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by Yan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 5507

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI

38? I would have thought him older.

Bizarre.
by Yan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Subscription drops from Gold to Silver?
Replies: 14
Views: 1157

Re: Subscription drops from Gold to Silver?

My guess is that Mr Bill paid, for example, $20 in June 2018 and $20 in July 2018, and the total in the last 12 months was $40 - until recently. Now it's $20. Could that be the reason? That's not the way it's working for me. I gave some money in October 2018, making me a Silver subscriber, and then...
by Yan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cool piece of history or am I just weird?
Replies: 3
Views: 1076

Re: Cool piece of history or am I just weird?

I had a small flag of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on my desk at work for two years, and nobody ever said anything. Probably nobody knew what it was. ;-) "Comrade Kim Il Sung and Comrade Kim Jong Il were geniuses of ideology and theory, masters of the leadership art, ever-victoriou...
by Yan
Fri May 31, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: How does Google (desktop) infer location?
Replies: 35
Views: 3003

Re: How does Google (desktop) infer location?

I've always assumed that Google uses cookies to track your searches and other information, and can use that to guess your location. Solution: delete Google's cookies, or all cookies, or use another search engine. And don't use Gmail or other Google services, of course.
by Yan
Fri May 31, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 144
Views: 10206

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!

I was wondering about the USB connector itself: how often can you insert and remove a USB drive before the connector fails? In my experience, USB drives die almost suddenly: you get very little warning (read/write errors), and then the computer no longer recognizes them. Another question is how to d...
by Yan
Thu May 30, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server
Replies: 41
Views: 4411

Re: New to Linux - HTPC/Plex server

roncat wrote:
As other people mentioned, I would install Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server, and use command line.

I agree. The absolute first step, if you're new to Linux, is to start over with the LTS version, if you're not already using it, except I'd suggest Desktop for a beginner.
by Yan
Wed May 22, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 144
Views: 10206

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - Poll is live!

Can the poll be placed on the front page, to replace the one about electricity use? Or do you want to limit the poll to actual members?

-- The guy who suggested flash memory. :-)
by Yan
Wed May 08, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 144
Views: 10206

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - Official Thread

Sous vide is a silly fad, like molecular gastronomy before it.
by Yan
Tue May 07, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - we have a winner!
Replies: 144
Views: 10206

Re: TR Gerbil's Choice Review I - Official Thread

My suggestion:

How come my USB flash drives always die so quickly? Do these things really last as long as they claim? Get a few different ones and redo the SSD endurance test with them.
by Yan
Sat May 04, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Nhero
Replies: 5
Views: 2671

Re: Nhero

1. Use a subject that describes the problem.

2. Give more information, such as your laptop's model, and what the problem is. In what way is the hard drive "killed"?
by Yan
Sat May 04, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: What replacement for my netbook?
Replies: 2
Views: 2056

What replacement for my netbook?

I bought an Acer Aspire 522 because of Tech Report's favourable review . I like that it's small and light, but of course an AMD C-50 processor can't handle modern software. I'm looking for something the same size (10,1"), or slightly larger (under 13"), light, and with a reasonable hard dr...
by Yan
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: UPS.com taking all my upstream bandwidth!??!
Replies: 8
Views: 1624

Re: UPS.com taking all my upstream bandwidth!??!

just brew it! wrote:
@Yan - Were you logged in when you checked?

No, because I don't have an account. ;-)
by Yan
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: UPS.com taking all my upstream bandwidth!??!
Replies: 8
Views: 1624

Re: UPS.com taking all my upstream bandwidth!??!

I tried it with Net Limiter and didn't notice anything especially unusual.
by Yan
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ethernet Problems
Replies: 3
Views: 2054

Re: Ethernet Problems

I'll assume the cable and router itself aren't broken.

Newegg lists "network adapters" starting at $ 7 US. You'll want an adapter with an actual Ethernet connection, of course, not a wireless adapter.
by Yan
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New SSD: SATA or M.2
Replies: 11
Views: 2782

Re: New SSD: SATA or M.2

Thanks to everybody for the replies. I didn't realize the difference between M.2 and NVMe. I don't have any special needs, so I'll just get a SATA drive.
by Yan
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New SSD: SATA or M.2
Replies: 11
Views: 2782

New SSD: SATA or M.2

I'll be getting a larger SSD, probably a Crucial MX500.

