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Discussions - Public / Netflix: The IT Crowd
« on: November 04, 2017, 07:19:10 PM »

Currently engaged in that show, looks promising.

Discussions - Public / Dell came out with an 8K monitor
« on: October 30, 2017, 04:09:18 PM »

So there it is. All my ultra - bluray whatever disks are obsolete and I have just 2. Likely wont buy anymore until 8K is solidified.

Dell UP3218K

That's what I want for Christmas.  Meaning 2025 Christmas.  When the price comes down from the $4K mark.

Discussions - Public / Buying hardware one generation behind
« on: October 27, 2017, 01:43:16 PM »

I don't think I ever bought a shiny new expensive computer in my life.  Well, maybe once and that thing had 8MB of RAM.

The rest of the machines I got since my starving college student days,  I have always gotten them when they were about 2 years old and were pretty high end when new. Given how rapidly technology depreciates and how fast new things are introduced that's not hard. Yet the old tech doesn't suddenly turn into old typewriters. It's still very fast and respectable.

Case in point, just a few years ago, 4K displays were the shiny new fad. Not anymore. Even before it got widespread, it got -- well, *will* get replaced by 8K.  I suppose 4K will become the de facto standard before getting displaced like 1080.   Dell just introduced a stunning new monitor in 8K. I thought it was just a theoretical thing but no, it's reality. Right here and right now. I think it's price is very reasonable given how new and progressive it is. I think it's about 3.5 grand? That's in line with that 4K was when introduced and I think similar to what "regular" HD used to cost when introduced, what, 15 years ago?

I scored a huge 4K monitor for only 750. Damn.  4K prices are hitting the floor. Nobody will pay 2-3 grand for yesterday's technology.


So Williams Hall will get renamed Vishnu Hall.

I feel so excluded as a minority.

Discussions - Public / So I jumped on the 4K bandwagon
« on: August 20, 2017, 06:11:57 PM »
Actually I did so last Black Friday when I got a 4K Tee-Vee and has it has been a mesmerizing experience.

I just got a 4K monitor.

The first reaction is, wow, it's so sharp. Wow it's so bright.

And, wow, it's so tiny.  I kept it 8 inches from my face until I gave up and adjusted the scaling to 125%. Windows recommended 150%.  You need a microscope
for the 100% version. I got a 27" 4K but I what I really wanted, the 32" model is still pricey.

Discussions - Public / Forensic files on Netflix
« on: August 17, 2017, 07:47:32 PM »

Discussions - Public / Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be released in a week
« on: August 17, 2017, 01:21:58 AM »
If the device has removable battery, I will get it, and if not, I won't. Nice 6.3" screen, so it's a true phablet. And 2560x1440 which is sharp.

I am currently running Note 4 only because I can install that McDonalds supersized menu 2-day battery in it, it looks like a small brick.

If Note 8 fails me like 7 did, will probably go to LG V30. Both V10 and V20 use removable cells which is nice and ZeroLemon has the 10,000 mAh extended battery - very nice. That's 3 times the size of the stock one. 3000 mAh is really sad and the higher resolution drains it in a nanosecond, does not make it to lunch.

Go forth and consume..

Else you are un-American.

Discussions - Public / A nostalgic look at 1991 computers
« on: August 03, 2017, 03:58:34 PM »
1991's PC technology was unbelievable

I find this an interesting and nostalgically sad look because 1990 is when I got into computing.
I got my first "real" computer circa that time frame. Well, I had an 8088 in late 80s' but that doesn't count.

*sigh* How I wish I could have my misspent youth back.

The  <insert your colorful phrase here> Hard drive is slow as a tired old slug. And it's 5400 rpms, which I assume stands for revolutions per minute, as in it's moving.
I am used to the 15.5K RPMs ones, and even they seem slow compared to the slowest SSD.

But, 1TB of disk space only runs $30 in the HDD configuration. Not much of a consolation. Thankfully it appears that Solid state stuff has really come down in price, as in you can get a 1TB from a reputable maker for $200 or so.

Samsung 850 EVO 4TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E4T0B/AM)

Amazon reviews are very positive.  One SSD costs more than the entire machine. I will probably wait a year until I buy to make it cost-effective.

And 3 of these:

Samsung 850 EVO - 1TB - M.2 SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-N5E1T0BW)

That's about $2000 in upgrades, conservatively.

I hate RAID-0 and don't really care for RAID-1. I love making snapshots as  a way to backup the system.

Just installed 2x512GB "solid state" disks.  Using Macrium Reflect to clone them on a weekly basis. If you wipe out your data, or a virus eats it, you just boot off the secondary SSD and you are back in business. I do wonder if the virus encrypts all the drives on the system, or what. Maybe I should force the backup disk to be offline, I don't know.

 The secondary disk is always out of sync with the primary by a few days. The mirroring or cloning process of half-terabyte SSDs takes 25 minutes. This is scary fast considering the same thing on 300GB HDDs took hours. One time I logged 5 hours.

I think if I had RAID-1 and a sufficient number of disks, I would clone the disks anyway, so you have double protection. Mirroring *and* snapshots. Between the two, I will take the later.

FTE, Job and Career Discussion / My rant today about mobile apps
« on: July 08, 2017, 11:18:52 AM »
Most mobile apps really suck. They take away the critical features of the desktop apps away.

Case in point, photobucket. It's really bad. Then the imgur mobile app. It took me 20 minutes to figure out how to upload the pics in its Android app. It appears to be a minor footnote, buried somewhere. It constantly redirects you to main menu, to browse other "viral" pics.

Ebay mobile app really sucks. It lacks such basic features as looking at completed auctions to get an price check on something.

Banking apps are retarded. The list just goes on and on.

I am tempted, from time to time, to throw the damn thing into the ocean. Life was so much happier before the apps.  Instead of them pretending of distributing a useful, working application.

spent half an hour trying to figure out the mobile and buggy version of Advance Auto parts site.

Elbonia's finest?

I admit, I am highly skeptical. These SSD are smaller than DIMMs. Somehow they hold terabytes of data.

Discussions - Public / Best free antivirus
« on: July 05, 2017, 07:39:05 PM »
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Discussions - Public / ’Petya’ ransomware attack goes global
« on: June 28, 2017, 03:27:26 AM »

How apropos. I have been dealing with a self-imposed encryption problem for weeks, a total nightmare, until finally resolved.

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