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by llisandro
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading CPU, motherboard & RAM.
Replies: 20
Views: 4470

Re: Upgrading CPU, motherboard & RAM.

Sounds more like PSU to me too. Turning off randomly (and not under gaming load) usually means PSU, in my experience. (motherboards i usually see go between 100% alive and 100% dead). Do you have another PSU to test with? I'd def do that first. Worst-case scenario you've bought a nice new PSU that w...
by llisandro
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: PC Issue - turning off after startup
Replies: 13
Views: 3661

Re: PC Issue - turning off after startup

Ditto the PSU.
by llisandro
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap gaming pc upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 2666

Re: Cheap gaming pc upgrade

new Nvidia cards (slotting below the 1660 Ti) purportedly coming soon at ~190ish, maybe wait a bit on the GPU to compare?
by llisandro
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Advice on Microscope for Copepods
Replies: 5
Views: 2007

Re: Advice on Microscope for Copepods

As a person who mostly uses very expensive scopes, I second the recommendation for "try something cheap first." :) What you're trying to do isn't very hard if you read up and copy what others in hobbyist communities are doing. As other have said, looks like 200-400x total mag is enough. On...
by llisandro
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: "Single Signon" Browser Tabs...does something like this even exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 2610

Re: "Single Signon" Browser Tabs...does something like this even exist?

Another satisfied LastPass user here. Used to use it with a Ubikey 2FA, now I just use Google Authenticator. There are occasionally sites that get borked and I have to manually enter something- usually something like it suggests passing my password into the popup where I'm meant to type a one-time p...
by llisandro
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 20937

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

Wooting has a clicky hall switch. Early reviews of the linear version say it's really smooth, it seems like a better design than the other optical to me (hotswap and self contained in the switch housing).
by llisandro
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 20937

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

Ned, Hall Effect stuff or maybe Unicomp Buckling Springs or https://www.modelfkeyboards.com/.
by llisandro
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 20937

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

haha ^ JBI gets it! Edit: This is what I had typed in another window just before JBI replied: Haha, I was hoping to draw JBI out! Ok, ok, maybe like a Sam Adams? Or whatever the "nice beer" is at an airport Chilis? :) You think it's pretty great coming from swill when you're 18, but once y...
by llisandro
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 20937

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

We're in a bit of a golden age of keyswitch innovation- lots of new switches coming out recently. Basically Cherry MX is Budweiser and we've entered the craft beer phase. I think getting a hotswap board is a great way to get into things, as you can really dial in your switch preference now. big thin...
by llisandro
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 20937

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

Edit: Also, I was not previously aware of the Glorious GMMK kit. Actually tempting, need to see what it would take to pull the existing Blacks from my Ducky Zero. Nope, it uses "kailh hotswap sockets" and you need switches with no solder on the pins, the tolerances are pretty tight (thus ...
by llisandro
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 20937

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

Brand recommendations here. You'll see Ducky is well-regarded :) I also see a lot of firmware-bricking threads for Duckys- some say reinstalling another firmware sometimes fixes it? Corsair is a common whipping boy in the MK community. IMO they're not that bad, but they have lower build quality for ...
by llisandro
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: laptop suggestions?
Replies: 13
Views: 4124

Re: laptop suggestions?

My vote would be the Logitech C920- it's a great 1080p webcam. Wirecutter agrees, FWIW.
by llisandro
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4083
Views: 679095

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Dogfish Head Siracusa Nera Typical weird-ass (is that an oxymoron?) Dogfish Head beer. Hybrid of an Imperial Stout and a red wine (Syrah grapes), aged on oak. 10% ABV. One of their better experimental brews. Not too sweet, not to dry. You can taste the beer, the grapes, and the oak, and it's decept...
by llisandro
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4083
Views: 679095

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

"Pimm's winter cocktail" - Pimm's, Brandy, apple juice, mulling spices, piping hot.
Spouse loves mulled wine, i don't, so this was a compromise this Christmas. It was a big hit and wife is asking for it again tonight. Because it's zero outside. :o
by llisandro
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?
Replies: 15
Views: 1044

Re: Basting meat with molasses in slow cooker?

