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  1. timwhit

    Best 8TB Drive

    One of my 2TB Samsung drives is failing. I got everything off of it, but I'd like to replace it with something larger. What 8TB drive is good right now?
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    Eero Mesh WiFi networks

    I have two Ubiquiti Unifi APs in my house, but no matter what I've done there are still major handoff issues and dead zones. I read a few articles and reviews about Eero mesh product last night and it sounds pretty interesting. Does anyone have any experience with Eero or...
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    WiFi Access Point suggestions

    I need a new AP for my living rooming. I have a Gigabit Cat-5E drop that it will be connected to, so it would be nice if the AP supports Gigabit speeds. I looked at the Ubiquiti APs, but they all seem to use POE and I don't want the added complexity and extra cables sitting behind my TV...
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    LG G3

    I got the LG G3 today to replace my Samsung Galaxy S3. I'm pretty impressed. The screen is amazing. The thing bezels make the 5.5" screen seem manageable. It feels much faster than my GS3 as well.
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    Korean Monitors

    I want to purchase this monitor or something similar. I am planning on connecting it to the onboard video of my motherboard. The Micro Center website says I can only get full resolution using DVI-D or Display Port, however the Gigabyte website says that the max resolution of the DVI-D port is...
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    Fantasy Series

    I've been reading quite a few fantasy series lately. I figured someone might be interested. Here's what I've read recently and few brief thoughts: The First Law Trilogy - This is the best trilogy I've read in a while. Great characters and an interesting plot, very hard to put down. I also read...
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    Security Cameras

    I'm looking to get some security cameras for my condo building after two units were broken into last week. There are four entrances that I would like to monitor. Two of them are outdoors (back) and two are indoors (front). There are two separate buildings and the front and back are probably...
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    Upgrade Parts

    I'm planning on replacing my CPU, motherboard, and memory. I picked out the following: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB I plan to run Linux and connect my existing 6 hard drives to it. Any comments?
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    55" TVs

    I'm going to buy a 55" TV for my living room. I don't care about 3D or smart TV, but would like to get something decent without spending a lot of money. I found the Samsung UN55EH6000 55-Inch for less than $900 and would like to get opinions on it. I have my HTPC connected to it, so it's used...
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    Xubuntu 12.10

    I just installed Xubuntu 12.10 on my main desktop. Installation was very straightforward and everything seems more polished and integrated than Linux Mint (several versions old) that was on here before. The only things missing for me are an application launcher that I can type into to find...
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    Video Card

    My HTPC has real trouble playing 1080p video, lots of stuttering. I was thinking of ordering a new video card for it. Currently I am using the onboard video on the Gigabyte GA-E7AUM-DS2H motherboard. I'd like to get a fanless video card if possible. I don't care about games. I think I will...
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    Rooting Android Phones

    I'm considering rooting my Galaxy S3. I'd like to be able to mount NFS shares, remove unremovable apps, do complete backups, etc. Has anyone else done this? I've read that it will void the warranty, but I'm under the impression that it's possible to undo the operation and make it completely...
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    Apture Highlights

    When I double click on a word I see some JS popup provided by Apture Highlights. Did you install this, Doug?
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    Non-widescreen LCD

    I'm looking to buy two non-widescreen LCDs. My desk is rather small so 19" is probably the largest I can fit comfortably. I'd like to get something decent with an IPS panel and LED backlight, but I don't know if anyone makes something like this. Any recommendations?
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    rsync on Windows

    I'd like to use rsync to sync directories between two locally mounted drives on Windows. This is very easy to setup with rsync on *nix. rsync -r -t -v --delete -l -s /home/user/documents /media/backup I installed DeltaCopy, which purports to be a wrapper around rsync for Windows. However, I...
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    Router Build

    Some background: I bought a Linksys WRT150N a couple years ago. It worked alright until a couple weeks ago when it started locking up daily and driving me crazy. I reset it to factory, but the problems persisted. I replaced it with a Linksys BEFSX41 (v. 1) that is 7 years old. It doesn't lock...
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    Linux to Windows network performance

