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  1. J

    Monitors in 2022

    If/when I upgrade my monitor it's going to be OLED 4K but the price still needs to drop. I never bought into the widescreen fad. Still using a pair of 20" 1600x1200 monitors. I'd love OLED in maybe 24" 4000x3000 resolution but I guess that's too much to ask for, so I'll settle for 4K, maybe...
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    Something Random

    Ah, the good old days. My first PC was a 386-33 with 4MB of RAM. I got it in late 1998 after my friend upgraded the PC at his business. Needless to say it was slow even for the time, but it was better than having no PC. Anyway, that machine had a 1.2GB HDD which was using drive overlay software...
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    Video Cards

    Thought this was relevant given the concerns here about power dissipation: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/amd-and-nvidia-leaks-show-we-are-drunk-on-power-and-the-hangover-is-going-to-be-brutal/ar-AA102Kl8?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=458add52ac8841788f35a344cda18233
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    Something Random

    I don't know about you but a lot of the cost for me is delivery. For example, on the last bill: There's the basic service charge per day. This varies slightly depending upon the length of the billing cycle, but on average it's around $18. The delivery charges are north of $0.16/kWh once you...
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    Something Random

    That's a good guideline for what I would get with solar since I'm more or less in the same area of the country as you. Figure roughly 1 MWh/year per installed kW. Since I plan to put the panels on the garage, I'm probably limited to about 6 kW. That said, there are some newer panels in the...
  6. J

    Video Cards

    Yeah, but you still have to get that heat out of the case, which implies a lot of case fans. I don't even have one case fan. The fan from the power supply provides enough air flow to remove the heat from the case without unacceptable temperature rise. APU = Accelerated Processing Unit (AMD's...
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    Something Random

    They're about $0.30/kWh for me. That includes the delivery charge, which is actually more than the supply charge. ConEd wants another rate increase, so we might be looking at $1/kWh in the not too distant future. New windows helps a lot. As renter, that's out of your control unfortunately.
  8. J

    Video Cards

    At my current electrical rates a 300W card operating even 4 hours a day would cost $11 a month. That's not counting any additional AC use to remove the extra heat. How the heck do you even cool something like that? Air cooling isn't going to work, not without the system sounding like a vacuum...
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    Something Random

    Just take it one day at a time. He sounded like a really sweet cat. I still sometimes hear mild creaking sounds coming from my bed similar to when Jeannie walked on it. It would be a great comfort if we knew with certainty that something of them is still around after their body is no longer...
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    Something Random

    Just keep him company and keep him comfortable. Probably not much else you can do. I sadly went something similar with Jeannie in late 2020 to early 2021. At first I didn't think it was anything life-threatening. In late November 2020 she had diarrhea for over a week but recovered. Then she got...
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    Something Random

    Looks like the GOP finally made it official that they want to turn the US into a Christian theocracy. I've been saying this for years. https://news.yahoo.com/boebert-says-she-tired-separation-205248681.html
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    Something Random

    Yeah, basically they're going to rule how they want, then twist their legal reasoning to justify their decision. I'd still love to see how they might be able to square away an abortion ban which violates the beliefs of faiths which don't consider a fetus a person until it's born. The ironic...
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    Merc, Fact is if Roe had been argued based on the separation clause in the 1st Amendment, and not on the 14th Amendment, it wouldn't have been overturned (assuming of course the justices didn't want to chip away at the wall separating church and state any more than they already have). Ditto for...
  14. J

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    Sure, this ruling doesn't affect me, but it's just the start at gradually chipping away at our rights. Sooner or later I'll lose rights which do affect me. There's also the pending West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency case. The planet is something I care about deeply. This ruling...
  15. J

    Video Cards

    I bold-faced what I think is the primary reason. I haven't had a discrete graphics card for a decade. And what I'm using now (A10-7870K) is probably only 1/3 as powerful as the latest APUs from AMD. Hard-core gamers are the main ones who need discrete graphics cards. And they certainly wouldn't...
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    Something Random

    Even easier than that for the fans. I simply put a temperature sensor on the radiators. When the temperature of any radiator drops below, say, 50°F the fan kicks on. When it goes above that the fan goes off. I keep the house well above 60°F in the winter, so the fans will never come on during...
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    Something Random

    A separate cooling loop might make more sense, and yes, I wouldn't be thrilled with the idea of drilling holes in the brick wall. I might be nice if someone already designed a system similar to what I had in mind, and worked out any kinks.
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    Something Random

