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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor  ($405.98 @ Newegg) 
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($94.99 @ Newegg) 
    Motherboard: Asus - ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($197.89 @ OutletPC) 
    Memory: *Team - Vulcan 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($339.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($139.99 @ B&H) 
    Storage: *Toshiba - P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($74.17 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI)  ($743.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI)  ($743.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Case: Corsair - Crystal 570X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case  ($179.98 @ Amazon) 
    Power Supply: *SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Platinum 850W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($131.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
    Total: $3052.74
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    *Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-12-11 21:54 EST-0500

     

    Ask me why I chose these if you want. 

    Check the list for latest prices.

  2. With an average internet connection speed of 6.5 Mbps (IPv4), India has secured a global rank of 89 in broadband internet speed as per the State of the Internet for the first quarter of 2017 (Q1) connectivity report. The report has been released by Akamai Technologies which is the world’s largest cloud delivery platform; and it shares insight into various digital trends that can be observed globally like internet disruptions, connection speeds and so on. The number is quite below the global average speed of internet connection which is 7.2 Mbps seeing a year-on-year increase of 15 percent.

    For a country that is still climbing the ladder to an improved Digital India, this marks a year-on-year change of 87 percent. Adding to that there is a 42 percent adoption of a 4 Mbps broadband in Quarter 1 of 2017 which offers a year-on-year increase of 81 percent. During the same period, there was also 17 percent adoption of the IPv6.

    While the country that topped the charts boasting average speeds of 28.6 Mbps is South Korea, India stands ahead of China which secured the 91st position but is lagging way behind Sri Lanka with an average speed of 8.5 Mbps. The category of the highest peak connection speed in the first quarter of 2017 was bagged by Singapore at 184.5 Mbps. While when compared to the average broadband connection speeds last year India seems to be climbing up the rank slowly, the country surely has a long way to go.

    Waving a generous goodbye to the horror of sluggish web browsing, painfully slow downloads, incessantly interrupted catch-up TV and so on is easy especially now that users have the option of availing the faster and better v-fiber broadband. Without getting unnecessarily technical, it will suffice for you to know that compared to traditional ADSL internet, fiber broadband is way faster than using fiber optic cables to circulate data resulting in an broadband connection that is much speedier and more reliable. It not only facilitates fast download, upload, streaming etc. the extra speed you get is also ideal for a household that has a large number of people using the same broadband across multiple devices.

    Hence, if you are stuck with maximum standard speeds of something around 17 Mbps, you must know that you can totally get an internet speed of up to 100 Mbps. Network service providers like Airtel has launched something called V-Fiber which promises to provide superfast data speeds over the network’s existing internet connection. Upgrading to V-Fiber is also a convenient process with a quick modem upgrade without any change of wiring required in your home. You may need to change the modem though.

    As India benefits from the progress made on the availability of improved bandwidth and speeds, Indians stand to benefit from the affordability of it all with leading network connections lining up to offer the best broadband plans for the best user experience.

  3. Guess this oughta exist.

    Counting Paramount tapes only, no specific variant within that realm.

     

    Regular Holiday Specials:

    A Charlie Brown Christmas - ✓ (1998 print)

    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - ✓ (2000 reprint of 1997 tape)

    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - ✗

    Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown - ✗

    It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown - ✓ (2001 reprint of 1994? tape)

    Happy New Year, Charlie Brown - ✓ (1996 print)

     

    Series of Releases:

    Snoopy Double Feature: 

    • You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown and Snoopy's Reunion - ✓ (original Paramount Communications tape, 1994 print)
    • He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown and It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • You're in Love, Charlie Brown and It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown and It's Magic, Charlie Brown - ✓ (1998 print)
    • There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown and Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • Life's a Circus, Charlie Brown and Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • Charlie Brown's All-Stars! and It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown and It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown - ✗

    The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show:

    • Volume 1 - ✗ [You Can't Win, Charlie Brown and Linus' Security Blanket episodes]
    • Volume 2 - ✗ [Snoopy's Cat Fight and Linus and Lucy episodes]
    • Volume 3 - ✓ [Snoopy: Man's Best Friend and The Lost Ballpark episodes] (2003 reprint of 1994 tape; missing slip cover)
    • Volume 4 - ✗ [Snoopy: Team Manager and Lucy Loves Schroeder episodes]
    • Volume 5 - ✗ [Snoopy the Psychiatrist and Lucy vs. the World episodes]
    • Volume 6 - ✗ [Snoopy's Football Career and Chaos in the Classroom episodes]
    • Volume 7 - ✗ [It's That Team Spirit, Charlie Brown and Snoopy and the Giant episodes]
    • Volume 8 - ✗ [Snoopy's Brother Spike and Snoopy's Robot episodes]
    • Volume 9 - ✗ [Peppermint Patty's School Days and Sally's Sweet Babboo episodes]
    • Volumes 1 and 2 - ✗ [You Can't Win, Charlie Brown, Linus' Security Blanket, Snoopy's Cat Fight and Linus and Lucy episodes; rental exclusive?]

