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Discussions - Public / what are some cool computer news sites?
« on: January 05, 2018, 07:38:14 AM »
Computer as in hardware developments and news and what the next great thing will be. Case in point, SSD, processors, monitors and stuff.
Cryptocurrency seems to be a permanent part of the IT landscape.

What is that bit about processor flaw I see floating around.

Sick to death of political forums.

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Discussions - Public / is everyone MIA in this snow apocalypse?
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:23:28 AM »
We got 1" in DC.
Definitely time to hit  the bunker.

Schools are closed.

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Discussions - Public / Latest season of Black Mirror on Netflix
« on: January 03, 2018, 02:04:44 PM »
Kinda interesting. I am engaged in it right now.


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Discussions - Public / Windows 10, what a stupid user interface design
« on: December 31, 2017, 01:49:53 PM »
I think it's a giant step backwards.

The control panel does not show up in the default when you hit Win-x, you have to use cortana or search for it. Or add it.

Took me 15 minutes to figure out how to change a user's password. In Seven, it was all of 20 seconds.  Seems they changed things around just for the sake of changing them. Without actually improving anything.

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Discussions - Public / Virginia country and the DC area
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:20:45 PM »
So I drove about 1.5 hours away from DC and a what a change in scenery. I hadn't realized I've become a DC person or more precisely, a NoVA resident. You drive about 60 miles from the area and it's a completely different social contingent you engage. Pickups trucks, rude behavior, just a few notches lower on the politeness scale.

It's not that I mind confederate bumper stickers or shotguns on the gun racks.  I don't.  But there is something about their lack of sophistication.

DC area is such a bubble.  Such an unreal bubble.  And when you rejoin the reality that surrounds it, it's a shock.

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Discussions - Public / Thoughts on cryptocurrency
« on: December 21, 2017, 08:42:59 PM »

Is this thing a form of madness?

I mean there is nothing there but some bits in a database somewhere, all encrypted.The block chain. I get the technical concepts (more or less) but from the economic standpoint, this thing is as bad or even worse than the federal reserve note.

There isn't even tangible paper present. Am I correct in understanding they won't ever expand the volume of the currency, but who can enforce this? can't rules be changed? So what if one day you have the cryptocurrency (bitcoin) equivalent of $10,000 and then the next day it's 10 cents?

I get that the anonymity and the privacy are a good thing, but we are still trading zeroes in the purest sense.




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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.

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Discussions - Public / Dell came out with an 8K monitor
« on: October 30, 2017, 04:09:18 PM »
http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-ultrasharp-32-8k-monitor-up3218k/apd/210-alez/monitors-monitor-accessories

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.






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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.



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So Williams Hall will get renamed Vishnu Hall.

I feel so excluded as a minority.



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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.


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

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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.



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

http://www.zdnet.com/article/1991s-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.

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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.

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