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by general_tux
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Horrible Netflix playback on laptops
Replies: 48
Views: 1845

Re: Horrible Netflix playback on laptops

What is your WiFi setup like? I have had very issues like that with one of laptops before when my AP's band steering was on and set to "Push to 5GHz". One of my laptops would connect just fine to the 5GHz band but when I would try and watch Netflix, it would stutter and change playback bit...
by general_tux
Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Having trouble finding new speakers.
Replies: 36
Views: 1340

Re: Having trouble finding new speakers.

How about something like the Edifier S330D? I've got their old M3300SF 2.1 setup and have been much happier with their sound quality than the Logitech 2.1 setup I use before.
by general_tux
Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need media bookcase/shelf suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 703

Re: Need media bookcase/shelf suggestions

It would work, its just too light for my existing furniture. Something like https://www.wayfair.com/South-Shore-City-Life-Audio-Rack-TH1927.html is probably what I will end up with since its tall and has room for tons of other stuff besides the receiver. I wish that one had the dimensioned drawing ...
by general_tux
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need media bookcase/shelf suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 703

Re: Need media bookcase/shelf suggestions

I actually got my tape measure out (correction, I first bought a tape measure) and measured my receiver. It's actually only 17 inches wide and 14.5 inches deep (including the space that the banana plugs take up). Much smaller than the specs listed on Amazon. This opens up a whole bunch of extra opt...
by general_tux
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need media bookcase/shelf suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 703

Re: Need media bookcase/shelf suggestions

Since my TV is hung on the wall, the wires come out the side. If possible, I want to try to hide those wires partially using the cabinet, so I'd say about 5 feet tall ideally. My other option is to just get the plastic things that conceal wires and use that instead. What 36 inch one do you use? The...
by general_tux
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Issues with Moto X Pure since Dec '16 Security Update
Replies: 5
Views: 570

Re: Issues with Moto X Pure since Dec '16 Security Update

So after a bunch of searching, I found that the most likely culprit for the Bluetooth issue is the Moto app. Disabling its voice command feature seems to have resolved the issue of Bluetooth turning off. So far, it has been about 18 hours without it needing to be turned back on, which I haven't been...
by general_tux
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need media bookcase/shelf suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 703

Re: Need media bookcase/shelf suggestions

Don't know exactly, but the measurements for my receiver are: 15.67 x 19.61 x 8.94 in (Sony DN850), but of course there's an extra 1.5 inches in the back for the banana plugs, so that first measurement is really about 17inches. I can manage a bit wider than that overall, and front to back isn't an ...
by general_tux
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Issues with Moto X Pure since Dec '16 Security Update
Replies: 5
Views: 570

Re: Issues with Moto X Pure since Dec '16 Security Update

You're not going to like this option, but have you tried doing a factory reset of the phone? Sometimes it's the only way to clear out a borked software driver. I was hoping I wouldn't have to do that but I will give it a go if it comes to that. As for the notification issue, it seems to only affect...
by general_tux
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Issues with Moto X Pure since Dec '16 Security Update
Replies: 5
Views: 570

Re: Issues with Moto X Pure since Dec '16 Security Update

I have this phone. I don't have this problem. Maybe its one of your apps or maybe your phone has a circuit problem. I don't think that either of these issues could be hardware related since Bluetooth works perfectly with all of my connected devices when it is turned on. Also, all other notification...
by general_tux
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Issues with Moto X Pure since Dec '16 Security Update
Replies: 5
Views: 570

Issues with Moto X Pure since Dec '16 Security Update

Hi everyone, I have a Moto X Pure Edition (XT1575) and I been experiencing some really strange issues since the last security update. The first issue is that Bluetooth turns off randomly throughout the day. I make sure it is turned on each morning (since I sync my fitness/sleep tracker) and it stays...
by general_tux
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need media bookcase/shelf suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 703

Re: Need media bookcase/shelf suggestions

So, I'm looking for something tall (to help hide TV wires), deep enough for my AV receiver (Sony DN850) and narrow enough to fit between my desk and the wall (maybe 2 feet). What is the maximum size (L x W x H) shelf that your space will support? I've been looking at additional bookshelves lately (...
by general_tux
Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 7700k, wow!
Replies: 42
Views: 4143

Re: 7700k, wow!

It could be memory performance, but I'm mostly convinced that the lack of HT is just as big of a deal when it comes to 'feel'. This is something that you'd only be able to really quantify with frame-time analysis, and even that is difficult because many of your most demanding games are multiplayer....
by general_tux
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone upgrade advice
Replies: 80
Views: 1834

Re: Headphone upgrade advice

The travel cans are Shure SE500 IEMs driven by a BitHead Total BitHead sourced from my Zune (Yes, Zune. Deal with it). That Total BitHead was made by the company I mentioned earlier in this post. I listened to an original BitHead about a decade ago while I was in college. I really wish I could have...
by general_tux
Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone upgrade advice
Replies: 80
Views: 1834

Re: Headphone upgrade advice

That's awesome! I'm interested... but is there any truth to the rumor that BlueTooth data transfers are lossy and can sound bad with decent headphones? It really depends on a the protocols the source and receiver support. My Onkyo receiver at home sounds great with bluetooth audio from my phone. Ho...
by general_tux
Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone upgrade advice
Replies: 80
Views: 1834