    So, I finally got fed up with having a crappy network at home and decided to do something about it. I ran cat 6 solid cable through my ceiling (Rotozip into the drywall twice, push cables into resulting trough). I bought a Netgear GS108 8 port Gigabit switch and hooked it up when I got home...
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    Has anyone used Subsonic before? If not, it's a media streaming application which can accessed from any web based client. There are also applications available for Android, iPhone, and Adobe AIR. I just installed it and it seems pretty slick. The whole setup process took me less than 15...
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    Video Re-encoding Software

    I have the need to do video re-encoding (transcoding) for various reasons every once in a while. I have found some free applications that can do this, but was wondering what other people use. FLOSS is preferred, but free as in beer is fine too. Applications I've tried: VLC - I have tried this...
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    Small Color Laser with Good Linux support

    I'm looking for a color laser with good Linux support that is preferably less than $200. Any ideas?
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    Power Supply Dying

    I went to try to access one of my drives today and it wasn't available. I attempted to unmount it and remount, but that didn't work. I checked the system messages and see this repeating continually: May 4 20:30:08 timwhit kernel: ata3.00: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps (SStatus 113 SControl 310) May...
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    ASUS K42F-A1 Notebook

    I'm going to be ordering two notebooks for my parents. I recommended something in the "large netbook" size, but my Mom prefers a larger screen, so I'm looking at 14" displays. It appears that most notebooks these days have a screen resolution of 1366x768 with screen size between 13.3" - 15.6". I...
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    Wireless to Wireless Bridge

    Does such a thing exist? I bought a TRENDnet TEW-638APB a few months back and finally got around to configuring it tonight. I thought I could use it to wirelessly bridge one Wireless Access point with several wireless devices. Basically the TRENDnet bridge would be connected with no ethernet...
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    Fast 16GB USB Flash Drive

    I'm looking for a cheap and fast 16GB USB flash drive. Does anyone have experience with these? I would rather not mess around with MIRs if possible.
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    Converted to Linux

    I decided a few days ago that I was bored with Windows, so I decided to install Linux on my main machine (HTPC will stay Windows XP for now). I chose Fedora 11 with KDE 4.2.x. The process has been a lot easier than I imagined. I had trouble with the initial install, because the install tool on...
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    Best way to protect a Windows PC

    I'm currently in the process of reinstalling my Dad's OS + applications. He has a tendency to acquire malware, virii, rootkits, etc. What resident anti-virus and anti-malware applications would you recommend? The apps need to update automatically, if he gets a notice to update the definitions or...
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    Another HTPC Thread

    I'm getting close to ordering the parts for a HTPC build. I already have an Antec NSK2480. So, that's the case I'll use. Other parts I'm considering: Gigabyte GA-E7AUM-DS2H LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9400 Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 Samsung Spinpoint...
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    Hard Disk for Thinkpad R51

    I need to order a new hard disk for a Thinkpad R51, does anyone know if this is PATA or SATA? I believe it's PATA, but want to be sure. Also, what size drive fits in this model?
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    Sprint Smartphone

    I'm looking to get a Sprint smartphone in the near future. What would you recommend? I don't care about Exchange integration or other office type things. This will be used for personal business only. My thoughts: I will be using it with Gmail for email and it would be nice if Gmail chat works...
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    Sharepoint Question

    I'm trying to do something in Sharepoint that I thought would be pretty simple, but it turned out to be a huge waste of time. Maybe someone here has enough experience to say whether what I'm trying to do is possible or not. I want to add a calculated column to a list that captures the date...
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    HTPC - Blu Ray playback

    I'm thinking of building a HTPC for the Westinghouse TX-42F430S I bought tonight. I'm trying to figure out if I will be able to include a BD-ROM drive in the build or not. The config will be something like this, DVI from computer to HDMI input on TV, toslink cable from computer to non-HDMI...
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    Beijing Olympics

    Anyone been watching the Olympics? I've been watching pretty consistently since it started, but I think I am about at my breaking point with the abysmal NBC coverage. I'm so tired of the five sports that they show. The commentators are absolute morons. Michael Phelps is a great swimmer, however...
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    Dimmable CFL Floodlights for Recessed Lighting

    My new place has around 30 recessed floodlights throughout all rooms. Currently they are all incandescent and I would like to replace them with CFLs, if it's cost effective. Many of the switches have dimmers on them and I like that functionality, so the CFLs should work well with dimmers. I...
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    Comcast Cable

    I ordered Comcast Internet and TV service today and even after arguing with the CSR for about 15 minutes they insist that they need to charge me $80+ to come out and install the service. The entire place is already wired for cable and I was able to connect a digital TV receiver and get cable TV...
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    Dell Laptop Trouble - Not Powering On

    I'm trying to figure out was is wrong with my girlfriend's laptop. It's a Dell Inspiron 6000, about 3 years old. It was working fine until a couple days ago. Then it simply stopped turning on. There is a green LED on the power adapter and when I plug it into the adapter the green light...
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    What's the best wireless router these days?

