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by bfg-9000
Sun May 27, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1411

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?)

The original MSRP of a Model F was $399.00 ($1,100.00 in today's money). As you'd expect for something designed to sell for such a price, many still work perfectly some 37 years later--the keys were rated to 100 million keypresses. The Model M was less expensive to make and replaced much of the meta...
by bfg-9000
Sat May 26, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Embeded
Replies: 4
Views: 1956

Re: Windows Embeded

Lag behind? Windows Embedded Standard 2009 is supported until Jan. 8, 2019, and Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 until April 9, 2019 so those should be up-to-date. As for why, the minimum requirement of 64MB RAM and 480MB HDD isn't something anything later can come close to, plus anything later requir...
by bfg-9000
Fri May 25, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1411

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M

The capacitive Model F actually has n-key rollover which the membrane Model M lacks. The Model M has a removable cable which you simply change out if you want to convert between AT and PS/2. The reason most PS/2 to USB converters don't work is because IBM's own keyboards violate the PS/2 spec (which...
by bfg-9000
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 38
Views: 4979

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

To be listed in the Microsoft Store, apps must pay 30% of the sale price to the store, exactly the same cut and business model of the Google Play store. Post-purchase in-app microtransactions are free. The only difference is Google charges $25 to register while Microsoft charges $19 for individuals ...
by bfg-9000
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 38
Views: 4979

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

I've not seen a single ad in the operating system . In apps? Yes. From the OS? No. Besides the ads for promoted apps in the lock screen and Start tiles, plus the freemium apps installed automatically, https://www.digitalcitizen.life/sites/default/files/gdrive/win10_ads_turn_off/windows_ads_1.png th...
by bfg-9000
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 8425

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

But perhaps one of the best ways to stretch a strict food budget is to shift things over to travel and entertainment expenses.

I think we did touch on cooking the books back on page 1. That's cooking, right?
by bfg-9000
Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 8425

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

That was the point--at such a budget you would feel like a prisoner in your own home. Or some kind of ascetic. While not directly comparable because they're smaller for children and not intended to be the only meals eaten, I have to say that some of the foreign school lunches look pretty tasty. BTW ...
by bfg-9000
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 8425

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

$3.32 per day is perfectly possible, because that's what the State of California pays.

Some places pay less than that but it can look much less palatable once you get down to 58 cents per meal.
by bfg-9000
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 4230

Re: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset

Meh. It's in the AMD Platform Security Processor (PSP) so at any time, AMD (or Intel with their ME) could release firmware to even completely disable it with no performance impact whatsoever. Doing such a thing would of course make the US government quite cross. Backdoors are supposed to be for them...
by bfg-9000
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 3964

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

by bfg-9000
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best low profile video cards available (April 2018)
Replies: 331
Views: 350036

Re: Best low profile video cards available (March 2018)

"All six cards lack additional power connectors and are thus powered through the PCIe slot alone, and have a TDP of 30 W. This is low enough, even for the passively cooled models that use up two slots in order to ensure proper cooling. Accordingly, the actively-cooled models are smaller and on...
by bfg-9000
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Legal DOS Games
Replies: 8
Views: 1260

Re: Legal DOS Games

I suppose curated archive collections of orphan works could be considered as not random? http://www.abandonwaredos.com/ https://www.myabandonware.com/ I should point out the Internet Archive has a large collection of nearly 4,000 DOS games as well, and they suggest DOSBox in Wine https://archive.org...
by bfg-9000
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 20834

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

I don't claim to understand this at all, but apparently full software protection from these vulnerabilities requires not only microcode and OS patches, but application compiler changes as well--and Paul Kocher saw a 60% performance hit from protecting every conditional access this way . I read this ...
by bfg-9000
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: DELL PC3-12800 memory upgrade
Replies: 17
Views: 1879

Re: DELL PC3-12800 memory upgrade

The key phrase in that ad is high-density . Sandy and Ivy Bridge only supported up to 4gbit chips, which we would today consider low-density. Core 2 chipsets only supported 2gbit chips for DDR3 which today would be considered very low-density, while Ivy-E and newer Intel, + all AMD support high-dens...
by bfg-9000
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: MSI RX 580 deal for $399
Replies: 10
Views: 1261

Re: MSI RX 580 deal for $399

Only 75% over MSRP is, I suppose, a sign of hope. However it's $30 more than Sapphire's version which is also on sale at Newegg, runs the same clocks and even features a backplate. Update--woah, that Sapphire sold out only minutes after I posted it here (wasn't me!). The MSI (which meerkt posted abo...
by bfg-9000
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Is overclocking safe
Replies: 17
Views: 1608