    This is America, Charlie Brown:

    • Volume 1: The Great Inventors - ✗
    • Volume 2: The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk - ✗
    • Volume 3: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad - ✗
    • Volume 4: The Mayflower Voyagers - ✗
    • Volume 5: The NASA Space Station - ✗
    • Volume 6: The Birth of the Constitution - ✗
    • Volume 7: The Smithsonian and the Presidency - ✗
    • Volume 8: The Music and Heroes of America - ✗

     

    Initial Paramount Releases:

    It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown - ✓

    It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown - ✓ (English and Spanish clamshell covers, Spanish cover includes English tape)

    A Charlie Brown Valentine - ✗

    Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown - ✗

    I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown - ✗

     

    Movies:

    A Boy Named Charlie Brown - ✗

    Snoopy Come Home - ✗ (Fox print; I need the Paramount print)

    Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown - ✓ (1999 reprint of 1994? tape)

    Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!) - ✓ (however, I would like to get a later print; this is the 1985 Gulf and Western print)

     

    Other Paramount Tapes:

    Empty until further notice.

     

    One-off Specials and Musicals:

    You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - ✗

    Snoopy the Musical - ✗

    The Big Stuffed Dog - ✗

    It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown - ✗

    You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown - ✗

     

    Edit log:

    December 10th - Added episodes for Volume 8 of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

    December 11th - Added another Snoopy Double Feature tape (Charlie Brown's All-Stars! and It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown)

    December 11th R2 - Added yet another Snoopy Double Feature tape (You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown and It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown)

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    Purchased OVH Australian Server when I started my business.

     

    CPU:  Intel  Xeon E3-1245v5 - 4c/8t - 3.5GHz /3.9GHz
    RAM:  32GB DDR4 ECC 2133 MHz
    Disks:  SoftRAID  2x2TB 
     
    It's great to have an affordable on-shore server now but it kind of sucks knowing for the same price I could get the same server but with unlimited bandwidth and with 64 gigs of RAM. :(
     
    I really do hate Australia's internet. D:
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    3.A Tale Of Two Sisters

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    Synopsis

    Spoiler

    I just finished this movie and actually what inspired me to create this blog.
    My english arent so good so i'll just have to give u the synopsis from google.

    After being institutionalized in a mental hospital, Korean teen Su-mi (Yeom Jeong-ah) reunites with her beloved sister, Su-yeon (Su-jeong Lim), and they return to live at their country home. The girls' widower father (Mun Geun-yeong) has remarried, and the siblings are immediately resentful of his new wife, Eun-joo (Kap-su Kim). As Su-mi and Su-yeon try to resume their regular lives, strange events plague the house, leading to surprising revelations and a shocking conclusion.

     

    HOWEVER that is not what happening, That is far from the truth.
    The synopsis will programs the placebo in your brain into thinking that is actually whats happen.
    I must say even thought this movie is not as complicated as the wailing.
    U'll still have to replay this movie to understand whats going on.
    So here's what happen Your protagonist is Su-Mi a young girl who has been diagnosed with Nervous Breakdown after her only Beautiful cute sweet little sister died.
    And yes Ghost are involved in this movie but its none of your boring ghost stories like the grudge series.
    I give this movie 9/10

     

  5. It's earlier than I'd said I would report this but for reasons I'm choosing to wrap up this experiment.

     

    In day-to-day usage, I still haven't ran into any problems. Granted I did not play any games on the laptop, but I did run 3DMark after the cloning. However supposedly people do have issues regardless if they game or not. I also may not have been exactly representative of the use case, since I didn't clone after say a year of use. Though I can't think of anything that would cause issues since the only thing that should grow barring the installation of other programs is the Users folder and possibly ProgramData.

     

    There was one other problem I forgot to mention in my last entry since it slipped my mind: the hard drive was offline when I first booted into the SSD. This means Windows knows the drive existed, but it didn't mount it. i.e., it wasn't accessible. I found an article explaining why this was though: http://www.multibooters.com/tutorials/resolve-a-disk-signature-collision.html. Windows has what is called disk signatures, which originally was meant to help the OS configure a software RAID setup. The disk signatures are supposed to be unique, but sometimes cloning software will copy this over. When that happens, Windows will take the other drive(s) with the same signature offline. You can put them back online, however, Windows will reassign a new signature to that drive. However, this is only a problem for that disk. So if you planned on booting into it again, you'll have issues.

     

    The article claims that cloning tools used to either give you a choice in the matter of keeping or assigning new disk signatures. But now they automatically assign new signatures and change the configurations so Windows doesn't freak out.

     

    So yes, there is some grain of truth that if you clone, Windows will run into issues because it's expecting one set of disk signatures and you've changed them. However, this appears to be a combination of the cloning tool and what the user did. Like for example in my case, since Samsung's cloning tool copied the hard drive basically verbatim, if I accessed the SSD right after cloning the hard drive (which is very likely if the person wants to do a soft verification of the clone), it would've changed the disk signature and I would've had issues. But since I booted into the SSD instead, I changed nothing. I'd imagine since few people know about disk signatures and if this was the root cause of their problems, this is why they think the act of cloning itself causes issues.

     

    I used to clone via creating a bootloader partition, cloning C:\ onto the new drive with Partition Wizard (or Magic, I forget which), then making a bootloader on the drive. So disk signatures weren't really an issue for me with this method. However this hasn't been working for some reason or another and I don't really have a reason to clone drives these days so I never figured out why.

     

    My conclusions on the matter:

    • Cloning is more or less a safe thing to do.
    • You should use the tool from manufacturer of the drive you're cloning tool if they have one.
    • If the manufacturer does not have a tool, get a program that is advertised to do so like Macrium Reflect or Arconis True Image.
    • After cloning do not try to access the drive. Do a verification by booting into it.
    • If you do not see the original drive after booting into the new one, do not try to access it until you're satisfied with the cloned drive.
  6. C’est l’une des nouveautés les plus intéressantes des nouveaux iPhone, du moins sur le papier, les iPhone 8, 8 Plus et X bénéficient enfin d’une technologie de recharge rapide. Pour autant, Apple n’a pas fourni de chargeur spécifique dans la boîte de ses nouveaux appareils et laisse le consommateur se débrouiller pour trouver le bon. coque iphone 8 Les premiers tests des utilisateurs démontrent toutefois que cette charge rapide agit bien différemment selon qu’on possède un iPhone 8 ou un iPhone 8 Plus et selon le type de chargeur utilisé.

