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by meerkt
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: "Group by" in File Explorer - keyboard shortcut or script?
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: "Group by" in File Explorer - keyboard shortcut or script?

Why not use the option to apply view settings to all folders?
by meerkt
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Microsleep detection?
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: Microsleep detection?

Instead of monitoring for these, just install the latest brainware update (assuming the OEM still provides updates).

Wikipedia wrote:
... where an individual fails to respond to some arbitrary sensory input and becomes unconscious
by meerkt
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?
Replies: 10
Views: 369

Re: Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?

Opened it up, and started tapping on the PCB (with a non-conductive object) to see where it was sensitive. Narrowed it down to an area of a few square inches, reflowed all of the solder joints in that area, and it was fine after that. I suspect my CRT needs capacitor replacement. It wouldn't turn o...
by meerkt
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 63
Views: 1951

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

Maybe it will happen one day: Install the OS you want on the phone hardware you want.
by meerkt
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?
Replies: 10
Views: 369

Re: Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?

Mr Bill wrote:
I've wondered the same thing about my two Hitachi SuperScan Elite 751 19"

I've been wanting a nice shadowmask 19" CRT ever since mine started acting up
But I never attempted a fix due to the high voltages inside CRTs and their trickier power supplies.
by meerkt
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Smartphones with removeable battery?
Replies: 25
Views: 992

Re: Smartphones with removeable battery?

It's indeed a problem for swapping on the go, but for long-term wear some phones are more openable than others. The problem is that it requires more research (iFixit, YouTube...) service life is defined by a charge cycle count of up to 1800 cycles, and generally fewer. If you charge your phone rough...
by meerkt
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Offline updating Win8?
Replies: 0
Views: 174

Offline updating Win8?

How would one go about offline updating Win8? Is there a site that tracks Windows updates, showing which were added or removed over a timeline? In the XP days AutoPatcher was nice, but now I'm not convinced its Win8 update list is full, and it lists as "needed" many old updates that Window...
by meerkt
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: added a hard drive
Replies: 10
Views: 480

Re: added a hard drive

Did you try to first delete the existing partitions?
You can also GPTize from diskmgmt.msc: right-click on the physical disk ("Disk 0, Basic...").
by meerkt
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: An experiment in repairing clipped audio
Replies: 32
Views: 1298

Re: An experiment in repairing clipped audio

Chrispy_ wrote:
I get really annoyed that people encoding things can't use the whole volume range. Nothing's worse than having to crank my sound system up twice
Normalization won't help much, and dynamic range compression does require decision-making and work.
by meerkt
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: An experiment in repairing clipped audio
Replies: 32
Views: 1298

Re: An experiment in repairing clipped audio

Once upon a time I ripped a scratched CD that I didn't have another copy of. There were tons of short clicks, usually just a sample or two. Most of the clicks were visible in spectral view, so I didn't have to listen much to find them. I wanted minimal collateral modification, so I fixed it with Coo...
by meerkt
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: HDR gaming
Replies: 23
Views: 1762

Re: HDR gaming

Chrispy_ wrote:
Even the fastest TVs reviewed specifically for low input lag had 25+ms of lag or so

Fast ones are ~20ms. Fastest <15ms:
http://www.rtings.com/tv/tests/inputs/input-lag
(Previous year models require more digging in that site.)
by meerkt
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 17
Views: 1268

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

I wouldn't get a Windows tablet, but dual Windows/Android could be interesting. Problem is, I'm not sure it's easily possible to zap Windows if you want to give Android the whole space, and I'm not sure SD can fully take the place of native storage in all cases. I also think most of these would be x...
by meerkt
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 17
Views: 1268

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

I saw it, but I'm not sure non-standard Android is a good idea.
Also, maybe 2GB RAM isn't enough, especially long-term.
by meerkt
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 17
Views: 1268

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

I don't see much gain in going beyond 1920 on a 10" screen. Good for marketing bullet points, perhaps. The ones I consider leading Chinese brands, at least from a western perspective, are Huawei, Xiaomi, ZTE, etc. Lenovo I consider non-Chinese. :) What, do you use a tablet with a second tablet ...
by meerkt
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Asus K55A laptop keyboard variants?
Replies: 0
Views: 182

Asus K55A laptop keyboard variants?