Re: Headphone upgrade advice

A good place to look for both reviews (with response curves!) as well as sales/service is headphone.com , formerly HeadRoom. They are a local company near me and I have been impressed with their quality advice, especially based on budget, source (phone, amp/DAC, etc.) and use case. They are worth a ...
by general_tux
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone upgrade advice
Replies: 80
Views: 1834

Re: Headphone upgrade advice

Another reason I like the ATH-M50x is that the cans rotate, making it very good for work were I can leave one ear open to listen to a conversation or answer the phone and keep listening to music at the same time. Edit: I know you can also accomplish this with earbuds, but for some reason I always ge...
by general_tux
Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone upgrade advice
Replies: 80
Views: 1834

Re: Headphone upgrade advice

Another good option at the $150 price point is the Audio Technica ATH-M50x. I have really enjoyed mine and they are pretty comfortable even for my large head. Another nice thing is that the cables are replaceable and they come with three different lengths cables out of the box. Before these, I kille...
by general_tux
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RTS genre
Replies: 27
Views: 3911

Re: RTS genre

I'll give another vote for Age of Empires, especially AoE II. I've spent way too much time playing against computer opponents in random map games on AoE II, probably because I didn't have reliable internet access at home until after I graduated college and got a full-time job. Age of Mythology is pr...
by general_tux
Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fitbits!
Replies: 12
Views: 1673

Re: Fitbits!

You could also look at the Vivosmart HR+. It has heart rate monitoring and GPS, plus an altimeter and is water resistant. It is even on sale right now for $150.
by general_tux
Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fitbits!
Replies: 12
Views: 1673

Re: Fitbits!

I know a lot of people that have or have had Fitbits. Unfortunately, almost all of them have had a lot problems after the first three months with the build quality. They just seem to fall apart. Now, most of them have switched over to other brands. My wife and I took the advice of people who had tro...
by general_tux
Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: For 1080p gaming: RX 480 or GTX 1060?
Replies: 21
Views: 4987

Re: For 1080p gaming: RX 480 or GTX 1060?

Additionally, Nvidia is usually (in the long-run) the better co. when it comes to drivers - they just have a lot more man-power to crank-out drivers (..though there will always be exceptions) - and note that they also seem to crank-out a lot of crappy drivers as well (..so it's a bit give and take ...
by general_tux
Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: What Router do you use?
Replies: 108
Views: 4601

Re: What Router do you use?

Mikrotik RB2011 with a crappy old netgear wifi AP. Glad I'm not the only one with a Mikrotik. I have the MikroTik RB751G-2HnD as my router with a Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LITE-US for WiFi. Both are probably overkill but they have been rock solid. Never have to do anything to the router after initial setup a...
by general_tux
Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: In search of a machinist...
Replies: 19
Views: 914

Re: In search of a machinist...

I deal with metric and imperial all the time. What started me using imperial when measuring for the drawing was that the retaining nut that holds the hub on the crank shaft is 1/2". I didn't even think about checking metric measurement, even as I drew in the M5-0.8 holes for the prop bolts. Go...
by general_tux
Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: In search of a machinist...
Replies: 19
Views: 914

Re: In search of a machinist...

And this is why I ask question... :D I learned something today. Glad I could help! If you could post or send me a drawing, I could see what my normal machinists would charge for this. They are used to low quantity prototype runs, might be worth a shot and are usually pretty cost competitive. I have...
by general_tux
Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: In search of a machinist...
Replies: 19
Views: 914

Re: In search of a machinist...

To echo what DPete said, if you plan on purchasing this from a machine shop, ask them for the prices for ordering quantity 1, 2 and 3. I have typically found that quantity 1 and 2 prices are almost the same total cost and a 3rd can be purchased for a small fraction more. I design a lot of parts for ...
by general_tux
Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Joining the Religion & Politics Forum
Replies: 403
Views: 351535

Re: Joining the Religion & Politics Forum

I'm in. Thanks!
by general_tux
Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!
Replies: 106
Views: 5908

Re: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!

Topinio wrote:
BIF wrote:
In a way, Frankie kicks off the end of the year holidays for me, which is cool.

8)
It's my first year, and it was fun. gg.
10.16 51,601,093 5,364

It was also my first year, may have to make it a new tradition :D. Thanks everyone!
by general_tux
Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!
Replies: 106
Views: 5908

Re: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!

Well, it looks like the last set of "game ready" drivers may have messed up my 1070's folding abilities. Ever since I installed the latest two driver versions (currently on 375.70), my GPU slot has failed. Anyone else having similar issues? Edit: I rolled back to version 373.06 and everyth...
by general_tux
Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!
Replies: 106
Views: 5908

Re: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!

It looks like we may have gained back a couple more big contributors now, with >2.3M points in the last 24 hours. It sure would be nice to break 3M ppd like we almost did on the 11th.
by general_tux
Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!
Replies: 106
Views: 5908

Re: TR Frankenbot 2016: It's Alive!

Flying Fox wrote:
Double check with Stanford's own stats. EOC may fall behind from time to time.

Thanks for the tip, it seems that Stanford is reporting ~500k more than extremeoverclocking (total points sit at 135,084,557 for Stanford, 134,592,638 for extremeoverclocking).