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by Aether
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Big Screen 1080p
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: Big Screen 1080p

Based in part on this glowing review from the Wirecutter:

https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-tv/

we purchased a TCL 55P605 for a presentation screen for work, and the screen looks very nice. I can not speak to how movies or TV look on it, but I would say it's worth your time giving it a look.
by Aether
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sometimes FireFox won't start
Replies: 21
Views: 1506

Re: Sometimes FireFox won't start

I haven't had this problem with Firefox recently, but I did have intermittent issues in the past in which Firefox would do what you described. If I killed the non-working Firefox process in Task Manager, it would then start OK when I double clicked the icon again. Granted, this does not address the ...
by Aether
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: An experiment in repairing clipped audio
Replies: 32
Views: 1883

Re: An experiment in repairing clipped audio

Thanks for posting, JBI! It's been a long time since I have played around with Audacity, and even then I did not dive too deeply into it. I had no idea it had this level of sophistication.
by Aether
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 strangeness...ideas?
Replies: 20
Views: 1513

Re: Win10 strangeness...ideas?

I'm glad that it turned out to be that simple to fix!
by Aether
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 strangeness...ideas?
Replies: 20
Views: 1513

Re: Win10 strangeness...ideas?

I don't remember what the file structure is supposed to be like, but shouldn't there be a Users folder in C:/? I don't see one. I can type C:/Users in the navigation bar and it will take me there. But then all I see is a Default.migrated and a Public folders. Where's the named user account that I'm...
by Aether
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 5634

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

I didn't even bother checking the Equifax site to see if it says my info was affected; I just put freezes at each of the big 3 for both my wife and me. If 143M Americans were affected, the chance that we were not on the list seems pretty small, as that has to be almost the entire database of those w...
by Aether
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Interrupted wi-fi connection, new router
Replies: 16
Views: 4268

Re: Interrupted wi-fi connection, new router

Are there any settings in the router's firmware that enable filtering communications between LAN devices? (I have not poked around in an Asus router settings for a while, so I don't remember.)
by Aether
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Interrupted wi-fi connection, new router
Replies: 16
Views: 4268

Re: Interrupted wi-fi connection, new router

If the printer is old enough that it is using wireless g, you may need to enable "b/g protection" in the wireless settings.
by Aether
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.
Replies: 6
Views: 1008

Re: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.

I upgraded to Outlook 2016 today, and it appears to have resolved the search issues, as expected. (And FWIW, the upgrade went very smoothly. It took a little bit of time before all of the messages were available, as I think Outlook re-downloaded and indexed all of the messages on the server, but thi...
by Aether
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.
Replies: 6
Views: 1008

Re: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.

Outlook 2016 is way better at handling large OST/PST files and is less likely to break the index in the first place. I'm not sure of the specifics but using it with locally-hosted public folders in Exchange 2010 and hybrid Exchange accounts under O365, Outlook 2016 has been far more stable with bet...
by Aether
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.
Replies: 6
Views: 1008

Re: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.

Search in Outlook 2010 started flaking out for me last week right after Windows 10 updated to the Creator's Edition (version 1703). At first, it would not find anything newer than Jun 2015, so I followed instructions I found online to have Outlook rebuild the search index, and also used scanpst.exe ...
by Aether
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 72
Views: 4266

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

Also, I wanted to mention that a couple times I have noticed that Amazon does its math wrong in determining the average number of stars, so you may have to check that if the average does not seem to jibe with the reviews. For a recent purchase, when I added the fractional contribution from each num...
by Aether
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Tips on how to find duplicate files, clean system, etc.?
Replies: 17
Views: 7292

Re: Tips on how to find duplicate files, clean system, etc.?

Doh! All I saw was the month May; I missed that it was May 2011!
by Aether
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 2267

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

If you know someone who has a Kill-a-Watt power meter (or something similar), you could find out big of a UPS you need. (And keep in mind that because of the UPS's power factor, a typical 1000 VA UPS can only supply ~ 600 W.) It's actually the power factor of the equipment being powered that is the...
by Aether
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 2267

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

If you know someone who has a Kill-a-Watt power meter (or something similar), you could find out big of a UPS you need. (And keep in mind that because of the UPS's power factor, a typical 1000 VA UPS can only supply ~ 600 W.)
by Aether
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Tips on how to find duplicate files, clean system, etc.?
Replies: 17
Views: 7292

Re: Tips on how to find duplicate files, clean system, etc.?