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    Apple a beau avoir introduit une technologie de recharge rapide dans ses nouveaux iPhone, il a « oublié » de fournir les chargeurs adéquats dans leur boîte. Ces derniers sont donc encore livrés avec de piteux chargeurs de 5 Watts, au temps de recharge particulièrement longuets. Comme indiqué sur la page d’aide officielle d’Apple, pour bénéficier de la recharge rapide, il est nécessaire d’utiliser « le câble USB-C vers Lightning d’Apple et un des adaptateurs suivants : Adaptateur secteur USB-C 29 W, 61 W ou 87 W d’Apple ou Un adaptateur secteur USB-C tiers comparable qui prend en charge l’alimentation par USB (USB-PD) ». Bien, merci Apple. Mais lequel choisir ?

  7. In the modern world, privacy is an integral aspect of everyday life. This is particularly true in the privacy of your own home. At work, in public and in other areas of your life the idea that someone may be monitoring you is almost to be expected; it’s an important part of public safety in most cases. However, at home, you expect some level of control over your own life.

     

    In which case, the idea that your microwave could be used to spy on you is not a comforting thought. You might be able to excuse your knives and forks from suspicion (for now), but there are plenty of other devices in your home which could be guilty of being more than a useful household necessity.

     

    So, behind closed doors what innocuous home devices could actually be hiding a more nefarious purpose?

     

    1) Smartphone

     

    As one of the necessities in life, the smartphone is essential for many people, after all who is reading this on their smartphone right now or has it close at hand at least? This makes it a prime target for hackers or spies to keep tabs or outright spy on you, both at home and at large. Traditionally, this was through the physical use of the phone. The microphone is a necessity, clearly, but if your phone is hacked whole conversations could be at risk.

     

    More technology-minded hackers could monitor or pull information using the smart features of your phone. With interconnected apps, your private information is shared in an intricate web throughout the device. Of course, app development is keenly aware of this in 2017 and strives to protect your data as much as possible.

     

    2) Modem

     

    Living without the internet is something many people struggle with, but could you do it if you thought your modem had been hacked? As the bringer of internet and Wi-Fi throughout your home, perhaps your modem should be the prime suspect when it comes to household device spies.

     

    3) Video Games

     

    The internet is essential for many things in your home. Including your entertainment such as gaming. Whether using your desktop or a console, the internet is vital to your gaming experience and thus it can also make your device a very effective spy. Whether to track your spending habits, how long you game each week, what you play or even as a way to access your payment details (as with the PlayStation hack in 2011), your gaming devices can be worse than spies!

     

    4) Fridges

     

    Yes, even your fridge has a microphone in 2017. Now spies around the world can listen to your milk sour in brilliant high definition.

     

    5) Baby Monitors

     

    Here’s a plot twist the likes of a prime-time television episode, using your own spying devices to spy on you. Depending on if you use a sound or video monitor, it can be hacked to listen in or worse to some of the most intimate scenes of your life.

     

    6) Toys

     

    Along the same vein, your children could be used to spy on you through the innocent eyes of their favourite dolls. ‘Smart toys’ are becoming more and more prevalent as children’s exposure to technology increases.

     

    7) Entertainment Devices

     

    Wireless sound systems, music streamers (such as the recently retired iPod, RIP) and other such devices can make your home a fun place to be. But, they also become ready-made spying devices in many cases. With microphones and even cameras, they can easily be manipulated to track your listening or viewing habits at home.

     

    8) Lighting

     

    If you have a truly interconnected home then your lighting system could be used to track your habits. With data about when you turn your lights on and off, potential robbers could have all the data that they need to work out when you are out of your home and for how long. Giving them ample time and opportunity to orchestrate a burglary.

     

    It may seem fantastical. But as our homes grow smarter, so too do the methods of infiltration.

     

    9) Security Systems

     

    The device that keeps you safe could also potentially be used against you. Not only can smart burglars use your lighting against you, they can also hack into your security device and outright make your home defenceless. After working out the perfect time you are out of the home and removing the threat of your alarm, your homes smart devices could be gone in one fell sweep.

     

    10) Webcam

     

    One of the biggest warnings of hacking in the early 2000s came surrounding the webcam. Growing in popularity for quick and easy international communication, the webcam connected to your desktop or inbuilt in laptops was suddenly watched around the world by strangers. Or so many believed. Covering of the webcam, then, became commonplace in modern homes. This paranoia passed for the most part, but should it have? The webcam is still a major source of spying potential in your home today.

     

    11) Tea Kettles and Coffee Makers

     

    Convenience is at the heart of many of your modern appliances. So, a coffee machine or tea kettle that springs into action the moment your alarm signals in the morning is the very definition of convenience. This could also be very easily used to monitor your routine and drinking habits.

     

    12) Satnav

     

    Technically outside of the home, but still an important aspect of your everyday life, the Satnav does not contain a microphone. The GPS functionality that is so useful for guiding you to exotic and exciting new places, however, can also be used to track where exactly you are going. From work to home to the local supermarket, your every move could potentially be recorded.

