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by keltor
Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:49 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 40"/42" 4K@60Hz for under a $1,000.
Replies: 17
Views: 1846

Re: 40"/42" 4K@60Hz for under a $1,000.

I'll agree that 32" is really as small as you want to go, even then curved screens actually have some value (just not smaller and with pretty much any price markup.)
by keltor
Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:40 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: My SSD's total capacity has reduced?
Replies: 18
Views: 3569

Re: My SSD's total capacity has reduced?

I checked the disk in my other PC, and in the disk manager it had a small block showing as unallocated space. I tried increasing the partition size to take it up again but no dice. Figuring that the disk is still readable, I copied the data to another disk and wiped it's firmware and re-created a s...
by keltor
Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: My SSD's total capacity has reduced?
Replies: 18
Views: 3569

Re: My SSD's total capacity has reduced?

Hard drives have always counted byes/MBs/GBs/TBs in their own special way. Even that way has changed over time. Also with SSDs they came up with yet another fun measurement. They will call out the spare space too (or they were doing that, they have now stopped as far as I can tell.) Generally the sc...
by keltor
Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The switch to LED
Replies: 23
Views: 3578

Re: The switch to LED

The Cree soft whites are dimmable and have a 10 year warranty vs the non-dimmable and 2 year warranty for the comparable Feit. I cannot personally tell the difference between Cree soft whites and Incandescents so they are win-win as far as I am concerned. :D
by keltor
Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:04 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Z Ram (RAM Drive) anyone using it ?
Replies: 14
Views: 3524

Re: Z Ram anyone using it ?

There are some edge case performance situations where Windows does a really terrible job with swapping, and so in those cases it can make sense. We have a Java compiler farm and we use StawWind's RamDisk product to eek out about 25-200% better performance.
by keltor
Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ants!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 2735

Re: Ants!!!

I stockpiled the Sevin Dust and I barricade the house in it every year. No ants.
by keltor
Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Migrate from Thunderbird to Outlook
Replies: 17
Views: 7545

Re: Migrate from Thunderbird to Outlook

I suggest mutt, much better than Thunderbird or Outlook. I was FORCED to use Outlook on my Mac or on my Windows VM at work and I swear I know of no other application that's anywhere that unstable that people use daily. I get an average of 1 crash a day. Half the time you close it and it says running...
by keltor
Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W8 UEFI trouble
Replies: 30
Views: 2771

Re: W8 UEFI trouble

Use google to see how to install "Linux" onto the laptop model, most likely someone will have figured it out. Some laptops now require stupid utilities because they ALSO neglected to include a UEFI loader shell.
by keltor
Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:09 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: PC Audio questions
Replies: 77
Views: 15628

Re: PC Audio questions

1. Gold is one of the best electrical conductors, but copper and silver are still better. The advantage of gold is that it does not tarnish. I do not think gold plating makes any difference from a shielding perspective, since a microscopic layer of tarnish will not affect the shielding properties. ...
by keltor
Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: PC Audio questions
Replies: 77
Views: 15628

Re: PC Audio questions

The reason you haven't heard about PC audio much is it became a solved problem about that time and then no one cared except for those people who somehow think there's something wrong or read too much Audiophile sites/magazines.
by keltor
Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Grounding a CRT monitor
Replies: 44
Views: 14853

Re: Grounding a CRT monitor

I would guess you are picking up EMF hum from the flyback transformer on the CRT monitor, it's how old now? 10 years+? It could just need tuning or a new flyback (they crack sometimes from overheating). If could be a ground loop due to bad grounding in the PC and the monitor, so what you could do is...
by keltor
Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Don't try this at home. Or at work.
Replies: 20
Views: 4340

Re: Don't try this at home. Or at work.

find . -type f -or -type l | sort | xargs --delimiter=\\n md5sum -b


This didn't take all THAT long on RHEL 6.4, 5.5, Ubuntu Server 12.04 or my Mac. I ran on all 4 as root. All of our machines except my Mac are pretty close to default except they are pretty locked down on the Firewall side.
by keltor
Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Don't try this at home. Or at work.
Replies: 20
Views: 4340

Re: Don't try this at home. Or at work.

This reminds me when I naively attempted a system backup with " tar -cjf backup.tar.bz2 / ". It managed to tar the entire system including the entire contents of RAM at the time and itself. Surprisingly it worked. Every version of tar I'm aware of backs up devnode files as devnodes and wo...
by keltor
Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:56 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: monoprice ips 30" question for friend
Replies: 13
Views: 1649

Re: monoprice ips 30" question for friend

There's been two versions of the Monoprice 30", I'm sure one of them had DP. None the less the user can calibrate the monitor to some degree, you can try to do it without a color correction setup. Use Google, it will help you ...
by keltor
Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: mt9 video/audio format
Replies: 2
Views: 1217

Re: mt9 video/audio format

Audizen that created that is dead, I don't think it reached enough mass appeal for anyone OSS to care. The format is basically really really dumb and I doubt any serious producer would let their music be converted to it.
by keltor
Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Looking for some Speaker Mod Advice
Replies: 62
Views: 7762

Re: Looking for some Speaker Mod Advice

At a certain point you would be better off building/buying better speakers, unless you are doing it for fun. (I build speakers, PCs, and amplifiers for fun, not for profit.)
by keltor
Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1219
Views: 116432

Re: Atlanta shut down by 3 inches of snow.

