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by cynan
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57303

Re: Something's different...

Maybe it's different for me because I knew this was coming, and in a general sense what it would entail. To be fair, I found the way this new design happened a total shock, completely horrible in every way, and I only started posting in this thread on page 7 because the organization of the site is ...
by cynan
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57303

Re: Something's different...

For those of you saying this seems tone deaf, her message wasn't directed at you... If it wasn't directed at existing gerbils and only at new ones, then why is the awkwardly phrased title "TechReport New Design"? Why would there be a need to address the issue that the format is suddenly n...
by cynan
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Witcher has a Geralt..
Replies: 20
Views: 3340

Re: The Witcher has a Geralt..

I know it's easy to bash, but man, this Witcher attempt is going to be a train wreck. Cavell as Geralt? The obvious choice would have been Nicholas Coster Waldau now that GOT is done. Travis Fimmel, if still a bit young, would have been a good choice. He was great on Vikings. Josh Holloway and Danie...
by cynan
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kempner Rice Diet
Replies: 81
Views: 5549

Re: Kempner Rice Diet

No, it's because of, as JBI pointed out, that you were gullible in inferring that a white rice diet would even be remotely healthy. It's not, a whole Race, Ethnicity, culture is realizing this! Devil's Advocate: While not that healthy long term, it is only meant for 15 days. The low caloric content...
by cynan
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kempner Rice Diet
Replies: 81
Views: 5549

Re: Kempner Rice Diet

I have a strong suspicion that there was never any "friend" diagnosed with Type 2. Not sure what the angle is here, but I think we all just wasted some time. I'm sorry that you think that. I have no interest in wasting anyone's precious time. No one forced you to read this thread. Please ...
by cynan
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Kempner Rice Diet
Replies: 81
Views: 5549

Re: Kempner Rice Diet

I would echo the wariness around the decision to treat early T2 Diabetes with carbs. Fatty pancreas may be a risk factor for diabetes, but most nutritionist and nutritional biochemists would agree that the best way to eliminate fat reserves is to get your body to burn fat. This is best accomplished ...
by cynan
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wisdom teeth removal - share your experience and tips
Replies: 141
Views: 48692

Re:

All of this in contrast to a tonsilectomy... That's something you want to aviod. There is no way to get your tonsils removed without being in serious pain for the next week or more. If you think tonsilectomies result in a painful recovery (they do), try a triple internal hemmorrhoidectomy. The reco...
by cynan
Tue May 07, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Custom cables for headphones
Replies: 26
Views: 2280

Re: Custom cables for headphones

Obligatory rant that if "audiophiles" stopped for a second and went to Youtube to find videos about recording and studio engineering, they'd probably have a heart attack. The notion that nobody in even the highest-end recording studios gives a flying f*** about cabling other than "ma...
by cynan
Tue May 07, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Custom cables for headphones
Replies: 26
Views: 2280

Re: Custom cables for headphones

Any time you're dealing with high-end audio you will encounter ridiculously priced "audiophile grade" gear that is being marketed to people with more money than common sense. Ah, the unenlightened. My new cryo-treated, vacuum-isolated, platinum-plated conductors extruded from a single pie...
by cynan
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17741

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

Tripath is old news peeps, its trash. A few years ago I moved on to TI TPA3118 (aka TPA3116) chipset for power amp...a huge improvement. Since then I've moved on to the newer and even better sounding TPA3250 chip family, which is also higher power. It's really an incredible leap over the TA2020 and...
by cynan
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Who's ready for the zombie a-PIG-alypse??
Replies: 10
Views: 1009

Re: Who's ready for the zombie a-PIG-alypse??

A zombie a-PIG-alypse is all well and good, but I can't wait for the porcine reboot of a particular 1990s cult classic (obtusely pretending the 2017 sequel never happened): Flatswiners. "Now that their consciousness has vanquished a fate to become bacon, they must confront darkness from their p...
by cynan
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17741

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

BTW, the amplifier I was talking about was the Tripath TA1101, which operates in bridge mode in each channel (each channel has high- and low-side drivers). Tripath amplifiers are not SE. If the Virtue product was running at 30V, then it was not using the TA1101. The 1101 had two die inside - the co...
by cynan
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17741

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

BTW, the amplifier I was talking about was the Tripath TA1101, which operates in bridge mode in each channel (each channel has high- and low-side drivers). Tripath amplifiers are not SE. I meant the input/preamp portion of the unit was SE. But yes, the amplification chip (TA1101 chip) section itsel...
by cynan
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17741

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

In a previous life I was working on interesting applications for my company's switching amplifier technology. Since the output stage operated in differential mode and we had a stereo pair on the chip, I modified a set of AKG 240 headphones for 4-wire drive to see how it sounded. It sounded great. T...
by cynan
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17741

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

I was including the input/amplification/output analog stages under the "AMP" umbrella. I have no idea whether my particular headphone amp has 2 actual amplification stages per channel, or is dual mono with separate "grnd" (OK, return for balanced). All I know, is that when you op...
by cynan
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 17741

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

I'm using an XLR adapter that takes the left and right XLR outputs into one 4-pin XLR connector direct to my headphones. Ah, so you are using the XLRs on the back. Interesting. Does it sound better/different compared to the single ended front output? I've read that going balanced for cans is rather...
by cynan
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X $280 Today only
Replies: 3
Views: 1635

Re: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X $280 Today only

Wow. Good deal.

