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by continuum
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: General photography thread [img heavy]
Replies: 3037
Views: 642068

Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

This thread needs more rockets. Note that for some reason 500px's hotlink/embed previews have gotten really bad on quality. Please click for higher quality images. https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/310245105/m%3D900/v2?user_id=128138&webp=true&sig=4cd9cf64b720cb33a131e71c69a77b9035e8b46cf44c10f...
by continuum
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

If we can get the information density fixed - a “compact” or “dense” mode or something, that would be a huge help. The old theme colors back would be be at least less generic and less eye-searing too, not to mention the lower APL would be easier on batteries on mobile devices. As far as forum back-e...
by continuum
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 21094

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

Does TR even have anyone to do GPU reviews? :-/

Just donated a few extra bucks... not much but I hope it helps?
by continuum
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cable suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 1722

Re: Cable suggestions

In-wall cabling is usually solid, not stranded. Given the choice I would use copper, not CCA (copper clad aluminum), although that’s my preference. For 10G you will need Cat 6A, however this is significantly more difficult to properly terminate than Cat 6 or Cat 5e. Given the choice I would run cond...
by continuum
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Looking for a good priced rack server
Replies: 6
Views: 1449

Re: Looking for a good priced rack server

Not sure refurb vendors like Curvature would have anything, but take a look there too?
by continuum
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Replacing PC audio setup
Replies: 12
Views: 2701

Re: Replacing PC audio setup

Per the spec page, satellite size is: Height x Width x Depth: 7.6 in (192.8 mm) x 4.3 in (108 mm) x 3.5 in (90 mm)... To try and match that desk footprint even something like an Audioengine A2+ (6.00 x 4.00 x 5.30" (15.20 x 10.16 x 13.50 cm) per B&H spec page) is about all that comes to min...
by continuum
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Anyone buy Home Audio & Video Protection Plans for their stereo?
Replies: 11
Views: 2399

Re: Anyone buy Home Audio & Video Protection Plans for their stereo?

If it's an older model Onkyo with the known HDMI board failures, maybe. Otherwise, no.
by continuum
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: any suggestions for a new or recent RAW pocketable under $250?
Replies: 7
Views: 2462

Re: any suggestions for a new or recent RAW pocketable under $250?

Not recently unfortunately, the P&S market, especially the budget market, has been decimated by smartphones.
by continuum
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: NETGEAR and the R6700 Nighthawk - Buyer beware
Replies: 28
Views: 3991

Re: NETGEAR and the R6700 Nighthawk - Buyer beware

I don't recall any bloat like you describe the last time I setup an R6700-- granted this was many years ago. If you can't return it, can you reflash it to Kong DD-WRT or something similar? The R7800 and several other Netgear products have been excellent and no bloat like you're describing, but then ...
by continuum
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Would a laptop have a Sata II & Sata III port?
Replies: 7
Views: 2713

Re: Would a laptop have a Sata II & Sata III port?

Detailed specifications: https://support.toshiba.com/support/staticContentDetail?contentId=4001504&isFromTOCLink=false Intel ARK for HM86 chipset shows 4x SATA 6Gbps ports and 2x SATA 3Gbps ports, so alas, what you're seeing doesn't surprise me too much. https://ark.intel.com/products/75531/Inte...
by continuum
Wed May 23, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: APC SMX UPS sound levels - 1500RM2U vs 2000LV
Replies: 1
Views: 1587

Re: APC SMX UPS sound levels - 1500RM2U vs 2000LV

I've got an older Smart-UPS 1500 2U in an office and it's completely silent under normal conditions. Only when actively using the battery does the fan spin up.

Can't speak for the larger units.
by continuum
Wed May 23, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 2570

Re: Camping / Hiking :

Yar, beats me too-- mainstream tent makers all seem reluctant to embrace silnylon or Dyneema. Boutique makers such as ZPacks, Big Sky, etc. have been much more open to it, tho. Fortunately with Massdrop, Kickstarter, whatever, a lot more boutique options are available these days.
by continuum
Wed May 02, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive
Replies: 24
Views: 4644

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

Might be thermal recalibration or something else, as stated. It's not only a 7200rpm disk but a nearline (enterprise) one, so it's not going to be tuned to be particularly quiet.

if you really can't stand the noise, pick up a Seagate Desktop 8TB?
by continuum
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Which colorimeter?
Replies: 3
Views: 3679

Re: Which colorimeter?

Spyder5's go on sale pretty often, they might be the best deal around. ColorMunki Smile is the baseline, budget one that's usually recommended. If you have the budget to go marginally higher-end, i1 Display Pro is generally regarded as the way to go, but I believe the Spyder5 is pretty close in perf...
by continuum
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Ever heard of J&W?
Replies: 5
Views: 2266

Re: Ever heard of J&W?

