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by localhostrulez
Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New tech site purportedly worth following
Replies: 16
Views: 1638

Re: New tech site purportedly worth following

Well, as someone who previously owned a domain (and hosted a small site) dedicated to the DYMT forum thread, I suppose I can't be too critical of impulse buy domains! :lol: Believe me, after the novelty wears off, you'll get tired of paying the renewal fee. I hope you only registered it for one yea...
by localhostrulez
Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The impending death of the 3.5mm audio port gains a new ally
Replies: 126
Views: 6703

Re: The impending death of the 3.5mm audio port gains a new ally

I still wouldn't be surprised to see USB type-C on the iPhone 7, partially for this reason (Apple follows standards if it's perfectly convenient to; also it would allow you to still use the same headphones between a Mac and an iPhone). They already did that on the 12" Macbook, after all... Wel...
by localhostrulez
Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The impending death of the 3.5mm audio port gains a new ally
Replies: 126
Views: 6703

Re: The impending death of the 3.5mm audio port gains a new ally

Let's back up a bit. Here's what I want - something simple, that doesn't involve charging more devices, that's industry standard, and that just plain works. No wireless glitches, it doesn't have to be the shiniest thing, but it has to do the job reliably and not screw around (as BT devices tend to s...
by localhostrulez
Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:32 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Preliminary results for Crucial BX200 degraded read speeds
Replies: 72
Views: 7868

Re: Preliminary results for Crucial BX200 degraded read spee

I don't think that's a fair comparison though. A good SSD - that means, what, it does its job reliably, it's fast, and has lots of space? It only has one job, and it's not something you look at or think about most of the time. Some cheap SSDs are fine, some are unreliable pieces of junk that like to...
by localhostrulez
Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3552
Views: 524571

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

MØ - Final Song

Hit the top charts in Denmark (where she's from), Norway, and UK. Yet, I've never heard it on any radio in the US (makes me wonder what else is popular there, music-wise).
by localhostrulez
Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 disable driver update.
Replies: 25
Views: 3605

Re: Windows 10 disable driver update.

Have you tried using Microsoft's "Show Hide in Windows 10" tool? Use Google and look for "download wushowhide" then take the Microsoft Support Link. It seems like a strange Interface, but it does seem to work. Also go into the "Device Manager" and then "View"...
by localhostrulez
Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Replies: 66
Views: 6134

Re: Windows 10 Anniversary Update

You guys notice the problem here? You rarely hear people saying that OS X 10.x came out, and I had to do a clean install to get things working. You just install the in place upgrade, it just works (the vast, vast majority of the time) for the average user, done. Yes, they have significantly fewer ha...
by localhostrulez
Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Preliminary results for Crucial BX200 degraded read speeds
Replies: 72
Views: 7868

Re: Preliminary results for Crucial BX200 degraded read spee

Of course, Corollas don't suddenly loose power for a while just because you revved it hard up a hill on I-5 for a while. Yet, I've seen cheap SSDs get incredibly slow and make the system hang for a while just because I did a few hundred GB of reads and writes. Copying over a bunch of movies in that ...
by localhostrulez
Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Preliminary results for Crucial BX200 degraded read speeds
Replies: 72
Views: 7868

Re: Preliminary results for Crucial BX200 degraded read spee

It's getting SOO much harder to pick a good budget drive these days-Nearly everything below 850EVO is either a LEMON or just above LEMON status-Only real exception is WD/Sandisk ultra 2. Still waiting on reviews on 275GB MX300- Not expecting much......... If I remember correctly, those Ultra II's a...
by localhostrulez
Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 disable driver update.
Replies: 25
Views: 3605

Re: Windows 10 disable driver update.

We are truly living in the future. Now you have to fight your OS to use the drivers you want. :) Win10's dumbed down Metro Control Panel is also a joy to behold. I'm just waiting for Visual Studio/C to turn into a pictogram-based programming environment. Yep, exactly what I've been saying for a whi...
by localhostrulez
Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Retail not on CD anymore, just USB stick?
Replies: 29
Views: 1768

Re: Windows 10 Retail not on CD anymore, just USB stick?

Thumb drives cost more than DVDs actually, though still not too much. At retail, as I recall, it's like $20/100 discs vs $5 for a cheap 16GB drive. Less than that, even: http://www.microcenter.com/product/458256/16GB_Store_'n'_Go_USB_Flash_Drive_3_pack (but still a lot more expensive than DVDs). I ...
by localhostrulez
Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:35 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Retail not on CD anymore, just USB stick?
Replies: 29
Views: 1768

Re: Windows 10 Retail not on CD anymore, just USB stick?

Thumb drives cost more than DVDs actually, though still not too much. At retail, as I recall, it's like $20/100 discs vs $5 for a cheap 16GB drive. Less than that, even: http://www.microcenter.com/product/458256/16GB_Store_'n'_Go_USB_Flash_Drive_3_pack (but still a lot more expensive than DVDs). We...
by localhostrulez
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New Linux users should read this.
Replies: 101
Views: 10790

Re: New Linux users should read this.

Different strokes. I don't consider needing to use CLI or vim to be hell; heck I do that kind of stuff on a near-daily basis at my day job (and have done so for years). To this day my reflex is to open a CLI window and use vim when I need to do a quick config edit; I even have a global hotkey progr...
by localhostrulez
Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Retail not on CD anymore, just USB stick?
Replies: 29
Views: 1768

Re: Windows 10 Retail not on CD anymore, just USB stick?

