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by Arvald
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 27
Views: 848

Re: Dual Fax

Buy a dollar store phone line splitter and run an RJ11 (ie phone cable) to the other machine. both parts commonly available at dollar stores for $1 each. You can set fax machines to number of rings... including never answer for an outgoing only fax. Dollar Store, picking up the slack . They really ...
by Arvald
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Saving change fo new PC in three years.
Replies: 24
Views: 796

Re: Saving change fo new PC in three years.

I have a 24 oz container about a quarter of of change and other one of the same type half full with food(stale?). My plan is save up any change and once both of them are full or three years passes, and cash in the change for building a new system. I will going back to school so working part time is...
by Arvald
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 27
Views: 848

Re: Dual Fax

Only other potential issue I can think of is you may get glitches if someone tries to use the other machine at the same time. When the other machine goes "off hook" to look for dial tone you could get some noise on the line, corrupting the transmission. newer models did have "line in...
by Arvald
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 27
Views: 848

Re: Dual Fax

At this point I just need to know if I need to separately wire them or if I can split off the OG fax machine and run the line from that. Thank ya'll for the helpfully information. Buy a dollar store phone line splitter and run an RJ11 (ie phone cable) to the other machine. both parts commonly avail...
by Arvald
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 1435

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

There's some great stuff in this thread from people that know what they're doing with storage and filesystems, but as someone that does that all day every day I still just recommend people get a simple "dumb NAS" in a 2-bay enclosure of their preferred vendor and just get two disks of the...
by Arvald
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 1435

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

Exception is the deduplication. 2GB RAM per 1 TB of storage for the comparasons for deduping. Default is dedupe off. There are extremely few workloads that benefit from deduplication. I don't recommend ANYONE enable it without seriously considering the ramifications and whether they'll even benefit...
by Arvald
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 1435

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

I love FreeNAS but almost everything you posted here isn't true. ECC, while recommended, is required no more than with any other filesystem. DRAM requirements aren't governed by space, but by workload - 8 GB will keep almost every NAS file storage user happy, more just helps for non-typical workloa...
by Arvald
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Simple HTIB options
Replies: 18
Views: 1237

Re: Simple HTIB options

Oh, yeah. I've never seen a TV that doesn't truncate down to two channels. The truncate down to 2 channel is due to HDCP. Any time HDMI is communicating without HDCP it truncates to 2.0. If you are concerned with not having more than two audio channels, is there any reason why you wouldn't consider...
by Arvald
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Simple HTIB options
Replies: 18
Views: 1237

Re: Simple HTIB options

as for HTIB I had good results with Onkyo. They have 5.1 and 7.1 and the speakers were decent... not audiophile quality but definitely good performers for home theatre. https://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-HT-S3800-Channel-Theater-Package/dp/B01F3ENAOU/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1513781225...
by Arvald
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Simple HTIB options
Replies: 18
Views: 1237

Re: Simple HTIB options

[*]Some speakers - 2.0, 2.1, 3.0 or 3.1 setup. rear satellites will be wasted (becaus HDMI audio is only two-channel). Huh? HDMI can carry 5.1 DTS just fine. The TV may truncate its own output at two channels, however? Unless this person simply does not have the space, it seems like it would be bet...
by Arvald
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 59
Views: 5448

Re: MCU

After weeks of teasing the public with reports of false starts and stops, Disney and Fox have settled on a massive $52 billion deal in which all of 21st Century’s film rights are being sold to the House of Mouse. The real question is whether they would roll Xmen into MCU. I cannot see them doing it...
by Arvald
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 12477

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

Homebrewing is surprisingly geeky if you take it beyond the "Mr. Beer" kit stage to the next level. Math (recipe formulation), chemistry (mineral profile of your brewing water and how to tweak it, and how enzymes in the grain mash work), microbiology (sanitation, how environmental factors...
by Arvald
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can HDMI cables be marginal for 4k60 RGB 8-bit?
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: Can HDMI cables be marginal for 4k60 RGB 8-bit?