    I need to buy a wireless router in the next couple weeks and would like to hear some opinions about people's favorites. I'd like to spend around $50-60 if at all possible. Are Linksys routers still highly unreliable? Which has the lowest performance degradation when I'm have 10 torrents going?
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    Camcorder Advice

    My sister is looking to buy a camcorder. Her major interest is that it be easy to use and easy to watch the videos she creates. I have no idea what the best recording technology is. It seems like something that records directly to a DVD would be the simplest for recording and then watching or...
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    Has anyone read about FairTax before? It sounds like an interesting idea in concept. I have my doubts that the federal income tax will ever be eliminated in my lifetime though.
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    Remote Desktop

    I remote desktop to my home computer from work to do various things. When I login the system starts a new session for that user even if a current session has already started for the same user. Is there a way to force it to use the current session rather than relogging in?
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    Core Upgrade Idea

    I'm looking to upgrade my 3+ year old system with a few new parts. I'm looking to get these core parts as the rest of the components are fairly new, except for my boot drive and I'm waiting for a more affordable 32GB SATA SSD. CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz Motherboard...
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    New Road Bicycle

    I finally bit the bullet and bought a road bike. I've been wanting one for a while now. I ended up getting a 2006 Giant OCR C3. I haven't ridden it much yet, but I have a 65 mile ride planned for Saturday. Should be a lot of fun. I was previously on a decent, but old mountain bike with slicks...
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    Flash Video Rant

    I think Flash video is one of the only thing that Flash excels at. Everyone (85-90%) already has it installed, so it is extremely easy to integrate into a website. There are lots of free players out there that have nice features already built in, like fullscreen, volume controls, etc. And it is...
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    Hyperthreading Questions

    My work computer is an old Dell Optiplex GX270 with a P4 3.2GHz CPU. Needless to say, whoever set this up was not very bright. Someone added a second hard disk at some point and they never enabled the controller in the BIOS, the hard disk showed up in Windows, but it was running in PIO mode...
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    Content Management Systems

    I know there have been threads about content management systems in the past, but I'm looking for feedback on open source systems that I do not have experience with. My main experience has been with Joomla, and it is a fairly good piece of software, but I need some input on some alternatives...
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    Adobe CS3

    The new CS3 line of Adobe products is a real pain in the ass. With that out of the way. I have been trying to install Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3) for the last hour and a half or so. See the problem is that most of the applications only support Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista. NO Windows 2k3...
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    First HTPC

    I'm building my friend an HTPC, that will connect to a 36" Sony CRT and a 17" LCD. Here is what I have specced: Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 GIGABYTE GA-965GM-S2 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 GIGABYTE GV-RX165256D-RH Radeon X1650 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series...
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    Free Online Forum

    Has anyone ever setup a free online forum before? What sites are legitimate and offer good forum software? Yahoo offers Yahoo Groups, but I have found these annoying in the past. I found several sites that claim to host phpBB forums for free, with minimal adversiting. Such as this or this...
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    Website Testing

    What does everyone use to test websites they develop? At work I use: Firefox IE6 IE7 (only for finished products, as I have to use a coworker's machine to test this) Opera Safari At home I use: Firefox IE6 Opera Generally I have found that if it works in Firefox, it will work in...
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    South by Southwest

    Anyone ever been to this before? Looks like it would be a good time. Maybe I will try to go in 2008, when I have a bit more vacation time built up.
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    Office Chair

    I am looking for a new office chair. I have had the same chair for about 7 years and it is starting to fall apart pretty badly. I would like to get something with a metal frame as it seems this would last longer/not break as easily. My budget is in the $200-300 range. Here is one option, I...