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by ozzuneoj
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 143122

Re: Something's different...

That issue was discovered and discussed when The Event first occurred. No explanation was given...not that anyone expected one at that point based on how everything else had gone. I suspect it had something to do with importing everything from the old custom CMS into WordPress, and everything that ...
by ozzuneoj
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 143122

Re: Something's different...

I just wanted to post about something that I find incredibly sad... If you go into any articles written by Jeff Kampman, they now say they were authored by Renee Johnson. https://techreport.com/tag/gaming/page/10/ Compare... https://web.archive.org/web/20190727051215/https://techreport.com/blog/3413...
by ozzuneoj
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Serious question about the old content from Tech Report.
Replies: 3
Views: 1710

Serious question about the old content from Tech Report.

Not trying to be a downer... but there's not really any good way to spin this. Some of the biggest PC hardware shakeups of the past 20 years have happened over the past year or so. Now, AMD is leading in performance and value for CPUs across the board, and Intel has seemingly been caught off guard f...
by ozzuneoj
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Does this exist? VNC-like remote access through a sort-of KVM?
Replies: 7
Views: 6841

Does this exist? VNC-like remote access through a sort-of KVM?

I've googled it but I can't really find anything that explains if there is a cheap or DIY solution to this problem. What I'd like to do is to have my test bench (which at any given time hosts a system from the 90s to modern day) be completely accessible remotely, similar to how I can access a system...
by ozzuneoj
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments
Replies: 49
Views: 5838

Re: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments

Great review! Any chance we'll see a 3600 review at some point? Personally, I think that AMD's competition for what has traditionally been the gaming "sweet spot" (an i5 in the $200-$250 range) is the most interesting product being released. By the time games truly benefit from 8c/16t CPUs...
by ozzuneoj
Thu May 16, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 7 more speculative execution attacks
Replies: 28
Views: 5261

Re: 7 more speculative execution attacks

Great! Seven more reasons for perfectly good computers to be artificially slowed down even though these vulnerabilities have existed (apparently un-exploited) for 10 years. The last time I asked how malicious code exploiting these vulnerabilities could actually reach a PC, the answers were Javascrip...
by ozzuneoj
Thu May 09, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 7654

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

Anyone interested in this kind of stuff should head over to the www.vogons.org forums (particularly the Marvin sections). It's amazing how much work has been put into researching and understanding retro computing there. Mostly related to x86 PCs.
by ozzuneoj
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Anyone here using an Intel 660p SSD?
Replies: 18
Views: 6806

Re: Anyone here using an Intel 660p SSD?

How's the drive going for longer-term owners? Since it's QLC, I'd like to know if there were any possible slowdowns over time (as it were with the Samsung 840 (EVO) from years back). First generation products tend to make me a bit wary, even though apparently Intel has a good track record reliabili...
by ozzuneoj
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Size of full Defender virus def db fluctuates wildly?
Replies: 7
Views: 3288

Re: Size of full Defender virus def db fluctuates wildly?

That is really strange. I'd love to read an explanation of this.
by ozzuneoj
Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Cannot update firmware on old Samsung 840...
Replies: 6
Views: 5883

Re: Cannot update firmware on old Samsung 840...

It would probably be fine in a laptop that is core2duo vintage. It'd be faster than a platter drive, but still be held back by the rest of the machine that you wouldn't notice the difference over a new SSD. I don't think it's worth it still when the transfer rates eventually drop down to the level ...
by ozzuneoj
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Cannot update firmware on old Samsung 840...
Replies: 6
Views: 5883

Re: Cannot update firmware on old Samsung 840...

Thanks guys. I thought these drives were pretty much okay once the firmware was updated. I didn't realize they still required frequent "refreshing". That's totally not worth the hassle since the use case would make this very noticeable (tester drive loaded with applications and games... ac...
by ozzuneoj
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Cannot update firmware on old Samsung 840...
Replies: 6
Views: 5883

Cannot update firmware on old Samsung 840...

So I got an old computer from a friend recently and it had a Samsung 840 120GB (non EVO, non Pro) in it that I installed for him right when these drives came out back in 2012 or early 2013 (had no idea about the problems back then). I know these aren't great or even GOOD drives but I have a need for...
by ozzuneoj
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia GT520. Worth upgrading?
Replies: 15
Views: 4510

Re: Nvidia GT520. Worth upgrading?

As others have said, that system should handle basically everything an average user would need, and more. A newer, more modern GPU will give some benefits with regard to video acceleration, but that's about it. Also, if your friend is using a GT520, it seems he likes to get as many years as possible...
by ozzuneoj
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: [Fixed!] The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)
Replies: 53
Views: 6107

Re: The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)

hkuspc40 wrote:
Buy a commercial grade stainless fridge like a Thermador.

Eight to nine thousand dollars.

https://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmad ... 900NP.html

:lol:
by ozzuneoj
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can I fix this splotch inside my laptop display?
Replies: 2
Views: 3425

Re: Can I fix this splotch inside my laptop display?

Looks like either a piece of debris got in between the LCD film and the backlight spreader, or if it is glued together, then the glue has released at that point. If it's just debris, it's possible you could separate the panel assembly and clean it out but it's even more likely you'll end up with an...
by ozzuneoj
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can I fix this splotch inside my laptop display?
Replies: 2
Views: 3425

Can I fix this splotch inside my laptop display?

