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by meerkt
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1084
Views: 26923

Re: Something's different...

The homepage is loop-redirecting to itself, but checking remotely it does work.
Dislike the new design. :(

And the forums redirect and work thru an Amazon WS address.
by meerkt
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$
Replies: 24
Views: 562

Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

The Egg wrote:
Cirrus Logic Something 1MB ISA SVGA (used in 386’s)

Pfft. CL were trash before PCI. You should've gotten a Trident.
by meerkt
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$
Replies: 24
Views: 562

Re: Gerbitl GPU spend $$$

The Egg wrote:
I give you my GPU history of this century.

What about the previous century? :)
by meerkt
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: When did this happen? DropBox "free" limits to 3 devices!
Replies: 18
Views: 1007

Re: When did this happen? DropBox "free" limits to 3 devices!

UberGerbil wrote:
Dropbox Plus tier has gone from $9.99/month for 1TB to $11.99/month for 2TB (though there's a discount if you pay annually

Backblaze is $6/mo for unlimited, or $5/mo paid yearly.
by meerkt
Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Mitsubishi's Verbatim, Known for Optical Media, Sold to CMC
Replies: 10
Views: 389

Re: Mitsubishi's Verbatim, Known for Optical Media, Sold to CMC

Another media company that closed up shop recently is Moser Baer . Maybe CMC will buy them as well. :) waning days of floppy disks also--you could not find a quality new floppy to save your life At the moment, I think optical media is still serious business, more than floppy tech at its EoL. Floppie...
by meerkt
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any SSDs good for children under 3?
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: Any SSDs good for children under 3?

Flexible long exhaust pipe.
by meerkt
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any SSDs good for children under 3?
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: Any SSDs good for children under 3?

Ahh, here's someone selling one on eBay I'm disappointed it doesn't come with an integrated diesel generator. in a soft foam shell adorned with bright colors and cartoon characters. This product needs to happen. Maybe you can replace the drive inside: https://c2.juzdeal.com/2/800/li/435/446/4874464...
by meerkt
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any SSDs good for children under 3?
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Any SSDs good for children under 3?

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by meerkt
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Help me understand where my hard drive space has gone...?
Replies: 27
Views: 1243

Re: Help me understand where my hard drive space has gone...?

Welcome.

Use Voidtools' Everything to index all files, then sort by modification date to find recent files, or by file size.

I also like SpaceSniffer for a bird's eye overview.
by meerkt
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: pcper.com down? [mostly solved]
Replies: 14
Views: 476

Re: pcper.com down? [mostly solved]

Are there any web/ad blocking rules on your router?

Tried power cycling the router?
by meerkt
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: pcper.com down? [mostly solved]
Replies: 14
Views: 476

Re: pcper.com down? [mostly solved]

Strange. Looks like a 302 problem? I get to the login page just fine, and there's no 302, only 200.
Try on your phone to connect thru the cell network rather than WiFi.

And not that it looks like the problem, but for good measure try also other DNS servers, like 1.1.1.1 or 8.8.8.8 or 9.9.9.9.
by meerkt
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: pcper.com down? [mostly solved]
Replies: 14
Views: 476

Re: pcper.com down? [solved]

The site works for me. Try another browser to see if it's a FF issue or something global to your computer or LAN.
by meerkt
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 17082

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

So Jeff Kampman is using using two nicks? I thought that violates forum rules.
by meerkt
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6914

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

just brew it! wrote:
only exposing a single document, not (potentially) a significant percentage of all the data on your drive.

I suppose that's true.

File checksumming might come in handy (though trickier in certain system directories).
by meerkt
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6914

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

All that aside, I agree it is silly to run a defrag and stop it partway I want to see you wait when the program says there are 2 fragments and 47KB left, yet continues reading and writing files all over the disk with no end in sight. :) Windows' idle-time scheduled defragging stops when there's use...
by meerkt
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 17082

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

Who's askfranklin? :)
by meerkt
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6914

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

jihadjoe:
Also AV software was more interesting. Some of them, anyway.

just brew it! wrote:
I don't think I've used a 3rd party defrag tool since the Win98/NT days.

Win98's defrag was more interesting than the NT ones (actually, perhaps Win95 screenshoted):
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by meerkt
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6914

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

just brew it! wrote:
On a nearly full or badly fragmented disk, temporarily making things worse on the way to making them better may be unavoidable.

There was enough space for all the files it fragmented, combined, to be moved elsewhere contiguously.
by meerkt
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6914

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

Defraggler works well for me. I find it useful to defragment specific files Yeah, though too bad file-defrag lacks the full featured progress indication of full defrag. If you interrupt it while it's working, that could be the reason why you find it adds fragmentation. Maybe. But I don't want defra...
by meerkt
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags
Replies: 48
Views: 6914

Re: I've been trying Raxco Perfect Disk for NTFS Defrags

---- 6 years later ---- What do you think of Defraggler ? It seems popular , but I don't get it. It adds fragmentation by breaking apart large files (maybe because I'm stopping it in the middle), the time estimation is way off and is disconnected from other stats (2GB fragmented, 20 hours to go?), t...
by meerkt
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 84
Views: 13386

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

Noinoi wrote:
The WD Blue is 5462 hours, and the Fury is around the same ballpark as the Black.

Are the Blue and Black SSDs or HDDs?

I don't think hours say much for SSDs.
by meerkt
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 823

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

The Egg wrote:
marketing pushing them to add more useless checkbox features.

Hey, marketing checkboxes can be useful. In my most recent washer you now have the feature to disable program-end alert noises.
by meerkt
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 823

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

Cellphones didn't have common chargers until laws started mandating that.
by meerkt
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 823

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

That's an overkill. Arduinos would be enough.
by meerkt
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDDs from MD Tech and DBSKY on Amazon?
Replies: 19
Views: 992

Re: HDDs from MD Tech and DBSKY on Amazon?

Helium I wouldn't trust even bought fresh. :) Difficult to know how it's stored, but yeah, I don't know if really to expect problems. On one hand I do have doubts about NOS, on the other, I've always used drives for far more. The oldest I regularly use is 9 years, and less regularly used are more th...
by meerkt
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 823

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

(old school with a mechanical cycle timer - less to go wrong, no expensive logic board to replace if it does break) I know that's the common wisdom, but I do wonder. There's nothing inherently breakage-prone in simple heavy-duty electronics. And the exuberant prices for replacement parts have no re...
by meerkt
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Lead-free piping!
Replies: 26
Views: 725

Re: Lead-free piping!

Yeah, by "China" I mean the brand/channel and the associated level of certainty, not the place of manufacture.
That can be a problem also in physical stores, not only internet purchasing.
by meerkt
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDDs from MD Tech and DBSKY on Amazon?
Replies: 19
Views: 992

Re: HDDs from MD Tech and DBSKY on Amazon?

Thanks. For me, the non-manufacturer warranty adds other complications, so I'll skip.

But Waco, here it's supposedly not renewed, so a better deal.

If anyone knows more, or other anecdotal evidence, I'm still curious about the reliability NOS drives.
by meerkt
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking
Replies: 24
Views: 823

Re: My 30 y/o fridge is clicking

Did you check the relocated cheese count?

It may be fixable because it's a simple apparatus. But newer fridges are likely much more efficient, especially if you choose well. If memory serves, a few years back a new fridge here cut down the power use by 60%.
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