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by DrCR
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading from 5-year-old components to ultrawide 1440p 144Hz
Replies: 10
Views: 263

Re: Upgrading from 5-year-old components to ultrawide 1440p 144Hz

So in other words you can go ahead and buy a monitor now. And then wait a a month or two for everything else. (:
by DrCR
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading from 5-year-old components to ultrawide 1440p 144Hz
Replies: 10
Views: 263

Re: Upgrading from 5-year-old components to ultrawide 1440p 144Hz

Now sure how much it is on that side of the pond, but if going ultrawide for gaming with your rough monitor budget, I'd go with the Samsung Odyssey G9. I'd consider the 6800 and 3080 as starting points to drive a 1440p ultrawide. Depend on what you get and what else you decide to upgrade, you may en...
by DrCR
Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPad app for printing to network printer?
Replies: 9
Views: 607

Re: iPad app for printing to network printer?

HP Deskjet 6980. Had it for ... maybe ~15 years? Printing from the iPad directly would be nice, but we're living with simply getting it to the PC (e.g. save to iCloud or text to email) and print from there.
by DrCR
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPad app for printing to network printer?
Replies: 9
Views: 607

Re: iPad app for printing to network printer?

Yeah, I found it didn't work with my now rather vintage HP deskjet. I'm filing away this info though.
by DrCR
Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPad app for printing to network printer?
Replies: 9
Views: 607

Re: iPad app for printing to network printer?

That's really insightful. xPrintServer was not something on my radar. Many thanks for the post.
by DrCR
Sun Nov 08, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1595
Views: 81269

Re: Something's different...

Eric F is a personal friend of mine. I was the one who referred him to start writing for TR awhile back. Seems he was the last one actually creating content and has such moved on to bigger and better things. Oh, that's cool. Is he still writing online somewhere else? Was wondering the same thing. W...
by DrCR
Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: The Tech Report forums got a big upgrade
Replies: 123
Views: 16301

Re: The Tech Report forums got a big upgrade

Could this place conceivably survive as a knowledge-rich forum, run as cheaply as possible and with the help of donations/subscriptions? As much as it pains me to say it, probably not. I would think that in an alternative universe, it could persist as a member-support forum e.g. like castboolits.gu...
by DrCR
Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Issue deleting a directoryish (Linux)
Replies: 12
Views: 224

Re: Issue deleting a directoryish (Linux)

Early on, before starting a thread, I confirmed I could touch, nano, and rm a file named ç. What you're seeing in the command lines posted is the result of me simply doing F <tab auto complete>. In looking at my history, I can confirm it autocompleted exactly the same rm -r Fran\?ois\ Couperin/ when...
by DrCR
Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Issue deleting a directoryish (Linux)
Replies: 12
Views: 224

Re: Issue deleting a directoryish (Linux)

Just had a break through, albeit without understanding. Still have an effectual solution regardless though. After I did the f s c k on /dev/md0 i.e. the mdadm raid drive on the NAS, since I was connected into the NAS anyway, I tried to delete the now infamous Fran\?ois\ Couperin while logged into th...
by DrCR
Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Issue deleting a directoryish (Linux)
Replies: 12
Views: 224

Re: Issue deleting a directoryish (Linux)

Bummer. f s c k was not a solution. #umount /dev/md0 #f s c k.jfs -nfv /dev/md0 ... File system checked read only. Errors have been detected. Run f s c k with the -f parameter to repair Filesystem is dirty. Filesystem is dirty but is marked clean ... So I ran the command without the readonly -n opti...
by DrCR
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Issue deleting a directoryish (Linux)
Replies: 12
Views: 224

Re: Issue deleting a directoryish (Linux)

Tried mv to no avail. Just gave rename a shot at your suggestion. Output below. (Side note: I think this is also the first time I've seen * not wildcard everything, but give this situation I'm not particularly surprised. Tried n$ as well to no avail.) ls -b doens't seem to shed any additional light?...
by DrCR
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 10 slot USB Powered HUB...use limit?
Replies: 7
Views: 131

Re: 10 slot USB Powered HUB...use limit?

A burn to optical media for a once every blue moon disaster recovery backup isn't a terrible way to go if you're only doing 2-5 DVDs. That said, since you mentioned external hard drives, I'd get rsnapshot setup. Otherwise like me you could find yourself in a situation where you have copies of copies...
by DrCR
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?
Replies: 15
Views: 306

Re: Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?

Crucial caveat at the end there of "beyond the initial rsnapshot". Since the enclosure has eSATA, that's what I'll be using. Ran into an interesting issue when freeing up that enclosure for backup duty though. iirc there were USB 1 docks/enclosures, but I could be getting confused with ear...
by DrCR
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Issue deleting a directoryish (Linux)
Replies: 12
Views: 224

Issue deleting a directoryish (Linux)

After more than a decade of apathy and negligence, I'm finally cleaning up and organizing the data in my life e.g. running fslint on my venerable NAS (Debian with mdm), finishing getting rsnapshot setup, et al. One step was moving data from an external HDD to my NAS. While cleaning up said data now ...
by DrCR
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?
Replies: 15
Views: 306

Re: Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?

