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by Convert
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Remote app shot in the dark question
Replies: 9
Views: 641

Re: Remote app shot in the dark question

Remote app shortcuts are special server-generated RDP shortcuts. They aren't something you can right click and edit like you can a standard RDP shortcut. While you can edit them in notepad, they are created by running the remote app wizard on the RDP server. I'm not sure if your thin client is able ...
by Convert
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Remote app shot in the dark question
Replies: 9
Views: 641

Re: Remote app shot in the dark question

I'm a little unclear on the problem as there might be some confusion on nomenclature. Where exactly does the minimization issue occur, on the thin client side or on the RDP server? Remote app launches a "boarder less" RDP window of just the application without the normal RDP minimize/close...
by Convert
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 18
Views: 809

Re: IT ticketing software

Is there an API for ticket creation? Does it interface with hangouts, email, or slack? Is there any sms functionality? There is an API for ticket creation, among other things. It integrates with the different RMM tools as well. There's also a tight integration to ScreenConnect and LabTech directly ...
by Convert
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 18
Views: 809

Re: IT ticketing software

We use ConnectWise, but we are an outsourced IT provider. It has a lot of features you wouldn't use, but it's the gold standard for IT providers.
by Convert
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?
Replies: 16
Views: 890

Re: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?

The HP Spectre actually looked like the best choice, but then I saw the battery... 38WH, blah. As for escalating it, Dell has internally decided that certain design flaws are acceptable. Our Dell rep flat out said that Dell internally knows of the rampant quality issues with the XPS but it's a produ...
by Convert
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?
Replies: 16
Views: 890

Re: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?

Ludi - I hadn't, mostly because they looked a bit thicker than what I really wanted, but I could change my expectations. The 7380 actually has a comparable model, but no backlit keyboard which is kind of a deal-breaker. I have to work late at home in the dark quite often, so a light up keyboard is i...
by Convert
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?
Replies: 16
Views: 890

Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?

We’ve been through 4 Intel 7th gen XPS 13 laptops and just today took delivery of an Intel 8th gen XPS 13. They have all had exceedingly loud coil whine and the new 8th gen’s touch pad rattles when you move your finger over it. Dell also kept sending us rose gold with windows 10 home even though we ...
by Convert
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: x299 won't POST - HELP!
Replies: 27
Views: 3948

Re: x299 won't POST - HELP!

I've just started rolling out x299 systems and so far it has been smooth sailing, I'm thinking the issues were worked out shortly after launch.
by Convert
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: x299 won't POST - HELP!
Replies: 27
Views: 3948

Re: x299 won't POST - HELP!

Chances are quite slim to get two bad CPUs, provided they were purchased from a reputable source.

Glad you found the answer!
by Convert
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 1640

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

Would be nice to know exactly what kind of testing the OP will be doing and how involved it will be. Agreed with the memory, but you'd be surprised how little you need barring any third party software requirements. I think I was running a lab environment with 10 servers and 32GB of ram and had some ...
by Convert
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 1640

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

Keep in mind that if Dell still supports the server, you can request an asset transfer and put it back under a maintenance contract. He mentioned in a reply that his previous test server went into production, and if I thought there was a chance that might happen again I would definitely spring for ...
by Convert
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 1640

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

Personally I don't bother with real servers for my test environment anymore, and I have access to new and used server hardware for free. I just run i7's with lots of ram. You'll be surprised how little hardware you need to make a VM run fast. I'd suggest saving money where you can and spending it on...
by Convert
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How to test a Tesla card?
Replies: 0
Views: 323

How to test a Tesla card?

I've been battling with a problem with a K40c Tesla card and a laser based flow cytometer for a client. The software that provides the analysis can leverage the Tesla card to speed up plotting. We paired the Tesla card with a Dell Precision T7910 system as Dell specifically said it was compatible. A...
by Convert
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?
Replies: 16
Views: 700

Re: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 LGA 2066 - good choice?

I run ASRock almost exclusively, though I do intermix a few ASUS and Gigabyte boards for diversity. I have 7 ASRock boards running at home now in my rack that run every generation of the i7's from Gen2 upward. The systems run 24/7 and the rack temp stays below 97F (typically 95F). I try to keep the ...
by Convert
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Grim Dawn - The Diablo 2 Successor We Deserve
Replies: 25
Views: 3674

Re: Grim Dawn - The Diablo 2 Successor We Deserve

There's actually another major difference which I failed to consider, and it goes right along with the atmosphere: Realism of quests, characters, and the game world. In the original Diablo, the characters are just regular townsfolk, with quests that seem somewhat reasonable if this sort of thing we...
by Convert
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Amazon Locker weirdness
Replies: 44
Views: 9251