Aside: Anyone else hate how Amazon redirects to your country's local Amazon site based on IP when you click an Amazon.com link? This even ships from Amazon US to Canada... Which happens to be selling the 1920x for $420 USD. Hmmm.
by cynan
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 97
Views: 9897

Re: Phone dilemma

The Galaxy S9 is a decentdeal right now at <$500 unlocked (about the same $ as Pixel 2). And Samsung's treatment of Android Pie ( One UI ) is not too shabby. Comes with headphone jack, microSD and decent camera too. The camera on the Pixel 2 may be more capable, but the one on the S9 (particularly t...
by cynan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Dual boot Windows 10 on same SSD (diff partitions)?
Replies: 9
Views: 1239

Re: Dual boot Windows 10 on same SSD (diff partitions)?

Can you just run one or the other inside a VM? Ideally the corporate one so that you have full fat graphics on the host. Interesting. I wonder what the overhead cost would be of running the corporate Windows install in a VM. Would you suggest Hyper-V Quick Create feature included in the Windows 10 ...
by cynan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Dual boot Windows 10 on same SSD (diff partitions)?
Replies: 9
Views: 1239

Re: Dual boot Windows 10 on same SSD (diff partitions)?

...accommodate "security" requirements... Why the quotes around security? What are they asking you to do that you don't already? Quotes were to reflect sarcasm. The locked-down work network is using an aged antivirus program that isn't compatible with the newest build of Windows (at least...
by cynan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Dual boot Windows 10 on same SSD (diff partitions)?
Replies: 9
Views: 1239

Dual boot Windows 10 on same SSD (diff partitions)?

My goal is to partition a single boot drive to have 2 installs of Windows 10 (separate licenses, of course). Briefly, the reason for this is to accommodate "security" requirements with a specific Windows configuration so I can connect to a network at work, and then have my own version of W...
by cynan
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Are ferrits good or bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 858

Re: Are ferrits good or bad?

I thought you were asking about ferrets, which are completely evil overgrown rats. Evil overgrown rats that help reduce interference between components by cutting down on radiated EMI. Here's a photo of one circa 1987 . Created by (ionizing) radiation. With a singular purpose of preventing (EMI) ra...
by cynan
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chuckula's Cheesy Sauce Recipe
Replies: 21
Views: 1530

Re: Chuckula's Cheesy Sauce Recipe

I've always been a bit scared to use a sous vide for actual steak because it might not kill all the tiny stuff, but using it for mac n cheese sounds interesting! Pffft... risk of E coli infection from beef is overblown. Sure, it can happen (with dire consequences), but I've been eating medium rare ...
by cynan
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Get your salt shaker handy -- Radeon 7 too expensive to sell?
Replies: 63
Views: 7783

Re: Get your salt shaker handy -- Radeon 7 too expensive to sell?

I nabbed one. Looking forward to a much needed upgrade from my Titan Xm for 4K gaming. I'm thinking about programming my own stuff, but I rarely use doubles in my own code. Actually, I hate floating points in general because they're so wonky. But I'd think that 32-bit Floats of 2^128 to 2^-127 with...
by cynan
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AMD Ryzen Mobile Issues
Replies: 24
Views: 2969

Re: AMD Ryzen Mobile Issues

Google how to force intstall the official AMD adrenaline drivers too. It's possible (done it with my 2700U) but if everything's running okay I'd leave it as AMD pledged to support Ryzen mobile directly at CES, promised support was due to start "Q1 2019". I keep getting the error that I ha...
by cynan
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13393

Re: Synology Nas advice

I am a little confused about what space QTS actually uses to store snapshot metadata. And what else unallocated space is needed/used for with Thick/Thin volumes. You can reserve space within the volume provisioning, or - according to my understanding of the documentation - QTS might also start savin...
by cynan
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13393

Re: Synology Nas advice

Shucked my drives and set up the QNAP NAS. Everything seemed to work (though I did get a "Fan failed" error when I updated the firmware - I'm not taking this too seriously as the fan seems to be working fine during normal use). There is a lot to familiarize oneself with the QTS software. I...
by cynan
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13393

Re: Synology Nas advice

Got my 3x 8TB WD MyBook externals. According to Crystal disk info they are WD80EFZX, which are purportedly based on the HGST He 10-8 helium platform. Serial numbers indicate warranties through Oct/Nov 2021 (which I will probably negate due to my inexperience at shucking. We'll see how that goes.
by cynan
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13393

Re: Synology Nas advice

How does that explain why they are cheaper than internals now, in spite of including a case and power brick? Some of it might be warranty length. While the now-being-phased-out WD Mybooks apparently have a 3-year warranty as the bare NAS drives, the newer and cheaper (at least MSRP) WD Elements see...
by cynan
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology Nas advice
Replies: 132
Views: 13393

Re: Synology Nas advice

Thanks for the info. Pretty frustrating that there is absolutely no info on either the SATA spec for these NASes or reports of it working with drives that have 3.3V Power Disable... However, as the TS-453A purportedly works with these drives (from user report) and the compatibility list across the T...
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