On the offchance someone knows... I need to replace the keyboard in an Asus K55A laptop (though I'm getting better at computing without the left Alt). Disassembling it is fraught with perilous plastic clips and sticky things, so I'd rather not disassemble it just to look at the raw keyboard. Various...
by meerkt
Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 17
Views: 1268

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

Interesting. But I'm leaning more toward the better known Chinese brands. One thing I dislike in that T10 is the overly high resolution: 2560x1600. Is there any point, or am I correct in assuming it will just decrease performance and battery time? Another poor choice in some tablets is 2048x resolut...
by meerkt
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 17
Views: 1268

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

Thanks.
Seems like there's not much competition in 10" Android mid-end tablets.
I guess I should research Chinese brands after all.
by meerkt
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Tablet recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 574

Re: Tablet recommendation

A shame that it's Windows, and asymmetric, but cost/perf seems pretty good:

Lenovo ThinkPad 10 2nd gen (20E4S0UG00) for $200.

10" 1920x1200
4GB RAM
64GB flash (and with SD slot I think)
Atom Z8750 (don't know how it compares in CPU/GPU performance, but I assume competitive)
by meerkt
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: QLED
Replies: 16
Views: 899

Re: QLED

LostCat wrote:
You could've just said no and had an equally useless post.
The thread title suggested that's the marquee point, rather than the specific monitor model.
by meerkt
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: QLED
Replies: 16
Views: 899

Re: QLED

QLED = marketing = LCD with maybe wider color range.
by meerkt
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 9593

Re: Locate function in C++

C++ ... No one alive (including the original programmer after about a year) will be able to maintain the source in the future. That's a question of design and coding practices. C++ code, like most other serious languages, can be made perfectly readable and maintainable. Garbage collection in langua...
by meerkt
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Psychonauts for free
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Re: Psychonauts for free

An opportunity to have it on THB in addition to Steam.
Now, how to get it on GoG...
by meerkt
Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Windows IMAP client w/o local storage?
Replies: 4
Views: 458

Re: Windows IMAP client w/o local storage?

I was hoping to find the opposite to Outlook. :)

eM is too full-fledged and large.
I'll check Mailbird, but it doesn't seem no-local-storage oriented and its "Apps" thing (Facebook, WhatsApp...) does not bode well.
by meerkt
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 3194

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

Actual usage of the battery degrades it, sure.
But I do wonder if your specific charging habits matter much.
by meerkt
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 3194

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

Are Li-ion batteries that picky really? I have a 2013 Asus laptop with a ~50W/h battery. Spends 99% of the time on AC. As far as I can tell it lets the battery level drop to 95%, then charges. Windows' battery report data shows the current "full charge capacity" as a bit more than "de...
by meerkt
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 21
Views: 1597

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

No, never dealt with PDF forms, on Linux or Windows. :)
by meerkt
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 21
Views: 1597

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

just brew it! wrote:
meerkt wrote:
Why's PDF always such a pain? :)
Skrewy proprietary formats FTL.

The specs are published, and there are plenty of tools. Just not a nice all-in-one that isn't bloatware, AFAIK.
by meerkt
Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 21
Views: 1597

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

Why's PDF always such a pain? :) I dislike big bloated software, which I assume Acrobat is. So my occasional PDF tweak needs are satisfied (barely) by a multitude of esoteric tools, since there isn't a single one that does everything. Any nice light single tool to do everything? Split/merge, and may...
by meerkt
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Rear audio jacks on new motherboards
Replies: 9
Views: 692

Re: Rear audio jacks on new motherboards

Multichannel audio nowadays is mostly HDMI, no?

The only problem with that I can see is that audio-only HDMI gear is rare, and I suppose chances are higher to run into software issues.
by meerkt
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Windows IMAP client w/o local storage?
Replies: 4
Views: 458

Windows IMAP client w/o local storage?

The recent changes in Yahoo Mail's web client made me realize I'm wasting too much time on the progressively deteriorating web interfaces of Yahoo and Gmail. Are there any trustworthy, good, lightweight Windows IMAP clients that don't store stuff locally? Something like an IMAP-supporting Popcorn (w...
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