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by bthylafh
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Safest way to prep a laptop for sale
Replies: 23
Views: 772

Re: Safest way to prep a laptop for sale

AIUI if you write one pass of zeroes to spinning rust, in theory with an electron microscope you could infer the magnets' previous states. Seems to me that the one pass of garbage would be proof against anyone without those kind of resources. If you've made that sort of enemy, 7 passes of random dat...
by bthylafh
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air filtered through water
Replies: 17
Views: 698

Air filtered through water

Recently a sales type approached me and asked if I'd like a "free" home air filter. It sounds like it's supposed to filter air through water and thus capture airborne allergens. I've never heard of such a thing and it smells fishy (plus I'd imagine you'd drive up humidity), so I declined. ...
by bthylafh
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: .flac to .mp3 conversion?
Replies: 60
Views: 1128

Re: .flac to .mp3 conversion?

Did we both get the LG G4 for the same reasons, I have a 128GB card in there and all flac files. SD slot and easily replaceable battery FTW! :D I wouldn't have minded something in a slightly smaller form factor, but all things considered I think it's a decent phone. Hopefully they'll roll out a Nou...
by bthylafh
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB Type C adapter
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: USB Type C adapter

Micro-B is a pain in the arse to plug in, but in my experience it seems to stay connected better than C.
by bthylafh
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 24
Views: 1031

Re: Retro console gaming

derFunkenstein wrote:
I had thought everyone loved it, but apparently not everyone likes random encounters as much as I do.


Chrono Trigger's combat system is far, far superior. That said, I do love me some FFIV.
by bthylafh
Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 24
Views: 1031

Re: Retro console gaming

Newer versions of RetroArch have a couple options for reducing lag: you can switch the input driver to "raw", the video driver to Vulkan, and audio to wasapi. The audio part doesn't work well on my system--too much stuttering--but the other two seem to help some. There're also adapters you...
by bthylafh
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 24
Views: 1031

Re: Retro console gaming

I do emulation, generally. I've only kept a few of my NES and SNES cartridges and both my NES units have bum cart connectors that I can't be arsed to fix. I've got a RetroPie-based emulator box hooked to the TV and several emus on my PC; on the latter I mainly use higan and Nestopia Undead Edition. ...
by bthylafh
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Forget Model M; the Model F is back!
Replies: 16
Views: 477

Re: Forget Model M; the Model F is back!

Captain Ned wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
$300 a pop. No way I'm spending that much on a keyboard. Captain Ned might be interested though! :wink:

Nope. I'm too used to the layout of the Model M at this point to change out.


A keyboard with the M's layout and F's internals might be pretty interesting.
by bthylafh
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Safely hosting web services from home
Replies: 48
Views: 941

Re: Safely hosting web services from home

IIRC Digital Ocean's bottom-end service is also $5/month and should be similar to Linode's.
by bthylafh
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 620
Views: 71262

Re: What are you playing right now?

And here I thought I was the only one that did that. trainersftw BUT only in single player games. I draw the line at online multiplayer stuff. Has anyone ever solved the endgame of Doom2 without copious use of IDDQD and IDFA? Yo, and back when I played on keyboard only. It's much easier with a mode...
by bthylafh
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: The positive parts of Linux.
Replies: 43
Views: 1197

Re: The positive parts of Linux.

derFunkenstein wrote:
called it


Yep.
by bthylafh
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Gaming? More RAM for future titles..
Replies: 26
Views: 932

Re: Gaming? More RAM for future titles..

LostCat wrote:
Holy **** Xbox One X? And some people thought Ryzen was bad :lol:

I wonder if MS just goes out of their way to pick dumb names.


Still not quite as bad as the Radeon X1900XTX, if more visible.
by bthylafh
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 3813

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

You guys realize this is all just a matter of opinion? It's a pointless thread with no answer. You realize who the OP is? :lol: :P Yes, he already made that observation several posts back. Maybe the thread should be renamed "What is the REAL point of this THREAD?" What's the real point of...
by bthylafh
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help me to find out which cable goes where.
Replies: 13
Views: 570

Re: Help me to find out which cable goes where.

