Personal computing discussed

Search found 45066 matches

by just brew it!
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Installing an SSD
Replies: 6
Views: 234

Re: Installing an SSD

A 2.5" SSD should not need any kind of standoffs, as every one of them I've seen has been fully enclosed, with the only exposed electrical contacts being the power and data connectors. In fact, on a couple of occasions when I did not have the appropriate mounting hardware and knew the system wo...
by just brew it!
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Just wanted to let everyone know
Replies: 44
Views: 1032

Re: Just wanted to let everyone know

meerkt wrote:
And why, of all things, chili? :)

I can think of a few reasons: 1) it tastes good; 2) it tastes even better left over; 3) you can make a big batch and freeze some of it; and 4) since you're stuck at home, only you and your immediate family need to deal with any resulting gaseous emissions!
by just brew it!
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you watching RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 232
Views: 1495

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

While I'm not surprised you have that opinion Vrock, I'm more disappointed in the moderation team who seem to have decided to leave this up without intervention. It is clear to me that flames, even outside of political forums, will remain tolerated on this site now. And that the moderation team doe...
by just brew it!
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?
Replies: 634
Views: 19765

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?

Still nowhere near herd immunity levels though. :(
by just brew it!
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: ARM in Mac: maybe this is really happening
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: ARM in Mac: maybe this is really happening

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-23/apple-aims-to-sell-macs-with-its-own-chips-starting-in-2021 The level of detail in this story goes well beyond anything else I've seen. Next year, a MacBook with a SOC that has 8 high performance cores and 4 energy efficient cores. It's not the sam...
by just brew it!
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: HGiG Mode for HDR gaming
Replies: 11
Views: 1078

Re: HGiG Mode for HDR gaming

Outrage is justified by the fact that I have TWO HDR TV's (LG 2018 model and Hisense 2019 model, both OLEDs) with almost $2900 dropped on them that do not have this feature and I am a gamer. No, that justifies nothing. You're just looking for someone else to blame for your buyer's remorse. The only...
by just brew it!
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Recursion (split from Dynamic Programming Tips and Tricks)
Replies: 17
Views: 644

Re: Recursion (split from Dynamic Programming Tips and Tricks)

I have always wanted to know this. How does directory recursion work without overflowing the stack, as the directory can have n levels of depth? Because we have 8GB of RAM on most machines these days, the stack won't really run out of memory until you fill that up. The OS does a bit of virtual-memo...
by just brew it!
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: HGiG Mode for HDR gaming
Replies: 11
Views: 1078

Re: HGiG Mode for HDR gaming

Nobody is holding a gun to your head forcing to buy this stuff.
by just brew it!
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Igor Kavinski
Replies: 106
Views: 1725

Re: Igor Kavinski

Detox your body AND your HDD, in one easy step!
by just brew it!
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Recursion (split from Dynamic Programming Tips and Tricks)
Replies: 17
Views: 644

Re: Recursion (split from Dynamic Programming Tips and Tricks)

I actually dislike using Fibonacci (and factorial) examples to illustrate recursion. Not because they don't illustrate recursion, but because in the real world, they tend to result in excessively deep recursion which will typically cause a stack overflow error unless the inputs are small. In the rea...
by just brew it!
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Igor Kavinski
Replies: 106
Views: 1725

Re: Igor Kavinski

75GXP?? That pre-dates my involvement in the storage industry. I did own one, but I accidentally killed it (by dropping it) before it had a chance to commit suicide. :cry: "Lemon" HDD models still happen, but don't tend to get the same level of publicity since they're less common in the c...
by just brew it!
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Igor Kavinski
Replies: 106
Views: 1725

Re: Igor Kavinski

And where I work we do have custom tools that scan failing drives and attempt to force reallocations of bad sectors. This was developed in the wake of one of the waves of drive failures. But the tool also flags the files which contain the bad sectors, because the contents of those files are likely ...
by just brew it!
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Igor Kavinski
Replies: 106
Views: 1725

Re: Igor Kavinski

That also means they are not your drives so you are not THAT concerned about getting data off of them. You have them RAIDed anyway so not a big issue for you. But most individuals don't have that luxury and when catastrophe hits, hddregen might be the only way to recover from it successfully. When ...
by just brew it!
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Igor Kavinski
Replies: 106
Views: 1725

Re: Igor Kavinski

Igor, FWIW you are arguing with two people who actually work in the storage field and deal with this stuff as part of their day jobs. We both routinely deal with systems containing thousands of HDDs. Literally 100s of PBs of spinning rust. And when you deal with that many drives on a regular basis, ...
by just brew it!
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Igor Kavinski
Replies: 106
Views: 1725

Re: Igor Kavinski

I know it works. I don't need to understand WHY it works. Did you understand everything about aviation and aerodynamics before you hopped onto a plane for a ride the first time? No, you don't know it works, because you haven't verified that every byte of every file that was on the drive before it s...
by just brew it!
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Igor Kavinski
Replies: 106
Views: 1725

