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Everything posted by dfsdfgfkjsefoiqzemnd

  1. Sure, I'll tell my 84 year old grandmother that. Oh, and she'll have to buy a PC too, of course. As for the earlier comment about how easy it is to get firmware: sure. If I go to sammobile I have exactly 100 choices of firmware for my S9+. Unfortunately the only choice for my country is an operator-specific one, whereas I have an unlocked phone. Not going to take my chances with that, I don't want to end up with their logo on my bootscreen and my app drawer full of their bloatware even though I'm not on their network. No such thing as general unlocked firmware for Europe either, like HTC for example does. I could try the official firmware that's labeled as "unknown" (6th from the top). Guess I'll try downloa ... oh, hang on ... turns out it's yet another site that requires me to make an account for the one time that I will use it. Screw that, I'm getting enough spam already because site owners don't know how to securely handle data. (yes, I'm slightly exaggerating, but I'm trying to get a point across. This stuff isn't that hard if you're really into tech, but well over 95% of people simply aren't)
  2. Only if the patches have to pass through for-profit companies who don't want to spend resources. Linux vulnerabilities get patched a lot faster than Windows or OSX ones. Google pushes out the latest security updates every month, or faster if the newly discovered exploit warrants an out-of-band patch. It's the handset manufacturers that are to blame here, not Google or Android or the principle of open source itself. Eww, I can't believe I just defended Google. BRB, I feel so filthy that I'm gonna have to take a long shower and eat a bar of soap first.
  3. That one is good. I prefer the older model though, the ED-209.
  4. Found this old WAN show screenshot while rummaging through my backups. I couldn't resist ...
  5. I take off the side panel, strap the PC to the wing of my plane (open side facing forward of course) and then go on a little trip. By the time I land, all the dust is gone. Only had one PC fall down mid-flight, but that was in the middle of a barrel roll. As long as you don't do stunts, it should be fine. But mostly I rely on a little compressor without reservoir. It's noisy as hell, but fortunately I have windowless cases so I only have to clean out the PCs once every year or so.
  6. Hang on ... school usually ends at the end of June. It's October now. Did you really just drop out of school? Is that even possible at preschools? ?
  7. Sure, but that would require the manufacturer actually releasing it. Otherwise you'd have to send your phone back to them every time and pay all the fees associated with that "repair". Also, good luck getting Joe Average to figure out what firmware to get. Hell, even I am struggling with that issue right now and I've been putting custom ROMs on my phones for the better part of a decade.
  8. In all fairness, their quality is better than Thermaltake's. Then again that's a very low bar to set.
  9. You mean to tell me that bendgate, touch disease, the audio IC chips coming loose and the whole thing with Apple quietly slowing phones down after a year (because that was easier than spending just a little more on good batteries) are no base and that there is no evidence of any of those being a problem? Sure, but they wouldn't have had that program if it weren't for people suing them because their year-old phones were unexpectedly shutting down due to crappy batteries. Can't really praise Apple for that. If they had their way, you'd have paid the full price for that replacement.
  10. I'd suggest trying to recoup your money by selling it and then buying one from a smoke-free household. Saves you a lot of hassle and inconvenience.
  11. You could try File Assassin. Not sure if it works with corrupted files, I haven't encountered that particular problem before.
  12. RAM is the deciding factor here. 16 bit systems had a RAM limit of 16MB. Once PCs started hitting that limit, we moved to 32 bit. 32 bit systems had a RAM limit of 4GB. We started regularly hitting that back in the '00s, which is why we moved to 64 bit. 64 bit systems can theoretically* handle up to 17 Billion GB of RAM. Once we hit that, we'll probably move to 128 bit. * While they can indeed theoretically handle it if they were to use all 64 bits for memory, most CPUs only use 40 to 52 bits, limiting them from 1TB to 4PB of RAM. Still, the average desktop PC is very unlikely to hit that in the next decade.
  13. 2 options : 1 ) Remove all 3 top fans. Put the solid panel back on. You will notice almost no difference whatsoever. 2-3°C extra at most, but a lot less noise. 2 ) Remove fan 3. That won't make a noticeable difference in temps or noise. It will however help in getting positive pressure inside the case.
  14. You can't upgrade the disks one at a time. IF you'd be able to swap out one disk at a time and resilver the array after each swap, at the end you'd still be stuck with the lower capacity and an unused section of the disks. I'd suggest backing up your data and upgrading all disks at once. As for a RAID setup with just 1 drive redundancy, that would be RAID5. Switching to that will still involve moving your data off the NAS and moving it back onto it afterwards. You can't just switch it over, changing the RAID type will destroy the current array which means all data on it will be lost. The difference being that with RAID6 any 2 drives can die at the same time without losing any data. With RAID1 if 2 drives die, depending on which ones died you have a 50% chance of losing all the data. If the drives are sufficiently large (6TB+), RAID6 with 4 drives is IMO a perfectly reasonable option because with large HDDs it takes so long to rebuild the array after a drive swap. Resilvering really hammers HDDs for hours or days on end, which does increase the odds of a second drive failing.
  15. Lithium-based batteries degrade over time. If you keep them at full or low charge this process happens much faster. Ideally you'd never go beyond 20 and 80%, with 40-60% being perfect for longevity (which is why new phones and laptops usually come with half a charge when you buy them). If you need to use the battery a lot, of course you'll need to fully charge it on a regular basis. There's no way around that. However if you only use it at your desk, try to have it in that 40-60% area when shutting it down for the night and only plug it back in when you boot it in the morning. Same story if you're going on holiday or away for the weekend, try to have it at about half a charge when you shut it down.
  16. It's never fun to completely build and cable manage a new PC, only to then find out that your motherboard is DoA and needs to be removed again. So always test first. For example : This was the first pre-build test of my current main rig. Turned out to be a hardware problem with the USB3 controller. I'm glad I caught that before building the entire thing.
  17. hmm ... Is this why they turned off the electricity in half of California? I always thought the "wind" excuse was BS, wouldn't be surprised if PG&E simply couldn't power people's homes and that GPU at the same time. Joking aside, I hope that their GPUs aren't as fundamentally flawed (security-wise) as almost all of their CPUs from the last decade turned out to be.
  18. The stands look a little better IRL than they do in the pictures, but they're still pretty tacky. Luckily the XB271HU has 100x100mm VESA holes, so I put mine on proper monitor arms. That got rid of the gamer aesthetic (apart from the Predator logos on the bottom bezels) and gave me back a LOT of desk space. Unfortunately it does increase the price even more.
  19. Oh, absolutely. A top exhaust fan in front of the CPU cooler will indeed remove cold air that would otherwise have been able to help cool the CPU. The one above the cooler will not help much either, it only disrupts the clean " front intake -> cooler -> rear exhaust " pathway that you'd otherwise have. People keep telling me I'm crazy though, so I'm happy that someone else notices the exact same thing I did.
  20. This may be a major issue indeed. If the OP tests it with a 120mm fan in the rear, I'd advise putting the closed top panel on the case instead of the magnetic mesh. That's also a possibility, especially if you lifted/held the whole thing by the cooler or if you used the opportunity to apply fresh thermal paste.
  21. I usually install the fans first, but do their wiring as the last part of the entire build. When you're dealing with large air coolers it's often more difficult to install the rear fan after the motherboard.
  22. Given how good Yahoo turned out to be at securing people's data, that would have led to a complete tech-pocalypse a couple of years ago.