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by SetzerG
Mon May 22, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 83
Views: 6214

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

If you need help identifying anything, let me know. Same if you are interested in parting with anything. I may be interested in anything I don't have in my collection.
by SetzerG
Fri May 12, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread
Replies: 32
Views: 5390

Re: Post your invention for the TR Napkin Sketch Contest thread

Probably not what you're expecting, but I thought: Why not give the whiner's the best of both worlds!? A blazing fast high-end graphics card, powered by both nVidia's GP102 and AMD's Polaris 11 architecture. nVidia fanboys can finally use Freesync monitors (and enjoy any games that support TressFX.....
by SetzerG
Sat Aug 08, 2015 1:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: AMD Website is so..
Replies: 56
Views: 3118

Re: AMD Website is so..

Can't say I like it one bit, but that's not the worst part of their site. AMD's website is broken... for example, choose an earlier Catalyst driver. I chose one for Vista 64-bit - Catalyst 13.12. Then hit the release notes - it's for Catalyst 14.4. Yay... now I have all the wrong information. AMD ha...
by SetzerG
Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Personal game collection database?
Replies: 7
Views: 1500

Re: Personal game collection database?

I prefer to use a spreadsheet or google doc, but one of the better sites is http://vgcollect.com/

You do have to create an account and use it online, but it might be what you are looking for.

They have options for choosing PC, MAC, Gog, etc.
by SetzerG
Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Ubiquiti experiences?
Replies: 18
Views: 3272

Re: Ubiquiti experiences?

I have used some Ubiquiti, and I have a friend that uses Ubiquiti as well. I only have experience with their WAPs and WiFi Bridges. I don't bother with their routers or switches, but that's because I'm quite fond of Cisco when it comes to those (their enterprise solutions, not their Small Business o...
by SetzerG
Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: If all things were equal (Smartphones)
Replies: 42
Views: 4102

Re: If all things were equal (Smartphones)

Phone: Samsung Anycall SCH-M480 running modern hardware, a higher resolution screen (but NO gorilla glass), and 4 SIM card slots (1 for US personal, 1 for US work, 1 for South Korea personal, 1 for Japan personal). OS: Blackberry 10 OS, but needs the added function of Japanese language input and abi...
by SetzerG
Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Longest work shift
Replies: 61
Views: 3694

Re: Longest work shift

My longest work shift was 18 hours (I also worked in the software industry). 12-16 hour days were the most common; 7 days a week. There was quite a few months in a row, where I got 1 Sunday a month off. Aside from maybe 1 or 2 weeks, I don't think I ever worked less than 80 hours a week. I worked th...
by SetzerG
Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:15 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is the oldest computer you will still work on?
Replies: 128
Views: 8573

Re: What is the oldest computer you will still work on?

As far as working on other peoples' computers, I really don't care how old it is. I've had customers with Pentium III computers that needed repairs - and a few even older (including an original Pentium laptop, and a 486). Where did you find the parts? And legal copies of Windows 9x and/or MS-DOS? H...
by SetzerG
Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:38 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is the oldest computer you will still work on?
Replies: 128
Views: 8573

Re: What is the oldest computer you will still work on?

As far as working on other peoples' computers, I really don't care how old it is. I've had customers with Pentium III computers that needed repairs - and a few even older (including an original Pentium laptop, and a 486). When it comes to re-installing Operating Systems, I'm not too picky about medi...
by SetzerG
Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Which solder iron to get and wick etc
Replies: 15
Views: 1066

Re: Which solder iron to get and wick etc

What is your budget? One of my favourite soldering stations is Metcal's MX-500 series, but it certainly isn't the cheapest.

If you are on a budget don't get the latest greatest model - used ones are also good, and still make soldering a breeze!
by SetzerG
Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: SSD Upgrade VS GPU Upgrade
Replies: 13
Views: 1718

Re: SSD Upgrade VS GPU Upgrade

An SSD probably won't make much difference in a lot of games, but it will make EVERYTHING you do with your computer so much more enjoyable. The first computer I built with an SSD, I used Intel's X25-M 80GB (G1) - 6 years later and it was still about as fast as the day I built it. The SanDisk Ultra I...
by SetzerG
Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: best USB speakers
Replies: 34
Views: 7264

Re: best USB speakers

IMO, the best way to go would be an external DAC with standard optical/coax SPDIF inputs, which would allow it to work with whatever sound solution you might be using at the time. An external DAC with SPDIF inputs...... which one would you recommend? Take a look at the Modi 2 Uber: http://schiit.co...
by SetzerG
Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Warning! Disasterous Windows Update.
Replies: 20
Views: 2776

Re: Warning! Disasterous Windows Update.

