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by Vhalidictes
Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

Jigar wrote:
There is a recent blog section on front page which is repetitive, serves no purpose, if the team can replace it with recent threads that would be great.


As best I can tell, the ownership does not appear to be involved with (or read) the forums.
by Vhalidictes
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133973

Re: What are you playing right now?

Thanks for letting us know it's a launcher issue, Tanker.

Good to hear that the Epic store is still a trash fire. I'll wait for Steam, although I imagine that if/when I get RDR2 I'll do this whether it helps or not so to bypass the Rock* launcher.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133973

Re: What are you playing right now?

Lets see: Updated BIOS Updated NVidia drivers (used DDU for clean install) Turned off MS active virus scan White listed the whole RDRII Folder and exes White listed Rockstars stupid launcher, dont save login it's always manual here edited system.xml for lower settings, tried both Vulkan API and DX1...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133973

Re: What are you playing right now?

I would LOVE to be playing Red Dead Redemption II on PC but no can do. TWO whole days and trying every trick posted on Rockstars' support and forum pages and even going to Reddit, I cannot get the damn thing to run. And yes my PC exceeds the minimum specs. :evil: Do you have another PC to sanity ch...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

Any word on how long the forums are going to stay up?
by Vhalidictes
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 471
Views: 44005

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Yes, in an early interview Mark was pissed with the direction and stated "that is not my Luke Skywalker." He has sinced backed-off that probably because Darth Mickey and the Disney First Order have forced-choked him to play nice. Mark was pretty clear about this in interviews. He was paid...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133973

Re: What are you playing right now?

Warning: Really Long Post Ahead. I'm not sure if it's actually a Rant because it's factual and not full of expletives, but may as well put in a Rant tag too. But it's post-related because I was playing Destiny 2 for the first time last night. [TL-DR: Destiny 2 is so different from most games that I ...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 228
Views: 40619

Re: Theranos

derFunkenstein wrote:
"so broke we can't afford to go under" is a new level of bankruptcy I've never seen before.

IIRC, didn't that happen to SCO as well?
by Vhalidictes
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

An FX-8350 is still my "daily driver" at home. :lol: Ditto. Heck, at the moment I've got three of them (home linux server and two linux boxes). In my case, the home server is a Phenom II 1090T. :D To be fair, the 1090T probably outperforms most Bulldozer-derived CPUs. So, a little backgro...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

My wife's current PC is the same i7-950 (Bloomfield?) / ATI 5870 combo that we both made in... could have been early 2010, I don't remember. Definitely counts as 10 years old, and definitely supports DX 11. We had paired systems, mine eventually died from electromigration but she never OC'd hers and...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

As a frequent PC-builder and upgrade adviser for many people, what seems to be working for most is building a HEDT system from scratch every 6 years. I still perform little upgrades of individual components on a 2-year schedule, but that's only because I'm a hardware enthusiast and want to use a var...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 228
Views: 40619

Re: Theranos

Maybe their "vision" needs some corrective lenses... I don't know, JBI. That's possible, but it's usually a pretty safe bet to assume the existence of bigger fools. From what I could see Softbank is a pretty standard pump-and-dump operation, there's nothing strange or different going on t...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World Of Warcraft
Replies: 6779
Views: 1187862

Re: World Of Warcraft

I'm enjoying Classic so far but I'm thinking of quitting. Other games are free-to-play, and Blizzard has been stumbling pretty badly in the news recently.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

I'm curious what happened. I know the basics, the site was sold. Right. By who? To who? I'm vaguely aware that the site was started by Scott Wasson who... left? Some time ago, so as best I can tell the site was run by a collective of volunteers or something? Wikipedia mentions Andy Brown but if he's...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

just brew it! wrote:
Ars is still relevant. Just not to much of their original core audience.


It's a successful site, true. Although its continuing relevance is mostly irrelevant to us.

(I still read it for the science articles)
by Vhalidictes
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

I mean, that was like, 20 years ago, a timespan known in the publishing biz as "an eternity." Both sites were successful for what they were in a roughly 10-15 year stretch until the rise of app-driven mobile devices and the resulting consolidation of the web into corporately-amalgamated p...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 91
Views: 7521

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

Click the little hamburger at the top left, then click on "Active topics". Thanks Waco - not sure why I've never seen/used that before. I'm not leaving the forums any time soon, but it's sad to see the main site go. I perhaps have gotten old, but the old 80's comedies always had to have s...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133973

Re: What are you playing right now?

