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by layerup
Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Installing windows XP on a home built machine
Replies: 14
Views: 5420

Re: Installing windows XP on a home built machine

meerkt wrote:
It's not worth it, and you can get Halo 2 to work on XP:
https://agentsmithak.tripod.com/halo2_xp_patch.html

But it's going to be a problem when games really start to employ DX10.


Uh, does this require service pack 2? I don't have access to a service pack 2 cd for xp...
by layerup
Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Installing windows XP on a home built machine
Replies: 14
Views: 5420

Re: Installing windows XP on a home built machine

meerkt wrote:
By now they'd probably want to install Vista.


I'm about to do that so I can finally play Halo 2 on GFWL!
by layerup
Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wifi Printer Security
Replies: 10
Views: 2704

Re: Wifi Printer Security

Maybe I'm missing something, but what are you worried about? Is it that you don't want to have any potentially insecure device on your Wi-Fi network, and believe either that printers can't be adequately secured via disabling services and checking for firmware updates fairly frequently, or that no p...
by layerup
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wifi Printer Security
Replies: 10
Views: 2704

Re: Wifi Printer Security

I would go with a wired network printer plugged into the router so that your WiFi security settings cover everything. Brothers are very good at this. Yeah, I had considered that, only issue is, I really don't want to have the printer located within the same room as my router. This issue could be re...
by layerup
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wifi Printer Security
Replies: 10
Views: 2704

Wifi Printer Security

Hey folks, I am looking to purchase a printer here very shortly. I think I would like to use a wireless wifi model, so that I can easily print from one of the many machines spread throughout the house. My question is, is anyone familiar with the security associated with such a set up? I'll admit I a...
by layerup
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Half-Life: Alyx
Replies: 20
Views: 2848

Re: Half-Life: Alyx

https://venturebeat.com/2020/03/23/half-life-alyx-review-a-great-game-vr-for-the-wrong-time/ To sum it up, they made a Resident Evil horror experience in the Half Life universe. I think this author is being a bit critical. I'm not a huge horror buff (never made it more than 30min into Outlast), but...
by layerup
Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 133
Views: 17392

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

Never mind that the site doesn't have any sponsors any more and therefore would have to pay for hardware. That's something the new ownership wasn't willing to do for a review, so no chance in hell they'd be willing to do it for a giveaway. What a moron. :lol: :lol: :lol: New idea: how about giving ...
by layerup
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Half-Life: Alyx
Replies: 20
Views: 2848

Re: Half-Life: Alyx

The trailer is exciting, to say the least. Visuals are sweetttttttttttttttttttt! Wow, I'm seeing its pre-order available for only $43 or so. What about you guys? Checking in here. I hate to be one to preorder, (I've only done it a couple times, really only burned on Mass Effect 3), but I believe I ...
by layerup
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Glucowise
Replies: 209
Views: 14427

Re: Glucowise

My doctor was very stern with me around 18 months ago when my A1C was 7.2 - either get my **** together or he'd put me on it. : Wow, that's actually, fairly incredible. I never realized type II diabetes had the possibilities of such high average blood sugars. For the record, I've had type 1 diabete...
by layerup
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 143556

Re: Something's different...

I know of two alternatives, one was closing up shop and leaving Adam in significant debt. The other I can't detail, but it was guaranteed bad for TR in the long term. So, the gamble was made. Good or bad, there need to be no regrets. I'm confident that Adam did what he thought was best with the ava...
by layerup
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 143556

Re: Something's different...

Even though this one was a bit of a gamble, it was the only one that left TR independent. The new owners may not be the most personable folks so far (to put it mildly), but there's no indication that the new stuff they want to do to make the site profitable will somehow obviate what TR has been doi...
by layerup
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 143556

Re: Something's different...

Alright, here we go. TR is now owned by John Rampton and John Hall. It's still an independent site, just with new owners, we're not part of a massive conglomerate or anything. Despite being off to a rough start with the redesign, we're more stable now and the possibility to invest and grow actually...
by layerup
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 143556

Re: Something's different...

This is where most of the quality discussion is happening, but there are some gems on the front page too. I don't begrudge anyone for a bit of ranting, it's entirely merited and I largely feel the same way. I think it says a lot about the quality of the community that even with all the anger nothin...
by layerup
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 143556

Re: Something's different...

Technically, the new guys have owned the site for a few months, but they have left business as usual alone (except for the Twitter and FB bots and the redesign obviously) while they rest of us have continued to do our thing as we saw fit. There's no indication that's going to change. Of course, the...
by layerup
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 143556

Re: Something's different...