     

    13) Pacemakers

     

    Your house can be hacked, so why not your body? As an electrical device, a pacemaker is as hackable as a computer according to some. Not many consider the fact that someone may hack into a pacemaker and so the security functions of the devices are not as sophisticated as they could possibly be.

     

    14) Smart TVs

     

    Watching an episode of your favourite show has never been riskier. With internet capabilities, social media uploading and streaming your TV is no longer the safe household device of yesteryear. Its smart capabilities make it a perfect device to monitor for big corporations behind the television and movies. They can monitor your watching habits on a mass scale, meaning they can then tailor their content to match what the majority of their viewers want.

     

    Not only can Hollywood keep on eye on you, but it’s a perfect location for bugs. In fact, some government agencies have reportedly already worked out how to do so already!

     

    15) Alexa

     

    Of course, the most infamous example of a device that is most definitely spying on you in your own home: Alexa. Also known as the Amazon Echo, this nifty little home helper has been making headlines recently thanks to a number of robotic mishaps. From granting the wish of cuddly toys to small children to answering any question that may spring to mind, for example, “what is the traffic like this morning, Alexa?” The device is equal parts helpful and equally as intrusive.

     

    With built-in Wi-Fi, speakers and several microphones, not only can you hear this device, it can hear you. With its built in connection to The Cloud this feature used to hear you from all areas of a room could be used by hackers as well as Alexa to hear your every word. A feature which makes Alexa a prime suspect in the home appliance spy game.


     

    Overall, the more modern our homes become, the more potential there is to create an opportunity for people to spy. Of course, anyone listening in might not gain much from your constant chats with your pet's about their lack of contribution to the household. Unless you’re an important diplomat or a spy yourself, your microwave listening to you might not be a worry you have to face.

     

    Still, best keep an eye on the toaster just in case.


     

  8. The first thing we had to do was get Frank's scary dog out of the RV. So, we did the classic cartoon "give a dog a bone" routine and Cujo became Scooby Doo just like that.

     

    Frank's RV was pretty much what I expected—drug dealer trash chic. But it wasn't as serial killer as I feared. We ransacked the place and found what Chloe didn't want us to find...

     

    I'm sorry Chloe had to see the pictures of Rachel posing for Frank, even if she did care about him. To her it's just another betrayal, just another loved one dumping on her. Everybody she ever loved she lost one way or another. Only I came back from the past... for what? To make Chloe's life more painful? I just wish I could use my rewind power to go all the way back to the days when we were covered in pancake flour... Life was simple...

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    Ever since my original post about slowly upgrading/rebuilding a PC, I have gained a few responses that have inspired me to keep going. Here goes, let's make a blog! xD

     

    So, first off, my plan is to slowly build up my PC, replacing a component one by one, so I am not sure how long this is going to take me.

     

    Every time I have to replace a component, have an interesting find, good indications for the projects, and bad indications for the project, I will post a blog for it. As I have said in my previous blog post, specs, but I will place them here too.

     

    Specifications:

     

    • Case: I have no clue what it is called. (I know, we are already off to a great start!) But I know that it is the stock case for the ASUS Essentio CM1730. Looks like this.
    • Motherboard: The kind of old, m4A7BLT-m in all its glory.
    • CPU: AMD Phenom(TM) II X6 1065T Processor, coming in at 2.90 GHz. (Also, sorry if on another post I referred to it as 2.80 GHz, xD)
    • Graphics: AMD 760G (integrated(?))
    • RAM: 8.00 gb (7.75 usable)
    • Storage: (Once again), not sure. I do know that still has 786 gb free of 921 gb. I can check certain things if the hard drive/disk is important to you, but so far I have had no luck with the places I have checked.
    • PSU: (crappy) Okia-450atx, and yes, I know that I need to replace it. You can check out other people's ideas over here, but I would recommend any new (if needed) suggestions land on this post for organizational reasons.

    So, as you can tell, not a great PC, I mean, it can barely land on a somewhat decent framerate on Garry's Mod, gm_flatgrass, no mods.

     

    So, what are my current plans?

     

    Well, more copy+paste from my other post.

     

    • Case: A new MicroATX case, probably somewhere on Newegg, as my motherboard is MicroATX, and some of the case options look quite nice to me. Here is a list. Priority: Low
    • Motherboard: No clue: ??? Priority: ???
    • CPU: I don't think an upgrade is in place, but I doubt this is the high priority. Correct me if I'm wrong. Priority: Low
    • Graphics: GTX 1050 (ti(?)) Priority: Medium
    • RAM: Later on, I plan on (possibly) getting 16 gigs for my PC, as it seems compatible. Priority: Low
    • Storage: Maybe a new Harddrive, possibly SSD. Priority: Low
    • PSU: looking for suggestions, though the "be quiet! PURE POWER 10-CM 500W" seems like a good option, tell me your thoughts. Priority: Medium/High

    Also, when I say priority, I mean right at the moment of making this. Once I upgrade a part, the priority list will change a lot.

     

    Here are some responses from one of my latest forum posts.

     

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    I like these kinds of projects, it's a great way to break into an otherwise expensive and time consuming hobby.

     

    A fresh power supply is a great start. No need to go super fancy, even a (grey label) Corsair CXM would be a good basis for a budget rebuild. There's a good PSU tier list on this forum that you should definitely make use of, it is maintained by some very knowledgeable forum members.

