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by bthylafh
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA Card Blues
Replies: 15
Views: 437

Re: SATA Card Blues

If you can afford it, I'd definitely go with a modern build. Core 2 isn't fit for much more than web and Microsoft Office-type stuff nowadays.
by bthylafh
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 90
Views: 5850

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

My Nexus 5's battery crapped out again, and rather than play the battery lottery I upgraded to a OnePlus 5T. Ruh roh: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/01/oneplus-investigates-customer-claims-of-credit-card-fraud/ Bought mine via Paypal and I don't see any fraudulent transactions, so I /think/ I...
by bthylafh
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA Card Blues
Replies: 15
Views: 437

Re: SATA Card Blues

In my experience Nvidia's chipsets could be pretty dodgy about peripherals - I've specifically had trouble with USB* and SATA** on computers with such chipsets, but nothing quite like what you're seeing... but I never had cause to check SATA port speed on the ones I've worked on, let alone install a...
by bthylafh
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 58
Views: 1068

Re: Average fuel consumption

If you behave like that around me you might suddenly find a large ladder-frame chassis flat bed truck swerve in front of you causing you to perhaps lose the contents of your bladder or colon. You might throw a hissy fit until you see the large, heavily built psycho (albeit with a science/engineerin...
by bthylafh
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 58
Views: 1068

Re: Average fuel consumption

Chrispy_ wrote:
If you want to go faster, you want to go faster as quickly as possible.


Are you that guy who has to jackrabbit between stop signs?
by bthylafh
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 58
Views: 1068

Re: Average fuel consumption

Cold weather trashes gas mileage. We get about 50 miles less range per tank when the weather is like it has been these past couple of weeks. Yep. In good weather (and a fair wind) my '05 Civic Hybrid gets in the upper 40s, generally ~47 MPG highway. For the past couple weeks it's been closer to 42.
by bthylafh
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Hypothetical Device to use NVMe storage to old PCs
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: Hypothetical Device to use NVMe storage to old PCs

Why can't those particular drives be used on newer chipsets?
by bthylafh
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 81
Views: 4489

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

If you're not going to listen to our advice, what's the point of asking?
by bthylafh
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 81
Views: 4489

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

Yeah, that's an awfully small cooler for such a CPU. It's probably less effective than Intel's stock HSF.
by bthylafh
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Netgear Router...Config Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 735

Re: New Netgear Router...Config Questions

If you're wanting IPv6 badly enough, you can sign up for a free tunnel through Hurricane Electric: https://tunnelbroker.net/ I set one up for me and it was reasonably simple to set my Netgear Orbi to use it. Choose 6to4 tunnel mode, automatic remote IP, that's all. If your ISP-provided IPv4 address ...
by bthylafh
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Trojan.PRForm.A
Replies: 3
Views: 257

Re: Trojan.PRForm.A

I seem to recall that this only really affected 32-bit Windows (it'd install, but not run, on 64-bit). Is that what you have? If you do, probably the only safe thing is to back up your data, format your hard drive, and reinstall.
by bthylafh
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3948
Views: 635664

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Laphroaig 10 again.
by bthylafh
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1017

Re: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...

Duct Tape Dude wrote:
This feels like first-amendment violations of a computer processor.


:roll: :roll: :roll:
by bthylafh
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 81
Views: 4489

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

For comparison, I've got a non-delidded i7-8700K mated to a Hyper 212 EVO cooler in a Fractal Design case. Just now ran Prime95 for about five minutes and the CPU temp stuck to between 60 and 70 Celsius. Cores are all at 3.8 GHz and I'm presently not overclocking. Same system can reach just under 5 ...
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anti-static recommendations request
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Anti-static recommendations request

Unless your tap water is pretty soft, you'll want a hot-water humidifier. A cold-water type will leave mineral residue all over everything in range (ask me how I know this!), while a hot-water humidifier leaves the mineral crust on the heating elements; this can be remedied with strong white vinegar...
by bthylafh
Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Backup software as gift - both PC and Mac?
Replies: 14
Views: 1269

Re: Backup software as gift - both PC and Mac?

Under windows I use Robocopy.


No need to spend money when all you need it a little time to get it set up and the discipline to actually do the backups.


You two have never supported naive non-technical users, have you.
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox tabs disappeared
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Firefox tabs disappeared

No idea what you're on about. I've got a mostly-unconfigured Firefox profile and the tabs are on the top bar plain as day. Do you have an extension that's maybe hiding your tabs?
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 90
Views: 5850

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

My Nexus 5's battery crapped out again, and rather than play the battery lottery I upgraded to a OnePlus 5T.
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Modern Apps Broken Again!?
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Re: Modern Apps Broken Again!?

This is one of the two big reasons I'm pushing out Win10 LTSB images instead of plain Win10 Enterprise. Most of my users don't need Metro apps and never use them anyway.
by bthylafh
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3581
Views: 528319

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

The KLF; hail Eris!
by bthylafh
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 49
Views: 1684

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

There's this one version of the Visual Studio C++ runtime that will drop temporary files in C:\ and then fail to delete them. It's an older one, either 2005 or maybe 2008, and every now and again I run into a program still using that version.
by bthylafh
Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 49
Views: 1684

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

To be fair, a lot of old software installers broke on later generations of software and hardware because they were written to deal with software or hardware limitations in previous versions, and in some cases they never anticipated that hardware larger than "x" would even be possible. Any...
by bthylafh
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers
Replies: 33
Views: 2181

Re: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers

Qubes is probably overkill unless you think you've got a motivated and capable enemy specifically targeting you *and* you're willing to deal with the extra workload, IMO, but it's pretty neat nonetheless. I've played with v3.x a bit on an old Ivy Bridge laptop and I've thought about setting up a dua...
by bthylafh
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 49
Views: 1684

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Why does every other piece of software need to install an always running update service, particularly when only a very small number will ever do updates when the application itself is not running (not that I want them to in the first place). Maybe it's a permissions thing and there's a good reason ...
by bthylafh
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 49
Views: 1684

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Meh, it'll always be Windows Millennium for me. Nothing like an idle desktop, with no programs open, suddenly going to either "Explorer.exe has experienced an error" or just straight up BSOD. When the only way to fix your bugs is literally install another operating system , it's tough to ...
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 49
Views: 1684

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Microsoft's online help for Windows 10. For a long while (and it may still be so) if you searched the help for a number of things you'd wind up at a Bing search page looking at results for "how to get help with Windows 10". On top of that, many of the links in the Event Viewer were and sti...
by bthylafh
Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3948
Views: 635664

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Homemade cold brew, made with 8 O'Clock Coffee whole beans.
by bthylafh
Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Displayport cable
Replies: 39
Views: 1521

Re: Displayport cable

just brew it! wrote:
whm1974 wrote:
GREAT GODS FOUR FIGURES for FREAKING CABLES??? Who are buying these?

The same people who buy stuff like this:
https://www.needledoctor.com/Clearaudio ... -Cartridge


That certainly makes a statement.
by bthylafh
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 11335

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

I'm pretty sure you know my meaning.