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Qub3d

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About Qub3d

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    Member
  • Birthday November 25

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    Male
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    Michigan (Woo! College!)
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    Casual gaming, Reading, Writing Reddit Bots :)
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    Born in Kansas, Raised in Colorado, currently living in Michigan.
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    CS Student / Intern

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    Core i7 8550U
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    16GB DDR3 (LP)
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    Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 Gaming
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    512GB NVME SSD, 2+ TB NAS storage
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    4K Touch Display (13")
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    CODE Cherry MX Brown 104 Key
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    Mionix Naos 7000
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    Sennheiser G37X Massdrop Edition
  • Operating System
    Windows 10

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  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/06/04/google-pixel-3-pixel-3xl-new-pixel-smartphone-cheap-pixel-3-camera-upgrade-specs-release-price/#21152d6f1f45 Direct link to leaker's tweet I would love to see an affordable Pixel model. I went from Nexus to OnePlus after the price jump, but the idea of getting the pixel software on a cheaper phone is really enticing. As the article states: Which is absolutely true. Unfortunately, Google is infamous for its wishy-washy attitude towards products and devices, and we may not ever see this make it to market, at least in its current form. There is also the possibility of a budget pixel cannibalizing the high-end, high-margin phone sales. After all, if the Pixel camera is so good because of the software, imagine what they could do with a midrange spec'd camera. That said, I'm rooting for Google here. If they release it and it isn't complete garbage (*cough*Pixel2Bezels*cough*) I'd bet a lot of people would be buying.
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    Royalty-Free background music?

    This isn't royalty free; you have to purchase a license or they will still monetize your videos. They are "youtube-friendly" in that they don't issue takedowns. I personally use the Free Music Archive to find stuff. You have to hunt around a little, but there are lots of great songs that work well as background music: http://freemusicarchive.org/search/?quicksearch=
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    FP vs Youtube titles??

    He has addressed this several times before. They haven't given numbers, but they claim it does make a meaningful difference.
  4. I'm pretty excited about this one. It's been working out much better than I thought - though I haven't had entirely smooth sailing. I finally have my setup 2.0 up and running. Its been three or four years of waiting, and then six months of watching prices on the market for this to happen, but I’m happy to say I have completed the alpha version of the gaming setup of the future™. The setup’s core is the XPS 9370 supplying the CPU and I/O, paired with the new Gigabyte Aorus 1070 Gaming box. I dropped this bad boy on the desk, plugged in my power and screens, then the fateful moment came: I plugged in the included TB3 cable and… YIKES those LEDs are horrible. Let’s turn those off… and then never use the included software again, because it is barely working garbage. Ugh… OK, lets not judge a book by its cover; I didn’t buy this for pretty lights, I bought it for performance! Moving right along… This eGPU is a big deal. Yes, its not the first, but technically, neither was Edison when he ‘invented’ the lightbulb. I think that, like Edison, this GPU-in-a-box is the real herald of a shift in its space. This is for three reasons: Power, Portability, and Price. Power: The Aorus Gaming Box comes in three flavors: the 1070/1080 editions for the green team, and the RX 580 edition for red. All three of these options boast ‘VR Ready’ performance and all will crush any game at 1080p, even with the 8-10% performance loss from the Thunderbolt bottleneck. My version, the 1070 edition, happily played Overwatch at 1440p with minor dips below 60fps and pegged at 60 fps minimum in 1080. For frame junkies, the 1070 edition’s sweet spot is definitely 1080p. For more demanding gaming loads, I ran a little of the Witcher 3. Again, I maxed settings (aside from HairWorks, because come on) and found great framerates. My other load was Minecraft. Bear with me here; this wasn’t vanilla. I added some notable tweaks: The Spax BDCraft 256 pixel texture pack, and of course, Sonic Ether’s shaders (reborn edition). Then, I ran it at 4k and made a quick cinematic for flips and giggles. …Truly, any 16 year old’s dream. But what about adulting? One neat thing about GPU-intensive things that don’t require Realtime rendering is the Thunderbolt bottleneck basically disappears. I ran the NiceHash GPU crypto hashing program and pulled down an average profit of $2.30 per day over a week. Obviously, you won’t get rich, but it does speak to the raw performance of what is literally a bog-standard Desktop 1070 running full tilt. Portability: So, cool fact: The Aorus Gaming Box comes packaged not just in bubble wrap, but in a lovely carrying case with included shoulder strap. This is just another way Gigabyte showed its clear attention to portability when making this pocket rocket. The size is something to behold. Its so small that they had to put custom coolers on the 1080 and RX 580 editions with massive fans. The 1070 edition, though, can squeak by with just the ITX version. Still all three versions use standard PCI connectors that should be able to run anything that A) can fit and B) can get by with no more than a single 6+2 power connector from the built-in power supply. Future Proofing FTW! My setup basically doesn’t move, but I am totally taking this with me the next time I fly out to visit family. That’s a big part of this whole setup. Now, I can literally take my home setup anywhere I go. Let’s just hope the TSA doesn’t freak when they see it. Price: This is still on my list despite a price that might turn many people off. The fact is, you aren’t just buying a GPU here. You’re buying a GPU, PSU, and an I/O expansion card, plus a small case. The eGPU market will always have a little overhead because of this, but most of that cost is amortized over the idea that you can use the same enclosure with future generations of GPUs. I have faith in the burgeoning eGPU community and the amazing industry-wide adoption of the Thunderbolt 3 paradigm, and feel confident that I will be able to keep this system moving forward for several more generations. The Aorus 1070 edition’s MSRP is 699 USD. When you consider most 1070s are In the 350-400 dollar range, that means the box itself is valued between 200 and 250 dollars. When looking at other eGPUs, that is anywhere from 50 to 300 dollars cheaper! Conclusion: This won’t be for everybody. I don’t think this is going to supplant a desktop setup… yet. Still, the fact that my 13 in Ultrabook can drive AAA titles and perform workstation tasks, then unplug and take notes in class or meetings for over 6 hours on battery life is incredible. I have one PC that takes my settings and environments everywhere. I get amazing portability and battery life, as well as X-TREME gaming performance. The future is here baby. Video Review:
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    Windows 10 "Lean" Edition in the works

