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  1. Mercutio

    Windows 11

    ShellExView can be used to fix Windows 11 context menus. If they had just put basic operations like Cut and Paste on there, I wouldn't be bothered, but that extra click is a click too far.
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    Something Random

    They just replaced the box. Meaning they sent it out again and didn't charge me for it the second time. The second time, the driver definitely did get a signature on the delivery.
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    Something Random

    A touch over $16,800 for a box slightly larger than a shoebox. The hilarious thing to me is that Amazon was just like "Yeah, we'll get you 16 more but it'll be Saturday if that's OK." They don't even care. I kind of want to go dumpster diving in that area tomorrow just to see if I can find them.
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    Something Random

    Today, a porch pirate hit the goddamned "What am I going to do with this?" lottery with my package of 16 4TB U.2 SSDs. Amazon didn't even mark the package signature required, and the delivery guy just left it by the front door to my customer's office, which is across the street from a 7-11...
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    Windows 11

    I guess the requirements to mess with the Android on Windows 11 are fairly hefty; 8GB RAM and a 3000-series Ryzen. From what I've read so far, people aren't having much luck getting the Play Store framework to run, although it's not that hard to get individual apps sideloaded. Does anyone else...
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    Something Random

    I've been entirely ignoring my CS degree since about six months after I graduated. My best friend finished her CS degree in May. She did one three month contract for Amazon and now she's back to dancing. Don't knock the certs, though. They do get you noticed.
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    Something Random

    If you have any interest in seeing Dune, it's worth seeing in a theatre. It leaked online yesterday and I watched it, but just like Blade Runner 2049, the lingering atmospheric shots and gorgeous lighting deserve a big screen. I've been to the movie theater five times since May and I haven't...
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    Windows 11

    There is some evidence that Windows 11 security features are often the culprit for reduced performance. For example, some people find that disabling Hypervisor Enforced Code Integrity (HVCI) fixes their issues.
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    Windows 11

    My "unsupported" m83 only needed about 30 minutes to upgrade. It's a relatively vanilla PC with Office 2013 and some basic developer tool installed. Windows Update doesn't seem to do anything, but I can run the Offline Updater if I have to. Apparently, Office 2013 is unsupported on Windows...
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    Windows 11

    Anyone tried installing on "unsupported" hardware yet? It looks like there are working scripts to bypass secure boot and TPM, but I didn't have the strength to spend any time on it this weekend, but I have a Lenovo m83 sitting here with with an i7-4785 and 32G RAM that I'm about to try to...
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    Windows 11

    I think there are a couple third parties offering Start Menu replacements. The thing that drives more nuts more than that is that Microsoft moved the OG Context ("right click") Menu so that it's now a second-level submenu. 11 is also mildly clueless about printers; you get the Microsoft...
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    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    Stupid phone trick: If you create a contact named Fucking Fuck, autocorrect is much, MUCH better at letting you use that word appropriately.
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    Windows 11

    That appears to be the case. I don't have anything that immediately qualifies aside from my big desktop at home. I suppose I'll find out, but I'm not super thrilled for it. Here's what I can say so far: I clean installed Windows 11 on an i5 NUC and upgraded an Asus Zenbook with a 4000-series...
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    Something Random

    From what I remember, the Via chipsets for SS7 were a step up from the SiS and ALI, but they were all a bit underdone in some way or other. I'm sure I have some Pro/100s sitting around if you want to try one. Probably an AWE64 as well, although for my money the AWE32 was neck and neck with the...
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    Windows 11

    Windows 11 was released to the public today. You can get it using the Windows Upgrade Assistant or wait for Windows Update if you have a qualifying system.
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    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    I found an Android tool called Universal Copy that let me grab and export my dictionary from my old keyboard. It can recognize and grab text from any image as well. That's not something I think I'll need very often, but it solved a real problem for me.
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    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    I took my current roommate to a local phone repair place yesterday. Unbelievably, they still had a new in box Galaxy S20 Ultra, which DOES have a card slot. Not exactly the phone I wanted (it's a little too big and the model is a year old), but the owner threw in a pair of Galaxy Buds and a used...
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    Home NAS

