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by Flying Fox
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Is x86 RISC or CISC?
Replies: 38
Views: 6682

Re: Is x86 RISC or CISC?

This paper of ours should get A+ no problem, right? :roll: /s

:lol:
by Flying Fox
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Multi-page PDF into DOC, as vector
Replies: 9
Views: 2264

Re: Multi-page PDF into DOC, as vector

Are the PDFs created with vector objects to begin with? If they are essentially scans of 1 big image per page, then you cannot really convert much?
by Flying Fox
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 License and Clean install
Replies: 14
Views: 2642

Re: Windows 10 License and Clean install

Why not just DBAN/SecureErase the old drive and let the buyer handle installing their own OS?
by Flying Fox
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 118
Views: 13391

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

Usually there should be a screen cap of the "M" shape graph after a few days for posterity. ;)
by Flying Fox
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: AV1 Video Codec
Replies: 25
Views: 6121

Re: AV1 Video Codec

jihadjoe wrote:
AFAIK AV1 is about even to slightly better than HEVC at lower bitrates, HEVC taking the lead at higher bitrates.

jensend wrote:
the emergence of the superior AV1

How much more "superior" are we talking about here, I assume these are referring to quality?
by Flying Fox
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Task Scheduler question
Replies: 2
Views: 1940

Re: Task Scheduler question

Your upload is probably is coded in a script I suppose? I would say the simplest is to add code around it to check for the process running. Off the top of my head, you can probably use PowerShell or even good old tasklist command + output string parsing to check for your target process running befor...
by Flying Fox
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung
Replies: 29
Views: 4764

Re: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung

The Windows Store version of iTunes sounds cool. However, since many years ago someone already advised me if you really don't want iTunes near any of your personal computers, you can always take it to a Genius Bar. Your high price for the phones includes the good service. ;) (probably not the backup...
by Flying Fox
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New workstation/Server
Replies: 12
Views: 2327

Re: New workstation/Server

Since you mentioned Excel then I think I can assume Windows? What's the Remote Desktop access requirements? Over 2 sessions you will need to enable Remote Desktop Services role and may need additional CALs (unless you are on EA's). If any tools when connected via RDP may need any sort of graphics re...
by Flying Fox
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone dilemma
Replies: 97
Views: 12663

Re: Phone dilemma

Thanks for the clarification. I was missing that extra layer. So in the case of the Pixel, Google is providing both layers, but for the S9, Google is providing the lowest layer and Samsung provides the next layer? I guess the follow-up question is can security updates be made to the lowest layer in...
by Flying Fox
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: VLC becomes one of first ( (non UWP?) ARM64 Windows apps
Replies: 14
Views: 2421

Re: VLC becomes one of first ( (non UWP?) ARM64 Windows apps

Good to see. For Windows 10 on ARM to be useful more devs have to do this. VLC has been cross-platform since time immemorial, and it's explicit purpose is to run anywhere and play anything. That's not really most devs. I'm not sure what the significance of this is. This is the follow-through of the...
by Flying Fox
Thu May 03, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 3rd party HP LaserJet toner recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 3410

Re: 3rd party HP LaserJet toner recommendation

Anyone else whose day jobs include dealing with HP LaserJets care to comment? Thanks.
by Flying Fox
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 3rd party HP LaserJet toner recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 3410

Re: 3rd party HP LaserJet toner recommendation

those printers consistently puked and gagged when given third-party cartridges. That's the fear if we go cheap and get them instead of throwing like 6x the money at the problem. now we use Xerox multi-function copiers for all of our printing. Unfortunately the printer was bought only like 2-3 years...
by Flying Fox
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 3rd party HP LaserJet toner recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 3410

3rd party HP LaserJet toner recommendation

If it were my own printer I would be buying them in a heartbeat, but the situation here is a non-profit. The users are not that sophisticated nor I cannot spend that much time supporting them in case something breaks. The printer in question here is the LaserJet Pro MFP M425dn . The HP-branded high ...
by Flying Fox
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5
Replies: 14
Views: 2493

Re: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5

So far, we only knew about Zen 2 and Zen 3, both 7nm architectures. To me it is just the usual skipping of 4, not skipping both 3 and 4. Am I reading the subject wrong? These things take like 3-5 years to develop. So isn't this just business as usual? I'm really krogothed on this so-called "ne...
by Flying Fox
Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 173
Views: 25792

Re: Formula One 2018

JustAnEngineer wrote:

Gawd, how can you see through the giant flip-flop? :o
by Flying Fox
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: External drive stopped being recognized
Replies: 2
Views: 1872