About four years ago I bought a used Asus Q500a (15.6" Ivy Bridge based laptop) with a broken screen. This model could come with either a 720P or 1080P screen, so I took a chance and bought a 1080P AUO panel and it worked perfectly. A year or so ago I noticed this weird little splotch inside th...
by ozzuneoj
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Have $200, Will Upgrade
Replies: 34
Views: 3937

Re: Have $200, Will Upgrade

cmm05089 wrote:
I picked up an evga b-stock 1060 6GB for $200 and am very happy at 1080p
https://www.evga.com/products/productli ... X+1060+6GB

For that matter there's a GTX 970 on there for only $129. That's a really nice deal as well!
by ozzuneoj
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Have $200, Will Upgrade
Replies: 34
Views: 3937

Re: Have $200, Will Upgrade

If you are currently using the stock Heatsink for your CPU, definitely get a decent aftermarket one that doesn't cost much (~$20) and spend the rest on a GPU. Through overclocking you should be able to get a 30% increase in CPU performance without much effort which will definitely be noticeable with...
by ozzuneoj
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Get your Windows 95 here
Replies: 6
Views: 1357

Re: Get your Windows 95 here

I’ve always largely conflated the user experience of Win9x variants in my head. I know there were technical differences between them, but I can’t seem to recall anything about the user experience which was meaningful enough to where I’d see wanting to use Win95 over Win98SE, even for nostalgic purp...
by ozzuneoj
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 38
Views: 8131

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

Does anyone here actually run an unmodified Windows 10 install with absolutely no hacks\tweaks to minimize the ads or data collection? The advertising shown in the pics in this thread can be turned off easily. With programs like Winaero Tweaker out there (and many online guides explaining how to do ...
by ozzuneoj
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?
Replies: 18
Views: 4914

Re: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?

I'm surprised that people have such over complicated methods of doing fresh upgrades of Windows 10. Every time I've installed Windows 10 I've just used the latest installer ISO, extracted to the root of a bootable flash drive, boot from the flash drive, input Windows 7, 8 or 10 key, complete install...
by ozzuneoj
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon
Replies: 14
Views: 2586

Re: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon

I've been doing the method below for Windows 7/8/8.1 keys on machines that haven't had an install of 10 on them yet. -Install Windows 10 to the correct version that you have a key for saying "I don't have a key" -Once you get to the desktop after the setup open "About" and it wi...
by ozzuneoj
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon
Replies: 14
Views: 2586

Re: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon

I still do wonder if they'll stop permitting unconverted 7/8.x keys to activate Win10 at the end of the year, though. Blegh... I hope not. Cheap (nearly free) activation of Windows 10 without any hoops to jump through has really spoiled me over the past year. I have a feeling that if this does actu...
by ozzuneoj
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Purchasing Windows 10
Replies: 17
Views: 10828

Re: Purchasing Windows 10

I believe you can still fresh install Windows 10 using any Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 key, assuming you're installing the correct version (Home, Pro, etc.) and that license isn't actively being used on another system. I've done this several times and just did it last week. The latest Windows 10 installer (...
by ozzuneoj
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card with 6x or 8x mini-HDMI ports?
Replies: 12
Views: 8632

Re: Video card with 6x or 8x mini-HDMI ports?

Matrox do a C900 model that provides 9 HDMI outputs, although they only support up to 1920x1200 each. http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/graphics_cards/c-series/c900/ Yikes. A $2000 video card seems a bit extreme... Can't DP be adapted to HDMI relatively cheaply and easily? Perhaps that's w...
by ozzuneoj
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 15481

Re: Which cpu to get?

It looks to me like the i5 8400 is a good buy unless you absolutely need more than 6 threads. Just wait for the i5-8500, 8600, and 8600K numbers! I'm keeping an eye on this thread. https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/i5-8400-bclk-overclocking.2521222/ Supposedly some Asrock boards advertise fancy ...
by ozzuneoj
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 15481

Re: Which cpu to get?

It looks to me like the i5 8400 is a good buy unless you absolutely need more than 6 threads. The all-core turbo isn't that high though. Its too bad no one is able to bring back the free BCLK overclocking that was available on some Skylake boards. An 8400 with the ability to overclock could be a mon...
by ozzuneoj
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 2672

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

First choice is an overpowered but fairly efficient HTPC (see signature)... second would be a Roku. They aren't perfect but if you get a recent model they are fast and the interface is convenient. We have a Roku 3 (for my wife's grandparents, on their TV) and it works very well. My 4 year old daught...
by ozzuneoj
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 10036

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

If you had successfully minted coins back then you would be a very profitable camper now. Not so much at the time, but the run-up would have more than paid for your costs with inflation included. Anyone who's made money in BTC made it by minting when it was still feasible on home rigs and holding t...
by ozzuneoj
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 10036

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

I sometimes wonder if I would have made any money investing in four Radeon 7970s to drop into one of my old Supermicro Socket 771 systems several years ago (I had two of the systems... I could have had 8 GPUs going). I was pretty sure it was a good idea but I never went through with it because of th...
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