Personal computing discussed

Search found 3516 matches

by bthylafh
Sun May 28, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 21
Views: 391

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: 305

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: 25
Views: 1686

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: 599

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: 79
Views: 3042

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: 79
Views: 3042

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: 25
Views: 1686

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: 2434

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: 2434

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: 2434

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: 2434

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: 2434

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: 2434

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: 2434

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.
by bthylafh
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 80387 math coprocessors
Replies: 61
Views: 2434

Re: 80387 math coprocessors

The program would have to use x87 floating-point instructions to take advantage. Falcon 3.0 was an early example of such a game, and some professional programs like AutoCAD would do so as well.
by bthylafh
Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Hard drive platter swap
Replies: 17
Views: 1861

Re: Hard drive platter swap

That was really cool.
by bthylafh
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Unity is Dead!
Replies: 30
Views: 1621

Re: Unity is Dead!

My guess is that after Ubuntu Touch failed they didn't see the point in developing its desktop counterpart.
by bthylafh
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Unity is Dead!
Replies: 30
Views: 1621

Re: Unity is Dead!

I won't miss Unity, but I wish they'd picked a different DE to switch to; I hate GNOME 3 for many of the same reasons as I do Unity. Maybe they should pick up MATE and go for a classic Ubuntu look.
by bthylafh
Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Does a product like this exist? (PCI supplemental power card/extension?)
Replies: 19
Views: 883

Re: Does a product like this exist? (PCI supplemental power card/extension?)

Do it outside so you don't burn your apartment down. You *will* release the magic smoke eventually.
by bthylafh
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Does a product like this exist? (PCI supplemental power card/extension?)
Replies: 19
Views: 883

Re: Does a product like this exist? (PCI supplemental power card/extension?)

That depends. If your PSU is as bottom-end as your motherboard (PC Chips 'boards are truly awful), it's not going to be adequate.
by bthylafh
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: OS/2 is coming back.
Replies: 25
Views: 1686

Re: OS/2 is coming back.

Until about five years ago one of the science labs had an honest-to-Eris PS/2 running OS/2 3.0 to interface with some instruments. I've still got the Model M that was attached to it.
by bthylafh
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Monoprice experience?
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Monoprice experience?

I haven't ordered from them for a while, but their quality was hit or miss: most stuff was fine, but the USB-A to USB-micro and the toslink cable both had size problems and weren't fit for purpose.
by bthylafh
Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?
Replies: 157
Views: 5755

Re: Is Linux getting easier to use then Windows?

Just for grins, I installed "Terminal Emulator for Android" a couple of minutes ago. No root required. PITA to use with the Android on-screen keyboard, but many of the common CLI tools appear to be there (ls, cp, mv, chmod, grep, more, gzip, tar, etc.) Termux is what you want for a "...
by bthylafh
Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone upgrade advice
Replies: 80
Views: 1857

Re: Headphone upgrade advice

My ATH-M50x are amazeballs. Much better than the Sennheiser on-ear headset I'd had before.
by bthylafh
Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Found a blast from the past
Replies: 37
Views: 1459

Re: Found a blast from the past

I still remember the poor schlub at the old computer shop I worked for. He had spent all this money upgrading his Athon machine, which had fancy things like a SCSI card (for the CD burners, yo ho ho) and a decent video card. He kept the crap 250W Deer PS against my recommendations (my boss disagreed...
by bthylafh
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 3442

Re: Where do you bank?

Regional bank headquartered here in town, and prior to that another regional in my previous town. No complaints.
by bthylafh
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Home Printers
Replies: 30
Views: 4466

Re: Home Printers

My last two toner carts for our Brother laser have been new Rosewill off-brands, which seem to work fine. It's probably more the refurbs you've got to watch out for; one of my departments lost their old Laserjet 4 a couple years ago when a refurb toner leaked all over its insides, and I've seen othe...
by bthylafh
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: PC shuts down with too many hard-drives
Replies: 24
Views: 2330

Re: PC shuts down with too many hard-drives

blahsaysblah wrote:

<snip>



Psst, this was a necro from mid-2015.
by bthylafh
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Desktop environments suck
Replies: 76
Views: 6174

Re: Desktop environments suck

Yeah, I'm still disappointed in Debian for choosing Gnome 3 in the first place and then reversing their decision to default to Xfce instead. I don't expect better out of Fedora, but I had hope for the Debian team.
by bthylafh
Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Getting Tired of Gross Pics
Replies: 25
Views: 4291

Re: Getting Tired of Gross Pics

This is one of the major reasons people run adblockers.