Cool! I've never heard of blackstrap molasses, but it sorta sounded more like black treacle than regular molasses. A quick googlin' says blackstrap is less sweet, maybe even a little bitter, compared to black treacle? I'd say give it a shot! Black treacle is the not-so-secret ingredient in my wife's...
by llisandro
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cyber Monday Deals? Meh.
Replies: 25
Views: 1464

Re: Cyber Monday Deals? Meh.

Captain Ned wrote:
It's been years, but stepping on one at 3AM in the dark belies that statement.

sure, but to be fair, you only had one too many!
by llisandro
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 4K @ 60Hz KVM Switch / 144hz @2560x1440
Replies: 7
Views: 8669

Re: 4K @ 60Hz KVM Switch / 144hz @2560x1440

whoo boy! for these prices, I've been considering a $40 USB switch, and a $350 stick to hit the input button on my monitor :lol: Seriously though, I'd rather just see manufacturers integrating KVM functionality into their high-end monitors that already have hubs- shouldn't that be a way cheaper way ...
by llisandro
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 8204

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Isn't Stevia exactly the kind of artificial sweetener you'd be avoiding by not drinking soda? It is not an artificial sweeter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia And tastes just fine in coffee. [soapbox] Sure, stevia is not technically an "artificial sweetener," but it's bad for you in ...
by llisandro
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you cooking right now?
Replies: 21
Views: 4516

Re: What are you cooking right now?

I'm all about the stuffing/dressing. I make mine with chorizo, sofrito and smoked paprika. It's different enough that I can justify making two kinds of stuffing :lol:
by llisandro
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)
Replies: 8
Views: 2117

Re: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)

You do know that 8.1 is on the first beta right? Having said that, I have 8.1 running on my XL and it works great. I haven't had a single crash since I installed it (the day they released it). Oops, sorry I didn't make that clear. Yeah, I'm on developer preview on the smaller phone. This is the onl...
by llisandro
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)
Replies: 8
Views: 2117

Re: Google Pixel impressions (gen1)

I have one and l have loved it, but when I updated to 8.1 it's feeling a little sluggish compared to 8.0, which felt blazing fast. my google launcher seems to be acting up, and it routinely crashes after I type a few characters- this only seems to happen if I start typing characters, if I swype it's...
by llisandro
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 14706

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

Really tho, if gaming were on my list, I wouldn't be considering anything except a VRR.
by llisandro
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 14706

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

This may be a silly question to ask, but do any 4K TVs have Displayport connectors? Not in the consumer sphere. Samsung and others make "business class display" lines that cost a lot more, but have 5 y warranties (CDW has a bunch) and some have DP inputs. (they're made for signage and stu...
by llisandro
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 14706

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

Not in the consumer sphere. Samsung and others make "business class display" lines that cost a lot more, but have 5 y warranties (CDW has a bunch) and some have DP inputs. (they're made for signage and stuff) I'm typing this on a Samsung 40" MU6290. My old home monitor (a 24" 108...
by llisandro
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 6284

Re: Recs for college student laptops

My opinion: ~13-incher, 256GB SSD GTFO as far as 256GB is concerned. What a f'n joke. is this 2014? OP asked for cheapish laptops, not a laptop for you and me, hoss. IMO if you're dropping 10-60 grand a year on college maybe don't skimp on an item that is a) <1% of the budget and b) something they'...
by llisandro
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 6284

Re: Recs for college student laptops

These recommendations don't actually seem too bad for the sub-$600 range: an i3 with a 1080p display for $350? Not too shabby.
https://www.laptopmag.com/best-laptops

$600 is a bad price-point because for $700 you can get a ZenBook with an i5 and a 256GB SSD. Over 4 years, that $100 is negligible.
by llisandro
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 6284

Re: Recs for college student laptops

Also, see if the school recommends a brand, or see what faculty are deployed with- our IT staff constantly performs small repairs for students who break their laptops, something you can easily get parts/support for is convenient. Specific departments might also make suggestions (I'm thinking graphic...
by llisandro
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 6284

Re: Recs for college student laptops

My opinion: ~13-incher, 256GB SSD, whatever RAM comes with this spec. There's a reason MBPs dominate, both on the faculty and student side, but if you don't want a MBP, shoot for similar specs on the PC side and they'll be fine. Most students don't need much power, and unless you can very clearly id...
by llisandro
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129201

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I guess that would negate, my primary, umm, secondary reason for using the fan. :oops:
by llisandro
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1389
Views: 129201

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

on a related note, does Noctua make bathroom fans? :wink:
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