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by DrCR
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]
Replies: 33
Views: 2686

Re: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]

Solar/wind and your own well? Unless you can make your own panels, turbine blades, and generator, you can still be tracked. Not to mention a large enough panel array and/or turbines can be seen by satellites. What's do you have against WATER power? http://www.askaprepper.com/homemade-water-wheel-el...
by DrCR
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]
Replies: 33
Views: 2686

Re: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]

End User wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
End User wrote:
The title of your post is lacking key information.

That could probably be said of 95% of the posts on this forum. Why complain specifically about this one?

It does apply to ever end user.

There's more than one of you?
by DrCR
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 4391

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Whose SSNs would they have? Basically anyone with charge/credit cards? Or perhaps something like only those who signed up with then to receive credit score info (or perhaps whose charge/credit card company complimentary provides a credit score through them)?
by DrCR
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Case Fan
Replies: 9
Views: 1700

Re: Case Fan

Primarily I am looking for quiet A good 1200 RPM fan e.g. a Scythe, Noctua, or the like should do the trick -- pair it with an undervolting option and adjust to desired noise/airflow. If going the PWM route, ensure you're getting a fan that's kosher with that control route. 1200rpm should be plenty...
by DrCR
Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs
Replies: 15
Views: 1376

Re: der8auer's at it again, this time with X299 VRMs

Wow, thanks for the link. I didn't realize he had a youtube channel -- I've got to give him props for bothering to also release English versions of his videos.
by DrCR
Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Yet another reason to "browse" from a Linux VM..
Replies: 35
Views: 2168

Re: Yet another reason to "browse" from a Linux VM..

That's because the more modern versions of the suite has Protected View, which will show a prompt warning you about a "potential security concern" when the script starts running. Just click Disable, and you'll be fine. However, older versions of the suite don't have that extra layer of se...
by DrCR
Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 70
Views: 5277

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

This is why I'm still plugging away with an oldie but goodie panel that's approaching a decade old at this point -- it seems the most awesome monitors of the current era (for gaming, not prosumers per se) have awful reports re QA.
by DrCR
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No Safe Site?
Replies: 24
Views: 4867

Re: No Safe Site?

Thin Man, what was the permissions level of the user account?

I'd be curious if there would have pragmatically been no problem if it' was a true user account without even UAC capability.
by DrCR
Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Geeky videos worth sharing with fellow gerbils
Replies: 0
Views: 1036

Geeky videos worth sharing with fellow gerbils

Zak shared a nice video in the article comments: Playstation 4 Hacked by fail0verflow presentation from 33C3 As a way of giving back while also being interested in what others may wish to share, here's something I formerly knew nothing about and found interesting: [HOPE X] Shortwave Pirate Radio and...
by DrCR
Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Online vendor search options suck.
Replies: 13
Views: 5167

Re: Online vendor search options suck.

mcmaster is the kind of site that reminds me of how much I don't know. For REAL hardware....you know nuts, bolts, screws, etc..... https://www.mcmaster.com/ Go there. Type 'nut' or 'fitting' in the search bar. ENJOY. Double bonus: For many of their items you can drill down to the details and downloa...
by DrCR
Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade to "old" PCI 2.0 card
Replies: 8
Views: 5598

Re: Upgrade to "old" PCI 2.0 card

I'd look for a knackered corporate computer headed for the dumpster. It could be a cheap way of getting a Win7 COA. Otherwise, you may indeed wish to spend any serious money towards Win10.
by DrCR
Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: O Tech Report, Tech Report, wherefore art thou Tech Report?
Replies: 85
Views: 8547

Re: O Tech Report, Tech Report, wherefore art thou Tech Report?

WRT to Shortbread, from what I can tell, Ronald is a mystical being that gifts us with Shortbreads depending on where the wind blows him. Ronald has always, extremely generously, volunteered this service to TR, but I understand that the winds haven't been favorable for us lately. How often do you w...
by DrCR
Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peace or tech.
Replies: 40
Views: 1493

Re: Peace or tech.

False dichotomy
by DrCR
Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Desktop environments suck
Replies: 76
Views: 8924

Re: Desktop environments suck

I used to do GUI and disto hopping years ago when I first started with Linux, but I quickly settled on Slackware and then ultimately Slackware derivatives designed for those of us who like Slackware but are lazy. I've heard KDE referred to as slow and/or buggy over the years, but I've personally nev...
by DrCR
Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What vid card would you choose to crown a 3GHz C2D, WinXP, legacy gaming box?
Replies: 57
Views: 2557

Re: What vid card would you choose to crown a 3GHz C2D, WinXP, legacy gaming box?

Thanks for the all commentary (well, that which is actually applicable to this thread..). Would some of these games run on newer hardware / WinOS versions? Probably, but I don't want to mess with it. Qemu/KVM has been on my to tinker with list for a while, and it's been since the GF4 era that I mess...
by DrCR
Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:47 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 19676

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

No, the real reason is because it is an still tiny minority in the aspect ratio world. Developers or publisher never bother spending the extra time for QA or code the GUI for it. 16:10 was in the sane boat before HDTVs (16:9) became commonplace when lead to widescreen gaming. The rest of the world ...
by DrCR
Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:39 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 19676

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

I use a Logitech gaming mouse (older model) myself for work, and I cannot imagine being without it -- but then I have 4 monitors side by side, so being able to readily twitch across that much screen real estate is really nice. I started by max weighting the mouse and then slow upping my mouse sensit...
by DrCR
Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:47 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What vid card would you choose to crown a 3GHz C2D, WinXP, legacy gaming box?
Replies: 57
Views: 2557

Re: What vid card would you choose to crown a 3GHz C2D, WinXP, legacy gaming box?

