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by meerkt
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega 64 or GTX 1080 (not TI)?
Replies: 66
Views: 2422

Re: Vega 64 or GTX 1080 (not TI)?

If a Vega 56 with a 64 BIOS runs the same as Vega 64, why would it be cooler?
by meerkt
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Create your own nightmare cat creatures!
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: Create your own nightmare cat creatures!

On my work laptop (2015 MacBook Pro), it takes a few minutes. On my personal laptop (older HP EliteBook with a Sandy Bridge CPU), it doesn't seem to work at all (crunches for a minute or two, then stops without displaying anything). On my home desktop (AMD FX-8350), it takes about 5 seconds . What ...
by meerkt
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Create your own nightmare cat creatures!
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: Create your own nightmare cat creatures!

How long does it take to process on your PC?

A few minutes here, so quick iteration is impossible.
by meerkt
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 3037

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

Not as annoying as using the web without being able to toggle it.

I'm surprised it's not implemented in Vivaldi. Hopefully V8 isn't an obstacle.
by meerkt
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 3037

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

Using a browser in which you can toggle it dynamically, without page reload, makes it very possible.
by meerkt
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 3037

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

Anyway, browser compatibility was just one issue (BTW, non-direct image page no longer shows properly without JS). After uploading there's a menu there with an option to 'get share links' and gives you the bbcode, markdown or html embed codes. Your shots are the same as mine. What's not available is...
by meerkt
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Warcraft - Orcs and Humans not outputting any sound - Windows 98 SE
Replies: 18
Views: 973

Re: Warcraft - Orcs and Humans not outputting any sound - Windows 98 SE

Nothing against TR, but for a specific old-games forum, check out:
https://www.vogons.org/
by meerkt
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 3037

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

Why does the registration fail for you? Maybe that's the first step to working toward solving your issues. I thought a bug related to the site redesign but it still fails today (and they've reverted to the previous design). Maybe they dislike Mailinator but instead of saying so explicitly they call...
by meerkt
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 3037

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

I don't see that interface. Does it come up without being logged in? (I can't test with an account because registration fails.)
by meerkt
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 3037

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

Glorious wrote:
no idea what on earth Yahoo really has that is worth much of anything.

For what it's worth, the main domain is ranked 7th on Alexa.

SuperSpy wrote:
Tons of people still use Yahoo mail.
For some reason.

Why not? I still use it, among other accounts.
by meerkt
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 3037

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

Thanks. Just looking for a quick way to host images for forum posts and other random uses, not self-hosting or something with accounts. I know it works, or can be made to work, for now. It's just been getting increasingly annoying to use. Ignoring browser compatibility issues and heavyish pages, I h...
by meerkt
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 3037

Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

Imgur continues its downward spiral. It's turned from a lightweight image host, with a few nice extra features, into an incompatible-with-older-browsers JS-ridden half-gimped image-oriented-social-slanted thing. Maybe the worsening started after its 2014's multi-million external investment? So, any...
by meerkt
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Touchpad woes
Replies: 10
Views: 650

Re: Touchpad woes

Don't have these problems on an Elan touchpad in an Asus laptop. 1. I don't recall clicks that don't register, though I very rarely use physical clicking. No separate buttons here, but I anyway much prefer a gentle tap to actual clicking. 2. Maybe related to settings that temporarily ignore the touc...
by meerkt
Sun May 27, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Unable to run Windows Update (Or other downloading installers)
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Re: Unable to run Windows Update (Or other downloading installers)

Maybe fishy ISPs? Liberia had some sort of sanctions, but I think they were lifted two years ago.
by meerkt
Sat May 26, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Amazon Locker weirdness
Replies: 52
Views: 17672

Re: Amazon Locker weirdness

Maybe somebody ordered an envelope.
by meerkt
Thu May 24, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to reset no boot W10
Replies: 53
Views: 2001

Re: How to reset no boot W10

Yeah, I'm not talking about EFI. And on GPT, I guess Microsoft's reserved partition is optional. Anyway, Win8 is fine with non-EFI booting (and MBR).
by meerkt
Wed May 23, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to reset no boot W10
Replies: 53
Views: 2001

Re: How to reset no boot W10

all versions of Windows after XP create a boot partition. The size ranges from 150-500 MB depending on the OS. It is not optional. In some cases, you may be able to shrink it a bit, but that's not a good idea either. Some features like Credential Guard, Bitlocker, etc require space on that partitio...
by meerkt
Sat May 12, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrading from an HD 7850
Replies: 14
Views: 755

Re: Upgrading from an HD 7850

Two weeks ago it could be had for $250. Might happen again.
by meerkt
Sat May 12, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrading from an HD 7850
Replies: 14
Views: 755

Re: Upgrading from an HD 7850

Maybe an 8GB card is more forward looking? If a Radeon 580 8GB can be found for a decent price.

https://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1753?vs=1868
by meerkt
Sun May 06, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A hacker is pictured
Replies: 18
Views: 1743

Re: A hacker is pictured

Hackers... always with their dark burlap hooded robes.
by meerkt
Sat May 05, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Unsure of what to do with Ebay
Replies: 6
Views: 667

Re: Unsure of what to do with Ebay

it annoys me to death that eBay and PayPal offer to "remember it for next time" whenever I pay for something. No, I don't want it remembered At least eBay stopped forcing you to login to PayPal through their site. At first you could dodge it by clicking "open PayPal in new window&quo...
by meerkt
Sat May 05, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Unsure of what to do with Ebay
Replies: 6
Views: 667

Re: Unsure of what to do with Ebay

Target you how?
by meerkt
Wed May 02, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1684

Re: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive

Idle noise sounds familiar from many drives. Just average consumer drives, nothing special.
It's always a bit upsetting, but I'm thinking maybe that's how they're supposed to be.
by meerkt
Tue May 01, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1661

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

Yeah, I'll try one of these USB modems. Hopefully a decent chip. Too bad you can't shop-search by PCI or USB vendor and device ids. :) Though people seem to have drastically different experiences with the very same controller, not sure why. I checked a few modems from an old cards box (the BIOS devi...
by meerkt
Tue May 01, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1661

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

Also, if the docs are up-to-date, VirtualBox doesn't do it on Windows hosts.
by meerkt
Tue May 01, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1661

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

Funny. An Intel guy hints here that there are no official Win10 drivers for the 537EPG, but there might still be, somewhere, drivers that work.
Thanks for the pointer. Never heard of Intel-based modems until now.
by meerkt
Tue May 01, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1661

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

Blinkenlights were fun at the time, but I'd rather have it internal nowadays. :) For external, BTW, there are these USB modems that claim Win7+ support. I think I may have an internal Sportster somewhere, but it's ISA . I thought as a fallback maybe PCI passthru into a VM. But it seems not that stra...
by meerkt
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1661

NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

I have a Creative/ESS PCI modem for which I was unable to find NT6 x64 drivers. Searching by PCI id, Windows Update Catalog shows only XP drivers. Another Creative/ESS modem does have a Vista x64 driver (which I assume would work on Win8), but it's incompatible with the one I have. Funnily, Creative...
by meerkt
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?
Replies: 26
Views: 6747

Re: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?

Mind you, it's a recording of the HDD inside a laptop, so not much soundproofing. And it's from close proximity. From a normal distance it's quieter, though still easily audible. The multiple successive clicks were during a continuous write, maybe mixed with some random I/O. Normally it's just a cli...
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