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by DrCR
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My friend was just Pranked Called.
Replies: 122
Views: 975

Re: My friend was just Pranked Called.

I ready the first couple of pages of this thread, and I have to admit, it's been a while since I literally loled while reading forum posts.
by DrCR
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Old PC Fan Replacement (acer aspire az3100)
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: Old PC Fan Replacement (acer aspire az3100)

Levhian, Looking at the pic from Igor's post, you may need to cut off the connector of the old fan and splice it onto whatever new one you purchase. Additionally, it seems you'll want to get a 4 wire (PWM) fan. Also, the below comments are assuming the mount holes are indeed standard. If not, some p...
by DrCR
Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Apple slowed down older iPhones on purpose and now pays the price
Replies: 6
Views: 244

Re: Apple slowed down older iPhones on purpose and now pays the price

In the smart phone duopoly, I'll honestly forgive a lot of Apple's 'sins' (e.g. complaints like price and right to repair drama) simply due to 1) thy provide security updates for quite some time and 2) they actually care about privacy to at least some extent. Honestly, if Google was the only option,...
by DrCR
Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Apple slowed down older iPhones on purpose and now pays the price
Replies: 6
Views: 244

Re: Apple slowed down older iPhones on purpose and now pays the price

selling the newer phones to people who didn't really need them. To be honest, I wonder just how much of that truely occurred. In my quite impetuous thinking based on my statistically insufficient sample size of family and friends, there's two kind of iPhone buyers: Those that frequently upgrade to ...
by DrCR
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sick screens and sick screen handling
Replies: 63
Views: 3025

Re: Sick screens and sick screen handling

Interesting is that your point also implicitely admits that indeed, there is something wrong. I'll go ahead and explicitly assert something is wrong with everything. We live in an imperfect world. For OSes, objectives and corresponding applications ultimately determine what OS is used -- with all t...
by DrCR
Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New washing machine!?
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: New washing machine!?

Yeah, definitely Speed Queen, assuming you are not forced to go with an over/under due to space limitations.
by DrCR
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Key Eats Cereal Kickstarter
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Re: Key Eats Cereal Kickstarter

I truly don't understand why so many people voluntarily chose to cut some type of food out of their diet... and then try to have some facsimile of it via some other base composition (particularly when said composition is utterly processed in an attempt to obtain said facsimile). Makers of processed ...
by DrCR
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NVMe vs SATA for *nix swap file
Replies: 22
Views: 363

Re: NVMe vs SATA for *nix swap file

Wow, guys -- it's crazy that even though this site is in a zombie-like state, I can still find better answers to questions here than anything google can cough up. Maybe I suck at the google, but I'm inclined to say that you're all awesome. Very helpful posts! Yeah, almost everyone here is awesome, ...
by DrCR
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sick screens and sick screen handling
Replies: 63
Views: 3025

Re: Sick screens and sick screen handling

Reading this thread up to now, it really feels like you're either trolling or irrational venting. Hey, at least we had an obligatory detour with Igor on a heath topic. ;) To here, here re Windows, my dislike with Win10 GUI and others of its ilk is the 'flatness', but re Win10 specifically I find the...
by DrCR
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anandtech founder leaked Apple confidential material
Replies: 5
Views: 275

Re: Anandtech founder leaked Apple confidential material

I'm not understanding Apple's argument re poaching. How is it illegal to attempt to hire as many of your former colleagues as you want? Now using company resources to start your own startup, that's an argument I understand. But not the recruitment aspect. [Update: Never mind. Employee contract stuff...
by DrCR
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: ZFSin - Stable(!?) ZFS Windows kernel mode driver
Replies: 10
Views: 275

Re: ZFSin - Stable(!?) ZFS Windows kernel mode driver

With the death of WinFS, it would actually be nice of ZFS became an officially supported FS for Windows.
by DrCR
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Thoughts on what processor to buy?
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Thoughts on what processor to buy?

Considering the video card you'll be using is the 1060, I'd recommend considering the Ryzen 3600X. If you were doing a lot of video work to justify extra cpu grunt, vs the other points of interest you mentioned, then you could perhaps consider, say, a 3950x or even threadripper build. I can't speak ...
by DrCR
Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 136
Views: 12142

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

Vrock wrote:
With a name like "Techpowerup", this does not surprise me.

There's actually some really competent members there. The site is sufficiently popular to also have the great unwashed present.
by DrCR
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: 5 PC license pack of O&O Power Pack for only $24.99
Replies: 12
Views: 482

Re: 5 PC license pack of O&O Power Pack for only $24.99

Never heard of this before and few reviews came up after a quick search.....hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Gonna do some more research O&O has some mind share for me due to their their ShutUp10 product for Windows 10, but that's about it. (Haven't yet tried it myself though, since I likely won't bother to...
by DrCR
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Quiet keyboard and mouse?
Replies: 7
Views: 237

Re: Quiet keyboard and mouse?

bitcat70, what keyboard and mouse did you end up getting? Just curious.
by DrCR
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Goodbye TR, it was a great run
Replies: 136
Views: 12142

Re: Goodbye TR, it was a great run

Mr Bill wrote:
Heh, it let me in today. First time in a week.

