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by UberGerbil
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New headphones/in-ear earbuds`
Replies: 14
Views: 310

Re: New headphones/in-ear earbuds`

I'm no audiophile but when I've shopped for headphones or buds I've used Wirecutter to narrow down the choices. You don't give a price range so have a look through their round-ups -- their Best Earbuds Under $100 is a year old now (products come and go and change prices but the best then should stil...
by UberGerbil
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Fire Extinguisher PC
Replies: 26
Views: 1609

Re: Fire Extinguisher PC

A 120mm AIO rad doesn't fit inside the radius of the canister. The reservoir(s) are too big. The high air resistance of a rad is also not ideal for using that one fan to blow air through the whole canister. I need velocity so that the GPU fan isn't eating its own excrement. Would you be willing to ...
by UberGerbil
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 2018 Hurricane Season
Replies: 38
Views: 1414

Re: 2018 Hurricane Season

My family is stupidly refusing to evacuate. Charleston county, they live a few miles inland at about 7 feet above sea level, essentially surrounded on 3 sides by water. They're utterly screwed if it runs towards the southern end of the models in the slightest. Are they still sticking to that decisi...
by UberGerbil
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: What's happening to JavaScipt on FF?
Replies: 5
Views: 464

Re: What's happening to JavaScipt on FF?

Over the years I've had all sorts of weird errors in Google maps, most of which were fixed by clearing cookies. I don't know if they don't regression test script updates against old cookies or if they just have buggy code, but it certainly seems like malformed data can confuse it. Not saying that's ...
by UberGerbil
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD 2.5" USB 3.0 Enclosure - Recommendation
Replies: 13
Views: 756

Re: SSD 2.5" USB 3.0 Enclosure - Recommendation

I haven't looked into this recently, but once upon a time the USB->SATA chipsets that also supported eSATA tended to have better performance (and fewer issues), so looking for an eSATA port on the enclosure led you to the better designs. But that was in the pre-USB3.x days, and eSATA has kind of fad...
by UberGerbil
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Help me find a ~20" monitor/HDTV
Replies: 3
Views: 689

Re: Help me find a ~20" monitor/HDTV

1. I don't actually know. They said "20 inch" but the real constraint is that it has to be on a stand with castors so it can be moved around the room and out of the way as necessary. I'm actually thinking of picking up one of these so that I can have a solution to that requirement that dou...
by UberGerbil
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Help me find a ~20" monitor/HDTV
Replies: 3
Views: 689

Help me find a ~20" monitor/HDTV

My elderly mother needs a TV/monitor that she will use for both watching the cable box and doing email and solitaire on her computer. She's in kind of a temporary situation (she'll be moving into a brand-new facility next year) so the requirements are both limiting and strict: the TV / monitor can b...
by UberGerbil
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Amazon Locker weirdness
Replies: 60
Views: 20800

Re: Amazon Locker weirdness

cphite wrote:
Was... was the part you ordered for a time machine?

Well, when he ordered his phone was charging like this:

Image

(Damn I wish these were still available at ThinkGeek...)
by UberGerbil
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units
Replies: 43
Views: 2894

Re: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units

Can you get a unit that does AC and heat so you can supplement your old furnace? That way you get the benefit of AC and get to use the imequipmebt year-round. Every mini-split unit I've looked at is a heat pump, so they can be used both for cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. Whether t...
by UberGerbil
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 3762

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

Yeah, I'm still using Imgur. It really doesn't seem that bad. I use Flickr for all my junk. Easy upload using the app on my phone since all my pictures are taken on it these days. The trouble with Flickr is that they don't want you to direct-link to your images, and in fact have gone out of their wa...
by UberGerbil
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 2252

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

I once saw him give a talk (do a spoken word performance?); a friend who was with me went out into the back alley behind the theater before the show to have a cigarette and ran into Bourdain, who had ducked out the back to do the same thing. My friend stood out there with a couple of other people, l...
by UberGerbil
Mon May 28, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1844

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)

K-L-Waster wrote:
While marveling at the prices, factor in 32 years of inflation.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI calculator says a factor of 2.29. So a $70 keyboard and a $300 10MB HD. But that $65 720x350 monochrome monitor is a steal.
by UberGerbil
Sun May 27, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1844

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)

This is a scan of a page from a 1986 issue of Byte Magazine -- note the price of a (knock-off, non-IBM) mechanical keyboard down at the bottom.
(Also marvel at the prices of low-power UPSes, "high resolution" monitors, and 10MB/20MB -- yes, MB -- hard drives).
by UberGerbil
Fri May 25, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1844

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M

With the original large 5-pin PC/AT plug or the later, 6-pin smaller-diameter PS/2 plug? If it's a PS/2 plug, just buy a converter . Do not waste your money on a cheap PS/2-USB adapter: those won't work with real Model M's for a couple of reasons, and a real converter (with active electronics and co...
by UberGerbil
Thu May 24, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to reset no boot W10
Replies: 56
Views: 3103

