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  1. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Hmm. This gets more and more interesting the deeper I get. So the PlayStation I ended up getting and modchipping works well enough -- I have to replace the laser mech, right now all it will boot into is my burnt copy of the 240p test suite -- and I have to figure out a better solution for...
  2. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I didn't look it up but I'm pretty sure you're referring to one Stanislav Petrov, correct? The one who (correctly) assumed that if the US were to authorize a nuclear launch against the USSR, it wouldn't have just been five missiles and called the computer malfunction that said there were that...
  3. sedrosken

    Ryzen

    That's perfectly acceptable for a load temp, if indeed that is a load temp. In terms of actual performance metrics on my own upgrade, I went from struggling to hit 100% in PCem emulating a mobile PMMX-300, to just about managing it on a K6-2 333 with a Voodoo2.
  4. sedrosken

    Something Random

    DPI scaling doesn't work 100% of the time, and everything's designed for 96dpi, usually, and inconsistencies in UI always bother me more than they should. It's already an exercise in frustration to use Windows as it is, with some aspects of the UI dating back to Windows/NT 3.x, some from 95/NT4...
  5. sedrosken

    Ryzen

    Yeah, I ended up just PBOing it and calling it a day. It's still easily worth it. With realtime priority on both benchmarks, my Cinebench R15 score jumped massively from 1345 on the 1600AF@3.9ac to 2142. My Cinebench R20 score went from 3036 to 4921. That said, synthetic benchmarks don't tell...
  6. sedrosken

    Ryzen

    Be careful setting fans to 100%. Smaller ones like the ones used on stock coolers tend to run themselves ragged over time.
  7. sedrosken

    Ryzen

    Well, that's not bad at all, then. Especially for a stock cooler. Then again, I hear those are supposed to boost a single core up to 4.4? Might be something to think about for the future. I definitely wouldn't outright overclock it on the stock cooler. That said, I also hear lm-sensors can be...
  8. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I upgraded to a 27" 1440p monitor and my first impression is that everything's so small! I can't be getting old person eyes yet... I can still read it, but it's definitely going to take some getting used to. I will definitely have to wear my glasses at all times now.
  9. sedrosken

    Ryzen

    just over 4GHz on the stock cooler at 80C isn't that bad. My cousin's 3600 ran worse on his stock cooler -- he only managed 4GHz at 85-90, so I set him up with a Pure Rock Slim to get those temps down and cut out that buzzsaw noise his fan was making. But then as I understand it the cooler they...
  10. sedrosken

    Ryzen

    Single-fan version of the Noctua NH-D15, the D15S. Under Prime95 small FFTs torture testing my 1600AF only hits about 65C after a solid ten minutes, and then it stays there. I'm betting the 3700X doesn't do much worse -- maybe 70-75ish, it will probably draw a bit more power -- this is a...
  11. sedrosken

    Ryzen

    I'd love to live close to a Micro Center but the closest one is a five-ish hour drive.
  12. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Nabbed a Trinitron TV locally for a pittance to RGB mod for consoles and such. It's a very nice set, the Sony KV27-S42, and even has a remote -- a rather battered and aged one, the original in fact. For roughly an hour's roundtrip and twenty dollars I got something that on eBay would have set me...
  13. sedrosken

    Ryzen

    Remember how I said I'd grab a 3700X when I could get one for less than 170 bucks? Well -- I didn't manage that, but I did manage roughly a hundred off MSRP -- I made an offer on one that was heading to auction and nabbed it. I don't technically have it yet but nothing screamed "fake listing" so...
  14. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Walked into the Cox office and got upped to the unlimited tier for $50 extra a month. It seems pretty scummy but oh well. Plus, we managed to get in early enough into our billing period that it just got applied immediately -- I don't need to worry about overages or throttling for this month. And...
  15. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Actually -- I have cable now. It's great aside from the cap, and I'm still convinced I can pay the difference and get upped to an unlimited tier, we just haven't made our way into their office or got on the phone with them yet. We've been a bit busy with work and sadly it seems like that in...
  16. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I'm settled in for the most part and started at my new job. It's not anywhere near as stressful as my last, but I can definitely see it getting crazy once we're in the tourism season especially with stuff reopening. I managed to blow through 75% of a 1.25TB monthly data cap on the cable letting...
  17. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Sold my RX480 for more than I paid for it in this recent round of crypto nonsense. I can wait until my next upgrade -- a friend of mine is sending me his 380, since he's not using it, and I don't have an iGP to use in the meantime since I have a proper Ryzen chip.
  18. sedrosken