Yar, they've been around a very, very long time. Never did much with their own brand, let alone anything above the baseline if memory serves. That said we never dealt with them (at least not directly) so I have zero first-hand experience with 'em.
by continuum
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: AV1 Video Codec
Replies: 25
Views: 5512

Re: AV1 Video Codec

I'm also curious (and in agreement) that HVEC/x.265's lead is too significant for AV1 to make grounds on, especially if performance is only marginally better. The AV1 guys have also said that AV2 is in the works for a few years down the road, I wonder if they'll aim to do AV2 sooner rather than late...
by continuum
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Cheapish, 280 rad compatible, small ATX compatible cases?
Replies: 4
Views: 4357

Re: Cheapish, 280 rad compatible, small ATX compatible cases?

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/88 ... d-525-bay/

I can't vouch for those guys, but they do have a bunch of suggestions listed. Fractal Design Focus G is mentioned there, and it's under $50 at Newegg, so maybe that one?
by continuum
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 4607

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

Mars, here we come! :D
by continuum
Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 28533

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

As others have said, 1.4v does sound high for stock 4.3ghz at 6C/12T... obviously it depends on the chip, but Tom's Hardware above found their example could do 1.28v... and yes, Prime95 in current builds does use AVX.
by continuum
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Cooling Fan problem
Replies: 9
Views: 5442

Re: Cooling Fan problem

Also if you're going to go so far as to disassemble, check the thermal interface material between the heatpipe/heatsink and the CPU/GPU.
by continuum
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: WD 8TB external HDD for $150
Replies: 13
Views: 5082

Re: WD 8TB external HDD for $150

Any idea what the difference was/is on the best buy specific models? For the two different models on sale at Best Buy on Black Friday, the -NESN vs. the -NEBB , I honestly have no idea except from the price. Spec page for the latter says it's the "holiday edition" but hardware and softwar...
by continuum
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Can't format partition on HD
Replies: 6
Views: 2108

Re: Can't format partition on HD

Tried a long DST from the Toshiba utilities? That'll probably tell you it's got slow/failing blocks somewhere. But then the slow format is probably bad blocks.

Time to toss the drive. If it's under warranty, RMA it.
by continuum
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 17901

Re: What is your sound set up?

I imagine quite a few of us, me included, ran Promedia's before they died/we upgraded to 2.0's and an external DAC. No shame. Fortunately that's just a work setup. Haven't been able to convince the boss I need a pair of JBL LSR305's for my desk yet. :( :P Of the 3 or 4 sets of Promedia 2'1.s we use...
by continuum
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 17901

Re: What is your sound set up?

Old set of Klipsch Promedia 2.1's at one of them. Works well enough and unlike other Klipsch Promedia 2.1's, it refuses to die...

/me knocks on wood
by continuum
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 22
Views: 5210

Re: IT ticketing software

I've seen Spiceworks and some others, but honestly the slickest I've seen by far is always heavily customized or done in-house. :-/
by continuum
Tue May 09, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Xbitlabs completely closed a few months ago
Replies: 21
Views: 6114

Re: Xbitlabs completely closed a few months ago

Shame really. Xbitlabs was my favourite tech site back in the day. I especially liked their nerdy GPU power consumption measurements. They also had detailed LCD pixel transition time measurements, among other things. ++; to both those comments. So sad. I'd noticed they had stopped updating and gone...
by continuum
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphones on a Plane
Replies: 32
Views: 5782

Re: Headphones on a Plane

For active noise cancellation, Bose does seem to be best. QC35's or whatnot if you can afford the cost and bulk. I think Sony and Audio-Technica are competitors, Sony's MDR1000X/B I believe is close, the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b is a lot cheaper but not as good-- that said I know people with thousan...
by continuum
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New electric range options?
Replies: 27
Views: 4570

Re: New electric range options?

The Sweethome has some decent recommendations. http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-electric-and-gas-ranges/ Thanks. But I'm suspicious that Sweethome's top recommendation is a Samsung, on the basis of price and features only. In the past ten years Samsung has variously been unable to build reliabl...
by continuum
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New electric range options?
Replies: 27
Views: 4570

Re: New electric range options?

The Sweethome has some decent recommendations.

http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-el ... as-ranges/
by continuum
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Having trouble finding new speakers.
Replies: 36
Views: 4178

Re: Having trouble finding new speakers.

Anything from Swan that would work? http://www.swanspeaker.com/products/products.aspx?cid=5 M200MkII's were popular a few years ago, but never super popular. M200MkIII's continued the trend but I think Audioengine A5's and whatnot grabbed more marketshare. Swan does have some lower-end offerings tha...
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