Re: Is overclocking safe

There are certain generations of CPUs that were notorious for unexpected failures from just slightly more voltage than stock. For example the 130nm Northwoods often suffered from "Sudden Northwood Death Syndrome" above 1.7v--which is only 10% higher than the stock voltage of 1.55v. The 45n...
by bfg-9000
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 13494

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

That said, with each version upgrade Microsoft has been systematically removing the real gems in the UI like the right-click-on-the-Start-button shortcut to Programs and Features, which forces you to wade through the corresponding useless Metro App version to get to the more powerful Control Panel ...
by bfg-9000
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 13494

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

That does make it look like Win 3.1/NT 3.1! Stardock also has their own Start Menu fixer in Start10, and the other notable Win 8 Start Menu that has been updated for Win 10 is StartIsBack. Both are payware and I've never tried them. The rolling release every-6-months update schedule for major Window...
by bfg-9000
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 13494

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
by bfg-9000
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 13494

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

You get used to the UI. It's kind of like the "personalized menus" that you used to disable because it would move things around on you all of the time so you couldn't find them--even the order of drives in Windows Explorer get scrambled around depending on what you used last, and this kind...
by bfg-9000
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 128
Views: 9369

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

It's amazing how the 4-rotor Wankel sounds, when the usual 2-rotor with a loud exhaust has simply the most annoying, cacophonous buzzy-bees sound of any ICE. I do have to say though, that unless it's a manual transmission where the engine note sort of serves an an auditory tachometer so you don't ne...
by bfg-9000
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Microcode update killed my CPU or just corrupt BIOS?
Replies: 31
Views: 4964

Re: Microcode update killed my CPU or just corrupt BIOS?

BIOS chips do indeed tend to be socketed on ASUS boards, so you can hot-swap them after booting from a good one and then flashing over the corrupt one. The BIOS embedded EZ Flash may not work if it's read from the BIOS chip immediately before the flash (after you've swapped chips), in which case you...
by bfg-9000
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 10121

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Using Windows 7 nowadays is actually far more pleasant than it was when the free update to 10 was being pushed so hard. Back then, they were trying hard to annoy you into upgrading so any early single-core Pentium 4 or A64 suffered badly at 100% CPU for 6-8 hours every day just automatically running...
by bfg-9000
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 10121

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

That's odd, if you just installed 10 you should've got 1703 to begin with. "Defer Updates" only stops the version upgrade for 6 months. If you want to defer it longer you have to use Microsoft's Wushowhide.diagcab tool from KB3073930 normally used to hide malfunctioning drivers. Click the ...
by bfg-9000
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: New Sata 3 drive = blank screen
Replies: 14
Views: 7501

Re: New Sata 3 drive = blank screen

I've had some dodgy BIOS upgrades where the floppy wouldn't read or the USB ports just disappeared in the middle of it. The last chipsets I had to use a jumper or IBM Feature Tool on to set SATA-II drives as SATA-I were VIA using the VT8237 Southbridge for socket 754 and 939 for AGP. Generally their...
by bfg-9000
Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 10121

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Under Power Options, pick the completely unintuitive "Choose what the power button does" on the left, then untick "Turn on fast startup."

If I had wanted to hibernate, I would also want my windows to be restored. Fast startup logs you off before hibernating.
by bfg-9000
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help Picking New Router
Replies: 30
Views: 8203

Re: Help Picking New Router

I too recommend an ASUS RT-AC66U because I've never seen any consumer grade router more reliable than a MIPs device running Tomato (which both factory and Merlin are based on). My uptime is currently 23 months and for the 3 years before that it was only ever rebooted for firmware updates. The caveat...
by bfg-9000
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 97
Views: 14505

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Unenforceable just means you can sue for the right to sue or at least have to convince a judge you should be able to sue, so it's better and easier to opt out now if you decide to use the free credit monitoring service. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau thought arbitration clauses in general ...
by bfg-9000
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 97
Views: 14505

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Just a note for anyone using that site to check if they were affected by the breach--you have agreed to restrict your legal rights and not sue them in the TOS: AGREEMENT TO RESOLVE ALL DISPUTES BY BINDING INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE SECTION CAREFULLY BECAUSE IT AFFECTS YOUR LEGAL...
by bfg-9000
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Replacement for HD 7970GHZ
Replies: 17
Views: 7467

Re: Replacement for HD 7970GHZ

The 1060 is roughly 100% faster than the regular 7970. You're wrong, sorry. Not in DOTA2, which is famously CPU-limited and the only game named in this thread. Show me a benchmark where 1060 is 100% faster than 7970 in DOTA2 @ 1080p and I will eat my words. So you are relying on extremely tenuous c...
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