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by FireGryphon
Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Fios question--routers
Replies: 6
Views: 1240

Re: Fios question--routers

My understanding is that you need a FIOS modem, and those usually have routers built into them by default, so you'd be stuck buying one anyway. It may matter if you get TV service, too, but I'm not sure.
by FireGryphon
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Spilt From General photography thread - Looking for monitor
Replies: 3
Views: 893

Re: Spilt From General photography thread - Looking for monitor

I was hoping the OP would clarify. There are lots of photo geeks on this board, and I'm curious what they'd recommend!
by FireGryphon
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Need ideas for my next game...
Replies: 24
Views: 1796

Re: Need ideas for my next game...

Homeworld is a great game, and you should definitely play it, but play the original. The Remastered version is not good since it simplifies combat and makes the game much less fun as a result. Let me also recommend an oldie: Majesty The Fantasy Kingdom Sim. It's not a true RTS in that your kingdom k...
by FireGryphon
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dashcam for my Car - Buying Advice Needed
Replies: 19
Views: 1642

Re: Dashcam for my Car - Buying Advice Needed

So far the best dashcam review site I've found is The Wire Cutter, with this review. They explain their methodology and reasoning better than any of the other sites and seem more trustworthy to me.
by FireGryphon
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: It's been so long!
Replies: 21
Views: 2009

Re: It's been so long!

I'm glad the surgery went well. I hope you have a speedy and full recovery!
by FireGryphon
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 72
Views: 3963

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

I've learned that with any site that allows user reviews, you have to read at least a few of the reviews instead of just relying on the overall rating. I got burned by this a couple of years ago booking a hotel on Expedia. The overall rating was OK, but if I had read the reviews I would've never bo...
by FireGryphon
Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dashcam for my Car - Buying Advice Needed
Replies: 19
Views: 1642

Re: Dashcam for my Car - Buying Advice Needed

I looked into his myself and there seems to be little consensus among dashcam review sites as to which camera is best. Each site seems to have its own favorite, and what gets a good review on one site usually gets a mediocre review on another. It's hard to get a feel for what makes a good dashcam wi...
by FireGryphon
Wed May 17, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 46
Views: 3186

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

I never said the Hafler sounded exceptional, or the Crown for that matter. I doubt he wants to hear about 50-60 year old tube amplifiers and the virtues of 20w a channel to a pair of 50 year old paper cone speakers, or the virtues of running a mono setup for 40+ year old music that was mastered tha...
by FireGryphon
Wed May 17, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 46
Views: 3186

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

Stereo, music only. Got it. NAD D 3020 . The original NAD 3020 put more people on the audiophile path than most any other box in history. The new one is compact, has a gutsy amplifier section, digital and analog inputs, a subwoofer line-level output, and the audiophile press has simply plotzed abou...
by FireGryphon
Tue May 16, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 46
Views: 3186

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

Thanks for all the responses so far!

The Yamaha S202 looks like a good bare bones receiver. It's tough to determine whether other, slightly more expensive receivers have better sound quality or if they just improve connectivity and other features. Can anyone weigh in on that?
by FireGryphon
Mon May 15, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 46
Views: 3186

Re: Match these speakers to a receiver

Yamaha RX-V379BL would work and is good for the price I am told. I am not expert though. Not sure if there is a better option. I"ll check it out, thanks. Do you want Bluetooth and network streaming capabilities like those of the Onkyo TX-8140 ? The Yamaha R-S202 is a less expensive option that...
by FireGryphon
Sun May 14, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Match these speakers to a receiver
Replies: 46
Views: 3186

Match these speakers to a receiver

I like these KEF Q100 speakers . The set gets good reviews and isn't too expensive in the world of audiophilia. The problem is, what amp do I get? Most mainstream amps fall into two categories: amps with tons of home theater features I'll never use that seem to pack in features instead of quality au...
by FireGryphon
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1219
Views: 116438

Re: Winter weather

The DC area is covered in ice today. It rained little ice pellets for about 12 hours. Took me an hour and a half to chip the driveway and get the car out.
by FireGryphon
Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: First time home buyer
Replies: 40
Views: 5166

Re: First time home buyer

LED Bulbs: all of these should last forever (effectively), but it seems like Cree is popular here. IIRC, people liked the Cree bulbs because they did a good job of mimicking incandescents. Only if they've gotten their QA issues under control. I've had several Cree bulbs fail in various ways, and th...
by FireGryphon
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Good Podcasts, January 2017 edition
Replies: 9
Views: 530

Good Podcasts, January 2017 edition

What podcasts are we all listening to these days? I have a long commute to fill up and need ideas.