Yes it can.
I had to get new cables for 4K.
Amazon Basics is a good.
So is Blue Rigger.
by Arvald
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 9285

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Good point. Well I'm quitting soda now so there's that. 7 hours already and I'm starting to get headaches. I feel for you... I gave up sodas (or pop in our vernacular here) when I was 20. I ended up easily losing 30 pounds. The round of headaches were ferocious but went away after a week or so. 20+...
by Arvald
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 5040

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

I have not yet read entire thread but...
Have you thought about running the 4K as 4x1080p windows that if you have a beefy enough video card to do what you want?
by Arvald
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fitness tracker or smart watch
Replies: 15
Views: 1295

Re: Fitness tracker or smart watch

if you don't mind watches you have a few choices. it all depends on what features you want... are you doing heart rate? are you wanting other monitoring? I'd recommend against having them do stuff like music playback since multi devices crossing purposes are rarely good. Myself my requirement was th...
by Arvald
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 4047

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

2) Old code issues - I support code which may be 16+ years old. A piece of code was buried 5 layers down from 2003. We promoted a change. When a new client went live, this code got hit. Because this client's data was slightly different in one particular field, their service would time out every tim...
by Arvald
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card with 6x or 8x mini-HDMI ports?
Replies: 12
Views: 2627

Re: Video card with 6x or 8x mini-HDMI ports?

Matrox do a C900 model that provides 9 HDMI outputs, although they only support up to 1920x1200 each. http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/graphics_cards/c-series/c900/ Yikes. A $2000 video card seems a bit extreme... Can't DP be adapted to HDMI relatively cheaply and easily? Perhaps that's w...
by Arvald
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 6720

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

I was in a manufacturing plant and there was a huge IBM tower in the middle of a room with 200+ cables running to it. I asked if it was a minicomputer cause it looked OLD. Was told it was not a computer but a PLC! (programmable logic controller) It had 48kb of "ram" in the form of program...
by Arvald
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 6720

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

I was in a manufacturing plant and there was a huge IBM tower in the middle of a room with 200+ cables running to it. I asked if it was a minicomputer cause it looked OLD. Was told it was not a computer but a PLC! (programmable logic controller) It had 48kb of "ram" in the form of program...
by Arvald
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 6720

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

All that old stuff running on DOS with no network stack is probably more secure now than many newer systems. Will likely outlast any current OS too. Yeah. Floppies mentioned in the original post may be horribly obsolete, but nobody on the internet is going to be able to steal the data off those wit...
by Arvald
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 96
Views: 7646

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

iPhone 3gs
iPhone 4s
then I came to my senses.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Oneplus 3
Oneplus 5
by Arvald
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Tablet recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 1017

Re: Tablet recommendation

Chrispy_ you missed the one feature of the Pixel C... unavailable unless you want an over priced UK version ($1200 on Amazon??? over double list price) Leaner OS I can definitely go lower RAM. Phone is currently a Oneplus... RAM never goes over 30% use :D I've had high RAM devices and it always gets...
by Arvald
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Security suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 2544

Re: Security suggestions

I have Netgear Arlo (disclaimer I was a beta tester and received my set for free).
I like the system, I have it integrated with Samsung Smartthings and works well as an unmonitored security system.
Only issue is the IR camera goes through batteries every 3 months.
The non IR lasts about 9 months.
by Arvald
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 1348

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

Not necessarily what you are asking for but I have gone with a Sony Android TV (XBR850) and love the interface.
I also have a shield on that TV and it mostly shares the interface.
Everything runs through the TV remote and wired to sound bar using ARC.
by Arvald
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: National Drink Beer day?
Replies: 17
Views: 3045

National Drink Beer day?

hmm I'll be drinking some home brew porter and testing my coffee and cream stout.

what will others be drinking?
by Arvald
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Tablet recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 1017

Re: Tablet recommendation

I have a Oneplus 5. So recommendations of a phone are far under the 8-10 inch screen. I can currently do it all on my phone but want a larger screen. I don't want a Windows machine for this, I have a HP Elite X2 at my disposal for that. The use for this is Android apps (so iPhone/iPad is useless) I'...
by Arvald
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Tablet recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 1017

Tablet recommendation

Does anyone have a recommendation on a reasonably high end Android tablet that will receive ongoing updates/upgrades. I'm looking for an 8 to 10 inch device that has at least 4G RAM and 64GB storage. My previous was the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and I was disappointed when Samsung discontinued it and d...
by Arvald
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Asus is taking over my life
Replies: 9
Views: 1214

Re: Asus is taking over my life

Once a manufacturer proves themselves to you in a number of devices it is only natural for them to rise to the top of the list for next purchases.
by Arvald
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Psychonauts for free
Replies: 3
Views: 702

Re: Psychonauts for free

you must also use the key within 30 days or it expires.
Once used it is yours for life
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