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by MOSFET
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 21078

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

I can play a youtube review/news piece from e.g. Gamers Nexus on my phone while I do stuff around the house/get ready for work/work on my media server etc. Can't say the same about the written word. I can too but I don't find it interesting or useful. Computer gear (and reviewers) just aren't sexy ...
by MOSFET
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 21078

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

Thanks continuum! There is still more interesting stuff happening here rather than at StorageReview (for now)!
by MOSFET
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 21078

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

Redocbew wrote:
Plus, I probably just disqualified myself from any kind of writing gig by using "y'all". Hmm...


As far as I'm concerned, y'all is proper second person plural. :)
by MOSFET
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 21078

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

I wish I could force YT to stop recommending LTT literally all the time. I know there's probably a setting for that, but I don't believe it will work. At work today I've been dealing with Visa, Bank of America, BoA Merchant Services, FirstData, and OpenEdge, among others. Not a goddamn one of them c...
by MOSFET
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 85
Views: 18083

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

4x Samsung F1 hard drives out of a Dell T310 server (2010). ~67,000 hours each and no errors. Out of service recently, but impressive hours.

BTW, NVMe (and apparently USB-SATA) don't report accurate power on hours.
by MOSFET
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: DAC+Amp Suggestion
Replies: 44
Views: 3899

Re: DAC+Amp Suggestion

DragonDaddyBear wrote:
...I'm thinking I'd like to get something with balanced inputs if at all possible. I assume they have little practical benefit in such short runs, though?


True, balanced has little effect outside of nervosa.
by MOSFET
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NFL 2019
Replies: 151
Views: 9442

Re: NFL 2019

I was wondering why the Ravens let Weddle go. Now that part is all clear. Earl is an upgrade, younger, and after the $22M this year and the $32M guaranteed, it gets cheaper for Baltimore on the backend. Ravens still have some linebackers to fill out, last I checked. Seahawks resigning Mychal Kendric...
by MOSFET
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good preamp?
Replies: 4
Views: 1646

Re: Good preamp?

by MOSFET
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 364
Views: 42768

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Since 1809 has been prevalent, I don't remember any Win10 system that I use, administer, or encounter rebooting because of an update. They all just sit there waiting for me to log in and go into settings and click restart. 14 days is probably the longest I've gone without logging into one of these. ...
by MOSFET
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: DAC+Amp Suggestion
Replies: 44
Views: 3899

Re: DAC+Amp Suggestion

Start with a lower DAC, like an Modi3 (or whatever you prefer). Concentrate on the amp is good advice. If staying inexpensive is important, I can recommend the SMSL SA-98e ( Parts Express or Amazon ; I got the full-rated power brick standard from PE) as a good-sounding well-built cheap amp. Add thos...
by MOSFET
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 188
Views: 16007

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

I like that you stayed with fluorescents in the marquee. Very well-done job on those sockets. Interested to see how you proceed with monitor and art when the time comes.
by MOSFET
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: New Ryzen 3 2200G build - random freezes/pauses
Replies: 46
Views: 5017

Re: New Ryzen 3 2200G build - random freezes/pauses

I have a 6.5 year old Dell laptop that came with a 128GB Samsung 830 SSD. It also came with Win7 back then, and the system would stutter sometimes. Not 7-8 seconds, more like 1-2, but very annoying, and terrible for listening to music or typing or as a streaming source for any content. Wiped the dri...
by MOSFET
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: DAC+Amp Suggestion
Replies: 44
Views: 3899

Re: DAC+Amp Suggestion

I wish there was a true, objective testing site out there.


There is, and it sucks. Hard.

Schiit isn't magic, but Jason and Mike have a sensible approach.
by MOSFET
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking for a BT Reciever that won't "Steal" from my Airpods
Replies: 8
Views: 1745

Re: Looking for a BT Reciever that won't "Steal" from my Airpods

Just giving ideas. I basically don't know anyone who isn't a Spotify user of some sort, but AirPlay could be an option (with some Apple device near the receiver), as well as Chromecast Audio and Youtube Music. Ya know, just ideas for anyone who comes across this later. For me, adding a Shield TV to ...
by MOSFET
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ethernet Problems
Replies: 3
Views: 2040

Re: Ethernet Problems

Yep, network adapter or network interface card (wired NIC - the more precise term). Ethernet LAN is a common vector for lightning-based component death. Some people in thunderstorm-prone areas put in a fiber isolation gap.
by MOSFET
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking for a BT Reciever that won't "Steal" from my Airpods
Replies: 8
Views: 1745

