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by whm1974
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 66
Views: 2698

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

just brew it! wrote:
whm1974 wrote:
Captain Ned wrote:
Why do you think FORTRAN still exists?

Yes but how many end users write applications themselves?

Enough to create much of the existing Linux ecosystem?

bthylafh wrote:
Go study.

Seconded.

I was referring to laboratory equipment.
by whm1974
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 66
Views: 2698

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Captain Ned wrote:
whm1974 wrote:
After hearing about issues such as this, I wonder if users of laboratory equipment should write the software themselves.

Why do you think FORTRAN still exists?

Yes but how many end users write applications themselves?
by whm1974
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 66
Views: 2698

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

That falls into the depressingly normal state of laboratory instrument software, however this special edition also can't run at all if the date/time format is set to anything other than US English. Thanks. Somehow, the date format requirement grinds my gears more than tripping up on the .NET versio...
by whm1974
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 314
Views: 13442

Re: So who here is actually mining?

It’s funny, during the beginning of the etherum craze, I had a pair of 7950 cards, which were just about the best cards for mining. I also lived in a complex that didn’t charge me electricity, but I didn’t see the thing catching on so I never bothered looking into it. Fast forward to now, makes me ...
by whm1974
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 121
Views: 10625

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

I have issues with most mechanical keyboards because I like super-light keys and most of the designs are above 60 cN. I discovered a old NMB keyboard with "space invaders" switches... and I hope it doesn't die any time soon because it's near-perfect. If you're curious: https://imgur.com/a...
by whm1974
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 314
Views: 13442

Re: So who here is actually mining?

DPete27 wrote:

Reading this, it would be wise not actually spend any money buying crypto currencies but only mine them, and then get cash out when you make major money.
by whm1974
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Saving change fo new PC in three years.
Replies: 18
Views: 456

Re: Saving change fo new PC in three years.

kvndoom wrote:
If you start donating plasma now and keep with it, you should be able to afford the RAM and video card by then.

Well I do have O- blood, so how much would I get? I haven't thought of this.
by whm1974
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Saving change fo new PC in three years.
Replies: 18
Views: 456

Re: Saving change fo new PC in three years.

Behold! http://www.coincalc.com Go forth and estimate. Edit: Extra points if you figure out how to put stale food towards the budget for your next upgrade. Information such as this would be of great value. Thanks. I'll check the used by date on the peanut butter filled pretzels to see if they are s...
by whm1974
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Saving change fo new PC in three years.
Replies: 18
Views: 456

Re: Saving change fo new PC in three years.

anotherengineer wrote:
PC's last 10 years these days :)

My system is already five years old...
by whm1974
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Saving change fo new PC in three years.
Replies: 18
Views: 456

Saving change fo new PC in three years.

I have a 24 oz container about a quarter of of change and other one of the same type half full with food(stale?). My plan is save up any change and once both of them are full or three years passes, and cash in the change for building a new system. I will going back to school so working part time is ...
by whm1974
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4600

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

My less stable and less smooth main home system is Asus ROG Strix X370-F + Ryzen 5 1600 @ Auto The "@ Auto" explains any problems you're having. The very first thing I do upon booting a new system is to turn off any automatic BIOS overclocking crap. I'd rather not have my voltages and RAM...
by whm1974
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 64
Views: 2487

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

Well for this of us who would like to run Linux on these APUs, it looks like you will have jump through a few hoops first. Either that or wait a few months first. https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ryzen5-2400g-vega11&num=1 Not at all surprising. In fact, I would've been ve...
by whm1974
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4600

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

If Arch/Manjaro are requiring reboots every time you install updates, they're doing something wrong. In general, the only time a reboot is necessary on Debian/Ubuntu is if you're replacing the kernel or device drivers. And even in those cases, you're free to keep working and postpone the reboot unt...
by whm1974
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4600

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Waco wrote:
whm1974 wrote:
So Win10 has improved on these matters then?

I've got the updates enabled (on all of my machines, from netbook-quality junk to my desktop) and completely ignore that they happen...so yes?

