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by meerkt
Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:15 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Getting into some pretty low-level embedded stuff again
Replies: 37
Views: 7976

Re: Getting into some pretty low-level embedded stuff again

I'll keep that in mind. What MCU?
by meerkt
Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: New board supports replaceable op-amp, help!
Replies: 27
Views: 5081

Re: New board supports replaceable op-amp, help!

auxy wrote:
I went on there and searched for cheap op-amps in the right form factor.

I'm not sure compatibility is just about the correct package type and pinout.
by meerkt
Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:14 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: graphics card
Replies: 32
Views: 5544

Re: graphics card

Yeah, for non-gaming or GPU compute I don't see the point of a discrete graphics card. If the integrated is limited in terms of multi-monitor support, I'd look for a passively cooled card.
by meerkt
Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:33 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: New board supports replaceable op-amp, help!
Replies: 27
Views: 5081

Re: New board supports replaceable op-amp, help!

No idea. Sounds a bit far fetched, but who knows. But $18?! If you wanna try other opamps, maybe start with a bunch of cheaper ones for experimentation? Cheaper doesn't necessarily mean worse, I think, just more common, or less "classic" in audiophile circles so buyers are less likely to s...
by meerkt
Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:58 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Super cheap build
Replies: 39
Views: 4182

Re: Super cheap build

vargis14 wrote:
I have a older 4866DX with a i3 2120 sandy bridge dual core
That's odd. My 3866SX includes an Ivy Bridge.
by meerkt
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Do you use Blu-Ray on your PC?
Replies: 66
Views: 3845

Re: Do you use Blu-Ray on your PC?

I have DVD-RW drives in the desktop PCs and laptop. Used exclusively for bulk storage. Not so much recently because it's too small and tedious. No BD-R for the time being because with the disappointing capacity increase over DVD, the drive price, media price, and inconvenience of a zillion discs for...
by meerkt
Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: nVidia's latest ploy
Replies: 52
Views: 4226

Re: nVidia's latest ploy

I don't know. That's kinda complex. The sort of people who would really want DX12 from day zero are probably the sort of people who would just flog their cards on eBay and get news ones. Also, if DX12 is Win10-only and not also Win8, it would take a few years until it's really relevant to games....
by meerkt
Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia's low end card variants
Replies: 55
Views: 64211

Re: Nvidia's low end card variants

Another problem besides the already mentioned same "title model" but different GPUs or memory bus widths or memory types, is different memory speeds. Sometimes the differences are drastic. But these cards aren't useless. I'm looking right now for a passive cheap card for an old computer. I...
by meerkt
Sun Nov 16, 2014 4:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Constant UFO garbage in Yahoo news aggregation. Ugh!
Replies: 22
Views: 2091

Re: Constant UFO garbage in Yahoo news aggregation. Ugh!

As for morbid curiosity, if they have any sense, I'm sure they would have observed us from afar and known not to bother. Humans do things like setting up base in the wilderness to observe termite colonies. The aliens likely have scientific curiosity, else they wouldn't be the advanced race that the...
by meerkt
Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Constant UFO garbage in Yahoo news aggregation. Ugh!
Replies: 22
Views: 2091

Re: Constant UFO garbage in Yahoo news aggregation. Ugh!

How is that garbage? It might as well be as real as you and me... Nah. Aliens have advanced tech, they would be undetectable until first contact. First contact is obviously to pulverize the White House from orbit. Yahoo Email (the mostly non-JS version that's still around if you know how to get to ...
by meerkt
Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Constant UFO garbage in Yahoo news aggregation. Ugh!
Replies: 22
Views: 2091

Re: Constant UFO garbage in Yahoo news aggregation. Ugh!

You're right, cookie trouble. I probably wondered what's that fishy Examiner.com site. These articles still appear under "Science", but lower.
by meerkt
Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Constant UFO garbage in Yahoo news aggregation. Ugh!
Replies: 22
Views: 2091

Constant UFO garbage in Yahoo news aggregation. Ugh!

I've been paying attention recently to the Yahoo news aggregation page, and there's ALWAYS one or two UFO bullsht articles from Examiner.com. Even worse, it's under the Yahoo category of "Science". Any idea how a supposedly respectable site such as Yahoo ends up with this sort of crap mixe...
by meerkt
Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Intrusive Ads
Replies: 65
Views: 6901

Re: Intrusive Ads

Didn't see it. I don't use an ad blocker, but Flash is disabled by default, as are animated GIFs (and MNGs?). If it's meant to run using HTML5, maybe that HTML5 doesn't like my browser.
by meerkt
Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bent pins on motherboard's USB3 port
Replies: 21
Views: 7012

Re: Bent pins on motherboard's USB3 port

Warranty?
by meerkt
Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Can I get some website feedback?
Replies: 19
Views: 2439

Re: Can I get some website feedback?

"Site is down for maintenance" / login required?
by meerkt
Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: UT99 on Win 8.1?
Replies: 27
Views: 7132

Re: UT99 on Win 8.1?

bthylafh wrote:
Yes, and because it was the first place I thought of.

