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by UberGerbil
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Can't install drivers.
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: Can't install drivers.

It's been a while since I had to deal with an HP product but IIRC their support page will identify your HP device and offer to download the latest drivers if you don't already have them. These days Windows Update is pretty good about taking care of that for you (if you let it) -- assuming you're run...
by UberGerbil
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!
Replies: 31
Views: 2329

Re: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 19 different processors!

-1080p @ 60 fps actually seems to be a little more demanding than 1440p @ 30. It is. 2560x1440@ 30 fps is ~110 MPixels per second 1920x1080@ 60 fps is ~124 MPixels per second It's exactly 12.5% more pixels to push, so a CPU that is running at 90% doing the former is going to be trying to push past ...
by UberGerbil
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrades Complete (2500k to 1600x)
Replies: 13
Views: 912

Re: Upgrades Complete (2500k to 1600x)

Baby wipes make quick work of dirty fans for future reference. While I don't doubt they do a good job of removing the dust, won't the moisturizers leave a residue which will tend to trap new dust in the future? I'd use a Swiffer sheet, or equivalent, if handy -- after all, collecting dust is what t...
by UberGerbil
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: How to clone Win 10 onto a larger drive into a partition the size of that drive?
Replies: 12
Views: 731

Re: How to clone Win 10 onto a larger drive into a partition the size of that drive?

I've stated my appreciation of Macrium Reflect in the past (in fact, well in the past ). The UI makes it easy to do things that make me think "There's no way this is going to work; it can't possibly be able to do that, can it?" and it does it with no fuss. I've never had any data loss with...
by UberGerbil
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 3268

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

So out of curiosity, what was your chosen solution -- a thread-safe replacement for ctime, or locks around the call? (Of course that's just a question of who is doing the locking, unless you have some MT-aware ctime that does per-caller allocations using eg thread local storage) Amateur night and mu...
by UberGerbil
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2680

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

Check with your public library, some of them have access to Consumer Reports. Very very interesting, hadn't heard of that before. Apparently not just piles of the magazines but the actual online subscription too. Yeah, both the King County and Seattle City Public Library systems have the online ver...
by UberGerbil
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Front usbs, W7ok W10-nope-SOLVED
Replies: 7
Views: 465

Re: Front usbs, W7-ok, W10 -nope

The drivers on the optical disc that comes with the motherboard are pretty much always out of date. And the latest chipsets frequently need bios updates. Whenever I'm doing a new build I use the driver disc for its only best use -- as a coaster for my beer while I'm downloading the latest drivers on...
by UberGerbil
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2680

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

Lane keep assist: I was really impressed by the 2017 Honda CR-V (I assume this is present on other models) that Honda's LKA actually keeps you centered in the middle of the lane. It's as close to self-driving as I've experienced (when paired with adaptive cruise control) and it was AWESOME. Toyota'...
by UberGerbil
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 87
Views: 2680

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

This is actually a really good question, and not something I've seen addressed in car reviews. Maybe Consumer Reports, which tends to focus more on safety than the enthusiast car mags/sites do, will have more to say about that in the future?
by UberGerbil
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: program to check if the parts are used
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: program to check if the parts are used

Most parts don't have any sort of non-volatile storage on-board, so there's nowhere to record that information. The obvious exception is, of course, parts that are non-volatile storage. HDs have already been mentioned, but wear on SSDs is a real concern also. Some of the general-purpose disk utiliti...
by UberGerbil
Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Converting headphones and/or mic to wireless—bluetooth or RF?
Replies: 1
Views: 855

Re: Converting headphones and/or mic to wireless—bluetooth or RF?

Looks like the first two here (the BlueAnt Ribbon and the Griffin iTrip Clip) have a mic input, though they're both intended for making calls with phones so I'm not sure how well they'd work for your purpose.
by UberGerbil
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: CFFI
Replies: 8
Views: 1301

Re: CFFI

Being able to call down to a lower level to get things done in a way that can't be done any other way, or can't be performant without it, has a history as old as languages higher than assembly. And the perception of it has always been "this is awesome" when it works and "just because ...
by UberGerbil
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: WD HDDs to have "RISC-V Inside"
Replies: 17
Views: 762

Re: WD HDDs to have "RISC-V Inside"

just brew it! wrote:
If they follow through on that plan, it'll be great for RISC-V (and probably not so great for ARM).
Somehow I think ARM will be ok.
by UberGerbil
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 2117

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

When it came to blinkenlitze, I don't think anybody ever topped the Connection Machine. Of course, that offered opportunities for all sorts of shenanigans.
by UberGerbil
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?
Replies: 10
Views: 599

Re: Details on who redeemed Amazon GC code?

I wouldn't necessarily assume they're global. A lot of gift cards are country-specific. A few years back I bought iTunes gift cards as gifts for some of my younger relatives and discovered iTunes cards bought in the US couldn't be used in Canada (and vice versa). On the other hand, my Starbucks stor...
by UberGerbil
Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?
Replies: 54
Views: 4916

Re: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?

Most of the 8 bit CPUs are actually 70s designs that became prominent in the 80s. By the time the mid-to-late 80s rolled around, 16 and even 32bit CPUs were being introduced by virtually everyone (including "CPU companies" everyone has almost forgotten about, like Xerox and National Semico...
by UberGerbil
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?
Replies: 10
Views: 2093

Re: Remap AltGr to Alt (Windows)?

by UberGerbil
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: occasional slow windows 10 boot
Replies: 11
Views: 776

Re: occasional slow windows 10 boot

Is it possible the fan is failing, and not always spinning up on boot, resulting in the CPU thermally throttling itself? There could also be something wonky with the BIOS, where every so often it initially doesn't spin the fan (or spin it above minimum) and so the CPU only gets cooled when the Windo...
by UberGerbil
Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: SO-DIMMS for Everything?
Replies: 34
Views: 1705

Re: SO-DIMMS for Everything?

So: lower performance and lower capacity, but at least they're more expensive. Let's do this.
by UberGerbil
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best wifi adpter?
Replies: 24
Views: 1625

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: 982

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: 40
Views: 7152

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: 1347

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: 1347

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: 3376

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: 4561

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: 6956

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: 7162

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: 938

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: 4441

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.