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by Beyonder
Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Voting in America just got a bit harder
Replies: 183
Views: 75442

Re: Voting in America just got a bit harder

I believe the line " a more perfect union " is actually in reference to the Articles of Confederation , which was the first governing document of the United States. The Constitution replaced it. I find our Constitution both unfair and poorly constructed compared to more modern documents. At the time...
by Beyonder
Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:55 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are SSDs really that bad?
Replies: 46
Views: 14959

Re: Are SSDs really that bad?

Of course they are perfectly silent and super fast but you can't get anywhere without seeing someone commenting on their high-failure rate, defragmentation issues, firmware data loss etc.etc. Is this really the case, is it still untested technology? Because I would rather prefer reliability over si...
by Beyonder
Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:17 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Properly functional illuminated keyboard?
Replies: 7
Views: 2954

Re: Properly functional illuminated keyboard?

(disclaimer: I work for Logitech, but not on any product related to keyboards/mice) So I have the K800 , which is the "wireless" version of the Logitech illuminated keyboard linked above, and I love it. The weird thing about it is you can really use it wired or wireless--it charges via a supplied US...
by Beyonder
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 44050

Yes, but that's sort of obvious and not the point I was making: filemon is a misleading way to understand how much read/write activity windows does. The vast majority of that is totally cached and won't go anywhere near the disk. That said, I'd be on the SSD bandwagon today if I had a few hundred bu...
by Beyonder
Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Intel 34nm SSD released
Replies: 237
Views: 44050

Install FileMon and watch in awe how much read/write activity windows does even when it's supposed to be "idle", and most of it for small files/registry/checking if file is there or not, etc... Although it looks like this conversation already degraded, I will say that Windows has very aggressive ca...
by Beyonder
Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Transform 'Cuda 7200.11 1.5tb into Velociraptor Killer
Replies: 78
Views: 55698

Re: Transform 'Cuda 7200.11 1.5tb into Velociraptor Killer

Transform 'Cuda 7200.11 1.5tb into Velociraptor Killer TechWare Labs posted a mod article by Artiom that transforms a $120 Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB into a speed demon that outperforms a $230 VelociRaptor 300GB in almost every way. The mod only requires the use of Seagate's own Sea Tools util...
by Beyonder
Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Xonar HDAV1.3 Deluxe: Asus HTPC sound card does Everything
Replies: 68
Views: 30281

True hardware, no matter what brand, is always better than crappy software. Who in the world would use software based Dolby Digital Decoding anyway, if they are serious about audio? This is completely faulty reasoning, given that almost all hardware produced these days has some firmware component, ...
by Beyonder
Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Obama Is Not Black
Replies: 44
Views: 7671

Re: Obama Is Not Black

Obama Is Not Black Umm, no. You are wrong. He is black. Obama gets to be black because A) that's the ethnic and cultural heritage he identifies with, and B) what is he supposed to call himself? White? Black? Should he preface every description of his ethnicity with a disclaimer that he is the produ...
by Beyonder
Mon Oct 06, 2008 3:56 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Firewall and server, which mobo?
Replies: 11
Views: 2630

Re: Firewall and server, which mobo?

Hi all, I'm building a firewall and a server. The firewall will boot from a CF disk. The server will boot from a pair of Western Digital RE2-GPs (RAID 1). Which motherboard/cpu/power supply should I use? I am running these out of my house and would like to keep power consumption low. I'm not sure i...
by Beyonder
Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:26 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Since when is 1680x1050 resolution 1080p?
Replies: 10
Views: 3801

Re: Since when is 1680x1050 resolution 1080p?

Lately I've been noticing monitors with 1680x1050 resolution being marketed as "1080p", even though it's smaller than 1920x1080 all around. I could understand 1366x768 being marketed as "720p", since it's more larger than 1280x720...but this 1080p thing is simply deceptive. When did this start? Grr...
by Beyonder
Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus Eee Box B202: An Atom-based mini PC
Replies: 49
Views: 35156

Nice review. Looks like a very compelling system. Maybe this is asking a bit much, but did you think about cracking it open and having a look at the innards? It'd be interesting to see whether or not it'd be possible to add more memory, tweak fans and heat sinks, see what sort of internal connectors...
by Beyonder
Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 100Mbit Fiber - WD Caviar GP enough? Or is F1 better?
Replies: 14
Views: 3836

Re: 100Mbit Fiber - WD Caviar GP enough? Or is F1 better?

There are two issues. The first is whether or not you can sequentially read/write 100 mb/sec, which any modern hard drive should be able to handle. 100 mb/sec is 12.5 MB/second, and realistically you'll only get a fraction of that. Any recent drive should have no problem meeting that speed. I think ...
by Beyonder
Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:33 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to Disable Windows Media Player
Replies: 16
Views: 3567

Re: How to Disable Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is used by many of us, loathed by some of us (me included), and annoys and frustrates the rest of us. I've always liked WMP, to be honest. I always find it odd that people vehemently dislike it. And rarely do these people clearly enumerate why they dislike it. WMP is used by nu...
by Beyonder
Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:17 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Al Gore & Guy Dauncey's Energy Challenge to the World
Replies: 133
Views: 25463

Dear Mr Gore, If I were you, I'd solve the energy crisis in my own back-yard with my miracle devices, long before I told everyone else how to do things. Your own energy usage off the grid has been raising rapidly these last few years, even after the installation of your solar panels, wind machine, ...
by Beyonder
Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 46559

