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by blitzy
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 126
Views: 4326

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

wow that's really cool that you can print a flyable model, I initially thought it was just a display piece. Kinda surprised it's light enough, even with the skeletonization of the parts my 3d prints were still quite heavy (of the few I've done)
by blitzy
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit
Replies: 126
Views: 4326

Re: My thoughts on the Prusa I3 MK3 3d printer kit

Looks like a nice printer, the level of detail keeps getting better every time I look at 3D printers. The SLA prints especially so, incredible fidelity for a what is a relatively cheap DIY process.
by blitzy
Tue May 29, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Can't Even Edit a Little .CFG File--WTF, Man!?
Replies: 2
Views: 296

Re: Can't Even Edit a Little .CFG File--WTF, Man!?

yep, it's probably in a protected location or is read-only, or you don't have permission in some way (ownership etc). You could try running notepad as administrator, e.g. Start, type notepad, right-click, Run as administrator. Or alternately, open it read-only in notepad, then make your edits and us...
by blitzy
Sat May 12, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 2675

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

WireShark will show you the network traffic, it has a bit of a learning curve though.

IMO the best solution is nuke from orbit - complete wipe, being compromised means you really can't trust the pc anymore for much of anything
by blitzy
Fri May 11, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 22
Views: 3465

Re: IT ticketing software

Jira is OK, I wouldn't go as far as saying it's good though. It has crappy search, the way you move between boards / backlog / sprints etc is not exactly what I'd call intuitive. There's lot of little things that really should be better. I'd say with heavy customization it can be relatively good (wh...
by blitzy
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: IP security camera recommedations?
Replies: 14
Views: 4852

Re: IP security camera recommedations?

When I last looked into this about a year ago I settled on HikVision as being best overall bang for buck / features / quality. Didn't end up getting anything though as I ended up moving house. Some quite cool gear for about 500 mark, starts getting expensive fast for top end features though. Pretty ...
by blitzy
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10, unfixable mess
Replies: 16
Views: 2210

Re: Windows 10, unfixable mess

You can still get there to safe mode it seems, they just don't support f8 / shift + f8 when booting from a UEFI BIOS / SSD apparently. Somewhat annoying, but at least it's still possible to get there https://www.digitalcitizen.life/4-ways-boot-safe-mode-windows-10 method #6 If Windows 10 fails to bo...
by blitzy
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Did you know there's a .google TLD?
Replies: 7
Views: 973

Re: Did you know there's a .google TLD?

maps.google would be fine, for example heck you can get yourname.pizza if you want to, so I don't see why not allow a .google .com, .org etc are special cases, the commonly accepted / popularized tlds. Technically you can make com.google, but it doesn't make sense to, it doesn't have the same meanin...
by blitzy
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Issue with Router "talking" to Modem
Replies: 4
Views: 1008

Re: Issue with Router "talking" to Modem

Also worth checking that wireless segregation isn't enabled (I forget the common term for this), but effectively some routers / wireless APs have an option to keep wired ethernet LAN hosts separate from the wireless hosts. You would obviously want that disabled in order to reach the Chromecast. If s...
by blitzy
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 8026

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

JBL LSR305 best bang for buck, though might be overkill if you have a small office
by blitzy
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Which classics do I want to take?
Replies: 4
Views: 1050

Re: Which classics do I want to take?

Python would be a good place to start, it's cross platform and high level so you can figure out if programming is something you'd be interested in. If you really want to understand computer programming at a lower level, then C would be an avenue to look at, but it's not for the fainthearted. If you'...
by blitzy
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: VMWare ESXi 6.5 VS 5.5
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

Re: VMWare ESXi 6.5 VS 5.5

Strange, updating their vCenter to 6.5 shouldn't be hard, not sure why they haven't already done it. 6.5 has been out for quite a while.
by blitzy
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: VMWare ESXi 6.5 VS 5.5
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

Re: VMWare ESXi 6.5 VS 5.5

Strange, is vCenter 6.5 not compatible with ESXi 5.5 or something like that? If so I can see why they wouldn't want to update their existing vCenter instance. But this particular department with the new server is in a different office and country, with very little reason to need to be externally man...
by blitzy
Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: VMWare ESXi 6.5 VS 5.5
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

VMWare ESXi 6.5 VS 5.5

Hey guys, just looking for some feedback on whether I would regret rolling back to ESXi 5.5 on a new server we are just about to deploy. Basically it's a Dell R630 which comes with ESXi 6.5 installed out of the box, the main systems admin for the company has advised that we should roll it back to ve...
by blitzy
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: VMWare Question
Replies: 6
Views: 3352

Re: VMWare Question

(VMWare's real-time clock isn't exactly precise; You need NTP configured otherwise it'll drift - and I've seen a few different environments where Kerberos failures caused by a 5-minute time-skew are the result of a fully virtualised environment. NTP is trivial to configure but it's not always possi...
by blitzy
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 7159

Re: Average fuel consumption

Usually when I put the pedal to the flaw I have visions of money burning / evaporating / going down the drain :) I'd love to be driving electric so I can drive how I want without worrying about burning fuel (it's not like it's a major concern, but I am definitely considerate of how aggressively I ac...
by blitzy
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 32022

Re: So who here is actually mining?