    I do want to buy a used car

    I've driven my dad's old Ranger that had basically zero noise dampening. Sounded like you were trying to kill it if you took it on the interstate. As I said, as long as I can hear my navigation over it, I don't care.
  19. sedrosken

    I do want to buy a used car

    As long as I can hear my GPS telling me when to take a turn, I don't care about sound insulation. Toyota and Honda was already on my short list, alongside maybe the Chevy Cruze, and the more I hear about them the more I want one.
  20. sedrosken

    I do want to buy a used car

    Thanks for the link. 9.69% seems about average, my cousin just locked in a 4% rate for her new car but she's got a lot more going for her than I have for myself. My own expected rate looks to be somewhere in the 6-8% range depending on how the thing they use to rate me that's more specifically...
  21. sedrosken

    I do want to buy a used car

    I'm sure one of my family down there wouldn't mind to cosign with me, but I wouldn't do that personally. As stupid as it is of me to not accept help I'd rather stand on my own feet and make it by my own merits. So I suppose I'll just have to live with whatever interest rate they decide I...
  22. sedrosken

    I do want to buy a used car

    I appreciate your input jtr but I don't think that would work for me. I'm looking at around, at minimum, a 20-minute drive to wherever I want to go in town down there, and that's in a car. Plus I don't have very good balance. The public transport situation down there isn't very good either.
  23. sedrosken

    I do want to buy a used car

    I'm looking around getting an idea of what I want to move over to once I get moved, and I'm thinking somewhere in the range of a 2010-15 compact of some brand or other. I'm not picky as to goodies -- hell, I could make do just fine with the base model as long as it has air conditioning and...
  24. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I've definitely added it to the list of things, but for now the goal is to just get down there in the first place. In that regard, my trip down was a success -- I'll be rooming with my cousin and his mother to start (they have a spare room) and we're thinking within a couple months we'll go in...
  25. sedrosken

    Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD

    Hm. I wonder what my EX920 is. Probably 4-bit, seeing how it was only fifty bucks or so for 256GB and a DRAM cache...
  26. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Speaking of travel, I'm due to fly down to the Destin/Ft. Walton area on the 3rd to see my Aunt and Uncle down there and scope out the situation down there to plan for a move. Just paid off my student loans from my failed venture in University and they're trying to get me to go back... I'll...
  27. sedrosken

    Empire in Decline

    I actually didn't catch the inauguration, I'd meant to earlier this month but my grandfather (blood clot after a brain bleed caused by a fall out of bed in a hospital stay for a stroke, not COVID-related) passed on Saturday and his funeral was today. I was, however, glad to hear of no issues in...
  28. sedrosken

    Empire in Decline

    He's clearly reading from a teleprompter, it's not his style. He's terrified of what's going to happen to him -- it was probably the threat of a second impeachment or the invocation of the 25th amendment that nudged him into making this address. This is as close to a real concession as we're...
  29. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Funny, I actually used Netscape 4 on the 486 for a short time before I figured out just how much faster IE 5.5 (6.0 SP1 on 98lite) is on the same machine. Night and day difference -- but Opera 8.50 is the best of all worlds for such a machine, it can render more modern sites than either and has...
  30. sedrosken

    Empire in Decline

    I am very concerned about the implications that he may attempt to implement martial law to call for a second vote in battleground states, especially since it'd likely intimidate just enough democrats into not voting to give him the elections in those states.
  31. sedrosken

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    Hark, for he hath returned! @Merc, good to see you again. We had gotten a bit worried after what happened with P5... As for Lunar, that's actually a curious absence as well. I guess I just hadn't thought about it so much, even my own posts have dropped like a stone.
  32. sedrosken

    Coronavirus

    I'm not at all surprised, if anything, I'd say it took them long enough.
  33. sedrosken

    $1500 PC Secret Shopper

    These days if you're buying prebuilts for anything other than laptops you kind of deserve what you get, IMO. I can see the case for enterprise-level hardware where you want to have one big manufacturer to hold answerable for support issues, but for your average joe, spend a couple hours time...
  34. sedrosken

    Empire in Decline

    From the first time I heard him decry mail-in voting I knew that was his play. I had a half-formed thought in my head when he claimed that if you deducted the illegal votes he won the popular vote in 2016. "Welp, there's his excuse when he loses the next one... illegal votes." The coming weeks...
  35. sedrosken