The 64GB can be bought in the UK for £175 inc VAT (pre Order), and the 128GB for £290. That's $350 for the 64 GB drive. It's almost $600 for the 128 GB drive. :lol: It is "cheaper," but I don't know that I'd consider it competitive to the new raptor. Maybe they'll have pricing more in-line with w...
by Beyonder
Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: OCZ Core series -- Affordable, high-performance SSDs
Replies: 128
Views: 46559

It would be interesting to see how a single SSD compares to the new VelociRaptor, though -- I suspect it would reduce the performance gap a good deal, although the SSD will probably still come out ahead. If these new SSD have comparable performance to MTRON drives, the velociraptor is soundly beste...
by Beyonder
Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: SPCR'ers: Different from rest computer nuts?
Replies: 27
Views: 5044

Yes, I know. I'm a petty soul for remembering this, more then 2 years old censorship. But... I told you so ;). Sorry I just had to say it. In my defense, Conroe did infact destroy AMD. I disagree. "Destroys" is something that is completely undefined. Intel definitely doesn't "destroy" AMD with resp...
by Beyonder
Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Why is it always a router reset that fixes the problem?
Replies: 13
Views: 3141

sjoukew wrote: If you don't like the crashes of those things, buy a expensive and good one, it really helps.
You don't need to buy an expensive router; that's a waste of money. Just get one that runs good firmware.
by Beyonder
Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Why is it always a router reset that fixes the problem?
Replies: 13
Views: 3141

Re: Why is it always a router reset that fixes the problem?

It seems 9 out of 10 times home broadband connectivity problems are solved by a power up reset of the router. I've seen this: - with both cable and dsl systems - with wired and wireless routers - with one pc or a host of PCs connected to the router - in one case, the wired PCs had connectivity issu...
by Beyonder
Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:05 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My touchscreen setup
Replies: 4
Views: 2847

it does look cool, but this is also clearly an advertisement for this guy's site. (see link in sig)
by Beyonder
Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:07 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: best option for moderate performance, very low power?
Replies: 19
Views: 7017

For AMD I think Ninja is still plenty good. Gigabyte is getting soon new MicroAtx board for 780G which has onboard 128Mb GDDR3 and all solid capacitors. its called: GA-MA78GPM-DS2H. It also has bigger heatsink. Similar to my GA-MA78G-DS3H and that chipset is cool. HWmonitor shows 39 to 41 degree's ...
by Beyonder
Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:10 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: AVG Anti-Virus.....New Version.
Replies: 48
Views: 12723

Re: AVG Anti-Virus.....New Version.

Get it soon . Shortly the old 7.5 version will not update any longer. It's still free, and now combines the anti-virus program with their anti-spyware and malware program. The new version is working fine for me so far.....nice program, nice price. :D ...or you can just patch your computer regularly...
by Beyonder
Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:59 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The answer without a question
Replies: 147
Views: 22942

[in fact it was the biggest mistake the Japanese ever made, if they had not done that the Axis powers may have won and we (or me at least) would now be speaking German. Nitpicker's corner: you'd probably be speaking Russian. Although, to be honest, I've always found these "we would now be speaking ...
by Beyonder
Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:07 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Where's the US going?
Replies: 15
Views: 3546

No, but the quote is strangely Not Applicable to the thread subject. Which makes me think somebody is trying to conceal the absence of a real argument by appealing to an authority figure.
by Beyonder
Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Where's the US going?
Replies: 15
Views: 3546

Re: Where's the US going?

I have no reason to doubt you, but I believe he made similar remarks about the Federal Bank after he signed a bill in regards to it. I seriously doubt it. Wilson is one of the most mis-quoted presidents ever . For example , Aaron Russo reads a quote widely attributed to Woodrow Wilson: I am a most ...
by Beyonder
Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Where's the US going?
Replies: 15
Views: 3546

Re: Where's the US going?

How many sheeple are enjoying the ride? A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible. Woodrow Wilson Do you actually know the origin and meaning behind this quote? Wilson was speaking in refer...
by Beyonder
Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: wood working question
Replies: 9
Views: 2837

Re: wood working question

Wood working question, I come to SPCR naturally... .75 inch thick oak, I would like to remove a "core" from it...like a small circle piece that would then later fit back in place floating there (supported from behind the board on something else basically). A regular hole saw bit requires the pilot-...
by Beyonder
Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: English isn't going to cut it according to OR politicians.
Replies: 23
Views: 4130

Re: English isn't going to cut it according to OR politician

aristide1 wrote:OK, maybe now I've seen everything.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR5MjzHn ... re=related

Ummm, maybe not.
This is what happens when incredibly stupid people report the news. The real story is here.
by Beyonder
Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Build home web server vs hosting offsite
Replies: 16
Views: 5140

Holy crap, the Asus WL500G Premium looks perfect. Newegg's got them for $69. Reading reviews... Another perk with DD-WRT is it has DDNS clients (like no-ip.com) built in, so you can have the router update some remote DNS server. Makes having your own domain name a lot easier. One other option I can...
by Beyonder
Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E8400 is amazing!
Replies: 105
Views: 45736

Looking at this thread, I can't help but wonder: how feasible would it be to run an E8400 system with a decent video card on a picopsu? I'd love to run a minimalist system (say, 3850?) with an E8400, one of those Western Digital green drives, and a good video card for my primary system... No chance...