    That's among my to do items in the next few years, along with solar power. I'm looking for some way to keep most of my existing hot water system intact. In theory it shouldn't be hard. The pipe for the hot water heating loop which gets heated by the oil furnace would instead be heated by a...
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    Something Random

    I'd say more likely most homes built in the last 40 years or so. That's when central air really started to take off. I'm pretty much the same. If I'm not moving around I can barely tolerate high 70s to about 80°F. If I'm active, 65 to 70 tops. I don't like doing yard work outside unless it's in...
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    Yeah, I saw that one, as well as the Midea U version. For me it's moot since I mounted all of our air conditioners through the wall. I like the idea of a unit that heats and cools but I'd still want one with inverter technology. The fridge I bought in late 2017 has that. It makes lots of sense...
  21. J

    Something Random

    Meanwhile my heat tolerance has always been close to zero ever since I was a kid. So far I've managed to get this far into June without turning on the A/C, but only because it's been a relatively cool June, with most days in the 70s. The few days in the mid 80s, plus one day in the mid 90s, were...
  22. J

    Something Random

    Are they going to cover your power costs for those servers? It probably costs a small fortune each day.
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    Something Random

    I didn't see the pics, either. I just saw text that was gibberish and assumed Doug's cat had walked across the keyboard. My last cat died last February but when I had cats that happened pretty often. Of course, I thought it was strange that some sequences of characters were repeated but I...
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    Something Random

    It's written in "cat" so we'll never know.
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    Something Random

    For me the idea of integrated graphics is a plus. The A10-7870K I'm using now is more than adequate for my needs. I love the idea of not needing a graphics card. The 5600G and 5700G have a much more powerful integrated graphics engine than my current APU. We're fast getting to the point where...
  26. J

    Samsung MZ7WD960HMHP (SV843) Read Speed Slow Down

    I might have stumbled upon a solution. The built-in cipher command has an option to erase free space on a drive. Just use cipher /w:C It normally does three passes, writing 00, FF, and random data. I stopped it after the first pass to limit drive writes. Looks like a big improvement over the...
  27. J

    Samsung MZ7WD960HMHP (SV843) Read Speed Slow Down

    It's an Asus Crossblade Ranger with an AMD A10-7870K APU. Here's a claim that it can be made to boot with an M.2 drive: https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?89472-A88X-support-NVME Honestly I'm not about to spend the money for hardware, plus the time, just to see if it works. For now the...
  28. J

    Samsung MZ7WD960HMHP (SV843) Read Speed Slow Down

    Unfortunately the MB doesn't support NVME, or any of the other faster SSD form factors. Even if I got an NVME card, the BIOS wouldn't be able to use it as a boot drive, only a storage drive.
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    Old Hard Drives

    I tend to keep anything which interests me indefinitely for the same reason. Eventually it's going to disappear from the Internet. Like I said, I probably have under 500 GB of unique data at this point. I remember back when a few GB of storage space was considered huge. You had to be selective...
  30. J

    Old Hard Drives

    OK, movies. That makes sense. You can never have too much space with movies. Yeah, fewer spindles is better. The heat is beneficial in winter but opposite in summers. It looks like it might be a hot June, too. I'll be dying until July 1 if it is. That's when I turn on my ACs. They get turned...
  31. J

    Samsung MZ7WD960HMHP (SV843) Read Speed Slow Down

    I just thought of something. Earlier I mentioned my Samsung 840 did the same thing until Samsung issued a firmware fix. Since these are enterprise drives it was likely assumed new data would be written to them often enough so the stored data wouldn't degrade enough to slow down reading.(hence no...
  32. J

    Old Hard Drives

    I guess with data which is important to you it's better to preemptively replace drives before they fail. What do you guys store anyway? I've had PCs since the mid 1990s but I probably have under 500 GB of unique data, not including OS and programs.
  33. J

    Old Hard Drives

    Regarding the number of hours, even for Doug's drives that probably wouldn't concern me unless they were in a very hot environment. My only HDD current still in regular service is the 2TB Samsung I bought in 2010. Still seems healthy according to the SMART data:
  34. J

    Samsung MZ7WD960HMHP (SV843) Read Speed Slow Down

    I don't think it is properly supporting trim for this particular drive. I'm still using Windows 7. I installed Smart Defrag 7.5 which has a trim and optimize option for SSDs. I ran it a few times daily. Now the HDTune results look like this: Still the big slowdown around 288 GB but the speeds...
  35. J