Just discovered this and it's really hard not to burst out laughing. They did a complete gridlock with the National Guard in attendance with thousands sleeping in their cars. Now I am Canadian so this is almost unbelievable, and I'm sure there are lots of Americans in the same boat. We don't even g...
by keltor
Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Newegg Reselling Used as New
Replies: 11
Views: 2770

Re: Newegg Reselling Used as New

Newegg has been looking more and more seedy as the days go by. That said, I don't think a bad review is going far enough. I would demand a refund for any used item, regardless. If they want to sell an item as refurbished that's fine, but don't try to pass it off as new, and ask new item prices. Be ...
by keltor
Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Rocksmith
Replies: 5
Views: 938

Re: Rocksmith

I've played guitar for a long time and so someone bought it for me. It works quite well for most guitars and the game is mostly fun, specially the 2014 version. It can teach at least a part of guitar playing if you aren't familiar though it doesn't cover the music and music reading portion of playin...
by keltor
Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 9 - Microsoft desperately needs a winner
Replies: 45
Views: 5745

Re: Windows 9 - Microsoft desperately needs a winner

If they don't turn things around with Windows 9 the enterprise world is probably going to deem them unreliable and find other vendors, at which point there's no coming back. What 'other vendors'? Unbuntu, some flavor of *nix? Surely you jest or have no idea how many in-house applications a normal e...
by keltor
Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: New SFF developer PC
Replies: 19
Views: 7129

Re: New SFF developer PC

How many developers are there?

Maybe a different question - why are you using white boxes in a business environment?
by keltor
Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 9 - Microsoft desperately needs a winner
Replies: 45
Views: 5745

Re: Windows 9 - Microsoft desperately needs a winner

*shurg* Everyone has their own taste. I personally hated the skeumorphism in previous versions of Windows and I am totally glad it's gone, but honestly the window dressing is just such a minor thing. What made Windows 7 such a success? It was speed, or actually the perception of speed. People didn't...
by keltor
Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 9 - Microsoft desperately needs a winner
Replies: 45
Views: 5745

Re: Windows 9 - Microsoft desperately needs a winner

Your friends who may or may not work in Redmond should also know that the flat, bland graphical style of Windows 8 is unanimously hated by anyone who tries to use it seriously. In the old days, windows could be themed. Now it's just "here's a dull, low-contrast solution that runs acceptably on...
by keltor
Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 9 - Microsoft desperately needs a winner
Replies: 45
Views: 5745

Re: Windows 9 - Microsoft desperately needs a winner

So on Windows 9 actual front, the word from those people I know who may or may not work in Redmond WA or Las Colinas TX for some company say that they have desktop Metro apps and a replacement start menu (it's basically a totally new start menu, but apparently it works really well.) Which sounds gre...
by keltor
Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Backdoor in AMD GPU drivers?
Replies: 27
Views: 3778

Re: Backdoor in AMD GPU drivers?

I think until someone figures out what it means or AMD answers, I think it's pretty meaningless.
by keltor
Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chemical spill in WV
Replies: 20
Views: 2244

Re: Chemical spill in WV

A lot of communities do regularly test their water and they do this via a mass spectrometer.
by keltor
Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Ubuntu as host for VM storage in XenServer
Replies: 20
Views: 3819

Re: Ubuntu as host for VM storage in XenServer

I would seriously suggest either using RHEL so that you have support for when **** goes south or use CentOS/ScientificLinux which are effectively the same thing without the support.
by keltor
Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Downgraded from 8.1 to 7, some thoughts
Replies: 19
Views: 5815

Re: Downgraded from 8.1 to 7, some thoughts

We've done some recording testing now with 8.1 and honestly other than having to use Start8, things are going well. We do get some weird mouse issues when we hit get above about 150 channels of recording at once. I think we're going to have to use 2012 R2 with our new box since it's a 4 processor bo...
by keltor
Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New drive making a "thumping" noise when idle
Replies: 8
Views: 4481

Re: New drive making a "thumping" noise when idle

I have a WD Black 1TB that's from when they very first intro'd the 1TB Black (5-6 years ago?) When the drive first spins up it sounds for sure like the end of the world is coming in death by nails on chalkboard. However it's been doing that forever and still works perfectly. Use a SmartMon program a...
by keltor
Sun Jan 05, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Better Remote Desktop Software
Replies: 23
Views: 4318

Re: Better Remote Desktop Software

With TeamViewer: I can remotely play ordinary 2d games, but watching movies or playing 3D games doesn't work too well. The big problem with RDP is you have to setup some way to getting to it over the Internet. That is 1/2 the battle. Though honestly my performance comparison with RDP showed RDP losi...