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by LoneWolf15
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 46
Views: 16478

Re: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?

The Moto G5 is really this phone. 3000mAH battery, decent performance. It's $225 or whatever but if that's all you want, this is it. So long he knows that he's getting one software update, very late in the device's lifetime. The G5 and G5 plus are now getting semi-regular security updates. Yeah, no...
by LoneWolf15
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 12480

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

You know I'll be there. Fish, can you bring that cat paw switchplate for the Fractal case you made for me? The one I never met you in Holland for? ; ^) I will have all sorts of desktop systems for the Swap-O-Rama, mostly Sandy/Ivy, most with 8GB of RAM, with licensed operating systems A couple of AM...
by LoneWolf15
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 12480

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

drfish wrote:
Camping on the beach is fine, provided there is beach to camp on. Get quality tent stakes!


Yes, as in, they should be deep enough to perform the Van Helsing maneuver with, assuming there's a strand of sand wide enough.
by LoneWolf15
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1147
Views: 98791

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I attempted to repair a Dell UltraSharp P2314H monitor today. Sadly, the issue must not have been the power supply or controller board. The backlight lights, but I get no OSD or picture. I'm afraid I'm just going to have to write this one off. Too bad, I was hoping $30 and some elbow grease would ge...
by LoneWolf15
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 12480

Re: TR BBQ XV - Official Thread

If I don't make some Craigslist sales before June-July, I will have plenty of Sandy/Ivy Core i3/5/7 desktops, and an AMD or two as well, for the swap meet, along with whatever parts I usually have. As usual, I will bring some chips, Arizona Tea (for those of you who don't like the craft beer that ma...
by LoneWolf15
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wow...It finally came.
Replies: 14
Views: 1477

Wow...It finally came.

My nVidia 970GTX settlement check.

I don't even own the card any more, but hey, I got thirty bucks, which the lawyers probably made crap tons of interest on before paying it out.
I was joking at the TR BBQ of how I'd never see those thirty bucks.
by LoneWolf15
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 46
Views: 16478

Re: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?

The other problem is that the Nexus 5X is having hardware issues that are causing a lot of turnover. The phone has great specs, but they seem to break about 12-16 months down the road. It causes a never-ending boot loop issue. I wonder if the H791 hardware is any safer than the H790? I picked up my...
by LoneWolf15
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Safely hosting web services from home
Replies: 48
Views: 3340

Re: Safely hosting web services from home

This is why I keep pressing for details on what exactly he is trying to do as opposed to exclusively discussing (with pre-qualifications!) how to do it. Like I warned him at the outset, yup, beyond just the "Mickey Mouse" approach to business he's embarking upon, as you say, he's potentia...
by LoneWolf15
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Safely hosting web services from home
Replies: 48
Views: 3340

Re: Safely hosting web services from home

Even a 5mbit connection is fine for anything non-commercial and non-multimedia. Heck, you could run a Pandora quality "internet Radio" service for 20 users no problem on that, or stream 3 netflix-SD quality videos on that. I would not say that... I find remote access to my server painful ...
by LoneWolf15
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Safely hosting web services from home
Replies: 48
Views: 3340

Re: Safely hosting web services from home

So that's the first question: Is this for laughs/personal use, or are you trying to do something serious? Mostly for personal use. I use digitalocean's $5 a month tier and have never had a problem. I'm on RAMNode's $35/year plan and it's incredible. I'm disappointed, TR. I did not ask for VPS revie...
by LoneWolf15
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 46
Views: 16478

Re: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?

A used (maybe new?) Nexus 5X is probably the best Android option other than the models we've discussed. Updates straight from Google, that's a massive win. The only problem is that it may be a little too dear, hence looking for a used one in good condition. The other problem is that the Nexus 5X is...
by LoneWolf15
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?
Replies: 46
Views: 16478

Re: tired of searching for a good budget (under US$200) phone - ideas?

I'm going to second what one other person said, and recommend a used iPhone 5s/6/6s. You're guaranteed to get updates for a bit, and the 5S and later are 64-bit, so they'll make the transition to iOS 11. Security issues are addressed more quickly, due to updates not being dependent on whether the ca...
by LoneWolf15
Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Streaming frustrations
Replies: 36
Views: 4046

Re: Streaming frustrations

DGL-5500 should be good for streaming overall, but D-Link naturally stopped supporting it so it may not be terribly secure. Personally, I think Amazons devices still leave much to be desired, but I have no experience with the sticks. I suspect they are functional but poor performing. The recent Sti...
by LoneWolf15
Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 79
Views: 11644

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

I really hope Samsung calls me today. Actually I'll be surprised if they call me within the next -week- but I'll give 'em 'til next Wednesday I guess. I don't even understand why the phonecall is necessary; can't they just cut me a check? What's the holdup? Why is there all this red tape? Several p...
by LoneWolf15
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4025
Views: 661667