I still take issue with the assertion that blockchain is somehow inherently "too complex" though; it's certainly less complex than many other things that power our digitally connected lives, and the underlying mathematics/cryptography is well-defined and well-understood. Yeah, it's a real...
by blitzy
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 32022

Re: So who here is actually mining?

That's true, the energy consumption of bitcoin is not inherently associated with all blockchain derivatives. That said, I still think that blockchain systems add complexity and that in media it's being portrayed as a technological cure all which it really isn't. It's also convenient for media to lin...
by blitzy
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 32022

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Funnily I made a post on fb the other day which parallels the recent turn in this thread, criticizing the wastefulness of bitcoin (energy consumption / pollution) and calling out the media for perpetuating buzzword bingo around blockchain and bitcoin. Naturally the response I got back was "keep...
by blitzy
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: It's worked like that for years...
Replies: 32
Views: 5688

Re: It's worked like that for years...

The good old, has anything changed recently prior to this not working? "nothing has changed" response. Only to later find out that they of course have changed, usually something significant, like reinstalling windows, moved to completely new hardware, rolled out new software or edited / re...
by blitzy
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 43
Views: 8455

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

I've used a number of Gigabyte boards both at home and at work and haven't had any trouble. Have also used Asus and they are also good, as per their reputation. Though you do pay a bit more for Asus generally, get what you pay for rings true fairly often with PC hardware. I haven't done much overclo...
by blitzy
Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 7538

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

AGILE/SCRUM have big overhead IMO, not really suited to small teams, and good luck having managers who embrace the flexible aspects of it like adjusting the work into the time available. In my experience, it usually still becomes a system of hard dates and up front requirements. The principles are O...
by blitzy
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970
Replies: 22
Views: 13228

Re: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970

Thanks for all the feedback. Yes I was surprised to find my PC was already 5 years old, and GPU nearly 3 years old. Time sure flies, I haven't really been following hardware so closely lately so had a bit of catching up to do there and refreshing my memory on what's what. I can confirm my graphics d...
by blitzy
Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970
Replies: 22
Views: 13228

Re: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970

My PSU is a 550W Seasonic modular, I forget the exact model number (will update later) I had a couple of games of PUBG last night and ran Task Manager with performance tab up in the background to keep an eye on CPU usage, largely the usage was quite modest at around 70% most of the time however ther...
by blitzy
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970
Replies: 22
Views: 13228

Re: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970

Thanks for the advice guys. Sounds like I need to monitor my resource utilization and see where the bottleneck is. Also sounds like I can easily sneak a small performance gain by doing a slight CPU overclock. I am running PUBG at 1080P on lowest graphics settings (in settings this is 'very low'), ha...
by blitzy
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970
Replies: 22
Views: 13228

Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970

Hey guys, I've been playing a bit of PUBG lately and enjoying it quite a bit. It's a lot of fun in squad fights. It's a fairly resource hungry game though and fps drops are quite annoying, even though I play on mostly low settings. The FPS can dip below 60 fairly easily at times. Being an early acce...
by blitzy
Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: I made the switch to Windows 10 as my primary desktop OS
Replies: 71
Views: 9120

Re: I made the switch to Windows 10 as my primary desktop OS

I'm considering updating to 10 on my home PC at some point, the only real issue I've had with it at work is the unblockable automatic updates. I don't mind it checking for updates, but it shouldn't go ahead with an update while I still have applications running. Kind of a catch 22, since they want t...
by blitzy
Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:34 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 793
Views: 107873

Re: What are you playing right now?

total war warhammer, awesome cinematic feel to the battles
by blitzy
Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Random rant about USB devices and failed boot
Replies: 15
Views: 1220

Re: Random rant about USB devices and failed boot

yeah it can be a PITA getting certain motherboards to boot from a USB storage device too. Definitely an area that hasn't been done well
by blitzy
Sun May 22, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How can I convert old scanned documents to OCR?
Replies: 13
Views: 2861

Re: How can I convert old scanned documents to OCR?

Nuance Omnipage (payware) is a pretty decent for recognition, at least previously when I've used Nuance it was. Haven't used it recently. Also there might be some mobile apps for tablets / phones that would work well for this. It seems odd, but the reasoning for that is that OCR libraries are includ...
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