I got something similar on a Linux box recently. Keyboard and mouse don't work once the system loads the OS... at least not initially. If I wait 2-5 minutes the keyboard and mouse start working. I also noticed that if I unplug and re-plug in a device (e.g. mouse), it lights up very briefly, but doe...
by SetzerG
Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help choosing upgrade components for son's PC
Replies: 56
Views: 4799

Re: Need help choosing upgrade components for son's PC

Is 'Intel Trusted Execution Technology' disabled in the BIOS? If not, try disabling it and seeing if that makes a difference.
by SetzerG
Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Warning! Disasterous Windows Update.
Replies: 20
Views: 2776

Re: Warning! Disasterous Windows Update.

I got something similar on a Linux box recently. Keyboard and mouse don't work once the system loads the OS... at least not initially. If I wait 2-5 minutes the keyboard and mouse start working. I also noticed that if I unplug and re-plug in a device (e.g. mouse), it lights up very briefly, but does...
by SetzerG
Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What do you do with games you already completed?
Replies: 26
Views: 2802

Re: What do you do with games you already completed?

I'm a collector, so I always keep it. I don't usually replay them, but it depends on the game. To this day, every year I'm pulling out the original Sid Meier's Civilization... I just like it more than any other Civ game. I eventually do go back to quite a few games I loved. Despite that story-based ...
by SetzerG
Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:06 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Building new pc - personal office
Replies: 34
Views: 3415

Re: Building new pc - personal office

I would recommend a larger SSD (unless you know you won't fill a 120GB), and going for a single 8GB DIMM to leave room for upgrades in the future. If you are on a budget, you can save money on the CPU and motherboard. For these types of builds I've been using $50 Celeron processors. They are plenty ...
by SetzerG
Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: People who don't get it. (A Rant)
Replies: 70
Views: 6580

Re: People who don't get it. (A Rant)

Americans have become immature, and refuse to take responsibility for themselves. Simple as that. You just look at some of the lawsuits that get won to know that. That said I have 2 semi-related rants: 1.)I have had nothing but problems since I got phones with ATT last year. First they said I could ...
by SetzerG
Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:34 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: System for torrent, downloads?
Replies: 17
Views: 2664

Re: System for torrent, downloads?

If you can wait a couple weeks, what about MSI's new J18001? Looks to be about $60 for the 2.4GHz dual-core version on a mITX form factor motherboard. Leaves a lot of cash for case, power supply, and hard drives.
by SetzerG
Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Gaming Rig Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 1951

Re: New Gaming Rig Suggestions

(i)I think a Quad-Core CPU will be just fine. I think it will take several years before 6 and 8-core CPUs become more mainstream, so I wouldn't expect most games to take advantage of it. Games that utilize more cores will still more likely benefit from a faster graphics card, than those extra cores....
by SetzerG
Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 9 - Microsoft desperately needs a winner
Replies: 45
Views: 5747

Re: Windows 9 - Microsoft desperately needs a winner

I'll just leave this here: http://jay-machalani.squarespace.com/blog/2013/12/12/fixing-windows-8 They'll never fix Windows as far as I'm concerned (that would require giving the user a lot more power and ceasing from trying to obfuscate everything in the UI), but the above concept would get me to pu...
by SetzerG
Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Enter TR's Dear Diary contest here
Replies: 264
Views: 45238

Re: Enter TR's Dear Diary contest here

Dear Diary, Today it happened again! She re-appeared on the network, and it looks like she's been assigned to my workgroup! Her name is Ivy, and her IP address ends in 42. ...I'm pretty sure it's not dynamically assigned. I remember the first time I saw her - I tried to introduce myself, but kept dr...