Can you still use the computer as you are updating?
by whm1974
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4600

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

There are plenty of things about Windows update which are annoying, but it works well at what it does. The only time I've encountered multiple reboots is during a not-a-service-pack update, or after a fresh install when there's a whacking huge number of updates available, and now that I think about...
by whm1974
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4600

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

From my own experience and from what I'm hearing about Win10 updates, Manjaro does the rolling releases much better with fewer issues, and those issues are fixable. However you do need to keep with the updates, otherwise you will need to reinstall if you wait too long. I will bet you all the money ...
by whm1974
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4600

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

You just have to put up with a fairly innocuous activation prompt if you don't want to pay. To my surprise, this recently disappeared from the desktop of unactivated systems. I have a couple of Blue Iris systems that run 24/7 and haven't been activated ever, and they just sit there and run (exactly...
by whm1974
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dome with slider keyboards still made?
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: Dome with slider keyboards still made?

It's more of a potential issue for anyone else within earshot. I guess a clicky keyboard doesn't usually bother the person using one, just everyone else. Although I remember back in high school and lower, that computer keyboards seems to have of a clack sound then a click one. Model Ms are very &qu...
by whm1974
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dome with slider keyboards still made?
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: Dome with slider keyboards still made?

just brew it! wrote:
It's more of a potential issue for anyone else within earshot.

I guess a clicky keyboard doesn't usually bother the person using one, just everyone else. Although I remember back in high school and lower, that computer keyboards seems to have of a clack sound then a click one.
by whm1974
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dome with slider keyboards still made?
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: Dome with slider keyboards still made?

Don't get me wrong, I love my AZIO keyboard with Kahl Blue switches. But while the clickly sounds doesn't bother me but in an office environment hearing a bunch of these would be another story. Guy at the desk diagonally opposite from me has a Model M, so my RK-9000 with o-ring mod is not the loude...
by whm1974
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dome with slider keyboards still made?
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: Dome with slider keyboards still made?

Don't get me wrong, I love my AZIO keyboard with Kahl Blue switches. But while the clickly sounds doesn't bother me but in an office environment hearing a bunch of these would be another story.
by whm1974
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dome with slider keyboards still made?
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: Dome with slider keyboards still made?

Domes with mechanisms to actuate them when they collapse rather than at the bottom of their travel are still available. Often under the name semi-mechanical or similar these days. Topre's is widely considered the best (also used in Fujitsu's Happy Hacking Pro keyboards) but they're rather expensive...
by whm1974
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dome with slider keyboards still made?
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: Dome with slider keyboards still made?

I think found something I would look for in RD keyboard, the Apex 100 and 150 made by these guys:
https://steelseries.com/gaming-keyboards
by whm1974
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dome with slider keyboards still made?
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Dome with slider keyboards still made?

I watch this review of the Dell QuietKey keyboard with NMB Rubber dome with sliders over at Deskthority: https://deskthority.net/review-f45/dell-quietkey-nmb-dome-with-slider-t18249.html Are these types of keyboards still being made? From the review i think NMB domes with sliders would be my preferr...
by whm1974
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11887

Re: Video card prices

I wondering how people have brought the Ryzen 5 2400G to get by on low end gaming until dGPUs return to normal?
by whm1974
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4600

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Unity was vaguely Mac-ish, so I am not surprised that our resident member of the Cult Of Apple thought it was decent. Yes, it was simple and (mostly) consistent. That's really the best thing I can say about it. Aside from that, it was too much of a compromise, and got in my way more than it helped....
by whm1974
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 64
Views: 2487

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

Well for this of us who would like to run Linux on these APUs, it looks like you will have jump through a few hoops first. Either that or wait a few months first. https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ryzen5-2400g-vega11&num=1 Not at all surprising. In fact, I would've been ve...
by whm1974
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 64
Views: 2487

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

Well for this of us who would like to run Linux on these APUs, it looks like you will have jump through a few hoops first. Either that or wait a few months first.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page= ... ga11&num=1
by whm1974
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4600

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Why couldn't they just kept the old Windows 7 UI with maybe a few improvements instead? 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. I have yet to meet anyone who actually like the Windows 8 M...
by whm1974
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4600

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

I wish Microsoft would re-architect the entire Control Panel into PC Settings through internal beta testing, settle on a final layout, then move the entire thing into production in a fall update and Leave.It.Alone. afterwards. Anyone who couldn't do what they needed to do following that transition ...