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by Yan
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 186
Views: 8446

Re: So who here is actually mining?

BitCoin wasn't intended (and can't be) for small quick payments, any more than you'd use precious metals for small quick payments. Commerce on the Internet has come to rely almost exclusively on financial institutions serving as trusted third parties to process electronic payments. While the system...
by Yan
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 186
Views: 8446

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Where's that power coming from? Predominantly coal, estimates Digiconomist, although it's hard to tell as commercial-quantity Bitcoin mining is a fairly secretive game. That's too general to be helpful. The power is coming from wherever power comes from in a specific place. In China, that's mostly ...
by Yan
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 186
Views: 8446

Re: So who here is actually mining?

anotherengineer wrote:
Mining?

Open pit or U/G?

I see you're really in Northern Ontario. ;-)
by Yan
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 186
Views: 8446

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Captain Ned wrote:
My power rate = $0.1624/kWh
(90 Wh * 24 * 365)/1000 = 788.4 kWh
788.4 * $0.1624 = $128.04

My rate seems to be lower than yours, especially since you're using USD and I'm using CAD. Still, I do seem to be making a net profit (very small, of course).
by Yan
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 186
Views: 8446

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Very surprised you're not seeing a substantial increase in power usage when the miner is running. I just checked after coming home, and something was indeed screwy with my numbers. ;-) Here's what I just measured: Idle: 50 W Mining with CPU: 88 W Mining with GPU: 101 W Mining with both: 139 W So th...
by Yan
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 186
Views: 8446

Re: So who here is actually mining?

just brew it! wrote:
How are you measuring the power usage?


With a "kill a Watt" thing (not that specific brand).
by Yan
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 186
Views: 8446

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Cryptonight (XMR) can be mined with CPU or GPU and is profitable... Ryzen is pretty good at it as is most AMD cards especially VEGAs. With a Ryzen 5 1600 and an RX 460, I get about a euro and a half a day. What's most surprising to me is that mining doesn't seem to make much of a difference in how ...
by Yan
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 4998

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

whm1974 wrote:
OK I went to the Family dollar about a block from groups and brought some Nescafe Taster's Choice House Blend instant coffee.

Does instant coffee still exist?
by Yan
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 5227

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

chuckula wrote:
it's actually kind of hard to find ISO images that are small enough to fit on a CD these days].


My favourite live CD is System Rescue CD, but there are several others.
by Yan
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows shuts down when "idle"
Replies: 6
Views: 687

[Partly solved] Windows shuts down when "idle"

My problem is partly solved, and I'll post in case someone has the same problem. The problem seems to have two causes: a driver, and a program that causes the computer to shut down. The driver is the AMD SATA Controller, version 1.2.1.402, dated 8 April 2015. Remove that driver and replace it with v...
by Yan
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows shuts down when "idle"
Replies: 6
Views: 687

Re: Windows shuts down when "idle"

I'll ask the obvious question first - are you sure your computer isn't trying to sleep (and failing?) You say there isn't a specific delay, but how long generally will it take? e.g. 30 seconds to 2 minutes, 4 minutes to 7 minutes, etc I've noticed it happening after about 30 minutes, or after a few...
by Yan
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows shuts down when "idle"
Replies: 6
Views: 687

Windows shuts down when "idle"

I'm having problems with my computer shutting down after it's been "idle" for a while. By "idle", I mean I'm not using the computer, but the computer is always running some program or other. I've noticed the following: * the problem only seems to happen in Windows 7, not in Linux...
by Yan
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Another subscription oddity
Replies: 1
Views: 417

Another subscription oddity

The E-mail address for my account is correct, but the receipt for my subscription payment was sent to another E-mail address I must have given at some time. I want to delete that secondary address; I've looked at all the options, but I can't find it anywhere. Specifically, the address under User Con...
by Yan
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 69
Views: 3956

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

I still don't understand the hate for Win8/8.1 Windows 8 was designed to force desktop users to learn how to use the OS on mobile devices. The idea was that everybody has to use Windows anyway, right?, so they'll just have to learn how to use Windows Mobile. Instead of pushing its successful produc...
by Yan
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 69
Views: 3956

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

End User wrote:
Classic Shell made Windows 8 useable.