Well I'm playing WoW - have been a fan for nearly 5 years and I like the fact you don't need a high spec PC to run the game. My family finally got out of WOW completely, and now my wife just bought a sub for Classic mode. It's... I have to admit I'm tempted. And I'm saying this with City of Heroes ...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

So, while we're still all here... can anyone help out and let me know what hardware sites are still left/good? Has Anandtech won? Well, technically it's a cellphone site, but you know what I mean. I'm trying to think of any site other than TR that I regularly visit... HotHardware once in a while? Wh...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

Oh ****, the site's dead. Ah well. I didn't realize, I thought it was a normal redesign. I guess the good news is that I no longer need to subscribe? I went back a few pages and saw SweatShopKing's post (I wasn't aware that he was a article contributor?). Bummer. I guess it's going to be Anandtech a...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World Of Warcraft
Replies: 6779
Views: 1187862

Re: World Of Warcraft

You should do an article reminiscing what it was like in the vanilla days. Not sure I want the headache of people in the comments telling me how rose-colored my nostalgia glasses are. :lol: And honestly, they'd be right. Certain aspects of WoW are punishing. Upwards of 50 gold just to re-spec your ...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

I'm sorry for not reading the last 40 pages of posts, I really am. I'm getting crushed with work ATM and I don't have time. That said, can someone explain, by all things holy, why the Front-page comments work on the godforsaken HONOR SYSTEM?! I wish I was kidding - who let this happen and when are F...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World Of Warcraft
Replies: 6779
Views: 1187862

Re: World Of Warcraft

Hopefully someday soon Activision will force them to make the World of Starcraft MMO that everyone wants to play. This doesn't stand a Ghost of a chance. Sadly, I couldn't agree more. Blizzard will lurch from failure to failure, as they create and then don't-release game after game, reworking some ...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133973

Re: What are you playing right now?

Until recently, Oxygen Not Included, but now it's City of Heroes: Homecoming (SCORE servers)

I might have to stop messing with CoH soon because it's devouring all my time.
by Vhalidictes
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World Of Warcraft
Replies: 6779
Views: 1187862

Re: World Of Warcraft

I played during WotLK, Cata, and Panderia. I quit the spring after WoDraynor came out. I liked Cata the best but I did like Panderia also. What really killed WOW in the end was, of all things, writing quality. While I wasn't exactly enthused with playing the same Warrior as everyone else (Note to B...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Disk Cloning software recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 3309

Re: Disk Cloning software recommendation

What was the problem? I've successfully used EaseUs' a handful of times in the past. A bit clunky, but seemingly most of them are to some degree (in the past, Paragon's, GParted, maybe even PartitionMagic). I don't have the UI in front of me, but IIRC it spits out errors on System Clone, asks to ma...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Disk Cloning software recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 3309

Re: Disk Cloning software recommendation

meerkt wrote:
All the common freemium ones work similarly: EaseUs, Aoemi...
That's correct, that is to say, they don't work. Not even the paid version of EaseUs does.

I'll try Reflect next time I have the urge to try and save my previous Win10 install.
by Vhalidictes
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 44
Views: 4008

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

Turn settings down and breathe easy. Honestly, the obsession with "MAX ULTRA KILLAH SETTINGS" is somewhat pointless and a great way to spend a lot of money. :) This. Keep in mind that most benchmark settings are targeting two things: 1) Stressing the video cards, or 2) Stressing the CPUs....
by Vhalidictes
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0
Replies: 32
Views: 5266

Re: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0

As I already stated, those were pressed disks. So, no, as a factual matter, not "anyone" can do it. I can't imagine what the minimum run of a CD pressing costs, but it's got to be a lot. Not that it matters: People pay for things they could do themselves all the time. That's not really re...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: If you haven't yet, ditch Ryzen Power Plan
Replies: 2
Views: 5456

Re: If you haven't yet, ditch Ryzen Power Plan

Thanks MOSFET. I now suspect this is the main thing wrong with the random high temps on my new rig. *Yes, I'm aware of the CPU heat temperature Helpful Shifting, it's not that.
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