Re: How to reset no boot W10

Meerkt has likely done this, he's fairly technical, it aids him in his adventures. This just struck me as insanely funny for some reason. Yes, I'd say many of us embark on "technical adventures" from time to time... :lol: (My day job probably qualifies too...) Yeah, I immediately thought ...
by UberGerbil
Wed May 23, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 191
Views: 29558

Re: Theranos

One of the lessons (as if it wasn't clear already from past scandals like Enron and the financial crisis): listen to the low-level people, including the ones who were fired. One or two of them might just be bellyachers with an axe to grind, but when multiple people in a position to know keep pointin...
by UberGerbil
Wed May 23, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Camping / Hiking :
Replies: 24
Views: 1301

Re: Camping / Hiking :

EDIT: This is one I was looking at. http://www.camptents.com/shop/dome-tent-quick-set/ It's a Pinnacle 701. Looks slick. That does look slick! I've never seriously looked at the pole-less tents yet. If you do end up getting a tent like that, could you please post a review after your first camping t...
by UberGerbil
Tue May 22, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 191
Views: 29558

Re: Theranos

So for those that can't get enough, the WSJ reporter who pushed the story into mainstream has a book out. ( NYT review ). One thing that's interesting in the "story behind the story": Rupert Murdoch (owner of the WSJ along with a good chunk of the newsmedia landscape) was Theranos' biggest...
by UberGerbil
Mon May 21, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Xbox One X - Display corruption/flickering at 4K fix?
Replies: 8
Views: 3104

Re: Xbox One X - Display corruption/flickering at 4K fix?

I've never used one so I can't say from personal experience, but you may be able to solve the problem for your preferred cable run by using two (known good) 3m cables and a cheap repeater / extender like this.
by UberGerbil
Sun May 13, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 2668

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

Yes, the best solution is to ditch XP. If that isn't feasible from a marital peace standpoint, you really need to figure out what is generating the traffic (and Wireshark, mentioned above, is a good way to do that). What AV scanner(s) have you used? If it is infected with multiple malware strains, ...
by UberGerbil
Thu May 10, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Affordable Laptop with RGB
Replies: 5
Views: 981

Re: Affordable Laptop with RGB

As far as Chrome with too many tabs goes, I find it's more about memory than CPU. Or have you already installed a tab-suspender extension so that isn't as much of an issue?
by UberGerbil
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 38
Views: 5213

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

I just found a still-sealed & shrink-wrapped copy of Windows 8 Pro (retail) that I vaguely remember getting as part of a bundle on NewEgg a few years back. I wonder if I'll be able to use it to activate Windows 10 Pro.
by UberGerbil
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5
Replies: 14
Views: 2009

Re: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5

From the article chuckula linked: As a side note, manufacturers often skip 4 due to its meaning in Chinese culture. It’s an unlucky number because it’s homophonous to the word ‘death’. Something that AMD surely does not want to be associated with Zen architecture. This is something you learn pretty...
by UberGerbil
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10/1709, A crash, boot into NEW desktop...?
Replies: 4
Views: 1021

Re: W10/1709, A crash, boot into NEW desktop...?

If you're overclocking / overvolting it's quite possible you're getting data corruption prior to the crash, which could affect things that are written/updated during boot like your profile, the icon cache, etc. Creating those conditions could've had similar results from Windows 7 (or XP or whatever)...
by UberGerbil
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Baseball 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 4263

Re: Baseball 2018

Draft is tonight?
Whoa.
Draft is tonight.
by UberGerbil
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Embeded
Replies: 4
Views: 2351

Re: Windows Embeded

If you can open a command window, you could run the VER command (there's also WINVER but that may not be present in embedded) -- 5.0x will be Win2000, 5.1x will be XP, 6.0x is Vista and 6.1x is Windows 7 (because that's how Microsoft rolls -- there's a full list here ). Odds are pretty good that it ...
by UberGerbil
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 191
Views: 29558

Re: Theranos

I ran across this image on Imgur and thought of this thread.

Bonus from the comment thread for that image, for one of the soldering threads here.
by UberGerbil
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Frustrated with light bulbs under microwave!
Replies: 20
Views: 14916

Re: Frustrated with light bulbs under microwave!

I bought some dimmable LED T7/E17 type bulbs, 6W and now I think I can see the problem. There is always current being sent to the bulb, so it burns out prematurely. The LED converts that urrent into light so even when the light switch is in the off position, the LED bulb is still glowing. If there ...
by UberGerbil
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Baseball 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 4263

Re: Baseball 2018

One of the times I won was a year when I missed the draft and the autodraft just used the default rankings. It was kind of embarrassing, though of course I did do some in-season managing and roster manipulation. One positive about having relatively few teams in the league is that a lot of good playe...
by UberGerbil
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 5508

Re: Power precision screwdriver

I think there's a kind of penetrating oil that has an effect on Loctite; at least, I recall somebody telling me that once. You'd definitely want to make sure it's a non-conductive penetrating oil (that stuff tends to find its way everywhere).