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by FireGryphon
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Which colorimeter?
Replies: 1
Views: 513

Which colorimeter?

I want to properly calibrate my monitor so I can edit photos on my screen and have them look like the way they'll be printed. My current monitor is a Dell 2407-HC, and at some point in the near future I intend to add other screens (like a laptop screen) that I'll want to calibrate as well. I'm looki...
by FireGryphon
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4822

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

...They're not really competition for ms on pcs, just like Windows on mobile isn't for android. The big difference between Windows and Linux is really that Linux isn't in competition in the first place... it's free open-source software. That's the disconnect I see coming up time and again every tim...
by FireGryphon
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4822

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Because phones and tablets are a thing in the real world. They tried, but failed pretty miserably and now have a half-assed product in a lot of places. Ubuntu attempted more less the same thing with Unity. And, in hindsight, we see how well that went. I loved Unity. That was not the UI mess that wa...
by FireGryphon
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4822

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

GrimDanfango wrote:
When it comes to privacy however, the only way you can (vaguely) manage to disable all/most of the invasive nastiness is to get hold of the Enterprise edition...


What issues are only solvable in the Enterprise edition?
by FireGryphon
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4822

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

The problems with Win10 aren't insurmountable, but they seem obnoxious and difficult to deal with. It's enough to make me entertain alternatives, and the more I read this thread I'm reflecting on the fact that unless you're a big gamer or have some specific application you need to run, you really ca...
by FireGryphon
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4822

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

You can always disable the advertisements, but you'll have to disable all the new ones introduced with each update. M$ keeps its users on their toes...
by FireGryphon
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4822

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

You get used to the UI. It's kind of like the "personalized menus" that you used to disable because it would move things around on you all of the time so you couldn't find them--even the order of drives in Windows Explorer get scrambled around depending on what you used last, and this kin...
by FireGryphon
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4822

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Complaining has died down, but that doesn't mean the security concerns are gone, just that you need to know how to turn off the right features to make the OS 'safe'. My impression that once you get that under control, it's just another version of Windows. Irrespective of all that, if you need to liv...
by FireGryphon
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: How to find the best drives
Replies: 10
Views: 678

How to find the best drives

I used to read the TR System Guides to get info on the state of each industry, especially things like hard drives, where knowing the overall picture of reliability, price, size, etc. is important. That info ceased to exist with the new guide format, and there hasn't been a HDD review in quite some t...
by FireGryphon
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...
Replies: 18
Views: 824

Re: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...

Thanks fellas, I appreciate the recommendations. Reading through gives me some new questions: 1. How can you tell if a given display panel is calibrated (or can be calibrated) accurately in the sRGB color space? 2. Are the higher-res screens necessarily better at color reproduction, or are some of t...
by FireGryphon
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...
Replies: 18
Views: 824

Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...

I had my sights set on a Surface Pro for a long time and am nearly at the point of affording one, but lo and behold there's a slew of stories about poor hardware reliability in the entire Surface line. Now what? What draws me to the Surface is the color accuracy of the display and excellent input de...
by FireGryphon
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 117
Views: 6610

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Expected policy or not, I say the policy -- from whatever company is enforcing it -- is part of a planned obsolescence scheme.
by FireGryphon
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Why do USB connectors (almost) never fit well?
Replies: 21
Views: 1501

Re: Why do USB connectors (almost) never fit well?

Not sure why you're concerned about having a little extra exposed metal. I can see what he means. I mean, if you plug in a Lightning connector, that thing snaps in tight every time. Its reassuring. A bunch of USB devices I've used over the years have had unstable connectabilityness. Most of the tim...
by FireGryphon
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Touchscreen instead of touchpad
Replies: 14
Views: 639

Re: Touchscreen instead of touchpad

I’ll break with the crowd here. I think a touchscreen there is a great idea. For productivity apps, like office, Photoshop, etc. you would have the menus and buttons on the secondary screen and have the entire main screen for your work. Games would work the same way, where you have one screen for yo...
by FireGryphon
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1228
Views: 120043