I have a question, what's with the Facebook/Instagram/Pintrest/Twitter etc icon that scrolls with me on the web pages? This is fairly offputting to me, and I'm curious, does it really serve some useful purpose? I generally associate those icons with websites I wish to not return to, and it seems a s...
by layerup
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 701
Views: 47837

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I have plenty of places to plug it in. I just don't fancy spending $5000 extra to save around a dollar every time I would've filled up. The ROI on hybrids is also similar. Our Sienna has a hybrid option but it would take years to pay off the cost of the option. Especially when I fill up for $2.28/g...
by layerup
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX 2080 / Ti similar to iPhone X launch?
Replies: 62
Views: 7806

Re: RTX 2080 / Ti similar to iPhone X launch?

Lots of people spend money on toys. Be it a $1000 lens, $800 Kimber, $2500 lift kit, $1000 kayak, $1000 bike...shall I go on? I don't like this argument. Am I spending 1k on a bike, but it is unable to meet road conditions in 18 months, forcing me to buy another? Put another way, the bike or kayak ...
by layerup
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Today is my last day, got a new job
Replies: 21
Views: 2876

Re: Today is my last day, got a new job

Also, congrats on the new position. That's pretty cool that you are able to spend more time with your kids, taking them into school each day. Hope the new job is fulfilling.
by layerup
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Today is my last day, got a new job
Replies: 21
Views: 2876

Re: Today is my last day, got a new job

But in exchange, you don't have to drive 3+ hours just to find big city entertainment. Big Rapids is an hour outside of Grand Rapids (pretty small city), and almost four hours away from Chicago. The roads aren't always choked with traffic, no matter where you live. And when you're not commuting, I'...
by layerup
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Today is my last day, got a new job
Replies: 21
Views: 2876

Re: Today is my last day, got a new job

Aranarth wrote:
... and my last 58mile 1 hour commute to work...
Even driving a Cruze Diesel and averaging 42mpg a tank for the commute it was costing up to $2500/yr in gas.


Man, I am living in the wrong part of the country... I live 13 miles from work, spend over an hour each way on an interstate commute....
by layerup
Thu May 24, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Amazon Locker weirdness
Replies: 60
Views: 41330

Re: Amazon Locker weirdness

They seem to have switched to numerical-only locker codes for some reason (was previously a mix of numbers and letters). I wonder why they did that; it drastically reduces the number of possible combinations (1 million possible combinations now vs. ~2 billion before, as it's a 6-character code). Wh...
by layerup
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 8291

Re: Warning about Newegg

Really sweet of them to not be able to refund me the taxes too, even though I can provide them information that the taxes don't apply. The whole getting taxed online thing is getting stupid, because these e-tailers don't even know the laws by which they are required or whom they are suppose to tax....
by layerup
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Samsung 960 EVO vs 960 PRO 1 TB
Replies: 18
Views: 7470

Re: Samsung 960 EVO vs 960 PRO 1 TB

If all you're dong is loading games/applications.... :-? :-? :-? That sounds like a tricky.... trick. I'll add onto Chrispy, in saying that if you feel like there is some tangible benefit to getting the NVME pro drive, even if it's simply to make yourself feel better, then get it. However, just bec...
by layerup
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Child Proofing the digital world
Replies: 33
Views: 10027

Re: Child Proofing the digital world

At some point, its worth having a talk with kids about the existence of "bad" content and empower them - "if it makes you feel bad or strange, ask dad/mum to check it". My view here is that while we can supervise them in many places, there is going to be the case where they are ...
by layerup
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 27325

Re: TR BBQ XV - Official Thread

I would really like to attend before this traditional event disappears, but I am unable to fully commit at this time, as it's roughly 2500 miles to travel. That being said, not sure how much pull I really have, but would prefer the June weekends, if at all possible.
by layerup
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 33
Views: 12402

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

Great, what board with what BIOS revision if you know? Most of these boards that I booted up we're bought about a month ago and they had revision 801. Uhh, I believe I bought the Gigabyte AB350 for around 50$ from amazon after rebate at the beginning of the month (Of course, I need to make sure the...
by layerup
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash
Replies: 33
Views: 12402

Re: Asus B350M-E + R3 2200G No BIOS Flash

From the TR article https://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/2Gen-Ryzen-AM4-System-Bootup.aspx My 2400G should be arriving tomorrow, I will not be home when it comes, hopefully it will still be on the front porch when I get home from work. I will try to update this thread if I am able to find...
by layerup
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 356
Views: 51223

Re: So who here is actually mining?

So then... question here. Why is it even possible not to run a full node? Is that just a concession made to help spread the adoption of the network? its an evolving and changing ecosystem with many people having different visions of how it looks. So... it depends on which crypto you're talking abou...
by layerup
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 86
Views: 10135

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

So is anyone else planning on doing a Ryzen APU build? Count me in. Ever since I had received a new case from one of tech reports contests, I have been waiting for the opportunity to drop a Ryzen APU into it. My only concern is carrying over some "old" DDR4 into this build. I seem to reme...
by layerup
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you cooking right now?
Replies: 21
Views: 5063

Re: What are you cooking right now?

Leftover turkey has always become turkey tacos in my family.
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