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by arunphilip
Wed May 16, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?
Replies: 24
Views: 1108

Re: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?

I run a 40" 4K for the best of both worlds. :P I've had a 40"+ monitor for over a decade now - I don't think I could go back if I tried. Once you get used to the size it's just so much easier on the eyes for long coding or gaming sessions. Any specific window management techniques you use...
by arunphilip
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 328
Views: 336839

Re: Best low profile video cards available (March 2018)

PSA via AnandTech: NVIDIA Quietly Rolls out Slower, Lower TDP GeForce GT 1030 With DDR4 VRAM Sometime last month, NVIDIA quietly released the GeForce GT 1030 DDR4, with several models filtering out through add-in board partners. In addition to slower-clocked DDR4 VRAM, the GT 1030 DDR4’s core clocks...
by arunphilip
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 328
Views: 336839

Re: Best low profile video cards available (March 2018)

pilapila3 wrote:
I finally got my ASL G1504 GPU (Geforce GTX 1050 ti).


A single-slot low-profile 1050 Ti? Wow! Is this card the one you're referring to?

How do you find the temperatures at idling and under load? The one review on the GearBest site indicates temps of 83 degrees C.
by arunphilip
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How do I identify this Startup "Program" in Windows 10?
Replies: 12
Views: 1292

Re: How do I identify this Startup "Program" in Windows 10?

Have you tried the Autoruns Sysinternals utility? It's from Microsoft itself.

It shows you the command line being run, and allows you to jump to its location in the registry by double-clicking it.

While you're at it, snag the entire Sysinternals Suite, it contains a bunch of useful tools.
by arunphilip
Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Amazon is recalling risky power packs
Replies: 3
Views: 1099

Re: Amazon is recalling risky power packs

The logistics of surface-shipping dodgy batteries is always a pain. It would be interesting to see a write-up about how this is managed. (or on a larger scale, the Note7 recall).
by arunphilip
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP: Stephen Hawking
Replies: 20
Views: 1325

Re: RIP: Stephen Hawking

Chrispy_ wrote:
RIP, but I'm still staggered and amazed he survived to 76 years old.


I read this elsewhere - "Life dealt him a losing hand, but he used it to win."
by arunphilip
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP: Stephen Hawking
Replies: 20
Views: 1325

RIP: Stephen Hawking

You're closer to the stuff you studied and shared with us. RIP.

BBC obit.

Edit: just realised it's Pi day today. Huh. There's definitely a certain symmetry in there.
by arunphilip
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 42
Views: 11362

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

It's not something that I would need, but what phone-tablet matching features do you mean? I was referring to the UI and user experience. For instance, if you use a Motorola/Nokia phone with (near) stock Android, getting a Samsung tablet with the Samsung Experience UI might feel weird - they have d...
by arunphilip
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 3998

Re: Power precision screwdriver

mikewinddale wrote:
Any good recommendations on a cheap soldering iron?

Hakko is a popular & reputed brand, here's an entry-level Hakko.

TIL: thread lock compound. Didn't know this was used even in electronics.
by arunphilip
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 42
Views: 11362

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

Any suggestions for a decent 10" tablet? I want it for web, email, games (adventure games and the likes). A must: SD card. Nice to have: removable battery. Not looking to spend much, but I'd go beyond entry-level if there's a good reason. How about Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 ( $350 )? This is the...
by arunphilip
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Apps crashing on Android Oreo
Replies: 2
Views: 1413

Re: Apps crashing on Android Oreo

Hey guys! So I was earlier using Nougat 7.0 on my Galaxy note 8. All apps were running just fine, however, today that I updated to latest Oreo 8.0 Samsung haven't released Oreo for Note 8. It's expected to release only by the end of March ( link ). In Samsung's family, Oreo is currently available (...
by arunphilip
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 3998

Re: Power precision screwdriver

I've got a laptop whose internal screws are so tight that I can't loosen them with my manual precision screwdrivers. These are tiny screws, so it needs to be a precision screwdriver. Aren't you worried about stripping the screw heads, given they're tiny and tight? The risk is higher with a power to...
by arunphilip
Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Child Proofing the digital world
Replies: 32
Views: 3426

Re: Child Proofing the digital world

I’m all for rules, but this is a tech site n stuff, I’m happy to google ideas, but I was hoping some badass TR dads have gone through this already. Not yet a dad, but here's my take on how things will be at our home. I wouldn't trust anything algorithmic to screen content for kids, when they're in ...
by arunphilip
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Into the Breach (from FTL creators)
Replies: 17
Views: 1793

Re: Into the Breach (from FTL creators)

The other studio that comes to mind off the top of my head is Klei . <snip>. I'm happy to pay for quality. They don't make the same type of games but I'm a huge fan and advocate of CDProjektRed. The devs behind Terraria also. It's still in low-rate development and sometimes gets new features, not j...
by arunphilip
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Into the Breach (from FTL creators)
Replies: 17
Views: 1793

Re: Into the Breach (from FTL creators)

Chuckaluphagus wrote:
Subset put an enormous amount of effort into producing perfect, Day 1 versions of FTL on Mac and Linux. They're promising the same for Into the Breach, but want to nail the Windows release first.