Re: Igor Kavinski

Chkdsk only detects corruption of file system meta-data, and (if you enable full surface scan) sectors which are currently unreadable at the hardware level (i.e. they throw unrecoverable read errors when accessed). It does NOT detect corruption of application code, or user data within files. If the ...
by just brew it!
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Igor Kavinski
Replies: 106
Views: 1725

Re: Igor Kavinski

If the drive is showing zero pending and reallocated sectors, chances are it wasn't a hardware problem with the drive to begin with. You *might* be able to restore a marginal sector by rewriting it (thereby not causing the reallocated sector count to increase), but chances are the data that was in i...
by just brew it!
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Igor Kavinski
Replies: 106
Views: 1725

Re: Igor Kavinski

This could get really "interesting" if people start posting their random thoughts about YOU... :lol:
by just brew it!
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Recursion (split from Dynamic Programming Tips and Tricks)
Replies: 17
Views: 644

Re: Recursion

I split this, since it was actually a spam necro of a 10-year-old thread; but Igor's followup post may be of some interest to any of the newbie coders here. Yes, recursion is typically implemented with a stack; but that's an implementation detail. The core concept is one of "divide and conquer&...
by just brew it!
Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Email clients are trash, everywhere, why?
Replies: 15
Views: 387

Re: Email clients are trash, everywhere, why?

meerkt wrote:
Also not a fan of its messy storage, but that's probably a problem with all clients.

I actually LIKE the fact that it still uses good ol' fashioned MBOX format. :wink:

Vastly preferable to Outlook's brain-dead PST format, which renders any kind of incremental backup solution problematic.
by just brew it!
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Old mobo hope
Replies: 11
Views: 643

Re: Old mobo hope

meerkt wrote:
Some G41s are DDR3.

AFAICT the G41T-DM isn't, though.
by just brew it!
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Email clients are trash, everywhere, why?
Replies: 15
Views: 387

Re: Email clients are trash, everywhere, why?

I still use Thunderbird. I used the Mozilla Suite before that, and Netscape Communicator/Navigator (going all the way back to Netscape 3) prior to that. So basically the same e-mail client for ~25 years (and counting). Yes, it's buggy and clunky, and the UI has changed little since the Windows 95 da...
by just brew it!
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?
Replies: 634
Views: 19765

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?

https://themindunleashed.com/2020/04/young-redditors-describe-agony-of-ongoing-covid-19-symptoms-nearly-two-months-after-positive-test.html https://bgr.com/2020/04/19/coronavirus-symptoms-some-recovered-covid-19-patients-retest-positive/ So much for herd immunity. We don't know if these people were...
by just brew it!
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Old mobo hope
Replies: 11
Views: 643

Re: Old mobo hope

True, that hardware is 10+ years outdated but not completely useless. I had an old G41 motherboard I repurposed for my grade school son to use for teaching applications, light gaming and its using Win10. With other left over Core-2 CPUs and DDR2 RAM I repurposed them in Q45 mobos for backup file se...
by just brew it!
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New source of system guides?
Replies: 13
Views: 754

Re: New source of system guides?

Bummer that the System Guide hasn't been updated. I used to read every time they came out. Just for reading? I don't see the point of that. It's good for someone wanting to build a system. What do you gain from that if you aren't planning to build? Staying up to date? That would make sense only if ...
by just brew it!
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Old mobo hope
Replies: 11
Views: 643

Re: Old mobo hope

You didn't say what your situation is. Is the system currently functional, but you want to improve performance? Or do you just have the board, and are trying to make use of it? What is this system used for? But in general, unless you have a need for a low-performance system (e.g. e-mail and web brow...
by just brew it!
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: How do you pick a motherboard ?
Replies: 8
Views: 523

Re: How do you pick a motherboard ?

Recognition memory is easier than recall memory. I'm not pushing my views onto the OP, I'm providing the OP a list so that his recognition memory works instead of his recall memory. He's already confused/overwhelmed. You're just adding more noise and confusion. Teach him to walk before you try to t...
by just brew it!
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Calling all dinosaurs - IBM needs you!
Replies: 11
Views: 238

Re: Calling all dinosaurs - IBM needs you!

Do you know a successful Cobol programmer in real life? I imagine some of the people I work with (or have worked with) did COBOL programming at some point. In fact, there's one developer in particular that I remember (goes back quite a few years though...) who defined a whole bunch of macros to mak...
by just brew it!
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Calling all dinosaurs - IBM needs you!
Replies: 11
Views: 238

Re: Calling all dinosaurs - IBM needs you!

It was one of the earliest attempts at a "high level" language, and was (rightfully) seen as a huge improvement at the time. Tech evolves and (generally) improves. The "vi" text editor was a huge step forward in the 1970s. Now it is seen as archaic (but like COBOL, is still hangi...
GZIP: On