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  1. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I'm honestly not planning on being able to retire. I'm of the mind that by the time I'm at the age where I'd want to retire, the entire concept will have faded away.
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    Very sure. Already ran into this issue when I was seeing my family doctor for a referral to a podiatrist to get my ingrown nails cut out and the nail beds killed off -- had to pay out of pocket for both. Almost $500 US by the time I was done. I'm sure the procedure at the podiatrist actually was...
  3. sedrosken

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    Nothing official, no, I've just been taking over-the-counter Nexium... err, well, the generic, Omeprazole, at least. One of these days I suppose I ought to haul myself into the doctors, but with every visit being essentially out of pocket until I hit my insurance deductible and money not exactly...
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    On my trip up into the Chicago area to see my mother and the rest of that side of the family, I can't say we ever ate in -- but I also can't point to any place we ate and call it particularly bad. The highlights were probably Benihana's -- a bit expensive for my wallet's taste, but very good...
  5. sedrosken

    No one wants over 16TB per drive SSDs

    Personally my 8TB is currently plenty, but there might come a day when it's not. I already am something of a digital hoarder anyway -- I find it easier to justify than being an actual hoarder. ;) I can't say I have a ton of experience with RAID setups, or with dealing with drive failures (though...
  6. sedrosken

    Windows 10

    Basically it "plugged the holes" so to speak in terms of telemetry, or at least as much as can be done under Windows. I'm assuming the free version will no longer be updated, which means it'll rapidly become out of date and near-if-not-completely-useless.
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    Ryzen

    Yup yup. Infinity fabric speed is exactly the same as actual RAM clock, so say you've only got DDR4-2400 -- it only runs at 1200MHz where at 3200 it'll run at 1600. It doesn't sound like such a huge leap until you figure that's probably the main bottleneck of this setup anyway.
  8. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I set it about generating a copy of this data for myself. Here's hoping they didn't get my SSN...
  9. sedrosken

    Forum moved and upgraded

    Looks fantastic! It was rather jarring for me to load this site up and have it look so dramatically different, though honestly it's not a bad difference.
  10. sedrosken

    Buying an electric shaver!?

    Personally for my face I first use an electric shaver, then, if I have time, I go over it with a 5-blade pull razor. Anything below face-level I try to leave alone if I can.
  11. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I got my necessary materials for finishing up my CPU and whatnot yesterday but with this sinus thing I've had going on I had to work up the ambition to actually do it today. It went more or less without a hitch -- I was legitimately surprised, but I was disappointed to note that I seem to have...
  12. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I know, it's just a username to me, I just found that particular butchering amusing.:D
  13. sedrosken

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    It is probably just mental perception, and the sheer difference that this change made in particular as I migrated him from 6-year-old spinning rust to this NVMe drive. I doubt I'd notice near as appreciable a difference going from my boot SSD on SATA III to that NVMe drive, especially...
  14. sedrosken

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    My uncle bought himself a 512GB nvme SSD the other day and had me install it for him. This is the first time I've ever played with any PCI-E storage, and holy balls is it fast. If I weren't on a platform 3 generations behind him (and 6 behind the current) I may have had to buy one myself right...
  15. sedrosken

    Headphones

    As far as headphones go I've become quite attached to my Superlux HD668Bs. They're a little odd (male instead of female aux, a 3.5mm coupler does the trick for me) and a bit uncomfortable stock -- I personally bought replacement earpads with them knowing the earpads were a sore point of a few...
  16. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Personally if I'm buying a CD it's usually from local thrift stores, so I can put hands on the disc myself to make sure it's in decent shape, or I'm buying shrinkwrapped discs on the cheap off ebay as well. I too buy them just to rip to FLAC, and if I can do anything to help kill the RIAA I damn...
  17. sedrosken

    Something Random

    We're still on 3mbps/768kbps down/up normal service out here, but with even more people using it even more demandingly I've taken to just sticking to my phone for internet things. There's a reason I opted for an unlimited data plan when I got my V30. Home internet's still fine for extremely...
  18. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Yes, I have, and I even tried to make the names appropriate. Arwic is called such as it's the bustling trade hub of my network, Al-Jalima is the ho-dunk one-horse town in the middle of nowhere that nonetheless has some interesting inhabitants, and Samsur is nothing really special by itself but...
  19. sedrosken

