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by BIF
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3032
Views: 119568

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Anytime you take your car in to somebody but yourself for AC work, it always costs between $1,000 and $1,500. I keep my cars for a long time, so I've come to expect that once or twice for any car that I own. And I'll pay it too, because I hate working on cars. Yeah, I hate it THAT much. And if that'...
by BIF
Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Adding a NAS for backups only
Replies: 15
Views: 567

Re: Adding a NAS for backups only

Thank you Captain Ned; I'm reviewing that now. Duct Tape Dude: Thank you, but that's still more than I want to do at this time. I need a pre-packaged solution that only requires that I add the drives, follow some brief configuration steps, and then set up some new Macrium backups to point to the new...
by BIF
Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Adding a NAS for backups only
Replies: 15
Views: 567

Re: Adding a NAS for backups only

I assume he meant <$300 for the bare NAS (without the drive). Going with a 12TB capacity drive does indeed drive $/GB up though, since it's a "flagship" capacity drive that comes with a premium price tag. Starting with a single drive also means you're vulnerable to losing the entire NAS d...
by BIF
Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Adding a NAS for backups only
Replies: 15
Views: 567

Re: Adding a NAS for backups only

I thought I was clear, but just to be specific: <$300 was for bare NAS only. I'll buy the drive(s) separately. And yes, I might get a 10 TB drive (or 2) instead of a 12. The key for me (and the reason I only mentioned 12 TB drives) was to avoid wasting time considering any devices that could not acc...
by BIF
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Adding a NAS for backups only
Replies: 15
Views: 567

Adding a NAS for backups only

Hello: I'd like to add a diskless NAS for onsite backups only. I'd like to keep the price under $300, but will go higher if it really makes sense. I'm also shopping now for a 12TB hard drive, and would like to get one that is likely to still be around in 3-4 months so I can add a second one for mirr...
by BIF
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 83
Views: 8287

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Watching old Kung Fu episodes now. There was some really good acting in that series, particularly in the 2nd season where I am right now. Also, to keep me from taking life too seriously (and for some much needed contrast), The Dukes of Hazzard. Hey, it's not "reality TV", so don't judge! A...
by BIF
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...
Replies: 20
Views: 1010

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

I use Corel software so that I don't have to pay a subscription to Adobe. I don't upgrade every year. I got rid of DSL, phone, and satellite several years ago (my threads are still here someplace in the forum). I was paying $60 for DSL, I think about $30 or $50 for copper phone (not including long d...
by BIF
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...
Replies: 20
Views: 1010

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

I didn't know that Universal movies were only $5 before 7 pm. For anybody who has to drive on I-4 to get there during rush hour (then park, then walk), however, Universal would almost have to PAY YOU for taking the risk. :roll: :lol: And where is there a $1.75 movie theater? Yep, Prime is indeed a s...
by BIF
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...
Replies: 20
Views: 1010

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

I don't know about weird. I have a couple things that are not safe to divulge that I would like for a subscription to exist. What I do know is that many of these subscription services may be running on fumes. What I mean by that is that cheap money makes the funding of harebrained or unprofitable i...
by BIF
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...
Replies: 20
Views: 1010

You can buy ANYTHING with a subscription now...

It is my long-standing contention that subscriptions are one of the seven signs. Okay, maybe not THAT, but I submit to you that it's getting kind of weird. And yet it must be working, because more and more companies are doing it. Adobe with Creative Cloud, for example. East West's "Cloud Compos...
by BIF
Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 7861

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

I don't think anyone has said this explicitly, but viewing weight loss as something that's always a good thing is a pet peeve of mine. I'm just as heavy now as I ever have been, but I'm not at all out of shape. Two completely different things. I would like to lose some fat and gain some muscle. Tha...
by BIF
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 7861

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

...I can see it for the occasional meal, but not 3, 2, or even 1 meal a day - it just takes too much time... I save time by cooking multiple meals at once. I can cook a whole mess of chicken, fish, steak, or turkey, on an electric, charcoal, or gas grill (or all three if I'm pressed for time) and a...
by BIF
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 7861

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

...the so called problem with grains is only a problem with people with IBS, Celiac disease, and other issues with Gluten. That is true, yes. But it's also a part of the controversy. Some say that grains can aggravate existing conditions, which I believe is demonstrably true by way of millions of p...
by BIF
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 7861

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

A couple items... Variety : Assuming the number of daily meals is 3, most humans can eat pretty much the same things each day for 2 meals. But in order to stay on any change of diet, we need variety in at least 1 meal. Whether that is breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you'll be more successful if you mix...
by BIF
Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help! I'm from an alternate universe!
Replies: 12
Views: 2377

Re: Help! I'm from an alternate universe!

