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by Dirge
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 Pro for Workstations
Replies: 6
Views: 10759

Re: W10 Pro for Workstations

Serious question... does it come with Candy Crush Saga? Im pretty sure that sort of crap ware crept into the original Win10 Pro.
by Dirge
Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Looking for recommendations - Dell U2415 / 2515 Vs Asus Eye Care Range
Replies: 3
Views: 5053

Re: Looking for recommendations - Dell U2415 / 2515 Vs Asus Eye Care Range

You could take a look at this site for reviews http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/. I have tried the U2414 which is a sweet Dell monitor, unfortunately cant comment on the models you are looking at. Also I have seen a few comments on reddit regarding eye fatigue and gaming monitors. I am not sure what the ...
by Dirge
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?
Replies: 32
Views: 48200

Re: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?

As tanker27 suggested above: https://www.howtogeek.com/213464/how-to-decrease-eye-fatigue-while-watching-tv-and-gaming-with-bias-lighting/ Hey thanks for the link. I think I will get an led strip to put behind my monitor to improve the indirect lighting. This will only help at night but its a start...
by Dirge
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?
Replies: 32
Views: 48200

Re: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?

Hi rahulahl, that's really great to hear. Do you think your eye strain resulted from long stretches of gaming, or could you say it was also aggravated by browsing/desktop use? I see DancinJack mention he saw a small benefit from using a 144Hz display on the desktop. From what I am reading it looks l...
by Dirge
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?
Replies: 32
Views: 48200

Re: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?

Are you sure it's the LCD causing the eyestrain and not the lighting? It could also be the reduced brightness on your monitor. Having it at 30% could be causing your eyes to strain harder to see the screen. Maybe try bumping that up just a little. Oh ya its not just my display at home, but others I...
by Dirge
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?
Replies: 32
Views: 48200

Re: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?

Spyder do you have issues with your eyes you were hoping to fix? Hopefully you will find some time for some casual gaming.
by Dirge
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?
Replies: 32
Views: 48200

Re: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?

Hi JBI, you might be right. I am not much of a gamer and mostly looking at static text. Also like most people I spend far too many hours in front of the PC.
by Dirge
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?
Replies: 32
Views: 48200

Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?

I am wondering if anyone has had success going from 60Hz to 144Hz to reduce eye strain? I have pretty good eyesight and can read fine print, but get fatigued pretty badly when looking at LCDs. - I have some computer glasses which have helped immensely. - f.lux helps to some degree but the glasses ar...
by Dirge
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 6045

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

I have my own directory structure... though I do use the downloads folder. Its the same for me on Linux.
by Dirge
Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: What Router do you use?
Replies: 108
Views: 11932

Re: What Router do you use?

I use a Mikrotik pretty cool and can be driven by the command line or Winbox which is a GUI type app.
by Dirge
Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Old PSUs
Replies: 57
Views: 7596

Re: Old PSUs

Oh I remember you. Damn good case and yes the PSU failed on this one.

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by Dirge
Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Old PSUs
Replies: 57
Views: 7596

Re: Old PSUs

Interesting, sounds like you could toss a coin on that one. Does anyone pro-actively replace their PSU after say 5 years? Its mostly a question of cost and keeping old hardware running. Ideally replacing everything as new would be more power efficient.
by Dirge
Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Old PSUs
Replies: 57
Views: 7596

Old PSUs

Just curious, if an old PSU popped its clogs what are the chances of it taking other hardware with it? Does anyone have an opinion on proactively replacing the PSU after X number of years? I have a six year old Corsair 650W in an old desktop system, which I have kept relatively dust free. I would li...
by Dirge
Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Old UPS
Replies: 37
Views: 4224

Re: Old UPS

This is all super interesting, thanks for all of the replies. I am now thinking I could open this old UPS up, and take a look at replacing any MOVs and capacitors which might have aged. If you do, just make sure you disconnect the battery first! Wouldn't want the inverter to accidentally get switch...
by Dirge
Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Old UPS
Replies: 37
Views: 4224

Re: Old UPS

This is all super interesting, thanks for all of the replies. I am now thinking I could open this old UPS up, and take a look at replacing any MOVs and capacitors which might have aged.
by Dirge
Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Old UPS
Replies: 37
Views: 4224

Re: Old UPS

I can get a pair of Panasonic 12v 12Ah batteries that fit the place of the APC RBC6. Not cheap though. Is there a good rule of thumb for how long you should hold onto a surge protector before replacing it? I mean they are basically sacrificial. I was told if I put one on the same circuit it would pr...
by Dirge
Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Old UPS
Replies: 37
Views: 4224

