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by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: "We're marinating in surveillance tech.."
Replies: 8
Views: 523

Re: "We're marinating in surveillance tech.."

Eh. Seems like FUD to me. We've been at this point for awhile, imo. There's no such thing as privacy anymore, but there is anonymity. Devices collect data all the time but with the exception of bad actors or state actors, no one would want to tie all that data back to _you_ specifically. Unless you'...
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 45
Views: 3159

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/115002178853-Using-Hardware-Accelerated-Streaming Seems like nvidia's encoder is supported, any reason why OP can't just get a GT 1030 for ~$70? I've got one inside my HTPC and it lets me do 4k 60fps even on YouTube. Feels so wrong for a Sandy Bridge Celero...
by Duct Tape Dude
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: H.265 decode requirements with Plex
Replies: 45
Views: 3159

Re: H.265 decode requirements with Plex

https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/115002178853-Using-Hardware-Accelerated-Streaming Seems like nvidia's encoder is supported, any reason why OP can't just get a GT 1030 for ~$70? I've got one inside my HTPC and it lets me do 4k 60fps even on YouTube. Feels so wrong for a Sandy Bridge Celero...
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 81
Views: 1750

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

just brew it! wrote:
I find it rather odd that you list the case-insensitive filesystem as a drawback of OS X, when you're recommending a Windows solution...

Bash on Ubuntu on Windows is case-sensitive.
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 81
Views: 1750

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

I strongly dislike MacOS for many reasons...but I need to be able to run *real* Office applications. At least the terminal works as expected. :lol: Do you have the option to run W10? The Windows store installations of Ubuntu and the like will get you a bash shell, and you can pretty much install th...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: WD 8TB external HDD for $150
Replies: 13
Views: 524

Re: WD 8TB external HDD for $150

I'm so pissed. Best Buy had that same hdd for $130 in their Black Friday ad. I was ready to pounce after reading their mail flyer on Thursday, only to find out it had already been on sale for $130 for some unknown amount of time and they were sold out everywhere (at least that's what their website ...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: WD 8TB external HDD for $150
Replies: 13
Views: 524

Re: WD 8TB external HDD for $150

I'm so pissed. Best Buy had that same hdd for $130 in their Black Friday ad. I was ready to pounce after reading their mail flyer on Thursday, only to find out it had already been on sale for $130 for some unknown amount of time and they were sold out everywhere (at least that's what their website ...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Joining the Religion & Politics Forum
Replies: 404
Views: 355355

Re: Joining the Religion & Politics Forum

I think I'm willing to brave the storm. LET'S DO THIS
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 81
Views: 1750

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

Updated to High Sierra last night on my work computer after hearing this, it's confirmed working after entering credentials twice. Hilarious. Actually after becoming root I realized work let me be a full admin anyway, so root is moot for me, but I still can't believe this slipped through and no patc...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 126
Views: 4421

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Brand doesn't matter when coffee is made right: fill the cup with creamer, add sugar to taste, and top it off with a dash of coffee. Stir gently until uniform 8)
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Robo Vacuum for Christmas
Replies: 12
Views: 554

Re: Robo Vacuum for Christmas

We got a Eufy Robovac 11, which is basically the same original design but with slightly different customizations. For <$200 shipped we LOVE IT. Robots in this price range don't have fancy things like room tracking but seem to do a decent job with randomly traversing a room and flipping among spot, c...
by Duct Tape Dude
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?
Replies: 17
Views: 1172

Re: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?

RSIs are from repetitive motions, so periodically break the repetition in healthy ways. Stretching out your finger and wrist muscles between matches goes a long way in preventing RSI. Adjust your position so the rest of your arm moves the mouse more, and consider bumping the sensitivity on your mous...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance
Replies: 44
Views: 3095

Re: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance

I can't believe Core 2 is a decade old already. Gone are the days of huge performance increases every year, and yet I still find a way (or maybe an excuse?) to buy a new system periodically.
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: SO-DIMMS for Everything?
Replies: 34
Views: 1397

Re: SO-DIMMS for Everything?

I wholeheartedly agree. Only drawback I can think of is cost--SODIMMs are obviously slightly more expensive.