Thumb drives cost more than DVDs actually, though still not too much. At retail, as I recall, it's like $20/100 discs vs $5 for a cheap 16GB drive. Thing is, I had a Pentium 4 PGA478 machine (2004?) that didn't even have proper drivers for Vista or later, yet still booted off USB thumb drives just f...
by localhostrulez
Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: T-amps
Replies: 35
Views: 5864

Re: T-amps

Well, coming back to this months later... the spring connectors on the Lepai were getting a little finicky (i.e. move it, and a channel cuts out), so I took it as an excuse to buy the Topping. It's only 30W per channel, but it's a *clean* 30W. Gets up just as loud as the Lepai, but doesn't distort a...
by localhostrulez
Sun Aug 07, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New Linux users should read this.
Replies: 101
Views: 10790

Re: New Linux users should read this.

My feeling with Ubuntu/Mint is that if it happens to like your config/use case (ex. Intel video card, running common stuff like Chrome, etc), you're basically set. If it doesn't, you're in for hell (ex. going to a command line desktop to use vim, install an nvidia driver via text, having to know how...
by localhostrulez
Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10/general
Replies: 241
Views: 19343

Re: Windows 10/general

I half-figured Microsoft would allow something like this. They can't extend the promotion without encouraging people to procrastinate even more, but at the same time Microsoft will still be happy to have people upgrade older OS's to 10. This way people in the know that still need or want to upgrade...
by localhostrulez
Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Replies: 66
Views: 6134

Re: Windows 10 Anniversary Update

I'm curious, did it reinstall any apps (like Get Office or Sway), or did it leave that alone? I've had issues with this in the past, but it seems to be earlier builds, and not letting Win10 sit for a little (and checking the store updates) before messing with it. Yep, it reinstalls every single use...
by localhostrulez
Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Roughish running engine once warmed up
Replies: 47
Views: 6378

Re: Roughish running engine once warmed up

I'm always amazed at how a sensor can go bad, yet only make that known briefly once every several weeks or so (goes away when it's replaced). Mom's car has this annoying habit of turning the TPMS light on once, for a minute or so, in the middle of long drives on the highway. It's been doing that for...
by localhostrulez
Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Time to Feel Old: Core 2 CPUs are a decade old.
Replies: 72
Views: 4927

Re: Time to Feel Old: Core 2 CPUs are a decade old.

For what it's worth, you can buy corporate surplus desktop machines, even Sandy Bridge, for $150 these days - and power consumption will be more like 40W on idle (plus some for more drives). Was that 223W for idle or transcoding video? It doesn't really matter if you were using electric heating anyw...
by localhostrulez
Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: disable lock screen in anniversary edition
Replies: 5
Views: 1114

Re: disable lock screen in anniversary edition

Do they, by any chance, allow you to use fingerprints without a PIN now? I see no point of a PIN when I have a full keyboard, so I set the PIN to something really long/that wrote down as a text file on the computer (I can use the password for any of it anyway) to minimize that security risk.
by localhostrulez
Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to disable those 3rd party cookies..
Replies: 2
Views: 1381

Re: Time to disable those 3rd party cookies..

Eh, ads can be dangerous, ad blockers/blocking cookies can be a security measure, so this (unfortunately) doesn't particularly surprise me.
by localhostrulez
Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: push small biz to enterprise, buy msft stock?
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Re: push small biz to enterprise, buy msft stock?

Eh, I think you're misinterpreting that one... Kinda reads to me like "we use the data you give us so we can do the job, nothing more", which is fair enough. That said, tracking. Tracking me on the web vs in the OS is like tracking when I rent a car vs one that I own. One is temporary, the...
by localhostrulez
Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's happening with monitors these days / in the future?
Replies: 93
Views: 6117

Re: What's happening with monitors these days / in the futur

Sometimes I wonder if it even matters. With all content using lossy compression, fancy IQ stuff like HDR monitors seems kind of like polishing a turd to me. Even for stuff like games (which are rendered in real-time instead of compressed for storage/streamng), are you really gonna notice when you'r...
by localhostrulez
Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Reboot when update driver
Replies: 6
Views: 929

Re: Reboot when update driver

With something as critical as the graphics card (or chipset, or storage controller), I reboot ASAP regardless. For something like a printer driver, meh.
by localhostrulez
Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Roughish running engine once warmed up
Replies: 47
Views: 6378

Re: Roughish running engine once warmed up

Accord as a daily driver? You bet. I've got just 66K miles on my current Accord. The Acura CL before that (really just a fancy Accord) had 256K when I sold it. The current owner of that one is up to 285K. The Accord that I had before that had 226K when I sold it and my first Accord had only 211K wh...
by localhostrulez
Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Windows incremental backup software?
Replies: 32
Views: 2924

Re: Windows incremental backup software?

But you keep on wearing that tin foil hat and complaining about 90s Microsoft like it's still the same company today. Umm, and this is the same company that that continues to make their efforts to get 10, Edge, etc relatively annoying and widespread, and that continues to push the whole apps paradi...
by localhostrulez
Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Windows incremental backup software?
Replies: 32
Views: 2924

Re: Windows incremental backup software?

Am I one of the only people who wants to back stuff up as regular files, not something proprietary? Revisions are pointless for a movie collection, and with documents (the one thing where those are occasionally useful), I have Dropbox handling that (of course, I have local/offline backups of that st...
by localhostrulez
Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Windows incremental backup software?
Replies: 32
Views: 2924

Re: Windows incremental backup software?

I will take my chances with lightning and fire. Dangerous words you have spoken. Seriously though, HDDs and flash drives are relatively cheap. Some data is irreplaceable. Is there anywhere (ex. friend's house, parents' house, etc) that you could store an encrypted drive for an offsite, offline back...
by localhostrulez
Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 859
Views: 63334

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

They are powered studio monitors. Big electrolytics would be on the DC output side of the power supply. --SS In that case, it shouldn't matter. The common thing I see is the capacitor selection gave no consideration for operating temperature, so they get baked when in use. If you replace them, sele...
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