vide as much for beer fermenting (with newly discovered high temperature yeast strains ) as I have for cooking food? :lol: Interested in hearing your views. I did a root beer porter with Hornindale Kvei...
by Arvald
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: From the "WTF were they thinking?" files...
Replies: 12
Views: 2847

Re: From the "WTF were they thinking?" files...

if the range is long enough I though that these were a good idea for adding music to another room.
I did find the one demo I saw in store a little tinny.
by Arvald
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: All you home brewers of beer, take note...
Replies: 11
Views: 819

Re: All you home brewers of beer, take note...

but for home brewers... all I can say is everyone will OD. I'm pretty sure the OP was joking about the beer reference. I'd be surprised if this special yeast made passable swill. :P I know people who'd want it for the compounds (just put it in the right sugars instead of wort). Let's just say many ...
by Arvald
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Standing desks?
Replies: 57
Views: 9095

Re: Standing desks?

I was wondering if any Gerbils have standing desks. I work at home and I'm tired of sitting all day, so I ordered myself <snip> There are motorized ones, too, and of course Monoprice has a bunch, so there's a lot of DIY options out there. What say you guys? At work we recently moved to a new office...
by Arvald
Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: What happens if I upgrade?
Replies: 24
Views: 3489

Re: What happens if I upgrade?

At what point is it a new computer such that MS would be justified in saying I need to get a new license? I seem to remember that there's actually a checklist of changes that MS uses to qualify a "new" computer. I'm sure someone can dig it up with some google-fu. Something like; after 4 c...
by Arvald
Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: All you home brewers of beer, take note...
Replies: 11
Views: 819

Re: All you home brewers of beer, take note...

why? Why not? It's potentially cheaper/faster/easier/more efficient than growing pot for the same effects. But I want beer, not pot. Agreed it has some great potential since there are some compounds they could never get in high enough quantities for medicinal research. but for home brewers... all I...
by Arvald
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dashcam for my Car - Buying Advice Needed
Replies: 45
Views: 8574

Re: Dashcam for my Car - Buying Advice Needed

Are you going to release the footage to the authorities if you are at fault? I live in a no-fault state and I don't do road-rage. Beyond that, I'm not going to overthink this. Do you have advice to share? I'm against the surveillance state so I sure as hell am against being surveilled by its people...
by Arvald
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dashcam for my Car - Buying Advice Needed
Replies: 45
Views: 8574

Re: Dashcam for my Car - Buying Advice Needed

I think I want to get a dashcam for my car. I've done some reading, and I think I am willing to get one that can record front and rear. Some questions: ⋅ Do dashcams generally attract smash-and-grab thieves? ⋅ Wire in, or battery? I may decide to wire in if it lets me record any...
by Arvald
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Utorrent lags in high speed downloads
Replies: 12
Views: 3457

Re: Utorrent lags in high speed downloads

Hello, Utorrent is lagging when I let it download at high speeds. It works fine if I lower the speeds. It won't affect only the application, but the whole system, even the mouse stutters. It was working fine before I changed my motherboard format my SSD and reinstalled windows 10. In resource manag...
by Arvald
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Forgot Excel Open Password
Replies: 10
Views: 2468

Re: Forgot Excel Open Password

there are macro based ones that you can download.
there are also web sites you can upload to and it will either give you password or send back the cracked sheet.

Excel passwords are a simple deterrent, not security.
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