    Coronavirus

    They'd never be able to enforce it, especially in the red states. Even removing the fiasco that was our governmental response, people in general don't trust the government enough to unilaterally obey everything it says. They'd screech about their freedoms (to kill grandma) until they went blue...
  36. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Personally, I mostly just use it for window management (handling my tiling with RWin+numkeys) and I'm just much quicker entering in numbers with it than the number row. I don't really do much with spreadsheets, but I'd been thinking about it a little bit for doing a little budgeting.
  37. sedrosken

    Something Random

    I got fed up with the lack of numpad on my TKL keyboard on my main, so I ripped the switches out and built a 96% using a Melody96 PCB in a YMD96 kit. I customized the layout a little, but by and large it's normal ANSI with the exception of lacking a right ctrl/alt, and having the arrows in the...
  38. sedrosken

    Empire in Decline

    I'd agree with you and prepare myself, but most countries immigration policies require you actually bring something to the table, and I really don't, so... I guess I'm stuck. I'll tell you right now that if Trump wins again in 2024 he's going to go full megalomaniac. Then again, I'm not sure...
  39. sedrosken

    Empire in Decline

    I bet he thinks if he puts this in front of the Supreme Court he just went through so much effort to pack tight with conservatives they'll give him the election because they feel they owe him. I can't wait to see it backfire.
  40. sedrosken

    Ryzen

    I'm personally waiting for the 3700X to get really cheap second-hand now that everyone's rushing to upgrade. From my 1600AF to a 3600 is a substantial upgrade, yes, but nowhere near worth 200ish dollars to get one new. My 1600AF to a 3700X, though... That might be worth it, but I'm holding out...
  41. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Built the Pentium 4 rig. The fast kit of DDR RAM I had that I thought was 2x1GB is actually 2x512MB, so I chucked in another DDR-400 kit of 2x1GB to hit a total of 3. Even with a PAE patch, WinXP can't use much more than that on i865 anyway, so I'm okay with it. The X1950Pro I have works...
  42. sedrosken

    Empire in Decline

    Oh please. We were never a democracy. From the beginning it was meant to be for the privileged only. Only white male landowners had a vote for quite a significant chunk of time. Now they let us all vote -- ostensibly -- and they let us think it actually changes anything. I'm still going to, just...
  43. sedrosken

    All-in-one for WoW (or laptop?)

    Personally I still do the small fast/big slow arrangement, but to be fair I swapped the spinning rust for a slower SATA-connected m.2 drive in my case and delegated the mass storage to the server... Except, server's dead now, and my big archives all live on the cold storage drives I backed them...
  44. sedrosken

    Something Random

    So, plenty of new developments: - I made a small, relatively (compared to my main) low wattage home server out of a SFF Optiplex 790. I replaced the 95W i5-2400 it came with with a 65W i5-2400S. The clock deficit doesn't really matter relative to keeping all four cores while still using less...
  45. sedrosken

    Empire in Decline

    Even as bad as things have already gotten I only think things will get even worse before they get a little bit better. What am I talking about? What am I not talking about? COVID, the rioting, the militia groups rising... Where I work, most of my regulars still think that either everything will...
  46. sedrosken

    Strange Internet Problem

    In my experience, since Quantum landed, nothing's been able to touch Firefox in terms of usability, flexibility or stability. I don't *quite* have the tab stacking that I enjoyed when I used Vivaldi (or, for that matter, Presto versions of Opera -- 12.somethingorother and older) but the Simple...
  47. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Oh wow. That's just awful -- how do you just have a cache of that stuff laying around? The impact of this is going to be felt for quite a long time. In 486 news, I bit the bullet and got a DX4 overdrive -- thankfully I got the version that works in a standard 168-pin 486 socket and not the one...
  48. sedrosken

    New strain of coronavirus

    A bit offtopic but I love your range -- I've always found older furniture/appliance designs more charming than I perhaps should.
  49. sedrosken

    Empire in Decline

    I didn't like Trump then, I really don't like Trump now, I just wish people would stop giving him attention as that's apparently all he seems to want. When all eyes and ears are on him he seems to be at his happiest. I won't be voting for him this November and I didn't vote for him in November...
  50. sedrosken

    Something Random

    Okay, so some things have changed. I'm on my fourth super IO card, this one being ISA, and it seems to work fine. Round about as fast (or slow) as the VLB one it replaced, more reliable, it just works... I had awful luck going through these things. My second VLB card was unreliable (in fact it...
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