In my universe, we have CompUSA, Radio Shack, and Circuit City stores. But I think Circuit City is on its way out, because they just started playing a Cars song in their television advertisements. I think they're trying to make people forget that their prices are too high and they put way too much p...
by BIF
Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop
Replies: 30
Views: 4130

Re: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop

Would it be worthwhile to wait for the eighth generation i7 to become available? I'm thinking yes, because this opens up options for more cores. That's available now in Sager models, but not yet in Eurocom (not as of about a week ago, anyway). I'm also hoping that manufacturers such as Sager and Eur...
by BIF
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 342
Views: 28548

Re: Video card prices

I'm not sure if this has been discussed previously, but do we know if the lifespan of GPUs will be affected by them having run 24x7 at full load in a mining rig for months? Particularly the ones that use smaller process nodes, due to migration? Would it be a significant risk to pick up GPUs with a ...
by BIF
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 12170

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

* The privacy issues remain a major factor for me. ...In my world, there are much worse things out there to be worried about. And I'm working wihin the security field. There are just some things basically not worth wasting energy caring about when there are so many other things that are infinitely ...
by BIF
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: How to find the best drives
Replies: 10
Views: 1590

Re: How to find the best drives

With maybe one 1TB exception somewhere, I only use hard drives now for backups. Active data, OS, and applications are only on SSDs now. I do a restore of something here or there about once every 18 months or so. Given this, if a spinning hard drive is going to fail, it's most likely going to do that...
by BIF
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 12170

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Classic Shell itself works in Win 10 and fixes Windows Explorer too. However there's so much screen real estate these days that you could just put the icons on the desktop and use it like Windows 3.1 or Palm OS I still use Fences, by Stardock to manage my desktop icons. Works very well and is easy ...
by BIF
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 342
Views: 28548

Re: Video card prices

I'm not sure if this has been discussed previously, but do we know if the lifespan of GPUs will be affected by them having run 24x7 at full load in a mining rig for months? Particularly the ones that use smaller process nodes, due to migration? Would it be a significant risk to pick up GPUs with a ...
by BIF
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 12170

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Windows 10 is the best, most reliable version of Windows to date. At home, I use classic shell. At work, I don't. It's pretty much a non-issue anymore. Crashes are very few. I don't view security and privacy concerns to be major exposures. But beyond that, major corporations are forcing upgrades amo...
by BIF
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 342
Views: 28548

Re: Video card prices

...Watching people lose their minds and think somehow their game hobby can ignore market effects is hilariously entertaining. You're right of course; either we have a free market or we don't. Right now, in this subject, we do. But it's certainly not "hilariously entertaining" to me. I'd c...
by BIF
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 342
Views: 28548

Re: Video card prices

I'd guess you can. I'm also guessing that the clever amongst us can mod it away.
by BIF
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 342
Views: 28548

Re: Video card prices

The problem with gimping cards planned for use by mining applications is that it's anything but entrepreneurial. It games the card market because it tries to pick winners and losers, based on what the customer wants to do (or is doing) with equipment that's supposedly "general purpose" in ...
by BIF
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 342
Views: 28548

Re: Video card prices

Wow, $1K for any GPU is just nuts.

I want to upgrade my GTX 980s to 1080 TIs, but it's just not gonna happen at these prices.

If this continues, I see competition heating up. Prices will come down, but probably not anytime soon.
by BIF
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Netgear Router...Config Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 2772

New Netgear Router...Config Questions

Hello: I recently installed a new Netgear R7800 wireless router, and I need some advice on a few settings... 1. IPV6 appears to be disabled. There are a bunch of possible settings...auto detect, auto config, 6-to-4 tunnel, and more. For years now, I've been under the impression that our IPV4 limitat...
by BIF
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop
Replies: 30
Views: 4130

Re: I might be ready to buy a new gaming laptop

Remember, some of them still slash their "oh's". Even now, almost 80 years into the modern computer era. My family line hasn't been European for somewhere between four and six generations. But I slash my zeroes, dash my sevens and zeds, and tick my ones. Mostly because if I don't, there's...
by BIF
Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 125
Views: 12983

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

TRANSLATION By slowing down phones-apple saves millions of dollars not having to replace the batteries during warranty........................................................ If this were happening, then there would be reports of people with newer devices (or older devices with newer batteries) whe...
by BIF
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSDs and Encryption
Replies: 5
Views: 1459

Re: SSDs and Encryption

I didn't know that! Thank you for the tip.
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