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by bthylafh
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The roof needs a repair
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: The roof needs a repair

Ask a lawyer, not randos on some forum.
by bthylafh
Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 73
Views: 11236

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

derFunkenstein wrote:
All you guys with like 6 and a half years of power-on time kinda blow my mind. Not sure I've ever had a hard drive last that long.


This 320GB Seagate just won't die. Now it's up to 68111 hours / 7.77 years, and not a single reallocated sector.
by bthylafh
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Is It Possible To Speed Up A Program Using Priority Seperation
Replies: 5
Views: 220

Re: Is It Possible To Speed Up A Program Using Priority Seperation

Increasing a process's priority isn't likely to make much of a difference, no.
by bthylafh
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: skynet
Replies: 6
Views: 291

Re: skynet

Many years ago when I worked at the computer shop, a computer came in that had an EMACS power supply.

It looked ordinary, not at all like a completely reconfigurable Transformer or a Bass-o-Matic.
by bthylafh
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Battery recall for 2015-2017 MBP
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: Battery recall for 2015-2017 MBP

My old work Macbook did that too, but it was one of the polycarbonate models with replaceable batteries, so it wasn't a big deal - just buy a new battery, done.
by bthylafh
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Need new tires
Replies: 13
Views: 345

Re: Need new tires

Yeah, but how much can you trust anyone who’s trying to sell you something? :wink: Enough for me to keep buying from them, anyway. All I can say is that they've yet to lead me wrong and I've been buying from them since before e-commerce. Yup. I've bought 4 sets of well-reviewed tires from them and ...
by bthylafh
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kempner Rice Diet
Replies: 69
Views: 1348

Re: Kempner Rice Diet

This isn't the first pseudo-scientific crap OP's credulously posted about here.
by bthylafh
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

I see a great need: household appliances powered by something like a Raspberry Pi.
by bthylafh
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

I have a 10 y/o Samsung fridge with french uppers and freezer below. No connectivity or other "smart" features (this was just becoming available back then) and has worked great the whole time.
by bthylafh
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4055
Views: 672458

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Laphroaig Select. Not real sure about this one. It's... attenuated? Definitely less intense than the 10, far less iodine and peat. It's not terrible, but I don't think it's Laphroaig.
by bthylafh
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Lead-free piping!
Replies: 26
Views: 591

Re: Lead-free piping!

meerkt wrote:
In case the image completely overshadowed it, there was also a question. :)


How much do you value not getting lead poisoning? How is that even a question?
by bthylafh
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Lead-free piping!
Replies: 26
Views: 591

Re: Lead-free piping!

I did a reverse image search and it's for this:

https://www.amazon.com/NABLUE-Regulator ... B071RL34HN

Something tells me that 13% lead brass is really chinesium alloy.
by bthylafh
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Retro Build
Replies: 10
Views: 967

Re: Retro Build

I had a Tyan Trinity 400 board back in the day, which had both Slot-1 and Socket-370. Great piece of electronics and I was disappointed when Tyan left the consumer market a few years later.
by bthylafh
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What if......
Replies: 40
Views: 1339

Re: What if......

The Baroque cycle are just hard to read through. You really have to plow. I didn't think it was that bad, but then I've also read all the GoT books so far, and The Dark Tower series. The Baroque cycle is like 3,000 pages in total though, so yeah, that's going to take a while. I thought it was a bit...
by bthylafh
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What if......
Replies: 40
Views: 1339

Re: What if......

just brew it! wrote:
By some bizarre twist of fate, I've never read any of his books. I really need to remedy that.


Cryptonomicon. You must read Cryptonomicon.

After that I think I'd go for Seveneves.
by bthylafh
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips
Replies: 141
Views: 46277

Re: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips

Ok i know im late to this discussion by like 14 years but if anyone still gets on here and can help that would be great. But i got my wisdom teeth out a month ago. Everything was healing over and had no problems. I went in for my checkup today and they found a small infection and had to re-open 1 o...
by bthylafh
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 3561

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI

Igor_Kavinski wrote:
To me, Peter Bright resembles Dilbert. Is Dilbert a pedo by extension?


What an amazingly stupid post.
by bthylafh
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 3561

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica arrested

Seems genuine - his account at Ars has been banned.
by bthylafh
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good alterative Android apps for dialer, SMS?
Replies: 10
Views: 561

Re: Good alterative Android apps for dialer, SMS?

I like Total Commander for Android file management. Another option for apps the Play Store thinks you shouldn't have: Aurora Store. It will let you spoof your hardware so Google thinks you have e.g. a Pixel 2, and if your phone is rooted you can still install Netflix via it. https://forum.xda-develo...
by bthylafh
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 894
Views: 122288

Re: What are you playing right now?

Steam's got TIS-100 on sale for $1.75 today. Haven't gotten far but I'm enjoying the thinky so far.
by bthylafh
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 894
Views: 122288

Re: What are you playing right now?

John Romero has released a new Doom WAD called SIGIL, which is meant as a 5th episode of The Ultimate Doom. Not bad so far.
by bthylafh
Sun May 26, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4055
Views: 672458

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Been trying a few Missouri beers. First up: Mother's Imperial Grind Coffee Stout (Guatemala Gran Quetzal). Wow, this was both different and amazingly good. Strong flavors of coffee and chocolate, and it does indeed seem to have coffee in it. Would definitely get again, and would even make a trip to ...
by bthylafh
Wed May 22, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Build 1903
Replies: 18
Views: 983

Re: Windows 10 Build 1903

I only made a brief attempt, but couldn't get my main rig to list it. Unplugged all removable drives and all prior updates installed. I'm probably better giving it a week or two anyhow, in case there's any showstopper bugs. I had to use the media creation tool to upgrade from 1803 to 1809 on mine. ...
by bthylafh
Sun May 19, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: MESI protocol
Replies: 1
Views: 373

Re: MESI protocol

Why don't you ask your professor or a classmate for help?
by bthylafh
Thu May 09, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 2294

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

Anyone interested in this kind of stuff should head over to the http://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. That was a trip down memory lane. I read a th...
by bthylafh
Wed May 08, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4185
Views: 595540

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Here's something else that's not metal: hip hop/bluegrass fusion, as performed by Gangstagrass.
https://youtu.be/9vwFciHiWlk
https://youtu.be/r72-j1hbYdk
https://youtu.be/GKgRdYk7OWM

It's not bad.
by bthylafh
Wed May 08, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 2294

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

Simtel was back up briefly (FreeDOS mentioned it last May) at http://simtel.site but it looks like it's gone now.
by bthylafh
Wed May 08, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?
Replies: 55
Views: 2294

Re: Did you know Win95 could run on 386?

I’ve always had a morbid curiosity to try to coax the most modern OS possible into running on a dual-processor Pentium Pro 200 setup with maxed out RAM and some sort of fanagled SSD, and then see how it does. Would you limit yourself to commercially distributed OSes, or would you be willing to, say...