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by kumori
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Choosing High End Windows Laptop
Replies: 23
Views: 4412

Re: Choosing High End Windows Laptop

Thanks everyone for your input. I ended up going with the HP x360 because of the deal that Dieter posted. I needed to order the computer this week and the price was right. (The "feature" that I'm most excited about is the discrete page-up and page-down keys.) A few hours after I placed my ...
by kumori
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Choosing High End Windows Laptop
Replies: 23
Views: 4412

Re: Choosing High End Windows Laptop

If you're looking for an Ultrabook, do consider an Asus Zenbook. https://www.asus.com/us/Notebooks/ZenBook-Series-Products/ I've read that the build quality of Zenbooks isn't great. Have you had a different experience? Have you considered an Apple laptop with Bootcamp? I used to buy Apple laptops b...
by kumori
Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Choosing High End Windows Laptop
Replies: 23
Views: 4412

Choosing High End Windows Laptop

I'm trying to choose between the Dell XPS 13 and the HP x360 (both Kaby Lake). I've read lots of reviews of each and it seems like there isn't really a wrong choice. I'm looking the following specs on each system: i5-7200U 8GB RAM 256GB SSD I think these specs are fine for my needs. I don't game on ...
by kumori
Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Replace Incandescent Indicator Lights with LEDs
Replies: 9
Views: 1923

Re: Replace Incandescent Indicator Lights with LEDs

Thanks for the help. I can't figure out how quote multiple posters using this new system, so I'm going to respond to JBI who seems to have covered most of the issues. 1. You've got the polarity reversed (LED installed backwards). OK, I will check this one. 2. The problem was not with the indicator l...
by kumori
Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:24 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Replace Incandescent Indicator Lights with LEDs
Replies: 9
Views: 1923

Replace Incandescent Indicator Lights with LEDs

I've replaced some incandescent indicator lights on my vintage amp with LEDs and, after the replacement, the LEDs don't light up. I'm looking for some pointers as to what I could have done wrong. My soldering skills are limited. I've done some soldering of wires inside of my PC (e.g., fans), but I'v...
by kumori
Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:05 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to remove the 6GB of Windows 10 you didnt ask for
Replies: 85
Views: 5745

Re: How to remove the 6GB of Windows 10 you didnt ask for

Its 45 pages long. I directly quoted the terms. Read brainouts legal analysis of it. Thats why i linked to the Bleeping Computer thread. I agree with Sarge. I looked through the Services Agreement (linked in your original post) and it clearly states that Microsoft does not own you Content. "2....
by kumori
Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Buying a Mac tonight
Replies: 289
Views: 18134

Re: Buying a Mac tonight

Ok, now this is exciting. I have no idea what OSX Equivalents of software work on the Mac. I know Foobar2000 doesn't work on the mac, which kind of sucks, but I guess there are ok replacement programs for it. The replacement for Foobar2000 is called "iTunes." You may have heard of it. :wi...
by kumori
Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: found a watch
Replies: 22
Views: 2247

Re: found a watch

just brew it! wrote:
If you're looking for something that retains its value, just buy some gold and keep it in a safety deposit box.


Gold is not the place to put your money to retain value retain value.
by kumori
Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:37 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: DeflateGate
Replies: 54
Views: 10076

Re: DeflateGate

Captain Ned wrote:
This just moves it from Goodell's office to whatever Federal District Court the NFLPA cherry-picks.


Your predictions about cherry picking came true. The Player's Association tried to file in Minnesota (where Peterson found success), but the NFL had already beat them to it by filing in the SDNY.
by kumori
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:18 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy VII Remake
Replies: 63
Views: 6107

Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake

I agree with Krogoth. I don't understand all the FFVII hate. It is a great game. Aerith's death is an iconic event for a reason. I have to disagree that it was designed for teenage boys. It is not uncommon in Japanese media for characters, especially women, to die in a form of sacrifice. I understan...
by kumori
Sat May 09, 2015 6:29 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: VPN in Windows 8.1
Replies: 1
Views: 549

VPN in Windows 8.1

I'm trying to set up a vpn in Windows 8.1 that using a username that has an @ (at sign). Everytime I try and set it up the @ makes windows think that I'm entering a domain rather than the user name. Is there anyway around this. I've tried setting this up using the legacy control panel options, but w...
by kumori
Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:22 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Asus Zenbook UX305 and the new Macbook
Replies: 115
Views: 20584

Re: Asus Zenbook UX305 and the new Macbook

End User wrote:
I'm totally sold on thin.


I agree. I'm a little worried about the Core M, though it seems like it will be on par with my MacBook Air from 2011 which is fine for most things.

That being said, I'll probably wait around a gen2 model.
by kumori
Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Directors and VPs in a large corporation
Replies: 27
Views: 2279

Re: Directors and VPs in a large corporation

My firm was actually a good place to work, but a lot of that was by intent: the company had very clear rules about behavior and how to treat coworkers, and actually stuck to them when someone got out of line. I think a lot of it self selection. Companies that have a "no jerks" policy and ...
by kumori
Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:19 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Custom monitor housing
Replies: 8
Views: 1270

Re: Custom monitor housing

I don't think this would be too hard to do if you get a no frills monitor. I bought one of those Korean IPS displays and in attaching it to a monitor arm broke the built in VESA mounts. I opened the monitor case, took out the components, secured the monitor arm to the back of the case with a nut and...
by kumori
Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:05 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Intel TDP seems a lot different than AMD TDP
Replies: 5
Views: 2119

Re: Intel TDP seems a lot different than AMD TDP

TDP stands for "Thermal Design Power." That is, it is the amount of heat the CPU cooler should be able to dissipate, not necessarily how much it uses.