If your OS is only usable if users install another program, you've got problems.
by Yan
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR keeps credit card details?
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: TR keeps credit card details?

No, we do not store any credit card details, as detailed in our subscription page. The only information we keep is a reference to them, in our payment provider. We don't even know what the details are when you first fill them in—the data goes straight into Stripe and all we know is that it's card1A...
by Yan
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 69
Views: 3956

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

I think Microsoft forcing the tile-based UI on desktop Windows 8 ended up backfiring on them; MS obviously did this with the intent of using their desktop monopoly to get people accustomed to this UI, and thus want the same thing on their phones. Only people ended up hating it on the desktop, so wh...
by Yan
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR keeps credit card details?
Replies: 5
Views: 600

TR keeps credit card details?

I just renewed my membership. Then, on the "Your subscription" page, under "Account details", I saw information about my credit card number.

I was surprised to see this. Isn't the information supposed to be sent directly to Stripe rather than to TR?
by Yan
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 6672

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Uninstall all the junk that typically comes with a new computer: trial programs, unnecessary security programs, silly games, etc. I like Revo Uninstaller.

I know you said you plan to install Linux, but I'd remove the junk anyways while you try the computer with Windows.
by Yan
Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 6672

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

just brew it! wrote:
Don't expect it to live up to the advertised battery run time (especially if you put Linux on it).

Try powertop.
by Yan
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP: Martin Landau
Replies: 11
Views: 1044

Re: RIP: Martin Landau

All episodes of Space: 1999 are available.

Season 2 was garbage. I was so upset after seeing the first episode of season 2 that I wrote an angry letter to the producers. I was 14 at the time. ;-)
by Yan
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Program like Prime95, but for GPU?
Replies: 10
Views: 980

Re: Program like Prime95, but for GPU?

biffzinker wrote:
Is OCCT what you might be looking for?

Interesting program, with a weird GUI. ;-) Thanks for mentioning it!
by Yan
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Program like Prime95, but for GPU?
Replies: 10
Views: 980

Re: Program like Prime95, but for GPU?

Suppose I wanted to buy a used GPU, but wanted to test it first. What would I do? Simply try playing a game, and perhaps running Furmark?

That's not the reason I'm asking, but it would be a practical example of why one might want such a program.
by Yan
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Program like Prime95, but for GPU?
Replies: 10
Views: 980

Program like Prime95, but for GPU?

Is there a program like Prime95 , or Memtest86+ , but for GPUs, that not only checks whether the graphic card crashes, but also whether it comes up with the correct results? Does such a thing make sense in the case of a GPU? I know about Furmark , but I'm looking for a program that can say whether t...
by Yan
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 186
Views: 8446

Re: So who here is actually mining?

southrncomfortjm wrote:
Any idea what the life span is for a good quality consumer GPU that is running at 74c and 15% fan speed (650-700 rpm) for 24/7?

My temperature is much lower, and my fan is much faster. It didn't occur to me to do it the other way around to avoid wearing out the fan. Perhaps that makes more sense.
by Yan
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Happy Fourth of July
Replies: 15
Views: 998

Re: Happy Fourth of July

Captain Ned wrote:
Oh, and have a Brador or 3 while you're there, and channel your inner Bob/Doug McKenzie, eh?


Does Brador still exist? I haven't had one in 30 years.
by Yan
Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Slow Performance After Upgradation Windows XP to Windows 7
Replies: 15
Views: 2182

Re: Slow Performance After Upgradation Windows XP to Windows 7

Please start a new topic.
by Yan
Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 40
Views: 4785

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

Update: I was able to run CentOS 6 under Ryzen after all. :-) Information here and here.
by Yan
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 40
Views: 4785

Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

I bought a Ryzen CPU intending to use it for both Windows 7 and Linux. Foolishly (for I should know better), I didn't check first whether my distribution supported Ryzen. I knew I'd have problems installing Windows 7. When trying my installation DVD, neither the keyboard nor the mouse worked, so I c...
by Yan
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Errors on new SSD
Replies: 6
Views: 1600

Re: Errors on new SSD

It's certainly worth verifying the drive info and health as reported by SMART, to see if there are any anomalies. Since OP is apparently using Linux: smartctl -a <device> (you may need to install an additional package from your repository first, e.g. in Debian/Ubuntu you need "smartmontools&qu...