The last time I needed to do cleanup and eliminate duplicates and older versions of files, I used Microsoft's free SyncToy:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downloa ... x?id=15155
by Aether
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 72
Views: 4266

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

"On a related note, Amazon's overall ratings have become completely useless these days" I would not agree that they are useless, but as others noted, you really do have to read the reviews to determine if the reviewers seem competent. Also, I wanted to mention that a couple times I have no...
by Aether
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: did my pc just fried or what?
Replies: 6
Views: 1360

Re: did my pc just fried or what?

"the pc was unusually slow and was always loading(small circle sign for loading) for nothing." If you had bad memory all along, I think you would have likely had random crashes. The spinning circle may have been a sign a sign of thermal throttling of the CPU. If this is the case, the lapto...
by Aether
Mon May 29, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Building a new home network
Replies: 21
Views: 2517

Re: Building a new home network

Ludi and Drachasor, thanks for the feedback on the EdgeRouters. Good to know for potential future use.
by Aether
Thu May 25, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: AntiVirus suggestions
Replies: 86
Views: 9004

Re: AntiVirus suggestions

Sorry that I'm a bit late to this thread, but I wanted to throw in my $0.02 for Webroot. It does not just look for signatures, so it's more effective than most other A/V products. You can read a good description of how it operates at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2470312,00.asp If you have m...
by Aether
Fri May 12, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Building a new home network
Replies: 21
Views: 2517

Re: Building a new home network

Just like some others above, I have also been served well by using a Unifi AP-AC-LR for wireless and an inexpensive 8-port gigabit switch. However, I do not need the configurability of (or want the complexity of) an Edgerouter for routing. I saved a bit of money by instead buying a refurbished Links...
by Aether
Fri May 12, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Transfer Large Files From Remote Site Securely
Replies: 12
Views: 1294

Re: Transfer Large Files From Remote Site Securely

As far as I'm aware, encryption programs like Bitlocker and VeraCrypt only do private-key encryption. The only encryption program of which I'm aware that can do public-key encryption is PGP and derivatives like GPG. However, I have never used any of these, so I have no idea how difficult or not this...
by Aether
Fri May 12, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Soundbar vs. speakers
Replies: 48
Views: 16328

Re: Soundbar vs. speakers

"... anyone know of any good guides or review sites for speakers/sound bars?" I'll throw in my $0.02 regarding soundbars. About 5 yrs ago, I purchased an inexpensive Visio soundbar that did not include a sub, based on a number of positive reviews that claimed that it was good for movies an...
by Aether
Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Can't boot with four dimms
Replies: 7
Views: 1118

Re: Can't boot with four dimms

Will the system boot with only DIMMs in slots A1 and A2? (I.e., with B1 and B2 left empty.) If it will not, that would seem to indicate a motherboard problem with one of those 2 slots.
by Aether
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: AntiVirus suggestions
Replies: 86
Views: 9004

Re: AntiVirus suggestions

Sorry that I'm a bit late to this thread, but I wanted to throw in my $0.02 for Webroot. It does not just look for signatures, so it's more effective than most other A/V products. You can read a good description of how it operates at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2470312,00.asp If you have mu...
by Aether
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Start up issues with my Dell, Help
Replies: 14
Views: 2879

Re: Start up issues with my Dell, Help

"Get a Solid State Drive if you only need 240GB-500GB of storage. You can get 500GB for $150 or less, 250GB for $75 or so. Obviously the machine was running fine before, so unless the hdd is failing, there's no reason it shouldn't be able to be returned to use. Regardless, an SSD will be at lea...
by Aether
Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Memory Alerts
Replies: 17
Views: 1513

Re: Windows Memory Alerts

Out of curiosity, I Googled "overwatch memory leak", and multiple hits came up. It's possible that this is an issue with the game.
by Aether
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Memory Alerts
Replies: 17
Views: 1513

Re: Windows Memory Alerts

What specific programs are doing this?
by Aether
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Memory Alerts
Replies: 17
Views: 1513

Re: Windows Memory Alerts

I found the answer to my question at: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/639540/how-much-memory-can-a-32-bit-process-access-on-a-64-bit-operating-system " You've got the same basic restriction when running a 32bit process under Win64. Your app runs in a 32 but subsystem which does its best ...
by Aether
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Memory Alerts
Replies: 17
Views: 1513

Re: Windows Memory Alerts

"It seems to happen when the program hits the 2 gig mark of memory usage."

Is this a 32-bit program? I have a recollection that a 32-bit programs can only access 2 GB of memory on a 32-bit OS, but I don't know if this is true or not on a 64-bit OS.