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Had a Founder's Brewing "Lizard of Koz" this afternoon. Don't let some of the BeerAdvocate Founders' haters tell you different --it's art in a glass, and I get it on tap when I can. Kind of nice being 12 minutes from the brew pub. Just for fun, I brought home a 4-pack of their DKLM (D!@$-K...
by LoneWolf15
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 207
Views: 22766

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Okay. For Sale items I'm bringing in case anyone's interested (and wanted to know ahead of time). PM me with any questions. Dposcorp, you know I always horse-trade too. HP minitower, AMD A10-5700 quad-core, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, USB3, wireless networking, Windows 10 Gateway Minitower, Core i3-3220, 8G...
by LoneWolf15
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 79
Views: 11644

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

But as Crucial has trended downward some from the vaunted M500/M550 drives from several years ago, You don't need to go back that far-In 2015 we had the BX100 a really good budget drive and well priced. Sadly that was replaced with the BX200-A real lemon................................................
by LoneWolf15
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 207
Views: 22766

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Nothing in particular, just like to see whats there and people want to get rid of :D Right now I have two Dell Optiplex 3010 Ivy Bridge i3 desktops, a Gateway i3 Ivy minitower, an HP AMD A-10 minitower, and some black-box minitower that I could build up with an i3, i5, or i7 Sandy. And I have a Thi...
by LoneWolf15
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 79
Views: 11644

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

But as Crucial has trended downward some from the vaunted M500/M550 drives from several years ago At the risk of going off-topic, aren't the MX300 drives from Crucial really good? I've been buying dozens of the 525GB variants and they've been both fast and flawlessly reliable so far. I wouldn't cal...
by LoneWolf15
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP: Gregg Allman
Replies: 13
Views: 1532

Re: RIP: Gregg Allman

Lord, I was born a ramblin' man,
Tryin' to make a livin' and doin' the best I can,
So when it's time for leavin', I hope you'll understand
That I was born a ramblin' man.
by LoneWolf15
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 79
Views: 11644

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

Ugh... OK, so even if Samsung manages to get off my sh*t list, I'm avoiding the 750 series. What could go wrong, indeed! For all of the things I think Samsung cheaps out on, the 850 EVO line has proven to be doggone good. Amazing performance for what has been a very decent price-point. I agree, the...
by LoneWolf15
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 129
Views: 9057

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

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by LoneWolf15
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 79
Views: 11644

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

This is why I'm still plugging away with an oldie but goodie panel that's approaching a decade old at this point -- it seems the most awesome monitors of the current era (for gaming, not prosumers per se) have awful reports re QA. It's why I'm still rocking a Dell 2408WFP-HC as well. I love the 192...
by LoneWolf15
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 4876

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

In my day we had to solder crystals. In the snow. Uphill, both ways. And we liked it that way! My first system (8-bit CP/M system) was built entirely from kits. Bare PCBs, DIP ICs, through-hole resistors and caps. Inhaling all those lead fumes probably explains some things... My first system that I...
by LoneWolf15
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4025
Views: 661667

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

New Glarus (thumpbrint) 2017 Berliner Weisse.

http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/index.c ... ner-weisse

Kind of nice having Wisconsin relatives.
by LoneWolf15
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Realtek Network Adapter Buffer settings
Replies: 24
Views: 5310

Re: Realtek Network Adapter Buffer settings

Just make sure you use recent drivers (not the ones that came on the motherboard support CD, if any). Realtek seems to have a habit of releasing half-baked drivers, then fixing them later. Sometimes not fully fixing them at all. I'd say do as JBI says --and then, if you have odd problems doing the ...
by LoneWolf15
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 4876

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

Yes, I had multiple Slot/Socket A boards fail due to bad capacitors. I also had a Socket AM2 board fail a few years back, but it dated to just before everyone switched to solid capacitors. Now that I think of it, I did have a Foxconn Socket 939 board fail, but it was Foxconn and mediocre. It was a ...
by LoneWolf15
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What are REAL consumer CPUs?
Replies: 132
Views: 6264

Re: What are REAL consumer CPUs?

A consumer product is anything I can buy. Exactly. A consumer, by definition, is one who "consumes", or purchases in this case. I've had boxes around with all sorts of things. Dual Pentium Pro 200. My current Devil's Canyon i7-4790k and Skylake mobile quad i5-6440HQ. The K6-233MHz (not K6...
by LoneWolf15
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 4876

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

I'll be honest --I can't remember the last build I made that failed. It was probably Socket A, and bad capacitors. Since motherboards have been going to all "solid" capacitors, I haven't had one of my own desktop builds fail --except for a Core 2/Intel BadAxe mainboard system I sent with f...
by LoneWolf15
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: 2008 R2 RDP Printing - WTH?
Replies: 1
Views: 1077

Re: 2008 R2 RDP Printing - WTH?

I'd strongly suggest rectifying the domain thing, especially if files are being shared from the server. It's just so much easier to set up and maintain with AD-based users and groups, and ensure that permissions are granted properly with printers too. Doing the workgroup thing was not following best...
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