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by bthylafh
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 163
Views: 15065

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

I just watched this clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAAnUqhKWZI

Anime girls crewing WWII armored fighting vehicles, because of course that's a thing.
by bthylafh
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: AARGH!
Replies: 13
Views: 483

Re: AARGH!

just brew it! wrote:
At the office we call days like this "going down the rabbit hole". By the time the dust settles you've learned a bunch of stuff you didn't know you needed to know! :lol:


+500 EXP.

Roll 2d6 for SAN loss.
by bthylafh
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3457
Views: 521939

Re: Gun prOn!

That was disappointingly short.
by bthylafh
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fractals revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 1992

Re: Fractals revisited

Pretty!
by bthylafh
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: What do I call this part?
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: What do I call this part?

just brew it! wrote:
My first thought was "How the heck do you accidentally sit on your laptop's screen?"


I have a substantial bet with myself that his kid was involved.
by bthylafh
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: What do I call this part?
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: What do I call this part?

Assuming the hinges, cables, and inverter aren't damaged, looks like it'll be about $60 for the panel, $30 for a refurb back cover, and $20 for a refurb bezel.
by bthylafh
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: What do I call this part?
Replies: 5
Views: 322

What do I call this part?

One of my users' laptops had an "accident": sat on with the screen open. The screen is broken and the housing along with it, so I will need to replace everything on the top half. I can find a replacement panel easily enough but I don't know what I should call the remainder of the top porti...
by bthylafh
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 97
Views: 3188

Re: Almost 20 years

We had a certifiably nuts cyberstalker about a decade ago. Took a while to get the situation under control because he kept using new e-mail addresses and proxies to create new accounts. I don't recall how much was revealed publicly so I'm not revealing the stalker's handle (to protect the stalkee's...
by bthylafh
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 97
Views: 3188

Re: Almost 20 years

Ryu Connor wrote:
derFunkenstein wrote:
auxy wasn’t banned that I remember.


Multiple bans.


R&P related? I don't remember seeing anything about her getting bans.
by bthylafh
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4095
Views: 579389

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

by bthylafh
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Brothers HL5370DW B/W Printer
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: Brothers HL5370DW B/W Printer

So your printer was working fine until you had the computer repaired for something unrelated? Do you have another computer to plug the printer into? If not, try uninstalling and then reinstalling the printer driver. Here's Brother's driver page for this model: https://support.brother.com/g/b/downloa...
by bthylafh
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 97
Views: 3188

Re: Almost 20 years

Is there a time line of people who have met the banhammer?? I think half the entrants on that list would be thegleek, because I'm relatively sure he got two or three bans. I can only think of ZooTech and HowardDrake as banned members who weren't just creating accounts for spamming. l33t-gamer or wh...
by bthylafh
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 27
Views: 1296

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

If this were one of my users' computers, it'd get Clonezilla'd (image-based backup) and then reimaged. No telling what sort of Lovecraftian tentacles have taken root, starting with the in-place upgrade from Win7, and you're apt to burn a lot of time trying to extricate them.
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Silly linux question
Replies: 31
Views: 6185

Re: Silly linux question

If you're not, best to use a 32-bit distro with only 2GB of RAM. Which variant is a matter of taste, but I'd have a look at Lubuntu or Ubuntu MATE.
by bthylafh
Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 97
Views: 3188

Re: Almost 20 years

Jr. Damage showing up to out that guy who stole Damage's review.

I've been here and at Ars for pretty much the entire run; during the first few years I didn't bother registering because I didn't think I had anything to say. No frickin way it's been 20 years! :D
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: A modern vacuum tube
Replies: 47
Views: 1002

Re: A modern vacuum tube

I always did like the original-style PC power supplies that had the big red toggle switch.
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: A modern vacuum tube
Replies: 47
Views: 1002

Re: A modern vacuum tube

Krogoth wrote:
I wouldn't be too shocked if motherboard vendors latched onto the "micro-tubes" as the next fad catered towards hipsters.


A case that incorporates that plus an LP player, maybe in (avert your eyes)

slot loader format.
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: A modern vacuum tube
Replies: 47
Views: 1002

A modern vacuum tube

https://korgnutube.com/en/

A modernized triode tube for the Audiophilia nervosa crowd; it's 30% the size of a traditional tube and uses 2% of the electricity, while having similar sound distortions.
by bthylafh
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Google shuts down Google+ after data leak
Replies: 9
Views: 920

Re: Google shuts down Google+ after data leak

At this point, why bother making any changes to public G+? Fork off the G Suite version and fiddle with that.
by bthylafh
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Doom's 25th anniversary 12/10/2018
Replies: 13
Views: 422

Re: Doom's 25th anniversary 12/10/2018

The local BBS had files for downloading, one of which being a shareware 8087 emulator called EM87. Somehow loading EM87 on our 486SX would speed up Doom's framerates by a small but noticeable amount. I suppose Doom was compiled with 387 emulation that was used if no FPU was detected, and the simpler...
by bthylafh
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Doom's 25th anniversary 12/10/2018
Replies: 13
Views: 422

Re: Doom's 25th anniversary 12/10/2018

Impossible. Doom wouldn't launch if you had less than 4 megs of RAM and even then you'd have to not load anything at boot besides maybe a mouse driver.
by bthylafh
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Doom's 25th anniversary 12/10/2018
Replies: 13
Views: 422

Re: Doom's 25th anniversary 12/10/2018

I still play it pretty frequently with a modern sourceport and mods. Sometimes you just want to spam a machine gun at a room full of weaker baddies and nothing else I've played quite captures that, not even any of the Serious Sam games. One of the more unusual takes on the game is a roguelike: https...
by bthylafh
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Core OS = Windows Lite?
Replies: 15
Views: 879

Re: Windows Core OS = Windows Lite?

The strength of Windows 10 is that it is Windows x64 running apps from anywhere on powerful hardware. One would think that after Windows RT, Microsoft would understand that nobody wants a version of Windows that can't run what everybody considers to be Windows applications. Apparently, Microsoft ha...
by bthylafh
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: "Single Signon" Browser Tabs...does something like this even exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 588

Re: "Single Signon" Browser Tabs...does something like this even exist?

Lastpass lets you edit a given site's entry so that instead of pointing at e.g. <https://site.domain.tld/login/login.php> you can set it for <https://site.domain.tld> or <https://domain.tld>. It also has something called "equivalent domains" that's good for different domains using the same...
by bthylafh
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: "Single Signon" Browser Tabs...does something like this even exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 588

Re: "Single Signon" Browser Tabs...does something like this even exist?

You're wanting a password manager. I use Lastpass but there are others, such as KeePass. Choose a nice long, complicated password for the manager and then let it create randomized, unique passwords for individual websites. Recommended practices: have a memorizable password* for the password manager ...
by bthylafh
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Antivirus software
Replies: 35
Views: 1722

Re: Antivirus software

I use the thing built into Windows, a hosts file that (among other things) blocks known-bad hosts, and some security/privacy-related browser extensions.

At work we use Symantec and it's a gorram annoyance. Seems rather more likely to produce a false positive than stop nasties.
by bthylafh
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: 1Password - Free Gift
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: 1Password - Free Gift

by bthylafh
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stupid Bitcoin extortion scams
Replies: 30
Views: 2115

Re: Stupid Bitcoin extortion scams

A couple of my users started getting these a few months ago.
by bthylafh
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: FYI for Gmail users regarding security alerts
Replies: 7
Views: 498

Re: FYI for Gmail users regarding security alerts

This isn't something I've ever noticed when I'm using my VPN service. I never bother to log out of Gmail, though, so maybe that's the difference?