Get some of those plastic labels that look like zip ties, and when you've figured out which goes where, mark both ends of the cable - on the switch end, which computer it goes to, and on the computer end, the port# on the switch.
by bthylafh
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: EPA vs. FCA (Here we go again!)
Replies: 24
Views: 1112

Re: EPA vs. FCA (Here we go again!)

Turbines are expensive to make and have high heat & fuel consumption compared to a reciprocating engine, not so?
by bthylafh
Sun May 28, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 29
Views: 1351

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

Got an old 320GB Seagate drive I bought when my wife and I were dating in late '02. 56,772 hours, which translates to almost 6.5 years of being powered up; it outlasted its direct replacement, one of *those* 1.5TB Seagates, which was fine for several years. Nowadays it's semi-retired as extra/scratc...
by bthylafh
Thu May 25, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Important Security Update for Samba Admins
Replies: 7
Views: 557

Re: Important Security Update for Samba Admins

Raspbian too; I got my Pi updated last night.
by bthylafh
Wed May 24, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: OS/2 is coming back.
Replies: 39
Views: 3059

Re: OS/2 is coming back.

just brew it! wrote:
@whm1974 - You're still missing the point. I give up.


You can't reason someone out of a position they weren't reasoned into.
by bthylafh
Tue May 16, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Colossal Cave Adventure/ADVENT
Replies: 18
Views: 1351

Re: Colossal Cave Adventure/ADVENT

I had never heard of this guy before but now that I've read http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=7524 and http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=7408 I trust that you are of the right opinion, Captain Ned. EDIT: Damn, I love his Things Every Hacker Once Knew series. As someone who is trans, reading that first article is i...
by bthylafh
Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 81
Views: 4498

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

Pretty cool about it being able to run the latest Debian. I'd temper that with a warning that attempting to run a full-blown modern DE like GNOME or KDE on it probably won't end well. Something lighter-weight like LXDE (if you must have a GUI), or headless server duty are probably better bets. Bett...
by bthylafh
Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 81
Views: 4498

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

Trivia: One of the Pentium Pros (and the corresponding motherboard) in his collection is from the Micron PC workstation I bought when I quit my full-time job and went full-time contractor back in the '90s. Walnut Creek CD-ROM (ftp.cdrom.com) used a dual PPro system running FreeBSD 4 for several yea...
by bthylafh
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: OS/2 is coming back.
Replies: 39
Views: 3059

Re: OS/2 is coming back.

Unless I misremember, OS/2 was only capable of running Win16 applications.
by bthylafh
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 80387 math coprocessors
Replies: 61
Views: 3543

Re: 80387 math coprocessors

See? That's how you tell someone they're wrong without being a pompous ass.
by bthylafh
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 80387 math coprocessors
Replies: 61
Views: 3543

Re: 80387 math coprocessors

ludi wrote:
the game code is out there to inspect.


To be pedantic, the Linux port is, not the original DOS version.
by bthylafh
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 80387 math coprocessors
Replies: 61
Views: 3543

Re: 80387 math coprocessors

This just in: Glorious has to be right on the Internet, again. :roll:

Must be time to killfile you again.
by bthylafh
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 80387 math coprocessors
Replies: 61
Views: 3543

Re: 80387 math coprocessors

How the feck would I remember something like that from 1995? Don't be tiresome.
by bthylafh
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 80387 math coprocessors
Replies: 61
Views: 3543

Re: 80387 math coprocessors

there wasn't any other variable in my setup
by bthylafh
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 80387 math coprocessors
Replies: 61
Views: 3543

Re: 80387 math coprocessors

All that said, I did get a few extra FPS out of Doom and Doom II on my old 486SX system by running an ancient shareware 8087 emulator. I suppose the game emulated a 387 if it didn't detect the real thing, and the simpler 8087 was faster to emulate. Something else was going on, DOOM (at least, not s...
by bthylafh
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 80387 math coprocessors
Replies: 61
Views: 3543

Re: 80387 math coprocessors

All that said, I did get a few extra FPS out of Doom and Doom II on my old 486SX system by running an ancient shareware 8087 emulator. I suppose the game emulated a 387 if it didn't detect the real thing, and the simpler 8087 was faster to emulate.