I check in weekly or so. There's not much traffic, true, but the signal to noise ratio is oh so good here vs where I lurk nowadays. (Feels like half of Techpowerup's commentors seem like they are 12 years old.)
by DrCR
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imdb's baffling decisions
Replies: 35
Views: 4609

Re: Imdb's baffling decisions

meerkt wrote:
Image
:)

Literally loled, thanks. :)
by DrCR
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Quiet keyboard and mouse?
Replies: 7
Views: 237

Re: Quiet keyboard and mouse?

To be totally honest, I loved Microsoft's X4 keyboard, in part because it was so quiet. There was a muffled sort of sound when typing. When I changed jobs, the keyboard stayed... and I belatedly found out Microsoft discontinued them. The ROCCAT Horde is on my radar as a potential successor. I tried ...
by DrCR
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Star Citizen: from the creator of Wing Commander
Replies: 87
Views: 19328

Re: Star Citizen: from the creator of Wing Commander

This game very much caught my eye very early on, but its perpetual half-bakedness or at least my perception of that being the case caused me to never be bothered with it. SC did cross my mind just recently though. During The Outer Worlds playthrough, I though it would be really cool to have space co...
by DrCR
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: 2600k > 9700K Am I doing this right?
Replies: 21
Views: 351

Re: 2600k > 9700K Am I doing this right?

FreeTibet, The real crux of the matter is whether the Word issue you are encountering is a software issue or a hardware issue. For a machine of your vintage, it wouldn't necessarily be a bad idea to go ahead and get new hardware. But not only may that not be necessarily, for all we know right now Wo...
by DrCR
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 68557

Re: Something's different...

Top 10 Ways to Improve your Forum in 2020
bthylafh wrote:
If only the New Management cared.
by DrCR
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 68557

Re: Something's different...

ludi wrote:
It's come and gone. It will be laggy for an hour, then its fine for several after, like nothing happened. Then out of the blue it happens again. No idea what or why.

Yeah, same here.
by DrCR
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: 2600k > 9700K Am I doing this right?
Replies: 21
Views: 351

Re: 2600k > 9700K Am I doing this right?

What do you intend to do with your new PC? In what ways is your overclocked Core i7-2600K not meeting your needs? Intel's 10nm on the desktop is still disappointingly far away. FreeTibet, that last question is perhaps the most important one. Not only should AMD be granted consideration, if there's ...
by DrCR
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help: Stumped with Unifi, Seeking alternative
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Help: Stumped with Unifi, Seeking alternative

Awesome. I may go that route then if a relatively recent dd-wrt-compatible router I'm lurking on ebay falls through.
by DrCR
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 68557

Re: Something's different...

just brew it! wrote:
Seems much better today than it was yesterday.

Same for me as well.
by DrCR
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help: Stumped with Unifi, Seeking alternative
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Help: Stumped with Unifi, Seeking alternative

Does your EdgeRouter have a baked in IP address i.e. when new/reset I can simply go to 192.168.1.1 or some such to configure? (My primary issue has been the vain attempt for the setup utility / website chrome app for cloud key to detect the hardware. I was able to detect and configure the gateway wi...
by DrCR
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help: Stumped with Unifi, Seeking alternative
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Help: Stumped with Unifi, Seeking alternative

I've been running a venerable WRT54GL with dd-wrt for the past decade or so, and a while back I purchased some Unifi hardware to replace it since it's staring to go flacky, plus I'd like 5GHz wifi since 2.4GHz is completely congested in my neighborhood at this point, and to that end a more advantage...
by DrCR
Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Samsung discontinuing B-Die RAM
Replies: 12
Views: 2469

Re: Samsung discontinuing B-Die RAM

JustAnEngineer wrote:

Yeah, I couldn't help but laugh as within the last few months I saw a lot of TPUers commenting this sector was about due for an 'accident' of some kind.
by DrCR
Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Putting together a quieter computer
Replies: 42
Views: 1337

Re: Putting together a quieter computer

I'm pretty happy with this build as is but if I can bring down the noise a bit more I'd be even more happy with that plus it will give me something to play with. Yeah, sounds like going ahead and indeed getting the NF-A12x25 PWM for rear case fan would be the next step. Congrats on your build, glad...
by DrCR
Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Browser privacy article + perplexing lack of knowledge
Replies: 10
Views: 247

Re: Browser privacy article + perplexing lack of knowledge

The browser wars are over. I don't mean to downplay privacy as a valid concern, but if that dude is looking for outrage he's about 15 years too late. Re your too late commend, if Elizabeth Warren becomes the next president, good or bad aside, things could get interesting for companies like Google. ...
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