     

    That old Phenom II X6 was a powerhouse in it's day, you can keep that for now and work with it even with the somewhat limited motherboard. You could buy a solid new board, like an MSI 970 Gaming and overclock the bejesus out of that fossil, but I would say save your pennies for now unless you can find a used one for peanuts. It's not a critical component at this time.

     

    A case wouldn't be a bad idea and if you want to think ahead to future upgrades; you might want to go with an ATX case instead of MicroATX, just to keep your options wide open.

     

    A good GPU is the second step and I agree with your selection of a GTX 1050 (Ti would be best) as that will jive well with the aging performance of your Phenom II, and will work well with whatever you upgrade to in the future without breaking the bank now.

     

    One thing I will add is get an SSD as fast as possible. It will seriously enhance the responsiveness of the system and make everything much snappier. It's a seriously good investment.

    I agreed to pretty much everything that he said. (It was ApolloX75's reply, by the way, go follow his profile!)

     

    I also got:

     

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    Mhmm ok then, slowly building up isn't a bad idea , you just need to keep your heads up for the deals &sales that's going on. 

    Since a new psi is your main issue right now, I recommend you look into the evga supernova 650 gs. Good price and fully modular. Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 650W is another one that's in the same price rang,all depends on your tastes

     Also, a pc case is what you should consider next if you are up grading slowly, this will narrow down your researches a lot.

    a mid-tower is usually the best choice for a first-timer, good compatibility, and have a lot of budget friendly choices.

    Once again, thanks to another user (Diones), go follow him/her on him/her's profile!

     

    Anyways, I have decided that I want to start with upgrading the Power Supply Unit (PSU), as the one in my system is one of those cheapo PSU's that company's use because they are cheaper, and I don't want to use that!

     

    I am currently looking into these PSU's, and I will get back to you when I decide on one. I also know the PSU tier list is a great place to look.

     

     

    I'll try to take advantage of any sales that come across, but for now, that is my list.

     

    I'll update once I figure something else out!

     

    Thanks for your time,

     

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  9. I am currently working on a personal project but so far, I've created a simple python script (with many comments to try and explain what is going on!) to pull data from the default tac_plus.acct (AAA Accounting file) that is created with tac_plus.

     

    By default this file is saved in /var/log/tac_plus.acct and records user sessions (whether it is authenticated via TACACS+ or by the local database on our cisco router (10.0.100.1). The script takes an argument used to filter the specific 'username' for the total time they have accessed this device.

     

    The script technically pulls total time accessed to ALL devices with that username, but in my case I have only a single router configured in GNS3 with the ubunutu VM as a docker. I am looking to improve this script so I can either filter by ALL devices/IPs or a single IP matching a username.

     

    #!/usr/bin/env python
    
    import time
    import sys
    
    def getUserTime(username):
    	#Default location for accounting file below. It won't be created if AAA accounting is not
    	#configured on the device...
    	accFile = open('/var/log/tac_plus.acct','r')
    	splitFile = accFile.readlines()
    
    	#2 lines should involve a session (Connect + Disconnect)
    	sessions = len(splitFile) / 2
    
    	print 'Total Sessions in accounting file: {0}\n'.format(str(sessions))
    
    	#Variables for splitting the file + counters
    	session_index = 0
    	session_list = []
    
    	count = 0
    	user_sessions = 0
    	user_time_index = 0
    	user_time = 0
    	#--------------------------------------#	
    
    	while session_index < sessions:
    		#Check if username exist in accounting file
    		if any(username in s for s in splitFile[count:count+2]):
    			#Increment user sessions, since more than 1 connect/disconnect have been found
    			user_sessions = user_sessions + 1
    			#Print below is for debugging/seeing output when running the script
    			print 'Found session for user: {0} ({1})...'.format(username, user_sessions)
    			#Append connect/disconnect session from splitFile list to a new list of lists...
    			if any("elapsed_time=" in t for t in splitFile[count:count+2]):
    				session_list.append(splitFile[count:count+2])
    		#Counter is incremented by 2 because of session is made from: connect and disconnect
    		count = count + 2
    		#Session_index tells us what session we are on in the file...Stops the while loop
    		session_index = session_index + 1
    
    	print '\nTotal sessions for user **{0}** = {1}'.format(username, user_sessions)
    
    	#Reset incase I use count again...
    	count = 0
    
    	#For each 'session' (which we have filtered 'elapsed_time=' to a username
    	for session in session_list:
    		user_time_index = session[1].split() #Split all variables in disconnect session
    		#Index 14 SHOULD be 'elapsed_time=', replace it so now we have the variable in 'user_time'
    		user_time = user_time + int(user_time_index[14].replace('elapsed_time=',''))
    
    	#using 'time' module, to output the format
    	user_time = time.strftime('%H:%M:%S', time.gmtime(user_time))
    	print 'Total time logged in: ' + str(user_time)
    
    	#Write to temp_time so a PHP script in /var/html/www can pull the total time for the user...
    	new_file = open('/var/www/html/temp_time.txt','w')
    	new_file.write(user_time)
    	new_file.close()
    
    getUserTime(sys.argv[1])

    The purpose of this was to rent out a lab (where the customer needs to log in via an access server) and be able to gather/display information regarding the total time they have spent on the lab.