My guess is that the difference in the TDP is related to graphics, which you wouldn't see with regular web browsing.
by kumori
Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Using the SSD as a secondary drive
Replies: 7
Views: 2053

Re: Using the SSD as a secondary drive

You can't just move all the system files to the D: drive. Windows expects them to be in certain folders of the C: Drive. It is far easier to install Windows to the SSD and then save all of your data on a separate drive. For smaller programs such as Word or iTunes, it is very easy to install these pr...
by kumori
Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 2600 K upgrade
Replies: 27
Views: 5897

Re: 2600 K upgrade

I'm still on a i7-920 and even though I've searched for a reason to upgrade, I haven't found one.
by kumori
Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Meadows new favorite song
Replies: 30
Views: 3503

Re: Meadows new favorite song

If pop music doesn't improve, Weird Al might have to get a job. His best material is the original stuff, not the direct parodies of pop songs, but the general public doesn't know that. Weird Al is actually more popular now than ever. This album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. This is his first ...
by kumori
Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Dell XPS 410 and upgrade to a SSD?
Replies: 40
Views: 10968

Re: Dell XPS 410 and upgrade to a SSD?

Because your motherboard does not SATA III, SSD performance will be limited to SATA II speeds. This is still much faster than your current harddrive, but it means that shouldn't care so much about which SSD is the fastest. The only other difficulty I see is that an SSD is 2.5" while your curren...
by kumori
Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: [Windows Master Volume Control] Does 100% equal unity gain?
Replies: 27
Views: 9913

Re: [Windows Master Volume Control] Does 100% equal unity ga

This is my understanding.

If you use an external USB DAC the volume is locked at 100% which makes sense that this would be 0dB.
by kumori
Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: First Rig, Need Help
Replies: 30
Views: 6003

Re: First Rig, Need Help

Whether the computer will have an HDMI port does not depend on the case. If integrated graphics, it depends on the motherboard. For discrete graphics it depends on the GPU. It seems like you're planning on integrated graphics, so look at the motherboard to be sure it has HDMI. In any case, almost al...
by kumori
Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:22 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: MITX Build - Work/Casual usage
Replies: 60
Views: 7705

Re: MITX Build - Work/Casual usage

I would recommend at least 8gb of RAM if you're going to be working with large excel sheets.

Also, if you're going to be doing excel modelling, you really need windows.
by kumori
Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:38 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Approve of this build?
Replies: 14
Views: 4929

Re: Approve of this build?

I have already bought the CPU (i7 4770K) and am 95% sure I want to buy these 2 HDs and RAM (maybe 16GB?): Crucial MX100 256GB Western Digital WD40EFRX 4TB Red G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 WD Reds are built for NAS devices. Is there any reason that you picked these over WD Greens? If you'r...
by kumori
Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Netflix and Net Neutrality
Replies: 44
Views: 9535

Re: Netflix and Net Neutrality

Netflix is also doing this for Verizon customers. And Verizon is not to happy about it.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014 ... t-demands/
by kumori
Thu May 29, 2014 3:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: TrueCrypt "not secure", shuts its doors
Replies: 36
Views: 35585

Re: TrueCrypt "not secure", shuts its doors

Assuming a hacker didn't just steal TrueCrypt's ID keys to allow him/her to create fake, insecure TCs, it is possible that the authors of TC received a secret court order to turn over everything to a secret group, and was not allowed to disclose the information. This being open source, what would T...
by kumori
Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: 350D or 450D For New Build . . .
Replies: 19
Views: 4926

Re: 350D or 450D For New Build . . .

I find the sound produced by blower cards more distracting than the noise produced by two-fan coolers.

Blower cards, however, remove the heat from the case and many people prefer the cards for this reason.
by kumori
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:40 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Looking for a new keyboard
Replies: 9
Views: 8069

Re: Looking for a new keyboard

drsauced wrote:
a Happy Hacking keyboard


The Happy Hacking Keyboard has a weird type of capacitive switch. It feels really different than Cherry MX switches.
by kumori
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bite the Bullet or Aim Lower?
Replies: 47
Views: 22279

Re: Bite the Bullet or Aim Lower?

I think you're over estimating your needs. A i7-4770 will be more than adequate for photo-processing. You do not need to go all the way up to Ivy Bridge-E. To illustrate, here is a graph showing the passmark score for your current CPU, i7-4770K and i7-4960X. http://i.imgur.com/pUnTD2B.jpg As you can...
by kumori
Fri Apr 04, 2014 2:28 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: How does proper cooling work (as for 900D high end build)
Replies: 16
Views: 5232

Re: How does proper cooling work (as for 900D high end build

Is there some good way to sum airflow volumes? And while I'm thinking about it, wouldn't (in the abstract; I'm happily reassured WRT my actual build) a positive pressure setup have lower total cooling than a system with neutral pressure? (After thinking I decided that negative and positive pressure...
by kumori
Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: How does proper cooling work (as for 900D high end build)
Replies: 16
Views: 5232

Re: How does proper cooling work (as for 900D high end build

The general suggestion is to bring cool air in the from the bottom and exhaust it out of the top. For positive pressure, make sure that there is more intake than exhaust. This generally means mounting intake fans on the front of the case at the bottom and on the bottom of the case at the front. Exha...
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