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by G8torbyte
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709
Replies: 36
Views: 1454

Re: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709

Just finished the update on my home PC. It did take a while to download and install but could be due to several users doing the same. I usually open my Task Manager to keep an eye on processes and I noticed some new additions to the Performance tab which includes a GPU monitor now. http://i65.tinypi...
by G8torbyte
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2507

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Lab equipment is the worst. Electron microscopes and scintillation counters are among the worst. The technology has been around for a long time, new machines are still rather expensive, but they not noticeably better than the old equipment. The real pain comes in trying to get the data off of these...
by G8torbyte
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 105
Views: 2507

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

You obviously haven't been in the DoD world. I've seen stuff being used for missions from the 80's. Nuclear stuff is even older. Yup, if you wanna see some really old tech go work in the defense sector. Yes, they get the latest toys too; but once something works they tend to stick with it forever. ...
by G8torbyte
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME!
Replies: 78
Views: 5219

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Neutronbeam wrote:
Chewbacca only has the creature on board the Falcon so he can eat it--Porg--It's the other white meat.


Looks like a penguin and a guinea pig cross-bred and made a porg. It does look like it would be a nice Chewy snack for those long Kessel trips in the Falcon.
by G8torbyte
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?
Replies: 10
Views: 370

Re: Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?

All, thanks for the feedback. Yeah these are so cheap now these days it is not worth the hassle. There's a recycle/recovery center not far from me so that's where these will go.
Seems not long ago these 19" LCDs were the cutting edge and 10 times the cost.
by G8torbyte
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME!
Replies: 78
Views: 5219

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Well the official Last Jedi trailer has been out a few days. http://nerdist.com/star-wars-the-last-jedi-rey-dark-side/ and it is generating some funny memes too: http://nerdist.com/star-wars-the-last-jedi-trailer-internets-best-reactions/ Unsurprisingly a darker theme in this sequel and it is "...
by G8torbyte
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?
Replies: 10
Views: 370

Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?

I have two Hanns-G 19" LCD monitors that went bad about the same time. I know...these were cheapo specials and I got them for my kids. They performed well enough for a few years and then both started flickering. Looked up the issue and it seems to be the capacitors going bad/bulging over time. ...
by G8torbyte
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best wifi adpter?
Replies: 24
Views: 872

Re: best wifi adpter?

Hello - please post some suggestion for best USB wifi adapter. Is ASUS USB-N13 N300 any good? Thanks Are you limited to only a USB connection? If you have a spare PCIe slot on a motherboard I'd recommend a PCIe wifi adapter. I use the ASUS PCE-AC68 and it has been a good performer and comes with a ...
by G8torbyte
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 2099

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

I've been with the same carrier since 2000 and have not really evolved much since I'm only on my third smartphone. Originally signed with Voice Stream with Ericsson basic flip-phone (remember Jamie Lee Curtis?) and it became T-Mobile a few years later (then advertised by Catherine Zeta-Jones). Since...
by G8torbyte
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Tom Petty
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Re: RIP Tom Petty

Many nice tributes to Tom this week. I especially like this one about his cameo on the Simpsons where he tried to teach a lyrics workshop to Homer and his friends at a summer camp. The character designer for the episode wrote: "Here's a little laughter to ease the heartache" https://www.bu...
by G8torbyte
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Tom Petty
Replies: 13
Views: 822

RIP Tom Petty

Goodness, what a sad news day.....The Vegas concert tragedy and then reading that Tom Petty had passed. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/tom-petty-critical-condition-cardiac-arrest-article-1.3536756 I was fond of Tom since he started in my local home area in FL before making it big in ...
by G8torbyte
Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play
Replies: 48
Views: 1557

Re: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play

Especially the Front Panel PIN arrangement since it can vary between motherboard manufacturers and not every vendor provides the handy "lego" connector block. Do we know which vendors do tend to provide those? I would like to only ever give them my business. Apologies, I should have state...
by G8torbyte
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play
Replies: 48
Views: 1557

Re: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play

Wow, would never expect so many replies to my silly question post. :-) Thank you, already learned a lot from SOME of your replies. Anybody has anything to say on DPete27 question about SSD installation location? Any preferences? I know it will depend on other components locations. Yes, I agree with...
by G8torbyte
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play
Replies: 48
Views: 1557

Re: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play

I'd cut some slack here. Been building systems for enough time now and made some pretty big mistakes before - Yep same here, I've had a few electrical smokes and bricked a couple motherboards from bad BIOS flashes. Trial and error over the years. Whenever I do hit a road block and the manual does n...
by G8torbyte
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play
Replies: 48
Views: 1557

Re: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play

I've been building PC's over 25 years but I still often reference the PIN diagrams in the manuals to make sure I'm connecting correctly. Especially the Front Panel PIN arrangement since it can vary between motherboard manufacturers and not every vendor provides the handy "lego" connector b...
by G8torbyte
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: College Football 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1428

Re: College Football 2017

This is what makes college football great: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pLZrs2rkwM As a Gator Engineering alumni too I was so glad to see something to get excited about!!! I've been disappointed in their offense last few seasons so I'm hoping this will boost morale and get them going. My brothe...
by G8torbyte
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 4678

Re: Stay Safe!