Should I get a SATA drive or M.2? If I understand correctly, M.2 is better in benchmarks, but the difference isn't that big in actual use.
by Yan
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ad mining
Replies: 6
Views: 605

Re: Ad mining

These sites use the CPU or GPU to mine. I think most of us would notice if the CPU or GPU usage suddenly went to 100 %, if only because of the noise from the fans.

You can try running an actual mining program to see what happens. You notice. ;-)
by Yan
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Restored Win 7 from backup, now lost localized folder names
Replies: 9
Views: 2226

Re: Restored Win 7 from backup, now lost localized folder names

I once had an extra My Pictures system folder in WIN7 and Windows Repair from Tweaking . com fixed that. It makes a lot of settings revert to default. It's free, just don't click on the first big green download button for a ""PC health"" program. https://www.tweaking.com/content...
by Yan
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Restored Win 7 from backup, now lost localized folder names
Replies: 9
Views: 2226

Restored Win 7 from backup, now lost localized folder names

I restored a complete Windows 7 installation from backup (made with rdiff-backup ), using simply Linux's cp to copy everything. This worked well, except I lost the localized names for the folders such as Downloads, My Documents, etc. I have Windows 7 Enterprise, so I tried simply changing the user i...
by Yan
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 155856

Re: Winter weather

DancinJack wrote:
Oh, this might be interesting. Where does everyone live (feel free to be quite vague if you're ::tin-foil::) and what temperature do you consider cold?

I consider that even we Canadians can complain if it's below -20º C (that's -4º F for you guys).

Edit: Wind chill doesn't count. ;-)
by Yan
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Core OS = Windows Lite?
Replies: 15
Views: 2836

Re: Windows Core OS = Windows Lite?

The strength of Windows 10 is that it is Windows x64 running apps from anywhere on powerful hardware. One would think that after Windows RT, Microsoft would understand that nobody wants a version of Windows that can't run what everybody considers to be Windows applications. Apparently, Microsoft ha...
by Yan
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: IBM to acquire Red Hat!
Replies: 30
Views: 2681

Re: IBM to acquire Red Hat?

Wow.
by Yan
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 39
Views: 5725

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
It was never unsafe, unless you were in the tiny minority that moved your mapped folders for "my documents" or the like to a different folder/drive but left data in the old locations.

How foolish of those users to think they could decide where they want their files to be!
by Yan
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Anyone have more online security tips?
Replies: 10
Views: 3018

Re: Anyone have more online security tips?

Anyone who tells you to put your files in the "cloud" (formerly called servers) for security doesn't know what he's talking about.
by Yan
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: New to Windows
Replies: 18
Views: 2360

Re: New to Windows

In your situation, I'd also consider Linux, which has the advantages of being free and (arguably) more secure than Windows and as secure as MacOS. I think that Linux Mint is a good choice for beginners. I also like the MATE desktop, but that's a matter of taste. Frankly, if you were using a MacBook ...
by Yan
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Laptop turns off suddenly
Replies: 73
Views: 4536

Re: Laptop turns off suddenly

Also, generally speaking - things are A LOT cheaper in the US compared to the UK. E.g. if the price of something is $500 in the US, the tech company will sell exactly the same item for £500 in the UK. It's not fair but it is what it is. For smaller tech items, like expensive phones, some ppl I know...
by Yan
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: New to Windows
Replies: 18
Views: 2360

Re: New to Windows

I'm not here to defend Windows, and especially not Windows 10, but you're greatly exaggerating its dangers.

Anyway, as arunphilip said, for most people, the OS itself doesn't matter as much as what you do with it. What matters is your usage and your applications.
by Yan
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Laptop turns off suddenly
Replies: 73
Views: 4536

Re: Laptop turns off suddenly

DPete27 wrote:
Your logic is sound. Whenever I see system crashes, my first suspect is RAM.

The system isn't crashing, though, but shutting down -- at least that's what I think the OP is saying.
by Yan
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Laptop turns off suddenly
Replies: 73
Views: 4536

Re: Laptop turns off suddenly

Maybe the whole disk wasn't corrupt 2 days ago when it actually switched on. Right now, given it doesn't switch on at all, I don't know. If your disk was completely corrupt (for example, there's no data on the hard disk at all), you would still see the BIOS screen (the Acer screen), and then the co...
by Yan
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Laptop turns off suddenly
Replies: 73
Views: 4536

Re: Laptop turns off suddenly

Im dreading the fact that the whole disk is corrupt and/or important files are not fixable, in which case I have absolutely no idea what the course of action would be. If the whole disk was corrupt, you wouldn't be able to get the computer to work for 25 minutes and run various programmes, so I wou...
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