Re: Looking for a BT Reciever that won't "Steal" from my Airpods

1) It sounds like you kind of want to replace the receiver anyway, and it sounds like that would probably solve the stealing audio issue. 2) Consider a non-bluetooth receiver (or possibly just a newer one) and get the audio to your speakers via a slightly different path. Consider letting the only Bl...
by MOSFET
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Noobie Upgrading Motherboard
Replies: 27
Views: 2142

Re: Noobie Upgrading Motherboard

toki wrote:
remover and purifier


Isopropyl Alcohol and paper towels. (Microfiber it dry if you're paranoid, but don't ruin your microfiber with old thermal paste removal, from either CPU or old heatsink.)
by MOSFET
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New SSD: SATA or M.2
Replies: 11
Views: 2417

Re: New SSD: SATA or M.2

DancinJack's response is excellent, and there's really nothing I can add to it. Just as a general clarification though, a Crucial MX500 is going to be SATA whether it's 2.5" or m.2. If you go to Newegg and search for "Crucial MX500 SSD" then scroll down the options pane on the left ti...
by MOSFET
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Remote management - what do I need?
Replies: 32
Views: 3020

Re: Remote management - what do I need?

GoToMyPC ? It doesn't solve your preboot problems, but it conceivably can initiate the outbound connection for remote access, and then it would be IP and DNS-agnostic, and mostly router-agnostic, so it could solve those problems.
by MOSFET
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?
Replies: 29
Views: 6579

Re: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?

Not at all, but if you want to buy something, that's as good of a reason as any. "9th generation" Intel CPUs are as nonexistent as "11th Generation" Intel GPUs. Newegg.com has i5-9600ks in stock. In what way are these "non-existent" ??? Not that you can't order your su...
by MOSFET
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?
Replies: 29
Views: 6579

Re: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?

TheEmrys wrote:
But I am right now 5 generations behind.


Not at all, but if you want to buy something, that's as good of a reason as any. "9th generation" Intel CPUs are as nonexistent as "11th Generation" Intel GPUs.
by MOSFET
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?
Replies: 50
Views: 4246

Re: Frametime 8gb vs 16gb ram benchmarks?

With 16GB of DDR4-3000 sitting at about $84 right now, I know what I would do.
by MOSFET
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?
Replies: 29
Views: 6579

Re: i7 4790k to i5 9600k?

Seems close enough to a wash to avoid spending the money now and wait for something that feels like a substantial upgrade later. You've got the important parts covered for a quick system - storage, GPU, and high-clock speed Intel processor. You got at least 16GB of RAM?
by MOSFET
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Disk Cloning software recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 3305

Re: Disk Cloning software recommendation

Cloning is way less common than it used to be, since Windows 10 can be reactivated after reinstalling if the license is tied to your MS account (sometimes).

CloneZilla - easy live CD
Acronis - never tried it
Macrium - never tried it

...but i'm sure others here have and will mention them.
by MOSFET
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 364
Views: 42768

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

@synthtel2, I agree with you on many of the points you make. It does seem like in a discussion of generalities, as this thread basically is, we are sometimes switching between discussing how bad MS has let down (1) the average user, (2) the TR user, and (3) servers (to a lesser degree of the discuss...
by MOSFET
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 364
Views: 42768

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

Patience. RDP into the system from another system or even a phone or tablet next time. Then you can find out what's going on. Does Windows' RDP server confirm accepting a connection by asking for an input sequence complex enough to make it not a security hazard but simple enough to be entered witho...
by MOSFET
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 364
Views: 42768

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

It was new to me, too. Maybe it's a problem that crept into the works within the last year. Patience. RDP into the system from another system or even a phone or tablet next time. Then you can find out what's going on. I know we're in a bitch about Windows thread but patience and alternatives are ke...
by MOSFET
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Annoying marketing trend
Replies: 56
Views: 6996

Re: Annoying marketing trend

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
I'm still in the camp that 8+16 will perform just as good as 16+0 for the regular consumer, especially at a lower price point *shrug*


Absolutely not. This isn't NVDIMM.
by MOSFET
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Decently priced USB Sound Card / DAC
Replies: 14
Views: 1940

Re: Decently priced USB Sound Card / DAC

AudioScienceReview is so full of crap it makes me choke. Get a made-in-US Schiit DAC and get great build quality, great support, and even interact with the owner, engineer, and builders.
by MOSFET
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5566

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

Sure seems video-card related on the surface, but let's keep digging and cracking. Mobo is a possibility, but IMO a greater probability of failure (however intermittent) lies in RAM, and PSU. 18 months ago (june 2017) I built a home ESXi box around a Ryzen 5 1600, Asus Prime X370-PRO, and 64GB (4x 1...
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