I'm pleasantly surprised to see there are game devs/studios that still have this quality ethic.
by arunphilip
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 4741

Re: Formula One 2018

Formula 1 launching their own Internet Livestreaming of races for $8-12 a month: Came here to post this news, you beat me to it :) Excerpts from the F1 site : Formula 1 fans will get commercial-free live streams of each race with multi language commentary. In addition, the service will provide excl...
by arunphilip
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 82
Views: 6327

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

That falls into the depressingly normal state of laboratory instrument software, however this special edition also can't run at all if the date/time format is set to anything other than US English. Thanks. Somehow, the date format requirement grinds my gears more than tripping up on the .NET versio...
by arunphilip
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 4741

Re: Formula One 2018

Ah, the dark and dreary winter withdrawal nears its end. Thanks JAE.

Any bets on what are the odds of (or) how long until Kubica is promoted into a race seat?
by arunphilip
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 326
Views: 25205

Re: Video card prices

Very nice points from all of you about thermals and fan wear. Thank you BIF, Kougar, and PrincipalSkinner.
by arunphilip
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 326
Views: 25205

Re: Video card prices

I'm not sure if this has been discussed previously, but do we know if the lifespan of GPUs will be affected by them having run 24x7 at full load in a mining rig for months? Particularly the ones that use smaller process nodes, due to migration? Would it be a significant risk to pick up GPUs with a m...
by arunphilip
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: games on hard drive or state drive?
Replies: 25
Views: 2391

Re: games on hard drive or state drive?

So if I were to go with a laptop with a 256 GB SSD vs a 128 GB SSD, is that a significant difference or just a little better? Yes, big difference. Its a change from "adequate" to "usable/comfortable". For example: I have a 256 GB SSD + 4 TB HDD in my desktop. The SSD has Windows...
by arunphilip
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: games on hard drive or state drive?
Replies: 25
Views: 2391

Re: games on hard drive or state drive?

Steam allows you to put your games library on more than one drive. I'd suggest that you install Steam and your game library on the HDD, and selectively install only specific games that you wish onto the SSD (you can change the targeted drive when installing games within Steam). 128 GB is quite small...
by arunphilip
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 5531

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Nothing too fancy here, I use a Bose Companion 5 ($400) - comes with a subwoofer, and 2 speakers on the desk. Fully satisfied with it.
by arunphilip
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: PC can see others but cannot be seen from others
Replies: 14
Views: 1944

Re: PC can see others but cannot be seen from others

In small workgroups like yours, your router does not play an active role in accessing PCs or sharing files, it is just a dumb messenger for passing packets between PCs. The router will contain only the IP address to MAC address mapping of the network adapter used to connect. Although some routers wi...
by arunphilip
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: PC can see others but cannot be seen from others
Replies: 14
Views: 1944

Re: PC can see others but cannot be seen from others

Good point re. private vs public networks being the thing to check first.
by arunphilip
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: PC can see others but cannot be seen from others
Replies: 14
Views: 1944

Re: PC can see others but cannot be seen from others

Is your primary problem that your PC cannot be seen by others? And that the name seems different is a potential cause? What is your PC's name in System Properties, vs. what's shown on the router? Screenshots please? What happens when you try typing \\[i]<name from Sys Prop>[/i] in Start -> Run? Does...
by arunphilip
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 changing language
Replies: 10
Views: 2247

Re: Windows 10 changing language

What Nionoi is saying is that you can buy a retail license - and any retail license that doesn't explicitly say "Single Language" will let you use multiple language. I have typically seen that SL editions of Windows come preinstalled from OEMs, while retail licenses are not SL. You can't c...
by arunphilip
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card for Flight Sim 2002 Pro
Replies: 6
Views: 3674

Re: Video Card for Flight Sim 2002 Pro

16 years and 6 minutes. That ought to be a necro record for TR! :D
by arunphilip
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 10816

Re: What is your sound set up?

Nothing fancy at my end - a 2.1 speaker setup (Bose Companion 50) driven off the motherboard's Realtek. I've been toying with the idea of getting a USB DAC, but haven't taken the plunge yet. The sound chip's drivers comes with Maxx Volume Pro software which turns on some audio processing that just e...
by arunphilip
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Forums on Mobile Small Issue
Replies: 10
Views: 505

Re: Forums on Mobile Small Issue

DancinJack wrote:
Heyyyyo! Nice work. God knows why you would use the light them anyway, but nice work!

I'm generally a fan of dark themes, but hadn't noticed this setting before :) . TR's light scheme is pleasant enough that it didn't make me go hunting for a dark theme, until now.