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by Yan
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15343

Re: Something's different...

notfred wrote:
2) The lack of intros from the new owners, and that horrificly tone-deaf piece from Renee.

At least Renee has stopped posting, which is progress, I think.

(I don't want to be too harsh on her, and in fact I defended her in a way, but she obviously didn't understand the audience.)
by Yan
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15343

Re: Something's different...

sweatshopking wrote:
Yan wrote:
Are the "traditional" writers now being paid? Or expecting to be paid?

Yes, that's the plan.

I think this should be mentioned clearly. It certainly makes me much more willing to accept the current nonsense.
by Yan
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon VII Goes to an ELO Concert!
Replies: 19
Views: 465

Re: Radeon VII Goes to an ELO Concert!

I'd like to propose chuckula for "speedy deletion".
by Yan
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15343

Re: Something's different...

Are the "traditional" writers now being paid? Or expecting to be paid?
by Yan
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15343

Re: Something's different...

Concupiscence wrote:
I'll let bygones be bygones. Let's just fix the interface, make introductions, and forge a path ahead. Sound good?

I'd like to see some evidence that the new management understands the problems and fixes them quickly. That's still to be established.
by Yan
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15343

Re: Something's different...

Just wanted to add that some good dialogue is happening in the TR Slack right now with John and Renee, who just joined us. I expect you'll have a proper introduction and explanation soon. So far it seemed that Renee's job was to make three or four useless posts and then disappear for the rest of th...
by Yan
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15343

Re: Something's different...

Captain Ned wrote:
Well, when Powerball and Megamillions get big (to me, that means cash prizes of $200 mil, meaning $100 mil after taxes)

Move to Canada: no tax on lottery winnings here. ;-)
by Yan
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15343

Re: Something's different...

If, at some point, we could get a rough idea of the scale of the cost of running the site as it was/is, that would be invaluable. If subs carried a few percent, are we talking $50k a year total? $200k? I understand it probably can't be posted exactly, but I think it's one of the problems with this ...
by Yan
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15343

Re: Something's different...

I'm no Lovecraft expert, but I think the analogy to draw is that we're dealing creatures that are barely aware of our existence. Fortunately, they're actually human, and they can be reasoned with Wouldn't the new owners, if they can be reasoned with, revert to two days ago and only launch the new f...
by Yan
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15343

Re: Something's different...

This is how I felt when I received something called "Business 2.0" instead of my usual issue of Byte . If the new owners intended to buy an existing website, then they seem exceptionally clueless. It's more like they wanted to create an entirely new website, which might be their real inten...
by Yan
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15343

Re: Something's different...

I actually dreamt that I checked TR and that the old layout was back. :-) Everybody agrees that the new format is unacceptable. If it's not possible to make noticeable improvements quickly -- within a few days, certainly no more than a week -- then the changes should be abandoned for now and the old...
by Yan
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15343

Re: Something's different...

My reaction is "Crap, Tech Report also fell victim to the enbiggening of the Web". :-( At 1920 x 1080, full screen, I see a total of 36 words on the first screen, including the logo and "Build your own PC with the Tech Report System Guide". Dare I hope that the change will simply...
by Yan
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Help me understand where my hard drive space has gone...?
Replies: 27
Views: 1097

Re: Help me understand where my hard drive space has gone...?

Microsoft's silly SmartScreen warns you if you're downloading an uncommon file. That's why some authors have started to distribute single files in zip format, because SmartScreen doesn't warn about uncommon zip files. If you're concerned, check the file with Virus Total . Edit: I've just checked the...
by Yan
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Help me understand where my hard drive space has gone...?
Replies: 27
Views: 1097

Re: Help me understand where my hard drive space has gone...?

In spite of some controversy about the program, I still like CCleaner , with CCEnhancer , to remove unneeded files. It can be a good idea to add additional temporary directories (such as \appdata\local\temp mentioned by the OP) to the list of directories cleared. The cookie cleaner, which lets you c...
by Yan
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Help me understand where my hard drive space has gone...?
Replies: 27
Views: 1097

Re: Help me understand where my hard drive space has gone...?

