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by Convert
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Over 100GB of cab_xxxx_xx files in C:\Windows\Temp -- WTF?
Replies: 45
Views: 1231

Re: Over 100GB of cab_xxxx_xx files in C:\Windows\Temp -- WTF?

I have a new client with about 3 machines that does this every few months. The systems slow to a crawl due to CPU/Disk activity. It has been going on for quite a while apparently as their prior IT firm was working on it for about 12 months. I've done everything I can find online regarding the proble...
by Convert
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: UPS Failure Mode
Replies: 19
Views: 873

Re: UPS Failure Mode

That is the standard failure mode for that model of UPS. Never use a UPS like that for server protection. A UPS like that is fine for routers/switches where needed though. Even with a generator you should of had something better running your servers. I've not had good luck with CyberPower, but to ea...
by Convert
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 154
Views: 4456

Re: The iPhone got forked!

Who buys an iPhone without AppleCare? Within the first year Apple basically covers all but the most heinous damages. Me. There are zero Apple stores within 150 miles of me. The nearest one is the Galleria in St. Louis. Second closest is in Chicago somewhere, probably Michigan Avenue. I live in the ...
by Convert
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 154
Views: 4456

Re: The iPhone got forked!

Also the entire thing is a gimmicky waste of time. As far as this discussion thread, I'm neither hater nor believer. However, I have to say that this comment about FaceID is just backwards. A friend with a SurfaceBook saves quite a bit of time logging in by looking at the device for half a second, ...
by Convert
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 154
Views: 4456

Re: The iPhone got forked!

Here at TR, I think it's enthusiasm for hardware and devices, rather than for a company. For you and me, this is true. But on any site there will be brand/company fanboys. Speaking of which: Removal of home button + Face ID + gestures = radical It's like you guys have been hypnotized. Stay woke bro...
by Convert
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Destiny 2 bans further explained
Replies: 2
Views: 517

Destiny 2 bans further explained

Came across an update on the story the other day and thought gerbils should know. https://www.reddit.com/r/DestinyTheGame/comments/7b5nlt/cozmo_response_on_bungie_support_forum_to_pc_ban/dphsuuh/?sh=d5b63750&st=J9Q90DFS Here's a copy of Bungies response: I want to add some more context here. We ...
by Convert
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 154
Views: 4456

Re: The iPhone got forked!

So the phone is "radically new" because the internal layout is a bit more different than in past revisions? Ignoring the fact that each new phone has a completely redesigned layout as it is, it's not like they just use the same PCB and solder on revision+ of a chip for each iteration of th...
by Convert
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New NUC with EMIB Core-Radeon combo
Replies: 4
Views: 300

Re: New NUC with EMIB Core-Radeon combo

Ah, rhythm of the ultimate small artillery.
by Convert
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Remote app shot in the dark question
Replies: 9
Views: 859

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: 859

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: 996

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: 996

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: 1976

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: 1976

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: 1976

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: 5159

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: 5159

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: 3264

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: 3264

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: 3264

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: 476

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: 884

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: 3886

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: 10674

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: 9599

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: 9599

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: 9599

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: 9599

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: 1459

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: 6372

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 ...