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  1. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    The 4070 seems like a practical choice with plenty of performance at 300W.
  2. LunarMist

    Old Hard Drives

    I was all on the Seagates by the time 6TB was maximum. I don't recall if they were first or just more available. They were quite warm also and needed some airflow. Those were the final non-He 3.5" drives I ever bought.
  3. LunarMist

    Old Hard Drives

    Those old Hibachis just kept on going. :) I recently retired an olden WD Black 4TB, which was their fastest 3.5" HD at the time. It still worked perfectly, but is just too small. Modern drives are slower for whatever reason, but the He drives are just so much cooler.
  4. LunarMist

    Home NAS

    Back in the '10s many photographers used the Drobo USB DAS units. Now the MACs are using 2-4 external NVMe in RAID 0 connected with TB. It's just normal for them to have for example 4x4TB SSD in software RAID 0 containing all their data. Apparently a NAS is too archaic and clashes with the...
  5. LunarMist

    Home NAS

    They have a bad reputation for lack of service and most of the market was quite low end, e.g., the type of people that used mismatched size/speed non-raid drives. Today those types are typically using dual drive RAID 1 upright book style devices with 2x16TB drives or something like that. Then...
  6. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    Does anyone care about gaming on a PC anymore? The kids have the PlayStations and I thought most else was about the cryptolithic miners or other types of processing. By the 2030s there will be no PCs just dumb terminals accessing the clouds. I just want to process images locally while it is...
  7. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    The R7 has a crappy design where the shutter vibrates the camera and blurs the image. The ES mode is not so good either since the sensor readout is quite slow, even compared to the R5. :( That may be because it is derived from the old sensor in the M6 and 90D. I suppose the R7 will be most...
  8. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    I was far south in July and used up to ISO 6400 on the R5. Between all the software of Topaz, DXO, Neat Image, etc. I'm still not satisfied that the IQ is up to par without losing fine details in the feathers or fur. Although results are usable with some masking and manual intervention, 3200...
  9. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    But it still contains the same general idea that has been espoused for years. We really need to see the performance/watt for the 3000 series compared to the 4000 series. All it takes is a graph or few rather than rambling prose or U-Tube video. Then the buyer can make a reasonable decision...
  10. LunarMist

    SSDs - State of the Product?

    I would not waste a PCI slot in such an old system just for the boot drive. An 860 EVO or 870 EVO should be fine.
  11. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    So you prefer to fake it in processing rather than take fine photographs to begin with. That's nothing to be proud or jealous about. :(
  12. LunarMist

    Windows 11

    I have to use 11 at work, so there is no option to install any 3rd party programs that have not been approved.
  13. LunarMist

    Windows 11

    How can you ungroup the programs running on the taskbar? It's ridiculously a pain to try to see a postage stamp sized image of the windows you want within one program instead of clicking from A to B separate items. Normally I use group only when the taskbar is full.
  14. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    I've seen a few electric trains in Eastern cities and of course in Europe. However I thought most US locojotives were burning fuels. I built a µATX system last year with the AMD 5700G. It doesn't have the APU AFAIK, but a Radon graphics chip. It's only a 65W CPU all in, so the Wraith cooler...
  15. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    A 300W card will generally have three fans and be over a foot long, so the ariflow is spread out and it isn't all that noisy. I don't know about trains, but the APU in commercial aircraft is way louder than a video card. ;)
  16. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    The M1 Max with 32 GPU cores is the lower end. The M1 Ultra chip has up to 64 GPU cores so that would be like a 3070Ti?
  17. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    I think I looked at those a while ago, but they are a Best Buy brand and not in stock or orderable. :(
  18. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    I thought they were all Nvidia? Do you have a link to store that has them?
  19. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    So you let some bot access your work and choose which ones it thinks are best? :rolleyes:
  20. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    Which brand is that?
  21. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    The higher refresh rate reduces nausea more than Rolaids. :LOL:
  22. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    RTX 30 series cards are more abundant lately and prices are becoming more reasonable. I'm tempted to go for the 3080 this summer rather than wait for the 4070 if it is not smaller and uses significantly less power for the same throughput. When will we have better info on the 40 series?
  23. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    So you just use one setting for all images? Then they return to PS or something? I've already found some ugly artifacts from the 3.7, so I'm not sure it is so good. :(
  24. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    Maybe I'm confused, but wouldn't you have been a very small child back then? The Matrox were mainly used for work and content creators; Vodoo and such was for the gamers. I had a 1280x display since the 21" Artisans were too bulky and expensive for me at the time. After that the Apple Cinema...
  25. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    So I tried 3.7, but the RAW conversion is still not good. I would use this on a TIF only. The low light mode, which I normally use, looks to be a bit cleaner than the older version. According to the change log 3.7 now uses RTX video card functions for better accelerations.
  26. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    How are you using it - plug-in or standalone?
  27. LunarMist