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    Heads up, RTX2080Ti's are apparently dropping like flies, particularly Founder's Edition cards. Mostly affecting overclockers at first but now people are reporting dying cards despite not touching any clocks. In other news I've delidded my 3570K -- For now, I'm just using some Arctic Silver 5...
  20. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Why yes, yes I am. I'm currently fiddling with Al-Jalima to see just how far I can push it -- right now roundabout Quake III Arena/Unreal Tournament seem to be ever so slightly too much for it -- if I were to track down an SL259 CPU for it, as apparently those clock to 233 without issue, I'm...
  21. sedrosken

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    A side effect of using 98lite to swap the 98 explorer for the 95 one for a speed boost on machines with too little processor power/RAM to spare on running an instance of IE at all times is that, funnily enough, the 95 easter egg involving renaming a folder several times works. Did it just for...
  22. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Home. And snowhiker, good to see you got your GPU sorted out. EVGA always seemed to do right by their people from what I've seen and this confirms it yet again -- if I bought my cards new and if EVGA ever did anything but nvidia anymore, I'd likely be running an EVGA card right now, but in the...
  23. sedrosken

    Something Random

    In my case my monitors are arranged thusly -- on the left, in landscape orientation, is the cheapo 1080p panel (AOC E2228SWDN) I bought after arriving in university late 2016. It has cosmetic blemishes that would annoy me for main usage, but I don't really care about in its current use case...
  24. sedrosken

    Something Random

    After having a tri-head setup for just over a year, I'm never, ever, ever going back. One display feels like going back to the stone age.
  25. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I have found more on this issue -- it only occurs when I have more than one display connected. Seems to be related to an additional dummy display rapidly connecting/disconnecting? Unsure about that. In any case, 18.3.4 does not suffer from this issue and is therefore what I am now running.
  26. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Turns out the problem I had with my board where I couldn't do dual-channel was due to a CPU mis-seating. How it worked as it was I don't know, but I corrected the problem and am now running in dual-channel.
  27. sedrosken

    HOT

    I can always put on more layers to cope with the cold, I can't so easily do the opposite to cope with overly hot days. That said, I have a very narrow range of temperatures I'm very comfortable in, ~30F to ~85F. And with my genetics and weight I start sweating bullets standing still at around 60F.
  28. sedrosken

    Something Random

    The latest stable (in fact, the one they *recommend*) is 18.5.1. Latest "optional" is 18.7.1 at the time of writing. I am stuck on 17.3.3.
  29. sedrosken

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    Honestly my biggest disappointment as usual with this Radeon is the drivers. :shaking: I'm stuck on 17.3.3 as it's the latest that, y'know, works and has functional Vulkan. 18.x causes intense microfreezing at the Windows desktop -- checking Afterburner it seems to be forcing my core clock down...
  30. sedrosken

    Win98SE and 768MB RAM

    By pure coincidence, my Thunderbird runs a Soltek SDR board with 768MB and Win98SE. No problems with it.
  31. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I'm probably going to change my strategy as what I'm doing now simply isn't working fast enough for my liking. I'll probably try to grab some certs to get a better job and then use that as a springboard for the rest of my education. As it stands right now my only option for school would be...
  32. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Jesus, talk about sticker shock. I had to seriously think about dropping the 150 apiece on the Z77 board and 4GB 960 I'm running now. Yeah, I know, I got taken for a ride on both -- but impatience and insistence on specific quality levels drove me to it. I finally got Forza Horizon 3's PC port...
  33. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Did another SSD move to a spare I pulled from a dead T430. It's only marginally larger, but much, much faster. Easily twice as fast and then some. I keep getting the itch to abandon Windows and go for my ambition to set up a Linux server with PCI-E passthrough to a Windows VM for my games, but...
  34. sedrosken