Central Florida is dotted with hundreds and hundreds of lakes. Every time a sinkhole opens up, it creates another lake. (Except for the rare times that it remains a dry millhopper.) I enjoyed swimming in many of the natural springs and sinkholes around the Gainseville and Ocala National Forest area...
by G8torbyte
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 4559

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Also if you want to opt-out of pre-screening for lines of credit and insurance can be done here: toll-free 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit http://www.optoutprescreen.com. The three main reporting agencies plus Innovis will place a 5-year halt and you can mail back the form after signing fo...
by G8torbyte
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 4678

Re: Stay Safe!

Surely you mean Katrina? That said, despite my inability to name the named storm, it has been since 2005 since the US mainland took a good whack from a hurricane. Odds, chaotic processes, and all that. Yeah, 2005 was a rough year for the gulf states with multiple hurricanes. Growing up in FL I hear...
by G8torbyte
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 4678

Re: Stay Safe!

True, the impact of the storm is unprecedented for that area. My wife's parents and brother were able to drive out yesterday and are headed up north to stay with us until the city of Beaumont can recover. The city water system is still compromised but more roads are opening up now to get the supplie...
by G8torbyte
Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 4678

Re: Stay Safe!

On a lighter note: here are the “five states” of Texas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLtil1r7ywI From the movie “Bernie” with Jack Black. I’ve lived in East TX and San Antonio while in the Air Force and I consider it my 2nd home state after FL. Texans are very resilient with a great sense of humo...
by G8torbyte
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 4678

Re: Stay Safe!

Access to roads are severely limited. Main interstate I-10 is underwater in many areas and other roads are closed all over the area. https://drivetexas.org/#/7/32.340/-99.500?future=false My in-laws are in the south Houston and Beaumont area and while they are OK at the moment we're worried more rai...
by G8torbyte
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stay Safe!
Replies: 89
Views: 4678

Re: Stay Safe!

I was living in SE Texas when tropical storm Allison in 2001 caused around 3' of rain non-stop for a week and it was a mess. Harvey is exceeding that since it is stalling out over that region and not dissipating. They call it a "rain train" down there when a weather event like that keeps d...
by G8torbyte
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?
Replies: 48
Views: 3071

Re: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?

If I remember correctly Rambus (RDRAM) was made for Pentium-4's at that time but there were heat or some latency problems? I never used RDRAM so I don't know all the issues.
by G8torbyte
Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?
Replies: 48
Views: 3071

Re: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?

LGA 775 had a fairly long life through different Intel chipsets. I would check motherboard manufacturer websites to see the supported CPUs and latest BIOS updates for a particular model. These are going on 10yrs and older so it may be archived in their support files. I'm using an Abit P35 for a NAS ...
by G8torbyte
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Newegg bought out
Replies: 41
Views: 3812

Re: Newegg bought out

Search/compare on Newegg and purchase on Amazon. True, the "power search" on Newegg has been one of the better ways to narrow down what you need for tech. I was primarily purchasing from Newegg since 2003 for the tax savings then that ended a few years ago when they opened more distro cen...
by G8torbyte
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 833
Views: 57010

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

An air compressor with a good impact wrench works magic on bolts like that. Done are my days with 6 foot levers and lots of weight only to break tools and/or snap bolts. PB Blaster + impact wrench == unstuck bolt. :) I recently tried that method along with a hand-held torch to heat and cool some co...
by G8torbyte
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 3739

Re: Eclipse on August 21

I tried the simple binocular method and it worked since we had a fairly clear sky for most of the day in NJ where we had 75% of the totality. Then some clouds came in right after the peak moon coverage so I was also able to get a direct photo on my phone's camera. Very interesting day and we got a l...
by G8torbyte
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 60
Views: 4773

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

Wouldn't a 6800K be the best price performance right now? It was under $400 last I checked, and if you're only running one video card the PCIe deficit isn't material. 6850K prices are dropping too if you need more than 28 PCIe lanes. I picked one on eBay recently <$350. I needed a few more PCIe lan...
by G8torbyte
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 3739

Re: Eclipse on August 21

I was traveling up I-95 recently through the Carolinas and Virginia and there were several warnings posted on the overhead marquee signs about the upcoming eclipse. It basically said plan ahead for heavy traffic on the 21st.