If it's just being used for offline backup, even USB 2.0 is "good enough". Fire it up before you go to bed, disconnect it in the morning. But eSATA/USB3 are obviously better, since they'll more than keep up with a mechanical HDD. Yeah, it's only about 1.2 TB worth of data, and little gets...
by DrCR
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1595
Views: 81269

Re: Something's different...

anotherengineer wrote:
I usually frequent techpowerup under the mechtech handle, crispy is there also.

I often chuckle when I see a comment from crispy there, as it's usually one of the few sane comments in a given thread.
by DrCR
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?
Replies: 15
Views: 306

Re: Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?

Flying Fox wrote:
Is the dock fast enough? I consider eSATA/USB3 a minimum nowadays. But being removable allow you to park the drive before powering off.

I know for sure it has eSATA interface, amongst several others, so I'll like use that.
by DrCR
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?
Replies: 15
Views: 306

Re: Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?

Thanks guys, glad I asked. Brain blipped and didn't even think of confirming hotswapability. I actually have a really nice OCW / Oyen Digital external enclosure from yesteryear I can use, so I'll just use that. Have some spinning rust in a drawer I can use rather than paying out new money for an SSD...
by DrCR
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: System guide soon to be two years old.
Replies: 35
Views: 1269

Re: System guide soon to be two years old.

it seems pretty clear that they haven't been doing what it takes lately. I'd love to get a rundown in a year / 5 years / whenever of what all went wrong and why. Something like the Theranos mini-documentaries (but hopefully unlike the Theranos dumpster fire there's a at least somewhat happy ending ...
by DrCR
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?
Replies: 15
Views: 306

Any issue using a molex switch to turn off HDDs?

I'm trying to simplify what I use to backup my venerable NAS. Right now, I basically never bother to... Since my primary desktop is 99.9% of the time booted up into Linux, my thought is to add a hard disk drive to my desktop. And this way without fanfare I can backup the NAS by simply mounting it an...
by DrCR
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imdb's baffling decisions
Replies: 38
Views: 5313

Re: Imdb's baffling decisions

Thought of this thread when on IMDB the other day. Low information density is where it's at these days. I'm guessing high traffic websites have the same issue as retail stores -- it doesn't matter if it's not better, change has to happen, otherwise the masses will view it as 'has been'. I know someo...
by DrCR
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX 3090 in my paws!
Replies: 7
Views: 731

Re: RTX 3090 in my paws!

Honestly, as expensive as it is, that's the kind of card that even a decade later with it in a cabinet somewhere, when you see it, you'll still get a warm smile of affection. That's true for me re the GF4 Ti4400 AGP and Voodoo 5 5000 PCI cards I still have from a special bygone build. To my dying da...
by DrCR
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: The Tech Report forums got a big upgrade
Replies: 123
Views: 16301

Re: The Tech Report forums got a big upgrade

The Tech Report looks dead to me. It's a pity. It has been my primary source of information about pc's for years. Personally I do think that whoever owns Tech Report should just simply sell it to those who desire a proper tech site and Forum... If a known, established, trusted member of the TR comm...
by DrCR
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1595
Views: 81269

Re: Something's different...

However hip Youtube is for tech news, it's moot to me, and I suspect a non-trivial amount of other geeks. I'm not suggesting companies aren't correct to spend there marketing budget there, getting teens to spend their part time job or parents money on a video card or some such. It's simply a horribl...
by DrCR
Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: NVIDIA Moving Ampere to TSMC 7nm - Anyone else find this hard to believe?
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: NVIDIA Moving Ampere to TSMC 7nm - Anyone else find this hard to believe?

Gotcha. Makes sense. Sounds like a fortuitous situation for Nvidia.
by DrCR
Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPad app for printing to network printer?
Replies: 9
Views: 607

iPad app for printing to network printer?

I'm looking for an app to print text/Word/PDFs/et al. files on an iPad to a network printer. (It's a venerable HP network printer. So nothing special re drivers or the like.) The files may be local or iCloud. Any particular recommendations? I was about to give Tap & Print a try, but then I found...
by DrCR
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: NVIDIA Moving Ampere to TSMC 7nm - Anyone else find this hard to believe?
Replies: 4
Views: 157

NVIDIA Moving Ampere to TSMC 7nm - Anyone else find this hard to believe?

Anyone else find this hard to believe? I thought TSMC's 7nm capacity was basically completely allocated beforehand. If Nvidia had any allocation, I could see them using it for a Super card or two, with the vast majority of the Ampere still being Samsung fabed. - - - - NVIDIA Reportedly Moving Ampere...
by DrCR
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon RX Gamma rumors and news
Replies: 10
Views: 636

Re: Radeon RX Gamma rumors and news

bthylafh wrote:
I see their marketing department still has an X fetish.

Pales in comparison to XFX's nomenclature.
by DrCR
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Work from Home Monitors
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: Work from Home Monitors

Personally, I stay away from Asus displays. They seem to charge a premium for QC lottery. My bias for some time has been towards LG.
by DrCR
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My friend was just Pranked Called.
Replies: 122
Views: 1563

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.
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