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by UberGerbil
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best wifi adpter?
Replies: 24
Views: 875

Re: best wifi adpter?

If the worst comes to the worst and the PC is just too far from the router for signal (even on the old, longer-range 2.4GHz channels) just buy a plug-in range extender or try a homeplug system instead. All it might take is to detach the wifi antenna(s) and use an RP-SMA cable to position them in a ...
by UberGerbil
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Remote app shot in the dark question
Replies: 9
Views: 639

Re: Remote app shot in the dark question

I don't have a solution for you, though I can think of several hacky ways around it (which are probably already implemented in the 3rd party programs you've looked at -- ie disabling the minimize button/menu item). What I suspect is going on: a Windows program has to handle the WM_SIZE messages that...
by UberGerbil
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: TR Baseball 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4001

Re: TR Baseball 2017

Fun as always, though as always I feel little bad for the teams that fall ever further behind as the season progresses. One thing I think we're going to have to think about going forward is the CG stat, which has been on a downward slide ever since even before it got added as a scoring category for ...
by UberGerbil
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 593

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

What isn't nice is no volume control on the remote, which Shield and Apple have. Since all we do is stream, I can just use the Fire remote (HDMI-CEC) to turn on TV+Fire with one button press, but I still have to adjust the volume with a second remote, which is annoying. I have a Samsung Smart TV, a...
by UberGerbil
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 593

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

I watch stuff off the internet on the computer; the TV is strictly for OTA broadcasting and whatever local stuff I want stream or play (I still own DVDs and even rent them on occasion because there's stuff you can't get any other way). A couple of years ago my elderly aunt wanted to watch Netflix on...
by UberGerbil
Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: No wireless internet on bootup
Replies: 4
Views: 809

Re: No wireless internet on bootup

First, what motherboard (or PC model) is this? I'd definitely check to make sure you have the latest drivers, though a glance at the Edimax page suggests they haven't updated anything for Win10 in a while. You said this has been happening for a month, but it was fine before that? When the issue occu...
by UberGerbil
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle
Replies: 16
Views: 1249

Re: Panicked Response to AMD Epyc... from Oracle

In other news --- Sparc is still a thing, apparently. At least for now.

Larry Ellison always wanted to out-Microsoft Microsoft, and he seems to have succeeded in one metric: Oracle is even worse than Redmond at acquiring companies and then pissing them into nothingness.
by UberGerbil
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 59
Views: 3517

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

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by UberGerbil
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch
Replies: 11
Views: 2715

Re: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch

Are you on a domain or otherwise have networking credentials (VPN, mounted network drives, etc) that may be taking time to resolve? What version of Windows? For stuff like this, enabling the Bootlog (via MSCONFIG.EXE) and then poring over the results is often the slowest-but-surest way to identify t...
by UberGerbil
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?
Replies: 9
Views: 714

Re: OK TR, where's the Vega OMG Unboxing Story?

Frankly it's silly. I don't care what it looks like. This, so much. I don't understand why anyone thought it was a good idea to do the first one. And once someone did one, I don't know why anybody thought "You know what we need? More of these ." There are greater wastes of bandwidth on th...
by UberGerbil
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 3669

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Too late. In my mind, and in my car, we can't rewind we've gone too far.
by UberGerbil
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Sony a6000 unable to display
Replies: 4
Views: 596

Re: Sony a6000 unable to display

Sounds like there is meta data being stored somewhere that the camera is reading; are you sure you've looked at the card with all hidden files visible? You may have to look at the card via a proper card reader and not via the camera. Or perhaps use some desktop software Sony provides that knows how ...
by UberGerbil
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD is back with a vengeance -
Replies: 17
Views: 1539

Re: AMD is back with a vengeance -

Back in my day we did physics simulations with pencil and paper, went through both by the ton, and erasers.............;) You're going to drop a line like that with no mention of slide rules? (I had a friend who went to work for Boeing the late 80s. Even then Boeing had leading edge CAD and Boeing ...
by UberGerbil
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Licketysplit
Replies: 63
Views: 3540

Re: RIP Licketysplit

Wow, I saw this thread and thought it was recent news. I scrolled back to Hance's original post from over a year ago and wondered how I could possibly have missed it. Then I looked closer at the date and realized it came almost exactly a week after my father died when I was out of town and up to my ...
by UberGerbil
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Symmetric Multi Turboboost
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: Symmetric Multi Turboboost

That overlaps with their SMT=Simultaneous Multi-Threading moniker though. I know :D But it bugs me that the Ryzen and ThreadRipper boost mechanism does not take advantage of spatial symmetry. If you keep moving the same high-frequency-benefiting task from core to core, you have to move a bunch of d...
by UberGerbil
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air filtered through water
Replies: 17
Views: 1147

Re: Air filtered through water

So it's a hookah for your furnace? I assume it using running water or flushes itself frequently (otherwise you have stagnant water sitting around filling up with whatever is coming out of the air) so that adds to your water bill, and there's a pump and other complexity. Seems like the kind of thing ...
by UberGerbil
Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Surprise! Creator 10 Update Applied...
Replies: 30
Views: 3098

Re: Surprise! Creator 10 Update Applied...