    That was a bit of a joke since I'm pretty sure it's mostly SSDs too, but it does look like 10TB+ drives are just perpetually stuck over $300. Maybe there just aren't that many consumers who want giant drives?
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    Home NAS

    ChiaCoin: because it wasn't enough to make GPUs cost a fortune.
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    Windows Admin Account F-Up

    1. Just wipe and reload. 2. If you don't want to do that, you're probably going to have to use any one of a number of unlocking tools that you might find on a Hiren's or Strelec boot media. There are Linux distros for dealing with that stuff as well. It is actually fixable, but since Windows 10...
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    mATX Rebuild

    SATA in AHCI mode, other than the boot drive, should always be removable and there's no technical reason that you have to put a video card in a different slot, but as Chewy said sometimes motherboards do funny things if you are also trying to use nVME. If a board is keyed for m.2 SATA as well as...
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    Windows 11

    If you had it installed, it auto-upgrades to the last compatible version. I still have to deal with a couple SBS 2003 systems. The net result from doing that is that you'll get "Hey, you REALLY need to update your Chrome" in a lot of places you visit. I'm not entirely sure you can fresh install...
  23. Mercutio

    Windows 11

    I think that's basically marketing. Windows 7 is fine in the same way that XP was fine even after the release of Windows 8. Things haven't changed all that much aside from the regular shuffle of features that used to be in Control Panel that now get moved around the various Settings menus...
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    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    In some cases it is deeply surprising how far the roots spread for these companies. We can't opt out of Facebook ads ENTIRELY because it turns out Facebook owns some direct (Postal) mail operations now. Angular.js is a Google product that's used all over the web. Avoiding AWS and Azure because...
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    Something Random

    FWIW you should be able to get an AWS instance in that range, but if you can find enough to do with a low-end system like that, you can PROBABLY find enough to move on up to a self-hosted box somewhere. It's not hard to make a VM host on a 1U rack a profit-making item.
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    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    Every big tech company is the devil. IBM was the devil before Microsoft, and now it is seen as a moderating force to the other evils at Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google. We can't live our lives without those guys, even if it's only because of a javascript framework, video codec or beloved TV...
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    Something Random

    Shang Chi wasn't what I thought it would be. Marvel made a Wuxia movie, akin to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, by way of both frequent nods to Chinese mythology and the now clearly defined Marvel Cinematic Universe. In comics, Shang Chi was absolutely created to tie in to Bruce Lee and Shaw...
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    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    I'm actually a big fan of Chromebooks as-is. Google Docs/Sheets, Drive and Photos are a highly compelling set of tools that work really well. Even the Celeron-based models are fast enough. ChromeOS is actually my go-to recommendation for people with modest computing needs. I especially...
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    MediCat Live USB

    There are five of us. No one cares. But damn does it do everything I want out of a repair setup.
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    MediCat Live USB

    I just ran across Sergei Strelec's WinPE Rescue Disk, which seems to have a crazy amount of added functionality. There's a substantial amount of commercial software in the disk image, including TrueImage, AOEMI Partition Manager and, believe it or not, Office 2007. It passes malware and AV...
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    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    Looks like Google is kicking Intel to the curb as well.
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    Something Random

    It Could Happen Here is a legitimately interesting podcast. The oldest episodes in the feed are about the ramifications of civil war and the Balkanization of the USA, from a journalist who spent his career in conflict zones like Syria and Georgia and from relevant subject matter experts. The...
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    Something Random

    Yes I misremembered the ET6000. I have it in my head that Tseng Labs didn't survive into the PCI era. The rarity might've been an Aussie issue though. I definitely built a few systems using DX/50s. I was in my late teens then, but I had no trouble ordering or assembling systems with them...
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    Something Random

    You might have a better time if you just tracked down an OG 486DX/50 than messing with the 3rd party clock multiplied CPUs. Cyrix and AMD both made absolute garbage in that era, and the reason the DX/50 was so badass that everything else clocked to 50MHz along with the CPU. You'll probably get...
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    Video Cards

    I might be wrong but it seems like there are a lot fewer options available now than there used to be if you just want aftermarket air cooling. I'm sure there are decent AIOs if you don't want to spend a year learning about tube fittings and bend radii, too.
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    SMS - phone, tablet & desktop all-in-one?