Re: Amazon Locker weirdness

I've been keeping an eye on this thread since it started, thanks for keeping it updated JBI! I'd never heard of it till I saw this thread. Unfortunately the closest locker is about 3 hours away, though I'd probably only ever use it if I was headed out of town for a long time. Kinda crazy they haven'...
by Convert
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (Updated) AMD (does?) want TR to report on TR
Replies: 86
Views: 6734

Re: AMD Doesn't want TR to report on TR

Kyle not applying his own logic to his words or actions? :lol: I did a search and found a few references to it in decemberish of last year: https://hardforum.com/search/4769096/?q=techreport&o=date&c[user][0]=3. Kyle went so far as to pull up legal documents to show that Scott still owned TR...
by Convert
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (Updated) AMD (does?) want TR to report on TR
Replies: 86
Views: 6734

Re: AMD Doesn't want TR to report on TR

I don't think they can get away with not giving Anandtech a sample, Anandtech is way bigger than TR. Hmm, I suppose you are right. There'd be far too much bad press if Anand didn't get one for 0 day review. But there still has to be a reason that some nobody youtuber would get one then over TR. I'm...
by Convert
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (Updated) AMD (does?) want TR to report on TR
Replies: 86
Views: 6734

Re: AMD Doesn't want TR to report on TR

There's only one reason why AMD wouldn't give TR a sample, and that's because the review might reveal some of the trade-offs, weaknesses, and problems in a way that's contrary to AMD's marketing direction. Eh, I'm going with a no on that one too. There's a lot of fanboys on tech sites, we can all a...
by Convert
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (Updated) AMD (does?) want TR to report on TR
Replies: 86
Views: 6734

Re: AMD Doesn't want TR to report on TR

If I was in charge of sending out samples, I'd probably say why send an early review sample when there's a really good chance the review won't hit on NDA lift. First impressions of a product are pretty important. If a glut of sites all have a review out, and a couple with thorough ones, most of the ...
by Convert
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Fake Ryzen chips
Replies: 23
Views: 1325

Re: Fake Ryzen chips

Actually I think Intel is behind this. Not sure if they are overstating the performance of their Celeron line or taking a jab at Ryzen's performance. Either way the message is clear: You've been Celeroned.
by Convert
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 5967

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Resellers and electrical companies are only real winners in the whole craze. Oh man, I would pee my pants with laughter if it turned out crypto currencies were secretly run by energy companies. More likely they are secretly being pushed by Nvidia, AMD, and the silicon foundries that produce custom ...
by Convert
Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 5967

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

These bubbles happen so fast it amazes me that people can actually buy a slew of GPUs and mine long enough to pay them off before it crashes. I don't think they can honestly. I know a guy that was trying to make a career out of this and kept spending the earnings on more equipment. If I had to gues...
by Convert
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 5967

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

589 being sold on Wednesday to around 759 today, and they are still selling at an incredible rate. Fascinating to watch.
by Convert
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 5967

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Just checked the local classifieds and there are a LOT of BNIB of RX 580s for sale, price hasn't seemed to adjust yet. So many are BNIB that I frankly don't understand what's going on, were people hoarding them? Or are they actually used & re-shrinkwrapped? Some people are just selling their wh...
by Convert
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Freaking scammers
Replies: 12
Views: 1088

Re: Freaking scammers

When you create the listing you have the option of creating it as a "no return" auction and ebay will denote it in the listing buried under all the useless junk in the info box. When you do this a buyer can't give you neg feedback for not accepting the return, and if they try you can have...
by Convert
Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Did I get the new Xbox One controller?
Replies: 5
Views: 822

Re: Did I get the new Xbox One controller?

Thanks all for the help. I know it's super obvious once you know which version is which, but it was a little confusing. I returned the old version and purchased a new one with a bluetooth adapter and it has been working great.
by Convert
Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Freaking scammers
Replies: 12
Views: 1088

Re: Freaking scammers

Always call eBay as soon as you have a major problem, even though the online dispute resolution procedure is usually active. The phone numbers can be tricky to find but it gets more attention and the customer service reps can add internal notes to the dispute resolution. I've had to do it a couple ...
by Convert
Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 62
Views: 3204

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

I really try to take everything Krogoth says into consideration. I really do. But man, not this time. Krogoth you crazy.
by Convert
Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: StarCraft: Remastered
Replies: 62
Views: 3204

Re: StarCraft: Remastered

The game has never been hard nor hard to master. You probably never been exposed to a greater range of RTS games. There are far superior RTS titles out there but they have much deeper learning curves and competitive matches take a lot longer to resolve. Both are detriment to eSports crowd and masse...