Okay.

The power of marketing, I guess. :)
by meerkt
Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: UT99 on Win 8.1?
Replies: 27
Views: 7132

Re: UT99 on Win 8.1?

I take it these are some fan made textures?

BTW, why "Mega"? Annoying site, technically.
by meerkt
Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:58 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: UT99 on Win 8.1?
Replies: 27
Views: 7132

Re: UT99 on Win 8.1?

There may also be issues with multicore CPUs, and dynamic clocking. There should be ways to solve this, I believe.

l33t-g4m3r wrote:
Anyhow, outside of UT's unique maps and gamemodes, I think quake3 was the better game, and it's graphics held up better.
How can you play such a game without a translocator?! :)
by meerkt
Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Audio on DVI-to-HDMI on Nvidia 400 series?
Replies: 14
Views: 2358

Re: Audio on DVI-to-HDMI on Nvidia 400 series?

I've considered a makeshift adapter made of straighened paperclips, but I don't have the right pitch for HDMI.
by meerkt
Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:13 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: best encryption software
Replies: 6
Views: 1559

Re: best encryption software

BestCrypt? Didn't compare to anything, just seems nice enough.
by meerkt
Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Audio on DVI-to-HDMI on Nvidia 400 series?
Replies: 14
Views: 2358

Re: Audio on DVI-to-HDMI on Nvidia 400 series?

Maybe the DVI port on your KVM is just not one of those lousy Foxconn or AdamTech. :) Okay, so I'll assume that 100 is only what some standard calls for. Though I can see some theoretical sense in that figure. DVI and VGA aren't usually things you replug that often. HDMI/DP are hotpluggable. Odd rea...
by meerkt
Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Audio on DVI-to-HDMI on Nvidia 400 series?
Replies: 14
Views: 2358

Re: Audio on DVI-to-HDMI on Nvidia 400 series?

I didn't expect "raw" DVI to support audio, but assumed an HDMI-compliant signal can be sent somehow on newer cards (kinda like USB 3.1's Alternate Modes), hence I wondered about settings. Interesting info about using EDID to identify the display type and autoswitch the signal. Why a "...
by meerkt
Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Audio on DVI-to-HDMI on Nvidia 400 series?
Replies: 14
Views: 2358

Audio on DVI-to-HDMI on Nvidia 400 series?

I have a card with DVI and HDMI-mini (yuck!) outs. It originally came with a DVI-to-HDMI adapter rather than HDMI-mini-to-HDMI. Is sound supposed to work on the DVI-sourced HDMI? Does it need any special settings? Am I better off using an adapter off the HDMI-mini? And why are stupid output port con...
by meerkt
Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:30 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Windows RDP
Replies: 22
Views: 3316

Re: Windows RDP

A quicker than VNC alternative: Famatech's Radmin . But not free, and has some annoyances like bad clipboard integration and no option to remember remote password or to provide it via commandline. Sadly, my strategy with Microsoft tools/features is to avoid them whenever possible. They're moving tar...
by meerkt
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Tropico 3 FREE!
Replies: 8
Views: 1113

Re: Tropico 3 FREE!

Thanks!

MadManOriginal wrote:
Steam Key. But who doesn't need more games you won't ever play on their Steam account?!
I definitely not doesn't!

And it should be a nice game which I do plan on playing sometime. Probably not the Steam version, though, if at all possible.
by meerkt
Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The late forum spam bomb
Replies: 101
Views: 7721

Re: The late forum spam bomb

every time they make a custom change to the default phpBB install it makes it that much more difficult to apply updates to the phpBB code base when a feature or security update comes up. Can't say I've looked in depth at the back side of phpBB, but surely there's an extension mechanism using plugin...
by meerkt
Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The late forum spam bomb
Replies: 101
Views: 7721

Re: The late forum spam bomb

Don't forget the counterfeit money. That's a first for me.
Waiting for a discounted heart surgery in Tijuana. Maybe I'll get lucky next black Friday.
by meerkt
Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Looking for counterfeit money and passports, where to find?
Replies: 2
Views: 631

Re: Looking for counterfeit money and passports, where to fi

Oh, well. First time I see spam this stupid, but maybe you have already seen it all. :)
by meerkt
Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Looking for counterfeit money and passports, where to find?
Replies: 2
Views: 631

Looking for counterfeit money and passports, where to find?

Sheesh. Are there spammers really making money of this, or is it just spamming for the sake of spamming?
by meerkt
Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Your motherboard that had the most CPU upgrades
Replies: 77
Views: 13565

Re: Your motherboard that had the most CPU upgrades

4 CPUs on an ASUS P2B: Celeron 300A Celeron 433 Pentium 3 550 Pentium 3 800 That computer is still in active duty for old games. No bad capacitors in the 1999 vintage. :) Or, better still, "Screw 3DFX... My Riva 128 does OpenGL!" *facepalm* Hah. I was pondering Matrox G100 + 3dfx Voodoo 2,...
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