My question is should I push the issue and manually download the update or leave things be, and wait it out? I've otherwise been getting regular updates via Windows Update, but no Creators Update yet. Microsoft said it will withhold the update from machines that it knows of compatibility issues. I ...
by UberGerbil
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Native American Pemmican
Replies: 73
Views: 2146

Re: Native American Pemmican

Pemmican is basically what makes up some "suet blocks" you can buy to put in your bird feeders. Which isn't to say it's not decent human food (though I wouldn't eat the commercial suet products). One thing about buffalo meat -- it has almost no fat, so you need to add fat to it to get the ...
by UberGerbil
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video Card Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 1191

Re: Video Card Prices

Miners are not even doing anything remotely useful. They're bolstering the bottom line of electricity providers. :lol: Every miner i meet i ask about the electricity cost to profit ratio and i get a deer in headlights look. They seem to usually think it's just free easy money, but it's not free... ...
by UberGerbil
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 69
Views: 3304

End of an E®A

http://i.imgur.com/ekFaXgE.jpg Took this photo a few weeks back but forgot about it. Frankly I was surprised there were any locations in the area still in business. This particular RS store is right by where I went to university, and 30 years ago I was a happy member of their ridiculous "batte...
by UberGerbil
Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: TR Baseball 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4001

Re: TR Baseball 2017

That's only possible when the pitcher records an out. Plenty of pitchers have come in and given up runs without getting anyone out. All those LOOGY types who have an outing go terribly wrong and give up a homer, for instance. No ERA because there's no pace to completing a game when that happens. An...
by UberGerbil
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh
Replies: 41
Views: 3051

Re: Skylake X: Bye Bye Rings, Hello Mesh

Intel could easily "tile" 4+ cores into a node without much engineering if they've already done 2. Working with HBM coupling to CPU and GPU has probably given AMD a boost in experience with respect to infinity fabric and memory controllers. My guess is that looming :D on the horizon; both...
by UberGerbil
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Batman Ends
Replies: 11
Views: 1167

Re: Batman Ends

Captain Ned wrote:
A fitting memorial.

The mayor also led the crowd in a rendition of Neal Hefti’s infectious “Batman Theme” from the show.
That's a lot of emotional "na-nas"
by UberGerbil
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Change Username
Replies: 14
Views: 1262

Re: Change Username

If you look around on here I think there are a couple of threads focused on good games for very young children (the various Lego ones got a lot of ups, as I recall). Sadly the threads may be a bit out of date, though you could of course find an old console and the old games very cheap. Fun is fun; i...
by UberGerbil
Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.
Replies: 48
Views: 2782

Re: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.

The initial model, the Cray-1A, weighed 5.5 tons including the Freon refrigeration system. Configured with 1 million words of main memory, the machine and its power supplies consumed about 115 kW of power; cooling and storage likely more than doubled this figure. I took a tour of Boeing Computer Se...
by UberGerbil
Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: tickbox TV
Replies: 7
Views: 716

Re: tickbox TV

Yeah, these started popping up all over the place a couple of years ago. I first encountered them in Canada, where they were all the rage to evade the high prices and lack of selection among the cable services there. My cousins had one and I was nonplussed to see that searching for a movie basically...
by UberGerbil
Wed May 31, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Nvidia has been humping servers and it's ugly!
Replies: 19
Views: 1963

Re: Nvidia has been humping servers and it's ugly!

35+ years after The Soul of a New Machine people in data centers are still (literally) "putting a bag on the side of it."
by UberGerbil
Tue May 30, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Behold The Threadripper Socket foolish mortals!
Replies: 40
Views: 2643

Re: Behold The Threadripper Socket foolish mortals!

just brew it! wrote:
Every time I see that stupid name, for some reason my brain says "ThreadDripper" (an extra 'd' in there).
I read it as Three-Dripper. As in 3D but... drippier.
by UberGerbil
Fri May 26, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Integrated GPU death frequency
Replies: 5
Views: 929

Re: Integrated GPU death frequency

It's possible it's not actually the IGP but the motherboard. I've certainly had connectors fail at the solder joints. If the motherboard has an alternate display output (eg DVI instead of HDMI, or even VGA), did you try that?

Edit: Ninja'd by JBI
by UberGerbil
Wed May 24, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Really strange thought of the day.
Replies: 50
Views: 1298

Re: Strange thought of the day.

Short story: In the mid- late 90s I was doing a lot of travelling (for both business and pleasure). On one of my trips to Cambodia, I think around 2002 or so, I went into an Internet cafe. There was an old lady running the til, and a lot of Windows boxes all running the same pirated copy of Windows ...