WizTree's output seems ugly to me, for some reason. I much prefer Space Sniffer.
by Yan
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6721

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

MS-DOS 6's Defrag was actually a licensed and simplified version of Norton Utilities' Speedisk, and I think the screenshot you posted is similar to Speedisk's Windows version.

Edit: yes, here's NU 8's Speed Disk for Windows 3.1.
by Yan
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6721

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

What do you think of Defraggler ? It seems popular , but I don't get it. It adds fragmentation by breaking apart large files (maybe because I'm stopping it in the middle), the time estimation is way off and is disconnected from other stats (2GB fragmented, 20 hours to go?), the stats and progress i...
by Yan
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 16685

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

drfish wrote:
Day to day, it's mostly myself, Bruno, Zak, and Ben yacking it up in Slack to make sure we get at least one post up a day to keep the engine idling.

Thanks for this. It's very appreciated.

TR is the first Web site to which I've "subscribed", and this is why.
by Yan
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kempner Rice Diet
Replies: 69
Views: 1728

Re: Kempner Rice Diet

Reading this thread is like getting medical advice from Yahoo Answers.
by Yan
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4055
Views: 673590

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

by Yan
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How much VRAM for a casual gamer?
Replies: 10
Views: 848

Re: How much VRAM for a casual gamer?

Should I favour one brand over another: MSI Radeon, Gigabyte Radeon, Gigabyte Aorus, Sapphire Pulse, Sapphire Nitro+?
by Yan
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How much VRAM for a casual gamer?
Replies: 10
Views: 848

How much VRAM for a casual gamer?

I have an RX 460 with 2 GB of VRAM. I'm just a casual gamer; the most demanding game I'm likely to play is Doom.

I hope to get an RX 580 or RX 590 once the prices presumably drop in a month or so. How much VRAM should I get? Is 4 GB enough for me, or should I get 8 GB?
by Yan
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Retro Build
Replies: 31
Views: 1816

Re: Retro Build

And IDE connectors, and floppy drives... :-)
by Yan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 4095

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI

38? I would have thought him older.

Bizarre.
by Yan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Subscription drops from Gold to Silver?
Replies: 14
Views: 909

Re: Subscription drops from Gold to Silver?

My guess is that Mr Bill paid, for example, $20 in June 2018 and $20 in July 2018, and the total in the last 12 months was $40 - until recently. Now it's $20. Could that be the reason? That's not the way it's working for me. I gave some money in October 2018, making me a Silver subscriber, and then...
by Yan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cool piece of history or am I just weird?
Replies: 3
Views: 904

Re: Cool piece of history or am I just weird?

I had a small flag of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on my desk at work for two years, and nobody ever said anything. Probably nobody knew what it was. ;-) "Comrade Kim Il Sung and Comrade Kim Jong Il were geniuses of ideology and theory, masters of the leadership art, ever-victoriou...
by Yan
Fri May 31, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: How does Google (desktop) infer location?
Replies: 35
Views: 1206

Re: How does Google (desktop) infer location?

I've always assumed that Google uses cookies to track your searches and other information, and can use that to guess your location. Solution: delete Google's cookies, or all cookies, or use another search engine. And don't use Gmail or other Google services, of course.
by Yan
Fri May 31, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 129
Views: 5398

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!

I was wondering about the USB connector itself: how often can you insert and remove a USB drive before the connector fails? In my experience, USB drives die almost suddenly: you get very little warning (read/write errors), and then the computer no longer recognizes them. Another question is how to d...
by Yan
Thu May 30, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server
Replies: 41
Views: 2361

Re: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server

roncat wrote:
As other people mentioned, I would install Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server, and use command line.

I agree. The absolute first step, if you're new to Linux, is to start over with the LTS version, if you're not already using it, except I'd suggest Desktop for a beginner.
by Yan
Wed May 22, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 129
Views: 5398

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - Poll is live!

Can the poll be placed on the front page, to replace the one about electricity use? Or do you want to limit the poll to actual members?

-- The guy who suggested flash memory. :-)
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