     

    So the access server can be configured with AAA (and accounting exec command) to authenticate with this linux VM. Then the customer will be able to somehow view a webpage that gathers the time he has logged in until the password is reset (and he needs to book another 24hr frame to get access again)... The basic PHP script to access this time value in the text file is:

    <html>
      	<div class="lab-remain-time">
    		<p>User netdbackup - Total used LAB time </p>
    		<hr>
    		<?php
    			$myfile = fopen("temp_time.txt", "r") or die("Unable to open: temp_time.txt");
    			echo fread($myfile, filesize("temp_time.txt"));
    		?>
    	</div>
    </html

     

    Here is an example of all of this in action:

     

    The script can filter total sessions + total time on a username:

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    The best css formatting you'll ever see (php script reading the time)

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    Currently got a new build log going. Voodoo2s and pentium 3s incoming!!

     

     

     

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  10. Dear Ubisoft,

     

    I have come forth today to confess.

     

    I was a bad customer. No really. I was a really bad customer.

     

    I didn’t pre-order the game. I didn’t buy the Season Pass. I didn’t buy the game at launch. I didn’t even pay the AAA standard $59.99 USD price for the base game.

     

    But that’s actually ok. Because despite paying “only” $30 USD, I feel a little ripped off and a little bit like you had lied to me.

     

    Firstly, it would be difficult to talk about Watch_Dogs 2 without mentioning it’s status as a game. It is a Nvidia GameWorks Title. This is a very anti-consumer move and I am thoroughly unimpressed. In fact, I hope that this is the last GameWorks title I ever purchase. Nvidia has had a history of using the GameWorks marketing program as a means to convince most consumers that they should buy the latest Nvidia GPUs by sabotaging the performance of both AMD and previous generation Nvidia GPUs. This is not at all acceptable.

    The recommended requirements for this game details just how bad this atrocity actually is.

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    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 | AMD Radeon R9 290, with 3GB VRAM or better

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    Recommended specs above for 1080p , 30+ FPS, High graphic settings

    What a joke! Did you actually expect me to think that giving recommended requirements for 30fps was a good idea? 

     

    What the hell even is this? If you have to list your recommended requirements for 30fps then your game is too demanding or has performance issues which you need to sort out. 

    30fps is not a cinematic experience. I struggled to play this game when it dipped to around 40–50 fps. 60fps was only achievable in some specific circumstances with the use of “Low” or “Medium” presets.

    Both the “Low” and “Medium” graphics presets look bad (well, the “Low” option looks horrendous to be perfectly honest) and yet they require ludicrous amounts of processing power to run the game. I don’t know what engine you used for this game but damn, get your shit in order. I wouldn’t surprised if it was a modified version of Watch_Dogs 1 Engine (Disrupt Engine).

     

    Shipping a broken mess of a release for even $30 USD is not acceptable nor is it acceptable at really any price point. I had to run this game on Low or Medium at 1080p on a GTX 770. I know this is older hardware but I imagine a lot of people still have older hardware for a variety of reasons such as new RX and GTX video cards being bought out by coin miners and also GPU owners wanting more mileage out of their purchase. This alone can make a lot of scenes and situations a lot more unpleasant than they should be. Scenes involving driving at high speeds whether in playing the story or just driving around in the open world. Which leads me onto my next issue, the cops in this game.

     

    The cops in Watch_Dogs2 can only be described as Police Brutality cranked up to 11. Seriously, the cops in Watch_Dogs2 make GTA V’s cops look almost like pacifists. Escaping the cops is a huge challenge and this game is certainly not something you should play on anything above normal. I played on “Easy” and this was quite difficult for something claiming to be actually easy. I might have found it to be easier if the framerate was a lot higher but I can’t 100% say for sure. The mechanics involving being able to have police arrest the AI is really cool and offers a strategic element to completing later missions rather than running and gunning. It’s a shame that this comes so late in the pacing of the game but oh well, at least we got this feature I guess :| .

    The bench/3D printing device used to develop the quad copter and other gadgets is pretty counter intuitive to use and I generally didn’t use it a whole lot. Launching the quad copter or jump thing (yeah, I forgot the name of this when actually writing this review. That’s how important it is in this game -_- ). During the first few times of deploying them for a mission, but being forced to use was annoying at many times due to how tedious it felt. 

     

    I’d like to say that this game delivers around 30 hours of single player missions but you can easily spend more time screwing around and getting lost in the world of Watch_Dogs2. Which is such a shame cos the framerate issues do ruin the immersion for what should otherwise be a really good game. The amount of pre-order and Edition BS is really silly. Selling a ton of cosmetic micro transactions in a AAA full priced release is quite unacceptable and so is having pre-order nonsense. In this case, the season pass contains all the DLC that was released and doesn’t appear to offer a great value for money. I cannot with 100% certainty say this but it certainly looks like a really bad deal considering how little content they contain and how much each DLC costs. 

    Performance was definitely an issue in Watch_Dogs2. Below I’ve attached some graphs for performance I got at different graphics presets when just playing around in the world. I say was because I don’t intend to continue to play the game after I have finished completing all the side missions in it. I’ve finished the entire main story along with most of the side missions.

     

    Here are the performance numbers:

    1*EDFNCoELxV8lCn9V8U8qVQ.png Framerate captured using Fraps over an hour of gameplay. 1*rYaVvV3v1GwAa7RaoLE-XQ.png Framerate captured using Fraps over an hour of gameplay.

     

    In conclusion, Watch_Dogs2 is a game that provides many hours of fun and engaging gameplay ruined by lackluster and mediocre performance, a desire by corporate greedy scum to remove as much cash as possible from your wallet through excessive ways of grabbing your money and a fairly tired animation system along with basic combat mechanics.

