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by blitzy
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Help me understand where my hard drive space has gone...?
Replies: 27
Views: 2230

Re: Help me understand where my hard drive space has gone...?

another handy program for this is Sequoiaview https://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview/
Pretty old, but still works last time I tried it. It's quite good for visualizing where large chunks of file data is stored
by blitzy
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Zen2 build, upgrade from 2600
Replies: 3
Views: 1080

Zen2 build, upgrade from 2600

Hi team, I'm looking to upgrade my AMD 2600 to one of the soon to be available Zen2 processors, possibly the 3900X. I think it will be a nice performance boost allowing me to stream smoothly while gaming. The 2600 can actually do it already, but I'd like to minimize the frame drop as much as possibl...
by blitzy
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up
Replies: 30
Views: 4614

Re: Intel cancels their entire desktop CPU line-up

That's cool to see AMD kicking butt and releasing some powerful new CPUs, great for enthusiasts and keeps the market moving. I'm quite keen to see how these will go for gaming and streaming, 12 and 16 cores is quite a bit to work with. It probably makes single PC high quality streaming quite doable....
by blitzy
Mon May 27, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Google Search with JavaScript disabled - gone primitive?
Replies: 11
Views: 1460

Re: Google Search with JavaScript disabled - gone primitive?

Javascript is powerful for sure but I find it fairly yucky, I read the 'You don't know JS' series in an attempt to get past the yuckyness of it, to try and 'see the light'. But really as above, I find it to be cludgey and inconsistent. It has odd aspects that the aforementioned series tries to expla...
by blitzy
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: High CRI LED bulbs -- I need!
Replies: 24
Views: 2735

Re: High CRI LED bulbs -- I need!

I was planning to pickup a few of the Waveform bulbs myself, had been looking for High CRI LEDs as bulbs seem easier than getting into the hassles of using LED strips (due to requiring drivers etc). The Yuji and Waveforms seem to be well regarded, and Waveforms seemed best priced. Soraa was another ...
by blitzy
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Blocked on Base
Replies: 8
Views: 1311

Re: TR Blocked on Base

Contact your IT department, they are geeks and will sort it out surely.
by blitzy
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 21109

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

It's a pity to see all the old school tech sites in such decline. They have all been such great resources over the years but times have changed. I've certainly noticed changes in my own browsing habits over time. I think largely the need for such detailed benchmarks has waned because of technology b...
by blitzy
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: DAC+Amp Suggestion
Replies: 44
Views: 3903

Re: DAC+Amp Suggestion

I'm running an Aune X1S with with AKG K7XX headphones, pretty good spot in terms of price / fidelity IMO. Can be found on massdrop.
by blitzy
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: nVidia FreeSync support is coming?
Replies: 56
Views: 4920

Re: nVidia FreeSync support is coming?

I don't get why they have to test every individual monitor, that's the point of a specification, if they implement the VESA VRR properly then it should work with any compliant monitor. Is this an indication that they aren't actually implementing the spec properly, or that the spec is not robust in s...
by blitzy
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: MAN THE RDF GENERATORS!
Replies: 26
Views: 1880

Re: MAN THE RDF GENERATORS!

The prices are sky high, but comparably the improvements in each generation become smaller and smaller. If you look at the specs between 7,8,X there are only very small differences, certainly not enough to justify yearly upgrades. Non-replaceable battery is one of the only things that forces people ...
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: 166
Views: 13522

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: 166
Views: 13522

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: 498

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: 4803

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: 5210

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: 7022

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: 3370

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: 1229

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: 1365

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: 12799

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: 1395

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: 2149

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: 2149

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: 2149

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: 4636

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: 9241

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: 356
Views: 42428

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: 356
Views: 42428

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: 356
Views: 42428

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: 6144

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...
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