    Students can get a single Education SKU license from Imagine/Dreamspark. That's whats running on my personal laptop right now.
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    Windows 10 "Lean" Edition in the works

    Its a mixed bag. For example: concerning adobe products, we've been pushing users to creative cloud, so I just push the CC app and let them download what they need from there. But in general we do a lot of our software post-install as software center assignments. This is because our departments have such wide use-cases. About the only software left in the task sequence is the office suite. I know its all getting long in the tooth -- our Mac side of the house just moved to zero-touch deploys with Jamf, and we feel a little jealous. There is a team working on a new implementation of software assignment using the AppsAnywhere platform; the hope is that our vendor can supply our PCs with a single stock image and we can let these newfangled virtualized apps do everything.
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    Windows 10 "Lean" Edition in the works

    Of course we're using LTSB, and GP objects can only do so much. The stuff I'm doing is primarily for setting up master images to be deployed in PXE, so we want a clean slate to start.
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    Windows 10 "Lean" Edition in the works

    It's not a security issue; it's just not suited for our higher ed. environment. People inevitably hook up their personal devices and before you know it, someone violates FERPA. Besides, that instance isn't so much a "stripping out" as toggling a software switch. The stripping comes when we're pulling out pre-installed UWP apps.
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    Windows 10 "Lean" Edition in the works

    Speaking as an SCCM technician: This would be a godsend for making preconfigured task sequences. We currently have to manually strip out all the parts of Windows 10 that could be misused by end users or are otherwise not suited for a business environment (looking at you, contacts button on the taskbar...). With an image that has only the absolute core systems, we could then build up a task sequence that installs and configures exactly what we need much faster.
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    XPS 13 - 9370

    Sorry for the late reply; yes, they did! You can see Linus' review on FPC right now for more.
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    Usb C extra long connector

    Looks like OP actually needs one of these:
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    How to be a pro at ebay

    If this was Reddit, I'd guild you. This is fantastic advise and should be pinned at the top of this thread.
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    How to be a pro at ebay

    Its also completely redundant, as eBay will allow you to set a maximum bid and automatically bid up above the current bid by the minimum increment for you as long as its below your max. Edit: I realized you are probably talking about BIN bots, which is different. My bad.
  14. Man, remember when Microsoft tried to sell Bing to people by arguing that Google was exploiting your personal data? And then I guess they decided "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."
  15. If you're interested in software development, I highly recommend reading this short article by Googler Peter Norvig: "Teach Yourself Programming in 10 Years" Note that Mr. Norvig says college is not the be-all and end-all of learning to program. Still, it certainly helps, and as we move forward, I would expect the majority of businesses out there to require a Bachelor's degree of some sort.
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