    Something Random

    It is displaying something that looks like a 1965 TV with the rabbit ear broken. :LOL:
  28. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    Or $600 new for a 2015 card. LOL I used the Matrox cards for years on the CRT displays. Most people were using Matrox with the Artisans even after the early screwed-up LCDs arrived.
  29. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    Maybe they are prioritizing stocks of the higher grade video cards?
  30. LunarMist

    Windows 11

    You think I am administator at work. :D 🤣 They don't let us do anything and the software is always changing without notice to some some slow, clod-based system that people can barely use.
  31. LunarMist

    Something Random

    Maybe you have more data or it was different in the South-West. I have seen several homes from the 50s originally with the Swamp Coolers and houses from the 1960s all had A/C. The condenser units had horizontal fans that were very loud. Many of them lasted into the 70s and were replaced when...
  32. LunarMist

    Something Random

    I thought most all US homes less than ~60 years old have the internal A/C, expect maybe Alaska. I've seen a lot of wall A/Cs in hotels, presumably as a cost saving measure. They are often too noisy for home use. FWIW, there was no A/C in most homes when I was stationed in Europe many years...
  33. LunarMist

    Something Random

    I built a 5700G Micro-ATX last year on the B550M. It works fine without video if you are not playing games or something.
  34. LunarMist

    Windows 11

    RSN they will be enforcing Win 11 at work. 😢 😡
  35. LunarMist

    Something Random

    Just why is that not at another datacenter or your local home office? What happened to the A/C?
  36. LunarMist

    Something Random

    It's not a good idea for several reasons. Are you planning on junking that vehicle also?
  37. LunarMist

    Something Random

    I see them now, but previously saw the three "paragraphs" of codes. o_O
  38. LunarMist

    Something Random

    Are you saying that the cat was typing on the keyboard? How is it that the three paragraph endings are the same or similar, e.g., =w2126-h1594-no and =w2676-h2007-no? I assume that means something to the machine language, but not humans outside of IT.
  39. LunarMist

    Something Random

    Oops, I misunderstood. Normally a totaled car is paid out at the current value at the time of the accident. That is irrespective of your financial interest in the car. I also assumed that most lenders require gap insurance to pay off the loan in the event of a shortfall.
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    Something Random

    What does that code mean?
  41. LunarMist

    Something Random

    I thought you wanted to keep that car just a few weeks ago. LOL
  42. LunarMist

    Something Random

    And now 22, with the 14th French Open win. 🏆 Nobody in any major professional sport has won such an event 14 times. No baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, football, etc. It's almost superhunan especially considering the degenerative effects of Mueller-Weiss syndrome.
  43. LunarMist

    dSLR thread

    The D7500 would be more for wildlife and the D7200 more for landscape.
  44. LunarMist

    dSLR thread

    In May I bought a D7500 as a last DX camera before they disappear forever. It's not as good as the D7200, but faster. I hope that pair lasts a few years until a decent grade Z-DX MILS exists and matures enough in AF, which probably will not be the first generation. All Nikon has now is the...
  45. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    I don't bring camera gear in public unless it's to the airport. Are you mostly in the States? Nobody would use a lens that is designed to lose 40% of the image unless it is a long tele or some other special purpose lens that is not available at all. Even then it would not be a main working lens.
  46. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    The GFX 100S is a surprisingly inexpensive and really compact semi-MF camera with 100MP. You will mostly see them used for travel and landscape off the beaten path. Some people use them in the studio too, but there are better options for that. Canon lenses don't cover 55mm other than the...
  47. LunarMist

    Windows 11

    Interesting. I wonder if they will alleviate the Windows 11 in the future.
  48. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    That is what I am doing after MS borks the driver that was previously installed. It just sucks that MS constantly forces software updates for no good reason.
  49. LunarMist

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    Their level of stupidity buggers the mind. The brains of the Canon operation have long been replaced by marketroids and milleniums that don't actually work in the field.
  50. LunarMist

    Video Cards

    I just use a video card naturally with the drivers installed and nothing else. I have not had any issues since XP64, which was an orphaned OS from the start. Sometimes Windows wants to download new NVidea drivers. :(
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