Re: Winter weather

Here in the DC area it's been in the teens and single digits for over a week. It's been years since snow has persisted on the ground for so long. It's beautiful out and the temperature is pushing the limits of how warm my winter gear can keep me.
by FireGryphon
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 117
Views: 6610

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

I'm torn. It's nice that they offer inexpensive battery replacement, but why do I need 'full performance' to open the text message app in under 30 seconds?
by FireGryphon
Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 117
Views: 6610

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

Lot of 6s had faulty batteries-That's why apple did this-to save millions in warranty costs. A new battery will fix your problem-I think apple in damage mode just reduced the cost. Just hope they not using same shi**y battery as before.................................. What I don't understand, thou...
by FireGryphon
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 117
Views: 6610

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

My 6s+ was great for a while, but recently it hangs for a good 30 seconds at random times, such as bringing up a txt message or opening an email. Never happened before. I’m sure my battery is degraded, and Apple claims to be limiting burst performance to conserve battery life, but opening a txt mess...
by FireGryphon
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Challenge: Find HGST's official warranty length :)
Replies: 34
Views: 2401

Re: Challenge: Find HGST's official warranty length :)

Maybe I just haven’t purchased a HDD in a while, but a 2 year warranty seems way too short. Also, I feel like I've been living under a rock and all of a sudden woke up to a world where HGST is the top-rated HDD manufacturer. Sheesh...
by FireGryphon
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 9318

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

whm, how's this going?
by FireGryphon
Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 9318

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Good for you, whm. How does it feel?
by FireGryphon
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Greyed our iPhone icons
Replies: 7
Views: 1495

Re: Greyed our iPhone icons

Thanks for the replies. I have background app refresh and sync off. The greyed out look is exactly like the pre-update look, only I have everything set to manual for updates, refreshes, etc. (and this problem happens even after I apply updates, which I do regularly). I also deleted and reinstalled t...
by FireGryphon
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Greyed our iPhone icons
Replies: 7
Views: 1495

Greyed our iPhone icons

I have a weird problem that isn’t on any of the usual Mac sites, so I figured I’d try here. This problem is with my iPhone 6s Plus running ios11. Lately I noticed that icons, especially the Chrome icon on the bar at the bottom of the screen, will become greyed out. I cannot figure out why this happe...
by FireGryphon
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 9318

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

You win week 1. Gotta keep winning! I think you can keep it up.
by FireGryphon
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 9318

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Unless you have a specific need for a particular diet, I think people should eat a bit of everything. It’s only when there’s an excess or lack of something that there’s a problem. I used to not care about sugar as a kid. I could have all the candy and cookies around me and still eat just a couple pi...
by FireGryphon
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 9318

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Artificial sweetener affects your body’s ability to process sugar.i don’t have the article link handy, but the upshot is that artificial sweetener isn’t the free ride everyone thought.
by FireGryphon
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 9318

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Keep it up, whm. You can do it! I previously drank a lot of soda, and now I replace it with water, sometimes flavored with some fruit juice or a slice of fruit. You can get pitchers that you put water in and then in an internal compartment you put pieces of fruit to infuse the water. It gives a nice...
by FireGryphon
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 9318

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Good luck, man. Cold turkey is one way to do it. I know people who have successfully cured addictions that way. In the end you'll be better off, and your body will hopefully come to realize how much better it feels not having deadly gobs of sugar coursing through it. Keep us posted on how you're doi...
by FireGryphon
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 7587

Re: What is your sound set up?

My setup is objectively pathetic. I have an old pair of iPhone earbuds hooked up to the front panel headphone jack on my case, run through built in audio. Aside from no audio at all, I can’t imagine a much worse setup. The reason for all that is that my computer room is too close to bedrooms, so I w...
by FireGryphon
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: The iPhone got forked!
Replies: 154
Views: 6733

Re: The iPhone got forked!

You can disable Face ID by a) powering off the phone b) hot key before you deal with law enforcement In the heat of the moment people may get distracted and forget, and therein lies the problem. iPhone X as small as a non Plus. Next years iPhone will come in two sizes so you can pick and choose. Th...