    PC Gaming = World of Suck

    Lots of emulator activity on the Asheron's Call front, lots of drama and stuff. If you cared about it at all you probably already know. I'm running a local server myself, I always was the lone-wolf type who played exotic builds that weren't necessarily the best at anything but were good at...
  35. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I wouldn't say that, just prone to bouts of bored tinkering and "fixing" problems that aren't really problems to begin with while creating whole hosts of them for me to later find. Ever since I was given the freedom to do basically what I want to my computer I seem to have been catching up with...
  36. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I think this is the longest-lived Windows install I've had in a long, long while. I might be cheating a little by referring to it as one singular installation when it started life on my 120GB Sandisk SSD and not only got moved to my 240GB SSDNow! but also got converted from an MBR to UEFI...
  37. sedrosken

    Best 8TB Drive

    That's my backup plan if this doesn't work out, which I'm hoping it will.
  38. sedrosken

    Best 8TB Drive

    Probably. It won't be in the same capacity as before, I doubt I'll get another grace period on my loans so I'll have to work and study, but I'll figure something out.
  39. sedrosken

    Best 8TB Drive

    I could have sworn I said something about it. Maybe I didn't. In any case, yes, I did end up taking a break from school. Emphasis is because I very much intend to go back, I just can't afford to at the moment.
  40. sedrosken

    Best 8TB Drive

    I figured this was common knowledge, but the spring semester of 2017 ended awfully for me and I ended up having to take some time off to financially regroup.
  41. sedrosken

    Best 8TB Drive

    Well, when your internet is as slow as mine is, holding onto stuff tends to be a good thing. I hold onto stuff that I know I'll need again, don't know if I will or won't (but hold onto anyway because it's a large download), and sometimes even when I know I won't need it again just because it's...
  42. sedrosken

    Best 8TB Drive

    I might spring for a 7200rpm 8TB drive with a fair helping of cache on the eventual scale, for now my 4TB seems to be holding out reasonably well. I'm willing to pay a little more for a drive that doesn't cause my games to stutter trying to stream in textures. :P All my stuff's installed and my...
  43. sedrosken

    EDC pocket knives

    I use a Kershaw OD-1 1775. Not the easiest thing in the world to sharpen but it gets the job done and has a nice, beefy clip for hanging in my pocket. The opening lever is nice for when I'm trying to open boxes one-handed. It's not in the best aesthetic shape but it's functionally and...
  44. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Finally able to play the PC copy of Shadow of Mordor I paid for back in August. At first I needed a better video card, now I just need better internet so I'm not waiting weeks straight for multi-gigabyte downloads to finish. :roll: Framerates at a mix of high and ultra settings at 1920x1200...
  45. sedrosken

    question New Computer

    I'm with the majority on this one, I don't often watch movies but when I do I prefer them to be on disc. My internet connection is very unreliable and slow when it does work, so anything beyond 480p is a stretch to me. I got the N400 in the mail today and I'm actually somewhat pleasantly...
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    question New Computer

    My optical drive doesn't see much use unless I'm watching a bluray (extremely rare), transcoding a DVD (less rare) or writing some kind of OS to disc for an old machine (easily the use case for which I bought the drive), but I use my hotswap bay a lot. I broke the acrylic window in the side...
  47. sedrosken

    Folding@Home

    With an actual, real GTX-series GPU, I'm making points hand-over-fist compared to how I used to. It just goes to show... With the Phenom II and the GT730 I was averaging 30k PPD. With this machine I'm clearing 173k. I knew the 960 absolutely wiped the floor with the 730 -- I'd have to be an...
  48. sedrosken

    Firefox 57 and Legacy Addons

    I enjoyed my brief time with FF57, it seems to be a nice tradeoff between Chromium and old Firefox for me in regards to RAM consumption vs multi-threading performance, but the severe lack of addons really bites. I mostly just use flashcontrol and ublock origin on Vivaldi here, though I do have...
  49. sedrosken

    Something Random

    That's... unlikely to happen for logistical reasons, but sound advice nonetheless. :smile:
  50. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I had to take a break for financial reasons and they all entered repayment. It's not likely that I will be returning in 2018, looks like I'm on track for 2019 though.
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