    Watch_Dogs 2 is not necessarily a bad game. The developer of this game made some unfortunate decisions such as: partnering with Nvidia for the GameWorks marketing program, using a proprietary in house engine instead of something like Unreal Engine 4 which has a reputation of good looking visuals and good performance.

    Ubisoft Montreal, the developer of this game, have had a genuinely awful track record. From “Assasin’s Creed Unity” and the original “Watch_Dogs” to “For Honor” and “Far Cry Primal”. This developer has a worrying track record which makes me fear for the upcoming “Far Cry 5” and “Assasin’s Creed Origins”. Which brings me to my final point. Ubisoft, I beg of you, please stop screwing up the performance of your games.

     

    Instead of a traditional review score providing score out of 10, I’ll be using a new review scoring system.

     

    Scores:

    Who Should Buy it: Watch_Dogs fans. Ubisoft fans.

    Who Should Not Buy it: Everybody else.

    What I think the game is worth (to those who should buy it) : $30.00 USD . I would strongly advise you to not buy the game above this price point.

    Don’t buy the DLC. It’s not worth the price they ask.

     

    Thank you for reading this, my name has been AluminiumTech.

  11. I needed a new case that was somewhat portable (the P3 was not fun to carry around) because I recently sold my laptop. I settled on the 400C and it is gorgeous. Review coming soon.

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  12. While you might have thought that I abandoned this place, I haven't, it's just that the part prices are getting higher and higher on a pretty much weekly basis, and some components, such as GPUs and RAM, are shooting up in price due to limited stock and overall shortage

     

    But no worries, I can still make pretty good budget builds for light to moderate gaming.

     

    I'm going to do a little twist, I'm going to give nicknames to builds, not just "Budget build" or "Content creation monster".

     

    250$ "Spectator"

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    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Green 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($26.99 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GT 710 1GB PCIE x1 Video Card  ($40.45 @ Amazon) 
    Case: Rosewill - R363-M-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply  ($44.99 @ Amazon) 
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    400$ "Whistler"

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    CPU: AMD - Athlon X4 845 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($54.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Motherboard: Asus - A68HM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard  ($40.89 @ OutletPC) 
    Memory: Team - Vulcan 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($51.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Corsair - Force LS 60GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($46.99 @ Amazon) 
    Storage: Toshiba - P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($42.49 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: PowerColor - Radeon RX 560 2GB Red Dragon OC V3 Video Card  ($93.98 @ Newegg) 
    Case: DIYPC - MA08-BK MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($31.98 @ Newegg) 
    Power Supply: EVGA - 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($34.88 @ OutletPC) 
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    650$ "Maltese"

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    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card  ($264.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
    Case: Rosewill - FBM-X1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($26.99 @ Amazon) 
    Power Supply: Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($23.98 @ Newegg) 
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    1000$ "Zeus"

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    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - MasterLiquid Lite 120 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($39.99 @ Amazon) 
    Motherboard: ASRock - Z170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($77.98 @ Newegg) 
    Memory: Team - Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($60.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Team - L5 LITE 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($50.98 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Western Digital - AV-GP 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.99 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card  ($399.99 @ Newegg) 
    Case: Corsair - 100R ATX Mid Tower Case  ($42.98 @ Newegg) 
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($72.98 @ Newegg) 
    Total: $1025.17
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    It is generally accepted that macOS is immune to viruses and malware. In general, this is true, because, for the entire history of the operating system, viruses written for it can be counted on the fingers.

     

    I want to understand why this is happening and what to do in order not to get infected with those rare instances of malware.

     

     Among my acquaintances who use Mac device, there is no a single person who has an antivirus or someone who would say that he got a malicious code or any virus. There are several reasons for this. Of course, one can argue that macOS X is a Unix-like operating system and, therefore, it is invulnerable. We reject this primitive thought since there are some viruses for macOS, which means that the system, like any other, is vulnerable.

     

    The main reason why there are so few viruses written for Mac is that there are very few Mac devices themselves. If we compare the number of Windows personal computers and Macs that exist today in the world, it turns out that the Mac devices make only 7%. Attackers who want to steal credit card numbers are more likely to be interested in the audience of Windows PC users because of their large number.

     

    Some say that to protect your Mac from the hypothetical possibility of installing malicious software, you need to install an antivirus. This is the most logical solution, according to most users.

     

    Here is the list of viruses that I found information about:

     

    1982: Elk Cloner

    1987: nVIR

    1990: MDEF

    1995-1996: Concept / Laroux

    1998: SevenDust 666 / AutoStart 9805

    2004 and 2006: Renepo / Leap-A

    2007: RSPlug-A

    2009: iWorkS-A Trojan

    2011: MacDefender

    2012: Flashback / SabPub

     

    What we have here: only 10 malicious programs. In my opinion, only MacDefender represented a real threat to users of macOS - stealing credit card numbers. As you understand, security updates have already come out for these viruses, and they do not represent threats.

    Let's return to antiviruses. What do you think, given the information written above, how often do you need to update the antivirus database for Mac? The answer is once a year or less.

     

    Antivirus software for macOS is more harmful than useful. There is convincing evidence that Kaspersky AntiVirus very actively collects information about the user and sends it to its servers. There is information that computers with Kaspersky AntiVirus can participate in DDoS-attacks at the discretion of the developer of this antivirus. It's worth thinking about whether you need a Trojan program and also pay for it.

     

    You still have to be careful not to get malware on your Mac device. Some malicious software tools like Safe Finder may also collect your data or show unwanted ads.