    Samsung MZ7WD960HMHP (SV843) Read Speed Slow Down

    I bought three of these back in 2016. I've had no issues with them except for the fact that reads become slower in parts of the drive where data hasn't been refreshed in a while. For example: For now my kludge for fixing this has been to defragment the drive. I use MyDefrag and the "System...
  36. J

    Something Random

    It sounds like that job is a keeper, and the boss really likes you. You definitely lucked out. I had a great boss on the last job I worked as an employee. The job itself wasn't that great. It was a taximeter repair shop. The pay was low. I really wasn't planning to stay there long term. The...
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    Something Random

    I'd be in the same boat myself if I had to get a lease. No steady paycheck type income. And no prior leases to use as references. That said, if your dancer friends make all this money they probably have nice bank accounts. Can't they use that as collateral for a lease? Me neither. It was hard...
  38. J

    Upgrading Samsung S5 SM-G900V to newer version of Android

    I'll keep the tablet or Sprint phone options in mind. For now though I should be OK. The current situation is that my mother gets two checks a year for RMDs, and I get one. In addition to that there might be a very occasional small check from various class action lawsuits which we are sometimes...
  39. J

    Upgrading Samsung S5 SM-G900V to newer version of Android

    No, I'm still in lock down. So long as my mother is alive traveling around isn't going to be possible. The issue here is that I can't deposit checks with the PC, only with the mobile app on a phone. I don't know why the bank doesn't let you use scanned images of the check so you don't need a...
  40. J

    Upgrading Samsung S5 SM-G900V to newer version of Android

    I'm reading mixed results on whether banking apps will work. Since that would be my primary reason for upgrading then it might not even be worth my while. Also, if you install a custom ROM do you lose all your current apps and data? That would be a showstopper for me.
  41. J

    Upgrading Samsung S5 SM-G900V to newer version of Android

    A few years ago I got my friend's old S5. I've been using it as a gadget, not a phone (i.e. no cell phone service). I can access the Internet via WiFi so it's fairly useful even without a phone contract. Anyway, one thing it's been great for is depositing checks from home. Unfortunately, first...
  42. J

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    How do you even cool something like that? That's a space heater. Air cooling isn't going to work at those power levels.
  43. J

    Something Random

    That's the technical definition but I'll go with Lunar's definition if you want to define a generation as having similar values and characteristics. Those born in 1960 or later tend to be much more like generation X than like the boomers. The baby boomers became the hippies in the 1960s (whom I...
  44. J

    Something Random

    The kind that takes out people the US government deems "inconvenient". All joking aside, in my first year of college I was eating dinner in the dining hall by myself (as usual, BTW-didn't really make any friends) and had a strange person sit down across from me. Not a student. He started by...
  45. J

    Something Random

    As strange as it sounds, some people actually enjoy those things. My mother loved gardening. My brother loves remodeling projects. I liked doing all the concrete work in the yard (borders, paths, patio), even if was murder on my hands. Not thrilled about shoveling snow, but with climate change...
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    Something Random

    I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. This is coming from someone who last moved 43½ years ago when they had far less stuff (seriously, how much stuff do 15 year olds have?). As far as I'm concerned, my next move will be when they carry me out. The house is paid for, I have more than...
  47. J

    Something Random

    I'll probably do something like that after my mom passes. I honestly won't need the money, but I'll have more space than I need and would welcome the company. It'll also be nice helping out people who otherwise wouldn't have a place to live. The new normal may well be people staying with their...
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    Something Random

    Historically over the long term housing prices keep pace with inflation. Right now depending upon where you live they're as much as 5 times as high as they would be had they kept pace with inflation over the last 40 or 50 years. Long term that situation isn't sustainable. We're in a game of...
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    Something Random

    If they do nothing with Social Security, it'll mean a roughly 20 something percent cut in benefits around the time I start collecting. However, I doubt they would do an across the board cut. They'll probably cut the benefits of those getting large amounts by more so those at or under the poverty...
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    Something Random

    Unfortunately, people usually go in only one direction as they age. The biggest thing is she just lost any desire to walk in late 2017. She had a hematoma in the brain which they fixed. It may have affected her balance, among other things. The reason we put her in the hospital in late 2017 was...
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