Re: External drive stopped being recognized

Check Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to see if it is there but just with no assigned drive letter?
by Flying Fox
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS
Replies: 23
Views: 6012

Re: .NET Core on Linux and/or MacOS

I'm wondering about IDE/text editor experiences Visual Studio: Windows/Mac, most comprehensive, but perhaps a bit bloated if you use only like 5% of the functionality. Visual Studio Code: all OS, the new fling if you are not satisfied with whatever text editor that you like. Any good old text edito...
by Flying Fox
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: PC can see others but cannot be seen from others
Replies: 14
Views: 4120

Re: PC can see others but cannot be seen from others

I rebooted the router and updated the firmware. But that resulted in that now each pc sees only one of the three pcs(not the main unit mentioned above), which means one of them see none except itself. Is this the only problem? But \\pc1, \\pc2, and \\pc3 works? You seem to be describing how workgro...
by Flying Fox
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: PC can see others but cannot be seen from others
Replies: 14
Views: 4120

Re: PC can see others but cannot be seen from others

Definitely check if File and Printer Sharing is enabled, but IIRC it should be enabled by default. I suggest also checking if the network on the Win10 box is classified as "Public" because the default Windows Firewall setting is to not let File and Printer Sharing traffic to go through.
by Flying Fox
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Hexacore Build Case
Replies: 11
Views: 3768

Re: Hexacore Build Case

Is Antec still a thing? They are now my ultra low budget choice, I think. I now prefer the higher end models of brands like Lian-li, Corsair, or Fractal.
by Flying Fox
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 9453

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

To be fair here, when you're dealing with a high-volume commodity even a small fluctuation in supply can cause massive price swings. Look at the price of things like gasoline and eggs in the US, for example. (Well in the lower 48, anyway... maybe up in Alaska they're just always expensive.) A bit o...
by Flying Fox
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 9453

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

Welch wrote:
hard drive prices sky rocketed after almost none of the manufacturing plants were "hit" by Fukishima.

Did you mean the Thailand floods?
by Flying Fox
Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I7 8700 reaching 100C
Replies: 86
Views: 32804

Re: I7 8700 reaching 100C

Also, I noticed that they default Windows 10 WHQL Support to Disabled , and Boot Mode Select to LEGACY+UEFI . You don't necessarily need to change the Windows 10 WHQL Support setting, but I would recommend settings Boot Mode Select to UEFI if it's not already there (Enabling Windows 10 WHQL Support...
by Flying Fox
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: File system stops responding in new build - SOLVED
Replies: 16
Views: 2937

Re: File system stops responding in new build

It does sound like Windows problem, in particular drivers (should probably have sysprep'ed the OS before moving over to the new setup).

Moved the thread to the Windows forum. /mod
by Flying Fox
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Sorry Canucks, looks like NCIX is going bankrupt
Replies: 30
Views: 8146

Re: Sorry Canucks, looks like NCIX is going bankrupt

The truth might hurt but it is what it is. Tigerdirect and NCIX are both equals. They charged high prices and there's better alternates to both. I wish someone would replace bestbuy because there prices are over the top. NCIX charges high prices? Not too sure what you are talking about. In Canada, ...
by Flying Fox
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Any thoughts on this build?
Replies: 22
Views: 5839

Re: Any thoughts on this build?

That was just quick picks to check out a build quickly. I have trouble with that statement-Is it like throwing darts at a board? Don't you know the OP by now? :lol: Anyway, it is kind of a waste of time if there is no budget and intended usage. OP since you have posted these random builds so often,...
by Flying Fox
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Youtube to MP3 converter add-on Chrome/Firefox
Replies: 9
Views: 3084

Re: Youtube to MP3 converter add-on Chrome/Firefox

Youtube-dl has the "interesting" side effect of downloading the stream without ads, so it is definitely a grey area. I suggest you look into the documentation on extracting audio, changing audio format, and specifying audio quality. You may need to apply a workaround on the https certifica...
by Flying Fox
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: UPS Failure Mode
Replies: 19
Views: 8674

Re: UPS Failure Mode

At a previous job the IT guy pretty much told us to treat those Back-UPS models as "slightly better than a power bar", and he left it at that. :lol:
by Flying Fox
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Youtube to MP3 converter add-on Chrome/Firefox
Replies: 9
Views: 3084

Re: Youtube to MP3 converter add-on Chrome/Firefox

I go command line and use youtube-dl. With ffmpeg present you can convert to MP3 in one "operation".

/non-mod
by Flying Fox
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 18712

Re: TR Frankenbot 2017

Need a screen cap next week to show the scary pattern!
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