Personally, I listen to CarTalk, but I have a lot more time to fill up now.
by FireGryphon
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1219
Views: 116438

Re: Winter weather

It was in the single digits a few days ago in DC, and tomorrow it's supposed to be in the 60s. There was also a dusting of snow here last weekend. tomorrow https://www.theweathernetwork.com/mn/weather/-/ulaanbaatar Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia? :o I am still amazed by the 'smoke' forecast. Certain other ci...
by FireGryphon
Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1219
Views: 116438

Re: Winter weather

It's been hovering around freezing here in the DC area lately, but the last few days were warm. It always amazes me the way some 40 degree weather can feel cold and other times seem warm. It can't be all relative. There must be some other quality than temperature that affects feel.
by FireGryphon
Mon Dec 26, 2016 6:31 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Music on a very old computer
Replies: 38
Views: 3143

Re: Music on a very old computer

Most notable game that used MODs that I know of is Star Control 2. UT2004 had a composer that was decent in the MOD community but I think they used OGGs. The original Unreal Tournament used MOD files, S3M to be exact. The composer was Andrew Sega (Straylight Productions), who was and still is a fam...
by FireGryphon
Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1219
Views: 116438

Re: Winter weather

It's been in the 20's for a couple of days in the DC area. I cleaned the leaves out of my gutters today and I found that water had gotten stuck in the leaves and debris and frozen in the bottom of the gutter, so I was really pulling out sheets of ice with cleaves, twigs, and other debris stuck in it...
by FireGryphon
Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 36
Views: 2660

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

I converted all the lights in my house to Cree TW bulbs. They're a tad whiter than incandescents, and have about the same color quality to my eye. I am very sensitive to the poor color quality of CFL and regular LED bulbs, so I'm happy to have found a good LED alternative in the Cree TWs.
by FireGryphon
Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any clock makers here?
Replies: 3
Views: 613

Any clock makers here?

I'm embarking on making my own wall clock and finding the right parts is tougher than I thought. The clock I'm making is based on the clutch pulled from my car. I cleaned it off and think it'll look great on the wall. This requires a high-torque clock movement that can support large hands and has a ...
by FireGryphon
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Grado
Replies: 91
Views: 7799

Re: Grado

I've been using a pair of Grados for about 20 years now and they still sound great. Subjectively, I like them better than other cans I've tried. It's also cool to go down to the factory in Brooklyn and talk to the people there; can't do that with most big brands made overseas. There's subjectivity i...
by FireGryphon
Sun Aug 14, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: The Tech Report forums got a big upgrade
Replies: 105
Views: 6455

Re: The Tech Report forums got a big upgrade

Also also, how come this thread isn't in the 'hot threads' section of the front page? I have to click through another post to get here. What's up wit that? Because this is a pinned thread. The other thread was created purely to draw attention to this thread because few ppl check the announcement su...
by FireGryphon
Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: The Tech Report forums got a big upgrade
Replies: 105
Views: 6455

Re: The Tech Report forums got a big upgrade

Also, I like the darker theme. If feels modern, but very comfortable, like the OG color scheme.

Also also, how come this thread isn't in the 'hot threads' section of the front page? I have to click through another post to get here. What's up wit that?
by FireGryphon
Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: The Tech Report forums got a big upgrade
Replies: 105
Views: 6455

Re: The Tech Report forums got a big upgrade

Looks good! I can't believe it took 16 years to do this :P
by FireGryphon
Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Grado
Replies: 91
Views: 7799

Re: Grado

I Have lowly Grado SR-80's, but they make my music sound like it's on vinyl. I love the sound and can only imagine what the better models sound like. Grado's customer service is what you'd expect from a family-owned and operated business in the United States. If you're ever in NYC, you can stop by t...
by FireGryphon
Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Hydroponics Experiment
Replies: 24
Views: 1947

Re: Hydroponics Experiment

Cool experiment, but a question: wouldn't letting the top tray overflow into the bottom tray mean that all the nutrients seep out of the top and into the bottom?
by FireGryphon
Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: FIOS: Buy or rent a router?
Replies: 20
Views: 26971

Re: FIOS: Buy or rent a router?

Thanks for all the responses! I'm getting Verizon FIOS 50/50 up/down. In my area it's actually cheaper to get internet + TV than just Internet by itself, so I'll need the Verizon MoCA modem/router to parse TV and internet from the ONT. I'm looking to see if I can get one cheaply enough that it's wor...
by FireGryphon
Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: FIOS: Buy or rent a router?
Replies: 20
Views: 26971

FIOS: Buy or rent a router?

I'm taking the plunge and getting FIOS, and I have the option to either rent a modem for $9 per month or buy one of my own. I'm having some trouble finding reliable sources of info on this topic on the web. It seems Amazon product reviews are all there is, and I don't want to make a big decision bas...
by FireGryphon
Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Burying my dad tomorrow
Replies: 53
Views: 3069

Re: Burying my dad tomorrow

Coming late to this thread, but my condolensces, idchafee. Sounds like your father was a great man.