Going further, that'd leave PCIe as the last "big" pin interface. MXM still hasn't caught on really.
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 7 Pro to Ultimate Upgrade
Replies: 3
Views: 544

Re: Windows 7 Pro to Ultimate Upgrade

I believe bitlocker is an in-place enable/disable sort of thing even on Windows 7. The one time I tried it out was on Windows 10 and it let me save my encryption key to the cloud somehow. Not sure if it's like that on 7 too.
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 60
Views: 8539

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

Modern SMR tech is a lot more tolerable than the 5 TB Archive drive that debuted first. Those things are pigs and only useful if you can *really* tailor your workflow. I dunno, these guys found over 200s latencies: http://www.storagereview.com/seagate_archive_hdd_review_8tb That's 200 seconds, not ...
by Duct Tape Dude
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 60
Views: 8539

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

Recording method is perpendicular btw. Seagate Barracuda ST4000LM024 full data sheet edit: forgot reason for post, as mentioned by some, why 2.5" drive for storage is purrrtty good, besides quiet(thought likley most new 3.5" drives arent bad) https://i.imgur.com/jNhuhyg.png You were looki...
by Duct Tape Dude
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Places to buy replacement LCD panels?
Replies: 16
Views: 2082

Re: Places to buy replacement LCD panels?

+1 for screencountry.com, though I'm glad you found one elsewhere. Hope it all works out. For non-touchscreen compatibility generally you need to match the connector positions and the type of backlight used (everything is LED these days though). That's about it. If you're upgrading the screen resolu...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: I/O of Embedded Computer - Project
Replies: 11
Views: 1518

Re: I/O of Embedded Computer - Project

Normally I would encourage such internal tinkering, but I'm willing to bet there are some hardware and software safeties built into the controller somehow. I'd instead recommend overriding a single existing control, say for example the thermostat slider: http://www.rural-energy.net/images/P-163-3.jp...
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?
Replies: 38
Views: 3700

Re: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?

just brew it! wrote:
Just because a port exists doesn't mean you need to use it.

False. Every empty port is an excuse to raid eBay.
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?
Replies: 38
Views: 3700

Re: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?

On my old beloved gaming laptop I had an Expresscard X-Fi --it was awesome. Swapped it out frequently for an Expresscard 54 to dual USB 3.0 port card. It's limited to 2.5gbps but still a huge boost over USB 2.0. I probably still have both floating around somewhere.
by Duct Tape Dude
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Windows IMAP client w/o local storage?
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Re: Windows IMAP client w/o local storage?

Windows 10's builtin mail app is now good enough for most of what I do. The nice thing about IMAP clients is you can try all of them at the same time.
by Duct Tape Dude
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 8100

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

It's a failure to me because it's so power hungry. +1 I wanted a flagship card and would have been ok with taking Vega64+Freesync vs a 1080Ti+Vsync if the power consumption was lower. Power consumption has never been about the electric bill. It has always been about thermal management and noise lev...
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 8100

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

Chrispy_ wrote:
It's a failure to me because it's so power hungry.

+1
I wanted a flagship card and would have been ok with taking Vega64+Freesync vs a 1080Ti+Vsync if the power consumption was lower.
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Newegg bought out
Replies: 41
Views: 4164

Re: Newegg bought out

Chinese companies own quite a lot of US companies at this point. Pretty interesting watching them buy stuff one at a time.
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 Pro for Workstations
Replies: 6
Views: 4993

Re: W10 Pro for Workstations

Most interested in ReFS here. In my previous tests it's everything I'd want in a filesystem except it's incredibly, unusably slow and does not come with monitoring by default. Wonder if it'll ever be bootable.
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 60
Views: 8539

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

If the former, i.e. if the 1E-14 ones are actually 1E-15 or 1E-16 or whatever, then it seems nonsensical to me: why on earth would every drive manufacturer sell some drives spec'd as 1E-14 and others as 1E-15 ?? Market segmentation! Configure the firmware to have a drive retry failed reads twice as...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 60
Views: 8539

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

2.5" drives. Cost/GB is higher with that approach. I actually find high capacity 2.5" and 3.5" drives to be roughly on par with one another pricewise. You can find 5TB 2.5" for $130 ($26/TB) and 8TB 3.5" for $160 ($20/TB). It's not orders of magnitude off and you get higher...
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Quick VNC alternatives for Windows?
Replies: 14
Views: 5627

Re: Quick VNC alternatives for Windows?

Even over gigabit LAN any VNC solution I've tried is just nowhere near as efficient as RDP. Windows 10's RDP has the latest GPU-accelerated video encoding and lowest latency of any remote solution I've tried. Puts every other platform (including OSX) to shame.
Aside from that, TeamViewer is an option.
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