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by Arvald
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin
Replies: 22
Views: 773

Re: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin

My advice is look at the model year... big box stores like Costco and Best Buy tend to get deals based on stock at the supplier. Meaning that the gem of a deal can be a 2 year old model. It also means that you will be paying more. But it also means you could pick up a high end machine at a cheaper p...
by Arvald
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Samsung 960 EVO vs 960 PRO 1 TB
Replies: 17
Views: 1320

Re: Samsung 960 EVO vs 960 PRO 1 TB

I find it funny that you're considering Samsung for reliability; Samsung and OCZ are the only two names in the SSD business with significant black marks on their record. Go Intel. Seriously. RMA rates speak volumes, and that's cold, hard, empirical data from hardware.fr across hundreds of thousands...
by Arvald
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Samsung 960 EVO vs 960 PRO 1 TB
Replies: 17
Views: 1320

Re: Samsung 960 EVO vs 960 PRO 1 TB

We can all spat out anecdotal evidence of particular drives performing poorly or well. <snip> I think the OP has already answered his/her own question. Get the PRO if you have the money. I've owned 10 SSDs. I have had 2 fail. A 60GB OCZ Indilinx and a 120GB Kingston Pro. The Kingston was retired an...
by Arvald
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Samsung 960 EVO vs 960 PRO 1 TB
Replies: 17
Views: 1320

Re: Samsung 960 EVO vs 960 PRO 1 TB

I just bought the 960 EVO... I looked at the PRO and the speed increases were not worth 200-300 increase in price for me at the time.
by Arvald
Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How do I identify this Startup "Program" in Windows 10?
Replies: 12
Views: 709

Re: How do I identify this Startup "Program" in Windows 10?

bthylafh wrote:
Arvald wrote:
does msconfig.exe still exist for Win10? I am at work so cannot check easy.
it was/is a great part of Windows for checking startup.


It does, but it only shows a subset of what Autoruns does.

I don't doubt it. I was using sysinternals before M$ bought them.
by Arvald
Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How do I identify this Startup "Program" in Windows 10?
Replies: 12
Views: 709

Re: How do I identify this Startup "Program" in Windows 10?

does msconfig.exe still exist for Win10? I am at work so cannot check easy.
it was/is a great part of Windows for checking startup.
by Arvald
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 1896

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Good luck!
I have an issue where there is a squirrel has been eating my window screens to get inside.

They can chew metal pretty good if they want.
by Arvald
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Tablet recommendation
Replies: 12
Views: 1387

Re: Tablet recommendation

Take a look at LineageOS supported devices list before you think about that... Not every device has support. I found mine but a buddy who had a 7" of the same generation did not have support. I think a big decider is does the hardware have good CPU and enough RAM that can run the updated Androi...
by Arvald
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Tablet recommendation
Replies: 12
Views: 1387

Re: Tablet recommendation

Resurrecting this post. I never bought due to not finding a tablet I liked. A couple weeks ago I tripped over some details on some updated custom ROMs for the tablet. I have since unlocked the Tab Pro and flashed LineageOS onto it. This took me from Android 4.4.2 to 7.1.1. The word on their forum is...
by Arvald
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 43
Views: 5294

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

Hello, I'm one of those guys who still uses SandyBridge based system. I'm actually lucky to have a system that lasted 5+ years and not that lucky because I couldn't afford a 2600k back then and settled with a 2500k. My sample was quite happy on 4.5k GHz with 60ish temps under load (degree celcius)....
by Arvald
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Who's Down with IGP? (Apparently this Homie)
Replies: 18
Views: 1866

Re: Who's Down with IGP? (Apparently this Homie)

I'm rebuilding my old Sandy Bridge system. I only intend to have the IGP for it (my girlfriend will be using it)

Only reason for the rebuild is to wipe the drives and move cases (old case has non-functional front panel USB)
by Arvald
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 28
Views: 1554

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: 36
Views: 2246

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: 28
Views: 1554

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: 28
Views: 1554

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: 2275

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: 2275

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: 2275

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: 1636

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: 1636

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: 1636

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: 60
Views: 6485

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: 14475

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: 413

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: 11696

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: 6617

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: 1810

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: 5136

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: 3376

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: 8669

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...
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