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by FireGryphon
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Chrome keeps crashing! Help!
Replies: 3
Views: 275

Chrome keeps crashing! Help!

It's been so long since I've had to troubleshoot something that I forgot how to do it. Chrome kept crashing when I tried to open the browser. I'd hit 'close program', and it'd keep popping up with the same error. I uninstalled it and reinstalled it, and I keep getting the 'crashed' error that contin...
by FireGryphon
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3310
Views: 133763

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Historic train rides are usually great fun. I've been on a bunch. Today I went on the historic train ride at the B&O museum in Baltimore, MD. It's billed as the 'Mile One Express', a ride that travels on the first tracks ever to be laid in the United States, starting at a roundhouse that has the...
by FireGryphon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3310
Views: 133763

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

JBI, has this style of beer ever come across your judging table? :o :D :roll: :lol:
by FireGryphon
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?
Replies: 62
Views: 2053

Re: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?

Now that I’m reading through this I’m curious: what is considered good media for backups, and what is a good ‘scrubbing’ procedure to make sure the data stays fresh?
by FireGryphon
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3310
Views: 133763

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

What happens if you write a check to someone and make it for a negative amount? Would it even be accepted? Would the teller enter it as a negative amount? What would the computer do with a negative deposit?
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3310
Views: 133763

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Bilbo Baggins is great! Right around the corner from my folks' place. if I remember right there's some zoning reason there's not many actual breweries in DC itself, despite the size of the craft-beer-drinking population. Yep, pretty restrictive in DC, but the industry thrives in VA and MD. The loca...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3310
Views: 133763

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Software testing, of the multi-state regulatory variety. If you find any good beer places let me know. I stop there sometimes in the year on the way to the ports. Best place I know in the DC area is called ‘Bilbo Baggins’, a little bar/restaurant in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. It’s regular beer...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units
Replies: 43
Views: 2515

Re: Air conditioning: Dual-zone mini split vs two portable units

Portable units are less efficient, and also need their condensation to be drained. My friend had a portable unit because he couldn’t afford a ‘real’ one and he built a little sump pump to drain the water. Is something to worry about that a built-in unit would automatically take care of. The portable...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I need a robocall killer for iOS
Replies: 14
Views: 952

Re: I need a robocall killer for iOS

Unless I’m expecting a call from a number not on my contact list (like a workman scheduled that day, for example) I don’t pick up numbers I don’t recognize. I get several spam calls per day, but never pick them up. If it’s a legit caller I miss, they’ll leave a message.
by FireGryphon
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Touchpad woes
Replies: 10
Views: 847

Touchpad woes

I’m gearing up to buy a laptop but there’s one thing that is holdig me back: buggy touchpads. I use Dell laptops at work (various Latitude models from various years) and my wife uses a Dell XPS 12 from a few years ago at home. All of the touchpads exhibit the same problems: 1. Sometimes a left-click...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't
Replies: 21
Views: 1222

Re: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't

Yeah, the Windows driver stack for optical drives is a bizarre beast. I have vague recollections of various issues arising because of problems with "upper filter" and "lower filter" drivers, and performing manual registry surgery to fix it. Haven't had to deal with that sort of ...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3310
Views: 133763

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Pet peeve: Robocall that immediately puts you on hold when you pick up. Great way to guarantee that I won't talk to you. These days I need to talk to so few people, and with the localized spoofing spam I simply don't answer my phone. People that need me know to get me a text or email. This, and als...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't
Replies: 21
Views: 1222

Re: DOS sees directories, Windows doesn't

I don't want to derail the thread or deride your process for setting up your computer, but you really shouldn't use the setup CDs that come with motherboards or any other computer product unless absolutely necessary. Just download drivers from the sites that you require. I can't download anything u...
by FireGryphon
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need a laptop, but not sure which anymore...
Replies: 19
Views: 2895

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

I waited to see what the new MacBook Pro would look like last week, but there's no new one yet. Bummer. The MBP still has the best trackpad and a great screen, but the keyboard is now inferior (both in reported reliability and in my own experience using it). Double bummer. The 'new' Surface Pro isn'...
by FireGryphon
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...
Replies: 20
Views: 1391

Re: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...

The only practical problem with Amazon subscriptions is that the individual products are more expensive than what you'd get in a physical store. Depends on the product, I suppose. I have a particular kind of soap I use; I have skin issues, and most other soaps are problematic to varying degrees. A ...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Need advice on home/consumer video conferencing
Replies: 8
Views: 1012

Re: Need advice on home/consumer video conferencing

If you want those kinds of webcam features then you should get a webcam, and a computer to fo along with it. I doubt such features will work on FaceTime, but it might with Skype. You’re clearly in desktop computer territory with your needs, though.
by FireGryphon
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...
Replies: 20
Views: 1391

Re: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...

Subscriptions are a way of sucking as much money out of people as possible. Rather than buy what you need when you need it, these services want you to dedicate an amount of money to them per month and either adjust your consumption to consume more or let the excess go to waste. It's a good model for...
by FireGryphon
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...
Replies: 20
Views: 1391

Re: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...

The only practical problem with Amazon subscriptions is that the individual products are more expensive than what you'd get in a physical store. Maybe when you add in discounts for having multiple recurring orders it'd be closer, but per item it's not a good deal. The way I figure it, I'll have to g...
by FireGryphon
Sun May 27, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1577

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

All right, here are some pics of the Model F/M and the other keyboard: First, the Model F/M: http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z320/fireg2007/file5_zps2rqitcyo.jpeg Here's a pic of the label on the back of the Model F/M: http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z320/fireg2007/file4_zpsjnf5lpzt.jpeg Now a...
by FireGryphon
Sat May 26, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1577

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! Honestly thought you made this thread because of the review on the front page today. You know you can still get buckling spring keyboards today, right? https://t...
by FireGryphon
Fri May 25, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1577

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?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1577

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?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1577

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?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1577

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

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: 43
Views: 2449

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: 1669

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: 43
Views: 2449

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: 1669

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: 91
Views: 6841

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: 91
Views: 6841

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

Have you tried disabling all the Line In ports, at least the analog ones?