Re: Old UPS

Very interesting reading. One thing JBI mentioned, was to add an external surge suppressor upstream. I have noticed surge protectors often come with warnings not to daisy chain. Is there a technical reason where additional MOVs can interfere with clamping times, or is this intended to stop people ov...
by Dirge
Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Old UPS
Replies: 37
Views: 4224

Old UPS

Hi Gerbils, I have an old APC Smart UPS. It was purchased second hand a few years back, and by now is going on 11 years old. I have had it in storage this past year as I need to replace the batteries. The model in question is SUA1000I Smart UPS. Considering the nature of this device, will the electr...
by Dirge
Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS Comparo
Replies: 18
Views: 3006

Re: NAS Comparo

I'm using Qnap and they update the firmware regularly which is a good thing. The only thing to remember is to get HDDs specifically designed for NAS. Regular HDDs (even if in the compatibility list) will give you problems. Oh really, what kind of problems have you experienced? I can only imagine ha...
by Dirge
Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS Comparo
Replies: 18
Views: 3006

Re: NAS Comparo

By far the most important thing when deciding on a QNAP or Synology is which one looks prettiest. I'm going to take you seriously because I agree it should be aesthetically pleasing. Another thing to consider if the web interface. IMO the QNAP TS-212P kinda looks like a turd but does have other thi...
by Dirge
Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS Comparo
Replies: 18
Views: 3006

Re: NAS Comparo

Do you reckon a dual core 800mhz processor would outdo a single core at 1600mhz? I imagine they are both wimpy Marvel chips, but don't know what they can do in the real world.
by Dirge
Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS Comparo
Replies: 18
Views: 3006

Re: NAS Comparo

That is quite outstanding, most vendors leave their products for dead. I am now leaning very heavily towards the QNAP.
by Dirge
Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS Comparo
Replies: 18
Views: 3006

Re: NAS Comparo

All good points to consider, and a noisy fan or un-dampened drives would annoy me. I think the QNAP has the better specs with a 1600mhz CPU, vs a Dual Core 800 MHz for the Synology, and a 1200mhz processor for the WD EX2. The QNAP appears to be a few years old but looks like it's still very competit...
by Dirge
Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:50 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS Comparo
Replies: 18
Views: 3006

NAS Comparo

Hi guys, I have been thinking about getting a small entry-level NAS with user replaceable drives. The three I am looking at are the QNAP TS-212P , Synology DiskStation DS215j and Western Digital My Cloud EX2 . All three look like good devices. I was wondering what the three companies are like for ke...
by Dirge
Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Spyware/Adware/Malware/etc. - Read Me first.
Replies: 39
Views: 69551

Re: Spyware/Adware/Malware/etc. - Read Me first.

Haha I did too, well everyone look away now :D
by Dirge
Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:00 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Value SSD Winner for July 2015?
Replies: 76
Views: 12682

Re: Value SSD Winner for July 2015?

Hey Kougar thanks for that bit of info.
by Dirge
Sat Aug 01, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Spyware/Adware/Malware/etc. - Read Me first.
Replies: 39
Views: 69551

Re: Spyware/Adware/Malware/etc. - Read Me first.

If you choose a custom scan with Malwarebytes 'Scan for Rootkits' is an option. Though I would like to hear of anything better?
by Dirge
Sat Aug 01, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 - Best antivirus?
Replies: 47
Views: 9822

Re: Windows 10 - Best antivirus?

I dunno, with a case of Windows 10 perhaps formatting the drive would be most effective /S

I always liked Eset Nod32 for paid AV and malwarebytes is singularly awesome.
by Dirge
Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:25 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Value SSD Winner for July 2015?
Replies: 76
Views: 12682

Re: Value SSD Winner for July 2015?

Does anyone know the difference between Intel's 530 and 535 series SSD? I guess the slight increment in model number means some small revision, but I cant find anything to back that up. Intel's website seems to show the same performance characteristics for both series.
by Dirge
Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:30 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: PSU's 1 4 Dell Optiplex 755 DT the 2nd Dell XPS8700
Replies: 3
Views: 2892

Re: PSU's 1 4 Dell Optiplex 755 DT the 2nd Dell XPS8700

Hi have you tried looking up your specific model of computer on Dell's website. I seem to remember they have technical manuals for things like chassis and PSU. You can look up the specification/form-factor and then find a manufacturer who makes a compatible PSU.
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