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by FireGryphon
Fri May 25, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?)
Replies: 10
Views: 231

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?)

Both of these keyboards are barely dirty! The clicky keys are delightful. I miss the feedback these old keys give. What a racket, though!
by FireGryphon
Fri May 25, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?)
Replies: 10
Views: 231

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M

A pic would require me dusting off my photo storage account which I haven't used for years and don't even remember the name of... easier to type: Part No 1389162 ID No 1048086 Date 05APR88 Plt No F1 Model M EDIT: Hmm, it appears that this may be a 'Model F' keyboard, based on Internet pics and some ...
by FireGryphon
Fri May 25, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?)
Replies: 10
Views: 231

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M

There's lots of numbers on the bottom: part number, id no, and then a sticker with a 'TYPE' number on it. Which do you want?
by FireGryphon
Fri May 25, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?)
Replies: 10
Views: 231

Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?)

I'm looking through some bins that I had stored from years ago and it looks like I have an honest to goodness Model M keyboard! It still has the original connector on it. Is it worth keeping it in pristine condition or should I modify it for USB?
by FireGryphon
Wed May 23, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 33
Views: 676

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

I meant to say receiver/DAC, since many have both capabilities. Essentially with one of those you completely bypass internal sound and competently power a nice set of speakers. Without one you’d still need to convert the signal somehow.
by FireGryphon
Tue May 22, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 758

Re: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?

In my experience, my insurance company did not 'go after' the other person's insurance. I had to wait a couple weeks until the other guy notified his insurance, at which point his insurance worked with me to fix the damage. It seems like there should be a legal recourse for someone not contacting th...
by FireGryphon
Tue May 22, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 33
Views: 676

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

+1 on jbi's budgeting. I'd rather spend $350 on speakers and use onboard audio than $150 on a sound card and $200 on speakers. In fact, I'd not spend anything on a sound card until the amp and speakers are at $2000 or higher. Weellll... I wouldn't go that far. But roughly equal $ for the soundcard ...
by FireGryphon
Tue May 22, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 758

Re: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?

It depends heavily on her coverage, but generally when someone else is at fault, they report it to their insurance company and then their insurance company contacts you. You can go ahead and have it covered under your own insurance (which includes paying your deductible) if you don't want to go thro...
by FireGryphon
Sun May 13, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 52
Views: 3190

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

The only two cards I have in use are the sound card (disabled in Device Manager) and the Radeon RX-550. The Radeon driver is recent. The popping seems more pronounced during heavy CPU usage. Maybe a bus issue? I read this and thought of changing the IRQ to see if that improved performance, but no, ...
by FireGryphon
Sun May 06, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 52
Views: 3190

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

Have you tried disabling all the Line In ports, at least the analog ones?
by FireGryphon
Sun May 06, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A hacker is pictured
Replies: 18
Views: 1410

A hacker is pictured

This made me laugh. Not the article, but the picture (scroll down) of a hacker:

https://abcnews.go.com/US/massachusetts ... d=54852682

:P :P :P
by FireGryphon
Wed May 02, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1259

Re: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive

Reading this thread reminded me of when hard drives were so loud and slow that they sounded like you were dragging a piece of card stock over 20 grit sandpaper.
by FireGryphon
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Upcycling an old washing machine
Replies: 10
Views: 609

Re: Upcycling an old washing machine

In the spirit of advancing scientific knowledge, in collaboration with our dear friends from the Islamic Republic of Iran, I would strongly urge you to re-purpose the drum as an Uranium enrichment centrifuge. :D I got a spare Vespa motor, and all that is missing is some of that yellowcake! uni-mita...
by FireGryphon
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Upcycling an old washing machine
Replies: 10
Views: 609

Upcycling an old washing machine

Per my last thread , I'm now upcycling (this hipster word is a good one!) my old washing machine. The motor is dead, but the rest should be OK. Any ideas what I can do with the parts? I'd like to make a fire pit out of the tub, but it's steel coated in enamel/porcelain. Is that stuff safe to heat up...
by FireGryphon
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New washing machine
Replies: 16
Views: 1770

Re: New washing machine

There's a new wrinkle (heh) that I discovered: Speed Queen's new models for 2018 are very different than the older ones and are not as desirable. SQ fans seem to like the Maytag Commercial MVWP575GW. Any thoughts on this?
by FireGryphon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New washing machine
Replies: 16
Views: 1770

Re: New washing machine

Thanks for the responses. Funny that all three of you say Speed Queen. SQ is the only brand that gets a recommendation. Front loaders and HE washers get the worst rap, especially Samsung. The big ones like Whirlpool and Maytag have twice as as many people complaining about them as giving positive re...
by FireGryphon
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New washing machine
Replies: 16
Views: 1770

New washing machine

Mine just stopped working, and the repairman said it'll cost $700 to replace the motor. No thanks, on a 10 year old machine. Does anyone here have a recommendation for a washer? I'm looking at top-load agitator washers currently and need one at least 4.7 cf. (FYI, consumer Reports seems underwhelmin...
by FireGryphon
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87652

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I fixed the lock mechanism on one of our doors. It somehow got moved so the latch didn't catch. A simple adjustment fixed it.
by FireGryphon
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 7731

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

I was reflecting the other day about how I missed the old days of arguing whether x86 was better than PPC. If Apple does switch, that'll make things interesting again. Wireless audio on phones is amazing. Such a sense of freedom. Those who would give up essential fidelity to gain temporary freedom d...
by FireGryphon
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3266

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Would an IR camera aimed at the wall/ceiling possibly reveal where the nest is? Especially if you can find him coming in and track him as he moves.
by FireGryphon
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99
Replies: 47
Views: 4907

Re: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99

Later on, I discovered that installing the P2-233 in a BX system with SDRAM resulted in a massive ~40% performance boost. Wow, I didn't know that EDO was so much slower than SDRAM! I've heard of EDO, but I never "experienced" it. When I got my Pentium 133 MHz machine, I got 32MB EDO RAM. ...
by FireGryphon
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99
Replies: 47
Views: 4907

Re: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99

That’s a nice machine. What other games and programs are you running on it? Just reading about it is great nostalgia.

Names like 3dfx and Aureal... they represented a pinnacle of their field.
by FireGryphon
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Legal DOS Games
Replies: 8
Views: 1152

Re: Legal DOS Games

GOG.com is a great place to find old DOS games. No fancy emulation tricks needed, but you'll have to pay a few dollars per game. Well, there are fancy emulation tricks... GOG just pre-configure and package self-contained DOSBox setups with most old DOS games, so you don't need to set it up yourself...
by FireGryphon
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Legal DOS Games
Replies: 8
Views: 1152

Re: Legal DOS Games

GOG.com is a great place to find old DOS games. No fancy emulation tricks needed, but you'll have to pay a few dollars per game.
by FireGryphon
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Which colorimeter?
Replies: 3
Views: 2350

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: 10653

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: 10653

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: 10653

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: 10653

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: 10653

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...