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  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-5930K @ 4GHz (can do 4.5 on air, just no need for it yet)
  • Motherboard
    MSI X99A Gaming 7
  • RAM
    32GB (4x 8GB) Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4-2666
  • GPU
    MSI GTX 1080Ti Gaming X 11G (gaming + mining) + MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G (mining)
  • Case
    Fractal Design Define R5, windowless
  • Storage
    Samsung 960PRO 512GB + Samsung 850EVO 250GB + Samsung 840EVO 1TB (+ 21TB NAS)
  • PSU
    Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium 750W
  • Display(s)
    2x Acer Predator XB271HU (27" 1440p 165Hz IPS)
  • Cooling
    BeQuiet! Dark Rock Pro 3, 3x Fractal 140mm case fans
  • Keyboard
    Logitech K740 illuminated
  • Mouse
    Logitech G700s + Logitech M570 Trackman
  • Sound
    Bose Companion 5
  • Operating System
    Linux Mint 18.2 + Windows 7

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  1. Toothpaste as Temporary Thermal Paste replacement?

    Toothpaste can scratch the CPU and heatsink. If you have some sort of hand lotion, I'd suggest that.
  2. Unable to activate Windows XP

    This happens because XP by default comes with IE6 and relies on IE to do the activation. However IE6 just isn't supported anymore. You simply cannot browse to any website anymore with that browser, even Microsoft's own sites. Set Windows to auto-install updates and wait a while (or click the yellow shield in the notifications area once XP has downloaded them so you can install them manually). Once it has done the first 2 or 3 waves, it will have upgraded IE to version 8 and then it should be able to make connection with the update servers. I activated two XP installs earlier today, so the servers are certainly still up. Actually, considering how fast these activations went and the fact that I used the same OEM key from my old netbook for both, it looks like they're not even checking the key anymore. I'm thinking that they see it's an XP install and just automatically tell the OS that it's been validated. When reinstalling XP on that netbook BITD, I had to do the phone thing almost every single time. That was on the original hardware, so it certainly should be triggered by the new hardware IDs from my VMs.
  3. I can confirm this. The past 2 months my microwave's clock has been running slower than the one on my PC, phone, my watch or my alarm clock (which uses an AC adapter and is hence not affected). My upstairs neighbors have the same problem with their clock which also draws power directly from the wall. It's an inconvenience for sure, but I din't think it really was news-worthy. Besides, we've known about it for quite a while now.
  4. Congratulations on hitting 100K LinusCatTips

    In all fairness the channel is garbage and there's no way that his subscriber count is legit. Last upload was 3 months ago, most videos before that got 15-20K views (probably more now that the LTT viewers flooded it to check it out), etc. That YT plaque was the first one Linus earned, and he gave up his attempt to buy it off the guy because of a sob story which probably wasn't true anyway. There was something seriously off about that guy too.
  5. Quieting refrigerator

    After moving a fridge you're supposed to leave it off for around 24 hours so the fluids in the cooling system can settle. If you didn't do that, it's going to be noisy indeed and that may or may not improve with use. Also allow it to cool down to its normal temperature before gradually putting stuff in (unless the stuff was still cold, then it doesn't matter).
  6. Pudding Pop corn Poundcake etc. Plenty to choose from really, even without getting into brand names
  7. Sigh ... my new Vista VM (need it for doing a test) has been installing one huge update for 7 hours now. 

    Can't cancel it because then the entire thing becomes unusable and I need to start installing from scratch again. 


    Whoever came up with the idea of these rollup cumulative updates needs to be shot. 

  8. Tunnelbear acquired by McAfee

    Yup, Nord was the other one I was leaning towards. I wouldn't use Jay's referral code though, unless you really want to help him out. On their own site Nord gives 72% off on their 2 year plan. That's more discount and a shorter plan.
  9. Tunnelbear acquired by McAfee

    I was looking into VPN providers earlier this week and was tempted to move to Tunnelbear. Glad I didn't pull the trigger yet.
  10. Good Price on a 1070?

    Yeah, you're probably not going to find them any cheaper than that anytime soon. I've seen them go for more than that second-hand lately.
  11. That awkward moment when even your autocorrect assumes you want to talk about Microsoft instead of a microphone. We all make mistakes, no worries.
  12. How to delete something that keeps opening itself up

    If that doesn't help, FileAssassin will also delete files even if they are running or protected. Of course doing so may cause the PC to crash, but that isn't much of an issue as long as you're not assassinating critical system files.
  13. Cracked OS but then changed the Key to a Legit one

    ... so ... they're kinda like Windows itself, right? (sorry, couldn't resist) Joking aside : You can download and install Windows 10 without a key just fine and buy a license afterwards. No need to go with cracks and shady downloads. Just get the original stuff directly from the Microsoft site. I just installed Win10 from an official .iso in a virtual machine myself and didn't need a key to get it up and running. Of course you don't get the full capabilities until you do license it, but that kinda makes sense.
  14. Ah, didn't know that. I moved over to Cyanogenmod around the time that Android 5.0 came out. Haven't really paid any attention to OEM Android since (even though I do have a Galaxy J3 on stock 6.x that I barely ever use). Thanks for confirming that it was available in 6.0 already, I really was wondering if I just imagined having had those options that long.