    I very seldom use SMS messaging. I have a Google Voice account I have set up to receive them, which I studiously ignore for anything outside behaviors that aren't defined by my rules, which mostly have to do with getting SMS verification codes or texts from people who can't stop themselves from...
  37. Mercutio

    Video Cards

    Almost every time I encounter water cooling, it's in a system doesn't seem so quiet to me. It seems like a lot of extra work for a very dubious benefit.
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    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    I have custom alert sounds for certain email senders and tend to rely on my phone or whatever tablet for those. My co-workers largely use iMessage or Amazon Chime for their communication, but my role is different and I'm not involved in 99% of that. I was lobbying for Skype, since it actually...
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    Video Cards

    I got an deal on the Threadripper that was too good to pass up. The previous owner had screwed up their water cooling setup and killed their GPU and motherboard. I swapped a working i7-8700 system with a GTX1080 and got a more or less intact system that became operable with a motherboard RMA...
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    Video Cards

    I have a Threadripper 2950X (16c / 32t) with a 2080. There's room for improvement on that system but not very much.
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    Video Cards

    I use Capture One. I don't really notice how long it takes to import or export but my files are substantially smaller than your R5's and I'm kind of on a best case scenario as far as hardware goes.
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    Something Random

    3dfx should have won. nVidia lost a huge lawsuit and responded by buying out 3dfx instead of paying up. I've always had a lot of antipathy over nVidia hardware because so, so, SO often I'd run across graphics cards that would die approximately 5 seconds after their cooling did, but at least...
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    Video Cards

    The place I see the biggest difference is in using Resolve Studio. It helps with .RAW exports as well but I barely notice that. I just looked at what a new GTX 730 is going for and apparently the bin full of graphics cards I've pulled out of dead Dell and HP desktops over the years is now worth...
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    Something Random

    I buy my own laptop because the use is mixed enough between my salaried work and my side work that I don't want to make an issue of it. The person I work for will actually say yes to anything I ask for but that's not something I'd care to abuse.
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    Something Random

    My drives are both fine, but Lenovo no longer offers a T-series notebook with support for two internal drives or a WQHD display, so I just replaced it with another T470p. I don't want a 4k screen because of the hit to battery life, and most Thinkpads only have a 3 cell battery anyway. I hadn't...
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    Something Random

    I ran over my laptop bag this morning. Set it down behind my car while I adjusted the load of parts I was moving around. Forgot to pick it up. Thinkpad did not survive. It actually doesn't LOOK damaged aside from the screen being busted, but it's not turning on any more, either. Whoops.
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    Android phones: Tips, tricks?

    I'm a regular Hangouts user. Hangouts is being phased out for most people, so I've installed Google Chat. Now I get notifications about IMs in three different applications, plus extra notifications on computers if I happen to have Chrome open, plus extra extra notifications if I have "Your...
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    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    I shot pictures in an informal capacity at a friend's wedding yesterday. I had my RP set up on a gimbal for video use and let my quasi-SO creep around with that (using a gimbal is an art and it turns out that the person with 10 years of ballet is just naturally better at that than I am) while I...
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    Home NAS

    I've had a bad time getting meaningful service from Toshiba, but kind of like Fuji back in the day, it's also pretty easy to ignore their offerings. HGST is the standard to which all others are held, but probably not worth the 50% price premium. I'm perfectly happy with Seagate Enterprise...
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    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    I've been able to print 44"x54" (thanks, work!) and honestly it looks good from about 10 feet away. Usually, ungodly large prints aren't meant to be viewed up close. The people doing billboard photos only use something like 2MP images for the images that actually go up. Even at 20MP, I'm...
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