If you could get a 750 or 750Ti for real cheap then I would install Linux on the system and use Wine to play the WinXP games. The point of a dedicated legacy gaming box is to have the native OS for games of a given era. Please don't misunderstand me, I live in *nix on that box -- but for the vast m...
by DrCR
Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:20 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 19676

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

Kretschmer wrote:
Also note that many games flat out refuse to render 21:9 for competitive reasons

Which I continue to find amazingly dumb, but I digress..
by DrCR
Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:08 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What vid card would you choose to crown a 3GHz C2D, WinXP, legacy gaming box?
Replies: 57
Views: 2557

What vid card would you choose to crown a 3GHz C2D, WinXP, legacy gaming box?

I'm interested in what you guys would chose to crown a legacy gaming box (3GHz C2D, WinXP).* I picked up a 770ti to play with, but I'm finding I don't have time to mess with it and would prefer something much more efficient without having to resort to uv/ocing, bios hacks, or going so new as to not ...
by DrCR
Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:46 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: VGA coolers that fit Geforce 6800 GS?
Replies: 13
Views: 1764

Re: VGA coolers that fit Geforce 6800 GS?

Perhaps a Artic Cooling S1 Rev.2 or some such? Then zip tie, with rubber spacers, a 120mm 1200rpm Slipsteam @ 5v to it. Done. @12 if you don't care about noise or maybe just buy the 800 rpm model.

Edit: Are you Onaran
by DrCR
Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:39 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: PureVPN Halloween Deal: 2 Years in $60
Replies: 10
Views: 1676

Re: PureVPN Halloween Deal: 2 Years in $60

Also Opera Max works as a free vpn and data compression for your mobile device. But then you're just letting SurfEasy / Opera accumulate info on everything you do. I'd be more focused on the company than the price. (I don't know much about SurfEasy's track record nor what Opera has done with them. ...
by DrCR
Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:26 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Anyone use an iPad2 with a third-party keyboard e.g. Logitech?
Replies: 10
Views: 1971

Anyone use an iPad2 with a third-party keyboard e.g. Logitech?

Anyone use an iPad2 with a third-party keyboard e.g. Logitech? Good/Bad/Ugly? I'm looking at going with an iPad Pro w/ magic keyboard (or whatever Apple branded it) for someone who would like a tablet but also be able to do word processing -- but that's a hefty price difference if an iPad2 paired wi...
by DrCR
Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Liability from PC assembly
Replies: 51
Views: 2110

Re: Liability from PC aseembly

I did just make a discovery in last few minutes.  Studying the PC it appears to me that the Solid state drive may have been the culprit... My advice is that you stop posting and you and your dad get legal assistance. And once the dust settles on this, then update here and let us know what all worke...
by DrCR
Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: MS open backdoor to bootmgr found
Replies: 21
Views: 1658

Re: MS open backdoor to bootmgr found

slowriot wrote:
Guys, things like the VW cheating scandal are a real thing.

No it's not, unless you believe being fined by every major government in the world and blocked from sales is something they want to happen.

Er, wait...

;)
by DrCR
Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: techreport.com - Oddity with Firefox
Replies: 23
Views: 1043

Re: techreport.com - Oddity with Firefox

If you blow it away and reinstall it after first obscuring your %appdata% / %localappdata% (where ever the user config files lie, I'm not in WinOS at the moment) and obscuring any HKCL > Software and HKCU > Software Mozilla/Firefox reg key folders as well, does the issue persist?
by DrCR
Sun Jul 31, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Security advice after PayPal fraud
Replies: 122
Views: 14112

Re: Security advice after PayPal fraud

Huh? Paypal is inherently not anonymous -- they're often tied to one's bank account, et al. With respect, your post doesn't fit the nature nor topic of this thread. There are many, valid reasons to use a VPN, it's jut not that relevant in this thread. I can advice you to use vpn service to secure yo...
by DrCR
Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help me review my system
Replies: 20
Views: 2278

Re: Help me review my system

with a bit of FPS thrown in there ... I'm more inclined to solve it from the GPU side (get a GPU powerful enough to max out framerate), while the VRR guys get their s**t figured out. As DPete27 touches on, what kind and just how important is it to you (FPS that is)? Re your PSU, depending on how ne...
by DrCR
Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 3DMark Time Spy not a useful DX12 benchmark, after all?
Replies: 16
Views: 1096

Re: 3DMark Time Spy not a useful DX12 benchmark, after all?

Redocbew wrote:
Breaking news! Man burned in fire. Forgot fire was hot.


Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of the night. Set a man on fire, and he will be warm the rest of his life.
(Bonus points if someone manages to guess the source of this quote without an interwebz search.)
by DrCR
Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: I think my GPU died.. :(
Replies: 19
Views: 1721

Re: I think my GPU died.. :(

Considering your limited budget, you could indeed try sticking with the IGP for the time being. And this could actually be a boon for you -- there's some awesome, light-weight indie games you may not as of yet have played. Unfortunately I only have a 60hz monitor, and I really don't want to get lock...
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