  14. (Almost) ALL Topics talking about having LTT/Forums app in 2017

     

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    Answer: no 

    reasoning: the App Store has about 6 or 8 split window browsing apps. One of the most popular is Split by Savy soda. The issue is that you have to go back and forth typing new searches. Ideally the app would mirror the first search to get both windows to the first google page, then un-mirror allowing the user to tap through multiple links without pressing the back button which wastes loading time. Then re-mirror and un-mirror. Maybe with some ai or something. A solution to the "back load time" is another app which promises zero latency back presses. That app is called "fastback." But there is no practical purpose for split windows. Searching time actually goes down going back and forth. For background music there are other apps that play in the background. You do not need to sacrifice half your screen to play music. 

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  16. This is a perhaps a more eloquent and elaborated presentation of what I was wanting to speak in the thread 7-times Microsoft MVP finds Windows 10 Enterprise collects too much data at minimum, calls for legal action.

     

    The relevant links from that thread are these:

     

    Windows, Spying, and a Twitter Rant

    Screenshots showing high levels of contact with Microsoft servers after employing all efforts to stop data-transmission

    Additional screenshots of further Microsoft server activity, discovered later

     

     

    I would like to give some personal commentary to the subject that those links are about.

     


    If a politician steals millions of taxpayer dollars, which is only a few cents from each person, they go to jail. So what about when Microsoft is continuously piggy-backing on everybody's PC systems to enrich themselves? Microsoft is using people's own hardware, software licenses, electricity, computing power, data, time, and private activity for non-sanctioned business use, and the profit of Microsoft's executives.

     

    Microsoft's data-mining is no different than a virus that is distributed to people's PCs to min mines digital coins using their CPU and CPU power, with the earnings being deposited in the e-wallet of the virus' creator. You could also look at it like someone setting up a mining farm, but connecting all their systems to their neighbour's electricity supply - except that in the case of Microsoft's data-mining, they are not using their own hardware, software licenses, and everything else, but those of the people whose systems are sending data to Microsoft... and so the coin-mining virus is a more suitable analogy.

     


    Every aspect of Microsoft collecting data from people's PC systems and personally-owned Windows licenses is already established in law as being illegal. But some people are taking a bit of time to work through the understanding that leads to that recognition, because software-license owners are traditionally just not on the lookout for stuff like this and usually just focus on using their software, and not technical legal aspects or ethical implications behind its operation. Also, Microsoft being a well-known company whose products people have used for years throws a lot of people for a loop, I think, because they are used to just assuming that whatever they're doing must check out, somehow. Well, this doesn't. It's illegal from head to toe.

     

    It's theft, but it's also Unjust Enrichment - which is the situation where one party is making profit for itself at the unjust expense of others. A current UE case involves ZeniMax targeting Samsung for Unjust Enrichment over VR technology that ZeniMax claims belongs to them but is profiting Samsung.

     

    If you unilaterally utilize somebody property, or copyrights to make yourself money, who is legally entitled to the proceeds? Legal entitlement goes to whom the required property and rights that the profit is dependent upon belong to. 

     


    A person who argues that by using Windows 10 a person agrees to send Microsoft their data would be wrong, because sending Microsoft data is not essential to making use of the software functionality that was paid for when buying a Windows license, and so conditioning usage of the paid-for functionality on unrelated and Microsoft-profiting access to personal and private data would not pass the Reasonable Person test.

     

    Also, such an argument would be in ignorance that the data sent to Microsoft doesn't come from only the owned software license, but also a person's personally-owned  hardware, electricity, computational time, uniquely-generated data, and personal / private activity - things for which there can be no entitlement for Microsoft to use any more than a car salesperson can claim that if you buy a vehicle from them, then they have access to use your garage and everything in it, including the power source hooked up to it.


    Additionally, the idea that Microsoft could exert any authority over an instance of the Windows OS after they've sold the license that represents the OS instance to somebody is a violation of the first-sale doctrine, which makes clear that such authorities and privileges pass to the owner of the property, in this case, the owner of the software license and the instance of the OS it represents, once it is sold. And the SCOTUS has just made a unanimous, 8 - 0 in favour, re-affirmation that decision-making rights leave from the seller to the buyer at the first-sale of an item.

     


    I fully believe that seven-times Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award recipient Mark Burnett is right when he says "What we need to do is fix this, even if that means getting lawmakers involved. It can only get worse from here". Though, I believe it is important for big reasons beyond simple control and security of the OS.

     

    Microsoft is stealing digital property, computational power, and electrical resources from everybody, and is making non-licensed usage of people's hardware property, the housing of that hardware, and are exploiting people's personal behaviours while those people are staying within their personal and private spaces (non-online activities). And in the process of violating Windows license-owners' rights over their property, resources, time, and behaviour, Microsoft is unjustly enriching its company and executives.

     

    If action is not taken against those who commit these violations, then all established societal and legal notions of what property is, who possesses decision-making rights over it, how much a person can use their position to unfairly exploit others against their natural desire... then all existing understanding of those things becomes argued against, and a precedent is established where a person's property is anyone's to use by unilateral decision, and a seller of goods can enslave and overrule aspects of people's own private lives and property as part of their conditions for their sale. Effectively, a sale becomes not a transaction of goods for money, but a mechanism for enslavement and subjugation, with the seller acting as if they held a commercial license over a plethora of the buyer's possessions and entitlements.
     
    A person whose personal and private PC system environment (non-online spaces) is sending data to Microsoft through telemetry, data-collection, and analytics of their behaviour is an employee of Microsoft who does not get paid, or receive any company benefits.

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